2019 Software, Innovation & Technology Speakers
Diana Alvarez, Senior Occupational Health Manager; Hyatt Hotels Corp.
In her current position as Senior Occupational Health Manager, Ms. Alvarez is responsible for directing key workers' compensation and safety initiatives for Hyatt Hotels Corporation for the Central and Northeast Region. With her Nursing background and extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of Occupational Health and Safety, she brings a strong focus to Hyatt's Workers' Compensation Claims Management from a medical treatment and financial aspect across a wide span of states.
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 2017. After receiving her M.S. in Management Information Systems from Northern Illinois University, she worked at AT&T and U.S. Cellular. Jen has served in leadership roles across various IT functions and found her passion in Project/Program Management. Jen is an avid runner who participates in races across the country, and recently completed the 2018 Chicago Marathon.
Ryan Belyea, GISP, Department Manager, Information Management Systems; AECOM
Mr. Belyea serves as a Department Manager and Sector Lead in charge of AECOM’s Information Management Solutions practice, Assistant to the Global Leader for Data Capture and Analysis for AECOM’s Digital Transformation Initiative, and also is a Subject Matter Expert for LIDAR and Laser Scanning. He has experience providing a broad base of services to Federal, State and Local Government and Commercial sectors. In addition to his work with Laser Scanning, Mr. Belyea leads a team that provides UAS and UAV services, Geospatial services and data management services. Mr. Belyea provides field data collection services that focus on facilities, space management, transportation projects, rights of way projects, utilities projects and permitting projects.
Jennifer Brooks, EHS Specialist; Fujifilm North America Corp.
As EHS Specialist for Fujifilm Holdings America Corporation, Jennifer Brooks oversees all Fujifilm subsidiaries, including over 20 North America sites. Her career began at the Fujifilm Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc., a 500-acre site with five heavy manufacturing plants and a distribution center. Her leadership of Fujifilm's ergonomics program, ErgoFit, led to her overseeing the corporate entity of MFG and implementation of ErgoFit at all U.S. 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 operations and environmental roles at Arch Coal for nine years, and helped develop and maintain Arch's Enviance system. He has also helped develop automated compliance aids and systems for environmental compliance programs. Prior to Arch Coal, Art held consulting and regulatory roles. Art sees his role as critical to Arch's commitment to be the safest, most environmentally responsible supplier of coal-based energy.
J.J. DeGiovanni, Managing Director; Corporate Quality, Safety, Regulatory and Data; United Airlines Inc.
J.J. leads United Airlines' Quality, Regulatory, Safety & Emergency Response programs that ensure safe operations for over 148 million passengers annually. He develops and implements corporate safety strategy for 93,000 employees, and oversees critical systems and operations, in accordance with FAA/CAA, IATA, IOSA, OSHA and Department of Defense requirements. J.J.'s team was recognized for data visualization that identified correlations for improvements across divisions. J.J. is a certified Quality Engineer and was recognized with the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. He has a B.S. in Aeronautical Industrial Technology from Arizona State University and an M.B.A from Pepperdine University.
Michele Del Grosso, Sustainability Expert Europe; AptarGroup Inc.
Michele started his career with AptarGroup, Inc. in 2013. Michele is an Industrial Ecologist by education and started his PhD (Business, Institutions & Market) in 2016 at the University G. D'Annunzio in Pescara, Italy. Michele leads corporate projects in LCA and EPD certification, zero waste, and sustainability metrics for corporate sustainability reporting. Michele also works in circular economy, sustainability design and energy management systems.
Neno Duplan, CEO & Founder; Locus Technologies
Dr. Duplan combines environmental science with a vision of how to gather, visualize, and analyze data to help organizations manage and report EHS compliance and sustainability. From Locus' deployment of the world's first commercial Software-as-Service product for environmental information management in 1999 to the Locus Mobile solution in 2014, Dr. Duplan continues to lead and challenge his team to be the leading provider of cloud-based multi-tenant EHS 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.
