National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo™ REGISTER AGENDASESSIONS
[2016 Program Materials & Attendee List]
2016 ErgoExpo Speakers

Melissa Afterman Melissa Afterman
Senior Principal Ergonomist, VSI Risk Management & Ergonomics, Inc.
Melissa Afterman is a Senior Ergonomist and Project Manager with VSI Consulting. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly SLO in BioResource/Agricultural Engineering with a Dance Minor, and her Master's degree in Human Factors/Ergonomics Engineering from San Jose State University. Since the turn of the century, Melissa has provided human factors and ergonomics consulting services, specializing in biotechonolgy and pharmaceutical R&D and manufacturing work environments. She also enjoys developing ergonomics programs and educational resources. Melissa is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) and a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Ergonomics Roundtable (BAER).

Jeffrey Anshel Jeffrey Anshel
OD, FAAO, Founder, Corporate Vision Consulting
Dr. Jeffrey Anshel is a 1975 graduate from the Illinois College of Optometry. He has written numerous articles and six books regarding nutritional influences on vision and computer vision concerns. Dr. Anshel is the principal of Corporate Vision Consulting, where he addresses the issues surrounding visual demands while working with computers. He lectures nationally to ergonomic professionals and eyecare providers on vision care topics. Dr. Anshel is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Founder and Past President of the Ocular Nutrition Society. He maintains a private practice in Encinitas, CA.

Todd Baker Todd Baker
Principal, Empowerment Ergonomics
Todd Baker is Principal of Empowerment Ergonomics, a consulting firm in Ithaca, NY specializing in ergonomics and work wellness services. In addition to providing comprehensive ergonomics services in a broad range of work environments, Todd has developed innovative injury prevention initiatives in a variety of research, diagnostic, process and testing laboratory settings. Todd is currently Lead Ergonomics Consultant for the Cornell University Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program directing campus-wide employee ergonomics assessment, training and planning activities.

Drew Bossen Drew Bossen
Executive Vice President, Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions
Drew received his undergraduate and Physical Therapy degrees from the University of Iowa. He also received a MBA from Ashland College. He has a strong clinical background rooted in the assessment and evaluation of the injured worker. Over the past 25 years he has worked with organizations across the country providing organizational solutions in ergonomics, pro-active safety and wellness. His strengths lie in clinical application and systems thinking. Drew is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, having served in many roles. He is also a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, National Safety Council and The Human Factors and Ergonomic Society. He has spoken to audiences across the country on ergonomic system solutions, injury prevention and corporate wellness.

David Brodie David Brodie
MS, CPE, Corporate Ergonomist, Cargill, Inc.
David Brodie, MS, CPE, is a Corporate Ergonomist with Cargill, Inc. Brodie oversees the development and implementation of the corporate ergonomics program for the company, with the goal to significantly reduce ergonomic risk and injury rates to meet global health and safety goals. Brodie, a Certified Professional Ergonomist with a Masters of Science in Kinesiology, has been working in the field of ergonomics for 20 years. Brodie has worked as a consultant for corporate clients throughout North America, including work in office, industrial, meat processing, transportation, and healthcare settings. Brodie is currently Administrator of the Ergonomics Practice Specialty within the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and past President of the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE).

Richard Bunch Richard Bunch
CEO, WorkSaver Systems
Dr. Bunch is a licensed physical therapist and ergonomic specialist specializing in functional capacities evaluations (FCEs), new hire and return to work fit-for-duty evaluations, ergonomics, wellness, and injury prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). He attended undergraduate training at West Point United States Military Academy and Louisiana State University. He received his clinical degree in Physical Therapy and Medical Ph.D. in Human Anatomy and Physiology from Louisiana State University (LSU) Medical Center with honors in 1983. Dr. Bunch is currently the founder and C.E.O. of Industrial Safety & Rehabilitation (ISR) Institute, Inc., an organization that offers ergonomics training and consulting and state and nation-wide functional testing (fit for duty assessments) for new hire and return-to-work cases via a network of over 128 clinics certified by ISR Institute. Functional testing services offered b y Dr. Bunch's organization, ISR Institute, known as WorkSaver(sm) Systems, are fully EEOC and ADA-compliant. With administrative offices and clinics located in New Orleans (Harahan) and Houma, Louisiana, ISR Institute offers employee functional testing via WorkSaver(sm) certified affiliate clinics that span from the gulf coast to as far North as Alaska. ISR Institute also has an affiliate clinic in Guam. Dr. Bunch's nation-wide WorkSaver(sm) functional testing provider network has proven to be highly effective in reducing injuries and litigation for many large and small industries. Dr. Bunch also currently serves as a Clinical Associate Professor at Tulane University Medical Center, Department of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, where he conducts seminars in ergonomics. He has developed the only Clinical and Behavioral-Based Ergonomic Specialist Certification (CBES) course in the United States for safety professionals, industrial hygienists, ergonomic consultants and occupational health providers. He is a frequent invited lecturer to both safety and medical conferences nationally and internationally. He has spoken at national and regional ASSE conferences on numerous occasions and won "Best Speaker" Awards twice in different divisions for the National Safety Council. Dr. Bunch has published numerous articles and book chapters dealing with wellness, ergonomics, behavioral based injury prevention, employee functional testing, and back injury prevention.

Barry Carlin Barry Carlin
CEO Best Performance Systems Inc.
Dr. Barry Carlin, is an innovator in PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT AND INJURY PREVENTION . In clinical practice since 1981, he is influenced by training in Behavior Modification, Accelerated Learning, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation, Biomechanics, and Ergonomics. He began treating injuries, and then incorporated rehabilitative concepts to prevent recurrence and improve performance. His approach evolved into a unique system. He specialized in athletes, dancers, Circus and musicians, and taught workshops throughout the United States, Asia and Europe. He has applied his concepts to the workplace since 1995 and has implemented programs for airlines, manufacturing, hospitals, hotels, municipalities, warehousing, police and fire dept’s, etc. Dr. Carlin trains company’s throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. His unique technology works—motivating workers to change their habits that keep safe and efficient habits alive daily and for years. The results are injury reduction of 50-90%, reduced waste and enhanced productivity.

