Occupational Safety & Environmental Health Advisory Board

OSEH External Advisory Board

Purpose

The purpose of the Millersville University (MU) Occupational Safety & Environmental Health (OSEH) External Advisory Board (EAB) is to ensure that OSEH students/graduates are appropriately prepared for the responsibilities required of entry-level OSEH Professionals and that these students/graduates are provided appropriate educational experiences that will allow them to pursue related professional certifications and graduate education. 

Background

The Millersville University Occupational Safety and Environmental Health (OSEH) program strives to develop well-rounded OSEH professionals uniquely capable of protecting employees from work-related injuries and illnesses, while also protecting company assets and interests. To achieve this goal, the OSEH program has established a Bachelor of Science curriculum that prepares students for responsibilities that can include injury & illness prevention, environmental protection, ergonomics, fire protection, industrial hygiene, safety engineering, system safety and safety management. 

Rationale

Since its inception in 1979, the OSEH program has practiced a philosophy of continuous improvement to reassess and enhance its curriculum to continually meet the changing needs of the OSEH profession. Assessment of the OSEH Program relies on the expertise of professionals who generously share their knowledge of today’s work environment as members of the MU OSEH-EAB. Members of the EAB represent professional years of experience and expertise from a variety of professional disciplines within the OSEH field. The members are charged with the responsibility to provide leadership, program assessment and guidance through their active engagement in the ongoing refinement of the MU OSEH curriculum. As a result, OSEH-EAB members have a direct impact on the success of the Millersville University OSEH program.

OSEH External Advisory Board Constitution

OSEH Advisory Board Members

Nancy C. Adams

Nancy Adams held many different positions during her 33 year career with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), including field industrial hygienist, Area Director, Deputy Regional Administrator, Deputy Director Safety Standards, National Ergonomics Coordinator, and Director of Management Systems and Operations. She also served as the Executive Assistant to seven Assistant and Acting OSHA Assistant Secretaries.

Upon retiring from Federal service in 2008, she began a consulting career working with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Energy Employee Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICPA), and its Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health. In 2011, she began work with NIOSH’s World Trade Center Health Program (WTC Health Program) and its Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC).

Nancy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology in 1973, from Millersville University; a Master of Science degree in Occupational and Environmental Health Services in 1995, from Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York, N.Y.; and is a 2004 graduate of the Federal Senior Executive Service (SES) Development Program.

 

Paul E. Allen

Paul Allen is a Risk Specialist with the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. A safety professional with 26 years of experience, Paul has held a variety of safety positions in insurance loss control, manufacturing, and construction.  Paul has worked with a variety of customers throughout his career and these experiences have allowed him to strengthen his knowledge about many industries. From these opportunities, Paul has been able to develop skill and expertise in industrial hygiene, ergonomics, transportation, healthcare and construction. During his career, Paul has held positions of increasing responsibility in consulting, quality assurance, and management. 

Paul holds a BS in Occupational Safety & Hygiene Management from Millersville University and the Associate in Risk Management designation.  Paul is also an Accredited Office Ergonomics Evaluator, a Certified Safety Professional, and a Certified Industrial Hygienist.  He is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and a member of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH).  Paul currently serves as the vice president for the Central PA ASSE Chapter.

 

Robert J. Brant

Bob Brant is a skilled safety and health expert and leader with broad and diverse experience at four Fortune 500 companies and the United States Postal Service. He has vast knowledge of government regulations and has built positive relationships with corporate leadership, employees, unions, and the regulatory community. In all positions held by Bob, he has achieved measurable results including: reductions in fatalities, injuries and illnesses; improvements in employee and union relations, decreases in regulatory citations and penalties; and improved cost efficiencies.

As the USPS National Manager of Safety and OSHA Compliance Programs, Bob managed a vast portfolio: 32,000 worksites; 500,000 employees; six unions; a 220,000-vehicle fleet; and 600 safety and health professionals. At Mobil Chemical Company, he directed strategic safety and health initiatives and led domestic and international operations to exceed government and industry best practices. In previous positions at ICI (now AstraZeneca), Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical, and U.S. Steel, he built innovative and sustainable safety and health systems.

Bob was instrumental in the founding of the Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association, a nation-wide non-profit promoting safety and health excellence through industry, labor, and government cooperation. He served as the VPPPA’s Chair for six years. Bob championed VPP throughout his career attaining VP status at several hundred domestic and international worksites. His outreach also helped motivate other federal agencies (e.g. DOD, DOE and EPA) to adopt VPP-type programs.


