Meet Our Leaders


The Association Board of Directors consists of practitioners and educators that are leaders in the safe patient handling industry. They have emerged as premier professionals in the field and have provided knowledge and best practices for application in the workplace.

ASPHP Executive Officers

PRESIDENT, ASPHP

Susan Gallagher, PhD, MSN, MA, RN, CBN, HCRM, CSPHP
Susan Gallagher, is a trained wound ostomy continence nurse, certified bariatric nurse, health care risk manager and certified safe patient handling professional. She has certificates in Six Sigma-Health Care and Six Sigma LEAN. Susan holds a masters degree in nursing, a masters degree in religion and social ethics, and a PhD in policy ethics. She is a recognized expert in safety and outcomes with emphasis on bariatrics, skin/wound care, safe patient handling and mobility, and loss control. She lectures internationally and has authored over 200 articles, books or book chapters. Her professional objective is to assist organizations capture quality and sustainability through customer sensitive initiatives, supported by quantitative performance improvement outcomes.

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VICE PRESIDENT, ASPHP

Edward Hall, MS, CSP, CSPHP
Ed serves as Chief Executive of Strategic Risk Ventures for The Risk Authority Stanford. With over 20 years of diverse risk and insurance management experience, Ed is an authority in managing risks in healthcare and industrial sectors. He served as the Director for Managing Risk Enterprise-wide for self-insured Workers Compensation and Medical Malpractice trust for many years. He is nationally recognized for his development of innovative loss control risk management programs which have led to dramatic increases in both patient safety and financial savings. His knowledge and leadership helped Stanford Health Care receive the “Best Practice Award” for safe patient handling. Ed received a BS in Fire and Safety Engineering and an MS in Loss Prevention and Safety from Eastern Kentucky University and is also a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

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PAST PRESIDENT, ASPHP

Patti Wawzyniecki, MS, CSPHP
Patti Wawzyniecki has 35 years’ experience in the field of employee health and safety as an Ergonomist and Industrial Hygienist. She is a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional and former Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). Wawzyniecki has held positions in private and government organizations. For 13 years, Wawzyniecki initiated and managed a SPHM program at a public university hospital and research center. For three years, Wawzyniecki was Safety Programs Manager for HoverTech International, assessing and advising healthcare institutions in the U.S. on SPHM. Patti is currently an SPHM consultant. She has spoken on this topic at state and national conferences. Wawzyniecki graduated from LaSalle University with a bachelor’s in Biology, and received a Master’s in Public Health from UMass.

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SECRETARY / TREASURER, ASPHP

Kelsey McCoskey, MS, OTR/L, CPE, CSPHP
Kelsey McCoskey has been an Ergonomist with the U.S. Army Public Health Center for 18 years. She performs applied research projects, site assessments and handles regulatory compliance issues. She is responsible for conducting training and development and assessment of ergonomic programs. Her primary areas of interest include patient handling and healthcare ergonomics, especially the implementation of SPHM programs. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University. She is adjunct faculty at the Uniformed Service University of Health Sciences. Ms. McCoskey is certified by the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics as a Certified Professional Ergonomist and as a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional by the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals.

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ASPHP Board Members

Margaret Arnold, PT, CEES, CSPHP
Margaret Arnold has over 20 years’ experience as a PT, and is owner of Inspire Outcomes LLC, a safe patient handling / early mobility consulting company. Certified in Ergonomic Evaluation and a Safe Patient Handling Professional, Margaret managed a SPHM program for over eight years, where WMSDs were reduced by 95%. She has taught SPHM to university DPT programs and national rehabilitation hospitals, integrating evidence-based practice with SPHM for rehabilitation. She has spoken extensively at national and international conferences on SPHM and early mobility. Margaret developed the earlymobility.com website, has done a TED talk on SPHM and early mobility, and has published in this area. Margaret is currently working on rehabilitation outcomes research for patients with stroke with SPHM.

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Ruth Francis, MPH, MCHES
Ruth Francis has over 25 years of international, corporate, association, government, and community health education and promotion experience, and she works for the American Nurses Association (ANA) as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Nursing Practice & Work Environment Department. Ruth currently leads ANA’s Immunization, Safe Patient Handling & Mobility and Falls, Needle Stick Prevention, Nurse Fatigue and Incivility, Bullying and Workplace Violence programmatic work, representing ANA at national and federal stakeholder meetings. She is also involved in the ANA Care Coordination Initiative and Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation™.

