John Agosti, CFEI
Fire and Explosion Investigator
Mr. Agosti has more than
30 years experience involving fire investigations and prevention. His
experience includes structure fires; vehicle fires; fire deaths/injuries:
evidence collection and spoliation; witness interviews; still and video
photography; building and fire codes, including fire/building code violations;
life safety code violations; smoke, fire, carbon dioxide detector and alarm
issues; fire spread issues; fire sprinklers, walls, and doors; fire exits and
illumination; fire prevention analysis; fire department practices, including
fire department operations/ practices/ management; firefighter
deaths/injuries/safety; origin and make initial determination of cause including
structures, vehicles, equipment, and marine; insurance claims and criminal cases
involving theft, fires, fraud, and conspiracies to commit arson; electrocutions;
investigation of bombings and incendiary fires; boiler and furnace
fires/ explosions; LP and natural gas fires/explosions; kitchen range fires;
spontaneous combustions; electrical fires, including automobile, truck, boats,
and equipment; fireplace, flue, and chimney fires; home appliance fires;
industrial fires and explosions.
John is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, and a member of the National Fire Protection Association; the Fire Marshals Association of North America; the International Association of Fire Chiefs; the International Code Council; the Fire Investigators Strike Force; the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association; the International Association of Arson Investigators; and the National Association of Fire Investigators.
Daniel E. Barker
Mechanical and Industrial Expert
|Mr. Barker has more than 35 years experience as a Mechanical Engineer. His experience includes mechanical system malfunctions and defects; product failures; industrial equipment electrical and mechanical safety incidents, including OSHA and UL listing requirements; assembly of aircraft flight instruments; design and testing of high volume production automotive engine components; water and air treatment systems; home appliance design, including refrigerators and vacuums. Dan is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds a Residential Builders License in Michigan.|
Douglas B. Baumgarten, CHFD, CMES, CPES
Exercise and Fitness Expert
Mr. Baumgarten has more than 30 years
experience in exercise and fitness, including recreational facilities,
design, operation, and maintenance; exercise equipment; codes and standards;
sports risk management; incident reconstruction; warnings liability;
supervision liability; standard of care liability; personal
coaching/training; fitness testing; and instructor
Doug is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Health and Fitness Professionals, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and the International Association of Fitness Professionals. He is also a Certified Health/Fitness Director, and a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, and a Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist. Doug serves as Editorial Columnist for Boardroom Magazine and as an Advisory Board Member for Fitness Management Magazine. He is a four time winner of Boardroom Awards' Excellence in Achievement Award as top Fitness Company/ Consultant. Doug enjoys weight training, competitive baseball, golf, skiing, cycling/racing, running, hiking.
Mr. Baumgartner has more than 10 years
experience in tent operations. His experience includes the
layout, installation, repair, maintenance, inspection, and tear-down
of tents, with sizes ranging up to approximately 10,000 square feet.
Mike has been contracted by Eureka Tent Co. to train tent customers in the proper methods to safely set and dismantle large tents - including their safe usage during adverse weather conditions.
Robert Belloto, Jr., RPh, PhD, CGP, FASCP
Dr. Belloto has over 25 years of experience in
toxicology consultations concerning drug effects and opinion
letters; drug information consultations, depositions, opinion
letters, and court testimony in pharmacy and medical malpractice
cases; medication therapy management services to patients and
pharmacies; nursing home consulting services to pharmacies by
reviewing patient charts in nursing homes and making
recommendations concerning drug therapy, adverse reactions and
drug therapy monitoring; drug information services for
physicians and nursing staff; and contract instructional
services for pharmacy students and technicians.
Bob is an Ohio and Pennsylvania licensed Pharmacist and a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist. He is a member of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists; the American Heart Association; the American Mathematical Society; the American Pharmacists Association; the American Society for Quality; the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists; the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists; the American Statistical Association; the Mathematical Association of America; The Ohio Academy of Science; the Ohio Pharmacists Association; and the Sigma Xi Society for the Scientific Detection of Crime.
Steve Bernheim, BCFE, ACFE, CPCM
Sports and Recreation Expert
Bernheim has more than 25 years experience as a sports and recreation
consultant and has testified in more than 300 litigation cases in both state
and federal courts throughout the United States. Steve has served as
an expert in a variety of sports injury negligence suits against schools,
recreational facilities and amusement parks involving faulty equipment,
improper supervision, poor facilities, non-adhearance to codes and
standards, and human error.
Steve is a member of the Academy of Certified Consultants and Experts; the American College of Forensic Examiners; the American Board of Forensic Examiners; the ASTM Playground Surface Committee; the ASTM Playground Equipment Committee; the ASTM Hockey Equipment Certification Council; the National Recreation and Parks Association; the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; the American Association for Active Lifestyles and Fitness; the National Association for Sport and Physical Education; the International Recreational Go Kart Association; the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officers; the New England Ice Skating Managers Association; the Recreation Safety Institute; the National Safety Council; the National Safety Management Society; the ASTM Mini Playground Committee; and the ASTM F8 Sports Facility and Equipment Committee.
Steve has also given several dozen sports and recreation related presentations to various bar associations and has published a book dealing with games for the disabled entitled "The Road to Glory."
Paul R. Bladdick, FASSE, MP; Master Plumber Expert
Mr. Bladdick has over 40 years experience as first
a Plumber Apprentice, then a Journeyman Plumber, and, finally a
Master Plumber. His expertise includes plumbing codes and
standards; fuel gas explosions; backflow device testing;
plumbing technical training; plumbing construction management;
welding technologies; combination and mixing valves; sewer
design and control; and fire protection systems.
Dr. Theron Blickenstaff, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Medical, Occupational, and Environmental Expert
Dr. Blickenstaff has almost 20 years experience related to environmental,
occupational, and industrial health and safety, including chemical exposure; premature
mortality assessments; indoor air quality (Sick Building Syndrome); mold; disability and
worker fitness-for-duty assessments; worker sensitivities; epidemiology; cancer causation; risk assessments;
Theron is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (FACOEM), a member of the Tennessee College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and is Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine and Occupational Medicine.
He has provided support for Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability, toxic tort, and product and premises liability cases. His involvement has included review of records, verbal and written reports, affidavits, depositions, and expert testimony.
Christopher R. Bommarito, IAI;
Mr. Bommarito has over 20 years experience as a forensic
scientist and chemist. His expertise includes trace evidence
analysis; analytical methods including GC-MS, SEM-EDS, FTIR,
HPLC, IC, and GC; wet chemistry; crime scene reconstruction;
clandestine drug laboratory investigations; drug analysis; paint
analysis; fiber and wood analysis; glass analysis; soil
analysis; bloodstain pattern analysis; scanning electron
microscopy; crime scene search; stereochemistry and
chromatography; explosive residue and pyrotechnics;
footwear and footprints; fingerprinting; controlled
substances; fire debris analysis; knots and ligatures; tire
impressions; forensic photography; spectroscopy and microscopy;
forensic entomology; human remains decomposition; airbag
analysis; and lamp examinations.
Chris is a member of The
Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS); The
Scientific Working Group for Materials Analysis (SWGMAT); The
American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS); The International
Association for Identification (IAI); The American Chemical
Society (ACS); and The Midwestern Association of Forensic
Chris has received the 2003 Midwestern Association of
Forensic Scientists “Outstanding Scientist” award; was one of
ten forensic scientists selected to the Scientific Working Group
for Materials Analysis, Paint Subgroup, which sets international
guidelines for forensic paint examination; and was the Statewide
Coordinator for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (MSP), 2004-2006.
Gregory L. Boso, PE;
Licensed Engineer in Kentucky, Virginia,
Licensed Engineer in Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia
Mr. Boso has over 35 years experience in potable water,
wastewater, and storm water; culverts; landslides; foundations;
hydrologic and hydraulic analyses; flood plain management;
water collection, pumping, treatment, distribution, and
storage; residential, commercial, and industrial site
development; blasting; transportation engineering; building
construction; building code administration and enforcement;
building inspections; trusses and sheathing; fences; hazardous
materials; construction project resident engineering; fire
fighting and training; and emergency vehicle operation.
