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J. J. Keller's dynamic team of research and regulatory specialists helps businesses, large and small, deal with the complex and constantly evolving regulations that affect operations every day. To keep customers informed and in compliance, they monitor the Department of Transportation, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, and more than 300 other agencies at the federal and state level.

At a glance

A snapshot of the J. J. Keller Editorial Team:

  • 24 subject matter experts
  • 462 years of combined experience
  • Provide content for manuals, newsletters, online services, whitepapers, custom deliverables, and more!
  • Frequent contributors to industry publications
  • In-demand speakers at professional gatherings
  • Additional associates responsible for research, regulatory monitoring, reporting, and content presentation.

Editor Biographies

Michael Atkinson

Michael Atkinson

Michael Atkinson joined J. J. Keller in 2016 with over 21 years of logistics experience in operations, management, hazmat preparation, hazmat inspection, logistics, and material handling. As a Hazardous Materials Editor, he is responsible for developing and updating content for existing manuals, online services, forms, handbooks, and software, as well as developing new products and supporting customer solutions.


Tom Bray

Tom Bray

Tom Bray is an industry consultant on transportation and has been with J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. since 2005. He brought with him an extensive background that includes years of experience in DOT compliance, policy development, driver human resources, driver training, training program development, CDL testing, claims management, and accident and injury prevention. At J. J. Keller, Mr. Bray specializes in motor carrier safety and operations management, writing and editing content for company manuals, newsletters, training programs, whitepapers, webinars, and online services, as well as for industry trade magazines, including Heavy Duty Trucking, Tow Professional, Today's Trucking, and others. He is a sought-after speaker at industry events, and is active in the Wisconsin Motor Carriers' Council of Safety Supervisors, Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association, and the Wisconsin Motor Carriers' Safety Director/Supervisor Development program.


Ray Chishti

Ray Chishti

Ray Chishti joined J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. in 2017 as a Workplace Safety Editor. He has 11 years of experience in a variety of industries, including EPC projects, fossil fuel power plants, gas distribution and transmission, and electrical transmission work. His experience includes working knowledge in OSHA/safety, environmental, HR, workers' compensation, and DOT topics. As a safety professional, his previous roles included auditing and leadership positions with new construction, existing facilities, and large EPC projects valued between $1 million and $2 billion. His training includes certifications as an OSHA Outreach Instructor and in root cause analysis.


Darlene Clabault

Darlene Clabault

Darlene Clabault is a Senior Editor on the Human Resources Publishing Team and has been with J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. since 1996. She specializes in employment law topics such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. With a creative writing background, she translates employment laws, regulations, case law, etc., into palatable information. She has had related articles published in various business magazines and has presented at various conferences.


Kathy Close

Kathy Close

Kathy Close joined J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. in 1999. As an Editor in Transportation Publishing, she has a background in driver's qualification file auditing, reviewing client compliance with 49 CFR Part 391, and as third-party administrator of DOT drug and alcohol testing programs for motor carriers. Ms. Close provides regulatory support for a variety of products; her areas of expertise include transportation security, DOT drug and alcohol testing, driver qualification, and the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) enforcement model. She writes content for several manuals (Transport Security, DOT Enforcement Essentials Manual, and Alcohol & Drugs: DOT Compliance Manual), as well as the Transport Safety Risk Management & Security monthly newsletter and KellerOnline®, FleetMentor®, and RegSense® online services. Her work has also appeared in a variety of trade publications and other media outlets.


Terri Dougherty

Terri Dougherty

Terri L. Dougherty, PHR, SHRM-CP, is the editor of the LivingRight Health and Wellness Awareness Program. Her work has been published in leading newspapers such as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boston Globe, Denver Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, El Paso Times, and the Spokane Spokesman-Review. She talks about wellness as a guest on the Road Dog Trucking radio show, and has written whitepapers and contributed to trade publications read by safety and HR professionals. As an Editor on the Human Resources Publishing Team at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., Ms. Dougherty also specializes in information on drug testing, medical marijuana regulations, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and employment law posters.


