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2020 Annual Meeting Speakers

 


  Patty Adair

  Director of the Risk Management Group

  U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bio

Patty Adair is the Director of the Risk Management Group at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In this role, she is responsible for the agency’s risk management program, which includes six program areas – chemical, fire, combustion, children’s, electrical, and mechanical. Emerging technologies, including the Internet of Things, are a focus of the Risk Management Group. Patty joined the CPSC staff in 2004 as a Textile Technologist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Clothing, Textiles and Related Arts from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Science in Textile Engineering from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. Prior to joining the CPSC, Patty was on the staff of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute and the National Cotton Council. From 1988-1991 she served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana.


  Robert (Bob) Adler

  Acting Chairman

  U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bio

Robert S. Adler is acting Chairman at the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). He began serving as a Commissioner August 18, 2009. He was renominated by President Obama on May 14, 2014 and confirmed by the senate on December 2, 2014. His term runs through October 2021. Prior to Commissioner Adler’s appointment, he served on the Obama Transition Team and co-authored a report on the CPSC for the Obama administration. Bob was previously a professor of Legal Studies at the University of North Carolina as the Luther Hodges Jr., Scholar in Ethics and Law at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. At the University of North Carolina, he served as the Associate Dean of the MBA Program and as Associate Dean for the School’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Program. Bob was a professor, he taught courses in business law, business ethics, business-government relations and negotiation. He won a university-wide teaching award, the Tanner Award, in 1996, and the undergraduate program's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1990. In 2004, he received the Gerald Barrett Faculty Award for outstanding teaching and service to the MBA Program. Bob's academic research interests included product safety, product liability, regulation, commercial law, medical malpractice, and negotiation. His article, "When David Meets Goliath: Dealing With Power Differentials in Negotiation," in the Spring 2000 issue of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review (co-authored with Elliot Silverstein) received the annual best article award by the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution. Prior to his service at UNC, he spent nine years as an attorney-advisor to two commissioners at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in Washington, D.C. Subsequently, he served as counsel to the Subcommittee on Health and the Environment of the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the U.S. House of Representatives. While on the subcommittee, he worked on legislation relating to product liability, childhood vaccines, the Food and Drug Administration, medical malpractice, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Before joining the CPSC, Bob served as a deputy attorney general for the Pennsylvania Justice Department, where he headed the southwest regional office of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Consumer Protection. Throughout his career, he has been involved in numerous consumer protection and education activities for many years. He was elected six times to the board of directors of Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. Bob graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966 with a major in political science. He received a JD from the University of Michigan Law School in 1969


  Martyn Allen

  Technical Director

  Electrical Safety First

Bio

Martyn Allen is the Technical Director at Electrical Safety First. He is responsible for leading the Charity’s technical team as an impartial centre of excellence on all matters relating to the safety of electrical installations and electrical products, including representing consumer safety interests on British, European and international committees. Martyn’s experience in the electrical industry spans over 30 years. Having trained as an underground electrician with British Coal, he spent 16 years in engineering risk management with Royal & SunAlliance Insurance before joining the Electrical Safety Council in 2006.


  Kimberly Amato, PT

  Founder and President

  Meghan’s Hope

Bio

In December of 2004, Kimberly founded Meghan’s Hope, after losing her 3-year old twin daughter Meghan to a dresser tip-over. She has advocated for tip-over awareness, strong and effective mandatory safety standards, and the importance of anchoring for 15 years. She is also a CPSC Anchor It! Community Leader and a founding member of Parents Against Tip-overs. Kimberly holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Northeastern University and resides with her family in Sterling, MA.


  Dr. Jennifer Ator

  Senior Toxicologist and Risk Assessor

  Tox Services

 

 

 

Bio

Dr. Jennifer Ator (formerly Fleischer) is a board-certified Senior Toxicologist and Risk Assessor who earned her Ph.D. in Toxicology and M.H.S. in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Ator prepares, reviews, and manages quantitative human health risk assessments, exposure assessments, product and ingredient safety assessments, and regulatory compliance evaluations for a diverse range of products within a variety of regulatory contexts, including foods and dietary supplements, medical devices, consumer/household products, and personal care products/cosmetics, among others. Recent work has focused on quantitative exposure assessments, particularly for Proposition 65-listed substances, often in response to actual or potential litigation. Dr. Ator advises clients on key technical issues, such as clinical, nonclinical, and in vitro testing strategy design and data interpretation; the scientific merit of test data provided by claimants or other parties; regulatory compliance requirements for U.S., EU, and other markets; and comprehensive interpretation of test data and literature. She provides critical scientific support to inform her clients’ risk management decisions in a transparent and scientifically-sound manner


  Rana Balci-Sinha

  Director of Human Factors Division

  U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

 

Bio

Rana Balci-Sinha serves as Director of Human Factors Division at CPSC managing human factors activities related to voluntary and mandatory standards development, compliance support, conducting research; informing and educating consumers, and encouraging industry to implement globally recognized best practices needed to ensure the manufacture of safe consumer products. Prior to CPSC, Rana was a staff human factors engineer at Delphi Corporation for nine years. She worked on the design and development of automotive components, consumer electronics, and medical devices; vehicle safety, and industrial ergonomics. She teaches usability engineering at UMBC as adjunct faculty member. She holds four patents. She is a certified human factors professional.


  Michelle L. Barnes

  Executive Director

  Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center

Bio

Michelle Barnes has served as the Executive Director of the Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center since 2000. She holds a degree in Business, Early Childhood Education, and a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Leadership. During this time, she has supported the field of early childhood education by collaborating with Arkansas State University and Department of Human Services in roles such as consultant, trainer, and assessor. Additionally, she served on the Arkansas’ Early Childhood Association Board, Invest Early Council, and Governor’s Early Childhood Commission. She was awarded Women in Business Honoree (2015). Recently, she has joined Arkansas’ TEACH Advisory Panel. Strongly committed to ensuring ALL children have access to high quality care and education, she began the High Q Center to collaborate with 400 Northwest Arkansas early childhood centers by providing training opportunities, resources and support services. Finally, she drove a team of experts to design and build the first healthy campus in America; eliminating six classes of chemicals from construction to classroom materials. The campus opened in spring of 2019 and will act as a model for healthy practices in early childhood education.


  Carlos Barrera, Ph.D.

  Director of Product Safety

  Microsoft

Bio

Carlos Barrera is the Director of Product Safety at Microsoft. His team, located in Redmond, WA, is responsible for the safety of hardware devices in the Surface, HoloLens, and Xbox product lines, as well as advising smaller hardware efforts around the Company. Before joining Microsoft, he spent 10 years at Exponent where his practice was centered in risk and hazard analysis, and root cause investigation in consumer products and processing facilities incidents. As a member of AIChE the contributed to the development of an annual conference for professionals new to the Chemical Process Safety field. He received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.


  Dr. Erich Batra

  Assistant Professor, Pediatrics and Family and Community Medicine

  American Academy of Pediatrics

Bio

"Dr. Erich Batra attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate and medical studies. He completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Phoenix, Arizona. He has been practicing medicine in Central Pennsylvania for the past 20 years, both in private practice and currently as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Family and Community Medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. He has been interested in safe sleep ever since his involvement with the Child Death Review program, and is active on a local, state and national level. He is currently chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Child Death Review and Prevention."


  Sean Beckstrom

  Chief Product Safety Counsel and Learning & Development Segment Counsel

  Newell Rubbermaid

Bio

SEAN BECKSTROM is Chief Product Safety Counsel and Learning & Development Segment Counsel at Newell Brands Inc. He is responsible for product safety and regulatory legal issues for the entire Newell Brands portfolio globally and general legal matters for the Learning & Development segment. Some of the Newell brands include Graco, Sharpie, PaperMate, CrockPot, Nuk and Rubbermaid. Mr. Beckstrom graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and was admitted to the Ohio State Bar in 1995. He also holds an economics degree from Ohio University. Mr. Beckstrom is a regular speaker and commentator at business seminars and conferences.


  Lauren Bell

  CEO

  Whystle

Bio

Lauren received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2004. Upon graduation, Lauren clerked for the Honorable Ed Kinkeade in the Northern District of Texas. She then entered the Department of Justice through the Honors Program, where she represented the CPSC as a trial attorney in the Consumer Protection Branch. She subsequently served as counsel in the Product Risk Management Group at Crowell & Moring, advising companies conducting recalls and under government investigation. Currently, Lauren is the CEO of Whystle, a consumer app that delivers personalized product safety and recall information to consumers.


  Phil Bermel

  Assistant Division Director of the Resource Management Division

  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bio

Phil is in his first year at the Consumer Product Safety Commission, serving as Assistant Division Director of the Resource Management Division and is head of the Fast Track Recall Team. The Fast Track Recall team at CPSC helps business remove potentially unsafe consumer products from the marketplace quickly and efficiently. Before joining the CPSC, Phil worked at the Food and Drug Administration for 10 years working as a food safety specialist and has a background in food safety recalls, compliance and enforcement. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of Maryland and a Master’s of Public Health Degree in Environmental & Occupational Health from George Washington University.


  Alexandra Berzon

  Reporter

  Wall Street Journal

 

Bio

Alexandra Berzon is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter in the investigations group of the Wall Street Journal. Along with colleagues, she has written a series of stories examining consumer product safety on Amazon. She was previously the gambling/casino industry reporter and also covered workplace safety for the Journal. Prior to that, her investigations for the Las Vegas Sun into a spate of construction worker deaths on the Las Vegas Strip exposed lax enforcement of government regulations and won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and other awards. Ms. Berzon was also part of a Journal team that won a Loeb Award for coverage of the Deepwater Horizon crisis, as well as a Journal team that won the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting in 2019. She is a graduate of Vassar College and received a masters degree in journalism from U.C. Berkeley.


  Meredith Birkhead

  Product Safety & Certification Associate

  Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)

Bio

Meredith Birkhead is the Product Safety & Certification Associate with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). In this role, she supports JPMA’s Certification Program and its regulatory work, representing the association with CPSC, ASTM and ISO. Prior to joining JPMA, Meredith worked with Cradles to Crayons, Leadership Greater Washington, and the U.S. Department of State. She graduated from The George Washington University with a BA in International Affairs and Political Science and earned her MS in Nonprofit Leadership at The University of Pennsylvania. Meredith also has a graduate certificate in Product Safety Management from the John Cook School of Business at St. Louis University. She can be contacted at mbirkhead@jpma.org.


  Megan Bohne

  Associate Director

  Campaigns for Consumer Reports

Bio

Meg Bohne is Associate Director, Campaigns for Consumer Reports. A community activist, advocate and organizer for nearly 20 years, she oversees a team of campaigners that engage the public to fight for better protections for consumers. She heads up CR's campaigns on food and product safety, with a current focus on dresser tip-over prevention. Meg is based out of Consumer Reports' headquarters office in Yonkers, NY.


  Duane Boniface

  Assistant Executive Director, Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction

  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bio

Duane Boniface is the Assistant Executive Director, Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction at the CPSC. Mr. Boniface has over 30 years of experience in government and private practice addressing safety, security and environmental protection issues for a wide variety of government agencies (DHS, DOD, etc.). At CPSC, Mr. Boniface has primary responsibility for the Hazard Assessment and Reduction Program, and for the Office’s five Directorates (Economic Analysis, Epidemiology, Health Sciences, Engineering Sciences, and Laboratory Sciences). Mr. Boniface leads an assigned staff of 149, responsible for managing efforts to identify and mitigate the risk of injury associated with consumer products, including data collection, hazard analysis, mandatory and voluntary standards, and providing technical support to the Office of Compliance and Field Operations.


  Mary Boyle

  Executive Director

  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bio

Mary T. Boyle is the Executive Director of CPSC. Before joining the Commission, Ms. Boyle worked for the City of Gaithersburg, where she wrote legislation and regulations to establish an affordable housing program in the City. Prior to her work for the City, she worked in the Washington D.C. office of the Paul Hastings law firm. Ms. Boyle received her BA from Georgetown University in 1985 and her JD in 1991 from the University of Virginia, where she was a member of the Journal on Law & Politics. She is a member of District of Columbia and Maryland Bars.


  Erin Bradley

  Supervisor of Non-Foods Product Safety Analysis and Reporting

  Costco Wholesale

Bio

Erin Bradley is the Supervisor of Non-Foods Product Safety Analysis and Reporting for Costco Wholesale. Throughout her 19 year career, she has held roles in merchandising, training, and communications. In 2011, Erin was given the opportunity to develop Costco’s Non-Foods Product Safety program from the ground up. Her team is responsible for monitoring many data sources (including refund comments, product incidents, and website reviews). Erin leads a weekly Product Safety Committee Meeting, in which any potentially unsafe items are reviewed and discussed. She also works closely with stakeholders across the business on product safety issues, including awareness of reporting requirements and timely notification as well as implementation of item recalls. Erin holds a BS in Supply Chain Management from Central Washington University, an MBA from Northern Arizona University and is a graduate of the St. Louis University Product Safety Management program. Erin enjoys traveling the world with her husband Michael, reading voraciously and spending many hours in her craft studio.


  Steven A. Burkhart

  Vice President Administration, General Counsel and Secretary

  BIC Corporation

Bio

Steve is Vice President Administration, General Counsel and Secretary for BIC Corporation in Shelton, Connecticut. Before joining BIC, Steve was in private practice at Venable. In addition to his general counsel responsibilities, Steve serves as a Convenor of ISO TC61 SC4 WG10 for lighters, the immediate past Chairman of the Board of the Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC), Vice President of the U.S. Lighter Association and as an adjunct professor of law teaching in-house corporate practice. Steve earned his juris doctor from the Catholic University of America in 1989 and his bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Washington in 1986. Steve teaches and presents on numerous legal issues, including product liability, insurance coverage, employment practices and regulatory compliance.