Greg is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Member of The
National Society of Professional Engineers, The National Academy
of Forensic Engineers, The International Code Council, and The
American Society of Civil Engineers; and is a West Virginia
Certified Home Inspector.
Arthur M. Brate, PE;
|Water drainage; hydrology; site development; environmental planning; flood control; dams; channels; levees; surface and subsurface water flows; agricultural and urban drainage problems; field topographic surveys; erosion control structures; construction inspection; land improvement; soil and water conservation; soil bio-engineering; damaged streams; hypoxia; grassed waterways; automated control structures.|
Larry C. Brown, PhD; Agricultural Engineer
Mr. Brown has more than 20 years
experience involving agriculture and farm equipment, materials, and
operations. His expertise includes land drainage, erosion control,
irrigation methods, soil and water management, land use assessment, and
Larry's professional memberships include: the American Society of Agricultural Engineers; the Soil and Water Conservation Society; the Water Management Association of Ohio; the Ohio Academy of Science Membership; Sigma Xi; and Tau Beta Pi.
Christine Bruning, MSN, RN;
Ms. Bruning has over 20 years experience as a nurse,
specializing in OB labor and delivery and their complications.
Additional experience includes patient care; nursing practice;
perinatal woman's health; nursing management and leadership;
clinical research and practice; postpartum care; nursery care;
birth center deliveries; childbirth education; caring for
newborns; pediatrics; and medical surgery.
Chris is a member of The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and The Zeta Theta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International (Honor Society of Nursing).
Chris has also taught many nursing courses and has developed documentation and curriculums for several accrediting agencies, including The Ohio Board of Nursing and The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
|Steven R. Copeland, RA
Mr. Copeland has more than 20 years
experience involving building and facilities design, construction, and
maintenance. His expertise includes parking lots, restaurants,
food courts, condominium developments, malls, cemeteries, and water/fire
damage estimates and repairs.
Steve's professional memberships include: the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Code Council (ICC).
|Jeff A. Davis
SCUBA Diving Expert
Mr. Davis has trained more than 6000 students and
30 instructors in SCUBA. His experience includes certified SCUBA diver;
SCUBA services including operations, repairs, training and rescue operations;
CO, CO2 and O2 poisoning; air embolism; nitrogen
narcosis; equipment techniques; search and recovery; public sector training;
navigation; dive control specialist.
Jeff has conducted rescue operations resulting in the location and retrieval of two diver fatalities, as well as emergency operations to rescue divers suffering from the bends. He operates one of the top repair facilities in the country with state of the art testing and tools. Jeff holds certificates as an Open Water and PADI Master Instructor as well as an SSI (SCUBA Schools International) Instructor Certifier.
Timothy J. Dickson, PE, SE;
Civil/structural engineering; field investigations; laboratory studies; commercial and residential buildings and bridges constructed of reinforced concrete (conventional, pre-stressed and post-tensioned), structural steel, masonry and timber; foundation underpinning systems; earth retention systems using soil nail walls, segmental retaining walls and sheet piles; structural failures/collapses; water infiltration; roofing failures; building façade evaluations; work zone safety; windows, doors, floors, stairs, and ramps; fire, wind, ice, and snow damage; professional liability claims; preparation of construction documents; evaluation of field test-data; property loss; construction defects; natural gas explosion damage; building settlement; deteriorated concrete and masonry; building rehabilitation and renovation; high wind, tornado, and blizzard damage; precast concrete planks; structural steel frames; fatigue and static performance tests; jointless bridges; parking garage rehabilitation; bracing failure investigations.
|Todd D. Feliks, PE
Licensed Engineer in Michigan
|Mr. Feliks has more
than 20 years experience in construction project management.
His expertise includes hospital, healthcare, and educational
building design and construction, including flooring, painting,
lighting and ceiling replacement; building standards and code
compliance, including ADA, ANSI, NFPA, BOCA, IBC, and OSHA;
Professional Liability issues and Standards of Practice; clean rooms
and operating rooms; and project
contracts, including shop drawings, submittals, bid and project
documents, and change orders.
|Lisa A. Ferrara, D.Eng
Mrs. Ferrara has nearly 20 years experience in biomedical engineering,
including several years in the Department of Neurosurgery with the Cleveland
Clinic Foundation. Her expertise includes musculoskeletal
injuries, brain injuries, soft tissue injuries, trauma induced injuries,
spinal disorders and the biomechanics of spinal trauma. Biomechanical
behavior of the brain, head injuries, defective helmets and associated brain
injuries, spinal injuries, etiologies that affect the central nervous
system, sensory loss, child abuse, shaken baby syndrome, and the effects of
substance abuse on the brain.
Lisa is a member of the American Society for Testing Materials; the North American Spine Society; the International Biomechanics Society; and the Biomedical Engineering Society. She has nearly 20 years' experience in presenting lectures or articles regarding Biomedical Engineering, especially spinal issues. Lisa has authored more than 60 book chapters.
|Jon L. Filliez
Elevator and Escalator Expert
Mr. Filliez has more than 30 years experience in elevator and
escalator maintenance operations. His experience includes elevator
and escalator maintenance, service and repair; elevator and escalator damage and
malfunction evaluations; long range elevator modernization projects.
Jon holds a State of Michigan Elevator Class "A" Journeyperson's License and a State of Michigan Certificate of Competency (General Elevator Inspector).
|Larry Fischer, RA, AIA,
Mr. Fischer has more than 30 years experience
involving all aspects of building planning, design, and construction
supervision. Projects include healthcare, educational, corporate,
commercial, industrial and residential construction, including ANSI, Life
Safety Code, ADA, and zoning compliance.
Larry is a member of the American Institute of Architects; the Architects Society of Ohio; the Committee on Architecture for Health; the American Society of Hospital Engineers; the American College of Hospital Executives; the National Trust for Historic Preservation; and the Architectural Board of Review.
John Frackelton, ASE, MVIC, SSC;
Motorcycle, ATV, and Snowmobile Expert
Frackelton has over 35 years experience as a
Motorcycle, ATV, and Snowmobile Technician, Sales/Service
Manager, and Litigation Investigator. His expertise includes
motorcycle, ATV, and snowmobile operations and functions; crash
reconstruction; steering, suspension, tires, wheels, and
brakes; operator performance evaluations; mechanical,
structural, materials, and electrical system malfunctions and
defects; speed determinations; skid/scrape analysis;
deformation/penetration patterns; racetrack liability; service
training; product investigations and testing; fire
investigations; simulator training; quality control; insurance
investigations; air bag testing; and motor vehicle inspector.
John’s Certifications include ASE (Automotive Service Excellence);
MVIC (Motor Vehicles Inspector Certification); and SSC
(Snowmobile Safety Certification). John is also a Member of The
American Motorcycle Association; The Society of Automotive
Engineers; The Vintage Snowmobile Club of America; and The New
York Statewide Traffic Accident Reconstruction Society.
Seth Francis, HPET;
Engine and Vehicle Management Systems
Mr. Francis's vehicle and engine
experience includes: engine and vehicle graphical user interface
systems; knock control systems; fine tuning
engine management systems; designing engine calibration systems;
hexadecimal engine coding, chip addressing, and vehicle
communication protocol; modifying ECU/ADM's for street cars and
performance engine tuning; vehicle and engine performance and
repair; parts fabrication; vehicle emission inspection machines;
chassis dynamometers; five gas analyzers; and
controlling and reducing vehicle emissions.
Seth is a certified High Performance Engine Tuner (HPET) and a certified (Texas)
vehicle emissions inspector.
|Albert J. Galko, PE,
Civil Engineer; Certified Fire and Explosions Investigator
Licensed Engineer in multiple states, including Ohio, Michigan, Indiana (ask for full listing)
Mr. Galko has
more than 30 years experience involving building design, construction,
renovation, and maintenance, including structural evaluations. Al's
experience also includes roadway design, air pollution sampling, and work
Al is a Registered Professional Engineer in 26 states, and is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator; a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers; the American Institute of Architects; the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers; the International Conference of Building Officials; the National Academy of Building Inspecting Engineers; and the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
Elevator and Escalator Expert
Mr. Gregory has more than
35 years experience related to elevators, escalators,
dumbwaiters, and similar equipment. Dicks
experience includes ANSI/ASME A17 Code interpretation and compliance; elevator/escalator
design, maintenance, and repair; inspections and assessments; electrical and control
systems; and installation/construction, including modernization.
