National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo™ REGISTER AGENDASESSIONS
2015 Program Materials & Attendee List
2015 ErgoExpo Speakers
Jeffrey Anshel Jeffrey R. Anshel, OD, FAAO
Corporate Vision Consulting
Dr. Jeffrey Anshel is a 1975 graduate from the Illinois College of Optometry. He has written numerous articles and five 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 eyecare providers on nutrition topics. Dr. Anshel is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Founder and President of the Ocular Nutrition Society. He maintains a private practice in Carlsbad, CA.

Drew Bossen Drew Bossen, PT, MBA
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 20 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.

Cindy Burt Cindy Burt
MS, OTR/L, CPE, Injury Prevention Manager, Environment, Health and Safety, UCLA
Cindy Burt, MS, OTR/L, CPE, is the manager of the UCLA Injury Prevention Division at UCLA Environment, Health & Safety. She and her staff of ergonomists and safety specialists provide safety and ergonomics services for the 35,000+ employees who work on the University campus and affiliated locations. Prior to this position, Cindy managed the UCLA Medical Center Sports/Hand/Work Injury Program where she also provided services in ergonomics and job accommodation. Active both academically and professionally, she has presented multiple seminars on laboratory ergonomics. She is an adjunct faculty member teaching ergonomics at the University of Southern California.

Jared Cass Jared Cass, OTR/L, CEAS, TWD
Manager Occupational Health, Avita Health System
Jared Cass is the Occupational Medicine Service line manager for Avita Health System in Ohio. He has worked for 18 years in the field of Occupational Medicine addressing prevention as well as treating individuals who suffered an injury. He is certified in Ergonomics and is a Transitional Work Developer for the State of Ohio. He currently managers three Occupational Medicine clinics and had developed On-Site Occ management teams that include transitional work, OT/PT, physician, nursing and ergonomic teams.

Barry Carlin Barry Carlin
CEO, Best Performance Systems
Dr. Barry Carlin, President of Best Performance Systems, has been a leader in injury prevention and productivity enhancement programs since 1987. Dr. Carlin’s methods were influenced by his postgraduate studies in Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation, Osteopathy, Orthopedics, Athletic Training, Behavior Modification, Accelerated Learning, Biomechanics and Ergonomics. He began his career treating the injuries of dancers, musicians, athletes and circus performers. He has spent the last 14 years applying his expertise to the manufacturing workplace. Dr. Carlin has trained hundreds of companies throughout the U.S. Canada, Europe and Asia. He takes what could be a complicated and boring subject and makes it interesting, practical and a laughter filled enjoyable experience. He has been a featured speaker at the National Ergonomics conference, Aerodef, Te ASQ conference on Lean & Six Sigma. He has presented to conferences in HR, Risk Management, Law Enforcement, Dentistry, manufacturing and aerospace. The way that he earned the honor of being a presenter at such prestigious events was the results his clients experience and his high energy entertaining style.

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.

Michael Contreras Michael Contreras
Battalion Chief, Orange County Fire Authority
Michael Contreras is currently a Battalion Chief with the Orange County Fire Authority in Irvine CA with a multifaceted career that consisting of over 25 years in the fire service. As a Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Captain, Wellness & Fitness Coordinator, Fire Academy Coordinator and Battalion Chief with Orange County Fire Authority, research and leadership in fire science, physical fitness, education and injury prevention along experience working with and training fire department, military, police personnel and commercial enviorment. Michael uses a movement based solutions to reduce risk of illness, injury, and Workers’ Compensation costs. Michael has conducted extensive research, data collection, and analysis of work-place injury and Workers Compensation trends Researching the latest technology in sport science and human movement, Michael developed and implemented process improvements related to firefighter health and physical-fitness training, specifically using the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) as a foundational starting point for all Programs whether the focus is Wellness, Fitness or Injury Prevention Michael’s customized system prepares individuals to meet the physical demands required of their job using a functional movement approach that both optimizes health and performance. Michael is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist CSCS, ACE Certified Peer Fitness Trainer, USAW Performance Coach, Russian Kettlebell Certified Instructor, Functional Movement Screen Instructor, Concept II Certified Instructor. Michael is also a faculty member for ACE American Council on Exercise and is a CE provider for a variety of fitness topics. Michael has been a seminar presenter at variety of fire service fitness, wellness and Tactical conferences and is a highly sought after speaker and consultant on Fitness, Human Performance, Tactical and worksite setting and has published several articles on Human Performance. Michael has incorporated his passion for health and fitness into the fire service to train hundreds of recruit firefighters as well as hundreds of professional firefighters worldwide.

Curt DeWeese Curt DeWeese, PT, COO
DSI Work Solutions
Curt DeWeese, PT is C.O.O. DSI Work Solutions and President of Work Injury Solutions & Physical Therapy, PC, in Webster, NY. Curt is a graduate of the Physical Therapy program at Ithaca College and has over 20 years experience in the work injury arena. Curt has worked onsite at many employers in the manufacturing, trucking/transportation, healthcare and office environments to provide work injury prevention and management programs. These comprehensive programs include education, job and ergonomic analysis, workstation design and early intervention for workers experiencing discomfort. Curt leads case management, early return to work efforts, and participates on safety committees at his client companies. Outcomes of his work have been published in the Journal WORK. Curt has authored numerous articles in various national publications and has presented at State and National Levels on the topic of work injury prevention and management. Curt provides training and support of DSI Work Solutions providers in Job Function Matching®, business development, marketing and onsite in industry services. He currently provides consultant services to the Healthcare Industry in small hospitals on a local level and large National Health Systems. Industrial clients include Berry Plastics, Ultralife Batteries, Georgia-Pacific Corrugated, Harris RF Communications, and Fingerlakes Railway for early intervention, loss prevention, claims management, job function matching, ergonomic improvements and training. He provides office ergonomic assessments for MVP Health Care and is a provider of services for Atlas Injury Prevention Services. Curt also performs and teaches Functional Capacity Assessments and Job Function Matching.

