Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC
Adele L. Abrams is an attorney and Certified Mine Safety Professional who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C., a multi-attorney firm with offices in Beltsville, MD, Denver, CO, and Charleston, WV. The firm represents employers in OSHA and MSHA litigation nationwide, and her firm also handles employment law matters in a large number of states. Ms. Abrams and her firm colleagues provide employment and safety law consultation, safety audits, industrial hygiene assistance, and training services to companies in a variety of industries.
She is a member of the Maryland, DC and PA Bars; the U.S. District Courts of Maryland, DC, and TN; the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit 3rd Circuit, and 4th Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. She also serves on the adjunct faculties of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she teaches on employment, labor and occupational safety law.
She has been a professional member of ASSE (now ASSP) since 1997 and has been a SPY award recipient at the practice specialty, chapter, and regional level multiple times. She is an active member of the National Safety Council, where she was awarded the Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) in 2017. Adele has co-authored several textbooks on employment law, occupational and mine safety and health, and is a regular columnist on safety law issues for multiple magazines.
Dr. Christy Cole
Director of Compliance Services
Dr. Cole leads Dakota’s Compliance Services Team of EHS professionals providing tactical project management and client system configuration including delivery of full implementation services to Dakota Software clients. She has more than 30 years of onsite industry experience in the Environmental, Health and Safety compliance and auditing fields, as well as 18 years of database administration experience with Dakota’s products.
Prior to joining Dakota, Dr. Cole held positions in the regulatory arena and in industry with global responsibility. Dr. Cole holds two Master’s Degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Engineering respectively, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Texas A&M University. She also holds QEP, CPEA, CVI and Six Sigma Transactional Green Belt certifications.
EHS & Sustainability Expert
Prior to joining VelocityEHS in 2016, Greg Duncan spent 6 years working with NOAA and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G) as a federal fisheries observer studying the ecology of commercial fisheries in the North Pacific and Bering Sea, and monitoring fishing industry compliance with environmental laws and occupational health and safety standards. He holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois and a Masters of Environmental Law & Policy from Vermont Law School.
Joe Harrill, SHRM-CP, MESH, C-MESH, IH-MESH
Safety & HR Performance Solutions
Joe Harrill holds a B.A. in Social Science from Gardner Webb University and a Master of Science in Human Resource Development from Western Carolina University. His leadership skills and passion for developing champions for a Total Safety Culture, has contributed to his successful career.
He has over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing industry to include plastics, furniture, wood and telecommunications. He has enjoyed Corporate and plant roles as Director of EHS for over 2,000 employees at division level, 10,000 employees at corporate level to Safety and HR Manager at the plant level. He is a Safety professional that has held leadership positions in major companies to include Masco, Dana, and Furniture Brands. He has served as member of the National ANSI machine guarding committee, conducted major speaking engagements on behavior based safety with National Safety Conferences, changed manufacturing, safety and quality cultures to a value added culture where safety is equal to manufacturing and quality, and reduced workers compensation costs by over $800,000.
Moreover, he understands and can interpret the impact of health and safety (H&S) regulations and legislation relevant to a specific industry. He has been at the forefront of new regulations regarding machine guarding and ergonomics where he was very much involved with the environmental, industrial health and safety issues associated with manufacturing industry from a State and National point of view. As a former member of the American Household Furniture Manufacturers Association he helped develop the North Carolina Voluntary Ergonomics Standard and received the Safety Leadership Award.
While he was with a major furniture manufacturer, he championed a Culture change using behavior based safety for over 2000 employees. This involved securing top management support, engaging the entire work force, using kaizen, six sigma and value stream mapping to enable quality, production and safety to function as one.
Founder & Owner
Practical Safety Solutions, LLC
Mark Haskins is a founder and the owner of Practical Safety Solutions, LLC. He has over 38 years of experience in safety and health. His experience includes safety positions with a leading pharmaceutical company and a major chemical company as well as safety positions in consulting and on major projects for an international construction company. He provides safety services to clients concentrating on assessments, program development and implementation, incident analysis and training, as well as technical services including electrical safety, lockout tagout, machine guarding, industrial hygiene and confined space entry.
