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Joseph C. Fowler, Jr.

Joseph C. Fowler, Jr. has served as the Executive Director of the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America since June 1, 1999. Prior to his appointment to this position, he was the Fund’s Assistant Executive Director for five years. Joe came to the Health and Safety Fund following a 26 year career in the United States Army, retiring as a colonel from the position of Commander, United States Army Claims Service, Fort Meade, Maryland.

Joe is a 1968 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and a 1975 graduate of the Northeastern University School of Law. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

Terence M. O’Sullivan

Terence M. O’Sullivan, LIUNA General President, leads one of the largest and most diverse unions in the AFL-CIO. LIUNA represents more than 800,000 members who work in construction, hazardous waste remediation, health care, maintenance, food service, clerical, state and municipal government and the postal service. O'Sullivan previously served as LIUNA Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager, and Assistant to the General President. He joined LIUNA in 1974 and is a longtime member of Local 1353, Charleston, West Virginia.

A veteran of LIUNA at the local and international levels, O'Sullivan played an integral part in the implementation of LIUNA's very successful environmental remediation initiative. He worked as the Administrator of the West Virginia Laborers' Training Fund, and has also served as Assistant Director of LIUNA's construction, Maintenance, and Service Trades Department, and as Chief of Staff.

He also served as Administrator of the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America and the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust. O'Sullivan is a Vice President serving on the AFL-CIO Executive Council and has been asked to add his expertise to the Committees on Organizing, Civil and Human Rights, Political Education, Strategic Approaches, International Affairs, as well as Committee 2000.

His other duties include serving as a Vice President for the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO and as a Trustee for the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust. As a Vice President of the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department, O'Sullivan serves on the Governing Board of President, the Administrative Committee, and the Joint Administrative Committee. He is a member of the American Income Life Insurance Company Labor Advisory Board and the NCCMP Board of Directors.

He also serves as Chairman of the following organizations: Laborers' Pension Fund of Central & Eastern Canada, Laborers' National (Industrial) Pension Fund, LIUNA Local Union-District Council Pension Fund, LIUNA Staff Pension Plan, LIUNA Death Benefit Fund, and the Laborers' Political League.

Bill Duke

Bill Duke first joined the Laborers Union in 1965 and worked in the field until 1979 until he was then appointed Training Director for the Utah Laborers Training Fund. In 1987, he was named the Director of the Oregon-SW, Washington-Idaho and Utah Training Fund and resided in Oregon. In 1994, he was recruited by the Laborers’ International Union of North America to direct the newly established National Apprenticeship Program for Construction Craft Laborers.

Dr. Alice Suter

Dr. Alice Suter has worked in the area of noise effects and hearing conservation for 30 years, with a recent specialty in construction noise. She has an M.S. in education of the deaf and a Ph.D. in audiology. She has been influential in noise criteria development, regulation, and public policy, first at the U.S. EPA’s Office of Noise Abatement and later at OSHA. At the EPA she participated in the development of criteria for noise effects, including the psychological, extra-auditory physiological, performance, and communication effects, in addition to the effects of noise on hearing. As Senior Scientist and Manager of the Noise Standard at OSHA, she was principal author of the hearing conservation amendment to the noise standard. She has also held positions of Visiting Scientist and Research Audiologist at NIOSH. She is now a consultant, living in Ashland, Oregon. She is holds fellowship in the Acoustical Society of American and the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and has received several honors for her work, including the Alice Hamilton Award from the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Margaret Roberts

Margaret Roberts, M.Sc., Aud(C) manages the Hearing Conservation Section and Audiology Unit at the Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia, Canada. She has been active in the field of occupational audiology for over 20 years and has seen a reduction in both the incidence and degree of occupational hearing loss as a result of hearing conservation efforts through program implementation and regulation enforcement. She has experience with Health and Safety regulations as a member of the Canadian Standards Association Hearing Protection Committee and American National Standards Institute's working group on Hearing Conservation Program effectiveness. Margaret is an active member of the Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists and the National Hearing Conservation Association.

Charles N. Jeffress

Charles N. Jeffress, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, has spent the past 20 years working on labor and workplace issues. Prior to his nomination by President Clinton to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mr. Jeffress was Deputy Commissioner and Director of OSHA at the North Carolina Department of Labor.

