Dr. Travis Kruse Sr. Director, Safety Strategy & Solutions Grainger
Dr. Travis Kruse currently serves as Grainger’s Sr. Director, Safety Strategy & Solutions. In this role Travis leads a dynamic team that helps develop and deploy the safety strategy including architecting new safety & health offers and solutions, directing our Field Safety Specialist team, helping Grainger customers solve complex problems and expanding Grainger’s reputation as an industry leader in safety.
Before joining Grainger, Travis spent 5+ years at Lam Research as Director, Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS), Product Safety and Corporate Social Responsibility. While there, he established objectives, targets, and strategies enabling Lam to achieve a 74% reduction in OSHA recordable injury rate and an 85% reduction in OSHA lost work day case rate. Prior to Lam Research, he gained EHS leadership experience serving at the Director of Americas with Honeywell International (Environmental Combustion Controls division), Jim Beam Brands as an Environmental and Water Systems Manager and Intel Corporation as a safety engineer. During graduate school Travis served as the training coordinator for Murray State’s Occupational Safety and Health Training Center.
Travis has a PhD in Public Health from Oregon State University, M.S. in Environmental Science and B.S. in Occupational Safety & Health from Murray State University. Although Travis has specialized in several areas of environmental, safety and health he as a passion for developing and coaching organizations along their journey in integrated environment, safety and health management systems.
R Mukund Founder & CEO Gensuite LLC
R Mukund is Founder & CEO of Gensuite LLC and currently leads a global team of IT and functional experts based in 7 countries to develop, enhance and support cloud-based Gensuite solutions driving enterprise compliance and operational excellence in EH&S and Sustainability, Quality, Security, Responsible Sourcing, and Product Stewardship. Gensuite today supports a global community of 110+ subscribers, over 500,000 users in 17,500 sites located in 120+ countries, using 16+ language interfaces. As Founder, Mukund is firmly committed to the heritage of innovation through collaboration and the commitment to service excellence that are the hallmarks of Gensuite. Prior to launching Gensuite in 2000, Mukund worked at GE for over 13 years in various roles, including executive management, Six Sigma leadership (as a certified Master Black Belt), and environment, health & safety program management. While at GE, he was also the sole inventor of the US patent for the Gensuite system. Mukund's experience prior to joining GE includes consulting roles at ERM Northeast in Albany, NY and Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, OH. Mukund holds a Ph.D. in Environmental & Civil Engineering from University of Illnois, Urbana-Champaign.
Paul McClellan Director MoveSMART® Systems
Paul has trained Instructors in applying select internal martial arts principles towards global-class organizational safety as a MoveSMART® Master-Trainer and Consultant since 1990. Paul has worked extensively throughout the U.S., as well as in countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Dubai, England, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain and Venezuela. His clients have included Amerada Hess, Amtrak, American Airlines, ArcelorMittal, BMW, Boeing, BP, Cummins, Domtar, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Nissan, Michelin, MSC Industrial Supply, Rio Tinto, Textron, United Airlines, URS, US Steel, WestRock and many more. He is a former U.S. Army Paratrooper, a Senior Defensive Tactics Instructor for the Oregon Police Academy, and an Instructor of Wing Chun Gung Fu.
Kay Yoder VP, EHS Southern Wine & Spirits
Kay Yoder is a strategic Environment, Health and Safety Leader with over 25 years of global experience ensuring regulatory compliance, improving safety performance, and implementing sustainability initiatives into existing business practices. She has been recognized by her peers as a results driven leader, capable of championing critical initiatives through accountability and collaboration. She is a dynamic individual, combining her strong leadership skills with an engineering background to build relationships at all levels, inspire people, and create a culture focused on risk reduction for the delivery of superior EHS performance. Previous employment includes Mallinckrodt, Inc. (1995-2000), Tyco Healthcare (2000-2007), Covidien (2007-2013), Mallinckrodt LLC (2013-2014), The Heico Companies (2014 -2016) and Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits (2016 - present).
