2020 Software, Innovation & Technology Speakers
Laura Brooks, Project Manager; AECOM
Laura Brooks is an MIS project manager and senior implementation specialist. She has served as project manager and technical analyst for the design, configuration, and implementation of multiple Environmental, Health, and Safety Management Information System (EHS-MIS) solutions for clients in the oil and gas, manufacturing, and defense and aerospace industries. Laura also has extensive regulatory compliance and EHS management experience.
Linsey DeBell, Senior MIS Project Manager; AECOM
Linsey DeBell is a Senior MIS Project Manager for AECOM. She came to MIS solution implementation from an air quality background and brings strong regulatory analysis expertise that is useful for content focused compliance module implementations. Her responsibilities and expertise include project management and planning, business analysis, requirements gathering, design workshop facilitation, design documentation, and content development for MIS solutions.
Danyel Hoffman, Senior IT Business Analyst; CHS Inc.
As a Senior Business Systems Analyst at CHS Refineries, Pipelines and Terminals, Danyel is responsible for managing, implementing and supporting software applications. She works directly with the business users to present them with solutions that provide value and alignment across the organization. Danyel led the Enablon implementation which included implementing five modules along with integrating with multiple partners including Verisk 3E, RegScan, TapRooT, Lawson HR as well as data migration from three historical solutions into Enablon. This software implementation aligned two refineries located in McPherson KS and Laurel MT and pipelines and terminals across multiple states.
Danyel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems from Fort Hays State University. She has 14 years of experience designing, developing, coding and implementing software utilizing IT systems to help achieve strategic business goals in the agriculture, insurance, oil and gas industries.
Stephanie King, Director EHS Excellence; INVISTA
Mrs. King is the Director of EHS Excellence for INVISTA in Houston Texas. She has held various leadership positions within INVISTA for the past 9 years. She has served in Health, Safety, and Environmental Management positions as well as in Global and Corporate roles during her 30 year career. Most recently, she was responsible for EHS Innovations which included implementation of strategic innovations in the EHS field. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama, and a Master's Degree in Environmental Management from the University of Houston, Clear Lake.
Ben Kruse, Director, Global CSR Reporting & Insights; AT&T Inc.
Ben Kruse is Director of Global CSR Reporting & Insights at AT&T. In this role, Ben leads the CSR/ESG reporting practice for the corporation, including the development of AT&T's annual corporate responsibility reporting and interface with strategic rating & ranking organizations, ensuring proper alignment with investor demand for robust ESG disclosure. In addition to coordinating disclosures from more than 200 subject matter experts across AT&T's various operating companies and business units, Ben's team works to leverage insights gained from reporting and investor engagements, benchmarking best practices to influence operational and policy-related enhancements across the company.
Ryan Janoch, Founder and Chief Operating Officer; Mapistry
Ryan is the founder and COO of Mapistry, an environmental compliance software platform that minimizes risk for the world's leading industrial and manufacturing companies. He is a licensed professional engineer with experience in environmental program development and implementation for hundreds of industrial sites, including ready-mix concrete plants, metal recyclers and bulk marine terminals all over the U.S. He has led multi-disciplinary teams to develop new regulations and testing protocols as well as served on a regional air board, state regulatory stormwater committee, and national industry committees. He has an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland and a BS in Biology and Geology from Tufts University.
Alan Johnson, Director of Strategic Alliances; Verisk 3E
Alan L. Johnson is responsible for devising and executing Verisk 3E's strategic partnerships and alliances. Since joining Verisk 3E in 2015, he has negotiated partnerships with a wide range of industry leading companies. Mr. Johnson has more than 10 years of business development and product management experience in the software industry, spearheading many successful B2B and B2C partnership programs. He holds a BA in Political Science/World Languages and Cultures from Mercyhurst College, a certificate from L'Université Laval in Français Langue Étrangère (FLE), and a dual MBA in Sales and Marketing Management/International Business from the Rochester Institute of Technology - Saunders College of Business.
Tina Lau, Area Environmental Land Resource Manager; Lehigh Hanson Inc.
Tina Lau has more than 16 years’ experience in environmental compliance for the aggregates, construction and construction materials industries. She is currently the Area Environmental & Land Resource Manager overseeing Lehigh Hanson’s Bay Area operations, including sand & gravel mines, a hard rock quarry, cement terminals, asphalt plants and bay mining operations. Tina leads the efforts to ensure Lehigh’s operations are in compliance with all environmental, land use and lease requirements, in addition to supporting the company’s acquisition, divestiture, and expansion efforts. She also represents Lehigh Hanson during regulation development and agency/public interactions. Prior to Lehigh Hanson, Tina was an Environmental Specialist at Graniterock in Watsonville. Tina holds an MS in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco and a BS in Environmental Economics & Policy and a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley.
Daniel McDermott, Senior Consultant; Huco Consulting
After graduating from Rice University in 2011 with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, Dan joined Huco Consulting and quickly became one of Huco's subject matter experts for mandatory reporting requirements. Currently, he is Huco Consulting's Enviance practice lead as well as heading up Huco's Greenhouse Gas Reporting team. He has worked with several of Huco's customers to implement EMIS solutions and set up standardized processes for monitoring and tracking air and water data.
