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Board of Directors

 

The ICPHSO Board of Directors determines basic policies, sets goals and objectives, elects officers and approves the budget in accordance with the bylaws of the organization.

 

Belinda May, ICPHSO President *
Phone: 314.259.5847
Partner,
Dentons US LLP
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Belinda May is President and a member of the ICPHSO Board of Directors who practices in Dentons' consumer products, regulatory, and litigation groups. She is a partner in the firm's St. Louis and Washington, D.C. offices and specializes in regulatory and contested proceedings arising in connection with the design, manufacture and sale of consumer products.

Ms. May has a wide range of experience in consumer products law that involves the entire life cycle of a product, including product design, development, manufacturing, production, sales and reverse logistics. Ms. May's experience involves an array of topics such as regulatory compliance and product recalls, performance claims, packaging, advertising, supply chain analysis, products liability, regulatory challenges and contested proceedings with competitors. She is a frequent speaker and author on these topics. Ms. May received her JD from Washington University School of Law, where she was a member of the Washington University Law Review. In addition, she is a graduate of the Product Safety Management program at Saint Louis University's John Cook School of Business, Center for Supply Chain Management and is an instructor for the program.

Matthew R. Howsare, ICPHSO President Elect and Program Planning Chair *
Phone: 202.434.7446
Partner,
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo PC, Washington D.C.
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Based in Washington, DC, Matt focuses his practice on federal, state, and international product safety matters and related regulatory issues and litigation. He provides representation on compliance with product safety regulations, product safety incident reporting, imported products, recalls, civil penalty proceedings, investigations, and other regulatory and enforcement matters. Matt works with a variety of different clients on issues and matters before the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other federal and state agencies.

Matt previously served as the Chief of Staff of the CPSC from 2010 to 2013 and as the Chairman’s Senior Counsel in 2009. While working at CPSC, Matt played a leadership role in the implementation of the rules, regulations, and policies associated with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, landmark legislation that revitalized and transformed the agency. He provided legal and policy counsel to the Chairman on the implementation of third-party testing and tracking label requirements for children’s products, the new civil penalty rules, the creation of the SaferProducts.gov public database, the new limits on lead and phthalates, the requirements for certificates of compliance and laboratory accreditation, the new standards for durable infant nursery products, and numerous high profile compliance and enforcement actions.

Rick Rosati, ICPHSO Vice President *
Phone: 716.505.3472 
Director of Technical Services,
Bureau Veritas.
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Rick works for Bureau Veritas and is the Director of Technical Services in the Americas region. His primary responsibilities include monitoring and communicating legislative and regulatory activity, participating in pertinent standards development activity and supporting industry activities and trade shows. Previous to his current role at Bureau Veritas, Rick was a Product Test Engineer and the Manager of the Toy and Juvenile Products testing operation at BVs Buffalo, NY facility. Rick has been with BV for 14 years and has 15 years experience as a property and product liability loss control engineer in the Insurance Industry.

Rick is a member of ASTM, ASQ, JPMA and TIA, actively participates in several ASTM committees and is member of the ASTM Executive Committee.

Mike Dwyer, ICPHSO Treasurer *
Phone: 856.642.4409 
President,
Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA)
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Mike is President of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), the North American trade organization, and is an active member of ASTM (formerly the American Society for Testing Materials), working with the Technical Committee F15 on Consumer Products. Dwyer also serves on boards for nonprofit organizations, including First Candle to advance infant health and survival; and the Shamong Foundation for Educational Excellence. Mike, his wife Penny and their children make their home in Shamong, NJ. Mike is a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan.

Rick Brenner, ICPHSO Past President *
Phone: 914.200.1200 
President,
Product Safety Advisors
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Rick Brenner is ICPHSO's past President and was the 2017 Symposium Planning Chair.   He is president of Product Safety Advisors LLC, a consulting firm expert at addressing supply chain challenges in product safety, compliance and social responsibility.  Mr. Brenner has been instrumental in establishing product safety awareness as a major objective for the $20 billion promotional products industry.  He was a founder of the non-profit Quality Certification Alliance (qcalliance.org) and served as chair of its compliance committee for seven years.  He is immediate past chair of the 11,000 member Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), a founding member of its Product Responsibility Action Group (PRAG) and co-chair PPAI’s Product Safety Summit for each of the past five years.  He has written extensively on product safety and compliance topics and is the author of the blog BrennerOnSafety.com

Marc J. Schoem, ICPHSO Executive Director/Board Secretary *
Phone: 301.774.3020 
Email: marc.schoem@icphso.org
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Marc J. Schoem assumed the position of Executive Director of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) on October 15, 2015, after more than forty years at the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  His last position at CPSC was in a senior leadership role as the Deputy Director of the Office of Compliance and Field Operations.