  Sherri Cain

 Product Quality & Compliance Manager

  Hobby Lobby

Bio

Sherri is the Manager of Product Quality and Compliance for Hobby Lobby and sister company Mardel. She has served Hobby Lobby for 21 years and has been in her current position for 13 years. Sherri manages a 16 member staff responsible for product compliance, quality, safety, chemical management, Prop 65 and product recalls, for over 900 stores in the United States. Her team oversees a multi-country supply chain, overall product compliance, 3rd party testing, packaging and labeling, including a high volume of private branded products, and consumer product use instructions. She is responsible for risk assessment and hazard analysis, regulatory and company standards, and guidelines for testing and certification. Sherri earned the Advanced Product Safety Management Certificate from St. Louis University. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Society of Product Safety Professionals (SPSP), serving as Secretary.


  Chris Castro

  Director

  Office of Sustainability & Resilience, City of Orlando

Bio

Chris is a sustainability and clean energy professional and eco-entrepreneur with a passion to advance smart, resilient, and sustainable cities and communities. Chris is currently the Senior Advisor to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Director of Sustainability & Resilience, and 'Future-Ready' steering committee member for the City of Orlando, developing policies & programs to advance the City’s sustainability, clean energy, & climate action goals. Chris is best known for his work as the president and founder of IDEAS For Us, a global UN-accredited 501c3 nonprofit working to incubate and fund innovative projects that advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In 2012, Chris also started a clean-energy consulting firm called Citizen Energy, and 2013 co-created "Fleet Farming", a renowned urban farming social enterprise that is redefining local food systems by building organic farms on homeowner lawns, schools, and underutilized land throughout neighborhoods and communities. Chris currently sits on nearly a dozen nonprofit and academic boards, including the Florida Solar Energy Center, US Green Building Council of Florida, Project Greenschools, and Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. He has previously held positions with University of Central Florida, Orange County Govt., and the U.S. Department of Energy. Over the years, Chris has been internationally recognized for his efforts; including being named the 2018 Public Official of the Year by Governing, a ‘Champions of Change' by President Barack Obama, the 'Guru of Green' by the Orlando Business Journal, the Grist 50 Fixer Award, Top 30 Under 30 sustainability professionals by GreenBiz, and formal recognition from President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, and Vice President Al Gore. In December 2018, Chris starred in the National Geographic documentary called "Paris to Pittsburgh". As a thought leader, Chris has spoken at more than 150+ conferences and events, including the United Nations Summits, Vatican Youth Symposium, Smart Cities Connect, NASA Innovation Expo, Sustainatopia, TEDx Orlando, and more.


  Barry A. Cik, PE, CP, BCEE, QEP, CHMM, CDFE, REM

  Founder and Technical Director

  Naturepedic

Bio

Barry A. Cik, PE, CP, BCEE, QEP, CHMM, CDFE, REM is Founder and Technical Director of Naturepedic, a manufacturer of award-winning certified organic mattresses. He has had a lifelong interest in preserving the environment, not only for us, but for all future generations as well. A board-certified environmental engineer, Barry is an advocate for legislative reform, and was invited to testify in Washington, D.C. for a congressional subcommittee exploring chemical reform. Barry is also a frequent speaker and thought leader, speaking before scientific, consumer, political and business audiences on the benefits of sustainable product design. When shopping for his first grandchild's crib mattress, he was troubled to discover the state of the baby mattress industry. From that moment, Barry was inspired and determined to create mattress products that were safer and healthier for every child. Working in tandem with his sons, Barry established Naturepedic in 2003.


  Roger Charland

  Director General of the Consumer and Hazardous Products Safety Directorate

  Health Canada

Bio

Roger Charland has been the Director General of the Consumer and Hazardous Products Safety Directorate at Health Canada since September 2019. In his role, Roger is responsible for the assessment, management and communication of health and safety risks for all consumer products and cosmetics in Canada. Roger is also accountable for Canada’s national workplace hazard communication standard, the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, which includes federal regulations in place to protect Canadian workers from workplace hazardous products. He is also responsible for the administration of the exemption mechanism for trade secret for hazardous products in Canada. Before joining Health Canada, Roger held senior-level positions at Finance Canada, including Director General, Social Policy Division and Director General, Federal-Provincial Relations. Prior to these roles, Roger was Deputy Commissioner of Competition, Legislative and International Affairs at the Competition Bureau, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada). Roger holds a Master in Law from the Université de Montréal and a Bachelor in Civil Law from the University of Ottawa


  Owen Clark

  Senior Director

  Allison+Partners

Bio

Owen Clark is a senior director at Allison+Partners, a global integrated communications agency that consults for both nonprofit and corporate entities focused on social impact. In his role Owen leads the agency’s in-house Storytelling Studio, producing impactful video and written content for owned, social and earned channels. Owen also created and leads the agency’s Media and Speaker Training offering, coaching clients on how to deliver and land compelling messages in media interviews and speaking opportunities. In his 9+ years with the firm Owen has worked with nonprofit clients including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, California Tobacco Control Program, Lymphoma Research Society, University of California San Francisco and Underwriters Laboratories. Prior to joining Allison+Partners, Owen was a reporter for the CBS affiliate KHSL-TV in Northern California. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


  Joel M. Cohen, Sc.D., DABT

  Senior Toxicologist

  Gradient 

Bio

Dr. Cohen is a senior toxicologist with specialties in computational toxicology and human health risk assessment. At Gradient, his primary responsibilities include chemical hazard and risk assessment, consumer product safety evaluation, particulate matter inhalation exposure assessment and dose modeling, and non-clinical safety assessments of medical device and pharmaceutical components. Before joining Gradient, Dr. Cohen earned his doctoral degree at the Harvard School of Public Health, applying in vitro cellular models to study the fate, transport and toxicity of nanoparticles in the lung. He has authored several peer-reviewed articles and one patent, and presented his work to academic and general audiences. Dr. Cohen holds a Visiting Scientist appointment at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health where he researches the applications and human health implications of nanomaterials across the life cycle of nano-enabled products.


  Neal Cohen

  Partner

  Neal Cohen Law LLC

Bio

Neal Cohen, an experienced and well-respected product safety attorney and consultant, advises consumer product manufacturers, brands, importers, and retailers around the globe in bringing new, innovative consumer products to market. A former attorney and senior official at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Neal provides strategic insight, counsel and guidance to his clients whose brands may be at risk when managing sensitive, high-stakes investigations and recalls. While at CPSC, Neal eventually led the CPSC’s largest investigation in its history, ultimately testifying on behalf of the CPSC before a U.S. Senate Committee overseeing the investigation. Neal also served as the senior legal advisor in CPSC’s Office of Compliance. Appointed to be the CPSC’s Small Business Ombudsman, Neal is the lead author and designer of CPSC’s Regulatory Robot. The innovative Robot, which catalogs and guides businesses through every regulation that the CPSC enforces, is recognized as one of Neal’s key accomplishments and has served to assist thousands of businesses worldwide. A recipient of the CPSC’s prestigious Chairman’s Award, Neal is also widely known for his public speaking and leadership as a member of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO). A native of South Florida, Neal earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from Swarthmore College and obtained his law degree from the Emory University School of Law. He is a member of the bar in New York and resides in the Washington, D.C. metro area with his wife and three children. Neal tweets product safety related news and insights @NealCohenLaw on Twitter and on www.NealCohenLaw.com


  Pinuccia Contino

  Head of Unit, RAPEX

  European Commission

Bio

Pinuccia Contino is the Head of Product Safety and Rapid Alert System in the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission (DG JUST). In this capacity, among other things, she is working on emerging issues such as connected devices and cybersecurity, on the online aspects of product safety, and on the enhancement of the Rapid Alert System (RAPEX), making the most of international cooperation and intensifying stakeholder involvement.


  Nathan Cotter

  Compliance Manager

  HIT Promotional Products

Bio

Nathan Cotter is the Vice President of Compliance at Hit Promotional Products, Inc. The Compliance Team at Hit is responsible for regulatory compliance and product safety across a diverse product offering, as well supply chain social responsibility. Nathan holds a BA from Monmouth College, is a member of Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) and serves on the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) Compliance Committee.


  Nancy Cowles

  Executive Director

  Kids In Danger

Bio

Nancy is the Executive Director of Kids In Danger (KID), a nonprofit dedicated to protecting children by fighting for product safety. KID’s mission is to save lives by enhancing transparency and accountability through safer product development, better education and stronger advocacy for children. Nancy has over 30 years’ experience conceiving, building and directing organizations to investigate a wide variety of consumer issues and to craft solutions. Prior to coming to KID, Nancy served as executive director of the Coalition for Consumer Rights, a center for public interest research and education. She is a past president of ICPHSO as well as a participant in ASTM International standard setting on juvenile products, toys, laundry packets, and furniture. She received her BA from Wheaton College.


  Kenneth L. d’Entremont, Ph.D., P.E.

  Associate Professor

  University of Utah

Bio

Prof. Kenneth d’Entremont, Ph.D., P.E., is presently in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah. He teaches a course titled “Product-Safety Engineering and Engineering Ethics” as well as courses on system safety and industrial safety. Prior to academia, Ken worked in industry as Manager of Corporate Product Safety at a large design and manufacturing company for over a decade. His experience also includes engineering-consulting work. Ken is presently completing a textbook for McGraw-Hill titled Engineering Ethics and Design for Product Safety (DFPS) to be published in 2020. This book’s content is based upon professional and personal experience in industry and has been refined in the classroom. The book presents product-safety engineering concepts and methods and includes the application of engineering ethics to decision making. The book will not be about product liability; instead, the book will be about designing-in positive safety characteristics to products from the start of engineering design. His educational history includes the following earned degrees: • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Ken is a Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in both Arizona and Utah. He has also served on numerous standards-development committees in the United States and Europe and has also written numerous technical papers.


  Andy Dabydeen

  Product Stewardship Compliance Manager

  Canadian Tire

Bio

Andy Dabydeen is the manager for Product Stewardship Compliance at Canadian Tire, where he is responsible for product safety and regulatory compliance. He has 30 years of retail experience in supply chain, IT and product quality. In his spare time, Andy chairs the CSA's Strategic Steering Committee on Organizational Management & Sustainability and the Canadian Mirror Committee to ISO TC 323 on the Circular Economy. Andy has also been nominated to the Stakeholder Advisory Council for the Government of Canada's Chemical Management Plan, and lends his expertise to various product safety industry and standards committees.

  Michael Del Negro

  Managing Counsel, Product Safety & Compliance

  GE Appliances, a Haier company

Bio

Michael is Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Counsel at GE Appliances, a Haier company headquartered in Louisville (“GEA”). He is a trusted business advisor in safety-related regulatory and litigation matters and responsible for the corporate compliance and ethics program for a multinational consumer electronics and home appliances manufacturer. Michael also co-leads GEA’s regulatory and government affairs practice and works with stakeholders at the federal, state and local levels on advocacy efforts in regulatory and legislative initiatives impacting our industry. He advises senior corporate officers on legislative and public policy issues affecting product safety and smart-enabled technologies. A Washington, D.C. native, Michael studied at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, earning a B.A. and M.S.W. between 1990 and 1996. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he joined Winston & Strawn LLP in Washington, D.C., specializing in consumer product safety, white color and grand jury investigations, and product liability litigation. He represented consumer electronics companies, pharmaceutical concerns, and health care systems. He was counsel for respondent in the FTC’s 2004 landmark antitrust hospital merger administrative proceeding, FTC v. Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. Michael and his wife Gina live in Louisville with their three children, Dominic (10), Vincent (8) and Sophia (6). His interests include marathon running and cooking.

  Meghan DeLong

  Founder & President

  Conner's Legacy Foundation, Inc

Bio

Meghan DeLong is the mother of two beautiful little boys, whom she adopted through the Department of Children and Families in FL. On Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017, an unimaginable tragedy took place in their home when her 2-year-old son, Conner, suffered a tip over incident that tragically took his life early that morning in the mere minutes that it took her to walk down the hallway to their room after the boys woke up that morning. She worked as an educator and a child development specialist and didn't know about unstable furniture. Her home was cleared by the Department of Children and Families 3 times prior to the boy’s adoptions, and they didn’t know about unstable furniture.
 The dresser that took Conner's life met the voluntary safety standards developed by ASTM. This dresser did not come with any anchoring kits or even a warning label to alert consumers that it may be unstable for a child. This dresser has not been recalled to date and is still being sold to families nationwide. After learning how widespread and devastating the statistics for tip overs are, she founded Conner’s Legacy Foundation, Inc with a mission to promote education, advocacy, and resources for the awareness of furniture tip-over prevention at the community level and the national level by sharing Conner’s story, providing community outreach and education, and encouraging mandatory regulation standards for furniture. To learn more about Conner’s Legacy Foundation and to request anchoring kits, visit their website at www.connerslegacy.org. She is also a founding member of the nationwide coalition of parent advocates, Parents Against Tip-Overs (PAT), whose mission is to strengthen tip-over prevention advocacy work, both anchoring and regulatory, by educating others, supporting advocates and families, and improving data and communication surrounding tip-over incidents and deaths. To learn more about this organization, visit their website at www.stoptipovers.org.


