2019 Software, Innovation & Technology Speakers
Matt Adams, Manager, Strategic Initiatives; SiteHawk Inc.
Matt Adams is a thought-leader in the EHSQ space. He has experience in the field as a safety officer and at the solution development level as a product consultant. Matt holds a degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph and is currently a Manager, Strategic Initiatives, at SiteHawk.
Jennifer Barber, Project Manager, IS/IT; Tate & Lyle plc
Jen Barber has had the privilege of working as an IT Project Manager for Tate & Lyle since September 2017. After receiving her Master's Degree in Management Information Systems from Northern Illinois University in 2003, she began her career working in the telecommunications industry for companies such as AT&T and U.S. Cellular.
Jen has served in multiple leadership roles across various IT functions including Portfolio Planning, Release Management, and Testing, finding her passion in Project/Program Management. In her spare time, Jen is an avid runner who enjoys participating in 10K and half marathon races across the country. She recently completed the 2018 Chicago Marathon.
Jennifer Brooks, EHS Specialist; Fujifilm North America Corp.
As the EHS Specialist for Fujifilm Holdings America Corporation, Jennifer Brooks oversees all Fujifilm subsidiaries, including over 20 sites across the U.S. and Canada. Her career began in Greenwood, SC at the Fujifilm Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc., a 500-acre site with five heavy manufacturing plants and a distribution center. Jennifer's contributions leading the company's ergonomics program, ErgoFit, was noticed by Fujifilm Holdings after just 2.5 years. Her role expanded to oversee the corporate entity of MFG and implement the ErgoFit program across all US-based Fujifilm facilities.
Arten "Art" Charles, Environmental Information Systems Administrator; Arch Coal Inc.
Arten "Art" Charles is the Environmental Information Systems Administrator for Arch Coal Inc. Art has served in a variety of operations and environmental roles at Arch Coal for nine years. As System Administrator, he has helped develop and maintain the Enviance system for Arch. He has also assisted in the development of automated compliance aids and systems for numerous environmental compliance programs. Prior to Arch Coal, Art held previous roles in consulting and in the state regulatory arena. Art sees his role as System Administrator as critical to Arch's commitment to be the safest and most environmentally responsible supplier of coal based in energy.
J.J. DeGiovanni, Managing Director; Corporate Quality, Safety, Regulatory and Data; United Airlines Inc.
JJ leads United's Quality, Regulatory, Safety & Emergency Response programs that ensure the safe operations for moving over 148 million passengers annually. In this position his responsibilities include developing and implementing a corporate wide safety strategy for the 93,000 employees overseeing critical systems and technical operations. This is done in accordance with the FAA/CAA, IATA, IOSA, OSHA and the Department of Defense requirements. JJ's team was recently recognized for their "Data Visualization Program" on identifying correlations across divisions for improvements in multiple operations of the airline. JJ chairs the IATA Airside Safety Group which is globally comprised of airlines and suppliers focused on improving airline safety and industry efficiency. Prior to United, JJ worked for Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in various senior management positions in Mission Safety & Quality Assurance that included: design, fabrication, assembly, procurement, engine testing and flight operations. As the Safety & Mission Assurance Director for Rocketyne his team was an essential part of program management teams focused on success for the SSME, Delta IV, ISS, and X-33 programs. He has an extensive backround working with NASA and the Air Force at Stennis, Kennedy, Johnson and Marshall Space Flight Center.
JJ is a certified Quality Engineer and has been recognized by NASA with the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal.
JJ attended Arizona State University, receiving a BS in Aeronautical Industrial Technology and MBA from Pepperdine University.
Michele Del Grosso, Sustainability Expert Europe; AptarGroup Inc.
Michele started his career with Aptargroup Inc 6 years ago on year 2013 in upstate Aptar Italia. During his time with Aptargroup he has held various activities, focused on Sustainability. Michele is an Industrial Ecologist by education, he started his PhD (Business, Institutions & Market) in year 2016 at the University G. D'Annunzio in Pescara (Italy).
Michele was assigned to lead corporate projects as responsible of product LCA and EPD certification process, Zero Waste to Landfill Program, Sustainability Metrics for Corporate Sustainability Reporting. Supplementing, Michele is also involved in fields related to the Circular Economy, Design for Sustainability and Energy Management System.