Taylor Gelsinger, Research Analyst; NAEM
Taylor Gelsinger has been with NAEM since 2013. She executes NAEM's research program and specializes in a range of EHS&S topics, including: compliance, environmental information management systems, corporate responsibility reporting, materiality, metrics and professional development. Taylor holds a Master of Environmental Management degree in environmental economics and policy from Duke University and a B.S. 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 pharmaceutical company. He is responsible for development and implementation of company-wide sustainability programs including sustainability metrics, stakeholder engagement on sustainability initiatives, and sustainability reporting. Sulaiman works closely with R&D, sales, and manufacturing to assess EHS impact. He has a B.S. in biological sciences, has completed graduate studies in environmental and occupational health, and is a Certified Safety Professional and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager with more than 25 years of management experience.
Dr. Anthony Harris, Associate Medical Director; WorkCare Inc.
Anthony Harris, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., joined WorkCare in 2017 after serving as Medical Director of Community Occupational Medicine in Indiana. Dr. Harris is board-certified in occupational and environmental medicine. He brings clinical and corporate leadership experience, dynamic interpersonal skills and a solid track record of delivering novel solutions for occupational health needs. Dr. Harris earned his M.D. and M.B.A degrees from Indiana University, and his Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Harris has co-invented medical devices, co-founded medical device start-ups and holds several U.S. and international patents.
Ethan Hinkley, Air Quality Compliance Manager; Red Cedar Gathering Co.
Mr. Hinkley has been working with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and its subsidiaries, for the past 15 years as an air quality specialist, Environmental Division Head, and EHS database coordinator. He has been involved with ambient monitoring, Title V program and regulation development, database implementation and management, and air permitting compliance for oil and gas companies across 5 states and tribal jurisdictions.
Allie Janoch, Co-Founder & CEO; Mapistry Inc.
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. As an avid hiker, she saw that helping businesses comply with environmental regulations was an under-served opportunity. She left Yahoo to co-found Mapistry in 2013. Allie has shared her computer vision and machine-learning research in multiple publications and conferences. She holds a patent on Automatic Image Piling and was named one of the Top 30 Under 30 by GreenBiz. Allie is also a bookworm, yogi, and chocoholic.
Susanne Katus, Vice President of Business Development; Datamaran
As Vice President of Business Development at Datamaran, Susanne helps align market developments and corporate needs with Datamaran's product and services. She works closely with a global user network from multinational corporations, and believes 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, is a published author, and provides guest lectures at M.B.A programs.
Ashwin Kothandaraman, Corporate OPEX Innovation Leader, Digital Transformation; Georgia Pacific LLC
Ashwin is Corporate OPEX Innovation Leader – Digital transformation for Environment Regulatory Reporting, Advance Analytics & Intelligence at Georgia Pacific. He is responsible for process design and continuous improvement in Digital Transformation area with respect to Acquire, Organize, Analyze, Report and Continuous Improvements. Ashwin has been at Georgia Pacific for 8 years, in various Operation & Reliability role primary responsible for Process Design and Continuous Improvement.
Stacy Ladnier, Deputy Program Manager; Knight Point Systems LLC
Stacy Ladnier is a Deputy Program Manager for Knight Point Systems, LLC and is recognized as a subject matter expert in risk management, security policy and procedure, NIST, FedRAMP, and security operations. She has diverse technical expertise and a demonstrated ability to master complex architectures, and is a proven leader with a reputation for motivating teams to go above and beyond. Stacy has a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi, and is currently working on her M.S. in digital forensics from the University of Central Florida. She holds multiple certifications in information technology infrastructure and security, cloud operations, and software development.
Scott Lemerand, Management System Coordinator; PVS Chemicals Inc.
Scott Lemerand is an EHS 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 in the automotive industry, Scott transitioned into the chemical industry. His responsibilities include EHSS management systems, personal and process safety, and ownership of ERP system for EHSS. Scott is also the 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.
Erika Huyett Mau, Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Manager; SKF USA Inc.
Erika joined SKF USA Inc. as their Corporate Manager of Sustainability and Environmental Systems in 2012. She is responsible for leading EHS continual improvement across 30+ manufacturing and warehouse facilities. SKF USA Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of SKF Group, a world leader in rolling bearings and related technologies. Erika started her career as a consultant specializing in environmental compliance. With a passion for a more efficient way of doing business, Erika earned an MBA in Sustainability prior to joining SKF USA Inc.
