Subject Matter Experts
J. J. Keller's dynamic team of research and regulatory experts 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, our compliance specialists monitor the Department of Transportation (DOT), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Labor (DOL), 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
- 500 years of combined experience
- Provide content for manuals, newsletters, online services, whitepapers, custom deliverables & more
- Frequent contributors to industry publications
- In-demand speakers at professional gatherings
- Additional associates responsible for research, regulatory monitoring, reporting & content presentation
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. He is the editor of the Hazardous Materials Compliance Manual and the Hazmat Made Easier handbook.
Tom Bray is an industry/regulatory 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. Tom is the editor for the Transportation Safety Management Today newsletter.
Ray Chishti joined J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. in 2017 as a Workplace Safety Editor. Before joining J. J. Keller, Ray served as an EH&S professional, both in auditing and leadership positions with new construction, existing facilities, and large EPC projects valued between $1 million and $2 billion. He has over 13 years of EH&S experience in a variety of industries, including EPC projects, fossil fuel power plants, gas distribution and transmission, and electrical transmission work. Ray's experience also include an additional four years of EH&S experience in retail grocery stores and warehouse facilities, as well as construction of a college campus. Ray holds a Juris Doctor with a concentration in Occupational, Safety, and Health.
Darlene Clabault, SHRM-CP, PHR, CLMS, 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 (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Forms I-9, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). With a creative writing background, she translates employment laws, regulations, case law, etc., into palatable information. She is the editor of a number of publications, such as the Essentials of FMLA, and the Employer’s Guide to ADA. She has shared her insight in publications such as Gender, Race, & Ethnicity in Today’s Workforce: Emerging Issues and Enduring Challenges (Praeger 2016), various business magazines and newspapers, and has presented at various conferences.
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, and Drug & Alcohol Program Management), as well as the Transportation Security & Risk Management monthly newsletter and KellerOnline®, FleetMentor®, and RegSense® online services. Her work has also appeared in a variety of trade publications, regularly including Work Truck, and other media outlets.
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.
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.
Michelle is an Associate Editor on the Human Resources Publishing Team at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. She researches and creates content on a variety of employment-related topics including benefits, compensation, overtime, wage deductions, exempt/nonexempt employees, health and retirement plans, independent contractors, and child labor. Michelle also contributes content on compliance and best practices for use in J. J. Keller products including the Wage & Hour Compliance manual and the Benefits & Compensation Regulatory Alert newsletter.
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.
Judy Kneiszel is an Associate Editor on the Human Resources Publishing Team at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. She conducts research and creates content on a variety of HR-related topics and contributes to a number of Human Resource products including The Super adVisor newsletter and the Essentials of Employee Relations manual. Judy specializes in issues such as recruiting and hiring, onboarding and training, team building, employee retention, and labor relations.
Rachel Krubsack is an Associate Editor on the Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Publishing Team at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. She researches and creates content on a variety of workplace safety topics, including hearing conservation, training requirements, bloodborne pathogens, emergency action plans, hazard communication, and lockout/tagout. She is editor of the Employee Safety Training Advisor newsletter and the following manuals: OSHA Rules for General Industry, Hazard Communication Compliance, and Hazard Communication Pro.
Katie Loehrke, PHR, SHRM-CP, joined J. J. Keller & Associates in 2007. She is the manager for a team of transportation editors and subject matter experts who create content to help motor carriers comply with the ever-evolving laws and regulations that affect their businesses. Katie specializes in the HR side of transportation and has been published in over 100 U.S. newspapers. She has also had her work featured on sites like Monster.com and has been a subject matter guest on National Public Radio.
David Lubach joined J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., in August of 2018, with a background in newspapers and business-to-business magazine reporting and editing. As an Editor on the Transport Management team, he provides content for the company's websites as well as articles for the Transportation Permit & Tax Regulatory Alert newsletter and the Transportation Safety Training Advisor Newsletter.
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 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 Transportation Permit and Tax Regulatory Alert newsletter, 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 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.
Derick Plowden is a Technical Editor for Workplace Safety at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. He creates weekly articles for KellerOnline, responds to customer questions, and contributes content for several publications. Derick specializes in topics including construction regulations, ergonomics, walking/working surfaces, personal protective equipment, and injury/illness recordkeeping.
Ann Potratz is an Associate Editor on the Human Resources Publishing Team at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. She researches and creates content for a variety of employment-related subject matters and contributes to a number of Human Resource products, including the Essentials of Employment Law manual and Employment Law Today newsletter. Ann specializes in employment law issues such as discrimination and harassment, background checks, and security.
Travis Rhoden, MS, SMS, is a senior editor with J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc., with prior experience working as an industry safety manager. He specializes in safety management systems (e.g., ISO 45001), job hazard analysis, machine guarding, storage rack safety, forklift training and OSHA inspections. His editorial responsibilities include writing content for the Workplace Safety Regulatory Alert newsletter, and two manuals: Everyday OSHA Safety and Health Management and Inspection Checklists for General Industry. In addition to the publications and products he supports at J. J. Keller, he has contributed as a writer to numerous trade publications, such as 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, including the 2019 National Safety Council Congress, on topics such as safety benchmarking, job safety analysis, drug testing and incentive programs, heat stress, injury and illness recordkeeping, and behavior-based safety.
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, the FMCSA Compliance Manual for Passenger Carriers, 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 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 State & FMCSR Requirements 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.
Mark Stromme joined J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. in 1994 and is a Sr. Editor—Workplace Safety. He is an OSHA Outreach Construction Trainer and a Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder, with expertise in walkway auditing, cranes, scissor/aerial lifts, electrical safety, fall protection, confined spaces, scaffolding, lockout/tagout, and Canadian safety regulations. Mr. Stromme is the editor for J. J. Keller's OSHA Compliance for Retail, Oil & Gas Safety Compliance Manual, Construction Safety Training Newsletter, and online training products. He has written dozens of trade publication articles for ISHN, Construction Business Owner, Transportation Management + Engineering, BIC, EHS Today, Modern Contractor Solutions, Occupational Safety + Health, Tow Professional, Fuel Marketer News, Constructech, and Workplace Materials Handling & Safety.
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. He is the editor for the Hazardous Materials Regulations Guide and also updates 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.