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Albert Tien, PhD, ScD, Managing Partner at 2TSustainAbility LLC, President-elect, Workplace Health without Borders-US, Chagrin Falls, OH.

Dr. Albert J. Tien has over 25 years of experience within the USA and internationally dealing with environmental and occupational health issues such as source and spread of Yersinia enterocolitica and related species as a causative agent of gastroenteritis; Indoor Air Quality issues caused by adhesives, paints and fungi; biodegradation of TCE and other VOC under aerobic and anerobic conditions; identification of sources of hexavalent chromium in the cement manufacturing process; exposure scenario and mitigation of potential health risks from waste derived fuels used in the cement industry; identification and elimination of asbestos and other friable minerals in cement plants and rock crushing facilities; identification and mitigation of respirable and nuisance dusts in the waste fuel processing facilities; use of respirometry and lung function studies to monitor the long-term effects of exposure to Portland cement dust on a cohort of 4000 cement workers across Europe and Turkey; and identification and mitigation of respirable crystalline silica through application of good practices. Dr. Albert Tien holds a BS in Biological Chemistry from Tulane University, MS in Life Sciences from New Mexico Highlands University, PhD in Environmental Microbiology/Biotechnology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Post-doctoral studies at the Oakridge Institute for Science and Engineering, and Business studies at St. Gallen University and the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne. Presently he is the Managing Partner at 2TSustainAbility LLC, as well as serving as the President-elect for the non-profit organization Workplace Health Without Borders-US.​


Andrew Maier, PhD, CIH, DABT, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

Dr. Andrew Maier is an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati and holds a Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of Cincinnati and an MS in Industrial Health from the University of Michigan. He is certified in both industrial hygiene (CIH) and toxicology (DABT). His research focuses on occupational risk assessment methods and tools, including developing and applying methods for setting exposure limits for acute and chronic occupational and community exposures. He is a past chair of the WEEL Committee and its current publications coordinator.​


Andrew McManus, PG, RPG, Principal Geologist/Incident Response and Recovery Manager, Arcadis U.S., Inc., Tampa, FL.

Mr. McManus is a professional geologist with Arcadis and has over 12 years of experience. He is currently the Southeast Regional Manager for Incident Response and Recovery (IRR) services as well as the Program Manager for freight-rail IRR services in North America. Over the last decade, Mr. McManus has been responsible for Arcadis’ response actions at hundreds of environmental incidents including train derailment, pipeline releases, chemical facility releases, and petroleum storage system explosions. These services include environmental and ecological assessment, remediation, survey, civil and environmental engineering, regulatory management, waste disposal, environmental forensics, and public outreach.​


Benjamin Chandler, MS, CIH, Senior IH Consultant, GHD Services, Inc., Little Rock, AR.

Benjamin Chandler is a board-certified industrial hygienist with over 15 years of experience in the environmental, health, safety, and emergency response fields. Mr. Chandler is a Senior IH consultant for GHD Services, Inc. He serves as a project manager for GHD’s North America emergency response program. In this role, Chandler has responded to numerous facility fires, chemical releases, train derailments, pipeline events, and other emergencies to provide IH support to responding personnel, surrounding communities, and other potential receptors. 

Chandler has served as the on-site H/S Coordinator during emergency responses and developed site specific HASPs in compliance with OSHA standards and the applicable environmental regulations. He has implemented site specific air monitoring/sampling work plans designed to characterize emergency response chemical exposures and interpreted the results of exposure monitoring assessment,and has also liaised between industry representatives and/or incident command and government regulators during the response phases of emergency events and satisfied the reporting requirements established by local, state, and federal government environmental agencies.​

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Billy Bullock, DHSc, MSPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, Director of Industrial Hygiene & Occupational Health Testing, CSX Transportation, Jacksonville, FL.

Billy Bullock holds a Doctorate in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University, an MSPH in Industrial Hygiene from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, and a BS in Physical Geography/Geology from the University of South Alabama. He is currently the Director of Industrial Hygiene & Occupational Health Testing for CSX Transportation. His previous positions include Global Manager of Health & Safety for the Arizona Chemical and Sr. Process Industrial Hygienist for International Paper.

In addition, Dr. Bullock holds adjunct appointments at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health; Columbia Southern University; the University of West Florida’s School of Public Health, and Tulane University Center for Applied Environmental Public Health.

He is an AIHA Fellow and both a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Certified Safety Professional.​


Brooke Martin, MPH, CIH, Manager Hazardous Materials, CSX Transportation, Jacksonville, FL.

Brooke is a certified industrial hygienist with 12-years of experience and is currently Manager Hazardous Materials at CSX Transportation. She earned an MS in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Auburn University. She previously served as the director of communications for the Florida Local Section of the AIHA and is active in the areas of emergency response, training, air monitoring, and respiratory protection. She is co-author of Emergency Responder Training Manual for the Hazardous Materials Technician, 2nd edition.​

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​Carl Sall, CIH, CSP, Director Health and Safety – U.S., Louis Berger, Exton, PA.

Mr. Sall has both a bachelor‘s and master‘s degree in Industrial Hygiene, serves as the Chairman of AIHA's Management Committee and is a CIH and CSP. His an analytical, exacting, self-motivating, and energetic senior professional with an 20+ year track record of progressive achievement meeting and exceeding organizational goals in challenging global corporate and government environments. He is adept at analyzing ongoing requirements to formulate cost-effective solutions and managing financial, technical, and other resources to ensure optimal efficiencies and goal attainment. He is a superior alliance and relationship builder, able to develop and maintain high client and staff loyalty, and trust to maximize efficiencies, lower costs, and ensure exceptional client satisfaction and loyalty. Mr. Sall's work experience includes positions with U.S. and foreign governments, military, and private companies. Mr. Sall currently works for Louis Berger U.S. as their Director of Health and Safety.​


Charles Geraci, PhD, CIH, FAIHA, Associate Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, and Manager, Nanotechnology Research Center, Cincinnati, OH.

Dr. Charles Geraci is the Associate Director for Nanotechnology at NIOSH. He provides overall strategic guidance to the nanotechnology research program at NIOSH and is recognized internationally for his leadership in the field. He has served at NIOSH for more than 24 years, starting at the beginning of his scientific career, and then rejoining the institute as an experienced professional after working in private industry. He has made major contributions in the form of developing policy documents, refining research methods, developing field investigation strategies, and directly applying research outputs to effective worker health and safety approaches needed to responsibly develop emerging technologies. He serves as a subject matter expert on various national and international panels and advisory boards, including representing NIOSH on the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative and the Sub-Committee on Advanced Manufacturing. Dr. Geraci is also active on the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 229 on Nanotechnology, as well as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials, and serves on the executive committee of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Nanotechnology Working Group. Charles is this year’s winner of the Director’s Intramural Award for Extraordinary Science, Distinguished Career Scientist.​


Chris Laszcz-Davis, MS, CIH, FAIHA, REPA, AIC Fellow, President, The Environmental Quality Organization, LLC, Lafayette, CA.