Raffi Elchemmas Raffi Elchemmas, MBA, CPE
Tool Ergonomist, Greenlee Textron
Raffi Elchemmas, AEP, MBA, is a Tool Ergonomist at Greenlee Textron. He is board certified in Professional Ergonomics, completed his Kinesiology studies at Michigan State University, and is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society. Raffi has presented at numerous international conferences and has contributed to a number of publications on healthcare and ergonomics. He currently presents on ergonomic safety to tool committees, workers, and at many conferences worldwide. He is responsible for ergonomic safety at brands such as Greenlee, Sherman & Reilly, and HD Electric.

Kathy Espinoza Kathy Espinoza, MBA, MS, CPE, CIE, AVP
Ergonomics & Safety, Keenan & Associates
Kathy Espinoza is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist, with an MBA and a Master’s Degree in Work Science/Physiology. She has worked at Keenan & Associates for over eleven years providing ergonomic assessments and injury prevention training to office personnel, facility departments and administrators in schools, healthcare organizations and public agencies. She gained most of her experience in ergonomics while serving as the Coordinator of the Chronic Back Pain Program for Kaiser Permanente in Fontana for over 12 years. Kathy taught Ergonomics in the Workplace at UC, Riverside for over 10 years and was the 2010 recipient of the UCR Instructor Excellence Award. She has 53 articles published in the field of ergonomics.

Melissa Fish Melissa Fish, CAE, ATC/L
Corporate Ergonomics Lead, Quad/Graphics
Melissa Fish joined the Physical Rehabilitation department of Quad/Graphic’s subsidiary, QuadMed, in 2002, treating employees and their family members. Exposure to workplace illness and injuries sparked her interest in ergonomics and she began working with plant-level teams in 2005. Named Ergonomics Lead for QuadMed in 2010, she began oversight of the ergonomics programs at Quad/Graphics’ 10 print facilities. When Quad/Graphics’ acquired Montreal-based global printer Worldcolor in 2010, it tripled its foot print. In 2012, Melissa transitioned in into her current role focusing solely on implementing an effective corporate-wide ergonomics process where she provides corporate oversight to all Quad/Graphics production facilities. Melissa received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a Certified Associate Ergonomist (CAE), a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer (ATC/L), has completed Bronze Level Lean certification and is currently completing her Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

Mathew Gahm Mathew Gahm
Global Wellness Solutions Executive, A.R.T. Corporate Solutions
Justin Hamilton Justin Hamilton, PT, DPT, OCS
Ergonomist, Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Justin Hamilton PT, DPT, OCS, received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Physical Therapy from California State University, Fresno. He began working at Kaiser Permanente in 1999 and became a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist in 2003. In addition to treating patients, Dr. Hamilton has been a part-time professor of orthopedics for the Physical Therapy Program at California State University, Northridge for the last 10 years. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Science in 2013. Dr. Hamilton became the local ergonomist at Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills in 2012.

Alison Heller-Ono Alison Heller-Ono, CIE, CPE, CDA, CPDM, CMC
President/CEO, Worksite International, Inc.
Alison Heller-Ono, President/CEO of Worksite International, Inc. is passionate about how people work! As an entrepreneur and thought leader in her area of expertise as a Physical Therapist, Professional Ergonomist and Disability Manager, Alison has sought to keep healthy employees healthy while helping injured employees reach their maximum potential at work and at home. Her 27 years of experience as a licensed Physical Therapist gives her an edge in helping employers better understand work-related musculoskeletal disorders and identify the root cause of these injuries through biomechanical analysis. Alison is dually-credentialed as a Certified Industrial Ergonomist (CIE) and Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) for the last 18 years contributing to her expertise and understanding of ergonomics in the workplace. Her drive and energy is unique in the marketplace having worked hard to validate the Worksite International Ergonomics Process since it was created back in 1994 with her first clients. Ms. Heller-Ono’s expertise in the application of ergonomics in workers’ compensation and disability management is evident as a Certified Disability Analyst (CDA) and Certified Professional Disability Manager (CPDM) demonstrating her commitment to helping employers with workers who require accommodation so they can stay or return to work safely and productively. As a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), Ms. Heller-Ono has sealed her professional uniqueness by becoming the only PT/Ergonomist/Disability Manager to achieve this pinnacle in the management consulting industry. Ms. Heller-Ono has a comprehensive body of work unlike other similar consultants in the field and she has worked hard to publish and present her work nationally and internationally since 1993 to assure validation in the methods and theories utilized by Worksite International, Inc. She is highly admired by her peers who often attend her speaking events to hear her thought-provoking ideas and trend setting presentations. As a trusted advisor and consultant to her clients for the last two decades, Alison has used her expertise, experience, know-how and savvy to change the way people work from employee to employee, organization to organization.

Kevin Kelly Kevin Kelly
Division SHE Leader, Ecolab Equipment Care
Kevin Kelley 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.