Sworn in as Assistant Secretary on Nov. 12, 1997, Mr. Jeffress now directs a staff of more than 2,200. His goal is to reduce injuries, illnesses, and fatalities among the more than 100 million workers at six million worksites that come under OSHA's jurisdiction. Mr. Jeffress is committed to continuing the Clinton Administration's reinvention of OSHA through a five-year strategic plan to increase the agency's effectiveness in improving workplace safety and health. Chief among his priorities are establishing a standard for safety and health programs and a standard on ergonomics.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a 1990 graduate of the Program for Senior Executives in Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Scott P Schneider

Scott P Schneider has a B.S. Degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Masters Degree in Zoology from the University of Michigan and a Masters Degree in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). For the past 19 years, Scott has been doing occupational safety and health work for the Labor Movement, including five years as Ergonomics Program Director for the AFL-CIO’s Center to Protect Workers’ Rights. He has published several scientific articles and reviews on construction ergonomics and, recently, developed an ergonomics training module for building trades apprentices. His other main area of interest and expertise is preventing hearing loss among construction workers. Scott has been actively involved with OSHA over the regulation of asbestos exposures and respirators among other issues. He has conducted research under grants from NIOSH on ergonomic problems in construction and other topics. He is a member of numerous national committees on safety and health for the Building and Construction Trades Department, the AFL-CIO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).) He was recently elected as a Fellow member of AIHA, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field.

Mark R. Stephenson

Mark R. Stephenson, Ph.D. is a research audiologist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, Cincinnati, Ohio. He received his Ph.D. in Hearing Science in 1986 from The Ohio State University. Mark joined NIOSH in the Fall of 1993 after having completed a 20-year career in the United States Air Force. Mark spent most of his Air Force career at the Armstrong Laboratory where he investigated the impact of hazardous noise, hearing protector effectiveness, and voice communications in noise. During his last military assignment, he served as an Associate Chief of the USAF Biomedical Sciences Corps through which he had responsibility for the USAF audiology and hearing conservation programs.

He currently directs a NIOSH project that is developing hearing loss prevention programs for the 31 million workers who are not adequately protected by hearing conservation programs. He also serves as a visiting professor at The Ohio State University and Miami University where he teaches industrial audiology. Mark is a past president of the Air Force Audiology Association, a member of the National Hearing Conservation Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the Acoustical Society of America. In 1990, he was recognized as the U.S. Air Force Outstanding Audiologist of the Year. During his free time, Mark and his wife, Carol, enjoy SCUBA diving and cycling.

Donald J. Garvey

Donald J. Garvey, CIH, CSP has a Bachelors Degree in biology from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. His Masters Degree is in Environmental Health from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Currently Don is the Senior Construction Industrial Hygienist for the St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company. Responsibilities include overseeing and supporting industrial hygiene services provided by St. Paul Construction risk control field staff. Don has been involved in tunneling, highway, bridge and facility renovation/construction projects across the nation.

Prior to the St. Paul, Don was a compliance hygienist for the State of Washington, and Senior Industrial Hygienist for Honeywell Defense Systems Group in New Brighton, MN. Don is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), and Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Don is the first chairperson of the newly formed AIHA Construction Committee.

Carol Merry-Stephenson

Carol Merry-Stephenson, PH.D. is a researcher and senior team coordinator at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and has been active in hearing conservation for 12 years. As a social psychologist, she designs, implements, and evaluates a variety of OS&H programs including those targeting hearing loss prevention. For the last several years, the focus of her research has been to specifically address barriers that inhibit effective hearing loss prevention programs within the construction industry. Carol is also adjunct faculty at Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio) where she teaches a variety of psychology courses and at Miami University (Oxford, OH) where she teaches portions of the course in Industrial Audiology and Hearing Conservation. For leisure activity, Carol and her husband/colleague Mark Stephenson enjoy SCUBA diving and biking.

Dr. Linda Rosenstock

Dr. Linda Rosenstock, M.D., M.P.H. became Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in April 1994. As Director of NIOSH, Dr. Rosenstock leads the only federal agency with a mandate to undertake research and prevention activities in occupational safety and health. Dr. Rosenstock received her AB in Psychology from Brandeis University and her MD and MPH from The Johns Hopkins University. Her advanced training was at the University of Washington, where she was Chief Resident in Primary Care Internal Medicine and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. She holds appointments at the University of Washington as Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine and Professor of Environmental Health in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

At the University of Washington, Dr. Rosenstock was active in clinical practice of both general internal medicine and occupational and environmental medicine. She conducted research and published extensively in many areas of medicine and public health, with over 120 contributions to the scientific literature, including three books. Dr. Rosenstock has been active internationally in teaching and research in occupational and environmental health. She has served as an advisor to the World Health Organization, taught in many developing countries, and conducted health effects studies in Latin America.

