Commission Member Profiles
Dr. R. Larry Grayson
Chair, Department of Mining and Nuclear Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla. A former coal miner and mine superintendent, Dr. Grayson also directs the $4 million NIOSH-funded Western U.S. Mining Safety & Health Training and Translation Center. Chaired the National Research Council committee on Material Flows Accounting of Natural Resources, Products and residuals. Ph.D. in Engineering, West Virginia University.
Mark N. Beauchamp
Mine Rescue Trainer, Twentymile Coal Company. A 25-year veteran of underground mines, Beauchamp has extensive experience as a rescue team member in Colorado and Utah, where he has won numerous state and national awards for mine safety. He has MSHA certification as an underground mine foreman among others.
Currently the Corporate Safety Director for Arch Coal, Inc., Bumbico directs the health and safety functions for each of Arch's 10 subsidiaries, which operate in six different states and employ over 4,000. Previously he had served as Vice President of Safety for Horizon Natural Resources as well as Director of Human Resources and Safety for AEP Fuel Supply Co. He holds an M.S. in Human Resource Development, Ohio State University.
Stanley I. Cohn
Executive Vice President - Concepts to Operations, Inc. Mr. Stanley Cohn has broad experience in 9-1-1 and telephone systems, radio-spectrum management, large and small-scale voice and digital telecommunications systems, public safety conventional and 800 MHz trunked radio systems, microwave and mobile radio systems, CAD and MDT design, management information systems, and in total system design projects that include proposal evaluation and turnkey vendor selection. Mr. Cohn (BSEE and MSEE) has over fifty-two (52) years of telecommunications experience. He has background and experience in the fields of management, policy formulation, economics, telecommunications engineering, engineering analysis, mathematical modeling, database design and computer simulation. He has participated in, and directed many telecommunications projects for Federal, state, and local government, public safety and commercial clientele, including large city and statewide 800 MHz public safety trunked radio systems. He is a member of the Associated Public Safety Communications Officers, National Emergency Numbers Association, The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and is certified by the National Association of Radio and Telecommunication Engineers as a Certified EMC Engineer (CEMCE). He has testified before congressional committees and local government legislative bodies, and has authored numerous publications regarding 9-1-1 and radio communications. Mr. Cohn served on three of the five subcommittees of the FCC's Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSWAC).
Dr. Amy K. Donahue
Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Connecticut. Prof. Donahue currently serves as Technical Advisor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate and previously was Training Coordinator for the Central New York Community Foundation. She is a much-decorated former commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and has received the NASA Public Service Medal for her service during the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster recovery effort. Donahue holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration, Syracuse University.
J. Brett Harvey
President and CEO, CONSOL Energy, Inc. Formerly president and CEO of PacificCorp Energy Inc.., a subsidiary of PacifiCorp, one of the country’s largest electric utility companies. In addition, he served as vice president of PacifiCorp Fuels Department and president and chief executive officer of Interwest Mining Company. Harvey has held numerous positions of distinction in the mining and power industries, including vice chairman of the World Coal Institute, board member of the Center for Energy & Economic Development and of the Coal Based Generation Stakeholders and member of the National Coal Council. He recently won the John E. Wilson Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Utah.
Dr. Jeffrey L. Kohler
Associate Director for Mining and Construction, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NIOSH. CDC is the federal agency responsible for conducting mine safety and health research. Kohler formerly served as Director of the NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory. He holds a Ph.D. in Mining Engineering, Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Thomas Novak
Chairman, Department of Mining and Mineral Engineering, Virginia Tech. Previously he headed the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Alabama. Dr. Novak is internationally known for his research on electrical applications in the mining industry and has developed several short courses for continuing education for professional engineers. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Cecil E. Roberts, Jr.
President of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA). A sixth-generation coal miner, Roberts is the preeminent union representative of mining workers. After serving three times as union vice president, Roberts became UMWA president in 1995 and in 2004 won election to a new five-year term - winning the presidency by acclamation for the third time. Roberts was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities, West Virginia University of Technology.
H. F. "Buddy" Webb
First Vice President, the U.S. Mine Rescue Association and Mine Rescue Trainer, WIPP. Webb also currently serves as a Member of the MSHA National Mine Rescue Advisory Committee. Webb began his career in mine rescue in 1978 as a rescue team member at the Kerr-McGee Potash Corporation and that year became the first secretary and founding member of the New Mexico Rescue Association. His expertise in mine rescue is recognized nationwide and has been called upon by most rescue teams across the country. His position with MSHA allows him to play a leading role in formulating mine rescue procedures.