Meet the Speakers

Emmanuel “Manolis” Boulukos joined Ice Miller in 2008. A partner in the Labor, Employment and Immigration group, Manolis’ practice focuses on traditional labor relations and wage and hour compliance and defense, and serving as outside general employment counsel to clients of all sizes and industries. Manolis represents employers in the manufacturing, metals, health care, tech, trucking, restaurant/hospitality and construction industries, as well as cities and towns, universities, youth camps, independent schools and not-for-profit agencies and associations. Manolis is a frequent speaker and writer on labor and employment topics including wage and hour compliance, the National Labor Relations Act, leave and accommodation issues, substance misuse in the workplace, and public employment.

Salvatore Caccavale (Sal) has worked professionally in Corporate Environmental, Health, Safety and Security leadership roles for over 35 years. Mr. Caccavale is a Certified Professional Environmental, Health and Safety Auditor and a former Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, Masters Level. Mr. Caccavale has instructed environmental, safety and industrial hygiene courses for the Community College of Beaver County in Western Pennsylvania and the University of Medicine and Dentistry (Rutgers University) in Piscataway, New Jersey. Mr. Caccavale served as the Vice President of the National Safety Council’s (NSC) Business and Industry Division and was elected to the NSC Board of Directors for two terms. Mr. Caccavale currently serves on the NSC Board of Delegates. Mr. Caccavale has professional association with the Environmental and Transportation Practices of American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Mr. Caccavale has authored “A Basic Guide to RCRA: Understanding Solid and Hazardous Waste” published by the ASSP and serves on the Editorial Review Board of the ASSP “Professional Safety” periodical. Mr. Caccavale is the recipient of the National Safety Council’s Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) an award given to safety professionals who promote safety to both his employers and the next generations of EHS professionals.

Randy Cooke has over 30 years of experience in maintenance and plant engineering at various rubber manufacturing facilities.

Duane Dunston is an Associate Professor of Cybersecurity at Champlain College. He has been in Information Security for over 20 years, working in both the education and government sectors. He focuses on risk management, cryptography, security education and using technology for social change. In addition to teaching and consulting, he is a member of the Vermont Cyberpatriots Program. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education at Northeastern University and resides in Essex Junction, Vermont.

Kayla Ernst is an associate in Ice Miller’s Labor and Employment Group. Kayla’s practice focuses on employment litigation. She has represented employers in state and federal courts and before agencies such as the EEOC or NLRB. She also has experience in handling labor arbitrations. Additionally, Kayla advises employers on a broad range of issues including handling employee complaints, terminations, leave and accommodation issues, and she has assisted employers in the drafting and implementation of employment policies.

Ron Gulbransen is a plastics manufacturing equipment specialist, with more than 23+ years at Milacron. Gulbransen spent the first 14 years as a field sales engineer and now oversees Milacron’s Auxiliary equipment offerings including custom automation systems, complete plant design and auxiliary installation. He has accrued extensive experience serving global customers and markets for injection molding manufacturers. Gulbransen’s specialties include robotics, heat transfer products, reclamation, conveyor systems, and mold change systems. He has completed his bachelor’s in business administration from Wilmington College in 1997 and his MBA from University of Phoenix in 2008. Outside of work, Ron enjoys spending time with his three children, sporting events, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

Larry Keller, a 44-year employee of Milacron, has spent the last 20 years serving as the Director for Engineering and as leadership for Milacron’s Quality team. He has accrued extensive experience serving global customers and markets for injection molding, extrusion and for Milacron’s previous blow molding subsidy, Uniloy. The last five years, he has served U.S. Milacron ISO standards team, which has resulted in our certification in ISO 9001/14001. Keller has also served on the Safety Standards Committee for The Plastics Industry Association (previously known as the Society of the Plastics Industry) for nearly 30 years. Outside of his role, he also serves as a mentor for the NaviGo Scholars program to help prepare students for post-secondary success and workforce readiness. Keller holds an Associates Degree from Cincinnati State in Electro-Mechanical and a bachelor’s in general studies from the University of Cincinnati, with a focus on business. Keller enjoys the outdoors, camping, traveling and rehabbing houses, while also making time for his wife, two children and three grandchildren.

