Practitioner Scholars

Practitioner Scholars are experts who are periodically invited to lead virtual seminars. These seminars provide students an opportunity to hear from an industry professional with in-depth knowldge in a particular area of speciality. Select a Practiioner Scholar from the list below to learn about their background and specialty area.

Taylor Abel, M.S., PE

Assistant Vice President | EHS Performance Improvement, Mosaic
Specialty Area: Mining

Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP

President | Law Office of Adele L. Abrams
Specialty Area: Law

Kelly A. Bernish

Manager | Safety Services, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Specialty Area: Amusement Parks and Attractions

Lisa Capicik

Regional Safety Director | Brasfield & Gorrie
Specialty Area: Construction Industry Sector

Beth A. Cooper, M.S., PE, INCE Bd. Cert., Fellow INCE/USA

Agency Hearing Conservation Consultant | NASA Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer
Specialty Area: Government and Aerospace Industry


Augusta Dowd, J.D.

Managing Partner | White, Arnold & Dowd
Specialty Area: Law Defense

Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., J.D.

Partner | Fisher & Phillips LLP
Specialty Area: Law

John A. Gerhart

President | 1914 Iron Inc.
Specialty Area: Organized Labor

Kimberly Scheibe Greene, M.S., M.B.A.

Group President of Strategy & External Relations | Tennessee Valley Authority
Specialty Area: Government and Utilities Sector


Deborah L. Grubbe, PE, CEng

Owner and Principal | Operations and Safety Solutions, LLC
Specialty Area: Chemical Process Industries


J. Keith Harris

NC Fire Chief and Emergency Manager (retired)
Specialty Area: Fire, Rescue, Disaster Response and Recovery


Donna S. Heidel, M.S., CIH

Coordinator, Prevention through Design | CDC/NIOSH Education and Information Division
Specialty Area: Public Policy and Government Sector


Deborah Lechner, PT, M.S.

President | ErgoScience
Specialty Area: Health Care - Physical Therapy

Allen Long

Principal Systems Safety Engineer | Rockwell Collins
Specialty Area: Aerospace

Linda Lucas

Provost (retired) | University of Alabama at Birmingham
Specialty Area: Higher Education

Roy W. Malone, Jr.

Deputy Manager | Space Shuttle Propulsion Office, Marshall Space Flight Center - NASA
Specialty Area: Government and Aerospace Industry


Penny Manuel

Executive Vice President | Engineering & Construction Services, Southern Company Generation
Specialty Area: Utility - Power Generation

Fred Manuele, PE, CSP

President | Hazards Ltd and renowned author in safety engineering
Specialty Area: Service Sector - Safety Consultants

Shekhar Mitra, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President | Corporate Research & Development, Global Salon Professional and Global Prestige, Procter & Gamble
Specialty Area: Corporate R&D - Consumer Products


Charles S. Peek

Vice President & Works Manager | American Cast Iron Pipe Company
Specialty Area: Heavy Manufacturing Sector

James R. Pratt, III, Esq.

Partner | Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton
Specialty Area: Law Plaintiff

Van L. Richey

President and CEO | American Cast Iron Pipe Company
Specialty Area: Manufacturing Heavy Industry

Mark L. Rosenberg, M.D., MPP

President and CEO | Task Force for Global Health
Specialty Area: Health Care and Social Sector


Charles C. Stewart, M.B.A.

President & Chief Operating Officer | Walter Coke & Walter Minerals
Specialty Area: Mining

Roger H. Sublett, Ph.D.

President | Union Institute and University
Specialty Area: Social Sector/Leadership, Higher Education

Donald W. Swallom, M.S.

Safety Engineer | US Army Aviation and Missile Command
Specialty Area: Aerospace

Philip Zicarelli, PE, P.L.S.

Director | Proposals and Sales Administration, KBR Power and Industrial
Specialty Area: Heavy Industrial