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Dear Speakers, Honorees, Sponsors, Guests, and Volunteers, On behalf of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), I am thrilled to welcome you to our 14th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference. This year’s conference, “Where Knowledge and Action Unite,” brings together distinguished domestic and international experts and asbestos victims to drive asbestos awareness, prevent asbestos exposure and asbestos-related diseases, and advocate for a ban on asbestos. ADAO is excited to welcome more than thirty speakers, honorees, sponsors, guests, and volunteers from nearly ten countries to this year’s conference! Since our inception in 2004, we have worked together to strengthen our education, community, and advocacy initiatives; forming a growing base of global support. Conference topics for 2018 include progress and challenges, medical advancements, prevention, and global advocacy. We are excited to roll out the red carpet for our two Keynote Speakers: Patrick J. Morrison, assistant to the General President for Occupational Health, Safety, and Medicine at the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF); and Eric Jonckheere, President of Asbestos Belgium Victims Association (ABEVA). In addition to our Keynote Speakers, Chris Graham, the publisher and editor of New Matilda, an Independent Australian News Outlet, will deliver the first Andrew Schneider Memorial Lecture. Chris teamed up with Michael Gillard and published the twopart series, “LETHAL LIES: How A Corporate Spy For A Kazakhstan Company Infiltrated The Global Anti-Asbestos Network.” We're also thrilled for you to "Meet the Artists” at our signature cocktail reception and awards dinner, where you'll meet several incredible artists who are using their photography, film, and musical talents to raise asbestos awareness. This conference would not be possible without the work of so many wonderful and dedicated volunteers, speakers, and honorees, many of whom are here this weekend, in addition to our esteemed Science and Prevention Advisory Boards for their unfailing commitment. We further extend gratitude to our tireless volunteers and State Leadership Regional Directors, and our generous sponsors, who allow us to be a voice at the legislative table through their support. Let me also express my sincere appreciation to all those who have selflessly given time, expertise, and support not only for this conference but throughout the year while ADAO implements numerous initiatives. You are truly saving and changing the lives of victims around the world. With profound sadness, Doug Larkin passed away in June 2017 from ALS. I miss him deeply, as we shared a deep passion for change in memory of Bill and Alan. As a visionary, Doug’s legacy lives on in our work. Our 14th anniversary is a time to celebrate what we have accomplished, strengthen our bonds, and look to the future as we work to prevent asbestos exposure in the U.S. and around the world. Thank you again for joining us today. We are a family, and this conference is yet another strong reaffirmation that together, we are making change happen.

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In Loving Memory Doug Larkin 1972 – 2017

ADAO Cofounder, Visionary, and Friend


2018 ADAO Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference Agenda FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 1:15 - 5:30 PM Newseum Tour 6:30 - 8:00 PM Marriott Casual Dinner SATURDAY, April 14, 2018: ADAO Conference Opening Remarks 8:00 - 8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:30 - 8:40 AM Welcome and Opening Remarks: Linda Reinstein, ADAO President and CEO 8:40 - 8:55 AM International Messages of Support Session I - Progress and Challenges from the Frontline (Moderator: Steven Markowitz, MD, DrPH) 8:55 - 9:05 AM

Cortney Segmen, Mesothelioma Warrior, "The Power of Our Personal Stories"

9:05 - 9:15 AM

Linda Reinstein, ADAO President/CEO, "Progress and Challenges in Changing Political Times"

9:15 - 9:25 AM

Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD; Professor of Public Health and Chair Emeritus of the Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Drexel University School of Public Health, "From Success in Brazil to Work in Mongolia to New Data from Sri Lanka”

9:25 - 9:35 AM

Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH; Assistant U.S. Surgeon General (Ret.) and Rear Admiral, USPHS (Ret.), "Mesothelioma, Today, Tomorrow, & Never"

9:35 - 9:45 AM

Earl Dotter, Photojournalist and Creator of the exhibit BADGES: A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers, "ASBESTOS FIGHTERS: Firefighters, Emergency Responders, and Caregivers” Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH, "Asbestos: Nothing Fake, Only Harm"

9:45 - 9:55 AM

9:55 - 10:00 AM Q&A Session II - Medical Advancements: Diagnosing and Treating Mesothelioma and Other Asbestos-Related Diseases (Moderator: L. Christine Oliver, MD, MPH, MS) 10:00 - 10:10 AM

John Panza, Mesothelioma Warrior, "Pedestrian Asbestos Exposure: Unexpected Curse."


10:10 - 10:25 AM

Michael Harbut, MD, MPH, FCCP; Chief of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Clinical Assistant Professor of Environmental Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine, "Diagnosing and Treating Asbestos-Related Diseases "

10:25 - 10:40 AM

Brad Black, MD, Medical Director and CEO for the Center for Asbestos and Related Disease, "Libby Amphibole Exposure: A Poorly Recognized Risk"

10:40 - 10:55 AM

Marika Townsend, Advisor for London Asbestos Support Awareness Group (LASAG), "Supporting Patients and Families Through Their Mesothelioma Journey"

10:55 - 11:10 AM

Paul Demers, PhD, Director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, “The Current Human and Economic Impact of Asbestos in Canada, the Ban and Challenges Going Forward”

11:10 - 11:25 AM

Jukka Takala, DSc, MSc, BSc, President of The International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH), "Global Estimates and Asbestos at Work"

11:25 - 11:40 AM

Raja Flores, MD and Chairman, Dept. of Thoracic Surgery, Mt. Sinai Health System, “Continuing Dr. Irving Selikoff’s Lifetime Legacy, as Clinicians and Advocates”

11:40 - 11:45 AM 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Q&A Keynote Speaker: Patrick J. Morrison, Assistant to the General President for Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine at the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), “Never Back Down”

12:15 - 12:20 PM Speakers Group Picture 12:20 - 1:20 PM Lunch Session III - Prevention: What Is It? Where Is It? What Do I Do? (Moderator: Brent Kynoch, Managing Director of the Environmental Information Association (EIA)) 1:20 - 1:30 PM

Robert and Laura Kuzmick, Mesothelioma Warriors, "Asbestos DIY: We Didn’t Know”

1:30 - 1:45 PM

Tony Rich, Industrial Hygienist and Environmental Technician Specializing in Asbestos-related Work, "Asbestos: Magic to Tragic in 150 Years"

1:45 - 2:00 PM

Mark Catlin, Occupational Health and Safety Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), "Asbestos: A Matter of Time"

2:00 - 2:15 PM

Chris Walker, Supervisor in the Training and Compliance office at the University of Vermont, "Local Mine, Global Problem"

2:15 - 2:30 PM

Tom Laubenthal, Training Supervisor & Technical Chief, The Environmental Institute, "Asbestos: Information and Communication; What is Available and What Doesn’t Happen"

2:30 - 2:35 PM

Q&A


The Andrew Schneider Memorial Lecture 2:35 - 3:05 PM

Chris Graham, Editor, New Matilda, an Independent Australian News Outlet, “Lethal Lies: How Asbestos Companies Use Power And Privilege (And Lawyers And Spies) To Hide The Truth”

3:05 - 3:10 PM Q&A 3:10 - 3:20 PM BREAK Session IV - Education and Advocacy: Global Ban Asbestos Action (Moderator: Barry Castleman ScD) 3:20 - 3:30 PM

Daniel Pineda González, Mesothelioma Warrior (Colombia), "Love Is Stronger Than Cancer"

3:30 - 3:45 PM

Fernanda Giannasi, Founder of the Brazilian Association of People Exposed to Asbestos (ABREA) and Marcia Cristina Kamei Lopez Aliaga, Federal Labour Prosecutor at the Labour Public Ministry (Brazil), "The Evolution of the Ban Asbestos Movement in Brazil "

3:45 - 4:00 PM

Barry Robson, President of the Asbestos Disease Foundation of Australia (ADFA) (Australia), "After the Asbestos Ban -- What Now"

4:00 - 4:15 PM

Sinem Delal Kankotan (Turkey), "Asbestos: Dramatic Transformation in the Economic Turkish Landscape"

4:15 - 4:30 PM

Sarah McOnie, Director and Founder of McOnie, a B2B Communications Agency (United Kingdom), "Global Asbestos Prevention: One Voice”

4:30 - 4:40 PM

Sheri Benson, Member of Parliament (Canada), "Towards a Truly Comprehensive Ban"

4:40 - 4:45 PM

Eric Jonckheere, President of Asbestos Belgium Victims Association (ABEVA) (Belgium), "United, Asbestos Victims are Stronger"

4:45 - 4:50 PM

Q&A

4:50 - 5:00 PM

Program Concludes

SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018: Awards and Recognition Dinner: 6:00 – 9:00 PM 6:00 - 6:30 PM "Meet the Artist" Reception 6:30 - 9:00 PM Awards Dinner with Performance by Jordan Zevon, Singer, Songwriter, Film Composer and ADAO National Spokesperson Honoree Honoree Honoree Honoree

Eric Jonckheere, 2018 The Alan Reinstein Award Daniel Pineda González, 2018 The Alan Reinstein Award Annamarie Kearns, 2018 The Alan Reinstein Award Rachel Shaneyfelt, 2018 The Alan Reinstein Award, Honored Posthumously


Presenter Honoree Presenter Honoree

Linda and Emily Reinstein Jock McCulloch, 2018 The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award, Honored Posthumously Dr. Barry Castleman Dr. Jukka Takala, 2018 The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award

Presenter Honoree Presenter Honoree

Dr. Richard Lemen Senator Jeff Merkley, 2018 The Tribute of Hope Award Kim Cecchini Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, 2018 The Tribute of Hope Award

Presenter Honoree

Ellen Costa Environmental Working Group, 2018 The Tribute of Unity Award

Presenter Honoree Presenter

Dr. Arthur Frank Patrick J. Morrison, 2018 The Tribute of Inspiration Award Linda Reinstein Warren Zevon “Keep Me in Your Heart� Tribute Honoree Reflections

Presenter Honoree

Jordan Zevon, ADAO Spokesperson and Musician Chris Graham & Michael Gillard, 2018 The Andrew Schneider Memorial Award Kathy Best, Editor of the Missoulian

Presenter

2018 INDIVIDUAL DONORS Diamond Donor Lisa Crandall Emerald Donor The Kearns Family Emerald Donor The Von St. James Family Sapphire Donor The Mattmuller Family Sapphire Donor Kathryn Crandall Garnet Donor Mark Catlin Garnet Donor Renee Chicoine Garnet Donor Paul & Yvonne Hall Garnet Donor Kim Hoover 2018 SPONSORSHIP RECOGNITION Platinum Sponsor Motley Rice, LLC; Accepting: Nathan Finch Platinum Sponsor Simmons Hanly Conroy, LLC; Accepting: Todd Adamitis Silver Sponsor Early, Lucarelli, Sweeney & Meisenkothen; Accepting: Jennifer Lucarelli


SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018: Unity and Remembrance Brunch: 9:30 – 11:30 AM (Moderator: Ellen Costa, 2018 ADAO Conference Coordinator, Strategy Consultant at Wells Fargo, US) 9:30 – 9:40 AM 10:00 – 10:10 AM

Linda Reinstein, ADAO CEO/President Ellen Costa, Strategy Consultant at Wells Fargo Home Lending and ADAO Board Member

10:10 – 10:25 AM

Keynote Speaker: Eric Jonckheere, Mesothelioma Warrior and President of Asbestos Belgium Victims Association (Belgium)

10:25 – 10:40 AM 10:40 – 10:50 AM 10:50 – 10:55 AM

Pat Martin, Former Member of Parliament, Canada Annamarie Kearns, Mesothelioma Warrior Jill Cagle, Mesothelioma Widow and Singer; Performing "The Other Side" by Colton Dixon

10:55 – 11:10 AM

Candle Lighting, Kim Cecchini, Senior Communications Strategist and ADAO Board Member

11:30 AM

Program Concludes


Marcia Cristina Kamei López Aliaga has been working for 18 years as a federal Labour Prosecutor at the Labour Public Ministry. She got proficiency in collective conflicts looking to promote social justice for Brazilian workers. Currently, she is the manager of the National Program on Banning of Asbestos, a strategical project from the Federal Labour Prosecution Office, created in 2012 in order to promote the phase-out until the total banning of the industrial uses of asbestos in Brazil and to protect the health of thousands of workers and former workers whom have been exposed to asbestos without any information. In 2014 Brazil was the third major asbestos producer worldwide and the fourth greatest consumer in global scale. Since 2012, the National Program on Banning of Asbestos has filed several class actions against the Brazilian leading enterprise - Eternit, aiming to eliminate asbestos and to compensate victims and their families due to damages to workers’ health. At the same time the National Program stablished agreements with other enterprises, looking for the same goals. Thus, in early 2017 the Brazilian scenario has changed substantially; only two companies were still using asbestos as a raw material, besides the mining activities. In late November 2017, finally, the Supreme Constitutional Court declared asbestos uses in Brazil unconstitutional. For the majority of the justices’ votes asbestos was considered a serious risk for the health and was declared banned in whole country following more than 70 nations around the world. Sheri Benson, member of Canadian Parliament, has brought people together for 25 years to tackle some of the most pressing issues in Saskatoon. As CEO for the local United Way, Sheri worked with community, labour and business groups to launch Saskatoon’s first-ever Plan to End Homelessness. Its Housing First Program is living proof that, with solid leadership, we can tackle poverty and save money at the same time. Sheri also implemented the organization’s ground-breaking Aboriginal Engagement Strategy. Shortly after being elected to Canada’s House of Commons in 2015 as a member of the New Democratic Party caucus, Sheri introduced a bill calling for a complete ban on asbestos in Canada. The government has since taken action, and Sheri continues to monitor Canada’s progress on protecting its citizens from asbestos exposure closely. As a proud mother and grandmother, Sheri is dedicated to building a safer, more equitable and better world—one we can be proud to leave to the next generation. Kathy Best joined the Missoulian as editor in June 2016. She was previously executive editor and managing editor at The Seattle Times, where she helped lead the staff to two Pulitzer Prizes for breaking news and two Online Journalism Awards for breaking news and enterprise reporting. She has held senior editing positions at the Baltimore Sun, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Seattle Post-Intelligencer. She spent most of her reporting career covering government and politics in the Illinois statehouse and the Washington, D.C., bureau for the Post-Dispatch.

