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

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. He is the editor of the Hazardous Materials Compliance Manual and the Hazmat Made Easier handbook.


Tom Bray

Tom Bray

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

Ray Chishti

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

Darlene Clabault

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

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, 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 Dougherty

Terri Dougherty

Terri L. Dougherty, PHR, SHRM-CP, is the editor on the Human Resources Publishing Team at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. She has been with J. J. Keller since 2011 and has a background in journalism and nonfiction writing. She oversees the content of the company’s labor law poster line and makes sure the products are up-to-date and compliant. Ms. Dougherty is also the co-editor of the Everyday Drug & Alcohol Program Management manual. She speaks about marijuana and drug testing in the workplace and has presented at the Wisconsin SHRM Conference and before industry groups. She has written whitepapers and contributed to forwardHR and Insight magazines. In addition, Ms. Dougherty edits the Employee Health and Wellness Training Advisor/LivingRight. She has discussed wellness as a guest on the Road Dog Trucking radio show and has contributed to trade publications read by safety and HR professionals.


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.


Michelle Higgins

Michelle Higgins

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

Tricia Hodkiewicz

Tricia Hodkiewicz has been an Editor on the Environmental, Safety, & Health (EH&S) Publishing Team for over 25 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, the OSHA Compliance for Warehousing manual, and the OSHA Construction Safety Handbook, Ms. Hodkiewicz writes content for webcasts, online tools and training, videos, instructor guides, employee handbooks, posters, safety signs/labels, and whitepapers. 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, Occupational Hazards, BIC Magazine, Fleet Maintenance, Plant Services, Plant Safety & Maintenance, Workplace HR & Safety, and New North B2B, among others.


Judy Kneiszel

Judy Kneiszel

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 Employee Relations Management Today newsletter and the Essentials of Employee Relations manual. Judy specializes in issues such as recruiting and hiring, onboarding and training, employee communication and discipline, managing problems, team building, inclusion, employee retention, and labor relations. She also specializes in information on employment law posters. Her articles have appeared in forwardHR (Wisconsin SHRM) and Insight on Technology (Insight Publications).


Rachel Krubsack

Rachel Krubsack

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

Katie Loehrke

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

David Lubach

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

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 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

Lisa Neuberger

Lisa Neuberger joined J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. in 2008. She serves as a resource for customers on environmental, health, and safety topics, and has a passion for the safe management of hazardous waste. She specializes in OSHA workplace injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting, flammable liquids, sanitation standards, and EPA’s solid and hazardous waste regulations. Lisa is the lead editor for the OSHA Compliance for California Manual, which provides a detailed overview of the state’s safety and health rules and regulations, including IIPP, workplace violence, and Proposition 65. She is also responsible for the Environmental Compliance for the Workplace manual and the Environmental Regulatory Alert newsletter. Both publications keep EHS professionals up to date on the important environmental regulatory policies and important news. Lisa is a frequent speaker at workplace safety seminars and conferences, including the National Safety Council’s Congress and Expo.


Derick Plowden

Derick Plowden

Derick Plowden joined J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. in 2008. He creates weekly articles for KellerOnline, responds to customer questions, and contributes content to many publications. Derick also writes for the HazSafety Training Advisor and specializes in topics including construction regulations, ergonomics, walking/working surfaces, personal protective equipment, and injury/illness recordkeeping.


Ann Potratz

Ann Potratz

Ann Potratz is an Associate Editor on the Human Resources Publishing Team at J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. She researches and creates content on a number of employment law issues such as discrimination, sexual harassment, background checks, active shooters, and terminations. Her work has appeared in print and online publications across the country, including American City Business Journals, Madison InBusiness, ForwardHR, and Insight on Technology. Ann is responsible for developing and updating content for several J. J. Keller publications, including the Essentials of Employment Law manual, the Personnel Management for the Transportation Industry manual, and the Employment Law & Regulatory Alert newsletter.


Travis Rhoden

Travis Rhoden

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

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, 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

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 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

Mark Stromme

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.


Edwin Zalewski

Edwin Zalewski

Edwin Zalewski joined J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. in 1999. As a Senior Editor on the EHS Publishing Team, he researches and creates content for a variety of safety-related topics and contributes to a number of products. Edwin specializes in issues such as walking working surfaces, powered industrial trucks, and injury/illness recordkeeping. He writes content for several publications, including the OSHA Compliance for General Industry manual and the Environmental Safety Training Advisor newsletter. He regularly speaks at events around the country, and his articles have appeared in a variety of trade publications and media outlets.


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. 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.