Work with the BEST consultants in the business!
Director Safety and Training, SEH
Lanny Berke, PE, CSP
Cynthia Braun, CSP, CHMM and CET
Cynthia Braun, CSP, CHMM and CET has 24 years of consulting and training experience in occupational safety and health, environmental, industrial hygiene, and transportation compliance. Ms. Braun is known nationwide for her expertise in the development and enthusiastic delivery of health and safety training for employees at all levels within organizations. Health and safety consulting capabilities include: regulatory compliance, audits and inspections; management systems assessment and development; accident investigation; written programs/policies/procedures; oversight for construction activities; preparation of health and safety plans; working with safety committees, and much, much more. She has been teaching for the National Safety Council since 1995. She received a "WISE" award from ASSE in 2011. Braun Safety Associates, LLC is based in Littleton, Colorado.
Kevin Cairns is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and works with Applied Environmental Sciences, Inc.
Mark Cheple, AuD
Dr. Cheple is an audiologist in private practice in the Twin Cities area.
JoAnn Dankert, CSP, CHMM, CET
Ms. Dankert is a safety professional with over 30 years of diversified experience covering the electronics, food, pharmaceutical, chemical, public utilities and distribution industries. With responsibilities spanning safety, health and environmental, JoAnn designs and implements cost effective solutions to the regulatory challenges business and industry face on a daily basis. Her background in ISO 9001, 14001, 45001(new) and OHSAS 18001standards has positioned her to help organizations fully integrate EHS practices into their business operations. As an independent consultant (retired from the National Safety Council), she is currently providing safety consulting and training services to clients.
George Demers, MS retired from the Minnesota Security Hospital Staff Development after 29 years of service. For the past 27 years he has been involved with the development and implementation of programs related to violence prevention for the state of Minnesota. He holds a BS degree in physical education from the University of Maine, and masters degrees in both physical education and counseling from Bemidji State University. He has also had special training with the FBI and BCA. He has taught courses in therapeutic intervention (physical techniques), negotiating skills, violence prevention, and sexual harassment among others. His courses have been taught to various state agencies as well as to public schools and colleges, community hospitals, county and city employees, and law enforcement personnel. His classes in Managing Aggressive Behavior and Crisis Communications are Post Board certified for law enforcement. He is the Region 9 mental health professional on their Critical Incident Stress Debriefing team, and worked with the NYPD following 911. He has been a consultant for the Minnesota Safety Council for the past ten years.
Director/Consultant Fleet Safety & Compliance Services
Integrated Loss Control, Inc.
Pat DiBartolomeo, CIH, CSP, works with Applied Environmental Sciences, Inc.
Jan Fedora has worked with the Minnesota Safety Council for over 20 years as an Occupational Safety and Health Consultant. She has also served on the Panel of Advisors, Governor’s Awards Committee, taught at the Minnesota Safety & Health Conference, and conducted training with companies throughout Minnesota on OSHA standards, ergonomics, bloodborne pathogens, management skills, and HR issues, among others. Jan has a business degree from Augsburg College and a Secondary Teaching Certificate from Dakota County Technical College.
Deborah Green, MS, CIH
Senior Industrial Hygienist, Applied Environmental Sciences, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Angelica Grindle, Ph.D.
Dr. Angelica Grindle Senior Vice President, Quality Safety Edge, a pioneer in behavior-based safety with more than 25 years of proven results. She specializes in the application of employee-driven safety and quality improvements. Dr. Grindle has successfully designed, implemented and evaluated behavioral and process improvement systems in a wide variety of settings with large, medium and small organizations. She focuses on behavioral approaches to workplace safety that make sure initiatives align with key processes, that they are customized to include all needed support tools, and that they get buy-in from key stakeholders to get seamless implementation and long-term success. Dr. Grindle is the co-developer of the BBS Essentials workshops designed for small and medium-sized organizations interested in implementing behavior-based safety and a limited budget.
She is a regular speaker at international forums including workshops and presentations at the annual Behavioral Safety Now conference. She has spoken at the Minnesota Safety & Health Conference, and at the South Dakota Safety & Health Conference – receiving high marks for her expertise as well as her practical approach to behavior-based safety.
Jessica Hauge, CIH, CSP
Jessica Hauge, MPH, CIH, CSP, is an Application Engineer for 3M's Personal Safety Division, where she conducts respirator-related research, helps design respiratory protection products, and provides support and training to respirator wearers, assigners, and fit testers. Prior to joining 3M's Personal Safety Division, Ms. Hauge worked as an industrial hygienist with 3M's Corporate Industrial Hygiene group, managing projects related to conducting hazard evaluations, field exposure assessments, hazard characterization, and PPE assignment and fit testing. Ms. Hauge has served as Secretary of the International Society for Respiratory Protection since 2016.