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Brad Black, MD has been the Medical Director and CEO for the Center for Asbestos and Related Disease (CARD Clinic) in Libby, Montana since 2000. He has been a physician in the Libby medical community since 1977 and became the Lincoln County Health Officer in 1984. Beginning in 1999, he worked closely with Dr. Alan Whitehouse, a Spokane, WA pulmonologist, for 9 years. Since 2000, Dr. Black has had the opportunity to care for thousands of patients and this longitudinal observation of progressive pleural fibrosis has led to a clear characterization of Libby amphibole asbestos disease. CARD continues to provide asbestos health screening and care to a population with significant Libby Amphibole exposure and related diseases. In 2008 he presented at the National Institute of Health/National Cancer Institute about the progressive pleural fibrosis and mesothelioma identified in those exposed to Libby amphibole asbestos. He was instrumental in initiating research on Libby amphibole asbestos health effects. His work has expanded into research leading to an association with pulmonologists and occupational medicine specialists from multiple academic centers around the U.S. In 2010, Dr. Black became an adjunct professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He has collaborated on a number of professional journal publications, and most recently he participated in a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences working group that developed a publication on the non- neoplastic, pleural endpoints. Today, Dr. Black continues his dedicated efforts to providing excellent healthcare, outreach, advocacy and research for asbestos related diseases. The Tribute of Hope Award Honoree Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici represents the First Congressional District of Oregon, which comprises the Northwest portion of the state. Strengthening public education is one of Suzanne's top priorities. As a member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce in Congress, she is dedicated to giving educators and students the support they need to succeed. Suzanne serves as a member of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and she is the top Democratic member on the Subcommittee on the Environment. From this position, she is working to address the causes and risks of global climate change, and to ensure that policy decisions are based on science. Suzanne graduated from Lane Community College, and the University of Oregon, where she earned her bachelor's degree and law degree. Suzanne and her husband Michael have been married for more than thirty years. They have two grown children and a cocker spaniel named Charley.

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Jill Cagle is a performer and Mesothelioma Widow. She is the surviving spouse of Mesothelioma Warrior Robbie Cagle, who lost his 6-year battle with Peritoneal Mesothelioma on 9-11-11 at the age of 46. She is a mother and now grandmother of 3. She is a Christian and her faith in God truly sustains her. She is the lead singer in the Band Backstreet and plays the Fiddle. She makes primitive crafts and candles and she loves to ride her Harley and feel the wind in her hair. She has been associated with ADAO since 2007 and has now started an annual Motorcycle Ride, "Ridin the Wind with Rob" which includes a 110 mile ride, dinner, silent auction, raffles and t-shirt sales to raise funds for awareness and ultimately a CURE of Mesothelioma. Jill and Rob marched on Capitol Hill in 2010 to help get Illinois to sign the National Asbestos Awareness Day Bill and also met with the DOD. She is committed to doing whatever it takes to get this killer 100 % banned. She is truly honored and proud to be a part of this organization. Barry Castleman, ScD is an Environmental Consultant trained in chemical and environmental engineering. He holds a Doctor of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He has been a consultant to numerous agencies of the US government and other governments, international bodies, and environmental groups dealing with a wide range of public health issues. He has testified as an expert in civil litigation in the US on the history of asbestos as a public health problem and the reasons for failure to properly control asbestos hazards. Dr. Castleman has spent the past 40 years working on asbestos as a public health problem. Mark Catlin is the Occupational Health and Safety Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), representing two million healthcare, service and public workers in the United States and Canada. An industrial hygienist and health and safety activist, since 1981, he has been involved with asbestos issues over his entire career, from investigating asbestos problems at worksites, schools and homes to conducting EPA and OSHA asbestos training for thousands of workers and managers. Mark has advocated for strong public policies to eliminate asbestos use and exposure. In the early 1990s, he was the clinic industrial hygienist for the Harborview Occupational Medicine Clinic at the University of Washington and conducted many occupational histories for workers with asbestos-related disease. Mark is honored to serve on the ADAO Prevention Advisory Board.

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Kim Cecchini, ADAO Board Member, has been involved with the organization since its founding in 2004. She is a senior communications strategist, with more than 25 years of experience managing diverse PR and corporate communications programs for a wide variety of high growth companies, specializing in technology and the federal sector. She currently resides in Raleigh, NC. Ellen Costa is a Strategy Consultant at Wells Fargo Home Lending and ADAO Board Member. Jill has been a volunteer with ADAO since 2012 and is honored to be of service to this very special organization; its mission, founders and supporters. Professionally, she has been in the financial services industry for over 25 years and has served firms in marketing, communications, product management and strategic planning. Her current position at Wells Fargo Home Lending is as a strategy consultant in the financial reform regulatory environment. Inspired by Linda Reinstein’s commitment and passion in making change, influencing political policy and advocating for practical issues on a global level, lead to her involvement with the organization. The awareness, family support and leadership ADAO provides in creating the change needed in this world is truly powerful. Most importantly, she believes in Linda Reinstein and is truly privileged to serve the mission of ADAO. Paul Demers, PhD is the Director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre as well as a Professor with the University of Toronto, and the Scientific Director of CAREX Canada. He has been a member of many national and international expert panels with organizations such as IARC (WHO), UN Environment Program, Canadian Cancer Society, Royal Society of Canada, Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, NIOSH, and the ACGIH. Paul is the lead investigator for a national team assessing the human and economic impact of workplace carcinogens in Canada. Estimates of the number of cancers caused by asbestos and their economic impact were used in the successful push to ban asbestos in Canada. Earl Dotter is the Photographer and Creator of the exhibit BADGES: A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers. Earl began photographing coal miners in 1969, then the most dangerous job in America. After which, he focused on other hazardous occupations in the USA. After 30 years of documentation he created the exhibit and book, THE QUIET SICKNESS: A Photographic Chronicle of Hazardous Work in America. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health since his appointment in 1999. In the year 2000, Dotter received an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship to document commercial fishing. It had become our nation’s most dangerous trade. After 9/11, he photographed the rescue recovery effort at Ground Zero. For that exhibit work he received APHA’s Alice Hamilton Award. Currently, Dotter is following hazardous jobs new immigrants perform in the USA.

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The Tribute of Unity Award Honoree For more than two decades, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has been dedicated to empowering people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. EWG’s groundbreaking research has changed the debate over environmental health. From households to Capitol Hill, EWG’s team of scientists, policy experts, lawyers, communication experts and programmers has worked tirelessly to make sure someone is standing up for public health when government and industry won’t. Through their reports, online databases, mobile apps and communications and advocacy campaigns, EWG is educating and empowering consumers to make safer and more informed decisions about the products they buy and the companies they support. In 2004, EWG launched an in-depth report about asbestos with data, statistics, and internal industry memos that helped expose the asbestos industries’ decades’ long cover-up of the threat to human health. Raja Flores, MD is the Chairman for the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair. Raja is a recognized leader in the field of thoracic surgery for his pioneering efforts in the treatment of mesothelioma. Dr. Flores’ research interests include numerous past projects relating to the multimodality management of malignant pleural mesothelioma. He helped pioneer the use of intraoperative chemotherapy for mesothelioma and led a multi-center trial designed to improve patient outcomes. He changed the surgical management of pleural mesothelioma cancer with a landmark study comparing extrapleural pneumonectomy and pleurectomy/decortication. An expert in his field, Dr. Flores has appeared on many national and local television news reports to discuss mesothelioma. With over 150 related publications to date, his energies and commitment to the plight of mesothelioma patients remains paramount. Arthur L. Frank, MD, PhD is a physician board certified in both internal medicine and occupational medicine and currently serves as Professor of Public Health and Chair Emeritus of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia. He is also a Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary) at the Drexel College of Medicine. He also holds a position at Drexel as Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. A life-long academic, Dr. Frank has previously taught at Mount Sinai, the University of Kentucky and in the University of Texas System. He has served many governmental agencies in the US and has carried out research and has been a governmental advisor internationally. Trained in both occupational medicine and internal medicine, Dr. Frank has been interested in the health hazards of asbestos for more than 35 years. He has published a great deal of work on the hazards of asbestos, and clinically cared for asbestos affected

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patients. He has lectured internationally about the problems of asbestos and worked in many settings looking at the diseases caused by this material. His research interests have been in the areas of occupational cancers and occupational lung diseases, as well as agricultural safety and health. For thirty-seven years he held a commission in the U.S. Public Health Service (active and inactive) and served on active duty both at the NIH and at NIOSH. Arthur is the ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair. Fernanda Giannasi, founder of the Brazilian Association of People Exposed to Asbestos (ABREA). Fernanda is a Civil and Safety Engineer and ex-Labor Inspector for the Ministry of Labor and Employment for 30 years, currently retired and acting as an expert advisor for the Labour Prosecutors (Federal Labour Public Ministry) as well the asbestos victims’ solicitors. She is the coordinator of the Virtual Citizen Ban Asbestos Network for Latin America, and Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini. She serves as an expert witness in judicial cases related to asbestos, nuclear and other toxic chemicals as Mercury, POP´s (Persistent Organic Pollutants). She also led thousands of workers who have filed lawsuits against the asbestos industry. In charge of a Federal Labor Inspector, she staunchly defended the public interest on workers’ safety and health and was pressured by the asbestos lobby in Brazil and Canada, and endured all kind of pressures, harassments including death threats, offensive campaigns and criminal charges by her detractors. Despite of these, she has been awarded in Brazil as the Engineer of 2012 and internationally in Canada (Ray Sentes Award), USA by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), and Japan by the Tajiri Muneaki Memorial Fund. She was awarded by both the State of São Paulo Appeal Court and the High/Supreme Labour Court with the Judiciary Order of Merit. She is well known internationally and highly respected for her proficient and perseverant campaigning to save lives from asbestos. Fernanda Giannasi is the personification of the fight against asbestos in Brazil. She isn’t called ‘The Brockovich of Brazil’ for nothing. Last November, all her efforts to ban asbestos in Brazil as well the fight for Justice for the asbestos victims and their families were granted with the important decision by the Supreme Constitutional Court (STF) that declared asbestos banned in whole country. Recently, she was indicated by the O GLOBO, one of the most important daily newspapers in the country, to be one of the finalists of the Prize “FAZ DIFERENÇA” in 2017 (Make the difference) in the category of Economy and was awarded in South Korea with the 2017 Rachel Lee Jung-Lim Award. The Alan Reinstein Award Honoree Daniel Pineda González is a Physicist and a Specialist in innovation, new technologies and city management. He has a Master’s of Science in Geophysics. Daniel is an expert in digital marketing, and management of social networks. Together with his wife Ana Cecilia Niño RIPE, he was cocreator of the Colombia Sin Asbesto movement of which he is current leader, president of the Ana Cecilia Niño Foundation, coordinator of the national network of caregivers of patients with mesothelioma and the Latin America

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Without Asbestos campaign. As a lecturer, he has received awards for his work in the fight against asbestos such as "National Award for Digital Social Mobilization" of the Ministry of Technology and Communications of Colombia, he was one of the 10 outstanding young leaders of the year 2017 highlighted by the International Junior Chamber organization . His favorite job: driving his daughter Ana Sofia around. The Andrew Schneider Memorial Award Honorees Chris Graham is the publisher and editor of New Matilda, an independent Australian news outlet. He is the former founding managing editor of the National Indigenous Times and Tracker magazine. Chris has won a Walkley Award, a Walkley High Commendation and two Human Rights Awards for his reporting. He lives in Brisbane and splits his time between Stradbroke Island, where New Matilda is based, and the mainland. (Presenting) Michael Gillard is a roving freelance journalist writing about corruption, corporate misfeasance and organized crime. He is the author of two books and former member of The Guardian and Sunday Times investigation units. He's also the winner of the prestigious UK Journalist of the Year, from 2013. Chris and Michael teamed up for a New Matilda special investigation, and published the two-part series, “LETHAL LIES: How a Corporate Spy for a Kazakhstan Company Infiltrated the Global Anti-Asbestos Network.”