Chia Chia Chang Chia-Chia Chang
MPH, MBA, Partnerships Coordinator, NIOSH Total Worker Health®, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Chia-Chia Chang, MPH, MBA is the Coordinator for Partnership and New Opportunity Development for the Office of Total Worker Health at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Ian Chong Ian Chong
MS, CPE, Extreme Ergonomics Inc.
Ian Chong is an award winning (Liberty Mutual Creativity in Ergonomics - 2012 and Dorland Rehab Professional of the Year - 2010), vastly experienced (lots of years), highly credentialed (plenty of boot marks on the back side) CPE. He is also profiled in the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry as a nationally prominent ergonomist and performing magician, with an outstanding sense of humor, albeit somewhat nerdy. Educated in Ergonomics and Occupational Biomechanics (NYU); Industrial Design (Pratt Institute, NYC); Architecture (UWash) and inventing (school of hard knocks), he is known for Rugged, Macho, Grimy industrial Ergonomics and Complex Office Ergonomics solutions. You can find him, (often in his shop) developing creative solutions, getting injured workers out of pain, and helping companies add to their bottom line. He happily admits to receiving Starbuck lattés and gifts from the company store in thanks from workers, in helping them support their families.

Emma Christensen Emma Christensen
Corporate Ergonomist, WorksafeBC
Emma has worked as an occupational therapist for the past 22 years. She has been the corporate ergonomist for WorksafeBC (Worker’s Compensation Board) for the past 13 years. Emma is responsible for developing and implementing the corporate ergonomics program for over 3000 employees. Emma regularly shares her expertise with WorksafeBC employees and other employers, in both the private and public sector, through 1:1 assessments and presentations. She has been interviewed on news television and radio as a subject matter expert in the areas of office ergonomics and seating. Emma has presented at ergonomics and safety conferences, both nationally and internationally.

Jerome J. Congleton Jerome J. Congleton, PhD, PE, CPE
PhD, PE, CPE, Emeritus Professor of Ergonomics and Safety Engineering, Texas A&M University Health Science Center School of Public Health
Jerome J. Congleton, Ph.D., PE, CPE, is an Emeritus Professor of Ergonomics and Safety Engineering at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center School of Public Health. His educational background includes a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Evansville in Indiana, a MS in Management from the University of Arkansas and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech with research emphasis on Ergonomics/Human factors (the design of the workplace to fit the worker). His main research interests are in the areas of seated research, office ergonomics, prevention and control of back injuries and ergonomics. Jerome holds 8 patents, 36 refereed journal publications and has graduated and chaired 19 Ph.D.’s and 95 Masters.

Kevin Costello Kevin Costello
CPE President, United States Ergonomics

Deepesh Desai Deepesh Desai ,
Director of Consulting, Humantech
Deepesh Desai, Director of Consulting for Humantech, oversees complex, large-scale ergonomics programs in a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, pharmaceutical, consumer products, petroleum, food and beverage, steel, and heavy-vehicle manufacturing. Deepesh has helped companies achieve best-in-class results by implementing workplace improvements and training programs that increase productivity, enhance product quality, and reduce injuries and illnesses. His recent client engagements include Cardinal Health, ExxonMobil, Inteva Products, Land O’Lakes, Tesla, and ZF TRW. Prior to joining Humantech, Deepesh completed an internship as a Consultant Ergonomist for Briggs & Stratton Corporation, where he developed a methodology for generating job rotation schedules. He has also worked as a consultant for organizations across diverse industries, performing ergonomic assessments, making recommendations for and implementing ergonomic improvements, and designing analysis tools. Deepesh received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune in Maharashtra, India, and a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, focusing on Occupational Ergonomics and Safety, from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. He also received a Master of Education degree focusing on Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics from Auburn University. Deepesh has achieved recognition as a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE).

Curt DeWeese Curt DeWeese,
PT, COO, DSI Work Solutions
Curt DeWeese, PT is C.O.O. DSI Work Solutions (Bowling Green, KY) and President of Work Injury Solutions & Physical Therapy, PC (Webster, NY). Curt has 25 years experience working onsite with employers in manufacturing, transportation, healthcare and office environments. Programs include education, job and ergonomic analysis, workstation design and early intervention. Curt leads case management, early return to work efforts, and participates on safety committees assisting companies obtain significant improvement in lost days and dollars spent. He has authored articles in many publications and presented at the State and National Level on work injury prevention and management. Curt provides training and support of DSI Work Solutions providers in Job Function Matching®, Functional Capacity Assessments, business development, marketing and onsite in industry services. He is also a provider of services for Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions. He can be reached at

Woody Dwyer Woody Dwyer
Woody is currently the 2nd Vice President for Workers’ Compensation, Risk Control, for Travelers, one of the largest workers’ compensation insurance providers in the United States. He is passionate about helping businesses assess their workplace risks and work towards a safe and productive environment. In this role he oversees the workers compensation risk and develop strategies to assess risk as well as provide service to customers. Additionally, he manages the Human Factors and Ergonomics units of Risk Control, in which he oversees a team of Senior Ergonomics Specialists throughout the U.S., providing guidance and training for individuals and overseeing the overall performance of the team. Since joining Travelers in 2004, he has developed and conducted numerous presentations and trainings throughout the world on topics ranging from implementing effective risk management strategies to developing effective and efficient safety and ergonomic programs. His specialties include client ergonomics and safety assessment; workers’ compensation consulting; webinar and training session development/delivery; media spokesperson for risk management.

Scott Ege Scott Ege, PT, MS
PT, MS, President, Ege WorkSmart Solutions, PC
Scott Ege is President of Ege WorkSmart Solutions PC, located in Rockton, IL. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa (1988) and Des Moines University Master’s degree program in Physical Therapy (1990). Scott has provided comprehensive and integrated workers’ health services for manufacturing, office, retail, and healthcare industries throughout the past 25 years. He has presented at both state and national levels regarding innovative approaches for the prevention and management of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). His concepts and achievements have also been published in the Journal of WORK, PT Magazine, PT Products, PT Today, and Occupational Health & Safety Magazine. Scott is also the creator of the nationally recognized programs titled Stretch It Out!™ and PowerMoves™. Scott serves as faculty for DSI Work Solutions and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, National Association of Occupational Health Providers, and American Society of Safety Engineers.

Jessica Ellison Jessica Ellison,
M.S., CPE, CSP, Principal Consultant, BSI EHS Services and Solutions
Jessica Ellison is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) with over 10 years of experience in ergonomics and safety. She has helped companies develop and streamline global ergonomic and safety programs to improve efficiencies for ergonomic and safety support. She has experience conducting qualitative and quantitative ergonomic risk assessments with recommendations for reducing risk and increasing efficiencies in many different industries including office settings, laboratories, warehouses, field, agricultural, hospitality and industrial operations. She is an account manager and has managed national and global projects. Ms. Ellison is a Principal Consultant and Northern California Operations Manager with BSI EHS Services and Solutions. Jessica was the winner of the 2013-14 Safety Professional of the Year for the ASSE Ergonomics Practice Specialty.