As Founder & President of The Environmental Quality Organization (EQO) LLC, Chris Laszcz-Davis has more than 35 years of executive management, professional, operational, technical, and consulting experience in occupational safety & health, environmental affairs, operational integrity, risk management, product stewardship/product quality, strategic planning, auditing, and corporate acquisitions/divestitures in industry and government. She is also presently affiliated with the internationally-based Aluminium Consulting Engineers (ACE) which services the aluminum mining, smelting, and fabricating industries.

As former Corporate Vice-President, Environmental Affairs, Health, Safety (EH&S), Product Stewardship & Operational Integrity for Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation, Chris helped lead the corporation’s initiatives to reshape its safety culture, expand its global EH&S horizons to address the full life cycle of its organization’s aluminum, refractory and chemical operations, and integrate its EH&S workings into the fabric of the operational line organization. Prior to industry, Chris worked for the US Department of Energy (DOE) in both Washington DC and the west coast as a regional EH&S Manager and at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories.

Chris is an AIHA Fellow, a national American Institute of Chemists (AIC) Fellow, and a recipient of the AIHA Kusnetz Award, AIHA’s Alice Hamilton Award, the AIHA-Yuma Pacific Southwest Section’s Clayton Award, and the AIHA-Northern California Section’s Dr. Christine Einert Award. As a past president for the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene (AIH), Chris was instrumental in having the profession sponsor its first major Fall Conference on Risk Assessment in Vancouver, British Columbiain the early 1990’s. Industrial Safety & Hygiene News recognized Chris in 2011-2012 as one of the 101 most influential EHS leaders in the country.

Service to the global professional community has earmarked Chris’s career. Over the years, she has served as a director for the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), AIHA, and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH); as a Trustee with the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation (AIHF); an appointee to both the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); as an appointed member for the US Department of Commerce Board of Examiners, Malcolm National Quality Award; and president of both AIHA’s Northern California and Yuma Pacific Southwest Local Sections. She is presently a Board Director for the global Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA), 2017 member of NIOSH’s Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC); management representative to CalOSHA influential Standards Board; and Past-President and ongoing Board member with the California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC), a statewide EH&S legislative advocacy group focused on bringing sound science into the region’s very active legislative/regulatory process. She was also appointed to ASSE’s Council on Professional Affairs (COPA).

Chris lectures and speaks frequently on emerging issues and leadership, has chaired numerous EH&S conferences, authored numerous articles and chapters, been instrumental in orchestrating national professional telewebs on various subjects, and has been the recipient of various awards. She continues to assume collaborative leadership team building and mentoring roles in bringing cutting edge subjects (such as climate change, sustainability, product stewardship, risk assessment, exposure limits and renewable energy alternatives) into the EH&S dialogue. Chris received her BS in Chemistry and Biology from Notre Dame and her MS in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Minnesota. On a personal note, Chris is a huge advocate of two basic philosophies-- “Wherever you go, do so with all your heart," and “Believe in the power of one—one person can truly make a difference.”

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Colonel Kirk A. Phillips currently serves as the BSC Associate Chief for Bioenvironmental Engineering (BE) in the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General. In this capacity, he oversees development and execution of Air Force occupational and environmental health policies and development of the career field’s 362 officers and 960 enlisted members. In 2014, he developed Total Exposure Health as a strategic initiative to institutionalize primary prevention in work, environmental and lifestyle exposures. Prior to his current assignment, Col Phillips was the Director of Policy and Programs for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health, Pentagon, Washington D.C.

Colonel Phillips entered the Air Force from a four-year AF ROTC scholarship in 1985. He obtained his BS in Aerospace Engineering and his MS in Engineering and Environmental Management. Colonel Phillips has held a broad range of leadership positions throughout the Air Force. Initially serving as Chief and Flight Commander at three operational bases for a combined period of 11 years, he also completed a 12-month fellowship at the Air Force Medical Operations Agency (AFMOA). Colonel Phillips served as a staff officer at a major command and Air Staff in the AF Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, the AF Surgeon General, and the Air Force Medical Support Agency offices. He deployed to Qatar in support of operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. He served a tour at the Air National Guard Readiness Center, where he oversaw the occupational health program for 93 ANG bases and 242 units. Col Phillips led his career field as Deputy in the Bioenvironmental Engineering Division at AFMOA and he was the Commander, 47th Medical Support Squadron, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. There he commanded six flights of military and civilian personnel and was responsible for maintaining the health care support programs for 4,500 beneficiaries in the Laughlin community with a $4.2 million annual budget, to include $30 million in equipment and facilities.​​​​​​​​​​

​Damian D'Aguiar, CIH, Owner, Sustainability 360, Aurora, ON, Canada.

Mr. D’Aguiar has extensive experience in the minerals and metals sector across North America, Europe and Asia. He is an expert in helping companies build stronger relationships with their employees, communities, and government through integrated business improvements in safety, productivity and cost. Mr. D’Aguiar has unique experience and expertise leading multi-disciplinary teams to navigate complex challenges from the Board Room to the Shop Floor across diverse cultures. Damian is the author of the book Primal Safety Leadership: A Practical Guide to Improving Safety Productivity and Cost.​


Daniel E. Arrieta, PhD, DABT, Senior Toxicologist, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, The Woodlands, TX.

Daniel E. Arrieta earned his PhD in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of California, Davis. He has worked at NIOSH as an Associate Service Fellow studying the effects of chemical allergens using a murine (mouse) model. At Chevron Phillips Chemical LP, he is a staff toxicologist. Mr. Arrieta manages and provides technical support to the Specialty Chemicals and Drilling Specialties business lines in matters related to chemical management programs (HPV, EHPV, OECD SIDS HPV) and global registrations (e.g. Australia, Canada, China, Europe, United States, and Offshore Drilling in The North Sea). He coordinates toxicity testing, and participates in various trade associations. Mr. Arrieta chairs the American Chemistry Council (ACC) Hydrocarbon Solvents Panel. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (DABT®), member of the Society of Toxicology and AIHA®, serves on the Workplace Environmental Exposure Level (WEEL) Committee, and co-authored a book chapter on hazard identification for beginners.​


David (Dave) Johnson, Editor, Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, Troy, MI.

Dave Johnson has been chief editor of Industrial Safety & Hygiene News magazine since 1980, back in the days when Ronald Reagan was trying to trim the regulatory thicket. His first interview was with an official of the American Conservative Union’s “STOP OSHA” campaign in a Washington office. 

Dave has gone on create ISHN’s White Paper reader survey on the State of the EHS Nation, ISHN’s web site in 1995, and has written articles and commentaries for more than 440 issues of ISHN. Dave has a degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University.​


David Downs, CIH, CSP, QEP, CPEA, President, EHS Management Partners, LLC, Excelsior, MN.

David has worked in the EHS field for over 45 years, since graduating from Texas A&M University with a BS in Industrial Safety and an MS in Industrial Hygiene. He has worked in industry at 3M Company and Control Data Corporation. His consulting career has includes work at Industrial Health Engineering Associates and Rust E&I, and he has had his own firm, EHS Management Partners, since 1996. He is a CIH and CSP, and former Board Member and President of the AIH Foundation. He created the workshop, "Creation, Measurement and Communication of EHS Business Value" in 2002 and has presented that information over 100 times. ​


David Eherts, PhD, CIH, Vice President Global EHS, Allergan plc., Parsippany, NJ.