  Roy Deppa, PE

  Principal

  Product Safety Analysis, LLC

Bio

Roy Deppa is a Professional Engineer licensed in Maryland, with over 40 years' background in product safety engineering, including 28 years in various staff positions at the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Before joining CPSC, he was employed by the U.S. Navy as a research engineer. At CPSC, he served as lead engineer on a wide range of product safety areas, including powered equipment, sports equipment, and off-road vehicles. As Acting Director of the Mechanical Engineering Division, he was responsible for overseeing regulatory development and compliance engineering work for the agency. From 2002 through 2005, he was Associate Director of the Recalls and Compliance Division, supervising Compliance Officers whose duties were to enforce regulations, investigate product hazards, and process recalls. Following his career at CPSC, Roy was a partner in Marchica & Deppa for 14 years. M&D provided services to manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers, such as setting up safety management programs, and consulting services relating to the policies and practices of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. As Principal of Product Safety Analysis, LLC, Roy continues to provide consulting services related to issues that would fall under the jurisdiction of CPSC, including technical guidance related to potential recalls and litigation support related to the operations of CPSC.


  Matthew Dickman

  Technical Program Manager, Health & Safety

  Oculus VR

Bio

Matthew Dickman leads the product health and safety efforts at Oculus with a focus on real-world utilization. Prior to joining Oculus, Matt spent 9 years working in medical imaging driving worldwide applications for portable CT scanners, most recently with Samsung. He has a passion for improving the overall experience, usability and safety in virtual reality.


  Sarah-Jane Dobson

  Associate

  Cooley LLP

Bio

Sarah-Jane Dobson is a Legal 500 ‘Next Generation’ and 'Rising Star' international products lawyer. With a dual degree in Science/Laws (Biomedical Science major) Sarah-Jane is uniquely placed to provide advice that reflects a deep understanding of the often-complex technical scientific underpinnings of her clients’ product law issues. Her experience working and living in seven countries (Australia, Switzerland, Scotland, the Netherlands, Germany, England and the USA) and within various types of organisations (including in-house at a Silicon-valley headquartered leading international tech company and at a UN court) means she is adept at complex multi-jurisdictional, multi-lingual matters. With this background, Sarah-Jane works as a trusted advisor to her clients to provide commercially-focused litigation and regulatory advice in a broad range of sectors across the product lifecycle. She is embedded in policy work, including Brexit and regulation for innovative products.


  Patricia (Patty) Edwards

  Voluntary Standards Coordinator

  U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bio

Patricia (Patty) Edwards is the Voluntary Standards Coordinator for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Patty received her B.S. degree in Materials Engineering from VA Tech and her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to her career with the CPSC, she spent 15 years in private industry working as a litigation technical expert and project manager for a forensic engineering firm. After joining the CPSC, Patty focused on juvenile products and served as the agency’s engineering expert for children’s products, assisting the Office of Compliance with cases involving juvenile products. Starting in 2009, Patty served as the program manager for the CPSIA (Section 104) regulatory program to promulgate over 20 regulations for durable nursery products. Since February 2016, Patty has been serving as the CPSC Voluntary Standards Coordinator, where she oversees the activity and participation of the CPSC staff that pertains to voluntary standards development.


  Dean Eldrenkamp

  Safety Manager for Product Assurance

  Intertek

Bio

Dean Eldrenkamp currently serves as a Safety Manager for Product Assurance in support of key accounts at Intertek. Dean has more than 20 years of experience in product development, compliance, and safety in global consumer product companies with experiences that includes toys, writing, arts and craft, kitchen wares, and small electrics. Dean is a member of the Society of Product Safety Professionals, a member of ASTM supporting D01 and F15 committees, and a Licensed Professional Engineer.


  Crystal Ellis

  Founding Member/Media Specialist

  Parents Against Tip-overs

Bio

Crystal Ellis is a mom, elementary educator, and child safety advocate, representing Parents Against Tip-overs, an organization of parents that have all lost children to furniture tip-overs. She has been advocating for safer furniture, since the death of her son, Camden Ellis, in June 2014. She is a graduate of Whitman College and the University of Washington. She has two daughters that she hopes, through her advocacy and safety work, to keep safe.


  Fernando Figueiredo

  Director, Product Safety and Quality Assurance

  Target

Bio

Fernando has over twenty-two years of experience in retail product safety and compliance and is currently a Director in Product Safety and Quality Assurance at Target Corporation. He leads a team responsible for investigating product safety complaints/incidents, timely reporting to the CPSC, and executing product removals from Target’s supply chain, including Recalls. He oversees cross-functional projects for mitigating risk related to recalls and CPSC reporting, technology development, and process controls. Previously, Fernando has ensured compliance to regulations, and both industry and Target safety standards, for various product categories. He led the compliance strategy and implementation for the Target Canada expansion and oversaw the rollout and execution of the National Brand Importer of Record program. Prior to Target, he was a Quality Assurance Manager at Lillian Vernon and graduated from Pace University in New York with a BBA in Management and MBA in Organizational Behavior and Development.


  Douglas H. Fleming, Esq.

  Partner

  Fox Rothschild

Bio

Douglas Fleming is a partner at Fox Rothschild. His practice centers on helping manufacturers to reduce risk when introducing new products and manage risk when problems arise with products in the field. He possesses expertise in the area of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Health and Safety, including medical science, human factors warnings and instructions, and management of legal risks. Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Fleming was a principal at Riddell Williams.


  Rod Freeman

  Partner

  Cooley LLP

Bio

Rod Freeman is an international products lawyer. He is routinely ranked as a leading product litigation lawyer in the major legal directories, where he is described as “the outstanding go-to specialist for product liability matters” and “without a shadow of a doubt the most knowledgeable product liability lawyer in the European space”. Rod works alongside the world's leading global companies to help them solve their product-related issues, protect their reputations, defend their products and build more successful businesses. With a background in high-stakes product liability litigation and more than 20 year's devoted to international products law, Rod understands the challenges faced by international brand names in an increasingly risky global environment.


  Jared Fry

  Section Manager Toy Development and Safety

  Mondelez International

Bio

At Mondelez International, Jared Fry develops toy and premium offerings to be distributed alongside chocolate, biscuit, and snack items around the globe. His responsibilities include ensuring safety, quality, efficiency, and customer satisfaction of these premiums throughout the complete product lifecycle. Jared began his career with Intertek Testing Services creating custom testing solutions for new and unique products, then jumped into the world of premiums at Surge Innovations, where he oversaw QA and safety throughout product development and manufacture.


  Adam Garber

  Consumer Watchdog

  U.S. Public Interest Research Group

Bio

Adam works to protect everyone from dangers in the marketplace including toxic toys, dangerous cars, contaminated food, unsafe prescription drugs—anywhere consumers are being exposed to dangerous products, unfair practices or risky policies. Since becoming U.S. PIRG's Consumer Watchdog he his research on unsafe products and recall effectiveness have been features in the New York Times, CBS This Morning, NBC Nightly news and elsewhere. He leads the organization's effort to educate the public about dangerous recalls through multiple communication channels and improve recall notifications through corporate and government advocacy.


  Jeff Gearhart

  Research Director

  The Ecology Center

Bio

Jeff Gearhart, M.S., has worked for over 20 years on a wide range of environmental issues, including air quality, pollution prevention, life cycle assessment, consumer product testing, and green chemistry. At the Ecology Center Jeff has spearheaded numerous chemicals policy market campaigns, co-authored multiple peer-reviewed articles on toxics in consumer products, pioneered citizen science in the use of x-ray fluorescence technology for toxics testing in products, and developed the now internationally recognized HealthyStuff.org product chemistry disclosure project and its extensive website of robust advocacy resources and product testing results for more than 100,000 products. Jeff likes to create and build things, and it is this compulsion that drives him to develop campaigns that gather and present new knowledge so the world will have better products and an improved environment.


  Mike Gentine

  Counsel

  Schiff Hardin, LLC

Bio

Mike counsels manufacturers, retailers, and other commercial clients on legal and regulatory matters particularly in the area of consumer goods and product safety. Drawing from his federal government, private practice, and in-house experience, Mike advises on compliance strategies and government relations, helping clients advance legislative and policy objectives at the state and federal levels. His experience in the product recall space includes having negotiated or collaborated on consumer product and motor vehicle recalls in multiple countries.


  Joseph Gheith

  Global Advisory Services Manager

  UL

Bio

Joseph Gheith leads UL’s Global Advisory Services Team supporting premium and promotional product clients in the design, manufacture and delivery of safe and compliant products to the global marketplace. He has over 19 years of experience in product integrity (safety, compliance & quality) and supply chain risk management in the toy and children’s product industries. Prior to joining UL in 2011, Joseph served as Product Integrity Manager for RC2 Brands where he was responsible for safety and compliance throughout the product development life cycle for the infant/toddler toy product lines. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and holds a toy-related patent.


  Debbie Girolamo

  Director and Associate General Counsel, AR/VR Safety and Policy

  Facebook

Bio

Debbie Girolamo serves as Director and Associate General Counsel, AR/VR Safety and Policy at Facebook. Her work includes ensuring Facebook’s full line of hardware products (including Oculus and Portal devices) are developed to be safe and positive experiences for their users. In her current role, she additionally supports accessibility, integrity, design, and research initiatives. Her goals include creating inclusive products that can be safely enjoyed by a wide range of consumers.

She previously spend many years providing legal counsel to HTC in a variety of disciplines and has worked in the virtual reality industry since its inception. She helped with the founding of the XR Association and previously served as its president. Before entering the consumer products world, she began her career as a litigator and additionally spent several years on the business side, leading regional people management for Air New Zealand.

Ms. Girolamo attended Cornell University and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she was a member of the Berkeley Women’s Law Journal.


  Shelia Gottschalk

  Product Integrity Consultant

  Hallmark Cards Inc

Bio

Shelia Gottschalk is a Product Integrity Consultant for Hallmark Cards Inc., where she is responsible for end to end product development and disposal for all 3D products. Shelia has more than 18 years experience in product safety, regulatory compliance, and quality system management developing product that includes home décor, seasonal décor, children’s product, toys, and apparel. Her primary responsibilities include working with suppliers to improve and maintain reliable quality management systems, process controls, and mitigating manufacturing variances that impact product safety & compliance. She manages a team that oversees product safety, corrective actions, root cause analysis, 3rd party testing, function and reliability, and aesthetic quality. Shelia is responsible for the education and growth of her team members as safety professionals. Gottschalk is a graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University and holds a Certification in Product Safety from St. Louis University.


  Manny Grace

  Associate General Counsel

  The Walt Disney Company

Bio

Manuel G. Grace is Associate General Counsel to The Walt Disney Company, the world’s largest entertainment company. Manny is head of the Environmental, Health and Safety practice group, which is part of the Corporate Legal Department. Manny’s responsibilities include a broad array of legal matters including, products liability, environmental compliance and occupational safety. Manny supports Disney’s Product Integrity team, which reviews the safety of Disney-branded products sold or distributed to the public by Disney to confirm those products meet all applicable requirements. Before joining Disney in December of 1992, Manny was with the New York law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, where he was head of the Environmental Law Group since 1990. At Milbank, Manny specialized in the environmental aspects of energy development and the representation of multinational companies and banks regarding environmental matters. Before that, he was associated with the law firm of Sidley & Austin where his experience included environmental work on federal, state and local levels since 1986. Manny graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1979 with a B.A. in Psychology. He earned his law degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1982, where he was Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. Manny also clerked in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the Hon. Lawrence W. Pierce. Manny is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Notre Dame University Alumni Association and a current board member of the California State Parks Foundation. He is also a former Chairman of the Board of the Society of Product Licensor’s Committed to Excellence (SPLiCE). Manny is a member of the Environmental Law Committee of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. In addition, he is a member of the Environmental Law Committee of the California Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Manny is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section.


  Remington Gregg

  Counsel

  Civil Justice and Consumer Rights

Bio

Remington is Counsel for Civil Justice and Consumer Rights, working on a portfolio that includes promoting a fair and accessible justice system, consumer rights, and product safety. Previously, Remington was as an attorney at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organization. Prior to joining HRC, he served as Associate Counsel and Advisor for Open Government in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, advising on a range of legal and policy issues related to science, technology, and national security, and reducing legal and regulatory burdens to create a more open and accountable government. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York.


  Julie Haney

  Computer Scientist

  National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Bio

Julie Haney is a computer scientist and the lead for the Usable Cybersecurity program in the Visualization and Usability Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She conducts research about human aspects of cybersecurity, including the usability and adoption of security solutions and people’s perceptions of privacy and security. Previously she spent over 20 years working in the Department of Defense as a security professional and technical leader primarily in the cyber defense mission. She has a B.S. in Computer Science from Loyola University Maryland and an M.S. in Computer Science from University of Maryland. She also earned an M.S. in Human-Centered Computing from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she is currently a PhD candidate.


  Karolyn Helda

  Managing Director

  QIMA

Bio

Karolyn Helda is the Managing Director of QIMA’s Laboratory in Buffalo, New York. She has worked in the consumer products safety, compliance and quality assurance industry for over 30 years. Her knowledge and direct experience span the categories of toys and children’s products, softlines, general merchandise as well as consumable consumer goods such as food, over-the-counter drugs, health and beauty care items. Prior to assuming responsibility for the Buffalo lab operations, Karolyn held various roles at independent consumer products testing laboratories including laboratory and client services management, business development, global compliance program development and management, as well as technical consulting, training and protocol development.

  Michaela Herron

  Partner

  Mason Hayes & Curran

Bio

Michaela advises clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device (including software medical device), healthcare, digital health, cosmetic and general consumer product sectors on various regulatory compliance matters, including regulatory approval, labelling, traceability, safety and liability issues. She has advised clients on enforcement action (including the defence of criminal prosecutions) and the implementation and coordination of product withdrawals and product recalls and rectification strategies in multiple jurisdictions. She has also acted on behalf of clients in significant commercial disputes, group product liability litigation, inquests, injunctive relief and judicial review proceedings.


