The OEHN advisory board includes representatives of labor, industry, government agencies, academic institutions, and professional associations.
The board meets at least annually, and provides critical input in all facts of OEHN program development.
OEHN Advisory Board Members:
Lynn Ayers, BSN, PNA, MPH
Waconia City Council
Diamond A Farm LLC - Agricultural Operation Partner
Ms. Ayers has served on the Waconia City Council since 2013. She is also a Managing Partner of the Diamond A Farm LLC. The Diamond A Farm is a 1,200-acre Century farm located in St. Cloud, Minnesota, which was established by her great grandfather in 1878. Over the years Lynn has provided direct labor, driving tractor/hauling grain, irrigation, to recent (2014) new responsibilitities of operating the farm along with contract and fiscal management. Diamond A Farm has received statewide recognition for its Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Ms. Ayers has been a featured farmer in the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health Advances Publication, focus on sustainability and environment: http://www.advances.umn.edu/2012/07/hands-in-the-dirt-the-job-of-growing-public-health/.
As the former director of Ridgeview Business Health for 24 years, Ms. Ayers provided overall administration of an occupational health program and the clinical services provided to businesses and industries in the southwestern Twin Cities area. That included strategic planning, marketing, implementation, evaluation, financial management and supervision of staff that provided services to over 500 companies.
Ms. Ayers was also involved in a variety of other activities such as the Department of Labor and Industry-Medical Services Review Board, Carver County Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee, and the Southwest Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is the past president of the Chanhassen Chamber and Chaska Area Chamber, and has served as President of Chaska Rotary She is member of the University of Minnesota's Occupational Health Nursing Advisory Board and Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety advisory Board. She works on global public health issues and has served as a member of an international Rotary team in India for WHO/Polio Plus, Peru-scholarship program, and Brazil-Professional Exchange Program. In 2013, she led a team of young professionals for a month exchange in central India, Madya Pradesh.
Penny Bartz, MPH, RN
Minneapolis School District
Penny is an alumna of the Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program from 2005. She currently works as a school nurse in the Minneapolis School District. She often hears from teachers and school staff about their health and safety concerns---both occupational and personal. She says: "My expertise in occupational health and safety helps me to see the exposures that may affect adults and children and consider population health interventions to protect and promote wellbeing in both groups. I believe that perspective is valuable to the OEHN program and that I bring unique contributions to school nursing because of my training in occupational health and safety."
Jean Bey, MPH, RN, COHN-S, CCM, FAAOHN
Division of Environmental Health Sciences
School of Public HEalth, University of Minnesota
I recently retired from 3M where I worked as the Occupational Health Manager in Corporate Occupational Medicine, 3M Medical Department. In that capacity I worked toward achieving a safe and healthy workplace by designing prevention programs and assuring that the occupational health nurses at 3M have the skills they need to deliver quality programs and services. My responsibilities fell into 3 categories:
1. Training and development planning for the approximately 100 global occupational health nurses. Three examples are overseeing an orientation program, leading development of online training modules for an electronic medical record system, and developing career paths.
2. Program development addressing both work related and non-work related injury/illness and disease prevention and management.
3. Field support and consultation with occupational health nurses and management. Examples of issues I addressed included questions on occupational health concerns such as health policy interpretation, return to work issues, and assistance with hiring nurses.
Working with the OHNs on development and coaching them to improve their skills in a business setting and to be successful in their careers was the most meaningful part of my job. I also found program development meaningful because of the opportunity to influence the health of the population that includes employees and their families. The impact of the job is much broader than just the employee population.
Currently I am teaching the core class for MCOHS trainees, Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety, and I serve on the advisory boards for both the OEHN program and the overall MCOHS. Working with graduate students from the varied occupational health and safety disciplines has been gratifying in being able to share my experiences from working at 3 corporate headquarters, and also learning from the students about their practice issues and concerns. I hope that students in the course gain knowledge and skills and begin to develop their professional networks. Supporting students is especially rewarding to me. Serving on the advisory boards allows me to remain current with education and practice issues and also to contribute my experience and knowledge to the SPH programs which enabled my career to be so fulfilling.
Kimberly Gordon, MSN, MA, BSN, RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN
Deputy Director & Director of Continuing Education and Outreach
Heartland Center for Occupational Health & Safety
University of Iowa College of Public Health
Iowa City, IA
Kim has over 25 years of experience in occupational health nursing and management of occupational clinics. She holds a Master of Science degree in occupational health nursing, a Master of Arts degree in the administration of health and wellness programs and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Kim served three terms as an elected board of director (North Center region) for AAOHN. She is currently president of the Northeast Iowa Association of Occupational Health Nurses (NIAOHN). Kim also served as item writing for the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN).
Kim was the occupational health coordinator at Mercy Iowa City where the health and safety of the1000 workers was her priority. She created the Mercy Occupational Health Program, an outpatient clinic providing occupational health care to area workers. She then joined UI HealthWorks, another start-up clinic providing occupational health care and outreach services to regional workers. As an adjunct faculty member with the University of Iowa College of Nursing, she worked with the Colleges of Nursing and Public Health as they created a new graduate level training program in occupational health nursing.
