Gina Whalen

Gina Whalen is the Director of Education and Member Services for the Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Logistics at Penn State University, University Park, and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Management at College Misericordia. Her graduate studies were focused on communications and cultural competencies issues. During her graduate studies, she was chosen to participate in the Cross Cultural Issues in Professional Practice course. Her studies have taken her to work at Demerara Distilleries in Guyana, South America. While in South America, she also focused on studying individuals, groups and communities from a cultural perspective.

Gina has a strong background in public relations, media communications and public speaking. In her position with MAEA, she works closely with area companies to assist with the personal development of their most valuable asset – their employees. She facilitates such courses as Interpersonal Communication Skills, Generational Diversity, Supervisory Development, Group Leaders Certification, Time Management and Team Building. In the classroom, Gina’s background, fast-paced presentation style and the many opportunities for interaction enable the participants to explore and enrich their own leadership skills. Gina’s prior instructional background includes instructing Logistics for Penn State. She also spent two years as Citigroup’s regional trainer and worked in the financial services industry for several years.

Gina is a Certified Coach Practitioner. She knows it’s essential to motivate, not dictate, future actions. She will work with your team to correct challenges in productivity or cooperation before that behavior becomes entrenched. Her one-on-one coaching support leads high achievers to improve job performance, underachievers to rectify performance problems, and average performers to obtain new skills. She offers customized coaching to guide executives, managers and supervisors to increase their capacity for outstanding performance.

Gina has recently been accepted to the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center’s ADA Leadership Network (ADA-LN). She is now involved in a network of elite trainers who will facilitate outreach, training, and information dissemination on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She is also certified to Teach English as a Foreign or Second Language (TEFL/TESL).


Christine Robbins

Christine Robbins is the Director of Training and Development and instructor for the Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management from the Pennsylvania State University, where she graduated first in the Management Science Department and with highest distinction. Her graduate studies focused on Urban Education and Diversity with a teaching certificate at Alvernia College, where she earned a master’s degree in Education with a certification in elementary education.

Christine has a strong background in the manufacturing environment with more than 20 years of direct experience in such areas as purchasing, production planning, manufacturing, supervision, customer service, product development, costing and finance. Her former positions included Management Trainee, Production Supervisor, Production Planner and Purchasing Agent for The Miller Group and J.E. Morgan Knitting Mills/Sara Lee Underwear.

In the classroom, Christine focuses on group interaction and participation, creating connections between new material and how participants can apply the knowledge to their work environments and active skill development.


Nate Andrews

Nate has been with the Northeast Manufacturers and Employers Association for the past five years as our on-staff Process Improvement and IT professional and instructor/consultant. Nate has a wealth of experience in the manufacturing environment, having held positions with Thomson Consumer Electronics (RCA), Lucent Technologies and Agility Communications. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Speech Communications and a Master of Business Administration degree, all from the Pennsylvania State University. He is also the sole proprietor of his own IT company, PC Patch-Up.

Nate is available to assist your company by providing the following services:

  • Conduct on-site, hands-on computer trainings for a variety of courses including Microsoft Word, Excel and Access.
  • Provide information technology consulting with regard to hardware, software and programming needs.
  • Perform manufacturing gap assessments within manufacturing systems and recommend implementation strategies.
  • Conduct training and data gathering in regards to implementing Lean Manufacturing and specific methods as 5S, Six Sigma ideas, SMED, cellular manufacturing, Kanban and Kaizen.
  • Propose factory modeling and physical design layout to improve efficiencies.
  • Execute improvement strategies and coordinate efforts of root cause analysis within manufacturing environments.
  • Evaluate facilities and implement processes required to become ISO certified.

Training programs include:

  • Hands-on Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook and Microsoft Project
  • Executive Coaching and Executive Presentation Skills
  • Internal Auditing
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • 5S and Value Stream Mapping
  • Vendor Qualifications


Steve Bair

Steve has more than 35 years of experience in occupational safety and health within general industry, the construction industry and the maritime industry. He served 20 years in the U.S. Navy working in the engineering department as a Maintenance Chief and the Safety Systems Officer. He was responsible for the implementation and training of fire prevention, fire fighting, aviation refueling, damage control, emergency response and evacuation methods and OSHA safety standards. His specialty is in providing occupational safety and health education at all levels. Additionally, he is experienced in the classification of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes associated with manufacturing and construction activities.


