Scott B. Brehmer

Southern California Regional Manager, Principal Consultant,
BSI EHS Services and Solutions (formerly EORM)

Scott B. Brehmer

Scott Brehmer earned his Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in biochemistry and is a diehard Bruins fan. He also holds a master’s degree in environmental epidemiology from Loma Linda University. He became a CIH in 2006 and a CSP in 2008. He is a member of AIHA’s Environmental Issues Committee and serves on the Board of the Industrial Environmental Coalition of Orange County.

In his current role, Mr. Brehmer has overall responsibility for BSI’s EHS consulting business in Southern California. He’s been an EHS consultant for the past 17 years and supported clients in nearly all industries. After hearing stories of violent incidents from so many clients and victims, Mr. Brehmer developed a passion for workplace violence prevention and is dedicated to making a positive impact in this area.

Joe Brothman

Director Environmental, Health & Safety
University of California Irvine Healthcare

Joe Brothman

Joseph Brothman joined UC Irvine Health in February 2015, manages the organization’s emergency management program and coordinates all planning and preparedness activities for the healthcare system. Joe has overseen multiple healthcare system emergency management programs including multiple hospitals and trauma centers in Orange County.

He graduated with a BS in Economic Science from Chapman University in 2009 and an MBA from Redlands in 2015. He is a member of the Orange County Multiagency Disaster Network; a voting member of the Orange County Healthcare Agency Hospital Preparedness Program Grant Distribution Committee; a member of the Orange County Emergency Medical Service Oversight Committee; a Terrorism Liaison Officer and Infrastructure Liaison Officer through the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center; Chairman of the hospital Emergency Management committee; Vice Chairman of the hospital Environment of Care committee; and, contributes and assists in countywide disaster planning activities and was a member of the National Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) Revision Committee in 2014.

Joe has received best practice designation in both emergency management practices and environment of care management from the California Hospital Association and the Joint Commission. He has spoken at numerous county disaster planning and response events and multiple state-hosted foreign delegations in regards to hospital emergency management.

Shelley R. Carry

NEH&S Principal Consultant, Kaiser Permanente

Shelley R. Carry, CIH, CSP, CHMM, HEM

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.

Santiago Chambers

Manager of Safety and Security, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Santiago Chambers

Santiago Chambers is a US Navy veteran with over 15 years in healthcare. His degree focus is in human services and healthcare administration. He is a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional, Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional, State of California Certified Hazmat Industry Technician, State of California Private Patrol Operator with the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, and Community Emergency Response Team Member.

Santiago is the Manager of Safety and Security, Environmental Health and Safety and serves as CHLA’s Safety Officer. Santiago has been at CHLA for seven years and is the Chair of the Environment of Care Committee, Co-Chair of the Emergency Preparedness Committee, and works closely with the Injury Prevention and Trauma Departments at CHLA. He has also worked for Providence, Tenet, and Sunbridge Health Systems.

Santiago is a committee member on the Hospital Association of Southern California Committee for Emergency Preparedness, Safety, Security and Facilities and helped developed the Guide for Code Standardization. He has also served as an officer for the Orange County Chapter of the California Society for Healthcare Engineers as Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President.

Dr. Jessica Drew de Paz

Project Manager
Environmental Health & Safety
University of California, Irvine

Dr. Jessica Drew de Paz

Dr. Jessica Drew de Paz is a clinical psychologist with a background in mindfulness, a state of being present with focused attention. She received her B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara, and her M.A. and her Psy.D. from California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. Jessica has over 18 years of experience within the University of California system, where she has rendered psychological services, led diversity efforts, and overseen health and safety training.

In her current roles, Jessica is a team member of the UC “Training & Education” Center of Excellence, and she leads the UC “Mindful Health & Safety” Center of Excellence. In collaboration with UC Irvine’s Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine, she is investigating the potential for a Mindful Health & Safety program to improve workplace health and safety outcomes across a variety of industries.

