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Advisory Panel Biographies

Center for Health, Work & Environment


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Hillary Blecker​

 

Hilary Blecker worked for a decade conducting workplace health and safety trainings for day labor centers, unions, and grassroots organizations--creating spaces for workers to identify hazards and strategize about how to advance their rights and dignity. She is a founding partner of The Blue Door Group, a consulting group that teaches, designs, and facilitates interactive processes for learning and capacity-building. She also co-founded the Philadelphia Trainers' Collaborative, which brings together educators, organizers, and trainers to share skills and techniques for creating more effective participatory education. Hillary received her B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University and her M.P.H. in Community Practice from the University of Washington, as well as completing a Graduate Certificate in Diversity Leadership at Temple University. She is passionate about harnessing the power of conflict and dialogue to build relationships between and among people of diverse class, race, and gender identities. 

 
 
 

Yvonne Boudreau, MD, MSPH

 

Yvonne Boudreau is a Medical Officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Western States Division. She also holds a position as Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. Her work involves national and international surveillance and evaluation of a wide variety of occupational health issues, providing recommendations and policies to address these issues, and outreach to and collaboration with state and local health departments, academic institutions, and other federal agencies to help build occupational safety and health capacity throughout the US.

 

 

 

Angela Dartt, PhD, CIH, AEP

 

Angela Dartt is a Senior Industrial Hygienist wit Golder Associates and an External Advisory Board Member for the NIOSH-funded MAP ERC. Angela has been practicing as an EHS professional for over 10 years, and currently provides consulting services to clients in manufacturing, mining, and oil and gas in North America and internationally. She is an active member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and has served as an officer of the AIHA Ergonomics Committee since 2012. Angela graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy from Colorado State University in 2010 and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist through the ABIH, as well as being a proud alumni of the MAP ERC. 

 
 
 

Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD

 

​Arthur ​Frank is a Professor of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Dr. Frank has worked as an occupational physician with special interest in occupational lung disease, especially those caused by asbestos, and work in the area of Agricultural Safety and Health. He has served as an advisor to many government agencies in the US and has done extensive work around the world including China, India, Mongolia, and elsewhere.

 

 

 

Herb Gibson, CIH, CSP

 

Herb is the Area Director for OSHA's Denver Area Office. He has held numerous positions from Field Industrial Hygienist to Area Director at OSHA for the past 38 years. The Denver Area Office is responsible for enforcement of the OSH Act and providing compliance assistance to employers in Colorado. The Area Office is also responsible for federal enforcement in Wyoming and Utah. He is a graduate of Colorado State University and is a Certified Safety Professional and Certified Industrial Hygienist. 

 
 
 

Dr. Leslie B. Hammer, PhD

 

Dr. Leslie B. Hammer is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Portland State University and a Senior Scientist in the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Hammer is the Director of the Center for Work-Family Stress, Safety, and Health, funded by grants from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). This center is one of six centers that make up the national Work, Family, and Health Network that recently completed a cluster randomized trial of workplace policies and programs that impact worker health. Dr. Hammer is also the Director of the Occupational Health Psychology graduate training program at Portland State University that is funded through a training program grant from NIOSH. She is the Associate Director of the NIOSH-funded Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC), one of four centers of excellence in Total Worker Health. Most recently, Dr. Hammer was awarded a grant from the Department of Defense to study ways to increase supervisor support and enhance employment retention for veterans reintegrating into the workforce, testing the effectiveness of a supervisor training workplace intervention.

 

 

 

Ed Hendrikson

 

Ed Hendrikson is a consultant for the United Nations program on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS. He researches HIV-related disease in displaced populations in Africa and Central America. Ed is bilingual in English and Spanish, and he is proud to work for and serve migrant farmworkers in rural Colorado, people who have contributed greatly to the success of Colorado and deserve health care for themselves and their families. He also works on additional research projects with University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Texas in Austin. He is currently serving on the board of the Colorado School of Public Health, and he was recently awarded the White House Award for "Champions of Change."

 
 
 

Robin Herron, PhD

 

Dr. Robert E. "Robin" Herron is a Professor Emeritus with Colorado State University. He has established ergonomics programs at four major universities, including Baylor College of Medicine (Houston), University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), and the Colorado State University (Fort Collins). His background includes many years working on medical and engineering college faculties and providing direction for numerous government and private research grants and graduate student dissertations (Ph.D and M.S.). He served as a Principal Investigator for NASA for ten years measuring anthropometric/physiological changes in all of the astronauts from the Apollo 16 through the Skylab Missions. His administrative experiences includes deanships at the University of Illinois and Colorado State University over a seven year period. He has also been a consultant to a wide range of Fortune 500 companies: HP, GM, Exxon, Roche, Coors Ceramics, Pfizer, Ciba-Geigy, Rubbermaid, Southwest Airlines, Shell Oil, Union Pacific Railroad, Teledyne Waterpik, and Visa, among others. His international work includes research, meeting organization, and presentations in the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, Italy. 

