David Bernstein, CBCP, CEM, CHEP, CHPCP
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.
Shelley R. Carry, CIH, CSP, CHMM, HEM
NEH&S Principal Consultant, Kaiser Permanente
Shelley Carry has 15 years of experience in environmental, health and safety and is a Principal Consultant in NEH&S at Kaiser Permanente. Her areas of expertise include construction review, industrial hygiene, hazardous drug, and emergency eyewashes and showers management.
In her role as Principal Consultant, Shelley is responsible for providing EH&S technical consultative support to Kaiser Permanente facilities and collaborating with partners in areas such as construction review, hazardous drugs and emergency eyewashes and showers to support organizational compliance.
Prior to joining NEH&S, Shelley was the Director of Environmental Health and Safety for the Hawaii Region of Kaiser Permanente, which includes 4400+ employees, 278-bed hospital, 16 medical office buildings, and 4 administrative offices. Her responsibilities included oversight of TJC Environment of Care and Emergency Management, workplace safety, industrial hygiene, EHS regulatory compliance, and construction review. Shelley collaborated with hospital operations to transition the medical center into $157 million expansion project that provided an additional 176,000 square feet, 6 floors, and 71 new hospital beds.
Shelley has a Masters of Public Health in Occupational Health Sciences from the University of Hawaii. She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, Certified Hazardous Material Manager and a Healthcare Environmental Manager.
Dr. Julie Collier, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics – Rheumatology, Stanford School of Medicine
Julie Collier is psychologist and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Stanford School of Medicine. For much of her 28 years at Packard she has worked with patients and families coping with chronic and life-threatening illness, in addition to co-chairing the Packard Ethics Committee. Through her own clinical work, and her work on the Ethics Committee, she came to fully appreciate the extraordinary challenges for providers caring for medically complex children and their families. 4 years ago she was given the opportunity to focus on developing resources to support the care providers in our organization, and transitioned into the role of Director of Enterprise Resilience.
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.
Calvin Fakkema, CHSP, CHEP
Manager, Safety & Security at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)
Calvin Fakkema has 12 years of experience in Safety, Security, Facilities, and Emergency Management. In his current role at CHOC Children’s he provides leadership to Safety, Security, Parking and Valet Services, and Emergency Management; Additionally, he plans, develops and directs an organization wide environmental safety program that ensures a safe environment for patients, employees and visitors. He manages the Safety Program, Environment of Care Committee and the Emergency Management Program. Calvin is a certified Healthcare Safety Professional and certified Healthcare Emergency Professional.
Nicholas Filipp, PhD, CIH
Principal Consultant, BSI EHS Services and Solutions
Dr. Filipp has over 25 years of experience as an environmental health and safety professional and manager in consulting and industry. He has addressed complex industrial hygiene and safety engineering issues for a variety of industries including: semiconductor, solar, biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, and research and development laboratories. He has worked with academic institutions to conduct audits, process hazard analysis, and develop standard operating procedures for equipment and chemical use. Dr. Filipp’s professional experience also includes process research and development involving chemical substitution, effluent treatment, and process modeling in the paper industry. He has directed technical teams, developed staff, and managed an accredited chemical laboratory.
Susan Fitzgerald, MD
Emergency Physician, Regional Emergency Management Training Director, Kaiser Permanente
Suzy Fitzgerald is an emergency physician with Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa, CA, and she assisted with their hospital evacuation during the Tubbs Fire in October of 2017. She also works regionally in emergency management for Kaiser Permanente Northern California. She graduated from UCSF in 2000 and completed her emergency medicine residency at Alameda County Medical Center-Highland Hospital in 2004. She is currently based in the Kaiser Santa Rosa Emergency Department and is the Santa Rosa Physician Lead for Emergency Management. She also works at the regional level for Kaiser Permanente Northern California as the Regional Emergency Management Training Director.
Suzy has also been involved in international and disaster medicine. She led a medical team to Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 for Relief International, and has also deployed with Doctors Without Borders to Sri Lanka post-civil war in 2009, and to pre-earthquake Haiti in 2007. She has served as an Emergency Response Coordinator and Consultant for Relief International. She was also the Cambodia Coordinator for the Kaiser Permanente Global Health Program for several years until 2014. She was also a member of the Bay Area Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT CA-6) for several years, and has served as one of their Assistant Team Medical Directors. In 2012, she deployed with DMAT to the NATO Summit in Chicago and Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast.
Principal Consultant, 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, manufacturing, and energy industries nationally. Christy is a Principal Consultant for BSI EHS Services and Solutions. 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.
Ali Gheith, MS, CEM, MEP
Director, MPA, Emergency and Disaster Management Program.
Ali Gheith is the director of the Emergency and Disaster Management master’s degree program at Metropolitan College of New York. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the entire graduate curriculum, and for hiring of qualified instructors.
