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Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Firm President
Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C.

Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, an attorney, safety professional and firm president of the Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C. is recognized as a national expert on occupational safety and health. Ms. Abrams heads a ten-attorney firm that represents employers and contractors nationwide in OSHA and MSHA litigation, and provides safety and health training, auditing, and consultation services. She is a Certified Mine Safety Professional, and a Department of Labor–approved trainer. Ms. Abrams is on the adjunct faculty of Catholic University in Washington, DC, where she teaches employment and labor law.

Ms. Abrams is also a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and is co-author of several safety-related textbooks. She is chair of the National Safety Council’s Business & Industry Division committee on regulatory and legal affairs. She is admitted to the Bars of MD, DC and PA, as well as multiple federal courts including the US Supreme Court.


Nick Bernini
Manager of Predictive Analytics and Lead Data Scientist
Predictive Solutions

Nick Bernini is the manager of predictive analytics and lead data scientist at Predictive Solutions Corp. He has spent the last 10 years building predictive models across the Marketing, Education, Retail, Finance, and Governmental sectors.  Bernini holds a B.S. in Theoretical Mathematics and a M.S. in Computational Mathematics and Statistics and can be reached at nbernini@predictivesolutions.com


page-bottorf-tim2Tim Page-Bottorff, CSP
Senior Safety Consultant
SafeStart, a division of Electrolab Limited

Tim Page-Bottorff is an inspirational certified safety professional who brings valuable knowledge from over 20 years of occupational health, safety and environmental experience. He has received the coveted ASSE Safety Professional of the Year for Region II and also for the Arizona Chapter. His industry accomplishments include teaching as an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer for UCSD and an Adjunct Faculty Member, Asbestos Inspector/Management Planner. He is the ASSE Region II Vice President and Past President of the Arizona Chapter. He also belongs to the Training and Communications, Consultants Practice Specialties and is a member of the military branch. Mr. Page-Bottorff has consulted with hundreds of clients at thousands of sites across several industries, including Georgia Pacific, Land O’ Lakes, Mosaic, Honda, International Paper, and Procter and Gamble.

As a United States Marine, Mr. Page-Bottorff earned the Humanitarian Service Medal and is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. He started his safety career in the Marine Corps and is very proud of his continued grassroots approach. He is currently working on a self-help book titled The Core of Four and has previously been published in industry magazines such as Coatings Pro Magazine, Professional Safety Magazine, the Journal of Environmental Management and the Water Environment Federation. He has a passion for safety that makes him a very motivating speaker and one of the most sought-after consultants in the industry. As a father of teenagers, he realizes the importance of safety not just at work but also at home and on the road. Participants benefit from his enthusiasm and unique ability to immediately put his audience at ease through humor and personal life experiences.


Thomas E. Boyce, Ph.D.
Principal
Center for Behavioral Safety

Thomas E. (Ted) Boyce received a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the APA- Accredited Graduate Program at Virginia Tech and was a professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is currently principal of the Center for Behavioral Safety, LLC and a sought-after safety consultant, conference speaker, educator, author, and executive coach.  Dr. Boyce pioneered the application of behavioral science to prevent injuries in the mining industry and has been providing cost-effective safety and culture change training to the U.S. mining, manufacturing, and construction industries for over 20 years, transforming the cultures of many organizations. He has authored dozens of publications, including invited works for Aggman, Motivated Magazine, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, Rock Products, and the Training Journal.  He also contributes a popular regular column to Mining Quarterly. His executive book, The Psychology of Leadership: Awaken Your Work Culture’s Full Potential in 2 Science-Based Steps was published in 2014 by SMPLLC.  Dr. Boyce is a full member of the American Psychological Association, Association of Psychological Science, and the Association for Behavior Analysis International.  He has also been active with local and regional chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Association for Training Development. As a formally trained musician and experienced performer, Dr. Boyce combines a fine-tuned mix of education, emotion, and entertainment in each of his public speaking engagements. Learn more at www.thomaseboyce.com and www.cbsafety.com or contact Dr. Boyce directly at ted.boyce@cbsafety.com


Eric J. Conn, Esq.
Founding Partner and OSHA Practice Chair
Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Eric Conn, a founding partner of Conn Maciel Carey and Chair of the firm’s national OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group, focuses his law practice exclusively on issues involving occupational safety and health law. Mr. Conn develops safety and health regulatory strategies for his clients across all industries with a particular emphasis in advising and representing clients during inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), state OSH Programs, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), and state and local safety regulators.

