Board and Staff

The Board of Directors is comprised of ten elected certificate holders and one public member.  Each director serves a three year term and is eligible to serve a second, consecutive, three-year term, if re-elected to the Board.  Directors assist the BCPE in carrying out its mission and furthering its goals,

Board of Directors

Rachel R. Michael, MSc, CPE

President

Rachel has a Masters of Science degree in Industrial Ergonomics from Luleå University in Sweden, and is also a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional who regularly presents at industry and private client conferences. She has been featured in publications including Utility Safety, Manual Materials Handling, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Environmental Quality and Management.

Rachel provided technical writing and expert assistance to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) during the creation of outreach materials related to ergonomics and provides clients with general compliance related training and process management. Rachel has been a consultant for global insurance brokerages for 10+ years implementing controls and loss prevention programs in diverse industries including pharmaceutical manufacturing, retail and hospital pharmacy, dairy, steel, lumber, sewing and textile, parks and recreation, electronics, food production, transportation, government and office industries. Rachel is currently a senior consultant and Thought Leader for Aon’s ergonomics practice.

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Cindy R. Whitehead, MHS, CPE

Vice-President

Cindy is the Program Manager of the Navy Ergonomics Program. She is a Human Systems Engineer at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, VA focusing on human-centered design of the operation and maintenance of systems in Defense acquisition lifecycle. She is also the Human Systems Integration Lead for the US Army and USMC Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH) and her Masters in Health Science in Environmental Health Engineering (Industrial Hygiene and Safety) from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (Baltimore, MD). She has been a CPE since 2001. She is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
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John (Jeff) F. Kelley, PhD, CUXP

Secretary

Jeff is an IBM Master Inventor and Senior Managing consultant with IBM Interactive. Jeff has been involved in most aspects of client engagements: proposal development, requirements analysis, solution design and delivery, prototyping, interface design innovation, development coding, and stakeholder/customer interaction. He chairs the IBM Worldwide User Experience Community of Practice. Jeff, a former Editor of Ergonomics in Design, and adjunct professor of Engineering Psychology at Georgia Tech, is a board-certified Human Factors Professional, a Fellow of HFES and of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. Jeff was 2008 President of HFES.

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Robert J. (Bob) Torres, MS, CUXP

Treasurer

Bob is a Certified User Experience Professional, computer scientist, mathematician, and inventor on sabbatical in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex. He retired from IBM as a Senior Technical Staff Member. Bob served as a user experience and accessibility consultant for Fortune 500 companies and clients world wide. He performed user experience tasks of process development, product planning, requirements, architecture, design, prototype, development, and evaluation. He also managed a department of user experience professionals.

Bob’s experience includes Technical and Management leadership for human factors, user experience, and accessibility. While at IBM, Bob was also Technical Lead for a world wide IBM User Experience Community of Practice and Technical Lead for an IBM future user experience invention development team. Bob has experience across many business domains (e.g., Aerospace, Banking, Defense, Insurance, Retail, Securities, Utilities) and user experience technologies (e.g., Character, Graphical, Visual, Web, Kiosk, and Mobile).

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Kari Babski-Reeves, PhD, CPE

Director

Kari Babski-Reeves is an Associate Professor in the Industrial and Systems (ISE) Engineering Department and the Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU). She is also the IRB chair for MSU and co-directs the Human Systems Engineering Laboratory within ISE. Kari’s research interests are primarily related to the prevention and control of musculoskeletal disorders and fatigue assessment. Prior to joining MSU in 2006, she served on the faculty within the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. She received her BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Industrial Engineering from MSU. She is current member of the NIOSH Occupational Safety and Health review panel, has served as Program Chair in for the Human Factors and Ergonomics track for Institute of Industrial Engineers and the Program Chair for the Aging Technical Group for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

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Michael A. Boggi, MSIE, CHFP

Director

Mr. Boggi is principle at Human Factors Analysis & Design.  He has an extensive background in applied human factors and usability analysis, design and testing in highly regulated environments for both hardware and software systems.  Mr. Boggi has been a consultant on over 250 projects.  As a private sector business owner and technical expert, experienced at establishing and leading human factors programs and mentoring other human factors professionals.  As a public sector researcher and technical expert  experienced at proposing human factors research, leading the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Fitness For Duty program (10 CFR Part 26), writing, planning and implementing rule-making with extensive public involvement.

