Featured Speakers

Here is a snapshot of the keynote speakers who will be a part of this inspiring conference:

  • Opening Session: The Future of Occupational Health Nursing, Dr. John Howard, Director of NIOSH
  • General Session: The Opioid Crisis in America, Christopher Jones, PharmD, MPH
  • Catherine Dempsey Lecture: Total Worker Health®: Is There a Role for the Occupational Health Nurse?, Dr. Bonnie Rogers, Director NC OSHERC & OHN Program
  • Closing Session: Fire Up Your Life!, Donna Hartley


Dr. John Howard

John Howard is the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Howard was first appointed NIOSH Director in 2002 during the George W. Bush Administration and served in that position until 2008.

In 2009, Dr. Howard worked as a consultant with the US-Afghanistan Health Initiative. In September of 2009, Dr. Howard was again appointed NIOSH Director and was reappointed in 2015. Prior to his appointments as NIOSH Director and WTC Health Program Administrator, Dr. Howard served as Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the State of California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency from 1991 through 2002.

Dr. Howard earned a Doctor of Medicine from Loyola University of Chicago; a Master of Public Health from the Harvard University School of Public Health; a Doctor of Law from the University of California at Los Angeles; and a Master of Law in Administrative Law and Economic Regulation, and a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management, both degrees from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Howard is board-certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine. He is admitted to the practice of medicine and law in the State of California and in the District of Columbia, and he is a member U.S. Supreme Court bar. He has written numerous articles on occupational health, policy and law.

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Christopher Jones, PharmD, MPH

Dr. Christopher Jones serves as Director of the Division of Science Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Division serves as the ASPE lead on public health and biomedical science issues and initiatives. Dr. Jones previously served as senior advisor in the Office of Public Health Strategy and Analysis in the Office of the Commissioner at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), led the CDC’s drug abuse and overdose work, and completed a one-year detail to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as Senior Public Health Advisor. During this detail, he co-led the development of the administration’s 2011 Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan. Dr. Jones previously lead the Drug Safety and Risk Communication team in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and was part of the Science Team in the CDC’s Strategic National Stockpile. Dr. Jones earned his bachelor’s degree from Reinhardt College, his pharmacy doctorate from Mercer University, and his masters of public health from New York Medical College School of Public Health.


Dr. Bonnie Rogers

Director NC OSHERC & OHN Program

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Donna Hartley

Donna Hartley has an amazing story. She is proof that one woman can walk through fire and deliver a message powerful enough to impact millions of lives. This is an empowering survival story. Drawing on her three life-threatening events (which all occurred on dates of March 1st) she ignites you with firepower for personal leadership and gives you proven strategies to master change in your life. Cry, laugh, and be inspired! She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and former Miss Hawaii. Donna has been featured on PBS, NBC, ABC and in The New York Times. She is the author of Fire Up Your Life!, Fire Up Your Intuition! and Fire Up Your Healing!