Michelle Graveen

Michelle Graveen

Michelle Graveen has more than 15 years of experience in industrial and occupational safety, having worked in a variety of industries, including heavy manufacturing, chemical manufacturing, warehousing, and insurance. Most recently, Ms. Graveen served as safety manager for a chemical tanker manufacturer. At J. J. Keller, she is the editor of the Workplace Safety Manual for California Business and OSHA Compliance for Retail Manual, and specializes in Federal and California workplace safety topics, covering safety training, welding, permit-required confined space, lockout/tagout, powered industrial vehicles, and other critical safety issues. She's also responsible for the production of safety training videos and special customer projects. Ms. Graveen is a frequent speaker at workplace safety seminars and conferences on topics such as safety benchmarking, job safety analysis, heat stress, injury and illness recordkeeping, and behavior-based safety.


Daren Hansen

Daren Hansen

Daren Hansen joined J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. in 1996 with a background in journalism and regulatory compliance. He has been an editor on the Transportation Publishing team since 2001. Based on his expertise in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, Mr. Hansen is responsible for writing and editing content for safety-related products, publications, and services for the trucking industry, including handbooks, guides, newsletters, posters, online services, forms, and training programs. Among his best-selling products are the FMCSA Compliance Manual, HOS Handbook, DOT Medical Exams: The Complete Guide, CSA Handbook, Motor Carrier Safety Report, and Cargo Securement Handbook for Drivers. His work has appeared in several trade publications and he is a member of the National Private Truck Council's Legislative and Regulatory Advisory Committee.


Michael Henckel

Michael Henckel

Michael Henckel is a human resources subject matter expert and associate editor with J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. Mr. Henckel conducts research and creates content on a variety of HR-related topics, including overtime, hours worked, compensation, deductions from wages, exempt employees, independent contractors, and child labor. His subject matter expertise includes both state and federal laws, as well as best practices and company policies. He creates articles for J. J. Keller's online HR publications, is editor of the Wage & Hour Compliance manual and BottomLine Benefits and Compensation newsletter, and delivers webcasts on compliance obligations. He has produced external articles for a variety of business publications.


Tricia Hodkiewicz

Tricia Hodkiewicz

Tricia Hodkiewicz has been an Editor on the Industrial Markets Publishing Team for over 23 years, specializing in OSHA and EPA regulations. Her areas of expertise include written safety plans, signs/labels, HAZWOPER, hazard communication, bloodborne pathogens, oil spill prevention, stormwater, and EPCRA. In addition to her editorial work on the Compliance Focus newsletter, both the Construction Toolbox Talks and OSHA Compliance for Warehousing manuals, and the OSHA Construction Safety Handbook, Ms. Hodkiewicz writes content for webcasts, online tools, videos, and posters. As technical advisor and contributing writer, she participated in the rollout of an employee training video kit, "Bloodborne Pathogens: Safety in the Workplace," which captured a Telly Award in the category of "training for corporate use." Her feature articles have appeared in trade journals, including Occupational Health & Safety, Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, Safety+Health, and Plant Safety & Maintenance, among others.


Katie Loehrke

Katie Loehrke

Katie Loehrke, PHR, SHRM-CP, is a senior editor on the Human Resources Publishing Team. Since 2007, she has created content on employment law issues and best practices for HR professionals, writing a number of HR newsletters (Employment Law Today, The SUPER adVISOR) and manuals (I-9 & E-Verify Essentials and Employment Law Essentials) for employers. Ms. Loehrke specializes in the areas of privacy and social media, I-9 compliance, EEO-1 and Affirmative Action reporting, unemployment, and discrimination and harassment. Katie has been published in nearly 100 U.S. newspapers, had her work featured on sites like Monster.com, and been a subject matter guest on National Public Radio. She has also spoken at numerous industry events, including the Wisconsin State SHRM Conference and HR Florida's annual conference.