Neno Duplan, CEO & Founder; Locus Technologies
As Founder and CEO of Locus Technologies, Dr. Duplan spent his career combining his understanding of environmental science with a vision of how to gather, aggregate, organize, visualize, and analyze environmental data to help organizations better manage and report their EHS compliance and sustainability. During the 1980s, as a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Duplan developed the prototype software for environmental information management that led to the formation of Locus Technologies in 1997.
As web technology evolved and new guidelines for environmental stewardship expanded, so has the vision Dr. Duplan has held for Locus. With the company's deployment of the world's first commercial Software-as-Service (SaaS) product for environmental information management in 1999 to the Locus Mobile solution in 2014, today Dr. Duplan continues to lead and challenge his team to be the leading provider of cloud-based multi-tenant EH&S compliance and sustainability software.
Dr. Duplan holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Split, Croatia. He also attended advanced Management Training at Stanford University.
Taylor Gelsinger, Research Analyst; NAEM
Taylor Gelsinger has been with NAEM since 2013. She executes NAEM's research program, specializing in a range of EHS and sustainability topics, including: compliance, environmental information management systems, corporate responsibility reporting, materiality, metrics and professional development. Taylor graduated with a Master of Environmental Management degree in environmental economics and policy from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University.
Sulaiman Hamidi, Director, Sustainability & Product Stewardship; Allergan Inc.
Sulaiman Hamidi is Director of Sustainability and Product Stewardship for Allergan, a global diversified global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model - Growth Pharma. In this role, he is responsible for development, and implementation of company-wide sustainability programs including sustainability metrics, engagement with internal and external stakeholders on sustainability initiatives, and sustainability reporting. Sulaiman also works in close partnership with R&D, Sales, and Manufacturing functions to assess the EHS impact of products.
Prior to joining Allergan, Mr. Hamidi was responsible for managing EHS programs at the facility, regional, and corporate levels for Baxter Healthcare and Watson Pharmaceuticals. Sulaiman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences, has completed graduate studies in Environmental, and Occupational Health, and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) with over 25 years of experience managing Sustainability, Risk Management, and EHS programs.
Dr. Anthony Harris, Associate Medical Director; WorkCare Inc.
Anthony Harris, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., joined WorkCare as an Associate Medical Director based in Chicago, IL, November 2017. He previously served as Medical Director of Community Occupational Medicine, LLC, a full-service occupational medicine provider with seven locations and additional onsite operations throughout northern Indiana.
Dr. Harris is board-certified in occupational and environmental medicine. He brings broad clinical and corporate leadership experience, dynamic interpersonal skills and a solid track record of delivering novel solutions to meet industry occupational health needs to the WorkCare team. Since 2006, Dr. Harris has worked as an independent health care consultant with a focus on market research, product design and business development strategy.
Dr. Harris earned his Medical and Masters of Business Administration degrees from the Indiana University School of Medicine and Kelly School of Business. He obtained his Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He has deep clinical experience, including two years of general surgery training. In addition, he obtained fellowship training in bio-design and innovation at the University of Missouri.
Dr. Harris has co-invented medical devices and holds several U.S. and international patents. In 2010, he accepted a two-year gubernatorial appointment to the Missouri Technology Corporation, a state board charged with promoting economic development in the high-tech and life sciences sectors. He serves on several boards, including the Medical Advisory Board for UL EHS Sustainability (a division of Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.) and at the Lead Abatement Resource Center, Inc. (LARC), a not-for-profit organization focused on soil lead remediation and public awareness. His accomplishments also include co-founder and interim CEO of two medical device start-ups.
Dr. Harris considers himself an innovator driven by the desire to blend clinical skills with his entrepreneurial ambition to solve problems and improve the occupational health landscape. “WorkCare has a proven track record for doing this well. That is why I joined the WorkCare team,” he said.
Allie Janoch, Co-Founder & CEO; Mapistry Inc.
Allie is a software engineer, bookworm, yogi, and chocoholic (sometimes all at the same time). After getting her B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and her M.S. in Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley, Allie joined IQ Engines to work on image recognition.
After Yahoo acquired IQ Engines in 2013, Allie worked on integrating IQ Engines' machine-learning algorithms into Flickr. But she soon grew restless, and began searching for a product she could be passionate about.
As an avid hiker, she saw environmental protection as a noble pursuit - and quickly discovered that helping businesses comply with environmental regulations was an underserved opportunity. She left Yahoo to found Mapistry in 2013 with Ryan.