In addition, Mr. Haskins held a faculty appointment at the University of New Haven, School of Public Safety and Professional Studies for 18 years. He is an instructor for the OSHA Training Institute and Education Center at Keene State College, as well as an adjunct faculty member. He is an authorized OSHA outreach trainer for 10-hour and 30-hour General Industry and Construction courses and a Certified Safety Professional in Comprehensive Practice.
Mr. Haskins has a master’s degree in occupational safety and health management, a graduate certificate in industrial hygiene and a bachelor’s degree in biology. He is a certified firefighter and is a hazardous materials trainer. He is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the National Fire Protection Association, the Connecticut Safety Society and the American Society of Safety Engineers.
He serves on the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s Safety Advisory Committee. He has authored articles on safety and health management and is a frequent speaker at local, regional and national seminars and conferences.
The Learning Factory
Regina McMichael’s safety career began at the age of 20 when she found herself planning a funeral for her husband after he died falling off a roof while working on a job site. Following her husband’s untimely death, Ms. McMichael dedicated her time to investigating the incident and took part in writing the OSHA fall protection guidelines that could have saved her husband.
Today, she’s a world-renowned inspirational safety speaker and trainer whose energy, humor, and engaging style helps motivate others find their passion for safety. She’s able to transform safety from a dry, boring compliance issue, to a living, breathing, vitally important human issue that can save lives.
Her trainings and keynote speeches drive home the point that when we create a vibrant safety culture, we are creating a happier, healthier, and more profitable organization.
Dr. Matthew Miraglia
CLPS Consultancy Group
Dr. Matthew Miraglia is President of CLPS Consultancy Group, a risk management, emergency preparedness, and security firm. Prior to starting CLPS, he served in the United States Marine Corps, and was a police detective in charge of emergency management and disaster preparedness in Scarsdale, NY. Dr. Miraglia also served as an intelligence officer on the New York State Counter Terrorism Task Force, before retiring from active police service in 2011. He is nationally recognized scholar of homeland security and has numerous publications in that concentration. Dr. Miraglia holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice, M.S. in Organizational Leadership, M.B.A. in Management, Post-Master’s Certificate in National Security, and Doctor of Education in Executive Leadership.
Consultant & Trainer
Safety Help Today LLC
Amber Pappas has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years serving as the Director of Operations for a large metal frame and drywall contractor. This experience has given her an expert level of knowledge in areas such as fall protection, scaffolding, hazard communication and the many hazards that are associated with construction. She is co-founder and President of Safety Help Today specializing in small contractor safety compliance and OSHA training. She is also a trainer for the National Safety Council emphasizing on the Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene, Job Safety Analysis, and OSHA Inspections.
R. Casey Perkins, CSP
Area Director – Austin
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Casey Perkins is the Area Director for the OSHA Austin Area Office (AAO) and has 15 years with the Agency. His safety and health experience includes asbestos abatement, residential and commercial construction, process safety management, industrial processing and environmental compliance. He has administered Voluntary Protection Programs, testified for the Agency on Willful violations, and supported criminal avenues for fatal excavation cases. The Austin OSHA Office provides enforcement and outreach activities for 34 counties in central Texas as part of OSHA Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas). The office has many cooperative relationships and supports the safety and health initiatives of the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Central Texas Chapter; the Workers Defense Project; the Consulate of Mexico in Austin; JE Dunn Contractors; the American Society of Safety Professionals; and the City of Austin.
Derek Sang, QSSP, IASHEP (CSHET, CSHEP)
Technical Training Manager
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 he worked directly with end-users developing and implementing Flame Resistant Clothing programs specific to the customer’s hazards. Over the past 11 years he has worked closely with fortune 1000 companies educating them on the various fabrics, FR technologies and the dynamics of Arc Flash and Flash Fire hazards as they look to develop FR Clothing programs.