Steven Krile Steven Krile, CPE
Director HSE Systems & HR/HSE Process Improvement, Cooper Standard Automotive
Steven Krile is the Director of Global HSE Systems and Process Improvement at Cooper Standard. He is responsible for the design and management of all the HSE systems and processes used world-wide to consistently execute local, regional and corporate requirements. This includes Incident Reporting, Ergonomics, Workers Compensation, Environmental Metrics, Chemical Compliance, and Training Recordkeeping. Steve is a graduate of Wright State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Factors Engineering. He currently holds designation as a Certified Professional Ergonomist.
Nick Magana Nick Magana, CSCS, FMS
Safety & Environmental Specialist, Southern California Edison
Nick Magana is a Safety and Environmental Safety Specialist with Southern California Edison. He began his career with Southern California Edison in 2001as a Fitness Specialist in the Corporate Medical Services department. In his role as a fitness specialist he developed behavioral change programs, implemented functional movement testing and along with training his coworkers on fitness program design. He also led the development of the Work Readiness Program for industrial employees which is a pre-work dynamic warm-up. Nick has been a safety and environmental specialist since 2011. He has supported various departments which include office employees and industrial. He currently supports the Transportation Services division which maintains the company fleet. Nick holds a Master of Science degree and Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the California State University of Fullerton. His undergraduate studies emphasized Sports Medicine and Exercise Science. His graduate studies emphasized Sport and Exercise Psychology and Strength and Conditioning. Nick interned with the Ducks of Anaheim rookie camp as an strength and conditioning coach and his thesis examined the effects of a dynamic warm-up on power output. He is a certified strength and conditioning coach (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a certified in the Functional Movement Screes (FMS). He has completed certifications and Certificates from OSHA and NASP.

Blake McGowan Blake McGowan, MS, CPE
Managing Consultant, Humantech
Blake McGowan, Managing Consultant and Ergonomics Engineer for Humantech, helps companies implement and sustain effective workplace ergonomic initiatives. With over 15 years of experience, his clients have achieved bestin-class results that improve human performance, increase productivity, enhance product quality, and reduce injury and illness rates/costs. Blake received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and a Master of Science degree in Biomechanics from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. He has achieved recognition as a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE), and is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and an officer of the AIHA Ergonomics Committee.

Jennifer Mempin Jennifer Mempin
Injury Prevention Program Manager, UCLA Health System Safety Department
Jennifer is responsible for the injury prevention and ergonomics program for over 10,000 employees at UCLA Health System, which includes three hospitals and is ranked No. 5 in the country and No. 1 in both California and the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Jennifer has been involved in the ergonomic design and redesign of hospital and ambulatory clinics, implementation of the Safe Patient Handling Program and developing policies and programs to promote safe ergonomic work practices and wellness programs. Prior to joining UCLA Health System, Jennifer has held positions in workers’ compensation, loss control and risk management, resulting in over 12 years of experience in delivering programs that improve policy and promote safe working environments within the healthcare industry.

Rachel Michael Rachel Michael, MS, CPE
Ergonomics Practice Thought Leadership, Aon Global Risk Consulting
Rachel Michael, CPE is Thought Leader of the ergonomics practice group within Aon Global Risk Consulting developing solutions that drive safety, efficiency and productivity for a global client base. Rachel holds a Masters degree in Ergonomics and has experience implementing successful ergonomics controls and programs in diverse industries including pharmaceutical manufacturing, retail and hospital pharmacy, health care, dairy, steel, lumber, sewing and textile, parks and recreation, military, electronics, food production, energy, transportation, government, and office industries. She has provided technical writing and expert assistance to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) during creation of outreach materials related to ergonomics and has been editor and contributing author to internationally recognized industry print and Web-based publications and resources. Rachel currently sits on the board of directors for the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE).
Arnie Neustaetter Arnie Neustaetter, MS, CEES
Ergonomics Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Arnie Neustaetter M.S. C.E.E.S. Ergonomics Project Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric San Franciso, CA 2001-Present Responsible for managing Industrial, Vehicle and Office Ergonomics for 22,000 employees. Supports employee teams, develops training and manages contractors for Electric, Gas and supporting lines of business.

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.

Michael Ozamoto Michael Ozamoto
Safety Specialist, Environment Health and Safety, UCLA

Martha Parker Martha Parker, MS, CPE
Ergonomic Specialist, M-erg
Martha Parker, M.S., CPE is president of M-erg, an ergonomic consulting firm based in Houston, TX. She technically supports customers by offering ergonomic assistance in program design and implementation as well as design, redesign, and retrofit of new and existing office workspaces. She also provides ergonomic training through seminars and individual workstation evaluations. She is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Kevin Perdeaux Kevin Perdeaux, CPE
Senior Manager Global Ergonomics, Cooper Standard Automotive
Kevin Perdeaux is the Global Ergonomics Manager at Cooper Standard. He is responsible for managing the Ergonomics strategic process elements including design guidelines, implementation guides, training and development, and corporate goals and objectives. In this role he works with many different parts of the organization including HSE, Continuous Improvement, Operations, Advanced Engineering and Product Design. Kevin is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. He currently holds designation as a Certified Professional Ergonomist.
Lance Perry Lance Perry, PE, CPE
Senior Ergonomist/Professional Engineer, Zurich Services Corporation
Mr. Perry is a Senior Consultant/Professional Engineer for Zurich Services Corporation. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer by the Texas State Board of Licensed Professional Engineers in Austin, Texas, a Certified Professional Ergonomist by the Board of Certification of Professional Ergonomists in Bellingham, Washington and a Certified Environmental Risk Consultant. Mr. Perry received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1982 and conducted his graduate work at the University of Texas at Arlington. Mr. Perry specializes in developing Productivity Improvement Programs, with emphasis on improving overall business performance and productivity. He has written over 30 articles and studies in the fields of engineering and business performance. He has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing, warehousing, construction, healthcare and service industries and an in-depth knowledge of engineering, ergonomics, human factors and business. Mr. Perry has taught and developed current, state-of-the-art corporate programs and initiatives such as Lean, 5S, Continuous Improvement, SPC, Six-Sigma, risk reduction strategies, Taguchi experiments and ergonomics. Mr. Perry has appeared live on CNBC's Street Signs as an expert on the aging workforce and has been published or appeared in Forbes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, The Associated Press, The John Liner Review, Professional Safety, Business Insurance, Industry Week and other prominent publications to discuss a variety of technical topics that effect companies world-wide. Mr. Perry's experience and background includes work with over 600 different companies

