Craig Wilson VP, General Merchandising Manager of Quality Assurance/Food Safety Costco Wholesale
Craig Wilson is the Vice President, General Merchandising Manager of Quality Assurance/ Food Safety, Non-Foods Quality Assurance, Environmental Services/Haz Mat and Merchandise Services for Costco Wholesale Corporation. Costco Wholesale Corporation operates membership warehouses world-wide, that offer a selection of branded and private label products in a range of merchandise categories.
He currently serves on the Global Food Safety Initiative Board, the Center for Food Integrity Board, the Center for Produce Safety Board, and the Steering Committee for the National Food Safety Consortium.
Doug Garner VP of Safety Health & Environment
Doug Garner is vice president of Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) and Business Continuity Management (BCM) for BAE Systems Electronic Systems sector and a member of the ES Leadership Team.
Doug has held management positions within SHE and BCM as well as Facilities and Security during his 33 years with BAE Systems. He is the executive sponsor of the sector’s Wellness Program and Warrior Integration Program sponsor and coordinates the ES site executives.
He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and has held leadership positions in several VFW posts. Doug is a retired LTC from the U.S. Army Reserves with 26 years of service, to include four years of active duty and a 2003-2004 deployment to Kuwait with Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a registered professional civil engineer in NH and a Certified Business Continuity Planner. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University, a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas, and an MBA from Western New England College.
Doug lives in Brookline, NH with his wife Diane. They have four grown children who live in Boston, Haverhill, MA, Hagerstown, MD and Barnstead, NH and two granddaughters in Bennington, NH and Lebanon and two grandsons in MD.
Heidy Kelley VP, EHS Comcast
In her 17-year career Ms. Kelley has developed, established and exceeded best practices and standards within the Comcast marketplace. In 2016 as the vice president of Environmental, Health and Safety, and Fleet Operations of 30,000 vehicles she is regarded for creating the recycling/sustainability strategy for the enterprise’s e-waste and fleet operations of pairing the right job to the right vehicle (RJ/RV) along with the correct alternative fuel selection depending upon the 39 states the fleet operates within. Additionally, within two years of launching her National Recycling Program across the enterprise in 39 states for Comcast more than 20 million lbs. of electronic waste was diverted from landfills and instead recycled. Her RJ/RV fleet strategy simplified the vehicles’ from 97 different types down to purchasing 14 different vehicles to maintain, and manage along with selecting the correct alternative fuel for the company-wide fleet. She has managed over 100 different standards on the operations protocols. An expert in innovative program strategy and management, Ms. Kelley has received a number of professional commendations, SCTE Fleet 2020 recognition, CableFax Social Responsibility Award, National Safety Council Award and including the title of Top Female Executive, awarded to her by Worldwide Branding this year.
Ms. Kelley has been successful because of her work ethic and by being detail-oriented. To support her career, she holds a master’s degree in business from Rosemont College and a Bachelor of Science in health physics and industrial hygiene from Purdue University. She is also involved in her professional community, which helps to keep her at the top of an always-evolving industry. She is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications, the National Association of Minorities in Cable, the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing, and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers. Looking ahead, Ms. Kelley plans to continue growing Comcast H&S along with employee’s well-being programs so that each employees has a Health Prevention and Health Promotion opportunity in the markets she oversees to help every employee be the best they can be throughout the country
John Evans Global Director, Environmental and Sustainability LyondellBasell Industries
John Evans is currently the Global Director, Environmental and Sustainability for LyondellBasell Industries. Mr. Evans holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas. With over 30 years of experience in the oil and chemical industry Mr. Evans has held positions in process and project engineering, environmental engineering and environmental management. In his current position, he is responsible for HSE policies and programs, management systems, compliance and permitting, and retained liabilities. Mr. Evans also provides leadership for HSE advocacy and heads the company’s Issues Management Process.
Karen Koster Executive Vice President, EHS Hexion Inc.
Karen Koster is Executive Vice President, Environmental, Health & Safety at Hexion Inc. Karen’s current responsibilities include environmental, health, safety, security, process safety and EHS management systems at Hexion. Karen also chairs a broader team focused on moving forward
Hexion’s strategy for environmental health safety and corporate social responsibility, and she is responsible for driving the corporate sustainability strategy.
Prior to joining Hexion’s predecessor company in 2011, Karen served as Vice President, Safety, Health and Environment for Cytec Industries. Under her leadership, Cytec significantly improved its safety and
environmental performance, implemented global management systems for occupational health and risk reduction, and developed a sustainability strategy.
Karen earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Northern Michigan University, and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame. She also served as a captain in the United States Army JAG Corps, assigned to the Chief of Engineers in Washington, D.C. Karen currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Community Shelter Board in Columbus, which is focused on ending homelessness in central Ohio
Marvin Faber PhD, DOHS, CRSP, VP Global EHS Patheon
Dr. Faber joined Patheon in 2003 as a Toxicologist with the mandate of establishing their in-house Toxicology Services Department and currently serves as Vice President, Global EHS for Patheon overseeing the EHS programs of 22 pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities around the globe. Prior to joining the organization, Dr. Faber held positions of increasing responsibility at Dow Chemical in the field of pesticide research and served as Manager for GlobalTox International Consultants in the field of product registration and testing. He holds a PhD in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Guelph as well as a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from McMaster University and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional.
