2022 BGC Board of Directors
Comprised of 12 Diplomates and one public member, each Diplomate Director serves a four-year term supporting Board duties. The Board also supports the needs of the various AIHA Local Sections. Contact our office to provide feedback or request a presentation or Local Section update.
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Thomas (Tom) Grumbles, CIH, CPPS, FAIHA, BGC Chair has over 40 years’ experience in industrial hygiene and product safety compliance in the chemical industry. He has led the implementation of global product stewardship programs and REACH compliance efforts for the Global Chemicals business of Sasol. He also led compliance efforts with chemical regulations in North America under the US Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), state regulations such as California Proposition 65, and multiple Global Chemical regulatory schemes.
He has served as the Company Chair of the Health, Products, and Science Policy Committee at the American Chemistry Council, President of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, and President of the International Occupational Hygiene Association. He is a 2015 winner of the AIHA Distinguished Service Award and is the Past President of the Product Stewardship Society.
Subena Colligan, CIH, CSP, BGC Vice Chair is a Health & Safety Coach and Consultant at S. Colligan Coaching. She is an Air Force Veteran, Executive Coach, and (Chair-Elect) Director for the Board for Global EHS Credentialing. She has dedicated her efforts to leadership and community outreach through leadership, wellness, inclusion, diversity, and equity related to occupational health and safety. In addition to delivering content in person, she is a blogger at SubenaColligan.com, a blog designed to relate Industrial Hygiene to daily activities.
Alan Leibowitz, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, BGC Past Chair is the President of EHS Systems Solutions LLC (EHS-SS) following a 30 plus year career as the senior Environment, Safety, Health and Security leader for ITT Corporation and Exelis. At EHS-SS Alan provides executive level support in strategic planning, program management, crisis response and as an expert witness for leading corporations. He is a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and led the development of the first American national Safety and Health Management System Standard, ANSI Z10. Alan is a frequent speaker on Environmental and Safety Management and has authored chapters on the subject in core EHS reference books.
Kari Brisolara, ScD, MSPH, QEP is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the LSU Health Sciences Center, School of Public Health in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Brisolara is an environmental health scientist specializing in waste treatment and reuse. She has over 10 years of academic public health experience including publishing over 20 refereed articles and delivering over 100 talks on waste treatment, reuse, disinfection and environmental public health at conferences both US based and international. In addition to research and continuing education programs, she has also participated in community-based projects related to migrant worker health in Georgia, the development of congressional position statements on aspects of the Farm Bill and EPA’s Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Rule, and is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
Joseph (Joe) Cotier, CPEA is a Director of The Elm Consulting Group International LLC. Mr. Cotier’s responsibilities have included providing health, safety and environmental compliance and auditing services to a broad range of industrial clients for almost 30 years. During his career, Mr. Cotier has managed and led more than 750 multi-media HSE regulatory compliance and management systems audits at facilities in more than 35 States and more than 50 countries. Mr. Cotier has a B.S. in Engineering from Western New England College and is a CPEA as issued by BEAC which now operates as part of the Board for Global EHS Credentialing (BGC). He served eight years on the Board of Directors of the Auditing Roundtable having held the elected offices of Secretary, Vice President and President. He currently sits on the BEAC Committee having served as Chair-Elect and Chair for five of the previous six years.
Kelly Fernandes, MSc, CIH is an Occupational Hygienist at Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, a not-for-profit health and safety organization in Ontario, Canada. She has over 15 years of experience as a health and safety professional, providing her expertise in a variety of occupational hygiene projects including airborne exposure assessments, indoor air quality and mold assessments, noise assessments and respiratory fit testing. Kelly has been a speaker for a range of health and safety topics including health and safety concerns in the cannabis industry, personal protective equipment in industrial settings and pandemic response. Kelly was previously a board member for a women’s networking group and is happy to serve her term on the BGC Board of Directors. (Kelly is grateful to live and work as a settler in the territory of the Anishinabewaki, Attiwonderonk (Neutral) and Haudenosaunee First Nations.)
Cheryl (Cheri) Marcham PhD, CSP, CIH, CHMM, FAIHA is an Assistant Professor and Program Chair for the Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management degree program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She was previously the Environmental Health and Safety Officer for the University of Oklahoma for over 26 years. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Cheri is a frequent speaker on both the health concerns and indoor air quality impacts of electronic cigarettes and on occupational safety and health certifications. She has contributed to a chapter in the current edition of ASSP’s Safety Leadership and Professional Development text and to two journal articles in Professional Safety on the certification and examination process.