Kay’s numerous achievements include: 51% reduction in Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) and 93% reduction in serious incidents by implementing an EHS metrics scorecard that incorporated leading and lagging performance indicators; Driving 79% reduction in collective radiation exposures by engaging employees and working collaboratively to identify and implement improved production processes; Reducing energy usage 17%, reduced hazardous waste disposal 18%, and increased recycling 20% by designing and implementing a company-wide sustainability program; Achieving 65% improvement in organizations compliance to global regulatory requirements by developing and implementing 35 customized global EHS standards; Demonstrating 20% improvement in Safety Culture results year over year as demonstrated in companywide survey results administered through human resources; Delivering 75% reduction in compliance audit findings, over 6 years, by implementing a compliance assurance program including aligning priorities, specific goals, assessments, training, and resources.
Kathy Jo DeVault SHE Manager Benteler
Kathy Jo DeVault is a Safety, Health and Environmental Professional with over 25 years of experience in different types of the manufacturing industry, including automotive and furniture. Her education includes Bachelor of Science from Ferris State University and a Master of Science from Columbia Southern University, both in Occupational Health Safety and the Environment. She has held a CSP certification since 2006 and holds multiple professional certifications including SWPPP, MUSTA and CFPS.
Environmental projects include asbestos abatement of torrit units, soil remediation from an oil spill in a retention pond, and operating a small landfill for foundry sand. Other projects include replacing solvent-based glue with water-based glue, inventorying chemicals for reduction and replacement and retiring solvent based paint lines with powdercoating lines.
“In this profession we have been called HSE, SHE, EHS. No matter what our current acronym, it comes down to one thing; working with people not just to make their work environment safer and environmentally sound, but to teach them good habits that they can take home as well.”
I have lived in West Michigan all my life and enjoy water sports, hiking, fishing, swimming and everything that Michigan has to offer.”
John McGillivray Safety & Environmental Manager Scot Forge
John McGillivray has been the Safety & Environmental Manager at Scot Forge for over 20 years. During his time at Scot Forge, he has developed a world-class safety program that has been recognized by both OSHA and EHS Today magazine for safety excellence. In 2017, John was also tasked with creating a Leadership Development process for Scot Forge. John has been a regular speaker at the OSHA Training Institute teaching a course on safety management systems to OSHA personnel. In 2015, John was named as one of the top 50 EHS Leaders by EHS Today magazine. Prior to joining Scot Forge, John was the Oil & Chemical Segment Risk Engineering Manager for the Zurich Insurance Group and served as a process engineer in both a chemical plant and refinery. John received a B.S. in Chemical Engineer from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1987 and currently lives in northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife Aimee. They have 7 children and a granddaughter.
Jan-Jaap (JJ) van der Bij SVP, Global EHS Tate & Lyle
Current: Senior Vice President, Global EHS, Tate & Lyle
Responsible for EHS Strategy, Resource Planning, Auditing Strategy, EHS Business KPI’s, and customer relations. Developed Journey to EHS Excellence for all fixed facilities, labs and office.
Executive EHS Leader, GE Subsea Systems and Drilling
Developed Journey to EHS Excellence for all fixed facilities and service teams and driving global standardization for High Risk Operations (Pressure-Offshore-Complex Lifting)
Global Quality Excellence Leader, GE Power & Water
Responsible for developing the Quality Excellence Strategy and platform to drive quality culture transformation and improve overall quality performance
Responsible for team of 130 operators and 15 staff to deliver safe, stable and cost effective output. Strong focus on organizational change, service improvement, output increase, Operational Effectiveness and employee satisfaction.
EHS Site Manager, GE Plastics
Responsible for team of 30 professionals to lead and motivate Bergen op Zoom production facility of SABIC Innovative Plastics (1500 employees) to ensure the highest standards on Environmental, Safety, Health and Security processes.
Jessica Jannaman Global Sr. Manager, Environmental, Health, Safety & Energy Dura Automotive Systems
Jessica Jannaman works at Dura Automotive Systems in Auburn Hills, MI, as the Global Senior Manager for Environmental, Health, Safety & Energy. Prior to coming to Dura Automotive Systems, she worked at FCA as well as ABB in North America roles. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Health and a Master’s of Science in Safety Management from Oakland University. Jannaman is also Lean Black Belt.