Mr. Sang has developed and conducted over 250 educational and informational seminars here in the US and Internationally. He has been the keynote speaker on multiple occasions on the Hazards of Arc Flash, Flash Fire and general safety for a variety of companies, associations and organizations including BP, Marathon, DTE, SCE, ONCUR, IBEW, ASSE, BLR. NSC, VPPPA, NJATC, NECA, STEPs, ADIPEC, DUBAL (Dubai Aluminum), EMAL (Emirates Aluminum) now EGA, ABB (Abu Dhabi), SPE Off Shore.
In his current position as a Technical Training Manager, Mr. Sang has developed over 40 hours of training curriculum for Bulwark University. These training efforts cover all aspects of FR clothing and are delivered utilizing live class courses, on line training, webinars and seminars. Bulwark University focuses on non-commercial training for individuals and companies on the hazards of Arc Flash and Flash Fire and how to properly design and implement a FR Clothing program.
Along with being a recognized Subject Matter Expert (SME), Derek is also a Qualified Safety Sales Professional (QSSP), Certified Environmental, Health, Safety Professional (IASHEP) and Certified Safety Health and Environmental Technician (IASHEP)
Francis P. Sehn CSP, ARM, CSP
VP, Senior Risk Control Consultant
Willis Towers Watson
Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson in 1999, Fran Sehn 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 was instrumental in reducing the cost of risk at the 800 employee steel company using innovative programs for training and injury management.
In his current position he provides safety and risk control consulting services for manufacturing, construction, institutional and real estate accounts throughout North America.
He is currently a project leader for three Willis Blue projects. They include a logistics company with operations throughout the US, a UK based plastics packaging firm with plants in the US, Canada and Mexico and a manufacturer of medical devices with operations in the US and Mexico. These projects focus on safety and risk management methodologies for continuous improvement.
Mr. Sehn’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 graduated from Point Park College with a BS in Electronics Engineering Technology and holds a MS in Safety Science from Indiana University of PA. He attained the Associate in Risk Management from RIMS and is a Certified Safety Professional.
He is the chair of the Enterprise Risk Management Committee for the Laurel Highlands Chapter of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the Western PA Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) where was the Past President (2004-2005) of the chapter. He is the author of the chapter entitled “Cost Benefit Analysis for Fleet Safety Training” in the ASSE “Safety Handbook”. He has been a speaker for the past thirteen years at the ASSE Professional Development Conference on a variety of risk management topics. He is past Administrator for the RM/I Practice Specialty (2014-2017) for ASSE and serves on the Technical Advisory Groups for ISO 31000 and the ISO 45001 Standards.
Joe Tantarelli is an inspiring presenter who can relate “real life” to the training he provides.
He has a down-to-earth training style that is a direct result of his 40 years of experience in heavy equipment construction where he went from laborer to operator to manager. Mr. Tantarelli was a training specialist for over eight years at Trucco Construction, which provided a natural transition for him to become a speaker and implementation specialist for the past nine years.
He has assisted company safety directors with management and employee training in preparation for receiving Star Approval in OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program. He has been a popular speaker at the Ohio B.W.C Safety Expo, Eastern Kentucky University, Army Corps of Engineers Construction Roundtable, Kentucky Governor’s Safety and Health Conference, Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services Safety Day, numerous safety council safety expos and many safety day events for companies throughout Ohio and Kentucky.
CEO & Owner
Code 3 Medical Services
Lee Vernon has over 26 years as an active first responder, firefighter and EMT. Having spent the majority of his career dealing with street violence along with years of training in the self-defense and firearms industry, he has a perspective and knowledge base experienced by few in the industry. He currently writes for multiple industry publications and has various consulting projects with industry manufacturers and professionals in the personal defense field. Mr. Vernon is also the CEO of Code 3 Medical & Safety Services who specializes in First Aid/CPR, Stop the Bleed, and other specialty medical training programs. He believes in having simplistic, thorough, and diverse skill sets that you are proficient at in order to be fully prepared in protecting one’s self or others. “You may only get one chance to do it right, so don’t be a liability.”