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Our Industrial and Manufacturing Group consists of Mechanical, Chemical, and Electrical Engineers, supported by our Fire/Explosion and Environmental/Occupational experts.  These seasoned experts can provide guidance with respect to the rights of employees, employers, and manufacturers concerning Workers Compensation laws; International Tort Doctrines; and Premises and Product Liability. Our experts can assist in determining potentially liable parties; including employers, employees, owners, contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and installers.  Typical cases include: forklifts, man lifts, cranes; ladders, platforms, scaffolds, docks; material handling equipment; machine and equipment safety ; ergonomics and robotics; electrocution and lockout procedures; fires and explosions; hoists, chains, trolleys; combustion and ventilation systems; air and water emissions.
Industrial and Manufacturing Experts
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Daniel E. Barker
Mechanical and Industrial Expert

Mr. Barker has more than 35 years experience as a Mechanical Engineer.  His experience includes mechanical system malfunctions and defects; product failures; industrial equipment electrical and mechanical safety incidents, including OSHA and UL listing requirements; assembly of aircraft flight instruments; design and testing of high volume production automotive engine components; water and air treatment systems; home appliance design, including refrigerators and vacuums.  Dan is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds a Residential Builders License in Michigan.

Dr. Theron Blickenstaff, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Medical, Occupational, and Environmental Expert
Dr. Blickenstaff has almost 20 years experience related to environmental, occupational, and industrial health and safety, including chemical exposure; premature mortality assessments; indoor air quality (Sick Building Syndrome); mold; disability and worker fitness-for-duty assessments; worker sensitivities; epidemiology; cancer causation; risk assessments; and MSDS’s.

Theron is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (FACOEM), a member of the Tennessee College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and is Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine and Occupational Medicine.
He has provided support for Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability, toxic tort, and product and premises liability cases.  His involvement has included review of records, verbal and written reports, affidavits, depositions, and expert testimony.
Christopher R. Bommarito, IAI;
Mr. Bommarito has over 20 years experience as a forensic scientist and chemist. His expertise includes trace evidence analysis; analytical methods including GC-MS, SEM-EDS, FTIR, HPLC, IC, and GC; wet chemistry; crime scene reconstruction; clandestine drug laboratory investigations; drug analysis; paint analysis; fiber and wood analysis; glass analysis; soil analysis; bloodstain pattern analysis; scanning electron microscopy; crime scene search; stereochemistry and chromatography; explosive residue and pyrotechnics;  footwear and footprints; fingerprinting; controlled substances; fire debris analysis; knots and ligatures; tire impressions; forensic photography; spectroscopy and microscopy; forensic entomology; human remains decomposition; airbag analysis; and lamp examinations.

Chris is a member of The Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS); The Scientific Working Group for Materials Analysis (SWGMAT); The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS); The International Association for Identification (IAI); The American Chemical Society (ACS); and The Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists.

Chris has received the 2003 Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists “Outstanding Scientist” award; was one of ten forensic scientists selected to the Scientific Working Group for Materials Analysis, Paint Subgroup, which sets international guidelines for forensic paint examination; and was the Statewide Coordinator for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (MSP), 2004-2006.

Donato J. Borrillo, MD, JD
Medical and Human Factors Expert
Mr. Borillo has more than 15 years experience as a medical doctor and has held a Doctor of Jurisprudence for more than 10 years.  His experience includes aerospace medicine, including human factors, medical certification, sudden incapacitation, time of useful consciousness, aviation accident investigation; occupational medicine, including IMEs, Med Review Officer drug screen questions; hyperbaric medicine, including carbon monoxide exposure and treatment and dive accidents; wound care, including decub wound prevention/healing, chronic wound care, diabetic wound care; and FAA training and evaluations.

Donato received much of his training in the US Air Force, where he was awarded the Julian E. Ward Memorial Award by the USAF Society of Flight Surgeons.  He is an Associate Fellow in the Aerospace Medical Association; a member of the Undersea Hyberbaric Medical Society, the American College of Occupational and Environ Medicine; the Airplane Owners and Pilot Association, the Ohio State Bar, and the Toledo Bar Association.

Christine Bruning, MSN, RN;
Nursing Expert
Ms. Bruning has over 20 years experience as a nurse, specializing in OB labor and delivery and their complications. Additional experience includes patient care; nursing practice; perinatal woman's health; nursing management and leadership; clinical research and practice; postpartum care; nursery care; birth center deliveries; childbirth education; caring for newborns; pediatrics; and medical surgery.

