The following is a collection of biographical information on the conference speakers, moderators, and conference chair arranged alphabetically.
Suzanne Alfano Suzanne Alfano is NEMA’s Industry Director for Building Systems. Her educational background is in electrical engineering technology, with a recent MBA degree from Hult International Business School in Cambridge, MA. Suzanne’s expertise includes standards development, conformity assessment, government relations, regulatory policy and advocacy work. Her career began with Canadian Standards Association (CSA) where she held various positions over her 20 year tenure in areas related to product safety, energy efficiency and renewables, along with leading their CANENA efforts to harmonize electrotechnical standards in the Americas. Her consulting background includes stakeholder engagement for enhanced electrical product safety regulations. She later broadened her experience to include working with leading electrical manufacturing trade associations in the US and Canada. Suzanne is currently with the National Electrical Manufacturers’ Association (NEMA) to help expand markets and reduce costs for electrical and medical imaging technologies and services.
Lydia Baugh Lydia Baugh, Communications Director for the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), is responsible ISEA’s marketing and communications strategy, communications activities of ISEA’s standards development program, education and awareness campaigns for ISEA’s Product Groups, and has participated in ISEA Standards Development meetings. She is the catalyst for integrated communications and knowledge management across the association and key stakeholder groups, bringing awareness to occupational safety best practices and the importance of standards. Emphasizing the proper use and selection of safety equipment to keep workers safe, Lydia is the current editor of Protection Update, an online publication for everything safety equipment and standards related, and oversees the develop of guidance documents for end-users. Baugh was named one of Washington DC’s “Top 40 Association and Non-Profit Innovators for 2016” – Granted to professionals who are driving technology solutions and innovations to advance organization missions, and is a graduate of the George Washington University, Graduate School of Political Management.
Sonya Bird Sonya Bird is the Director of International Standards in the Global Standards Department of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL). In this role, she leads UL’s international standards outreach and international harmonization activities. Ms. Bird is active in regional and international standards activities. She is the Vice-President Technical of the US National Committee to the IEC. In this position, she is both the Chair of the USNC Technical Management Committee and the US representative to the IEC Standardization Management Board (SMB), the board responsible for oversight of the Technical Committees and standards work within the IEC. Since joining SES - The Society for Standards Professionals in 2004, Sonya has been an active member of the Society, serving in many roles including Conference Planning Chair, Membership Committee Chair, Awards Committee Chair, Membership Director, Vice President and President. She is also actively engaged in ANSI, and is a member of a number of ANSI policy and leadership committees, including the ANSI International Policy Committee (IPC) and the ANSI ISO Forum (AIF). Ms. Bird holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Laura Brumsey Laura Brumsey has been with the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) since 2008 and has served as Vice President of Operations & Administration since 2017. She is currently responsible for collaborating with the President & CEO, Vice President of Technical & Regulatory Affairs, and Board of Directors to provide strategic oversight for the organization. She is directly responsible for all CGA committee and standards development activities, development and implementation of new program initiatives, coordination of international harmonization efforts, and oversight of CGA’s technology program. Mrs. Brumsey has an interest in knowledge loss prevention and has facilitated the development of succession planning models, mentorship programs, and young professional engagement strategies within CGA’s committee framework.
Alec Clark Alec Clark is the Manager, Innovation and Regional/International Engagement in the Standards and International Relations Branch at the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) – the Canadian National Standards Body. Alec is responsible for overseeing engagement with Canadian innovators to implement tailored standardization strategies and initiatives with the objective to accelerate the commercialization and adoption of Canadian innovations, and create a global market advantage for Canadian businesses. This activity includes introducing and educating innovators on national, regional, and international standardization systems. Alec also manages SCC engagement with international counterparts to facilitate strong bilateral relationships, and promotes Canadian leadership globally by coordinating SCC participation within regional organizations. Prior to this role, Alec worked directly alongside SCC’s CEO for two years to acquire expert knowledge in national, regional and international standardization while supporting the delivery of SCC strategic priorities. Alec has a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree in Political Science from St. Thomas University.