  Jason Hertzberg

  Corporate Vice President & Principal Engineer

  Exponent

Bio

Dr. Hertzberg has extensive experience solving complex technical problems in a variety of industries including consumer products, medical devices, industrial equipment and systems, and technology product development. He has recently coauthored a textbook on Deformation and Fracture Mechanics of Engineering Materials that is used by universities around the world. Dr. Hertzberg has conducted Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) product recall investigations for Fortune 500 and privately held companies in North America as well as companies in Europe and Asia. He works with these companies to address the technical aspects of product recalls. His broader consumer product work includes targeted testing and analysis of new products before they are introduced into the marketplace, management of product and process changes during the course of production, use of risk methodologies, substantiation of product performance claims, failure analysis of field-returned products, consumer product recall related investigations, evaluation of proposed correction action plans as part of the consumer product recall process, and product liability. Specifically, Dr. Hertzberg has led product recall related investigations for a wide range of products including: children and infant toys, child care products, strollers, sporting equipment, videogame accessories, gas and water valves, ladders, small and major kitchen appliances (white goods), indoor and outdoor furniture and seating products, air purification units, water coolers, fans, lighting fixtures and handheld lighters, battery operated and plug-in consumer electronics, charging devices, air compressors, humidity control products, laminating products, footwear, holiday lighting and decorative products, promotional products, candles and scented products, automobile accessories, food contamination (associated with foreign materials), food and product dispensers, lavatory products, and medical


  Brett Horn

  Founder & Board Chairman

  Charlie's House

Bio

Brett is the founder and current Board Chairman of Charlie's House, a 501c-3 organization dedicated to preventing accidents and injuries to children in and around the home. Charlie's House was named in memory of Brett's son who was tragically killed in 2007 when a clothing dresser only 30" high tipped over on him at the age of 2. Charlie's House has built the nation's first safety demonstration home which is scheduled to open in 2020. Brett is also actively involved in ASTM International, serving on F15.42 Subcommittee for Furniture Safety and recently being elected to the F15.90 Executive Committee on Consumer Products. ASTM is the largest voluntary standards development organization in the world. A career in banking and sales has allowed Brett to actively pursue his passion of advocating for child safety. Brett resides in Kansas City, MO with his wife Jenny and three teenage children - Jack, Brigit, & Will.


  Matt Howsare

  Chair, North American Consumer Product Safety Practice

  Cooley LLP

Bio

Matt is the chair of Cooley’s North American product safety practice and a leading global consumer product safety and compliance lawyer who counsels manufacturers, retailers, distributors, trade associations and consumer product companies on issues within all aspects of a product’s life cycle. He works with a variety of different clients on issues and matters before the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada, and other federal and state agencies. From preventative counseling incorporated before a product launch, to manufacturing and defect management, and recall strategies and governmental compliance adherence, Matt’s experience spans the most challenging product related issues faced by companies around the world. Matt is also the current President of ICPHSO and previously served as the Chief of Staff at the CPSC.


  Don Huber

  Director, Product Safety

  Consumer Reports

Bio

Don has 35+ years as a product safety professional, with extensive experience as a product safety, quality assurance, and product integrity manager. Don is currently Director, Product Safety for Consumer Reports, where he leads consumer product safety research and testing for the purpose of providing consumers with product safety knowledge that can inform the appropriate product choices for their families. Prior to joining Consumer Reports, Don held the position of Manager, Product Safety and Quality at Deloitte and Touche LLP, where he assisted clients in assessments and benchmarking of their product compliance, safety, and quality programs against leading practices, and assisting them in development of solutions for addressing any gaps identified, to reduce the potential for brand and reputation damage. Don was formerly Director of Product Integrity at Evenflo, a maker of juvenile products and Class I and II medical devices. There he oversaw the laboratory testing and retailer testing programs for product integrity, and coordinated efforts to assure regulatory compliance, safety, reliability, and quality of new products. He was responsible for assessing supplier quality assurance and quality control capabilities. Prior to Evenflo, Don worked in the toy industry with Hasbro and Kenner Products, where he focused on the reliability, product safety, and quality assurance of toys produced in domestic and foreign factories. Don is a member of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) Board of Directors, and a member of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Board of Directors. He actively serves on consumer products committees for ASTM-International, and acts as Sub-chair of two ASTM-International subcommittees.


  Elizabeth Hyman, Esq.

  Chief Executive Officer

  XR Association (XRA)

Bio

Elizabeth Hyman is the Chief Executive Officer of the XR Association (XRA), the trade association representing the technology manufacturers that power the virtual, augmented, and mixed reality industries. XRA is dedicated to the responsible development and thoughtful advancement of XR technologies across the globe. Prior to joining XRA, Hyman served as Executive Vice President of Public Advocacy at the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), where she led the association’s outreach to members of Congress, the Executive Branch, and other international, federal, state, and local government institutions that shape and influence public policies affecting the IT industry. Hyman brings more than two decades of experience in the worlds of government, policy, and technology. She began her career in government, including positions at the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office of the President, and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and has experience in the private sector both in the practice of law and in business. Hyman is a graduate of Tufts University, completed the General Course program at the London School of Economics, and holds a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University.


  Jos Huxley

 Senior Quality Assurance & Compliance Specialist

  Hasbro

Bio

Jos is a toy professional with 25 years product safety experience, working for Hasbro, Inc. in the Corporate Quality Assurance department. In that period, he has worked alongside the product development and consumer care teams for Hasbro’s toy and non-toy product lines, as well as with external licensing, laboratory & retailer partners. He is responsible for managing the corporate Safety & Regulatory standards and is a member of the US (F15.22) and international (ISO TC181) toy standard committees. In addition to participating on a number of workgroups in both committees, Jos currently holds the position of convenor of TC181/WG7 Age Determination Guidelines. Jos holds a BSc (Hons.) in Industrial Design from Brunel University, UK. He began his career with Hasbro in the UK, relocating to the Company headquarters in Rhode Island in 1998.


  Sarah Jacques

  Regulatory and Technical Expert at the Safety Regulation Unit

  Federal Public Service (Ministry) of Economy Belgium

Bio

Sarah Jacques is the Mother of 3 boys, an Industrial Engineer and working for 12 years for the Federal Public Service (Ministry) of Economy in Belgium. For the past six years, she has been active as a Regulatory and Technical Expert at the Safety Regulation Unit. As Safety Regulations Expert, her tasks include: - drafting and monitoring regulations relating to the safety of products and services at the national and European level - to inform economic operators (manufacturers, importers, and distributors) and consumers in relation to the content and interpretation of safety regulations on products and services - participating to the development of the national market surveillance program - managing market surveillance campaigns from A to Z, as well as preparing communication and information campaigns - to support market surveillance inspectors in the field - participating in the development of standards, All of these in order to ensure a high level of consumer protection and fair competition. Ms. Jacques is in charge of products falling under the European General Product Safety Directive (GPSD), including childcare articles, and national safety regulations on services such as tanning salons, active and extreme entertainment, fairgrounds, amusement parks, renting of products. She has been involved as coordinator for Belgium in several European Market Surveillance Activities since 2015 : Joint Action (JA) 2013 Cots – JA 2014 Safety Barriers – JA 2015 Soothers & Soother holders – JA 2016 New and Emerging Issues – JA 2016 Baby carriers & Cots II – Coordinated Activity on the Safety of Products (CASP) 2019 Batteries – CASP 2019 Children Bicycle Seats. For both market surveillance activities on Soothers & Soother holders and Baby Carriers & Cots II, I was the Activity Leader. I'm also Activity Leader for the ongoing CASP on the revision of the European Standardisation Mandate on Child Care Articles. She is the national representative member for Belgium in the Consumer Safety Network (European Commission).


  Jim Joholske

  Director, Office of Import Surveillance

  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bio

Jim Joholske began his career at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in July 2000 in the agency’s Office of Compliance and Field Operations. While in the Office of Compliance and Field Operations, he primarily focused on enforcement of mandatory regulations governing consumer fireworks and cigarette lighters. Jim joined CPSC’s newly formed Office of Import Surveillance in 2008, and served as the Deputy Director prior to assuming the role of office Director in March 2017. The Office of Import Surveillance co-locates CPSC investigators at the largest ports of entry across the country. CPSC staff work side-by-side with U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel to identify and examine imported shipments that may contain hazardous merchandise. CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.


  Linda Kaiser

  Founder

  Parents for Window Blind Safety

Bio

In November 2002, Linda Kaiser founded the national non-profit organization, Parents for Window Blind Safety (PFWBS) after losing her twin daughter, Cheyenne, from the inner cord of a window blind. PFWBS advocates for stringent standards and created the very first window covering certification program in 2005, which certifies window covering products allowing manufacturers to carry their Lab Tested, Mom Approved, Seal of Approval™. Linda has played a vital role on technical committees for the development of safety standards in the USA and Canada for over a decade. In December 2018, Linda achieved a monumental victory in advocacy when the window covering industry went cordless on stock products, accomplishing one of her Go-Cordless missions that started in 2002. She currently lives in St. Louis, MO with her rescue dog, children and husband of 24 years.


  Rob Kaye

  Director, Office of Compliance and Field Operations

  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bio

Robert Kaye has been the Director of the Office of Compliance and Field Operations since March 2017. He comes to CPSC after serving as Chief Enforcement Officer for the Office of Federal Student Aid at the Department of Education. Prior to that position, Mr. Kaye worked for more than fifteen years on a broad range of consumer protection matters in the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, as Chief Litigation Counsel, Assistant Director in the Division of Enforcement, and as a trial attorney in the Divisions of Marketing Practices and Financial Practices. Prior to joining the FTC, Mr. Kaye was an Assistant Public Defender in Montgomery County, Maryland and a Litigation Associate at the law firm of Baker & Hostetler. He is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Duke University.


  Kristen Kern

  Manager, Supply Chain & Sustainability Initiatives

  American Apparel & Footwear Association

Bio

As Manager of Supply Chain and Sustainability Initiatives, Kristen leads the AAFA Sustainability portfolio, working with government and industry professionals to further environmental sustainability in the apparel and footwear industry. She also leads the AAFA Product Safety portfolio, collaborating with stakeholders to create best practices and regulations for safe, quality products for consumers. Kristen holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Design, and French, with a minor in Chemistry from Virginia Tech.


  Rik Khanna

  Fire Protection Engineer

  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bio

Rik is a fire protection engineer with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Rik has been with CPSC since 1994. He is the CPSC’s Fire and Combustion Areas Program Area Risk Manager in the Risk Management Group. Rik provides technical support to CPSC for fire safety standards development, compliance and enforcement, and consumer education and information.


  Bongani Khanyile

 General Manager

  South Africa National Regulator for Compulsory Specification (NRCS)

Bio

Possess qualifications in Electrical Engineering (Light Current), Project Management and Human Resources. Working as a General Manager responsible for the regulatory enforcement of Electrical and Electronics products in the NRCS. Represents SA at the IEC CMC EE, secretary of the SADC Technical Barriers to Trade Stakeholder and committee member of the South Africa Trade Facilitation Committee.


  David Kosnoff

  Vice President, Quallity Assurance

  Hasbro

Bio

David Kosnoff is Vice President Quality Assurance for Hasbro, Inc. Based in Rhode Island, USA, he leads teams responsible for Reliability Engineering, Vendor Quality Management, Product Regulatory and Technical Standards, and Chemical Management. Mr. Kosnoff is a mechanical engineer with extensive experience in quality, product safety, operations, supply chain, and EH&S. He previously led the Product Compliance team at Amazon, managing the compliance and safety of over 6 billion unique items. Prior to that he served as the SVP of Global Quality and Regulatory Compliance at Mattel. Mr. Kosnoff is a Sr. Member of ASQ and a member of ASTM . He received his B.S.M.E. from Purdue University and his Executive MBA from the University of Wisconsin.


  John Kupsch

  Senior Vice President

  Party City Holdings, Inc. (PCHI)

Bio

John Kupsch is Senior Vice President of Party City Holdings, Inc. (PCHI) and Chief Product Compliance Officer located in Elmsford, New York, and is responsible for global product safety and quality assurance. PCHI’s business includes the design, manufacturing, distribution, and retail sale of juvenile products, food ware, party accessories, home decor, toys, and licensed products throughout the world. Prior to joining PCHI, John was Technical Director at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, a part of Good Housekeeping magazine responsible for administering the Good Housekeeping Seal and providing product safety and performance information to Good Housekeeping’s monthly readership of over 25 million people. Consumer product quality evaluations were regularly featured on national and local media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Dateline, 20/20 and over 130 television stations across the United States. John has over 20 years of international and domestic management experience with consumer product and professional business service organizations. Mr. Kupsch graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and received his M.B.A. with honors from Syracuse University. John is a licensed professional engineer in New York, as well as Past-President of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization and former member of ASTM International’s Executive Committee for Consumer Products. He has been a guest lecturer in product development, quality, and safety at Syracuse University, University of Wisconsin, New York University, Princeton University, the International Consumer Electronics Show and various industry conferences.


  Joan Lawrence

  Senior Vice President, Standards & Regulatory Affairs

  The Toy Association, Inc.

