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 Board of Directors Role and Responsibilities 

ASPHP Executive Officers


Director, Workforce Safety, Northwell Health
Asha is an Occupational Therapist by trade with an extensive background in injury prevention and absence management. She has a doctorate in OT with a specialization in Administration and Practice Management that has allowed her to successfully navigate the organizational barriers associated with change management initiatives in large organizations. Asha has worked on safe patient handling program development in 20+ hospitals and two 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. Her engagement efforts have led to successful statewide education events (conferences and webinars) to promote current evidence-based safe patient handling and mobility practices. She is a Board Member for the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals and an active member of the Education Committee.

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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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Robert Masterman, MSPT, CSPHC
Rob is currently the Co-Chair of the Governance Committee.  He has over 17 years of experience as a PT in acute and rehabilitation settings.  He has assisted with the development of SPHM education used in affiliation with the University of Rochester Medical Center.  He is currently a level III physical therapist, the SPHM Coordinator, and Co-Chair of the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Team at Highland Hospital.  Rob is a Certified Safe Patient Handling Clinician and has co-authored articles published in the International Journal of SPHM.  Past speaking engagements include presentations at Highland Hospital’s Acute Caring for Elders Day and Clinical Grand Rounds, numerous ASPHP webinar presentations and the SPHM Summit panel on Challenging Patients.  He was a co-presenter at ASPHP’s 2020 national educational event and co-presenter for an international webinar.  Rob is also involved in education at St. John Fisher College as a guest lecturer on SPHM for the Wegman’s School of Nursing.

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Rhonda Turner, MSN- LD, CSPHA
Rhonda has been in healthcare for 36 years in various roles. She acquired her BSN in 2014 and her MSN-Leadership in 2018. She currently works as a RN Operations Support Specialist. Her primary role includes supporting onboarding, education, quality metrics, strategic initiatives, through partnering with leadership and the bedside staff. In addition, she leads a large healthcare system for fall prevention, SPHM, and early mobility by identifying methods to increase awareness and how a focused program can positively impact patient outcomes while reducing injuries to the patients and frontline staff. Rhonda is a national and international speaker since 2015, a published author, has been a board member of ASPHP since 2019 moving into her second term. She is also in progress of acquiring her DNP. Her mantra is “Empowering others to lead the future”.

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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 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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Timothy Buchanan, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, CSPHP
Married with 3 children. 28 plus years nursing/medical experience-Retired USAF/USA Nurse-critical care, emergency medicine, aeromedical evacuation, paramedic. 10 plus years SPHM experience-VA Saint Louis Health Care System Safe Patient Handling and Mobility (SPHM) Facility Coordinator (FC) and VISN 15 Lead SPHM Point of Contact-provides leadership and assumes responsibility for the development, implementation, coordination, maintenance, and continuous evaluation of the SPHM program. SPHM FC position incorporates research and applies evidenced-based SPHM patient care initiatives. Adjunct clinical faculty for 3 universities in St Louis metropolitan area. National and Regional SPHM Conference speaker. Contributing Author for SPHM for Fundamentals of Nursing textbook and Clinical Skills Guide.

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Kirsten Berdahl, PT, MEd, CSPHA
Kirsten Berdahl has been a Physical Therapist in Arizona for over 30 years.  After 11 years of full-time work in a variety of healthcare settings, she became full-time faculty in the then new Physical Therapist Assistant Program at GateWay Community College.  After more than 2 decades of teaching she developed a strong passion for integrating Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Education into the curriculum of GateWay’s many nursing and allied health programs.  With a vacant classroom and a little grant money she developed the SaPHE (Safe Patient Handling Education) program.  After two years the program was expanded to include a new, fully-equipped, 2000 sq. ft. lab at GateWay’s 18thSt. Facility where she is now the full-time manager.  In July of 2020 she received her Certification in Safe Patient Handling (CSPHA) and now sits on the Curriculum Task force of the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals (ASPHP).

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Lynda Enos, RN, BSN, MS, COHN-S. CPE
Lynda Enos is a certified occupational health nurse and certified professional ergonomist with over 30 years of work and consulting experience in industrial and health care ergonomics.