  • Holds the Authorized OSHA Trainer status for General Industry and the Construction Industry issued by the U.S. Department of Labor and the OSHA Training Institute.
  • Awarded an Associate of Science degree in Engineering from Excelsior College, Albany, NY.
  • 40 Hour HAZWOPER and HAZMAT technician qualified - Capable of delivering HAZWOPER and HAZMAT training.
  • Authorized by the state of Pennsylvania to implement “Certified Safety Committees” per state guidelines. Facilities that implement a Certified Safety Committee receive a 5% workers' compensation insurance premium discount each year.
  • Experienced in performing occupational health and safety assessments and audits to assist employers in identifying methods that will lower injury and illness in the workplace and remain compliant with all OSHA and Pennsylvania state standards.


Elizabeth Confer

"Liz" is a Human Resources Professional as well as a Business/HR Instructor with over 29 years of experience as a Corporate HR Director/Labor Relations Manager. She has served as an evening instructor at Muhlenberg College and Alvernia University in the past and possesses a background in providing both sound advice and bottom line results. Liz's instinctive ability to connect with people and earn their trust has been the foundation for her successful HR career. She is a highly educated, SHRM certified and PA insurance licensed individual with a common sense approach to handling HR and Benefits issues of all types

FORMAL EDUCATION:  BS Business Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA, MBA DeSales University, Center Valley, PA, SPHR Certification Society for Human Resource Management, Strategic HR Planning Certificate University of Michigan/Ross School of Business

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:  Strategic Business Partner – lead HR activities in line with business strategy; validate with HR metrics, Performance & Compensation Management – develop and implement highly effective, values based performance management systems - job analysis, job descriptions, competitive pay structures, appraisal forms, objectives setting techniques, development & succession planning and "High Potential Programs" to grow talent and ensure continuous positive operational results; Benefits – plan and administercompetitive Health, Dental, Vision and other insurances, Short Term and Long Term disability insurance, Life & AD&D insurance, Defined Contribution and Defined Benefit retirement plans, Flexible Spending Accounts, etc.; Talent Management – create distinctive employment identity to source, hire, engage & retain people;  Policies and Procedures-design and maintain new employee orientation programs, employee handbooks and HR manuals (controlled docs for ISO certified organization);  Employment Law – solve pressing challenges of complying withACA, FLSA, EEO, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, OSHA, FDA, COBRA, etc.;  Labor & Employee Relations – represent management in partnering with labor union leadership to negotiate and regularly administer collective bargaining agreements;  Occupational Health & Safety and Continuous Improvement – champion initiatives such as Certifying Safety Committees, Implementing Behavioral Based Safety, Lean Mfg, ISO Certification etc. by involving and engaging employees in order to create & sustain a safe workplace and competitive business


David Martin

David Martin retired from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a 30 year career with the agency.  He served as a Compliance Assistance Specialist, and Assistant Area Director, OSHA inspector and an OSHA Training Specialist.  He has taught at businesses, schools and colleges and at construction sites and mines.

During his career with OSHA he investigated accidents and fatalities, and completed 1100 OSHA inspections at industrial facilities, construction sites, health care facilities, underground and surface mines, and nuclear power sites.  He has testified in legal proceedings before the OSHA Review Commission. He was also a Training Specialist for the Mine Safety and Health Administration for 8 years, and completed four safety assignments as an occupational safety and health technical expert in China and Indonesia for the International Labor Organization (ILO), where he helped establish and evaluate training institutes for workplace and mine inspectors.  He volunteered as an OSHA inspector at the World Trade Center disaster recovery.

He is a Registered Safety Manager with the International Board of Environmental Health & Safety and an authorized instructor for the 10 and 30 hour OSHA General Industry and Construction classes. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has authorized him to provide training for Pennsylvania Certified Workplace Safety Committee members.

He is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Safety Association, and the Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association, and holds a Master of Education degree from the University of the Philippines, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Providence College.

He has been a keynote and featured speaker at conferences, seminars and safety classes across the United States and in China and Indonesia.