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

Bill Bruce, MBA,CAE

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1378


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.

Elizabeth DeWolfe
Membership Engagement Specialist

Elizabeth DeWolfe

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1379


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. Elizabeth holds a BA in English Literature from Western Illinois University.

Marianne Dreger
Director, Publications

Marianne Dreger, MA

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1368


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 and Engagement

Lucy Free

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1373


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, while also managing membership operations. She works collaboratively with Leadership to provide effective communication and coordination in the planning of organizational and strategic objectives of the College.

Janet Fyock
Manager, Marketing

Janet Fyock

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1364


Janet is responsible for ACOEM's branding strategy including the website, social media, trade shows, and advertising. She also has primary responsibility for promoting association membership, educational and publication products and opportunities, and events; and represents the College at various component meetings. 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 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


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.

Dana Kelly
CRM Data Analyst

Dana Kelly, MS

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1314


Dana's main responsibilities include managing the ACOEM database and providing reports on membership statistics. 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 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
Program Administrative Coordinator

Nathalie Lacour

847-818-1800 ext1300

Nathalie is part of the education team, and she possesses a wealth of knowledge about ACOEM programs and history. Her primary responsibilities include the restructure of the Joint Provider program, support of the live courses, and to provide administrative support to OEHF. 

Berenice Lagrimas
Manager, Education Programs

Berenice Lagrimas

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1374


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, Special Projects

Julie Ording, MPH

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1362


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 OM 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.

Ivette Prado
Accounting Coordinator

Ivette Prado

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1383


Ivette is primarily responsible for ACOEM's Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable function and is currently pursuing a BSB in Accountancy at DePaul University.?

Erin Ransford
Senior Manager, Strategic Projects

Erin Ransford

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1591


Erin works on a variety of projects to help ACOEM acheive strategic goals. She has over 14 years of medical association experience. Erin 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. 

Melanie Stanton
Director, Programs & Development

Melanie Stanton, CAE

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1306


Melanie provides advice and support to the Occupational & Environmental Health Foundation (OEHF) Board of Trustees in their efforts to drive the foundation's initiatives and expand educational offerings. She also works with industry partners to create opportunities for them to interact with OEM professionals at ACOEM's premier annual event, the American Occupational Health Conference (AOHC), and throughout the year. Melanie is happy to address questions about ACOEM's OEM Certificate Program and the courses that support it.

Gabriela Uquillas
Director, Finance & Operations

Gabriela Uquillas, MBA

+1 847-818-1800 ext. 1375


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 accounting, payroll, marketing, and technology, and holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA with a concentration in Accounting from North Park University.