Chris is a member of The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and The Zeta Theta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International (Honor Society of Nursing).

Chris has also taught many nursing courses and has developed documentation and curriculums for several accrediting agencies, including The Ohio Board of Nursing and The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Paul H. Gross, CCM; Meteorologist Mr. Gross has over 20 years of meteorology experience including weather-related evaluations for vehicular accident reconstruction (including marine, aviation, and off-road); special events planning; construction delays; slip-and-fall incidents, including black ice formation; lightning strikes; property damage; time-of-death investigations; and fire investigations. Paul is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist.

Vanessa R. Heckman, RN, MSN, CNP, CLNC
Nursing Expert
Ms. Heckman has more than 10 years experience in nursing.  Her expertise includes medical malpractice cases; independent medical examinations and histories; summarize, translate, and interpret medical records; identify causation issues; assess damages/injuries; analyze research studies; identify need for Life Care Planner; family practice, urgent care, and retail medicine; neonatal intensive care; medical-surgical; home health; pediatrics; office nursing; assess, diagnose, and treat acute illnesses; patient and family education; suturing, eye examinations, and foreign body removal, splinting, and reading X-rays; pelvic exams and newborn assessment; lab result and X-ray reviews.  Vanessa is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant as well as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

James R. Heyl, PE
Electrical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, New Mexico
Mr. Heyl has more than 30 years experience involving building electrical system and equipment design, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting.  His experience includes residential, commercial, industrial, and manufacturing facilities and their appliances/equipment.  Jim has been involved with automation and robotic systems; computers and PLC programming; low and medium voltage distribution systems; code compliance; and standby and prime power generators.

Jim’s experience also includes controls and instrumentation systems as well as investigations of electrical systems and components as the origin or cause of fires. 
Jim is a member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) and IES (Illuminating Engineering Society). 

James R. Hill, PE
Mechanical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Wisconsin
Mr. Hill has more than 30 years experience involving HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and electric systems and components.   His experience includes design, installation, code compliance, damage, defects and personal injury.

Jim is a member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers) and NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers).  Jim is a Registered PE in 7 states and has expert witness courtroom experience.

Jim's past projects have included bakery and food processing equipment and facilities; commercial and industrial refrigeration/freezer systems; hot water and steam boilers systems; turbines, compressor, pumps, fans, and vacuum systems; kitchens; locker rooms, dining rooms and restrooms; and code and safety compliance, including ADA (Americans with Disability Act).

Norman B. Hochfeld
Electrical Expert
Mr. Hochfeld has almost 25 years experience involving electrical system and equipment design, installation, operation and maintenance.  His experience includes electronics; control systems; material handling systems; fiber optics; computers and PLC�s; robotic systems; process controls and instrumentation; metal processing operations; HVAC systems; hydraulic elevators; security systems; automatic fire systems; dust and fume collection systems; roofs and pavements; and plant safety.  

Norm is a member of NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) and ISA (Instrument Society of America).   He has extensive experience with NFPA, ANSI, NEC, UL, ISA, JIC, and IEC codes and standards.
Blaine J. Hoffmann, MS, OSHM;
Safety Expert
Mr. Hoffman's experience includes workplace safety, training, investigations, accident investigations and audits; legal aspects of safety and health; training and development programs; written program development; interpretation of OSHA general industry and construction industry, healthcare industry standards; VPP program management; MSHA training and regulatory interpretations; 40-hr HAZWOPER; and Arc-Flash (NFPA 70E).

Blaine is an authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor for both General Industry and Construction.
John P. Lauhoff, PE, CSP
Safety Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Massachusetts
Mr. Lauhoff has nearly 30 years experience as a safety engineer.  His experience includes injuries, damage, malfunctions, and personnel issues related to machinery and equipment design, fabrication, maintenance, operations, procedures, training, and safety procedures; accident investigation/reconstruction; slips, trips, and falls; industrial vehicles; machinery/equipment guarding; hand/power tools; work-related injuries; safety grievances; safety training programs; monitor outside contractors.

John is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and is a Certified Safety Professional.  He is a Licensed Pilot: Multi-engine, Instrument, Commercial License and a Certified Scuba Diver.