Dr. Claire Melamed, Executive Director; Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Dr. Claire Melamed is the CEO of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. This growing network brings together several hundred members -- governments, private sector, and civil society -- to harness and leverage data and data technology towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. She was previously Managing Director of the Overseas Development Institute, and in 2014, she worked in the office of the UN Secretary General, writing the report of the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution, "A World That Counts". "We say that every life counts, but we still don't count every life", she says in her advocacy to use the knowledge provided by data to improve lives and protect the planet. Claire is based in London and heads up a global team based in six countries. Claire serves on a number of Boards and advisory groups for institutions including the UK Office of National Statistics Data Science Campus, Government of UAE Task Force on Global Data Commons, Overseas Development Institute Human Mobility Initiative, and Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance Index.
R Mukund, CEO & Founder; Gensuite LLC
R Mukund is Founder & CEO of Gensuite LLC and a proven organizational leader with over 25 years of experience in progressive roles as a technical professional, team leader, Six Sigma Master Black Belt, executive program manager, and most recently, chief executive officer since 2010. He has a track record of distinction in diverse organizations from research & technology, consulting, corporate diversified & global, and cloud-based, tech-enabled services.
The Gensuite® product, developed under Mukund's leadership from inception, today supports over 200 company subscribers with a cloud-based, best-practice driven software suite of safety, environmental, sustainability, quality, security, product stewardship, responsible sourcing and equipment asset management modules, together with a broad array of innovative products & services. Together, these solutions enable global Gensuite users to foster safe, sustainable work environments and high performance functional programs worldwide. With best-in-class Mobile capabilities, multi-lingual interfaces, and integrated analytics, Gensuite today serves over 1 million users in 30+ industry sectors and 120+ countries, supported by a global team located in 11 offices and 8 countries, and headquartered in Mason, OH, USA.
Mukund received his M.S. in Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences & Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was acknowledged as a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program in 2013 and 2016, and was awarded the 2016 Cincinnati Business Courier C-Suite Award for CEO <$100M Private Business for his outstanding business leadership and contributions to the region. He currently serves on the Mason Deerfield (OH) Chamber Board of Directors; the advisory board of the Indian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky; and on the board of RxPredict Inc., a health and wellness startup.
Karen Nielsen, Director, EHS Corporate Compliance; Kinder Morgan Inc.
Karen Nielsen is a Corporate Director of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) for Kinder Morgan, one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. She oversees the company's EHS information technology systems, and is responsible for coordinating advocacy efforts for EHS and Pipeline Safety regulatory changes. In addition, she serves as a co-chair of the Greenhouse Gas Task Force for Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) representing Kinder Morgan and the industry during interactions with external stakeholders. Prior to her current role, she has held positions within Kinder Morgan Operations, including Director of Air Quality Permitting and Compliance for Natural Gas Operations.
Kevan Reardon, Environmental Engineer Lead; Koch Fertilizer LLC
The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data is on a mission to create a data revolution to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Hear this exciting keynote CEO Claire Melamed as she shares their vision and highlights how the private sector can collaborate with the international development data community to build momentum and ambition to better protect people and the planet. You'll walk away with a new understanding of the role data will play as we all tackle climate change and try to achieve the SDGs. For companies new to the SDGs, learn about the bold vision of the SDGs and get new ideas for opportunities to align your corporate goals with the SDGs.
Kevin Richards, EH&S Director; ProcessMAP Corp.
Kevin Richards joined ProcessMAP Corporation in 2017 after a successful career in corporate environmental health and safety. Kevin utilizes his expertise to support the system development team in their efforts to provide best-in-class software tools for ProcessMAP customers. Kevin also supports the implementation team in preparing requirement documentation for customers; the business intelligence team in refining products and solutions to meet customer requirements. He also provides EHS training to ProcessMAP's technical support team. Kevin's EHS experience across a wide variety of industries helps him to better understand the customer's requirements and allows him to act as a customer champion during the entire life cycle with ProceesMAP. Kevin received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester.
Max Rutz, Managing Director for Safety Strategy, Optimization, and Compliance; Delta Services Group Inc.
Max 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.
Reed Thomason, Manager of Safety, Ergonomics and Industrial Hygiene; BMW Manufacturing Co.
Reed Thomason has worked for BMW Manufacturing for over 19 years. Mr. Thomason is responsible for compliance, planning, steering and managing occupational safety methods and systems at Plant Spartanburg.
Prior to working as the Section Manager, Reed worked as a safety specialist in each of the different production technologies at BMW specializing in equipment safety design and specifications. Reed has also worked as a safety specialist at General Motors and Toyota.
He is a Certified Safety Professional and a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals. He has a Bachelor's degree in Safety Engineering from Eastern Kentucky University.
Barbara Veith, Director EHS; Fruit of the Loom Inc.
Barbara Veith, Director Environmental, Health & Safety for Fruit of the Loom, Inc. is responsible for providing expertise and strategic leadership for the global company environmental, health and safety programs and initiatives to ensure proper compliance and optimization within established regulations and guidelines and to maintain our program to communicate critical business information to participating employees in the event of business interruptions, threats or critical events. Barbara is an Authorized 10 and 30-hour General Industry Trainer and an American Red Cross Instructor.
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. Sameer has managed and supported several large-scale EMIS solutions for a variety of clients. He has led the development of unique solutions by using leading off-the-shelf enterprise solutions or by developing cloud-based point solutions. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A from the University of Southern California.
Kathleen Walsh, Senior Advisor; Hess Corp.
Kathy is a Senior Advisor in the Environmental Health and Safety group at Hess. In her current role, she manages and supports existing EHS software systems, new deployments and is also implementing various strategy and standardization projects. Kathy has worked at Hess for 30 years, has a B.S. in Computer Science from Rowan University and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University. She lives in Houston with her husband and 4 boys.