As the Executive Director of ICPHSO, Marc leads the organization consisting of global members of consumer product health and safety professionals, who regularly come together at both domestic and international training meetings and symposiums to exchange ideas, share information and address health and safety concerns affecting consumers.  These training meetings and symposiums provide an inclusive and non-partisan global dialogue between all parties involved with consumer product health and safety.  For more information about membership and our annual meeting and training symposium contact me

Tabatha Bauer
Phone: 913.319.4408 
Director, Logistics & Compliance Promotional Products,
Staples
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Tabatha Bauer is the Director of Logistics & Compliance for Staples Promotional Products, one of the largest distributors in the promotional products industry. She is responsible for managing a North American expanded team who oversee logistics operations, product safety, social responsibility, C-TPAT compliance, import and export trade compliance for both the US and Canada. Tabatha interacts with clients who are some of the most well-known brands in the world to learn of their unique compliance needs and implements those throughout the supply chain. Tabatha has been in the promotional products industry since 2000 and has worked both on the manufacturer and distributor sides of the business. She is on the Board of Directors for ICPHSO (International Consumer Product Health & Safety Organization), a member of PPAI PRAG (Product Responsibility Action Group) and the ICPA (International Compliance Professional Association).

Anja Bjerge
Phone: +45 795 060 70 
Senior Compliance Manager Specialist,
LEGO System A/S.
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Anja is an EU lawyer and Senior Compliance Manager Specialist at LEGO System A/S in Denmark, the head office of the LEGO Group. In this role, she manages internal processes to ensure compliance with product safety requirements worldwide. Anja specializes in product safety requirements for toys and consumer products and is responsible for the transition of external product safety demands to internal operations as well as compliance support to the markets in Europe, the Middle East & Africa. Anja is a member of the Toy Safety Committee under Danish Standards. Before joining the LEGO Group, Anja worked as an attorney and counseled a wide range of clients, including consumer organizations and global manufacturers, and served as in-house counsel for Toyota.

Xiao Chen
Phone:  630.431.3130 
Intertek Product Intelligence,
Vice President, Safety Operations.
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Xiao is the Vice President, Safety Operations at Intertek Product Intelligence, where she advises manufacturers, retailers, governmental agencies and standard development organizations on hazard analysis, risk assessment, and risk communication. With more than 15 years of experience, her specialty resides in both food and non-food consumer products, and her primary area of focus has been product design at pre-market stage

Renee Chiang
Technical Manager,
Gap Inc., San Francisco, CA
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Renee has an advanced specialty in interpreting US & International product regulations and harmonizing global testing requirements. She is also experienced in apparel sourcing, development, costing, and production. Highly analytical with proven ability to deliver on-time results through project management, collaboration with internal and external partners, innovative problem solving, global alignment and team management.

Andy Church
Phone: 469.586.5328 
Founder,
Insight Quality Services
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Andy Church founded Insight Quality in 2014 after 12 years living in Shenzhen, China and working in the quality assurance testing and supply chain support industry. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas with Chinese operations in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Yiwu, and Qingdao, Insight provides companies sourcing in Asia with a well-supported team that can take care of overseas sourcing and quality inspection needs. Whether it’s a short-term emergency or a long-term QA strategy, Andy and his team can serve as your boots on the ground and partner in Asia. He has over 20 years of experience with the ins and outs of product development, manufacturing, social accountability, and quality assurance.

Dee Fenton
Phone: 206.448.6271 
Executive Director,
Quality Certification Alliance
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Dee is the Executive Director for the Quality Certification Alliance, the only not-for-profit, third party validated, manufacturing best practices accreditation program focusing on the promotional products industry. QCA regularly benchmarks with other established programs and is recognized for fostering developments that have transformed the promotional products industry. With 30+ years in manufacturing and import, Ms. Fenton has extensive experience as a retailer, manufacturer and importer implementing processes for control and reduction of nonconformity. An avid outdoors person, she enjoys adventure travel with her husband.

Rod Freeman
Phone: +44 20 7556 4429 
Head of International Product Compliance and Product Liability,
Cooley LLP.
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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”, “without a shadow of a doubt the most knowledgeable product liability lawyer in the European space” and where it has been said that he is "a real technical expert with knowledge of all the latest developments, and an enormously instinctive feel for the law".

Rod works alongside the world's leading and most innovative 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 years devoted to international products law, Rod understands the challenges faced by international brand names in an increasingly risky global environment.

He has the experience and insight to find creative and practical commercial solutions to product issues around the world. Rod leads a team that defends product liability litigation, handles product-related B2B disputes, manages and resolves product safety and regulatory compliance issues, launches products, and manages international product recalls. In short, Rod helps his clients find solutions to their issues that arise throughout the product life cycle.

Rod is deeply embedded in the product liability and product safety community internationally, often working with policy-makers to help shape the future of product liability and product safety regulation.

