Anthony J. Alabastro
Director of Security Services, Stanford Health Care
Anthony J. Alabastro currently leads the security efforts for Stanford Healthcare, Lucille Packard Children’s Healthcare, Stanford School of Medicine, Valley Care, and University Health Alliance. Over the past 20 years, Anthony has lead both domestic and international security teams with a focus on the protection of people, information, and assets. After joining Stanford in the fall of 2016, Anthony has quickly overhauled the security program to ensure the technology and operational programs are optimized to ensure the safety of healthcare professionals and patients across the Stanford enterprise.
Senior Consultant, BSI EHS Services and Solutions
Jason Barry, a Senior Consultant under BSI’s RAPID Injury Prevention program, is an accomplished healthcare EH&S professional who specializes in reducing staff injuries through the combined application of systems safety and technology solutions. Having worked with leading healthcare organizations across the US, he has successfully helped to drive down costs and improve efficiencies at client sites. Prior to BSI, Jason worked as the Injury Prevention Program Manager at UCLA Health before moving on to the Center of Excellence position for Healthcare Risk & Safety under the UC Office of the President’s enterprise risk management initiative.
Senior Consultant, BSI EHS Services and Solutions
David Bernstein is an experienced Emergency Manager specializing in the healthcare sector. Over his career in New York City, he has been involved in two hospital evacuations and led the creation of a multi-agency healthcare coalition based in Manhattan, NY. David has overseen planning and response initiatives spanning individual hospitals to multi-facility health networks and has acted as a strategic advisor on provider-based and multi-agency initiatives at the local and regional level.
Director of Environmental Health & Safety, Stanford Health Care
Michele Blazek is Stanford Health Care’s Director of Environmental Health and Safety. With over 30 years of experience in telecommunications, healthcare and consulting, Ms. Blazek has led multidisciplinary teams to improve the performance of compliance management systems and to integrate EH&S and sustainability into business operations. Ms. Blazek holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering/Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She currently serves on the Dean’s Alumni Advisory Council for the Carnegie Mellon Institute of Technology.
Brandon Bond, MC, NHDP-BC, CBCP
Administrative Director, Stanford Health Care, Stanford
Brandon Bond is the administrative director of the Office of Emergency Management at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health. He also serves as the Safety Officer on the U.S. Health and Human Services, Disaster Medical Assistance Team, CA-6. Additionally, Brandon is an adjunct instructor at FEMA’s, Center for Domestic Preparedness. He responded to the Haiti Earthquake, Hurricanes Gustav, Ike, Katrina and Rita. Brandon also participated in relief efforts in the Philippines following Super Typhoon Haiyen and Sri Lanka following the Indonesian Tsunami. Mr. Bond has been involved in many state and local responses as a first responder. For the last 20 years, his passion has been delivering emergency and crisis management programs and training to Healthcare, High-Tech and Homeland Security industries. Brandon currently serves United States Department of Homeland Security Public Health and Healthcare Sector Coordinating Counsel, and the State of California’s Mass Patient Movement Working Group. He also volunteers for the California Rescue Dog Association, and San Mateo County Search and Rescue Team. Mr. Bond holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master’s of Science in Industrial and Technical Studies from Cal Poly State University.
Chief Executive Officer, UV Angel
Mr. Byrne is a senior executive with over 28 years of product and strategic business development experience in the Health and Life Sciences industries. A native of West Michigan, Tom started his career as an Account Executive for McKesson General Medical, he worked his way up through multiple companies, including Stryker Corporation and as a Vice President for a closely-held medical products company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Most recently Mr. Byrne founded Byrne Advisory Group, where he held direct Corporate Executive Advisory positions, to help clients build successful healthcare product development organizations. Tom has a passion for the business of integrating health and technology, and has earned a reputation for collaborating with healthcare partners to bridge the gap between early stage technologies and the clinical science validation processes. Mr. Byrne holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwood University DeVos School of Business.
Elise Condie, PT, M.S., CPE
Principal Consultant, BSI EHS Services and Solutions
Elise Condie began her career as a Physical Therapist after graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia. She is an experienced practitioner in ICUs, medical/surgical units, geriatrics and oncology. She developed a passion for injury prevention and completed a Masters in Occupational Health and Safety at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. She has worked in a range of industries as a safety professional, including the Australia Post, stevedoring, high voltage construction and maintenance, water and wastewater, underground mining, and transport. Elise has worked internally and as a consultant in healthcare EHS to help teams bring out their best and achieve great results.