Dick is a member of over a dozen organizations and committees related to elevator/escalator design, installation, operation, maintenance, and safety. Dick is also a nationally known lecturer and course instructor on vertical transportation systems, and has 2 elevator-related patents.
|Paul H. Gross, CCM; Meteorologist||Mr. Gross has over 20 years of meteorology experience including weather-related evaluations for vehicular accident reconstruction (including marine, aviation, and off-road); special events planning; construction delays; slip-and-fall incidents, including black ice formation; lightning strikes; property damage; time-of-death investigations; and fire investigations. Paul is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist.|
|John H. Hanst
Sports and Recreation Expert
Hanst has more than 35 years experience as a government and court qualified
expert in more than 800 litigations involving sports and recreational
activities. John's professional licenses and certificates include:
licensed investigator, licensed pilot, emergency medical technician,
licensed pool and water lifeguard, water safety instructor, CPR and first
aid instructor, scuba diver, alpine ski and ski binding specialist,
playground safety inspector, USTA tennis trainer, and amusement ride safety
inspector and operations technician.
John is a member of NRPA, USTA, USCF, PPOA, ASTM, NFPT, IAAPA, and NAARSO.
|Vanessa R. Heckman, RN,
MSN, CNP, CLNC
|Ms. Heckman has more than 10 years experience in nursing. Her expertise includes medical malpractice cases; independent medical examinations and histories; summarize, translate, and interpret medical records; identify causation issues; assess damages/injuries; analyze research studies; identify need for Life Care Planner; family practice, urgent care, and retail medicine; neonatal intensive care; medical-surgical; home health; pediatrics; office nursing; assess, diagnose, and treat acute illnesses; patient and family education; suturing, eye examinations, and foreign body removal, splinting, and reading X-rays; pelvic exams and newborn assessment; lab result and X-ray reviews. Vanessa is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner.|
Richard Hermance, FE, ACE;
Vehicle Crash Reconstruction and Snowmobile Expert
Mr. Hermance has over 30 years experience investigating
motor vehicle crashes. Specific expertise includes
snowmobile operations and
functions, including safety; operator performance
evaluations; speed determinations; skid/scrape analysis;
deformation/penetration analysis; vehicle and component
research and testing; seat belts, including child
restraints; pedestrian and bicycle incidents; crash computer
simulations; trail design and safety, including signage;
human factors, including daytime/nighttime visibility and
reaction times; occupant trajectory; motorcycles, ATVs,
racing cars, and watercraft; buses, motor homes, and
trailers, including campers; dynamic traction analysis;
injury and crash biomechanics; Crash Data Recorder (CDC)
analysis; acceleration and braking tests; and farm
Richard's certifications include a certificate as an Accident Reconstruction Expert (ACE) by the National Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (1992); a certificate of Training, Commercial Vehicle Reconstruction: NATARI, NAPARS, NYSTARS (1999); a certificate of Training, Advanced Accident Investigation and Reconstruction, Crash Testing and Speed from Crush: NATARI, NAPARS, MATAI, NJAAR (1996); a certified Snowmobile Safety Instructor, State of New York; and a Board Certified Forensic Examiner (FE), The American Board of Forensic Examiners.
Richard is a member of The International Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists; The National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and Investigators; The Research/Testing and Evaluation Committee, National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and Investigators; The Ethics Committee, National Association of Traffic Accident Reconstructionists and Investigators; The American Board of Forensic Examiners; The National Association of Professional Accident Reconstruction; and the New York Statewide Traffic Accident Reconstruction Society Inc.
Thomas J. Hern
Mr. Hern has over 30 years experience in the
automotive dealership business including automotive dealership
sales, service, and operations; automotive dealership
evaluations; relationships between dealers and manufacturers;
dealership and vehicle valuations; dealership training;
technology consulting; accounting systems; cost segregation
studies; and benchmark reviews.
Tom was a recipient of the 1997 Dow Searle Fellowship and a winner of the 1997 Faculty Excellence Award.
|James R. Heyl, PE
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, New Mexico
30 years experience involving building electrical system and equipment
design, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
His experience includes residential, commercial, industrial, and manufacturing
facilities and their appliances/equipment.
has been involved with automation and robotic systems; computers and PLC programming; low
and medium voltage distribution systems; code compliance; and standby and prime power
Jims experience also includes controls and instrumentation systems as well as investigations of electrical systems and components as the origin or cause of fires. Jim is a member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) and IES (Illuminating Engineering Society).
|James R. Hill, PE
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Wisconsin
Mr. Hill has
30 years experience involving building HVAC,
plumbing, fire protection and electrical systems and components.
His experience includes design, installation, code
compliance, damage, defects and personal injury.
Jim is a member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers) and NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers). Jim is a Registered PE in 7 states and has expert witness courtroom experience.
Jims past projects have included bakery and food processing equipment and facilities; commercial and industrial refrigeration/freezer systems; hot water and steam boilers systems; turbines, compressors, pumps, fans, and vacuum systems; kitchens, locker rooms, dining rooms and restrooms; and code and safety compliance, including ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
|Norman B. Hochfeld
Mr. Hochfeld has almost 25 years
experience involving building electrical system and equipment design, installation,
operation and maintenance. His experience
includes consumer electronics; control systems; material handling systems; fiber optics;
computers and PLCs; robotic systems; process controls and instrumentation; metal
processing operations; HVAC systems; hydraulic elevators; security systems; automatic fire
systems; dust and fume collection systems; roofs and pavements; and plant safety.
Norm is a member of NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and ISA (Instrument Society of America). He has extensive experience with NFPA, ANSI, NEC, UL, ISA, JIC, and IEC codes and standards.
|Dwight Keith Hoffman,
Hoffman has more than 30 years experience involving adhesives;
sealants; coatings including water-based coatings; organic chemistry; homogeneous catalysis; epoxy resins;
polyurethanes; ring opening polymerization; micro encapsulation; vinyl
polymerization; foams including polystyrene foam products and processing,
automotive seat foams and isocyanurate foams; modular windshield adhesives;
copolymer polyol processing; and high surface tension emulsion
Dwight has received numerous awards for his research including being the first recipient of the Central Research "Excellence in Science" award for Dispersion Polymerization and the Recipient of the Dow Future New Products award for Copolymer Polyols. He holds more than 30 patents for techniques involving various adhesives, sealants and coatings.
Dwight is a Member of the Society of the Plastics Industry; the American Chemical Society; and the Controlled Release Society.
Joseph A. Incavo, PhD;
Dr. Incavo has over 25 years experience in Tire Forensics,
including material science of elastomers, polymers, and
chemicals; FEA (Finite Element Analysis); manufacturing;
testing; compounding; quality processes; intellectual property
and patent support; reformulation analysis/interpretation;
thermostats, thermoplastics, fillers, additives, and curatives;
polyurethane elastomer products; Duraseal Tire Sealant;
depolymerized butyl rubber; RFID tags; pyrolysis GC/MS;
volatiles analysis; gas analysis; analytical instrumentation;
hexane, ethylene, and polyethylene quality; petrochemical
plants; gas chromatography; handling of toxic gases; clean
rooms; tire molds; and electron spectroscopy.
Joe is a Member of The American Society of Testing Materials;
The Rubber Manufacturers Association; The American Chemical
Society; The ACS Rubber Division; The Research Society of Sigma
Xi; and is an Instructor of Six Sigma and Quality Systems.
He also has 16 patents and has authored numerous
publications in peer reviewed journals.
Laurence A. Jacobs, MD, FACOG;
Ob/Gyn – Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Expert
Dr. Jacobs has over 30 years experience in reviewing medical records;
gynecologic laparoscopy surgery complications (bowel, bladder,
or blood vessel); infertility, in-vitro fertilization, and
reproductive endocrinology; multiple pregnancies and tubal
ectopic pregnancies; fertility drugs, miscarriages, and pelvic
infections; and endometriosis and pelvic adhesions.
Dr. Jacobs' Professional Associations include:
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellow (FACOG); Chicago
Gynecologic Society; American Society for Reproductive Medicine
(ASRM); and American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL).