Allie has published and presented on her computer vision and machine-learning research in multiple publications and conferences. She also holds a patent on Automatic Image Piling, and was named one of the Top 30 Under 30 by GreenBiz.
Susanne Katus, Vice President of Business Development; Datamaran
As Vice President of Business Development at Datamaran, Susanne helps to align market developments and corporate needs with Datamaran’s product and services. She works closely with their global network of users from multinational corporations, which underpins her belief in the value of practical, data-driven solutions to influence corporate behavior.
Susanne has global experience advancing ESG strategy in business. She has worked with various industries and stakeholders (regulators, international organizations, academics, businesses, industry associations, accountants and the media), is a published author and guest lectures on the subject at MBA programs.
With previous experience working at the Global Reporting Initiative alongside Datamaran's CEO Marjella Alma, Susanne possesses a strong overview of the key issues and trends covered at Datamaran.
Stacy Ladnier, Deputy Program Manager; Knight Point Systems LLC
Stacy Ladnier is a Deputy Program Manager for Knight Point Systems, LLC and is currently supporting a large Cybersecurity as a Service contract with DHS HQ. She is a Cybersecurity and Information Technology Leader with 18 years of experience in government contracting. Mrs. Ladnier is recognized as a subject matter expert in risk management, security policy and procedure, NIST, FedRAMP, and security operations centers. She has experience in directing the daily operations, maintenance, security, architecture, deployment, migration and customer support for multiple Department of Homeland Security (DHS) component environments. She has a diverse, well-rounded set of technical expertise with a demonstrated ability to master complex architectures. She is a proven leader with a reputation for motivating teams to go above and beyond to achieve success.
Stacy Ladnier has a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi. Mrs. Ladnier is currently working on her Master’s in Digital Forensics from the University of Central Florida.
Stacy Ladnier currently holds the following certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Project Management Professional (PMP), Information Technology Infrastructure Library Intermediate – Service Operations (ITIL-SO), VMWare Cloud, Sun Certified Web Component Developer (SCJWCD), Sun Certified Java Developer (SCJD), and Sun Certified Programmer (SCJP).
Scott Lemerand, Management System Coordinator; PVS Chemicals Inc.
Scott Lemerand is an Environmental, Health, Safety, and Security manager at PVS Chemicals. based in Detroit, Michigan. He received his B.S. in Occupational, Safety, Health, and Fire Science from Madonna University. After nearly 20 years focused in the automotive industry Scott transitioned into the chemical industry. His current responsibilities include EHSS management systems, personal and process safety, and ownership of ERP system for EHSS. Recently Scott assumed the role of Corporate Security Officer for CFATs at PVS. In his time away from PVS Scott enjoys cooking and RVing with his wife Marcy and golden retriever Franklin.
Glenn Mayer, PE, Vice President; Arcadis Information Driven Performance
Mr. Mayer is an environmental management information system (EMIS) and environmental compliance subject matter expert (SME) responsible for project management, solutions development and systems implementation. With 31 years of environmental consulting experience, he has developed a strong background in providing multimedia compliance services for clients in the private, municipal and federal sectors. In addition to information management solutions, his technical background is grounded in permitting and other environmental services.
Mike Mitchell, Vice President; Arcadis Information Driven Performance
Mr. Mitchell, Vice President in the Arcadis IDP practice, takes the lead in EMIS strategic planning and software implementations including program advisement, software market assessments, client solution designs and technology recommendations. Mr. Mitchell has 27 years of combined industry and consulting experience leading enterprise EHS information system design and commercial software deployment projects. Mr. Mitchell takes the lead in EMIS strategic planning and software implementations including program advisement, software market assessments, client solution designs and technology recommendations. Mr. Mitchell has 27 years of combined industry and consulting experience leading enterprise EHS information system design and commercial software deployment projects across the globe.
Rahul Nair, HSE Systems Project Manager; Cummins Inc.
Rahul is HSE Systems Project Manager with Cummins Inc with more than a decade of experience in various aspects of EHS management system implementation with expertise in the interaction of EHS with IT Systems.
He manages the IT tools for EHSMS and ensures that right systems are available for common EHS business practices with global implementations across 600 facilities in 90 countries. He is also a BVC trained Lead Auditor with extensive auditing experience in ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001 across different facilities.
Prior to joining Cummins, Rahul was in Infosys as Lead Consultant and providing a leadership role in their EHS Center of Excellence as well as taking up consulting engagements with different clients.