Advanced Project Manager Certification, Program Manager, Safe Patient Handling, Stanford Medical Center
Tina Cortez has been at Stanford for more than sixteen years, first as ED Coordinator in Guest Services, then progressing through Navigation Services as Supervisor, Assistant Manager then Manager. As Manager, she led a team of 67 staff and 129 volunteers/interns. Most recently, Tina functioned in the Senior Leadership Development Program based in the Performance Excellence Department where she coached/facilitated multiple projects including High Value Care, Radiology Improvement, and Ortho/Neuro Spine initiatives. Tina has certificates in Patient Health Navigation from Colorado University and Advanced Project Management from Stanford University. Tina’s background as an EMT and trainer provides her with insight related to ergonomics and body mechanics, two areas that are closely related to Safe Patient Handling strategies. Tina is tasked with managing the daily operations of Stanford’s Safe Patient Handling program, including education/training, Unit Champions, Lift Coaches, and injury investigation/prevention.
Joe Daly, PT, MBA, MHA, FACHE
Director, Rehabilitation Services and Safe Patient Handling, Stanford Medical Center
Joe Daly has been at Stanford for three years and has more than twenty-five years of experience in rehabilitation operations, program development and process improvement. Joe has managed rehabilitation programs and patient care services in multiple settings across the healthcare continuum, including Acute Care Hospitals, Outpatient Centers, Home Health Organizations, and Rehabilitation Facilities. Joe is a Physical Therapist by training and throughout his career has provided body mechanics, ergonomics and patient handling education to rehab therapists/aides, nurses, and nursing assistants in both acute and post-acute settings. In his position at Stanford, he is responsible for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Department, which consists of about one hundred clinical/support staff, and has Administrative oversight for the Safe Patient Handling Program. Joe also plays a role in Stanford’s Fall Prevention efforts, Early Mobility Program, and multiple Process Improvement initiatives with a perspective that balances safety, mobility, injury prevention, patient satisfaction and optimal length of stay.
Terry Duffina, BEP, SFP
Director, Sustainability & Energy, Stanford Health Care
Terry earned her MBA and MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, CA. After graduating, she took an EHS job in the semiconductor industry which led to an 11-year EHS career. At one point, Terry was responsible for EHS compliance at 24 facilities in 7 states. When the company started looking at energy consumption as an opportunity to reduce operating costs, Terry became the first full-time Energy Manager, saving the company millions through energy procurement contracts and energy efficiency projects. Terry then moved into Facilities Management for two years. Terry Duffina joined Stanford Health Care in 2016.
Bob Durand, CPP, CHEP, HEM, CHSS
Emergency Management Planner, Kaiser Permanente
Bob Durand retired after 21 years of active service in the United States Army in 2005 and is a Prevention of Workplace Violence and Emergency Department Security & Safety Practice Leader in Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Region Medical Group Support Services. He has been working in Healthcare Security and Prevention of Workplace Violence since 2008.
Bob managed the violence prevention program for the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center’s Emergency Department for 5 years and achieved a zero-injury rate from violent and unpredictable patients. He developed KP’s Northern California Emergency Department Security Operations Training Program and developed multiple training and systemic processes designed to keep clinical staff safe in aggressive and violent situations.
Director, Healthcare, BSI EHS Services and Solutions
Christy Foster is an industry leader with over 20 years of EHS experience in the public and private sectors including the healthcare, biotech, semiconductor, and manufacturing industries, focused in the area of worker injury prevention. Christy has led worker injury prevention projects for some of the most respected healthcare institutions in the nation, resulting in millions of dollars in savings and signification incident reductions for her clients. She is a co-founder of the EHSSENTIALS Symposium for healthcare EHS and a lecturer for the San Jose State University Engineering Department. She has a BS in Biology from the University of New Hampshire and Masters in Public Administration from National University.