Michael R. Harbut, MD, MPH, FCCP, is Chief of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor, Wayne State University, School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan, and ADAO Science Advisory Board CoChair. An internationally known expert in the diagnosis and treatment of environmental and workplace diseases, Dr. Harbut has been named co-Director of the National Center for Vermiculite and Asbestos Related Cancers. He is the coauthor of the American Thoracic Society’s 2004 Recommendations for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Non-Malignant Disease Caused by Asbestos Exposure. Dr. Harbut is a past chair of the occupational and environmental health section of the American College of Chest Physicians and has served on the Board of Directors of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. Dr. Harbut brings his expertise to address the need for early diagnosis and aggressive treatment of asbestos related diseases Keynote Speaker and The Alan Reinstein Award Honoree Eric Jonckheere is a Belgian airline pilot. Asbestos is part of his everyday environment since 1937. His grand-father Paul was a key player in keeping the Eternit factories open during WW2. Pierre, his father, worked at Eternit as an engineer. He grew up in Kapelle, north of Brussels. It was paradise until the passing of Pierre due to mesothelioma in 1987. He was 59. Then his mother, Francoise, and brothers, Pierre-Paul and Stephane, suffered from the same cancer, respectively in 2000, 2003 and 2010. He became an anti-asbestos activist when he realized many families couldn’t speak up. The entire village suffers from extensive environmental exposure but the local politicians and union leaders are at the mercy of the plants owners. Since their victory Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization "United for Asbestos Disease Awareness, Education, Advocacy, and Community Support" www.AsbestosDiseaseAwareness.org


in the Brussels court, they have moved the case-law and the knowledge of the dangers of asbestos to the general public. As president of Asbestos Belgium Victims Association (ABEVA), it’s important to share experiences across borders. Sinem Delal Kankotan was born in the town of Tunceli, Turkey and lived there until moving to Istanbul in 1993. She studied Labour Economics and Industrial Relations at the Dokuz Eylül University and worked at various jobs. She first heard about ADAO and Linda via the 19th Annual World Congress in İstanbul and upon meeting, realized her and Linda were like-minded individuals. With encouragement from the ADAO family and her own passion for social justice, she has never stopped working on the asbestos issue. She hopes to follow this passion and enter into a Master’s program in social policies very soon. In her free time, she loves traveling, spending time with her sister, putting smiles on people’s faces, as well as pursuing her interest in social policies. Sinem is an ADAO International Representative. The Alan Reinstein Award Honoree Annamarie Kearns is a Mesothelioma Warrior from West Jordan, Utah. She was diagnosed in 2014 after she found herself unable to walk 5 steps without having to stop and catch her breath. Since her diagnosis with mesothelioma, Annamarie has faced several rounds of chemotherapy and aggressive surgeries. Annamarie is an active volunteer with ADAO and shares her story in hopes of spreading awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and to advocate for an asbestos-free future.

Robert and Laura Kuzmick met in 1999 while working in the same office building for Montgomery County, PA as Social Service professionals. Bob has over 25 years of experience working with delinquent youth and is currently a Supervisor with the Montgomery County Juvenile Probation Department. Laura has worked in the Family Court Divisions of both Montgomery and Bucks Counties in Pennsylvania. Bob and Laura were married in 2001 and bought their home in Ambler, PA in 2002, where they did extensive renovations. After realizing that much of the materials in their home contained asbestos, Bob began to research the dangers of asbestos and reached out to ADAO for information and support. Bob and Laura have since committed themselves to promoting awareness of asbestos in the home and have volunteered their time with local and national ADAO events.

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Brent Kynoch is the Managing Director of the Environmental Information Association (EIA), headquartered just outside of Washington, DC in Chevy Chase, MD, and ADAO Prevention Advisory Board Co-Chair. He has been the Managing Director of the Association since 1996, but previously had served EIA in other volunteer roles on the Board of Directors as an officer, and ultimately as the President of EIA in 1988 and 1989. EIA has spent over 30 years at the forefront in providing its members with the information needed to remain knowledgeable, responsible and competitive in the environmental health and safety industry. When Mr. Kynoch changes his hat to his “paying job,” he is the President of Kynoch Environmental Management, Inc. (KEM), an environmental engineering and industrial hygiene firm also headquartered in Chevy Chase, MD. KEM provides innovative environmental solutions to general contractors, owners, property managers and the commercial real estate community to address concerns associated with asbestos, lead, indoor air quality, mold, PCBs, mercury, LEED compliance and environmental management systems. Mr. Kynoch began his career in the environmental business in 1984, when he founded his first company, AAS Environmental, which was sold in 1999. Mr. Kynoch is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he received a degree in mechanical engineering. He is called upon frequently as a speaker, as a writer and as an expert regarding environmental contaminants. He has testified before both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate regarding asbestos and has written numerous articles on asbestos management and control. Tom Laubenthal is the Training Supervisor & Technical Chief for The Environmental Institute in Marietta, GA and ADAO Prevention Advisory Board Member. He has more than 34 years of industry service and is considered a nationally recognized expert within the asbestos and lead-based paint control industries. He has worked as a Technical Expert for the NIST/NVLAP PLM laboratory accreditation program since 1988; held a variety of leadership roles including as a past National President of the Environmental Information Association; served on a variety of national-level professional association committees; and recently managed the complete revision of the EPA’s 1985 document “Guidance for Controlling Asbestos-Containing Materials in Buildings” known as the “EPA Purple Book.” He has served on EPA and NVLAP regulatory review panels, has published extensively in print and e-media, and is regularly invited to speak at technical meetings on topics of asbestos detection and control. He received his B.S. in Geology from Georgia State University. Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH is a retired Assistant Surgeon General of the United States and also served as the Acting Director and the Deputy Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health before his retirement. He has been a practicing epidemiologist for more than forty years and has taught graduate level courses on environmental and occupational health issues, including asbestos, at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. He has also testified on behalf of asbestos victims; Dr. Lemen is a world-renowned author, speaker, and lecturer on this topic.

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Steven Markowitz, MD, DrPH, is an occupational medicine physician, directs the Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment (CCHE) at Queens College, City University of New York and ADAO Science Advisory Board. He is Adjunct Professor of Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He received his B.A. from Yale University and MD and DrPH (epidemiology) from Columbia University. With the United Steelworkers, Dr. Markowitz directs the Worker Health Protection Program, a national medical screening program for Department of Energy nuclear weapons workers that has since 2000 used low-dose CT scanning to screen over 13,000 workers for early lung cancer detection. Dr. Markowitz has also continued the work of Dr. Irving Selikoff in documenting asbestos-related mortality among North American insulators. Dr. Markowitz is Editorin-Chief of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine (AJIM) and the Associate Editor of a major textbook, Environmental and Occupational Medicine, 4th Edition.

Pat Martin, former Canadian Member of Parliament, is a Carpenter and former asbestos miner who served as a Canadian Member of Parliament for six terms 1997 to 2015. He served as his party’s spokesperson on Labour, Immigration, Aboriginal Affairs, Public Accounts and Government Affairs, and was always an outspoken critic of his country's policy on asbestos and a leader in the effort to ban its use. He was honoured by the ADAO in 2006 with an award in recognition of his contribution to the international struggle to rid the world of asbestos. Honored posthumously with The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Jock McCulloch has worked as a Legislative Research Specialist for the Australian parliament and has taught at a number of universities. His principal interests are in the colonial history of southern Africa and the history of medicine in particular. He has done field work in Algeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi and Kenya. Jock is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Social Sciences and the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Jock is co-author of the book Defending the Indefensible: The Global Asbestos Industry and its Fight for Survival.

Sarah McOnie, director and founder of McOnie, a B2B communications agency, has more than 25 years of experience in communications. She established McOnie following several years working with industrial and technical engineering businesses. Born out of a desire to make complex but clever products appealing and simple to grasp, the agency has concentrated on working with companies that create and develop innovative, wellengineered and in some cases, lifesaving products. Many of the agency’s clients provide products or services that keep people safe and healthy at work and consequently McOnie is recognized globally as an expert in this Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization "United for Asbestos Disease Awareness, Education, Advocacy, and Community Support" www.AsbestosDiseaseAwareness.org


field. Sarah has built strategic partnerships with experts, aligned agencies, key industry bodies and international networks such as the IPRN (International PR Network) so that, in today’s mile-a-minute world, the agency can deliver the right type of communication, globally, that resonates with the right audience. Barbara Minty McQueen is the widow of American film star Steve McQueen and is a former model and photographer. She is also the author of Steve McQueen: The Last Mile, which documents the three-and-a-half-year relationship between the two and includes candid photographs from 1977 to 1980. McQueen has hosted several art exhibits of her work with shows in London, Tokyo, San Francisco, Nashville, Phoenix and Idaho, where she resides.

The Tribute of Hope Award Honoree As Oregon’s U.S. Senator, Jeff Merkley’s goal is to make Washington work for working Americans. Born the son of a millwright in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, the first in his family to attend college, and eventual Speaker of the Oregon House before his election to the U.S. Senate, Jeff has spent his career fighting to increase opportunities for working families. From leading the state legislature to increase education funding, pass landmark environmental and energy legislation, establish domestic partnerships, and crack down on predatory payday lending; to fighting in Washington to create living-wage jobs, improve college affordability, and push back on unfair trade policies that ship Oregon’s jobs overseas, Jeff continues to champion working families. Jeff serves on the Senate Committees on Appropriations; Environment and Public Works; Budget; and Foreign Relations.

Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH is a professorial lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, and liaison to the ADAO Science and Prevention Advisory Boards. Her research includes assessment of worker health and safety laws and policies, and their effectiveness in protecting workers from illnesses, disability and death. She has published articles on strategies used by economic interests, including the asbestos industry, to manipulate scientific evidence to create uncertainty about health risks in order to delay protective regulatory action and compensation. Prior to her academic appointment, Dr. Monforton was a federal employee at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA, 1991-1995) and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA, 1996-2001). Dr. Monforton served on the special panels appointed by the West Virginia Governor to investigate the January 2006 Sago coal mine disaster that took the lives of 12 workers, and the April 2010 disaster at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 workers. Dr. Monforton is an active member of the American Public Health Association and serves in a leadership position with the organization’s Occupational Health and Safety Section. Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization "United for Asbestos Disease Awareness, Education, Advocacy, and Community Support" www.AsbestosDiseaseAwareness.org


Keynote Speaker and The Tribute of Inspiration Award Honoree Patrick J. Morrison is the Assistant to the General President for Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine at the IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters), a union representing more than 310,000 professional fire fighters and paramedics in the United States and Canada. Mr. Morrison’s expertise is in the design and implementation of health, safety and wellness programs to improve fire fighters’ overall physical and mental health, address their medical needs and increase protections from the hazardous elements of firefighting. Prior to joining the IAFF, Mr. Morrison was a career fire fighter for 21 years with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Fairfax, Virginia.

John Panza, hailing from Cleveland, was diagnosed in 2012 at 38 with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Working with Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Center, he underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and the removal of his right lung, pericardium, and the right side of his diaphragm, a palliative approach to an always fatal cancer. His asbestos exposure was pedestrian, a result of his father’s work in a brake/clutch factory in the 1970s-80s. He is currently five years with No Evidence of Disease (NED), continues to tour as a professional musician, and runs Panza Foundation, a non-profit that supplies underground bands with gear, recording time, and other services. When not playing music, John spends his time with Jane (his wife of 19 years), Eva (their daughter) and Bella, Mabel, Victoria, and Dolly (their cats). L. Christine Oliver, MD, MPH, MS is President of Occupational Health Initiatives, Inc. She is an adjunct professor in the Occupational and Environmental Health Division of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto in Toronto, ON. Dr. Oliver is a member of the Ontario Task Force on Environmental Health and a consultant to Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW). She was formerly an associate clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Department of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care Division) at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Oliver’s primary specialty is occupational and environmental medicine, with an emphasis on occupational lung disease. Dr. Oliver is a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini and has done research and published in the area of occupational lung disease, with a focus on asbestos-related disease. She has lectured frequently on this topic, including more recently the determination of risk for asbestosrelated lung cancer. Dr. Oliver has testified before Congress and OSHA on issues related to asbestos and other workplace exposures.

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Linda Reinstein is the President/CEO and Co-Founder of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO). Reinstein became an activist when her husband, Alan, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2003. She co-founded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization in 2004, and now serves as President and CEO. Reinstein has been a strong political voice for justice in every major asbestos-related issue. Reinstein, a highly sought-after international speaker, has frequently served as a Congressional witness and presented at the Department of Labor (OSHA), British House of Commons, United Nations Congress, American Public Health Association, and to other audiences around the world. Recognized as an expert with nearly 40 years of nonprofit experience in building and sustaining grassroots organizations, Reinstein specializes in developing, implementing, and leveraging integrated social media campaigns. Focused on national and international occupational and environmental disease prevention, Reinstein’s proficiency in the powerful advocacy space of online media has greatly increased the effectiveness of ADAO’s core mission of education, advocacy, and community support actions. She has won many prestigious awards including the Global Impact Award (2013), from the Independent Asbestos Training Providers; Bruce Vento Hope Builder Award (2011), from the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation; the highest level of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her 4,000 hours of volunteerism during her lifetime (2010); and the Heart and Soul Award in from the Manhattan Beach Women in Business Association (2005). Recently, after months of collaboration with experts in the U.S. and Australia, Reinstein spearheaded the launch of a new website, “kNØw Asbestos”, to educate about the dangers of asbestos exposure and prevention. Tony Rich, Industrial Hygienist, Photographic Historian and ADAO Prevention Advisory Board Member, has literally served “in the trenches” as an industrial hygienist and environmental technician in the consulting field for the past 24 years, specializing in asbestos-related work, including: inspection surveys, abatement monitoring/sample analyses, regulatory compliance, and worker training. He has also received microscopy training from McCrone Research Institute for identification of bulk asbestos via polarized-light microscopy (PLM). Through the course of his occupation and personal endeavor, Tony has developed an extensive and compelling collection of asbestos-related photographs, product materials, artifacts, historical books, industry documents, film archives, and other related media which have been utilized in a multitude of applications for various organizations worldwide, including, but not limited to: product and material research, asbestos awareness education blogs, informational presentations, corporate and governmental training programs, regulatory guidance documents, science and trade publications, university textbooks, museum & conference exhibits, and even as legal evidence.

