Symposium Speakers


John R. Hanger, Esq.

( is the former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, currently practicing at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC in the areas of energy, utility and environment, concentrating in alternative energy, clean transportation infrastructure, energy efficiency, competitive energy markets and smartgrid.


Dr. Bernard D. Goldstein, M.D.

(  is the former Dean of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health and is currently a professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. Dr. Goldstein serves as the Chair of the UPACE Advisory Committee.   Dr. Goldstein's research interests include risk assessment, toxicology, workplace hazards, internal medicine, preventive medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, and environmental health policy. He has conducted research on air quality and leukemia and various aspects of public health decision-making.  Dr. Goldstein was the founder and former Director of the Environmental and Occupational Sciences Institute at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Goldstein also served as Assistant Administrator for Research and Development at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He received his M.D. from the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Goldstein was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1991 (Section 9) and has served as a member and Chair of numerous committees for The National Academies which address subjects including risk assessment methodology, exposure to radioactive materials, and biological markers.  He currently serves as Chair of the NRC Standing Committee on Risk Assessment and Reviews; as Chair of the IOM/NRC Committee on Effectiveness of National Biosurveillance Systems: BioWatch and the Public Health System; and Chair of the IOM Interest Section on Environmental and Occupational Health and Toxicology. He is also a member of the IOM Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research and Medicine.  Dr. Goldstein's major professional activities are related to the public health implications of Marcellus Shale activities. 


Margaret A. Potter, M.S., J.D.

( is at the University of Pittsburgh holding positions in the graduate School of Public Health  as the Associate Dean & Director of the Center for Public Health Practice, Co-Director of the Preparedness Policy in the Center for Public Health Preparedness, and Associate Professor o Health Policy & Management; and as Co-Director of the University's Center for National Preparedness.  Her recent and current projects include: assessment of training effectiveness for emergency operations response by the public health workforce; development and application of an integrated approach to needs assessment, curriculum design, delivery and evaluation of workforce training.   



Samantha L. Malone, MPH, CPH

( serves as the Communications Specialist for the Center for Health Environments and Communities (CHEC) located within the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH)'s Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) department.  Ms. Malone is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) degree from the EOH department where her focus is on the environmental health effects of resource extraction.  At CHEC, Ms. Malone is the Webmaster, conducts environmental health research, and oversees the communication of CHEC's research projects and social media. Additionally, she is the content manager of FracTracker - a two-part online platform, comprising of, that helps to collect and provide accurate and up-to-date information about natural gas drilling.


Raina I. Rippel

( projector director of Southwestern Pennsylvania Environmental Health Projects.  Ms. Rippel was formerly the Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility/ Maine (1999-2006), and the Executive Director of the Center for Coalfield Justice in Washington, PA (2008-2011).  She convened the first conference in the Northeast educating medical and public health professionals on the connections between health and the environment.  Ms. Rippel is trained in community organizing, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.


Barry R. Furrow, Esq.

( is the founder and director of the Earle Mack School of Law Health Law Program.  Mr. Furrow is a pioneer in the field of health law.  He is the lead author of "Health Law - Cases, Materials and Problems" (now in its 6th edition), which remains the leading casebook in the field. He is also co-author of the treatise, "Health Law," which the U.S. Supreme Court has cited three times.  Mr. Furrow's expertise spans a wide array of health-related topics, including health care policy, regulation and finance, patient safety, patient privacy, mental health, provider accountability, medical ethics and bioethics, and legal issues of pain management. He has written more than three dozen law review articles on state and federal regulation of medical errors and patient safety, pain management, sports medicine, tort reform, medical privacy, and regulation of scientific research. His recent article "Regulating Patient Safety: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" appears in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Previous articles have appeared in publications including the University of Pennsylvania Law ReviewDuke Law Journal, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and Drexel Law Review



Senator Mary Jo White

(, was elected to the Pennsylvania Senate to serve the 21st Senatorial District, which consists of Clarion, Forest and Venango Counties, and parts of Butler, Erie and Warren Counties. She was re-elected in 2000, 2004 and 2008.  Senator White's committee assignments include Appropriations, Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, and Public Health and Welfare.  She is also the Chairman of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and Vice Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. She serves on the Wild Resource Conservation Fund, the Joint Conservation Committee, the Environmental Quality Board, and the PA Commission on Sentencing.  Senator White was a member of the 2012 Conference Committee on House Bill 1950. 

Jeffrey V. Mansell, Esq.

( graduated cum laude from Duquesne University's law school in 2006, at which point he joined Goldberg, Persky & White, P.C. as an associate. In his practice he has handled several asbestos cases, as well as other toxic exposure cases.  Mr. Mansell has been involved in ERISA class action litigation, and employment-related disputes. Most recently, he has represented a family whose well water was contaminated as a result of gas drilling activities in Northeastern Pennsylvania.


Lauren M. Williams, Esq.

(, works at Curtin & Heefner LLP and concentrates her practice in the areas of environmental law and land use law.   Ms. Williams is part of a team of attorneys representing seven municipalities, two individuals, a Western Pennsylvania doctor, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, and the Delaware Riverkeeper in a court challenge of Act 13's constitutionality.  The case is currently pending at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.