He is also on the Medical Advisory Board of The
American Fertility Association (Formerly the AIA).
Dennis Michael King, FAIA, FESD, LEED, AP;
|Construction property damage, defects, and personal injury; architecture construction claims; premises/professional liabilities; construction operations; construction marketing; project management; claims arbitration; dispute settlement; LEED Green Buildings; energy and environmental design.|
|John W. Koshak, QEI,
Elevator and Escalator Expert
Mr. Koshak has more than 30 years experience
including elevator and escalator damage, malfunction, and personal
injury/death; risk analysis facilitation; code compliance; elevator system
design, including design of a machineroom-less elevator system; designed the
LifeJacket� hydraulic elevator safety device; direct and indirect
hydraulic elevators; geared and gearless traction elevators; escalators;
moving walks; wheelchair lifts; and dumbwaiters.
John is a Member of the Elevator and Escalator Safety Foundation, and has been a Trustee and on the Board of Regents. He is also a Member of the National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities International; the Canadian Standards Association; the B44 Associate Committee; the International Association of Elevator Engineers; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the A17 Standards Committee; the A17 Mechanical Design Committee; the A17 New Technology Committee; the A17 International Standards Committee; the A17 Code Coordination Committee; the A17 Alternate Member of Hydraulic Committee; the International Standards Organization; and the National Association of Elevator Contractors.
John holds six patents for elevator safety and control devices, and has his Private Pilot Certificate.
|John P. Lauhoff, PE,
Licensed Engineer in Massachusetts
Mr. Lauhoff has nearly 30 years
experience as a safety engineer. His experience includes
injuries, damage, malfunctions, and
personnel issues related to machinery and equipment design,
fabrication, maintenance, operations, procedures, training, and
safety procedures; accident investigation/reconstruction; slips,
trips, and falls; industrial vehicles; machinery/equipment guarding;
hand/power tools; work-related injuries;
safety grievances; safety training programs; monitor outside contractors.
John is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and is a Certified Safety Professional. He is a Licensed Pilot: Multi-engine, Instrument, Commercial License and a Certified Scuba Diver.
|Stephen K. Li, RA
Licensed Architect in multiple states, including Ohio, Michigan
Mr. Li has
30 years experience involving residential and
commercial building and facilities design, construction and maintenance.
His previous experience includes: super center
designs; shelving, displays, and racks; fall, slip, and trip protection; illumination;
wind, water, and hail damage; parking lot safety guidelines; security systems; grading and
drainage; foundations; ADA compliance; and AandE professional liability issues.
Steves continuing education includes: International Building Code Seminar; Michigan Law for Design Professionals; International Council of Shopping Center Conferences; Retail Store Development Conference; and Store Planning, Equipment and Construction Services. Steve is currently a Registered Architect in 12 states.
|David M. Manuta, PhD,
Dr. Manuta has more than 20 years experience
specializing in the application of chemical principles to solve problems for
commercial product and industrial process improvements. He has served as an
expert witness in litigation involving damage, defects, and personal injury
involving fundamental chemical principles. His expertise includes
fundamental chemical principles;
electrochemistry, thermodynamics; handling safety of gases,
chemicals, and oxidizers;
industrial and manufacturing operations safety; fire and explosion investigations
(including arson); hazardous material and radiation exposure; clandestine manufacturing of
illegal drugs; cleaning and disinfecting products and equipment; worker chemical sensitivity assessments; dust and fumes exposure;
fireworks incidents; spontaneous combustion; skin care products; infrared spectroscopy and
gas chromatography testing; and refrigerant hazards.
Dave is a member of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), ACS (American Chemical Society, Inorganic and Fluorine Divisions), ACCandCE (Association of Consulting Chemists and Chemical Engineers), AIC (American Institute of Chemists), ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators), NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), NFC (National Forensic Center), and the Ohio Academy of Science. Dave has also published and presented more than 20 papers and reports.
|Daniel C. Maser, CIH,
Mr. Maser has more
than 25 years experience in the fields of environmental,
fire protection, industrial hygiene, and safety compliance.
Dan has extensive experience in conducting comprehensive industrial
hygiene surveys, regulatory type safety inspections, emergency
incident responses, chemical safety programs, application of
engineering controls, hazardous waste regulations, indoor
environmental quality studies, and employee training.
Dan is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society, the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene, and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.
Lawrence S. Mayer, MD, MS, PhD;
Medical and Epidemiology Expert
Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer has over 40 years experience as a Medical
Health Physician with special expertise in Epidemiology and
Biostatics. His expertise includes Epidemiology and
Biostatistics; statistical data analysis; study and model
review; valuation of epidemiological studies and clinical
trials; meta-analysis; evaluation of causal content of
epidemiological studies; drug and medical development and
regulation; product liability; occupational and environmental
exposures; medical malpractice; toxicology; cardiology; OB/GYN;
surgery; psychiatry/neuropsychiatry; internal medicine; disease
prognosis; biomedical informatics; multiple regression; time
series modeling; stochastic processes; multivariate analysis;
statistical inference; public policy; and energy analysis.
Timothy R. McGreal, PE;
Mr. McGreal has almost 20 years experience as a Mechanical
Engineer, with over 25 years experience as an Automotive
Mechanic. His expertise includes consumer products;
automobile/trucks/other vehicles; fuel-fired appliances;
explosions; fire suppression systems; fire alarm systems;
plumbing systems; gas supply systems; code compliance; moisture
intrusion; roof damage assessments; HVAC equipment;
construction, agricultural, commercial, and industrial equipment
and machinery; computational fluid dynamics (CFD); power tools;
medical equipment; product design and packaging; human factors
and warnings; and patent infringement.
Tim is a Registered Professional Engineer and has been
awarded two patents. His Professional Affiliations include The
Society of Fire Protection Engineers; The National Fire
Protection Association; and The Society of Automotive Engineers.
|Norman S. Miller, MD,
Dr. Miller has more
than 25 years experience in the medical field, including psychiatry;
addictions; medical malpractice; product liability; medications;
neurology; criminal responsibility; independent medical evaluations;
detoxification; and alcohol and drug addition, abuse and treatment.
|Lawrence W. Moriarty
Product and Materials Expert
Mr. Moriarty has more
than 30 years of product design and materials engineering
experience. His experience includes product design and
testing; failure analysis; chemical, physical and metallurgical
testing; manufacturing operations; quality control; materials and
fasteners; corrosion protection; responses to banned substances
(asbestos, lead, cadmium, PVC, mercury and hexavalent chromium);
FMVSS, SAE and ISO requirements; evaluation and testing of cloths,
carpets, leather, plastics, metals, rubber, glass, lubricants,
paints, sealers, and adhesives; development of advanced automotive bumpers, body structure, and hardware; heat treating
Lawrence is a member of the American Society for Metals (ASM); the ASTM B-8 committee on Electroplating; and the SAE Wrought Aluminum subcommittee. He has taught courses in metallurgy, materials science, physics, mathematics, and strength of metals.
|Susan K. Murry, MSN,
Ms. Murry has more than 25 years experience as a nurse, including more than
10 as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her experience includes patient care;
nursing practices; medical facility "standard-of-care" procedures; OSHA
compliance; school health; family care including pediatrics, gynecology and
gerontology; occupational injury assessment and treatment; child abuse and
neglect screening; communicable diseases including STD's; community health
education; pharmacology; and pathophysiology.
Sue is an Advanced Practice Nurse with Prescriptive Authority (Ohio registration), a Certified Nurse Practitioner, and a Nursing Doctorate Candidate. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau; the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses; the Medical College of Ohio Alumni Association; and The Ohio State University Alumni Association.
|John R. Nixon, PE
Firearm and Ballistics Engineer
Licensed Engineer in multiple states
Mr. Nixon has nearly 20 years
experience involving firearms and ballistics including guns and
ammunitions technology, design, manufacturing, usage, safety,
supervision and failures. His expertise includes weapons
training, wound ballistics, non-destructive testing and ballistics
John's professional memberships include: the National Society of Professional Engineers; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; the Expert Witness Institute; the Institute of Management; the Institute of Materials; the British Engineering Council of Professional Engineers; the UK Explosives, Safety, Performance, and Compatibility Committee; the National Rifle Association, and the Izaak Walton League of America.
