William H. Adcox
Chief Security Officer, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Chief of Police, The University of Texas Houston Police Department
William H. Adcox is the Chief Security Officer for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Chief of Police for The University of Texas Houston Police Department. With 39 years of work in the police, security, risk and threat fields, he is one of the pioneers of threat safety science for the healthcare industry along with his research colleagues at MD Anderson Cancer Center, clinical experts at the Texas Medical Center and national threat management and patient safety experts. This research and development effort is focused on prevention, preparedness, protection, and performance improvement related to manmade and natural threats and technology.
Retired from the El Paso Police Department as deputy chief, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Park University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso, and subsequent business training at the Wharton School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania. Adcox established a Threat Management Unit at the University of Texas Houston Police Department that conducts hundreds of high risks cases and suicide interventions, resulting in a 300% increase in early intervention reporting between 2012 and 2014. In 2013, Adcox was named one of the ‘Most Influential People in Security’ by Security Magazine. He received the Campus Safety 2015 Director of the Year Award in Healthcare and the Texas Police Chiefs Association’s 2015 Leadership Award. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, his department received the IAHSS Foundations’ prestigious Lindberg Bell Distinguished Program Award 2015.
Dr. Matthew Berkheiser
Executive Director of the Environmental Health and Safety Department,
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Dr. Matthew Berkheiser is the Executive Director of the Environmental Health and Safety department at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Berkheiser holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Sam Houston State University, a M.S. in Environmental Management from the University of Houston at Clear Lake and a doctorate in Occupational & Environmental Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. Dr. Berkheiser is a CIH and CSP. He has over 20 years of experience in the environmental health and safety field. Dr. Berkheiser has worked for both the state of Texas and federal government in varying capacities. His career started in December 1993, when he was employed by MD Anderson Cancer Center as a Safety Technician. He was employed as an industrial hygienist with Kelsey-Seybold’s Occupational Health Program at NASA-Johnson Space Center from 1995 through 1999. Dr. Berkheiser also served in the Biology/Environmental Sciences Department at Sam Houston State University. While serving as an instructor for the undergraduate Environmental Science courses, he also served as the Industrial Hygiene Manager for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Dr. Berkheiser returned to MD Anderson in 2003. His primary customers and collaborators at MD Anderson include the Facilities staff, Employee Health & Well-Being, Nursing and Infection Control. He spends a majority of his time mentoring his staff on developing their technical and leadership skills. His most recent accomplishment was becoming a Core Clarity, Inc. facilitator that helps attendees explore their Strengths Finder talents.
Associate Vice President – Risk Management and Safety Workplace Safety Officer, Memorial Hermann Health System (Former)
In his role as Associate Vice President – Risk Management and Safety Workplace Safety Officer, Danial Bravard led a department staff that provides services and support to over 40,000 employees, credentialed clinicians, volunteers, contractors and students in over 200+ locations. He created a five-year strategic plan in collaboration with senior leadership that has reduced the OSHA Total Recordable Incident Rate to the lowest level in the organization’s history, placing the organization into the top 25% of the safest hospital systems in the United States according to OSHA. The results have generated a $4,500,000 annualized direct cost savings to the organizations single parent captive insurance carrier. Through lean principals, technology and robust process improvement Memorial Hermann was able to absorb 112% increase in clinic customer volume over 5 years, with less than 10% increase in operating budget while maintaining a customer survey approval satisfaction rate of over 96%.
Prior to joining Memorial Hermann in 2011, Mr. Bravard served as Director of Safety in the Petrochemical and Refinery Division of G4S, Vice President Risk Control and Regulatory Affairs at Loomis, and Vice President Environment, Health and Safety at ABM Industries.
Elise Condie, CPE
Principal Consultant, BSI EHS Services and Solutions
Elise Condie is a Principal Consultant with BSI EHS Services and Solutions, where she provides strategic and tactical ergonomic support to the healthcare, biotech, technology and clean tech industries. She provides specialist support to healthcare organizations, focusing on safe patient handling and safety management systems. She holds a Masters in Science from RMIT University and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physical Therapy from La Trobe University, both in Melbourne, Australia. Elise has over ten years’ experience in occupational health and safety and ergonomics. Prior to consulting, Elise worked in underground hard rock mining, construction and utilities, and road and maritime transport, in addition to maintaining her physical therapy practice in intensive and cardiac care.
