WORKSHOP SPEAKERS AND MODERATORS
John R. Balmes, M.D., received his M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1976. After internal medicine training at Mount Sinai and pulmonary subspecialty, occupational medicine, and research training at Yale, he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California in 1982. He joined the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), in 1986 and is currently a professor in the divisions of occupational and environmental medicine and pulmonary and critical care medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. His major academic activities include several collaborative epidemiological research projects, various advisory and editorial committees, director of the University of California (UC) Berkeley–UCSF Joint Medical Program, and director of the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (a consortium of programs at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UCSF). Since 2008 he has been the physician member of the California Air Resources Board.
Howard J. Cohen, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a professor of occupational safety and health management at the University of New Haven and an adjunct professor of chemical engineering at the University of Rhode Island. He received his B.A. from Boston University and earned both his Ph.D. in industrial hygiene and his M.P.H. at the University of Michigan. He is board certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. Prior to joining the University of New Haven
faculty in 1994, Dr. Cohen spent 16 years as the corporate manager of industrial hygiene at Olin Corporation, a Fortune 200 company with nearly 20,000 employees. Among the most recognized industrial hygienists in the United States, Dr. Cohen was the editor-in-chief of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal from 1991 to 2003 and currently serves as a member of the editorial board of Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. He is the current chair of the ANSI Z88.2 Committee on Respiratory Protection and the chair of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Committee on Respiratory Protection. A member of the Industrial Hygiene Roundtable, he has served as the treasurer of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. Dr. Cohen has received numerous professional awards, including the 1989 Warren A. Cook Award for outstanding scholarship from the University of Michigan and the 1990, 1992, and 2002 John M. White Award for excellence in respiratory protection from the American Industrial Hygiene Association. He shared the 2003 Adolf G. Kammer Award for Authorship from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the 2004 President’s Award from the American Industrial Hygiene Association. His published writings address the assessment of workplace respiratory hazards, the characterization of specific airborne particulates, and the development and implementation of respiratory protection programs.
Maryann D’Alessandro, Ph.D., M.S., has served as the director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) since March 2012. She also served as the associate director for science for NPPTL from 2003 to 2012. Dr. D’Alessandro provides leadership to the NIOSH Personal Protective Technology (PPT) Core and Specialty Program and the Public Safety Program, where she serves as the manager leading the effort to align PPT initiatives with user needs across all workplace industry sectors. Within the PPT program, Dr. D’Alessandro has served as the catalyst for aligning surveillance, research, standards, certification, outreach, and intervention activities to improve workplace safety and health. Prior to joining NIOSH in 2003, she had a short academic career at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Bioengineering and served in various U.S. Army research and development organizations for 15 years. Dr. D’Alessandro holds electrical engineering degrees from the Florida Institute of Technology (B.S.), Fairleigh Dickinson University (M.S.), and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Ph.D.).
Emiel DenHartog, Ph.D., M.Sc., has a master’s degree in experimental physics from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and a Ph.D. in medical physics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. After
his Ph.D. he went to work for more than 15 years in defense research on the evaluation and innovation of military protective clothing systems where he studied modeling human heat exchange in extreme environments. Over time he moved toward the impact of protective clothing on the human body (e.g., chemical, biological, ballistics, camouflage, flame retardance) and became program manager of the protective clothing research for the Ministry of Defense in the Netherlands, also actively collaborating within the European Union on research projects as well as contributing to NATO activities around protective clothing. In 2013 he moved to North Carolina State University; since then he has been the associate director of the Textile Protection and Comfort Center and an associate professor in the textile engineering, chemistry, and science department in the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. In his research he studies the interaction between clothing and the human body to optimize protection, performance, and comfort. Recently his work has focused on the local interaction of fabrics and materials with the skin and the effects of the local microclimate on skin health. The focus of the work is on using and developing test and evaluation methods for functional textiles to demonstrate and quantify the protection, performance, health, and comfort of clothing and textiles. He actively collaborates with a wide range of scientists providing measurement and evaluation support on anything related to improvements on human health, performance and comfort. In 2019 he received the North Carolina State award as university faculty scholar for his contributions to research and education in this field. He teaches classes on clothing biophysics and textile testing and publishes on comfort and protection evaluations of textiles and clothing. Since 2015 he has been a member of the National Academy of Medicine Standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Workplace Safety and Health, advising the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory on its testing and research agenda. Since 2019 he has been the director of graduate programs at the Wilson College of Textiles and the associate head of the Department of Textiles Engineering, Chemistry, and Science.
