Staff of LSI


 Dr. James Kaufman - President/CEO and Instructor

Dr. Kaufman has retired from his position as Professor of Chemistry at Curry College near Boston Massachusetts.  Prior to Curry, he was a research chemist at Dow Chemical.  While there, he became increasingly involved in lab safety activities and authored Laboratory Safety Guidelines, which has become the world's most widely distributed lab safety publication.  Dr. Kaufman is regarded as the nation's foremost authority on safety instruction in academia.  He is the author-narrator of the ACS Audio Course on Laboratory Safety and Editor of Waste Disposal in Academic Institutions, Lewis Publishers, as well as the "One-Day Lab Safety Audio Seminar" and "Two-Day Lab Video Short Course."

Additionally, Dr. Kaufman is chair with ICASE, Committee on Safety in Science Education International Council for Associations of Science Education.

 Christina Dillard - Assistant Director and Instructor

Christina Dillard has a wealth of experience as an EH&S professional and is a committed advocate for workplace safety and environmental protection.  In addition to serving as the Assistant Director of the Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI), she is a faculty instructor and EH&S consultant providing safety training and services globally to laboratory professionals in industry, government and all levels of academia.

Christina’s broad background in laboratory safety with education and experience in chemical, biological and radiological safety, hazardous waste management and emergency response has made her a huge asset to LSI. She recently became a member of the Z87 Committee on Eye and Face Protection to share LSI’s members concerns and suggestions for improvement.          

Prior to joining LSI, Christina initiated the EHS program for the Life Science Company Antigenics. She then went on to consult for other Boston area Life Sciences, bringing their lab safety programs into regulatory compliance. Her work with the Cambridge Public Health office resulted in coordinating a 16-hour, 4-evening workshop that drew on the deep pool of local biosafety in the Cambridge /Boston area. This provided the opportunity to work closely with the biotech community - biosafety professionals, academics, local public health officials, and community representatives who serve on IBCs at local institutions and firms.


Ana Adams - Operations Manager

Ana recently celebrated 15 years working with LSI.  She handles the billing, human resources, course registrations of LSI.
Mary Thompson - Consultation Services

Mary comes to LSI with an extensive background.  A graduate of Harvard University, she has operated her own nonprofit in the pastWith a wealth of knowledge and skill, she has tackled our market in search of those in need of LSI's services.
Nicole Farraj - Operations and Online services Management

Nicki has brought about great changes in organization. She oversees operations,  products, memberships, online courses as well as keep our website current.

Rajeev Santhappa, M.D. - Services Manager and Instructor

Raj is currently working to expand LSI’s clientele while studying to become an expert in laboratory safety. We are excited to have Raj become a LSI Instructor upon completion of his training. His hardworking, positive, and professional attitude has been a great addition to our office.

Yadira Berroa - Operations Assistant

Yadira is the newest member of our team. She handles most of LSI's operations and orders. Yadira does a great job making sure that all our participants and instructors receive their materials for LSI events.

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