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Board Members


Anthony D. Andre, PhD, CPE – Interface Analysis Associates/San Jose State University

Kermit G. Davis, PhD, CPE – University of Cincinnati

Planning Committee

Sheree L. Gibson, MS, CPE – Ergonomics Applications

Susan Kotowski, PhD, CPE – University of Cincinnati

Y. Ian Noy, PhD, CPE – Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety

David M. Rempel, MD, MPH – University of California, Berkeley/University of California, San Francisco

Kristy Schultz, MS, CIE – Ergonomics Roundtable of Sacramento

Advisory Board

Gary Allread, PhD, CPE – Spine Research Institute-Ergonomics at The Ohio State University

Stephen Bao, PhD, CPE – SHARP, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries

William (Bill) Elliott, MPH, MS, CPE – ABM Onsite Services

Alison R. Heller-Ono, MSPT, CDA, CPDM, CIE, CPE – Worksite International, Inc.

Nancy L. J. Larson, PhD, MS, CPE – 3M Company

Joanette Lima, PT, MS, CPE – Ergonomic Focus

David Linkenauger, MS, AEP – Foxconn Technology Group

James R. Mallon, CPE – Humantech, Inc.

Scott Openshaw, PhD, CPE – Herman Miller

Ann Pudoff, CLS, CIE – Physical Rehabilitation Network

Diana Schwerha, PhD, CPE – Ohio University

Barbara Silverstein, MSN, PhD, MPH, CPE – Retired Director of Safety & Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) and Part-time Senior Research Scientist



Anthony D. Andre, PhD, CPE — Interface Analysis Associates; San Jose State University 

Anthony D. Andre is the Founding Principal of Interface Analysis Associates (IAA), an award-winning Human Factors, Usability & Ergonomics consulting firm specializing in the design, analysis and usability testing of software/hardware user interfaces, computer input devices and ergonomic products, high-tech consumer products, software and Web applications, medical and life-saving devices, work environments, and aerospace/automotive systems. As a co-founder of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Graduate Program at San Jose State University, Dr. Andre has served as an Adjunct Professor of Ergonomics and Human Factors in the departments of Psychology and Industrial & Systems Engineering. He teaches graduate seminars and courses on workplace ergonomics, cognitive engineering, engineering psychology, research methods, usability testing, human factors experiments, and professional issues. Dr. Andre was the recipient of the 2009 College of Engineering Outstanding Lecturer Award. He is the author of over 120 publications and has presented numerous invited addresses, panel presentations, technical lectures, workshops, and seminars on various human factors, usability, and workplace ergonomics topics.

Kermit G. Davis, PhD, CPE — University of Cincinnati 



Kermit G. Davis was trained in industrial engineering with specialization in occupational ergonomics and low-back biomechanics with special interest in multiple exposures, both physical and psychosocial stressors. He is an associate professor at the University of Cincinnati. One of his current research focuses is the investigation of the synergistic effect of physical and psychosocial workplace demands on the responses within the lower back. He has published numerous articles about the impact of complex workplace stressors on the lower back over his 20-year career.

Sheree L. Gibson, MS, CPE — Ergonomics Applications



Sheree Gibson is the president of Ergonomics Applications, an industrial ergonomics consulting firm. She has been practicing ergonomics and engineering for the past 37 years. Sheree has degrees in both mechanical engineering and industrial ergonomics. She is past Chair of the Ergonomics Committee of AIHA.

Susan Kotowski, PhD, CPE — University of Cincinnati 



Susan Kotowski is an assistant professor and director of the Movement Analysis Lab in the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. She holds a PhD in occupational safety and ergonomics and has over 10 years of experience in teaching and ergonomics assessment. She is current chair of the HFES Occupational Ergonomics Technical Group and is also active on the AIHA Ergonomics Committee.

Y. Ian Noy, PhD, CPE — Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety 


Y. Ian Noy is Vice President, Liberty Mutual Group and Director, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. He holds a doctorate in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto, specializing in human factors. Prior to joining Liberty Mutual he was Director, Standards Research and Development, with Transport Canada's Road Safety Directorate. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist with 35 years of professional research and practice experience. Dr. Noy's R&D experience covers a broad range of areas, including traffic safety, workplace ergonomics, human-machine interface design and evaluation, human performance and training, and behavioral research. He has published over 150 scientific and technical reports, and conference and journal articles.

