Hector Alvarez, CTM, MS
Alvarez Associates LLC
Hector R. Alvarez, CTM, MS, the president of Alvarez Associates LLC, is a security expert who specializes in workplace violence prevention. He holds a BS in criminal justice and has more than 25 years of experience in mitigating security threats. He has worked as a security director protecting one of our nation’s most sensitive critical infrastructures, as a city police officer, and as a professional security consultant. He understands the challenges individuals and organizations face when addressing the threats of violence because he has responded to them. In addition, he has helped organizations recover from significant incidents of violence and has served as a responder to the Loma Prieta earthquake and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Mr. Alvarez has personally assessed and/or responded to thousands of potentially violent situations, developed numerous violence prevention programs and trained tens of thousands of employees and managers in the areas of crisis intervention, active shooter response, violence prevention, domestic terrorism, and emergency management.
He is frequently called upon as a commentator and public speaker, and he has made numerous media appearances. He has been featured on ABC10, KCRA3, CBS13, FOX40, Univision, KFBK, Sacramento Bee, Folsom Telegraph, Sacramento Business Journal, and the Society for Human Resource Management. His clients include a broad range of industries from the public and private sector.
Lindsay A. DiSalvo, Esq.
Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Lindsay A. DiSalvo, an associate in the Washington, DC office of Conn Maciel Carey LLP, represents and advises employers in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship including wage and hour disputes, claims of employment discrimination, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ms. DiSalvo also reviews and revises employee handbooks and workplace policies and procedures. In addition, Ms. DiSalvo represents employers during inspections and investigations conducted by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and state OSHA programs, including Cal/OSHA, and handles the full range of OSHA litigation, from citation contests to administrative hearings. Ms. DiSalvo also advises and counsels employers in responding to notices from OSHA about employee complaints of safety hazards and helps develop and revise safety and health programs.
Kelly D. Gemelli Esq.
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Kelly (Wood) Gemelli, a principal in the San Diego office of Jackson Lewis P.C., provides advice and counsel to management on a wide range of employment issues. She is a certified leave of absence specialist and is an active member of the California Advice and Counsel Resource Group. For nearly 20 years, she has defended employers on discrimination, harassment, leave, retaliation, wage and hour, and other claims. Ms. Gemelli is well-versed in matters that arise under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Paid Family Leave, Family and Medical Leave, Pregnancy Disability Leave, and various California state employment-related laws.
Ms. Gemelli conducts workplace investigations and routinely counsels employers on strategies for minimizing potential litigation. She provides advice on the practical and legal implications of everyday employment decisions. She also provides training seminars on a wide variety of employment topics. She has presented and trained professional groups in specialized areas of employment law, including preventing sexual harassment, workplace investigations, anti-harassment/sensitivity in the workplace, unconscious bias, managing leaves of absence under FMLA and California state leave laws, workplace accommodations, wage and hour, and effective management/prevention of claims.
Environmental Health & Safety Instructor
Michael Hall of MEH EHS is an environmental health & safety subject matter expert and instructor with over 31 years of experience developing academic curricula, providing technical assistance, and conducting training for public and private industry, regulatory agencies, and professional associations. He holds a Master of Science degree in Instructional Leadership, Adult and Higher Education and a Community College Credential in Environmental Health & Safety.
Hall developed practical proficiency in environmental health & safety training and curriculum development through hands-on experience in numerous professional roles. He served as Lead Instructor for the California Conservation Corps (CCC) where he developed customized 40-Hour HAZWOPER and Incident Command / First Responder Awareness team training programs. Hall also contributed his development and management expertise to the efforts of the California Environmental Health and Safety Center, providing training and consulting for private industry, small and large businesses, public and regulatory agencies, and professional associations.
Hall has served in an environmental health & safety capacity for Hammer Mill Corporation, Georgia Pacific, Bureau of Land Management, and the California Community College system. He is a Certified Safety Management Specialist-CSMS Certified Workplace Violence a Specialist, IVES Certified Instructor, and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. His instructional capabilities include but are not limited to counterbalanced forklift and aerial lift operations, OSHA and DOT regulatory requirements, bloodborne/airborne pathogens, and CPR/AED & First Aid certification. He has conducted presentations at the California CUPA Conference and the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) Conference. He has also
provided training programs for various Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) conferences and has taught at the college and university level.
Jenifer Kienle, Esq.
Kienle Law, PC
Jenifer Kienle, the founding partner of Kienle Law PC, was most recently a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith and developed and served as Chair of that firm’s OSHA Safety & Health Practice. She has over 20 years of litigation and trial expertise defending national and California commercial enterprises including industrial and construction catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death state and federal suits, general liability matters in the food and hospitality industry, personal injury and property damage litigation arising out of public works improvements and traffic control, and OSHA and Cal OSHA defense including crisis management, citation appeals/answers to complaints and whistle blower claims. Kienle Law is a continuation of Ms. Kienle’s enduring commitment to providing personal and effective defense services to employers from all industries.
Ben J. Kim, Esq.
Nixon Peabody LLP
Benjamin J. Kim is a partner in Nixon Peabody’s Labor & Employment group and Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA) practice. He represents clients in a range of industries in employment and OSHA matters in both federal and state jurisdictions. He also counsels employers on a wide variety of employment issues.
