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Leadership & Board

Joe currently serves as the Executive Director of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS), joining the organization in September 2016. Joe had previously served on the NETS Board of Directors representing Abbott since 2008 and served as NETS Board Chair in 2014 and 2015. As Executive Director, Joe is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization’s operations, marketing and communication services, including the annual STRENGTH IN NUMBERS® road safety benchmark survey. In addition, Joe leads efforts associated with a NETS-NHTSA Road Safety Cooperative Agreement and represents NETS on the UN Road Safety Collaboration, the principal steering committee for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 initiative.

Prior to assuming his role as NETS’ Executive Director, Joe spent more than 26-years in the private sector, within global healthcare company Abbott. During his time with Abbott, Joe held a variety of occupational health and safety positions across Abbott’s manufacturing, R&D and commercial business sectors with emphasis in the areas of process safety, loss prevention and global road safety. He was a participating member of the ANSI Z-15.1 Accredited Standards Committee on Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Fleet Operations and currently serves on the ANSI Z-15.3 Autonomous Vehicle Standards Committee. In addition to successfully leading Abbott’s worldwide fleet safety programs across 80+ countries, Joe led Abbott’s efforts to implement a comprehensive global cell phone ban across the company’s commercial business sector in 2013. Joe also championed Abbott’s wide-ranging initiatives to make road safety a component of its corporate social responsibility efforts through school-based road safety initiatives across India and helmet safety campaigns for children and families across Vietnam.

Joe holds a BSE in Occupational Health & Safety from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) in professional practice.

Susan Gillies joined the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) in 2013 as the Marketing and Operations Manager and leads a wide variety of NETS back-office operations and membership processes. In addition to publishing the NETS monthly newsletter (NETSWork), she also facilitates and leads numerous NETS projects such as the annual Strength in Numbers® Road Safety Benchmark survey, Drive Safely Work Week™ campaigns, the Cost of Motor Vehicle Crashes to Employers-2015™ report and Cost of Crashes App, and the NHTSA Cooperative Agreement Employer Outreach Program. Susan also helps organize the NETS annual benchmark and international conferences, maintains NETS Membership FORUM, and serves as the primary point of contact with NETS members and sponsor partners. Prior to joining NETS, Susan worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Benefits Division.

Board of Directors

Chair

During his 20 year career, Brian has held production engineering, logistics operations and project management roles in the mining and oil and gas industries. Brian is currently based in Houston with previous work experience in Australia, Canada and Nigeria. In his current role, Brian works with a global team to support Shell’s Downstream business road safety efforts.

Directors

Keith has over three decades of experience working as a risk engineer, initially with Liberty Mutual Insurance, and for the past 32 years at Chubb. He’s responsible for providing fleet safety services for commercial motor vehicles and large private passenger fleets insured by Chubb. His work sends him throughout the United States from his office in Nashville, TN.

Keith is a Certified Safety Professional and is a certified National Safety Council DDC instructor. He’s responsible for coordinating the commercial auto training at Chubb’s Global Learning Center in Branchburg, NJ and sits on the ANSI/ASSP Z15.1 Standard Committee.

Dane has been with Liberty Mutual for 28 years and has held roles in Claims, Managed Care, Information Technology, Reinsurance and for the past 8 years, as Director of Employee Safety & Global Business Continuity.

Dane is responsible for implementing Liberty’s Employee Safety programs and Business Continuity Resiliency strategy for domestic and international operations.

Kylie has 18 years of Safety/Compliance experience, specifically working with National, Local and Over the Road commercial drivers. She began her career in 2001 working with a national trucking company in Metro Atlanta providing education and compliance services of the FMCSA regulations and Hours of Service to all OTR company drivers and company Owner-Operators.

Her Safety and Compliance career then expanded in 2005 into the role of Safety Manager at a national auto hauler company and again in 2008 as the Director of Safety and Compliance at ACERTUS, formally AmeriFleet Transportation. Kylie continues to develop and promote safe and efficient operations of driver fleets and company operations in her current role at ACERTUS as Director of Driver Services. Kylie and her team manage the daily operation of Driver Recruiting, Compliance, Training and Support.

As a Dedicated Safety Leader for ACERTUS, she continues to promote a company wide Safety Culture through implementation of safety policies and programs for all drivers, managers, leaders, employees and associates of ACERTUS.

Kylie lives in North Metro Atlanta and enjoys spending time with her family. She is an avid UGA football fan. Saturdays in the fall are either spent in Athens, GA or in front of the TV cheering the Dawgs on for a WIN.

Tom DeLuise is the National Manager for Commercial and Government Fleet Sales at Toyota Motor North America.  Tom has been with Toyota for 33 years and in his current position for 2 years. He is responsible for commercial and government sales operations.