Caitlin Prigge CSP, QEP, CCPSC is the United States and Canada Logistics, Fabrication & Facilities EHS Manager and Systems Lead at 3M. In 14+ years at 3M, she has held roles of increasing responsibility across multiple organizations ranging from EHS Engineer at manufacturing sites, Environmental Permitting Engineer for 3M Corporate, and Process Safety Management Engineer at a Business level. Caitlin has been a speaker and poster presenter at numerous professional EHS conferences and a QEP Procter in 2018 and 2021. She was chosen to use her skills in project management to benefit her community as a member of 3M’s Impact program.
Ujwal Ritwik QEP, CRSP is an award winning professional with multi-faceted capability encompassing Process Safety, Environmental Health & Safety, Quality Management System (QEHS), Risk Management and Performance Improvement. He has over thirty-five years of track-record championing successful PS and QEHS programs and processes at refineries, petrochemicals, oil & gas and related industries. Currently Ujwal is the Principal at Center for Professional Excellence in Risk and Sustainability, Arlington VA. Before this he was the EHS advisor for Kuwait National Petroleum Co. a company he served in many roles for 30 years. Ujwal has talent for directing paradigm shift in organisations’ EHS culture/operational excellence, leading and conducting superior risk-based PS, EHS and ISO certified audits, managing and imparting training, delivering management systems solutions, helping organizations improve performance, regulatory compliance, achieve certification, and increase profit. He is the founder President and current Advisory Board Member of ASSP Kuwait Chapter the largest international chapter. He has a BSc in Chemical Engineering and higher diplomas in management and environment. A purpose led influencer and thought leader, he has an active professional network with large following.
Robert (Bob) Skoglund, PhD, DABT, CIH, CPPS is the Head of Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs for Covestro LLC, a world-leading manufacturer of high-tech, durable polymer materials. With over 30 years of experience in the EHS field, he has developed a strong background in regulatory and applied toxicology, environmental chemistry, industrial hygiene, and chemical management regulations. Dr. Skoglund serves as an adjunct professor in the Schools of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and Indiana University and has served as an advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the National Academy of Science. In addition, he has published a number of peer reviewed abstracts, articles, and book chapters and is active in a number of relevant professional and trade organizations. Dr. Skoglund earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and is board certified in toxicology and industrial hygiene.
Paula Steven, MSE, RS/REHS, CIH, CSP is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, a Certified Safety Professional, and a Registered Sanitarian. She possesses 17 years’ experience as an environmental scientist and 17 years as an industrial hygienist. Paula has worked in a variety of public health settings ranging from Environmental Compliance, SUPERFUND cleanup, State Public Health Department, and Department of Defense Occupational Health Sciences. Paula has a Master’s Degree from Southern Methodist University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). She works as a Defense Health Agency enterprise-level industrial hygienist assisting with staffing models, service level sampling data integrity, service level exposure assessment legal defensibility, competency alignment, and is leading change in Occupational Health and Safety staff development.
Donald (Don) Weekes, CIH, CSP, FAIHA has worked for forty-six years in the environmental and occupational health field in the US and Canada. His specialties include indoor air quality investigations; mould inspections, project designs, and remediation monitoring and post-remediation verification; asbestos and lead paint inspection, project specification, and abatement and post-abatement monitoring. He is an AIHA Fellow, a CIH, and a CSP who most recently worked for InAIR Environmental, Ltd. in Ottawa, ON. He has now retired and works on volunteer efforts full-time. Don attended New York University for his Masters in Occupational Safety and Health. Don is a former Chair of the AIHA IEQ Committee, a past Vice President for Practitioners for ISIAQ, and a Co-Editor of the AIHA Book entitled, ‘Recognition, Evaluation and Control of Indoor Mold’ published in 2008. He was on the ACGIH Board of Directors (2017-20). He is also the President of the Indoor Environmental Quality – Global Alliance (IEQ-GA) (2016-Present).
Phillip J. (Phil) Almeroth, BA, BGC Public Member is the Director of Capabilities for Logisolve, LLC, a leading management and technology consulting firm headquartered in Oakdale, Minnesota (www.logisolve.com). He has broad and deep experience across a wide variety of industries in helping organizations navigate through transformative change, while increasing their customer and partner satisfaction and engagement. He has presented his methods and learnings to a variety of industry, professional, and educational groups, and has served on multiple professional and non-profit boards and committees, where his expertise in program management and strategy implementation have helped them grow and improve their services.