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Gary Fujimoto, MD

Gary Fujimoto, MD, is currently an Occupational Medicine consultant in private practice in Los Altos, California, working with a variety of high technology, biotechnology and pharmaceutical research groups both nationally and internationally.

Gary was formerly Program Director, Occupational Medicine Department, Health Care Division, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, and on the Active Medical Staff, Department of Emergency Medicine (Surgery), Stanford University School of Medicine.

Gary was twice honored with an Excellence in teaching award from Stanford University School of Medicine.

He served as the principal medical consultant for biological and chemical exposures at Stanford University for over 20 years, and has served on the Institutional Biosafety Committees for several pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Gary also serves on the board of the Griffin Foundation, and has been involved with the occupational health colloquium since its beginning.

Joshua Gurtler, PhD
Dr. Joshua Gurtler is a Category I, senior research scientist at the USDA, ARS in Wyndmoor, PA, where he has worked for 9 years, specializing in Food Microbiology and Food Safety. He conducted his undergraduate and M.S. work at Auburn University, specializing in food microbiology, and his Ph.D. and post-doctoral research in food microbiology at the University of Georgia. After graduation, Dr. Gurtler also worked for a food safety consulting firm. Dr. Gurtler’s current work involves innovative interventions for the inactivation of foodborne pathogens in fresh produce, crops, soil, and dried spices. Dr. Gurtler (along with NatureSeal, part of the Mantrose-Haesuer corporation) has developed a new patent-pending antimicrobial wash for fresh fruits and vegetables (First Step + 10) that has been approved and is marketed in Canada and the U.S. He has received $1.3 million in competitive research grants and industry CRADA funding to support his research. Joshua has published 45 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts with 82 co-authors that have been cited more than 830 times in the literature (two of these have received high-citation awards). He has published three book chapters, edited two books, and is currently editing a third book. Dr. Gurtler has served graduate advisory committees for graduate students at Drexel University, Virginia Tech University and Delaware State University. He has collaborative research grants with the University of Delaware, the University of Maine, Virginia Tech, and Ohio State University. He was a 5-year presidential appointee to the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) Program Committee, and served as the 2015 Program Committee Chair. Dr. Gurtler currently serves on the editorial boards of 6 peer-reviewed scientific journals. He has presented 70 research presentations or invited presentations in the U.S., Canada, China and Korea. He resides with his wife and three children in Phoenixville, PA
Sacha Gutierrez, MD, MS, FACOEM
Dr. Gutierrez graduated from Princeton University with a degree in chemistry. She completed medical school at the New Jersey Medical School and then served 3 years on active duty as an Army flight surgeon. Her time in service included a surgical internship and one tour in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sacha completed her residency training in occupational medicine at University of Texas at Tyler while also earning a Master’s degree in Environmental Medicine at Stephen F. Austin State University. Previous to joining the staff at FDA in January 2016, Dr. Gutierrez worked for the US Army as a disability evaluation physician and then moved on to manage a 24 hour urgent care and occupational health clinic for Concentra, a national healthcare company. Dr. G is very active with her local medical specialty organization, the Maryland College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and is currently serving as President-elect. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband Patrick, 2 daughters, Alivia and Estelle, aged 9 and 6, their dog Winter, and their leopard gecko Autumn.
John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM

John Howard is the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Prior to his appointments as NIOSH Director and WTC Health Program Administrator, Dr. Howard served as Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the State of California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency from 1991 through 2002.

Dr. Howard earned a Doctor of Medicine from Loyola University of Chicago; a Master of Public Health from the Harvard University School of Public Health; a Doctor of Law from the University of California at Los Angeles; and a Master of Law in Administrative Law and Economic Regulation, and a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management, both degrees from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

T. Warner Hudson, MD, FACOEM, FAAFP

T. Warner Hudson, MD, FACOEM, FAAFP is Medical Director of the Occupational and Employee Health for the UCLA Health System and Campus. His responsibilities include the occupational and employee health of the approximately 50,000 UCLA employees and volunteers as well as some students for both the UCLA Health System and campus. Warner is an contributor to the UCLA IBC, and provides occupational health support to multiple BSL 3 labs, as well as the Department of Lab Animal Medicine.

Warner, who is certified in both Family Medicine and Occupational Medicine and Fellow of both specialty societies, and was ACOEM President 2011-2012. He has 25 years of experience with major universities, international corporations, local, state and federal agencies. He has experience with AAALAC, JC and LCGME accreditation

Joseph P. Kozlovac, M.S., RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM)

Joe is a biosafety professional with over 25 years of experience and has worked in the biotechnology industry, academia and federal sector. Mr. Kozlovac is a Registered Biosafety Professional (RBP) and a Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP) through the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) as well as a certified Specialist Microbiologist in Biological Safety Microbiology through the National Registry of Microbiologists, American College of Microbiology, ASM. Joe has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He has authored several journal articles and textbook chapters on the subjects of Biological Toxins; Bloodborne Pathogens; Indoor Air Management; BSL-3 Agriculture, Agricultural Risk Assessment, Decontamination and Biosafety Management.. Joe is currently employed at the USDA ARS where he is responsible for developing biosafety policy for the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and to assist ARS locations in implementing these policies, and other biosafety guidelines and regulations. Joe also currently serves as the USDA co-chair for the Interagency Biorisk Management Working Group of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Committee on Homeland and National Security (CHNS) Subcommittee on Biodefense Research and Development (BDRD).