 

Brent W. Davis

Brent Davis received his BS degree in Public Health from Utah State University and his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota. He is certified in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. He served twice as president of the Central Pennsylvania Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association. He also served as an industry representative on the Lancaster Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

Brent’s career spans over 40 years of service in the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) field. His experience includes Environmental Sciences Officer, US Army; field compliance and technical support, Occupational Safety and Health Administration; and EHS Manager, Armstrong World Industries, Inc. During his thirty-three years at Armstrong, Brent has managed EHS systems from plant to corporate levels in the US, Europe, China and Australia. Brent officially retired from Armstrong in 2013, but continues to support their initiatives.
 

Denise R. Hearn

Kelley A Edmier is a safety professional with over 27 years in safety with experience, working for the family owned Construction Company, nonprofit educational safety organizations, and international insurance carriers.  Recently she began to specialize in safety and health in the oil and gas pipeline construction industry. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1986, from University of Colorado; a Master of Science degree in Industrial Management with emphasis in Safety & Training, from Northern Illinois University in 1994.  She also holds Instructor certifications from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for Construction Safety,(OSHA 500 Course), the Red Cross (CPR, AED, and First Aid), is an OSHA Excavation standard Competent Person, and is Certified by the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation to conduct accurate pure tone, air-conduction audiometry.  Kelley is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Safety Sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an anticipates earning her PhD in 2018.

 

Amy Fasano

Amy Fasano is a graduate of Millersville University's Occupational Safety and Hygiene Management program.  She obtained her Master of Public Health, Community Health Education degree from East Stroudsburg University.  Ms. Fasano is in the current Safety Sciences Doctoral cohort at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, with an anticipated course completion date of August, 2017.  Ms. Fasano plans to conduct her doctoral dissertation on Measuring Learner Outcomes to Enhance Continuous Program Improvement in Higher Education.

Ms. Fasano started her career conducting environmental compliance management for a major automotive service industry.  Her safety management career included positions in the electronic shielding component industry, a manufacturer of industrial brushes and an international foundry operation.  Ms. Fasano started AimSafe Inc., her consulting company in 2008, to assist businesses meet their safety and health needs.

Ms. Fasano joined the faculty at Millersville University (MU) in 2012, as a part-time instructor in the Occupational Safety and Environmental Health program.  She teaches Introduction to Occupational Safety and Environmental Health, Industrial Fire Prevention and Protection and Lab, and supervises students in the MU OSEH internship program.

Dr. Duane Hagelgans

Dr. Duane Hagelgans been involved in the emergency services for over 30 years, working and volunteering in the field of emergency management.  He is the Emergency Management Coordinator (EMC) for a new regional emergency management zone.  Duane currently serves on the South Central Pa. Task Force (SCTF).  He is an Associate Professor at Millersville University teaching in the Emergency Management programs through the Center for Disaster Research and Education.  Duane has an A.S. in Fire Science Technology, a B.S. degree in Occupational Safety and Hygiene Management from Millersville and a Juris Doctorate from Widener University. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.


Steven D. High

Steve High is the President of High Environmental Health and Safety Consulting Ltd., which he established in 1999. The company provides assistance in identifying, evaluating and controlling safety and health exposure risks in various applications. Steve previously held positions of Corporate Manager of Safety, Environment and Industrial Hygiene, and Safety Specialist for the High Companies. He held the position of Safety and Training Coordinator for H.M. Stauffer & Sons.

Steve holds a BS in Business Administration from Elizabethtown College and an MS in Safety Sciences from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He completed a post-baccalaureate certificate in epidemiology and biostatistics through Drexel University. He is currently finishing a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at Johns Hopkins.

Steve is a board Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and holds the designation of Associate in Risk Management (ARM). He is an authorized-OSHA instructor-trainer for construction and general industry courses through the OSHA training institute. He is a certified XL tribometrist, regularly evaluating walking surfaces, floor treatments and footwear for slip-resistance for manufacturers and facility owners as well as serving as an expert witness.

His work experience includes over twenty-five years in occupational safety. Steve is an EMT and still occasionally teaches CPR and first aid courses. He serves on the Board of Directors for the High Companies and Irex Corporation.  He is also a member of the Habitat for Humanity Safety Committee.