Dr. Joseph S. Ohr, Jr, MD, RPh;
Medical Surgeon, Pharmacist, and Pathologist
Dr. Ohr has over 20 years experience as a pharmacist and 10
years experience as a pathologist and a Doctor of Medicine.
Specific expertise includes anatomical, clinical, and trauma
pathology; wounds; sudden infant death syndrome; cancers and
tumors; therapeutics; tissue mortality; psychopharmacology;
drugs and drug abuse; HIV; viruses and bioterrorism; CPR; and
funeral home operations/procedures, including embalming.
Dr. Ohr holds the following licenses: American Board of Pathology Certification – Forensic Pathology, 2008; American Board of Pathology Certification – Anatomical Pathology, 2008; Physician and surgeon – Ohio, 2005; Physician and surgeon – Illinois, 2002; Board certified – registered pharmacist, Ohio, 1987; Permanent ECFMG certified, #0-574-847-0.
Dr. Ohr’s memberships include The National Association of Medical Examiners; The College of American Pathology; The American Society of Clinical Pathology; The Ohio State Medical Association; The Columbus Medical Association; and The Ohio State Pharmacy Association.
Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI, CVFI, CFATE;
Senior Forensic Vehicle Analyst
Mr. Painter has over 20 years of experience in
vehicle transponders, ignition locks, steering columns, and
anti-theft systems; vehicle fraud; production and testing of
keys and locks; air bags; fire and explosion origin and cause;
vehicle collision repair; auto and medium/heavy duty trucks;
vehicle brakes, steering, suspension, engines, drive train,
axles, air conditioning, and electrical/electronic components;
and auto dealership management.
Rob is a
Board Certified Forensic
Examiner; an ASE Certified Auto, Collision, Med/Hvy/Duty Truck
Technician; a Certified Airbag Specialist; a Certified Forensic
Locksmith; a Certified Forensic Auto Theft Examiner L-5; a
Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator; and a Certified Fire and
Explosion Investigator. He is a
Member of The International Association of Forensic Auto
Theft Examiners; The International Association of Arson
Investigators (Multiple chapter membership); The North Central
Regional Chapter of International Association of Auto Theft
Investigators; The International Automotive Technicians Network;
The South Carolina Insurance Fraud Investigators; The National
Association of Fire Investigators; and The American College of
|Ethan Parker, PE
Licensed Engineer in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia
Mr. Parker has more than
25 years experience in Civil Engineering including vehicle crash
reconstruction, including automobiles, trucks, buses, trailers,
motorcycles, water craft, and trains; analysis of mechanical and
structural failures, including foundation, wall and roof collapses;
vehicle defects and failures, including hydraulic/air brakes,
steering and suspension, drive trains, and tires; mold remediation
in homes, schools, and commercial buildings; vehicle fires and
explosions, including arson; product defects, including mechanical
and electrical failures; water infiltration, hail, and wind damage;
roadway incidents, including road design and visibility analysis;
design analysis; building code compliance; fire investigations;
steel structures; glazing and roofing systems; conveyance systems;
crane runways; traffic flow and accident patterns; signage and
Ethan is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers; the Miami Valley Association of Traffic Collision Investigators and Reconstructionists; the National Society of Professional Engineers; the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers; the Society of Automotive Engineers; and the Structural Engineers Association of Ohio. He is ACTAR accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist, and an ASE Certified Technician for automobiles, trucks, and school buses.
Thomas A. Parker, PhD;
Mr. Parker has over 40 years experience as an Entomologist. His
expertise includes entomology, including pest control,
wood-destroying organisms, pesticides, and bedbug infestations;
termite control; lawn spraying; commercial sanitation;
fumigation; smoke odor; fungi and mold; vegetation control;
aerial spraying; mosquito and malaria spraying; infectious
disease control; water quality monitoring; disease surveys;
field and forage crops; control of spiders; insecticide
formulations; ultra-violet radiation; and mosquito ecology.
Mr. Parker has over 30 publications dealing with pest
control and management. He is also the inventor of "The Silver
Skunk," a metered pesticide power spray unit for professional
termite control and lawn spraying.
Clinton Parks, PE; Products and Equipment Expert
Mr. Howard has over 20 years of experience in specialized
machinery; medical products; hydraulics and pneumatics; control
systems and electronics; rotating and pressurized process
machines; seismic analyses; product safety; structures and
structural analyses; commercial products; boilers; refrigeration
systems; finite element analysis; pulp and paper industry; wood
science; design for manufacturing and assembly; regulatory
compliance; operational and maintenance training; and field
Clint is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, and Louisiana, has a NCEES record on file, and is a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers and The American Institute of Steel Construction.
Thomas B. Peeler;
|Part/mold design optimization; polymer materials; medical implants; CAE Analysis, including mold flow/cooling/warp analysis and FEA; problem solving and failure identification; design and cost assessments; material selection and performance; solids CAD modeling experience (Pro-E, Solidworks); process condition optimization; metal to plastic conversions; injection molding machines.|
Thomas R. Piazza,
|Meteorological incidents and weather-related evaluations for: vehicular accident reconstruction (including marine, aviation, and off-road), special events planning, construction delays, slip and fall incidents, lightning strikes, property damage, fire investigations; cyclogenesis; ozone studies; Doppler Radar; weather code displays; computer generated surface maps; road pavement temperatures; renewable energy.|
|Duane B. Priddy, PhD
Materials and Chemistry Expert
Priddy has more than 35 years experience involving the analysis, design,
manufacturing, and testing of organic materials and products, notably
plastics. Duane has served as an expert for litigation involving
product defects, premises damage, and personal injuries. His area of
expertise also includes medical implants (e.g. hip/ knee/ shoulder/
Duane is a member of ACS (American Chemical Society) and has 65 U.S. patents. He has authored more than 100 publications, including 5 encyclopedia articles and 8 book chapters, and has written more than 200 Dow Plastics Internal Research Reports. He has also written and published a book entitled "Modern Styrenic Polymers" (Wiley, 2003).
|Richard W. Rau
Mr. Rau has more than
35 years experience involving the design, planning, installation,
maintenance, and troubleshooting of automotive assembly plant
equipment. His experience includes preparing and presenting
safety training guidelines, including ergonomic requirements.
Richard was also responsible for OSHA crane and hoist inspections.
Richard has been involved in raising, handling, training, showing, and judging horses for more than 40 years. He presently holds a judges license for six breeds, and judges 20-30 shows per year across the United States and Canada. He still competes in horse shows in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana with his two daughters.
|Rollie L. Robert, PE
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Massachusetts, Provinces of Ontario, Quebec
Mr. Robert has
experience involving the electrical design, construction, and maintenance of residential,
commercial, institutional, industrial, and manufacturing buildings and building
equipment/facilities. His experience
includes robot, stamping press, and welding cell ANSI compliance; underground tanks;
electrical power, controls, and instrumentation; safety procedures and incident reports;
AandE professional liability issues; electrical substations; illumination requirements;
communication and security systems; and hazardous facilities operations.
Rollie has authored over 20 papers and has prepared and conducted over 40 workshops on Construction Safety, 100 Workshops on Machine/Equipment Safety, and 60 Workshops on Risk Assessment.
Sheila M. Roof, BSN, RN, CNML, LNC;
Ms. Roof has over 40 years experience as a Licensed Practical
Nurse. Her expertise includes patient care; nursing practice;
standard-of-care procedures; acute care; STEPPS care; dialysis
and renal care; Medicare and Medicaid coverage; emergency
department care; cardiac arrest; STEMI care; stroke care;
arterial venous fistula care; certification of dialysis
technicians; dermatology practice; regulatory compliance;
medical records validation; allergy, dermatology, neurology,
nephrology, pediatrics, oncology, endocrinology, and plastic
surgery care; medical surgical care; CAPD training; chemotherapy
treatments; ambulance transport; allergy care; surgical
instrument handling and sterilization; surgical suite
preparation; surgical technician; and medication administration.
Sheila's Certifications and Licensures include State of Michigan Nursing License, Legal Nurse Consultant Certification, and Nurse Manager Leader Certification.