In previous positions, Ruth has led the development of a variety of health education and other health-oriented programs including management of a multi-site federal health campaign for adolescent girls, provision of technical assistance to health workers in a multi-country contract, management of the education component of Washington State’s CHILD Profile immunization registry and health promotion program, as well as educational oversight and training of staff in 13 March of Dimes chapters. Ruth and her team members have received recognition for their work, including the National Health Information Award, National SOPHE Award for Health Education Excellence, the State of Washington Governor’s Award for Quality & Performance, and an Education Emmy.
Ruth received her master’s degree from Loma Linda University in California, and she is certified as a Master Health Education Specialist.

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Tricia Jaworski, OTR/L, CSPHP
An Occupational Therapist for 23 years, Tricia has worked at Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin for 22 years. Tricia’s professional practice area experience includes adult inpatient acute care, various types of intensive care units, inpatient rehabilitation, subacute, outpatient ortho and neuro, work conditioning, pediatrics and birth to three services. Currently her focus is Safe Patient Handling Mobility (SPHM) programming and team member safety. Tricia is a System Safe Patient Handling Mobility Coordinator providing SPHM services for 14 Hospitals, Aurora at Home – Home Care services, Zilber Hospice as well as numerous clinics across South Eastern Wisconsin. In April of 2018, Aurora Health Care merged with Advocate Health Care based in Illinois to form the 10th largest non for profit health care system in the United States now known as Advocate Aurora Health Care. Tricia is certified through the NBCOT and ASPHP. Recently, Tricia was appointed to the Alumni Association Board of Directors for the School of Health Professions at Concordia University Wisconsin. As a member of the ASPHP, Tricia has been active with the Education and Marketing Committees. Tricia is a co-chair of the WI SPHM Network, offering SPHM educational opportunities, conferences, networking and support for those involved with SPHM across the state of WI.

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Renee Kielich, RN, BA, CSPHP
Renée Kielich RN, is a SPHM Clinical Consultant with Liko/Hill-Rom. She has a variety of Healthcare experience in many areas. Her experience includes direct patient care and Leadership roles in Critical Care, Occupational Health, Workers Compensation and Loss Prevention. Her accomplishments include implementing a Safe Patient Handling program from “design through implementation” during a major Hospital construction project. In her role as a consultant she assists facilities with program & policy development, program implementation and education plans. Renée is a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional and has a special interest in Culture Change relating to SPHM programming and integrating this programming into patient care quality initiatives. Renée served as the President of the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals (2017-2018).

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Sasha M. Latvala, BS, CSPHP
Sasha is a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional with over 15 years of experience in acute, rehab and long-term care settings. She currently works as an Independent Consultant and has lectured on SPHM and the benefits of mobility. She provides education to healthcare personnel across the continuum of care, assists with risk-assessment, develops and implements SPHM programs, and provides expertise on the installation and procurement of SPHM equipment for renovation projects and new builds. Sasha received her Bachelor of Science from Drexel University. The vast majority of her time has been spent on the clinical side; however, she has also had the opportunity to cross-over onto the vendor side, giving her a well-rounded perspective. Sasha has published research she did on SPHM program development and implementation in the International Journal of SPHM. Sasha is also the Co-Chair of the ASPHP’s Certification and Renewal Committee. Her passion is to educate caregivers and healthcare organizations on how to safely mobilize patients, decrease workers’ compensation rates, and ultimately improve patient outcomes.

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Robert Masterman, MSPT, CSPHC
I have been a Physical Therapist for 14 years. I began my career working in rehabilitation at skilled nursing facilities. I have worked at Highland Hospital for 13 years, primarily in the step-down unit and now as the primary therapist in the ICU. I am the Co-Chair of the Safe Handling Task Force and have given numerous lectures on Safe Patient Handling and Mobility, including at Highland Hospital’s Geriatric Teaching Day, Clinical Grand Rounds and St. John Fisher College as a guest speaker for the Wegman’s School of Nursing. I have also been a panelist for an ASPHP webinar about complex medical cases and have been published in the International Journal of Safe Patient Handling and Mobility.

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Vicki Missar, MS, CPE, CSPHP, CHSP, SSBB
Vicki J. Missar is an Associate Director for Aon Global Risk Consulting in the US. She is a thought leader and oversees three casualty product lines including Ageonomics ™, Health Care, and Musculoskeletal Claims Validation. As a Guest Lecturer for the Harvard School of Public Health, Vicki is viewed as an expert in developing solutions for employers around aging workers, integrated health, safety and wellbeing, and systems thinking. She is a six sigma black belt, has numerous certifications, and is on the board of directors for the Association of Safe Patient Handling and the North Texas Chapter of the Human Factors/Ergonomics Society. Vicki is also part of the American Nurses Association Annual Summit for Nursing Practice & Work Environment that is focusing on policy development for key issues facing nurses.