Before becoming NIOSH director, she chaired the United Auto Workers/General Motors Occupational Health Advisory Board. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and an elected member of the Society of Medical Administrators and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Rosenstock currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Lee Bailey and their two children, Adam Lee Bailey (6) and Matthew Lynn Bailey (4).

Dr. Marin P. Allen

Dr. Marin P. Allen, Ph.D. is Chief of the Office of Health Communication and Public Liaison, Office of the Director, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Her office is responsible for the development and dissemination of health information, based upon scientific discovery, to the public. OHCPL is also responsible for outreach including major public education campaigns and science education efforts. Dr. Allen taught at the University of Maryland, College Park and then was on the public affairs staff for the White House Conference on Aging. She was a tenured, full professor at Gallaudet University. Before joining NIDCD in 1990, she served on a dual appointment as acting Director of Public Relations for Gallaudet and as Department Chair in Television, Film and Photography. She has produced radio, television and film projects including a regular series for The Discovery Channel and PBS. She has served twice on the Washington Chapter of the National Academy of Televison Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. Her doctorate is in Public Communication and she has been awarded two EMMYs and two CINE Golden Eagles for her production work.

Last year she received, as part of a team, an NIH Director's Award and a DHHS Award from Dr. Shalala for her work on Healthy People 2010. WISE EARS! is a prevention effort lead by NIDCD with NIOSH and some 80 organizations determined reduce noise-induced hearing loss in the public and the worker.

Max R. Lum

Max R. Lum, EdD., MPA, Associate Director, Office of Health Communication, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Center for Disease Control, Washington, D.C. He is responsible for the NIOSH’s initiatives in health communication. Dr. Lum began his government career, after two years with Time, Inc., as a White House Fellow assigned to the Executive Office of the President. In that capacity, he served as a community involvement specialist, participating in over 60 public meetings and health briefings.

Before moving to Washington, D.C., he served with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Control in Atlanta Georgia, as the Director of the Division of Health Education, responsible for the Agency’s activities in Community and Health Professions Education. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Lum received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Doctorate in Medical Education from the University of Southern California, where he did academic work in communication practice at the Annenberg School. Dr. Lum has published numerous articles related to health and risk communication and has lectured extensively on the subject. He served as editor of several guidebooks on health communication: A Guide to Health/Risk Communication, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, 1993; Recommendations to Improve Health Risk Communication, DHHS, U.S. Public Health Service, April 1994; A Guide to Health Risk Communications in Planning for Health Preparedness for the Readjustment of the Military, Veterans and their Families after Future Deployments, Executive Office of the President, August 1998.

Dr. Sally L. Lusk

Dr. Sally L. Lusk, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAAOHN is Professor, Community Health Nursing, and Director, Occupational Health Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Michigan. She has made presentations, published book chapters and articles regarding health promotion and disease prevention in the worksite. Her own program of research on promoting use of personal protective equipment to prevent disease, primarily hearing protection devices to prevent noise-induced hearing loss, is well established with funding from NIH and NIOSH. With support from UAW-GM, she has begun to identify non-auditory effects of noise exposure at work. As a result of her program of research, she received the 1998 Distinguished Contributor to Research in the Midwest Award from Midwest Nursing Research Society.

Dr. Lusk participated in NINR’s second conference on research priorities for nursing research, the NINR Priority Expert Panel on Community Based Models, currently serves on NIH grant review panels, and as a Section Editor for Linking Practice and Research in the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal, and a reviewer for several other journals.

Ken Meitl

Ken Meitl was born and raised on a farm in Kansas. Received a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Engineering from Kansas State University in 1979. After receiving his Degree, he joined Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria, IL as a Design Engineer. For the last 20 years, he has designed a variety of components and systems for Caterpillar machines, including a few projects to reduce machine noise levels. Currently is a Staff Engineer for Caterpillar, working in their Regulations and Product Compliance group is responsible for monitoring and communicating worldwide noise requirements for all mobile Caterpillar Products to the respective machine business units.

Volker Irmer

Volker Irmer received his Dipl.-Ing. in physics from the Technical University of Berlin in 1967 and his Dr.-Ing in 1970 also from the TU Berlin. He started working as a project manager in noise abatement with the German Association of the Iron and Steel Industry. He joined the German Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environmental Agency) in 1995. There he serves as head of the section on “Noise Emission Situation, Noise Laboratory, Noise Abatement Plans.” His main area of work is on noise control for industrial plants and products. Volker Irmer was a Delegate to the European Commission as a National Expert from 1995 to 1998. He is a member of the National (NALS), European (CEN) and International (ISO) Standardisation Committees.

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