Kathy Espinoza Kathy Espinoza,
AVP, Ergonomics & Safety, Keenan & Associates
Kathy Espinoza is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist, with dual master’s degrees. She has an MBA and a Master’s Degree in Work Science/Physiology. She has worked at Keenan for 14 years providing ergonomic assessments and injury prevention training to office personnel, hospital workers, fire departments and city and county staff. She taught Ergonomics in the Workplace at UC, Riverside for ten years and was the 2010 recipient of the UCR Instructor Excellence Award. Kathy has been a keynote at professional conferences on the topics of stress reduction, ergonomics, the graying of the American workforce, employee engagement, the culture of wellness, working with multi-generations in the workforce and post-recession leadership. She has 57 articles published in the field of ergonomics.

Brian Farnes Brian Farnes
Safety Supervisor, Nintendo of America
Brian Farnes is an EH&S professional with over fifteen years of experience at a variety of corporations in Western Washington. He has been part of the safety group at Nintendo of America for over seven years and has been in charge of the safety program for the past three years. Ergonomics has been a primary responsibility throughout his career and in addition to performing many hundreds of ergonomic assessments of workstations and production areas he has developed numerous training programs, with the goal of empowering individuals and departments with the knowledge and confidence to take ownership of their own ergonomic safety and health.

Vicki Froman Vicki Froman
Workers’ Compensation Manager, Rich Products
Ms. Froman is a licensed insurance adjuster and certified occupational health practice management professional who has managed workers’ compensation exposures through a variety of roles and strategies for 23 years. She currently provides direction, training and oversight on workers compensation and associate injury management programs affecting corporate and manufacturing personnel across Rich’s domestic operations. She functions as the subject matter expert in all areas of associate injury management; ensuring injured associates receive timely, focused and complete medical care and assistance allowing for a full return to work and optimal recovery. In addition, to address musculoskeletal injuries and a multi-generational workforce, Vicki has introduced “Associate Comfort Edge” – ACE, a multifaceted and proactive ergonomic program to keep Rich’s most valuable asset, our associates, comfortable and injury free while performing their jobs. Ms. Froman collaborates with Rich’s EH&S and Wellness teams to ensure safe work environments and promotion of safe and healthy habits building a “Total Worker Health” system.
Arun Garg Arun Garg
Professor of Occupational Science & Technology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Arun Garg is a UWM Distinguished Professor and Director of Center for Ergonomics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist. He has over 150 publications. Professor Garg has developed several job analysis methods used worldwide. These include: The Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation, The Cumulative Lifting Index, 3-D Static Strength Biomechanical Model, The Energy Expenditure Model, The Strain Index, and The Human Strength Prediction Model. Additionally, Dr. Garg has conducted epidemiological studies to determine associations between risk factors and LBP and upper extremity MSDs as well as intervention studies in nursing homes, hospitals and home health care.

Michael Gee Michael Gee
Owner, PRO FIT Ergonomic Solutions Inc.
Mike Gee began his career in Sports Medicine as a Certified Athletic Trainer at the University of New York at Buffalo and continued his pursuit in the allied health field at Health South Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Clinic in Denver Colorado. He attended Fresno State as a Graduate assistant when we quickly discovered his true passion was working with the tougher cases including overuse and spine injuries. He soon afterwards filled a position at a specialized clinic in San Diego California that emphasized functional anatomy and body mechanic analysis to uncover the underlying conditions that result in discomfort, limitation and pain. With the wealth of knowledge and experience Mike Gee gained through his extensive and broad 25+ year career he started to recognize that the patients he was treating in the clinic could be more effectively treated before they became injured. He confidently founded PRO FIT Ergonomic Solutions with a mission to help employees recognize the role they could play in their own health and safety while supporting the growth and advancement of the companies he worked for. Mike Gee has gained regional and national recognition with his sincerity, compassion and approaches toward helping companies achieve a pain free work place.

Lucy Hart Lucy Hart,
MSc, CCPE, Certified Ergonomist
Lucy is a certified ergonomist with over 25 years’ experience guiding public and private organizations in the application of ergonomics to enhance employee well-being and productivity. She actively contributes to the development and maintenance of standards and guidelines including the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Guideline on Office Ergonomics and the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA) Ergonomics Guideline. She is the Chair of CSA Technical Committee on Office Ergonomics, Chair of BIFMA Ergonomics Subcommittee and member of the LEED Pilot Credit 44 Ergonomics Work Group. Lucy is a peer- elected Educationally Influential Ergonomist as recognized by the Institute for Work and Health.

Alan Hedge Alan Hedge
Professor of Ergonomics, Cornell University
Alan Hedge, PhD, CPE, C.Erg.HF, is a Professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University. Having served as a consultant to businesses and healthcare providers for more than three decades, he is a widely recognized expert in using ergonomic products and strategies to improve productivity, health and comfort in the workplace.

Raymond Higgs Raymond Higgs
Regional HS&E Manager, ZF TRW
Raymond Higgs, Regional Health, Safety, and Environmental Manager for ZF TRW, possesses more than twenty years of experience as an environmental health and safety professional, including the implementation of comprehensive ergonomics programs at manufacturing and chemical facilities. Mr. Higgs’ educational background includes a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Technology and Industrial Studies: Occupational Health and Safety from Middle Tennessee State University. His professional certifications include the Board Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM). During the past decade, facilities under his leadership have earned four Commissioner’s Awards of Excellence and two Governor’s Awards of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
David Hodge David Hodge
Ergonomics Specialist, M-erg
David Hodge is an Ergonomic Specialist with 14 years experience in ergonomic furniture, workspace design and consulting, as a direct rep and/or business owner. He has been performing personal evaluations/assessments as a contractor with M-erg, Inc. since 2014, where he is often referred to as the furniture specialist. David has a B.S. Human Kinetics/Kinesiology from Sam Houston State University, is a Certified Office Ergonomic Evaluator, and is currently working toward his M.S. in Sport and Human Performance. David is an active individual and avid golfer whom lives life by a simple mantra… “Live daily, be mindful every moment, stay active, and always remember that helping others achieve their goals puts you one step closer to achieving your own.”

