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University of Colorado Denver

Center for Worker Health and Environment
 

MAP ERC External Advisory Panel


Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD (CHAIR)

Dr. Frank is a physician board certified in both internal medicine and occupational medicine and currently serves as Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia. He is also a Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary) at the Drexel College of Medicine. He also holds a position at Drexel as Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. A life-long academic, Dr. Frank has previously taught at Mount Sinai, the University of Kentucky and in the University of Texas System. He has served many governmental agencies in the US and has carried out research and has been a governmental advisor internationally. His research interests have been in the areas of occupational cancers and occupational lung diseases, as well as agricultural safety and health. For thirty-seven years he held a commission in the U S Public Health Service (active and inactive) and served on active duty both at the NIH and at NIOSH.

IMG_0772.jpgYvonne Boudreau, MD, MSPH

Dr. Yvonne Boudreau is the Deputy Director of the NIOSH Western States Office in Denver. She also holds a position as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in the School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver. Her work involves surveillance of occupational safety and health issues throughout the western US, and outreach to and collaboration with western state health departments, Education and Research Centers, Agricultural Centers, universities and other federal agencies to help build occupational safety and health capacity throughout the west.

Angela Dartt ​- BIO COMING SOON

Dominick DeGregorio

Dominick was born in a village near Naples, Italy, and came to America at age 13 where he discovered the streets of gold were really paved with opportunity. After high school, Dom worked construction during the day and attended school for Construction Engineering at night. He worked high-rise construction in NYC. Dom has been a member of the Laborers; International Union of North America since 1959 and received his Gold Membership Card in 2009. Dom moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1974 where he worked as the Training Director for the NM Laborers Training Trust Fund. In 1995, Dom became a Laborers International Rep for NM and AZ and oversaw approximately 15,000 members in all areas of construction, mining, public service contracts and Indian Health Service. Dom retired in 2003.

IMG_0767.jpgJohn Durant

John was born and raised in the Denver area. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1965, serving in SE Asia. John has worked in the piping industry for over 40 years, beginning in 1969, serving as an apprentice, Union Steward, Foreman, General Foreman, Project Superintendent to Project Manager and Safety Director. He has been involved in the safety aspect of the industry for over 35 years, including participating in, but not limited to: Safety Committee, Safety Instructor and Safety Director, member of the AGC Safety and MCAA Safety committee.

John has been an instructor at Pipefitters Local Union #208 for 19 years, teaching: 5th year apprentice class and Journeyman upgrade class including brazing, medical gas, leadership, UA/MCA Foreman Supervision, Supervision safety, Confined Space and has; been an OSHA Outreach trainer for approximately 12 years. He is the Vice President and Safety Director at Braconier Plumbing & Heating Company, Inc.​

Herb Gibson - BIO COMING SOON

Leslie B. Hammer, PhD

Dr. Leslie B. Hammer is a professor of psychology in the Department of Psychology at Portland State 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. Dr. Hammer is also the Director of the Occupational Health Psychology graduate training program at Portland State University​. 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.​

IMG_0799.JPGPhil Harrison, Jr.

Phil is a very basic down to earth person who has shown tremendous compassion, caring and humbleness and has dedicated his life for helping uranium radiation victims. He believes in this endeavor and pursuit of Justice for the victims. He is co-founder and former chair of the Navajo Uranium Radiation Victims Committee, a position he held for 20 years. Mr. Harrison has tirelessly served the uranium victims for over 30 years. He has led a crusade to spread the message of the victims’ plight who were unjustly exposed to uranium radiation without their knowledge and are dying from various types of cancers. His own father died from lung cancer at a very young age after working underground mining uranium for over twenty years.

NURVC has provided immense technical assistance to not only the Navajo miners, mill workers, and their families, but with other tribes, the Hispanic communities, NGO and grassroots organization. Since 1980 Mr. Harrison has been one of the leading experts on compensation programs and leading to lobbying for cleanup of uranium contamination on the Navajo Nation. Through his dedication, commitment and participation the RECA legislation was signed in 1990. Thereafter, he led another major reform to pursue and address the inadequacies of the RECA Act of 2000 and the failure to comprehend the social structure of the Navajo people.

The RECA was amended in July 2000 with Mr. Harrison spearheading the efforts. This signifies another monumental milestone for all former uranium workers because they would be entitled to an additional compensation. To date, Mr. Harrison served as legislator with the 21st Navajo National Council from 2007-2011. He currently works in Shiprock, NM with Killian and David, Law Firm of Grand Junction, Colorado. He has continued communication for the Navajo Nation and the congressional offices in Washington D.C. making sure that the provisions of the RECA serves its intent.