When he is not playing with his 5-year-old son, he loves to cook different cuisines and learn new recipes.
Kathryn J. Nobrega, Senior Manager of Global Physical Security and Safety; Symantec Corp.
Kathryn J. Nobrega is Senior Manager of Global Physical Security and Safety at Symantec headquarters in Mountain View, California, where she manages health, safety and environmental programs for the company's approximately 15,000 employees globally. She began her Symantec tenure in the United Kingdom, where she was responsible for health and safety in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region. Symantec is the world's largest cybersecurity company.
Prior to joining Symantec, Kathryn consulted to multinational companies, governments, and non-profit organizations for over twenty years in industries ranging from oil and gas to biopharma. Her specialties include auditing, management systems design, training, and laboratory safety. Kathryn excels at translating HSE requirements into business processes that help improve workplace culture and performance.
Kathryn is a certified industrial hygienist. She holds a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an MBA from Boston University.
Jared Pasparage, Data Visualization Lead; United Airlines Inc.
Jared is the lead data visualization designer for United Airlines' Corporate Safety group under John "JJ" DeGiovanni. Working with a high powered internship program from the University of New Haven, Jared spearheads efforts to integrate data across divisions and agencies to provide intuitive insights that translate from business unit officers to the front-line. The partnership between United Airlines and the University of New Haven was recently recognized with the Green Cross award for the data visualization program and continues to improve the airline by blending aspects of safety with cost and process efficiency objectives.
Prior to his role in Corporate Safety, Jared worked in United Airlines' Technical Operations Materials Planning group, where he managed the provisioning for $750M of aircraft spares for new fleet inductions and schedule redeployments, as well as the master data management of all inventory spares during the key merging of United Airlines' maintenance systems. Before United, Jared worked in logistics management and execution in retail and oil and gas sectors.
Jared received both his BS in Business Management and MBA in Supply Chain from the University of Pittsburgh.
Diane Rosseter, Senior Environmental Consultant, Corporate Environmental Technical Support - Water Compliance; Georgia-Pacific LLC
Diane is a Senior Environmental Consultant with Georgia-Pacific, working in the Corporate Environmental Technical Support group, focusing on water-related compliance. She is originally from the Asheville, North Carolina, area and grew up on a farm with a love for all things outdoors. Diane works out of her home in South Carolina and spends a lot of time on airplanes, visiting the various Georgia-Pacific locations across the country.
Elizabeth Ryan, Director of Communications; NAEM
As Director of Communications for NAEM, Elizabeth Ryan provides editorial direction and lead authorship for the association's research publications, including its talent management series, its software and data management research and the association's expertise on emerging trends.
Prior to joining NAEM, she covered transportation, poverty, housing and urban policy as a long-form investigative journalist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University of Rochester and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School.
Suzanne Riney, Senior Manager- Global Strategy and Processes, Environment, Health & Safety; Boeing Inc.
Suzanne Riney is a senior manager in the corporate Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) organization leading the global strategy and processes for Boeing's second century enterprise systems including the integration of the company's subsidiaries and global locations. Suzanne is leading the company toward a One Boeing EHS management systems that conforms to ISO 14001 and ISO 45001industry standards and enables Boeing to be a global industrial champion.
Prior to this role, she was promoting a proactive safety culture within the Engineering, Test & Technology and Corporate businesses groups. Suzanne lead an integrated safety organization that included aviation, system and occupational safety across multiple sites and programs. Suzanne was also located in Huntsville, Alabama with Boeing and served as senior manager leading EHS across all of Boeing's Strategic Missile and Defense System sites around the country.
Suzanne has experience in a variety of industries prior to joining Boeing. She was vice president of Environment and Quality for Spartech Corporation in Clayton, Missouri, where she led implementation of an Integrated Management System across 40-plus sites. She led regulatory compliance as an environment consultant for 10 years and worked as a design engineer for the St. Louis sewer district.
Riney holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri and a master's degree in business administration from Webster University. She is a Registered Professional Engineer and was awarded Outstanding Professional Engineer in Industry, 2005, Most Influential Business Woman, St. Louis, 2004 and the Boeing Chairman's Safety Award, 2014, 2016.
Silvana Rodolfo, Senior Health and Safety Specialist; Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc.