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, leads 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 at Cummins 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 EHSMS IT tools and ensures that the right systems are available 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. 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, where she manages global EHS programs for the company's approximately 15,000 employees. She began her Symantec tenure in the United Kingdom, where she oversaw health and safety in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Kathryn consulted for multinational companies, governments, and nonprofits for more than 20 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 processes that improve workplace culture and performance. Kathryn is a certified industrial hygienist with a B.S. in zoology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.B.A from Boston University.
Jared Pasparage, Data Visualization Lead; United Airlines Inc.
Jared is the lead data visualization designer for United Airlines' Corporate Safety under John "J.J" DeGiovanni. Jared leads efforts to integrate data across divisions and agencies -- providing insights that translate from business unit officers to the front-line -- in partnership with a high-powered internship program at the University of New Haven. This partnership was recognized with the Green Cross award for its data visualization program and continues to improve United by blending safety and efficiency objectives. Jared received his B.S. in Business Management and M.B.A 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 Asheville, North Carolina, and grew up on a farm with a love for all things outdoors. Diane works out of her home in South Carolina and travels frequently to visit 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 NAEM’s talent management series, software and data management research and 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 B.A. in comparative literature from the University of Rochester and an M.S. in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School.
Shane Ryan, Executive Vice President of Professional Services - Cybersecurity and Information Resilience; BSI
Shane is an experienced information security, IT audit, risk and technical security consultant whose experience spans across many different areas including information security, information security management, risk and vulnerability management, penetration testing and compliance. Shane is BSI’s EVP of Professional Services of the Information Governance team with the remit of delivering high quality consultancy for BSI CSIR’s USA based and international clients. Shane has extensive experience with information security, internal control testing, compliance and change programmes, information risk management, and process improvement. Shane has worked across a wide range of industry verticals, including financial, industrial and insurance often acting as a long-term project resource for BSI CSIR’s key clients.
Suzanne Riney, Senior Manager- Global Strategy and Processes, Environment, Health & Safety; Boeing Inc.
Suzanne Riney is a senior EHS manager who leads global strategy and processes for Boeing's 2nd Century Enterprise Systems, including the integration of Boeing's subsidiaries and global locations. Suzanne is leading the company toward a One Boeing EHS management system that conforms to ISO 14001 and ISO 45001industry standards and enables Boeing to be a global industrial champion. 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).
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 (DGS). He is responsible for developing and implementing key EHS strategies, analytics, and process improvements, as well as DGS's EHS management framework and overall training implementation and compliance. Max holds a B.S. 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 (AEP), where she has more than 10 years of experience. She co-authors and manages AEP's Corporate Accountability Report, which combines AEP's annual shareholder report and sustainability report. Melissa sets, implements and tracks new corporate sustainability goals that align with AEP's business strategy and initiatives. She also manages investor-focused sustainability surveys to help manage risk and build trust through transparency. She co-founded AEP's Enterprise Sustainability Council to build strategic internal partnerships supporting AEP's sustainability and business goals. Melissa has a B.A. in strategic communications from The Ohio State University, and resides in Ohio with her husband, three daughters, and English black lab.
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 supply chain and IT roles with in-depth understanding of IT and SCM business processes. He has worked within multiple industries: food and beverage, automotive, aircraft, beauty and home, health care, pharmaceutical, retail, manufacturing and distribution. He has managed steering committees, budget preparations, and enterprise-level technology selections, with responsibilities including capturing business requirements and value, technology evaluations, strategic fit and direction, coordinating issue resolution, and 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. 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.
Tim Wolf, PE, Vice President; Arcadis Information Driven Performance
Mr. Wolf is an EHS management information system (MIS) subject matter expert responsible for program and project management, solutions development, and systems implementation. Mr. Wolf's experience with managing EHS MIS implementation projects includes evaluation of software solutions, data mining permits and regulatory requirements to identify action items to certify compliance. He conducts workshops with clients and collects data to configure the system, configuration, quality control, testing, training and adoption support. Mr. Wolf has managed projects for over 100 environmental permits in air, water, and waste.