Michael Hoonhorst Michael Hoonhorst
Senior Consultant, Humantech
Michael Hoonhorst, Senior Consultant and Ergonomics Engineer for Humantech, supports ergonomic project deployments, performs ergonomic risk assessments and on-site data collection, facilitates Humantech’s RAPID® Team Events, redesigns workspaces, and delivers training sessions to client engineering and safety personnel. Prior to joining Humantech, Michael was a graduate assistant at Western Michigan University, where his focus was teaching ergonomics and statistics, and performing ergonomics research for local companies such as Haworth, Stryker, and Bronson Hospital. In addition, he interned in the Ergonomics department at Haworth where he assisted in the design of new office seating. Michael received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Mathematics, and his Master of Science in Industrial Engineering with a focus in Occupational Ergonomics, both from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He has achieved recognition as a Certified Professional Ergonomist.

Vanessa Hudson Vanessa Hudson
Assistant Safety Coordinator, Nintendo of America
Vanessa Hudson is a Safety & Health Professional in the greater Seattle area. Her diverse background with ergonomics, lean, and training in distribution and light manufacturing fields allows her to bring effective solutions to complex workplace safety issues. Her experience is not limited to the warehouse though, as she also has years of experience providing ergonomics assessments in office environments and call centers. Most recently, Vanessa is employed as a Safety Coordinator at Nintendo of America where she support their employees, management, and various work groups including their Ergonomics Task Force.

David Jennings David Jennings
Technical Consultant - Risk Control Services, Liberty Mutual
David Jennings is currently a Technical Consultant for Risk Control Services at Liberty Mutual. Based in Phoenix, Arizona, he is responsible for the providing consulting services to customers at the National, Regional and Middle Market levels within the state of Arizona and Nevada. He has over 35 years of experience in loss control consultation all within the insurance industry. The last 15 years have been with Liberty Mutual. He has diverse experience across all lines of insurance with the ability to handle risk assessment and controls for virtually all industries and all areas of insurance risk, including construction, manufacturing, retail, transportation, service, hospitality, etc. David has proven capabilities in identification and quantification of loss drivers, development of loss source specific service plans, which achieve measurable results for customers. He has a BS - Occupational Safety & Health, Central Washington University. He is an OSHA 500 Trainer, is MSHA Certified and a Lean Green Belt. He has achieved Associate in Loss Control Management and Associate in Risk Management and is a Member of American Society of Safety Engineers.
LaQuandra Jones LaQuandra Jones
Loss Prevention Specialist, Wells Fargo
LaQuandra Jones is a Loss Prevention Specialist in Risk & Insurance Management. She manages Wells Fargo’s ergonomics program. Along with the daily tasks involved with the ergonomics program, she also handles safety and health concerns such as OSHA complaints, workplace safety and Indoor Air Quality issues. She is based in Charlotte, NC. She earned her BS in Business Administration from Hampton University in Hampton, VA. She earned her MBA from Strayer University in Chesapeake, VA. She completed the Office Ergonomics Accreditation Program with The Ergonomics Center, becoming an Accredited Office Ergonomics Evaluator. LaQuandra is a Wells Fargo Volunteer Ambassador for Crisis Assistance Ministries and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She is also a certified CPR/First Aid instructor for the American Red Cross. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, scrapbooking and spending time with her family.

Jay Kapellusch Jay Kapellusch
Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
He has more than 15 years of experience as a consultant, researcher, and educator. His research interests and expertise are in studying the effects of job physical exposure on incidence of musculoskeletal injuries, job analysis methods, and job design. As a function of his work with industry, Dr. Kapellusch has developed numerous tools, devices, and technologies to support manufacturing processes and has analyzed over two thousand jobs in more than 150 companies.

Kevin Kelley Kevin Kelley
Kevin Kelly is the Division SHE Leader for Ecolab Equipment Care division. He has a BS in Business Management and an MS in Risk Control from UW-Stout and has been managing Safety programs for multiple Fortune 250 companies at the division and corporate level for the last 15 years. He has spent many hours with field service personnel in different companies working to reduce MSD risk and improve personal safety.

Julie Landis Dr. Julie Landis
VP of Business Development, Briotix
Julie is a board certified & licensed physical therapist in VA & MD, with expertise in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders & ergonomics. With 22 years in the ergonomics & health care arenas & as a 14 year President & CEO of an ergo consulting firm, Dr. Landis can share experiences from multiple perspectives. In her current position as Vice President of Business Development at Briotix, Dr. Landis is responsible for seeking out business opportunities & fostering strong client relationships. She works with customers to ensure program goals are matched with appropriate services and providers. In addition she monitors the Briotix business portfolio within the overall workforce performance/workforce optimization arena to ensure Briotix remains an industry leader. Dr. Landis presents at numerous conferences and summits and is excited to be a part of ErgoExpo 2016.

Albert Lee Albert Lee
Emp & Labor Law Attorney, Tucker Arensberg
Albert received his law degree from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law. In addition, he has a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in computer science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a shareholder and Practice Group Chair for the Law Offices of Tucker Arensberg of Pittsburgh. Albert is an employment and labor law attorney with more than twenty years of experience. He has helped his clients, which range from some of the largest international companies and insurers to regional family-owned businesses, handle their human resources issues since 1992. Albert has deep and broad experience in virtually all areas of employment and labor law.

James Levine James Levine
MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
James A. Levine, professor of medicine and Richard Emslander Chair at Mayo Clinic and a world-renowned leader in obesity research and child advocacy, is Director of the Mayo Clinic/Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Institute. Doctor Levine is a Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, holds the Richard Emslander Chairs in Nutrition and in Metabolism, and is a Mayo Clinic Professor of Physiology and Bioengineering. He holds five tenured professorships at ASU Doctor Levine is the Regents Professor at Umea University Sweden where he directs the Swedish Center for Obesity Solutions. He is the Deans Distinguished Professor at Case Western Reserve University, as well. Levine is an international expert on obesity. In the United States, he was an invitee to the President’s Panel and the State Department. Internationally, he has consulted with governments around the world. He is a designated Expert at the United Nations. The author of the non-fiction work “Move A Little Lose A Lot,” he has published more than 150 articles on building effective solutions to obesity for adults and children, including five in the journals Science and Nature. His research has focused on approaches to help people become more active, decrease cardiovascular risk and become healthier. He has developed multiple body-worn devices that measure physical activity and caloric intake, and the treadmill desk. Levine is an award winner author of fiction (The Blue Notebook, Dignitas, Bingo’s Run) and more than 50 awards in science including the Innovator Award at NASA, the World Trade Fair award for Innovation,

Robert Lisson Robert Lisson
Vice President, Employer Services, On Site Therapy, LLC
Robert is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s School of Occupational Therapy in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. With a career spanning two decades Robert is a published author, international speaker, expert witness, and recognized leader in the application of industrial rehabilitation services. Providing workforce solutions across various industries, Robert has developed post offer employment test programs, consulted on ergonomics, return-to-work, and disability management services for both private and government agencies in the United States and Canada. His expertise in the analysis of work activity and functional performance is founded in the use of a technology-based approach to biomechanics and certification in the internationally recognized MODular Arrangement of Pre-Determined Time Standards (MODAPTS). Robert’s mission is to provide best practices for each customer through the implementation of Ergonomic & Fatigue Management Solutions.

