Our Board of Directors



Robert P. Vogel, LL.B


Bob Vogel has an A.B. degree in Political Science with Honors from Princeton University and his LL.B. from Yale Law School.

Mr. Vogel’s early career was in public service, first with the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver, Colorado, then with the Multnomah County Legal Aid Society of Portland, Oregon, and finally as Assistant Attorney General and Director of the Philadelphia office of the Pennsylvania Department of Justice's Community Advocate Unit.

Mr. Vogel joined the Rohm and Haas's Legal Department in 1977. In 1980, he was named Regulatory Counsel and Head of Rohm and Haas's Regulatory Law Department. In 1983, he assumed the position of Associate General Counsel. He took on additional responsibility as Director of Safety, Health, Environment and Product Integrity in 1991. Mr. Vogel was elected a Vice-President in 1993 and became General Counsel in 1994.

Mr. Vogel is retired from Rohm and Haas and is a member of the Board of Abington Memorial Hospital.


James Wilson, Ph.D.

During his career at Monsanto, Dr. Wilson held a series of scientific / technical management and policy roles. Among his notable achievements were the development of innovative approaches to assessing and managing product and workplace safety and health, initiating an improved, fundamental change to how cancer risk assessment is done through analysis of the scientific literature and the successfully development of the corporate animal testing operation. Dr. Wilson managed Monsanto's forward thinking advocacy program directed toward increasing cost-effectiveness of health and environmental protection. As part of this, he developed a strategy for advocacy directed at modernizing regulatory risk assessment practices, and used it to lead chemical industry efforts, through multi-party coalitions including Federal and state government agencies, trade associations and other non-governmental organizations.

At the American Industrial Health Council Dr. Wilson's considerable expertise in organizational structure led to the successful implementation of a comprehensive system for the organization to identify priorities and responsibilities. At Resources for the Future, a nonprofit and nonpartisan think tank, Dr. Wilson developed a program of research into key topics of health risk analysis, including the scientific basis for exposure-response relations and the role and utility of "defaults" in different kinds of regulatory analyses.

Dr. Wilson holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Washington and an A.B in chemistry from Harvard College.


Carl Winter, Ph.D.

Dr. Carl Winter is the Director of the FoodSafe Program and an Extension Food Toxicologist in the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California at Davis. Prior to coming to Davis in 1991, he was an Extension Toxicologist at the University of California at Riverside from 1987-91, a science staff writer for the Richmond-Times Dispatch newspaper in 1985 and an Environmental Hazards Specialist with the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 1980-83. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry and a B.S. in Environmental Toxicology, both from the University of California at Davis. His research and outreach work focus upon pesticide residues and naturally-occurring toxins in foods. He has authored two books and nearly 100 publications in both the scientific and lay literature. He also gives more than 60 news media interviews annually and has frequently been invited to testify before the U.S. Congress on pesticide/food safety issues. He currently serves as Chairperson of the Food Science Communicators of the Institute of Food Technologists.


Christine A. Chaisson, Ph.D., Director of the LifeLine Group

Dr. Christine F. Chaisson is a Director in The LifeLine Group and a senior member of LifeLine Group's management team. She is one of three key architects of the new generation of exposure assessment models addressing aggregate and cumulative risk concepts, called LifeLine™. Her special focus on these models has been in the dietary sections-agriculture, food technology, food consumption and food composition.

Dr. Chaisson earned a doctorate from George Washington University. She began her career in risk assessment in the US Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Pesticides and Toxic Substances. At EPA Dr. Chaisson designed and created the first dietary exposure assessment model. She was also the liaison to international regulatory agencies such as AID and WHO. In 1985, Dr. Chaisson co-founded Technical Assessment Systems (TAS), which became the premier exposure/risk assessment consulting firm internationally. Through TAS, she introduced concepts such as population subgroup specificity, better definition of residues in forms of foods and sources of drinking water, use of human activity patterns and actual chemical usage patterns for more accuracy and relevance in risk assessment models. Through these experiences, Dr. Chaisson has become well versed in the expectations of regulators in the US, UK, Canada, Germany and European Union.

Over the past five years, Dr. Chaisson has collaborated with colleagues to create the most advanced exposure and risk assessment software for considering multiple sources of exposure from one or multiple chemicals over the lifetime (aggregate and cumulative assessment). This model, LifeLine™, is now in use in the US and Canada for pesticide regulatory risk assessment, as well as in a dozen universities as a tool for teaching risk assessment.

The LifeLine™ models' architecture are readily customized for specialty applications such as providing individual-specific exposure metrics to pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic models which better reflect actual dose/effect relationships. Human physiological and morphometric parameters useful as a component of such models were developed by The LifeLine Group as part of a research project with the American Chemical Council. Other important projects include the careful examination of nutrition studies and food intake studies to better understand the relationships between dietary profiles (or other personal habits) and health status, especially obesity.

Dr. Chaisson is a Councilor in the International Society of Exposure Assessment, a member of Society of Risk Assessment, the United Agribusiness League and the Institute of Food Technologists. She also serves on the National Council for Arts and Sciences of the George Washington University and the Dean's Advisory Board for the GWU Graduate School of Political Management. She is an advisor to Food Quality magazine. She has published extensively in the fields of exposure and risk assessment.


Claire A. Franklin, Ph.D., Director of the LifeLine Group

Dr. Claire Franklin is a Director of The LifeLine Group and a senior member of The LifeLine Group's management team. Dr. Franklin participates in exposure and risk assessment projects relating to consumer products, food, industrial and environmental chemicals. She is instrumental in developing the scientific foundations for those projects.

Dr. Franklin holds a doctorate in physiology and has had a distinguished career at Health Canada. From 1989 to 1995, Dr. Franklin was Director, of the Bureau of Human Prescription Drugs and in 1995, became the Executive Director of the then newly created Pest Management Regulatory Agency. She has extensive experience in international activities related to the regulation of a wide range of chemicals and consumer products.

Dr. Franklin is a recognized leader in the fields of exposure and risk assessment and recipient of numerous awards technical achievement and public service. These include Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, U.S.A. Commissioners Special Citation; the best paper in Toxicological Science (1999) awarded by the Board of Publication of the Society of Toxicology 2003; and the Outstanding Achievement Award for the Public Service of Canada. This award is the highest honour in the Public Service in Canada and was presented by the Governor General of Canada and the Prime Minister.

Dr Franklin's publications include more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She has been the editor of five books including the "Occupational, Residential and Bystander Exposure Assessment for Pesticides" which was recently published. Dr. Franklin is a Research Fellow at the McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment, University of Ottawa.


John Young, Ph.D., Director of the LifeLine Group

Prior to immigrating to Israel, Dr. Young was President of The Hampshire Research Institute and Hampshire Research Associates. While at HRI/HRA he served as primary technical and managerial contact with sponsors. Dr. Young conducted research, managing projects from initial proposal to final deliverable. While at HRI, Dr. Young served as manager and one of three principal scientists for the development of the LifeLine software. Prior to this he was the major architect of Risk*Assistant software.

Dr. Young sits on the National Research Council, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Source Removal of Contaminants in the Subsurface, which is charged with examining options for remediation of military bases, on the basis of expertise in risk assessment. In addition, Dr. Young has served on a number of committees and advisory groups including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

From 1984 to 1986 Dr. Young was a research associate at Johns Hopkins University where he conducted research on health effects of chemicals with potential for environmental release and/or occupational exposure.

Dr. Young held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neurobehavioral Toxicology, Division of Toxicology, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Hygiene and Public Health and has a B.S., Summa cum Laude, in Psychology from Georgetown University and PhD in Psychology from Brown University.