Dr. Eherts joined Allergan (then Actavis) Pharmaceuticals in March of 2014 as Vice President of Global EHS. Allergan plc, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is a global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model – Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceuticals, devices and biologic products for patients around the world. 

Prior to Allergan, David has worked over 35 years in the fields of Safety and EHS starting as a toxicologist in Pre-Clinical Drug Safety Assessment at Merck. He moved to EHS and has held positions of increasing responsibility at Merck, sanofi-aventis, Purdue Pharmaceuticals and most recently, Aviation and Product Safety at Sikorsky Aircraft as their Vice President and Chief Safety Officer. His experience and expertise span aviation, environmental toxicology, occupational health, potent compound control and management systems in the aerospace, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Dave earned dual BS degrees in Chemistry and Biology and an MS and PhD in Environmental Toxicology from Drexel University. David was recently appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Labor to the Federal Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee. He also serves on the advisory board for ORCHSE, on their New View of Safety Taskforce and the board of directors for Occupational Knowledge International (an NGO dedicated to preventing overexposures to toxic chemicals in developing countries). In his spare time, he's an adjunct professor at New York Medical College and at Tulane University where he teaches courses in EHS Management, Environmental Toxicology, Finance, Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health.​


David Regelbrugge, CIH, CSP, Technical Director, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc., Lombard, IL. 

David Regelbrugge is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP). He has 30 years of occupational health and safety experience in a variety of different industries. Over the years he has completed thousands of projects in general industry and construction. He is a recognized OSHA compliance expert and has assisted clients throughout the world with some of their most challenging health and safety issues.​

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Denny Lerch, Senior Client Leader, Haley & Aldrich, Inc., Parsippany, NJ.

Denny Lerch, PE, has more than 20 years of experience in environmental permitting and regulatory compliance across a diverse set of industries – from electric utilities to pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturers, consumer goods and steel manufacturers. His technical expertise includes operations risk assessments, air permitting and compliance, EHS program development, environmental compliance auditing, regulatory interpretation and guidance, compliance plan development and agency negotiations. Lerch earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University and is a member of multiple professional organizations.​

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Donald Weekes, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, Partner, InAIR Environmental, Ltd., Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Donald Weekes is a Partner at InAIR Environmental, Ltd. an occupational and environmental health and safety consultancy based in Ottawa, ON. 

He has been providing environmental and occupational health and safety assistance for more than forty years. Mr. Weekes is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP). He is the Immediate Past President of IAQA, as well as Past President of the Ottawa Valley Chapter for ASHRAE. Mr. Weekes is also involved with the following professional organizations; American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), International Society of Indoor Air Quality (ISIAQ), Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).​


Donna Doganiero, CIH, FAIHA, Public Health Service Line, Army Public Health Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. 

Ms. Doganiero has worked as an Industrial Hygienist within the Federal Government for over 37 years (2 years with NIOSH & over 35 years with the Department of the Army). Her Dept. of Army civilian career progression included project officer, team lead, program manager, and Portfolio Director of Occupational Health Sciences at the Army Public Health Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Donna has been actively involved with AIHA at the local and national level for most of her career, including 10 years of service on the AIHA Board of directors in almost every role: Director, Treasurer, and up through President. She is an AIHA Fellow, a former Trustee for the AIHF, and a Past President of the Academy of Industrial Hygiene. In addition to receiving many awards from the government, she was the recipient of the 2009 Alice Hamilton Award and the 2011 AIHA President’s Award.​


Ed Primeau, CIH, Industrial Hygienist, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team, Fort Dix, NJ.

Edward Primeau is the Industrial Hygienist for the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. The Strike Team is a hazardous materials/oil spill response team for the Coast Guard. He is also the past Chair and the current Secretary for the Incident Preparedness and Response Working Group.​

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Elizabeth Pullen, CIH, FAIHA, Industrial Hygiene Manager, Clariant Corporation, Charlotte, NC.

Elizabeth Pullen, MSPH, CIH, FAIHA has 35 years of experience in comprehensive industrial hygiene practice. She is currently the North American Industrial Hygiene Manager for Clariant Corporation. She provides technical guidance to 30+ plant sites and manages the North American ESH audit program. Elizabeth received her BS in Biology from Tufts University in 1976 and her MSPH in Industrial Hygiene from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982. She served as President of AIHA from 2011–2012, Chair of Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee in 2002, President of Carolinas Local Section in 1994 and is currently the Past Chair of the Fellows Special Interest Group (SIG). She received the Fellow award in 2007.​


Eric B. Anderson, AICP
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Mr. Eric Anderson is a Senior Planner at the Northeast Florida Regional Council and a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners. Mr. Anderson received is education at the University of Kansas where he earned a BS in Environmental Studies and a Masters in Urban Planning. Mr. Anderson currently serves as the Coordinator for the Northeast Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for Hazardous Materials. The LEPC is tasked with preparedness planning activities for a HazMat event. These activities include analysis of chemical inventories located in the district, development and implementation of a 3-year HazMat training and exercise plan,  and a significant amount of public outreach and technical assistance.  In addition to LEPC duties, Mr. Anderson has designed and conducted over 50 exercises that are compliant with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) standards. 

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Eric Glassford, MS, CIH, Industrial Hygienist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.

Eric Glassford has been an Industrial Hygiene Fellow for NIOSH since 2015. He works in the Health Hazard Evaluation program, located in Cincinnati, OH. He is also a member of the Nanotechnology Field Studies Team for the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research Center. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and received his MS in Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene from the University of Cincinnati. He is a former industrial hygienist for Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM.​



​Frank (Mitch) Reiber, RG, CIH, Corporate Industrial Hygiene, Terracon Consultants, Inc., Olathe, KS.

Mitch Reiber, CIH, PG is received a BS in Geology from Kansas University and an MS in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Central Missouri and has over 30 years of experience in environmental services and industrial hygiene. He has been a Certified Industrial Hygienist since 2009, a licensed geologist since 1999 and has extensive experience with indoor air quality, mold, asbestos, soil contamination, environmental issues and disaster response. He has worked for both state government and top environmental/industrial hygiene/engineering firms, including owning his own small firm for 20 years. He has extensive experience in assessing, identifying and remediating environmental, safety and health issues. He is a long-term member of both the Geologic Society of America and AIHA®.

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Fred Boelter, CIH, PE, BCEE, FAIHA, Principle – Health Sciences, RHP Risk Management, Inc., Boise, ID.

Fred Boelter, a Principal at RHP Risk Management, has over 44 years of experience in industrial hygiene and environmental engineering. Fred has consulted with clients on a wide range of risk characterization, risk communication, and risk management matters and serves on the AIHA ERM BoK development team. Fred is also a Fellow of the AIHA and a recipient of awards including the Edward J. Baier, the Henry F. Smyth, and the Donald E. Cummings.​


Gailen (Gail) A. Hart, BS Ing., MBA, Retired Executive, ExxonMobil, Product Stewardship Faculty, Indiana University School of Public Health, Flemington, NJ.