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Mary Ogg, MSN, RN, CNOR
Mary J. Ogg, MSN, RN, CNOR, is a senior perioperative practice specialist at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN). Her primary responsibility is authoring guidelines (Safe Patient Handling and Movement, Surgical Smoke Safety, Moderate Sedation, Local Anesthesia, Complementary Care Interventions, Electrosurgery, Lasers, and Sharps Safety). Other responsibilities include providing consultative services regarding perioperative nursing practice, and creating products and education materials that support the perioperative professional’s safe workplace practice. Products include the development of AORN tool kits and videos for safe patient handling and movement, sharps safety, surgical smoke evacuation, workplace safety, and cultural competence in the perioperative setting.

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Asha Roy, OTD, OTR/L, CSPHP CSHRM, CWcHP, CEHSP, CEAS II, AOEAS, CBIMS, CAIS, CORT, PMEC, LSSWB
Asha is an Occupational Therapist by trade with an extensive background in injury prevention and absence management. She has a doctorate in OT with specialization in Administration and Practice Management. Asha has worked on safe patient handling program development in 20+ hospitals and 2 sub-acute rehabilitation & skilled nursing facilities with over 6,600 hospital and long-term care beds in New York. She works closely with the risk management division to analyze each injury towards identifying opportunities and vulnerabilities. Using her analytical skills and working with the finance team, her team successfully developed a plan to procure the required equipment for all sites while using the large size of Northwell Health System as leverage to negotiate pricing with various equipment vendors. She is also an advisory board member of the International Association of Safety, Health, and Environmental Professionals and member of International Sports Professionals Association, and National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

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Susan Salsbury, BS, OTR/L CDMS, CSPHP
Susan Lennon Salsbury, BS, OTR/L, CDMS, CSPHP is a 1980 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Professions. Susan is the system lead for Safe Patient Handling and Mobility for OhioHealth, a multi hospital healthcare organization. She has presented programs locally, statewide and nationally on Transitional Work, Ergonomics and Safe Patient Handling and Mobility and Falls Prevention. Susan has multiple publications in peer reviewed journals about her work with safe patient handling and mobility. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association and the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals. She is a Board Member for the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals, and chairs the education committee. She was recognized nationally in April 2018 with the Advocacy Award for Safe Patient Handling from the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals. She is a passionate lifelong learner with the goal to promote evidence based practice for the health and safety of both patients and health care workers.

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Rhonda Turner, MSN, RN, CSPHA
I was a CNA for 28 years on the frontline. I acquired my BSN in 2014 and was inspired to go after my MSN -Leadership to be a stronger voice for the frontline. I graduated with my MSN in December of 2017 and added my graduate certificate in healthcare education. I currently work as a quality improvement specialist and continue to see the gaps in practice. I hope to support and identify ways to increase the knowledge of what SPHM entails and how a comprehensive program can positively impact patient outcomes.

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Association Advisor

Barbara Silverstein, MSN PhD, MPH, CPE
Barbara Silverstein, MSNPhD, MPH, CPE has been the research director for the Safety & Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) program in the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries since it began in 1990. Her main interests are in figuring out ways to prevent musculoskeletal disorders related to work, how to develop healthy workplaces, and evaluating the effectiveness of different prevention strategies. Barbara is an affiliate professor in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington and has served on NIOSH study sections and the Board of Scientific Counselors. She was a two-term chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee at the Institute of Work and Health in Toronto. Barbara is a founding member of Washington’s safe patient handling steering committee dedicated to successful implementation of legislation in all Washington acute care hospitals.

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Certification Advisor

Guy FragalaGuy Fragala, Ph.D., PE, CSP, CSPHP
Dr. Fragala has over 35 years of experience as an Occupational Safety and Health professional and is a national expert in the application of ergonomics to the healthcare setting. Dr. Fragala currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Ergonomics at the Patient Safety Center of Inquiry in Tampa, Florida and is the Champion for the Creating a Safer Environment Program for Joerns Medical. He has participated in many field research studies, investigating the benefits of an ergonomics-based injury prevention program for healthcare workers. Dr. Fragala has also served as an advisor to OSHA regarding the development of ergonomics programs, standards and guidelines. He has been a consultant to a wide range of American industries including many healthcare organizations. Dr. Fragala has been an invited guest speaker at numerous national conferences. His book entitled, Ergonomics: How to Contain On-the-Job Injuries in Healthcare, published by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, has influenced much of the work today related to healthcare ergonomics and safe patient handling programs.

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