Diana Pelletier Diana Pelletier, MS, CPDM, CEAS II, RC-OWCP
Founder/CEO, P3 Ergonomics/Pelletier & Associates, Inc.
Diana Pelletier, MS, CPDM, CEAS II, RC-OWCP is the founder and CEO of P3 Ergonomics/Pelletier & Associates, Inc. an ergonomics services company that focuses on working with organizations in reventing injuries in the workplace and assisting in the return-to-work process. With over 25 years of experience in the field of ergonomics, disability management and workers’ compensation and her knowledge of California’s Ergonomic Standard, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Workers’ Compensation, and state and federal regulations governing the industry she has become a highly valued and resourceful consultant. She has spoken on related topics to a variety of organizations including at the National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition, American Society of Safety Engineers, Professionals in Human Resource Management Association, the Insurance Education Association, California State University, Fullerton and California State University, Los Angeles. Diana has worked with a variety of firms, both in the public and private sector, providing comprehensive services including training and consulting on issues related to ergonomics in the workplace, job accommodations, state and federal regulations on disability, and workers’ compensation.

Tim Pottorff Tim Pottorff
Senior Ergonomics Consultant, Zurich Services Corporation
Tim has over twenty-four years of hands-on work experience in various industries with experience in making improvements and finding productivity-enhancing solutions. His expertise in ergonomics has given him insight into the loss control issues of various industries and now helps Zurich's customers reduce workers compensation injuries and illnesses. Tim led the development of an advanced ergonomics training course, Applied Ergonomics, and has adapted the Process Safety Management Risk Analysis tool "Zurich Hazard Analysis" to also address the human interface with processes and equipment. He is also leading the effort at his own company to optimize the workstation furniture for a new North American Headquarters building, and has spearheaded the effort to develop a primary research project aligned with the integration of sit/stand workstations for all employees. Customers include those in automotive, aerospace, chemical, distribution, pharmaceutical, food, and myriad other industries. In addition to his professional experiences, Tim has volunteered in numerous leadership positions that have also relied on his team building and management skills, coordinating and motivating dozens of volunteers and youths in both Scouts and as Race Director of Chicago Area Runners Association Certified 5K races.

Chris Shieldsmith Chris Shieldsmith, MS
Corporate Ergonomist, Cummins Inc.
Corporate Ergonomics Specialist with Cummins Incorporated, and has worked in Health and Safety for Cummins at both the site and corporate level. Chris has participated on numerous ergonomic improvement projects on a global level and is a Master Black Belt instructor in the Ergonomics In Action training program that was internally developed as an engineering-level training. Prior to working in manufacturing, Chris worked in the health field as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor, specializing in senior populations. Chris has his Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology and a Masters degree in Ergonomics from Indiana University.

Tony Silva Tony Silva, CPE
Director of Ergonomic Services, Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions
Mr. Silva is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) with 16 years of experience providing management consulting services in a wide variety of industries 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.

Maria Silva-Palacios Maria Silva-Palacios, MS
Safety and Environmental Safety Specialist, Southern California Edison
Maria Silva-Palacios is a Safety and Environmental Safety Specialist with Southern California Edison. She began her career with Southern California Edison in 1998 with the launching of what is currently known as the Therapeutic Exercise Field Stretch Program for the company’s Transmission & Distribution Linemen; she also facilitated injury prevention presentations for various business units throughout the company. Before her career in safety, Maria worked as a Group Exercise Coordinator/Instructor/Trainer with 24 Hour Fitness for fifteen years and six years as a Fitness Specialist/Group Exercise Coordinator/Instructor at the Southern California Edison Corporate Fitness Center, teaching various formats of group exercise and personal training; Maria holds a Master of Science degree in Leadership and Management with a concentration in Organizational Development and Human Resource Management from the University of La Verne and Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology with a Minor in Business Management and a certificate in Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Maria enjoys competing in triathlons, going to the movies, salsa dancing, traveling, and spending time with family and loved ones.

Jeff Tiedeman Jeff Tiedeman
Ergonomics Consultant, State Compensation Insurance Fund
Jeff Tiedeman has worked in the safety and health field for the State Compensation Insurance Fund since 1990. He has consulted with many companies in a wide variety of industries, helping to identify problems and offering potential ergonomic control measures. Jeff has presented at numerous conferences, including the American Industrial Hygiene Conference, the National Ergonomics Conference, and the Pacific Builder’s Safety Expo, as well as at events for the National Safety Management Society and the American Society of Safety Engineers, among others, and has written a number of articles on industrial ergonomics topics. He is a Certified Safety Professional, Certified Industrial Ergonomist, and an Associate in Risk Management.