Work experience includes consultation in safe patient handling (SPH) and ergonomics for over 40 hospital systems, clinics, assisted living facilities, and home health and hospice services. Assistance includes development, facilitation, and evaluation of SPH programs for up to 6 years per facility.

Since 2010, in the role of clinical consultant, Lynda has assisted a large teaching hospital in Oregon to develop, and maintain a comprehensive SPH program, address ergonomics related issues system wide, and provide clinical coaching and problem solving at the bedside to help nursing and other staff address patient mobility challenges.

She has been a contributing author for several ergonomics, safe patient handling and mobility and workplace violence guidelines and standards including the American Nurses Association (ANA) Interprofessional Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Standards 2013 and 2021, and the Federal OSHA Guidelines for Nursing Homes: Ergonomics for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (2003).

Lynda was also an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) representative member of the ISO/TC 173/WG 13 committee that revised the recently published ISO standard 10535:2021 Hoists for the transfer of disabled persons — Requirements and test methods.

Lynda is a past president and director of Board of Certified Professional Ergonomists and Oregon State Association of Occupational Health Nurses.

She is recipient of the 2017 Advocacy Award for Safe Patient Handling awarded by the Tampa VA Research and Education Foundation and the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals.

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Edward Hall, MS, CSP, CSPHP
Edward “Ed” Hall to Keck Medicine of USC where he will serve as the new senior executive administrator for Integrated Risk Management. A nationally-recognized leader with over 25 years of diverse risk and insurance management experience, Ed brings tremendous knowledge and skill to the position.  Ed is responsible for designing and executing the Integrated Risk Management department’s business strategy, and will evaluate and monitor our medical enterprise’s operational risk. Ed has oversite of the identification of risk management trends across various entities, and is directly responsible for the data management required to build an integrated picture of organizational-wide risk. Ed provides subject matter expertise support across Keck Medicine to establish safety best practices, and align Risk Management and Risk Financing strategies with the organization’s mission, values, and goals.

Prior to joining Keck Medicine, Ed served as an officer and executive director for strategic risk management at Stanford University Medical Center. There, he leveraged evidence-based solutions for a variety of patient and employee safety initiatives. His experience included various oversite functions for the Medical Center’s risk finance, clinical risk, claims, safety, and workers’ compensation program covering over 190 locations in multiple states. Also, Ed co-founded Stanford Medical Center’s risk management for profit division known as The Risk Authority, and served as the chairman for the Medical Center’s Executive Safety Committee, resulting in over $20 million in savings on workers’ compensation efforts. Ed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Risk and Safety Management and a Master of Science degree in Loss Prevention and Safety from Eastern Kentucky University.

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Nicole Hopewell, PT, MS, CSPHP
Nicole Hopewell is a Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Clinical Consultant with Baxter. She is a licensed physical therapist, certified Safe Patient Handling Professional and Caritas Coach®. In a career that spans over 3 decades, she has experience in healthcare leadership, education, and direct patient care in a variety of clinical settings, including acute care, outpatient rehab and women’s health. She has spoken nationally on topics related to healthcare safety and safe mobility. In addition, Nicole has established a reputation for collaboration and partnership to drive change and improve patient and caregiver safety. Nicole completed her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from New York University and her Master of Science in Health Services Administration from Regis University. She resides in Boulder County, Colorado.

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Tricia Jaworski, OTR/L, CSPHP
An Occupational Therapist by background, Tricia has worked at Advocate Aurora Health for 25 years. Advocate Aurora Health is the 12th largest not-for-profit integrated healthcare system in the United States. Tricia currently is a System Safe Patient Handling & Mobility (SPHM) Program Manager overseeing programs in IL and WI. Tricia is certified as an Occupational Therapist through NBCOT and is a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional (CSPHP). Tricia serves on the Alumni Association Board for the School of Health Professions at Concordia University Wisconsin. As a member of ASPHP, Tricia is active on the education committee and co-chairs the marketing committee. Tricia is a co-chair of the WI SPHM Network, offering SPHM educational opportunities, conferences, networking, and support for those involved in SPHM across the state of WI.

