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David Abrams, CIH, MSPH
David Abrams is the president and founder of ARS Environmental Health, Inc., an industrial hygiene consulting firm. He earned an MSPH in Industrial Hygiene from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and a B.Sc. from the University of Connecticut in the later parts of the last century.
David has served as President of the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation, the Upper Midwest Local Section of the AIHA, and the Northwest Chapter of the ASSE. He serves on several steering committees at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
David has served as an instructor in respiratory protection, 40-hour HAZWOPER and Emergency Response, 8-hour Refresher Courses, and other topics of occupational safety and health at the Minnesota Safety Council, the NIOSH Funded programs at the Universities of North Carolina, Minnesota, Washington Schools of Public Health Educational Resource Centers and many corporate clients.
Cynthia Braun, CSP, CHMM and CET
Cynthia Braun’s 27-year career includes consulting and training in occupational safety and health, environmental, industrial hygiene, and transportation compliance. She specializes in developing and auditing safety management systems (ANSI Z10, 45001, VPP), conducting OSHA compliance audits, writing policies/ programs/procedures, training all levels of employees, and providing oversight on construction and manufacturing worksites.
Ms. Braun achieved the ASSP’s ISO 45001 and Executive Safety Management Certificate Programs and a paralegal certificate from the State of Colorado. She is a speaker and instructor for ASSP and the Minnesota Safety Council (since 2004), as well as the OSHA Training Institute and National Safety Council since 1995).
Eddie Carroll, is a retired Minnesota State Trooper after 31 years of service. He served as State Passenger Transportation Director at the rank of Lieutenant. Has performed over 5000 roadside FMCSA sanctioned inspections while assigned to the Commercial Vehicle Section. He ran the Emergency Vehicle Operation Course for ten years and rode Police Motorcycle four years. He is currently the Riding Academy Manager for Harley-Davidson Motor Company, CTOT instructor for Minnesota Safety Council and Emergency Vehicle Instructor for Dakota County Technical College.
JoAnn Dankert, CSP, CHMM, CET
Ms. Dankert is with National Safety Council Workplace Training & Consulting and has 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.
Director/Consultant Fleet Safety & Compliance Services
Integrated Loss Control, 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.
Abby Ferri, CSP
Abby Ferri is a Senior Safety Consultant with Merjent, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN and has over 16 years of safety consulting, professional speaking, and training experience. Abby provides safety consulting, auditing and training to clients in all industries; has owned her own practice that provided consulting services; and has held positions with construction and insurance companies as a safety professional. Abby holds a Bachelor's in Exercise Science and a Master's in Environmental Health and Safety both from U of M-Duluth. She currently serves as the President of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Northwest Chapter and is a CSP.
Megan Fillmore, CIH, CSP, MPH
Megan Fillmore, CIH, CSP, MPH, is an Application Engineer for 3M’s Personal Safety Division, where she provides technical support to 3M’s Powered and Supplied Air Respirator portfolio. In this role, Ms. Fillmore creates technical documentation, conducts training, and helps provide guidance on new product design. Prior to joining 3M’s Personal Safety Division, Ms. Fillmore worked at the Minnesota Department of Health performing healthcare-acquired disease surveillance.
Don Garvey, CSP, CIH, CHMM
Don Garvey is a Senior Safety and Industrial Hygiene Consultant with Merjent, Inc. in Minneapolis, MN and has over 35 years of experience, including 16 years at St. Paul Companies and 13 years at 3M. Don provides industrial hygiene consulting services and specialty training focused in the construction and oil and gas industries. Don has a Master's Degree from the University of Washington, is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), holds the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation, and has written technical articles for several industry publications.
Deborah Green, MS, CIH
Senior Industrial Hygienist, ATC Group Services LLC, Fridley, Minnesota
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.
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.
Bill Janssen, CLSO
Bill Janssen, with Laser & Electro-Optic Technology LLC, has a degree in Laser & Electro-Optic Technology, is a Certified Laser Safety Officer, and has been on the Board of Laser Safety, a member of the Laser Institute of America and the American Society for Laser Medicine Surgery and serves on several ANSI Z136 technical subcommittees. He has supported manufacturers, system integrators and users in laser R&D, applications, regulatory compliance, employee training and workplace safety audits in all fields, industries and organizations.