Nancy Cowles Nancy is the Executive Director of Kids In Danger (KID), a nonprofit dedicated to protecting children by fighting for product safety. KID’s mission is to save lives by enhancing transparency and accountability through safer product development, better education and stronger advocacy for children. Nancy has over 30 years experience conceiving, building and directing organizations to investigate a wide variety of consumer issues and to craft solutions. Prior to coming to KID, Nancy served as executive director of the Coalition for Consumer Rights, a center for public interest research and education. She is a past president of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO) as well as a participant in ASTM International standard setting on juvenile products, toys, laundry packets, and furniture. She received her BA from Wheaton College. She has three children and lives in Oak Park, Illinois.
Jesus Lucatero Diaz Mr. Lucatero studied a bachelor in International Relations and has a Masters’ Degree on Development Studies from Glasgow University. After a long time working for the Mexican government he continued his career in the standardization field in the Ministry of Economy where he currently works as General Deputy Director of Operation. Mr. Lucatero began his tenure within Mexican Contact Point for International Organizations as the head of Mexican delegation in ISO´s General Assembly. Afterwards, he became an ISO Council member. Within the IEC, he is the alternated for the CAB, and he represents Mexico at APEC Subcommittee on Standards and Conformance, and serves as World Trade Organization contact point. His participation in all these international forums are orientated to promote harmonization of standards regionally and globally in order to leverage Mexico´s national standardization and conformity assessment system.
Chris Dubay Christian Dubay is vice president and chief engineer for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In this role, he oversees engineering services, editorial and production services, codes and standards operations including electrical engineering, fire protection systems engineering, industrial and chemical engineering, public fire protection, and building fire protection and life safety. In addition, he oversees NFPA's codes and standards administration which is responsible for the development process of the 300+ fire safety codes and standards that comprise the national fire codes. Dubay also serves as the chief technical spokesperson for the association Christian Dubay holds a BS in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts and is a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. Prior to joining NFPA, Mr. Dubay worked as a Fire Protection Engineer for the U.S. Navy and as a research assistant for the University of Maryland’s Fire Protection Engineering Department. Mr. Dubay also served as a fire fighter and emergency medical technician for 10 years in Connecticut and Maryland.
Ed Eckert Mr. Eckert is the Director, Strategic Industry Standards at Itron, Inc. where he is accountable for developing and executing business-driven industry standards strategies that enable Itron’s utility customers to satisfy their commercial and regulatory commitments with interoperable solutions. Ed leads Itron’s team of dedicated full-time standards professionals with their diverse technical expertise, commercial awareness and passion for well-governed Standards Development Organizations & industry alliances. Prior to joining Itron, Mr. Eckert held similar senior management positions at BNR, Nortel Networks, Catena Networks and Ikanos Communications. Mr. Eckert has held numerous positions in deliberative, consensus-based technology SDOs & industry alliances where he is recognized and respected as a visionary, pragmatic leader. Ed has served in leadership roles from document editor to technical committee chair to Chairman of the Board of Directors across more than a dozen organizations including ATIS, HomePlug, IEEE, IEC, ITU, SGIP, TIA, the Wi-SUN Alliance and the ZigBee Alliance.
Pat Gleason Patricia Gleason currently serves as Vice President of Certification at ASTM International. She also serves as President of the Safety Equipment Institute (SEI). She has over 25 years’ experience in the standards and conformity assessment industry. In this position, Ms. Gleason serves as Chairman of Board of the American National Accreditation (ANAB). SEI operates certification programs for over 60 types of safety and protective products used and by millions of workers serving in law enforcement and the emergency response industry and by recreational consumers of sports and athletic equipment. SEI is a subsidiary organization of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Ms. Gleason serves on the ANSI Accreditation Committee, the ANSI Conformity Assessment Committee and the ANSI International Conformity Assessment Committee. She also serves on various Technical Committees that publish performance standards for the National Fire Protection Association, the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). Ms. Gleason received her MBA from Marymount University and her BS from Frostburg State University.
