Meet Our Speakers

Attendees of the 2018 Safety Summit will hear from the leading professionals in the behavioral safety field! Read more about these world-renown experts, below, and make sure you visit our "Past Summits" page to see pictures of our past Safety Summit speakers in action. 

richard .jpg

Richard Pollock, Ph.D.

Rivendell Safety Consulting

Our keynote speaker, Richard Pollock, Ph.D., is an experienced safety professional specializing in adult education, safety performance improvement, educational technology, and management systems. He is a CSP, degreed in Safety from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He is the President of CLMI Safety Training and ASSE Past President 2012-13.

His professional experience includes: Corporate Director of SH&E at Medtronic, where he managed a staff of over fifty professionals worldwide addressing biomedical manufacturing exposures; Corporate Director of Safety and Risk for Clark Oil and Refining, with responsibilities for overall risk control and property protection for three refineries and 22 terminals; and other safety management positions in consumer goods, heavy manufacturing, and insurance loss control. In his role at CLMI, Dr. Pollock has produced over 500 education courses used worldwide, managed numerous performance improvement projects, and developed innovative safety management software solutions. He is the founder of the Direct Delivery Leadership Council (DDLC), and currently serves on three university Advisory Boards.

Dr. Pollock has been a member of ASSE for 37 years, and is a member of the Consultants, Transportation, RMI and Management practice specialties. Awards include: the Charles E. Culbertson Award for creating member educational opportunities, the President's Award for funding educational expansion, and the Northwest Chapter SPY award for significant organizational contributions.

His ASSE service includes President, Chapter Officer, Delegate, and National PDC representative. At the Society level he was VP for the Council on Professional Development, on the Board of Directors and Congress of Councils, the Compensation and Long-Range Planning Committees, the PDC Planning Committee (Chair), Chair of the 100th Anniversary Task Force and currently serves as the Society President Elect.

Find out more about CLMI and Richard here

Timothy Ludwig, Ph.D.

Appalachian State University &

One of Industrial Safety and Hygiene News Magazine's "Power 101" Leaders in the Safety and Health World, Tim applies his expertise in Behavior Systems Analysis, Strategic Planning, and Human Resources Development to design, develop, and implement safety programs for numerous organizations in both the private and public sector. His widely-followed website,, provides readers with empirically-derived behavior-based safety information and is a vital resource for any organization wanting to implement and foster a culture of safety in the workplace. Tim has earned the NC University Board of Governors's Excellence in Teaching Award and is a Distinguished Graduate Faculty member of Appalachian State University's Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resources Management Masters program.

Check out Tim's website here to learn more.

tim .jpg

Dave Johnson

Industrial Safety & Hygiene News

Dave Johnson has been chief editor of the magazine Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, or “ISHN” since 1980. He is a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in magazine journalism. In his 37+ years at “ISHN,” Dave has tracked the growth of the occupational safety and health field globally as a reporter, editor, researcher, analyst, public speaker, content developer, blogger, and webinar moderator. He is not a social media fan nor celebrity tweeter. For several years, Dave has hosted an informal off-the-record internet discussion forum for safety and health debates among his network of sources. He produces ISHN’s annual White Paper Reader Survey to capture the state of the EHS Nation. He edited Scott Geller’s “Psychology of Safety” and “People-Based Safety, The Source,” and co-authored with Scott a book on patient safety, “Enrich Your Culture to Prevent Medical Error.”

Learn more about ISHN here

John Drebinger

Safety speaker John Drebinger works with companies that want a safer workplace and with people who want zero injuries. For more than 27 years, John W. Drebinger, Jr. C.Ht. CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) has earned a reputation among safety speakers and industry leaders as the authority on motivating employees to take personal responsibility for their own safety on and off the jobsite.

Nicknamed the “Master of Safety Communication” because of the Safety Motivational Speakers he has mentored and the results his clients achieve, John can help your leaders effectively convey their message in a way that gets results. His use of proven techniques, fun, and magic will help you raise the expectations, vision, passion, and energy of your workforce to make a safer and more productive workplace. Key to his insightful approach is the premise that safety must be a personal value, and that values don’t change when conditions change, even in tough times.

John is also the well-known best selling author of Mastering Safety Communication, recognized by members of the safety industry as an outstanding training resource, loaded with communication techniques to enhance safety performance. It has sold over 80,000 copies, more than any other book in the field of safety. He is known for his expertise and is recognized as a top expert among safety speakers.

His new book, Would You Watch Out for My Safety?is a terrific resource your employees can take home after hearing his presentation of the same title.

Click here to learn more about John. 

John .JPG

Shawn Bergman, Ph.D.

Appalachian State University Center for Analytics Research & Education

Shawn earned his Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville and is an associate professor in the nationally recognized Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resources Management (IOHRM) Master's program at Appalachian State University.  He has over twelve years of consulting experience in applying quantitative, measurement, and analytic methods to solve issues for a wide variety of clients including the Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration, the United States Army and Army National Guard, the U.S. Air Force, and local medical groups and start-up companies.

Shawn's current line of academic research focuses on how social media can be used to meet organizational objectives, the legal issues surrounding using social media for employment decisions, and the application of analytics to human resources.

Click here to learn more about Shawn and his recent work 


Krista Geller, Ph.D.

GellerAC4P, INC

Krista Geller, Ph.D. dedicated her Masters and Doctorate research to her life-long love of pets, and the special impact of pet-people relationships on human dynamics. This research was highlighted in her recent book chapter, “The Power of Pets,” published by Cambridge University Press in the textbook Applied Psychology: Actively Caring for People. Krista spent five years teaching college students at Radford University, Virginia Tech, and Kingwood College in Texas. Her passion to keep people safe returned when Krista received opportunities to work as an ESH representative for several companies. In 2012, she became the People-Based Safety (PBS) and Human Performance Global Manager for Bechtel. As a PBS teacher, coach, and consultant for Bechtel, Krista helped employees develop the competence and courage to actively care for the safety of themselves and their coworkers. She traveled worldwide to assist in adapting the PBS process to various cultures, languages, and work processes. Her mission: to inspire people to take the time to actively care. This new mission encouraged and motivated her to start and become the President of a new consulting and training organization, Geller AC4P, LLC (Actively Caring for People).

krista .jpg

Josh Williams, Ph.D.

Safety Performance Solutions

Josh Williams, Ph.D. brings close to 20 years of successful experience and is currently a Senior Project Manager with Safety Performance Solutions.  He has more than 20 publications in leading safety journals and has earned the Cambridge Center National First Prize for his research on behavioral feedback. He is also the author of Keeping People Safe: The Human Dynamics of Injury Prevention (Publisher: Government Institutes). With Safety Performance Solutions, he has managed People Based Safety and Safety Culture Assessment initiatives in both English and Spanish with leading global organizations.