David M. Manuta, PhD, FAIC
Environmental/ Occupational Expert
Dr. Manuta has more than 20 years experience specializing in the application of chemical principles to solve problems for commercial product and industrial process improvements.  He has served as an expert witness in litigation involving damage, defects, and personal injury involving fundamental chemical principles.  His expertise includes fundamental chemical principles; electrochemistry, thermodynamics; handling safety of gases, chemicals, and oxidizers; industrial and manufacturing operations safety; fire and explosion investigations (including arson); hazardous material and radiation exposure; clandestine manufacturing of illegal drugs; cleaning and disinfecting products and equipment; worker chemical sensitivity assessments; dust and fumes exposure; fireworks incidents; spontaneous combustion; skin care products; infrared spectroscopy and gas chromatography testing; and refrigerant hazards.

Dave is a member of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), ACS (American Chemical Society, Inorganic and Fluorine Divisions), ACCandCE (Association of Consulting Chemists and Chemical Engineers), AIC (American Institute of Chemists), ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators), NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), NFC (National Forensic Center), and the Ohio Academy of Science.  Dave has also published and presented more than 20 papers and reports.

Daniel C. Maser, CIH, CSP, ROH
Environmental/ Occupational Expert
Mr. Maser has more than 25 years experience in the fields of environmental, fire protection, industrial hygiene, and safety compliance.  Dan has extensive experience in conducting comprehensive industrial hygiene surveys, regulatory type safety inspections, emergency incident responses, chemical safety programs, application of engineering controls, hazardous waste regulations, indoor environmental quality studies, and employee training.

Dan is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society, the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene, and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.
Lawrence S. Mayer, MD, MS, PhD;
Medical and Epidemiology Expert
Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer has over 40 years experience as a Medical Health Physician with special expertise in Epidemiology and Biostatics. His expertise includes Epidemiology and Biostatistics; statistical data analysis; study and model review; valuation of epidemiological studies and clinical trials; meta-analysis; evaluation of causal content of epidemiological studies; drug and medical development and regulation; product liability; occupational and environmental exposures; medical malpractice; toxicology; cardiology; OB/GYN; surgery; psychiatry/neuropsychiatry; internal medicine; disease prognosis; biomedical informatics; multiple regression; time series modeling; stochastic processes; multivariate analysis; statistical inference; public policy; and energy analysis.

Dr. Mayer has over 100 publications and presentations. He is a Member of The Society of Epidemiological Research; The Society of Environmental Epidemiology; The Royal Statistical Society; The Society for Medical Decision Making; The American Statistical Association; The Biometrics Society; The Institute for Mathematical Statistics; The Psychometric Society; The Econometric Society; and The American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Timothy R. McGreal, PE;
Mechanical Engineer
Mr. McGreal has almost 20 years experience as a Mechanical Engineer, with over 25 years experience as an Automotive Mechanic. His expertise includes consumer products; automobile/trucks/other vehicles; fuel-fired appliances; explosions; fire suppression systems; fire alarm systems; plumbing systems; gas supply systems; code compliance; moisture intrusion; roof damage assessments; HVAC equipment; construction, agricultural, commercial, and industrial equipment and machinery; computational fluid dynamics (CFD); power tools; medical equipment; product design and packaging; human factors and warnings; and patent infringement.

Tim is a Registered Professional Engineer and has been awarded two patents. His Professional Affiliations include The Society of Fire Protection Engineers; The National Fire Protection Association; and The Society of Automotive Engineers.
Susan K. Murry, MSN, CRPN
Nursing Expert
Ms. Murry has more than 25 years experience as a nurse, including more than 10 as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Her experience includes patient care; nursing practices; medical facility "standard-of-care" procedures; OSHA compliance; school health; family care including pediatrics, gynecology and gerontology; occupational injury assessment and treatment; child abuse and neglect screening; communicable diseases including STD's; community health education; pharmacology; and pathophysiology.

Sue is an Advanced Practice Nurse with Prescriptive Authority (Ohio registration), a Certified Nurse Practitioner, and a Nursing Doctorate Candidate.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau; the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses; the Medical College of Ohio Alumni Association; and The Ohio State University Alumni Association.
Dr. Joseph S. Ohr, Jr, MD, RPh;
Medical Surgeon, Pharmacist, and Pathologist
Dr. Ohr has over 20 years experience as a pharmacist and 10 years experience as a pathologist and a Doctor of Medicine. Specific expertise includes anatomical, clinical, and trauma pathology; wounds; sudden infant death syndrome; cancers and tumors; therapeutics; tissue mortality; psychopharmacology; drugs and drug abuse; HIV; viruses and bioterrorism; CPR; and funeral home operations/procedures, including embalming.