Joseph Domitrovich, Ph.D., is a wildland firefighter and an exercise physiologist for the U.S. Forest Service National Technology and Development Program based in Missoula, Montana. He started with the forest service in 2007. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Montana, Missoula, in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in exercise physiology. He received his master’s degree also from the University of Montana and his bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California. Dr. Domitrovich’s work at the National Technology and Development Program includes hydration, nutrition, health effects of smoke, heat-related illnesses, stress, and fitness. He is an advisor to the National Wildfire Coordinat-
ing Group Risk Management Committee and the Forest Service Fire Risk Management Council. Dr. Domitrovich is the forest service representative to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) committee on respiratory protection and the task group chair for NFPA 1984 (Wildland and Urban Interface Respiratory Protection). He teaches wildland fire training courses at the local and national level.
Ayse Gurses, Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H., is a professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Whiting School of Engineering. She is the founding director of the Armstrong Institute Center for Health Care Human Factors. She is an industrial and systems engineer (with subspecialization in human factors engineering), an implementation scientist, and a health services researcher. Her current research efforts focus on improving patient safety (medication safety, diagnostic safety, care transitions/handoffs in pediatric trauma, preventing health care acquired infections), health care worker safety (protecting health care workers from communicable diseases through engineering-based solutions, workload management, reducing clinician stress and burnout), and patient- and family-centeredness of care (improving communication and partnership with patients in primary care for safe medication management). Dr. Gurses earned her Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Before joining Johns Hopkins University, she served as a faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, where she was the chair of the health care technical group. She serves as the scientific editor of Applied Ergonomics, a top-level journal in the field of human factors engineering. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards. Most recently she was awarded with a Best Paper Award from the International Ergonomics Association and Liberty Mutual for research examining patient safety in the cardiovascular operating room and an Early Career Investigator Award from the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences Foundation.
Robert Harrison, M.D., M.P.H., has been with the California Department of Public Health and on the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine since 1984. He established the UCSF Occupational Health Services where he has diagnosed and treated thousands of work and environmental injuries and illnesses. He has designed and implemented numerous medical monitoring programs for workplace exposures, and he has consulted widely with employers, health care professionals, and labor organizations on the prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses. Dr.
Harrison has led many work and environmental investigations of disease outbreaks. He has served as a technical and scientific consultant to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and he was a member of the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board. He is currently the director of the NIOSH-funded Occupational Health Internship Program and the associate director of the UCSF occupational and environmental medicine residency program. His research interests include the collection and analyses of California and national data on the incidence of work-related injuries and illnesses. Dr. Harrison has authored or co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 40 book chapters/contributed articles/letters to the editor. He is the co-editor of the most recent edition of the textbook Occupational and Environmental Medicine (McGraw-Hill Education, 2014).
Stephanie Holm, M.D., M.P.H., is the co-director of the Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU). Dr. Holm received her M.D. in 2011 from the University of Pittsburgh. She is board certified in both pediatrics and occupational/environmental medicine (trained at Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland and University of California, San Francisco, respectively). She also completed 1 year of pediatric pulmonary training at the Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland before leaving to further pursue her interests in pediatric research and pediatric environmental medicine. She was the principal investigator on the AQUA study, a dual cohort study of asthmatic children with and without cigarette exposure, which measured particulate matter levels in children’s home environments in order to correlate these with features and behaviors of the household and its occupants. As part of her work with the Region 9 PEHSU, she reviewed literature relevant to disinfectant use and toxicities in early care and education environments. Dr. Holm completed an M.P.H. in epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2017 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in epidemiology while continuing her research activities.
