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Tom O'Connor is the Executive Director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. He has over 20 years of experience working as an advocate for workers’ health and safety. He also coordinates the national policy advocacy efforts of the Protecting Workers Alliance, a broad-based group of worker health and safety advocates. Tom has written extensively on issues affecting immigrant workers, including a 2011 White Paper for NIOSH on effective training and education methods for immigrant workers. He also wrote a study commissioned by the National Academy of Sciences entitled “Reaching Spanish-Speaking Workers and Employers with Occupational Safety and Health Information.” He has a B.A. in History from Duke University and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He is based in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Jessica E. Martinez serves as the Assistant Director for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. A native of Los Angeles, CA, Ms. Martinez has over 12 years of social justice endeavors throughout the United States, Venezuela, and Brazil. At National COSH, she contributes her many skills to project trainings, program planning and implementation, and network development. She served as Program Coordinator for the UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) Program and Coordinator for the Southern California Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (SoCalCOSH) committing herself to the promotion of safety and health within the labor movement with a special focus on immigrant and young worker populations. Ms. Martinez also has a research background in investigating effective outreach, prevention, and intervention methods for improving lifestyle quality correlated to public health for vulnerable and underserved populations. In 2010, she was awarded the Peace and Social Justice Award by the Southern California Institute for Popular Education (IDEPSCA). She holds a B.A. in International Development Studies from UCLA and a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois, Chicago School of Public Health.
Dorry Samuels is the Communications Manager for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health. She joins the COSH network after a few years as Public Citizen's press office coordinator, where she was actively engaged in a variety of projects relating to worker safety and health and the battle against anti-regulatory legislation, and as a reporter for the Loudoun Independent newspaper in Northern Virginia. She holds a B.A. in Journalism from American University and is currently enrolled in a Masters’ program in Digital Communications at Johns Hopkins University. Dorry manages National COSH’s press outreach, social media engagement, and video editing, and has begun developing mobile apps and a wiki for the COSH Network.
Peter Dooley (MS, CIH, CSP) is a safety and health project consultant for National COSH and President of LaborSafe. He worked for the UAW International Union coordinating educational programs for more than 20 years. Previously, he worked for Michigan State University in Labor Education. His work specializes in worker education, with an emphasis in participative adult education and innovative programs to educate and motivate workers about improving health and safety in their workplaces. Mr. Dooley has or is currently providing educational services to OSHA, NIOSH, The United Steelworkers Union, National COSH Network and many other organizations and institutions. Mr. Dooley consulted in the meatpacking industry while consulting with UFCW International Union where worker trainings and workplace assessments where performed. Peter currently serves as a member of the NACOSH advisory board to federal OSHA as well as holding positions in USMWF [United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities] and APHA [American Public Health Association].