Mallory Lynch Mallory Lynch
Campus Ergonomist, University of California Berkeley
Mallory Lynch, MA, CEA is the Senior Campus Ergonomist at the University of California, Berkeley, providing ergonomics consultation and training in a broad range of environments. She is passionate about the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for green buildings, with a special focus on the Ergonomics credit under Innovation in Design. She partners extensively with Construction and Design, Space and Capital Resources, Architects, Designers, Purchasing and the campus departments to incorporate ergonomic design principles at the beginning of projects. The campus has received the LEED ergonomics credit for two new construction projects, with a third project pending. As the work environment continues to evolve with open office layouts and mobile ergonomics the design significantly impacts occupant health.

James Mallon James Mallon
Executive Vice President, Humantech
James Mallon, Executive Vice President and Ergonomics Engineer for Humantech, has supported clients in all facets of deploying the ergonomics improvement process over the course of almost 20 years. He has trained employees, ergonomics teams, engineers and management teams on the tactics and strategies needed to deploy work-class ergonomics improvement processes. He has also conducted thousands of workplace assessments and complex engineering reviews. His most recent client engagements include Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Cummins, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and ZF TRW.

Ron Marquez Ron Marquez
Business Development Manager, Briotix

Lynn McAtamney Dr. Lynn McAtamney
PhD, CPE APAM, Director of Ergonomics, ATUNE Health Centres, Australia
Dr. Lynn McAtamney is a Physiotherapist and Certified Professional Ergonomist who has over 30 years’ occupational health experience in the office, manufacturing, retail and health industries both in the UK and Australia. She completed her doctorate at the University of Nottingham (UK) researching the interactions of mental and physical risk factors associated with work-related upper-limb disorders. Lynn has had extensive project management experience and her passion is in improving the health and wellbeing of people in the workplace, whilst at the same time building the success of the organization. She constructs strategies and delivers interventions using a ‘whole of person’ approach that promote early recognition and positive behaviors to enhance mental and physical ability, reduce risks such as stress and improve resilience, physical health and wellbeing. Lynn has an Ergonomics Consultancy, ATUNE Ergonomics, at Lake Macquarie, NSW, Australia and provides services and training nationally and internationally.

Kelsey McCoskey Kelsey McCoskey
Ergonomist, Army Public Health Center
Kelsey McCoskey has been an ergonomist with the Army Public Health Center, Ergonomics Program for 15 years. In addition to planning and conducting applied research projects, field site assessments and handling regulatory compliance issues, she is responsible for organizing and conducting training courses and the development and assessment of ergonomic programs. She has provided over 100 training courses and countless office and industrial workstation assessments in the United States and internationally providing detailed evaluation of high risk work environments and recommendations for ergonomic risk factor controls. Her primary areas of interest include patient handling and healthcare ergonomics, especially the implementation of safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) programs. She served as a working group co-leader for the Patient Handling and Movement survey developed by The Center for Health Design as part of the Safety Risk Assessment Tool and was member of the American Nurses Association (ANA) SPHM subject matter expert working group responsible for drafting the ANA National Guidelines for Safe Patient Handling and Mobility. Ms. McCoskey is a member of the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals Evaluation and Renewal Committee. Ms. McCoskey earned a bachelors degree from the University of Delaware and a masters degree in occupational therapy from Shenandoah University and is adjunct faculty at the Uniformed Service University of Health Sciences. Ms. McCoskey is certified by the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics as a Certified Professional Ergonomist and as a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional by the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals.

Tim McGlothlin Tim McGlothlin
MS, CPE, Executive Director, The Ergonomics Center, North Carolina State University
Tim McGlothlin currently serves as the Executive Director for The Ergonomics Center of North Carolina. Reporting to North Carolina State University, the center provides ergonomics consulting, training and research to clients worldwide. Tim holds a BS from Virginia Tech, MS from the University of Tennessee and a CPE certification through the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics. He has worked for two Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award-winning companies. First at Motorola where he served in various technical and manufacturing leadership positions. Then as Principal Ergonomist with Eastman Chemical Company where his group reduced musculoskeletal injuries 83 percent. He also served two terms as Senior Vice-President for Technical Networking on the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers’ (IISE) Board of Trustees and four years as the Conference Co-Chair for the Institute’s Applied Ergonomics Conference. Tim was recently named IISE Fellow for his service to the profession.

Kathryn Meeks Kathryn Meeks
PT DPT CAE, Founder and Owner, Optimizing Motion
Kathryn Meeks is the founder of Optimizing Motion. She received her undergraduate Physical Therapy degree from Indiana University, her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of New England and is a Certified Associate Ergonomist. She is experienced in providing a wide range of ergonomic services for a variety of industries in Silicon Valley, including Juniper, Agilent Labs, Genentech, HP, and others. When she is not performing ergonomic services, she is working in the physical therapy clinic treating those injured. She is highly skilled in mitigating the risks her clients and patients face by educating them in the application of basic ergonomic principles, resulting in quick discomfort or injury resolution and prevention. Dr. Meeks teamed with Suzanne Patenaude PT MA CIE for over 25 years in multiple settings and to co-author Ergonomics: Value Added, an online continuing education course for health care professionals. She strives to become an adjunct professor in order to pass on her knowledge to students in the field of PT/ ergonomics.

Michael Melnik Michael Melnik
Owner, Prevention Plus, Inc.
Michael Melnik is an occupational therapist with a master’s degree in exercise physiology. He is owner and president of Prevention Plus and The Energized Approach, a company that focuses on helping organizations “Energize” their safety programs and their people. For more than 25 years he has presented his practical, high energy and humorous approach to more than a half million participants throughout the country. He is the author and talent in several award winning videos and online coaching platforms that are used by thousands of organizations. His goal has always been to work with companies that want to create a safe, healthy and productive workplace AND enjoy the process of making it happen.