Dr. Ohr holds the following licenses: American Board of Pathology Certification – Forensic Pathology, 2008; American Board of Pathology Certification – Anatomical Pathology, 2008; Physician and surgeon – Ohio, 2005; Physician and surgeon – Illinois, 2002; Board certified – registered pharmacist, Ohio, 1987; Permanent ECFMG certified, #0-574-847-0.

Dr. Ohr’s memberships include The National Association of Medical Examiners; The College of American Pathology; The American Society of Clinical Pathology; The Ohio State Medical Association; The Columbus Medical Association; and The Ohio State Pharmacy Association.

Clinton Parks, PE; Products and Equipment Expert
Licensed in Ohio, Virginia, Louisiana, and North Carolina
Mr. Howard has over 20 years of experience in specialized machinery; medical products; hydraulics and pneumatics; control systems and electronics; rotating and pressurized process machines; seismic analyses; product safety; structures and structural analyses; commercial products; boilers; refrigeration systems; finite element analysis; pulp and paper industry; wood science; design for manufacturing and assembly; regulatory compliance; operational and maintenance training; and field support.

Clint is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, and Louisiana, has a NCEES record on file, and is a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers and The American Institute of Steel Construction.
Thomas R.  Piazza, CCM;
Certified Meteorologist
Meteorological incidents and weather-related evaluations for: vehicular accident reconstruction (including marine, aviation, and off-road), special events planning, construction delays, slip and fall incidents, lightning strikes, property damage, fire investigations; cyclogenesis; ozone studies; Doppler Radar; weather code displays; computer generated surface maps; road pavement temperatures; renewable energy.
Richard W. Rau
Mechanical Expert
Mr. Rau has more than 35 years experience involving the design, planning, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of automotive assembly plant equipment.  His experience includes preparing and presenting safety training guidelines, including ergonomic requirements.  Richard was also responsible for OSHA crane and hoist inspections.

Richard has been involved in raising, handling, training, showing, and judging horses for more than 40 years.  He presently holds a judges license for six breeds, and judges 20-30 shows per year across the United States and Canada.  He still competes in horse shows in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana with his two daughters.
Rollie L. Robert, PE
Electrical Engineer
Mr. Robert has more than 30 years experience involving the electrical design, construction, and maintenance of industrial, and manufacturing building equipment/facilities.  His experience includes robot, stamping press, and welding cell ANSI compliance; underground tanks; electrical power, controls, and instrumentation; safety procedures and incident reports; AandE professional liability issues; electrical substations; illumination requirements; communication and security systems; and hazardous facilities operations.

Rollie has authored over 20 papers and has prepared and conducted over 40 workshops on Construction Safety, 100 Workshops on Machine/Equipment Safety, and 60 Workshops on Risk Assessment.

William Gary Rogers, CFI, LPI; Fire Investigator Mr. Rogers has more than 30 years experience involving the investigation and "chemistry" of fires and explosions.  His experience also includes environmental assessments and remediation, mold and asbestos abatement, structural collapse evaluations, and hazardous materials management.

Gary is a member of the American Institute of Planners, the Society of American Foresters, the International Association of Arson Investigators, and a past member of the Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA), and the Michigan Water Pollution Control Association.
Sheila M. Roof, BSN, RN, CNML, LNC;
Nursing Expert
Ms. Roof has over 40 years experience as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Her expertise includes patient care; nursing practice; standard-of-care procedures; acute care; STEPPS care; dialysis and renal care; Medicare and Medicaid coverage; emergency department care; cardiac arrest; STEMI care; stroke care; arterial venous fistula care; certification of dialysis technicians; dermatology practice; regulatory compliance; medical records validation; allergy, dermatology, neurology, nephrology, pediatrics, oncology, endocrinology, and plastic surgery care; medical surgical care; CAPD training; chemotherapy treatments; ambulance transport; allergy care; surgical instrument handling and sterilization; surgical suite preparation; surgical technician; and medication administration.

Sheila's Certifications and Licensures include State of Michigan Nursing License, Legal Nurse Consultant Certification, and Nurse Manager Leader Certification.