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Barry Robson, the President of Asbestos Disease Foundation of Australia (ADFA), became a Union delegate of the Waterside Workers Federation in 1970 and was elected as Senior Vice President of that Union in 1988. In 1995 he was elected Assistant Branch Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia, a position he held until retirement from the workforce in 2003. From 1991 to 1995 he was a Councilor on Blacktown City Council. He became a delegate to ADFA in 1996 and was appointed President in 2002 and elected President in 2003, a position he holds today. He has been appointed to the following, Asbestos Research Institute in 2004, Federal Government Asbestos in Telstra Infrastructure in 2013 and Federal Asbestos Safely and Eradication Agency (ASEA) in 2013. Barry has been awarded three Life Memberships, Maritime Union of Australia, St Mary’s Baseball Club and Blacktown Mt Druitt Cardiac Support Group. Cortney Segmen is a Teach for America Capitol Hill Fellow. She was the first in her family to graduate from college when she earned her B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with a minor in Writing from the University of Michigan before joining Teach for America Detroit as a 2014 corps member. During her three years as an elementary educator, Cortney coached elementary and middle school volleyball, worked as an intern for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (in 2007, her father passed away after a seven-year battle with peritoneal mesothelioma), and facilitated anti-bias trainings for Camp Kesem-UM counselors. In 2016, Cortney grew more interested in policy after she served as a Leadership for Educational Equity Policy and Advocacy Summer Fellow with the New York City Department of Education’s Knowledge Sharing team. In her free time, she likes to spend time with family and friends, run outdoors, and travel. Honored posthumously with The Alan Reinstein Award Rachel Shaneyfelt was in her first year of clinical rotations for nurse practitioner school when she started experiencing shortness of breath which lead to her diagnosis of mesothelioma. Rachel dedicated her life to helping others, from her career as a nurse to how she spent her personal time. Rachel was a fiercely dedicated activist fighting for an asbestos-free future, she couldn’t stand the thought of the evils of asbestos sickening other innocent people. She penned numerous letters to Congress, and even wrote to President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, imploring them to stand up for asbestos victims and to protect the health and safety of Americans. Because of Rachel’s incredible advocacy work and community involvement, ADAO is proud to honor her with the 2018 Alan Reinstein Award. This award typically goes to the most active and engaged advocates in our network, and anyone who interacted with Rachel knows she fit this bill precisely. With tender sadness, we will hold a brief tribute and moment of silence during our 2018 Conference Award ceremony where Rachel would have accepted this honor.

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The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree Prior to Jukka Takala, DSc, MSc, BSc, joining the Singapore WSH Institute as the first Executive Director in 2011, he was the Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) from 2006-2011. He was the coordinator of all EU regulatory agencies in 2010-11. He served the International Labour Organisation as the Director of the ILO’s Global SafeWork Programme until 2006, and earlier as an ILO Chief Technical Adviser in Africa and Asia, from 1978-1986. The ILO service period 1978-2006 included posts of the Head of the ILO’s Information Centre, and Chief of OSH Branch. He was in charge of all ILO processes related to safety and health at work and a member and chair of the ILO/WHO/UNEP/UNITAR/UNIDO/World Bank Programmes for Chemicals. Before joining the ILO in 1978 he worked at the OSH Administration in Finland. He is currently the President of the International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH).

Marika Townsend works as an Advisor for the London Asbestos Support Awareness Group (LASAG) and was prominent in setting up this support group for asbestos-related disease victims in London and the South East of the United Kingdom. Prior to this role, she worked full time as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in both palliative care and lung cancer. Educated to Masters level her knowledge and experience enables her to support patients and families, emotionally and practically throughout their cancer journey. Marika agreed to take up the role after her retirement as a Lung Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist, as it seemed a natural progression where she is able to use much of her previous experience to support victims of asbestos related disease. Chris Walker is a Supervisor in the Training and Compliance office at the University of Vermont. Mr. Walker is a 1998 graduate of Johnson State College in Northern Vermont where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science. Mr. Walker is a licensed Asbestos Project Monitor, Asbestos Project Designer, Asbestos Site Inspector, Asbestos Supervisor as well as a Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor and Lead Supervisor with over 25 years in the field. Mr. Walker has worked at the University of Vermont in the Training and Compliance Office for the past 12 years and is taking the lead role in the University of Vermont’s effort in a complete comprehensive asbestos inspection of its nearly 5 million square foot campus, based on ASTM’s E 2356 Standard Practice for Comprehensive Building Asbestos Survey.

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Jordan Zevon, ADAO's tremendous National Spokesperson and Celebrity Board Co-Chair, is a singer/songwriter and film composer. Jordan was the executive producer for his father, Warren Zevon's, final album The Wind. He also co-produced Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon, which features an all-star cast of singers and musicians. Jordan’s own work includes his selftitled EP and the New West release, “Insides Out”. He’s performed multiple times on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Grammys and his music has been featured on numerous television shows. Jordan’s immeasurable commitment to asbestos victims and concerned citizens has provided a united voice that will continue to help ensure that their rights are fairly represented and protected, while raising public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and often deadly asbestos related diseases.

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ADAO Board of Directors Kimberly Cecchini Ellen Costa Linda Reinstein Laurie Rice Ellen Tunkelrott ADAO Leadership ADAO President/CEO: Linda Reinstein ADAO National Spokesperson/Honorary Celebrity Board Co-Chair: Jordan Zevon ADAO Honorary Celebrity Board Co-Chair: Barbara McQueen Liaison to ADAO’s Scientific and Prevention Advisory Boards: Dr. Celeste Monforton Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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Science Advisory Board Co-Chairs Arthur Frank, MD, PhD Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH Science Advisory Board Members Brad Black, MD Barry Castleman, ScD Raja Flores, MD Michael Harbut, MD, MPH, FCCP Steven Markowitz, MD, DrPH L. Christine Oliver, MD, MPH, MS Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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Prevention Advisory Board Co-Chairs Brent Kynoch Christine Winter Prevention Advisory Board Members Mark Catlin Claire Deacon Tom Laubenthal John Newquist Tony Rich Mark Winter Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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Eastern Region – Marilyn Amento & Mike Matmuller (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)

Midwestern Region– Heather Von St James & Domani Tripam (Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota)

Western Region – Ann Samuelson & Paul Zygielbaum (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Montana, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington)

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Agenda & Sponsors

Linda Reinstein

Communications

Kimberly Cecchini

Conference Coordinator

Ellen Costa

Conference Logistics

Herman Hamilton

Graphic Designer

Jessica Mattmuller

National Spokesperson

Jordan Zevon

Photographer

Tony Rich

Prevention Advisory Board Co-Chairs

Brent Kynoch and Christine Winter

Science Advisory Board Co-Chairs

Dr. Arthur Frank and Dr. Richard Lemen

Speaker Coordinator

Dr. Celeste Monforton

Videographer

Sue Ann Taylor, Zeel TV Marilyn Amento, Bob and Laura Kuzmick, Jessica and Mike

Volunteers

Mattmuller, Emily Reinstein, Cortney Segmen, and Betty and Robin Tucker

Interns

Danielle Garcia, Nicole Neal, Richa Patel, and Tara Reza

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Marcia Cristina Kamei López Aliaga, Federal Labour Prosecutor at the Labour Public Ministry (Brazil) Sheri Benson, Member of Parliament, Canada Kathy Best, Editor of the Missoulian Brad Black, MD, Medical Director and CEO for the Center for Asbestos and Related Disease in Libby, Montana U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, from the First Congressional District of Oregon Jill Cagle, Performer and Mesothelioma Widow Barry Castleman, ScD, Environmental Consultant and ADAO Science Advisory Board Member Mark Catlin, Occupational Health and Safety Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and ADAO Prevention Advisory Board Member Kim Cecchini, Senior Communications Strategist and ADAO Board Member Ellen Costa, Strategy Consultant at Wells Fargo Home Lending and ADAO Board Member Paul Demers, PhD, Director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, Professor with the University of Toronto, and Scientific Director of CAREX Canada Earl Dotter, Photojournalist and Creator of the exhibit BADGES: A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers Raja Flores, MD, Chairman for the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and ADAO Science Advisory Board Member Arthur Frank, MD, PhD, Chair Emeritus of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel University and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair Fernanda Giannasi, founder of the Brazilian Association of People Exposed to Asbestos (ABREA) Daniel Pineda González, Mesothelioma Warrior and co-creator of the Colombia Sin Asbestos movement Chris Graham, Publisher and Editor of New Matilda, an independent Australian news outlet, collaborated with Michael Gillard and published “LETHAL LIES: How a Corporate Spy for a Kazakhstan Company Infiltrated the Global Anti-Asbestos Network.” Michael Harbut, MD, MPH, FCCP, Chief of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and ADAO Science Advisory Board Member Eric Jonckheere, President of Asbestos Belgium Victims Association Sinem Delal Kankotan, ADAO International Representative Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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Annamarie Kearns, Mesothelioma Warrior and ADAO Volunteer Robert and Laura Kuzmick, Mesothelioma Warriors and ADAO Volunteers Brent Kynoch, Managing Director of the Environmental Information Association (EIA) and ADAO Prevention Advisory Board Co-Chair Tom Laubenthal, Training Supervisor and Technical Chief for The Environmental Institute (TEI) and ADAO Prevention Advisory Board Member Richard Lemen, PhD, MSPH, Retired Assistant Surgeon General of the United States and ADAO Science Advisory Board Co-Chair Steven Markowitz, MD, DrPH, Adjunct Professor of Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Director of the Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment (CCHE) at Queens College, City University of New York and ADAO Science Advisory Board Member Pat Martin, former Member of Parliament, Canada Sarah McOnie, Director and Founder of McOnie, a B2B Communications Agency Barbara Minty McQueen, widow of American film star Steve McQueen U.S Senator Jeff Merkley, from Oregon Celeste Monforton, DrPH, MPH, Professorial lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the School of Public Health at George Washington University and Liaison to ADAO Science and Prevention Advisory Boards Patrick J. Morrison, Assistant to the General President for Occupation Health, Safety, and Medicine at the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) L. Christine Oliver, MD, MPH, MS, President of Occupational Health Initiatives, and Adjunct Professor in the Occupational and Environmental Health Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Toronto John Panza, Mesothelioma Warrior and Musician Emily Reinstein, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) Volunteer Linda Reinstein, President/CEO and Co-Founder of Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Tony Rich, Industrial Hygienist, Photographic Historian and ADAO Prevention Advisory Board Member Barry Robson, President of the Asbestos Disease Foundation of Australia (ADFA) Cortney Segmen, Teach for America Capitol Hill Fellow Jukka Takala, DSc, MSc, BSc, President of The International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH) Marika Townsend, Advisor for London Asbestos Support Awareness Group (LASAG) Chris Walker, Supervisor in the Training and Compliance office at the University of Vermont Jordan Zevon, Singer, Songwriter, Film Composer and ADAO National Spokesperson and Celebrity Board CoChair Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization expresses our  sincere gratitude to the past and current U.S. Surgeon Generals  for issuing official asbestos awareness statements.  U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy (2016): “Because of its use in so many products, asbestos is still of special concern for anyone who works in construction – or who might be in a position to disturb asbestos found in older homes, buildings or equipment.” U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy (2015): “National Asbestos Awareness Week is..a good time to remind Americans about the health dangers of asbestos exposure… because of its use in so many products, asbestos is still of special concern.” Acting U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak (2014), at 2014 ADAO International Asbestos Awareness Conference: “The asbestos issue is not a thing of the past. It continues to this day.” U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin (2013): “Anyone who disturbs asbestos is at risk…Preventing the damage caused by asbestos is important to help keep Americans healthy and safe…The greater the exposure to asbestos, the greater the chance of developing harmful health effects.” Acting U.S. Surgeon Dr. Steven Galson (2009): “Asbestos can be dangerous if it is inhaled. Activity that disturbs asbestos causing these small fibers to float in air increases the chances of inhalation and the contraction of asbestos-related diseases.”


U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon will receive the Tribute of Hope Award for his steadfast commitment to protecting the civil rights of asbestos victims and furthering our progress toward a national federal ban. U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon will receive the Tribute of Hope Award for her steadfast commitment to protecting the civil rights of asbestos victims and furthering our progress toward a national federal ban. Patrick J. Morrison will be presented with the Tribute of Inspiration Award for his unwavering commitment to protecting public health and the environment from toxic exposures. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), will receive the Tribute of Unity Award for their relentless efforts to protect public health, ban asbestos, and increase public awareness about the danger of asbestos. Jock McCulloch, will be honored posthumously with the Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his tireless dedication to increasing awareness about asbestos and for his contributions for truth and justice. Jukka Takala, DSc, MSc, BSC, will be recognized with the Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his tireless dedication to increasing awareness about asbestos to eliminate diseases, and research that leads to a cure. Chris Graham and Michael Gillard will be recognized with the The Andrew Schneider Memorial Award for their excellent investigative journalism. Daniel Pineda Gonzรกlez will be recognized with the Alan Reinstein Award for his commitment to education, advocacy, and providing support to countless patients and families. Eric Jonckheere will be recognized with the Alan Reinstein Award for his commitment to education, advocacy, and providing support to countless patients and families. Annamarie Kearns will be recognized with the Alan Reinstein Award for her commitment to education, advocacy, and providing support to countless patients and families. Rachel Shaneyfelt will be honored posthumously with the Alan Reinstein Award for her commitment to education, advocacy, and providing support to countless patients and families. Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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Senator Jeff Merkley Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley is presented with the 2018 Tribute of Hope Award for his steadfast commitment to awareness, prevention, and policy to eliminate asbestos-related diseases. In November of 2017, Senator Merkley introduced The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act, legislation to eliminate human or environmental exposure to asbestos. The bill is named after Alan Reinstein, who passed away in 2006 at the age of 66 from mesothelioma. Ann Samuelson, ADAO’s Western Regional Representative, said, “Senator Merkley and Representative Suzanne Bonamici make me proud to be an Oregonian. Standing strong for public safety and health is the number one job of any elected official. I and our global community thank you for supporting a ban of asbestos in the United States with your sponsorship of the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Act.” Asbestos is still legal in the United States, even though it has been banned in most other developed countries. As an Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Member, Senator Merkley has been a stalwart champion for public health and the environment. Whether it is during an EPW hearing or mark-up, his direct and powerful art of bipartisan communication makes his legislative contributions significant to the present and our future. When it comes to asbestos, Senator Merkley is bold and truthful. As he said last year, “It’s outrageous that in the year 2017, asbestos is still allowed in the United States. It’s time for us to catch up to the rest of the developed world and ban this dangerous public health threat once and for all.” Embracing education, Senator Merkley has been a leader in various asbestos awareness campaigns, cosponsoring the 14th National Asbestos Awareness Week Resolution designating April 1st through 7th as a week of lifesaving asbestos awareness. ADAO congratulates Senator Merkley on receiving the 2018 Tribute of Hope Award for furthering progress toward a national federal asbestos ban. We are extremely grateful to him for keeping hope alive that asbestos and its diseases will soon be a thing of the past. Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.

