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National Safety Council Arizona Chapter

Southwest Safety Congress

Speakers Listings

October 15th, 2019

Thank you to all our speakers who are dedicated to the education and engagement within the safety and business communities. We are excited to announce the following speakers and topics for this year's Southwest Safety Congress:

Steven Clark - Keynote Speaker

Steve is currently a Regional Director of WorkStrategies for Select Medical. Originally from Houston, TX, he graduated in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. Joining Select Medical in 1995, Steve has worked in the inpatient and outpatient settings treating neurological, spinal cord, orthopedic, hand, and industrial patients. He has completed specialized training in Functional Capacity Evaluations, ergonomics, job analysis, post-offer employment testing and developed a specialization in industrial prevention and rehabilitation programs.

He works with a wide range of employers on location assisting in the development of injury prevention and returns to work programs. He is also a regular speaker at local and regional conferences on many topics related to industrial rehabilitation and injury prevention.

Steve travels the country as an instructor for Select Medical's Job Analysis and Functional Capacity Evaluation courses. In his role as Regional Director, Steve provides mentorship for WorkStrategies Coordinators to expand clinical skills and industrial knowledge. Additionally, Steve is responsible for oversite of the Post Offer Employment Testing program for the national WorkStrategies program.

The Select Medical WorkStrategies Program provides solutions for workers' compensation through injury prevention and management programs. Main objectives: reduce the frequency and severity of injuries, achieve higher levels of employee productivity, and reduce the employer's total cost for workers' compensation. WorkStrategies is exclusively provided by Select Medical's outpatient division including Select Physical Therapy.

Tim Page-Bottorff - Keynote Speaker

Will the future be more regulations and compliance standards, and if so what will they be? Or will it be more focused on people: their critical decisions and unintentional errors? Will it be confined to the workplace like it is in Europe or will it be 24/7 and include the family? What about neuroscience? Will safety remain with risk management or move into human performance? And finally, will issues with management commitment still remain? With extensive experience from around the globe, Tim will share his view on the future of safety and why he is so optimistic for the next 10 years.

Eldeen Pozniak - Keynote Speaker

Eldeen Pozniak is an international management consultant that specialized in occupational health and safety. She is a sought after international speaker and loves to support the National and Regional Safety Councils. She is one of the 2019 top speakers for the National Safety Council Conference in San Diego this year, and in the last year spoken at both the North Dakota safety council and Nebraska safety council conferences

Jessie Atencio

Director for the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH), Jessie administers the state plan OSHA program. Previously he oversaw all Cooperative State Program activities that include Alliances, Partnerships, the Consultation Project and Outreach training. All work conducted by his staff helped to promote a more connective Arizona in terms of Safety and Health. Knowing what is required by the OSHA standards is just one area his group strives to help employers understand, although helping them to be a partner with ADOSH ensures management and employees are involved to remove hazards in the workplace without injury or illness.

Wyatt Bradbury, ASP, CHST, CIT

Wyatt Bradbury is an Associate Safety professional and currently pursuing a Master of Engineering in Advanced Safety Engineering and Management from the University of Alabama Birmingham. Mr. Bradbury developed through growth opportunities in aquatic and recreation risk management, electrical construction, powerline safety, and Safety Consulting. Wyatt Bradbury serves as the President and Membership Chair for the National Capital Chapter of ASSP and on the planning committee of the Mid-Atlantic Construction Safety Conference.

David Clukey

Dave served over 20 years in the military, the majority of which in the elite U.S. Army Special Forces, “Green Berets”. Dave spent more than five years deployed to combat and other global operational assignments in a variety of leadership positions from commanding a Special Forces A-Team and Special Forces Company in combat to overseeing highly sensitive U.S. global counterterrorism initiatives. Dave brings his passion about establishing safe and secure environments for his clients.

Dave is a lifetime member of the Special Forces Association (SFA) and serves as the SFA’s representative to the Unified Arizona Veterans. He was selected as a member of the Arizona Veterans Medical Leadership Council and elected Vice President of Family Programs for the Arizona Chapter of the Association of the United States Army. In 2016, Dave was inducted into “Circle of Distinction” for the Association for Career and Technical Education, Arizona (ACTE-AZ).

Dave is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and earned a Master of Arts in Defense Analysis specializing in Irregular Warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, five Bronze Star Medals, the Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab as well as numerous other U.S. and foreign decorations and awards.

Ryan Dei

Ryan began his career selling Data Center Technology to the United States Army. After 13 years as a technology reseller, he started a new career working for one of the largest telematics providers in the industry. There he managed and consulted with their largest Enterprise customers. His goal was to educate companies on how to implement best practices of his software to ensure his customers saw the most significant ROI possible.