Formerly with the OSHA Training Institute, Art has 19 years experience with Federal OSHA and helped develop the OSHA 204 and 204A Machinery and Machine Guarding Standards courses for the OSHA Training Institute.
John Herber is the Principal Consultant for Process Hazard Management Services LLC (PHMS) and a Staff Consultant for the Center for Chemical Process Safety. John has 40 years of process experience, including a 33-year career with 3M Company.
PHMS serves smaller companies with PSM programs, process safety audits and assessments, PHA facilitation. Through CCPS, John has participated on writing committees for several books, co-chairs the Process Safety Beacon Committee and is a Process Safety Boot Camp instructor.
Philip Jacobs, CSP
Philip Jacobs has a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health Engineering from the Center for Ergonomics at the University of Michigan. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), holds an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) degree, is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), and past director and president of the Upper Midwest Chapter of HFES.
Garry Kroft, MS, CSP
Garry is a CSP (Certified Safety Professional) with a MS degree in safety from UW-Stout. He is also a professional member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and has over 40 years of safety/risk control experience in general industry and construction. Garry has worked as a risk control consultant for three major commercial insurance carriers for 30 years and is a retired US Army Major. Additionally, he has twice received the Chapter SPY (Safety Professional of the Year) Award from the Northwest Chapter of ASSP.
Motor Carrier Specialist, Minnesota Department of Transportation
Gary has over 25 combined years’ of experience in construction, healthcare, manufacturing management and safety programs. He is a consultant, has a B.S. in electrical engineering. An MBA, OSHA Authorized construction outreach trainer and has also been an adjunct instructor at Century College. Gary brings a broad perspective from his years of experience of safety training to his students and classes.
C. David Langlois, CSP
C. David Langlois is president of Langlois, Weigand & Associates, Inc. Prior to entering the consulting field full-time, Mr. Langlois served as an instructor at Louisiana State University from 1981 until 1989. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from LSU and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota. Mr. Langlois has taught college courses in Occupational Safety, Supervision, Training, and Maintenance Management. He has 20 plus years of experience in the safety and training field and is a Certified Safety Professional. He has taught professional development courses in safety inspections, accident investigations, industrial hygiene, safety audits, hazard recognition, substance abuse awareness, and safety management. He has presented programs at several regional and national conferences. Mr. Langlois has served as Vice President, Region VI from 1986-90, and served as Vice President of Communications for ASSE during 1990-91.
Terry Larson, GSP
Terry S. Larson, GSP is a lifelong resident of Minnesota. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Safety from Waldorf University. Prior to coming to the Minnesota Safety Council, Terry worked in the general industry field as well as the Minnesota Army National Guard. In these roles he helped to reduce the risk of injury and illness for workers. Terry’s passion lies in collaborating across boundaries to find common ground in delivering safety education and training programs to create the safest possible work area.
Information Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Motor Carrier Services, Jim has over 20 years of experience with the motor carrier industry. Jim develops and presents safety training seminars and provides assistance to carriers in complying with regulations.
Special Agent, Joseph Malhoit, MP FBI Training Coordinator, Minneapolis
Marose has been a member of the Minnesota State Patrol since August 1988. He served as a Trooper working road patrol duties in the West Metro District. Marose was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and Lieutenant in 2011. He is currently assigned as the Minnesota State Patrol Impaired Driving Specialist and Minnesota's coordinator of the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST) program and Drug Evaluation and Classification Program (DECP). Marose also serves as the Minnesota Law Enforcement Phlebotomy program coordinator and managed the selection, training, and certification of Minnesota's law enforcement phlebotomists.
From 2011 to 2013 Marose was assigned as the Deputy Director of the Minnesota State Patrol's Executive Protection and Capitol Complex Security Division. He managed a staff of 70 State Troopers, Capitol Security Officers, Legislative Security Officers, support staff, and dispatchers. Marose coordinated the safety and security of Minnesota's Governmental leaders, visiting dignitaries, United States Governmental leaders and foreign heads of state.
Marose has been recognized as an expert in Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus and DECP procedures in Hennepin County and Scott County District Courts as well as U.S. Federal Court.
Marose is a member of the Minnesota Legislative DWI Task Force. He served as the 2011 General Chair of IACP's DRE Section of the Technical Advisory Panel to the Highway Safety Committee. He is an adjunct instructor and program assistant at the Hennepin Technical College Law Enforcement Education Center and the Century College continuing law enforcement education programs. He is an active community volunteer. He is an Eagle Scout, was a Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America from 1982-2009, and continues his Boy Scouting activities as the North Star District Advancement Chairman.