In early 2003, Gheith joined the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as a coordinator of Population Based Resilience. He responded to every major crisis in New York since 9/11. In 2010, he was assigned as regional coordinator for a citywide H1N1 vaccine campaign effort to inoculate New Yorkers.
Gheith has a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential by IAEM and Certified Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) FEMA. He has a certificate in advanced studies and research in international organizations. Gheith is professional Mental Health First Aid and Psychological First Aid Instructor. Gheith is an expert in developing culturally competency training workshops for first responders to assist them in providing culturally appropriate services for diverse communities. Gheith is an expert in disaster chaplaincy training for multi- faith communities. Gheith area of expertise includes: risk communication, long term recovery, project management, and crisis counseling. Gheith educational background includes studies in political science, Social Science, Public Health, Public Administrating, International Relations, and Emergency Management.
Gheith is an expert on Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. He conducted the first known research on the mental health needs of New York Muslims and the role of the Imams in the day-to-day lives of American-Muslim communities while working as a senior research assistant at Columbia University.
Gheith is the recipient of the NYC Distinguished Service Award for his work with community and faith leaders across New York City. Gheith is a board advisor to the New York Disaster Interfaith Services and the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management in NYC.
Rebecca (Ferrier) Hariri, PT, DPT
Injury Prevention Manager, UCSF Medical Center
Rebecca Anne Hariri graduated from the University of Kentucky in June 2001 with a Master of Science, Physical Therapy and Bachelor of Health Science. She returned to UK to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2011. From 2001 to 2014, Rebecca worked as a physical therapist in a variety of health care settings, specializing in cancer rehabilitation and bariatric care. She joined the University of California, San Francisco Health System as a per-diem physical therapist, transitioned to full-time in 2011, and was a lead therapist from 2013-2014. Rebecca served as voluntary faculty for the UCSF DPT Program from 2013-2015. Due to the physical challenges of healthcare, she started to seek additional opportunities that would allow her to use her clinical knowledge in a new application and found an opportunity in the Safety Office at UCSF to become the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Program Manager for the health system. This allowed her to use her years of clinical knowledge and ergonomic training to help her colleagues reduce their risk of harm while improving patient care. From 2016 to present, she the University of California Office of the President selected her to serve as the Center Of Excellence for Safe Patient Handling for the University of California health system and provided assistance to the five health systems throughout the state. This last year, she transitioned into the role of Injury Prevention Manager for the UCSF Health system to assist with analysis, program assessment and development, and interdisciplinary collaboration to reduce the health systems employee work related injury rates.
Elizabeth Hinchman, NP
Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Elizabeth Hinchman is a Nationally Certified Advance Practice Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Liz began her career 15 years ago as a psychiatric nurse in acute care locked psychiatric settings with both children and adults. As a FPNP her time was spent in outpatient clinic settings supporting adults on the mental health continuum. She had the privilege of joining the SAFTeam with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in 2015. As the psychiatric nurse she is able to support both patients and families, with co-morbid psychiatric and developmental concerns during times of medical treatment. Her passion is helping to identify how the medical team can tailor care to better meet the needs of this population while maintaining safety for all.
Matthew J. Huray, CHMM, HEM
Principal Consultant, National Environmental Health and Safety Department, Kaiser Permanente
Matthew Huray has 16 years of experience in environmental, health and safety and is a Principal Consultant in Kaiser Permanente’s National Environmental Health and Safety Department. Areas of expertise include environmental management, industrial hygiene, hazardous materials/waste management. In his role as a NEH&S, Matt collaborates with stakeholders’ enterprise wide to provide subject matter expert support for hazardous waste, medical waste, hazardous materials shipping, hazardous materials use, and wastewater discharges.
Matt has a B.S in Environmental Management and Technologies from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), and Certified Healthcare Environmental Manager(HEM).
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.
Sleep Specialist; Assistant Professor of Sleep Medicine, Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine
Dr. Kutscher is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. As a board certified Neurologist and Sleep Specialist, he has an understanding of the full spectrum of sleep disorders, with a special focus on the relationship between sleep and performance.
Quality & Compliance Manager, Hospitality, Stanford Health Care
I have 10 years of experience in the hospitality field in both Healthcare and Hotels. My current role focuses not only on training and compliance but also on best practices for both staff and patient safety. Working closely with Occupational Health and Environmental Health & Safety, I monitor and work with managers to create corrective solutions to incidents in the 6 hospitality departments consisting of EVS, Food Services, Patient Transport, Patient Equipment Management Solutions, Facilities Services Response Center, and Engineering & Maintenance.
Charity Nicolas, MPH
Senior EHS Consultant and Manager, BSI EHS Services and Solutions
Ms. Nicolas has over 24 years of professional experience in environmental, health and safety (EHS) and industrial hygiene. She is an effective EHS program manager and leader. She has a strong working knowledge of local, state, and federal EHS regulations. She is skilled in working with all levels of management to develop and implement effective safety programs. She is an avid public speaker, conference presenter, and trainer.