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Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici is presented with the 2018 Tribute of Hope Award for her steadfast commitment to awareness, prevention, and policy to eliminate asbestos-related diseases. Congresswoman Bonamici represents the First Congressional District of Oregon, in the northwest part of the state. She serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce in Congress and the Committee of Science, Space, and Technology, where she is top Democratic member on the Subcommittee on the Environment. The Congresswoman works to address the causes and risks of global climate change, and to ensure that policy decisions are based on science. Public education is one of Suzanne’s top priorities. Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act in 2016, requiring the EPA to undertake a safety assessment of asbestos. That assessment has not yet been completed. In February of 2018, Bonamici introduced The Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act, which amends the Toxic Substances Control Act to require the EPA to complete the assessment and impose a ban on asbestos within 18 months. “The United States should have already joined the more than 50 countries that have banned asbestos. We have known about the dangers of asbestos for decades, and many countries have banned it for good reason. It’s past time for Congress to take action and save lives,” said Congresswoman Bonamici. “Congress and the EPA must immediately work together to protect the health of our communities from this known carcinogen. There is no reason that more families should have to suffer. We must protect our communities and make sure that nobody else is exposed to this deadly toxin.” ADAO Western Regional Representative Ann Samuelson said, “Representative Bonamici and Senator Jeff Merkley make me proud to be an Oregonian. Standing strong for public safety and health is the number one job of any elected official. I and our global community thank you for supporting a ban of asbestos in the United States with your sponsorship of the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Act.” ADAO is extremely grateful for the support of Congresswoman Bonamici. It is our honor to recognize her with the Tribute of Hope Award for her leadership to protect public health and the environment. Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.

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Patrick J. Morrison Patrick J. Morrison is recognized with the 2018 Tribute of Inspiration Award for his unwavering commitment to protecting public health and our environment from toxic exposures. Patrick is assistant to the general president for Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine for the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). The union, headquartered in Washington, DC, represents more than 310,000 professional firefighters and paramedics in the United States and Canada who protect 85 percent of the nation’s population. More than 3,200 affiliates and their members protect communities in every state in the United States and in Canada. The IAFF is one of the most active lobbying organizations in Washington; its political action committee, FIREPAC, is among the top 1% of the more than 4,000 federal PACs in the country. Prior to joining the IAFF, Patrick was a career firefighter for 21 years with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Fairfax, Virginia. Dedicated to the firefighters, he used his expertise and understanding to help develop and support programs that improved firefighters’ overall physical and mental health, address their medical needs, and increase protections from the hazardous elements of firefighting. In 2005, Patrick was one of the first professionals to speak at ADAO’s first conference in Washington, D.C. With passion and conviction, Patrick spoke about the asbestos hazards firefighter faced and the impact on their health. Whether Patrick is on the frontlines of an emergency or facing lawmakers on Capitol Hill, he is driven by his knowledge that prevention and policy are essential to protecting public health and the environment from asbestos and other toxins. ADAO congratulates Patrick for earning the 2018 Tribute of Inspiration Award, and we sincerely thank him for his years of services and the invaluable work he continues to do to raise asbestos awareness and advocate for a ban.

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Environmental Working Group Environmental Working Group (EWG) is the recipient of the 2018 Tribute of Unity Award for its relentless effort to protect public health, ban asbestos, and increase public awareness about the dangers of asbestos. For more than two decades, this nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has been dedicated to helping people live healthier lives in a healthier environment. EWG’s groundbreaking research has changed the debate over environmental health. From households to Capitol Hill, EWG’s teams of scientists, policy experts, lawyers, communication experts, and programmers have worked tirelessly to ensure someone is standing up for public health when government and industry won’t. Through their reports, online databases, mobile apps, and communications and advocacy campaigns, EWG educates and empowers consumers to make safer and more informed decisions concerning the products they buy and the companies they support. Ken Cook, co-founder of EWG, hopes that people who think of themselves as smart shoppers will become environmental advocates. EWG offers consumer guides and apps that list and explain the chemicals and substances used in cleaning, cosmetics, tap water, and more. In addition, they have published lists of the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen,” the shopper’s guides to pesticides. In 2004, EWG launched the in-depth report, “ASBESTOS: THINK AGAIN,” with data and internal industry memos that helped expose the asbestos industry’s decades long cover-up of the threat: “Of the dozens of case histories of industrial pollution that EWG has developed through its Chemical Industry Archives, none shocked or angered us more than the story of cold, calculating indifference to human life that emerges from the memos, correspondence, and studies of the asbestos industries and their insurance companies.” While searching for medical treatment for Alan, Linda found EWG’s “ASBESTOS: THINK AGAIN” report. Undoubtedly, EWG helped fuel her anger for change, and that opened the door to a friendship that would endure numerous political opportunities and challenges. ADAO deeply respects EWG’s mission, vision, and dedication to public health and the environment. As partners in the struggle, EWG has supported ADAO in numerous Congressional Staff Briefings, strategic campaigns, and legislative efforts. On behalf of our ADAO family, we sincerely thank EWG for their steadfastness and leadership in working to prevent asbestos exposure and save people from preventable asbestos-caused cancer and disease. We send our heartfelt congratulations to EWG for being recognized as the 2018 2018 Tribute of Unity Award Honoree. Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.

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Dr. Jukka Takala Dr. Jukka Takala is recognized with the 2018 Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of his tireless dedication to increasing awareness about asbestos in order to eliminate diseases and lead to a cure. A senior consultant at the Workplace Safety and Health Institute (WSH) and adjunct professor at Tampere University of Technology, Finland, this world-renowned doctor has more than 40 years of experience in occupational safety. Prior to joining the WSH Institute, he was the director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and held several positions in the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Africa, Asia, and at the ILO Headquarters for the global InFocus Programme on Safework in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering, a Doctorate in Engineering, and is currently President of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH). Dr. Takala researches the conditions and environment of workers in almost every country in the world. He is disappointed that today, in 2018, the occupational conditions remain unacceptable, leading to the deaths of millions, and the suffering of their family members. He said, “We know that these problems are not caused by unavoidable natural disasters but by preventable human-made hazards.” He attributes the avoidable asbestos-caused deaths to the inability of the governments, parliaments, and employers to accept the evidence and ban the known carcinogen. He stated, “We can see that those countries that banned asbestos some 35 years ago — without any exceptions — have very low mesothelioma rates for younger workers that entered the workforce after the ban.” Dr. Richard Lemen shared, “Jukka Takala’s dedication and leadership has influenced governments around the globe, saving multiple thousands of lives and mitigating suffering. I am pleased he has accepted this prestigious award honoring all his service for workers around the world.” ADAO is proud to honor Dr. Takala with the 2018 Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award and thanks him for his commitment and advocacy to reduce asbestos exposure and asbestos-related diseases worldwide.

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Jock McCulloch Jock McCulloch, PhD, is honored posthumously with the 2018 Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to increasing awareness about asbestos, and for his outstanding contributions to exposing the psychosocial, political, and labor abuses of the asbestos trade. Professor McCulloch was an author and emeritus professor of history in the School of Global, Urban, and Social Studies at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Melbourne, Australia. He learned of asbestos in the 1980s, while employed by the Federal Parliament as a legislative research specialist, where one of his jobs was to read newspapers from abroad. At that time, the bankruptcy of Johns Manville, the largest U.S. asbestos corporation, was big news. Jock researched the impact of the industry, doing field work and research for years in asbestos hotspots. He penned articles, including, “Shooting the messenger: the vilification of Irving J. Selikoff” and “Science is not sufficient: Irving J. Selikoff and the asbestos tragedy.” Along with Geoffrey Tweedale, Jock wrote the award-winning book about the asbestos industry, Defending the Indefensible. Dr. Pavla Miller, Jock’s partner and a historical sociologist, shared the story of how the book came to be: “Both had been struck by fresh statistics, which showed that most of the world’s asbestos had been mined after 1960. How was this possible after the world learned that asbestos could cause mesothelioma, even in persons with only environmental exposure? A jointly-authored book set out to answer this question by exploring the sophisticated (and often hidden) ways in which the asbestos industry had mounted a powerful rear-guard action.” Jock was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017, likely having been exposed during his work in South Africa during the mid-1990s. Jock chose not to have chemotherapy and passed away in January 2018. “Jock had some idea about the possibility of being awarded this honor before he died,” said Pavla. “He was immensely proud of this recognition, not least because of his deep respect for Irving Selikoff. The Selikoff papers had an important impact on Defending the Indefensible. Jock recognized that the key to ridding the world of asbestos involved an international effort…against a ruthless global industry.” If Jock could be with us this weekend, his message would be simple, Pavla said “Asbestos products are used in settings where consumers expect to be protected. They are not. What has been shown to make the biggest difference in controlling health risks is banning asbestos mining and the use of new products.”

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Chris Graham and Michael Gillard Chris Graham and Michael Gillard are recognized with the 2018 Andrew Schneider Memorial Award for their excellent investigative journalism. Chris Graham is publisher and editor of New Matilda, an independent media outlet in Australia (NewMatilda.com). As the former founding managing editor of the National Indigenous Times and Tracker magazine, Chris has also won a Walkley Award, a Walkley High Commendation, and two Human Rights Awards for his reporting. Chris lives in Brisbane, splitting his time between Stradbroke Island, where New Matilda is based, and mainland Australia. Michael Gillard is a freelance journalist writing about corruption, corporate malfeasance, and organized crime. His books include Untouchables: Dirty cops, bent justice and racism in Scotland Yard (2012), and For Queen and Currency: Audacious fraud, greed and gambling at Buckingham Palace (2015). Formerly a member of both The Guardian and Sunday Times investigation units, Michael has twice been awarded the U.K.’s prestigious “Journalist of the Year” award, and in 2013 received “Investigation of the Year.” Kathy Best, editor of the Missoulian shared, "ADAO chose well in recognizing Chris and Michael with the inaugural Andrew Schneider award." In March of 2017, Graham and Gillard teamed up for the New Matilda special investigation LETHAL LIES: How A Corporate Spy For A Kazakhstan Company Infiltrated The Global Anti-Asbestos Network. They reported that, “Parliamentarians, public health officials, activists, academics, unionists, scientists, and human rights lawyers from the UK to Australia were targeted between 2012 and 2016. The global spying operation…involved placing a corporate spy at the heart of the anti-asbestos movement, which for more than a decade has been building gradual momentum for a world-wide ban on the deadly mineral.” In April 2017, Gillard followed up LETHAL LIES with LETHAL LIES PART TWO: Unmasking The Men Behind The Global Spying Ring. The investigator exposed the spy and his greedy corporate backers, following the trail that included Australia, Kazakhstan, Singapore, Russia, Brazil, and the U.S. In Part Two, Gillard disclosed that New Matilda had come under four separate but nearly identical legal attacks as a result of the first exposé. The global struggle to ban asbestos is an uphill battle against deep-pocketed lobbyists, pro-asbestos propagandists, and — as Michael and Chris revealed — even spies. Against all of these adversaries, journalists have been some of our greatest allies, shining light on the hidden horrors of the asbestos industry. ADAO congratulates Michael Gillard and Chris Graham on being the first journalists ever honored with the Andrew Schneider Memorial Award, and thanks them for their work to uncover the truth and expose injustice. Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.

