Movers & Shakers

Movers & Shakers

California: Nancy Medeiros, Four Other Staffers Retire from Cal/OSHA

Sacramento, California – Nancy Medeiros, manager of Cal/OSHA’s Amusement Ride and Tramway Unit, has retired after a 28-year career with the agency. She has worked in the ART unit since 1998. Medeiros started in Cal/OSHA enforcement, where she participated in rescue efforts on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after the Loma Prieta earthquake. She also helped oversee safety during reconstruction in the Oakland hills after the devastating 1991 fire. Cal/OSHA says the ART unit is “one of the most successful state-run ride and public safety programs in existence.” Four other Cal/OSHA employees have retired as well, including senior safety engineers Robert Nakamura, Stephen Kaplan and Richard Roberts, and management services technician Rosalind Ponce. Source: Cal-OSHA Reporter

California: Nick Stavropoulos Named to National Safety Council Board

San Francisco, California – Nick Stavropoulos, president and chief executive officer of Pacific Gas & Electric Co., has been named to the National Safety Council’s board of directors. Stavropoulos has more than 35 years of experience in the U.S. and international energy industry. He oversees a diverse workforce of employees across electric, gas, power generation and nuclear operations as well as corporate support functions. He began working for PG&E in 2011 to lead the multibillion-dollar recovery and restoration effort to enhance the safety of the company’s natural gas system after the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno. Under his leadership, PG&E’s gas business has earned or qualified for several international safety certifications including ISO 55000; PAS 55001; API RP 1173; and RC 14001. Stavropoulos is also a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences on leadership and safety culture. Source: Business Wire/PG&E

National Safety Council Appoints Jennifer Steffus as Chief Development Officer

Itasca, Illinois – The National Safety Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Steffus as Chief Development Officer. She will oversee the Council’s philanthropic efforts, which fuel its mission to eliminate preventable deaths at work, on the road, and in homes and communities. Before joining NSC, Steffus served as senior vice president for philanthropy at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. In that role, she was part of a leadership team that raised $675 million from more than 250,000 donors to help build the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Prior to her work at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Steffus worked for Advocate Charitable Foundation raising funds for Christ Medical Center and Hope Children’s Hospital. Source: National Safety Council

Oregon: Tavis Cowan Appointed Medical Director of Occupational Medicine at Corvallis Clinic

Corvallis, Oregon – Tavis Cowan recently was appointed as medical director of the occupational medicine department at The Corvallis Clinic. He took over for William Ferguson, who retired after 22 years in the position. Cowan and his team perform pre-employment evaluations, drug and alcohol screenings, blood-borne pathogen exposure plans, Federal Aviation Administration qualification physicals and treat people who have been injured on the job. The department also administers vaccinations for international travel and conducts medical screenings for people immigrating to the United States. Cowan has been with the clinic for two years and previously worked in the Immediate Care Center. Source: Corvallis Gazette-Times

R. David Resch Elected President of Minnesota Dental Association

Minneapolis, Minnesota – The Minnesota Dental Association recently elected R. David Resch, D.D.S., Association President. Dr. Resch is a member of the association’s Environment and Safety Committee, where he also served as co-chair for several years and helped draft OSHA regulations. He also currently serves on the Board of Dentistry Task Force. He is a past member and chair of the MDA’s Scientific Session Committee and a past president of the Saint Paul District Dental Society. Additionally, Dr. Resch is a long-term member of the Organization for Sterilization and Aseptic Procedures and has lectured on infection control and OSHA regulations both regionally and at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and an associate member of the Chicago Dental Society. Dr. Resch also earned the prestigious MDA President’s Award in 2013. Source: Minnesota Dental Association/PRNewswire-USNewswire

Lockton Adds Chief Medical Officer

Kansas City, Missouri – Shealynn Buck, M.D., a leading expert in employee wellbeing and improving health outcomes, has joined Lockton Benefit Group in Dallas as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Buck becomes part of the Lockton Health Risk Solutions team, collaborating with clients to offer state-of-the-art resources that customize health and wellness solutions based on client data and business realities. She is board-certified in Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology, and is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Most recently, she served as vice president of health integration at Marsh & McLennan Agency. She previously was executive director of DeKalb Regional Health System’s WorksWell and medical director of the system’s Wellness Center. She has spoken extensively for organizations and with the news media on health issues including stress, disease prevention, and transfusions. Source: Lockton


Florida: Elizabeth Whitmer, FSW Professor, Wins Innovation Award for App

Naples, Florida – Florida SouthWestern State College professor Elizabeth Whitmer has been recognized by the American Health Information Management Association for her work in health information technology. Whitmer created a smartphone app for medical coding students called Root Operation App Rescue, or “ROAR”. The app helps students reference medical coding language with more 70,000 seven-digit alphanumeric codes used in patient records for insurance agencies, Medicaid, Medicare, attorneys, workers’ comp and other billing agencies. Those codes contain important information about the patient’s illness or injury, its location on the body, and the procedures and treatments the doctor performed. The app is currently being successfully used by students at Bryan University in Tempe, Arizona. Source: Naples Herald/Twitter

National Safety Council Honors Alexi Carli with Marion Martin Award

Indianapolis, Indiana – The National Safety Council is pleased to bestow its annual Marion Martin Award to Alexi Carli, CSP, vice president of Global Health and Safety at UPS. The Marion Martin Award is presented annually to an outstanding female safety professional. Carli was honored during opening session September 25 at the annual NSC Congress & Expo. Carli has worked for UPS for 39 years. She has spent 29 of those years in safety, working her way from up from district health and safety director. She was instrumental in creating a safety culture at UPS that has resulted in an 84 percent reduction in lost time due to injury and a 59 percent drop in car crash frequency. Carli has encouraged other women throughout her career, actively mentoring them and helping them advance. She established a women’s group for female UPS employees in the 1980s, worked with the DOT in 1999 to highlight women in transportation, and was one of the original members of UPS Women’s Leadership Development Business Resource Group. Source: National Safety Council/American Society of Safety Engineers