Maryann Gorman Maryann Gorman, FSES, is editor in chief of ASTM International’s award-winning flagship magazine, Standardization News. In that position she oversees the print and online publication of the bi-monthly English-language magazine, the Spanish and Chinese editions, as well as e-newsletter products. She has spent her entire career in standards with ASTM International, editing standards for a variety of industries in the late 1980s and writing for the magazine since 1990. She accepted her current position in 1999. In her time as editor in chief, Maryann oversaw major enhancements to the magazine including digitization, rebranding, and the launch of a new app. She leads other ASTM International communications efforts, ranging from internal communications to academic outreach and more. With her writing staff, she received the 2016 ANSI President’s Award for Journalism. Maryann has served on the SES board of directors as Publications Council director and was secretary from 2009 to 2011.
Kerri Haresign Kerrianne (Conn) Haresign is the Senior Manager in the Technology & Standards Department of the CTA®, the U.S. trade association representing over 2,200 consumer electronics companies and owning and producing CES®, the global stage for innovation. She is responsible for the management of CTA’s Health, Fitness & Wellness Technology Committee, AR/VR Committee, Technology Council and their associated working groups that develop standards, bulletins and other technical publications. These efforts cover a broad range of technology subjects including sleep monitoring, physical activity monitoring, consumer stress monitoring, mobile health applications, and augmented/virtual Reality. Prior to joining CTA in 2016, Haresign served as the Manager for Knowledge Management at the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions. She is an active member of SES and participates in a variety of other standards activities including the ANSI Executive Standards Council. Additionally, she is a proud past recipient of the ANSI Next Generation Award.
Angelo Lampousis Dr. Angelo Lampousis serves as a lecturer at the department of earth and atmospheric sciences at the City College of New York (CCNY) of the City University of New York. He specializes in curriculum development addressing the needs of diverse audiences ranging from construction and general industry entry-level workers to undergraduate and graduate students in the geosciences. He contributed to IEEE’s Practical Ideas from Professors series of resources designed to help educators across the country and around the world discover ways to include standards and standardization themes into their course curricula. Dr. Lampousis is vice chair of the E50 training committee of ASTM International. He also serves on the Committee on Education of the American National Institute on Standards (ANSI). Most recently, he was the recipient of a $70,000 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to support standards-based enhanced professional training for geoscientists. He received his BS in agriculture from Aristotle University, Greece, and his MPhil in Earth and Environmental Sciences and PhD in agricultural geophysics from CUNY’s Graduate School and University Center. He is also an OSHA-authorized trainer for both construction and general industry.
Phil Mattson Philip Mattson serves as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Standards Executive and the Director of the Office of Standards in the DHS Science and Technology Directorate. He coordinates and manages a broad portfolio of standards development projects executed through the Office of Standards, and across the Department. Prior to coming to DHS, he served as the Program Manager for Critical Incident Technologies at the Office of Law Enforcement Standards, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he managed programs developing a suite standards supporting the needs of first responders. He has served as co-chair of the Committee on Homeland and National Security (CHNS) Subcommittee on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Standards (SOS-CBRNE), the federal Co-chair of the Standards Coordination Subgroup of the InterAency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability (IAB), and is the Chair of the ASTM E54 Homeland Security Applications Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Oregon State University, and a Master’s Degree in Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School. He has extensive training in nuclear weapons and radiological incident management, and is a registered Professional Engineer. He is a retired Army officer; serving over 20 years as a combat engineer and nuclear physicist.
Mary McKiel Mary McKiel has worked in standardization and conformity assessment for over 40 years. Currently, she is the Communications Liaison for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board. Prior to that, Mary served as the Standards Executive in the US Environmental Protection Agency where she was responsible for helping the agency implement OMB Circular A-119 which directs federal agencies to use, and participate in the development of, voluntary consensus standards. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at the American National Standards Institute and the 2013 Chairman of the Board at ASTM International. Mary has extensive speaking experience in venues across the globe, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on standards. She is a lifetime member of SES, recipient of SES’s Leo B. Moore award, recipient of ANSI’s George S. Wham medal as well as ANSI’s Howard Coonley medal, both for distinguished service to global standardization.