At GPS Insight Ryan combines his solution selling and consultative techniques with current prospects to make sure he genuinely impacts his client's business in a way that promotes long term success by delivering truly amazing results.

Clinton Evans

Clinton Evans serves as the Director of EHS for North America Customer Fulfillment at Amazon and has been working on Amazon’s EHS team for the past eight years. At Amazon, Clinton has had responsibility for sites throughout the US, Canada and Mexico. Before Amazon, Clinton worked on the safety team at General Motors as an EHS Manager from 1999-2010. Clinton attended the University Of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Safety Management.

Jason Hansen

Jason Hansen is the Founder and CEO of Concentric Diagnostics, a Third Party Administrator focusing on programs to reduce risk, lower costs, and improve outcomes for employers. Prior to starting Concentric, Mr. Hansen was the Founder and CEO of Precision Diagnostics, Clinical Drug Testing Laboratory located in San Diego, CA. He has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and resides in San Diego, CA.

Brandon Wiseman & James Rogers

Brandon Wiseman is a safety professional currently working for Swire Coca-Cola, USA. He has overseen Health, Safety, and Environmental for both United Parcel Service and Coca Cola for the last 11 years. Currently he supports Corporate Safety, Compliance, and Fleet for 54 Sales Centers across 13 western states. Brandon is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors in Communications. Recipient of the 2018 National Safety Council’s Rising Star Award.

James Sherman Rogers is the Safety, Environmental, and Sustainability manager at Swire Coca-Cola. James has held various leadership roles within Coca-Cola for the past 7 years. Prior to Coca-Cola he worked with Swift Transportation as a driver trainer and served in the United States Marine Corps as military police. James has a bachelor’s degree from University of Phoenix in Business Management.

Gina Kesler

Gina Kesler is the President and CEO of Impact Employee Solutions, a national employee screening solutions firm headquartered in Phoenix, AZ. Gina was recognized with the first Partnership Award for most requested educational vendor by the Arizona Department of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH). Gina serves as a founding Board member for the National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA), has served on many committees with the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) and Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA).

Impact Employee Solutions is dedicated to delivering custom solutions geared towards minimizing risk within an employer’s environment. Tailored solutions include policy drafting, drug and alcohol program management, drug and alcohol screening, background screening, clinical screening, vaccinations and wellness programs. Partnering to create compliant employee screening solutions strengthening organizations, impacting lives is the IES mission.

Jenny Mandeville

In the past years as an ADOSH Training Officer I have conducted over 1,000 safety and health training classes. I attended OSHA 500 and 501 Classes to enable the Division to provide 10 and 30 Hour classes in General Industry and Construction. To date I have conducted several of these Outreach Classes to help workers qualify for jobs in the current market, as many federal jobs now require 10 and 30 hour cards for employment.

Additionally, I organized and conducted three more Compliance Officer Schools including visits to the Medical Examiner’s Office for training on autopsies and reading autopsy reports. I was responsible for the content and continuity of the class, securing instructors and for developing material to be delivered by numerous instructors.

During this time I have developed several new training classes including but not limited to: Pests and Vermin in the Workplace; Auto Shop Safety; Biohazards for Wastewater Treatment Workers; Scissors and Aerial Lift Safety; Distracted Driving Awareness; Groundskeeper Safety; Cranes in Construction; Root Cause Analysis for Accident Investigation; Portland Cement Hazards; Utility Worker Safety; Learning From Fatalities; Creating a Safety Culture; Effective Employee Training; Pandemic Flu Preparedness; Arc Flash Awareness; Fire Extinguishers and Flammables; Ergonomics for Construction Workers; Lead Exposure in Construction; and a new Forklift Train-the-Trainer class. Class sizes varied from 5 to 200 participants.

To better deliver safety and health classes to the public, I have developed alliances with several Community Colleges throughout the state and offer training through the Small Business Development Centers in Avondale, Kingman, Lake Havasu, Flagstaff and Coconino County, Prescott College and Yuma County. Additionally, I have organized training classes throughout the state, approximately 30-40 classes per quarter.

I have been a guest and keynote speaker at a number of meetings and conferences, promoting ADOSH and the mission of safety and health for Arizona workers. I sat on a Residential Fall Protection Committee with the responsibility of recommending policy to the Industrial Commission regarding enforcement of fall protection standards.

Upon assignment, I have assisted other ICA department personnel in learning the Microsoft PowerPoint Program, so they could update presentations.

Brandy Miller

Brandy Farris Miller is a Principal at Apex Ergonomics and Workplace Solutions, LLC. based in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Dr. Miller is known for her expertise in the application of industrial engineering and applied occupational ergonomics principles in a wide variety of occupational settings. She has co-authored more than 55 publications, served as an editor for 13 industrial engineering and ergonomics conference proceedings, and conducted research and consulting in applied industrial engineering, time studies, occupational ergonomics, safety, and disability/injury accommodations.