Rachel Michael Rachel Michael
CPE, CHSP, Ergonomics Thought Leadership, Aon Risk Solutions
Rachel Michael, CPE is Thought Leader of the Ergonomics Practice and the Hospitality group within Aon Global Risk Consulting developing solutions that drive safety, efficiency and productivity for a global client base. Rachel holds a Master’s degree in Ergonomics and currently sits on the board of directors for the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE). Rachel has experience implementing successful ergonomics controls and programs in diverse industries including hospitality, retail, manufacturing, distribution, defense, government, office and tribal entities.

Connie Miller Connie Miller
CCM, CDMS, CPE, Vice President, Business Development, BTE Workforce Solutions
Connie Miller is Vice President at BTE Technologies, Inc. Connie brings over 30 years of experience in managing the cost of workplace injury/disability and the challenges associated with employee safety, productivity and health. Mrs. Miller is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist, a Certified Disability Management Specialist and a Certified Case Manager. She is a member of the International Society for Occupational Ergonomics and Safety and the Disability Management Employer Coalition. At BTE, Connie is responsible for employer consultation and customized development of function-based programs with employers, payers and government to drive down the cost experience of injury and disability, while preserving the safety and health of employees.

Linda Miller Linda Miller
President, EWI Works
Linda Miller (OT(C), OTD, MEDes, CCPE, CPE) is President and Certified Occupational Therapist/Ergonomist at EWI Works International Inc. in Edmonton. Linda established EWI Work in 1991 with the goal to provide education and consulting services to employers in order to prevent workplace injury and improve employee performance. The organization specializes in government, healthcare, utilities, forestry, mining and manufacturing in both office and industrial ergonomics. For two decades, Linda has presented at health & safety conferences and teaches regularly at the University of Alberta where she holds an appointment in the Faculty of Medicine in the Division of Preventive Medicine. She has also holds an appointment as an instructor in the Faculty of Extension where teaches the Fundamental of Ergonomics which has recently become an online course for student wishing to complete the certificate in Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Alberta. When not working Linda is very involved in sports and raising her family.

Moon Mukkar-Poyser Moon Mukkar-Poyser, B.Sc., R. Kin
Corporate Ergonomist, Cargill, Inc.
Moon Mukkar-Poyser has over 15 years of experience in the ergonomics field. She is one of two Corporate Ergonomists for Cargill Inc. Moon specializes in development, standardization, training and continuous improvement of ergonomics programs and auditing processes. Moon is a member of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists and Ontario Kinesiology Association.

Arnie Neustaetter Arnie Neustaetter
Ergonomics Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Arnold Neustaetter manages Industrial, Office and Vehicle Ergonomics at PG&E for 20,000 employees in CA’s largest Utility. Emphasis on cultivating internal expertise and grassroots teams to achieve ergonomics self-sufficiency. He was previously employed at Chevron Corp San Ramon CA Health & Medical Services in Ergonomics and Fitness For Duty. Arnold is a speaker at numerous NSC, ASSE, NECE and AEC conferences.

Fred Norton Fred Norton, MS, CPE, ARM
Technical Director – Ergonomics, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Fred Norton is currently Technical Director – Ergonomics and Manufacturing Technology for Risk Control Services at Liberty Mutual Insurance. He is responsible for advancing the technical quality of ergonomic consulting services throughout Liberty Mutual through the development of customer and consultant tools, resources and capabilities. He has over 30 years of experience in Safety and Ergonomics. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from Cal State University at Long Beach. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and a member of the ASTM F13 – Committee on Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear.

Keith Osborne Keith Osborne
Ergonomist, Seattle City Light
Keith Osborne is currently the Ergonomist for Seattle City Light where his Industrial and Office Ergonomics Processes have saved over $5M in the first 18 months. Keith previously worked at Honeywell in Colorado Springs for 11 years where he built two OSHA Best Practice processes (Ergonomics and Wellness) that were responsible for proactively saving HTSI over $25.5M in four years. He has also consulted on corporate Ergonomics and Health and Wellness Programs on numerous occasions. Keith is a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist I/III, Certified Wellness Specialist, Master Fitness Trainer, Six Sigma Greenbelt, published author, and OSHA Certified Ergonomics Program Manager. He is also the recipient of the HTSI HSE President's Award and the Honeywell Aerospace Outstanding Engineer and Innovator Award. Keith holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in Applied Management and Business Administration. Keith taught for UW at their Ergonomics Professional Development Course, giving the keynote and providing instruction on process development. Keith has spoken numerous times at VPPPA events regionally and nationally. Keith is a frequent speaker at the National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition. He has published several articles on the topics of ergonomics and wellness program integration, ROI/metric development and program building.
Laura Parnell Laura Parnell
Ergonomic Advisor, Exxon Mobil Corporation
Laura began working at ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company as a geoscientist in 1998. While there, she co-authored several internal publications. In 2006 she co-founded a behavior-based office ergonomics program, and ran the program from 2007 to 2009. During that time, she presented at several Safety in Action Conferences. In 2009 she transferred to ExxonMobil Exploration Company where she redesigned their U.S. based office ergonomics program and implemented the program around the globe. In 2014 she transferred to the ExxonMobil Human Performance Team as an Ergonomics Advisor where she is involved in both ergonomics and human factors programs. Prior to joining ExxonMobil, Laura held several jobs in the oil and gas industry. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Geology in 1981 from the University of South Alabama, and will complete her Master’s degree in Human Factors/Cognitive Psychology at the University of Houston, Clear Lake in 2016.

Suzanne Patenaude Suzanne Patenaude
PT MA CIE, President, Patenaude & Associates, Inc.
Suzanne Patenaude is a Registered Physical Therapist, Certified Industrial Ergonomist and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Performance. She pioneered onsite Physical Therapy services in Silicon Valley’s largest employers (Hewlett Packard and Lockheed Missiles and Space) in the early 1980’s. These experiences in industry prompted Sue and her team to become focused on solving the rampant number of computer related and manufacturing ergonomic injuries. The large employer exposures promoted the need to quickly identify the source of discomfort and/or injury and successful solutions. Sue managed a U.S. wide ergonomics program for a subsidiary of Hewlett Packard and feels especially fortunate to have presented talks at a variety of conferences and meetings. Sue was contracted by Stanford University to assist in the development of a computer ergonomics training CD and teamed with Kathy Meeks DPT to co-author Ergonomics: Value Added, an online continuing education course for health care professionals.

