Speakers

Graham Brent

Executive Director
National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators

Graham Brent has almost 20 years’ experience in personnel certification program management.  As the Executive Director of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO), he developed an aggressive program development and marketing strategy that steered the fledgling certification body into a $6M organization providing certifications for over 20 construction-related activities.  

He has achieved recognition and adoption of NCCCO programs at both the state and federal level, as well as among diverse industry groups, by building consensus around shared safety goals and hazard mitigation, and by successfully navigating regulatory compliance pathways.  In addition to being independently accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), NCCCO programs have garnered a remarkable seven (7) commendations for such aspects as excellence in program design, intellectual property protection and stakeholder outreach.

As a founding member of ANSI’s Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee, Brent assisted in the development of the accreditation process for compliance with the ISO 17024 international standard for personnel certification bodies.  He currently serves on the ASTM International E36.80 Personnel Performance Testing and Assessment Committee.

As a member of ANSI’s International Conformity Assessment Committee (ICAC) and the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO TC 96, Brent is active in international standards development.  He also serves as Secretary of the ISO TC 96/SC 8 Jib Cranes international standards committee and is a frequent presenter on certification matters at national and international symposiums.

Prior to joining NCCCO, Mr. Brent served as an NCCCO Commissioner, and instructed operators, inspectors and management on hazard recognition and equipment safety, as well as OSHA/ANSI standards compliance.  He holds a BA (Hons) degree in Psychology from the University of Liverpool,  England.

NATALIE JUDD

Principal
Big Voice Communications

Natalie Judd is a passionate advocate for client success. Since founding Big Voice Communications in 2005, Natalie has steered the firm with energy and a vision for the marketing needs of associations and credentialing organizations. Under her leadership, the firm has become one of the country’s most experienced agencies in this field working with more than 30 associations and credentialing organizations.

Her firm also works with corporate clients and has been the primary architect on numerous marketing award-winning multicultural campaigns for companies such as Clorox, Unilever and Black & Decker.

Based in New Haven, Conn., Natalie has served on several non-profit boards and community organizations and is an active volunteer with her children’s school and extracurricular activities. Because of her non-profit work, in 2002 Natalie was named to the 40 Under 40 list by the Business Times. She has been a frequent presenter for ICE, ATP and ASAE.

Larry Lynch

President & CEO
Environmental Health Testing

Larry Lynch, president and CEO of Environmental Health Testing (EHT) is a 30+ year veteran of the business and trade/professional association worlds.

Prior to joining EHT Larry served as the director of the renowned Disney Institute where he and his team assisted companies from the Fortune 50 to start-up businesses in applying the Disney leadership, management and customer service principles as well as customized management solutions to their own companies and organizations.

Implementing those same standards to Environmental Health Testing, the company has grown considerably including recognition in both 2008 and 2009 with inclusion in the INC 5000 – making it among the fastest growing small businesses in America. The success of EHT was driven primarily by the growth of the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals’ Food Safety Manager certification program, one of only 4 accredited programs for food managers in the United States.

He is active in a wide variety of food safety and certification-related organizations including the Association of Test Publishers, Institute for Certification Excellence and the Conference for Food Protection.  Mr. Lynch is also an accreditation assessor for the American National Standard Institute under the ASTM E2659 Standard for Certificate Programs. He serves on both the Food Manager Certification Committee and Council II for the Conference for Food Protection and recently completed a term on ISO/CASCO/JWG36 assisting in the development of ISO TS 22003 food safety management systems — Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems.

In 2002 Larry was recognized as a Fellow by the American Society of Association Executives, one of less than 200 individuals recognized within an organization of over 23,000 members.  Locally, he has been named Rotarian of the Month 5 times since joining the Dr. Phillips (Orlando) Rotary Club where served as president in 2011-2012.

A graduate of Rutgers University, Larry resides in Orlando, Florida with his family.

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Christine Niero

Vice President, Professional Certification and Client Development
Professional Testing, Inc.

Dr. Niero is the Vice President, Professional Certification and Client Development, and heads the Washington D.C. office for Professional Testing, Inc.  Dr. Niero is a senior executive who brings over twenty years of experience in credentialing and non-profit management with a record of highly successful client outcomes.  Dr. Niero has demonstrated skills and expertise in developing and implementing viable credentialing programs, policy development, establishing operational and governance structures, optimizing management functions, leadership development, strategic planning, standard setting and accreditation.  Dr. Niero is an astute team builder, skilled leader and facilitator with the ability to bring together diverse perspectives.

Dr. Niero has directed certification programs national in scope and at entry and advanced/specialty levels.  Her expertise in credentialing and management has
enabled certification programs to sustain significant growth and earn industry recognition.  Dr. Niero’s experiences also include representing certification at the level of federal policy and governance, as well as at the state level of recognizing and utilizing professional certification programs.  A recognized leader, Dr. Niero frequently provides presentations on the topic of certification, and has presented at major industry meeting such as the Association of Test Publishers, (ATP), the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA), the Council on Licensure Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) and the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE).   

Dr. Niero served as a committee member and Vice-Chair of the Personnel Certification  Accreditation Committee (PCAC) for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) world standard for personnel certification, ISO/IEC 17024 for seven years.  Dr. Niero is well versed in the development and implementation of accreditation standards and the establishment of best certification practices for credentialing boards.  Dr. Niero serves on the Conformity Assessment Policy Committee (CAPC), National Policy Committee (NPC) and Committee on Education (COE) for the American National Standards Institute.  Dr. Niero serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Test Publishers (ATP), and served as Chair of the Conference and Program Committees for ATP.  She served on the Consultant Section Councils for the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE), completed two terms on ASAE’s Professional Development Committee, and, is the former Chair of the Metropolitan D.C. Certification Networking Group. Dr. Niero served as an officer on the Board of Directors of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) and chaired the Task Force on Recognition for the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors, which recognizes specialized accrediting agencies.