Bio

Joan Lawrence is Senior Vice President of Standards and Regulatory Affairs for The Toy Association. A 25+ year veteran of the Association, Ms. Lawrence's role includes managing its product safety programs -- including leading efforts in the development of U.S. and international safety standards for toys, and industry and consumer safety education programs to ensure safe play. Ms. Lawrence is chairperson of the Subcommittee on Toy Safety of ASTM International that oversees the U.S. federal toy safety standard ASTM F963. The multi-stakeholder technical subcommittee, comprised of medical and child development experts, engineers and designers, government, consumers, testing labs and industry, is known for its risk-based approach to standards development -- and its ability to identify and quickly address emerging hazards in the standard. In 2008, Congress recognized the work of the Subcommittee by mandating both the standard as federal law for all toys sold in the U.S., as well as the Subcommittee’s process and role to continually lead the effort. In 2013, the Subcommittee, under Ms. Lawrence's leadership, was awarded the prestigious CPSC Chairman's Safety Commendation Award for the Subcommittee's leadership in "preventing countless deaths and injuries" over its history. In 2019, Ms. Lawrence was awarded the ASTM Margaret Dana Award for her “commitment to the protection of children” and “untiring efforts to improve the safety of play”. Recognizing that toys should be safe no matter where there are made or sold, Ms. Lawrence helps lead Association efforts to encourage consistent, protective, risk-based toy safety standards worldwide -- and its industry educational programs on standards -- and is a tireless advocate for children's product safety. In that effort, Ms. Lawrence also chairs the U.S. technical advisory group to the ISO technical committee on toy safety and frequently works with officials and stakeholders internationally to share information on toy safety and standards. In 2010, she was recognized alongside officials from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Trade Representative, and Asia-Pacific economies, as a recipient of the Chairman’s Award from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for a joint-initiative to promote good regulatory practice and harmonized standards for toys in countries of the Asia-Pacific region. In 2016, Ms. Lawrence was awarded the "Wonder Woman" Award for Social Responsibility from the trade group Women in Toys, for her work on toy safety and ensuring safe play. Ms. Lawrence is a past-President and former Board member of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPSHO) -- an independent, multi-stakeholder forum for communication and collaboration related to consumer safety and health; in 2016, she was named as the first recipient of ICPHSO's Ross Koeser Award for volunteer service to the organization. As a mother of three children and expert on toy safety, Ms. Lawrence also helps to develop consumer information on safety and standards, as well as offering guidance on how to choose appropriate toys and ensure safe play. She has been dubbed the "Toy Safety Mom" offering tips for safe play to parents and caregivers; her interviews and advice appear regularly on websites, parenting blogs and in traditional media and are featured in the consumer information website www.PlaySafe.org.


  Tom Lewandowski

  Principal

  Gradient

Bio

Dr. Lewandowski is a toxicologist and chemist working in Gradient’s Seattle, Washington office. He has over 30 years of experience in the areas of product safety evaluation, pharmacokinetics, metals toxicology, and developmental toxicology. He helps companies navigate the world of chemical safety including providing input on the design of new products, assisting in regulatory compliance matters (e.g., ROHS, FDA requirements, Proposition 65) and advising on the need for product recalls. He is board certified as a toxicologist in both the US and Europe. He is currently leading Gradient’s efforts in the area of green chemistry and is the primary author of the first two alternative analyses conducted under California’s innovative Safer Consumer Products program. He is an affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington School of Public Health where he lectures on toxicology and risk assessment. He is the author of numerous publications related to risk assessment methods (in particular the use of computer models). He is a member of the OARS WEEL committee, which reviews toxicology data to develop workplace exposure guidelines for new chemical agents.


  Margrett P Lewis

  Founder

  Not Your Turn To Burn

Bio

While making smores with her teen daughters, an eco-friendly fireplace fuel became a flame thrower causing burn injuries to Margrett and her daughters. Afterwards, her lifework turned to research. Unfortunately, consumer products are no longer required to have safety screens which prevents vapors from exploding. Margrett became a voting member of the ASTM- 15.1 standards committee, in 2016 and has legislation in Congress and Senate. She is also passionate about Product Development for unmet medical needs, such as face masks, splints & stents. Margrett resides in Sonoma, California with her twin daughters and husband.


  Molly Lynyak

  Staff Manager

  ASTM International

Bio

Molly Lynyak is a manager in the Technical Committee Operations Division of ASTM International, one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world. In her role, Lynyak has direct responsibility for the standards development activities within Committee F15 on Consumer Products and Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action. By bringing together industry and manufacturers, consumers, testing labs and regulators, Lynyak manages the technical committee that addresses hazards for a range of consumer product areas such as toys, juvenile products, playgrounds, and furniture safety, amongst others. Many of these standards have been the basis for mandatory rules through incorporation by reference under the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and have been used internationally. Lynyak also supports the important role Committee E50’s standards play in environmental site assessments, due diligence practices, real estate transactions and greener cleanups. Prior to her work at ASTM, Lynyak worked as an advocate and leader in the New York City Criminal Justice System for underprivileged, court-involved youth and in Philadelphia coordinating child abuse investigations amongst law enforcement, child services and medical partners. Lynyak earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Wagner College. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, NY.


  Priscilla Magee

  Consumer Outreach Manager

  American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

Bio

Priscilla Magee is the Consumer Outreach Manager at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Priscilla received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Priscilla’s responsibilities at ANSI include working with ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organizations and U.S. Technical Advisory Groups to determine where consumer input is needed, serving as a resource to the Consumer Product Safety Commission on standardization matters of interest or impacting consumers, and conducting outreach to consumer advocacy and public interests groups to inform and foster engagement on standardization initiatives


  Kelly Mariotti

  Executive Director

  JPMA

Bio

Kelly Mariotti is the Executive Director of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). Kelly received her JD from Georgetown University in 1994 and practiced Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Law at Dewey Ballantine in New York after graduating. In addition to bar memberships in both New York and Massachusetts, she is a certified public accountant, certified association executive and has graduate certificates in both nonprofit management and advanced product safety management. She has recently been elected to the ASTM F15.90 Consumer Products Executive Subcommittee. Kelly is an entrepreneur who founded and operated a successful baby and children’s products manufacturing company for 17 years. During that time she was an active member of JPMA and served as board chair. After selling the business, she made a deliberate move to the nonprofit sector as a strategic consultant, served as CEO of First Candle, a national SIDS, Stillbirth and safe sleep nonprofit, and ultimately joined JPMA as chief staff executive in 2013. Kelly is a recognized and desirable spokesperson for the baby products industry and has appeared in many national television and other media outlets. Her awards and recognitions are numerous and include being the cover model for the April 2008 issue of Working Mother in which her company was honored nationally as a Best Women Owned Business, serving as a guest speaker at the Georgetown University program “Women’s Leadership in the Workplace”, delivering the commencement address for Parkersburg Catholic High School and being honored as a “Woman of Inspiration” by the international nonprofit Delivering Good. Kelly resides in Florida with her husband David, teenage daughter Ava, three dogs, two cats and two horses. She is an accomplished equestrian and on the weekends can generally be found either at the barn or at a horseshow.


  Joe Martyak

  Director of Communications

  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bio

Joseph Martyak is the Director of Communications for CPSC under Acting Chairman Robert S. Adler. Mr. Martyak has extensive communications experience in several government, private sector, and non-profit positions, including: Vice President of Communications for the Hawaii Community Foundation; Chief of Staff for former CPSC Commissioner Nancy Nord and Chief Counsel for Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle at CPSC; Associate Administrator for Public Affairs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Deputy Undersecretary at the U.S. Department of the Interior; General Manager, Golin Harris International (Washington); Executive Vice president for Marketing, Communications and Public Policy for the American Legacy Foundation; and Vice-President for Corporate Affairs for two global corporations.


  Shelby Mathis

  Small Business Ombudsman

  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bio

Shelby serves as the Small Business Ombudsman at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Through her office, Shelby aims to provide information to small businesses that is clear, easy to understand and consistent with agency policy. Before joining the CPSC, Shelby worked at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures licensing intellectual property developed at Johns Hopkins University and its School of Medicine. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, a Juris Doctorate, and is a licensed Patent Attorney.


  Tim Mattulke

  Vice President, Technical Services and Consultancy

  Bureau Veritas

Bio

Since joining BVCPS in 2009, Tim has held various positions; most recently responsible for technical services and consulting activities for BVCPS in the Americas region. These teams provide specialized services to help clients meet the challenges associated with global expansion while managing risk and protecting private brand. Additionally, these teams are responsible for monitoring global regulatory events that affect the consumer product industry and work with partners to provide an understanding of potential business impacts. Tim is a board member of the American Home Furnishing Alliance (AHFA) and a member of both the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO). Tim holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering Science and a Masters in Business Administration. Prior to joining BVCPS, Tim spent 9 years in management consulting specializing in technology start-ups and turn-arounds.


  Belinda May

  Partner

  Dentons’ Consumer Products

Bio

Belinda May is a partner in Dentons’ Consumer Products, Regulatory and Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. She concentrates on regulatory compliance, disputes and litigation arising in connection with the manufacture and sale of consumer products, having been acknowledged by Chambers as a nationwide recognized practitioner in the area of Product Liability. Belinda is also Immediate Past President of ICPHSO, having served as President in 2018 and Chairman of ICPHSO's Annual Symposium. She is also a member of ASTM International and serves on Committee F15 for Consumer Products. Belinda has experience in all aspects of consumer products law, involving the entire lifecycle of a product, spanning design, development, safety, manufacturing and production. This includes an immense range of topics, such as product safety design and human factors “inclusion” points-of view, hazard and supply chain analysis, performance and other advertising claims, regulatory challenges and contested proceedings with competitors, consumers and applicable agencies. Belinda works extensively on Consumer Product Safety Commission and other regulatory matters. She has handled a wide range of CPSC and regulatory compliance and enforcement matters covering numerous consumer products. She also has extensive experience handling consumer-products-related class action litigation and dispute resolution. Belinda is a graduate of Saint Louis University's Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business, Center for Supply Chain Management, Product Safety Management, and she serves as an instructor for the program.


  Rick McCallion

  Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction

  US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bio

Rick McCallion is the Program Area Risk Manager for Mechanical, Recreation, Sports Products, and Senior Hazards in the Risk Management Group. In this role, he is responsible for identification and evaluation of the consumer risk associated with new and existing products within these areas. Rick joined the CPSC staff in 1999 as a mechanical engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. From 1997-1999, Mr. McCallion was with NOAA as a mechanical engineer supporting facilities project work for the eastern region that included NOAA base facilities, National Weather Service forecast facilities, and National Marine Fishery laboratories. From 1990-1997 he was a mechanical engineer at Norfolk Naval Shipyard working on surface ship non-propulsion systems and shipyard weight handling equipment.


  Beth McCallister

 Senior Regulatory Consultant

  Compliance & Risks

Bio

Beth has more than a decade's worth of experience as a research consultant: monitoring, selecting, and summarizing international consumer products regulations; compiling customized products to address strategic business needs for retailers and manufacturers, including entering new geographic markets; facilitating education and training throughout the supply chain; and developing global best practices around regulatory compliance. Over recent years, Beth has added sales to her repertoire, negotiating and drawing up contracts; completing research, monitoring, and/ or writing reports; and maintaining relationships through the entire life cycle of projects. Beth's experience in product safety and labeling spans a wide range of consumer products, including childcare products, apparel, food contact articles, and medical devices. She is also constantly developing her subject matter expertise in personal care products, cosmetics, and extended producer responsibility.


  Janet McGee

  Founder & President

  The LifTed, LLC

Bio

Janet McGee is a Christian, a wife, and a mother. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science, and worked as a licensed mortician throughout most of her 20s. After attaining her MBA, she established herself in the corporate world for almost a decade. When her 22-month-old son, Ted, died tragically in 2016 from a furniture tip-over accident, she left her career behind to advocate for furniture tip-over prevention. She is the Founder and President of The LifTed, LLC, a public outreach company dedicated to spreading furniture tip-over awareness. She played an integral role in forming the national Parents Against Tip-overs group (PAT) in 2018, and author of the children’s book, “Visiting Ted in Heaven.” To learn more, visit www.janetmcgee.com.


  Kathleen McGuigan

  Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel

  Retail Industy Leaders Association

Bio

Kathleen McGuigan is RILA’s Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. McGuigan supports the Retail Litigation Center advocating on behalf of the retail industry by filing amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal and state courts. She also leads RILA’s deputy general counsel level committee, which provides innovative and quality education on a wide range of issues, including class action and employment litigation trends, privacy, and regulatory compliance, to senior level retail in-house counsel. In addition, McGuigan manages RILA’s compliance offerings and heads up RILA’s Compliance Council (comprised of chief compliance and ethics officers), Finance Leaders Counsel (companies’ chief finance officers, chief accounting officers and controllers), and Internal Audit Committee (senior internal audit executives) and has oversight over RILA’s Consumer Product Committee. Prior to joining RILA, McGuigan was in-house counsel for JCPenney where she was the lead attorney for the company’s international operations and handled trade, customs, contract, FCPA, antitrust, regulatory compliance, and corporate social responsibility matters. McGuigan started her legal career as a federal government attorney working for the Office of International Law, U.S. Department of Transportation; Civil Division, Department of Justice; and Office of Chief Counsel, US Customs Service. McGuigan graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BA in History and minors in Business and English. She has her JD from Loyola Law School, Loyola and Marymount University and an LLM in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law School.


  Heather McKenney

  Research Toxicologist

  The Honest Company

Bio

Heather McKenney is a Toxicologist in Product Safety & Regulatory at the Honest Company, a consumer goods company aimed at providing safe, transparent household products that are formulated with consideration for chronic, low-dose exposures to household chemicals of potential concern. Her work focuses on human health risk assessment, education, and risk communication to consumers. She is incredibly passionate about the effects of environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals on human health, working previously with the Superfund Research Program to understand and model dose-response of complex mixtures of environmental estrogens and androgens. Heather received an M.P.H. in Environmental Health from Boston University School of Public Health and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis.


  Jonathan D. Midgett, PhD

  Senior Policy Advisor

  Office of Commissioner Elliot Kaye U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bio

Jonathan D. Midgett, Ph.D. is a Senior Science and Policy Advisor to Commissioner Elliot F. Kaye, the former Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Dr. Midgett has been with the CPSC since 2001 evaluating emerging hazards, describing consumer behaviors, and contributing to the creation of voluntary and mandatory standards. While in the CPSC’s Division of Human Factors and as the leader of the Children’s Hazards Program Area Team in the Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction, he regularly contributed expert testimony and scientific analysis of human behavior, child development, cognition and motor skills for investigations and rulemaking associated with the prevention of all types of childhood injuries. Dr. Midgett has taught university classes on infancy, early and middle childhood, research methods, and exceptional children. His interests include drowning prevention, poisoning prevention, perceptual psychology, and cognitive development. His research has appeared in the Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, Contemporary Educational Psychology, the Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family, Injury Prevention, and the Journal of Children’s Health. Even so, his three children are still allowed to climb trees, paddle canoes, and ride horses.