Prior to this current role, Tom was National Manager of both the Toyota Certified Used Vehicles and Toyota Rent A Car programs for the Toyota Division.  In this role, Tom was responsible for planning and coordination of all sales, rentals and operations compliance for Toyota dealers nationally.   

Tom has also held positions at the National headquarters in sales, marketing, market representation and dealer advertising.  Before that role he held numerous sales operation positions in Toyota’s New York Region field office. 

Tom earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Providence College, Providence Rhode Island. 

Tom and his wife (Cathy) have 2 adult daughters and a son that is a Senior at the University of North Texas.

He, his wife and son live in Prosper, Texas.  

Don Fordiani is Group Manager for Fleet Sales for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. In his current role he is responsible for all Toyota Motor North America Fleet Sales and Operations.

Prior to his current role, Don was the Group Manager for Guest Experience and Fixed Operations for Lexus, the luxury division of TMS. His responsibilities included ensuring Lexus dealers and area offices have programs, resources and support necessary to provide an industry leading guest experience. He was also responsible for national parts and service operations, dealer performance and technical operations, parts and service marketing and the Lexus owner’s website (LexusDrivers).

Previously, Fordiani held the positions of Lexus National Customer Services Field and Dealer Operations Manager and Assistant General Manager at Lexus Southern Area.

Prior to those roles, Fordiani served as the Lexus Central Area Vehicle Operations Manager, where he was responsible for sales, vehicle supply and merchandising. Fordiani began his career with TMS in 1989, and has held a variety of positions in several regional offices around the country as well as TMS’ Headquarters in Torrance, California. After holding several different positions in the Kansas City Region, he was promoted to TMS Production and Distribution Manager.

Fordiani has a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of California in Davis, CA. Fordiani resides in Plano, TX.

With over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry and 18 years at Chubb NA, Ms. Guerrini oversees the design and delivery of commercial auto risk engineering service products for commercial customers. Ms. Guerrini provides thought leadership and practical advice on emerging hazards, risk assessment and risk control as well as, invaluable knowledge and guidance to not only her peers in the Risk Engineering Service Department but serves as an account executive on key accounts; initiates and sustains close relationships with important producers, industry associations and specialized service providers. In her current role as Executive Commercial Auto Specialist, Ms. Guerrini is responsible for developing and implementing Chubb’s commercial auto strategy and business plans globally.

Ms. Guerrini is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Director Safety (CDS), & Certified Safety Supervisor (CSS). For the past eight years, Ms. Guerrini has been serving as a Fleet mentor for the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI), where she assists others in obtaining their certification as a Certified Director of Safety (CDS). Ms. Guerrini is also a Certified Defensive Driver Instructor. Jenn has a B.S. in Occupational Safety & Engineering and an M.S. in Industrial Safety & Engineering.

Gabriel Kardos is the Director of Global Fleet and Office Safety at Johnson & Johnson where he partners with global business, fleet and office safety leaders including EHS&S campus leads and their operational teams to support the health and safety of field and office-based employees.

Gabriel began his 21-year Johnson & Johnson career in 1997 as an Office Operations and Project Manager. Working across sectors in Shared Services, he administered all aspects of office facility operations at the Hungarian Johnson & Johnson affiliate while spearheading the company’s new office and warehouse relocation project.

In 2000, Gabriel was appointed to Fleet Safety Manager EMEA providing support to numerous regional country fleet safety teams with over 13,600 drivers. In 2005 Gabriel took on additional EHS&S responsibilities becoming the Office Health & Safety Program Coordinator and the Six Sigma EMEA Coordinator. In 2013 Gabriel became the Senior Fleet Safety Manager for EMEA with additional responsibility for the Asia Pacific region. He successfully promoted a diverse and inclusive work environment engaging, inspiring and motivating 37 indirect fleet safety regional team leaders in more than 55 countries. Gabriel has a passion for ensuring employees arrive home safely to their families each day and is known as a highly customer-oriented individual collaborating across Johnson & Johnson operating groups and global regions.

While at J&J, under Gabriel’s leadership, the first ever comprehensive EMEA Fleet Safety benchmarking study was initiated with over 28 companies from the Pharmaceutical, Consumer and Medical sectors. The benchmarking study went from a regional EMEA study to that of a global one in nature. The benchmarking group is now active under the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS) on which Gabriel sits as a Board Member. He is also an active member of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration and has been passionately involved in fleet safety related CSR projects in South Africa and Vietnam in support of the Decade of Action for Road safety working to protect children from road traffic injury. Gabriel also sat on the editing committee of Project Committee 241 as the Canadian Chairman for ISO 39001 Road Traffic Safety Management systems and was one of the many stakeholders bringing ISO 39001 to fruition.

Gabriel is based in Hungary where he lives with his wife and two children. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from McMaster University in Canada. He also holds a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.