Author of the IEEE Nuclear Power Engineering Committee’s Subcommittee 5 internal guidance for writing an IEEE Standard, reducing the time it takes to publish an IEEE Standard from 12+ years to 3-4 years.  Authored the NRC’s interim staff guidance for Computer Based Procedures.  Led the development of the NRC’s inspection review criteria for Degraded Digital Instrumentation and Controls and led the development of the NRC’s guidance for Human Factors Considerations in New and Advanced Reactors.  Author of four IEEE Standards.

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Joseph (Joe) Cohen, PhD, CPE

Director

Joseph Cohen provides technical and scientific advisory support on legal and regulatory matters involving human factors, ergonomics, and safety.  Dr. Cohen has consulted to Fortune 500 companies and managed projects across a variety of industries and settings including construction, energy generation, food service, consumer products, industrial products, warehousing, hospitality, and retail sales.  He has been retained by attorneys and law firms in litigation on approximately one hundred occasions and testified as an expert witness in California Superior Court.  Dr. Cohen holds four degrees, including a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Riverside, M.A. degree in human factors psychology from California State, Northridge and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in industrial/organizational psychology from Alliant International University, San Diego where he was named “Outstanding Doctor of Philosophy” in 2009.

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Fadi Fathallah, PhD, CPE

Director

Fadi Fathallah is a Professor in the department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at University of California (UC) Davis. He directs the Occupational Biomechanics Laboratory and the UC Agricultural Ergonomics Research Center, and he is a member of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety. Fadi’s research interests revolve around the assessment and prevention of occupational musculoskeletal disorders, especially among agricultural workers in California and in developing countries. Recently, Fadi was appointed as the Director of the Education Abroad Program and Independent Programs at UC Davis. Prior to joining UC Davis in 1999, he spent four years as a Senior Research Associate at the Liberty Mutual Research Center for Safety and Health in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Fadi received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University, a MS in Human Factors Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a PhD in Occupational Biomechanics/Ergonomics from Ohio State University. Fadi is the chair of the International Ergonomics Association’s Technical Committee on Agriculture, and he has previously served as Program Chair of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s Industrial Ergonomics Technical Group

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Matthew Pierce, MBA

Director at Large

Matt is the Director of Productivity, Quality Management and a Safety Director at EMCOR Group, Inc., the nation’s largest specialty contractor. He brings more than 15 years of experience working in many roles in the specialty construction and facilities services industries to reduce risk and improve safety and productivity performance, resulting in one of the best safety records in the industry. Matt’s education includes a BA in International Business from Westminster College in SLC, UT and an MBA from the University of Utah. He is an American Society of Quality Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence. He also serves as Adjunct Faculty at the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Management Education Institute.

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Cynthia Rando, MS, MBA, CHFP

Director

Cynthia Rando is the Founder/CEO of Sophic Synergistics, LLC, a consulting firm that focused on optimizing human performance and experience in any environment.   She has spent 15 years in the field of Human Centered Design including 12 years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. During this time she provided extensive leadership to the organization addressing several critical areas in Human Factors and Human Centered design including: interface design, ergonomics, safety and risk mitigation strategies, usability and user experience, accident investigation and root cause analysis activities.  Additionally, she was instrumental in implementing several culture change initiatives and innovative solutions for the agency including: the U.S. Governments’ first use of crowdsourcing as a disruptive business model and the development of the Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation and the NASA Human Health and Performance Center.

Cynthia is a Certified Human Factors Professional and received her B.S. and M.S. in Human Factors Engineering from Clemson University and an MBA from Northeastern University.  She has served as an associate professor at University of Houston Clearlake providing instruction in  Human Factors and Ergonomics course material.  Currently, she provides Human Centered Design and Human Factors consultation to the Texas Medical Center Innovation Incubator’s medical device startup cohorts.

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Brian R. Sherman, MSc, CPE

Director

Brian R. Sherman works as a Senior Health & Safety Manager – Ergonomics and Equipment Safety for Tesla in Fremont, California, United States.  He has twenty five years professional working experience applying industrial engineering, human factors engineering and biomechanics concepts including ergonomics program development/ application to the workplace.  Before joining Tesla, Brian worked for several large organizations in both manufacturing and academia including Johnson Controls, Honda of America, General Motors, North Carolina State University and GlaxoSmithKline.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1992 and a Masters of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering – Human Factors Option from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 1995.  Brian holds CPE certification and is on the Board of Directors for the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE).  He is also a full member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
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 Staff

Carol-Stuart_Buttle

Carol Stuart-Buttle, MS, CPE

Executive Director

BCPE
Bellingham, WA
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Kris-Rightmire

Kris Rightmire BS

Executive Administrator

BCPE
Bellingham, WA
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