Mr. Gailen (Gail) Hart currently serves a member of the product stewardship faculty at the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health. Previously, Mr. Hart spent 38 years with ExxonMobil, initially holding a range of chemical plant manufacturing assignments, including project and cost engineering, and supervision of mechanical design and plant maintenance. Later headquarters assignments included management of export/import operations; new business development; and product management. In the latter half of his career, Mr. Hart held several product stewardship management positions, ultimately leading to the executive role in global product stewardship services for the corporation. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from Rutgers University.​


Hung Cheung, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Founder & President, Cogency Medical, Baltimore, MD.

As one of the nation’s foremost experts in his field, Dr. Cheung has led hundreds of environmental and toxicological investigations, protecting thousands of occupants and saving organizations millions of dollars.

A former Maryland State Medical Director, he is a faculty member at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As a Fellow of the American College and Environmental Medicine, he is nationally-recognized as an expert in Respiratory Environmental Medicine, Plant and Indoor Environmental Quality, Risk Communication and Medical Advisory Services. Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine, he holds a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins and has a medical degree from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Cheung currently serves on the Advisory Panel for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health Department of Environmental Health Sciences and Board of Directors for Healthy Housing Solutions, Inc. He is also the acting Course and Rotation Director for the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

He serves with the Maryland Governor’s Task Force on Indoor Air Quality, the Baltimore City Healthy Homes Advisory Board and completing a major investigational study for the Department of Defense.​

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Jeffrey Miller, PhD, CIH, CSP, Sr. Scientist, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Oak Ridge, TN.

Dr. Jeffrey Miller, CIH, CSP is recognized throughout the U.S. for his substantial contributions to industrial hygiene and the protection of workers and the public. He is a scientist, mentor, business leader, and volunteer committed to advancing the profession and has made significant contributions to AIHA national and three local sections over the past 30-years. He was elected Director for the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and currently serves as Chair-elect. He is a subject matter expert in occupational exposure assessment and served as chair of the AIHA Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee, taught PDCs, and contributed to peer-reviewed publications on the subject. He is an expert in Beryllium Worker Protection having conducted exposure assessments throughout the U.S., developed surveillance programs, and conducted original research on the subject. He is recognized as an expert in safety culture, recently developing a widely used survey instrument and other evaluation methods. He has been a mentor to dozens of industrial hygienists, some of whom are now leaders in the profession. He spent 10-years as CEO of three companies that provided ES&H and medical services. He currently serves as Technical Director of the Center for Safety Studies at Oak Ridge Associated Universities where he leads exposure studies, conducts risk assessments, analyzes the design of new manufacturing facilities, and evaluates safety culture in complex nuclear organizations.​


Jennifer Sahmel, MPH, CIH, CSP, Principal Health Scientist, Insight Exposure and Risk Sciences, Boulder, CO.

Jennifer Sahmel is Principal Health Scientist, Insight Exposure and Risk Sciences, where she works on a wide range of projects related to human health exposure and risk assessment. Prior to Insight Exposure and Risk Sciences, she worked with ChemRisk, at the National Park Service, the U.S. EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and FMC Corporation in Baltimore, MD. Jennifer is a CIH and CSP, and earned her MPH degree in Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been a member of AIHA’s Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee for 12 years and is a founding member of the committee’s Dermal Project team. She has also co-authored chapters in the AIHA publications, A Strategy for Assessing and Managing Occupational Exposures, 3rd edition and Mathematical Models for Estimating Occupation Exposure to Chemicals, 2nd edition.​


John Farris, CIH, Executive Consultant, SafeBridge Consultants, Inc., Mountain View, CA.

Mr. Farris, having recently transitioned into semi-retirement, was the leader of SafeBridge Consultants, a professional technical firm of health professionals and other scientific consultants providing environmental health and safety services globally to pharmaceutical, fine chemical, and biotechnology industries 

He is a recognized expert in potent pharmaceutical compound safety and has participated in the development of several technical systems and technologies to protect workers from exposure, including the first control banding system in the industry. His career includes managing one the most complex and contentious major environmental remediation projects in the country at Times Beach, Missouri. 

Mr. Farris is known for his experience with top executives in finding constructive solutions to complex problems. He has a broad technical background in safety, health and environmental protection within industry and as a consultant. He was named to the Power List of the 100 most influential people in the pharmaceutical industry by “The Medicine Maker” magazine in 2015.

Formerly, Mr. Farris was the vice president of the Corporate Environmental Health and Safety Division of Syntex with worldwide responsibility for EH&S services to Syntex chemical, pharmaceutical and research units and he was president of Agribusiness Technologies Inc., a Syntex subsidiary involved in environmental remediation. 

He has published several papers on the subject of hazard categorization and control, he conducted PDCs on the subject at the AIHce for several years, and he has lectured on the subject frequently over the past two decades.

He holds a BS in Occupational Health Sciences and Biological Science from California State University at Hayward and he has done graduate work in industrial hygiene at the University of Southern California and the University of Utah. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienistand is a member of AIHA®, the Occupational Hygiene Society of Ireland and the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering.​


John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, President, John Henshaw and Associates, Inc., Sanibel, FL.

John Henshaw is a health and safety professional with 40 years’ experience in industrial hygiene, safety, environmental health, and quality assurance. He currently is President of John Henshaw and Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in environmental and occupational health and safety. Prior to establishing his own firm, he served as Senior Vice President & Managing Principal at Cardno ChemRisk. He also served as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from August, 2001 through December 31, 2004 and President of AIHA® 1990-1991. Prior to becoming the OSHA administrator, he served in Director positions in Environment, Safety, and Industrial Hygiene at Solutia and Monsanto. He was the 2016 recipient of the ABIH Lynn C. O’Donnell Lifetime Achievement AwardHe has also received many other awards and honors during his career, including the 2008 William Steiger Memorial Award from ACGIH, the 2006 Presidents Award from ASSE, the 2006 Henry F. Smyth Award from the Academy of Industrial Hygiene, and the 1988 Kusnetz Award from AIHA®.​

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​John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, Director NIOSH, Washington, D.C.

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM serves as the Director of NIOSH and the Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. He first served as NIOSH director from 2002 through 2008, and again from 2009 to the present. In 2015, Dr. Howard was re-appointed to an unprecedented third six-year term by Dr. Thomas Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prior to his appointment as Director of NIOSH, Dr. Howard served as Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the California Department of Industrial Relations, Labor and Workforce Development Agency, from 1991 through 2002.

Dr. Howard received his MD from Loyola University of Chicago, his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, his JD from the University of California at Los Angeles, and his Master of Law in Administrative Law and his MBA in Healthcare Management from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Howard is board-certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine. He is admitted to the practice of medicine and law in the State of California and in the District of Columbia, and he is a member U.S. Supreme Court bar. He has written numerous articles on occupational health law and policy and serves as a professorial lecturer in environmental and occupational health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.​


John (David) Krause, PhD, MSPH, CIH, Toxicologist, Director Southeast Operations, Forensic Analytical Consulting Services, Inc., Tallahassee, FL.