David M. Rempel, MD, MPH — University of California, Berkeley/University of California, San Francisco




David M. Rempel is professor of engineering at UC Berkeley, and professor of medicine at UC San Francisco. His research focuses on hand biomechanics and the design of tools and tasks in order to improve productivity and the quality of work while preventing hand and arm fatigue and injury. The lab has developed and tested new keyboards, mice, tablets, pipettors, and agricultural and construction tools. Recently, Rempel has directed a national study of 4,321 workers to identify risks factors for carpal tunnel and tendonitis. He also treats patients at UC Berkeley. Publications and descriptions of research projects are at

Kristy Schultz, MS, CIE — Ergonomics Roundtable of Sacramento 



Kristy Schultz received her masters of science in human factors/ergonomics from San Jose State University and a bachelor of arts in health and community services, health education from California State University, Chico. She worked at Cal/OSHA in the Research & Education Unit as an ergonomics specialist where she developed and wrote educational material in ergonomics. Her area of ergonomic focus was in the following industries: office; construction; small businesses; food processing; janitorial/custodians/housekeepers; hand tool selection; manual material handling, and home healthcare. During her time as an ergonomics consultant with State Fund, she consulted with employers to identify risk factors and propose control measures in a variety of workplaces, such as agriculture weeding/harvesting; packing sheds; plant nurseries; food processing; water treatment; adult daycare; home health care; construction, drivers, and more. Ms. Schultz is a Certified Industrial Ergonomist through the Oxford Research Institute and has been Co-Chairman of the Ergonomics Roundtable of Sacramento since 2002.

Gary Allread, PhD, CPE — Spine Research Institute-Ergonomics at The Ohio State University 




W. Gary Allread is the Program Director of SRI-Ergonomics at Ohio State and has worked in the field for over 25 years. He consults with companies and organizations on their ergonomics issues, conducts applied ergonomics research, and coordinates various educational programs, including Ohio State's biannual ergonomics Short Course, Putting Ergonomics Into Practice. Gary has authored peer-reviewed research articles on various ergonomics topics, including injury risk factors from materials handling and interventions to reduce low-back
injuries. Gary is also a Certified Professional Ergonomist.

Stephen Bao, PhD, CPE — SHARP, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries 




Stephen Bao is a certified professional ergonomist at Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. As a researcher, he has performed numerous projects, primarily in real workplaces, to study relationships between workplace factors and musculoskeletal disorders, develop job assessment tools, and evaluate workplace ergonomics interventions. With an engineering background, Stephen promotes solutions that can be integrated in industrial processes to enhance productivity and improve efficiency. He has done many ergonomics consultations with a wide range of industries. As a seasoned instructor, Stephen has taught many targeted audiences including ergonomists, health and safety specialists, engineers, production workers, and university students.

William (Bill) Elliott, MPH, MS, CPE — ABM Onsite Services 



Mr. Elliott is an ergonomist for ABM Onsite Services with headquarters in Houston, Texas. He is involved with the development and implementation of the ergonomics process in construction equipment, missile, and aircraft manufacturing and now with ABM Onsite Services with over 100,000 personnel providing services throughout the United States and Great Britain. He developed office ergonomics processes in numerous locations throughout the country and assisted in the development of early RTW programs and in the application of the ergonomics process for persons with disabilities in the workplace. He has over fifteen years of experience in production management of heavy construction equipment.

Alison R. Heller-Ono, MSPT, CDA, CPDM, CIE, CPE — Worksite International, Inc. 


Alison R. Heller-Ono, President/CEO of Worksite International, Inc., is passionate about how people work! As an entrepreneur and thought leader in her area of expertise as a physical therapist, professional ergonomist, and disability manager, Alison has sought to keep healthy employees healthy while helping injured employees reach their maximum potential at work and at home. Her 27 years of experience as a licensed physical therapist gives her an edge in helping employers better understand work-related musculoskeletal disorders and identify the root cause of these injuries through biomechanical analysis.
Alison has been dually credentialed as a Certified Industrial Ergonomist and Certified Professional Ergonomist for the last 18 years, contributing to her expertise and understanding of ergonomics in the workplace. Her expertise in the application of ergonomics in workers' compensation and disability management is evident. As a Certified Disability Analyst and Certified Professional Disability Manager, she demonstrates her commitment to helping employers with workers who require accommodation so they can stay or return to work safely and productively. As a Certified Management Consultant, Alison has sealed her professional uniqueness by becoming the only PT/ergonomist/disability manager to achieve this pinnacle in the management consulting industry.

