Xavier Alcaraz, CIH, CSP

Principal Consultant, BSI EHS Services and Solutions

Xavier Alcaraz, CIH, CSP

Mr. Alcaraz has over 20 years of professional experience in industrial hygiene, safety, and building science disciplines. He has considerable experience managing classical industrial hygiene and safety (e.g., exposure assessments, lasers, radiation, noise evaluations, etc.), as well as emerging building science issues (e.g., indoor air quality evaluations, microbial evaluations, and microbial remediation oversight). He has also conducted many audits/assessments for compliance with local, state, and federal EH&S regulations. He has provided these consulting services to a multitude of industries including healthcare, biotech and pharmaceuticals, life sciences, municipal agencies, electronics, semiconductor, government, construction, traditional manufacturing, insurance, schools, etc.

John Baker, RN

Clinical Nurse Educator, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa Emergency Department


John hails from Eastern NC. He has had experience in Fire/Rescue/EMS. He completed his nursing degree in 1989 and has worked across the nation in multiple trauma centers. His nursing experience has included ICU, Emergency Nursing, Flight nursing, Nursing education and Management.

John is currently the Clinical Nurse Educator for the Emergency Department at Kaiser Permanente Medical center in Santa Rosa, CA. He is an active team member of the disaster response team and has attended multiple classes at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, AL.

John was the Medical Treatment leader for the events that took place on Oct. 8, 2017.

David Blacksberg, MPH

Emergency Management, UC San Diego Health

David Blacksberg, MPH

David Blacksberg is an Emergency Manager for UC San Diego Health Department of Emergency Management. His scope includes four main hospital sites and numerous off site locations. While working for large health systems in New York City, David developedand served in the Hospital Command Center as Incident Commander, Operations Chief and Planning Chief in response to events such as pandemics, surge, power loss and shelter in place. During his time in NYC, David was also a first responder to the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. He has been invited across the country to speak about his experiences and lessons learned. He has also represented UC San Diego Health and the San Diego Healthcare Disaster Coalition at county, state and federal level committees.

David holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication and Sociology from the State University of New York at Albany and a Masters in Public Health and Emergency Preparedness from New York Medical College. He is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and serves on several committees.

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.

Cynthia Clipper-Gray, CDMS, CPDM, CCMP, CPFI

Injury Prevention Manager, Eisenhower Health


Bio coming soon.



Ingrid Cobb

Executive Director, Assistant General Counsel, Torrance Memorial Medical Cente


Ingrid Cobb is the Assistant General Counsel for Torrance Memorial Medical Center with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and healthcare industry. Ms. Cobb has been an attorney for over 20 years and is skilled in litigation, employment laws, disability laws, healthcare laws, and policy and procedure development. At Torrance Memorial, one of her duties is to oversee all Workers’ Compensation litigation and, in that respect, oversees and works closely with Employee Health Services. She provides expert legal advice for Torrance Memorial’s operations including preparing and implementing Torrance Memorial’s EHS policies, creating a Workplace Violence Plan in compliance with Cal OSHA regulations, revising policies and procedures as laws are changed and implemented, establishing a “Watcher Program” for disruptive patients and creating behavioral contracts. Ms. Cobb is constantly keeping up to date in new laws and regulations affecting the hospital and healthcare industry in order to maintain legal compliance. Ms. Cobb has conducted numerous trainings on various legal topics involving Workers’ Compensation, Leaves of Absence, the American with Disabilities Act and is a certified “Handle with Care” trainer to assist staff with de-escalation techniques.

Elise Condie, M.S., CPE

Principal Consultant, BSI EHS Services and Solutions

Elise Condie

Elise Condie began her career as a Physical Therapist after graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from LaTrobeUniversity 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 brings this broad experience and a passion for healthcare to help the healthcare industry achieve best practice in EHS management.

Richard Curtis, RN, MS, HACP

Chief Executive Officer, Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality

Richard Curtis, RN, MS, HACP

Established in 1999, the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) is a membership-based organization comprised primarily of acute care and critical access hospitals across the United States. CIHQ is the nation’s fourth deeming authority recognized by Medicare to accredit acute care hospitals.

Rick Curtis is the Chief Executive Officer for CIHQ. Rick is nationally recognized as an expert on accreditation standards and the certification survey process. Prior to forming CIHQ, Rick was the Corporate Director of Licensing & Accreditation for one of the largest health systems in the United States.

Rick’s clinical background is in critical care nursing with a focus in cardiovascular service lines. He has held both clinical and executive management level positions in Quality, Risk, Education, Infection Control, and Regulatory Compliance. Rick is nationally certified in healthcare accreditation, and serves as the Chair of the Board of Examiners for the Healthcare Accreditation Certification Program (HACP). Rick received his Nursing Degree from the University of Hawaii and has a Master of Science Degree in Health Services Administration.

Rick is a resident of McKinney, TX.

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.

Kristie Elton, MSPT

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

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.

Calvin Fakkema, CHSP, CHEP

Manager, Safety & Security at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)

Calvin Fakkema

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.

Christy Foster

Director, Healthcare, BSI EHS Services and Solutions

Christy Foster

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.

Judi Goodin, RN

Safety Leader, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center


Judi has been a nurse for 40 years, and her career has included positions in Medical Surgical Nursing, Coronary Care, House Supervision, Administration, Education and Environmental Healthand Safety and Workplace Safety. She became involved in Safety in 1997 when she was asked to chair a Safety Committee which gradually led to her role as Safety Officer just when the Joint Commission established the first Environment of Care Standards.

She joined Kaiser Permanente in 2003 as the Environmental Health and Safety Manager at the Santa Rosa Medical Center. In 2008 she worked with Leadership to integrate Environmental of Care and Work Place Safety under the umbrella of “Safety” and was appointedthe Safety Leader in 2014. She loves to teach and enjoys using her nursing skills in her Safety role. Her goal is to positively impact change and the development of a “Culture of Safety” at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa.

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

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 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.

Matthew J. Huray

Senior Consultant, Corporate Environmental Health and Safety Department, Kaiser Permanente

Matthew J. Huray, CHMM, HEM

Matthew Huray has 16 years of experience in environmental, health and safety and is a Senior Consultant in Kaiser Permanente’s corporate Environmental Health and Safety Department. His areas of expertise include environmental systems management, industrial hygiene, hazardous waste and materials management.

In his role as at NEH&S, Matt collaborates with stakeholders’ enterprise wide to provide subject matter expert support for the internal EH&S audit, regulatory tracking, industrial hygiene, and waste management programs. Specifically, Matt serves as the subject matter expert 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).

Joel Sigler

Senior Manager, National Environmental Health and Safety, Kaiser Permanente

Joel Sigler

Joel Sigler is a National Environmental Program Leader with Kaiser Permanente. Joel helps to lead Kaiser Permanente’s Environmental Stewardship efforts on safer products and waste minimization. Joel also supports KPs waste management program, leading regulatory compliance and risk reduction efforts across the Program. Joel is a Certified Safety Professional, and has been with Kaiser Permanente for more than 20 years.

Caryn P. Thornburg

S.E.M.S. Officer (Safety, Emergency Management, Sustainability), Stanford Health Care ValleyCare

Caryn Thornburg

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.

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