Symposium Speakers

Anthony Banks, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Anthony Banks is the occupational ergonomics lead for Lockheed Martin Corporation. Working in the company’s Environment, Safety, Health, and Sustainability (ESHS) organization as the corporate ergonomist and a Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow, Anthony is responsible for guiding the overall direction of the ergonomics function across the enterprise. Anthony carries nearly 25 years of practice in various disciplines of safety engineering, industrial hygiene, design engineering, lean manufacturing, and ergonomics, providing technical and programmatic leadership and support to various Fortune 500 and governmental organizations. When not working, Anthony enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Lily and drawing inspiration from their five children.

David Brodie, Cargill, Inc.

David Brodie is the Ergonomist Lead for the North America region of Cargill, Inc. In this role Brodie oversees the implementation of programs, processes, solutions, and technology across the region. In 2011, Brodie joined Cargill as a Corporate Ergonomist for their Protein Group, where he worked with fellow ergonomists and plant EHS personnel to implement an ergonomics process that resulted in >70% reduction in musculoskeletal injuries. Brodie has over 27 years of experience in office, industrial, meat processing, transportation, and healthcare settings. He is co-chair of the National Ergonomics Conference and Expo and has held volunteer positions as the President of the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE) and Administrator of the Ergonomics Practice Specialty within the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). A Certified Professional Ergonomist, David holds a Master of Science in Kinesiology.

Lisa Brooks, NexusHSE

Lisa Brooks is a certified industrial ergonomist and is one of the founders and Principals at Nexus HSE, an organization built by HSE practitioners for HSE practitioners dedicated to connecting HSE innovators across industry, academia, and consulting.  Lisa has been an ergonomics, S&H practitioner for over 30 years. She is known for her passion and energy and has proven leadership abilities, and distinctive technical expertise in ergonomics, HOP, and fatal and serious injury & illness prevention. She led global HSE networks at ORCHSE Strategies and NSC for 8 years after spending 23 years in industry in various global safety and ergonomics leadership roles for GE, International Paper, and Alcoa.

Charlene Cornish, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Charlene has over 29 years’ experience in the field of Environment, Health and Safety with strong Industrial Hygiene subject matter expertise. Current responsibilities include enterprise-wide safety and health communications; leading the Ergo Cup, Participative Ergonomics, and Occupational, Injury & Illness Management programs; and co-leading SPEED & Holistic SIA’s. Charlene has experience with strategic planning, developing, and deploying best practices and common systems across the enterprise.

Charlene earned an MPH in Occupational Health and Safety Management from Tulane University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University. She’s a Certified Safety Professional, Safety Management Specialist, a member of the LM Recognized Technical Talent (RTT) Community, LM 21 Black Belt certified, and LM Target Zero Structured Improvement Activity Train-the-Trainer Certified. Charlene also serves as the Technical Assistant for the ESH Leadership Council.

Jonathan Drum, John Deere

Jonathan is an alumnus from NCSU with a BSME and MSIE. Since graduating, he has worked in the areas of ergonomics design and validation for the US Army and John Deere. Currently, he leads a team of ergonomists responsible for ergonomics design of John Deere agricultural and turf care equipment.



Sheila Geissenhainer, SKF USA, Inc.

Sheila has a degree in Occupational Health and Safety Management and has worked as an EHS professional for over 30 years, primarily in manufacturing. Her roles have always included ergonomics, and in her current role as the Director of Safety and Workers’ Compensation for North America at SKF USA, she has taken ergonomics from a concept to a fully implemented program across the North American sites.  She believes ergonomics can provide a pathway to continuous process improvements which can enhance the lives of employees.

Patricia Holdaway, SAS Institute

Patricia Holdaway, MS, OTR, is a Senior Ergonomic Specialist at SAS Institute. She began working in the field of Industrial Rehabilitation in the early 1990s performing job activities including Functional Capacity Evaluations, Return to Work Assessments, and pre-employment screens. She also developed on-site stretching and injury prevention initiatives, and managed work hardening and conditioning programs. She transitioned to the ergonomics field over 25 years ago and has become an Accredited Office Ergonomic Evaluator (AOEE) through the Center. Patricia’s primary responsibility at SAS is to oversee the ergonomics program including monitoring the policies and procedures, making updates, conducting ergonomics assessments of employee workstations (on-site and virtual home), handling non-office related ergonomic incidents, and offering classes for employees on proper workstation set-up and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries. Patricia is also a member of the accessibility team at SAS and works across disciplines to address adaptive and usability issues experienced by SAS employees.

Sharon Joines, NC State University

Sharon Joines received her bachelors, masters and PhD in Industrial Engineering from NC State; she is a Professor of Industrial Design and Associate Dean for Academic Strategy for the College of Design. Sharon has a passion for improving the quality of life in the workplace. Her passion for Universal Design extends to co-creating inclusive communities. As a result, one of her first priorities as Associate Dean was to start the Design Our Community task force engaging faculty and staff in creating the community they desired. As an NC State University faculty scholar, Sharon’s recent research has focused on transdisciplinary collaboration.

Bobbie Watts, Michelin North America

Bobbie Watts, PhD, CPE is the Innovation Initiative Leader at Michelin North America. She received her BS in industrial engineering from Clemson University and both her masters and Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering from Auburn University. Her previous work experience includes roles as the corporate human factors engineer for UPS, consultant for the USPS and American Express, and the corporate ergonomics manager for Coca-Cola Refreshments.