She has a wide range of industry expertise and has worked on litigation and consulting projects in the areas of industrial engineering, time studies, ergonomics, and testing and evaluation. In addition to her consulting experience, she worked as an ergonomist for Intel Corporation.

Dr. Miller holds Bachelors and Master Degrees in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis in Applied Occupational Ergonomics and a PhD in Organization and Management. She is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) and a Certified Six-Sigma Black Belt.

Amber Pappas

Amber Pappas has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years serving as the Director of Safety 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 the co-founder and President of Safety Help Today specializing in small contractor safety compliance and OSHA training.

Jo Pina

Jo Pina is a Certified Safety Professional with over 14 years of experience managing safety programs including fleet safety. Jo started her career as an environmental, health, and safety coordinator working for a property management, construction, and landscaping company. Jo continued her safety career working for different industries including heavy industrial, retail and warehousing, agriculture, and manufacturing. Jo is incredibly passionate about worker safety and strongly believes that employers should do everything possible to keep their employees safe. She's an active member of the American Society of Safety Professionals, Arizona Chapter, loves to spend time with her two sons, and considers herself to be the best mediocre cook in the world.

Niki Ramirez

Niki Ramirez is an industry expert and certified human resource professional with over 20 years of successful experience in leadership and human resources management, and the founder of HRAnswers.org. She has taken what she learned in Fortune 500 HR and created an impactful and practical approach to balancing employees’ and employer’s needs.

Niki is a firm believer in the powers of collaboration and communication. She carries with her a strong desire to empower employers and their employees to work in partnership to design and implement meaningful workplace and human resources programs rooted in collaboration, respect, trust and open communication. Niki’s ultimate goal is to create a positive ripple in the world, through her unique approach to human resources.

Niki’s professional background includes serving in operational management and leadership roles, as a corporate human resources consultant, as well as community college adjunct faculty, and a human resources executive. In addition to her 3 HR professional certifications, Niki is bi-lingual in Spanish/English, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Arizona State University, and an MBA in HR Management from the University of Phoenix.

Amber Pappas & Rene Varela

Amber Pappas is a Certified Environmental Safety and Health Trainer, Safety Consultant, and Speaker who has worked in the industry for over 20 years. She is co-founder and President of Safety Help Today specializing in workplace safety compliance and OSHA training. She is also a trainer for the National Safety Council specializing in Safety Training Methods, Safety Management Techniques, and Job Safety Analysis.

Rene Varela is a safety and health trainer for ASU and the National Safety Council. He is the owner of Desert Valley Safety specializing in general industry, construction, and mining safety compliance. Rene is also a motivational speaker emphasizing in cultural and behavioral challenges.

Jesse Steele, MSc

Jesse J. Steele, MSc is a Senior Environmental Health & Safety Scientist with Golder Associates, Inc. Golder Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned, global organization providing consulting, design, and construction services in our specialist areas of earth, environment, and energy through technical excellence, innovative solutions and award winning client service. Their clients represent the world’s major industries and drivers of development: Oil and Gas, Mining, Manufacturing, Power, and Infrastructure.

Rene Varela

Zach is a territory manager for Pure Safety Group. He assists companies with fall protection in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. He hold fall protection training classes for free for our workers. He believes in engaging training for the team so that they walk away knowing the ins and outs of fall protection.

Rene Varela

Rene Varela is a safety and health trainer for ASU and the National Safety Council. He is the owner of Desert Valley Safety specializing in general industry, construction, and mining safety compliance. Rene is also a motivational speaker emphasizing in cultural and behavioral challenges.

Heather Warnock

Heather is owner and Safety Consultant Director at ACT Safety, LLC and an OSHA Authorized Instructor. Heather’s vast knowledge and dedication to providing accurate and updated information, as well as her attention to details where many miss, has made her a highly sought-after instructor and consultant. Her areas of knowledge include:

- ANSI: Hearing Protection, Eye and Face Protection, Practices for Respiratory Protection
- DOT: Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)
- EPA: Clean Air Act (CLA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Clean Water Act (C
- WA), Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA), Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), and Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
- NFPA: Portable Fire Extinguishers, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, Standard for Fire Prevention during Welding, Cutting, and other Hot Work
- DOL/OSHA: 1910 & 1926 standards, Accident & Incident Investigations, Audits, Corrective Action Processes (CAPs), Field and Jobsite Inspections, Form creation and/or updates, Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT), Hazardous Waste Operations (HAZWOPER), Injury and Illness Prevention Programs (IIPP / I2P2), Job Hazardous Analysis (JHA), Key Process Reviews (KPRs), Rigging, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), Safety Committees, and OSHA VPP/SHARP Programs.