WEBINAR SPEAKERS

Moderators for the Coronavirus Webinar Series

NIKOLE REAKSECKER

Founder & Senior Partner

Vichara Partners

Biography Coming Soon ...

SANJAY BALIGA

Founder & Senior Partner

Vichara Partners

Biography Coming Soon ...

 

Webinar #1 - Understanding the Disease:

The Impact of Coronavirus on the Human Body

KULMEET DANG

Emergency Medicine Physician

Huntington Memorial Medical Center

Dr. Kulmeet Dang obtained his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan and studied medicine at Kansas City University. He completed his training in Emergency Medicine at Garden City Hospital. His first position was as a flight physician for Aeromed Spectrum Health taking care of the sickest patients out in the field as well as transporting critically ill patients from smaller access hospitals to larger facilities in a helicopter air ambulance. Over the years, he has published in peer reviewed medical journals as well as book chapters in medical textbooks. He has held various clinical education roles at Touro, Midwestern, Western, U.C. Davis and Stanford University. He has also served as the medical director of the Emergency Department, vice chief of staff, and chief of staff at Emanuel Medical Center. He recently relocated to Southern California and is now working as an emergency medicine physician at Huntington Memorial Medical Center in Pasadena, California.

LISA MERCK

Advanced Practice Nurse/Owner

Sopris Women's Clinic

Lisa Merck is the owner of Sopris Women's Clinic in Crested Butte, CO.  She served in the US Air Force for five years doing administration before deciding to pursue a Bachelors of Science at the Nursing College in Alva, Oklahoma. Lisa has over 20 years of experience in the nursing field and has worked in Medical Surgery, Neurology, Gastroenterology, Emergency Room, ICU, Outpatient Diagnostics, Nurse Management and Obstetrics as a Registered Nurse. In 2002, she realized her passion for labor and delivery and decided to return to college to obtain her Master’s Degree in Nursing at Colorado University Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO.  She is certified as an Advanced Practice Nurse and Nurse Midwife. From 2004 to 2014, she worked at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs where she helped deliver more than 2,500 babies in both low and high-risk deliveries.  In 2011, Lisa opened her own practice in Glenwood Springs, CO. In April 2014, she opened Sopris Clinic. Lisa is also a deputy coroner for Gunnison County.

NATALIE EGNOT

Supervising Health Scientist

Cardno ChemRisk

Dr. Natalie Egnot is a Supervising Health Scientist with Cardno ChemRisk. Dr. Egnot is an epidemiologist with expertise in occupational health, infectious diseases and microbiology, and program evaluation. She earned a Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology and a Master's of Public Health in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Egnot has been assisting clients with COVID-19 response and management, particularly in regard to case management, field work risk assessments and protocols, and procedures to return to normal operations.



 

Webinar #2 - Understanding the Disease:

Effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Global Populations

KULMEET DANG

Emergency Medicine Physician

Huntington Memorial Medical Center

Dr. Kulmeet Dang obtained his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan and studied medicine at Kansas City University. He completed his training in Emergency Medicine at Garden City Hospital. His first position was as a flight physician for Aeromed Spectrum Health taking care of the sickest patients out in the field as well as transporting critically ill patients from smaller access hospitals to larger facilities in a helicopter air ambulance. Over the years, he has published in peer reviewed medical journals as well as book chapters in medical textbooks. He has held various clinical education roles at Touro, Midwestern, Western, U.C. Davis and Stanford University. He has also served as the medical director of the Emergency Department, vice chief of staff, and chief of staff at Emanuel Medical Center. He recently relocated to Southern California and is now working as an emergency medicine physician at Huntington Memorial Medical Center in Pasadena, California.

SANJAY BALIGA

Founder & Senior Partner

Vichara Partners

Sanjay Baliga is a globally recognized expert with over 25 years of experience in sustainable business and corporate risk management. Sanjay is a Co-Founder and Senior Partner at Vichara Partners. In previous professional roles, he coordinated more than a dozen projects and events, including webinars and face-to-face sessions, about pandemic planning for SARS, H1N1, and Zika Virus. Sanjay previously worked at the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in the Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. He also worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other UN agencies on public health issues. Early in his career, Sanjay wrote a policy-related book about industrial and agricultural chemicals harming human immune response to infectious diseases. The publication won a book award in the public health category from the British Medical Association (BMA). Sanjay has numerous academic degrees from Stanford University, Yale University and the University of Michigan, including a graduate degree in Global Health Planning.