Peter Kirsanow is a partner with Benesch’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. President George W. Bush appointed Kirsanow to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in 2006. While serving on the NLRB, he was involved with significant decisions including Oakwood Healthcare, Inc., Dana/Metaldyne, Oil Capital Sheet Metal, Inc., and Agriprocessors, cited by Judge Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.  In addition, Mr. Kirsanow testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nominations of Neil Gorsuch, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court and Jeff Sessions to Attorney General. He also continues to testify before and advise members of the U.S. Congress on a variety of matters, most recently before the House Judiciary Committee on the importance of a diverse judiciary. He was one of two principal witnesses to testify on the 2013 Immigration Reform Bill. Mr. Kirsanow was reappointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives to his fourth consecutive six-year term on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  He is the longest serving member of the Commission. Mr. Kirsanow is the author of thriller novels Target Omega, Second Strike, and soon to be released Black Russian.  He is a graduate of Cornell University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he has been an adjunct professor of employment law.

Scott Lowry is the President and Founder of StrataSite. StrataSite provides ground-breaking software that allows both public and private sector clients to create a community-wide Active Threat Plan. Lowry is a retired Lieutenant from the Findlay Ohio Police Department. During his career, he had the opportunity to travel across the country and be trained by some of the brightest minds in the world. For several years Lowry has trained both Emergency Responders and civilians in responding to an active threat. He is the lead trainer for two DHS-FEMA certified courses regarding crisis management in schools and speaks nationally regarding both the prevention and response to active threats.

Regina McMichael, CSP, CIT is President of The Learning Factory, Inc., She is the author of and is known as “The Safety Training Ninja”. She is a leading motivational safety speaker and a Director on the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Regina has helped companies grow their safety passion for over 31 years. She has been developing, delivering, and implementing training programs for every type of organization. The system of great training works in every industry and discipline.

Laurence (Larry) Pearlman is a senior vice president with Marsh Risk Consulting. He is located in Raleigh, NC. Larry has cross-industry expertise in risk management, safety culture, leadership and management systems. He works with “C-level” executives through front-line employees. He has been instrumental in designing and implementing transformational safety improvements. Larry joined the Marsh & McLennan Companies in 2006. In addition to Marsh, he has held leadership positions at several Fortune 100 companies. Larry’s experience is focused on capital-intensive industries, including manufacturing, transportation, energy, and power. Larry holds a master’s degree in Labor & Industrial Relations/Human Resources, University of Illinois and a business degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. He also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois.

Nelva Smith, known as a fervent advocate for her clients, is a labor an employment attorney whose wide-ranging experience makes her an extremely effective advisor for her clients. From general day-to-day counseling, to litigation, workers’ compensation, and safety and health issues, employers of all sizes rely on Nelva to guide them through the myriad challenges of labor and employment law. Nelva is diligent and aggressive in defending her clients’ interests and is experienced in assisting clients in the automotive, aviation, construction, and manufacturing industries.

Bill Wahoff concentrates on keeping his clients in compliance with health and safety laws, including OSHA on a national basis, Ohio workers’ compensation, Ohio VSSR, and intentional tort litigation defense. He has vigorously represented employers at several thousand administrative hearings, in numerous court cases, including jury trials, and mandamus actions. He also has significant experience representing employers in federal and state court employment litigation and in labor negotiations. He has handled ADA, FMLA, and race, gender-based, Title VII discrimination cases, arbitrations, federal and state wage and hour matters, and has bargained with the UAW, Steelworkers, Glass Molders, and Potterers, OEA and OAPSE. He served as Membership Development Liaison to the American Bar Association Section on Labor and Employment Law, for its Occupational Safety & Health Committee, and has been an active participant, presenter and moderator for the Midwinter meeting for over 24 years. He was chosen by the Chief Judge to present to the Federal Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission (OSHRC) Judicial Conferences in both 2008 and 2010.

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