Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Attorney & Firm President
Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C.
Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, an attorney, safety professional and firm president of the Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C. is recognized as a national expert on occupational safety and health. Ms. Abrams heads a ten-attorney firm that represents employers and contractors nationwide in OSHA and MSHA litigation, and provides safety and health training, auditing, and consultation services. She is a Certified Mine Safety Professional, and a Department of Labor–approved trainer. Ms. Abrams is on the adjunct faculty of Catholic University in Washington, DC, where she teaches employment and labor law.
Ms. Abrams is also a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and is co-author of several safety-related textbooks. She is chair of the National Safety Council’s Business & Industry Division committee on regulatory and legal affairs. She is admitted to the Bars of MD, DC and PA, as well as multiple federal courts including the US Supreme Court.
Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Eric J. Conn is a founding partner of the law firm Conn Maciel Carey LLP and Chair of the firm’s national OSHA Workplace Safety Practice Group. Mr. Conn focuses his practice on all aspects of occupational safety and health law. He began his career practicing for more than a decade alongside the former first General Counsel of the OSH Review Commission. Mr. Conn represents employers in inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving OSHA, state OSH programs, the Chemical Safety Board, EPA and state and local safety related agencies. He also handles all aspects of OSHA litigation, from appeals of citations to criminal prosecutions.
Charles J. Douros is senior consultant for ProAct Safety. Charles engages organizations in every major industry on their journey to achieve and sustain excellence in safety performance, organizational development and cultural alignment. Since 2004, he has worked hands-on in the safety and environmental arena with companies in all regions of North America. As a former small business owner, regional director of EHS, and safety consultant, Charles has personally implemented safety performance and cultural improvement processes across many industries. Charles is a prolific writer of online safety content and has been a frequent contributor to eHow, Business.com, Examiner, CBS News, Boy Scouts of America, Nation’s Restaurant News, Career Tracker and other business & industry sites.
Vice President of Operational Risk
Andy has more than 18 years of experience in helping companies better understand their risks and improve workplace safety through software and technology solutions. He is currently leading the strategy, design and development of the next generation SpheraCloud™ platform. A technology enthusiast with expertise in the application of data and analytics to drive decision making, Andy holds a BS in geophysical science from the University of Chicago and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Senior Director of Business Development
FEI Behavioral Health
Terri Howard is responsible for working with FEI corporate clients to ensure they are prepared for, can respond to and recover from a crisis incident. She also coordinates the people support and psychological first aid services for those impacted by crises, and is responsible for developing drills and exercises aimed at testing current plans and procedures. Over the years, Howard has contributed to several international standards and guidelines on crisis management and workplace violence prevention including ASIS, a global community of more than 38,000 security practitioners, and the FBI.
Matthew Humphreville, MS, CSP, CIH
U.S. Department of Labor-OSHA
Matthew R. Humphreville has over 20 years of experience as a Compliance Safety and Health Officer with federal OSHA, first as a Safety Specialist and currently as an Industrial Hygienist. He has inspected establishments in the General Industry, Construction, Maritime and Agricultural industries and conducts fatality, referral and complaint investigations and inspections.
Prior to OSHA, he was both a Radiation Health Officer and an Industrial Hygiene Officer in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Humphreville holds a B.S. in Environmental Health Science from Eastern Kentucky University and a M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from the University of New Haven. He is both a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Certified Safety Professional.
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
Dave Johnson has been chief editor of Industrial Safety & Hygiene News magazine since 1980, back in the days when Ronald Reagan was trying to trim the regulatory thicket. His first interview was with an official of the American Conservative Union’s “STOP OSHA” campaign in a Washington office.
Dave has gone on create ISHN’s White Paper reader survey on the State of the EHS Nation, ISHN’s web site in 1995, and has written articles and commentaries for more than 440 issues of ISHN. Dave has a degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University.
Regina McMichael, CSP, CET
The Learning Factory
At 20 years old, Regina McMichael got the call that her husband had died falling off a roof at a jobsite he was working. That was the day her safety career started. At an age when most people are just starting to think about what it means to be an adult, Regina went from planning a funeral, to investigating her late husband’s accident, to transforming her workers’ compensation benefit into a university degree in safety, to participating in the writing of the OSHA fall protection guidelines that could have prevented her husband’s death.