 

Webinar #3 - Business Continuity:

Minimizing Risk to Employees While Ensuring Productivity

CHLOE DEMROVSKY

President and CEO

Disaster Recovery Institute International

Chloe Demrovsky is the President and CEO of Disaster Recovery Institute International, the oldest and largest nonprofit that helps organizations around the world prepare for and recover from disasters by providing education, accreditation, and thought leadership in business continuity, disaster recovery, cyber resilience and related fields. She is a senior Forbes contributor, has authored numerous articles, appeared on Bloomberg TV, MSNBC and Fox, and has served as an expert source for The Associated Press, USA Today, LA Times, Conde Nast Traveler, ABC News, and more. In addition, Chloe Demrovsky is an adjunct professor at New York University, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a US-Japan Foundation Scott M. Johnson Fellow, and a French-American Foundation 2019-20 Young Leader. Passionate about economic development and social enterprise, she has traveled to India and Kenya to work on private sector solutions for poverty alleviation and social inclusion.

CORY WORDEN

Safety Advisor

City of Houston

Cory has over 15 years of experience in multiple fields and has published seven books as well as articles, presentations and courses for the National Safety Council (NSC), American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), Association of Occupational Health Professionals (AOHP), Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN), EHS Today, Gulf Coast Safety Institute and more. He has received five global recognitions and holds elected senior leadership positions with NSC, ASSP and AOHP.

LORRAINE MARTIN

President and CEO

National Safety Council (NSC)

Lorraine M. Martin joined NSC in June 2019 and brought with her 35 years of experience in the aerospace industry, including leading and developing global and international businesses as an executive at Lockheed Martin. Lorraine served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force where she held various leadership positions for software-intensive technology and development programs. Among her top achievements, Lorraine led the largest defense program for the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft. She also spearheaded the successful operational and cultural integration of Sikorsky, a global leader in helicopters. As a proud champion for advancing women and girls in STEM, Lorraine was named among STEMConnector’s 100 Corporate Women Leaders. She is the co-founder and president of the Pegasus Springs Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities for educators, students and community members to collaborate on learning models.

TINA McCORKINDALE

President & CEO

Institute for Public Relations

Tina McCorkindale, Ph.D., APR, is the President and CEO of the Institute for Public Relations. She taught as a professor for 15 years and has more than 10 years of experience working in corporate communication and analytics. She is a member of the Page Society, The Seminar, the Commission for Public Relations Education Steering Committee, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Foundation Board, the Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) Academic Advisory Board, and the Public Relations Advisory Board for the University of Florida School of Journalism and Communications. In 2019, she was selected as one of 40 national leaders to participate in the 91st Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, the most prestigious public outreach and full immersion program in the Department of Defense. She is the recipient of the 2017 PRSA David Ferguson Award and was a 2018 inductee in the PRNews Measurement Hall of Fame. 

 

Webinar #4 - Business Continuity:

Maintaining Facility Operations During Uncertain Times

AARON ZUDE

Owner & Principal Consultant

Facilities & Safety Solutions

SESHA Fellow

Aaron Zude is the Owner & Principal Consultant at Facilities & Safety Solutions, which he founded in 2002. His client base includes governmental, public utility, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and general industry. Aaron has a Master’s Degree in Occupational Safety & Health, is a Certified Safety Professional, and is an OSHA Competent Person in Fall Protection, Confined Space, Scaffolds, Trenching & Excavation and Rigging & Hoisting operations. Prior to starting Facilities & Safety Solutions, Aaron worked in EHS and Facilities Management positions at SEMI, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Asyst Technologies, Cirrus Logic, National Semiconductor, and Varian Associates. Aaron served as a Board Member and is a Past President of SESHA.

