Safety Summit Speakers

Adele L. Abrams

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.

Christy Cole, PhD

Christy Cole, PhD
Director of Compliance Services
Dakota Software

Christy Cole, PhD, 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, 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.

Eric J. Conn, Esq.

Eric J. Conn, Esq.
Founding Partner & Chair—OSHA · Workplace Safety Practice Group
Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Eric J. Conn is a founding partner of Conn Maciel Carey LLP and Chair of its national OSHA · Workplace Safety Practice Group. His practice focuses exclusively on issues involving occupational safety and health law. Mr. Conn and his OSHA Team at Conn Maciel Carey develop safety and health regulatory strategies for employers across all industries

Prior to founding Conn Maciel Carey, Mr. Conn was Head of an OSHA practice group that was honored as the “Occupational Health & Safety Law Firm of the Year” by Corporate INTL Magazine in its 2014 Global Awards. Before that, Mr. Conn practiced for more than a decade alongside the former first General Counsel of the OSH Review Commission. In 2013 and 2014, he was named a “Rising Star” by Washington, DC Super Lawyers, and as a Super Lawyer every year since. He has also been selected for inclusion in the Washington Post’s Top-Rated Lawyers list in Washington, DC.

Mr. Conn is a prolific writer on all topics OSHA related. He is the curator of Conn Maciel Carey’s award-winning OSHA Defense Report blog. Mr. Conn has authored multiple chapters in OSHA treatises, including “OSHA Inspections” in the Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook, 2nd ed. (Gov’t. Institutes, 2008), and “Defending Against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Increasingly Severe Enforcement Practices” in Complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Act: Leading Lawyers (Aspatore, Inside the Minds, 2012).

Mr. Conn is also a popular speaker on OSHA and related legal issues, including as the producer of Conn Maciel Carey’s annual OSHA Webinar Series, and regularly keynotes trade group and industry conferences. He is often quoted as a leader in the field in trade publications.

Mr. Conn created and curates the OSHA Defense Report Group on LinkedIn, and can be found on twitter as @OSHA_Guy.

Daniel C. Deacon, Esq.

Daniel C. Deacon, Esq.
Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Daniel C. Deacon is an associate in the Washington, DC office of Conn Maciel Carey LLP working in both the Labor and Employment and OSHA practice groups. Mr. Deacon advises and represents employers on a wide range of employment-related issues, including wage and hour disputes, claims of discrimination and harassment, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Mr. Deacon also helps employers develop and implement effective workplace policies and safety and health programs.

Additionally, Mr. Deacon represents and advises employers during inspections and investigations conducted by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and state OSHA programs, responds to notices from OSHA about employee complaints of safety hazards, and represents employers in OSHA litigation, including citation contests and administrative hearings. Mr. Deacon also helps employers develop safety and health programs and policies, and conducts presentations on a variety of workplace safety topics.

Terry DeRise

Terry DeRise
Director of Manufacturing
Portacool, LLC

Terry DeRise is the Director of Manufacturing at Portacool, LLC., where he oversees all Portacool portable evaporative cooler manufacturing. Mr. DeRise joined the Portacool team in January 2013 as Quality Manager. While working for the company in various other roles, as well as his current, he has made significant improvements in throughput, efficiency and quality of the Portacool manufacturing process. With almost 30 years of military and civilian experience, he leads a team of 150 employees at Portacool’s East Texas manufacturing facility where he is a believer in proactive planning to reduce workplace risks for all employees.

Greg Duncan

Greg Duncan
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.

Cathy Hansell

Cathy Hansell, SMS, CCSR, CSM, MS, JD
Breakthrough Results, LLC

For over 35 years, Cathy Hansell has been a catalyst for change. She has held several senior leadership positions in safety, health, environment (SHE), product stewardship, sustainability and manufacturing areas, at AlliedSignal, BASF and American Standard, across 47 countries and 20 industry segments. She led strategies throughout hundreds of manufacturing and service operations globally, to create global safety cultures and risk prevention processes for hundreds of thousands of employees. Results included 90%+ reduction in incident rates, prevention of thousands of injuries and millions in cost avoidance, and documented business value in production, quality, products, services and employee morale.

Ms. Hansell received a JD in Law, a MS in Environmental Toxicology (NYU Institute of Environmental Medicine) & a BS in Environmental Science & Engineering. Cathy holds twelve certifications in Safety, Six Sigma, Quality and Sustainability. She was awarded One of the Top 100 Women in Safety from the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

As the President of Breakthrough Results for the last 11 years, her firm specializes in leading companies to achieve superior, sustainable safety cultures and business value results. Her firm provides a strategic roadmap, practical tools, a unique change model and targeted education to guide the cultural transformation, which also links with sustainability goals. Clients include organizations in manufacturing, chemicals, polymers, pharmaceuticals, retail, energy generation/distribution, construction, military and government (CDC, NIOSH), and the investment community. She is also adjunct professor in the College of Engineering, West Virginia University, teaching a Graduate Safety Culture and Management course.

Ms. Hansell began her crusade in 2009 to link SHE culture with sustainability and ESG factor incorporation with business strategic planning, processes and financial revenue returns. In 2012, she published a ground-breaking guide book, Accelerate Corporate Social Responsibility Results: Link and Leverage Your SHE Culture”. In 2015, she co-founded the Centre for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development in Europe. She was recently published in Forbes, on the need to incorporate ESG (Environment, Social and Governance consideration and the culture behind it) into investment decisions. To advance the linkages of SHE with ESG and Sustainability, she is an international speaker and co-organizer of symposia in US, China, UK, Denmark, Italy and Canada.