Today, she’s a world-renowned safety speaker and trainer with 28 years of experience as a safety expert whose energy, humor, and engaging style draws rave reviews from clients like General Motors, the National Safety Council, and the American Society of Safety Engineers, among countless others. Her presentations have been named among the National Safety Council’s top ten sessions. She is a contributing author for Training and Development for Dummies and the author of more than 30 published articles, and is known as the Safety Training Ninja© and is the founder of Peace, Love and Safety.
Phil Mole is the former Global EHS Coordinator for John Crane, Inc. In that role, Phil developed and facilitated trainings on a variety of subjects, presenting to large groups and conducting intimate tool box talks. Phil’s professional accreditation includes: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) from 1995 to 1997, American Society of Safety Engineers, National Association of Environmental Managers, OSHA 30-hour training (2012) and ISO/OHSAS Internal Auditor training (2012).
Tim Page-Bottorff, CSP, CET
Senior Safety Consultant
SafeStart, a division of Electrolab Limited
Tim Page-Bottorff is an inspirational certified safety professional who brings valuable knowledge from over 20 years of occupational health, safety and environmental experience. He has received the coveted ASSE Safety Professional of the Year for Region II and also for the Arizona Chapter. His industry accomplishments include teaching as an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer for UCSD and an Adjunct Faculty Member, Asbestos Inspector/Management Planner. He is the ASSE Region II Vice President and Past President of the Arizona Chapter. He also belongs to the Training and Communications, Consultants Practice Specialties and is a member of the military branch. Mr. Page-Bottorff has consulted with hundreds of clients at thousands of sites across several industries, including Georgia Pacific, Land O’ Lakes, Mosaic, Honda, International Paper, and Procter and Gamble.
Patricia Reed, CSP
Health Environmental Safety & Sustainability (HESS) Manager
Patricia Reed, CSP is the Health Environmental Safety and Sustainability (HESS) Manager with KIK Corporation, a specialty chemical manufacturer for household and commercial products. The site Patricia works at is an OSHA PSM and EPA RMP covered facility. Patricia heads up all PSM and RMP initiatives for extremely hazardous substances and ensures compliance with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Director of Learning and Development
An accomplished professional and subject-matter expert in training and facilitation. Ellis has 36+ years of experience in mining, safety and training, teaching over 7,000 students. Teaching experience lead to advocating experiential learning; customized curriculum is heavily focused on student interaction and universal participation. Enthusiastically adheres to the ADDIE model of developing adult education from analysis to the evaluation stage. Student evaluations clearly reflect a genuine love for teaching and an ability to empower others.
Michael Rubin, Esq., CSP
Michael Rubin is chair of Goldberg Segalla’s OSHA and Worksite Safety Practice Group. A Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Michael focuses his practice on issues involving occupational safety and health law. He advises and represents employers across multiple industries in connection with OSHA inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions. He has on-the-ground experience managing accident investigations, negotiating for the withdrawal and settlement of citations, contesting citations, and litigating matters before the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission — including trials and appeals. Michael has completed the OSHA-30 Construction and General Industry training, and regularly counsels employers on safety compliance and best practice strategies for minimizing risk.
Francene Scott-Diehl, MPH, CSP
Safety & Compliance Manager
Florida Public Utilities
Francene Scott-Diehl is the Safety & Compliance Manager for Florida Public Utilities. She is an accomplished 20+year safety professional honored by National Safety Council in 2011 as a “Top 40 under 40” safety professional in the field. Her past safety roles have included municipal utilities, warehousing and distribution, transportation and service sectors. She is a PhD candidate at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has served as an Adjunct Instructor for the University.
Fran holds a Masters of Public Health, MPH, from the University of South Florida and received her undergraduate degree in Occupational Safety Engineering & Technology from Murray State University in Kentucky. She holds the Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Environmental, Safety and Health Trainer (CET) and (CDS) Certified Director of Safety certifications.
Technical Training Manager, QSSP, IASHEP
Bulwark Protective Apparel
Derek Sang has been involved with the Flame-Resistant Clothing industry in a variety of roles from the service, manufacturing and garment sides of the business for over 20 years.