Mark Monson, CSP
Mark Monson has been involved in the construction industry since 1979. After graduating with a Masters Degree in Safety in 1987 from the University of Minnesota he began his safety career as a Field Safety Coordinator for contractors performing work on two papermill projects and a chemical plant addition. In 1995 he began a career in Insurance working for a regional carrier as the Corporate Construction Specialist and the St. Paul Travelers as a Corporate Risk Control Specialist. During his tenure at St. Paul Travelers he provided training and consultation to 130 Risk Control consultants and a variety of construction and commercial clients. Mark also developed a computerized audit program which is used by contractors to evaluate how effectively they control hazard exposures. In July 2007, Mark created M2 Safety Solutions where he coined the phrase "Science not just Compliance" as a motto that exemplifies how he approaches workplace hazards. He explains “when an individual understands a hazard and how it can cause an injury and how controls work to prevent that injury, they more readily accept the safety solution than if they are just told that "OSHA says".
Melanie Mornard has been a First Aid/CPR instructor with the Minnesota Safety Council since 1991, and an Instructor Development trainer since 1998. She is a Licensed Safety Professional and Certified Safety Trainer through the National Association of Safety Professionals with twelve years experience as a safety manager. Melanie was given the Commander's Award for Public Service; Department of the Army, and the 2004 Exceptional Volunteer Service; American Red Cross for excellence in teaching and consistently outstanding evaluations.
Tim is the President of Evolution Safety Resources. As a safety professional with over 17 years of field experience, Tim started out as a laborer and thus has a unique view of hazards and solutions to overcome them. He is a former Senior Consultant for the National Safety Council and spent four years at the national/international level. Tim has been a Safety Coordinator, Safety Manager, Safety Trainer, and a Safety Director for several different companies. He has been a Safety Consultant and Instructor for the Safety and Health Council of NC for more than eight years and has worked in both general industry and construction environments.
Tim is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) who specialized in the construction health and safety field. He has achieved the Manager of Environmental Safety and Health (MESH) and a CMESH designation. Tim is also an Advanced Safety Certificate (ASC) Instructor for the National Safety Council in addition to being a trainer for the OSHA Outreach Training Institute in several regions. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) as well as the former Chairman of the Safety Committee for the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA).
Retired from the Minneapolis Police Department after 32 years of service (24 of which were in the traffic division), Bob is an independent traffic services consultant and trainer. He is an expert in the area of drug and alcohol recognition and an experienced defensive driving and instructor development trainer.
Arlyn Poppen, CSP
Arlyn Poppen is Principal of Practical Process Safety, LLC, Eagan, MN. He retired in 2008 as Associate Corporate EHS Engineer after a 40 year career with 3M. He has authored numerous papers, hazard assessment tools, and training programs on process safety related topics and is a Certified Safety Professional.
Michael is a Hazardous Materials Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Motor Carrier Services.
Stefan Salmonson, PPS
Stefan V. Salmonson, is the president of PROtective Services, Inc. He is a licensed deputy sheriff/tactical trainer, licensed private detective, licensed protective agent, certified personal protection specialist (Body Guard), international security consultant, experienced weapons and operational specialist, contract government investigator (with security clearance), airline transport pilot and professional speaker. PROS provides executive and personal protection services, high-risk employment termination support services, discrete investigations, security presentations, training, keynote presentations, security assessments, consulting and risk management recommendations for several hundred clients.
Stefan writes security related articles for publications and is frequently interviewed by journalists regarding security concerns. Clients include national/international corporations, government agencies, foreign royalty, public utilities, school districts/student transportation, flight department/associations, prisons, hospitals, financial institutions, media, the trucking, real estate and insurance industry.
Bill brings decades of experience to training and onsite consultation in construction and industrial safety.
Tom Slattery, CSP, ARM, is a Certified Safety Professional with more than 20 years' experience developing and leading successful safety and compliance programs.
Matthew Stein, MS, CIH, CSP
Matt is president of Stein Safety and Health Services, LLC. He is a certified industrial hygienist with more than 15 years experience in a variety of settings, including government and private sector consulting. He spent approximately ten years working for OSHA. For approximately half of his time working for OSHA he worked as a contractor to their National Office, and was a compliance safety and health officer (CSHO) for the other half. While working as a contractor to National Office, Matt wrote several guidance documents and software packages that were distributed to the public on OSHA’s website. He also conducted more than 250 inspections as a CSHO. In both training and consulting, the stress is that compliance is not the end goal, but when implemented correctly safety and health adds value and minimizes risks to businesses and lives. He earned a Master of Science degree in industrial hygiene from the University of Iowa and is working on a Ph.D. on the same topic at the University of Minnesota.