John M. Kotchish

John M. Kotchish is the Risk Manager and Director of Employee Service for the diversified Kinsley divisions and Kinsley sister companies.  Since joining Kinsley Construction in 1977, he is frequently called upon to develop solutions where leadership is needed or processes are broken.  John started in the construction field as a laborer and continued as a bridge carpenter and concrete  finisher, while a volunteer firefighter with the York Township Fire Department, where he became Fire Chief. His training and experience in emergency services led to his selection as the Safety Director, when Kinsley Construction created the position in 1985.  Through his long history with Kinsley, John has learned that successful employees yield a successful company.

John received his Associates Degree in Police Administration from Harrisburg Area Community College and attended the Pennsylvania and Delaware State Fire Academies. He has training in Safety & Risk Management, Communication and Negotiation, Fraud Detection, Hazardous Materials, MSHA and OSHA standards, and holds certifications in First Aid, CPR, and Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA).  He is a lifelong participant and Executive Board member with the Boy Scouts of America.

Steve Pomponi

Steve Pomponi has 29 years of safety experience working with organizations of all sizes as Corporate Risk Manager, Safety Manager, Regional Manager, Risk Control Consultant and Independent Consultant, and currently works for PSA Insurance and Financial Services, as Vice President, Risk and Safety Management.

Prior to joining PSA, Steve was an independent consultant that partnered with many PSA clients to improve their safety efforts.   As a Corporate Risk Manager of a 6,000-employee company, his leadership enabled achievement of a 72% reduction of workers’ compensation costs and an 83% reduction of auto insurance costs – over a $4 million savings. 

He earned his M.S. in Safety Engineering from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Hygiene from Millersville University and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).  He is the recipient of the National Safety Council’s (NSC) Distinguished Service to Safety Award, a prestigious honor awarded to individuals by the NSC.

Steve spent the last 15 years as a volunteer EMT/IV tech, and served as a board member of the Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department, and Director of their Life Safety Unit.  

He is a member of the Maryland-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team and has been deployed to provide safety training to first-responders during Hurricane Sandy, the Louisiana floods, Presidential State of the Union and Inauguration. He has also provide training for health professionals who traveled to Africa for the Ebola outbreak.

Alex M. Rojas

Alex M. Rojas is currently a Risk Control and Property Specialist with the State Auto Insurance Companies, and previously worked as a Risk Control Representative for CNA Insurance.  He has coordinated safety analysis and loss control efforts for insureds at the regional and national account levels during his 4 years of experience in the insurance industry,   Industries serviced include: Construction, Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Professional Services.

Alex holds a BS in Business Administration (2010), an MS in Emergency Management (2012) and a BS in Occupational Safety & Environmental Health (2014) from Millersville University.  In 2015, he was recognized as a Certified Walkway Auditor (CWA) by the University of North Texas.  His professional memberships include the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), National Safety Council (NSC), and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Alex will be sitting for his Occupational Hygiene and Safety Technician (OHST) designation in April, 2018 and plans to obtain his Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation in 2019.

Chris Sahm

Chris Sahm  has over 20 years of safety experience in progressive environmental, safety and health (ESH) positions within the manufacturing sector. She has been involved in the development and implementation of ESH strategies that include management system implementation, training, incident investigation/reporting, safety and lean integration and business continuity plans. She has worked to implement programs in various business units of ESH that include due diligence reviews, risk management, lean optimization, workplace wellness and acquisition integration.  She has been responsible for able producing results that include improved employee engagement, increased safety morale, increased safety visibility, reductions injury rates, and reduced workers compensation costs.

Chris received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Hygiene Management from Millersville University. She is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP)) and a Board member of the Central PA American Society of Safety Professionals. She has a Value Based Lean Six Sigma (VBLSS) Green Belt, and voluntarily works as a Special Government Employee (SGE) for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as part of a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) onsite team that conducts comprehensive OSEH worksite evaluations to qualify as a VPP site.  She is also a Prosci Certified Change Manager.

Chris is currently the ITT Inc, Industrial Process Director of Environmental, Safety, Health and Security for the ITT Engineered Valves facility in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

 

Dr. Paul Specht

Paul G. Specht has over 40 years experience in the safety and health field. As a safety professional he has worked in education, private industry and with the OSHA Consultation Program. He is a Professor Emeritus of Occupational Safety & Environmental Health Program at Millersville University.