Ms. Hansell is also the host and executive producer of Safety Breakthrough Talk Radio, a unique talk radio show that airs on I-Tunes News & Talk Radio. She interviews international experts and government officials on safety, sustainability and wellness topics, including Ed Foulke, the former OSHA Administrator and several NIOSH experts and industry leaders.


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.

Mark Haskins

Mark Haskins
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.

Jenifer Kienle

Jenifer Kienle, Esq.
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Jenifer Kienle is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and chair of the OSHA Safety & Health Practice. She is an experienced trial attorney with expertise in defending national and California commercial enterprises in general liability claims including industrial and construction catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims, suits, and OSHA appeals; fast food and hospitality claims arising out of claimed dangerous conditions, inadequate security, defective playground equipment, and food borne illness; personal injury and property damage litigation arising out of public works improvements and traffic control; and Cal/OSHA appeals. During Ms. Kienle’s 20 years with Lewis Brisbois, she has focused on defending complex personal injury and wrongful death civil litigation claims that arise in a wide variety of industries including hospitality, restaurant, construction and industrial/manufacturing operations. She developed the Firm’s OSHA Health & Safety Practice and provide investigation, consultation and appeal support to employers facing Cal-OSHA, Federal OSHA and whistleblower/retaliatory discharge complaints. Lewis Brisbois’ OSHA team has been successful in getting OSHA complaints and enforcement actions quickly and positively resolved.

Lisa Mathess

Lisa Mathess
Lead Consultant—Motor Team
Job Accommodation Network

Lisa Mathess joined the Job Accommodation Network’s (JAN) motor team as a consultant February 2011. She provides one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and assists employees and employers with understanding their rights and responsibilities under the ADA and in identifying accommodation solutions for employees with motor impairments. She also presents on the ADA and accommodation issues at various national conferences and provides specialized trainings to JAN audiences and advocacy groups.

Ms. Mathess graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s of Arts in Communication Studies. In 2014 she completed the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP). Most recently in 2015, she became a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

Regina McMichael

Regina McMichael
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.

Sionnain (Shannon) McNally, eMBA, CRSP, GradIOSH

Sionnain (Shannon) McNally, eMBA, CRSP, GradIOSH
OHS Services Manager
Manufacturing Safety Alliance of British Columbia

Sionnain McNally leads a team of Occupational Health and Safety professionals tasked with improving the health and safety performance of companies within the manufacturing industry in the Province of British Columbia.

While he only admits to 20 years of experience as a health and safety professional, he has worked in leadership roles in the construction, manufacturing, oil & gas, post-secondary education & research, and the entertainment industries, as well as being a veteran of both the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Navy.

He possesses a Master’s in Business Administration specializing in Innovation and Leadership, is a Board Certified Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and is pursuing his Chartered Member status with the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health in the UK.

He does not believe in “Thinking outside the box,” because he believes as health and safety professional, we should never be in a box. Join him in identifying new solutions to old problems.

Dr. Matthew Miraglia

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.

Tracy L. Moon, Jr., Esq.

Tracy L. Moon, Jr., Esq.
Fisher Phillips LLP

Tracy Moon is a partner in Fisher Phillips LLP’s Atlanta office. He represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. His experience includes representation of employers before state and federal trial and appellate courts in matters under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and a variety of state law wrongful discharge, contract and tort claims. Mr. Moon also represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board and other government agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). He counsels and trains employers on labor and employment law, including conducting on-site compliance inspections and in-house management training programs. He is a frequent speaker at various employment and labor law programs.

Trever Neuroth, Esq.
Jackson Lewis, P.C.

Trever Neuroth is an associate in the Reston, Virginia-based office of Jackson Lewis, P.C. where he focuses on workplace health and safety matters. He is admitted to practice in Alaska and previously served as labor and workforce safety and employment litigation counsel for the U.S. Postal Service.

Matthew F. Nieman, Esq.
Principal and Office Litigation Manager Washington, D.C. Region
Jackson Lewis P.C.

Matthew F. Nieman is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He also serves as the Litigation Manager for the office. Mr. Nieman represents employers in a broad spectrum of labor and employment law matters, including workplace drug-testing issues. He is actively involved in all phases of the litigation process on the full range of employment discrimination and employment-related tort and contract claims, including the representation of employers in actions before the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Mine Safety and Health Administration, and various state and local agencies. He is  a frequent writer on substance-abuse-prevention topics and also  He speaks to and provides training to employer groups on various workplace-related topics, including sexual harassment, discrimination, substance-abuse prevention, and litigation avoidance.


Amber Pappas

Amber Pappas
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.

Steve Roberts

Steve Roberts
Co-founder/Senior Partner
Safety Performance Solutions, Inc.

Steve Roberts is co-founder and senior partner at Safety Performance Solutions, Inc. He earned an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from West Chester University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied/Experimental Psychology with a focus in Organizational Behavior Management from Virginia Tech. His specific areas of expertise include the design, implementation, and evaluation of behavior and people-based safety processes, the assessment of organizational culture to guide safety interventions, increasing employee involvement in safety activities, organizational management systems design, organizational leadership development, and understanding and reducing human error in the workplace.

Derek Sang

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)

Derek Sang

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

Joe Tantarelli
Safety Consultant

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.

Lee Vernon

Lee Vernon
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.”

Where & When

April 8-10, 2019
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol
701 East 11th Street
Austin, TX, 78701

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