J. David Krause is the lead Toxicologist and Director of Southeast Operations for Forensic Analytical Consulting Services (FACS) based in Florida with 23 years of experience focused on building health sciences. He has experience in public health and private sector consulting in the areas of occupational health, industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, chemical emission testing, toxicology, and litigation support. He regularly consults with clients seeking to investigate and resolve chemical and biological exposure concerns in workplace and community environments.​


Kathy Murphy, CIH, Global Director Regulatory Affairs, The Sherwin Williams Company, Cleveland, OH.

Kathy Murphy is currently the Global Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Sherwin-Williams Corporation. Previously she has held positions with Honeywell and ExxonMobil. Kathy has more than 25 years experience as an industrial hygiene professional and has held positions within business, consulting and government. Kathy is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Vice-President of AIHA. She is currently serving as the Board Liaison to the Enterprise Risk Management Body of Knowledge development team.

Kathy has been involved in risk assessment and risk management for more than fifteen years where she has helped to inform business leadership regarding EHS or product related hazards/risks which could impact employee health or safety, the health or safety of the public or negatively impact brand image. She was able to recommend appropriate actions to mitigate or eliminate risks and determine what, if any, communications needed to be made. ​


Laura Wash, CIH, CSP, Wash Associates, LLC, St. Paul, MN.

Laura Wash is currently a Principal Consultant in Wash Associates, LLC. Laura has over 20 years of EHS auditing experience and was formerly EHS Auditing Manager at 3M Company in St. Paul, MN. She has a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and an MS in Occupational Safety and Health Engineering from West Virginia University and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional. Laura has been a past volunteer for the AIHA Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems working group and led the review team for the risk assessment section of OHSAS 18002, “Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems – Guidelines for the Implementation of OHSAS 18001.” She currently provides consultation services to clients to develop and enhance EHS auditing programs including standard procedures, training and auditor certification.​

Quick Talk 1

Lauralynn McKernan, (CAPT), ScD, CIH, Associate Director for Science, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.

Captain Lauralynn Taylor McKernan is an environmental health officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and is the Associate Director for Science in the Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies of NIOSH in Cincinnati, OH. She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and received her Doctor of Science degree from Harvard University. She has conducted a variety of industrial hygiene field studies and has publications in topics ranging from bioaerosols on commercial aircraft, blood lead monitoring techniques, diacetyl sampling, and lessons learned for first responders. Dr. McKernan has been very active in AIHA activities, previously serving as an officer for the Academy of Industrial Hygiene, as well as Treasurer and a Board of Director for the Ohio Valley Section of AIHA. She is the Past Chair for the AIHA Exposure and Control Banding Committee.​

Lunch 2

Lawrence Sloan, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, American Industrial Hygiene Association, Falls Church, VA.

Lawrence “Larry” Sloan stepped into the role of CEO in October, 2016. Prior to this, he served as President/CEO for seven years at the Society of Chemical Manufactures and Affiliates (SOCMA), the leading trade association serving the specialty chemical industry. Larry served as President of the Adhesive and Sealant Council from January 2005 to February 2010. Mr. Sloan joined the Council in 2001 as Director Member Services, and was promoted to Senior Director in 2004. 

Larry began his career as a chemical engineer at Air Products and later worked for Nalco Chemical Company in marketing, manufacturing and sales capacities.

Larry graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Chemical Engineering. Later, he returned to the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University where he earned his MBA.

In 2006, Larry received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation through the American Society of Association Executives. He is a former board member of the Societe de Chemie Industrielle, the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Joseph Priestly Society, the Chemical Educational Foundation and the National Association of Manufacturers’ Council of Manufacturing Associations, where he served as chairman in 2012.​


Linda Tapp, CSP, ALCM, Occupational Safety Consultant, Safety Fundamentals/Crown Safety LLC, Madison, NJ.

Linda Tapp is a Certified Safety Professional with over 20 years experience, within the U.S. and U.K., in occupational safety and health. She founded Crown Safety in 1999 and SafetyFUNdamentals in 2006, And has published over 50 articles in professional and trade publications. She is a frequent speaker at local, regional and national meetings and conferences on the topics of workplace safety, ergonomics, women in the workplace, safety training games and activities, entrepreneurship, product creation and motivation.​

Breakfast 2

Mark Ames, MA, Director, Government Relations, AIHA, Falls Church, VA.

Mark Ames joined AIHA in November 2016 from ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers). At ASHRAE, he co-led their D.C.-based Government Affairs Office, providing strategic direction in the development of their public policy priorities and representing the organization's membership to Congress, the White House, and multiple Federal Agencies. Mark was responsible for the development of policy recommendations in all issue areas at ASHRAE, and provided direction to ASHRAE's State, local, and non-U.S. government affairs activities. Working with their Board and leaders from 182 Chapters and over 100 technical and other committees, he has played a central role in streamlining ASHRAE's government affairs activities, improving coordination, messaging, and effectiveness, and producing consistent results.

Prior to ASHRAE, Mark worked at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), and the Native American Contractors Association (NACA) on a wide variety of diverse issues.

Mark holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Politics and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from The American University and is a graduate of the university's Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute.​

Quick Talk 4

Michael Anthony Quinn, Safety Manager II, LPR Construction, Emporia, VA.

Mike Quinn is a Husband, Father, and Occupational Safety & Health Professional, in that order. He also happens to be an 11 year Veteran. 

Mike is pursuing a Master's Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Occupational Safety Management and currently holds a BS in Political Science from Campbell University and an AS in Occupational Safety from the Community College of the Air Force.​


Michael Brandt, DrPH, CIH, PMP, Associate Director of Environment, Safety, and Health (ADESH) for Los Alamos National Security, LLC, Los Alamos, NM.

Dr. Brandt is the Associate Director of Environment, Safety, and Health (ADESH) for Los Alamos National Security, LLC where he leads Lab-wide ESH activities for roughly 10,000 employees operating in a 36-square-mile site containing specialized and complex scientific equipment and supporting infrastructure. He manages an organization of 700 employees with an operating budget of more than $150M. His portfolio includes responsibility and accountability for nuclear and hazardous waste management; industrial hygiene; radiation protection; occupational safety; environmental stewardship, protection, and compliance with nine federal and state regulatory agencies; occupational medicine, wellness, and health promotion functions; cultural and historic preservation; and endangered and threatened species protection. He has oversight responsibility as the Chief ESH and Compliance Official for maintaining nuclear and high hazard facilities in a safe and compliant manner to effectively achieve national security missions. 

Brandt is an executive with more than 30 years of professional experience in ESH functions, operations in the chemical and synthetic fuels industry, research and development, university, manufacturing, DOE nuclear and high hazard operations, and non-governmental agencies. His expertise embodies a demonstrated record of accomplishment in leading organizational change resulting in improved compliance, risk mitigation, operations, and business management performance. His career experience includes: executive and general management, enterprise-wide ESH risk management, maintenance and operations management, facility restart, organizational change and startup, research and development, regulatory analysis and program implementation, strategic planning, financial analysis, quality improvement, and project management. 