Laurie Knape, ASP, CSP, CLCS
Laurie Knape, ASP, CSP, CLCS, an HSE professional with Avetta, has over 20 years of health, safety and environmental experience. She is a certified DNV auditor, holds a masters training certificate for aerial working platforms and forklifts, and has been a certified RigPass instructor. She is a member of several industry organizations and is currently the regulatory chairperson for the Gulf Coast Safety and Training Group, chairperson for Safe Gulf, chairperson for API RP T8, committee member for API RP 75 re-write, and committee member of the Hazard Alert Group. She has been a member of the American Society for Safety Professionals for over 13 years. Ms. Knapp attended the University of Connecticut for HSE, Columbia Southern University for Science and Columbia Southern University for Business.
Jay Jamali, CSP, CHMM, CHCM
Environmental Health and Safety Director
Jay Jamali, CSP, CHMM, CHCM is the Environmental Health and Safety Director for Enviro Safetech. He has developed written LOTO programs for multiple clients, provided LOTO training, has developed thousands of equipment specific LOTO procedures, and has presented on this topic at multiple safety conferences. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Safety and Health with a minor in Industrial Hygiene as well as a Masters in Safety Management, Mr. Jamali is a certified Compliance School instructor as designated by Cal-EPA Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) and has HAZWOPER certified over 30 Cal-OSHA inspectors and 120 County Hazardous waste inspectors. He has responded to over 200 hazardous material incidents and was directly involved in the Northridge Earthquake Hazmat cleanup activity and has worked at a Superfund site for 4 years and has provided consultation to several Treatment Storage and Disposal (TSD) facilities. He is a certified first aid and CPR instructor trainer for EMP America and is a certified Defibrillator trainer. Mr. Jamali has presented at numerous EHS conference and currently serves as a faculty member of U.C. Santa Cruz Hazardous Materials and Safety Management certificate programs. He is also a FEMA-certified Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructor.
Lisa Prince, Esq.
Walter & Prince, LLP
Lisa Prince is a partner at Walter & Prince, a Healdsburg, California law firm specializing in OSHA, crisis management and “serious and willful misconduct” defense. As a former civil litigator, she is a strong advocate, partnering effectively with the firm’s clients to identify and achieve realistic litigation solutions. She works with employers, safety directors, risk managers, and human resources administrators to develop effective preventive safety programs that answer regulatory mandates.
Ms. Prince is a dynamic and informative speaker on a wide range of topics related to workplace safety, weathering Cal/OSHA investigations and the Cal/OSHA appeals process. She has delivered presentations to organizations as various as State Compensation Insurance Fund, the American Society of Safety Engineers , HR Connections, AgSafe, the Sonoma County Employer Advisory Council, the National Safety Management Society and Associated General Contractors (AGC)
With partner, Fred Walter, she is the author of the “Workplace Safety” chapter of the California State Bar publication Advising California Employers and Employees.
Allen Pruitt is a manager of industrial sales at Portacool, LLC. He works with leading industrial, automotive and rental distributors to provide cooling options to facility managers to ensure their facilities are as productive, safe and compliant as possible. During the past 19 years, Mr. Pruitt has worked with distributors assessing facilities in the industrial and construction fields. Since joining the Portacool team in 2010, he has done hundreds of site assessments to assist customers with heat stress and OSHA compliance concerns and is the go-to person at Portacool regarding OSHA and heat stress for the sales team.
Erin Silva, CSP
Sr. Risk Management Consultant
Erin Silva, CSP provides risk management services for ICW Group clients in Northern California and Northern Nevada. Her focus is on industry-specific risk identification, evaluation, and analysis to help clients reduce risk exposures, injury frequency, and severity. She assists clients across a spectrum of industries including, construction, manufacturing, health care, maintenance, trucking and agriculture. Prior to joining the ICW Group, she worked in various safety positions including facility maintenance, heavy civil and large vertical construction projects. Erin has traveled all over the United States for her career in risk and safety including spending two years in Alaska. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Health and Safety from CSU.
Barry Spurlock, Esq., CSP
Professor, Eastern Kentucky University
Member, Safety Change Agents / Crump Spurlock Attorneys
Barry S. Spurlock, Esq., CSP is an assistant Pprofessor of safety at Eastern Kentucky University, a practicing attorney ,and founding partner of Safety Change Agents, a consulting firm that focuses on helping safety professionals inspire change for high performance safety. Before becoming an attorney, Barry worked for over 16 years as a safety and environmental professional in the steel, food and insurance industries. He also served as an adjunct faculty for Indiana University for over a decade, and while there, developed one of the first courses on safety performance measurement to be offered at any university. Barry holds a Bachelors’ of Science in Industrial Safety and Risk Management, and a Master of Science in Loss Prevention and Safety Administration, both from Eastern Kentucky University. He also holds a Juris Doctor from Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He is an active member of ASSP and currently serves as a member of ASSP’s Government Affairs Committee. He is the editor and author of the book, Physical Hazards of the Workplace, Second Edition, and co-author of the upcoming book, Measurement Strategies for Superior Safety Performance, being published by Wiley. He has also authored articles for publications by organizations including the American Bar Association and American Society of Safety Professionals and co-authored the book, Chomp Comp; The Small Business Guide to Lower Worker’s Compensation Premiums. He is a frequent speaker at the most notable national safety conferences.
Andrew J. Sommer, Esq.
Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Andrew J. Sommer, the managing partner of Conn Maciel Carey LLP’s California practice, advises employers on a wide range of employment-related issues, and defends employers in administrative proceedings, arbitration and litigation at both the state and federal level. He has extensive experience litigating individual and collective actions in both state and federal court involving claims of wrongful termination, discrimination/harassment, whistleblowing and wage and hour violations. Mr. Sommer also represents employers in inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions involving Cal/OSHA and other state plans. I He also conducts training programs for his clients in both English and Spanish on harassment, reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and diversity.