Environmental Health & Safety Specialist, Stanford Health Care
Derek Garcia has worked as an EHS professional for over 15 years as a manager and individual contributor. He has worked in a variety of industries, including semiconductor, high tech, medical device, and most recently, healthcare, in which he currently holds a position as an EHS Specialist with Stanford Health Care. Mr. Garcia’s professional experience includes environmental compliance, sustainability, occupational health and safety, emergency response, internal and external audit, corrective action preventive action (CAPA), and ISO 14001. He has also led a number of site teams, including the Safety Committee and Emergency Response Team. Mr. Garcia studied at San Jose State University and holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Hazardous Waste Management.
Christine Greene, MPH, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator for Sanitation and Contamination Control,
NSF International, Applied Research Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. Christine Greene has over 9 years of experience in epidemiological and laboratory research. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences and an MPH in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her academic research focus has been on healthcare pathogen transmission, pathogen environmental survival, and biofilms which has led to multiple publications. At NSF International , Dr. Greene has been making strides to improve public health in the areas of infectious disease prevention and control in clinical and dental settings. Her research focuses on healthcare pathogen transmission, pathogen environmental survival, disinfection, hand hygiene and biofilms. Her work serves to improve the accuracy of environmental mediated infectious disease transmission modeling, strengthens current guidelines to control healthcare-associated infections and provides new insights that will stimulate innovative approaches to reduce the risk of biofilm-related infections, pathogen transmission and curtail the environmental persistence and transmission of infectious agents. Dr. Greene also co-founded the Healthcare Infection Transmission Systems (HITS) Consortium – an organization that strives to break down silos in healthcare using a cross-disciplinary, systems approach to addressing the pressing issues around infection control.
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.
Ed Hall, CSP, MA
Chief Executive, Strategic Risk Ventures, The Risk Authority Stanford
Ed is the Senior Vice President of Risk Strategic Ventures for The Risk Authority Stanford (TRA Stanford), as well as the Director of Loss Controls and Education at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health. In his role at TRA Stanford, Ed oversees clinical risk management, workplace solutions and claims and litigation operations. With over 20 years of diverse risk and insurance management experience, Ed is an authority in managing risks in healthcare and industrial sectors. He is nationally recognized for his development of innovative loss control risk management programs, which have led to dramatic increases in both patient safety and financial savings.
Kathy Harris, M.C.R.P, EMT-B
OEM Manager, Stanford Health Care, Office of Emergency Management
Kathy Harris is an Emergency Manager for Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health. She supports nearly 200 clinics, outpatient surgery centers, and offices, where her activities include developing Emergency Response Teams, coordinating drills and exercises, and serving on the hospitals’ Incident Management Team. Her interest in emergency management began while volunteering in Waveland, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, and has since included professional experiences with San Francisco, Stanford University, the University of Oregon, and the Environmental Protection Agency. She holds a Master’s in Planning from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from Emory University.
Erika Kimball, RN, MBA
Waste Reduction Program Manager, Sustainability and Energy, Stanford Health Care
Erika Kimball is a nurse and sustainability consultant specializing in hospital waste prevention and sustainable product lifecycle. Erika joined Stanford Health Care in 2012 to support clinical recycling program implementation. As the Waste Reduction Program Manager, Erika oversees recycling, donation, and conservation program development and management.
Trang Mary Le, M.Sc.
EHS Program Manager, Stanford Health Care, Department of Environmental Health & Safety, Palo Alto, CA
Trang Mary Le has over 23 years of professional Environmental Health & Safety experience in the semiconductor, bioanalytical equipment, and health care industries. As an accomplished EH&S leader and problem solver, she has developed and implemented programs using LEAN principles to successfully meet clients’ operational needs. She is active with industry associations and regulatory agencies as past speaker, author of published manuals with agencies, and chairmanship. Trang Mary Le earned a Bachelor of Science in Plant & Soil Biology and Master of Science in Resource Management at the University of California at Berkeley.
Principal Consultant, National Environmental, Health and Safety, Kaiser Permanente
Teodoro Millon has over 25 years of experience in environmental, health and safety and is a Principal Consultant in the National Environmental, Health and Safety at Kaiser Permanente. His areas of expertise include environmental management, industrial hygiene management, injury and illness prevention and management, and EH&S training. In his role as Principal Consultant at NEH&S, Ted is responsible for managing the national workplace safety analytics and informatics. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Ted was an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at the California State University, Los Angeles. Ted has a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Certified Safety Professional and Certified Healthcare Environmental Manager.