Nancy L. J. Larson, PhD, MS, CPE — 3M Company 



Nancy L. J. Larson has been a practicing ergonomist for over 25 years. For over 18 years, she has been the manager of 3M Company's corporate ergonomics program. Previously, she managed the ergonomics program for American Express and American Express Financial Advisors and worked as an ergonomics consultant in a number of industries including health care, electronic assembly, meatpacking, manufacturing, and office. Nancy has a PhD in industrial design from Delft University of Technology and a master's degree in IE
and a bachelor's degree in psychology from North Carolina State University. She became a Certified Professional Ergonomist in 1993. She was awarded the HFES Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award for the design of the Ergonomics Job Analysis System at 3M in 2015. Nancy has presented and published frequently about developing and implementing ergonomics within industry.

Joanette Lima, PT, MS, CPE — Ergonomic Focus 



Joanette Lima is the owner of Ergonomic Focus, a full service ergonomics consulting firm located in Southern California. Prior to re-establishing her consulting business, she was the ergonomics program manager for the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, for more than 8 years. Prior to that, she was a principal in an ergonomics consulting business in Southern California for 18 years. She is a physical therapist and certified professional ergonomist. She received her BS in physical therapy from California State University at Long Beach and her MS in Exercise Science from California State University at Fullerton.

David Linkenauger, MS, AEP — Foxconn Technology Group 



David Linkenauger received a BS in industrial and systems engineering and an MS in industrial engineering with a focus on human factors and ergonomics, both from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Mr. Linkenauger has spent the past four years working as a process improvement engineer within the Foxconn organization in Sandston, Virginia. During his time at Foxconn, he has led an ergonomics team in analyzing hundreds of job tasks within their packaging environment. In 2016, with his assumption of the safety coordinator job duties, he has the added responsibility of managing site-wide safety.

James R. Mallon, CPE — Humantech, Inc. 


James R. Mallon has supported clients in all facets of deploying the ergonomics improvement process over the course of almost 20 years working as a consultant to industry. He trained employees, ergonomics teams, engineers and management teams on the tactics and strategies needed to deploy world-class ergonomics improvement processes. He has conducted thousands of simple assessments and complex engineering reviews. His most recent client engagements include Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Cummins, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and ZF TRW. He received BS and MS degrees from Dalhousie University in Halifax and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

Scott Openshaw, PhD, CPE — Herman Miller 



Scott Openshaw brings a global perspective to his role as human factors in ergonomics lead for Herman Miller. Scott did his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University, a master's degree in biomedical engineering from Iowa State University, and a PhD in industrial engineering from the University of Iowa. During his long career, the fluent Spanish speaker conducted ergonomics training and studies around the world. These experiences enrich his understanding of the human experience, as well as his work for Herman Miller. Scott works with the Insight and Exploration team to conduct ergonomics-related research. He also serves as a knowledge expert for the team who supports Thrive, Herman Miller's portfolio of ergonomic solutions. In previous roles with Boston design firms Continuum and Radius, Scott tested medical products for human factors, usability, and safety. Prior to his work in Boston, Scott spent nearly 10 years working with ergonomics and human factors in the furniture industry.

Ann Pudoff, CLS, CIE — Physical Rehabilitation Network 



Ann Pudoff has a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Sonoma State University. She is a Board Certified Industrial Ergonomist and a state licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist. Ann has 12 years of experience working in the clinical laboratory of acute care hospitals and 12 years of experience managing health and safety programs for medical facilities, including corporate manger of health and safety for a national HMO and a loss-control/ergonomic specialist for a large health-care system in Northern California. She has focused her efforts and experience in the health care and other industries for the past seven years on industrial and office ergonomics, in addition to the challenges associated with patient handling. She specializes in office ergonomics with more than 1,500 evaluations per year.

Diana Schwerha, PhD, CPE — Ohio University 



Diana Schwerha has been working in the field of aging and ergonomics for nearly 15 years, and she currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University. Previously, Dr. Schwerha worked at NIOSH in Pittsburgh on mining ergonomics. Her work focuses on designing safe and productive work environments for an aging workforce as well as looking at ways ergonomics can be integrated with process improvement.

Barbara Silverstein, MSN PhD, MPH, CPE — Retired Director of Safety & Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) and Part-time Senior Research Scientist

Barbara Silverstein's background is in ergonomics, epidemiology, and nursing. She has recently retired as the Director of Safety & Health Assessment and Research for Prevention. She is an affiliate professor in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. She has conducted research and training in ergonomics in Southeast Asia and Central America. She led the 6-year evaluation of the implementation of Washington State's safe patient handling legislation. As director of SHARP, she is leading a research team investigating work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) and targeting the development better prevention tools for practitioners. Barbara is also member of National Academies of Science Board on Human Systems Integration (BOHSI).