Claire Huson, CIH, is a certified industrial hygienist with 35 years of experience in occupational health and safety in a variety of industries and settings. She is the director of the Safety, Health and Environmental Management (SHEM) Office’s Policy and Special Studies Division, which is located in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations within the Department of State. SHEM’s focus is the safety of employees at U.S. embassies and consulates around the world and the American families who accompany them. Ms. Huson joined SHEM more than 20 years ago, and in that
time severe air pollution at overseas locations has become widespread and the source of great health concerns particularly for the families. These concerns may even affect the ability to staff postings and perform important overseas work. In 2013 she teamed with medical staff responding on site to an extended period of extreme air pollution in Beijing, China. Shortly thereafter, they formed the department’s air pollution working group to promote a multifaceted approach to this complex problem. SHEM continues to develop guidance on air pollution exposure reduction measures and evaluate their effectiveness.
Jim Johnson, Ph.D., CIH, QEP, is a certified industrial hygienist and qualified environmental professional who has operated JSJ & Associates on a part-time basis since 1978. JSJ & Associates is a small consulting firm specializing in occupational safety and health and hazardous material issues. Many of the firm’s projects since 1978 have involved a variety of personal protective equipment work activities, with tasks on firefighter respiratory protective equipment routinely addressed. Dr. Johnson worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) from 1972 through 2006. His position from November 2000 to 2006 was the section leader of the Chemical and Biological Safety Section of the Safety Programs Division. Throughout his career at LLNL, Dr. Johnson was involved with respiratory protection and personal protective equipment as a respiratory program administrator, a research scientist, and a division and section manager. He is an American Industrial Hygiene Association fellow, a past member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Correlating Committee on Fire and Emergency Services Protective Clothing and Equipment, a past member of the NFPA Respiratory Protection Equipment Committee, a past chair of the International Society for Respiratory Protection (ISRP), a past ISRP Americas section chair, and a past editor of the International Society for Respiratory Protection Journal. Currently, Dr. Johnson is the subcommittee chair of the ASTM International subcommittee F23.65 on respiratory protection. The recent relocation of the ANSI Z88 Secretariat from the American Society of Safety Professionals to ASTM International has expanded the visibility and participation in respiratory standards development. New work items initiated to support the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic will address facial covering performance, emergency responder elastomeric respirator performance, and elastomeric respirator decontamination test methods. He also continues to provide his expertise on respiratory program improvements, Hanford Tank Farm, use of toxic materials, and beryllium as well as expert witness consultation on respiratory protection. He has co-authored a number of respirator articles as well as authored several chapters on respiratory protection in the past several years. Dr. Johnson continues to be a strong advocate for the
inclusion of elastomeric half-facepiece respirators in the Strategic National Stockpile as well as routine use in health care.
Rachael M. Jones, Ph.D., M.P.H., is interested in research questions about how people—workers and communities—come into contact with stressors in their environment and how those stressors can be mitigated or eliminated if they pose a threat to health. A lot of her work has used mathematical models to describe these contacts or exposures, but in recent years she has expanded her research methodologies to include (1) statistical methods to characterize exposures and their determinants, such as for epidemiologic studies; (2) qualitative methods; (3) simulation experiments; and (4) field-based studies. One of the stressors of great interest to her is infectious agents, such as encountered by health care workers providing care to patients with infectious diseases. She has sought to explore the processes by which infectious diseases are transmitted from person to person, the risk of infection (including the burden of occupationally acquired infections among health care workers), and strategies for managing and preventing disease transmission. In addition, she is increasingly interested in structural problems that create and sustain unhealthy work, particularly among low-wage workers. She is always interested in building research collaborations to explore questions and areas that are new to her.
Bill Kojola, M.S., is formerly the industrial hygienist for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Department of Occupational Health and Safety. His experience in health and safety spans more than 30 years. During that time, Mr. Kojola has been the director of the Occupational Safety and Health Division of the Laborers Health and Safety Fund of North America, an occupational safety and health specialist for the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, and the director of safety and health for the United Cement, Lime, Gypsum and Allied Workers International Union. Prior to this he was a health research scientist at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, studying the human health effects of air and water pollutants. With the AFL-CIO, Mr. Kojola was responsible for developing strategies for securing new safety and health protections through federal and state regulations, coordinated with affiliates on leading a unified labor response to proposed Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, and represented the AFL-CIO before government regulatory agencies, on federal advisory committees, and in consensus standard setting efforts. He also worked with affiliate unions to address emerging workplace hazards and issues. Mr. Kojola holds a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in genetics from the University of Minnesota, and he studied toxicology and industrial hygiene at the University of Illinois School of Public Health.