Her Affiliations include: The Michigan Organization of Nurse Exectives (MONE); The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE); The American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC); The National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA); and The Emergency Nurse Association (ENA).
Barry S. Rope
Packaging/Material Handling Expert
Mr. Rope has more than 30 years experience as a packaging and material handling professional, including more than 20 years with the ASTM D-10 Committee writing packaging and handling standards and test methods.  His expertise includes packaging, labeling, storage and transporting (by land, sea or air) of sensitive electronic equipment and parts, consumer products, service parts and Rx/OTC pharmaceuticals.

Barry's professional memberships include: the American Management Association Packaging Council; the ASTM Committee D-10 on Packaging Standards; the Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Packaging Technology; the Institute of Packaging Professionals; the New Technology Assessment Committee; the Protective Packaging of Computers and Components Committee; the Council of Packaging Specialists; and the Packaging Consultants Council.

Lawrence M. Roslinski, PhD
Mr. Roslinski has more than 35 years experience in the field of environmental and occupational toxicology in both the private and public sectors.  Larry has been involved in all aspects of chemical hazard identification, regulatory requirements, and risk reduction -- related to health, safety, and toxicology. 

Larry is a member of the Society of Toxicology, the American Board of Toxicology, and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

Donald E. Sanders, DVM, Dip ACT, PAS
Veterinarian Expert
Dr. Sanders has more than 25 years experience as a veterinarian.  His expertise includes animal reproduction; animal welfare; animal biotechnology; animal embryo transfer; livestock water supply; bovine mastitis; animal production; milk production; artificial insemination; farm management; animal parasitism; euthanasia; malpractice; animal environment; dairy management; animal nutrition; animal diseases; stray voltage; and toxicology. 

Don is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the American College of Theriogenology, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, and the Society for Theriogenology.  He is licensed in Michigan, Ohio, New Mexico, and has reciprocity in 23 other states.

Bert Schiller, PE, CIH, ROH
Environmental/ Occupational Engineer
Licensed Engineer in California
Mr. Schiller has more than 30 years experience as a Safety Engineer and Environmental/ Occupational Health Expert.  He has operated an environmental safety and health service firm and has served as Senior Industrial Hygienist for clients in the eastern United States.  He has served as an Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officer for MIOSHA, and has given testimony as an expert witness in Worker's Compensation cases.

Bert is a member of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society, and the American Insurance Services Group - Chemical and Environmental Science Committee.

Jim Scott;
Railroad Operations, Equipment, and Safety Expert
Mr. Scott has over 40 years experience as a Train Operator, Foreman, and Trainer. His expertise includes railroad operations and equipment; safety training; train performance; commodities transportation; locomotive engineer; brakeman/foreman/conductor; air brakes; event recorders; locomotive engineer training; loading and unloading; end of train devices; derailment investigations; train emergencies; and train simulators.

Jim's Certifications include FRA Certified as required by 49 CFR Part 240 and FRA Certified Conductor as required by 49 CFR Part 242.
Robert B. Shuman, MD;
Pediatric Neurology/Neonatology
Dr. Robert B. Shuman has over 40 years experience as an Experimental Psychologist and Pediatric Neurology/Neonatology Medical Specialist. His extensive experience and expertise includes: pediatric neurology/neonatology; fetal development; perinatal medicine; birth defects; birth trauma; child development, including schooling; neuropathology; neurotoxicology; neurophysiology; epilepsy; neuroimaging: MRI, CAT, EEF; pharmacology; anatomic pathology; surgical pathology; surgical case review; peripheral nerve disease; stroke; spondylolisthesis; vitamin therapy; Downs Syndrome; electromyography; whiplash injuries; traumatic brain injury; frontal-subcortical circulation; advanced evoke potentials; migraines; headaches; depressive disorders; Alzheimer’s Disease; epileptogenesis; epilepsy; cocaine effects; closed head injuries; AED Therapy; ADHD; developmental disabilities; autism; brain tumors; neurosciences; child abuse; seizures; anti-depressive therapy; prenatal diagnosis; seasonal affective disorder; bipolar disorder; childhood depression; Tourette Syndrome; neuralgia; vagus nerve stimulation; intractable seizures; psychopharmacolory; antipsychotic and psychotropic therapy; and antiepileptic drugs.