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Daniel Pineda González Daniel Pineda González is recognized with the 2018 Alan Reinstein Award for his commitment to education, advocacy, and support of countless patients and families. Daniel is a physicist with a Master of Science degree in geophysics, as well as a specialist in innovation, new technologies, and city management. He is also an expert in digital marketing and management of social networks, and along with his late wife, Ana Cecilia Niño, created the powerful #ColombiaSinAsbesto movement. Daniel is also president of the Ana Cecilia Niño Foundation (#FundaciónACN), and coordinator of the national Network of Caregivers of Patients with Mesothelioma as well as the Latin America Without Asbestos campaign. As a lecturer, Daniel has received awards for his work in the fight against asbestos, such as the “National Award for Digital Social Mobilization” from the Ministry of Technology and Communications of Colombia. He was named one of ten outstanding young leaders in 2017, highlighted by the International Junior Chamber organization. Of his many jobs, however, Daniel’s favorite is driving his daughter, Ana Sofia, around. Daniel and his late wife have been part of the ADAO family for years. As a child, Ana lived near a factory called “Eternit-Colombia,” which used asbestos in the manufacturing of tiles and other products. Ana worked as a journalist exposing the country’s asbestos problem. After giving birth to their daughter, Ana developed severe back pain, which led to her diagnosis. She died of mesothelioma at the age of 41. For Daniel, this award — like all the work he does — is for Ana. “I dedicate it to my wife Ana Cecilia Niño, RIP, and to the thousands of Colombians who die annually due to asbestos,” he said. Daniel and Ana’s documentary, “Inextinguishable,” follows their lives during the first days of her diagnosis. While their story sheds light on the complexity of the asbestos problem, the documentary shows the human capacity to transform pain into love, indignation into action, and the importance of a united citizenry when it comes to generating the change that benefits all. Through it all, Daniel sustains that “love is stronger than cancer.” We must continue to fight, he says, “using all our weapons. Social networks are very important. If we strengthen the global ban asbestos network, more lives can be saved. The law should not be in favor of a few, but of benefit to the quality of life of every human being, in favor of caring for this planet, in favor of the dreams we want our children to live.”

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Eric Jonckheere Eric Jonckheere is recognized with the 2018 Alan Reinstein Award for his commitment to education, advocacy, and providing support to countless patients and families. Eric is a Belgian airline pilot who has known asbestos to be a part of his everyday environment. His grandfather, Paul, helped keep the Eternit factories open during World War 2. Pierre, Eric’s father, worked there as an engineer. Pierre died due to mesothelioma in 1987, at age 59. Then Eric’s mother, Françoise, and brothers, Pierre-Paul and Stephane, suffered the same fate. Eric became an anti-asbestos activist to fight for truth and justice. Eric’s entire village of Kapelle, Belgium, suffers from extensive environmental exposure, but local politicians and union leaders are at the mercy of the plant owners. Since the Jonckheeres’ 11-year fight and victory in the Brussels court, case law and the knowledge of the dangers of asbestos have been brought to the general public’s attention. As president of Asbestos Belgium Victims Association (ABEVA), Eric knows that it is vital to share experiences across borders. Eric was surprised to hear he would be awarded the Alan Reinstein Award. "I never thought an organization from overseas would recognize a Belgian family’s drama and pursuit of justice with such an award. I thought at first that Linda was calling for somebody else. I feel very honored.” “Neither Alan nor Françoise worked with asbestos. Both trusted their regulators, believing that if asbestos was dangerous, the public would never be exposed to this carcinogen. Both had their voices stolen. With this award, I feel very much humbled and reinvigorated in pursuing the fight for justice and better awareness.” Françoise, Eric’s mother, has been called the “Belgian Erin Brockovich.” In Belgium, in exchange for their “silence,” the multinational corporation Eternit had a plan to provide jobs for families and money for asbestos victims. Françoise would not be silenced and refused the settlement, empowering her children to carry on the fight. Eric echoes his mother’s cry for justice. “Polluters must become the payers. The pro-asbestos lobby is alive today; the economic interests of certain countries fight hard against its prohibition. I hope that my voice will help people from being unnecessarily exposed, especially in underdeveloped countries. I hope other families will not have to endure what mine had to go through.” “Meso victims should never give up. Look for good in life even if the months are numbered,” says Eric. “Try to keep anger out of your day-to-day life. Anger drains the energy needed to fight cancer. If you have the strength, speak up! Otherwise, let your family do the talking. I have a bond with asbestos hidden within me. My ‘unwanted neighbor’ and I have frequent dialogues. By doing so, I hope she will leave my health alone.” Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.

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Annamarie Kearns Annamarie Kearns is recognized with the 2018 Alan Reinstein Award for her commitment to education, advocacy, and providing support to countless patients and families. Annamarie was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2014 after she found herself unable to walk without having to stop to catch her breath. Since her diagnosis, she has faced several rounds of chemotherapy and aggressive surgeries. An active volunteer with ADAO, she shares her story in hopes of spreading awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and to advocate for an asbestos ban. From Utah to Washington, DC, Annamarie has met with staffers at ADAO’s 11th Congressional Staff Briefing and urged them to ban asbestos. Annamarie and her family are passionate about banning asbestos, funding research for a cure, and helping others, including creating a “Rockin’ for Meso” event to help raise funds for a cure. Annamarie said, “It is a great honor to be presented the Alan Reinstein Award. I am humbled to receive this award and will continue to fight for asbestos to be banned in the United States.” Speaking of her advocacy, the Mesothelioma Warrior continued, “I am proud that I am able to connect and help with new meso patients through Dr. Sugarbaker’s office. I feel an obligation to help and guide patients where needed.” While she is definitely a fighter, everyone needs extra support for such a battle. Annamarie is quick to shift the honor and share her gratitude with others: “I have a huge support system and have always said that my strength comes from the love I’ve been given from my family and friends.” Asked to share words of wisdom and advice for Mesothelioma Warriors, Annamarie’s reply was simple yet holistic. “My advice to meso patients is to be strong, read something positive daily, have faith, connect with other meso patients through support groups, let people help you, and never give up.” Ms. Kearns has her own message for Congress: “I am a fighter and will not give up until a cure is found for this horrible disease. I have been so blessed by the support from friends, family, and the mesothelioma community, which I am proud to be a part of. I will not stop fighting or advocating until a cure is found. Asbestos should not be legal. We need this lethal substance banned now, so that no other family will have to go through what my family has gone through.” ADAO would like to congratulate Annamarie Kearns on receiving ADAO’s 2018 Alan Reinstein Award and thank her for all her contributions and efforts for the benefit of asbestos victims around the world. Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.

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Rachel Shaneyfelt Rachel Shaneyfelt is honored posthumously with the 2018 Alan Reinstein Award for her commitment to education, advocacy, and support to countless patients and families. Rachel received her mesothelioma diagnosis during her first year of clinical rotations as she studied to become a nurse practitioner. Rachel loved caring for others and held hope close as she fought the disease. Rachel never let her painful struggle stop her — she was one of the rare sort who sees beauty in the ordinary, even in the bleakest moments. One of Rachel’s great joys over the past few years was photographing a particularly statuesque tree every time she drove by it. The images grew into a gorgeous photo album which Rachel shared online. It brought such happiness and serenity to her friends and family to see Rachel’s incredible inner peace through these images. Rachel dedicated her life to helping others, from her career as a nurse to how she spent her personal time. Rachel founded the “God Is Bigger” movement, which brought so many people together to celebrate and strengthen their faith. A movement that started by handing out 130 T-shirts to her colleagues, grew to handing out bracelets to the public and organizing an annual “Thankful Run” to raise awareness about asbestos-related diseases. For Rachel, “God Is Bigger” was more than an organization or a movement, it was her resounding mantra. As she often used to say, “Cancer is big, but GOD IS BIGGER.” Her deep faith inspired and comforted so many. Rachel was also a fiercely dedicated activist fighting for an asbestos-free future. Though she knew legislation couldn’t help her, this selfless soul couldn’t stand the thought of asbestos sickening others. She penned numerous letters to Congress, and even wrote to President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, imploring them to stand up for asbestos victims and protect the health and safety of future Americans. Because of Rachel’s incredible advocacy work and community involvement, ADAO is proud to honor her with the 2018 Alan Reinstein Award. With tender sadness, we will hold a brief tribute and moment of silence during our 2018 Conference Award ceremony when Rachel would have accepted this honor.

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2017 Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Washington D.C. Dr. Raja Flores, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Marie-Claude Jaurand, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Bruce Robinson, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Associação Brasileira Dos Expostos Ao Amianto (ABREA), The Tribute of Unity Award Senator Jon Tester, The Tribute of Hope Award Safer Chemical, Healthy Families, The Tribute of Inspiration Award Quincy Jones, The Warren Zevon “Keep me in Your Heart” Tribute Award The Dioguardi Family, The Alan Reinstein Award The Mattmuller Family, The Alan Reinstein Award David McCumber and Jordan Zevon, Keynote Speakers 2016 Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Washington, D.C. Dr. Phillip Landrigan, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Christine Oliver, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency, The Tribute of Unity Award The Collegium Ramazzini, The Tribute of Hope Award Earl Dotter, The Tribute of Inspiration Award Clarence Borel, The Warren Zevon “Keep me in Your Heart” Tribute Award The Amento Family, The Alan Reinstein Award Christine Winter, The Alan Reinstein Award Paul Brodeur and Dr. Eudice Goldberg, Keynote Speakers 2015 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Washington, D.C. International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), The Tribute of Hope Award Troi Atkinson, The Warren Zevon “Keep me in Your Heart” Award Congressman Bruce Vento, The Warren Zevon “Keep me in Your Heart” Award (2014) Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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Dr. Jorma Rantanen, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award American Public Health Association (APHA), The Tribute of Unity Award The Brazilian Labour Public Ministry, The Tribute of Inspiration Award Ellen Patton, The Alan Reinstein Award Dr. Jorma Rantanen and Sue Vento, Keynote Speakers 2014 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Washington, D.C. The Honorable Henry Waxman, U.S. House of Representatives, The Tribute of Hope Award Congressman Bruce Vento, The Warren Zevon “Keep me in Your Heart” Award Dr. David Egilman, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Ken Takahashi, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award National Association for the Defense of Asbestos Victims (Andeva), The Tribute of Unity Award Bill Ravanesi, The Tribute of Inspiration Award Janelle Bedel, honored posthumously, The Alan Reinstein Award Heather Von St. James, The Alan Reinstein Award Lou Williams, Th Alan Reinstein Award Keynote Speaker: Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, Acting U.S. Surgeon General 2013 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Washington, D.C. The Honorable Lois Capps (D-CA), U.S. House of Representatives, The Tribute of Hope Award Jordan Zevon, The Warren Zevon “Keep me in Your Heart” Award Dr. Celeste Monforton, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, The Tribute of Unity Award Karen Banton, The Tribute of Inspiration Award Rob Cagle, The Alan Reinstein Award Mavis Nye, The Alan Reinstein Award Dr. Aubrey Miller, Keynote Speaker 2012 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Manhattan Beach, CA The Honorable Steve Cohen (D-TN), U.S. House of Representatives, The Tribute of Hope Award Actor Steve McQueen, The Warren Zevon “Keep me in Your Heart” Award Dr. Arthur Frank, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Richard Lemen, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is a registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization

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Associazione Familiari Vittime Amianto (AFEVA), The Tribute of Unity Award Joel Shufro, The Tribute of Inspiration Award Debbie Brewer, The Alan Reinstein Award Larry Davis, The Alan Reinstein Award Matt Peacock, Keynote Speaker 2011 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Atlanta, GA The Honorable Max Baucus, United States Senator, The Tribute of Hope Award Ron Cyrus, The Warren Zevon “Keep me in Your Heart” Award Dr. Guadalupe Aguilar Madrid, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Environmental Information Association, The Tribute of Unity Award Sugio Furuya, The Tribute of Inspiration Award Julie Gundlach, The Alan Reinstein Award Dr. Linda Rae Murray, Keynote Speaker 2010 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Chicago, IL The Honorable Richard Durbin, United States Senator, The Tribute of Hope Award Army Archerd, The Warren Zevon “Keep me in Your Heart” Award Dr. Hedy Kindler, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Center of Asbestos Related Disease (CARD), The Tribute of Unity Award Fernanda Ginnasi, The Tribute of Inspiration Award June Briet, honored posthumously, The Alan Reinstein Memorial Award Jordan Barab, Keynote Speaker 2009 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Manhattan Beach, CA The Honorable Barbara Boxer, United States Senator, Tribute of Hope Dr. Stephen Levin, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Peg Seminario, AFL/CIO, The Tribute of Unity Award Pralhad Malvadkar and Raghunath Manwar, The Tribute of Inspiration Award Dominick Marzicola, honored posthumously, The Alan Reinstein Award Andrew Schneider, Keynote Speaker

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2008 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Detroit, MI Dr. Aubrey Miller, Tribute of Hope Barry Castleman, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Canadian Auto Workers, The Tribute of Unity Award John Thayer, Former US Capitol Tunnel Worker Supervisor and Asbestos Victim, The Tribute of Inspiration Award John McNamara, honored posthumously, Alan Reinstein Award Terry Lynch, Keynote Speaker 2007 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Philadelphia, PA The Honorable Patty Murray, United States Senator, Tribute of Hope Dr. Michael Harbut, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Patrick Martin, Member of Canadian Parliament, The Tribute of Unity Award Paul Zygielbaum and Michelle Zygielbaum, The Tribute of Inspiration Award Les Skramstad, honored posthumously, The Alan Reinstein Award Dr. Peter Orris, Keynote Speaker 2006 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Day Honorees – New York City, NY The Honorable Harry Reid, United States Senator, The Tribute of Hope Award Paul Brodeur, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award Dr. Yasunosuke Suzuki, The Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award James Fite, The Tribute of Unity Award The Honorable Chuck Strahl, Member of Parliament, Canada, The Tribute of Inspiration Paul Brodeur, Keynote Speaker 2005 ADAO Asbestos Awareness Conference Honorees – Washington, DC Gayla Benefield, The Tribute of Hope Award Laurie Kazan-Allen, The Tribute of Unity Award Jill Vaughn, The Tribute of Inspiration Award

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Jordan Zevon Jordan Zevon, ADAO's National Spokesman, is a talented American singer, musician, and songwriter. After his father, Warren Zevon, died from Mesothelioma in 2003 Jordan was moved to work with the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), and he has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and talent to help raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos. As a passionate advocate, Jordan has traveled to Washington DC countless times to join ADAO in meetings with Congress and key administration staff. He was instrumental in his leadership role of ADAO’s product testing that uncovered dangerous asbestos fibers in a children’s toy. He also regularly presents before the press and on behalf of ADAO to help educate the public about asbestos dangers and share his personal story. He has donated his wonderful musical talents at ADAO and non-ADAO events and participated in public service announcements – beautifully advocating through his wonderful gift. Jordan’s musical career is impressive. He was executive producer of his father's final album, The Wind and also coproduced Enjoy Every Sandwich: The Songs of Warren Zevon, which features an all-star cast of singers and musicians. Jordan released a self-titled EP and the full-length album, “Inside’s Out” featuring, “The Joke’s On Me” which he performed on The Late Show with David Letterman. Presently, Jordan is hard at work on his new album “Strictly From Hunger.” Jordan's immeasurable commitment to asbestos victims, coupled with his musical gifts, has provided a united voice that will continue to raise public awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure and asbestos-related diseases. Thank you Jordan for your years of dedicated support, inspirational story, and beautiful songs.