Mr. Conn manages the full range of litigation against OSHA, including appeals of citations, negotiations of settlements geared to minimize the impact of enforcement actions on wrongful death and personal injury civil cases, and trials before the OSH Review Commission. He has represented employers during U.S. Attorney criminal investigations and prosecutions of alleged OSH Act criminal violations and advises employers’ other attorneys in civil and criminal cases stemming from workplace accidents about overlapping OSHA regulatory issues. Mr. Conn also counsels clients through catastrophic industrial, construction, and manufacturing workplace accidents, including explosions and chemical releases, and has developed and audited safety programs and policies. He provides workplace safety training and compliance counseling for employers as well.

Prior to founding Conn Maciel Carey, Mr. Conn practiced for more than a decade alongside the first General Counsel of the OSH Review Commission, and was later Head of an OSHA practice group that was honored as the “Occupational Health & Safety Law Firm of the Year” by Corporate INTL Magazine in its 2014 Global Awards. In 2013 and 2014, he was named a “Rising Star” by Washington, DC Super Lawyers, and a “Super Lawyer” every year since.

Mr. Conn is a prolific writer on all topics OSHA related. He edits the popular OSHA law blog the OSHA Defense Report, and authored the chapter “OSHA Inspections” in the Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook, 2nd ed. (Government Institutes, 2008), and the chapter “Defending Clients Against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Increasingly Severe Enforcement Practices” in Complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act: Leading Lawyers on Navigating OSHA Investigations and Developing Successful Compliance Strategies (Aspatore, Inside the Minds, 2012).

Mr. Conn is also a popular speaker on OSHA and related legal issues, and is often quoted as a leader in the field. He curates Conn Maciel Carey’s monthly OSHA Webinar Series, created the OSHA Defense Report Group on LinkedIn and can be found on twitter as @OSHA_Guy.


Tressi L. Cordaro, Esq.
Partner
Jackson Lewis P.C.

Tressi L. Cordaro is a partner in the Washington, D.C. region office of Jackson Lewis PC. Ms. Cordaro advises and represents employers on occupational safety and health matters before federal and state OSHA enforcement agencies. She has advised employers faced with willful and serious citations as the result of catastrophic events and fatalities, including citations involving multi-million dollar penalties. Ms. Cordaro served as the Presidentially-appointed Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to the past Chairman and Commissioner Horace A. Thompson, III at the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) in Washington, DC, the agency that adjudicates contested federal OSHA citations. In addition, Ms. Cordaro worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration developing OSHA standards, regulations and enforcement and compliance policies, with emphasis on the construction industry.


Amanda Czepiel, J.D.
Senior Managing Editor – EHS
BLR

Amanda Czepiel, J.D., is the Senior Managing Editor of BLR’s Environment, Health and Safety products and publications, and has been with BLR since 2007. Before joining BLR, Ms. Czepiel clerked in the Environmental Enforcement Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and with the Connecticut Fund for the Environment in New Haven, Connecticut. Prior to attending law school, she worked as an environmental educator and naturalist for the National Park Service and for the Hawthorne Valley Farm Visiting Students Program. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in Food Studies from the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is a member of the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Women Environmental Professionals and the American Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in Connecticut.


dankert-joannJoAnn H. Dankert, ASP, CHMM, CET
Senior Consultant
National Safety Council

JoAnn Dankert is a safety professional with more than 30 years of diversified experience covering the electronics, food, pharmaceutical, chemical and distribution industries. With responsibilities spanning the safety, health and environmental fields, Ms. Dankert designs and implements cost effective solutions to the regulatory challenges business and industry face on a daily basis.  Her background in ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards has positioned her to help organizations integrate SHE practices into their business operations. As a Senior Consultant with the National Safety Council, Ms. Dankert is responsible for providing field consulting and training services. She serves as project manager and client contact for consulting and training assignments as well as SME expertise to the Council, its members and clients. She holds the following professional certifications: ISO 14001 Lead Auditor, ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001 Internal Auditor, Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Certified Environmental Health and Safety Trainer (CET), Associate Safety Professional (ASP). She is professionally affiliated with the American Conference of Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

 


davis-alden-colorAlden B. Davis
Principal
MyValueTree


Alden B. Davis is a specialist in regenerating institutions. With over 30 years of global expertise in industry, he designs, orchestrates, and leads large-scale institutional change.  His focus is financially based change processes, business turnarounds, collaborative labor-management change and leadership development. He is a contributor on Connecticut’s WTIC Newstalk radio, a frequent conference speaker and workshop leader, and has presented to numerous organizations including MIT, Boston University, University of Puerto Rico, Goal QPC, IAM Placid Harbor, EO and the Business Council to the UN. Mr. Davis is degreed in Business and Engineering from Arizona State University and holds two patents.