Don Huber
Phone: 513.720.7762 
Director, Product Safety,
Consumer Reports
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Don Huber 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. The Consumer Reports Product Safety Team engages in safety-related testing and research to uncover current and emerging product safety issues, and works with editorial staff to provide the necessary information to consumers to empower them with the information they need to keep themselves and their families safe. Before joining Consumer reports, Don held the position of Manager, Product Safety and Quality at Deloitte and Touche LLP. Prior to joining Deloitte, Don held the position of Director, Product Integrity at Evenflo Company, and before that was Sr. Project Engineer, Reliability at Hasbro Incorporated.

Holly Ohlrich
Phone: 330.528.7370 
General Counsel,
The Step2 Holding Company, LLC
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Holly is General Counsel for The Step2 Holding Company, LLC, which includes The Step2 Company, LLC and Infantino, LLC. Holly’s expertise is in regulatory compliance and safety issues among the infant and juvenile product industry. Holly lives in Ohio with her two children and loves to play tennis.

Kenneth Ross
Phone: 952.210.2212 
Counsel,
Bowman and Brooke LLP.
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Kenneth has devoted his professional life to product safety. A former in-house lawyer and now affiliated with the law firm, Bowman and Brooke LLP, Ken has provided legal and practical advice to manufacturers and product sellers on product safety, regulatory compliance, and product liability prevention for over 30 years.

David Schmeltzer
Phone: 301.325.9730 
Product Safety Consultant,
Consumer Product Safety Consultant
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David is a product safety consultant who specializes in matters involving the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. He held the key position of Director of Compliance for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for twenty years. His clients are mostly moderate and small retailers, vendors and importers of consumer products with CPSC legal and enforcement problems. He is currently retained as a Senior Advisor to Stericycle, a company that specializes in product recalls and disposal of recalled products and materials. He is Of Counsel for CPSC issues to the New York City law firm Phillips Nizer.

Matt Smith
Phone: 650.666.9193 
Founder,
ICIX
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Matt Smith is the Founder of ICIX, where he is responsible for determining the company’s vision and cultivating strategic relationships. A recognized authority in supply chain risk management and product safety, he works with governments and advocacy groups to determine and champion industry-wide supply chain solutions. His expertise includes food and product safety, supply chain compliance, corporate social responsibility, government regulation, testing, inspection, and certification inquiries. Matt is passionate about food and product safety, helping companies address global supply chain challenges and protecting brand integrity. In pursuit of his passions, he has built strong relationships with a variety of industry, government and advocacy groups.

Anne Stone
Director, Public Policy,
Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), Irving, TX
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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).

Eli Szamosi
President, 
Global Risk Management Partners
Phone: 416.816.0678 
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Eli Szamosi is an independent consultant. With over 35 years of experience in risk assessment, product compliance and performance evaluation at CSA Group, he relentlessly strives in sharing product safety knowledge with a passion for developing new and innovative solutions. As a dedicated (ICPHSO) International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization volunteer member for over two decades, Eli has been a key contributor to the Symposium Planning and Membership committees. He is a valued member of several product safety Standards committees for ISO, CSA, and works closely with consumer organizations, suppliers, government departments and safety professionals. In his spare time Eli finds solace working on his farm in Niagara.

Geoff Barrett, Ex-Officio Board Member
Director of the Risk Management Bureau,
Consumer Product Safety Directorate, Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch,
Health Canada,
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Geoff Barrett is currently the Acting Director General of the Consumer Product Safety Directorate (CPSD) of Health Canada. In this role, Geoff is responsible for the assessment, management and communication of health and safety risks for all consumer products and cosmetics in Canada. In Geoff’s substantive role as the Director of CPSD’s Risk Management Bureau, he is responsible for the development and implementation of risk management approaches including the oversight of voluntary standards, development of regulations, and coordination of Canada's national compliance and enforcement program for consumer product and cosmetic safety. While Geoff has been with Health Canada since 2004, he recently returned in 2016 from a 2 year assignment with the Government of Canada’s Privy Council Office where he was responsible for working with Canadian federal regulators to strengthen regulatory alignment efforts.

Carol Cave, Ex-Officio Board Member
Phone: 301.504.7677 
Deputy Director, Office of Compliance and Field Operations,
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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Carol Cave, has been the Deputy Director for the Office of Compliance and Field Operations since October 2015. She works with other federal government agencies to identify unique approaches and solutions to find and identify potentially defective consumer products. Prior to her current position, she was the Assistant Executive Director for the Office of Import Surveillance where she was actively involved in developing the agency’s Risk Assessment Methodology for Imported Products. Ms. Cave has an extensive career with the CPSC having served as the Director of Field Investigations, and having served as part of the Office of Compliance’s Special Investigations Unit, which identifies hazards not previously reported to the CPSC and solves technically complex product investigations. She has received numerous awards and honors, including the World Customs Organization Award for the Importer Self Assessment Product Safety Pilot Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland.

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