Dr. Shuman’s Professional Achievements include:
NIH Training Fellowship in Neurology, University of Colorado School of Medicine; NIH (NINDS) Research Fellowship in Neuropathology; Fellow, Graduate College Faculty, University of Nebraska; The American Medical Student Assoc., GOLDEN APPLE AWARD for Distinguished Teaching; Fellow, Graduate College Faculty, University of Oklahoma; and Ambassador, International Congress of Neuropathology Delegation to the People's Republic of China.

Dr. Shuman’s Past and Present Memberships include:
The American Academy of Neurology; The American Association for the Advancement of Science; The American Association of Neuropathology; The American Medical Association; The American Society of Neuroimaging; The Child Neurology Society; The Council of Biology Editors, Inc.; The International Academy of Pathology; The National Foundation for the Prevention of Birth Defects, March of Dimes, S.E. Nebraska Chapter (Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee); The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Okla. Chapter (Professional Advisory Board); The National Tuberous Sclerosis Association, Secretary; The New York Academy of Sciences; The Oklahoma State Medical Association; The Pediatric Pathology Club; The Society for Experimental Neuropathology; The Indiana State Medical Association; The American Academy of Clinical Neurophysiology; The American Epilepsy Society; and The American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (formerly American EEG Society).
Rick A. Smith, PE
Mechanical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Ohio
Mr. Smith has more than 30 years experience as a Mechanical Engineer, including more than 20 years working with thermal, energy and combustion systems, including boilers, furnaces, and ovens.  His experience includes industrial power plants and processes; thermal and combustion systems; CFC management; HVAC systems; air pollution control; process and power piping and equipment; cathodic protection; pump failure analysis; heat and fluid transfer processes, including energy conservation. 

Rick is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Fire Protection Association.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, as well as a Stationary Engineer, 3rd Class in Ohio.  Some of his clients include Anheuser Busch, the State of Ohio, Honda America Mfg., and Nestle.

Henry A. Spiller, MS, D.ABAT, D.ABFE
Mr. Spiller has more than 20 years experience in toxicology and research, including coordination of international projects with the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization on pesticide safety, among others. He has more than a decade of experience in training toxicologists and specialists in Poison Information as well as writing for the national certification exam for Specialists in Poison Information.  

Henry has been published in more than 200 publications on toxicology related subjects, including peer review medical/scientific journals, comprehensive toxicology textbooks and abstracts from scientific meetings. He has directed, as principal investigator, more than 35 multi-center national studies in toxicology. He has been recognized by Courts in; Malpractice, Toxic Tort claims, Cause of Death, Workers compensation, DUI, including interpreting drug and/or toxicology screen, blood alcohol results, Dram shop cases, post-mortem drug and or toxicology results. Henry has experience in more than 40,000 clinical cases and hundreds of post-mortem evaluations. 

He is a Registered Professional Nurse in NJ and KY; is Director, AAPCC Certified Regional Poison Center; is a Diplomate, American Board of Applied Toxicology and a Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Examiners; is a Fellow, American College of Forensic Examiners; a Member, Society of Forensic Toxicologists; and is on the Board of Directors, American Board of Applied Toxicology.  Henry is a member of American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC); American Academy of Clinical Toxicology (AACT); American Board of Applied Toxicology  (ABAT); Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT); and a Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners.
Wendy R. Steusloff, RN, ASN, LPN, ALNC;
Nursing and Nursing Home Expert
Ms. Steusloff has 20 years experience as a Nurse, including nursing homes. Her expertise and experience includes nursing practices; patient care; standard-of-care procedures; quality and risk management policy and procedures; assisted living; evaluation and performance management; conflict resolution; patient assessments; long-term and short-term rehabilitation; medication administration; wound care; falls; pressure sores; abuse and neglect; medication errors; infections; intravenous infusions; life-sustaining measures; care planning; medical records review; nursing supervision; dementia; traumatic brain injuries; behavioral disturbances; short and long term care; tracheotomy care; catheters; peritoneal dialysis; ostomies; diabetic care; antipsychotic medications; and aspiration pneumonia.

Wendy has Certifications as an Advanced Legal Nurse Consultant and Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers. She is a member of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants.
Harold Lynn Stringer, BSME
Vehicle Engineering Expert
Mr. Stringer has more than 25 years experience in vehicle engineering, including motor vehicle design, manufacturing, testing, and servicing including: passenger cars, trucks, buses, trailers, and private/commercial vehicle carriers; engines; fuel systems; electrical systems; lubrication systems; cooling systems; exhaust systems; drive trains; brakes; suspension; steering; wheels/tires; rear drive axles; A/C systems; vehicle crash safety structures; and laboratory testing procedures. 