Dr. Specht holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University with a safety cognate; an M.S. degree in Safety from University of Central Missouri and a B.A. degree in Philosophy from St. Charles Borromeo in Philadelphia. He recently continued his education through a faculty development program with the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA. This experience included assignments in Washington, DC at the OSHA’s national office and with OSHA’s Harrisburg Area Office.

The American Society of Safety Engineers named Dr. Specht the 2004 National Safety Professor of the Year and the 2008 Academic Practice Specialty Safety Professional of the Year. He received the Board of Certified Safety Professionals’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 “In honor of his Extraordinary Vision and Lifelong Dedication to Excellence in the SHE Profession…”

He served as Chair of the ABET Applied Science Accreditation Commission; Director, on the both ABET Board of Directors and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals; and Trustee on the ASSE Foundation.

Scott C. Swanson

Scott Swanson has over twenty five years of international and domestic experience leading cultural change and management system implementation in complex and challenging chemical, petroleum, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, commercial and institutional environments. He has held progressive environmental, health and safety (EHS) positions for companies in the EHS consulting, heavy industrial manufacturing, technical field service and building product manufacturing industries.  Scott is currently the Global EHS Manager for the flooring division of Armstrong World Industries headquartered in Lancaster, PA. 

Scott received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Resource Management from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering for the Johns Hopkins University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Maryland and has earned a registration as a Certified Safety Professional from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
 

 

OSEH Faculty Members

Dr. Betty-Jo Legutko

Dr. Betty-Jo Legutko earned a Ph.D. in Leadership in December 2016 from Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania where she was awarded the “Ph.D. in Leadership Award” in April 2017.  She earned a master of business administration and a bachelor of science in environmental engineering technology from Penn State University and a post-baccalaureate certificate in medical studies from Drexel University.  Dr. Legutko has over 15 years of industry experience in environmental, health, and safety engineering and management positions at Johnson & Johnson, Cargill, Fairchild Semiconductor, and World Resources Company.  She also taught business, leadership, and math courses as an adjunct faculty member at Lycoming College, McCann School of Business and Technology, and Alvernia University.  Her research interests include ISO 45001/OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 management systems, construction safety, and leadership styles.

Dr. Mehdi Khalighi

Dr. Mehdi Khalighi joined Millersville University for Fall 2014 as an assistant professor in the Occupational Safety and Environmental Health program at the Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology. Prior to joining Millersville, he served as Research Assistant at San Diego State University, where he conducted research studies in the area of Air Quality by conducting data analysis for air pollution in cross border commuting between US and Mexico. Prior to that Mehdi was working overseas as assistant professor in SBMU Medical University at the department of occupational health and safety.

Mehdi holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering majoring in Thermo-Fluidics. He was working as design engineer at International Civil Aviation Organization prior to starting his graduate studies. Mehdi received his MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering majoring in Ergonomics and Safety from University of Utah. His research studies during graduate program were focused on Noise Control and Cumulative Trauma Disorders. He has done extensive study on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. He also recently finished his course work study for another graduate program in Master of Public Health majoring in Environmental Health and Safety and is expecting to get his MPH degree from San Diego State University in 2015.

Areas of specialization and his research interests are Ergonomics, Safety, Human Factors/Engineering Psychology, Public Health, Environmental Health and Air Quality.

Dr. Jack Ogutu

Jack O. Ogutu, Ph.D., obtained his BS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Nairobi (2004) and his MS and PhD in Industrial & Systems Engineering with a concentration in Occupational Safety & Ergonomics from Auburn University, Alabama (2013). His research interests are in the areas of Occupational Ergonomics, Biomechanics, Risk Assessments, Noise Dosimetry, and System Safety Analysis.  Dr. Ogutu has taught a number of classes in the Occupational Safety & Environmental Health (OSEH) program at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, including; Industrial Hygiene, Human Factors, Safety Engineering Principles, System Safety and an Introductory course in Occupational Safety and Health. Jack is an authorized OSHA 10 & 30 hour general industry trainer.

Dr. Ogutu currently serves as Program coordinator of Occupational Safety & Environmental Health program and oversees the NIOSH Training Program Grant for Millersville University.

Dr. Ogutu also volunteers as a Program Evaluator for the ABET-ASAC commission and is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineer.

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