About HSPC

We are a unique trifecta of experts, product developers and end users. We believe, and science proves, that implementing heat-safety standards not only keeps workers safe but drives efficiency and productivity in the workplace.

Every day in the United States labor workers are seriously injured or die from heat stress, nearly all of which can be prevented. Heat safety strategies are effective and easy to implement, yet they are grossly underutilized within many laborer settings. We want to help businesses enhance their safety program with heat-safety protocols to ensure every employee returns home safely to their families.

‌World-renowned heat safety scholar, exertional heat illness expert, and heat stroke survivor  Dr. Douglas Casa joined forces with industry leading product developers and manufacturers to establish an entity set out to bring change to the occupational sector.

‌Through collaborative efforts with thermal physiology scientists, cooling gear developer MISSION, and personal protective equipment manufacturer Magid, the Heat Safety & Performance Coalition (HSPC) encompasses a broad network of experts committed to improving the health and safety of the occupational worker.

We develop and implement comprehensive heat safety solutions for organizations and their employees. The HSPC provides heat-safety research, education, and awareness; advises on heat-safety solutions in a variety of laborer settings; and advocates for heat-safety consensus standards and recommendations.

Awareness. An online, interactive knowledge hub.
‌Solutions. On-site evaluations and scorecard services with recommendations for industrial companies.
‌Standards. group of passionate leaders and advocates driving towards change and implementing heat-safety standards.

We blend our collective expertise with your particular needs to deliver heat safety programs to your most valuable asset – your people. 

Our HSPC Team

Douglas Casa


CEO | Korey Stringer Institute

Robert Huggins


President of Occupational Safety | Korey Stringer Institute

Cecilia Kaufman


President | Heat Safety & Performance Coalition

Rebecca Gonzalez


Vice President | Heat Safety & Performance Coalition

Margaret Morrissey-Basler


Senior Advisor | Heat Safety & Performance Coalition

Gabrielle Brewer


Senior Advisor | Heat Safety & Performance Coalition

Board of Directors

Chris Valleta

Co-Founder & President of MISSION 

Brittany Cohen

Product Marketing Manager at Magid

Chris Bean

CEO of S2Partners  

Gary Cohen

‌Director of Strategic Sourcing at Magid

Sarah Anderson

Director of Product Management at Magid

Matthew Block

Director of Health & Safety Services at Magid

Medical Science and Advisory Board

Andrew Grundstein


Yuri Hosokawa


Meredith McQuerry


Zachary Schlader


Caroline Smith


June Spector


Jennifer Vanos


Keith Webster


Jon Williams


Founding Organizations and Corporate Partners

The Heat Safety & Performance Coalition was established in 2020 by the Korey Stringer Institute, Mission, and Magid.

The Korey Stringer Institute

‌In August 2001, Korey Stringer, a Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman, passed away from exertional heat stroke. Since the time of Korey’s death, his wife, Kelci, worked tirelessly to develop an exertional heat stroke prevention institute to honor her husband’s legacy. To that end, she joined forces with exertional heat stroke expert Douglas Casa, PhD., ATC at the University of Connecticut to make this dream a reality and the Korey Stringer Institute came to fruition in April 2010. The mission of the Korey Stringer Institute is to provide research, education, advocacy and consultation to maximize performance, optimize safety and prevent sudden death for the athlete, warfighter and laborer. ‌


‌MISSION was founded in 2008 and is based in New York. Mission® was created to help you lead an active lifestyle by empowering you to take the limiting factors of heat and moisture off the table. With thoughtful design and state of the art technology, we’ve developed a broad portfolio of climate control gear, which includes hats, neck gaiters, towels, socks, and more. They work instantly and keep you comfortable for hours so you can do more of whatever it is you love. We take pride in creating products that support your passions and enhance your experiences from going on a run to doing work in the yard. That is why all our gear is made from lightweight, ultrasoft, proprietary fabrics with technology that enhance the natural process of evaporation and drying. Additionally, they are always chemical free and will never wash out.


‌Since 1946, fourth-generation and family-owned, Magid leads the safety industry with revolutionary innovations in PPE, a team of safety experts, skilled in-house manufacturing, and a worldwide network of suppliers. We source or develop everything you need to keep your workers safe at competitive prices. Providing true expertise and personalized service, we answer your questions, conduct onsite assessments, and tackle your toughest safety challenges. At Magid, safety isn’t just a job, it’s our legacy!