External Advisory Board

Melissa Afterman, MS-HFE, CPE

Head of Professional Development, Instructor, Researcher

Melissa is a board Certified Professional Ergonomist and the Head of Professional Development for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Program. In this role, she applies her 20 years of ergonomics consulting experience to guide students on a pathway to working in industry. Working with the University of California's Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), she is also the director of the Online Ergonomics Certificate Program. Melissa studied BioResource/ Agricultural Engineering at Cal Poly SLO and earned her Master's degree in Human Factors/Ergonomics Engineering from...

Robin Baker, MPH

UC Berkeley

Director of Research to Practice, Emerita

Garrett Brown, MPH, CIH

Retired special assistant to Cal/OSHA Chief

Garrett Brown is a Certified Industrial Hygienist who has a Master in Public Health for UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. For more than 20 years, Brown worked for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) as a field compliance officer and later as Special Assistant to the Chief of the Division. Since 1993, Brown has been the volunteer Coordinator of the Maquiladora Health & Safety Network, and he has organized workplace safety projects with worker and community organizations in Mexico, Central America, Indonesia, China, and Bangladesh. Brown is an...

James Craner, MD, MPH

Occupational Medicine Physician & Tesla’s Corporate Physician

James Craner, MD, MPH is an Occupational Medicine physician and Tesla’s Corporate Physician, based in Reno, Nevada.

Dr. Craner is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. He completed residencies in Internal Medicine at Brown University, and Occupational Medicine at Rutgers University, where he received his Master of Public Health degree. He has 25 years of private practice experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of occupational and environmental diseases.

At Tesla, Dr. Craner leads the Occupational Health Group within the EHS department,...

Laurel Davis, MPH

Environmental Health & Safety Manager
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Laurel is an EHS Manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and has over 25 years of ES&H experience. At Berkeley Lab, she manages a team of Industrial Hygienists and Safety Specialists, who support research operations and a broad range health and safety programs. She has previously worked as an Industrial Hygienist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and in the airline, biotechnology, and chemical manufacturing industries.

Laurel is a past-president of the AIHA Northern California local section, and is currently their Volunteer Coordinator and a representative to...

Ann Dinh

Health Services Nurse Manager
San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Kristie Elton

Healthcare Risk & Safety Program Manager
UC Office of the President

Diane Felton, MD

State Toxicologist
Hawaii Department of Health, Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office

Diana Felton is the State Toxicologist with the Hawaii Department of Health, Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office. She works with many federal, state and community partners on issues such as childhood lead poisoning prevention, climate change and health, safe fish consumption, air pollution risks, pesticides, PFASs and other environmental hazards. She also serves on the EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee and as the Regional Consultant for Hawaii to the Region 9 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU). Diana is board certified in...

Nora Fenlon

Chief Commercial Officer
Via Seating

Nora Fenlon holds the position of cco for Via Seating. As a passionate advocate for health and wellness in the workplace; she is involved in all areas of the organization, from product development to sales management. Prior to her time in the US, she held the position of Senior Trainer for Bank of Ireland in Ireland. Training and education is still very much part of her role today. See the Via Seating website for more info and while there, check out the full range of ergonomic seating available from this US based manufacturer.