Warren Merkel Warren Merkel serves as Leader of the Standards Services Group in the Standards Coordination Office of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD, USA. Programs under his responsibility include engagement with government agencies on standards and conformity assessment issues, and operation of the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade Inquiry Point for the United States. Mr. Merkel also served as co-convener of ISO/CASCO Working Group 44 on the revision of ISO/IEC 17025, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. Prior to his current position, Mr. Merkel was Chief of the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) at NIST.
Ed Mikoski Ed Mikoski serves as the President of SES – The Society for Standards Professionals. He is employed as Vice President, EIA Standards and Technology at the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA). In that role, he conducts, coordinates and administers standards development programs for a dozen national committees of the association and administers a dozen Technical Advisory Groups to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for ECIA. Ed represents ECIA in an array of industry leadership events and activities. Since 2000, he has led the standards activities in several organizations, including the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and the Electronic Components Association (ECA). Ed received his undergraduate degree in Physics from Clark University in Worcester, MA, his MBA from Averett University in Danville, VA, and is a Certified Standards Professional (CStd) granted by SES. A US Navy veteran, Ed served seven years as a US Naval Aviator, including deployment in one of the first Navy LAMPS helicopter detachments to Vietnam.
Elisa Rafoul Elias joined the Standards Council of Canada in February 2018 as Vice-President of the Accreditation Services Branch. He has 20 years of management experience and significant international business development experience – particularly in the areas of research and innovation. Prior to joining SCC, Elias served as Director General, Business Management Support, at the National Research Council (NRC) and was Managing Director for Nexus Telecom (Americas) Inc., a Swiss-based telecommunications company with operations in Canada. He has also worked for several Canadian high-tech companies. Elias holds Master of Computer Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Ottawa.
Mark Ramlochan Mark Ramlochan pursues his passion for public safety as an Operations Manager for UL/ULC Standards, where he leads the standards development operations for industry sectors including oil and gas, wire and cable, and electrical conduits. For the past decade, he has contributed valuable expertise on standards-related matters in Canada and abroad, has represented the needs of stakeholders in drafting standards policy, and continuously seeks to further his knowledge in support of the technical committees he manages. Mark holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Carleton University. He is a licensed Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Associate Standards Professional (AStd) by SES. Mark currently serves as President of the National Capital Region Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, SFPE. Mark was the recipient of the 2016 Young Leader Award presented by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).
Karen Reczek Karen Reczek, is a program manager in the Standard Coordination Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Karen’s current role includes answering questions from outside of NIST via the Standards Information Center, and providing research services on standards for NIST staff. Karen spends most of her time supporting the Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC), a NIST administered organization. Karen is a member of the OSAC Forensic Science Standards Board, and she Chairs the OSAC Quality Infrastructure Committee. Karen is also leading the NIST team that is planning the next generation of OSAC, OSAC 2.0. Karen is currently serves on the SES Board of Directors as the Education Council Director, which oversees the Education Committee. Karen has a BS Double Major in Social Sciences and Humanities, from Clarkson University and a Masters in Library Science from State University of NY at Buffalo.
Jen Rodgers Jennifer L. Rodgers is a Director at ASTM International. Jennifer provides member support and guidance on standards development for three technical committees. She serves as a liaison for outreach to industry and government for promotion and education on the standards development process and procedures, as well as related ASTM programs and services, such as training, proficiency testing, and certification, and the Compass® product for content delivery. Jennifer has worked for ASTM International for 20 years and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix, and a Master in Business Administration from The University of Scranton.
Fran Schrotter Frances E. Schrotter is the senior vice president and chief operating officer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). At ANSI, she supports and facilitates the participation of U.S. interests in domestic, regional and international standardization activities. Ms. Schrotter has been with ANSI since 1976, working with a variety of domestic and international committees and organizations that develop standards in dozens of industries, including information technology, homeland defense and security, nuclear energy, nanotechnology, and many more.