Her Affiliations include: The Michigan Organization of Nurse Exectives (MONE); The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE); The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC); The National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA); and The Emergency Nurse Association (ENA).
|Barry S. Rope
Packaging and Material Handling Expert
Mr. Rope has more than 30
years experience as a packaging and material handling professional,
including more than 20 years with the ASTM D-10 Committee writing
packaging and handling standards and test methods. His
expertise includes packaging, labeling, storage and transporting (by
land, sea or air) of sensitive electronic equipment and parts,
consumer products, service parts and Rx/OTC pharmaceuticals.
Barry's professional memberships include: the American Management Association Packaging Council; the ASTM Committee D-10 on Packaging Standards; the Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Packaging Technology; the Institute of Packaging Professionals; the New Technology Assessment Committee; the Protective Packaging of Computers and Components Committee; the Council of Packaging Specialists; and the Packaging Consultants Council.
|Lawrence M. Roslinski,
Mr. Roslinski has more
than 35 years experience in the field of environmental and
occupational toxicology in both the private and public sectors.
Larry has been involved in all aspects of chemical hazard
identification, regulatory requirements, and risk reduction --
related to health, safety, and toxicology.
Larry is a member of the Society of Toxicology, the American Board of Toxicology, and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.
|Donald E. Sanders, DVM,
Dip ACT, PAS
Dr. Sanders has more
than 25 years experience as a veterinarian.
His expertise includes animal reproduction; animal welfare;
animal biotechnology; animal embryo transfer; livestock water
supply; bovine mastitis; animal production; milk production;
artificial insemination; farm management; animal parasitism;
euthanasia; malpractice; animal environment; dairy management;
animal nutrition; animal diseases; stray voltage; and toxicology.
Don is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the American College of Theriogenology, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and the Society for Theriogenology. He is licensed in Michigan, Ohio, New Mexico, and has reciprocity in 23 other states.
|Thomas H. Sawyer, EdD,
Recreation, Exercise, and Sport Safety Expert
Dr. Sawyer has more than 25 years experience in Recreation, Exercise
and Sport Safety. His
expertise includes sports, exercise, recreation, physical education,
amusement, and fitness activities and equipment; facilities
operation; sport finance; sport governance; sport law; sport
management; sport marketing; sport sociology; facility design
including skate parks, aquatics parks, swimming pools, hot
tubs/saunas/steam rooms, campus recreational sport facilities,
parks/recreation areas; golf courses; and coaching and training.
Tom is a member of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, the Sport Management Council, the Indiana AHPERD, the Midwest District AAHPERD, the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation, the Council on Facilities and Equipment, the Sport and Recreation Law Association, the Sport Lawyers Association, the International Sport Law Journal, the Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, and is a reviewer for the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
Thomas has been a
member of Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and has received the
Indiana AHPERD Mover and Shaker Award, the Caleb Mills Distinguished
Teaching Award, the Safety and Risk Management Council Distinguished
Scholar Award, the NASPE Sport Management Outstanding Achievement
Award, and the Indiana AHPERD Sport Management Professional Award
|Bert Schiller, PE, CIH,
Licensed Engineer in California
Mr. Schiller has more than 30 years experience as
a Safety Engineer and Environmental/Occupational Health Expert. He has
operated an environmental safety and health service firm and has served as
Senior Industrial Hygienist for clients in the eastern United States.
He has served as an Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officer for MIOSHA, and
has given testimony as an expert witness in Worker's Compensation cases.
Bert is a member of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society, and the American Insurance Services Group - Chemical and Environmental Science Committee.
Railroad Operations, Equipment, and Safety Expert
Mr. Scott has over 40 years experience as a Train Operator,
Foreman, and Trainer. His expertise includes railroad operations
and equipment; safety training; train performance; commodities
transportation; locomotive engineer; brakeman/foreman/conductor;
air brakes; event recorders; locomotive engineer training;
loading and unloading; end of train devices; derailment
investigations; train emergencies; and train simulators.
Jim's Certifications include FRA Certified as required by
49 CFR Part 240 and FRA Certified Conductor as required by 49
CFR Part 242.
Robert B. Shuman, MD;
Dr. Robert B. Shuman has over 40 years experience as an
Experimental Psychologist and Pediatric Neurology/Neonatology
Medical Specialist. His extensive experience and expertise
includes: pediatric neurology/neonatology; fetal development;
perinatal medicine; birth defects; birth trauma; child
development, including schooling; neuropathology;
neurotoxicology; neurophysiology; epilepsy; neuroimaging: MRI,
CAT, EEF; pharmacology; anatomic pathology; surgical pathology;
surgical case review; peripheral nerve disease; stroke;
spondylolisthesis; vitamin therapy; Downs Syndrome;
electromyography; whiplash injuries; traumatic brain injury;
frontal-subcortical circulation; advanced evoke potentials;
migraines; headaches; depressive disorders; Alzheimer’s Disease;
epileptogenesis; epilepsy; cocaine effects; closed head
injuries; AED Therapy; ADHD; developmental disabilities; autism;
brain tumors; neurosciences; child abuse; seizures;
anti-depressive therapy; prenatal diagnosis; seasonal affective
disorder; bipolar disorder; childhood depression; Tourette
Syndrome; neuralgia; vagus nerve stimulation; intractable
seizures; psychopharmacolory; antipsychotic and psychotropic
therapy; and antiepileptic drugs.
Dr. Shuman’s Professional Achievements include:
NIH Training Fellowship in Neurology, University of
Colorado School of Medicine;
NIH (NINDS) Research Fellowship in Neuropathology; Fellow, Graduate
College Faculty, University of Nebraska; The American Medical
Student Assoc., GOLDEN APPLE AWARD for Distinguished Teaching;
Fellow, Graduate College Faculty, University of
Oklahoma; and Ambassador, International Congress of
Neuropathology Delegation to the People's Republic of China.
Dr. Shuman’s Past and Present Memberships include:
The American Academy of Neurology; The American
Association for the Advancement of Science; The American
Association of Neuropathology; The American Medical Association;
The American Society of Neuroimaging; The Child Neurology
Society; The Council of Biology Editors, Inc.; The International
Academy of Pathology; The National Foundation for the Prevention
of Birth Defects, March of Dimes, S.E. Nebraska Chapter
(Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee); The National Multiple
Sclerosis Society, Okla. Chapter (Professional Advisory Board);
The National Tuberous Sclerosis Association, Secretary; The New
York Academy of Sciences; The Oklahoma State Medical
Association; The Pediatric Pathology Club; The Society for
Experimental Neuropathology; The Indiana State Medical
Association; The American Academy of Clinical Neurophysiology;
The American Epilepsy Society; and The American Clinical
Neurophysiology Society (formerly American EEG Society).
|David S. Smith, PhD
Maritime/Aquatic Safety Expert; Commander, USCG (retired)
Mr. Smith has more
than 30 years in maritime and aquatic safety, including more than 20
years in the US Coast Guard. His experience includes marine and
water recreation including personal injury; vessel and equipment
design, construction, operation, and maintenance; search and rescue;
boat collisions and groundings; rules-of-the-road; diving; personnel
safety training, including life guarding and supervision; drowning
progressions - signs of drowning; cervical spine injuries due to
diving; pool/beach design and construction; water skiing and tubing;
jet skis/wave runners; white water rafting; incidents at, in, or
below hydro electric plants and low head dams; alcohol and
environmental stressors/factors including hypothermia; signs and
warnings; reconstruction of water and boating incidents; PFD's
(personal flotation devices); towing incidents; and fire fighter water
Dave has authored numerous publications and articles, and given multiple media presentations and lectures, including the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; the Boy Scouts of America; the National Association for Search and Rescue; the National Safety Council-Congress; and the US Army Corps of Engineers. He has been named Emergency Services Instructor of the Year by the Illinois EMT Association, and received the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Honor Recognition, and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators National Award, as well as several US Coast Guard Medals. He is a member of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, the National Safety Council Safety Training Institute, and various State Nursing Boards.
|Rick A. Smith, PE
Licensed Engineer in Ohio
Mr. Smith has more than 30 years experience as a Mechanical
Engineer, including more than 20 years working with thermal, energy
and combustion systems, including boilers, furnaces, and ovens. His
experience includes industrial power plants and processes; thermal
and combustion systems; CFC management; HVAC systems; air pollution
control; process and power piping and equipment; cathodic
protection; pump failure analysis; heat and fluid transfer
processes, including energy conservation.
