Gaye van der Eerden
Director of Business Development
Gaye van der Eerden has over 20 years of experience with marketing and sales in Environmental Health and Safety consulting services and other professional business services. Gaye was an integral part of launching Enhesa at its inception in 1989. Gaye has had her own marketing and sales consultancy working with a variety of professional services firms including a training consultancy, EHS and ISO certification company, benchmarking and advisory firm and Sarbanes Oxley Consulting Group. Gaye has also held several operational management roles in consulting including overseeing client training and resource management. Gaye has a Business Degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Georgia State University.
SafeStart, a division of Electrolab Limited
Don is a frequent presenter at corporate health and safety meetings, as well as at NSC, ASSE and VPPPA conferences at both the national and local level. He has presented briefings on 24/7 safety to the leadership of all branches of the U.S. armed services at the Pentagon, and has also taught classes on various subjects at safety schools and organizations across North America and in many other countries around the world.
EVP & Ergonomics Engineer
James Mallon, Executive Vice President and Ergonomics Engineer for Humantech, has supported clients in all facets of deploying the ergonomics improvement process over the course of almost 20 years. He has trained employees, ergonomics teams, engineers and management teams on the tactics and strategies needed to deploy work-class ergonomics improvement processes. He has also conducted thousands of workplace assessments and complex engineering reviews. His most recent client engagements include Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Cummins, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and ZF TRW.
James received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and a Master of Science degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He also completed and a Master of Business Administration degree at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario.
James has achieved recognition as a Certified Professional Ergonomists (CPE). He is also a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the American Society of Safety Engineers.
Global Director EHS
Jennifer Criqui is a Certified Safety Professional with 17 years of experience in the field of EHS. Ms. Criqui currently holds the position of Global Director of EHS for Emerson, Rosemount Business Unit. In this capacity, Ms. Criqui has EHS responsibility for manufacturing and service operations throughout the world. Prior experience includes managing safety and environmental program implementation at Kohl’s Department Stores, leading regional risk management activities for Target, serving as the EHS Systems Manager for Bostik, Inc., and working as an EHS consultant with both private and public sector clients. With a strong focus on strategic leadership, operational integration, and diversification of metrics, Ms. Criqui has driven great success in elevating EHS performance and visibility in a variety of challenging settings. Ms. Criqui earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado with majors in Environmental Studies and Spanish and a minor in Political Science. She also holds an MPH degree in Occupational and Environmental Health from Rutgers University / UMDNJ.
John “JJ” DeGiovanni
Managing Director of Quality Assurance, Regulatory Compliance and Safety
At United, JJ leads the Quality Assurance and Regulatory and Safety programs . In this position his responsibilities include developing a corporate wide safety strategy for 84,000 people as well as the design and implementation of an “Internal Evaluation Program” for critical systems andtechnical operations. Maintains oversight for FAA/CAA programs including IATA, IOSA, OSHA and the Department of Defense. These programs support the safe travel of over 400,000 passengers daily. Prior to United, JJ worked for Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne where he held various senior management positions in Quality Assurance including: design, fabrication, assembly, procurement, engine testing and flight operations. As the Safety & Mission Assurance Director for rocket programs supporting the Space Shuttle, Delta IV, ISS and X-33 processing at Stennis Space Center, Kennedy and Marshall Space Flight Center. JJ was responsibilbe for all Safety and Mission Assurance responsibilities forthe Rocketdyne division.
JJ is a certified Quality Engineer and has been recognized by NASA with the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal.
VP Corporate Supplier Social Responsibility
Judi Kovacs has 30 years of experience in developing and managing a variety of aspects of EHS and CSR programs. Judi began her career in industry, where she was employed by Hughes Aircraft and Chemical Waste Management over a span on 6 years. She then moved her career into consulting, where she provided audit, technical and management consulting services for clients over a span of 12 years within a variety of industry sectors including: consumer goods manufacturing, oil & gas, mining, pharmaceuticals, movie studio/entertainment, aviation, aerospace, and cruise lines.
Judi joined NBCUniversal in June 2004 as an EHS Program Director, with the primary responsibility to provide strategic leadership over integration of the EHS programs across the footprint of the newly-acquired Universal Studios and Theme Parks. Once the successful integration was complete, she subsequently led enterprise wide EHS programs, digitization and compliance assurance at NBCUniversal. In 2011, Judi’s role changed to lead the development and implementation of NBCUniversal’s Corporate Supplier Social Responsibility (CSSR) Program.
Judi received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from University of California, Los Angeles in Biology, and a Master's of Science Degree in Environmental Occupational Health from California State University, Northridge. Judi is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene; a SA 8000 Certified Social Auditor; and is a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA) by the Board of Environmental Auditors.
Mary Helen Marsh
Director Environmental Programs
Marsh currently manages the environmental programs department for Exelon Power supporting the EP fossil fleet, a position she assumed in August of 2009. As director of environmental programs, Marsh oversees environmental performance and sets and implements strategic fleet environmental direction.
Previously, Marsh was general manager of Conowingo Hydroelectric Generating Station and Muddy Run Pumped Storage Plant, a position she assumed in December 2005. As general manager of Hydro facilities, Marsh was responsible for the performance of the largest hydroelectric generating stations in the northeast, including complete profit and loss responsibility, which accounts for over 43 percent of Exelon Power’s overall revenue, maintenance, outages, work management and frequent contact with multi-state and local agencies on all regulatory activities. In her last year, the Hydro assets achieved distinguished level performance in all metrics.
Prior to this, Marsh served as general manager at Exelon’s Cromby Generating Station, where she oversaw the daily activities of a 350-MW gas-fired and scrubbed coal station and Assistant to the President of Exelon Power.
Before joining Exelon, Marsh worked at the Southern Company for 20 years in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility, including plant manager at the Washington County Cogeneration Plant in McIntosh, Alabama serving Southern’s largest industrial customer, Technical Manager at Plant Daniel a 2000 MW coal and Combined Cycle plant in Pascagoula, MS, senior engineer for system planning at MPC Corporate Headquarters in Gulfport, MS, and Maintenance Supervisor at Plant Watson, a 1000 MW gas and coal fired station.
SafeStart, a division of Electrolab Limited