Dr. Charles R. Denham, M.D.
Founder, Global Patient Safety Forum; Chairman, TMIT
During Dr. Denham’s career spanning more than 30 years, he and his organizations have served hundreds of innovation teams. While in practice as a radiation oncologist, he taught biomedical engineering and product development. He has taught innovation adoption, technology transfer, and commercialization in both academia and industry. His current area of research and development is in the area of threat safety science and the development of high impact solutions in leadership, best practice, and technology systems. R&D interests include prevention of cyber-harm to patient medical identities and the professional identities of caregivers and academics.
He has been an adjunct Professor of Health Services Engineering at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and had teaching appointments as an Instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health and as a Lecturer with the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He was a Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow in 2009 and a senior Fellow in 2010 and in 2011. His work there led to the production of a series of global documentaries on the Discovery Channel. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the global Journal of Patient Safety, and has more than 100 works including peer-reviewed papers and multimedia productions. He has been ranked in the top 50 Most Influential Physician Executives by Modern Healthcare in multiple years, and he has previously served as a regular columnist for The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Charles Denham has been an advisor to and collaborator with a number of Stanford University programs.
UT Health Risk Management and Emergency Management, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health)
Bryan Evans has been with UT Health for six years in the Risk Management and Emergency Management role. He graduated from the University of Houston in 1995 and is currently working on his Masters of Business Administration degree. Other designations he has acquired are: ARM (Associate in Risk Management), MAC (Mold Assessment Consultant), WRT (Water Restoration technician), and FSRT (Fire and Smoke Restoration technician).
Principal Consultant and VP of Sales and Marketing, 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 and VP of Sales and Marketing 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.
Executive Associate Dean and Professor, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington
Shawn Gibbs, PhD, MBA, CIH is Executive Associate Dean and Professor with the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. Shawn has over 90 peer reviewed papers in industrial hygiene and environmental exposure assessment, focusing on environmental microbiology and disrupting transmission of highly infectious diseases. He was a 2006 U.S. Faculty Fulbright Scholar to Egypt, and has been PI of two Public Health Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Programs (Egypt and Libya). His research has help determine national policies, procedure, and best practices to treat patients with Ebola virus disease and other highly infectious diseases; including patient transportation, waste handling/disposal, patient discharge, patient remains, PPE donning and doffing, decontamination, etc. Shawn previously had leadership roles in several organizations and centers, including development of the National Ebola Training and Education Center, funded by US DHHS. Shawn is co-PI of the Biosafety and Infectious Disease Training Initiative, a NIEHS funded consortium.
Manager, Environmental Health Safety and Corporate Services (EHSCS)
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Tina Henderson has been with MD Anderson since 2000 and joined the EHSCS department in 2005 as a safety specialist. In 2015, Tina was promoted to manager of the Occupational Health and Safety group, where her team is responsible for biological sampling (air and water), asbestos and mold remediation coordination, respiratory protection, safety trainings such as fall protection, back safety, and electrical safety , and other safety programs including safety liaison, accident investigation and prevention, ergonomics and exposure monitoring.
With over 10 years of environmental health and safety experience, she has worked on numerous high profile safety projects with Facilities Management Division and with MD Anderson customers. Tina earned a B.S. in Environmental Health from Texas Southern University and an MPH from The University of Texas School of Public Health. She also holds the certification of Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP).
Texas Division Manager – Environmental Health & Safety, CHI St. Luke’s Health
Michael Jones has over ten years of Hospital based Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) experience. Currently, he is responsible for a corporate based EH&S program for over 10,000 employees and 6.3 million square feet on multiple campus sites located throughout Southeastern Texas. Mike has spent the majority of his career focused on creating cutting edge EH&S programs that holistically address patient, guest, staff and contractor health and safety and the environmental impacts of medical research and pharmaceutical waste. Mike believes that it is crucial that, in today’s healthcare, EH&S programs also prioritize employee engagement and the patient experience.
Partner, Strasburger’s Attorney at Law
Pat Larkin practices exclusively in environmental law, including regulatory compliance, litigation, administrative law, and environmental counseling in business transactions. Pat regularly represents industrial, transportation, real estate and retail clients in air, water and waste permitting, compliance counseling and audits, voluntary site cleanups, government enforcement actions, and in agency rulemaking and associated stakeholder and guidance writing work groups.