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Barbara McQueen Barbara McQueen and Jordan Zevon lead the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s (ADAO) national Celebrity Board efforts and have brought an even stronger voice to ADAO’s message through their work. Barbi is the widow of American film star, Steve McQueen, in addition to a former model and photographer. She is also the author of Steve McQueen: The Last Mile Revisited, which documents the three-and-a-half year relationship between the two and includes candid photographs from 1977 to 1980. Since its publication, ADAO has presented Barbi’s book to experts and organizations in more than 10 countries, helping spread awareness about asbestos and asbestos-related diseases. She has also hosted several art exhibits of her work with shows in London, Tokyo, San Francisco, Nashville, Phoenix and Idaho, where she resides. Since 2011, Barbi has been working with ADAO. It was an honor to recognize Steve McQueen with the 2012 Warren Zevon “Keep Me in Your Heart” Memorial Tribute, which Barbi accepted on behalf of her late husband, delivered a keynote speech, and led a book signing at the conference Tribute Dinner, “Steve McQueen: The King of Cool.” Barbi has been a strong supporter of ADAO and advocate on behalf of asbestos victims and their families, even traveling to Capitol Hill with ADAO to speak out against asbestos and in support of prevention and a ban. Special thanks to Barbi for her support over the years! Her voice truly makes a difference.

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Steve McQueen

Photographer Dave Friedman

1930-1980

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RON CYRUS

“ My dad was everything to me and most of all he was my best friend. His character, trustworthiness and dedication made him a wonderful role model. If only money could bring better health, he would be with us today. I support ADAO and their efforts to ban asbestos. We all must work together in this fight. ADAO has my continued support in making everyone aware of this deadly disease.” — Billy Ray Cyrus


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IN MEMORIAM


Jock McCulloch 1945 – 2018

Mesothelioma Warrior, Author, and Revered Colleague Australia


In Loving Memory of Alan Reinstein 1939 – 2006

Unforgettable Husband and Father Sweetly, we remember how you lived your life so deeply and without regrets. You loved us unconditionally. The broken shards of the past ten years soften amongst 25 years of bliss and have become a cherished mosaic of memories. Our love for you is for-ever etched across our hearts, and we feel your love.

Love,

Linda and Emily


Bill Shields 1943-2004

Husband, Father, Friend

You are never forgotten and you were an inspiration in founding ADAO – so that all victims may have a voice. Your spirit still soars on the wings of a seagull, and our memories will always keep you alive in our hearts, minds and souls forever. From your loving family and friends


Love and Miss You In Memory of Clarence Borel

1912-1970 I still miss you each day. Your kindness, thoughtfulness and love of God will be with me always. I appreciated the advice you would have for me. You were a great example as a husband and father. You were respected and looked up to by every man we ever worked with. Miss you, Bracy


In Memory of Joe Amento, Jr. June 19, 1950 - July 26, 2003 Ambler, PA There are  many  things  I  miss  about  my  Dad.  One  thing   is   the   smell   of   him   when   he   walked   through   the   backdoor.   I   also   miss   his   optimism.   He   was   also   happy   and   always   told   me,   no  matter  how  bad  the  situation  that  everything  was  going  to   be   alright.   I   also   miss   having   fun   with   him.   He   always   made   me   laugh   whenever   I   was   unhappy;   he   always   let   me   win   no   matter  how  much  my  Mom  disagreed  to  it.     There  are  also  experiences  I  never  got  to  share  with  my   Dad.  We  never  played  a  real  game  of  tennis  together  (I   learned   recently   that   he   was   a   tennis   coach).   I’ve   been   taking   tennis   lessons,  and  it  would  be  great  to  have  him  as  my  tennis  coach.   He   taught   me   to   play   chess   when   we   were   visiting   my   Great   Our  Family  Picture,  Christmas  2002   Uncle  Jimmy.  I  have  learned  so  much  about  chess  in  the  5  plus   years   since   he’s   been   gone.   I’d   bet   that   if   we   played   chess   today,  he  would  probably  move  his  Queen  right  next  to  my  Rook  so  that  I  could  take  it.    I  miss  you  Dad.       Love,     Your  Son,     Joe  (2009)  

What can  I  say  about  my  Dad?  I  could  go  on  for  eternity  explaining  to  you  how  amazing  my  Dad  was.  He  still  is.  I   swear  he  is  an  angel  sent  from  heaven  above  to  be  with  us.  I  still  can't  get  over  how  lucky  we  were  to  have  him.  I  did't   deserve  to  have  his  goodness.  I  couldn't  have  asked  for  a  better  father.  He  was  a  saint.  I  can  imagine  him  now:  St.  Joseph   Amento,  Jr.     My  Dad  was  the  best  father  and  husband  in  the  world.  Although  I  only  knew  Dad  for  8  years  of  my  life,  I  have  to   say  those  were  the  greatest  years  of  my  life.  He  made  me  who  I  am  today.  Sometimes  I  still  think  how  unfair  it  is,  how   utterly  wrong  it  is  to  have  him  gone.  I  know  heaven  really  needed  him  up  there  but  couldn't  heaven  have  waited  until  he   walked  me  down  the  aisle?  I  can  imagine  it.  He'd  be  whispering  in  my  ear,  "My  baby  doll."  We'd  both  be  crying  as  he  led   me   to   the   man   of   my   dreams.   I   know   my   husband-­‐to-­‐be   would   have   felt   as   if   my   Dad   were   his   Dad   too   because   my   Dad   made   everyone   feel   that   way.   He   had   room   in   his   heart   for   everyone.   He   did.   He   would   have   gladly   shared   his   love   with   everyone.  He  was  such  a  good  man.  He  would  have  opened  his  arms  to  the  asbestos  CEOs  and  forgiven  them  for  killing   him.  I'm  not  even  kidding.     My  Dad  was  the  best  baseball  player  ever.  He  was  even  better  than  Mickey  Mantle  and  Scott  Rolen.  He  was  a   better  basketball  player  than  Michael  Jordan  and  Yao  Ming  combined.  He  was  a  better  coach  than  anyone  I  have  ever   known.  I  can't  remember  when  there  wasn't  a  huge  smile  on  his  face  when  he  was  coaching.  He  never  stopped  helping   kids  and  giving  them  advice.  He  never  ever  yelled  at  kids.  I  think  he'd  rather  stop  playing  baseball  himself  then  ever  do   that.  Baseball  was  his  all  time  favorite  sport  and  he  taught  me  even  when  he  was  sick.  I  swear  I  was  better  when  I  was  8   years   old   than   I   am   now.   I   still   play   softball   in   his   memory   and   I   know   he   is   cheering   me   on.   He   taught   me   all   there   is   to   know  about  softball  and  I  was  a  pro  when  I  was  8.  He  was  the  perfect  coach  and  I  know  that  there  was  not  one  time  that   any   kid   was   ever   mad   or   afraid   of   him.   My   Dad   never   played   favorites   during   a   game.   He   played   every   person  

equally even  when  some  of  the  other  kids  weren't  very  good.  He'd  say  at  first  base  you  were  doing  great.  He   gave  the  whole  team  confidence.     I  love  you,  Dad,  and  I  miss  you.   Love,   Your  Daughter,   Julie  (2009)  


Larry Davis 2012 The Alan Reinstein Award Honoree

Larry has boldly and tirelessly worked to ban asbestos and fund research for a cure. His Miles for Meso events have taken the fight against mesothelioma to the streets, and has made a difference to many lives in the United States and around the world.


A life ended way too soon. Husband, Father, Lover and Friend Our lives will never be the same. I will love you forever. ~ Lisa ~


JOHN MIKULIC

John was just getting ready to retire when he got the death sentence that he had asbestos caused mesothelioma. After the shock of the news, we tried to make the most of the time and spent every minute of every day together.

05/04/1946 ~ 09/22/2013 DIAGNOSED 08/10/12

Today, I still miss his touch, holding hands, feeling his arms around me and that kiss each morning to start the day. Asbestos has ended John’s life ~ & in some ways, it has ended my life as well. There is an emptiness that will always be present in my life and I will forever miss my wonderful, loving husband. Not a day passes that he isn’t on my mind. My heart aches every single day and I am lost without him. I love you John & I will miss you everyday for the rest of my life.

~~ Michele~~


A Lifetime Away The leaves have fallen from the trees And summer days are gone. Lingering twilight in the chilling breeze And the end of the robin's song.

Ray Hoover

June 21, 1956 – October 17, 2009

All of my life I searched for you Not knowing it until that day When you appeared out of the blue After almost a lifetime away. Somehow we knew that time would fly And yet we embraced our love. We had time to laugh and sometimes cry And we thanked our Father above. We now had hope for each new day And each other to comfort at night. You always had something tender to say And made everything seem all right. When sickness came and would not leave With courage I watched you fight. We prayed each day and tried to believe That somehow it would be all right. But time was slipping away... Faster each day, it seemed. With dignity and grace you continued to pray And at night, of Heaven, we dreamed. Heaven is where you are, its true, Above the storm clouds and rain, Where the sky is so eternally blue And there is no more sickness or pain. Time is passing still faster each day And at night I miss holding your hand, But I remember you taught me to pray And to believe in the Promised Land. The trees will be dressed in leaves so new And summer days will re-appear. Twilight will become the eternal blue And the robin will sing so clear. It is a great comfort to know that you Are not really so far away, And you will appear out of the blue, After almost a lifetime away. Š By Anonymous

Raymond F. Hoover diagnosed March 12, 2008 with malignant pleural mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure.


Don McNamara 1951

2012

IN MEMORY OF DON & ALL AFFECTED BY ASBESTOS He had a laugh you'll never forget...loved to joke & give people a hard time but was always there for friends family & strangers. Carrie McNamara


TODD HALL Lexington, KY 1967-2006

In Todd’s memory, his family initiated legislation for September 26th to be recognized as Mesothelioma Awareness Day annually in KY. KY SB62 passed in 2010.

Todd was most known for his loving and genuine personality. He was always willing to lend a hand to those in need, never expecting anything in return. Todd possessed an infectious smile and led an adventurous life. Mesothelioma ended his zest for life and adventures much too soon, leaving a void for those who loved him. He battled mesothelioma valiantly. Thanks to ADAO for the opportunity to promote the ban of asbestos in Todd’s memory. Nothing is as tragic as losing someone you love to a preventable disease. Todd’s Family & Friends


Rachel Shaneyfelt 1967 – 2017

Dedicated Mesothelioma Warrior United States


Lou Williams' 2017 Tribute


Lou Williams 1955 – 2017

Mesothelioma Warrior Extraordinaire Australia


John Schaffer 1941 – 2016

The world lost a most wonderful person December 4, 2016 and I lost my wonderful, loving husband all because of Mesothelioma cancer caused by asbestos. He fought the fight for 2 1/2 years, never giving up, enduring so much, even though some days I know it was so hard for him and he worried about me and not himself. That is just how John always was. When he started getting worse in November and he went on home hospice care, we both knew that our time together was soon coming to an end. His heart was strong and he did fight it - they say that a dying person always holds out for only one person, and that person was me - we had such a great loving marriage. I told him over and over that everything would be okay - the morning he died, he opened his eyes wide and mouthed the words, "I love you" - I kissed him goodbye and he died in my arms. This is something that I will never forget and it is very hard facing each day without him. I miss him so much. More and more people are diagnosed with this horrible cancer every day and it just has to stop.

Love,

Rosemary


Gordon Bankhead 1943 – 2011

“Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” Remembering Seven Seventeen Love, Emily


Stan “Swede” Grimberg Union Plumber Local 290/Oregon Mesothelioma Warrior

April 18, 1929 - June 6, 1982

“You are on my shoulder, encouraging me always to move forward, look ahead, work hard, and make the best of what I’m given. I will tell your story Dad, so that other tradesmen and women will not suffer, and their sons and daughters will not lose their parents to deadly asbestos. By volunteering with ADAO I honor you, your fighting spirit, and the injustice our family has endured.” Love you, always and forever your daughter,

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Ana 1975 – 2017

Your idea is still alive and stronger than ever. Love, Daniel #ColombiaSinAsbesto


In Loving Memory

JAN EGERTON 1960 - 2014

A true Mesothelioma Warrior who inspired, supported others and continued to raise awareness while fighting her own battle. Jan is sadly missed by her soul mate and much loved husband Gary. She was an adoring Mummy to Lexi and Bear, a beloved Sister and Auntie and a wonderful friend to many others around the world. An angel who is loved so much - spread your wings – and fly now that you are without pain.


