Safety Officer, UCSF Health
Matt is an industrial hygienist and safety professional for UCSF Health and currently holds the position as the Safety Officer. Matt has been with UCSF for 10 years and is the administrator for all required Cal/OSHA programs for healthcare environments including but not limited to; Safe Patient Handling, Workplace Violence Prevention, Aerosol Transmissible Diseases and Injury Prevention. He is also the administrator for hospital, clinic and lab accreditation in the areas of Life Safety and Environment of Care.
Katherine Charlson, MSN, RN, CNL
Clinical Manager of Patient Experience, Marin General Hospital
Bio coming soon.
Systemwide Healthcare Risk and Safety Program Manager, University of California, Office of the President (UCOP)
Kristie is a physical therapist and safety professional for The University of California Healthcare and currently holds the position of Systemwide Healthcare Risk and Safety Manager for the UC’s system of 11 hospitals and over 300 clinics. As a large component of her role, she is responsible for strategically directing the University’s Workplace Violence Prevention in Healthcare program system-wide.
Principal Consultant, VP Sales and Marketing, BSI EHS Services and Solutions
Ms. Foster is a seasoned professional with over 19 years of experience in the public and private sector with demonstrated results through proactive leadership in the facilities, government, health, safety, waste management, sustainability and high-tech sectors. Her experience includes providing environmental, industrial hygiene, safety, and sustainability support in the healthcare, biotech, semiconductor, manufacturing, alternative energy and many more industries. Christy is currently a Principal Consultant and VP Sales and Marketing for BSI EHS Services and Solutions, and is a co-founder of the EHSSENTIALS Symposium.
Dr. Christopher Gardner, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center
Dr. Christopher Gardner holds a PhD in Nutrition Science and is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford. For 25 years his research has examined potential health benefits of dietary components such as soy, garlic, antioxidants, omega-3 fats, vegetarian diets, and weight loss diets. His studies have included more than 2,000 study volunteers ages 7 to 90 years in dozens of research trials. More recently his interests have expanded to two new areas. One he calls “stealth nutrition” – which he describes as connecting food choices to social issues — such as animal rights and welfare and climate change — for the purpose of promoting healthful behavior changes in food habits. The second new area involves looking at “systems approaches” to eating behaviors, such as focusing on the complex web of factors required to acquire, prepare and present food in university, worksite and hospital settings. He is currently strongly affiliated with the Culinary Institute of America and the American Heart Association.
Judi Goodin, RN
Safety Leader, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa
Judi has been a nurse for 40 years, and her career has included positions in Medical Surgical Nursing, Coronary Care, House Supervision, Administration, Education and Environmental Health and Safety and Workplace Safety. She became involved in Safety in 1997 when she was asked to chair a Safety Committee which gradually led to her role as Safety Officer just when the Joint Commission established the first Environment of Care Standards.
She joined Kaiser Permanente in 2003 as the Environmental Health and Safety Manager at the Santa Rosa Medical Center. In 2008 she worked with Leadership to integrate Environmental of Care and Work Place Safety under the umbrella of “Safety” and was appointed the Safety Leader in 2014. She loves to teach and enjoys using her nursing skills in her Safety role. Her goal is to positively impact change and the development of a “Culture of Safety” at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa.
Phil J. Hoffman
Executive Director of Security Enterprise Shared Services, Kaiser Permanente
As Executive Director of Security, Phil co-leads with Kaiser Permanente’s National Environmental and Safety the program development and implementation effort for compliance with Senate Bill 1299. Phil leads the National Procurement and Supply, Security Sourcing and Standards Team, that is ultimately responsible for the standardization, leveraging and quality assurance of operational services and logistics within the Kaiser Permanente’s security delivery model. Program-wide security services and logistics include uniformed officer services, general investigations, security technology integration within construction standards, product specifications, national policy development and program compliance monitoring.
Phil possesses more than thirty years of experience within healthcare, high tech, hospitality, federal government and law enforcement organizations. His management experience includes operations, investigations, physical security and electronic systems planning and executive protection services. Prior to joining, and while at Kaiser Permanente, Phil served over 26 years of active and reserve duty with the U.S. Army. His assignments include physical security, law and order operations, culminating in positions as Operations Officer for combat support and service support training. He holds a BS degree in criminal justice administration from Arizona State University.
Senior Consultant, BSI EHS Services and Solutions
Ms. Jouras is an environmental, health and safety professional who provides technical EHS support to leading healthcare, biotech, semiconductor, and high technology clients. She focuses on creating safe working environments through hazard identification, risk reduction, and the development and implementation of comprehensive safety policies and programs that ensure regulatory compliance. Her experience in this area is enhanced by her certification as a Hazardous Materials Outreach Instructor for the State of CA and has led her to develop procedures and programs addressing hazardous material and waste handling, injury and illness prevention, analysis and use of personal protective equipment, accident investigation, hazard identification, hazardous materials spill response, and various other safe work practices.
Vasileios Nasis, Ph.D.
For the past 15 years Dr. Nasis has been an entrepreneur and an academic with significant scientific contributions in the sectors of telecommunications, signal processing and computer vision. Since 2008 he has been the founder and CEO of Netronix Inc., a company that has developed a leading platform in the IoT (internet-of-things) space. Today, more than 300 integrators and OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) globally have based their IoT solutions on Netronix’s platform to provide services in environmental monitoring, fleet/asset/personnel monitoring and many more. Dr. Nasis has received a B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Drexel University where he also has served on the faculty since 2008.
