InTERACCT Advisory Board

InTERACCT Advisory Board

The InTERACCT Advisory Board is an active, diverse group comprised of subject matter experts.


Advisory Board members inform course development and implementation, ensuring involvement and benefit to learners around the world.

Specifically, members provide feedback on:

  • Learning objectives for core course material
  • Dissemination of learning assets
  • Continuing Education courses
  • Content related to additive manufacturing, novel drug delivery, and/or nanotechnology
  • Productivity towards stated objective and aims; recommend adjustments if necessary

Additionally, Advisory Board members may be asked to provide guidance to participants engaging in research experience activities.


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Advanced Industrial Hygiene Specialist
3M Global Lab EHS

Barbara is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with significant experience in laboratory environmental health and safety programs, project management and team leadership. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Michigan, and Masters of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health from the University of Minnesota. She has been with the 3M Corporation since 1989, when she began as an analytical chemist in the Environmental Lab.

Barbara was certified Six Sigma Black Belt in 2005, through which she developed a thorough understanding of Six Sigma DMAIC principles, including team leadership and team dynamics. She served as a community member of the University of Minnesota Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) in 2015 to help assess University research for biological safety, including recombinant and synthetic nucleic acid research, biological toxin research, and infectious agent research.

Barbara enjoys spending time with her husband, Bud, children Hannah (25) and Jace (22), and dog, Parker.

Doctoral Student – Health Services Research, Policy & Administration
University of Minnesota School of Public Health

Kene Orakwue, MPH (she/her) is a reproductive justice & health equity scholar and practitioner. She is dedicated to the dismantling of oppressive systems and strives everyday to move closer to this goal. She is fascinated by the ways in which our social structures and policies deny or grant access to, and quality of, health for certain populations. She believes health disparities are an intentional product of white supremacy and that maternal-child health metrics can be indicators of national population-level health. In conjunction with these perspectives, she applies black feminism, reproductive justice, and intersectionality theory lenses to her work. She plans to apply her findings to real-world initiatives to improve the outcomes for Black birthing people.

Kene’s experiences in the workplace, abroad, in the classroom, and research office collectively contributed to her success thus far and continue to fuel her eagerness to learn. Her personal life experiences continue to fuel the work she does and her commitment to applying an equity and an anti-racist lens to every problem she comes across. She is committed to striving for equity in the maternal health field and the greater public health sphere.

Kene is a Health Services Research, Policy & Administration doctoral student at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. She received her MPH with a concentration in Health Policy & Management (‘22), her B.S. in Public Health Sciences with a focus area in Global Women’s Health (‘21), and a certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

When she is not in class, Kene enjoys staying active with her German Shepherd puppy and spending time with friends.

Research Coordinator
Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
University of Minnesota School of Public Health

As a research coordinator in the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health’s division of Epidemiology and Community Health. Morgan coordinates two National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded projects which both focus on LGBTQ+ health.

Morgan received his MPH in Community Health Promotion from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the College of Education and Human Development, studying program evaluation. Morgan’s scholarly work focuses on gay and bisexual men’s health as well as evaluation through a LGBTQ+ lens. He has also received certification in Supervisory Development from the University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources, Leadership and Talent Development, as well as Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Training.

In his free time, Morgan enjoys tennis, rugby, and taking his dog to the park.


ES&H Team Lead and Senior Industrial Hygienist
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

David Zalk is a former President of the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) and has been serving as the IOHA Envoy to the World Health Organization since 2005.

Dr. Zalk received his PhD in Control Banding from the Delft University of Technology and his MPH in Environmental Health Sciences / Industrial Hygiene from UC Berkeley. He has been an EHS Manager at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and is the Director of Occupational Hygiene for the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Global Certificate Program
in Occupational Health Practice. Involved with international EHS philanthropies for over 20 years, he has been a Workplace Health Without Borders (WHWB) Director and a WHWB-UK Trustee since their inception.

Dr. Zalk is a champion, leader, and developer of innovative solutions to complex problems. He has received numerous awards and authored over 50 publications, and is continually developing innovative Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management systems to benefit workers globally.