 

Dennis Hu, MBA

 

Dennis is Director of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and Systems Safety Engineering (SSE) for Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. His responsibilities include regulatory compliance, occupational safety, permitting, emergency response, SSE, EHS management systems and program development, sustainability, and external relations. With over 23 years of experience in the field, he has worked in both industry and consulting, helping companies solve complex EHS and regulatory problems. He has previously been Director of EHS for Newalta Corporation,   Northear Regional EHS Team Leader for BASF Corporation, and has extensive experience working for Environmental Resources Management (ERM) for various industry clients. Dennis has been active in numerous EHS professional organizations including the Aerospace Industries Association, Air & Waste Management Association, National Association for Environmental Professionals, National Association for EHS Management, Colorado Environmental Management Society, and the Rocky Mountain EHS Peer Group. He has been a guest speaker at numerous professional and charitable events, speaking on topics including technical EHS issues, managing organizational change, EHS culture, strategic planning, and charitable giving. 

 

Joseph J. Hurrell Jr., PhD

 

Dr. Hurrell is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and an affiliate of the Canadian National Center for Occupational Health and Safety. He holds Bachelor's and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees in psychology from Miami University and a Master's in clinical psychology from Xavier University. He is the past Editor (and cofounder) of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology published by the American Psychological Association. Prior to his current appointments, he was employed for over thirty-four years, as a researcher and administrator, by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Dr. Hurrell has authored over 100 scientific publications and 8 books and served on the advisory boards of several major US occupational health and safety research programs.

 

 

 

Janet Johnson, PhD, CSP

 

Jan Johnson is a Certified Health Physicist with over fifty years of experience in radiation health physics, including radiation worker training, environmental and occupational radiation protection, and radiation risk assessment. Dr. Johnson was a member of the faculty at Colorado State University, initially as a Research Associate, eventually managing the CSU Environmental Health Program. Since 1995 she has worked as a consultant in radiation protection. She was a member of the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board Radiation Advisory Committee until 2013. She is a Fellow of the Health Physics Society and received the Society's Founders Award in 2013.

 

 

 

Deborah A. McCoy, RN, BSN, COHN-S

 

Deborah is a graduate of the University of Colorado Health Science Center's School of Nursing. She has worked in Occupational Health for more than 17 years. She worked as an Occupational Nurse Manager at Rocky Flats and as the Occupational Health Coordinator at NREL. Deborah was a Nurse Case Manager with Pinnacol Assurance, and she is currently the NREL Health Management Nurse. Deb's background prior to Occupational Health was in emergency medicine and geriatrics.

 

 

 

James McMillen, MPH, CIH

 

As Pinnacol's director of safety services, Jim McMillen oversees a team of 27 health and safety professionals whose main goal is to help Pinnacol's policyholders create a safety of culture within their workplaces. McMillen joined Pinnacol Assurance as a loss prevention representative in 1997. Serving as director of loss prevention services from 1999 through 2004, he gained high-level experience in loss prevention, industrial hygiene, risk management, and claims management. McMillen also served as a business director, prior to assuming his current position. Before becoming a member of the Pinnacol team, McMillen worked for the Wausau Insurance Co. and Coors Brewing Company. McMillen holds a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) designation, and is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association as well as the University of Colorado Risk Management Insurance Program Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Mountain and Plains Educational Research Center Advisory Board and a former Division of Workers' Compensation Premium Cost Containment Board member. McMillen received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech and a master's degree in public health from Emory University.

 


 

 

Karen B. Mulloy, DO, MSCH

 

Karen Mulloy received her medical education at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a combined residency program in Family Medicine with a Master of Science in Community Health at Marshall University School of Medicine, as well as a residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine. Dr. Mulloy has a long-term interest in the health effects of mining. As Chief in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health at the Marshall University School of Medicine, she was responsible for clinical evaluation and medical monitoring of coal miners. At the University of New Mexico she worked with the Miners Colfax Medical Center on their medical screening program for miners throughout the state of New Mexico, including the Navajo Reservation. She was the lead investigator of a HRSA grant to medically evaluate former uranium miners and millers. She also established a clinic at the A-C-L Indian Health Service Hospital that served former miners and millers from the Acoma and Laguna Pueblos and was funded by the Laguna Pueblo to expand medical services for the former uranium industry workers. Among her research interests are health effects in atomic weapons workers and the establishment of occupational illness, toxic exposure, and injury surveillance as part of environmental health surveillance programs throughout the western states. She has been a co-investigator at the Mountains & Plains ERC and was the Director of Continuing Education from 2007-2011 and the Director of the Occupational Medicine Residency Program from 2011-2012. 

 


 

 

John C. Schumpert, MD, MPH, FACOEM

 

John Schumpert attended the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and completed an Occupational Medicine residency at the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Schumpert held staff physician positions at the 3M corporate headquarters and the Idaho National Laboratory, and was Occupational Health Medical Director at Benefits Healthcare in Great Falls, Montana. He founded his practice, Resources for Environmental and Occupational Health (REOH), in 2001. He serves as a Faculty Affiliate for the University​ of Montana Center for Environmental Health Sciences and as Medical Director of the State of Montana Department of Labor and Industry. ​​​​

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