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

Kari Babski-Reeves, PhD, CPE

President

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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Cynthia Rando, MS, MBA, CHFP

Vice-President

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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Gene A. Kay, MS, CPE

Secretary

Gene is the Director of Ergonomics at VelocityEHS where his team provides web-based ergo programs and ergonomic consultations.

For more than 25 years he has worked in the fields of Ergonomics, physical rehab, work physiology, and health promotion. Prior to joining VelocityEHS he was the developer of ErgoAdvocate, the Global Ergonomics Manager at American Express, the (Past) President of the Upper Midwest chapter of HFES, and the Rehab Services Manager at a multi-site Neurology Clinic.

Gene has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Montana and he is a Certified Professional Ergonomist, a ski coach and a mountain biking enthusiast.

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Jennifer L. Law, MS, CPE

Treasurer

Jennifer is Ergonomics Practice Leader of Lockton Companies and has over 13 years of consulting and leadership experience in multiple industry sectors with an approach that emphasizes organizational culture, emerging risks, collaborative teams, workplace design, wellness and sustainability.  She also serves as an advisor in product design and safety.  Jennifer has a M.S. degree in Biological Engineering with a concentration in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University and a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Anthropology from UNC Charlotte.  She also holds a Safety Management Specialist certification through the BCSP.

Jennifer has contributed to various industry speaking events, newsletters and publications, including a contributing editor for the NSC’s Accident Prevention Manual for Business & Industry, 13th Ed.  She is a member of standards committees for Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA),  ASSE’s Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Advisory Board, and is active in local child/youth ergonomics outreach initiatives.

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Conne Bazley, PhD, CHFP

Director

Conne has practiced in the Human Factors and Ergonomics discipline for the past 22 years, working in the private, military, government and academic sectors in the United States plus collaborating on projects with the French, Japanese, Australians, and the British. Conne has been a guest editor, and recently joined the editorial board of the journal WORK and communication committee for IEA.  She has authored journal articles and several books and also participated as a journal peer reviewer.  She has served as president, chair, program chair, newsletter editor, member and board member for international, national and local civic and volunteer organizations.

Originally from Colorado, Conne’s varied background includes mountain climbing; horseback riding; ski instructor; planning and zoning analyst; business entrepreneur; and teacher, both at the K-12 and community college level.

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Michael A. Boggi, MSIE, CHFP

Director

Mr. Boggi is principal 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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Patrick L. Craven, PhD, CHFP

Director

Patrick Craven is currently a human factors research scientist with Lockheed Martin (LM) as a principal researcher within the Human Performance Engineering team developing advanced human-centered technologies for applications in training and logistics programs. Prior to this position, he was formerly a Research Professor at Drexel University specializing in solving defense and healthcare human-computer interaction (HCI) challenges and served as the lead human factors researcher on FAA’s Center of Excellence for the integration of unmanned systems into the national airspace.

Patrick started his professional career with LM’s Advanced Technology Labs where he led research efforts investigation adaptive HCI. He has over a decade and a half of professional experience designing and evaluating HCI ranging from neurophysiological-based measures of cognition, to human-machine teaming, to command and control, handheld, aircraft, and intelligence applications. Patrick has a PhD in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University, an MSc in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA is Cognitive Science from Dartmouth College.

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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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James D. Rethaber, PhD, CPE

Director

James is the Director of the Ergonomics Division at Fit For Work in San Antonio, TX and also provides ergonomics consulting services for clients in various industrial settings. He has a BESS in Exercise Sports Science (Athletic Training), an MS in Exercise Physiology, an MS in Industrial Engineering, a Ph.D. in Human Performance Technology, and is currently working towards an MS in Applied Psychology. James is also a green belt in Six Sigma and Lean Design for Six Sigma and is a presenter at regional, national, and international ergonomics and engineering conferences, as well as a published researcher with research interests including performance and process improvement through ergonomics, ergonomic considerations for the aging population, anthropometrics in ergonomic design, and the physical demands analysis and job-specific post-offer test development.

James also serves on the industry advisory board at the Environmental & Occupational Health/Ergonomics Center at Texas A&M University – College Station, TX, and on the industry advisory board at the Ingram School of Engineering at Texas State University – San Marcos, TX.

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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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Robert J. (Bob) Torres, MS, CUXP

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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 Staff

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Carol Stuart-Buttle, MS, CPE

Executive Director

BCPE
Bellingham, WA
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Kris Rightmire, BS

Executive Administrator

BCPE
Bellingham, WA
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