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Nancy McGann, PT, CSPHP, CPPS
Nancy McGann has worked as a physical therapist and ergonomic consultant in industry and healthcare for 32 years. For the past 15 years, she has worked for SCL Health (now Intermountain Healthcare) in ergonomics and SPHM. She is currently the Regional Manager of Caregiver Safety in the Quality and Safety Department which includes eight hospitals and hundreds of ambulatory centers. Prior to her current role, she was the System Manager for Ergonomics and SPHM for 5 years. She has spoken extensively in the areas of ergonomics and SPHM on state and national levels and has several paper reviewed publications. Prior to working for SCL Health based in Colorado, she worked for a critical access hospital in Idaho, for Braintree Rehab and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is passionate about patient safety and how it relates to safe mobility and has certifications in both patient handling and patient safety. Her passion is to prevent harm by creating an environment that promotes safe mobilization throughout the continuum of care.

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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 Medical Professions. She is a licensed Occupational Therapist, a Certified Disability Management Specialist and a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional.

She has over 40 years’ experience in clinical and employer-based environments and has developed and implemented occupational rehabilitation programs in both settings. Susan has presented programs locally, statewide, and nationally on Transitional Work, Ergonomics, and Safe Patient Handling to health professional groups.

She is currently employed with OhioHealth in Columbus, OH where she was instrumental in the development of a transitional work program and is responsible for ongoing growth and implementation of services. She has been involved with the safe patient handling and movement initiative with OhioHealth since 2004. She currently works as a Quality Specialist in Nursing Research and Excellence at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Susan completed a nursing research project studying the effects of a multifaceted minimal lift environment on nursing staff, which was published in the February 2010 issue of the Western Journal of Nursing Research. She is also published in peer-reviewed publications, including the American Journal of Safe Patient Handling and Movement, The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing and Critical Care Nurse Q. Susan presented a short course at the American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference in April 2014 for the Work and Industry Specialty Interest Group about establishing occupational therapy services for onsite occupational rehabilitation. Susan participated in a consensus panel of subject matter experts on patient handling injuries sponsored by Sage, with submission of a manuscript to American Nurse Today January 2016. She was a contributing author to the ANA Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Interprofessional National Standards Across the Care Continuum second edition 2021.

She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association, and the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals. Susan serves on the board of the Central District Chapter of the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association. She is a Board member for the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals, co-chairing the Education Committee. She was awarded the Advocacy Award for Safe Patient Handling at the 2018 National Safe Patient Handling Conference.

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Neal Wiggermann, Ph.D.
Neal Wiggermann is a research scientist in R&D at Baxter.  For ten years he has managed a biomechanics laboratory with research focused on ergonomics and SPHM in healthcare.  He has published over two dozen peer reviewed articles and is a senior editor of the journal Ergonomics in Design.  In 2019 he received the Bernice Owen Award for research in SPHM, and in 2022 he joined the board of ASPHP.  Neal received his PhD from the department of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan.



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Yeu-Li Yeung, MS, OT/L, CPE, CSPHP
Yeu-Li Yeung has almost 20 years of experience in healthcare ergonomics.  As the Patient Care Ergonomics Coordinator at Duke University & Duke Health, she has implemented the SPHM program at Duke University Hospital and expanded the program to ambulatory clinics and other areas.

Her responsibilities include conducting assessments, identifying solutions, as well as developing and providing training for SPHM and other areas in the health system to enhance safety and quality for both patients and employees. Yeu-Li teaches SPHM at the School of Nursing and the Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program at Duke University.  She has presented on SPHM and other healthcare ergonomic topics at national conferences and has published in peer-reviewed journals on SPHM topics. Yeu-Li is an occupational therapist, a certified professional ergonomist, and a certified safe patient handling professional.

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Member At Large

Justin Mierke
Justin Mierke is the North America Director of Marketing for Guldmann Inc. He got his start in SPHM in 2007 as a Product Specialist introducing the benefits of ceiling lift technology in acute and long-term care sectors. With a strong entrepreneurial skillset, he took on the role as Country Manager for Guldmann’s expansion into Canada as the very first Canadian employee and created the foundation for how it operates to this day. In 2017, based in Boston, Massachusetts, Justin took on a new role as Marketing and Communications Manager. This led to further growth and to his current position as Director, which is more aligned with his passion: Design. He is responsible for designing, planning, development, and implementation of all the Guldmann Inc. and Stepless USA marketing strategies, marketing communications, and public relations activities. Since 2019, Justin has been a member of the Marketing Committee for the ASPHP.