Joan Vernikos Joan Vernikos, PhD
Former Director of NASA Life Sciences; Author; Health Coach; Consultant

Dr Joan Vernikos is former Director of Life Sciences at NASA and professor and executive director of Taksha Space Health Institute (TSHI), School of Integrative Medicine (SIM), Taksha University (TU). She is a well-known expert in stress research and healthy aging. She is an author, health coach, consultant, and sought-after motivational speaker on the tangible health and economic benefits to individuals and organizations of resetting your health for life, living healthy and healthy aging. Originally a pharmacologist from the University of London, she was recruited from Ohio State University by a nascent NASA for her stress expertise, and she later pioneered research on how living in a microgravity environment adversely affected the health of astronauts. Her research led her to believe there were many similarities between the effects of microgravity on the physiology of astronauts living in Space, and the aging process here on Earth. In 1998 she was instrumental in the return to space of American hero John Glenn at the age of 77.

A member of the International Academy of Astronautics, Dr. Vernikos has served on the Space Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences, and is a Senior Fellow of the International Strategic Studies Association and their Space correspondent for Defense and Foreign Affairs. Her research and publications on the management of stress, and how spaceflight and Earth’s gravity affect men and women, have been recognized with numerous awards. She also holds three patents. Bringing her ideas to the public eye, she has published a series of books that present simple and effective plans for maintaining good health throughout life, including the award-winning The G-Connection: Harness Gravity and Reverse Aging (2004), Stress Fitness for Seniors (2009), and Sitting Kills, Moving Heals: How Simple Everyday Movement will Prevent Pain, Illness and Early Death — and Exercise Alone Won’t (2011), which shows how sedentary lifestyles contribute to poor health, obesity, diabetes; and how health can be dramatically improved with daily, all-day, spontaneous, low-intensity, movement that challenges gravity.

Chris Arteberry Chris Arteberry, CPE
Manager, Ergonomics, Bureau Veritas North America
Chris Arteberry is a Certified Professional Ergonomist with 15 years of experience in injury prevention, productivity enhancement and regulatory compliance for public agencies and private industry nationwide. He has developed and implemented successful ergonomic programs for diverse industries including biotechnology, aerospace, semiconductor manufacturing, waste management and food processing. Mr. Arteberry manages Bureau Veritas’ ergonomic consulting services for the Northern California Region, providing worksite risk assessments, training seminars, injury investigations, engineering design services, equipment reviews and program audits.

Judy Baldridge Judy Baldridge, OT, CAE
Ergonomic Consultant, PRN/Visa Inc.
Judy Baldridge is an Ergonomics Consultant with Physical Rehabilitation Network (PRN). She has consulted with Visa Inc. for 13 years and has been a Senior Ergonomics Specialist with PRN for 19 years. Judy’s responsibilities at Visa include program development, ergonomic assessments, overseeing the web-based office ergonomics training tool, maintaining relationships with facilities, HR, vendors and Safety-Security teams. Judy is a registered, licensed Occupational Therapist and a Certified Associate Ergonomist. Besides office ergonomics, her work experience includes manufacturing and industrial ergonomics, employee and supervisor training, and consulting with employers to develop ergonomic programs.

David Brodie David Brodie, MS, CPE
Corporate Ergonomist, Cargill, Inc.
David Brodie oversee development and implementation of corporate ergonomics program for company. Development of ergonomic resources at CMS facilities across North America. Guide facilities on methods to significantly reduce ergonomic risk and injury rates to meet global health and safety goals.

Richard Bunch Richard Bunch, PhD, PT, CBES
CEO, ISR Institute, Inc.; Associate Clinical Professor, Tulane University Medical Center
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.

Zachery Collins Zachery Collins
MS, MOT/L, CPE, Senior Ergonomics Consultant, Bureau Veritas
Zachery Collins has worked in ergonomics and injury prevention for over 15 years. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Gonzaga University and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Idaho State University. He began his career as an occupational therapist treating injured workers and quickly learned an hour spent on prevention in the workplace was worth 10 or more hours of rehabilitation in the clinic. Over the years Zachery has practiced ergonomics in heavy truck manufacturing, shipping, warehousing, safe patient handling in hospital and health systems, aviation manufacturing, and office settings. Zachery has served as an adjunct professor and student advisor to Occupational Therapy Doctoral candidates at Pacific University School of Occupational Therapy in Forest Grove Oregon.

Jerome J. Congleton Jerome J. Congleton, PhD, PE, CPE
Emeritus Professor of Ergonomics and Safety Engineering, Texas A&M University Health Science Center School of Public Health
Dr. Jerome J. Congleton, Ph.D., PE, CPE, is an Adjunct Professor of Ergonomics and Safety Engineering at the Texas A&M University Health Science Center School of Rural 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). Dr. Congleton previously worked at ALCOA for eight years as an Industrial Engineer and Safety Manager solving posture and material handling problems. Prior to that Dr. Congleton served as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force for seven years. He is a Vietnam Veteran with 213 combat missions for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross and 16 Oak Leaf Clusters to the Air Medal while flying the F-4 Phantom. Dr. Congleton serves as a consultant in research and development for Neutral Posture Inc., in Bryan, Texas. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he works with industry in professional development and ergonomic evaluation and research (with over 10 million dollars of support to date). Dr. Congleton is a past Co-director of the Ergonomics and Work Measurement Division of the Institute of Industrial Engineers and is a past member of the board of directors of the International Industrial Ergonomics and Safety Foundation. His research interests are in office ergonomics, seated research, workplace design, prevention and control of back injuries, worker physiology, performance measurement and enhancement, and ergonomics. He holds 8 patents, 36 refereed journal publications and has graduated and chaired 19 Ph.D.’s and 95 Masters.