AC POWELL

Executive Director & CEO

Association for Facilities Engineering

Amir Clayton "AC" Powell loves God, family, the law and business.  He connects with people across cultural, generational, political and socio-economic barriers.  In fact, AC became a dynamic organizational development guru by heeding his mother’s advice to always listen more and talk less.  Infusing this philosophy into his leadership style guided AC’s success in various senior management roles in nonprofit organizations as well as in his entrepreneurial endeavors.  He has provided business management advice to nonprofit organizations and small business owners for more than twenty years. An association executive, author and professor, AC Powell also speaks frequently on issues involving American politics, big data and entrepreneurship. AC currently serves as the Executive Director & CEO of the Association for Facilities Engineering.

COREY BOLES

Health Scientist

Cardno ChemRisk

Dr. Boles completed his Ph.D. in Occupational and Environmental Health with an emphasis on industrial hygiene and microbial exposure from The University of Iowa. Dr. Boles’s experience includes developing, evaluating, and implementing exposure assessment techniques for occupational and environmental exposure to bioaerosols. He has lead research projects to optimize sampling methodologies for the collection of human norovirus, general bacteria, and influenza A. Occupational areas where Dr. Boles performed microbial assessments include healthcare, swine facilities, poultry facilities, microbiology laboratories, manufacturing facilities, and public waterways. Dr. Boles is experienced in providing COVID-19 support for clients across several industries located in both the United States and abroad. His responsibilities include: creating guidance for and documenting for risk management practices, developing cleaning and disinfection protocols, establishing consumer product handling guidance to decrease contamination, conducting risk assessments, developing communication frameworks and case management plans, leading question and answer sessions with client stakeholders, and creating workplace continuity plans.

STEVE FALL

Owner / President

AdvantaClean of the Twin Cities

Midwestern Regional Vice President, Association for Facilities Engineering

Steve Fall has been an active member in the Association of Facilities Engineering (AFE) since 1994.  He gained his CPE certification in 1997. He worked in Facilities Engineering/Management for 22 years at Andersen Corporation serving in various roles from project management to Facilities Manager. Since 2011, he has owned a light environmental company called AdvantaClean that services several counties in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. AdvantaClean of the Twin Cities conducts environmental services such as mold remediation, emergency water clean-up, air duct and cooling tower cleaning, and sanitizing services. He has served in all leadership roles within his local AFE chapter in St. Paul Minnesota and has been the Regional Vice President over the last three years. He is currently on the National Board of Directors for AFE and is a member of the Finance Committee.

 

Webinar #5 - Business Continuity:

Coronavirus & Complex Global Supply Chains

DEBORAH STANTON

Executive Director

CAPS Research

Deborah Stanton is the Executive Managing Director of CAPS Research. She leads the non-profit organization focused on advancing the practice of supply management through outstanding research and benchmarking studies, in partnership with Arizona State University and Institute for Supply Management. Deborah has spent much of her career in various executive supply management roles with major corporations. From 2009-2014 she was Chief Procurement Officer and Group Executive at MasterCard, leading their Global Supply Management, Global Facilities, Global Real Estate, Corporate Security, Corporate Travel and Six Sigma organizations. Prior to Ms. Stanton’s role at MasterCard, she held various leadership positions in supply management at Honeywell, Whirlpool, and Temple-Inland. She would tell you that her favorite job is driving a significant transformation in the journey from tactical to strategic. Deborah has been ranked as a “Top CPO” by ExecRank and holds a degree in Business and Economics from the University of Minnesota.

 

Webinar #6 - Business Continuity:

Making Difficult Decisions in an Interconnected World

PATRICK LEACH

President

Society of Decision Professionals

Patrick Leach teaches Strategic Decision Making and Decision Analytics at the Colorado School of Mines as an adjunct professor, is an independent strategy consultant, and is currently the President of the Society of Decision Professionals. He is the author of Why Can't You Just Give Me the Number? - An executive's guide to using probabilistic thinking to manage risk and to make better decisions, now in its Second Edition. He has written numerous pieces in his blog about the need to move toward sustainable business practices and how to use the principles of decision analysis and behavioral economics to develop strategies to do so.

