Director Environmental, Health & Safety
University of California Irvine Healthcare
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.
Kristie Elton, MSPT
Systemwide Healthcare Risk and Safety Program Manager, University of California Office of the President
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.
Disaster Training Specialist, Office of Emergency Preparedness, UCLA Health
Elizabeth Genta obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from UCLA in 2008. She began her Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) career as a Lab Safety Officer at the UCLA Campus Office of EH&S. From 2011 to 2015, she worked at the UCLA Health Office of EH&S managing the Hazardous Materials Program. One of her roles was to train a team of responders to clean up chemotherapy spills. Elizabeth currently works at UCLA Health as a Disaster Training Specialist, training a team of health care providers to decontaminate patients in a disaster.
Dr. Shane Que Hee
Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Fielding School of Public Health; Director, UCLA Industrial Hygiene Program; UCLA Center for Occupational & Environmental Health
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 2300 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 the immediate past 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, glove permeation, and skin exposure risk assessment.
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.
Dr. Alexander Li
Deputy Director, Care Transitions and System Integrations, LA County Department of Health Services
Alexander (Alex) Li, MD is currently the newly formed LA County Health Agency Deputy Director of Systems Integration. His main goal is to improve care coordination and transitions between clinical venues for patients to ensure that care is patient-centered and focus on delivering care at the right place for their needs.
Prior to his current role, he was the first DHS Ambulatory Care Network’s first Chief Executive Officer- where he led efforts to implement the patient centered medical home model, improve the primary and specialty care interface and transformed DHS’ ambulatory care services to be more patient-centered and accessible.
In the past, he served as the Medical Director of Medical Management at L.A. Care Health Plan where he oversaw the medical utilization operations. During this time, he lead efforts to improve specialty access for the Medi-Cal and underserved population with the eConsult program and lead the efforts to help L.A Care be the federally designated Regional Extension Center (HITEC-LA), a program to help L.A. County providers adopt electronic health records, for L.A. County.
In addition, Alex is active with immigrant health issues and sits on L.A. Care’s Board of Governors and is a board member of Good Hope Medical Foundation.
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.
Safety Officer, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Bio coming soon.
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
Dr. Wendie Robbins
Professor, School of Nursing and Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA
Dr. Robbins has been a faculty member at UCLA since 1997. Her research and teaching is focused on total worker health and couples epidemiologic methods with laboratory-based science that incorporates workplace and lifestyle exposures. She has had continual funding at UCLA to study health of workers exposed to pesticides, metals, solvents, air pollution and work commutes as well as work/life factors such as sleep, diet and exercise. Professor Robbins is the Director of the Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program at UCLA, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a Fellow of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. She holds the Audrienne H. Moseley Endowed Chair of Biological Nursing Science at UCLA.
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).
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.
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 team on the Santa Cruz County’s Human Services Commission, and is a seasoned speaker on brand, messaging and sustainability strategy.