Board of Directors


Mark P. Vergnano
President and CEO
The Chemours Company
NSC Board Chair

Mark Vergnano was named the first CEO of The Chemours Company prior to its spinoff from DuPont in July 2015. Under Mark’s leadership and with an ambitious five-point transformation plan, the company addressed the challenges associated with building a new company. This transformation complete, he is now leading a company poised for growth. Born in Hartford, CT, Vergnano received his BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of the University of Connecticut School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Engineers and Hall of Fame. Mark is vice chairman of the American Chemistry Council and a member of the board of directors of Johnson Controls International PLC.


Anas Al-Hamwi
Senior Director of Safety and Injury Management

Dr. Al‐Hamwi leads Walgreens Retail USA health and safety program and supports the global Walgreens Boots Alliance Casualty Risk Insurance group to improve health, safety and casualty insurance outcomes throughout the company. He is the founding member of the WBA Health, Safety and Environmental Governance Committee, and represents health and safety in the WBA Global Corporate Social Responsibility organization.
Dr. Al-Hamwi developed an enhanced OSHA response system, and designed and implemented an Active Care model that delivers improved care post-injury while reducing cost. He has developed a culture at Walgreens that integrates safety into all company processes and procedures, resulting in three consecutive years of reduced team member injuries.
Dr. Al-Hamwi earned a doctor of medicine degree from Damascus University, Syria, and is a member of the Chicago ALSAC chapter of St. Jude charities.


Patrick Bass
thyssenkrupp North America Inc.

Patrick Bass provides strategic direction and services, and helps identify new markets and growth opportunities for all of thyssenkrupp companies in the region. Mr. Bass oversees the region’s 21,000 employees and about $9.9 billion in sales.
Mr. Bass began his career with thyssenkrupp in 1999 as a mechanical engineer and held numerous roles of increasing responsibility within thyssenkrupp’s elevator business, including global lead for product strategy, and research and development. He served as lead engineer for industry-transforming projects such as the MULTI rope-less elevator, ACCEL moving walkways, and MAX, a predictive maintenance, cloud-based solution that forms the basis for thyssenkrupp’s ground-breaking partnership with Microsoft.
Mr. Bass received his bachelor of science in engineering from Marquette University, Milwaukee, with further studies in systems engineering research at Northampton University, Northampton, England.


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 Inc. 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.


Andrew Johnson CSP
Executive Vice President – Principal
Captive Resources LLC
NSC Board Vice 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.


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
Vice President, National Insurance, and Division Underwriting Manager, Middle Market, for the East Division
Liberty Mutual 

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 of Safety, Security, Health & Environment (Retired)
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.


Laura J. Liddicoat
Forensic Toxicology Consultant
NSC Alcohol, Drugs & Impairment Division Board Representative

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration established a toxicology fellowship with NSC and the Center for Forensic Science Research and Education in 2014. As the program’s first fellow, Ms. Liddicoat provided expertise, identified issues and supported education, training and research that can reduce drunk and drugged driving.
Ms. Liddicoat worked in the Forensic Toxicology Section at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, serving as technical expert for alcohol and drug chemists, reviewing tests, reporting alcohol and drug results, interpreting lab findings and testifying at numerous impaired driving trials.
Receiving the 2016 NSC Robert F. Borkenstein Award and the 2017 American Academy of Forensic Sciences Toxicology Section’s Ray Abernethy Award, Ms. Liddicoat is past chair of the NSC Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division. She earned a bachelor of science degree in medical technology from University of Wisconsin.


Anne Taylor McCartt
Senior Vice President of Research (Retired)
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.


Patrick K. Mullen
Former President and CEO

Mr. Mullen has more than 30 years of experience in the energy infrastructure business. Prior to being named president and CEO at CB&I, he was chief operating officer, responsible for leading global operations and enhancing the company’s integrated business model. From 2013 to 2016, he held executive roles, overseeing the company’s growth, strategy development and investor relations, and worldwide engineering and construction operations.
Mr. Mullen joined CB&I in 2007 through the acquisition of Lummus Global, where he developed extensive experience in the refining and petrochemical technology business. He has served on the board of Vectren Corporation since 2014.
Mr. Mullen holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Evanston, IL.