Cassandra Dillon, MS
Principal Consultant
Compliance Solutions: SHERM

Cassandra Dillon is a safety risk management professional with over 20 years of experience in the fields of industrial engineering, environmental, industrial hygiene, risk management, occupational safety and health. As an international sought after speaker, consultant and trainer her subject matter expertise (SME) spans in the areas of transportation, warehousing/distribution, manufacturing, oil and gas. Also, as an adjunct professor she regularly lectures in the areas of emergency planning, environmental systems, logistics, engineering, risk management, safety and petroleum technology. Furthermore, she has authored several safety video courses that are approved by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

Ms. Dillon holds the following professional certifications: Certified Environmental and Safety Compliance Officer (CESCO), Safety, Health and Environmental Professional (SHEP), Construction Site Safety Master (CSSM), Loss Control Representative (LCR)

Ms. Dillon is professionally affiliated with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Association of Talent Development (ATD), American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) and the American Chemical Engineering Society (AIChE)

Ms. Dillon holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University; an Advanced Technical Certificate in Professional Accountancy, and a M.S in Risk Control/Safety Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. She serves as a member of the Injury Prevention Committee- Texas Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council, Authorized OSHA outreach general industry and PEC Safety trainer. Finally, she serves as a member of the Risk Management sub Committee of the National Program Planning and Development Committee for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


Shawn M. Galloway
President & COO
ProAct Safety®

Shawn M. Galloway, president and COO of ProAct Safety, is a consultant, professional speaker and author of several bestselling books including STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence, Forecasting Tomorrow: The Future of Safety Excellence and the newly-released Inside Strategy: Value Creation from within Your Organization. As President of the global consultancy, ProAct Safety, Shawn’s consulting clients include many of the best safety-performing organizations within every major industry.  He has received awards and recognition for his significant contributions from the American Society of Safety Engineers Council on Practices & Standards, National Safety Council’s Top 40 Rising Stars, EHS Today Magazine’s 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS, ISHN Magazine’s POWER 101 – Leaders of the EHS World and their new list: 50 Leaders for Today and Tomorrow.


Courtney Malveaux, Esq.
Principal
Jackson Lewis P.C.

Courtney Malveaux is a principal in the Richmond, Virginia, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents employers cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other regulatory agencies. He also advises and represents employers in employment law matters, including retaliation claims, employment discrimination, unemployment benefits and wage claims. Mr. Malveaux also represents business associations in state and federal legislative and regulatory matters.

Mr. Malveaux represents industry on the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board, and pulled together a broad coalition of business and safety associations to pass a first-in-the-nation law to make voluntary compliance a permanent part of a state Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Before joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Malveaux enforced occupational safety and health law and other state and federal labor laws as Virginia’s Labor Commissioner and as President of the National Association of Government Labor Officials.


Jeremy R. Mollet GSC, STS, CHSC, CRSP, CMIOSH, CSP
Director of Safety Health and Environmental
AECOM

Jeremy R. Mollet, GSC, STS, CHSC, CRSP, CMIOSH, CSP is an experienced safety, health, environment, quality, regulatory and compliance executive. As the Director of Safety Health and Environmental for AECOM United States Oil and Gas, he is responsible for SH&E execution on multiple sites including engineering, capital projects, mechanical, fabrication, and operations/maintenance (refining and chemicals) across the United States with an upcoming project in Mexico. He oversees and provides input on projects with budgets up to $1 billion.