Terri is the Director of Safety, Industrial Hygiene, and Fire Prevention for Consolidated Edison, the New York metropolitan region’s provider of electric, gas, and steam services. In her 15-years with ConEdison, she has worked in varying company departments and positions. Prior to joining Con Edison, Terri served in the US Navy as a surface warfare officer, among ship engineering and operations departments as well as logistic planning for US Navy and Military Sealift Command ships.

Terri joined Con Edison as a project specialist in Customer Operations’ Retail Choice group and held positions of increasing responsibility among the departments of Customer Operations, Environment Health & Safety, Business Finance and was recently a part of the company’s AMI/REV efforts with the Innovative Pricing Pilot project in Customer Energy Solutions.

Terri enjoys learning new areas of the company and is excited to be in EH&S to positively impact worker health and safety. She holds a bachelor of science from the University of Notre Dame and a master of science in information systems from Columbia University.

Mark McGhiey, CSP, CFPS is the Associate Vice President of Loss Control Services for Nationwide. He leads an organization that provides risk management and consultative services to commercial insureds across the United States ranging from small proprietors to large industrial operations. Mark is a member of Nationwide’s Commercial Telematics Executive Steering Committee and sits on the Commercial Committee for the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.

Over the past 25 years, Mark has worked in risk management, underwriting and product leadership positions. He has been a member of the Governing Committee of the North Carolina Rate Bureau and was a board member of the North Carolina Joint Underwriting Association & North Carolina Insurance Underwriting Association.

Mark has a degree in Occupational Safety from Illinois State University. He is a Certified Safety Professional as well as a Certified Fire Protection Specialist.

José Quesada has a bachelor’s degree with Honorific Mention as Industrial Engineer from Universidad Internacional de las Americas. He also graduated as a Chemist Analyst from Universidad de Costa Rica.

José has more than 18 years of broad business experience in the beverage industry across multiple business areas such as Logistics, Quality, Food Safety and Occupational Safety and has extensive experience in identifying needs and developing and implementing safety strategies with a focus on Distribution, Route to Market and Manufacturing areas.

Currently, José is responsible for supporting all Business Units around the world with strategies to improve safety performance in Route to Market in each activity since the product is loaded in the truck, until it is delivered to the customers. His goal is to ensure a safe workplace to employees, contractors and all people in touch with their products.

Before his current role, José worked as Occupational Safety Senior Manager in Coca-Cola Latin Center Business Unit from 2013-2016. During this time, Jose was responsible for leading High-Performance Teams and implementing Safety Strategies in 42 Bottler Plants and more than 238 Distribution Centers across 32 countries from Caribbean to Central and South America.

David Scott is Hess Corporation’s Global Land Transportation Safety Advisor. His position manages a range of land transportation variables. He reviews all high potential land transportation incidents to determine the root cause, prevent future incidents from occurring, and for litigation preparation. He overseas drivers’ training and in-vehicle monitor systems for the Hess fleet of light duty vehicles. David began his career in law enforcement that spanned over twenty-eight years. David received his Collision Reconstruction Certificate from the Northwestern Center for Public Safety. As part of his duties assigned to a traffic unit, David was responsible for investigating all levels of collisions from minor property damage to multiple fatalities. David personally saw the devastation that motor vehicle collisions caused, and has become a champion for motor vehicle safety. While in law enforcement, David was the lead driving instructor for his agency. David designed, instructed, and managed courses to assist local, state, and federal law enforcement officers in advanced driving techniques. David was certified through the state of Washington to instruct Basic and Advanced Collision Investigation and assisted instructing new recruit drivers attending the police academy.

With his diverse skill set, instructing in multiple disciplines, understanding the physics of collisions, as well as understanding what actions drivers are doing in vehicles, David is fully prepared to build a culture of safe drivers. David strongly believes in the Hess ideals of Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday Home Safe.

David also sits on the International Association of Oil And Gas Producers Land Transportation Sub-Committee. He lives in Houston, Texas with his wife of nearly thirty years. 

 

Kate Summerwill, CSP, SGE is a Global Director – Environment & Safety, for The Coca-Cola Company. She is responsible for worker safety, road safety, and sustainability initiatives across the system, which drive improvements while protecting the brand and the license to operate.

Kate joined The Coca-Cola Company in 2009, and has held the positions of Corporate Safety Manager for Coca-Cola Refreshments, Sr. Health and Safety Manager for Coca-Cola North America Business Unit (CCNA BU), and most recently, Global Safety Manager, supporting Global Operations and 700,000 associates. During her time at The Coca-Cola Company, Kate has worked on building system capabilities through developing company-wide Safety Management Systems, Risk Analysis and Identification programs, Behavior Based Safety programs, and operational excellence initiatives in the worker safety arena. Kate’s work helps build standardization across the system, while improving efficiency, regulatory, and company compliance.