Andrew Levinson, M.P.H., is the deputy director for the Directorate of Standards and Guidance at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Prior to that he was the director of OSHA’s Office of Biological Hazards. Mr. Levinson works on safety and health management systems, emergency response and preparedness, infectious disease, and protective clothing and equipment issues. Prior to joining OSHA he worked on emergency responder health and safety matters at the International Association of Fire Fighters and on safety and environmental compliance at Anheuser-Busch’s brewery in Cartersville, Georgia. Mr. Levinson received his M.P.H. from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Barbara Materna, Ph.D., CIH, is the chief of the Occupational Health Branch in the California Department of Public Health, a position she has held for the past 18 years. Dr. Materna is a certified industrial hygienist whose career in occupational health has primarily been in state and local government public health programs. Some of the worker health topics she has studied include perchloroethylene in dry cleaning, exposures to wildland firefighters, occupational lead poisoning, lung disease in flavor manufacturing workers, aerosol transmissible diseases, respiratory protection for health care workers, and Valley fever. She has a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.
Melissa A. McDiarmid, M.D., M.P.H., DABT, is a professor of medicine and the director of the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Occupational Health Program. She received her B.A. in 1975 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in biological sciences, her M.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in 1979, and her M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1986, where she also completed fellowship training in occupational medicine. She is board-certified in internal medicine, occupational medicine, and toxicology. She maintains professional society affiliations as a fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and the American College of Preventive Medicine and as a member of the American Public Health Association and the Society of Occupational and Environmental Health. Dr. McDiarmid was the director of the Office of Occupational Medicine for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Washington, DC, a position she held from 1991 until 1996. A principal career focus for Dr. McDiarmid has been that of environmental reproductive and developmental hazards. While at OSHA she guided the reproductive health effects aspects of several standards including those for cadmium, butadiene, and methylene chloride. She has co-chaired the National Institute for Occupational Safety and
Health National Occupational Research Agenda work group on reproductive health. Dr. McDiarmid has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on occupational and environmental medicine topics related to health care workers, medical surveillance and management, reproductive hazards, and occupational cancers.
Richard Metzler, M.S.I.E., has more than 44 years of experience in federal safety and health product approval programs. He is a respiratory protection consultant and the past director of the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). His experience includes managing laboratories and establishing federal regulations and national and international respiratory protective equipment standards. Mr. Metzler holds a bachelor of science in systems engineering from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an honorary member, past director, and past president of the International Society for Respiratory Protection; a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ASTM International F23.65 Practices for Respiratory Protection Committee; served as the chairman of ANSI/American Society of Safety Engineers/Z88.2 Practices for Respiratory Protection Subcommittee; a member and a past chairman of the American Industrial Hygiene Respiratory Protection Committee; a past administrator of US ANSI ISO, TC 94/SC 15 TAG - Respiratory Protective Devices; and a past chairman of the air-purifying respirator standards project group. Mr. Metzler led regulatory reform efforts at NIOSH promulgating 42 CFR 84 respirator approval regulations and standards for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear respiratory protective devices.
Mark Nicas, Ph.D., M.P.H., CIH, is an emeritus adjunct professor at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. He has a Ph.D. and an M.P.H. in environmental health sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. in genetics from the University of Wisconsin, and a B.S. in biology and chemistry from the City College of New York. He has been a professional industrial hygienist for more than 40 years and is a certified industrial hygienist. His academic research has been in three areas: (1) exposure and risk assessment for pathogens including M. tuberculosis, C. immitis, and the influenza virus, (2) the mathematical modeling of exposure intensity to airborne chemical toxicants, and (3) variability in the efficacy of respiratory protection.