Remembering Kenny Beer 1950 - 2011

Not a day goes by that we don’t think of you You brought happiness to every life you touched. We shared our love of family & friends…….our passion for golf, fine wine and our great joy in spending time together…… we had so much more life to live. Our family’s center…… forever loved & missed Love always Marli & Stewart, The Beer & Stewart families Together we can make a difference by supporting the Asbestos Awareness Disease Organization….. thanks for all you do to raise awareness and your dedication to the fight to ban asbestos use worldwide.


Jeffrey Melford 1957 – 2016

Dedicated Mesothelioma Warrior United States


Ronald H. Diana 1946 -2005 Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Friend


Giuseppe Manfredi Former AFeVA President

1949 – 2016

Giuseppe taught us courage and love for life. With his experience with asbestos illness, he showed the dignity of the victims and supported those affected by the same tragedy. Respectfully,

Giuliana Busto AFeVA President


IN LOVING MEMORY JALAL (JJ) SEGMEN

MESOTHELIOMA WARRIOR 06/21/1955 – 08/31/2007

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ð Your gentle face and patient smile With sadness we recall, You had a kindly word for each And died beloved by all. The voice is mute and stilled the heart That loved us well and true, Ah, bitter was the trial to part From one so good as you. You are not forgotten loved one Nor will you ever be, As long as life and memory last We will remember thee. We miss you now, our hearts are sore, As time goes by we miss you more. Your loving smile, your gentle face, No one can fill your empty place.


Daniel Cunningham 1949 – 2016

Dan is the love of my life, and his recent loss is a painful memory of how much I miss him. Dan fought a long and painful battle with mesothelioma with such grace and a “never give up” spirit. He is a shining example to his children, grandchildren, family, and friends who also love and miss him. Love and peace!

Love,

Barbara


ADAO pays  tribute  to  the  bravery  and  strength  of…  

Michael Bradley   1984  -­‐  2014  

“Not only  am  I  fighting  asbestos  related  cancer,  but  I  am  putting  myself  on   the  frontline  in  the  battle  against  the  mining  and  use  of  asbestos.”   -­‐  Michael

“Three years  ago  today  I  took  my  son  Michael  Bradley  to  the  hospital  in  awful  pain.   This  was  the  start  to  a  long  painful  journey  that  ended  April  24,  2014.  Michael   suffers  no  more.  Our  pain  remains.  All  because  of  asbestos  that  was  preventable.   I  love  you  Michael.”   -­‐  Sandra  Neuenschwander,  February  14,  2015


Robbie Cagle   Meso  Warrior   July  22,  1965  –  September  11,  2011  

There are so many things that I would like to say about this wonderful man but there is just not enough room. He was my Soul Mate: a very dedicated and loving husband, friend, father, son, brother and most recently a grandfather. He absolutely loved to fish, ride his Harley and play golf. Rob could tell a story like no one else I know. He was such a people person and never met a stranger. He had a smile and one of those personalities that just lit up a room. Loved lending a helping hand. In fact, the night before he was placed in hospice care, he was DJing for a benefit. The courage that he displayed through 6 years of mesothelioma and too many chemo treatments to count, was such an awesome example for others and a true testament to his life. Encouraging others till the end he affected and infected so many people’s lives. Rob was an advocate for fighting this disease and the total ban of asbestos. This disease took his life but it never ever took his spirit and passion for living. He never gave up. I believe he would want to say to those battling this nasty disease:

Don’t give up!! Live Every Day!! Love with your whole heart!! Keep fighting for a ban and a cure!! and as only he could say...

“It’s All Good!!!" Rob, You will be missed more than words can describe. See you in heaven. Love, Jill


Susan Hall 1941 – 2016

Susan Hall: mother, grandmother, wife, friend, nurse, volunteer, activist, folkie, great birthday card giver Haileybury, Montreal, Newfoundland, Tanzania, Nepal, and Winnipeg.

With Love,

Dorothy, for the Birthday Brunch gang


Winona Belle Esposito 05/19/24~~~06/30/09 Life was good for my Mom. We talk everyday, sometimes more than once. Mom had her children, grands, great grands and great great grands that would visit her in Spencer, MA. On February 21, 2007 my Mom was diagnosed with Mesothelioma caused from asbestos. We had never heard of Mesothelioma and we certainly learned with her first visit to her oncologist that chemotherapy would begin and there was no cure to this horrible disease. My mom was living in MA and I was in VT. It was a 3 hr drive one way and I was the one responsible for taking Mom to appointments. After awhile it was too much and I decided to move her to Vermont. This was a huge change for her after living her whole life in MA away from all her family. I did what was in the best interest of my Mother and her quality of life. I have a lot to be thankful for ~ my Mom showed me love, how to garden, to respect nature, to sew and to cook ~ all the things a loving Mother teaches her children. Sometimes we would go into the woods to look for “lady slippers” so Mom could transplant them into her beautiful shade gardens. I loved to listen to Mom’s stories of her childhood as well as learn about her heritage. My Mother was everything to me and not a day goes by I don’t think of her in one way or another. Every time I hear a bird, as she would whistle with them, or see a frog of some sort I am reminded of my wonderful Mom. There is a hole in my heart and a void that will never be filled.


“A tribute to all the victims of asbestosrelated diseases who are still fighting we will conquer this together�

Renee and Katherine


Stephen W ride 1947 – 2016

Soulmate, father, brother, uncle, friend, artist, photographer, traveler, crossword solver, walking encyclopedia and Meso Warrior for nearly 7 years‌we hold you in our hearts forever, with love. Love,

Linda


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The Andrew Schneider Memorial Lecture

This year’s ADAO conference includes a new recognition: The Andrew Schneider Memorial Lecture. When Linda Reinstein first asked me about creating this recognition for Andy, my journalism hero and the love of my life, I was deeply conflicted. I remember, vividly, Andy telling me he never wanted to write another story about asbestos. Until, that is, his reporting uncovered a new outrage, a new threat to public health, that needed to be told. And then he told it, with facts, compassion, depth and context. As Dr. Aubrey Miller, senior medical advisor for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, said at a memorial service last year following Andy’s death: “His pen gave voice to countless individuals in our nation, and globally, to protect and better their lives.’’ I hope this recognition from ADAO will encourage other journalists to continue shining light on this public health menace and will give them — and all of you — inspiration to keep up the fight, no matter what the odds. Thank you for this recognition. But thank you, especially, for never giving up. Kathy Best


Andrew Schneider 1942 – 2017

Andrew Schneider was a preeminent investigative journalist who was relenteless in covering asbestos issues, famously exposing the Libby, Montana crisis. Our lives have been forever changed because of his tenacity, fearlessness, and his pen. As a true legend, he will live on through his work and remain in our hearts. As Dr. Richard Lemen said, "Well done, Andy, the life you chose and lived has made our world a better place.� With love and sadness,

The ADAO Family


The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization thanks

Barbara Minty McQueen for her commitment to ADAO, support on the Hill, and generous donation of autographed copies of her beautiful photographic memoir Steve McQueen:

The Last Mile Revisited.

Visit www.barbaramintymcqueen.com to view photos of Barbara with her late husband Steve McQueen and order copies of her book.


Bill was a wonderful husband, soul mate, best friend, best dad of 3 grown sons, big brother to 9 siblings, favorite uncle to many nephews & nieces, and beloved grandfather. He loved collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia and was an avid collector of Ford Motor Co. artifacts, where he retired in 2012 after 46-years of dedicated service. Bill spent many trips scouting for pieces to add to his collections and so looked forward to spending retirement years traveling the country and the world and sharing many adventures with his wife, 3 sons and granddaughter. However, that was not meant to be; he was diagnosed with cancer in May-2013 with surgery in July-2013 and 3 chemo treatments in August-2013. He passed away in Sept-2013. He was funny, loving, and the kindest person you could ever hope to know. We dearly miss him and will forever love him until we can be with him again someday. You are forever in our hearts Bill. All our love, Dearest family & friends


The Brazilian Asbestos Victims Association (ABREA) salutes the ADAO 14th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference participants and congratulates the honourees for their outstanding contributions to an asbestos-free world and justice for the victims worldwide.

-Your friends and partners at ABREA


The Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation is proud to be part of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organisation 14th annual conference. We welcome all the conference delegates and offer best wishes for an interesting and productive meeting.


Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia is proud to be part of the th 14 Annual International Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Conference

Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia (ADFA) is a not-for profit organisation working to provide support to people living with asbestos related diseases, family members, carers and friends. ADFA is a community based group founded by Trade Unions, victims, families of victims, and concerned citizens to meet the needs of people affected by asbestos related disease and has a long history of being engaged in advocacy work within the Australian community. www.adfa.org.au


In Support of the Alan Reinstein Ban Asbestos Now Act (S. 2072 and H.R. 5114)

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@speakforhealth


The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) We are proud to stand with ADAO, fighting to keep workers and families safe by limiting our exposure to asbestos. Please join us to observe

Workers Memorial Week April 23-30th, 2018 honoring workers who have lost their lives or been injured on the job, and their families. And at the National Conference for Worker Safety and Health Dec. 4th — 6th 2018, Baltimore, MD

www.NationalCOSH.org


ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION ASSOCIATION EIA’s multidisciplinary membership will collect, generate and disseminate information concerning environmental and occupational health hazards in the built environment to property owners and operators, interested professionals and the public.

EIA Salutes the work of our partner organization, ADAO And we wish you the best of luck in your 2018 endeavors. We appreciate the partnership between our organizations, and look forward to working together to bring an end to the needless dangers of asbestos exposure.

The Environmental Information Association, with its beginnings as the National Asbestos Council, has spent over 35 years at the forefront in providing the environmental industry with the information needed to remain knowledgeable, responsible, and competitive in the environmental health and safety industry.

EIA is holding its 35th Annual Conference, March 17-21, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego! The EIA National Conference is the best source of technical information for Environmental Health and Safety Professionals, in the areas of Asbestos, Lead, IAQ, Mold and EMS/ESA. ENVIRONMENTAL INFORM ATION ASSOCIAT ION

6935 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 306 Chevy Chase, MD 20815 www.eia-usa.org Phone: 888-343-4342 Fax: 301-961-3094 Email: info@eia-usa.org


A national effort to protect families from toxic chemicals.

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) thanks Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF), for their powerful advocacy work in Washington, DC. SCHF works tirelessly to protect Americans and the environment from asbestos and other harmful toxins, and was instrumental in passing the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act in 2016.

Led by Executive Director Andy Igrejas and Legislative Director Liz Hitchcock, SCHF brings together a coalition of more than 450 nonprofit orgnaiztions to form a unified adocacy front. ADAO is proud to be a member of the SCHF coalition, and thanks Andy, Liz and the whole team for their collaborative efforts. saferchemicals.org


THANK YOU, ADAO, FOR LEADING THE CHARGE AGAINST ASBESTOS!

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(Y'all Are Our Heroes)

- A Case for Women

Women Helping Women Transform Their Lives Through Powerful Legal Action ACASEFORWOMEN.com


Blue Heron Films would like to congratulate ADAO on for fourteen years of valiantly fighting for the rights of asbestos victims. By your continuing to educate the public about stillpresent dangers and offering comfort, information, and resources for patients and families of the newly diagnosed makes ADAO an invaluable community of support. By offering a conference that gives leading physicians and researchers a place to connect with each other, policy and consumer advocates, and victim’s families you become the holistic resource for the worldwide asbestos family.

Congratulations to Linda Reinstein, Emily Reinstein, and Jordan Zevon for keeping the flame burning in the name of those you love and have lost. We are honored to participate in your journey by filming the conferences and producing your video messages. We are inspired and remain in awe of your determination to rid the world of this preventable disease. Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have. (Margaret Mead)


“Hear Asbestos. Think Prevention.”™ Global Asbestos Awareness Week (April 1-7) brings experts, trade unions, activists, advocates, and asbestos victims together to raise awareness in efforts to prevent exposure and eliminate deadly asbestos-caused diseases. Day ONE – April 1: World Health Organization and Elimination of Asbestos-Related Disease “I fight on for all our Meso Warriors past, present and future.” — Day One Ambassador: Mavis Nye, UK Day TWO – April 2: Champions of Change “We Live Each Day with Passion and Fun” — Day Two Ambassador: John Panza, Ohio, US Day THREE – April 3: Art-Based Advocacy Puts Asbestos Awareness in the Spotlight “Love is Stronger than Cancer” — Day Three Ambassador: Daniel Pineda, Colombia Day FOUR – April 4: Advancing Prevention Through Digital Education: New “kNOw Asbestos” Website “The Value of My Life in Dollars and Tears” — Day Four Ambassador: Heather Von St. James, Minnesota, US Day FIVE – April 5: International Workers’ Memorial Day – April 28 Staying Positive” — Day Five Ambassador: Mike Mattmuller, Maryland, US Day SIX – April 6: Global Action with Global Partners “Someone Pulled the Emergency Brake!” — Day Six Ambassador: Sara Babin, France Day SEVEN – April 7: Candle Light Vigil to Honor and Remember Asbestos Victims Worldwide “I Will Not Die in Vain” — Day Seven: Remembering Lou Williams, Australia


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2018 International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference  

ADAO’s 14th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference April 13-15, 2018

2018 International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference  

ADAO’s 14th Annual International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference April 13-15, 2018

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