  Lori Mitchell Dixon, PhD

  President

  Great Lakes Marketing

Bio

Dr. Dixon joined Great Lakes Marketing in 1978. She became a co-owner in 1985 and sole owner in 2010. Great Lakes Marketing is a full service marketing research and consulting company. Dixon and her staff of about 40 research professionals help their clients incorporate the voice of the customer into product development, package development, messaging and business planning. Great Lakes Marketing is an accredited lab for testing child resistant packaging and has a GSA schedule with the federal government. Lori holds a doctorate from Kent State University and is an active member of several ASTM committees related to child-resistant packaging. She is also an active member of the Canadian Standards Association and President of the National Poison Prevention Week Council.


  Joe Mohorovic

  Senior Consultant

  ESi

Bio

Joe Mohorovic has a distinguished background as an executive and public servant, operating at the intersection of business and government, culminating in his service as a Commissioner on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) A board-certified product safety expert, Joe brings real world product safety experience and insider’s knowledge in both the private and public sectors as a Senior Managing Consultant in ESi’s Safety and Risk Assessment Practice Group. He specializes in adverse event analysis, regulatory compliance counseling, expert testimony and dispute resolution.

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  Jennifer Morgan

  Product Safety and Testing Director

  JCPenney

Bio

Jennifer Morgan is the Product Safety and Testing Director for JCPenney based in Dallas, Texas. Since 1991, she has worked in textile manufacturing, fiber marketing, fabric development, product testing and product safety for organizations such as The Woolmark Company, LLBean and Columbia Sportwear. In her current role, Jennifer is responsible for the management of JCPenney’s global product testing program and ensuring the safety of the products JCPenney sells. Jennifer has a BSc in Textile Science from the University of Alberta, an MSc in Textile Dyeing and Finishing and a PhD in Color Chemistry from Leeds University in England.


  Len Morrissey

  Director, Global Business Development and Strategy

  ASTM International

Bio

Len Morrissey is the Director of Global Business Development and Strategy with ASTM International, one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world. Len is responsible for the identification and development of new business opportunities and ventures across ASTM’s full spectrum of products and services. He leads a team that creates and executes innovative, strategic organizational initiatives based on market trends, national/international priorities, emerging technologies, marketplace challenges and innovation. Since joining ASTM in 1995, Len has served in a number of leadership roles in the Standards Development Division, ultimately directing a team that managed the standards activities for diverse portfolio of over 50 global industry sectors. From 2007-2018, he oversaw all operational, strategic and regulatory initiatives related to the safety of consumers for a wide range of product categories. In this capacity, he worked closely with lawmakers, industry, regulators and consumer stakeholders to develop needed solutions to complex international trade and regulatory challenges. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Consumer Product Safety Organization (ICPHSO) and sits on the Standards Development Organization Advisory Committee under the auspices of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Len holds a bachelor of arts degree in Letters, Arts and Sciences with additional concentrations in Business and History and a masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Villanova University.


  Gib Mullan

  General Counsel

  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bio

Gib Mullan is currently serving as CPSC’s General Counsel. He began his CPSC career in that position in 2004, but moved to head the Office of Compliance later that year. In the following year, the Office of Compliance was expanded to include the field investigators and other staff of the Field Office. In 2007, Gib created an Import Surveillance Division in Compliance, which later became a separate office. In 2010, Gib worked on detail with Customs and Border Protection, crafting import safety principles that were agreed to by ten federal agencies. In 2011, Gib left CPSC to become Chief Majority Counsel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. In that capacity, he assisted the subcommittee in oversight of CPSC, the Federal Trade Commission, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and elements of the Department of Commerce. In 2014, Gib returned to CPSC as Chief Counsel to Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle, who served as acting Chairman from February 2017 until stepping down in September 2019. Before joining the CPSC, Gib worked for 20 years in the Washington office of Kirkland & Ellis.


  Alexander Murph

  Director of Product Safety and Compliance

  The Step2 Company

Bio

Alexander Murph is the Director of Product Safety and Compliance at The Step2 Company. He has worked in Step2’s product safety department for 11 years and is responsible for global product compliance. In this role he oversees the day to day operations of the lab, trade agreement compliance, and is involved in product development for the Step2 Company. He is currently on the ASTM committee for Toy safety, Home playground equipment and children furniture.


  Jeanne Murphy

  Institutional Affairs Consultant 

  Ferrero USA, Inc

Bio

Formerly an Institutional Affairs Director for Ferrero U.S.A., Inc., Jeanne now serves as a consultant for the company, focusing on sustainability and Kinder toy-related projects. Jeanne joined Ferrero in 1993, where she worked in Bruxelles and Luxembourg, international HQ for the Ferrero Group, until being repatriated in 2011. While in Europe, she served in various marketing and strategic planning capacities, gaining unique insights into global marketing and brand re-engineering. Upon return to the U.S., she added government relations, public policy and CPG safety and regulations—in particular toys--to her eclectic resume. Jeanne spent the first half of her career in advertising account management, working at Grey Advertising and Ogilvy & Mather on a variety of CPG categories: health and beauty products, soft drinks, confectionery and coffee. Jeanne graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1975 with a BA in American Studies and Communication Arts. A New Jersey resident, she enjoys playing golf, sailing, volunteering and travelling.


  Joe Musso

  Standards Program Manager

  Underwriters Laboratories

Bio

Joe Musso is Standards Program Manager within UL’s Standards Division, where he helps lead a project management team to ensure that UL, ANSI, and SCC process requirements are followed during the course of standards development activities. First employed by UL in 1985, Mr. Musso has contributed more than 30 years to voluntary standardization and the support that standards provide for the safety of the public. He presently serves as Standards Technical Panel (STP) chair responsible for UL consumer-related standards covering household and commercial appliances, HVAC, lighting, automatic electrical controls, electric tools, and personal flotation devices. Mr. Musso is an active member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) Technical Committee (TC) 61, Safety of household and similar electrical appliances, and he has also served as Secretary of IEC TC 72, Automatic electrical controls, since 2010. He is a member of the IEC U.S. National Committee (USNC) Technical Management Committee (TMC) and its subcommittees for rules and procedures and TAG operating procedures, in addition to serving as chair of the U.S. TAG Leadership Workshop.


  Jared Nelson

  Vice President

  Edelman Public Relations

Bio

A Vice President with Chicago’s Crisis & Risk Management practice, Jared provides counsel to a variety of clients in the consumer products, education, sports, technology, pharmaceutical and automotive industries. His recent client work has involved crisis preparedness and rapid response counsel for Fortune 500 companies in various industries, higher education institutions and non-profit organizations. He also helps lead Edelman’s Crisis Simulation offering, having developed and facilitated simulation exercises for more than 50 clients. Working for a number of Edelman’s largest clients, Jared has helped guide the response to product recalls, data breaches, executive transitions, federal lawsuits and investigations, supply chain issues, employee/executive misconduct and other high-impact, reputation-threatening events. Jared co-leads Edelman’s Product Safety and Quality Assurance Practice, having helped dozens of clients, including large multi-national companies and small regional manufacturers manage product recalls, withdrawals and other safety/quality issues. He also specializes in helping companies prepare for product recalls by conducting crisis simulations and risk audits, developing recall response and scenario plans, and building digital content and assets. As a result of this experience, Jared was invited to speak at the plenary session of the 2017 ICPHSO Conference in Orlando. He also interned at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2010. Jared graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a dual degree in journalism and political science.


  Travis L. Norton

 Technical Director, Hardlines, Electronics, and Smart Products

  Bureau Veritas

Bio

Travis has been with BV for more than 20 years. As the Director of Global Technical Services in the Americas region, he leads and manages a technical consultation team. Previously, he was the Director of Technical Services for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to that, he lived in Hong Kong and worked in Global Project Management, Technical & Engineering Services and Laboratory Operations, testing smart home, wearables and connected devices. Travis is a member of the Open Connectivity Foundation and the ANSI Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Standardization Collaborative. He is an ASTM member, participating on committees F38 for unmanned aircraft systems, F12 for security systems, D13 for textiles on the D13.50 ‘smart textiles’ committee, and F15 for consumer products, including the new F15.75 committee for ‘Ensuring the Safety of Consumer Connected Devices’.


  Sean Oberle

  Publisher

  Product Safety Letter

Bio

Sean Oberle publishes Product Safety Letter, an independent weekly covering consumer product safety regulations, legislation and standards. He has been associated with the publication since 1989 and has owned it since 2003. He also has worked on publications covering FDA, USPTO, USPS, and DOT, plus one for telecom managers at large organizations, and he has edited numerous books on regulations. He is married, and his daughter is in high school. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College and grew up in the country with goats and cats and dogs in what since have become the Washington, D.C. exurbs, first near Westminster, Maryland and later near Fredericksburg, Virginia.


  Holly Ohlrich

  General Counsel

  The Step2 Company, LLC

Bio

Holly Ohlrich has over ten years of experience as General Counsel for several manufacturers in the infant and children product industry. She was formerly the VP of Product Safety and Compliance and managed safety and compliance teams facing the challenges of shipping regulated products around the world. Holly has coordinated large multi-national recalls and developed processes and procedures for ensuring compliance with reporting obligations.


  Jeremy Opperer

  Senior Manager

  Exponent

Bio

Dr. Opperer has extensive experience in product hazard and risk assessment which he has gained while helping a variety of brands representing the consumer products, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and baby products sectors. For more than 15 years, he has applied his knowledge of engineering design, manufacturing, and quality control process to help his clients to develop, manufacture, and distribute safe and quality products in the consumer goods market. He supports his clients in three main areas: proactive assessment, reactive incident investigations, and by reviewing and improving the “concept to consumer” product development process. He has a strong focus on the “consumer experience” and the human factor of product interaction. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Opperer was the Technical Operations Director for Intertek’s European Product Assurance and Risk Assessment and Management group. During this time, he provided tactical and strategic safety and quality consulting services for his product development and retail clients, which resulted in sustainable safe product-to-market/stay-in-market programs. Dr. Opperer has conducted product assessments to support his customers’ challenges from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and from EU Member State authorities. Examples of his proactive work to enable safe and quality product development include: driving risk management strategy/policy development, writing manuals, running crisis management workshops, creating and presenting custom risk management training programs, substantiation of product performance claims, and use of risk assessment methodologies to drive design decisions.


  Christine Simpson

  Consultant

  Christine Simpson Consulting

Bio
Christine Simpson turned to consulting after 34 years with Health Canada, Consumer Product Safety where she worked primarily in compliance and enforcement. Part of her responsibilities included negotiating recalls and training companies such as Walmart, IKEA and Hudson’s Bay on a broad range of consumer product safety regulations. Building on her experience, she now assists companies who want to expand their markets into Canada and comply with Canadian legislation. She also provides training, conducts market research, risk assessments and product evaluations on a broad range of consumer products. Christine participates on several standards writing committees both nationally and internationally including chairing two Canadian Standards Association Technical Committees and the Canadian mirror committee to the ISO Safety of Toys TC. She is currently a Director on the board of the Consumers’ Council of Canada.


  Carol Pollack Nelson, Ph.D.

  Human Factors Psychologist

  Independent Safety Consulting, LLC

Bio

Carol Pollack-Nelson, Ph.D. is a human factors psychologist and independent consultant specializing in consumer product safety. She works with manufacturers, retailers, attorneys, test labs, consumer groups, and the government, providing guidance on product safety issues including anticipation of product design hazards, reasonable use scenarios, age grading, supervision practices and injuries, warning label design and effectiveness, and instructional design. She also conducts research relating to consumer behavior and product safety. Carol is actively involved in the development of voluntary standards through ASTM, UL, and ANSI. She serves on ASTM’s F15 Executive Committee, the ASTM Int’l Board of Directors, and UL’s Consumer Advisory Committee. She is a past-President of ICPHSO and past-Chair of the Children’s Issues Technical Group of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (HFES). and is.


  Cheryl Possenti

  Partner

  Goldberg Segalla Llp

Bio

Cheryl Possenti is a founding partner of Goldberg Segalla and has more than 30 years’ experience in the defense of complex personal injury actions. With a practice that focuses on product liability matters and related litigation — and whose extensive experience includes defending high-profile, high-exposure class actions and professional malpractice claims — Cheryl helps clients navigate the regulatory terrain set forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and other agencies. A respected counselor to the makers of toys and other children’s products, small appliance manufacturers, and many others, Cheryl assists clients in maintaining CPSC compliance, manages product safety litigation, helps coordinate effective product recalls — both limited and widespread — and advises on mandatory government reporting and the assessment of civil penalties. Over the course of the past 20 years, she has handled more than 150 issues involving the CPSC, and serves as counsel to two of the world’s foremost toy and children’s products manufacturers. Cheryl is a sought-after speaker and writer on product safety issues and is the past Chair and Panel Counsel Liaison of the Children's Products Specialized Litigation Group of the Defense Research Institute's (DRI) Product Liability Committee. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence (SPLiCE). Amongst her many other accolades and commendations, in 2014, Cheryl was named a Client Choice Awards winner by the International Law Office and Lexology. She holds the distinction of being the only lawyer in New York State — and one of just five in the United States and nine in the world — to be recognized in the product liability category. These unique awards are based solely on nominations and feedback by clients and in-house counsel.