He holds a DrPH with a specialty in Environmental Health Sciences, and an MPH in Public Health Policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health; an MS in Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene from the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health; and a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) degree in Environmental Science from Cook College of Rutgers University. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Certified Project Management professional. 

Brandt has published more than 40 papers and delivered more than 100 invited technical, scientific, and leadership presentations. He has held academic appointments at the Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Center for Applied Environmental Public Health, the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma where he taught graduate studies, and at the University of New Mexico, Public Health Program. He has mentored more than a dozen students and served on a number of thesis committees. He was a Treasurer, Director, Vice President, President-elect, President, and Past President of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). He was elected fellow of the AIHA in 2007 and continues to serve on technical and leadership committees.​


Michael Ellenbecker, ScD, CIH, Professor Emeritus of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA.

Dr. Ellenbecker is Emeritus Professor of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, and Director of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He received degrees in engineering from the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin, and received his DSc in Environmental Health Sciences from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Ellenbecker led efforts to provide health and safety support to the research center.​


Michael Kaniuga, CIH, CSP, Senior Manager, Ramboll Environ, Tampa, FL.

Michael B. Kaniuga is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional with more than 17 years of experience related to the occupational health, safety and environmental practice fields. 

As a CIH, CSP, coupled with his experience and other educational training, he specializes in incident investigations involving workers and property loss. His investigations have included the collection of evidence, incident event analysis and critical reviews of applicable standard operating procedures, industry consensus standards and government regulations. He has also performed hazard identification and safety audits, and assisted in designing and implementing a number of corporate compliance programs.

Michael has provided expert opinions on a number of large and complex litigation matters related to industrial hygiene, safety product liability, industrial incident investigations and indoor air quality matters.​

Quick Talk 2

Michael Larrañaga, PhD, CIH, CSP, PE, Prinicpal Consultant, Ramboll Environ US Corp., Dallas, TX.

Michael Larrañaga is a Principal Consultant for Ramboll Environ US Corporation and is an internationally recognized expert in environmental, safety, health, and security. Michael has served as an advisor to multi-national corporations and government organizations on global strategies for business and supply chain continuity, product development, sustainability and energy conservation, risk management, critical infrastructure protection, labor-management relations, crisis management, and regulatory issues. Michael earned a PhD in industrial engineering from Texas Tech, an MS in Environmental Science from The University of Houston Clear Lake, and a BS in Fire Protection and Safety from Oklahoma State University. He is a graduate of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the United States Naval Postgraduate School and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, and Professional Engineer.​


Nancy McClellan, MPH, CIH, CHMM, Group/Global Industrial Hygiene Manager for LafargeHolcim, AIHA Board of Directors, OHTA Board of Directors Co-Chair, Barrington, IL.

Prior to joining LafargeHolcim, the world’s largest building materials corporation as the global industrial hygiene manager, Nancy McClellan worked for AbbVie pharmaceutical in the same capacity for almost 6 years. She has invested over 25 years in practicing occupational hygiene in a wide variety of high hazard industries. As a self-employed consultant for 15 years she provided services to industries such as the automotive, military, hospital, electronic, food, pharmaceutical, chemical, and housing industries. She has also provided legal expert witnessing for nationally-profiled, catastrophic incidents.

In her volunteer professional life, Ms. McClellan currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the globally recognized Occupational Hygiene Training Association. She has also served as a past Director and committee chair for the American Board of Industrial Hygiene Board of Directors and she continued to represent ABIH as the Chair of the Joint Occupational Hygiene Ethics Education Committee after completing her term in 2010. She is an active member of the British and Irish Occupational Hygiene Societies as a conference speaker and organizational liaison.​


Neil Feldscher, Esq., CIH, CSP, Chief, EH&S Programs, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Corona, NY.

Neil Feldscher is the Chief, Environmental Health & Safety Programs for the Bureau of Engineering Design and Construction (BEDC) of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). He is responsible for managing the EHS section for a $14B capital construction program and has recently led the development and implementation of an EHS (ISO 14001/ANSI Z-10) Management System for BEDC. He additionally assists in the development of DEP policies and procedures for EHS issues. After Super Storm Sandy Mr. Feldscher served as the EHS technical lead for the New York City Rapid Repairs public works program which provided temporary repairs to more than 15,000 homes, served on the Deputy Mayor Super Storm Sandy After-Action Review Committee and assisted with hazard and risk communication to the public. He currently serves as the EHS Technical Manager for the NYC Build it Back public works program aimed at providing repairs to more than 12,000 homes. Formerly, as an attorney in the environmental group of the litigation department of a large law firm, he counseled clients on administrative and environmental matters. His practice was concentrated on environmental, health and safety, and construction law. He also provided advice and counsel on the complex issues surrounding the interfaces of bankruptcy, condemnation, and environmental laws. He is admitted to the practice of law in both New Jersey and New York. A Certified Industrial Hygienist and Certified Safety Professional, Mr. Feldscher previously worked as an industrial hygiene, health and safety, and environmental consultant and expert witness. He is an AIHA Fellow and has written and lectured on the aspects of experts and their work in the legal arena, environmental law, ethics, personal liability issues, and the incorporation of EHS into design and construction services. He has recently been honored by selection onto the AIHA Distinguished Lecturers’ List. He served as an editor for the seventh edition of the New Jersey Environmental Law Handbook and was the editor of Legally Speaking, the newsletter of the former Legal Branch of the ASSE Consultant Practice Specialty. Mr. Feldscher is a former chair of the AIHA Law Committee and was the chair of the former Legal Branch of the ASSE. Mr. Feldscher received his BS from the University of Delaware and his JD from Fordham University, where he was an Editor of the Corporate and Financial Law Journal.​

Quick Talk 3

Padma Viswanathan, President & CEO, RiTEX Inc., Davie, FL.

Dr. Padma Viswanathan is the President/CEO of RiTEX Inc. is a global instructional design company that creates visual, interactive, multimedia modules in safety training for industries like construction, utilities, electrical services, tower climbing, crane operations and so on. The modules can be in multiple languages serving the global market. Have made numerous presentations to training organizations on moving from a one-dimensional e-learning model to a multi-dimensional learner centric model. She is also a contributing Faculty at Walden University in the areas of Applications in Global Business, Innovation and Technology and Fostering a culture of innovation. 

She has been in the area of Technology and Information Systems for over 30 years. She has worked for major companies like IBM, AT&T and Ryder. She has successfully run and managed a global company. She holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio and a PhD from Nova University, Florida. She has been successfully creating and implementing 21st century eLearning modules for major corporations. She has conducted webinars on these topics to audiences locally and in the global arena.​

PDC15, Quick Talk 5

​Paul Hewett, PhD, CIH, Founder & President, Exposure Assessment Solutions, Inc., Morgantown, WV.

