AURORA, CO – The Society for Total Worker Health™ is pleased to announce the election of key leaders to its Board of Directors. The officers were announced at the association’s Annual Member Meeting, held virtually on Monday, October 30. Elections were held for the offices of President, President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer.
Lili Tenney, DrPH, MPH, has been elected as the Society’s first President to serve a one-year term. She co-directs the Center for Health, Work & Environment, a Center for Excellence for Total Worker Health® at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and is an assistant professor at the Colorado School of Public Health. “Over the past three years, I have helped lead the ideation and development of the Society and am proud to be a part of the start-up phase - including serving as founding interim President-Elect over the past year. I look forward to expanding on the shared vision we must advance the field and profession of Total Worker Health (TWH). I believe we are at the forefront of how businesses, large and small, can create equitable, safe, and healthy environments for all people to thrive.”
Christina Banks, PhD, has been elected as President-Elect to serve a one-year term. She is the director of outreach for the California Labor Laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco, director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces, and senior lecturer for the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley. “I would like to help lead the Society to prominence as the leading health-related professional organization that builds cadres of TWH professionals who, through their education, skill development, and leadership, change how organizations and society in general support worker health, safety, and well-being. My vision is to help create a highly respected and high impact profession through the efforts and guidance of the Society.”
Newly-elected Secretary Matt Law, DrPH, CSP, REHS/RS, works as the manager of customer growth strategy in safety for W.W. Grainger, Inc. and a United States Navy Reserve Environmental Health Officer currently serving as vice chair of the Alliance for Central Florida Safety. His aims are to direct efforts to merge the systemic thinking of both occupational safety and health and public health approaches, ensuring the inclusion of ideas, models, and data that progress our respective professions to better practice in improving the lives of workers. He believes the Society has the responsibility to continually bring evidence-based best practices to the forefront for both public health leaders and occupational safety and health professionals to improve total worker health at all affectual levels. He will serve a two-year term.
David Shapiro, BA, MPH(c), senior manager, programs and partnerships at the Center for Health, Work & Environment has been elected Treasurer. He has served as the interim treasurer since the Society launched and is dedicated to ensuring our organization’s financial strength. “I’m excited about this role and establishing lasting success for the Society. One key goal within the next year is to establish the Society as a nonprofit organization.”
Society Advisory Panel Members include Robert K. McLellan, MD, MPH (Chair); Suzanne Nobrega, MS; Erika Sabbath, ScD; Diane Rohlman, PhD, MA; Anjali Rameshbabu, PhD; Natalie Schwatka, PhD, MS; Elizabeth Fisher, CHES; Cristina Banks, PhD; John Staley, PhD, MSEH; Meghan Davis, PhD; Emily Ahonen, PhD; Deborah Nelson, PhD; Christopher J. L. Cunningham, PhD; Rosandra Daywalker, MD; Kimberly A. Olszewski, DNP, CRNP, BC, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN, FAAN; Ivo Iavicoli, MD, PhD; Chia-Chia Chang, MBA, MPH.
The Society’s new leadership is preceded by founding interim president, Lee Newman, MD, MA; founding interim president-elect, Lili Tenney; interim secretary, Mwangi Ndonga; and interim treasurer, David Shapiro.
About the Society for Total Worker Health
The Society for Total Worker Health™, founded in 2022 as a 501c3 (application pending), unites members with a shared passion: advancing worker health, safety, and well-being. The Society’s mission is to serve as a hub, a community, for sharing new and innovative ideas to expand Total Worker Health® research, training, education, dissemination, and real-world solutions. The Center for Health, Work & Environment serves as the fiscal and program partner for the Society, supported by a Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health® Cooperative Agreement U19OH011227, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.