  Dhruv Raina

  Product Stewardship Director

  Tarkett

Bio

Dhruv is passionate about responsible business growth; leading change by connecting purpose to profit. At Tarkett, Dhruv develops strategic and tactical programs that identify risk and growth opportunities using competitive, legislative and scientific trends with current focus being on circular products and business models. Prior to joining Tarkett, at Owens Corning he was instrumental in aligning sustainability efforts to the growth of the business. He set in place a Net Positive roadmap for the company. Dhruv was a management consultant and has experience working across geographies for United Nations & Fortune 100 businesses, focusing on driving competitive advantage, enabling business growth. Dhruv earned his B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Mumbai, his M.S. degree in environmental engineering from University of Texas at El Paso, and his M.B.A. degree from the University of Pittsburgh.


  Ryan Radford

  Public Policy Counsel

  Samsung Electronics America, Inc

Bio

Ryan Radford is Public Policy Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Samsung Electronics America, a U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., headquartered in South Korea. Ryan’s work focuses primarily on product safety, health and wellness, and consumer protection. Ryan conducts outreach toward state and federal policymakers and builds coalitions with trade associations, industry partners, and other thought leaders. He also provides analysis and strategic counsel on the U.S. policy landscape to Samsung executives around the world. Prior to Samsung, Ryan served as Counsel to a Commissioner at the U.S. CPSC. Ryan holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a J.D. from Wake Forest University.


  Robert Rauschenberger, Ph.D.

  Principal Scientist

  Exponent

Bio

Robert Rauschenberger is currently a principal scientist at Exponent, overseeing the six-lab Phoenix User Research Center (PURC) and a staff of eighteen master’s and Ph.D. level research scientists. He received his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the Johns Hopkins University, focusing on topics of visual attention, visual search, and perceptual organization. He was subsequently a post doc at the University of Arizona, and, after receiving a research grant from the National Science Foundation, held appointments at Harvard, as an associate, and MIT, as a visiting scholar. He has served as program chair of the Healthcare Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and has held the position of Adjunct Professor at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Rauschenberger was a principal scientist at Siemens Corporate Research, where he managed the research in user experience across the breadth of the Siemens product portfolio for the North American market and supported the product development lifecycle for a variety of products, from ideation to interaction design to validation. Dr. Rauschenberger’s work, over the past eight years, has had a heavy emphasis on head-mounted displays (HMDs), including virtual reality (VR) products.


  DeWane Ray

  Deputy Executive Director for Operations

  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bio

DeWane Ray, Deputy Executive Director for Operations, oversees the Commission’s programs for Compliance and Field Operations; Import Surveillance and Inspection; Hazard Identification & Reduction; Human Resources; Information & Technology Services; Financial Management, Planning and Evaluation; and Office of Facilities. Mr. Ray has been Deputy Executive Director since June 2013. The offices under Mr. Ray’s leadership are directly responsible for the implementation of the Commission's safety standards development projects, the coordination of voluntary standards activities, compliance investigations, import surveillance, hazard analysis, data collection, managing emerging hazards, developing mandatory and voluntary standards, labeling rules, enforcing safety standards, enterprise systems development, budgetary planning, maintaining a cutting edge workforce and more.

Since joining the Commission in 2001, Mr. Ray has served in a number of leadership positions in its Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction, and the Office of Information Technology. Mr. Ray is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy and has a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a licensed professional engineer.


  Keith Rhoades

  Sr. Manager of Research, Engineering, & Innovation

  Product Assurance - Intertek

Bio

Keith Rhoades is the Sr. Manager of Research, Engineering, & Innovation at Product Assurance - Intertek. In this role, Keith works with all sorts of companies and clients to answer their toughest questions. Often, Keith is asked to combine his passion for engineering and design to provide creative and robust solutions for clients in the throes of a recall situation or new product development. You’ll rarely find Keith behind a desk as he’s typically tinkering in a laboratory setting, or when not building, traveling to client locations to train staff on problem solving and design methodologies. Keith is an active participant in ASTM subcommittees, the medical research community, and is a guest lecturer and curriculum advisor for ABET accredited university level engineering programs.


  Chuck Samuels

  Partner

  Mintz

Bio

Chuck is an antitrust and regulatory lawyer who devotes a significant portion of his practice to assisting clients with consumer product safety and environmental regulations. He serves as general counsel to numerous trade associations. For the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, Chuck negotiated and drafted amendments to federal laws, including the Consumer Product Safety Act. Corporations in many industries, local governments, and state agencies are also on his client roster. He represents clients before a wide array of federal agencies, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission, state agencies, and international regulatory organizations. Chuck is engaged in a federal and international regulatory and legislative practice. He has been extensively involved in product safety, environmental, tax, health care, technology, and energy issues, and public finance legislative and regulatory matters for a variety of trade associations, corporations, local governments, and state agencies. His practice encompasses work before the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Departments of State, Health and Human Services, Energy, and Treasury, US Trade Representative, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Trade Commission, the IRS, and other federal and state agencies. He also has extensive experience dealing with Canada, the European Commission, and international bodies.


  Jennifer Schecter

  Senior Director, Content Impact & Corporate Outreach

  Consumer Reports

Bio

Jennifer Shecter is the Senior Director of Content Impact & Outreach at Consumer Reports, reporting directly to the Vice-President & Chief Content Officer. In this capacity, she oversees CR's investigative journalism unit with a special focus on safety issues, helps lead outreach and communication with manufacturers, media partners, and policymakers, coordinating public service activities, and pursuing strategic initiatives to advance the organization's mission of serving the consumer interest. Ms. Shecter has been with Consumer Reports for more than two decades, having served as the Senior Adviser to the President. She wrote speeches, op-eds, and briefing materials and advised on key organizational issues like product safety, food safety, and health care. Prior to coming to Consumer Reports, Shecter wrote a weekly investigative newsletter for the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit that tracks the relationship between campaign contributions, lobbyists, and legislation. A graduate of Vassar College with a B.A in sociology, she is a native of Montreal, Canada.


  Alan Schoem

  Principal

  The Law Office of Alan H. Schoem LLC

Bio

Since June of 1973, I have spent my professional career in the area of product safety. Beginning in January 2012, I have been a solo practioner in my law firm, the Law Office of Alan H. Schoem. I represent and advise clients regarding product safety-related issues involving the CPSC, including regulatory compliance, reporting to CPSC, establishing product recall processes and procedures, and conducting product recalls. I also serve as an expert witness in product liability litigation. From September 2004 through December 2011, I was an expert consultant in the Global Product Risk Practice within Marsh Risk Consulting, part of Marsh & McLennan Companies. I provided expert professional consulting services for clients who encountered a product risk issue, including the need for reporting to federal regulatory agencies, and conducting a product recall. My clients included companies requesting guidance in dealing with consumer product, food, medical device, and automotive equipment issues. I worked with companies to proactively minimize the potential need for product recalls, prepare for recalls, conduct recalls, and recover from and move forward after recalls. From 1997 to 2004, I served as the Director of the Office of Compliance at the CPSC. I was responsible for the CPSC’s enforcement program, including conducting investigations of potentially defective products, pursuing product recalls, conducting administrative litigation, evaluating whether companies had an obligation to report to the CPSC under its statutes, and pursuing civil penalties against companies that violated CPSC rules and regulations. As Director of the Office of Compliance, I also was involved in assessing the risk of injury associated with consumer products and in assessing the adequacy of responsive actions/recalls addressing the risk. Prior to serving as Director of the Office of Compliance, I held various roles at the CPSC from 1973 to 1997, including Executive Assistant in the Office of Compliance, Director of the Office of Administrative Litigation in the Office of Compliance, Assistant General Counsel, and staff attorney in the CPSC’s Office of General Counsel.


  Kathy Seegebrecht

  SVP, Chief Marketing Officer

  UL

Bio

As SVP, Chief Marketing Officer, Kathy has helped to define UL’s brand and its role in the world to empower trust and enable smarter decisions. Spurred by her leadership, the company has evolved and grown significantly while expanding its services to help advance safety, sustainability and security for companies, consumers and society. Kathy is focused on the full continuum of marketing strategy from brand to demand. As the lead for UL's Corporate Sustainability strategy, Kathy is refining UL's efforts in both social sustainability and environmental sustainability in support of business performance and brand preference. UL’s clients now include over half of the Fortune 500. Prior to UL, Kathy served as Vice President of Global Marketing for Navistar and spent 15 years with BP including sales and strategic account management roles. She holds a Masters of Marketing from Loyola University, and a Bachelors in Marketing from Northern Illinois University. Kathy is a proud Board Member of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago and a member of The Chicago Network. Kathy lives in the Chicago area with her husband and their two college-age sons. UL fosters safe living and working conditions for people everywhere through the application of science to solve safety, security and sustainability challenges. The UL Mark engenders trust enabling the safe adoption of innovative new products and technologies. Everyone at UL shares a passion to advance smarter choices and better lives. To learn more about us, visit UL.com.


  Rebeca Sharpe

  Senior Manager, Product Compliance & Safety

  Best Buy

Bio

Rebeca Sharpe is the Senior Manager of Product Compliance & Safety at Best Buy. She is a subject matter expert on product recalls including system design, process development, reverse supply chain logistics, and oversight of business operations execution. Rebeca has 6 years of experience in retail management and has devoted the last 8 years to product safety and compliance. Rebeca serves on various boards including the ICPHSO Board of Directors and the Stericycle Consumer Product Customer Advisory Board.


  Catherine Sheehy

  Global lead of sustainability partnerships, ULES

  UL

Bio

Catherine Sheehy is the global lead for sustainability partnerships at UL. Catherine’s wealth of knowledge in measurement, reporting, and data-driven change management coupled with her passion for sustainability has positioned her to successfully steward collaborative partnerships aimed at advancing sustainability and circular economy imperatives. Catherine’s expertise has enabled leading businesses to bring more sustainable products and services to market, meeting growing stakeholder demands for solutions to social and environmental challenges. Catherine lives and works in Silver Spring, MD, with her spouse, with whom she enjoys hiking and watching murder mysteries featuring clever old ladies in English villages. Catherine holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from the R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland and is a certified Project Management Professional.


  Lisa Siefert

  Founder & Executive Director

  Shane's Foundation

Bio

In 2011 Lisa Siefert’s life was irrevocably changed, when her family lost their 2-year-old son, Shane to a tragic furniture tip-over accident. She decided that the only way to bring any meaning to their heartbreak was to try and prevent others from experiencing what they were going through. In 2012, she became the founder of Shane's Foundation; a nonprofit child safety organization which focuses on education and prevention of furniture tip-overs at a grass-roots level. When she founded Shane’s Foundation it was important that they weren’t just working on bringing in new legislation for child safety like other nonprofits in their area, but also educating and physically handing out anti-tip straps to those who need them. She s passionate that a child’s safety shouldn’t depend on how much money their family has, or the resources they have access to. Shane’s Foundation has led her to work with other organizations such as Safe Kids, ICPHSO, MIPA and the USCPSC. Together, they have brought the importance of anchoring furniture, appliances, and TVs to the public’s attention. She wants Shane’s Foundation to expand the communities and hospital networks we currently work in, to grow nationally until anti-tip measures are a common baby proofing strategy. Every child they can save by making sure the furniture around them is secured, makes her hard work and dedication worthwhile.


  Kami Snowbarger

  Director of Product Safety and Recalls

  Just Between Friends Franchise System, Inc.

Bio

Kami has been with Just Between Friends Franchise System, Inc. since it began franchising in 2004. Just Between Friends (JBF) is North America’s leading children’s and maternity consignment sales event franchise with over 150 locations across thirty states. Kami stands out as the only on-staff safety and recall professional in the children’s and maternity consignment event industry. Her vast knowledge of product safety and recalls has led to her distinction as the product safety expert for the secondhand market. Above all, Kami is passionate about keeping children safe through her work with JBF and as a CPST with Safe Kids. She is an Oklahoma native who has lived in Jenks most of her life.


  Kiley Sobel, Ph.D.

  Research Scientist

  Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop

Bio

Kiley Sobel is a Research Scientist at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, where she focuses on the responsible, inclusive, and equitable design of emerging technologies and new media for children. Prior to the Cooney Center, Dr. Sobel completed her PhD in Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Her dissertation research investigated the role of interactive technology during inclusive play or play between young children with and without disabilities. While earning her doctorate, Dr. Sobel conducted research at Microsoft Research in both Redmond, Washington and Bangalore, India. She holds a BS in Human-Computer Interaction from Harvey Mudd College.


  Steven Steinborn

  Attorney

  Hogan Lovells LLP

Bio

Steven Steinborn has represented companies before the Consumer Product Safety Commission for over 30 years. Steven has counseled companies across a wide, diverse range of products including: household appliances, children’s toys, infant products, hand-held electronics, other consumer electronics including laptops, chargers, printers, and projectors, child-resistant packaging, household cleaners, blenders, furniture, and premium give-away items, among other consumer products. He routinely counsels on relevant standards, developing and auditing in-house quality programs related to tracking and analyzing consumer contacts, and ensuring that labeling requirements established across various statutes administered by the CPSC are met. A primary focus of his practice involves counseling clients on whether a given fact-pattern triggers reporting to the CPSC, advising on the elements of an appropriate and timely internal review and establishing appropriate documentation in support of a decision not to report. Steven also works closely with firms who do report to CPSC, on several occasions persuading the Staff that while reporting was appropriate that no corrective action (i.e., recall) is necessary. In other instances, companies rely on Steven’s practical experience in working cooperatively with the Staff in developing and executing a corrective action plan. Steven has also served a new product development teams for wearable technologies, Internet of Things connectivity products, and children’s products that involve a potential choking hazard. Given his long-standing experience representing the food industry, Steven also counsels firms in situations where it is unclear whether a potential issue falls within CPSC’s purview or that of the Food and Drug Administration.