Kevin Costello Kevin Costello
President, United States Ergonomics

Becky Dillon Becky Dillon, PT, CEAS I/II
Kaiser Permanente – Antelope Valley
I have practiced Physical Therapy for 40 years, 20 of which in Home Health Care and 7 in Ergonomics. Physical Therapy has afforded the ability to problem solve for the mechanism of injury to facilitate treatment options and Home Health has sharpened my eye for identifying and mitigating safety risks. These traits have helped me transition into Ergonomics. First, working on the Lockheed Martin campus as their Workman's Compensation Physical Therapist and Ergonomist and, currently at Kaiser Permanente in the Antelope Valley service area where I am a member of the Southern California Regional Ergonomic Peer Group as well as the Kaiser Permanente National Ergonomic Community of Practice. I also teach and train Safe Patient Handling, Body Mechanics and Lifting, basic workstation Ergonomics, Total Joint Pre-Op class, participate in Workplace Safety and facilitate PACE Workstation Safety Plus ergonomic software program for our campus.

Chris Dockery Chris Dockery, CPE
Ergonomics Specialist, BMW Manufacturing Co.
Chris Dockery has worked for BMW Manufacturing for over 19 years. Dockery is responsible for developing and managing ergonomics methods and systems, ergonomics training, conducting office ergonomics assessments, and performing program reviews and audits. Prior to working at BMW, Chris worked as an ergonomics consultant for Arthur D. Little Co. with approximately 48 clients worldwide. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Scott Ege Scott Ege, PT, MS
President, Ege WorkSmart Solutions, PC
Scott 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). For the past 25 years, Scott has provided comprehensive and integrated workers’ health services for manufacturing, office, retail, and healthcare industries. He has presented at both state and national levels regarding innovative approaches for the prevention and management of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). His areas of expertise include Ergonomics, Early Intervention, Job Function Matching, Injury Management, and Education/Training. 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 author of the nationally recognized workplace stretching program titled Stretch It Out!™ Scott has worked collaboratively with the EEOC, OSHA, American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) in various formal work groups and educational seminars that address injury management and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders. He currently serves as a national faculty member for DSI Work Solutions for which he is responsible for teaching programs in the areas of Functional Capacity Assessment, Job Function Analysis, and Job Function Testing throughout North America. He is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, National Association of Occupational Health Providers, and American Society of Safety Engineers.

Terry Fisk Terry Fisk
Non-Clinical Loss Control Director, Trinity Health System
Terry Fisk’s responsibilities include working with the workers’ compensation team and third party administrator on all aspects of workers’ compensation claims management; loss trending and analysis; coordinating annual system wide occupational safety and health conferences; consulting on influenza prevention, safety, industrial hygiene, employee health, ergonomics, and regulatory issues; and developing and implementing corporate occupational health and safety programs (e.g. unified associate Incident reporting and coding, slip, trip and fall prevention, safe patient movement program, global harmonization, respiratory protection, indoor air quality, and chemical hazards). Her past experience spans 25 years as a manager and senior loss control safety and occupational health consultant with Marsh USA Inc. and Sedgwick James of Michigan, Inc. servicing clients in healthcare, K-12 schools, public entities and the manufacturing sector. She received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI and a Master of Science in Occupational Health from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She has received recognition as a CIH, CSP, and CIE.

Arun Garg Arun Garg, PhD, CPE
Professor of Occupational Science & Technology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Arun Garg is a Professor in Occupational Science & Technology Department 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, 3-D Static Strength Biomechanical Model, The Energy Expenditure Model, The Strain Index, and The Human Strength Prediction Model.

Dr. Garg has done extensive work in industry including manufacturing, warehousing, office, nursing homes, hospitals and home health care. His areas of expertise include ergonomics, biomechanics, work physiology, office ergonomics, and design of workplace and hand tools to reduce musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses. He has served as a consultant to many industries and government organizations.

Jeanne Guerin Jeanne Guerin
Senior Ergonomist, Bureau Veritas North America
Jeanne Guerin has over 25 years of experience in human factors and ergonomics, mainly in the field of aerospace. She has been working with human modelling and CAD software as an expert user for over 10 years. She assisted in the design of flight decks, astronaut crew capsules and launch stands, aircraft passenger cabins, and crew stations. Ms. Guerin holds several patents in the field. For the past 2 years, she has been responsible for improving design and reducing risk in aerospace manufacturing settings.

Kent Hatcher Kent Hatcher, MS, CPE
Ergonomics Director and Engineer, Humantech
Kent Hatcher, Director and Ergonomics Engineer for Humantech, specializes in development and deployment of large-scale ergonomic initiatives in all manufacturing, office, laboratory and field service industries, as well as facilitating workshops and developing internal ergonomic expertise. He partners with top management of partner companies to provide overall direction and strategy. Kent has performed hundreds of training sessions for various clients, including Toyota, Goodyear, General Mills, The Toro Company, E&J Gallo and Kuwait National Petroleum. He has delivered numerous presentations on occupational ergonomics and management systems at national conferences, including the National Ergonomics Conference, Applied Ergonomics Conference, National Association of Environmental Managers and numerous Regional Conferences for the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). Kent received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, and his Master of Science in Ergonomics from Loughborough University, Loughborough, U.K. He has achieved recognition as a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE).

William Hood William Hood, CBES
Ergonomic Specialist, M-erg
William Hood (Will) is an ergonomic evaluation and behavior modification specialist at M-erg, working with symptomatic and non-symptomatic employees at office sites. With a degreed background in clinical psychology and family counseling, Will’s unique offerings benefit employees’ well-being not only in the workplace but in day-to-day life. He is certified as a Clinical and Behavior-Based Ergonomic Specialist (CBES). Will is a retired U. S. Navy chaplain with 28 1/2 years of service.

