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  • Surma

    John P. Surma - NSC Board Chairman
    Retired Chairman and CEO
    United States Steel Corporation
    Executive Committee Chair and Personnel & Compensation Committee Chair

    Mr. Surma retired from United States Steel in 2013, where he worked for 11 years. He was named president and chief executive officer in 2004 and chairman in 2006. Before joining U.S. Steel, Mr. Surma was a partner at Price Waterhouse LLP and held senior management positions at Marathon Oil Co., Speedway SuperAmerica LLC and Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC (MAP). Mr. Surma is a member of the boards of directors of Marathon Petroleum Corp., MPLX, Concho Resources Inc. and Ingersoll Rand. In 1983, Mr. Surma participated in the President's Executive Exchange Program in Washington, D.C., as executive staff assistant to the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. He was appointed by President Obama to the President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. He also serves on the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University.


    Philip K. Asherman
    President and CEO
    Chicago Bridge & Iron Company
    Strategic Planning Committee Chair

    Mr. Asherman joined CB&I in 2001. Following active duty in the U.S. Air Force from 1970-1974, he graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida. He earned a master degree from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. He is a member of the Board of Advisors for the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a member of the American Petroleum Institute and National Petroleum Council.

    “I am honored to represent CB&I on the NSC Board of Directors. Our relentless focus on safety is at the forefront of everything we do at CB&I. Like NSC, we believe education, awareness and employee engagement can help save lives and prevent injuries.”


    Elaine S. Beitler
    CEO and member of the Board of Directors
    Browz LLC

    Ms. Beitler has been with Browz LLC, a privately held global software developer and provider, since 2010. Before joining Browz, she spent 13 years at Bowne & Co. Inc., a shareholder and marketing communication services company, where her roles included corporate officer, president of marketing and business communications, and chief information officer. Ms. Beitler holds a master of business administration from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree from Albany University. Her honors include being listed among Forbes Women Business Leaders for 2016.

    Raymond Betler

    Raymond T. Betler
    President and CEO
    Wabtec Corporation

    Mr. Betler joined Wabtec in 2013 and serves on the company’s board of directors. He started his career as a design engineer for Westinghouse and became the youngest President and CEO in the company’s 120-year history. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and economics, as well as a degree in administration/management science, both from Carnegie Mellon University. He has certificates from the Executive Development Program at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Finance for Executives Program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

    Brian J. Cook

    Brian J. Cook
    Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
    USG Corporation

    Mr. Cook earned a bachelor’s degree in management and finance and an MBA with a concentration in human resources from Virginia Tech. He also earned a juris doctorate from DePaul University College of Law. He is president of USG Foundation, former board member and chairman emeritus of American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, board member and former chairman of the Department of Management Advisory Board for Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business, director of the HR Policy Association Center on Executive Compensation and  board member of the HR Policy Association American Health Policy Institute.


    Dr. John J. Dreyzehner, M.P.H., F.A.C.O.E.M.
    Tennessee Department of Health

    Dr. Dreyzehner leads a team of public health professionals in supporting programs of the Tennessee Department of Health. He previously was district director at Cumberland Plateau Health District, a medical consultant on the Highlands Community Services Board, and director of Blue Ridge Occupational Health, all in Virginia. He also was a flight surgeon and directed key aeromedical programs while serving in the U.S. Air Force. He is tri-chair of the National Homeland Security Consortium, preparedness policy chairman of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and secretary-treasurer of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.


    Daniel Z. Frank
    Wheels Services

    Mr. Frank has been with Wheels since 1986. He graduated with a bachelor degree in Engineering from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford University. He also serves as vice president of federal affairs for the American Automotive Leasing Association.

    “A vehicle is one of the most dangerous workplace environments. As manager of over 300,000 vehicles in North America, Wheels feels a responsibility to help keep our drivers, their clients and their families safe, and to be a leader in our industry in both thought and action.”


    Deborah A. P. Hersman
    President and CEO
    National Safety Council

    Ms. Hersman has been with the National Safety Council since 2014. Prior to joining NSC, Ms. Hersman served as chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. She holds bachelor degrees in Political Science and International Studies from Virginia Tech, and a master degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.


    Abdulrahman Jawahery Dr.
    Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co.

    Mr. Jawahery is a chartered chemical engineer with BSc and MSc degrees in Chemical Engineering from the United Kingdom. Among his other associations, he is a second-term member of the Parliament in the Kingdom of Bahrain, a board member of the National Oil & Gas Authority and founding member of the Bahrain Society for Transfer of Technology.