His 25 years of experience includes in-house, agency and private practice. He was in-house environmental counsel for a Fortune 100 company with over 300 U.S. and international operating sites and subsidiaries. Pat was a Regional Enforcement Attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has prosecuted and defended administrative and judicial enforcement actions brought under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Toxic Substances Control Act. Pat currently serves as the leader of Strasburger’s Environmental Industry Team.
Melissa A. Murrah, J.D.
Director, Risk Management, Safety Officer, Texas Children’s Hospital
Melissa has served as the Director of Risk Management and Safety Officer for the Environment of Care for Texas Children’s Hospital for over five years. She oversees the departments of Environmental Health and Safety, Emergency Management and Business Continuity, Clinical/Legal Risk Management, and Risk Financing. She is responsible for the Texas Children’s insurance program and related claims management and chairs Texas Children’s Hospital Environmental Safety Council. In her tenure at TCH, she has participated in Joint Commission surveys, OSHA inspections, and numerous functional Emergency Management and Business Continuity exercises.
She was a 2016 Mark A. Wallace Catalyst Leader Award winner. She is an experienced leader with a litigation and managing attorney background having spent the majority of her career as managing partner of Kelly, Smith, & Murrah, P.C. based in Houston.
Director for Environmental Health Safety and Corporate Services, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Devina Patel is the Director for Environmental Health Safety and Corporate Services at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. At MD Anderson, she is responsible for Joint Commission Compliance, Food Safety, Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning and all safety services for MD Anderson’s satellite clinics in Woodlands, Bay Area, Katy and Sugarland. Patel also oversees the day to day operations of the Facilities Operations Center which is a central communications hub for facilities related customer requests, monitoring of critical alarms, fire alarms, monitoring of severe weather conditions and emergency communications. Devina has 22 years of experience in the field of Safety and 16 years in the field of Emergency Management. She holds a graduate degree (MS) in Biology from The Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) in India and in Environmental Science from The University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston Texas. She is a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional.
Scott Patlovich, DrPH, CBSP, SM(NRCM), CHMM, CPH
Director of Environmental, Health & Safety, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health)
Scott is the Director of Environmental, Health & Safety at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health). He holds a Doctorate of Public Health in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences (concentration in epidemiology and disease control) from the University of Texas School of Public Health and a Master of Public Health in Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences (concentration in industrial hygiene) from the same school. Scott is a Certified Biological Safety Professional, a Specialist Microbiologist in Biological Safety Microbiology, a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, and is Certified in Public Health. Previously, Scott served as a safety manager at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, which has the only privately operated BSL-4 laboratory in the country. He also worked as a Senior Safety and Health Manager in the Office of Safety, Health, and Environment at the National University of Singapore.
Dr. Janelle Rios, MPH, PhD
Director of the Office of Public Health Practice and Career Services, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health
Janelle Rios, MPH, PhD is the Director of the Office of Public Health Practice and Career Services and a faculty associate in the department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. As contact principal investigator for the Texas-Utah Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Training Consortium and UTHealth lead consortium investigator for the Biosafety and Infectious Disease Training Initiative (BIDTI), Dr. Rios oversees all administrative and program activities for these projects under the umbrella of the Prevention, Preparedness and Response (P2R) Academy.
Dr. Rios has over 10 years of environmental health experience in a regulatory setting and her academic interests include environmental sciences, management, ethics, emergency preparedness and adult teaching techniques. Before assuming her current role, Dr. Rios served as the deputy director of the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, where she also served as the director of continuing education and outreach.
Doug Rush, CIH, CSP, CHMM
Principal Consultant, BSI EHS Services and Solutions
Doug Rush is a results driven professional services leader with exceptional business, communication, organizational, interpersonal and technical skills. He has more than 25 years of leadership in senior HSE operations and management roles including founder and owner of three full-service HSE consulting firms with a staff of up to 33 professionals. His experience has been focused in healthcare, engineering consulting entities and Fortune 500 Companies positioned locally and internationally. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) providing forensic, HSE, and expert testimony in the occupational workplace. His priorities are founded in the 3 P’s: People, Property, and Profit. He is a Passionate HSE Mountain Builder and a Dedicated HSE Mountain Climber.