Stephan Jones Stephan Jones
Global SHE Program Manager – Ergonomics, Nalco, an Ecolab Company
Stephan Jones, CIE is the Corporate Ergonomist for Ecolab, based out of Naperville, IL. He has a BSIE from Western New England College and MIE, OS&E from Auburn University. He has been practicing ergonomics for 25 years now. He started at Ecolab 2.5 years ago, and has worked for companies such as Alcoa, Magna, Beacon Mutual, Sikorsky, Pratt & Whitney, Boeing, and Dyno Nobel.

Jay M. Kapellusch Jay M. Kapellusch, PhD
Professor of Occupational Science & Technology, 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 afunction 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.
Matt Jeffs Matt Jeffs, DPT, CHC, CEAS
BTE Technologies, Inc.
Equipped with well over 10,000 onsite hours serving clients in corporate and industrial settings, Dr. Jeffs combines seasoned skills in public speaking, broadcasting and leadership with award-winning clinical excellence in sports medicine, orthopedics and industrial medicine. This highly unique skill-set allows Dr. Jeffs to provide successful, verifiable work-injury prevention and cost containment strategies. Dr. Jeffs offers corporate clients onsite physical demand analysis, ergonomic analysis, employment testing, workforce coaching, rapid onsite intervention, job-specific rehabilitation and rapid return-to-work strategies. His results positively impact his client’s bottom line and their workforce quality of life. Corporate leaders and academic colleagues seek out Dr. Jeffs for sound advisement and reliable solutions to evolving patterns of fluid, dynamic workplaces. He is regularly sought to address colleges, universities, professional associations, trade groups and executive summits to convey his philosophy and methodology for successful injury and illness prevention, cost-containment and workforce optimization.

Deborah Lechner Deborah Lechner, PT, MS
President, ErgoScience
Deborah Lechner, PT, MS is founder and President of ErgoScience TM, Inc., a company that provides job analysis, ergonomic consultation, pre-hire and return-to-work functional screening, worksite physical therapy treatment, functional capacity evaluations and impairment ratings to employers throughout the US. Through research conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, she has developed and validated a functional capacity evaluation and pre-hire screen, the Physical Work Performance Evaluation (PWPE). She has also developed a systematic process for quantifying the physical demands of work, the Quantitative Job Demands Analysis (QJDA) and studied the reliability of that protocol with the US Department of Labor. Ms. Lechner has published her work and literature reviews in international journals and has presented numerous workshops on functional capacity evaluation, job demands analysis, and industrial rehabilitation, and developing the industrial practice both nationally and internationally.

Paula Lewis Paula Lewis, MS, CPE
Principal Consultant, EORM/BSI
Paula Lewis, Principal Consultant at EORM. She is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist with over 20 years of experience working in the field of safety and environmental compliance. She holds a master’s degree in Human Factors Engineering / Ergonomics from San Jose State University and has practical experience conducting quantitative ergonomic risk assessments and developing programs for a variety of clients in the semi-conductor, biotechnology, electronics, food and beverage, software, and manufacturing industries. She is also an accomplished speaker and has presented at several Applied Ergonomic Conference and many local professional organizations.

Lueder, MS, CPE Lueder, MS, CPE
President, Humanics Ergonomics Inc.

Belinda Manalac Belinda Manalac
Safety Specialist, University of California, Irvine

Michael Melnik Michael Melnik
President, Prevention Plus, Inc.
Connie Miller Connie Miller
Vice President, 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, Mrs. Miller 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.

Kimberly Mullineaux Kimberly Mullineaux, MS, CSP
Global Safety Director, Visa Inc.
Kimberly Mullineaux is the Global Safety Director at Visa Inc. She leads and manages the Global Safety Program covering approximately 10,000 Visa employees across 80 offices in 40 countries. She has been at Visa for 5 years where she built the Global Safety, Health and Environmental Program from the ground up. As the Global Safety Director she is responsible for employee safety globally, managing the Ergonomics Program, CPR/First Aid/AED Program, Emergency Response Teams, safety vendors and implementing safety committees and safety training for locations globally. Kim has developed Visa’s first Global Safety, Health and Environmental Policy as well as a North American and International Safety Manual. Kim is retired from the U.S. Navy Reserves where she worked as a Storekeeper in a supply unit before retiring as a Storekeeper in a Cargo Handling Battalion. Before Visa, Kim served as a Senior Safety Coordinator with the Holder Construction Company, an Atlanta-based company specializing in design and construction of mega data centers. Kim also worked as an intern with the Turner Construction Company on the Art Institute of Chicago - Modern Wing. Kim’s education consists of a Bachelor’s Degree in Safety from Illinois State University, a Master’s Degree in Security and Safety Leadership from George Washington University. She is also a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

Andrew Murro Andrew Murro, DC, DABCO
President, Business Health Resources, LLC
Dr. Andrew Murro DC, DABCO is the President of Business Health Resources, LLC which he started in 1999. He is also the founder of the Ergo-Power Injury Prevention Program which is utilized by clients in over 40 states across the country. Ergo-Power is a proprietary and unique approach that has successfully helped businesses large and small reduce musculoskeletal injuries in a wide range of industries. Employees dramatically improve their quality of life and reduce their aches and pains by successfully changing their working habits,

Keith Osborne Keith Osborne
Ergonomist, Seattle City Light
Keith Osborne is currently the Ergonomist for Seattle City Light after previously serving as an HSE Safety Specialist Honeywell in Colorado Springs for 11 years where he built two OSHA Best Practice programs (Ergonomics and Wellness) that were responsible for proactively saving HTSI over $23.5M in four years. He is now responsible for the Office and Industrial Ergonomics/Biomechanics Programs at Seattle City Light and has 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 2014 Honeywell Aerospace Outstanding Engineer and Innovator Award. Keith holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in Applied Management and Business Administration. Keith has spoken numerous times at the Region VIII VPPPA Conferences and VPPPA National Conferences as well as HFES-RMS and the National Ergonomics Conference and Exposition. He has published five articles on the topics of ergonomics and wellness program integration, ROI/metric development and program building.