Tim O'Toole
Former Chief Executive
FirstGroup plc

Mr. O’Toole joined the board of FirstGroup as a non-executive director in May 2009, was appointed chief operating officer and deputy chief executive in June 2010, and chief executive in November 2010.
Mr. O’Toole previously was managing director for London Underground, where his leadership in response to the terrorist attacks of July 7, 2005, earned him an Honorary CBE from the Queen. Prior to joining Transport for London in 2003, he was president and chief executive of Consolidated Rail Corporation. He was a board member of CSX Corporation between 2007 and 2017, and was appointed to the board of Edison International and Southern California Edison in July 2017.
Mr. O’Toole earned a juris doctorate from University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a bachelor of arts from LaSalle University, Philadelphia, which also awarded him an honorary doctorate of letters.


Douglas C. Pontsler
Chairman and Managing Director
Center of Visual Expertise (COVE)

Mr. Pontsler is former vice president, EHS and operations sustainability, at Owens Corning. He 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.


Anne R. Pramaggiore
Senior Executive Vice President and CEO of Exelon Utilities
Exelon Corporation

Ms. Pramaggiore is responsible for Exelon’s six utilities - ComEd, PECO, BGE, Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric - which deliver electricity and natural gas to about 22 million people in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maryland, D.C., Delaware and New Jersey. She previously was the first woman president and CEO of Commonwealth Edison, Illinois’ largest utility company. Under her leadership ComEd implemented the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (Smart Grid Law) in 2011, a $2.6 billion infrastructure modernization program and regulatory model redesign resulting in record-breaking reliability and the highest customer satisfaction scores in the Company’s history. She also drove passage of the 2016 Future Energy Jobs Act, aimed at growing renewable energy in Illinois, creating thousands of clean energy jobs, expanding funding for customer energy efficiency programs and providing millions of dollars in assistance for income-eligible customers. She also led the creation of programs to increase diversity within the energy and construction industries, including STEM-related programs for teen girls and African American and Latino high-school students; CONSTRUCT, a program that prepares diverse candidates for jobs in the construction and new energy trades; and Energy Force, in which developmentally disabled adults are trained to serve as ambassadors for energy efficiency.

Ms. Pramaggiore chairs the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and serves on the board for Motorola Solutions, Inc., Babcock and Wilcox Enterprises, and several civic and community organizations. She is a 1989 graduate of DePaul University School of Law and served as editor-in-chief of the school’s Law Review.


Richard G. Sanders, WSO-CSM
Corporate Regulatory Compliance Manager
Quanta Services Inc.
NSC Construction & Utilities Division Board Representative

Mr. Sanders has more than 40 years of experience in the construction industry as an environmental, health and safety professional and risk manager. He provides training, DOT compliance, risk management support, and regulatory safety, health and environmental compliance services to the Quanta operating companies which design, install, repair and maintain utility network infrastructure throughout the world.
Mr. Sanders has been with Quanta Services for more than 17 years. He previously held positions with Willis Corroon Construction, Brock Enterprises Inc., Bechtel Power Corporation, J.A. Jones Construction Company and Alabama Electric Cooperative.
Mr. Sanders has served three terms on the board of directors and two terms on the board of delegates of the National Safety Council. He holds a bachelor of business administration from Livingston University.


Nick Stavropoulos
President and COO
Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Mr. Stavropoulos has more than 35 years of experience in the energy industry. He oversees more than 23,000 employees across electric, gas and nuclear operations, serves on the PG&E Board of Directors and is the company’s lead safety officer.
Mr. Stavropoulos was hired in 2011 to lead a multibillion-dollar recovery and restoration effort after the San Bruno, CA, pipeline explosion. His teams engage companies around the world to develop new technologies to benefit customers and the environment. Under his leadership, PG&E’s gas business has earned multiple third-party certifications.
Mr. Stavropoulos is an internationally sought-after speaker on topics of leadership and safety culture. He holds a bachelor of science from Bentley College and a master in business administration from Babson College.


John P. Surma
Retired Chairman and CEO
U.S. Steel Corporation
NSC Board Immediate Past 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.