Board Members and Executive Officer

photo David Thomas, Board Chair
(Labor Representative)

Current appointment date: 06/07/2018
Expiration date: 06/01/2022

Mr. David Thomas (Modesto, California) has been a business representative for the Northern California District Council of Laborers since 2009. Previously, Thomas was a business agent for the Laborers Local Union #73 from 2001 to 2009 and, from 1994 to 2001, was a business representative for the Northern California District Council of Laborers. Prior to that, he was a business representative for the Laborers Local Union #73 from 1987 to 1994. Thomas is a member of the San Joaquin Building Trades Council.

photo of Chris Laszcz-Davis Chris Laszcz-Davis
(Management Representative)

Current appointment date: 06/02/2018
Expiration date: 06/01/2022

Ms. Chris Laszcz-Davis. As Founder & President of The Environmental Quality Organization (EQO) LLC, Chris adds strong management and industry related experience to the Board. She held several positions at Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation from 1980 to 2002, including Vice-President, corporate Environmental Affairs, Health, Safety and Operational Integrity, Corporate Director, Risk Assessment, Strategy & Compliance, and Corporate Manager, Product Liability. Prior to that, she worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories from 1976-1980 as an Industrial Hygiene Engineer and, from 1974-1976 as a Regional Manager, Industrial Hygiene & Medical Programs for the U.S. Department of Energy in both Oakland, CA and Washington DC. Chris has an M.S. from the University of Minnesota in Environmental Health Sciences and is a Fellow of both the American industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and American institute of Chemists (AIC). Laszcz-Davis is also Co-Chair for the global Occupational Hygiene Training Association (OHTA), member of NIOSH's Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC); member of ASSE's Council on Professional Affairs (COPA); and Past President of both the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene and California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC). Chris lectures and speaks frequently on emerging issues and leadership, has chaired numerous EH&S conferences, authored numerous articles and chapters, been instrumental in orchestrating national professional telewebs on various subjects, and been the recipient of various awards. On a personal note, Chris is a huge advocate of “Believe in the power of one—one person can truly make a difference”.

photo Laura Stock
(Occupational Safety Representative)

Current appointment date: 08/20/2015
Expiration date: 06/01/2019

Ms. Laura Stock, is the director of the Labor Occupational Health Program at the University of California, Berkeley where she has worked since 1982. She has an MPH from UC Berkeley and has been working in the field of education and training for over 35 years. Stock is a member of NIOSH's (the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) National Occupational Research Agenda Committee on Health Care, and the American Public Health Association, Occupational Health Section.

Barbara Burgel Barbara Burgel
(Occupational Health Representative)

Current appointment date: 8/22/2018
Expiration date: 06/01/2022

Barbara J. Burgel has been an independent occupational health consultant since 2017. She is a professor emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where she was a professor from 1981 to 2017, teaching and conducting research in a graduate occupational health nursing program. Her program of research focuses on psychosocial work factors and other health and safety issues in hotel room cleaners, day laborers, and taxi drivers. Burgel has been an external auditor for occupational health at ERM CVS since 2010. She has practiced as a nurse practitioner throughout her career, including the UCSF Occupational Medicine Clinic, the UCSF Community Occupational Health Project, the UCSF Faculty Practice at Progress Foundation, the University of California Berkeley Student Health Center, and the City College of San Francisco Student Health Center. She is a member of the American Academy of Nursing, American Association of Occupational Health Nursing, and the American Nurses Association. Burgel earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing and a Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. She is nationally certified as an Occupational Health Nurse Specialist by the American Board for Occupational Health Nurses and as an Adult Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Association of Occupational Health Nursing.

photo David Harrison
(Labor Representative)

Current appointment date: 08/20/2015
Expiration date: 06/01/2019

Mr. David Harrison, of Fairfield, is currently serving as the Treasurer for the Operating Engineers Local Union #3. He has been a member of Local #3 since 1995 where he worked in the marine construction industry. In 2005, he went to work for the union as a business representative covering Solano County and in 2008 was promoted to Director of Safety over Local #3s four state jurisdiction. In 2013, Harrison became the District Representative covering Napa and Solano counties. At that time, he was also appointed to the position of Auditor until 2016 where he received his current appointment. Harrison is a veteran of the United States Army and a 2017 graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.

photo Nola J. Kennedy
(Public Member)

Current appointment date: 12/17/18
Expiration date: 06/01/2020

Ms. Nola Kennedy has served as a professor at California State University, Northridge since 2018, where she was an associate professor from 2013 to 2018. She was an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles from 2000 to 2013 and manager of industrial hygiene at Drucker Health and Safety Management Inc. from 1987 to 1994. Kennedy is a member of the California Industrial Hygiene Council and American Industrial Hygiene Association. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree and a Master of Science degree in environmental health science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

photo Vacant
(Management Representative)

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photo Christina Shupe
(Executive Officer)

Christina Shupe serves as the Board's Executive Officer. She previously served as the Director for the Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC), an independent State commission tasked with drawing and defending California's statewide voting districts. During her tenure the CRC established a reputation for transparency and was named the winner of the Roy and Lila Ash Award for Public Engagement. Prior to entering public service Ms. Shupe was the Business Development Manager for a multi-state regional trade association where she established partnerships between industry, government, and media to build respected education and networking programs. Ms. Shupe's background also includes technical and business consulting experience with numerous corporations and small businesses.

November 2019