Ramanand Patel Ramanand Patel
President/Owner, Yoga and Sound
When Ramanand was 12, his father introduced him to yoga philosophy and asana, and he learned early on to embrace yoga with a childlike joyousness and delight. In 1968, after coming across a few other yoga teachers, Ramanand became a student of Yogacharya Shri B.K.S. Iyengar, who profoundly influenced the strength, discipline, deepening, understanding, confidence and enthusiasm of his asana and pranayama practice. Ramanand holds a degree in civil engineering from University of London. His familiarity with structural engineering and hydraulics gives him a unique insight into the structure and flow of the human body. Ramanand's extensive, distinct, and lifelong yoga experiences inform both his yoga practice and his teaching style. He is recognized and respected internationally and many in the yoga community regard him as one of the world's foremost yoga instructors. Ramanand actively encourages both learning and sharing of ideas amongst his students and peers. Furthermore, he is especially skilled as an innovator in the use of props and in working with students who have special needs; however he does not teach therapeutic yoga. Ramanand lives in San Francisco and has many students who use computers. Over the years he has developed techniques to help such students deal with the stress related to their computer use. Ramanand has a special interest in the effects of Sound on yoga practice. He offers a number of workshops on Yoga and Sound with Pandit Mukesh Desai.

Cynthia Purvis Roe Cynthia Purvis Roe, MA
Ergonomics Consultant, 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. 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 masters degree in Human Factors/Applied Experimental Psychology from California State University, Northridge.

Stacy Rozell Stacy Rozell, CSP
Safety & 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 has worked with a variety of industries including, hospitality, transportation, and heavy manufacturing.

Jeff Sanford Jeff Sanford, BHK, MHK, CPE
Managing Consultant, 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).

Allen Thompson Allen Thompson
Director of Industrial Rehabilitation, Miss., Drayer Physical Therapy
Allen Thompson, MS, ATC, LAT, PES, CES, CSIWCP, CIEE serves as the Director of Industrial Rehab for the state of Mississippi. He has served this role for the past 2 years for Drayer Physical Therapy. He is responsible for ergonomic evaluations, functional capacity evaluations, impairment ratings, causation analysis, and functional progress of all workman comp patients within the Mississippi network. He worked for the New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals organizations for nine (9) years serving as off-season rehab coordinator and minor league strength assistant. Mr. Thompson served as Assistant Athletic Trainer for Mississippi State University baseball and football programs for four (4) years. Mr. Thompson developed a functional movement screening process while serving the St. Louis Cardinals and Mississippi State University that has continued to this day. He is married to Mandy Thompson and has two children: Ally Thompson (12) and Mckenzie Thompson (8).

Mark Vettraino Mark Vettraino
Director, TaskGroup 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.

Marie Vincent Marie Vincent, MA
Ergonomist, Kaiser Permanente – Irvine Medical Center
Marie Vincent, M.A. has been helping injured workers for over 20 years - first as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and now as an Ergonomist for Kaiser Permanente in Orange County, CA. She provides ergonomics services for the Irvine Medical Center and twelve medical office buildings located throughout South Orange County. Her responsibilities include developing and managing the ergonomics program, conducting ergonomic assessments and training, and working with construction on new and remodel projects. She is a member of the Workplace Safety Team, Safe Patient Handling Task Force, and the Regional Ergonomic Peer Group. Marie earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her Master's degree from the California State University at Fullerton. She received Advanced Office Ergonomics Training through the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health through the University of California, Berkeley. She has attended the National Ergonomics Conference for many years and was a presenter for the first time at the 2013 conference delivering her session titled “Office Ergonomics – Creative Solutions to Common Problems.”

Maggie Vaughan Maggie Vaughan
Ergonomics Specialist, J.D. Irving, Ltd.
Maggie Vaughan is the Ergonomics Specialist for J.D.Irving, Limited- Sawmills Division, in New Brunswick, Canada. Her role in the company involves conducting industrial ergonomic assessment and recommending/implementing engineering controls. She is consulted, within the company, on workstation design for new sawmill construction. Prior to working with J.D. Irving, Maggie was the Senior Occupational Therapist in Medicine at the Regina General Hospital in Regina, Saskatchewan. Throughout her career as an Occupational Therapist, she has been involved in return to work programs and assessment of office and industrial work settings. Maggie received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Denise Vladovich Denise Vladovich
Owner, Market Solutions Consulting
Denise Vladovich specializes in healthcare communications and strategic planning, with an emphasis in health literacy. The winner of more than 30 local, regional and national awards for communications programs, her work has been published in several national healthcare publications. Denise is also certified in ergonomics and now applies her expertise in health literacy to the challenges faced in workplace health, comfort and safety. Denise has a special passion for helping the public understand complex health topics through written materials and public speaking. She has developed training and education programs with various organizations throughout the country.

Mark Winnicki Mark Winnicki
Director, National Facilities Management, PricewaterhouseCoopers

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