Jannaman serves on the Board of Directors, Environmental Division & Student Division Committee for the Michigan Safety Conference (MSC). She has also served on the Board of the Michigan Lean Consortium (MLC) and is a Past President American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Greater Detroit Chapter. Jessica currently serves on the Environmental Practice Specialty Board for ASSP.
Additionally, Jannaman currently supports Oakland University as the Co-Chair for the Environmental, Health & Safety Industry Advisory Board who also frequently guest lectures for the program.
Jessica has contributed as a co-author for book publications including “Safety Leadership and Professional Development” and has supported as a reviewer on a variety of standards committees.
James Mallon | President, Velocity EHS | Humantech
James Mallon serves as the firm’s Marketing and Sales Leader and directs client-serving activities across domestic and international markets.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, James obtained a Master of Science degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He completed a Masters of Business Administration at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario in Canada. James is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and has received recognition as a Certified Professional Ergonomist. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and two children.
Gladys Thomas VP EHS, Remediation & Real Estate Allegion
Gladys Thomas brings over 30 years of government and multi-national experience and currently leads Allegion’s Environmental, Health, Safety, Remediation, Real Estate, Facilities, Sustainability and Security processes for more than 200 locations. Gladys is viewed as an expert in many areas of EHS and is well-known for her decisive leadership and indispensable knowledge. During Mergers & Acquisitions, she operates as a key change agent in culture transformation. She is just as comfortable on the manufacturing floor as she is in the board room allowing her to take observations and data from newly acquired sites straight to the top. Her ability to command results drives Allegion’s world-class metric performance.
Erika Pouliot Head of Environmental, Health and Safety High Liner Foods USA Inc.
Erika Pouliot is the Head of Environmental, Health and Safety at High Liner Foods USA Inc. Erika joined High Liner in 2010. In the past eight years, the company has undergone four acquisitions, three decommissionings and three changes of management. Despite the rapid and significant changes, she and her staff of three have steadily decreased the TCIR. Beginning her career in healthcare human resources, Erika transitioned after a few years to EHS. She is certified as a CSP, SHRM SCP and as a SafeStart trainer. Outside of the office, Erika enjoys hiking and exploring the National Parks with her husband. They recently had their first European adventure together in Italy.
Don Wilson Vice President 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.
David McGee Director, Global EH&S Transitions Optical
After a storied career in the fire and EMS service for a large municipal department including assignments in operations, prevention, training, investigations, code enforcement and hazardous materials where he progressed in rank, David embarked on the industry sector in EHS.
This endeavor brought him to work for two Fortune 50 companies followed by his current employer, Essilor, which is the world's largest manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses, including the current assignment for David as the Global Director of Transitions Optical and North American Operations for Essilor.
With over four decades of either responding to mitigate a crisis or trying to prevent injuries and accidents, David is responsible for providing corporate oversight and leadership for environmental, health and safety matters to Transitions and Essilor North America’s Operations 14 facilities, both domestically and internationally for the past 18 years.
Corey Ward VP, EHS KONE Americas
Corey Ward is the vice president of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) for KONE Americas. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing the EHS program while driving safety compliance across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. As a Certified Safety Professional, Corey has over 15 years of experience through progressive leadership roles in safety with comprehensive knowledge of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.
Prior to joining KONE, Corey worked for Clark Construction Group as a safety director for the company’s western region. In this position, he led EHS strategy and was directly in charge of construction safety operations across four states, as well as supervising 14 safety managers.
Earlier in his career with Clark Construction Group, Corey held the positions of senior safety manager, safety manager, and safety coordinator. Corey began his career as a safety analyst for ATL International, where he served as a consultant and produced OSHA and EPA regulation materials for federal agencies.
Corey currently serves as the chair of the National Elevator Industry, Inc. Field Employee Safety Committee and was appointed to this industry trade organization in the fall of 2014.
Corey holds his bachelor’s degree in environmental, health and safety from Bowling Green State University and received his master’s in business administration from Pepperdine University. He currently resides in Naperville, Ill. with his family.