Joe is a member of the American Biological Safety Association and has served the organization in a variety of leadership roles to include a three year term as an ABSA Councilor. In 2009 Mr. Kozlovac received the Everett Hanel, Jr. Presidential Award from ABSA. Joe is also a member and Past-President of the Chesapeake Area Biological Safety Association (ChABSA). Mr. Kozlovac currently serves on the American College of Microbiology, National Registry of Certified Microbiologists (NRCM) as the Chair of the SM Biological Safety Exam Development Committee His professional services have included serving as the USDA biosafety lead SME on a collaborative effort between USDA and FAO to evaluate Biosafety and veterinary diagnostic capacity in 4 African nations; serving as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program (NBBTP), provided biosafety training to >850 Pakistani Scientists as part of an effort by the State Department’s Biosecurity Engagement Program, Serves as the USDA representative for the NIH RAC Biosafety Working Group, Served as a peer reviewer on the design of USAMRIID’s new research facility, Served as the ARS representative reviewing the DHS National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) Environmental Impact Statement and Security Assessment and continues to serve as a reviewer for biosafety and biocontainment aspects of the design of this facility. Joe has also in the past provided independent assessments of U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) BSL-4 and BSL-3 Laboratories as an external participant in USAMRIID’s Safety Inspection Program. Additionally Joe served as a consultant to the U.S. State Department on the Technical Review Committee for the decontamination of an anthrax contaminated mailbag facility in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Yolanda Lang, CRNP, DrPH
Yolanda is an ANCC board certified adult nurse practitioner and is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse from the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses. In 2007 she received her Fellowship distinction from the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN). Yolanda currently provides health screening to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh who have either biohazardous agent or animal contact. As the Nurse Practitioner in charge of the occupational health of these individuals Yolanda is also responsible for the evaluation and treatment of all exposures related to these fields of endeavor
Gregg M. Stave, MD, JD, MPH

Gregg M. Stave, MD, JD, MPH is a consultant in Occupational Medicine and Corporate Health and is also Assistant Consulting Professor in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He spent 15 years as a corporate medical director for GlaxoSmithKline, based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, most recently as Director, Strategic Health Planning.

During his years at Glaxo, the organization received numerous internal and external awards including the ACOEM Corporate Health Achievement Award, the Koop Award, and the Institute for Health and Productivity Management Award.

Dr. Stave received his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology in Life Sciences. He received both his Medical Degree and Juris Doctor from Duke University and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and American College of Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Stave served as a member of the Board of Directors of ACOEM for 6 years and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Occupational and Environmental Health Foundation. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Prevention Partners and Chairman of the Duke Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Advisory committee. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Museum of Life and Science.

Dr. Stave is co-editor of the award-winning Physical and Biological Hazards of the Workplace, recently released in the third edition. He also co-edited the State of the Art Review in Occupational Medicine on the Pharmaceutical Industry. He is the author of numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles.

Maureen Thompson BSN, RN

Maureen Thompson BSN, RN is the Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety at Emory University and Environmental Health and Safety Officer (EHSO) at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center (NPRC). Her responsibilities include: guidance and oversight for regulatory compliance, environmental health and safety training, BSL/ABSL-3 containment oversight, safety inspections, hazard identification, hazard monitoring and risk assessments. She is also responsible for the follow-up and investigations related to student, volunteer and employee injuries and exposures as well, as the workers compensation program.

Maureen has worked in the field of Environmental Health and Safety for more than 25 years, first as the Safety Officer at Children’s Health Care of Atlanta and then as the EHSO at the Yerkes NPRC. She continues to work with numerous agencies and research facilities to address research related health and safety concerns and development of comprehensive safety programs. She is a voting member of the Emory University Institutional Biosafety and Research Safety Committees and is the EHSO representative on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

Dawn P. Wooley, PhD, SM[NRCM], RBP, CBSP

Dr. Wooley is also Director of the Biosafety Level 3 Lab., Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Her active areas of research include studying the molecular mechanisms of HIV mutation, recombination, and pathogenesis, the use of viral vectors for gene transfer, and the biosafety of viral vectors in laboratory and animal research. She is currently a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is a member of the Center for Retrovirus Research at Ohio State University.

She previously served as a member of the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee and Executive Board Member of the NIH/NIAID Region V “Great Lakes” Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Wooley performed postdoctoral research with Nobel Laureate Howard Temin at the University of Wisconsin. She earned her Ph.D. degree in Virology from Harvard and an honors B.S. degree in Microbiology from The Pennsylvania State University.