Silvana Rodolfo is the Senior Engineer – Industrial Hygiene at Toyota Manufacturing North America and holds a Master's Degree in Industrial Hygiene from Wayne State University. Silvana spent years understanding industrial hygiene programs, both in the workspace and at the corporate level, and consulted on exposure risk in a variety of industries early in her career before focusing her skills in the automotive sector. Over the past 15 years, Silvana has moved from implementing and maintaining industrial hygiene programs at the facility level, to rolling out corporate industrial hygiene programs and processes across Toyota Manufacturing North America. In particular, Silvana has been able to take advantage of technological improvements to empower plant-level EHS professionals while maintaining visibility at an organizational level.
Max Rutz, Managing Director for Safety Strategy, Optimization and Compliance; Delta Global Services
Max is the Managing Director for Safety Strategy, Optimization, and Compliance at Delta Global Services. He is responsible for the development and implementation of key EHS strategies, analytics, and process improvements; as well as DGS's EHS management framework, and overall training implementation and compliance.
Prior to Delta Global Services, Max worked in EHS leadership roles at General Electric and Greif, where he partnered with operations and EHS teams to identify improvement opportunities and strengthen EHS processes, tools, and initiatives that resulted in significant performance improvement and world-class injury and illness rates.
He's also managed EHS for dispersed workforces, focusing on employee and leadership accountability in EHS, and focus programs designed to reduce employee injuries and improve quality.
Max holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He lives with his wife and daughter in Houston.
Melissa Tominack, Senior Sustainability Coordinator; American Electric Power Co. Inc.
Melissa is the Senior Sustainability Coordinator at American Electric Power, where she has more than 10 years of experience. She is co-author and project manager of AEP's Corporate Accountability Report, a combination of AEP's annual report to shareholders and sustainability report. In addition to the report, Melissa's role focuses on setting, implementing and tracking new corporate sustainability goals that are aligned with AEP's corporate strategy and business initiatives. She is also responsible for responding to several investor-focused sustainability surveys to help manage risk and build trust through transparency. She is co-founder of AEP's Enterprise Sustainability Council, which builds strategic internal partnerships to support the company's sustainability efforts and business strategy and goals. Currently, she is working on developing a sustainability strategy focused on collaborating and supporting internal business units to help embed sustainability and good engagement practices throughout the organization.
Melissa holds her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University in Strategic Communications and is a graduate of Leadership Columbus' Class of 2017. She also sits on Leadership Columbus' Board of Trustees and actively volunteers at her daughter's elementary school, the Van Buren Community Shelter and the Chapel Hill House. She resides in Gahanna, OH with her husband Zack; three daughters, Ava (13), Veda (8) and Lola (4); and English black lab, Otis.
Adolfo Venegas, Director, Business Process Integration Management; AptarGroup Inc.
Mr. Venegas is a senior global supply chain management expert with over 25 years of experience in various strategic hands on supply chain and IT roles with in-depth understanding of IT and SCM end-to-end business processes. He has worked within multiple industries; Food and Beverage, Automotive, Aircraft, Beauty and Home, Consumer Health Care, Pharmaceutical, Retail, Manufacturing and Distribution. He has managed steering committees, budget preparations, local and enterprise level technology selections. With responsibilities spanning from capturing business requirements, business value, conducting testing, technology evaluations, strategic fit, strategic direction, coordinating issue resolution, communicating results to all levels of management.
Sameer Vyas, Founding Partner; Huco Consulting Inc.
Sameer Vyas is a founding partner at Huco Consulting, a data management systems firm focused on integrated EHS&S solutions for its clients. Sameer has managed and supported several large scale EMIS solutions for a variety of clients. He has led the development of unique solutions for Huco’s clients, by using leading off-the-shelf enterprise solutions or by developing cloud based point solutions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Tim Wolf, PE, Vice President; Arcadis Information Driven Performance
Mr. Wolf is an environmental, health and safety (EHS) management information system (MIS) subject matter expert (SME) responsible for program and project management, solutions development, and systems implementation. Mr. Wolf’s experience with managing Environmental Management Information System Implementation projects includes evaluation of commercially available software solutions, data mining permits and regulatory requirements to identify applicable requirements and associated action items required to certify compliance, conducting workshops with clients to convey an understanding of the system and to collect necessary data to configure the system, configuration, quality control, testing, training and adoption support. Mr. Wolf has managed projects for many clients that consisted of a total of 60 facilities and over 100 environmental permits including air, water, and waste.