Minal Moharir, MD
Medical Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital
Born, raised, and trained in Nashik, India, Dr. Minal Moharir completed her formal Medical Education before moving to New York City where she completed her residency in Internal Medicine at New York Downtown Hospital in New York, NY. Her interests are in preventative medicine, health and wellness, and occupational and environmental safety. In Stanford’s Occupational Health Department, she practices clinical occupational medicine while working toward identifying health and safety issues within our environment to prevent further injury and illness to our employees.
Senior Consultant of Emergency Management, Kaiser Permanente
Dawn Montoya is a member of the National Healthcare Continuity Management team at Kaiser Permanente. She currently serves as Senior Consultant of Emergency Management where she assists the organization in planning, training, responding and recovering from any adverse event impacting healthcare services or operations. Additional areas of responsibility include consulting with medical centers and regions to maintain their command centers, disaster plans, and staff training programs. Prior to joining the Emergency Management team, she led National Issues and Crisis Communications for Kaiser Permanente’s 11.7 million members.
Tracy A. Robles, ARM, CHSP, HEM
Director, Environmental Risk, Sutter Health
As the Director of Environmental Risk, Tracy directs the design and development of programs to support Sutter Health affiliates in achieving integrated, cost-effective programs to minimize the risk of environmental hazards. She has completed the course work for the Workplace Health and Safety Certificate Program at UC Davis Extension, University of California. Tracy is a certified Healthcare Environment Manager (HEM) and a certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP). In 1996 she completed the requirements for an Associated Risk Management Designation (ARM). She has received her Advanced Safety Certificate from the National Safety Council and her Certificate in Environmental, Health and Safety Law from the Institute for Applied Management and Law, Inc.
She is a certified instructor of the Hazardous Materials Course First Responder Awareness level, Hazardous Materials Technician and Incident Commander courses with the Office of Emergency Services, California Specialized Training Institute. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies.
Tomi Ryba most recently was President and CEO of El Camino Hospital, a 443 bed, not-for-profit hospital located on two campuses in the heart of Silicon Valley. Ms. Ryba served on the national Board of Directors for Premier, was a Board member for Beta Insurance, and was a Board member for Anthem Blue Cross, Hospital Council of Northern & Central California and also California Hospital Association. Since its opening in 1961, El Camino Hospital has received national recognition for several pioneering programs in the areas of information technology, cardiac treatment, radiation oncology, maternity, and genomics. Ms. Ryba has been awarded Woman of Influence by the San Jose Business Times, and the Twin Award for Leadership by the Silicon Valley YWCA.
Before joining the organization in the fall of 2011, Ms. Ryba served as President of United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Senior Vice President of the hospital’s parent organization, Allina Hospitals & Clinics, made up of twelve hospitals and clinics that have over two million annual visits. She was also accountable for the Allina Ambulance Company, 15 retail pharmacies, a second hospital in the region and served on the board of a third hospital in the service area. She also served on the American Red Cross Board, the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, and as a trustee for St. Catherine University. Prior to her position with Allina, Ms. Ryba was Chief Operating Officer at UCSF Medical Center, overseeing two adult hospitals, the UCSF Children’s Hospital, an ambulatory system of close to one million annual encounters. She also helped lead a $100 million turnaround in operations and a $1.5 billion expansion project at the hospital’s San Francisco Mission Bay Campus. The San Francisco Business Times recognized Ms. Ryba as one of the Most Influential Women in San Francisco in 2007 and 2008. Other executive positions include President of St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, California, and Chief Operating Officer of Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Ms. Ryba received her master’s degree in health administration from Chapman University in Orange, California and a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Riverside.