William Dunne

Administrative Director for Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness, UCLA Health System

William Dunne

William Dunne is the Administrative Director for Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Health System in Los Angeles, California. He is responsible for overseeing the disaster preparedness and response, safety, and security services for the three UCLA hospitals, over 150 outpatient clinics, and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He provides strategic leadership for the innovation of training, compliance, and collaboration building in all three of these disciplines. He actively engages an executive oversight committee for emergency management, and assists in executing mission (business) continuity programs for the UC System. He provides ongoing improvements to the workplace violence employee programs and training, and continually advances workplace safety education, along with community partnerships. Bill has been with UCLA Health since 2007.

Kristie Elton

Systemwide Healthcare Risk and Safety Program Manager
University of California, Office of the President (UCOP)

Kristie Elton

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.

Dr. Shane Que Hee

Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health and Director, UCLA Industrial Hygiene Program

Shane Que Hee

Dr. Shane Que Hee obtained his BSc (1968) and MSc (1971) in Physical Chemistry/Biochemistry at the University of Queensland, his PhD (1976) at the University of Saskatchewan in the environmental analysis of the phenoxy herbicides, and had postdoctoral experience at McMaster University (1976-78) in liquid crystals research. He was Assistant and Associate Professor in Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati 1978-89, and Associate Professor and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health 1989+. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed publications mostly in the fields of industrial hygiene chemistry, air sampling method development, direct reading instruments, biological monitoring, analytical chemistry, and bioassay-directed chemical analysis. He has published four books. He has been Director of the UCLA Industrial Hygiene Program since 2009. He is currrently Chairperson of the Biological Monitoring Committee of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. His current research focuses on developing sampling and analysis methods for chemicals, biological monitoring, and skin exposure risk assessment.

Tom Lynch

EMS Administrator, Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency

Tom Lynch

Prior to joining the Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency in August 2012, Tom was an EMS director for San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Santa Clara, and Alameda counties. He was also a Prehospital Coordinator for the City and County of San Francisco EMS Agency when he first came to California. Tom began his EMS career in New York City and worked for NYC EMS as an EMT in the South Bronx. He went on to be a member of the third NYC EMS paramedic class before being assigned to the first paramedic ambulance in the Harlem community.

Tom was with the EMS system in the City and County of Denver for 12 years where he served in multiple roles as a Denver General paramedic, EMS educator and administrator. In Denver, Tom started a prehospital program and a hospital based, fixed wing inter-facility flight service where he functioned as both a flight coordinator and paramedic.

Tom has a special interest in the EMS management of disasters and terrorism incidents. He has served as the Medical Health Operational Area Coordinator in several counties and as the California Office of Emergency Services Region I Regional Disaster Medical Health Coordinator during the Northridge earthquake. He has also authored a number of articles in EMS journals and served as a Board of Governors member of a community hospital for 11 years.

Barbara Smisko

Executive Director, National Environmental, Health and Safety, Kaiser Permanente

Barbara Smisko

In her role at Kaiser Permanente, Barbara provides strategic direction and leadership to Kaiser Permanente’s national program, which includes identifying, evaluating, and optimizing opportunities to protect and improve employee safety, health, productivity, and the processes that enable regulatory compliance. With nearly 30 years of experience in the industry — including 21 at Kaiser Permanente — Barbara also serves as the organization’s compliance officer for National Environmental, Health and Safety. Barbara’s areas of expertise include environmental management, injury and illness prevention and management, industrial hygiene management, integrated disability management, training, and recruiting.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Barbara was hired as part of the first Corporate Environmental Safety department at United Airlines, where she was a senior staff representative for Environmental Compliance. Before that, Barbara was a consultant for six years, first with IT Corporation, coordinating its regional environmental, health, and safety training programs, and then with ENSR Consulting and Engineering as a project manager.

Barbara has an MS in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco; an MS in Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; and a BS in Education from Southern Illinois University. Barbara is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and serves on the California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board. Barbara is a co-founder of the EHSSENTIALS Symposium.

Erica J. Stewart

National Environmental, Health and Safety Principal Consultant, Kaiser Permanente

Erica J. Stewart, CIH, HEM

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.

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