Senior Manager, Environmental, Health and Safety, Kaiser Permanente
Dang has over 20 years of experience and his areas of expertise include environmental and safety management including Cal VPP, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications. In his role as Senior Manager NEH&S, Dang is responsible for managing a portfolio of EH&S projects related to building systems and processes to increase compliance and improve operational effectiveness. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Dang was an EH&S manager at Hewlett-Packard which included overseeing EH&S programs for HP Labs in Palo Alto and server assembly facility in Fremont. Dang has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Business
Regina Phelps, CEM, RN, BSN, MPA
President, Emergency Management & Safety Solutions
Ms. Phelps is an internationally recognized thought leader in the field of emergency management, pandemic, and contingency planning. Since1982, she has provided consultation, training, and speaking services to clients on four continents. She is founder of Emergency Management &Safety Solutions, a consulting and training firm. Ms. Phelps’ niche includes incident management team development, pandemic planning, emergency operations center (EOC) design, and the development of emergency exercises for large global companies. A partial client list includes Whole Foods Market, Visa, the World Bank, American Express, Northern Trust, Triton, IFC, Duke University, Stanford University, the California Institute of Technology, IMF, Bank of Canada, and International Paper.
Manager, Safety & Patient Mobilization, Marin General Hospital
Ryan’s work centers on igniting empathy, unlocking compassion, and instilling wholeheartedness in healthcare. He believes that psychological and physical safety are the direct outcomes of expanding the conditions for love, healing, and meaning-making. His focus on resiliency, service excellence, and high reliability organizing provide the foundation for creating the best possible healing experience for patients and those who care for them. Ryan has worked in the diverse industries of marketing, legal services, retail, and public safety including well-respected brands such as Apple, Nordstrom, Roche, and Starbucks Coffee. His education in anthropology has provided him with an evolutionary perspective of culture change and systems thinking. He has presented best practice case studies in hospital safety topics ranging from safe patient handling and mobility to disaster preparedness.
Senior Manager, National Environmental Health and Safety, Kaiser Permanente
Joel Sigler is a Certified Safety Professional with over 25 years of experience in the environmental, health and safety field. Joel currently works as a Senior Manager with the National Environmental Health and Safety Department at Kaiser Permanente. Joe lco-chairs two environmental stewardship committees at Kaiser Permanente, the Safer Chemical committee working to implement the use of safer chemicals in the organization, the Waste Reduction Committee, working to reduce the volume of waste within the organization. Joel received a B.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Certificate in Environmental Management from the Harvard University Extension School.
Director, Occupational Health at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Mary is passionate about providing a safe and healthy work environment to support employees and believes there is no better time than now to live life to its fullest. She oversees Employee Health Services at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. She is an NP with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Medicine from UCSF and has worked over 30 years in academic medical settings and private industry promoting safety and well-being.
Caryn P. Thornburg
S.E.M.S. Officer (Safety, Emergency Management, Sustainability), Stanford Health Care ValleyCare
A frequent speaker at healthcare conferences, Caryn has been actively working over the last two years with the California Hospital Association and the Cal/OSHA Standards Board in regards to SB 1299 implementation strategies to meet the mandated standards. Previously she was involved in an Active Shooter for HealthCare course that looks at preparation and planning from an operational level. This course has been given in 25 different California counties for free to CHA members and for multiple states hospital associations. Ms. Thornburg has a B.S. in Human Behavior with emphasis in Drug and Alcohol Counseling and a MS in Education and Curriculum development. Prior to joining Stanford Health Care – ValleyCare 18 years ago, she was the training supervisor for a government contractor who trained military personnel in field hospital, medical care, CBRNE and medical regulating.
Fire Protection Engineer, California; Principal Consultant, BSI EHS Services and Solutions
Mr. Walker has over 30 years’ experience performing fire protection and life safety evaluations, design, and construction in health care, bio-pharmaceutical, and other industries. The evaluations Mr. Walker has performed include fire and smoke barriers, egress systems, fire protection systems, and hazardous materials such as compressed and cryogenic gas systems. He has developed alternative protection measures for health care occupancies, when the letter of the codes could not be met in existing facilities
Bruce White, CAC, CIEC
Vice President, American Environmental Specialists, Inc.
Mr. White is Vice President of American Environmental Specialists located in Southern California. He has over thirty years of experience in the environmental industry ranging from project management, construction, contracting and consulting. Mr. White is responsible for providing comprehensive Environmental, Health & Safety, and Sustainability consulting solutions to its clients both in the public and private sector relating to particulates, indoor air quality, healthcare construction issues, and environmental health assessments. He participates in field investigations for such issues and provides expert witness services as well.
He holds a California Certified Asbestos Consultant certification, California Contractors License, Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant and Nevada Asbestos Abatement Consultant certification. Mr. White is active in various organizations, including the California Society of Healthcare Engineers, Education Committee for Indoor Air Quality Association; First Vice President for the Indoor Air Quality Association, ASHRAE Member, and the California Safety & Health Committee for Association of General Contractors. He has written many articles for various trade publications on EH&S issues as well as a long standing list of engaging presentations, legal deposition and trial cases. Mr. White holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement from Sam Houston State University, in Huntsville Texas.