Kim then joined the University of Iowa College of Public Health as Director of Continuing Education for the Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety. She taught in the occupational health nursing training program for nurses seeking a Master of Science degree in occupational health nursing. Her role in the Heartland Center has expanded to include serving as the Deputy Director of the Center and Director of Outreach. She also directs the WORKSAFE IOWA OSH Priority Network.
Pamela Hart, MPH, RN, COHN-S, CSP, CMIOSH (UK)
Director of Safety and Wellness
Doherty Employment Group
7625 Parklawn Ave
Edina, MN 55435-8383
Pam has over 30 years of experience in occupational health and safety, working both within private industry and as a consultant. In her current position as Director of Safety and Wellness for Doherty Employment Group, Pam leads a team providing: injury prevention and safety services, case management for cost control of workers’ compensation claims, safety and health regulatory compliance consultation and insurance policy management. Pam is responsible for designing and developing customized injury prevention, safety compliance and wellness programs for Doherty and its clients.
Prior to joining Doherty Employment Group, Pam provided consultation to the management teams of a wide variety of clients in the areas of: strategic planning for safety and health, injury prevention, workers’ compensation cost containment, safety programs and OSHA compliance. She has special expertise in: design and delivery of health and safety training courses, occupational health and safety program audits, safety program re-design and implementation, behavior modification for safety, travelers’ health, emergency preparedness and business continuity planning.
Pam is a past Chair and currently serves as Treasurer of the American Board of Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN), the national organization responsible for Board Certification of Occupational Health Nurses. Pam held the position of volunteer Disaster Health Services Chairperson for the Greater Minneapolis Chapter of the American Red Cross for 9 years, and she has served as a volunteer disaster responder serving community emergency health needs both locally and nationally in disaster response events within the US and its territories. She is currently a volunteer member of the Hennepin County Medical Reserve Corps.
Pam holds the professional designations of: Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and is Board Certified in the specialty nursing practice of Occupational Health Nursing (COHN-S) in the US; Pam also holds the professional designations of Registered Safety Professional (RSP) and Chartered Member of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH) in the United Kingdom.
Madeleine Kerr, PhD
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
WDH 6101, Delcode 1311
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Dr. Kerr is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota's School of Nursing and Affiliate Faculty at the University's Institute for Health Informatics. Her research interests include health informatics for nursing and occupational health nursing and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. Currently she directs two studies including: 1) the "The Omaha System Windshield Survey Project in Mexico," designed to demonstrate use of standardized language to enable nurse educators and students to share and compare community strengths and challenges across the world, and 2) "Qualitative Analysis of Community Assessment Narrative Data: Environmental Strengths" which will derive themes from student narrative data describing community strengths in order to propose standardized language to reflect strengths within the Omaha System.
Anne Lilleskov, RN, BA, COHN-S/CM
US Occupational Health Manager
7801 Computer Ave
Bloomington, MN 55435
With over 20 years of experience as an Occupational Health Nurse working in industry, Ms. Lilleskov brings a practical, frontline approach to her role on the Advisory Board for the Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing. In her role of US Occupational Health Manager for Seagate Technology, Ms. Lilleskov works with employees throughout the US to provide detail oriented, effective, proactive worker's compensation casemanagement in collaboration with the employee, manager, healthcare provider and insurance company.
William Lohman, MD
Medical Consultant, Legal Servcies
MN Department of Labor and Industry
443 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
William Lohman completed his M.D. at the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University and residency training in Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Previously, he was the director of Occupational Medicine Residency for the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety. He is an assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, he directs the program in public health practice and is Medical Consultant, Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry in addition to holding several corporate consulting positions in occupational medicine. His research interests include occupational health services and occupational musculoskeletal disorders, workers' compensation policies, and health surveillance of working populations.
Nancy Nachreiner, PhD, MPH, RN, COHN-S
Pre-employment Clearances and Scheduling Branch
Minneapolis Hiring Center, Office of Human Resources Management
US Customs and Border Protection
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Public Health
Dr. Nachreiner is currently a Nurse Consultant with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection. She is also adjunct faculty with the School of Public Health. Prior to her work with DHS, she served as Co-Director of the Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing program at the University of Minnesota. She taught the Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety course, and the Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Occupational Health and Safety Field Problems course, and was active in a variety of research projects for nearly 18 years. Dr. Nachreiner has authored or co-authored approximately 30 publications, and 125 presentations. She advised or served on committees for approximately 40 students. Her research interests include work-related violence, and return-to-work issues for cancer survivors. Nancy recently completed her term as President of the Minnesota Association of Occupational Health Nurses, and is a Fellow in the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses.
Allyson Weber, RN, CRRN
Occupational Health Manager
Emerson Process Management
8200 Market Blvd. PF 15
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Allison is an occupational health manager with Rosemont, Inc., Emerson, a diversified global manufacturing and technology company. Emerson has approximately 132,000 employees and 230 manufacturing locations worldwide. Allyson says:" I appreciate the opportunity to share my experience and perspectives with students and faculty at advisory board meetings. I also value what I learn from my interactions with faculty and students and the (MCOHS) continuing education programs.