Rick Malchow

Rick Malchow

Rick Malchow joined J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. in 2013 as an Editor in the Transportation Publishing Department. He specializes in motor carrier safety and operations management, with an emphasis on hours of service, vehicle inspections, and fleet legalization. He is responsible for developing and updating content for the Vehicle Sizes and Weights Manual. Before joining J. J. Keller, Mr. Malchow worked in the transportation industry for 13 years. As an Operations Manager, he focused on training employees in areas impacted by regulations. In addition to his operations management experience, Mr. Malchow also has expertise in transportation rating, collection, and process improvement.


Heather Ness

Heather Ness

Heather Ness joined J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. in 1999. As an Editor – Transport Operations, she provides regulatory support for a variety of products, including manuals, online services, forms, handbooks, and software. Her areas of expertise include Canada's federal and provincial transportation safety regulations and Canada's laws regarding vehicle licensing, vehicle size and weight limits, and fuel taxes. Ms. Ness is also knowledgeable about a variety of state-specific regulations, including fuel taxes, fleet taxes, vehicle registration, state operating authority, and trip permitting. She is responsible for the Transport Compliance for Canada manual, the Permit and Tax Manual, the Motor Carrier Permit and Tax Update, and for related content in the KellerOnline®, FleetMentor®, and RegSense® online services. Her work has also appeared in a variety of trade publications.


Lisa Neuberger

Lisa Neuberger

Lisa Neuberger has been with J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. since 2008, specializing in workplace safety and environmental topics. She is the editor of the Environmental Compliance Manual and the Environmental Alert newsletter. In addition, she provides daily environmental news updates for KellerOnline®, and responds to customer questions concerning OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting, solid and hazardous waste, safety committees, sanitation, and other topics. Ms. Neuberger is a frequent speaker at workplace safety and environmental conferences (i.e., the 2017 National Safety Council Congress) and has had articles published in numerous industry trade publications.


Travis Rhoden

Travis Rhoden

Travis Rhoden is a senior editor with J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. He specializes in safety management systems, job hazard analysis, machine guarding, storage rack safety, forklift training and OSHA inspections. His editorial responsibilities include writing content for a wide range of workplace safety guides, manuals, handbooks, newsletters, and training programs. In addition to the publications and tools he supports at J. J. Keller, he has contributed as a writer to trade publications, such as BIC Magazine, Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, Heavy Equipment News, Fleet Maintenance, Government Fleet, EHS Today, and Occupational Health & Safety. Mr. Rhoden is also a frequent speaker at workplace safety seminars and conferences on topics such as safety benchmarking, job safety analysis, heat stress, injury and illness recordkeeping, and behavior-based safety.


Robert Rose

Robert Rose

Bob Rose joined J. J. Keller & Associates in 2009 as a Transportation Management Editor. Previously, he worked in the transportation industry for more than 25 years for LTL and truckload motor carriers. During that time, Mr. Rose gained experience in sales, dispatch, operations, and terminal and senior management. At J. J. Keller, he specializes in transportation operations and business issues, and writes content for print and online publications. He has been featured in external publications, such as Big Rig Owner, Driving Force, and Workplace HR & Safety.


Mark Schedler

Mark Schedler

Mark Schedler joined J. J. Keller in June 2016 after spending 25 years in the transportation industry, with experience primarily in the operations, customer service, and finance areas. As a Senior Editor on the Transportation Publishing team, he is responsible for developing and updating content for existing materials, including the Everyday Transportation Safety Management manual and the Hours of Service Handbook, as well as developing new products and supporting customer solutions. Mark's primary areas of expertise include transportation operations and safety, driver retention, hours of service, and ELD requirements. Mark also is a frequent event speaker and helps customers with their regulatory issues. His articles have appeared in trade publications such as Heavy Duty Trucking and Organizational Health & Safety.