Ms. Nicolas has worked with multiple industries including agriculture, administration, biopharmaceutical, communication, construction, healthcare, hospitality, laboratory, manufacturing, petrochemical, recycling, semiconductor, technology, insurance, and public agencies including schools, municipalities, counties, and special districts.
National Director of Emergency Management, Kaiser Permanente
Mitch Saruwatari is currently the National Director of Emergency Management for Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated healthcare system. Prior to this, Mitch served as the National Director of Business Continuity Management for Kaiser Permanente and Vice President of Quality and Compliance for an emergency management software company. Mitch has earned a degree in Biology from Pepperdine University, a Master’s Degree in Public Health/Epidemiology from UCLA. Over the past 20 years, Mitch has held leadership roles in healthcare, public health and emergency medical services organizations and has served on a variety of emergency management committees and workgroups.
John Vaughan, CPE, MSE
Senior Safety Engineer, Manager of the Ergonomics Programs, Stanford Health Care
John Vaughan is a safety professional with 37 years of experience in the areas of Industrial Safety, Industrial Hygiene, and Ergonomics. As Senior Safety Engineer, he manages the Ergonomics Programs at Stanford Health Care, a renowned teaching hospital and regional health care provider. Professional experience includes work in the insurance industry, electronics and semi-conductor manufacturing, ergonomics consulting services, and healthcare. He has published articles in the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), Advances in Human Aspects of Healthcare (book comprised of presentations at the 2014 Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics Conference), and white papers on safe patient handling, safety professionals’ staffing levels in healthcare, as well as a blog on loss control and prevention issues in risk management. John holds a Master of Science Degree in Engineering and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE). He has been associated with Stanford Health Care for 13 years.
Veronica Villalon, MLSO
Safety Manager, UCSF Medical Center and Benioff Children’s Hospital
Veronica Villalon is the Safety Manager and Certified Medical Laser Safety Officer (MLSO) for the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF ) Medical Center and Benioff Children’s Hospital. She completed both B.S. in Chemistry and B.S. in Biology at UC Irvine (UCI) and studied synthetic organic chemistry for my Ph.D. at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB). Prior to joining UCSF, she taught General and Organic Chemistry at the University of Redlands, and upon relocation to the Bay Area in 2006, managed health and safety programs at the San Jose Bio-Center, a laboratory research incubator with over 20 start-up companies.
As current Chair of UCSF Health’s Environment of Care Committee(EOCC) – Mission Bay, Chair of the Laser Safety Committee since 2011, Manager of Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) services for just under 10 years, and former Injury Prevention Manager, her primary role is to direct and facilitate compliance with federal, state and local EHS and Cal OSHA standards. Her work also includes helping departments achieve compliance with Joint Commission (JC) accreditation requirements within the Environment of Care (EC) and Life Safety (LS) Standards across all licensed medical center sites. She remains a key resource for injury prevention, manages Safety Office services using the Service Now work order system and serves on multiple committees focused on Zero Harm initiatives. Veronica continues to help UCSF meet the accreditation standards necessary to maintain patient care operations and provide the best health care.
Amish K. Waland, MBA, CSP
EH&S Practice Specialist, Kaiser Permanente
Amish Waland is currently the Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) Practice Specialist for the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Region, which ranges from Fresno to Roseville. Prior to this role he was the Safety Operations Leader for the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Antioch, where he led two accreditation surveys (2010 and 2013) by The Joint Commission, with zero findings in Environment of Care, Life Safety, and Emergency Management programs. Amish has a master’s degree in executive business administration from Saint Mary’s College of California and degrees in biochemistry and chemistry from San Francisco State University. He has 15 years’ experience in safety (12 of which are in healthcare), he is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals and is a Certified Safety Professional.
Marina Zamarron, MPA
Health Planning Specialist III, Emergency Preparedness, County of Santa Clara, Public Health Department
Marina Zamarron has a Master’s in Public Administration. She has been in the healthcare field for more than 15 years. She started her career with the United Farmworkers; she learned grassroots organizing, community building strategies, and how to work with marginalized and isolated communities. While working with Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties she gained strong knowledge in designing programs for Latino and migrant farmworker communities in an effort to bridge the gap in health care disparities through prevention and community education and access to services. Currently Marina manages the Santa Clara Valley Emergency Preparedness Coalition and works closely with members and healthcare leaders.
- David Bernstein
- Shelley R. Carry
- Julie Collier
- Tina Cortez
- Calvin Fakkema
- Nicholas Filipp
- Susan Fitzgerald
- Christy Foster
- Ali Gheith
- Rebecca (Ferrier) Hariri
- Elizabeth Hinchman
- Matthew J. Huray
- Erika Kimball
- Scott Kutscher
- Anthony Nguyen
- Charity Nicolas
- Mitch Saruwatari
- John Vaughan
- Veronica Villalon
- Amish K. Waland
- Marina Zamarron