STEVE ROBERGE

Vice President of EHS & Facilities

Axcelis Technologies Inc.

SESHA Fellow

Steven Roberge is Vice President of EHS and Facilities for Axcelis Technologies, Inc. He is responsible for personnel safety at Axcelis, worldwide, as well as managing Product EHS issues concerning Ion Implanters, and related products. Steve has twice served as President of the Semiconductor Environmental Safety and Health Association (SESHA), Editor of the SESHA Journal, and SESHA Treasurer. Steve was named a SESHA Fellow and an Axcelis Distinguished Technologist in 2011. Steve has presented at international conferences and has published on a variety of practical and technical topics including toxic gas management, ionizing radiation, new source material review, preventative maintenance safety, energy conservation and Ion Implanter Safety. He has more than 30 years EHS experience in the semiconductor industry, all with Axcelis / Eaton. Prior to joining Axcelis, Steve worked in a variety of EHS positions in the specialty chemical, printed circuit board and consulting industries. Steve has a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Massachusetts.

TONYA YORK

President

Business Recovery Managers Association

Tonya T. York, MBCI, MBCP is founding member and President of the Business Recovery Managers Association (BRMA). She has been a leader in the business continuity industry for over 25 years, and in 2014 won the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) Lifetime Achievement Award, selected by industry peers. Tonya is currently Global Business Resilience Program Manager at Anaplan. Prior to her role at Anaplan, she was Global Business Continuity Program Manager at Lam Research, brought on board to mature the program. As Supply Chain Risk Manager at Google, Tonya worked to facilitate creation of supplier focused incident management/business continuity program. As Vice President, IT Service Continuity Management at McKesson, Tonya led a team of 14 to protect a Fortune 5 company ensuring the delivery of 1/3 of all medicines in North America. Tonya has also held senior and VP positions at Charles Schwab, Symantec/VERITAS, Seagate Services/Evault, and Caspian Group.

 

Webinar #7 - Market Impacts of COVID-19:

Supply Chain Disruptions in Materials Markets

KEVIN SWIFT

Chief Economist

American Chemistry Council

Dr. Swift is chief economist at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), where he performs economic analyses dealing with markets, energy, trade, and tax, and monitors business conditions and assessing the economic contributions of chemistry. Prior to joining ACC, Dr. Swift held senior level positions at two market research consultancies. He started his career at Dow Chemical. Dr. Swift is a member of the National Association for Business Economics, Society of Business Economists, Harvard Discussion Group of Industrial Economists, National Business Economics Issues Council, and Charlotte Economics Club. He is a member of The Wall Street Journal Forecasters’ Survey panel, NABE’s forecaster panel, and participates in the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank's forecasters' survey. Dr. Swift is a graduate of Ashland College with a B.A. and Case Western Reserve University with an M.A. in Economics. He holds a doctorate in business administration from Anglia Polytechnic University and has studied at Harvard and Oxford.

LITA SHON-ROY

President / CEO

TECHCET

Lita Shon-Roy - President / CEO and founding partner of TECHCET - has worked throughout the semiconductor supply chain, leading strategy, business development, marketing and sales for chip designers, equipment OEMs and material suppliers for over 30 years. Her experience spans from process development of flat panel displays to business development of metal organic precursors. Lita developed new business opportunities for companies such as RASIRC/Matheson Gases and IPEC/Speedfam. She also managed marketing and sales in companies such as Air Products/Schumacher, Brooktree/Rockwell, and Hughes Aircraft. She has authored and co-authored articles and texts on semiconductor processing, materials market trends, and worldwide supply chain issues as related to the world economy. Lita is an expert in electronic materials marketing and business development. She holds a M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, a B.S. in chemical engineering from UC San Diego, and her M.B.A. from California State University.

 

Webinar #8 - Market Impacts of COVID-19:

Supply Chain Disruptions in Component Markets

 

Webinar #9 - Market Impacts of COVID-19:

Supply Chain Disruptions in Markets for Finished Products

 

Webinar #10 - Market Impacts of COVID-19:

Global Market Outlook Across the Entire High-Tech Sector

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