Paul Hewett, PhD, CIH is the founder and President of Exposure Assessment Solutions, Inc. Dr. Hewett worked for 25 years as an industrial hygienist for NIOSH, in the Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, where he specialized in the measurement of pneumoconiosis producing dusts. Dr. Hewett received an MS in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Central Missouri in 1978, a PhD in industrial hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Public Health in 1991, and is the author of several articles and chapters on exposure assessment and statistics for industrial hygiene.​

Quick Talk 2, Quick Talk 8

Paul Pirkle, MSIH, PE, CIH, Research Leader, Battelle, Atlanta, GA.

Paul possesses 25+ years of engineering experience. He leads a team using a systems engineering approach to solving challenges in focus areas such as remote site/deployment health, responder & community health protection during and following an incident, occupational & environmental health organizational leadership, and global business process identification & standardization. He is Past-Chair of the AIHA Incident Preparedness & Response Working Group and is  Secretary of the Management Committee. Pirkle is a Founding Advisory Board Member, Engineers Without Borders - Georgia Tech Chapter.​

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Perry Logan, PhD, CIH, Senior Manager, Corporate Ergonomics and IH, Global EHS Team Leader, 3M, St. Paul, MN.

Perry is currently senior manager, 3M Corporate Industrial Hygiene. His previous experience includes industrial hygiene at complex chemical facilities, EHS consulting, hazardous waste management / operations, and emergency response. He helped integrate industrial hygiene into safety, environmental, business systems and programs through implementation of 3M’s comprehensive exposure assessment and management program (Control Banding). Perry has made numerous technical presentations on comprehensive exposure assessment, use of mathematical exposure models, surface and air sampling system technologies, and FTIR for industrial hygiene. He is a past instructor for many professional development courses. Perry is a past chair of the AIHA® Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee and the Gas and Vapor Detection Systems Committee. He earned a BS in chemical engineering, an MS in industrial hygiene and a PhD in environmental and occupational health from the University of Minnesota.

Opening Session, Special Workshop

​René Rodriguez, Founder & CEO, Volentum &, Minneapolis, MN.

He is a renowned behavioral and organizational change expert, leadership coach, world class sales trainer & dynamic keynote speaker who has shared the stage with the likes of Tony Robbins, Lou Holtz, Ben Stein, Roy Firestone and Jeffery Gitomer. Rene is the founder and CEO of as well as the CEO of Volentum, an enterprise education and consulting company specializing in the application of the latest brain research in the areas of Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, Sales Training and Professional Influence. Volentum has trained over 100,000 people in practical ways for individuals and groups to grow and renew themselves even as they engage and profit from recurring change.

René has been named to the 40 under 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals for 5 years straight. René has been a trusted advisor to leadership teams at Coca-Cola, Liz Claiborne, Medtronic, Daimler Chrysler, FORD, Microsoft, Bank of America and Loan Tool Box. He has been a featured speaker at the Microsoft Annual Convergence Conference, the Presidents Network and the Business Plan Conferences in Las Vegas. He was featured on the Cover of the Niche Report Magazine and has authored dozens of magazine articles about Sales, Leadership and Change.​

Smyth Award Lecture

Robert D. Soule, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA.

Robert D. “Bob” Soule has been an industrial hygienist for nearly 50 years. He has a B.S. (chemical engineering) from Michigan State, an M.S. (chemical engineering) from Purdue and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Pittsburgh.  He maintained certifications (CIH and CSP) and professional engineering licensing during his career, having voluntarily surrendered them recently. His career includes work in private industry (Dow Chemical Company), consulting (Clayton Environmental Consultants), government (Pennsylvania OSHA Consultation Service) and academia (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). He has been a member of national AIHA since the mid 1960s. He has served as secretary-treasurer of the Academy of Industrial Hygiene and has been active on many national and local committees; he has served as president of three different local sections. He is a past Chair of the ACGIH. Currently, he is chair of ABET’s Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission.​


Robert Nocco, CIH, CSP
Robert Nocco, CIH, CSP, Technical Team Manager, Chevron Corporation, San Ramon, CA.

Bob Nocco, CIH, CSP – Bob has over 35 years of diverse EHS experience in the petroleum industry. He has been involved in leading the OEL setting process with his current employer as well as serving as a member of the UCinn/TERA (formally AIHA) Workplace Environment Exposure Limit (WEEL) Committee.  He holds 2 M.S. degrees from University of Florida in Pharmacy (Clinical Toxicology) and Veterinary Medical Science (Forensic Toxicology) as well as 2 other M.S. degrees from Drexel University in Environmental Science and from CUNY-Hunter College in Environmental Health/Industrial Hygiene.​


Rod Harvey, CIH, CSP, PE, Director, Client Services at Carnow Conibear & Associates, Ltd., Chicago, IL. 

Mr. Harvey is the Director, Client Services at Carnow Conibear & Associates, Ltd., and former Senior Director of Operations, Great Lakes Region for Bureau Veritas' Health, Safety and Environmental Services division. He received his BS in Biology from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and his MS in Environmental Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Mr. Harvey has spent his entire professional career in environmental health and safety consulting and has over 30 years of experience. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, and registered as a Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois. His experience includes providing EHS consulting services to a wide range of clients, both public and private. Mr. Harvey is a member of the national and Chicago Local Section (Past President) of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and the National and Illinois chapters of the American Society of Professional Engineers.​


Sophie Jia, MD, PhD, DABT, Senior Toxicoligist, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, The Woodlands, TX.

Dr. Sophie Jia received her MD from Shandong Medical University in China and PhD in Toxicology from the University of Texas at Austin. She has two years of toxicology study director experience with a CRO and 11 years of industry toxicology experience with Chevron Phillips Chemical Company. Dr. Jia serves on Occupational Alliance for Risk Science (OARS)-Workplace Environment Exposure Level (WEEL) Committee. She is a member of her company’s OEL advisory committee. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and a member of the Society of Toxicology and AIHA®. She serves on several industry association groups and chairs some of them. Dr. Jia has made several presentations to regional and national meetings including meetings hosted by the Society of Toxicology, Gordon Research Conference, and AIHA.​

Quick Talk 6

Subena Colligan, Sr. Industrial Hygienist, Gulfstream Aerospace, Savannah, GA.

Subena Colligan, CIH, CSP is a Sr. Industrial Hygienist at Gulfstream Aerospace. Prior to joining Gulfstream, she served in the U.S. Air Force practicing Industrial Hygiene for 6 years. While serving, she was responsible for managing emergency response operations amongst various other Industrial Hygiene functions. As a Sr. Industrial Hygienist at Gulfstream Aerospace, she is using the same emergency response principles to enhance the cross functional response capabilities of the Incident Command System. 