Jeff Peterson has more than 29 years of technical expertise in the area of respiratory protection. He began his career with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in 1991 where he performed
testing and research in support of standards development efforts for Title 42, Code of Federal Regulation, Part 84 (42 CFR 84). After the implementation of 42 CFR 84 in 1995, Mr. Peterson remained with the respirator certification program as a general engineer where he used his knowledge and skills to address and resolve technical issues and customer concerns related to approving and testing respiratory protection equipment. He became the team lead for respirator certification in 2006, coordinating technical and policy reviews for certification projects. In 2010, Mr. Peterson became the deputy branch chief for the branch that administers the NIOSH Respirator Approval Program, and he currently serves as the branch chief, providing technical leadership, project management, and administrative support for all projects related to respirator certification activities mandated by 42 CFR 84.
Kevin Riley, Ph.D., M.P.H., is the director of research and evaluation at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Labor Occupational Safety and Health Program, which collaborates with workers, unions, community organizations, employers, academics, students, governmental representatives, and health professionals to improve health and safety conditions for workers in Southern California. Initiatives include health and safety training; education for low-income, minority, and immigrant workers; public advocacy; and participation in industry-wide research relating to policy issues in California. Dr. Riley serves as the principal investigator of the Western Region Universities Consortium (WRUC), a partnership of four university-based hazmat training programs funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences worker training program and supporting hazmat-related worker training initiatives throughout Environmental Protection Agency regions IX and X. He had led WRUC’s training initiatives for health care workers on aerosol transmissible disease hazards and California’s Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Standard—most recently with an emphasis on protections from SARS-CoV-2. He has also overseen training efforts for workers exposed to smoke and atmospheric particulate matter during wildfire events. Other areas of research have included heat illness among outdoor workers, occupational injuries and workers’ compensation eligibility for residential day laborers and domestic workers, long work hours among long-haul truck drivers and live-in caregivers, and the evaluation of various worker training initiatives. Dr. Riley received his Ph.D. in sociology from UCLA and his M.P.H. from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He is an active member of the Occupational Health Section of the American Public Health Association.
Daniel K. Shipp was the president of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), the association for personal protective equipment and
clothing, from 1993 until his retirement in 2017. ISEA represents manufacturers and distributors of the full range of personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers in manufacturing, construction, utilities, health care, and other industries, and it is accredited by the American National Standards Institute as a standards-developing organization. As the chief staff officer of ISEA, Mr. Shipp represented U.S. safety equipment manufacturers before Congress and U.S. regulatory agencies as well as global industry and government forums. He has served as a member of the National Academies Committee on Personal Protective Equipment, the board of the Americas section of the International Society for Respiratory Protection, and the board of directors of the National Safety Council, as well as the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety’s National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory PPE Conformity Assessment Working Group.
Jeff Stull, M.S., is the president of International Personnel Protection, Inc. He is a member of several National Fire Protection Agency committees on personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as the ASTM International committee on protective clothing. Mr. Stull was formerly the convener for international work groups on heat/thermal protection and hazardous materials PPE as well as the lead U.S. delegate for International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 94/Subcommittees on Protective Clothing and Firefighter PPE. He participates in the InterAgency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability and co-authored the book PPE Made Easy.
Jonathan Szalajda, SIE, M.Eng., is the deputy director of the National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Tener G. Veenema, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., RN, is an internationally recognized expert in disaster nursing and public health emergency preparedness. As the president and the chief executive officer of the Tener Consulting Group, LLC, Dr. Veenema served as a senior consultant to the U.S. government, including the Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs; the Administration for Children and Families; and, most recently, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Her decision-support software and information technology applications for disaster response have been presented at conferences around the globe. Her scholarship includes the leading international text in the field, Disaster Nursing: Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards (Springer, 3rd edition, 2013), and two nationally award-winning disaster e-learning courses, Red Cross ReadyRN Disaster and Emergency Preparedness for Health Ser-
vices (American Red Cross, 2007) and ReadyRN (Elsevier, MC Strategies, 2008). Dr. Veenema received master’s degrees in nursing administration (1992), pediatrics (1993), and public health (1999) and a Ph.D. in health services research and policy (2001) from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is a member of the American Red Cross National Scientific Advisory Board and is an elected fellow in both the National Academies of Practice and the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Veenema was awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal of Honor from the International Red Crescent (Geneva, Switzerland), the highest international award a nurse can receive. Her areas of expertise include disaster nursing, public health emergency preparedness, children and disasters, public policy and environmental health, health policy, leadership and decision making, and clinical decision support systems.