Allison Montgomery Global Sr. EHS Director Harris Corporation
Allison Montgomery is the Global Sr. Director of Environmental, Health and Safety for Harris Corporation. She is based at Harris’ Corporate Headquarters in Melbourne, FL and is responsible for developing strategies to improve the company’s overall Environmental, Health and Safety performance. Before joining Harris, Allison worked at Pentair as the Global Director of EHS and Quality and held varying EHS Management roles with Alcoa, Inc. Allison served four years in the United States Marine Corps. She holds a BS degree in Biology from The Ohio State University and a MS degree in Environmental Management from The University of Maryland.
Robert Pater Managing Director, Founder MoveSMART®
Robert Pater is Managing Director of Strategic Safety Associates & creator of the MoveSMART® system for preventing strains and sprains, slips/trips/falls and hand injuries - implemented worldwide in over 60 countries. Their emphasis is on “Energizing, Engaging Expertise” designed to simultaneously elevate Safety performance, leadership, motivation and culture.
Clients include: ADT, Airgas, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Amtrak, ArcelorMittal, BHP Billiton, BMW, Borgwarner, BP, Centerpoint Energy, Cummins, Domtar, Dynegy, FMI, Halliburton, Harley-Davidson, Hawaiian Airlines, Hess Oil, Honda, International Paper, Kinross, Layne Interliner, Marathon Oil, Meggitt, Michelin, MSC Industrial Supply, Nissan, ONE Gas, OrbitalATK, Pitney Bowes, Portland General Electric, Reyes Holdings, Rio Tinto, SembMarine (Singapore), Textron, Therma-Tru, United Airlines, U.S. Steel, WestRock, and many others.
Robert writes 2 columns: monthly for "Occupational Health & Safety" magazine and bi-monthly for ASSE’s "Professional Safety" magazine. His articles have also appeared in Safety+Health, Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, Safe Workplace, Occupational Hazards, World Safety Journal, Compliance, The Self-Insurer, HRMagazine, Personnel Administrator, Nation’s Business, and many others.
His leadership book, Leading From Within: Martial Arts Skills For Dynamic Business & Management, has been published in 5 languages. Industrial Safety & Hygiene News selected Robert as one of the "Power 101: Who Moves and Shakes the Safety World.” He has keynoted numerous international and corporate safety conferences.
Phil McIntyre Senior Director of Business Development Performance Solutions by Milliken
Phil McIntyre has been with Milliken for 30 years, in leadership roles encompassing both the business and manufacturing arenas. He successfully led several business units within Milliken & Company to profitable growth and financial sustainability, as well as the Performance Products Division Milliken Performance System implementation. Phil was Director of Cost Improvement where he was responsible for strategic cost reduction efforts, and he also spent time as the Pursuit of Excellence Director responsible for integrating customer needs with manufacturing and business capability.
Early in his career, Phil worked in several different manufacturing locations for Milliken & Company across the southeast. He credits this early diversity in job responsibility and scope as the beginning of his in-depth knowledge of continuous improvement, his appreciation for sustainable, empowered safety processes and systems, and the criticality of establishing the right financial metrics to drive the right behavior.
Phil holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Clemson University and a Masters of Business Administration from Wake Forest University.
A passionate EHS professional for over 20 years, Kimberly has worked with both Biotech and Medical Device companies. Since 2000, she took on expanding roles with her organization and in 2009, she was promoted to Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety, supporting the Dental platform of Danaher Corporation. Her current role oversees manufacturing, distribution, office and R&D facilities across North and South America, Europe and Asia. Kimberly holds an Honours Bachelor of Science (Biology) degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada and a diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada. She is certified as a Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (CRSP) and as a U.S. Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
Her downtime is spent with her family, enjoying a wide range of sports and activities to suit all the seasons.
Michael Wildfong Director, Health & Safety NSK Americas
Michael Wildfong is the Director of Health and Safety for NSK Americas. He is based at NSK Americas Headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is responsible for establishing the regional Health and Safety Policy to comply with OSHA and align with NSK Global Policies. Prior to NSK, Michael spent 10 years at TI Automotive, in various roles in Operations including Plant/General Manager, Americas Director of Operation, and Global Director of Facilities Risk Management. Michael began his career as an apprentice Machine Repairer at AC Spark Plug (Delphi) where he gained expanding experience and scope, leaving Delphi as a Plant Manager with 29.6 years of tenure. Michael completed a Bachelors’ Degree and MBA while working full time. Michael built his management style focused on the Safety as a Leading Indication of KPI performance. In effect, this approach was win-win strategy for stake holders and share holders as many customers now value the stabilizing influence Safety now provides in organizational performance and priorities.