    Andrew Johnson CSP
    Executive Vice President
    Captive Resources LLC
    Delegates Committee Chair

    Mr. Johnson has been with the Captive Resources LLC since 1992. He received his bachelor degree from Northern Illinois University in 1985 and holds both CSP and ARM designations. He has also served on the Board of Education of Community Unit School District 200, Wheaton, IL.


    Roberta Kloda Ph.D
    EHS Manager
    FMC Corporation

    Ms. Kloda has more than 10 years of EHS knowledge and a strong background in heavy industrial manufacturing. Prior to her work at FMC Agricultural Products, which formulates agricultural chemicals and specialty pest control products, she was senior manager of safety and environment at Aurubis Buffalo Inc., a worldwide copper recycler, and an environmental specialist at Chemical Waste Management, both in New York. She received a doctorate in leadership and policy from Niagara University, and a master’s in public health and bachelor’s in chemistry and recombinant gene technology from Western Kentucky University. She serves on the board of the Western New York Safety Council.


    David Koeneke
    Executive Director
    Oklahoma Safety Council

    Mr. Koeneke has been executive director of the Oklahoma Safety Council, with offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, since 2006. He was active in the formation and lobby for Oklahoma’s 2015 legislative ban on texting while driving. He has worked in managed care worker’s compensation and occupational medicine, and has been directly involved in leading two nonprofits back to profitability. Mr. Koeneke sits on several nonprofit boards and is on the management team for Special Olympics. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Missouri Southern State University.


    Jim S. Kreinbrink, CSP, CIC
    Division Vice President of Risk Control Services
    Liberty Mutual East Division

    Mr. Kreinbrink began his career with Liberty Mutual in 1987 and has held several management and technical positions with the company. The mission of Risk Control Services, in part, is to help customers mitigate and reduce risk while executing Liberty Mutual’s product strategy. Mr. Kreinbrink served for seven years as a foundation trustee on the American Society of Safety Engineers Board and has been active in a number of volunteer organizations. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Florida Southern College.


    Lynne M. Lachenmyer
    Vice President
    ExxonMobil Corporation

    Ms Lachenmyer joined ExxonMobil in 1980. She has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from California Polytechnic University, which named her Distinguished Alumnus in Engineering in 2011 and a Hall of Fame inductee in 2014. She served on the Petro Stopping Center Board and the Singapore Economic Development Board. She currently serves on the Dean of Engineering Leadership Board for California Polytechnic University, and on the boards of ExxonMobil Foundation and Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas.


    Anne Taylor McCartt
    Senior Vice President of Research
    Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (Jan 2007 - April 2016)

    During her 14 years at IIHS, Ms. McCartt developed and directed the research program in driver, vehicle and roadway safety. She managed research staff and publication of research papers, and represented IIHS at scientific and professional meetings. She also served on expert and professional committees. She previously was a senior associate with Preusser Research Group Inc., where she developed and directed research projects in highway safety for IIHS, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, National Safety Council and others. She earned a doctorate in public administration and policy and a master’s in library science from the University at Albany, State University of New York.


    Kent McElhattan
    Industrial Scientific Corporation
    Nominating Committee Chair

    Mr. McElhattan co-founded Industrial Scientific Corp. in 1976. He earned his bachelor degree from Davis & Elkins College in W. Va. and a doctorate in Science, Honoris causa from Clarion University. He has also served on the boards of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and the Greater Pittsburgh Boy Scouts of America Council.


    Douglas C. Pontsler
    Vice President EHS and Operations Sustainability
    Owens Corning
    Campbell Institute Committee Chair

    Mr. Pontsler joined Owens Corning in 2002. He is a steering team member of the Campbell Institute at NSC and chairman of the World Class Team subcommittee. He also is vice chairman of Regional Growth Partnership, a Board and Executive Committee member of the Marathon Classic LPGA Tournament and a cabinet member of the United Way 2013 Campaign Committee for Northwest Ohio. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.


    Peter Sullivan, CSP, CET
    Accenture Consulting

    Mr. Sullivan focuses on improving the performance and efficiency of environmental, health and safety management systems and technology for clients in the energy, oil field services, chemicals and natural resources, utilities and products segments. He has more than 16 years of operational and training management experience, and previously served as a region EHS manager and global EHS training director. He also participated in multiple post-merger integrations as an EHS functional lead. Mr. Sullivan is a Certified Safety Professional, a Certified EHS Trainer and a member of the NSC Young Professionals Division. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of New Hampshire.


    Mark P. Vergnano
    CEO and President
    The Chemours Company

    Prior to the leading The Chemours Company in 2015, Mr. Vergnano had been with DuPont since 1980. He received a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and master degree in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is on the board of directors for the American Chemistry Council and Johnson Controls, Inc.

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