Matt Marra SVP, EHS Stericycle
Matt Marra has been an EHS professional for 30 years, and specializes in developing and implementing strategic, sustainable and cost effective Environmental, Health and Safety programs, as well as integrated culture change and transformation of underperforming groups into productive, safe, organizations that contribute to bottom line performance. Matt’s experience includes the following industry sectors: Midstream energy (crude oil/natural gas/natural gas liquids/refined products pipelines terminals and plants), marine terminals, solid waste landfill and leachate treatment, RCRA Part B hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal, secure information destruction and medical waste treatment and disposal.
Currently as Senior Vice President Safety, Health, Compliance and Security at Stericycle, Inc., an international medical waste, secure information and hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal company, Matt directs compliance, permitting, EHS management systems and programs for the U.S. and Canada. Matt has also spent a significant portion of his career as a Director of EHS for various midstream energy companies that process and store natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), crude oil and refined products, and has broad knowledge of EHS issues as a result.
Matt has strong subject matter expertise in Clean Air Act and RCRA regulatory matters. Matt has a BA in Biology from Rutgers University, an MS in Environmental Science, also from Rutgers University and a JD from Seton Hall Law School.
Mitch Beckman SHRM-SCP, SPHR Vice President of Human Resources, Safety, Health and Environment Webber
As Vice President of Human Resources, Safety, Health, and Environment for Webber, LLC, Beckman is charged with leading talent acquisition, development and performance and along with the leadership team, accelerating the company forward. With over 25 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry, Beckman is often sought out as a speaker in the areas of leadership, communication, HR management, organizational performance, and safety management.
He is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Association for Talent Development (ATD) , Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America and AGC of Texas where he sits on several committees and teams as it relates to human resources management and development initiatives, and is the past president and member of the HR Houston Board of Directors.
He received his B.S. from the University of West Florida and holds Society for Human Resource Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certifications.
Neal Saiz EHS & Security Director, CSP, CHMM Unilever, NA
Mr. Saiz is the EHS & Security Director for Unilever North America. He is responsible for environmental, sustainability, safety and security for sites in the United States and Canada, producing great brands such as Hellmann’s, Ben & Jerry’s, Lipton and Dove. He has over 20 years of experience in EHS, most of which was spent in manufacturing in the automotive industry. He has a M.S. in Safety Management and a B.S. in Industrial, Health & Safety from Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Mr. Saiz started his career in the United States Air Force as a firefighter. He has earned two nationally recognized designations in the field of occupational safety and health; the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and the Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM) from the Institute of Hazardous Material Management. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and Institute of Hazardous Material Management (IHMM).
C. Richard Neff Senior Vice President Environment, Health and Safety
Mr. Neff is an environmental engineer currently serving as Cogentrix’s Senior Vice President of EHS and was the Company’s Manager of Environmental from 1999 until 2009. Mr. Neff is responsible for the permitting and licensing of the Company’s new development efforts in both renewable and fossil generating stations and has successfully completed such efforts in multiple states, most recently in Colorado and California, and several international locales. Mr. Neff has been qualified as an expert in power plant licensing and water resources engineering in multiple administrative hearings.
As the leader of Cogentrix’s EHS group, he manages both in-house and third party subject matter experts to oversee all air and water related permitting and a compliance activity at the company’s operating plants as well as the health and safety activities. Mr. Neff routinely consults with outside council and industry associations regarding the future directions of federal and state environmental regulations. Mr. Neff recently initiated and implemented the overhaul of the company’s EHS Management Systems from a static, spreadsheet program to a cloud based, enterprise system. The programmatic changes includes EHSM software and SharePoint elements to provide transparency into the multiple EHS compliance programs while providing guidance and best practices sharing between operating assets. He has published multiple papers on power industry environmental matters.
Prior to joining Cogentrix, Mr. Neff was a consulting engineer for twenty years. His practice focused on environmental permitting for energy development projects and water resources engineering. Mr. Neff holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Rob Somers Director, EHS Perrigo
Environmental, Health and Safety Director, Six Sigma Green Belt, with experience successfully, developing, implementing global EHS policy, programs and standards. Worked for large multi-national corporations in progressively responsible leadership positions. Strengths include managing EHS compliance issues, management systems, international regulatory knowledge, and EHS culture change.
As the Global EHS Director for Perrigo, Rob has been instrumental in leading the Global EHS organization and developing their global EHS strategies, compliance assurance programs and policies for all of the global operations. Rob has extensive knowledge and experience with developing and implementing global EHS policies, programs and standards. He has over 25 years of experience in the EHS field with a special emphasis of integrating IT solutions into EHS programs and systems to support and improve EHS operations and accountability. Rob has a Master’s degree in Environmental Health Sciences from Tulane School of Public Health