Olivia Yost, M.Sc., is a program officer with the Board on Health Sciences Policy. She has supported multiple consensus study and workshop committees related to the topics of respiratory protection, preparedness, and occupational health—most recently, the Committee on Best Practices for Assessing Mortality and Significant Morbidity Following Large-Scale Disasters, the Committee on Current Issues in the Assessment of Respiratory Protective Devices, and the Committee on the Use of Elastomeric Respirators in Health Care. Prior to joining the National Academies in 2015, Ms. Yost worked as a research officer for ARCHIVE Global, a global health organization based in New York City, where she managed evaluation activities for disease control programs in the Caribbean, West Africa, and South Asia. Ms. Yost received her M.Sc. in the control of infectious diseases from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where her graduate research focused on developing rapid, low-cost testing methodologies to identify failing wastewater infrastructure. She received her B.A. in history and communications from Franklin University Switzerland.
Rebecca English, M.P.H., is a senior program officer on the Board on Health Sciences Policy at the National Academies and serves as the project director for the Planning Committee on Current Issues in the Assessment of Respiratory Protective Devices. Since 2009 Ms. English has staffed and directed projects reflecting the range of challenges brought to the National Academies from sponsors. Most recently these efforts have included Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care (2020); Necessity, Use, and Care of Laboratory Dogs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (2020); and Physician-Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape: Proceedings of a Workshop (2018). As of late 2020, Ms. English is direct-
ing a congressionally mandated study on increasing fairness and equity in the deceased donor organ transplant system and a study sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on managing cancer risks associated with radiation exposure during crewed space missions. Ms. English has received multiple internal awards at the National Academies for promoting a positive work atmosphere by helping to bring together people throughout the organization and for approaching her work and any associated challenges with determination and philosophical resolve. Prior to joining the National Academies, Ms. English was a legislative assistant at the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association as well as a legislative assistant for health policy for U.S. Congressman Porter J. Goss (FL-14). She received her M.P.H. from the University of Michigan in 2009 and her B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 2002.
Kendall Logan is a senior program assistant for the Board on Health Sciences Policy. She joined the National Academies in 2018 and staffed two consensus study reports: Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System and Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care. She also supports the Standing Committee on Medical and Epidemiological Aspects of Air Pollution on U.S. Government Employees and Their Families. Ms. Logan received her B.A. in anthropology with a public health minor from Haverford College and is currently pursuing an M.P.H. from Columbia University.
Claire Giammaria, M.P.H., is an associate program officer on the Board on Health Sciences Policy. Prior to joining the National Academies, Ms. Giammaria was the research associate for the Technology and Liberty Project at the American Civil Liberties Union where she primarily worked on genetics, health care, and privacy issues. She has an M.P.H. from the University of Michigan where she studied public health policy and concentrated in public health genetics. Ms. Giammaria received her B.A. from Grinnell College where she majored in biology.
Andrew M. Pope, Ph.D., is the senior director of the Board on Health Sciences Policy. He has a Ph.D. in physiology and biochemistry from the University of Maryland and has been a member of the National Academies staff since 1982 and of the Health and Medicine Division staff since 1989. His primary interests are science policy, biomedical ethics, and environmental and occupational influences on human health. During his tenure at the National Academies, Dr. Pope has directed numerous studies on topics that range from injury control, disability prevention, and biologic markers to the protection of human subjects of research, National Institutes of Health priority-setting processes, organ procurement and transplantation
policy, and the role of science and technology in countering terrorism. Since 1998 Dr. Pope has served as the director of the Board on Health Sciences Policy, which oversees and guides a program of activities that is intended to encourage and sustain the continuous vigor of the basic biomedical and clinical research enterprises needed to ensure and improve the health and resilience of the public. Ongoing activities include forums on neuroscience, genomics, drug discovery and development, and medical and public health preparedness for catastrophic events. Dr. Pope is the recipient of the Health and Medicine Division’s Cecil Award and the National Academy of Sciences’ President’s Special Achievement Award.