Kate has 20+ years of experience working in the Environmental, Health, Safety, Sustainability, and Business Continuity Management space. Kate holds a BS in Industrial Technology and Occupational Health and Safety from Iowa State University, is ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 Lead Auditor Certified, holds her Certified Safety Professional (CSP) credentials, and is approved to conduct OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) evaluations in the United States as an SGE.

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Terry has a Bachelor of Science in Safety Engineering and has been with UPS for over 34 years. He currently serves as the Director of Global Health & Safety Operations and Technology. He is responsible for developing strategies and processes to reduce risk, achieve organizational objectives, and promote the health, wellness and safety of employees and the general public. He also oversees all organizational health & safety related projects, technology and data analytics. 

Prior to assuming his current position, Terry held various positions in operations, industrial engineering, and health and safety at UPS.  He has spent the last 27 years in health and safety at the district, regional, and corporate level.

Government Liaisons

 

Liza Lemaster-Sandbank currently serves as a Highway Safety Specialist with NHTSA’s Occupant Protection and Impaired Driving Division. Liza Lemaster-Sandbank has over 20 years of professional experience in program and financial management and supervision, with 17 of those in Federal highway safety program and grants management. She joined NHTSA after 12 ½ years of experience with the Maryland Highway Safety Office. Her diverse set of professional expertise ranges from data analysis, problem identification, strategic planning, and program development and implementation in the areas of aggressive and impaired driving. Liza now uses her experience to develop and test occupant protection and distracted driving best-practice highway safety countermeasures.

Liza is no stranger to NETS, her tenure at the Maryland Highway Safety Office began as the NETS Coordinator, where she successfully launched Maryland’s T-SAFE Project (Traffic Safety for Employers Project) and coordinated a Statewide Executive Committee with a diverse set of business leaders and safety champions. At Maryland, she also effectively coordinated Maryland’s legislatively established Governor’s Task Force to Combat Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol. Liza was appointed as the lead staff to guide and manage the efforts of the Task Force and interact with Governor appointed members of the Task Force for an 18 month tenure. Her work led to a comprehensive, recommendations report to the Governor and General Assembly. The recommendations have led to several legislative changes and are still referred to today as a guide for statewide impaired driving system improvements.

Ms. Kyla Retzer is as an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). She is the NIOSH federal liaison to NETS. In her eight years at NIOSH, she has delivered over 40 professional presentations and published multiple scientific papers, book chapters, videos, hazard alerts, conference proceedings papers, and surveillance reports on various oil and gas extraction safety and health topics, including motor vehicle safety. Ms. Retzer leads the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Oil and Gas Sector Council Motor Vehicle Workgroup, a group that develops products about motor vehicle safety for the industry. Ms. Retzer is the Assistant Coordinator for NIOSH’s Center for Motor Vehicle Safety and coordinates an industry/government workgroup that develops products about motor vehicle safety for the industry. Ms. Retzer also oversees the Fatalities in Oil and Gas Database (FOG) which collects detailed information about worker fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry. This database has been used to identify and raise awareness about emerging and ongoing safety and health hazards for oilfield workers nationally. She has a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Texas. Prior to her work at NIOSH, Mrs. Retzer worked for many years as an injury prevention specialist and epidemiologist in Alaska. She is a native Texan but is currently based in Denver, Colorado and has two lovely daughters.

Board of Directors Roles & Funding

NETS’ Board members include senior level executives from public and private sector organizations with strong commitments to creating a solid safety culture by promoting road safety policies and awareness activities in their workplaces and communities. Private Sector board member companies provide annual financial support to NETS based on total global employee headcount. NHTSA and NIOSH participate as federal liaisons to the board. Directors set NETS’ strategy, policies, and research agenda. Participation on the board often fulfills an organization’s corporate and community service commitment and enhances an organization’s visibility within the public and private sectors through positive media exposure. Contact Joseph McKillips if you have an interest in learning more about joining NETS Board of Directors.

Membership criteria for NETS’ Board of Directors

  1. Allow the name of the organization and the highest possible official in the company or government agency to be used in promoting the NETS concept.
  2. Appointment of a senior level representative to the Board of Directors.
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to workplace traffic safety programs and support the NETS annual signature workplace traffic safety campaign, Drive Safely Work Week.
  4. Provide annual financial support to ensure the financial strength of the organization. The annual minimum contribution levels are listed below:
    • $30,000 (Organizations with more than 100,000 employees)
    • $20,000 (Organizations with 20,000 up to 100,000 employees)
    • $15,000 (Organizations with 10,000 up to 19,999 employees)
    • $10,000 (Organizations with 5,000 up to 9,999 employees)
    • $ 5,000 (Organizations with up to 5,000 employees)