Editor in Chief: Georgi Popov, PhD, CSP, QEP, ARM, SMS, CMC, FASSP, FAIHA
Dr. Popov brings over 20 years in academia with him to the Editor in Chief role, currently serving as professor and Chair of the Occupational Risk and Safety Sciences Department at the University of Central Missouri. Dr. Popov earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the National Scientific Board and an M.S. in Engineering Physics from Defense University in Bulgaria. In 2001, he graduated from the Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
Dr. Popov began his career in Cambodia, serving as an environmental, health, and safety officer. His previous positions include air quality and lab director for Kingston Environmental Services, Inc., associate professor at Park University, adjunct professor at Central Missouri State University, HAZMAT specialist at HAZMAT Response Inc., and health and safety assistant at Taylor Cables Inc.
He has been involved with 14 different professional organizations and has received 13 honors and awards, most recently being named an ASSP Fellow and receiving the AIHA President’s Distinguished Service to AIHA Award. He has also been named a Fellow of AIHA and received the OEHS Career Professional Award, ASSP Outstanding Safety Educator, and the Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award in 2017.
Managing Editor: Angela Giotto PhD, MPH, CSP
Angela Giotto currently serves as the Director of Research and Product Development at the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). In that role, Dr. Giotto provides direction in the design, development, and deployment of BCSP’s learning programs and products. She also serves as the Managing Editor of the BCSP Foundation’s peer-reviewed journal, SHIFT: Global EHS Research to Practice.
Dr. Giotto’s career began in general industry with multiple environmental, health, and safety (EHS) roles in the food and beverage sector. She also has experience in railroad pooling and academia. As an adjunct professor, Dr. Giotto has taught EHS courses for Columbia Southern University and Keene State College.
Dr. Giotto holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental, Health, and Safety Management from Ferris State University, a Master of Public Health in Environmental Sciences specializing in Industrial Hygiene and Hazardous Substances from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Occupational Health and Safety from Capitol Technology University. She is also a Certified Safety Professional.
Thank You, Volunteers!
SHIFT rests on the efforts of highly qualified subject matter experts (SME) who have graciously devoted their time and expertise to support our effort of advancing research and best practices in safety. These volunteers, from a diverse range of industries and specialties, join us as trusted advisors and dedicated peer reviewers, and we would like to thank them for their time and effort in helping us create SHIFT.
Effective peer review relies on the exceptional qualifications and experience of subject matter experts and diversity of reviewers. Our reviewers are selected based on a combination of professional experience, credentials, and education. Diversity is essential to foster change and equal opportunity, and we strive to include SMEs from a range of backgrounds, geographic locations, industries, and specialties to ensure the highest quality of content while fostering a true sense of community.
Each volunteer has been carefully appointed to ensure scientific and ethical integrity of the SHIFT processes and content. Their commitment to advance SHIFT is a commitment to further advance the EHS field of study and the safety of all, and we would like to thank each volunteer for their time and contributions.
The devotion of these hardworking safety professionals is what allows the BCSP Foundation and SHIFT to carry out its mission of a safer tomorrow. Their dedication to the EHS profession allows us all to work smarter and live safer. Thank you.
Bruce Lyon – BCSP Board of Directors
P.E., CSP, SMS, ARM, CHMM
Bruce Lyon is the vice president and director of risk management services with Hays Companies, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Safety and Occupational Safety Management/Fire Science from the University of Central Missouri (UCM).
Mr. Lyon has over 40 years of experience managing and directing risk services for a wide range of national and global organizations. He is the advisory board chair to UCM’s Safety Sciences Program, chair of US TAG 262 for ISO 31000, and vice-chair of the ANSI Z590.3 Prevention Through Design standard committee. He is the lead author of “Assessing and Managing Risk: An ERM Perspective”, lead author of “Risk Management Tools for Safety Professionals,” and co-author of “Risk Assessment: A Practical Guide to Assessing Operational Risk.”
Mr. Lyon received the CSP Award of Excellence from BCSP in 2018.
Tony Militello – BCSP Foundation Trustee
P.E., CSP, CQE
Tony Militello currently serves as executive-level EHS director for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes 737 Program, Delivery Operations, and Quality. In that role, he is responsible for workplace safety and environmental compliance and performance, including 737 MAX return to delivery, commercial flight lines, and paint and storage operations.
Mr. Militello recently completed a 25-year civil servant career, most recently serving as the director, occupational safety and health, and strategic advisor on the staff of the Secretary of the Navy. He was also the functional community leader for over 1,200 safety and occupational health professionals.
His career began in 1995 with Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), where he worked from 1995 until 2003 as a fire protection engineer in regional offices in Charleston, SC, Washington, D.C., and Naples, Italy.
Mr. Militello holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Master of Public Administration from American University. He is a director of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers Board of Directors and the vice-chair of the BCSP Foundation Board of Directors.
Mr. Militello is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and Certified Quality Engineer (CQE).
Chet Brandon – Industry Representative
Ronald “Chet” Brandon is a highly experienced EHS executive with extensive practice in the process industries (chemical, metals, glass), manufacturing operations (automotive, aerospace, and electronics), and industrial services (occupational medicine, injury prevention, ergonomics, and EHS).
Mr. Brandon is in his 29th year of EHS service. He currently serves as the division director of global HSE at Special Metals. He has consistently driven EHS excellence in the protection of people, planet, and profitability for the globally recognized industrial organizations he has served.
Mr. Brandon also serves as the region seven vice president for the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and serves as the chair of the ASSP Government Affairs Committee. He is involved with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) as an examCORE lecturer and a frequent judge for various scholarship and grant selection committees with BCSP and the BCSP Foundation.
Mr. Brandon holds the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) credentials. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business from Marshall University and a master’s degree in Safety Management Technology and Industrial/Organization Psychology from Marshall University. He is a published author and a leading voice in the advancement of the occupational health and safety field.
Travis Kruse, PhD, CSP, CHMM
Ashok Garlapati, FASSP, CFIOSH, CSP, QEP
Yousif Abulhassan, PhD, CSP, CPE
Richard Mensah, PhD, MPH
Julie Boyd, PhD, CIH
Eric Steelman, DHSc, CSP
Lito Amit, DHSc
Milton Saidu, PhD
Ashely Gill, PhD, CSP