Jill Schultz

Jill Schultz

Jill Schultz joined J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. in 1993 with a background in radio, television, and newspaper reporting. She has been an editor on the Transportation Publishing team since 1995. As a Transportation Safety Editor, she specializes in both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and state intrastate safety regulations, including driver qualification, hours of service, and alcohol and controlled substance regulations. Ms. Schultz is editor of the Trucking Safety Guide, Transportation Safety Answer Manual, Transportation Safety Training Newsletter, Driver's Report, Driver's Guide to the FMCSRs, and Tractor-Trailer Driver Training Manual. Her work has also been published by trade magazines, including Driving Force, Big Rig Owner, NAPFTDS Learning Curve, Heavy Duty Trucking, and Industrial Safety & Hygiene News.


Judie Smithers

Judie Smithers

Judie Smithers has been a workplace safety editor at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. since 1997. Prior to that, she spent more than a decade in a manufacturing setting, where her responsibilities included managing the company's hazardous materials emergency response team; organizing and chairing the safety committee; writing safety data sheets, chemical hazard labels, lockout/tagout procedures, and confined space entry procedures; and conducting safety training. At J. J. Keller, Ms. Smithers specializes in publications and services related to compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. She writes and edits several J. J. Keller publications, develops content and presents webcasts, and has had her work published in numerous trade publications and other media outlets. She is also authorized as an OSHA General Industry Outreach Trainer.


Mark Stromme

Mark Stromme

Mark Stromme joined J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. in 1994. With a background in monitoring Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, he currently specializes in the OSHA 1926 construction and 1910 general industry regulations. His focus is on oil and gas safety, construction safety, electrical safety, mobile cranes, scaffolding, excavations, and fall protection. He is also an authorized OSHA Construction Outreach Trainer. Mr. Stromme is responsible for monitoring, analyzing, and summarizing 1910 and 1926 regulations for various J. J. Keller guides, manuals, and newsletters. He has also written numerous trade publication articles on related topics. As the lead construction safety editor, he is the subject matter expert for California OSHA (Cal/OSHA) issues and questions.


Betty Weiland

Betty Weiland

Betty Weiland has been with J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. since 1980 and is Senior Manager of the Transportation Publishing Department. She leads a group of 10 editors who are responsible for developing and maintaining J. J. Keller's transportation content, including publications, online services, training programs, webinars, whitepapers, and forms. Having monitored and studied the motor carrier safety field for over 33 years, Ms. Weiland has developed close ties in federal and state regulatory agencies, the enforcement community, and the motor carrier industry. She is a member of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and serves as secretary of its Policy & Regulatory Affairs Committee. Betty is also a member of the National Association of Publicly Funded Truck Driving Schools (NAPFTDS) and serves on its Board of Directors. She has had articles published in trade publications such as Transport Topics, Heavy Duty Trucking, Today's Trucking, and Driving Force.


Edwin Zalewski

Edwin Zalewski

Ed Zalewski, PHR, has been an editor at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. since 1999. He specializes in employment law issues such as overtime, exemptions, and employee benefits. He also contributes articles on compliance and best practices for use in J. J. Keller products, including manuals and newsletters. Mr. Zalewski regularly writes articles for publication in newspapers and trade magazines, and some of his article topics include discrimination, employee relations, the FLSA, and employee use of social media. He is a certified Professional in Human Resources through the HR Certification Institute.


Tom Ziebell

Tom Ziebell

Tom Ziebell specializes in regulations governing the transportation of dangerous goods/hazardous materials. As a Senior Editor – Hazardous Materials Transportation, he regularly monitors U.S., Canadian, and international dangerous goods/hazardous materials regulations. His responsibilities also include editing J. J. Keller's hazardous materials print publications and the hazardous materials content in J. J. Keller's electronic publications. Mr. Ziebell has written several whitepapers on hazardous materials and articles for trade publications, such as Hazmat World, Heavy Duty Trucking, and Driving Force. He regularly attends the Dangerous Goods Advisory Council's (DGAC) committee meetings and conferences.