Lynn has more than 280 hours of technical and management courses and seminars including the Dale Carnegie Institute, QS-9000 Internal Auditor, and Process Improvement Leadership Skills.  He is a Licensed Residential Builder and the National Director of the Early Ford V-8 Club of America.
Robert S. Sugarman, PhD, PE;
Human Factors/Visual Expert
Licensed Engineer in California
Mr. Sugarman is an Experimental Psychologist and Registered Professional Quality Engineer with over 40 years experience. His expertise includes human factors; visual perception; human vision (contrast, brightness, color, speed, and distance); conspicuity; attention; reaction time; product and equipment design; medical equipment; instructions and procedures; warnings and labels; individual differences training; cognitive psychology; situational awareness; vehicle accidents; industrial and construction accidents; slip and falls; ergonomics; workplace layout physics; instructional system development (ISD); perceptual processes; physiological processes; drunken driving; decreased alertness; studies of camouflage; machine interfaces; evaluation of commercial products; environmental health and safety; and quality control.

Bob’s Professional Activities and Honors include: Fellow, The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; The International Ergonomics Association, Technical committee on Slips, Trips and Falls; The American Psychological Association,; The Western New York Chapter of the Human Factors Society; The Assoc. for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, Human Engineering and Home Healthcare Devices; The ASTM, Voting Member on Committees E34, F15, and F38; Reserve Deputy, Sheriff of Erie County, Scientific Reserve Division; Western NY Science Congress, Board of Directors; SUNY at Buffalo, Research Asst. Prof., Human Factors Coordinator;; Stavatti Aircraft Corporation, Board of Directors, Director of Human Factors Engineering; Aero Club of Buffalo; Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association; and in 2003,

Dr. Sugarman was an invited columnist for a three-part series on Human Factors for the Buffalo Law Journal.Bob has authored over 60 papers and publications, numerous training programs, and 5 patent disclosures (one US patent awarded). He is a contributor to ANSI/AAMI HE48-1993, Human Factors Engineering Guidelines and Preferred Practices for the Design of Medical Devices; ANSI/AAMI HE74:2001, Human Factors Design Process for Medical Devices; ANSI/AAMI HE75:2009, Human Factors Engineering – Design of Medical Devices, and, in progress, Instructions and Training for Home Healthcare Devices.
Michael R. Tillotson, CIH, CHMM
Industrial Hygienist
Mr. Tillotson has nearly 30 years experience in Environmental/ Occupational Health, including occupational safety; industrial hygiene; radiation safety and health; hazardous waste management; hazardous waste sites; emergency response; pesticides/ pesticides management; asbestos; lead; noise and hazardous materials/ waste management. 

Mike is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association; the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene; the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists; the Hazardous Materials Managers Institute; the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society; the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals; the National Lead Abatement Council.  He is a Registered Sanitarian (Michigan); a Certified Industrial Hygienist; a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager; an EPA AHERA accredited Inspector/Management Planner, Contractor/Supervisor, and Project Designer; and a Certified Lead Paint/Hazards Inspector/Risk Assessor and Abatement Supervisor.
Eric A. Tolles, PE
Electrical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Ohio
Mr. Tolles has more than 20 years experience involving electrical design, installation, operation, and maintenance of industrial and manufacturing facilities and equipment.  His experience includes machinery; material handling systems; automation and robotic systems; controls and instrumentation; programmable logic controllers; computers and networking; personnel safety systems; and communication technologies.

Eric is a Member of the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Technical Society of Toledo.
Kevin L. Trangle, MD, MBA, FACOEM, FAADEP, BCIM, CIME, ABIME, CMRO; Medical/Occupational/
Environmental Expert
Dr. Trangle has over 30 years experience in environmental and occupational medicine, including Independent Medical Exams (IME's); environmental and occupational medicine; review of medical records; clinical advice; return-to-work plans; treatment protocols; incidence response; ergonomics; industrial hygiene; regulatory compliance (including ADA); rehabilitation; toxicology; environmental sampling and testing of air, land, and water resources; ambulatory care; back injuries; CPR/First Aid; immunology; water quality and chlorination; fungal infections; organic and inorganic solvent exposure; styrene; asbestos; tertiary disease exposure; oncology; respiratory exposure; dermal exposures; and orthopedic.