Tracy L. Moon, Jr., Esq.
Partner
Fisher Phillip LLP

Tracy Moon is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher Phillips LLP. He represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. His experience includes representation of employers before state and federal trial and appellate courts in matters under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and a variety of state law wrongful discharge, contract and tort claims. Mr. Moon also represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board and other government agencies, including the EEOC and OSHA. Mr. Moon counsels and trains employers on labor and employment law, including conducting on-site compliance inspections and in-house management training programs. He is a frequent speaker at various employment and labor law programs.


perkins-caseyR. Casey Perkins, CSP
Area Director
OSHA Austin Area Office

R. Casey Perkins has been the Area Director for OSHA’s Austin Area Office since 2010 and started with the Agency in 2003. He has worked in the areas of asbestos abatement, construction, process safety management, manufacturing and environmental compliance—and has testified for the Agency on more than one occasion. The Austin office administers the enforcement and outreach activities for workplace safety and health throughout 34 counties in central Texas as part of OSHA Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas). The office has ongoing cooperative agreements with the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Central Texas Chapter; the Workers Defense Project; and the Consulate of Mexico in Austin.


Isabel Perry, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO
21st Century Safety
TheSafetyDoctor.com

Dr. Isabel Perry of 21st Century Safety and TheSafetyDoctor.com, Inc. is a sought-after and enthusiastic consultant, speaker, and trainer to employees in the manufacturing, health care, government, and service sectors. Her “can-do” and energized attitude has inspired audiences to embrace the possibilities of increased excellence based on improved approaches to performance.

Dr. Perry regularly presents to corporate groups and conferences on executive and management development, team building and interpersonal skills, effective communication, coaching and counseling for high performance, culture change and managing transitions in the workplace, as well as on OSHA safety compliance and management.

While working with all levels of a Fortune 50 company, Dr. Perry “broke the glass ceiling” and led teams in international operations. The teams under her direction were inspired to achieve excellence and won international awards for their performance and contributions to the company. Dr. Perry, who holds a master’s degree in safety management and a doctorate degree in safety and educational psychology, harnesses her unique combination of experiences as a corporate executive, entrepreneur, author, and speaker to effectively deliver real-life solutions to her audiences worldwide.


jonathan-poole-headshot-2Jonathan Poole
Health & Safety Consultant
The EI Group

Jonathan Poole is a Health & Safety Consultant who specializes in lockout/tagout on behalf of The EI Group. He offers more than 20 years of instructional experience across diverse disciplines, including occupational safety, industrial hygiene, information technology, manufacturing and the green industry. A repeated contributor to safety programs for Fortune 500 companies, Mr. Poole develops feasible solutions to site-specific issues, particularly those issues involving OSHA compliance standards. In addition to identifying and evaluating targeted improvements for clients nationwide, he trains a wide variety of regulatory topics throughout the Southeast. Mr. Poole can be reached at jpoole@ei1.com or at 919-995-3504.


Ellis Ritz ritz-ellis
Co-Founder and Director of Learning and Development
Meyvn Global

Ellis Ritz is an accomplished learning development professional and subject-matter expert with nearly 40 years of experience in mining safety who taught over 2,000 safety professionals. He is the co-author of Safety Training That Transfers, and he has served as the teaching experience lead on projects and advocated for experiential learning. He has designed customized curriculum that is heavily focused on student interaction and universal participation, and he enthusiastically adheres to the ADDIE model of developing adult education from analysis to the evaluation stage. He is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance with the Association for Talent Development.


rubin-michaelMichael Rubin, Esq., CHST
Partner
Goldberg Segella

Michael Rubin, Esq., CHST, is a partner attorney in the law firm Goldberg Segalla, where he serves as Chair of the OSHA and Worksite Safety Practice Group. Michael has counseled clients across multiple industries regarding inspections, responding to citations, and the intricacies of the OSHA recording and reporting requirements.  He has on-the-ground experience conducting accident investigations and represents companies at all stages of OSHA enforcement proceedings, including negotiating for the withdrawal and reclassification of violations at informal conferences and formally contesting citations. He is a member of the firm’s Business and Commercial Practice Group and possesses an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Rubin, a certified Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), is a frequent lecturer on best practices for minimizing OSHA liability, the New York Labor Law (Scaffold Law), and strategies for effective risk management and risk transfer.  He has completed the Department of Labor’s OSHA-30 construction training and general industry training and has authored numerous articles/blog posts on OSHA, including as co-editor of Goldberg Segalla’s OSHA: Legal Developments and Defense Strategies  blog.


Derek Sang, QSSP, SMT
Technical Training Manager
Bulwark Protective Apparel

Derek Sang, QSSP, SMT of Bulwark Protective Apparel has been involved with the flame resistant (FR) clothing industry in a variety of roles from the service, manufacturing and garment sides of the business for over 20 years. In the first 10 years of his career, Mr. Sang worked directly with end-users developing and implementing FR clothing programs specific to the customer’s hazards. Over the past 11 years he has worked closely with fortune 1000 companies educating them on the various fabrics, FR technologies and the dynamics of Arc Flash and Flash Fire hazards as they look to develop FR clothing programs. Mr. Sang has developed and conducted over 250 educational and informational seminars on the Hazards of Arc Flash and Flash Fire for a variety of companies, associations and organizations including NSC, VPPPA, NJATC, NECA, CAER.