Bill Stuart, MPH, CSP
Safety Council Staff
William R Stuart, MPH, CSP is a lifelong resident of Minnesota. He obtained his Master Degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. Bill has over 28 years of experience in the Environmental, Health and Safety field, making his move to the Minnesota Safety Council a natural fit. Bill's great passion is relationship building and bringing the concepts of safety and safety management to a level that is easy to grasp and understandable for everybody. After all, everybody is responsible for safety — Right? Prior to coming to the Minnesota Safety Council, Bill worked for several Fortune 500 companies and at one time served as Global Environmental, Health and Safety Director. In this and many other roles (including several years as a consultant for MN OSHA), he traveled the world, helping to reduce the risk of injury and illness for thousands of workers.
Jim is a Certified National Safety Council Instructor, and is the Traffic Safety Manager at Dart Transit.
Craig Trepanier, Attorney
Craig W. Trepanier, co-founder and President of Trepanier MacGillis Battina P.A., represents corporations and individuals in business, commercial litigation, and employment law. He brings determination, tenacity, and passion to his work.
As a corporate and business lawyer, Craig provides counsel to new and emerging companies and entrepreneurs. He has extensive experience with business formation, corporate governance, buy-sell agreements, a variety of business contracts including sales, purchase, manufacturing, supply, distributorship, and non-disclosure agreements, and assisting closely held companies in their corporate law matters.
As a labor and employment lawyer, Craig represents both employers and individual employees. He provides employers with advice and counseling, drafts employee handbooks and policies, and represents corporations in the defense of lawsuits alleging wrongful termination, harassment, and discrimination. In addition, many of Craig’s clients are highly compensated executives and professionals seeking guidance on career transition issues, job offers, employment contracts, executive compensation, non-compete agreements, and severance agreements. Craig frequently represents executives and corporations in defending non-compete and trade secrets disputes.
As a litigator, Craig represents businesses and individuals in employment, commercial litigation, minority shareholder rights, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, unpaid wages and commissions, trade secrets, non-competition, deceptive trade practices, sales representatives, and unfair competition matters.
Craig’s clients are well served by his common sense, perseverance, unyielding loyalty, and sound judgment. Craig has been named a “Minnesota Super Lawyer” of the Twin Cities legal profession (an award given to less than 5% of Minnesota lawyers) by Minnesota Super Lawyers Magazine every year since 2009. Craig has a 10.0 “Superb” rating from AVVO.com, an independent lawyer ranking service.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota magna cum laude in 1994, Craig joined Popham, Haik, Schnobrich & Kaufman Ltd., whose lawyers later joined the 400-lawyer firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1997. Craig opened his own law firm named Trepanier Law Office in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2001. In October 2003, Mr. Trepanier and James C. MacGillis formed Trepanier & MacGillis P.A. and moved their offices to downtown Minneapolis in the historic Flour Exchange Building. On November 1, 2013, Craig and Jim welcomed new shareholder Bryan R. Battina and changed the name of the firm to Trepanier MacGillis Battina P.A.
Craig is a frequent author and speaker on Minnesota employment law topics. He is the 2014-2015 Secretary and Treasurer of the Minnesota State Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section Governing Council. He also sits on the CLE Committee of the Hennepin County Bar Association.
Craig volunteers his time through the Volunteer Lawyers Network, assisting low-income clients with unemployment compensation claims, the Hennepin County District Court self-help center, and other pro bono matters.
In addition to practicing law, Craig is an abstract painter and photographer of rust, metal, industrial equipment, and the urban environment. His artwork can be seen throughout TMB’s downtown office, this website, and on the MNArists.org website. In the fall of 2014, Craig’s photo collages were selected for a gallery showing by the Hennepin County Bar Association Art & the Bar Committee.
Craig is the proud father of two sons. Luke (22) recently graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a degree in marketing. Leo (2) is just starting to talk, but seems to have an independent streak like his father. Craig’s wife, Erica, is a floral designer and freelance photographer.
Breca Tschida, MSPH, CPE
Breca is a certified professional ergonomist (CPE) and former health compliance officer for NCDOL conducting ergonomic and industrial hygiene inspections.
Learning & Development Manager, MRA – The Management Association
Darlene Wall, President, Dangerous Goods T & C, Darlene is a nationally recognized expert in the transportation of hazardous materials and dangerous goods.
Michael Weigand, CSP
Michael A. Weigand is Vice President of Langlois, Weigand & Associates, Inc. Before entering the consulting field full-time, he served as an instructor at Louisiana State University from 1980 until 1989. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, LA, a Masters Degree in Safety Management from the University of Arizona, and a Doctor of Education in Safety Education from Texas A&M University. He has over 20 years of experience in the safety and health career field and has been a CSP since 1979. Mr. Weigand has taught courses in occupational safety, safety management, industrial hygiene, fire science and safety law at LSU. He has conducted professional seminars on such topics as safety and health audits, safety management, and safety training. He has served as a management consultant and expert witness.
Supervisor, Compliance Services, Minnesota Department of Labor