Board of Directors

Officers of the Board

Maureen Markey MBA, CAE

Maureen Markey is a healthcare marketing professional with extensive experience in strategic planning, marketing, advertising, branding and digital strategies and tactics. Her experience includes both for-profit corporations and healthcare associations. Her experience with the American Nurses Association and National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners includes marketing strategic and tactical planning for membership recruitment and retention, continuing education, conferences, publications and healthcare quality and safety products and programs. Maureen led business planning efforts for the ANA Handle with Care Recognition Program and safe patient handling research.


Nancy L. Hughes, MHA, BSN, RN

Nancy L. Hughes is a healthcare professional with an extensive, diverse background in nursing and healthcare administration. She has presented nationally and internationally on a variety of healthcare topics. She has expertise in occupational health and patient safety, including workplace violence, needlestick prevention and safe patient handling. She has published more than 25 articles in a variety of peer reviewed national and international professional journals. She led the American Nurses Association’s (ANA) Handle with Care initiative focused on safe patient handling, for six years. She led the development of the ANA’s Handle with Care Recognition Program, including the development of the program criteria. She participated in the development of safe patient handling algorithms with the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses and the National Association of Orthopedic Nurses. She was a recipient of the 2008 National Occupational Research Agenda Partnering Award for Safe Patient Handling and Movement Training Program for Schools of Nursing. She currently is the Director of Education at the Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, MD as well as an independent consultant.

Board members:

Marlyn Conti, RN, BSN, MM, CPHQ

Marlyn holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Utah, a Master of Management from the University of Phoenix, is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and Care Management Certification. She has worked at Intermountain Healthcare (IH) since 1972 years in various roles (staff nurse, Infection Control, Policy Coordinator, Quality Resources, Risk Management, Case Management, Utilization Review, Employee Health, Joint Commission Survey Coordinator, Surgical Services Quality Consultant, etc.She currently serves as the Quality and Patient Safety Initiatives Manager for Intermountain Healthcare which includes 22 Hospitals, Home Care and Medical Group(180+ clinics) in support of patient safety initiatives and the National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG). She facilitates and/or leads many teams such as Fall Prevention, Medication Safety, Pressure Ulcer Prevention, Safe Patient Handling, Root Cause Analysis, etc. Marlyn has published articles and given presentations on multiple topics over the years such as; infection control, urinary tract infections, computerized infections surveillance, surgical services redesign and outcomes monitoring, monitoring and preventing adverse drug events, prevention of pressure ulcers, safe patient handling, rehabilitation services outcome monitoring system and is a recipient of a Smithsonian Computer World award for a web based team tracking system in 1997.

Ninica Howard, MSc, CPE

Ms. Howard is a senior researcher and ergonomist with the Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program at the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.  She holds a Master of Science degree in Work Environment from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Since 2005, Ninica has been heavily involved in research of patient handling and work-related musculoskeletal disorders in healthcare in Washington State.  She co-authored a report that laid the groundwork for SPHM legislation in Washington hospitals and since its passage has been conducting research to evaluate its impact. Ninica has authored several presentations and journal articles about this topic and was a contributor to the American Nurses Association’s National Interdisciplinary Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Standards.   Ninica has served as coordinator for the Washington State Safe Patient Handling Steering Committee, and now serves as the administrator of the Washington Safe Patient Handling and Movement Roundtable.

Carole Johnson, MCSP

Carole is a Chartered Physiotherapist in the UK working as a Consultant Manual Handling Adviser. She is a registered member of National Back Exchange, has been on the committee for a total of nine years as Secretary, Chairman and is currently the Public Relations Officer. Carole’s work spans twenty years; she specialises in analysis and resolution of simple and complex manual handling - showing there is often a win-win alternative. She writes legal reports and serves on disciplinary committees related to therapy, personal injury and competency. She speaks nationally and internationally and  is one of the authors for the Handling of People (5th and 6th Edition) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists publication Guidance on Manual Handling in Physiotherapy (2008). She has also co-authored Manual Handling Children (2011) on behalf of National Back Exchange. She loves her work and making a positive difference.

Merl Miller, MS, ATC, CIE

Merl has been involved in injury prevention and management, working in a variety of settings, since 1990. He is a certified industrial ergonomist and injury prevention specialist.
His experience in safe patient handling and movement has grown in his current role with one of the nations largest non-profit healthcare systems, Banner Health. He is actively engaged in the design and implementation of SPHM programs at 11 hospitals in Arizona. His passion for ergonomics led him to help establish the Greater Phoenix Ergonomic Roundtable in 2006 and develop the Arizona Safe Patient Handling Conference in 2009. He is an editorial board member of the American Journal of Safe Patient Handling and is a member of American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Lori Severson, MS, HEM, ASP

Lori has 22 years of safety experience. She has worked in numerous industries, and has held a variety of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)-related positions, in the medical device
manufacturing and consulting industries. The last decade of Lori’s career has been dedicated to health care safety /loss control for all sectors of care. Lori is the Assistant Vice President, Loss Control Consultant at Lockton Companies and provides national expert consultation for Lockton healthcare clients. She is a subject matter expert on safe patient/resident handling and movement and holds a certification in Healthcare Environmental Management from ECRI. Lori is on the Advisory Board of the ASSE Healthcare Practice Specialty and Risk Management and Insurance Practice Specialty. She is a contributing author of numerous safety articles to the ASSE’s Ergonomic, Healthcare, and Risk Management/Insurance Technical Publications and was awarded ASSE’s Best of the Best Articles in 2009 and 2010. Lori’s safety career was recognized most recently with the ASSE SPY award June 2011 at the 100th Anniversary ASSE PDC in Chicago, IL for her contributions to the ASSE Healthcare Safety Body of Knowledge.

Association Advisors:

Traci Galinsky, Ph.D., Captain, U.S. Public Health Service

Traci Galinsky became a commissioned officer in the United States Public Health Service in 1990, and received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 1991.  She works at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Research Team in the Division of Applied Research and Technology.  Her major research topics at NIOSH have included physiological and psychophysical measurements of musculoskeletal fatigue; ergonomic and work organization interventions for computer workers; and patient handling hazards and interventions in health care.

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