Shari A. Samuels, CSP
Director, National Environmental Health and Safety, Kaiser Permanente
Shari has over 25 years of experience in environmental, health and safety and is the Director of National Environmental, Health and Safety (NEH&S) at Kaiser Permanente. Her areas of expertise include environmental management, injury and illness prevention and management, industrial hygiene management, and EH&S training. In her role as Director National EH&S, Shari is responsible for the day to day operations of the NEH&S department overseeing a professional staff that provides Worker Safety, Environmental Safety and Compliance services throughout Kaiser Permanente. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Shari has held a variety of EH&S position with increasing responsibilities. She has a B.S. in Safety Sciences from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is a graduate of Kaiser Permanente’s Advanced Leadership Program from the University of North Carolina and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
Principal Consultant, Northern California Regional Director, BSI EHS Services and Solutions
Sandy Skees is Regional Director at BSI. She leads the sustainability practice as well as managing the growth of BSI’s Northern California region, delivering a range of consulting services and program implementation ranging from sustainability and corporate social responsibility, worker safety, business continuity planning, and EHS services. Prior to BSI, Sandy served as Managing Director for Fenton Communications West Coast, accelerating progress through social change communications. Her work with corporations, nonprofits, and NGOs was focused in consumer products, recycling and waste, renewable energy, supply chain and LGBT issues. She brings over 25 years’ experience in leading professional service firms, corporate and communications strategy. Skees previously ran her own firm, Communications4Good, where she served early stage and Fortune 500 companies. While a partner at Porter Novelli, she managed the global HP account team in 20 cities/10 countries around the world and created programs, processes and predictive integration points as a framework for ensuring global implementation of cutting edge communications techniques. She sits on numerous boards including Sustainable Brands, Mini Mermaid Running Club, 100 Women Who Care, was appointed to a four year term on the Santa Cruz County’s Human Services Commission, and is a seasoned speaker on brand, messaging and sustainability strategy.
Erica J. Stewart
National Environmental, Health and Safety Principal Consultant, Kaiser Permanente
Erica has 30 years of experience in environmental, health and safety and is a Principal Consultant in NEH&S at Kaiser Permanente. Her areas of expertise include general industrial hygiene with an emphasis on sterilization and disinfection technology and laboratory chemicals, prevention through design with an emphasis on local exhaust ventilation design, and green building design and materials selection. She is responsible developing, organizing, and managing nationwide initiatives in collaboration with other Kaiser Permanente departments, including consulting to Facility Planning and Design and procurement teams to ensure that Kaiser Permanente’s building designs and operations incorporate measures that control chemical exposures and support healthy indoor environmental quality. Before joining Kaiser Permanente almost twenty-five years ago, Erica worked for industrial hygiene consultants assessing occupational exposure to various chemical and physical hazards.
Erica has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from San Francisco State University and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene as well as a certified Healthcare Environmental Manager. She has published a chapter on sterilization technology in The Essentials of Modern Hospital Management 3rd edition (2009); contributed as an author to the AIHA’s popular text, Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold (2008); contributed as an author to AIHA’s Guidance for Conducting Control Banding Analyses (2007); and published the articles, “Detoxification of Disinfection and Sterilization,” in Healthcare Design Magazine (2008) and “Evaluation of Two Cold-Liquid Chemical Disinfectants as a Substitute for 2.4-percent Glutaraldehyde Solutions,” in the Journal of Healthcare Safety, Compliance & Infection Control (1999). In addition she has been invited to speak at various national and international conferences on topics related to sterilization technology, control banding, green building design and materials selection and prevention through design.
EHS Program Manager, Stanford Health Care, Department of Environmental Health & Safety
Rich Stilleke has over 25 years of professional Environmental Health & Safety experience in the semiconductor, high-tech consulting, and health care industries, delivering EHS compliance services in the product manufacture, environmental, occupational, and industrial hygiene safety disciplines. He has developed OHS documentation to improve and support work place safety at data centers with construction activities that span various global sites. Rich has also developed and conducted basic Health & Safety training to employees in the semiconductor and health care arenas. In addition, he was an auditor in domestic conformance and compliance audits for comprehensive review of semiconductor and datacenter client’s EHS/Environmental Management System program in preparation to support, at the site level, the achievement of ISO and OHSAS certifications of ongoing operations. Rich holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo.
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.
- Anthony Alabastro
- Jason Barry
- David Bernstein
- Michele Blazek
- Brandon Bond
- Tom Byrne
- Elise Condie
- Tina Cortez
- Joe Daly
- Terry Duffina
- Bob Durand
- Christy Foster
- Derek Garcia
- Christine Greene
- Ed Hall
- Kathy Harris
- Allison Jouras
- Erika Kimball
- Trang Mary Le
- Teodoro Millon
- Dr. Minal Moharir
- Dawn Montoya
- Tracy A. Robles
- Tomi Ryba
- Shari A. Samuels
- Sandy Skees
- Erica J. Stewart
- Rich Stilleke
- Caryn P. Thornburg