  Richard Stern

  Global Product Safety Director

  Techtronic Industries

Bio

Richard Stern has worked for almost 30 years in the safety arena. This includes over 17 years as a federal employee and 12 years in the manufacturing sector and product safety consulting. Richard worked on facility and manufacturing process safety issues and conducted accident investigations with the U.S. Department of Energy. He also performed regulatory oversight for fueled, electrical, and recreational consumer products as a Senior Compliance Officer and eventually as an Associate Director in the CPSC's Office of Compliance. Richard was a global product safety manager for innovation products and oversaw the global product safety training program for Whirlpool. He also spent 3 years as a consultant with Exponent, assisting clients with product safety evaluations, regulatory compliance, and expert witness services for both Plaintiff and Defense litigation. For the past three years, Richard has been the Global Product Safety Director for Techtronic Industries, overseeing all aspects of product safety for consumer and commercial products. He is responsible for ensuring that TTI has effective and compliant product safety systems for all global operations, including new product development, post-sale monitoring, field report investigation, and corrective action development and implementation.


  Anne Stone

  Director of Advocacy and Member Engagement

  PPAI- Promotional Products Association International

Bio

Anne Stone is the director of public affairs for Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). In this role, she is responsible for guiding PPAI’s legislative and government relations efforts—including taking a contingent of PPAI members to Washington, D.C. to advocate directly to U.S. lawmakers on issues important to the promotional products industry. Anne also oversees the Association’s product responsibility programs including the development of industry best practices and the PPAI Product Safety Summit—a two-day education event focused specifically on product responsibility issues. She currently serves as staff liaison to both the Government Relations Action Council and the Product Responsibility Action Council. A frequent speaker on the topics of product responsibility and legislative advocacy, Anne is also a member of ASTM and serves on the board of directors for the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO).


  Zoe Susice

 Director, Research Amplification

  UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI)

Bio

Zoe Susice is the Director of Research Amplification for the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute. She is responsible for leading marketing and enabling functions as well as strategic communications and outreach to amplify the impact of UL FSRI’s research-driven insights. Prior to joining UL FSRI, Zoe held progressive roles in communications, marketing and strategy at consumer brands including Panasonic, Frank’s RedHot, and Pepperidge Farm and across UL, most recently as the Director, Strategy & Marketing for Underwriters Laboratories. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Bucknell University, a certificate from the Yale School of Management for completing The New Science of Marketing: Strategic Marketing Development Program and a Harvard University credential in social media marketing.


  Hanane Taidi

  Director General

  TIC Council

Bio

Hanane Taidi joined IFIA (The International Federation of Inspection Agencies) as Director General in July 2016. IFIA has since then merged with CEOC International, forming a new entity called TIC Council. Hanane Taidi was appointed Director General of TIC Council in June 2019. In this role, Ms Taidi represents the Testing, Inspection and Certification Industry, a sector that provides independent conformity assessment around the world with a combined revenue of over €30 billion euros and over 400,000 employees. Previously, Ms Taidi worked at DuPont de Nemours International based in Geneva as Marketing Communications Director for the Performance Polymers business. During this time, Ms Taidi led, developed and directed integrated marketing communications strategies and was a member of the regional leadership team. Before joining DuPont in Geneva, Ms Taidi was Director of Communications at PlasticsEurope, based in the headquarters in Brussels, from where she led PlasticsEurope’s communications efforts in Europe together with a team of regional Communications Managers. In addition to her role as Director of Communications, in 2014, Ms Taidi has been appointed by The European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, as Rapporteur for the Expert Group who developed recommendations on Systemic Eco-innovation and is a visiting lecturer on public affairs, crisis communications and change management at the Institute of European Studies (ULB) and Quadriga University (Berlin). A graduate of Ablemalik Essaadi University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, Ms Taidi started off her career working with Brussels-based “thinks-tanks” where she gained insight into European Affairs before joining the plastics industry back in 1999. During her career, she has overseen the deployment of public affairs, communications and marketing strategies across EMEA and Asia Pacific. An accomplished linguist, Ms Taidi speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic to native speaker level.


  Howard Tarnoff

  Senior Counselor to the Director

  Office of Compliance and Field Operations

  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bio

Mr. Tarnoff began his career with CPSC in 1995 as a Trial Attorney in the Office of Compliance and Field Operations (“Compliance”). In 2008, Mr. Tarnoff became the Team Lead of the Regulated Products Team of the Division of Compliance in the Office of the General Counsel. In 2010, Mr. Tarnoff became the Senior Counselor to the Director of Compliance. In his role as Senior Counselor, Mr. Tarnoff provides legal advice to senior Compliance management and the Office of the Executive Director on all matters relating to regulatory and defect investigations. From May – December 2015, Mr. Tarnoff served as the Acting Director of Compliance in which he oversaw the Commission’s Defect Investigations Division, Regulatory Enforcement Division, and Field Investigations Division. From November 2018 – February 2019, Mr. Tarnoff served as Acting Director of the Regulatory Enforcement in Compliance. Mr. Tarnoff served a detail as a Trial Attorney in the Office of Consumer Litigation at the United States Department of Justice from 2001 – 2002. While there, he helped investigate and prosecute fireworks distributors and toy importers who had engaged in repeat violations of the CPSC’s regulations. At the CPSC, Mr. Tarnoff has received the Commission’s highest honor, the Chairman’s Award, along with the Special Act or Service Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and the Employees’ Choice Award. Mr. Tarnoff is a 1992 cum laude graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington, where he received a B.S. degree in Business Economics & Public Policy. He is also a 1995 graduate of The George Washington University Law School. He is a member of the bar in New Jersey and the District of Columbia.


  Claire Temple

  Special Counsel

  Cooley, LLP

Bio

Claire is a Special Counsel in international law firm, Cooley's product compliance and liability team. She specialises in advising clients on regulatory risk, compliance and litigation issues. She helps clients who deal with products and consumers. Claire works with them to help bring both digital and physical products to market, advising on labelling, packaging, regulatory approvals and engaging with regulators and consumers. She also has significant expertise in coordinating and delivering business critical international regulatory and compliance advice and delivering complex multi-jurisdictional projects.


  Christie Thompson

  Partner

  Kelley Drye

Bio

Christie Grymes Thompson chairs the firm’s Advertising and Marketing and Consumer Product Safety practice groups and focuses her practice on consumer protection matters, including advertising, competitor challenges, promotions and product safety. Christie advises clients on all aspects of regulatory compliance, including counsel pertaining to the statutes and regulations enforced by the FTC, CPSC and state attorneys general. She advises national advertisers and consumer products manufacturers on how to keep regulators, competitors and consumers from knocking on their door with a legal challenge and, if they do, she helps them to address and defend the marketing claims at issue. To that end, Christie reviews advertisements and marketing materials for all media, including television, print and social media, to determine compliance with relevant regulations and the risk of challenge.


  Mary Toro

  Product Safety Consultant

  Consumer Safety Consultancy, LLC

Bio

Mary is a product safety consultant specializing in the requirements for consumer products regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. After more than 30 years, Mary Toro retired from her role as Director of the Regulatory Enforcement Division in the Office of Compliance at the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC, 2018). Mary founded the Consumer Safety Consultancy LLC to provide consulting services to support legal teams, manufacturers and importers of consumer products. Mary is an expert in the labeling of hazardous household substances and requirements for toy safety (Federal Hazardous Substances Act and CPSA); the packaging of household substances, certain regulated drugs, and liquid nicotine (the Poison Prevention Packaging Act and the CNPPA); Standards on Clothing and Interior Furnishing Flammability (the Flammable Fabrics Act); Toy and Children’s Product Safety Rules (the CPSIA), and the Consumer Product Safety Act and implementing regulations under the CPSC’s statutes. Mary provides regulatory and operational guidance to those seeking assistance with CPSC consumer product safety rules and reporting obligations. Her vast and detailed knowledge of the regulations and the operation of the Commission makes her a valuable resource to the regulated community.


  Will Troutman

  Attorney

  Norton Rose Fulbright

Bio

Will Troutman is a partner in the Los Angeles office and the Head of Consumer Markets, US and the US Lead for ESG and Human Rights. He concentrates his practice on product safety and regulatory compliance, and environmental, social, and governance and corporate social responsibility issues. Mr. Troutman's expertise includes regulatory compliance and enforcement for consumer products, food, cosmetics, and automotive parts, including product recalls and Proposition 65; and supply chain dynamics involving ESG, CSR, and human rights issues. He is the co-editor of the Consumer Products Law Blog (www.consumerproductslawblog.com).


  Lucy Ward

  Consultant

  Hogan Lovells

Bio

Lucy is a Consultant with Hogan Lovells having worked with the firm for over 20 years. Her career began as an insurance and reinsurance lawyer and subsequently concentrated on product liability litigation and product regulatory compliance. She is a senior lawyer in Hogan Lovells Global Products team. Her clients include medical device manufacturers, tech and telecom companies, brewers and tobacco manufacturers. She helped to set up the firms Science Unit recruiting its first scientists and promoting their role to clients.


  Rachel Weintraub

  Legislative Director and General Counsel

  Consumer Federation of America

Bio

Rachel Weintraub is the Legislative Director and General Counsel for Consumer Federation of America (CFA). Previously, she was the Director of Product Safety. Rachel has worked with Consumer Federation of America since 2002. Her primary focus is advocacy on product safety issues. Ms. Weintraub represents CFA on behalf of consumers before the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Congress, state legislatures, and within voluntary standard setting organizations. Additionally for CFA, she works on civil justice, regulatory reform and financial services issues as well as on a wide range of internal legal issues. Ms. Weintraub testifies on behalf of consumers before Congress and before the Consumer Product Safety Commission concerning numerous product safety issues. Ms. Weintraub frequently talks to the media about product safety and other consumer issues and has spoken about product safety issues at numerous national conferences. Rachel serves on the Board of ANSI and on the F 15 Executive Committee of ASTM. Rachel is a past president of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization.


  Michael Wiklund

  General Manager of the Human Factors Research & Design practice

  Emergo by UL

Bio

Michael Wiklund serves as General Manager of the Human Factors Research & Design practice at Emergo by UL (a part of Underwriters Laboratories). Previously, he founded Wiklund Research & Design, a human factors consulting firm that UL acquired in 2012. He has over 30 years of experience in human factors engineering, working to optimize hardware and software user interfaces as well as user documentation for safe, effective, and satisfying use. He is a Certified Human Factors Specialist and Licensed Professional Engineer. He is author, co-author, or editor of several books on human factors. In addition to leading UL's human factors engineering practice that now includes over 70 HFE and user interface design specialists, he is a Professor of the Practice at Tufts University where he teaches graduate courses on HFE, including applying human factors engineering in the course of product development.


  Bobbi Wilding MS

  Deputy Director

  Clean and Healthy New York

Bio

Bobbi Wilding, MS, Deputy Director of Clean and Healthy New York, has been a passionate advocate for environmental health protections for over two decades. She directs the national Getting Ready for Baby campaign, a collaboration of over 100 organizations, which engages retailers of baby products to shift to safer materials. She has played various national leadership roles within Coming Clean. She has leveraged her scientific and policy background to author and co-author numerous reports documenting the presence of toxic chemicals in products and people, as well as papers outlining strategies to safeguard human health and the environment. She developed and provides trainings for child care providers, and is a requested speaker at conferences. Prior to cofounding Clean and Healthy New York in 2006, she held a number of positions at Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, advancing from intern to Associate Director. She holds a MS in Ecological Economics, Values, and Policy and a BS in Environmental Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


  Joe Williams

 Senior Compliance Officer 

  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Bio

Mr. Williams has over ten years of experience investigating products, determining hazards, and negotiating corrective action plans within the Office of Compliance and Field Operations at the CPSC. He’s also led a variety of other projects including industry wide actions and CPSC’s recent work on Recall Effectiveness.


  David Wroth

  Director, Data Science

  Underwriters Laboratories

Bio

David leads a team that collects and analyzes data from disparate sources and develops insights to improve safe living and working environments for people. A significant data science initiative is the UL Safety IndexTM, an algorithm that quantifies global safety using publicly available data. Other efforts include the use of open data to identify improvements to safety standards and employing machine learning algorithms to rapidly identify key safety lapses from text-based sources.


  JingYing Yang

  Program Lead – Safety Critical AI Working Group

  Partnership on AI

Bio

Jingying Yang is a Program Lead on the Research team at the Partnership on AI, where she leads a portfolio of collaborative multistakeholder projects on the topics of safety, fairness, transparency, and accountability, including the ABOUT ML project to set new industry norms on ML documentation. Previously, she worked in Product Operations at Lyft, for the state of Massachusetts on health care policy, and in management consulting at Bain & Company.


  Min Zhu, PhD

  US & Canada Softlines, Technical Director

  SGS

Bio

Dr. Min Zhu has over 18 years of textile research, development, manufacturing and technical marketing experience in global supply chain. In her current role, Min leads the SGS North America Softlines technical team to provide support and consultancy to US and Canada customers, and implement softlines policies, regulations, new services and technical initiatives. She is an active member of AATCC, ASTM, AAFA and other organizations. She holds a Ph.D. in Textile Chemistry from Donghua University, Shanghai and an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


  Amy Ziff

  Founder & Executive Director

  Nontoxic Certified & MADE SAFE

Bio

Amy Ziff is founder and Executive Director of Nontoxic Certified & MADE SAFE®. Nontoxic Certified uses a comprehensive ecosystem approach to evaluate ingredients in common household products. They provide intelligence to help brands transition to safer materials while harnessing the power of the marketplace to eliminate the use of harmful ingredients. Amy pioneered the MADE SAFE seal (the most rigorous human health and safety standard for everyday household products), the Ecosystem Screening Process, and built the organization’s revolutionary Toxicant Database.