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Outgoing Board Member

Renee Kielich, RN, BA, CSPHP
Renée Kielich is a SPHM Clinical Consultant with Hillrom and is a national thought leader in SPHM.  She has a variety of Healthcare experience including 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, Bedside Mobility Assessment Tool (BMAT) implementation and education plans.  Renée is a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional (CSPHP) and has a special interest in Culture Change relating to SPHM programming and integrating this programming into patient care quality initiatives.  Renée served on the Board of the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals (ASPHP) from 2015-2022 and served as President from 2017-2018.

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Kelsey McCoskey, MS, OTR/L, CPE, CSPHP
Kelsey McCoskey has been an ergonomist with the U.S. Army Public Health Center for more than 20 years. In addition to performing applied research projects, site assessments, and handling regulatory issues related to the identification, assessment, and minimization of exposure to work related musculoskeletal disorder risk factors, she is responsible for development and assessment of ergonomic programs. Her primary areas of interest include healthcare ergonomics and safe patient handling and mobility (SPHM) program implementation, sustainment, and consultation. She has spoken about SPHM at many conferences and webinars and has published on the topic. Ms. McCoskey is Lean Six Sigma green belt certified. Ms. McCoskey earned a BA from the University of Delaware and a MS in occupational therapy from Shenandoah University. She is adjunct faculty at the Uniformed Service University of Health Sciences and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. Ms. McCoskey is a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional and has served on the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals Board of Directors.

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Vicki Missar, MS, CPE, CSPHP, CHSP, SSBB
Vicki leads a dedicated, cross-functional healthcare team designed to help clients resolve complex problems and achieve year over year improvements. Vicki has spent the last 15 years working in the healthcare industry supporting clients while building world class solutions that are distinctive, innovative and results orientated.

Vicki has extensive experience across the continuum of healthcare and has worked with some of the nation’s largest healthcare organizations driving process improvements, system integrations, culture change and adverse event risk mitigation. She is a keynote speaker, published thought leader and devotes time to research new and emerging trends impacting clients to bring fresh ideations to problem solving.

Prior to her joining WTW, she was responsible for aligning healthcare industry strategy, collateral and thought leadership for North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa. This included working with captive, actuarial, and risk control service lines globally to improve client outcomes.

Vicki is a Guest Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health and has a B.A. degree in Psychology and Communications from La Salle University and a M.S. degree in Occupational Biomechanics and Ergonomics from the University of Miami. She has numerous certifications including Six Sigma Black Belt, Lean Six Sigma, Safe Patient Handling, Professional Ergonomist and Healthcare Safety Professional. She is on the board of directors for the Association of Safe Patient Handling and past board member for the Human Factors/Ergonomics Society North Texas Chapter.

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Association Advisor

Kent W. Wilson, CIE, CSPHP
Kent Wilson has been involved with safety and health promotion for over 30 years.  He has performed ergonomic and safety evaluations for over a hundred healthcare facilities around the world and assisted them with the writing and implementation of their Safe Patient Handling policies and programs.  He is a Certified Industrial Ergonomist (CIE) and a Certified Safe Patient Handling Professional (CSPHP). Mr. Wilson takes an active role in the development of regulatory standards and has been a member of several American National Standards Institute (ANSI) committees. He has testified before the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) in ergonomics for the development of national standards and helped write the position statement for the American Industrial Hygiene Association on patient handling to Congress.  He co-authored the whitepaper for the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals (ASPHP) titled, “Advancing the Science and Technology of Progressive Mobility”.  Mr. Wilson is a past Chair of the Ergonomics Standing Committee for the National Safety Council and the founding member and Past President of the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals.  Mr. Wilson is also a frequent invited speaker for national conferences on Patient Handling management and the Bariatric patient.  He is the recipient of the 2019 Safe Patient Handling Advocacy Award from the ASPHP and participates on multiple committees for this association related to certification.

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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  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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