She earned a BS in Occupational Safety from Eastern Kentucky University and an MS in Occupational Safety Health from Murray State University.​


Su-Jung (Candace) Tsai, ScD, Senior Assistant Professor of Industrial Hygiene & Environmental Health, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

Dr. Tsai is a Senior Assistant Professor of Industrial Hygiene at Colorado State University and previously at Purdue University. She received her BS/MS in Chemical Engineering, and worked years in industry. At UMass Lowell, she received her MS in Management Science and ScD in Occupational Hygiene. She performed researches to evaluate and control exposures to engineered nanoparticles. She served as a committee for ISO and WHO and co-authored a book about exposure and safety for nanoparticles.​

Quick Talk 1

Susan Arnold, PhD, CIH, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Susan Arnold is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, UMN School of Public Health and Director of the Exposure Science & Sustainability Institute. Susan has been an active member of AIHA’s Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee for 20+ years and is a past chair of the EASC and the Modeling Subcommittee (1999 - 2003 Susan is certified in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene. Her interests include occupational exposure and risk assessment, developing, evaluating and applying exposure models, and using novel Bayesian statistical methods incorporating model outputs to develop accurate qualitative (Bayesian prior) exposure judgments and improve professional judgment.​

Susan Ripple, MS, CIH, Managing Principle, Susan Ripple Consulting, Midland, MI.

Susan Ripple is the Managing Principal for Susan Ripple Consulting. Susan had over 29 years at the Dow Chemical Company as a practicing field hygienist, as the Science and Technology Leader for Dow’s IH Expertise from 1995 – 2009, and as the Sr. IH Manager for the Corporate Industrial Hygiene Dept. in Midland, Michigan. Ms. Ripple is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and has partnered with OSHA and NIOSH to share Dow’s scientific and manufacturing experience, and partnered with NIOSH on the “Control Banding” and “Prevention through Design” teams. Her technical expertise is setting occupational and community exposure limits, having managed nearly 1000 internal Dow OELs, and served on the AIHA WEEL and ERPG Committees for >15 years. Susan worked with the redesign team to reform the California OSHA PEL-setting process, and serves on the CA OSHA PEL Committee. Susan has authored and published textbook chapters, journal articles, and technical publications and sits on various professional committees. Ms. Ripple is an AIHA Fellow (and is Chair of the Fellows SIG), Chair of the OARs-WEEL Advisory Board, is Past Chair of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, the 2013 winner of the AIHA lifetime achievement Alice Hamilton Award, and in 2015 was named an AIHA Distinguished Lecturer. In addition, she was the 2016 recipient of the Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award, given to the individual or group of individuals, company, academic institution, organization, or association that has made the most significant contribution to industrial hygiene in recent years through technical expertise, innovations, or scientific advancements.​


Thea Dunmire, CIH, President, ENLAR Compliance Services Inc., Largo, FL.

Thea Dunmire, JD, CIH, CSP is an environmental attorney and EHS professional who assists organizations with the implementation of integrated management systems. She specializes in helping organizations address complex legal requirements using a management system approach. Thea has actively participated in the development of several management system standards – including OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001, ISO 19011 and ISO 45001. She is the current chair of ANSI Z1-Auditing Subcommittee leading efforts to develop auditing guidelines for the United States. In August 2015, she received an Outstanding Achievement in Standards Development award from the U.S. TAG to ISO/TC207 for “exceptional contribution in the development of ISO 14001:2015.”​


Thomas Fuller, ScD, CIH, CSP, MSPH, MBA, Associate Professor, Illinois State University, Bloomington, IL.

Dr. Thomas P. Fuller is an Associate Professor in the Safety Program at Illinois State University. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with over 35 years of experience. He has worked in electric utilities, universities, hospitals, and manufacturing. He was an original member of the AIHA Business Values Strategy team, and is the current Vice Chair of the International Affairs Committee. Dr. Fuller is an author of the AIHA guideline, Workplace Violence Primer and Guideline for Industrial Hygienists.


Thomas Holley, CHMM, CIH, CSP, Senior Industrial Hygienist, Terracon Consultants, Inc., Tampa, FL.​

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Thomas J. Lentz, Chief, Document Development Branch, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Cincinnati, OH.

T.J. Lentz is a lead health scientist/research occupational hygienist and Chief of the Document Development Branch with NIOSH. Dr. Lentz conducts research to evaluate occupational and environmental hazards, with projects and interests that include: investigation of small business industries and their hazards; assessment of safety hazards in construction trades; and evaluation of toxicology and epidemiology data on chemical and physical agents to determine health risks and appropriate prevention strategies. Dr. Lentz is particularly interested in studying how design, planning, and control engineering can be used to address safety and health challenges in the work environment. Major duties include developing informational materials and guidance for other agencies, industry, labor groups, and the public. Dr. Lentz previously served as the Policy Response Coordinator for the Institute. Dr. Lentz earned a BA in Biology/Philosophy from Wittenberg University, an MPH in Environmental Health Sciences/Health Policy from Yale University, and a PhD in Environmental Health/Industrial Hygiene from the University of Cincinnati.​


Tim Stauder, MSPH, CIH, Director, HSE-Chicago Operation, Bureau Veritas North America, Inc., Lisle, IL.

Mr. Stauder is the Director of HSE for the Chicago Operation of Bureau Veritas North America. His responsibilities include management of staff, proposals, projects, account coordination, quality and P&L. Mr. Stauder has more than 25 years of comprehensive experience in the environmental, health and safety profession, including: Conducted audits throughout the world, developed audit protocols and supervised the work of international auditors conducting occupational health and medical surveillance audits; managed environmental, health and safety risks and programs for 10 years at Veterans Administration Medical Centers; data validation and analysis; regulatory reporting such as OSHA injury and illness, EPA Tier II and RCRA waste; risk evaluation and assessment; comprehensive industrial hygiene field work and management responsibility and identification and resolution of EHS risks in clinical and research laboratories.​


Val Garner, MBA, CIH, CHMM, Vice President, Business Management, SWS Environmental Services, Panama City Beach, FL.

Val Garner is currently Vice President of Business Management with SWS Environmental Services. Prior to working in this capacity Mr. Garner served for 8 years as the Vice President of HSE/Risk Management for SWS. He holds a BS in Occupational, Safety and Health Management from the University of Findlay and an MBA from Auburn University. Furthermore, Mr. Garner is a credentialed Hazardous Materials Manager and Certified Industrial Hygienist. 

Mr. Garner is a member of AIHA® and is the Past Chair of AIHA’s® Protective Clothing and Equipment Committee. Mr. Garner is also a member of the Spill Control Association of America where he serves as an alternate board member and chairman of the Safety Committee. He served in an advisory capacity through the development of American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practice 98 entitled, “Personal Protective Equipment Selection for Oil Spill Responders” released in August of 2013.​

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Zack Mansdorf, PhD, QEP, CIH, CSP, Consultant, Sustainability Consultants, Boca Raton, FL.

Dr. Mansdorf is a consultant in EHS and Sustainability. He previously served as the Senior Vice President- Safety, Health, Environment, for L’Oreal Worldwide. He has a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Kansas, with graduate degrees in Environment and Safety from the University of Michigan and Central Missouri State. He is a Past President of the Academy of Industrial Hygiene, AIHF, and Past-President of AIHA and is a Past Board member of BCSP. He has over 40 years of comprehensive experience in many different sectors. He is a Fellow of AIHA and ASTM. He has received the Cummings and Service Awards from AIHA among his recognitions. He also served until recently (for 6 years) as a Director for the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability and Chair of their Advisory Council and is the principal author of the CSHS Best Practice Guide for Occupational Health and Safety in Sustainability Reports.​