Jillian Bernstein Expert Support Services Manager Enhesa
Jillian Bernstein is the Group Expert Support Services Manager at Enhesa. Her team is responsible for helping Enhesa’s biggest clients manage their ongoing EHS regulatory compliance by providing Regulatory Compliance audits, Applicability Screening Assistance and a suite of other services. Jillian supports Expert Support Services team members operating out of the US, Brussels, and China offices. Jillian previously worked as both an EHS Regulatory Consultant and Audit Manager/Auditor for Enhesa. Jillian received both a Juris Doctor degree and a Master’s degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School in 2013. Jillian is licensed to practice law in New York.
Stacey Akins Director of Safety Dot Foods, Inc.
Stacey Akins is the Director of Safety for Dot Foods, Inc. She is based at Dot’s Corporate Headquarters in Mount Sterling, IL. and is responsible for developing strategies to improve the company’s overall safety performance. In this role, Stacey’s primary responsibilities are focused on operational employee (drivers and warehouse employee) safety programming. She holds a BS degree in Exercise Kinesiology from Western Illinois University and a MS degree in Business Management from William Woods University.
Bill Hilton Director, Safety Services Walt Disney World’s Parks and Resorts
Bill Hilton is the Director of Safety Services for Walt Disney World’s Parks and Resorts. Bill is responsible for leading an organization of 80 Safety Professionals focused on providing a safe environment for 74,000 Cast Members and approximately 50 million guests that visit Walt Disney World’s Parks and Resorts annually.
The property covers 27,443 acres and houses 27 themed resort hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, a downtown-like shopping district, and other entertainment venues.
Prior to joining Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts, Bill was the Senior Director of Health and Safety for Georgia-Pacific, LLC. In addition, he has held various global safety leadership postions in a variety of industries, including such companies as Kimberly-Clark and Kohler Co.
Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety & Health from East Carolina University. Bill is also a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), granted by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
Paul Moss VP, Global EHS, Travel and Security Siemens Healthineers
Paul began his health, safety and environmental career in 1984 as Corporate Manager of Health & Safety for Ecology & Environment, Inc. in Chicago. After six years, he moved to The NutraSweet Company (a Monsanto company) as Manager of Safety, Health and Environmental Affairs. Paul joined Caremark International, Inc. in 1994 and developed and directed the HSE program for this international healthcare and pharmaceutical service entity.
In 1998, Paul joined Dade Behring, Inc., an international manufacturer of diagnostic medical equipment and once a part of Baxter Healthcare Corporation until it was spun-off in the early 1990s. He had been promoted to Director and then Vice President, Global Health, Safety & Environment, in addition to global oversight for travel, security and corporate programs. In November, 2007, Siemens AG acquired Dade Behring, and Paul was promoted to Corporate Vice President, Global EHS and Travel for Siemens Healthineers Laboratory Diagnostics. He works out of the Siemens Healthineers offices in both Chicago and New York. Since then, Paul has also taken on the role of Chief Security Officer for the Siemens Healthineers Lab Diagnostics business and has also taken on the role of Healthcare EHS Regional Leader for North America and Latin America in the Siemens Healthineers business sector.
Paul received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California-Davis and his Master of Public Health Degree in Environmental and Industrial Health from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has been awarded certification in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene (CIH) in the United States and has also earned the designation of Registered Occupational Hygienist (ROH) in Canada.
Paul has authored numerous publications on best practices within the health, safety and environment profession. He is an active member of the Ethics Enforcement Committee of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene; a member of the Education and Curriculum Board for the University of Michigan, School of Public Health; and a member of the ORC HSE Executive Business Issues Forum Steering Committee.
When not busy with work, Paul keeps himself active in family life with his wife Annie, as well as golf and jet skiing. One of his sons played golf for the University of California at San Diego and practices law in California, while the other son graduated from the University of Southern California in Global Finance and is employed by BMO Harris Bank in Chicago.