Emily Scace
Senior Editor, Safety
BLR

Emily Scace is a Senior Editor for BLR’s safety publications. She oversees the day-to-day operations of Safety.BLR.com; writes and edits news articles, training content, regulatory analysis, and other materials about workplace safety; manages content for BLR’s OSHA Compliance Advisor and Cal/OSHA Compliance Advisor newsletters; works on BLR’s TRAC360 Chemical Lists product; and more. Prior to joining BLR, she worked as an editor in the audiobook publishing industry. She graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University, where she received her B.A. in English Literature and Psychology.


slates-kevinKevin Slates, Ed.D., MPA, BS, CSP
Clinical Associate Professor
Indiana University

Kevin Slates, Ed.D., MPA, BS, CSP is a Clinical Associate Professor in the department of Applied Health Science at Indiana University. Dr. Slates is also the Safety Program Coordinator at the university and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses safety, industrial hygiene and environmental health.  His research interests include program evaluation, EHS management systems, safety culture, health disparities and exposure assessment. his experience includes working for the Kentucky Occupational Safety Health Program and the Environmental Public Protection Cabinet as a manager, consultant and inspector.  His dissertation examined safety performance metrics and government VPP partnership programs.

Dr. Slates holds a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Eastern Kentucky University, a M.P.A, in Public Administration from Kentucky State University and Doctorate in Education from Spalding University.  He is a Certified Safety Professional and authorized OSHA outreach general industry and construction trainer.  He is also an active member of AIHA and ASSE.


Eric Svendsen, Ph.D.
Principal/Lead Change Agent
safetyBUILT-IN

Eric has over 20 years experience in creating and executing outcomes-based leadership development and culture change initiatives aligned to organizational goals, and he personally led the safety-culture initiatives of a number of client organizations that resulted in “best ever safety performance” years for those companies. As a learning and development consultant Mr. Svendsen has developed and rolled out a variety of learning programs using adult-learning theory for all levels of client companies, including compliance training for hourly field workers, leadership development for supervisors and managers, safety-leadership cultural training for field supervisors and directors, and business-acumen training. He has also advised executive leadership teams on development needs and appropriate programs for leadership-level succession planning. His client engagements reach to industrial companies worldwide, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Asia, and the Middle East. He has authored several books and articles on safety-leadership culture, and is the weekly host of Recordable INSIGHTS video newsletter. His facilitation style is interactive and engaging with a constant view toward establishing performance outcomes, real-world skills building, and competency development.


Terry Weston, CSP, CMSP
Safety Professional
Center for Business and Industry at South Central College

Terry Weston is a safety and health professional with the Center for Business and Industry (CBI) division of South Central College in North Mankato Minnesota. He has presented at numerous events including ISMSP, TRAM, and Joseph A. Holmes National conferences. He is credentialed by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (CSP) and International Society of Mine Safety Professionals (CMSP). He is a subject matter expert for CBI in the areas of OSHA Safety, Mine Safety training.

Mr. Weston collects response data form all of his training sessions using audience response devices. This approach allows him to increase retention by modifying his delivery based on worker results. This data-driven approach to training and consultation helps his clients to implement sessions and systems that resonate with the workers at each company.


Gina White
Solutions Engineer
Health & Safety Institute

Gina White is a Solutions Engineer with the Health & Safety Institute, and is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In her role, she is responsible for accessing organizational training requirements, delivery systems and the expertise required to facilitate emergency care, workplace safety training, tracking, and reporting to achieve the desired levels of compliance.

Ms. White also serves as a technical subject matter expert to clients and colleagues on a host of technical and regulatory topics such as SCORM, Course Authorship, OSHA, CAPCE, and training compliance management.

Prior to joining HSI, Ms. White worked as Director of Training for Trivantis, makers of the eLearning software Lectora and their LMS Coursemill. She has developed online training for the Lectora website, as well as training by request, focusing on the topics of software simulation, tests and variable manipulation, as well as instructional design best practices.

Ms. White is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sales and Business Marketing.