The first 10 years of his career Derek worked directly with end-users developing and implementing Flame Resistant Clothing programs specific to the customer’s hazards. Over the past 11 years Derek has worked closely with fortune 1000 companies educating them on the various fabrics, FR technologies and the dynamics of Arc Flash and Flash Fire hazards as they look to develop FR Clothing programs.
In his current position as a Technical Training Manager, Derek has developed over 40 hours of training curriculum and conducted over 250 educational and informational seminars for Bulwark University.
Gary L. Sculli
Author, Building a High-Reliability Organization: A Toolkit for Success
Gary L. Sculli brings a unique and diverse perspective to patient safety. He is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration and has worked in multiple clinical specialties to include leadership and management. He has served as an officer in the United States Air Force Nurse Corps. Sculli is also a former airline pilot for Northwest Airlines (now Delta) and has developed and taught Crew Resource Management (CRM) programs in both aviation and healthcare. He currently works nationally in patient safety dealing primarily with matters of safety culture and patient safety program assessment. Gary has authored two books for HCPro: Soaring to Success – Taking Crew Resource Management form the Cockpit to the Nursing Unit published in 2011 and Building a High Reliability Organization – A Toolkit for Success published in 2015.
Astronaut/Space Shuttle Commander
As an astronaut with three space missions, Colonel Rick Searfoss shares with only a handful of people in history some of the most unique human experiences possible. In his career he has led many different teams, including commanding the most complex science research space mission ever, mission STS-90 on Columbia. He also piloted two other space flights.
Prior to becoming an astronaut Colonel Searfoss was a fighter pilot and test pilot, with over 6200 hours flying time in 86 different types of aircraft. He was also the number one graduate in his Air Force Academy class and earned a master’s degree at the California Institute of Technology. Rick has held executive level positions in the aerospace industry and now works regularly with numerous entrepreneurial space ventures, including test flying the world’s only liquid propellant rocketplane. For the past decade as a noted leadership and innovation speaker, he has shared his unique perspective on peak performance with organizations worldwide. Rick is the author of LIFTOFF: An Astronaut Commander’s Countdown for Purpose-Powered Leadership.
In his spare time Rick enjoys flying, science fiction, backpacking, cycling, and running. He and his wife Julie have three daughters and reside in California.
Francis P. Sehn CSP, ARM, CSP
Vice President – Senior Risk Control Consultant, Risk Control and Claims Advocacy
Willis Towers Watson
Fran’s career started in 1973 as a loss control consultant and he spent 18 years with several major insurance carriers. After graduating from college, he spent several years in the railroad and electronics industry. He is currently a project leader for three Willis Blue projects where he provides safety and risk control consulting services for manufacturing, construction, institutional and real estate accounts throughout North America.
Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson in 1999, Fran was the Manager of Safety for Washington Steel Corporation for over eight years where he was responsible for safety, industrial hygiene, workers’ compensation and security for the specialty steel maker. He is also a member of the Western PA Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), was the Past President (2004-2005) of the chapter, and is the author of the chapter entitled “Cost Benefit Analysis for Fleet Safety Training” in the ASSE “Safety Handbook.”
Barry Spurlock, Esq., CSP
Eastern Kentucky Unviersity/Spurlock Law, PLLC\
Barry Spurlock is an assistant professor at Eastern Kentucky University where he teaches graduate and undergraduate classes on safety management, safety performance measurement, workers’ compensation, safety-related legal classes, and courses on hazard recognition and control. He is also the managing member and attorney for Spurlock Law, PLLC. Prior to his present position in academia, Mr. Spurlock was a full-time attorney where he represented employers in a variety of employment matters involving OSHA, FMLA, ADA, harassment and discrimination.
Mr. Spurlock’s current law practice also includes counseling and training employers on compliance and proactively avoiding litigation and citations. Barry is a board-certified safety professional, and before practicing law he worked for over 16 years as an occupational safety and risk management professional in the food, steel and workers’ compensation insurance industries. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member for Indiana University since 2002, where he has developed curricula and taught numerous undergraduate courses in occupational safety management.