Ed Hendrickson - BIO COMING SOON

Robin Herron - BIO COMING SOON

Joseph Hurrell - BIO COMING SOON

Janet A. Johnson, Ph.D., CHP, CIH

Jan Johnson has been a consultant in environmental radiation protection for the past two decades working primarily with uranium recovery facilities for Tetra Tech and Sopris Environmental. She spent30 years at Colorado State University, starting as a Research Associate and finally as the Interim Director of Environmental Health Services. Jan earned a Master’s Degree in Radiological Physics from the University of Rochester as an Atomic Energy Commission Fellow and a PhD Degree in Environmental Health from Colorado State University.  She is a Certified Health Physicist (CHP) and a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). Jan served for eight years as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board and several decades on the Colorado Radiation Advisory Committee. She is a Fellow of the Health Physics Society and received its Founder’s Award in 2013.​

IMG_0764.jpgDeborah McCoy RN, BSN, COHN-S

A practicing and licensed Registered Nurse in Colorado, Deborah graduated from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Baccalaureate of Science of Nursing. She is a member of both the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses and the American Board for Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. since 1999. She is also a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist and currently the Occupational Health Coordinator at National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).

Jim McMillen, MPH

Jim joined Pinnacol Assurance as a loss prevention representative in 1997 and served as director of loss prevention services from 1999 to 2004, where he gained high-level experience in loss prevention, industrial hygiene, risk management, and claims management. McMillen began his career in industrial hygiene and risk management at Wausau Insurance Companies, Atlanta Region, in 1990. After relocating to Colorado, he worked with Coors Brewing Company to work on the development and implementation of an ergonomics program. He holds a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) designation and is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. McMillen received his bachelors degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech before completing his master’s degree in public health at Emory University.

Mulloy.pngKaren Mulloy, M.D. 

1st year medical students, Family Medicine Residents and MPH students and has a consult clinic at UH Case Western Medical Center in the Swetland Environmental Health Clinic. Prior to her move to Ohio Dr. Mulloy was the Director of the Denver Health Center for Occupational Safety and Health and Chief of the Division of Occupation Health, Department of Internal Medicine and Associate Professor​ at the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH), Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. One of Dr. Mulloy’s research interests has been in the establishment of occupational illness, toxic exposure and injury surveillance programs. Dr. Mulloy was the Principal Investigator on a NIOSH funded grant and developed a state-wide occupational health surveillance system for New Mexico. In Colorado she provided leadership in the development and publication of occupational health surveillance systems and reports for Colorado and other states in MAP ERC region. Dr. Mulloy was a co-investigator on the NIOSH funded Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) Colorado School of Public Health and was the Director of Continuing Education for 5 years and responsible for developing innovative continuing educational opportunities for occupational and environmental health and safety professionals through the MAP ERC region and the Occupational and Environmental Residency Director in 2012.

John Schumpert, MPH

The Founder and President of REOH, received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana, Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota Graduate School of Public Health, where he also completed his residency in Occupational Medicine. Following completion his residency, he was employed at the corporate headquarters of 3M Company as a staff physician. In that capacity, he provided occupational health and general medical consultative services to several 3M manufacturing and support groups including the Specialty Materials Manufacturing Division, Abrasives Division, Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division, Logistics Division, 3M Pharmaceuticals Group, and 3M Aviation Operations; he became familiar with state of the art manufacturing processes and developed expertise in the occupational health issues related to dermal and pulmonary sensitizers, high-intensity non-ionizing radiation sources, organic and aqueous solvents, inorganic and synthetic fibers, and fluorochemical production. He was awarded the 3M Chairman’s Leadership for his contributions to the Industrial Hygiene Exposure Assessment undertaken at four plants involved in fluorochemical production. Taking advantage of an opportunity to return to Montana, he was employed for a short time by the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory near of Idaho Falls, providing direct occupational medicine patient care and medical surveillance services. He was then recruited to the post of Medical Director of Occupational Health at Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls, Montana, providing direct patient care, hospital consultation services, program development, and independent medical evaluations. Dr. Schumpert founded Resources for Environmental and Occupational Health, in 2001. He has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the University of Montana Center for Environmental Health Sciences since 2002. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine since 2005, and served as President of that organization during 2010-2011. Dr. Schumpert was appointed Medical Director for Workers’ Compensation of the State of Montana Department of Labor and Industry in 2011. Dr. Schumpert is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and a member of the International Commission on Occupational Health and the Society of Occupational Medicine (U.K.). Dr. Schumpert is Board Certified in Occupational Medicine.

Gordon Smith, MD, MPH

Dr. Smith is a Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and core faculty National Study Center for Trauma & EMS, part of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. He has a medical degree from Otago University in New Zealand, and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. An internationally renowned scientist, he has received widespread recognition for his methodological expertise in injury research, especially in the development of injury surveillance systems, alcohol and injuries, and the use of databases for injury research. He has also done extensive work in the occupational injury area, both nationally and internationally, and was the founding director of the Occupational Injury Prevention training program at Johns Hopkins University. He has a long history of working as part of interdisciplinary research teams including those with engineers (including civil engineering and biomechanics), ergonomists, biomechanics, clinicians and social scientists. He has also worked and taught in a number of different countries over the years including Papua New Guinea, Suriname, Trinidad, Jamaica, South Africa, Russia, New Zealand and Australia. Dr Smith has published more than 156 peer-reviewed articles, as well as a book, Injury Prevention: An International Perspective. He has a long history of funded research including from NIH, CDC, and the Department of Defense (CDMRP) and received the Excellence in Science Award for injuries from the American Public Health Association Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section.

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