2018 Symposium Speakers


Janine McCartney PhD, WSO-CSI(ML), CSP, CHST, RPIH, MBA

Senior Safety Engineer, HHC Services, Inc. (Pennsylvania USA)

Janine McCartney is a Senior Safety Engineer and Expert Witness with over 25 years of experience in safety and health. Dr. McCartney works on a day to day basis, as a consultant and as an expert. Dr. McCartney has held safety management positions with several Fortune 300 companies, a Safety Officer II position with OSHA Consultation and Adjunct faculty with Texas A&M Texas Engineering Extension.

Dr. McCartney teaches the 10 and 30-hour General Industry and Construction Safety and Health courses as a trainer for the OSHA Training Institute. She has been awarded: 2017/2018 AM Best’s Recommended Expert Service Providers; 2017 Reid Elsevier Editorial Staff; 2017 Reid Elsevier Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, and 2017/2018 Best Expert Witness Safety Engineering Lawyer Monthly.


Richard N. Ojeda II

West Virginia State Senator and Democratic Congressional Nominee (West Virginia USA)

WV Sen. Richard Ojeda is a 24 year United States Army combat veteran who served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon retiring from the military, Ojeda founded the LEAD community organization in Logan, WV. LEAD was responsible for sending over 5,000 children to school with new shoes, preparing over 10,000 meals for the homeless or struggling families as well as removing graffiti and tires from streams. Ojeda ran for State Senate in 2014. After being elected, Ojeda became a force in the Senate of West Virginia and an active voice for medical cannabis. Ojeda also fought for correctional officers, teachers and public employees, a WV black lung program and more. Ojeda is currently running for Congress in West Virginia’s third congressional district.


John D. Perdue

West Virginia State Treasurer (West Virginia USA)

Currently serving his sixth term, the honorable John D. Perdue is West Virginia’s 24th State Treasurer. He is West Virginia’s longest-serving state treasurer with 20 years in office.

Since taking office, Perdue has worked to make West Virginia a better place for families, business owners and citizens of all ages.

The Treasurer’s Office has returned more than $160 million to rightful owners. Additionally, Perdue oversees the state’s Board of Treasury Investments, the West Virginia Retirement Plus deferred compensation plan and the SMART529 college savings program.

Perdue’s NetWorth financial education program is the past winner of an Excellence in Financial Literacy Education Award. The Council of State Governments also gave the NetWorth program its Innovations Award for two consecutive years.


Eugene E. White

Deputy Director, Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training (West Virginia USA)

A third-generation coal miner, Eugene E. White was born and raised in the coal fields of West Virginia.

White started working in underground coal mines after graduating from high school in 1973. He has 45 years of coal mining experience and has dedicated his mining career to coal mine safety.

White states, “You can sum up my career in eight words: I am proud to be a West Virginia Coal Miner.”

White and his wife, Kathy, have two sons and four grandchildren.


Confirmed Breakout Sessions

Stephen S. Austin | USA
Motorcycle vs. Automobile: Safety in Print

Babatunde O. Fayoade | Nigeria
Who Is a Qualified Safety Professional?

Kent L. Bakken | USA
Safety: Is It Just Another Priority, or Is It One of Your Values?

Monica P. Cervantes | USA
It’s Silica!

Prof. Dr. Elias M. Choueiri | Lebanon
1) A Valuation of Road Accidents and Casualties in Lebanon
2) The Economic Cost of Road Traffic Congestion: A Case Study

Dr. Joshua M. Estrin | USA
Impact of Leadership Strategies on Perceived Climate of Safety at the Construction Job Site

Dr. David P. Gilkey | USA
The is Culture and There is Safety Culture: Lessons Learned in Construction

Anthony A. “Tony” Gilmore | USA
Tree Mortality Crisis in the Sierra National Forest

Jes L. Gray and Ruth Kain | USA
Promoting a Safety Consciousness through Courage

Hilary E. Konczal | USA
Preventing Railroad Trespasser Fatalities and Intentional Deaths

Christina D. Lochbaum and Craig Glover | USA
Organizational Culture

Dr. Janine McCartney | USA
1) The Need for Quality Safety Professionals around the World
2) 2018 NFPA 70E Electrical Safety in the Workplace: Changes and Challenges to the Safety Engineer

Richard McElhaney | USA
The Real Cost of Safety

Bo Mitchell | USA
1) The Fatal Flaws in Your Active Shooter Response
2) The 17 Gaps that Sabotage your Emergency Plans and How to Fill Them

Jayandran Mohan | India
Occupational Health and Safety Challenges in India

Richard N. Ojeda II | USA
Workplace Safety as a Priority

Hon. John D. Perdue | USA
Topic to be Announced

Douglas G. Perryman | USA
Detecting Unfaithfulness

Engr. James F. Porter, Jr. | Philippines
Risk-Based Inspection for Plant Reliability and Safety

Mike Rezac | USA
Combating Complacency behind the Wheel with Defensive Driving

William G. Thompson IV | USA
Mentoring – A Strategy for Meeting the Need for Quality Safety Professionals in the 21st Century

Karen Townsend | USA
Ergonomics and Back Strain Prevention

 Eugene E. White | USA
Overview: Office of Miners Health, Safety & Training