Rick is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Fire Protection Association. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, as well as a Stationary Engineer, 3rd Class in Ohio. Some of his clients include Anheuser Busch, the State of Ohio, Honda America Mfg., and Nestle.
Mr. Spadaro has more
than 25 years experience in mines and mine equipment;
geotechnical engineering; drilling operations; blasting; day-to-day mine operations; noise
and dust control; surface haulage safety; electrical hazards;
inspection methods; roof control; training for metal, nonmetal
and coal mine inspectors; unsafe dump and fill sites; vehicle
maintenance; mine and safety hazard abatement; landslide
stabilization; subsidence control; mine fires; coal refuse
fires, underground mine subsidences; valley fill construction,
coal waste disposal; mining reclamation; coal waste embankments;
excess mine spoil fills; dam construction; surface mine drainage
systems; slope stabilization; mine sediment control structures;
hydrology pertaining to earth and coal-related structures;
underground coal mine design and surveying; roof control and
ventilation plans; and underground and surface mining
|Henry A. Spiller, MS,
Mr. Spiller has
more than 20 years experience in toxicology and research,
including coordination of international projects with the World
Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization on pesticide
safety, among others. He has more than a decade of
experience in training toxicologists and
specialists in Poison Information as well as
writing for the national certification exam for Specialists in Poison
Henry has been published in more than 200 publications on toxicology related subjects, including peer review medical/scientific journals, comprehensive toxicology textbooks and abstracts from scientific meetings. He has directed, as principal investigator, more than 35 multi-center national studies in toxicology. He has been recognized by Courts in; Malpractice, Toxic Tort claims, Cause of Death, Workers compensation, DUI, including interpreting drug and/or toxicology screen, blood alcohol results, Dram shop cases, post-mortem drug and or toxicology results. Henry has experience in more than 40,000 clinical cases and hundreds of post-mortem evaluations.
He is a Registered Professional Nurse in NJ and KY; is Director, AAPCC Certified Regional Poison Center; is a Diplomate, American Board of Applied Toxicology and a Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Examiners; is a Fellow, American College of Forensic Examiners; a Member, Society of Forensic Toxicologists; and is on the Board of Directors, American Board of Applied Toxicology. Henry is a member of American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC); American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT); American Board of Applied Toxicology (ABAT); Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT); and a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners.
Herbert J. Stern, MD, FACC, FSCAI;
Dr. Stern has over 20 years experience in cardiac,
cardiothoracic, and cardiovascular surgery; chest pain; down
syndrome; drugs; heart catheterization; congenital heart
disease; heart transplants; lesions; pulmonary atresia;
arrhythmia; pulmonary hypertension; hypoplastic left heart
syndrome; long QT syndrome; stents, balloons, and coils;
cardioplegia; hypothermia; ventricular fibrillation; septal
defects; pediatrics; pharmacology;
sports medicine; strokes; Turner's Syndrome; echocardiography;
Dr. Stern is a past or present Member of The American Board of Pediatrics; The American Heart Association; The Mecklenburg County Medical Society; The American College of Cardiology; The American Academy of Pediatrics; The Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions; The Cardiovascular Society; The Adult Congenital Heart Association; and The Pulmonary Hypertension Association.
Wendy R. Steusloff, RN, ASN, LPN, ALNC;
Nursing and Nursing Home Expert
Ms. Steusloff has 20 years experience as a Nurse, including
nursing homes. Her expertise and experience includes nursing
practices; patient care; standard-of-care procedures; quality
and risk management policy and procedures; assisted living;
evaluation and performance management; conflict resolution;
patient assessments; long-term and short-term rehabilitation;
medication administration; wound care; falls; pressure sores;
abuse and neglect; medication errors; infections; intravenous
infusions; life-sustaining measures; care planning; medical
records review; nursing supervision; dementia; traumatic brain
injuries; behavioral disturbances; short and long term care;
tracheotomy care; catheters; peritoneal dialysis; ostomies;
diabetic care; antipsychotic medications; and aspiration
Wendy has Certifications as an Advanced Legal Nurse
Consultant and Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers. She
is a member of the American Association of Legal Nurse
|Theodore M. Streit, PE
Registered Petroleum Engineer; Natural Resources Expert
Licensed Engineer in West Virginia
Mr. Streit has more than 30 years experience in
natural resources, including gas, oil and coal;
installation, operation, and maintenance of gas and oil pumping,
piping, and delivery systems; drilling and production technology;
lease and contract negotiations; oil and gas mineral property
valuations; energy development programs; oil and gas regulatory
policy and implementation; disputes between natural resource (gas,
oil and coal) operators and owners.
Ted is a Registered Petroleum Engineer in West Virginia. He is the Chairman of the Oil and Gas Committee of the West Virginia Land and Mineral Owners Council; the Past Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission Energy Resources Committee, the Coalbed Methane Review Board and the Shallow Gas Review Board; and a past member of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
|Harold Lynn Stringer,
Vehicle Engineering Expert
Mr. Stringer has more than
25 years experience in vehicle engineering, including motor vehicle
design, manufacturing, testing, and servicing including: passenger
cars, trucks, buses, trailers, and private/commercial vehicle
carriers; engines; fuel systems; electrical systems; lubrication
systems; cooling systems; exhaust systems; drive trains; brakes;
suspension; steering; wheels/tires; rear drive axles; A/C systems;
vehicle crash safety structures; and laboratory testing procedures.
|Steven L. Stuard, QEI
has more than 30 years experience in elevator operations. His
experience includes elevator
maintenance and repairs; modernization of elevators; installation,
including associated service tasks; elevator damage and malfunction
Steve is a registered elevator inspector and a member of the National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities and the National Association of Vertical Transport Professionals.
Shane Tecklenburg, AAEM;
Engine and Vehicle Management Systems
|Mr. Tecklenburg has over 15 years experience
in spark and diesel engines; data systems and sensors;
turbochargers and superchargers, Bosch K/KE Jetronic and
Motronic Systems; MoTec engine management systems; nitrous oxide
systems; fuel injection systems; suspension systems; and engine
Shane is certified in Advanced Automotive Engine Management (AAEM).
|Michael R. Tillotson,
Mr. Tillotson has nearly
30 years experience in Environmental/ Occupational Health, including
occupational safety; industrial hygiene;
radiation safety and health; hazardous waste management; hazardous
waste sites; emergency response; pesticides/ pesticides management;
asbestos; lead; noise and hazardous materials/ waste management.
Mike is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association; the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene; the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists; the Hazardous Materials Managers Institute; the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society; the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals; the National Lead Abatement Council. He is a Registered Sanitarian (Michigan); a Certified Industrial Hygienist; a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager; an EPA AHERA accredited Inspector/Management Planner, Contractor/Supervisor, and Project Designer; and a Certified Lead Paint/Hazards Inspector/Risk Assessor and Abatement Supervisor.
Ewen C. Todd, PhD;
Food Safety and Public Health Expert
|Food safety, including processing, handling, transporting, storing, and serving; food poisoning; hand hygiene; outbreak investigation; food science; hazards analysis and critical control points; restaurants and foodservice; disease transmission; toxicology; risk assessments; US and Canadian food regulations; E.Coli, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, Botulism, Ciguatera, Yeast, and other agents.|
Kevin L. Trangle, MD, MBA, FACOEM, FAADEP, BCIM, CIME, ABIME,
Dr. Trangle has over 30 years experience in environmental and
occupational medicine, including Independent Medical Exams
(IME's); environmental and occupational medicine; review of
medical records; clinical advice; return-to-work plans;
treatment protocols; incidence response; ergonomics; industrial
hygiene; regulatory compliance (including ADA); rehabilitation;
toxicology; environmental sampling and testing of air, land, and
water resources; ambulatory care; back injuries; CPR/First Aid;
immunology; water quality and chlorination; fungal infections;
organic and inorganic solvent exposure; styrene; asbestos;
tertiary disease exposure; oncology; respiratory exposure;
dermal exposures; and orthopedic.
Kevin's Professional Affiliations include The American
College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; The American
College of Physician Executives; The American Medical
Association; The Cleveland Academy of Medicine; The Ohio State
Medical Association; The American Academy of Disability
Evaluation Physicians; The American College of Preventive
Medicine; and The American Society of Internal Medicine.