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
Safety Council Staff 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 (Retired)
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).
John Newquist, MS, CSP, OHST, CHST
John Newquist is an independent safety trainer, author and consultant. From 2005-12, John was Region V’s Assistant Regional Administrator for Cooperative and State Programs, where he managed the region’s training programs, Susan Harwood Grants, state plans and consultation grants, and voluntary protection programs. He has a BS in fire protection and safety engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in industrial management from Northern Illinois University. A Certified Safety Professional, he was a founding member of the ANSI Z359 Standards Committee (Safety Requirements for Fall Arrest Systems). He created and taught the first OSHA Training Institute fall arrest and process safety management classes. He has taught hundreds of safety seminars across the country, including the National VPPPA, Construction Safety Conference, American Society of Safety Professionals and National Fire Protection Association. He worked for OSHA from 1983-2012, including a stint as the Area Director of the Peoria Area Office
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.
Michael is a Hazardous Materials Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Office of Motor Carrier Services.
Eric Roeske, MSST
Eric Roeske, with MG Security Group LLC, is a 24-year law enforcement and security professional. He currently serves as a captain in the Minnesota State Patrol where he commands the Capitol Security and Executive Protection Section, consisting of over 80 personnel. Eric’s division is responsible for security and law enforcement services on the State Capitol complex, a critical infrastructure and home to all three branches of state government, various state agencies, the Minnesota History Center and high-security laboratories. The capitol complex sees over 300,000 visitors annually for a wide variety of activities and events.
Prior to his role as director of Capitol Security, Eric was the lead spokesperson for the Minnesota State Patrol. He conducted news conferences for officer-involved shootings, tragic crashes, high-profile incidents and proactive strategies along with daily media and data requests. He innovated the agency communication strategy using social media and appeared bi-weekly on a top Twin Cities FM morning show.
Eric holds a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota’s Technological Leadership Institute in security technologies, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in Sociology and an Emergency Management Director’s Certificate from the Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He also facilitates the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations curriculum for law enforcement leaders at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
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.
Joe Schommer is the business development manager for RESA Power in Blaine, MN.
Bill is a highly skilled consultant, instructor and presenter in a wide variety of areas of occupational safety and OSHA compliance with nearly 50 years of experience in construction, general industry and commercial vehicle safety. He is an authorized trainer from the OSHA Training Institute and National Safety Education Center and an expert trainer in forklifts, aerial lifts, heavy machinery and commercial motor vehicles.
Tom Slattery, CSP, ARM, is a Certified Safety Professional with more than 20 years' experience developing and leading successful safety and compliance programs.
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.
Breca Tschida, MSPH, CPE
Breca is a certified professional ergonomist (CPE) and former health compliance officer for NCDOL conducting ergonomic and industrial hygiene inspections.
After a 33 year career with the Minnesota State Patrol Ken retired in 2012. In addition to spending a number of years as a patrol trooper, he held several supervisory positions as both a Lieutenant and Captain. Ken’s command level experience ranged from Capitol Security/Executive Protection to more than ten years as the Commander of the Commercial Vehicle Division. He spent the last few years at the executive level as a Major in charge of special operations. Ken has a degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of Northwestern Police Staff and Command School, along with the FBI's National Academy. During the past five years he has been an adjunct instructor for the Hennepin Technical College providing Commercial Vehicle Safety Programs. He currently trains commercial motor vehicle classes for the Minnesota Safety Council.
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.
Ben Wood, JD, MS, CSP
Ben has been a safety and health professional since 1994, where he practiced in private industry until he began his service with MN OSHA as a Safety Investigator in 2010, providing enforcement and compliance services in both construction and general industry. Ben was subsequently promoted into MN OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation as a Safety Consultant Principal, and has provided training and outreach services for hundreds of establishments and worksites. Ben received a graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stout in Risk Control and a Juris Doctorate degree from William Mitchell College of Law, and currently serves as both an adjunct professor and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Risk Control Program at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. Ben and his family currently reside in Lakeville, MN.