Quick Takes

COMMISSIONER: Dana Baiocco, a 1984 Buckeye South High School graduate, recently was named as one of five commissioners of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission by President Donald Trump.

Baiocco, 52, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in May to a seven-year term and took over her commissioner’s seat June 1. She is charged with protecting the public from “unreasonable” risks of injury or death associated with the use of 15,000 types of consumer products that fall under the agency’s jurisdiction.

A Wheeling native, Baiocco is the daughter of Jerry and Joyce Baiocco of Yorkville.

Baiocco graduated from Ohio University in Athens before moving to Pittsburgh and taking on a job in sales.

She began attending classes at Duquesne University. In 1997, she graduated cum laude with her juris doctor. She served until 1998 as a federal judicial law clerk to Judge Gustave Diamond in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. She also worked for Jones Day law firm and eventually became a partner. She worked as a trial lawyer on product liability and moved to Boston in 2011 to work in the firm’s office there. She spent seven years in Boston before moving to Bethesda, Md., to take on the role for which President Trump nominated her.

Baiocco said CPSC commissioners consider petitions on product safety issues. The five-member board holds public hearings on those petitions and then votes on what action the agency should take. The commission is governed by the Consumer Product Safety Act and the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which she said is an expansion on the original act.

APPOINTED: Franciscan University of Steubenville officials have announced the appointment of Heather Ulrey as vice president of strategic alliances.

Ulrey brings nearly 20 years of leadership experience in industry, health care and corporate government relations to the newly created university position. In her role, Ulrey will be the university’s senior executive engaging constituents in higher education, industry and government for the purpose of establishing alliances, officials said.

“We are excited to welcome Heather Ulrey to Franciscan University,” said the Rev. Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, president of Franciscan University. “Her vast experience in external affairs equips her to advance the mission of Franciscan University through strategic alliances in ways that benefit a wide range of constituents. Her work will significantly advance the development of the university’s 20-year vision.”

Among her duties, Ulrey will work to advance the university’s priorities by building educational, industry, corporate and government partnerships to stimulate academic excellence, economic development, multidisciplinary research and innovation.

Additionally, Ulrey will develop partnerships to expand the work of university institutes and research centers, such as the Franciscan Institute for Science and Health, Franciscan Institute for World Health and the Center for Bioethics, among others.

For the last seven years, Ulrey was the administrative director of external relations at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus.

Ulrey successfully led the hospital’s efforts to achieve beneficial public policies for NCH in regard to Medicaid and other forms of federal appropriations and financing, including research funding.


The Follansbee branch of First National Bank will hold a Business After Hours for members of the Follansbee Chamber of Commerce and guests at 6 p.m. Tuesday.