Mr. Walker has more than 15 years safety and operating experience.
His experience includes construction and industrial equipment
operation, procedures, malfunctions, damage, and personal injuries.
His expertise includes cranes, loaders, bulldozers, backhoes, fork
lifts, skid steers, and aerial lifts; safety program training and
maintenance; safety equipment requirements and orientations;
employee safety and health issue investigations, reviews, and
responses; OSHA and JSHA compliance; unsafe working conditions;
safety audits; emergency response drills; and emergency action
Chad holds numerous safety and OSHA certifications, including Accident Investigation I and II; Vehicle Dynamics; Mechanical Maintenance; Skid Steer Loader/ Rough Terrain Fork Lift/ Industrial Fork Lift/ and Aerial Lift Certified Trainer; OSHA 500 Certified Trainer for Construction Industry; and OSHA 501 Certified Trainer for General Industry.
|Robert P. Walson, PhD
Metallurgical and Materials Expert
Dr. Walson has more
than 25 years experience in materials and metallurgical engineering.
His expertise includes mechanical and material failures;
structure and component analyses including metals, plastics, glass,
ceramics, wood, and construction materials; nondestructive,
microscopic, and surface chemistry testing; industrial equipment;
construction equipment; consumer products; chemical processes;
Scanning Electron Microscope and X-ray failure analyses; engine and
power system components and materials including turbines; ceramic
valve seat inserts; machine elements and design; and high
temperature cast irons alloyed with aluminum.
William W. Whitworth, PE;
Utility Line/Pole Expert and Electrical Engineer
Mr. Whitworth has 35 years experience with utility power
distribution systems, including power poles and overhead and
underground power lines. His experience and expertise includes
NESC code requirements; wood pole analysis; pole loading,
guying, and buckling; material failure analysis; compliance
audits; conductor sag and tension; conductor blowouts; fuse
coordination; fault studies; circuit loading; voltage drop
analysis; capacitor bank and control; system reliability
indices; system reliability; improvement recommendations; system
inventories; inspections; mapping; underground and overhead
distribution systems; engineering policies; programmable
capacitor controls; guy/anchor failures; easements; estimates;
and training seminars.
Bill is a Licensed, Registered Professional Engineer in
several states. His Professional Affiliations include The
National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE); The Indiana
Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) - Treasurer
(2010-present), ISPE Educational Foundation (ISPE-EF) -
Treasurer (2012-present); Senior Member of IEEE Power
Engineering Society, Central Indiana Section, IEEE Standards
Association (IEEE SA); The Indiana Energy Association (IEA) -
T&D Committee; The Midwest Electric Distribution Exchange
(MEDE); The Midwest Energy Association (MEA) Code & Standards
Committee; The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Distribution
Group; The American National Standards Institute (ANSI); The
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA); The Forest Products
Society (FPS); The American Wood Protection Association (AWPA);
and The International Council on Large Electric Systems - US
|James S. Wickersham, PE
Licensed Engineer in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Utah
Mr. Wickersham has more than 20 years experience in construction,
maintenance, and mechanical engineering. His experience
activities/ facilities/ equipment, including amusement parks,
playgrounds, and winter sports; fire/ explosion investigations; gas turbine
and combined cycle power plants; ski resort maintenance and
operations, including security, grooming, training and supervision of
all personnel; boiling water reactors; nuclear energy plants,
including maintenance, supervision, and mechanical tooling.
Jim is a Licensed Professional Engineer, Certified Level I Amusement Ride Inspector, and Certified Playground Safety Inspector. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the American Society for Testing and Materials, F24 and F27 Committees; National Society of Professional Engineers; Professional Ski Instructors of America; and National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials.
Schield M. Wikas, DO, DF, FAOCD;
Dr. Schield M. Wikas has over 30 years experience as an Internal
Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine Specialist. His extensive
experience and expertise includes osteopathic medicine; internal
medicine; pharmacology; therapeutics; phlebology; dermal
fillers; Botox injections; dermatology, including diseases,
cancers, surgery, and injections; sclerotheraphy; hair
transplantation/restoration; Staphylococcal Scaled-Skin
Syndrome; Stevens-Johnson Syndrome; Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome;
Hyperimmunoglobulin E. Syndrome; Scurvy; Epithelioid
Angoisarcoma; Epithelioid Hemangioma; Scleromyxedema; Merkel
Cell Carcinoma; cancer screening; venereal diseases; bacterial
and fungal infections; cutaneous manifestations; hair and nail
diseases; atopic dermatitis; cutaneous malignancy cancer;
bullous diseases; Pyoderma Gangrenosum; acne/rosacea; and
Dr. Wikas is Board Certified by The American Osteopathic
Board of Dermatology and is a Past or Present Member of the
following Professional Organizations: The American Osteopathic
Association; The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology;
The American Academy of Dermatology; Honorary title Fellow of
Distinction of the American Osteopathic College of Medicine; The
American Medical Association; The American Osteopathic College
of Dermatology; The Ohio State Medical Association; The Ohio
Osteopathic Association; The District 8 Osteopathic Academy; The
International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery; The American
College of Phlebology; and The Ohio University College of
Osteopathic Medicine Centers for Osteopathic Research and
Education. Dr. Wikas also has over 40 Professional Publications
|Michael T. Williams, PE
Civil and Environmental Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Indiana, New Mexico
Mr. Williams has more
than 30 years of Civil/Environmental Engineering experience,
including water distribution, sanitary and storm water sewer
systems, pump stations, and wastewater treatment plants;
administration, inspection and testing for construction of storm
sewers, wastewater collection and treatment facilities, activated
sludge systems, aerated lagoons, oxidation ditches, sequencing batch
reactors, and secondary/tertiary treatment systems;
inspector/technician training; site surveying and safety plans;
project certifications; failures and malfunctions including
foundations, retaining walls, roofs, structural failures,
appliances, furnaces, swimming pools, spas, saunas, plumbing
systems, hydraulic systems, fire suppression systems, environmental
releases, and environmental remediation systems; hydrogeological
investigations, aquifer tests, design and permitting.
Mike is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Water Environment Federation, and the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.
|Christy L. Yano,
BSN-RN, MSN-CRNP, ANCC, AANP
Mrs. Yano has experience involving nursing; medical facility
standard-of-care procedures; aesthetic medicine service procedures;
women's health care; patient care assessments, including heart rate,
blood pressure, oxygen saturation, telemetry reading, respiration
rate, and pain block procedures.
Christy is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses. She is a Certified Nurse Practitioner, a Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Registered Nurse.
|Robert A. Yano, PE
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, California
Yano has more than 30 years experience involving the design, installation, and operation
of mechanical systems and components for residential, institutional, commercial,
industrial, and manufacturing facilities.
Bobs experience includes: HVAC systems, including boilers; natural gas, propane, and oil furnaces, heaters, stoves, and dryers; manual and automatic doors; material handling systems; water piping and plumbing; dust and fumes collection equipment; noise attenuation systems; explosion investigations; turbines, compressors, pumps, fans, vacuum systems and combustors; refrigerators and freezers; lift gates, fork lifts, man lifts, loaders, and dumpsters; controls and instrumentation; machine design and safety; boats and jet-skis; bakery and food processing equipment; heat exchangers; piping and valving; pneumatic and hydraulic components; hand tools; tables, ladders, and chairs; waste treatment equipment; vehicular components; and chains, trolleys, and hoists.
Bob is a member of The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers; The Society of Automotive Engineers; The National Safety Council; The National Fire Protection Association; and The American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
|Scott M. Yano, PE
Electrical and Medical Equipment Expert
has experience in
designing, developing, and operating advanced diagnostic medical equipment.
His work has included developing medical equipment
requirements and specifications and demonstrating equipment performance.
Scotts experience includes the design, installation, and operation of power supplies; electronic wiring schematics; and instrumentation and control equipment. He performs software programming; evaluates wireless (RF) and sound controlled equipment performance; and is involved in determining the effects of electromagnetic fields on equipment and personnel.
Scott is a member of IEEE (Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers), Antennas and Propagation, Vehicular Technology, and Communication Societies.