About ACOEM

The ACOEM professional staff manages day-to-day operations and supports the vision and mission of the organization.

Bill Bruce
Chief Executive Officer

Bill Bruce, MBA,CAE

+1 847-818-1800

bill@acoem.org

Bill is responsible for the overall operations of ACOEM's headquarters. He works closely with the ACOEM President, Board, and staff to ensure that ACOEM is true to its mission, vision and strategic inventory. Bill has nearly two decades of experience in executive roles for medical societies. Bill earned his MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and is also an ASAE Certified Association Executive.

Sandra Cruz
Customer Experience Ambassador

Sandra Cruz

+1-847-818-1800

sandra@acoem.org

Sandra’s primary focus is on providing outstanding customer service and support for inquiries related to membership and educational activities.  She works collaboratively with all departments to streamline and improve the member experience and ensure customer satisfaction. Sandra has over 20 years of association, account management, and customer support experience.

Elizabeth DeWolfe
Manager, Membership

Elizabeth DeWolfe, CAE

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1379

elizabeth@acoem.org

Elizabeth is responsible for developing, advancing, and enhancing educational, networking, and career development opportunities for ACOEM members. She is a liaison to volunteer committees, task forces, and interest groups, helping guide them in meeting annual strategic goals. She is the primary ACOEM contact for Components and Sections. Elizabeth holds a BA in English Literature from Western Illinois University.

Marianne Dreger
Director, Publications

Marianne Dreger, MA

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1368

mdreger@acoem.org

Marianne oversees the communications and publications team and is responsible for editing ACOEM's monthly newsletters, position papers, and guidance statements. She is the lead administrator of the Guidance for the Medical Evaluation of Law Enforcement Officers website and LEO task force. She also manages special projects for the Board and is the liaison for various councils. Marianne holds a BA from Mundelein College and an MA from Northeastern Illinois University.

Lucy Free
Director, Governance

Lucy Free

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1373

lucy@acoem.org

Lucy comes to ACOEM with over 10 years of association experience. She serves as the liaison to the House of Delegates, Board of Directors, Executive Committee and other committees and councils. She works collaboratively with Leadership to provide effective communication and coordination and oversees the Volunteer Appointment program.

Janet Fyock
Manager, Industry Relations

Janet Fyock

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1364

jfyock@acoem.org

Janet is responsible for ACOEM's industry / sponsor outreach and partnership development and management. She builds relationships with industry partners and secures sponsorships for various College events, and manages advertising and exhibit sales for the annual meeting, the American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC). Janet holds a BA in International Relations and French from Michigan State University.

Hajra Galaria
Senior Accountant

Hajra Galaria

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1376

hajra@acoem.org

Hajra is part of the accounting team and is responsible for preparing and reporting accurate monthly financial statements. Additionally, she is responsible for ensuring GAAP compliance and external audits. Hajra holds a BS in Finance and Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Sharon Gustafson
Manager, Publications

Sharon Gustafson

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1387

sgustafson@acoem.org

Sharon manages ACOEM's newsletters and subscriptions, and administers the Guidance for the Medical Evaluation of Law Enforcement Officers website. She also oversees special projects and is the assistant liaison for the Communications Department for various councils. Sharon is an alumna of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Heather Hodge
Director, Education

Heather Hodge, M.Ed.

+1-847-818-1800

heather@acoem.org

Heather joined ACOEM in July 2020 with over 14 years of professional experience in continuing education with an emphasis on analysis of learner needs; design, development and implementation of effective educational interventions; and evaluation. She earned her Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Adult Education and Training from Colorado State University.  

Dana Kelly
CRM Data Analyst

Dana Kelly, MS

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1314

dkelly@acoem.org

Dana's main responsibilities include managing the ACOEM database and providing reports and analytics. She manages system integrations across ACOEM's digital assets. Dana holds an MS degree in Kinesiology/Sport Management from Western Illinois University.

Jody Kirkpatrick
Office Manager

Jody Kirkpatrick

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1302

jody@acoem.org

Jody ensures that ACOEM's daily operations run smoothly. Responsibilities include payroll, shipping, purchasing, and special projects. She acts as point person for maintenance, equipment, and vendors; and coordinates organization and staff events. Jody has over 20 years of experience in office administration and support.

Nathalie Lacour
Coordinator, Education

Nathalie Lacour

847-818-1800 ext1300

nlacour@acoem.org

Nathalie is part of the education team and possesses a wealth of knowledge about ACOEM programs and history. Her primary responsibilities include ACOEM's Joint Provider program, MOC Part 4, support of live courses, and ACCME PARS and ABPM MOC recordkeeping. 

Berenice Lagrimas
Manager, Education

Berenice Lagrimas

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1374

blagrimas@acoem.org

Berenice is the point person for all AOHC registration related processing including paying registrants, faculty, and exhibitor personnel. She also has primary responsibility of providing support and customer service for inquiries related to live courses, group discounts, online educational offerings and other educational activities. Berenice holds a BS in Marketing from Robert Morris University.

Julie Ording
Manager, Programs

Julie Ording, MPH

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1362

jording@acoem.org

Julie is the staff liaison to the Council on OEM Practice which focuses on workers' compensation issues and OEM competencies. She is responsible for ACOEM's Practice Guidelines, Excellence in Corporate Health Achievement Award, and promoting function-based treatment protocols in partnership with the American Psychological Association. She also helps lead the International Occupational Medicine Society Collaborative (IOMSC) as part of ACOEM's global promotion of OEM. Julie holds an MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.

Erin Ransford
Director, Engagement

Erin Ransford

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1591

erin@acoem.org

Erin manages Membership, Marketing, and Customer Service. She oversees strategic projects, process improvements, and innovation at the College, and manages OEHF. Erin has over 15 years of medical association experience. She holds a BS in Public Health with a concentration in Health Administration as well as a Certificate of Business Foundations and a minor in psychology from Indiana University. 

Gabriela Uquillas
Director, Finance & Operations

Gabriela Uquillas, MBA

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1375

guquillas@acoem.org

Gaby is responsible for maximizing the return on financial assets by establishing financial policies, procedures, controls, and reporting systems. She also ensures legal and regulatory compliance for all accounting and HR functions. Gaby oversees finance and human resources as well as contract management for ACOEM vendors. She holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA with a concentration in Accounting from North Park University.