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Speaker Biographies

Learn more about our Speakers for the 2023 Safety and Loss Control Conference below:

David Weightman

David Weightman is a risk control manager for PMA Companies and leads the unbundled risk control services and safety perception survey work. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Millersville University and a Master in Business Administration degree from LaSalle University. Dave has been a member of PMA's Risk Control team for more than 35 years and actively supports the following PMA teams:

  • Public Entity Practice
  • Law Enforcement Team
  • Employee Safety Perception Survey

David holds qualifications and certifications in the following:

  • Charter Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
  • Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities (ARM-P)

James E. Lukaszewski

James E. Lukaszewski is a well-known writer, author, teacher, scholar, ethicist, and lecturer in American Public Relations. He is a Minnesota native whose PR career began in 1974, and he joined PRSA.

He joined IABC in 1999. He is a Fellow and accredited in both organizations.

Jim has always worked at senior levels, generally on the toughest ethical problems organizations and their leaders face. He is the author of fourteen books, e-book manuals, and hundreds of articles. He was an adjunct assistant professor of communication at New York University and a civilian advisor to the U.S. Marine Corps for more than 20 years.

Lukaszewski served in Minnesota state government in 1973-1978. First as an intern in the press office for Minnesota Governor Wendell R. Anderson, then as an Assistant Press Secretary, then in 1975 as the Director of Publicity and Publications in the Minnesota Department of Economic Development, followed in 1976 by becoming Deputy Commissioner.

Steve Roberts

He is a co-founder and senior partner at Safety Performance Solutions, Inc. He earned an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from West Chester University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied/Experimental Psychology with a focus in Organizational Behavior Management from Virginia Tech. His specific areas of expertise include the design, implementation, and evaluation of behavior and people-based safety processes, the assessment of organizational culture to guide safety interventions, increasing employee involvement in safety activities, organizational management systems design, organizational leadership development, and understanding and reducing human error in the workplace.

Steve has published articles in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals including the American Journal of Health Promotion, Applied and Preventive Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and Journal of Safety Research, as well as Safety + Health, Security Management, and People, Land and Water Magazines.

Carolyn Sampson

Carolyn is currently an adjunct instructor at Minnesota State College Southeast and the owner and CEO of a solo‐practice consulting firm providing customized safety and environmental training and consultation to a variety of industrial, educational, and governmental clients.

She has earned a Ph.D. and M.S.C.E. in environmental engineering from the University of Minnesota; her undergraduate degrees include a B.A. in English and a B.S. in soil science, also from the University of Minnesota.

Following graduate school, Carolyn worked for General Mills’ research and development division as a research analytical chemist, laboratory manager, and environmental & safety manager—providing technical leadership in the areas of food chemistry, hazardous materials safety, environmental compliance, and water sustainability. After leaving General Mills, she was employed by Hennepin Technical College as an adjunct instructor and customized training representative. In those roles, she provided training and project coordination in the areas of workplace safety, environmental compliance, and safety leadership.

Ted Schick

Ted Schick grew up in Minnesota and today resides in Fredenberg Township, just north of Duluth, MN on the shores of Island Lake Reservoir. A retired naval officer who rose from the enlisted ranks, Ted has over 30 years of experience leading people and over 26 years of teaching experience from US Navy instructor to High School teacher to Corporate Trainer to owner of Schick Corporate Learning.

Ted holds a B.A. in Business from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, received a teaching certificate from Bemidji State University, as well as a Master of Education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Michael Kocer

Rochester, Minnesota native who graduated from Minnesota State University - Mankato with 31 years with the Workers Compensation Program.

George Campbell

Ten years of award-winning standup comedy led to 20+ years of professional speaking. George has educated and entertained tens of thousands of people at hundreds of events. In 2002, he was inducted into the NSA “Speakers Hall of Fame”. George has been featured on 60 Minutes and interviewed for a cover article in the LA Times.

James Reyerson

Assistant Special Agent in Charge James D. Reyerson started his career in law enforcement with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) working in both the 32nd precinct and Manhattan North Task Force as a task force officer. From there he was hired as a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) working in both Arizona and NYC. ASAIC Reyerson then transitioned to Minnesota state law enforcement working as a Special Agent with the Commerce Fraud Bureau and then being hired by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as a Special Agent. ASAIC Reyerson worked in the Homicide unit, in the Force Investigations unit, and now supervises the Financial Crimes section at the BCA. ASAIC Reyerson holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminology, and a Master of Business Administration, and is working on his Doctorate in Education.

Dan Michener

Special Agent Dan Michener has been with the BCA since 2020. He is assigned to do financial crimes, focusing on Identity Theft, Romance Scams, and crimes committed against Minnesota State entities in the form of public assistance frauds.

SA MICHENER previously worked for the St. Paul Police Officer from 2007 to 2020 where he worked patrol and in the Violent Crime Enforcement Team conducting financial investigations related to narcotics and human trafficking along with complex fraud schemes.

From 1997-2007, SA MICHENER was a Dakota County Sheriff's Deputy where he was a patrol officer, training officer, and member of the SWAT team.

Special Agent MICHENER has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from St. Mary's University in Minneapolis and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, MN.

Julianne Wipf, RN, BSN, CCM

Julianne joined Corvel in 2017 and has 15+ years of nursing experience. She has a background in managing patients with complex chronic diseases as well as behavioral health. For the last 6 years she has provided medical case management to injured workers and coordinated appropriate medical treatment along with facilitating safe and timely return to work. She now serves as the Corvel MN TCM Supervisor.

Specialties: National certification in case management, MN RN license, Compact RN license

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