John Pentikis John Pentikis
Ergonomist, U.S. Army Public Health Center
Mr. Pentikis is an ergonomist and has spent the past 25 years working for the US Army Public Health Center. During his time with the Army Mr. Pentikis has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad to assist Army and other DoD assets improve their office and industrial workstations. Mr. Pentikis is also an Adjunct Instructor in Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and holds the designation of Certified Professional Ergonomist from the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics. He is currently enrolled at Auburn University and is scheduled to receive his PhD in industrial Engineering by the spring 2017 semester. He has also received his MS degree in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University as well as an MS degree in Work Environment and a BS in Chemical Engineering both from the University of Lowell.

Georgi Popov Georgi Popov
PhD, QEP, CMC, Associate Professor, University of Central Missouri
Georgi Popov received a PhD in Chemistry from National scientific Board and M.S. in Nuclear Instrumentation – Engineering Physics from Defense University. Dr. Popov began his career in Cambodia serving as an EHS officer. Later, he worked for the Defense Research Institute in Bulgaria. Dr. Popov also worked as an air quality and lab director for Kingston Environmental Services, Inc. In 2001 Dr. Popov graduated from Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He also has post-graduate certification in Environmental Air Quality. Currently, he is an associate professor at the University of Central Missouri. Dr. Popov is a Qualified Environmental Professional and a recipient of ASSE Global Safety Management and Risk Assessment Certificates. His research interests include industrial hygiene, ergonomics, safety management, risk assessment, PtD, air quality, alternative fuels, LEAN Six Sigma practices, and business aspects of EHS. His experience is unique with both civilian and military environmental, health and safety programs.

Cynthia Purvis-Roe Cynthia Purvis-Roe
Ergonomic Specialist, M-erg
Cynthia Purvis Roe joined M-erg, an ergonomic consulting firm based in Houston, in 2013 with 30 years of human factors and ergonomics R&D experience. Previously, she founded and co-directed Hewlett-Packard’s pioneering ergonomics R&D program seeking to understand how technology can be designed to help mitigate strains on the human visual and musculoskeletal systems. While at HP, she was involved with 10 years of field and lab research focused on display placement and neck/shoulder posture. Cynthia co-authored the award-winning HP Safety & Comfort Guide ( and holds three U.S. Patents. Her founding the HF program at Compaq Computer is described in Usability in Practice (published in 1994). Prior to joining Compaq, Cynthia managed Xerox Corporation’s Human Factors Group in their Information Products Division. Cynthia holds a Master’s Degree in Human Factors/Applied Experimental Psychology from California State University, Northridge.

Walt Rostykus Walt Rostykus
Principal Consultant, Humantech
Walt Rostykus, Principal Consultant and Ergonomics Engineer for Humantech, has over 30 years of experience delivering and managing ergonomic, occupational safety, industrial hygiene, and environmental programs. He has provided technical services, established management programs, and conducted process and compliance reviews of ergonomics programs and health and safety programs in a wide variety of industries. Prior to joining Humantech, Walt established and managed environmental health and safety programs for manufacturing and service operations at Hewlett-Packard, Compaq Computers, and Agilent Technologies. In addition, he was the Ergonomics Program Manager for Hewlett-Packard, guiding process implementation across the organization. Walt received a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University. He earned a Master of Science degree in Public Health, with a focus on Industrial Hygiene and Safety/Environmental Health and Sanitation, from the University of Washington. Walt is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), and has served as an Environmental Management System Lead Auditor. He is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, National Association of EHS Managers, and the Semiconductor Environmental Safety & Health Association.

Jay M. Kapellusch Thomas Rowell
Ergonomics Specialist, M-erg
Thomas Rowell, MS, CPE started in ergonomics at IBM in Austin, TX where he was responsible for ergonomics program development and implementation for the site of over 10,000 employees (15 buildings, 235 acres, and 2.1 Million Sqr-Ft of building space). He has years of experience with workplace evaluation and analysis, injury investigation, design review, equipment inspection, ergonomics and safety auditing, medical staff interface to reduce injury severity and worker’s compensation costs, and ergonomics training. He spent seven years as manufacturing operations manager for an OEM company that makes sanitary filters for the food and beverage industry. He is a member of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society. He holds a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and is registered with the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics as a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE, #727).
Stacy Rozell Stacy Rozell
Safety and Environmental Specialist, Southern California Edison
Stacy Rozell has been with Southern California Edison since June 2006 working as a Safety and Environment Specialist supporting Supply Chain Management and Business Resources. His primary role is a safety specialist with environmental responsibilities. Stacy earned a B.S. in Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety from California State University Northridge, and is a Certified Safety Professional. Prior to working at SCE, Stacy was a Loss Prevention Consultant at The Zenith Insurance Company and Liberty Mutual, and has worked with a variety of industries including, warehousing, hospitality, transportation, and heavy manufacturing.
Jeff Sanford Jeff Sanford
Director of Consulting, Humantech
Jeff Sanford, Managing Consultant and Ergonomics Engineer for Humantech, is responsible for developing and managing customized, global ergonomics programs in a variety of industries including steel, food and beverage, aerospace, pharmaceutical, and automotive. Jeff helps his clients reduce injuries and increase efficiency through Humantech’s software tools. His client portfolio is balanced between manufacturing and office ergonomics and includes Kellogg’s, Hillshire Brands, U.S. Steel, Southwire, Applied Materials and the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Humantech, Jeff worked as a Divisional Ergonomics Engineer within the Seating Systems Division of Lear Corporation, managing ergonomic issues at nine U.S. facilities, launching new products, and solving ergonomic issues arising from products, workstations, processes, and packaging. Jeff also worked in the Advanced Manufacturing Ergonomics group at DaimlerChrysler headquarters as a New Programs Ergonomist, managing upstream ergonomic issues with the build of the 2008 Dodge Caravan, 2008 Chrysler Town and Country, and 2009 Pacifica vehicles. His primary focus was to work with product engineers to ensure adherence to Design for Assembly principles. Jeff received a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree and a Master of Human Kinetics degree from the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario. He has achieved recognition as a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE).

Chris Shieldsmith Chris Shieldsmith
Corporate Ergonomics Leader, Cummins Inc.
Chris Shieldsmith is the Corporate Ergonomics Leader for Cummins Inc. Cummins is a Fortune 500 global power leader with business operations in over 160 countries. These operations range from the manufacturing of engines and related components to the service of these products in the field. Chris has experience implementing ergonomic solutions and processes from the site level to the global level. He has been instrumental in establishing a common approach to ergonomics at Cummins that has led to record-low injury rates for the Company.