Kevin's Professional Affiliations include The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; The American College of Physician Executives; The American Medical Association; The Cleveland Academy of Medicine; The Ohio State Medical Association; The American Academy of Disability Evaluation Physicians; The American College of Preventive Medicine; and The American Society of Internal Medicine.
Chad Walker
Safety Expert
Mr. Walker has more than 15 years safety and operating experience.  His experience includes construction and industrial equipment operation, procedures, malfunctions, damage, and personal injuries.  His expertise includes cranes, loaders, bulldozers, backhoes, fork lifts, skid steers, and aerial lifts; safety program training and maintenance; safety equipment requirements and orientations; employee safety and health issue investigations, reviews, and responses; OSHA and JSHA compliance; unsafe working conditions; safety audits; emergency response drills; and emergency action plans.   

Chad holds numerous safety and OSHA certifications, including Accident Investigation I and II; Vehicle Dynamics; Mechanical Maintenance; Skid Steer Loader/ Rough Terrain Fork Lift/ Industrial Fork Lift/ and Aerial Lift Certified Trainer; OSHA 500 Certified Trainer for Construction Industry; and OSHA 501 Certified Trainer for General Industry.
James S. Wickersham, PE
Mechanical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Utah
Mr. Wickersham has more than 20 years experience in construction, maintenance, and mechanical engineering.  His experience includes recreational activities/ facilities/ equipment, including amusement parks, playgrounds, and winter sports; fire/ explosion investigations; gas turbine and combined cycle power plants; ski resort maintenance and operations, including security, grooming, training and supervision of all personnel; boiling water reactors; nuclear energy plants, including maintenance, supervision, and mechanical tooling.

Jim is a Licensed Professional Engineer, Certified Level I Amusement Ride Inspector, and Certified Playground Safety Inspector. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the American Society for Testing and Materials, F24 and F27 Committees; National Society of Professional Engineers; Professional Ski Instructors of America; and National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials.
Schield M. Wikas, DO, DF, FAOCD;
Medical Dermatology
Dr. Schield M. Wikas has over 30 years experience as an Internal Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine Specialist. His extensive experience and expertise includes osteopathic medicine; internal medicine; pharmacology; therapeutics; phlebology; dermal fillers; Botox injections; dermatology, including diseases, cancers, surgery, and injections; sclerotheraphy; hair transplantation/restoration; Staphylococcal Scaled-Skin Syndrome; Stevens-Johnson Syndrome; Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome; Hyperimmunoglobulin E. Syndrome; Scurvy; Epithelioid Angoisarcoma; Epithelioid Hemangioma; Scleromyxedema; Merkel Cell Carcinoma; cancer screening; venereal diseases; bacterial and fungal infections; cutaneous manifestations; hair and nail diseases; atopic dermatitis; cutaneous malignancy cancer; bullous diseases; Pyoderma Gangrenosum; acne/rosacea; and psoriasis therapy.

Dr. Wikas is Board Certified by The American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology and is a Past or Present Member of the following Professional Organizations: The American Osteopathic Association; The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology; The American Academy of Dermatology; Honorary title Fellow of Distinction of the American Osteopathic College of Medicine; The American Medical Association; The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology; The Ohio State Medical Association; The Ohio Osteopathic Association; The District 8 Osteopathic Academy; The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery; The American College of Phlebology; and The Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education. Dr. Wikas also has over 40 Professional Publications and Presentations.
Dual Certifications; Nursing Expert
Mrs. Yano has more than five years experience involving nursing; medical facility standard-of-care procedures; aesthetic medicine service procedures; women's health care; patient care assessments, including heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, telemetry reading, respiration rate, and pain block procedures.

Christy is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses.  She is a Certified Nurse Practitioner, a Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Registered Nurse.
Robert A. Yano, PE
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, California
Mr. Yano has more than 30 years experience involving the design, installation, and operation of mechanical systems and components for industrial and manufacturing facilities.  His experience includes: HVAC systems, including boilers; natural gas, propane, and oil furnaces, heaters, stoves, and dryers, including CO exposure; manual and automatic doors; machinery equipment and personal safety systems; material handling systems; water piping and plumbing; dust and fumes collection; ergonomics; noise attenuation; and explosion investigations.

Bob is a member of The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers; The Society of Automotive Engineers; The National Safety Council; The National Fire Protection Association; and The American Society of Mechanical Engineers.