Richard Schule Richard Schule, MBA, BS, FAST, CST, FCS, CRCST, CHMMC, CIS, CHL, AGTS, ASQ CQIA is the director of Clinical Education at STERIS Corporation. He supports a team of experienced clinical professionals and is a co-founder of STERIS University and a portfolio of surgical and sterile processing continuing education and in-service programs for healthcare professionals. He has more than 33 years of experience in the surgical and sterile processing arenas. Mr. Schule is actively involved in the development of national standards and guidelines to include the privilege of co-chairing ANSI/AAMI ST90 Processing of health care products - Quality management systems for processing in health care facilities.
Pamela Shinkoda Pamela M. Shinkoda, P.Eng. is the Manager, Technical Solutions and Quality with CGC Inc. She has over 25 years of standards experience in the building products industry. She is the chair of ASTM Committee C11 on Gypsum and Related Building Materials and Systems. She is involved in a wide range of Codes and Standards development activities in Canada including ISO/TC 92 International Standards Organization-Fire Safety, ULC Committee on Fire Tests and has been appointed to the Committee on Fire Protection in Canada. Ms. Shinkoda serves as a representative on Gypsum Association Building Code and Technical Committee, ASTM Committee E05 on Fire Standards, National Research Council of Canada Joint Research Projects and she is a member of the Ontario Building Envelope Council (OBEC), Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) and the Canadian Fire Safety Association (CFSA).
Roy Swift Dr. Roy Swift is executive director of Workcred, an affiliate of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) focused on advancing quality workforce credentials. Previously, he served as chief workforce development officer and senior director of personnel credentialing accreditation programs at ANSI where he built the Institute's internationally-recognized personnel credentialing accreditation programs. Prior to ANSI, he was executive director of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. This position followed a 28-year career in the U.S. Army Medical Department, where he served in several roles, including chief of the Army Medical Specialist Corps in the Army Surgeon General’s Office. Dr. Swift is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and has served on non-profit boards and federal and state government advisory committees. Dr. Swift currently chairs the Credential Engine Certification and Licensure Advisory Group and is a member of the Interprofessional Healthcare Workforce Institute’s Executive Advisory Council.
Joseph Tretler Joseph Tretler Jr. is the American National Standards Institute’s vice president for international policy. Mr. Tretler assumed this role in 2014, where he is responsible for leading ANSI’s policy coordination and liaison activities related to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the European Organization for Testing and Certification (EOTC), the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC), and the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT), as well as their national member bodies and other relevant groups. Mr. Tretler joined ANSI in 1985. He received his bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University.
John Walter John Walter is President of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) having commenced his two-year term on January 1, 2018. He served as ISO President-elect in 2017 and ISO Vice-President (policy) in 2014-2016. His duties in these roles included leadership of ISO’s Strategy and Policy Committee, supporting implementation of the ISO Strategic Plan, and ensuring effective communication on strategic issues within ISO and with its stakeholders. He has also served as a member of ISO’s Technical Management Board (TMB) jesand strengthened international standardization by assisting regional organizations such as the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) and the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) to set new strategic priorities. From September 2009 until April 2018, Mr. Walter was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), where he led Canada’s standardization network and promoted the effective and efficient use of standardization, with the ultimate goal of enhancing Canada's economic competitiveness and social well-being. Prior to his appointment at SCC, Mr. Walter gained experience as both a developer and user of standards.
Ray Woo With over 20 years of industry experience in product development and more than a decade working specifically in standards, Ray Woo oversees the continued success of member engagement and collaboration technologies at CSA Group. In his current role as Director of the Member and Operations team, Ray is inspired by the dedication of CSA Group’s expert volunteer members and tireless staff as he works to develop the innovative tools, training and processes to enrich the membership experience. He also works to find new and exciting ways to engage more people in standards development and enable the next generation of standards developers.
David Wroth David Wroth is the Director of Data Science for Underwriters Laboratories Inc., identifying opportunities to address safety issues across the globe. In this capacity, he analyzes data from disparate sources and provides a framework for analysis and prioritization of solutions to improve safe living and working environments for people. His latest initiative is the UL Safety IndexTM, an algorithm that quantifies global safety using publicly available data. He has been at UL for more than 16 years in a variety of roles that integrate safety, operations and standards. David has more than 35 years’ experience in the fields of engineering, technology and management. David received a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University and a Masters of Business Administration from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.