Tony Silva Tony Silva
Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions
Mr. Silva is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist with 20 years of experience providing management consulting in a wide variety of industries. His focus is on strategies and tactics to reduce injuries and improve operational efficiency and business performance through the implementation of ergonomic management systems and solutions. His program initiatives have resulted in significant reductions in Workers Compensation costs, reductions in ergonomic risk factors and employee discomfort, and improvements in efficiency and cycle time. Mr. Silva specializes in the integration of ergonomics into existing business practices such as Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma. He is a frequent speaker at many national conferences and prior to joining Atlas, was a managing consultant for Humantech and the Global Ergonomics Practice Leader for ARCADIS.

Catherine Smallman Catherine Smallman
Senior Ergonomist, EWI Works
Catherine Smallman, MSc Kin, AE is a senior ergonomist at EWI Works. Prior to coming to EWI Works, Catherine completed her Masters in Kinesiology specializing in biomechanics. Currently, Catherine specializes in office ergonomics – education, training, design reviews and the development of a reliable tele-health approach to deliver office assessments.

Scott Smith Scott Smith
Director of Ergonomics, Global Risk Consulting, Aon

Rick Spencer Rick Spencer
Head of Prevention & Optimization, Briotix

Sara Tamers Sara Tamers
PhD, MPH, Coordinator of Research Program Development and Collaboration, NIOSH Total Worker Health®, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sara L. Tamers, PhD, MPH is a health research scientist and coordinator of Research Program Development and Collaboration for the Office for Total Worker Health, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Danie Tan Danie Tan
Danie Tan, MS, CIH, CSP – Senior EH&S Engineer, Johnson & Johnson
Danie Tan is a Senior EHS Engineer with Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Vacaville, California. He has more than 10 years of experience in industrial hygiene, occupational safety and ergonomics. He is currently the ergonomics team lead for the Vacaville site and also provides ergonomic solutions to other Johnson & Johnson facilities in Northern California. Danie holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science in EHS Engineering from San Jose State University. He is a Board Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and a Board Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

Mary Kate Teske Mary Kate Teske
Director of HR, Prompt Ambulance Service
Mary Kate Teske is the Director of Human Resources for PROMPT Medical Transportation based in Highland, IN. PROMPT is the largest private pre-hospital provider in Northwest Indiana with over 550 employees. Mary Kate has over 18 years experience in Human Resources and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Finance from Butler University. Mary Kate is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). She is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She has extensive hands-on experience leading and managing HR initiatives including policy design, compensation, performance management, recruiting, compliance reporting, HRIS implementations, HR workflow development, training and development, and benefits administration.

Gina Vahlas Gina Vahlas
CCPE, Ergonomist, WorksafeBC
Gina has been an ergonomist for 20 years and has worked in a variety of settings, including food and beverage processing, electronic and sheet metal manufacturing, agriculture and offices. She was the in-house ergonomist for 14,000 faculty and staff at the University of British Columbia (UBC) for 7 years. At UBC, she worked on many participatory projects such as re-designing the dental dispensary clinic and retail food outlets and organizing a pedometer walk across Canada to get everyone moving. In 2007, Gina made the move to WorkSafeBC to work as an Ergonomist with the Prevention and Occupational Disease Initiatives Department, where she helps companies implement MSI Prevention Systems. She has previously presented at the Manufacturing Safety Conference, the Enology and Viticulture Conference in BC, the UBC Health and Wellness Symposium, the Warehousing Forum as well as presentations to employers across BC.
Mark Vettraino Mark Vettraino
Director, Task Group International
Dr. Mark Vettraino is a physician specializing in spinal bio-mechanics. He is president of Task Group International. He has been in private practice, held executive positions in major corporations, founded industrial clinics in Arizona and Michigan, taught ergonomics at Oakland University, Oakland Community College and was recently offered an adjunct professorship at the University of Virginia. He has published numerous articles and papers in trade and professional journals on cumulative trauma disorders in the workplace. Dr. Vettraino has worked with multiple Fortune 500 corporations along with many office furniture manufacturers.

David Wein David Wein
Director, Corporate Safety & Ergonomics, Oshkosh
David Wein is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), with a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety from the University of WI-Whitewater. He obtained a master’s of engineering in ergonomics from the University of WI-Milwaukee. He is currently the Corporate Safety Director and ergonomist for Oshkosh Corporation. He has worked as a corporate ergonomist for large employers in manufacturing, flexible packaging and hospitality. David has led ergonomic program implementations around the world, resulting in significant reductions in injuries. Additionally, he has experience in ergonomics/human factors research and study design to support new product development. David has led numerous continuous improvement events focused on ergonomics and process improvement and regularly conducts ergonomics training for teams and engineers.

Heather White Heather White
MIE, CPE, Senior Ergonomist, The Ergonomics Center, North Carolina State University
Biographical Sketch Heather S. White, MIE, CPE Heather White is a Senior Ergonomist for the Ergonomics Center of North Carolina (Center) in Raleigh, NC. In her fifteen years with the Center, she has provided ergonomics evaluations, training programs and process development expertise to companies in a broad range of industries from heavy manufacturing to the office environment. Heather is also a Managing Partner for CompletErgo, a firm that recently developed and released its new office ergonomics training/assessment/data management software suite. Heather earned a BS in Applied Mathematics from Appalachian State University and a Master of Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University. She holds a CPE certification through the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics.

Andrew Wood Andrew Wood
Senior Consultant/Ergonomics, Ferguson Risk Management
Andrew Wood is a Senior Consultant for Ergonomics at Ferguson Risk Management, advising corporate clients on ergonomics and wellness strategies nationwide. Andy has over 35 years of experience as a health, safety, ergonomic and wellness professional. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Hamline University, a Physical Therapy certificate from the Mayo Clinic and a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis on exercise physiology and occupational health. Andy is a Certified Behavior Based Ergonomics Specialist, a Certified Wellness Coach, a Certified Worksite Wellness Program Manager and an Exercise Test Technologist. Andy spent over 25 years at General Mills as the Manager of Health Promotion and Ergonomics. He was responsible for managing and coordinating ergonomic and health promotion programs for manufacturing and treating employees with musculoskeletal injuries in the corporate medical department. From 2008 to 2010, he was Director of Ergonomics and Corporate Solutions at Muve Inc., a joint venture with Mayo Clinic, where he was responsible for developing and implementing activity based ergonomic and wellness programs for corporate clients. While at Muve, he and his colleagues were awarded a patent for a personalized activity monitoring device. Andy has authored several articles and given multiple national presentations on the development and assessment of ergonomic and health promotion programs in industry. He is also fluent in spoken and written German. In his spare time, Andy enjoys working on the family farm in southeast Minnesota.
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