2017 Safety & Workforce Summit
Speakers (Tentative - Subject to Change)
Senior OSHA Consultant, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Reed is a Senior OSHA Consultant for Wyoming OSHA's Consultation Program. He holds the Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional and Certified Hazardous Materials Manager designations. Before starting a career with Wyoming OSHA, Reed worked as a private consultant for six years and a corporate safety manager for one and a half years.
A Wyoming native, Gustave graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2003 and moved to Colorado where he taught high school math for three years in Jefferson County. He was recruited by Baker Hughes, a large oilfield service company, as a field engineer allowing Gustave to move back to Wyoming. In 2010 he was promoted and moved to Houston to work as a Project Manager. After a short stint as the Project Director for the executive leadership event in 2013, he took a position as District Manager in Michigan. Throughout his time with Baker Hughes, Gustave worked on business growth and efficiency projects supporting internal and field operations. In 2015 Gustave moved to Laramie as Director of Business Development for an IT company. Hired by Manufacturing-Works in March 2016, he is enjoying the diversity of Wyoming manufacturers and their growth. Gustave is focused on identifying resources to assemble unique solutions for Wyoming manufacturers.
Employment Counsel, Holland & Hart
Dustin is an employment attorney who focuses on workplace technology, high-tech workforces and information security. He counsels employers on best practices to safely use technology in the workplace, how to protect their intangible assets and how to comply with the laws applicable to technology-enabled workforces. When necessary, he also represents clients in litigation. As a former Chief Technology Officer, Dustin keenly appreciates the challenges employers face to balance operational goals with the attendant risks and the realities of financial constraints when technology is involved. He draws on significant experience managing people and technology to help his clients advance their strategic goals while managing their legal risks.
Director, Colorado State University Industrial Hygiene Training Program
Bill is a professor in the Occupational and Environmental Health Section at Colorado State University. He is the director of the Colorado State University Industrial Hygiene Training Program and the Colorado OSHA Consultation Program. Dr. Brazile is a certified industrial hygienist and certified safety professional with more than 20 years in the environment, safety and health field.
Michael Ann Broad
State Director, Office of Apprenticeships, U.S. Department of Labor
Mike,Â a Wyoming native, is the Wyoming State Director and the Montana Federal Liaison with the Office of Apprenticeship. She is a graduate of the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Arts. in Education and Masters in Education Administration. After 28 years in education, Mike joined the Office of Apprenticeship on March 15, 2009. Mike collaborates with business, local government agencies, associations, unions and education entities to develop and administer industry-driven training programs as a solution for businesses to recruit, train and retain highly-skilled workers.
Workers' Compensation Lead Risk Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Nichole was raised in Cheyenne and graduated from Central High School. She went on to get her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Wyoming and began working for the Department of Workforce Services in August of 2014. For the first part of her career, Nichole worked as a Claims Analyst with Workers' Compensation and began working as a Risk Manager in February of 2016. Nichole's care and commitment to the Department has revitalized the Risk Management program and she looks forward to developing her Risk Management knowledge in a manner that allows her to serve employers and promote a safety culture throughout Wyoming.
OSHA Deputy Administrator, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Dan Bulkley is the OSHA Deputy Administrator over the OSHA Compliance and Consultation Division for the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services. He began working for OSHA in 1998. Dan currently provides oversight and guidance for the compliance and consultation sections. He works with alliances, associations and employers providing marketing and outreach efforts. He also provides information for social media, representatives and legislators. Dan is the liaison between Federal OSHA Region VIII for Wyoming OSHA.
Wyoming OSHA, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Matt has lived in Casper, Wyoming for 18 years. He spent 10 years as a heavy equipment technician and then transitioned to safety. Matt has worked in the safety industry for seven years with the highlight being his time spent working for Wyoming OSHA. This has allowed him to work with Wyoming employers to raise safety awareness and help employers develop a strong safety culture. This is his first year serving on the WOGISA board.
Workers' Compensation Risk Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Shane graduated from the University of Wyoming in the fall of 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Shane started working for the State of Wyoming as a Benefit Specialist for the Department of Family Services in the spring of 2013. He left Family Services in the summer of 2014 to start working for the Department of Workforce Services as a Claims Analyst. In the spring of 2016, Shane received a promotion to Risk Manager. He currently manages the Drug and Alcohol Discount Program and is working towards his Certified Risk Manager designation.
Workers' Compensation Customer Service Advocate, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Scott serves as the Customer Service Advocate for Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Workers' Compensation Division. He is a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and, prior to joining the the Department as a Claims Analyst in January 2016, he worked in the law enforcement, corrections and Emergency Management Services professions. Scott is a current member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners as well as the American Society for Public Administration.
Workers' Compensation Supervisor, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Kaeci has been a resident of Cheyenne for a decade. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics and a minor in Political Science. After graduation, he was quickly picked up by the Department of Workforce Services, where he started off his career in claims and then moved over to employer services. He has a comprehensive view of Wyoming Workers' Compensation given his experience in claims, employer services and his cohesive relationship with other divisions within the Department.
Health and Safety Field Lead, Jonah Energy
Ann is currently the Health and Safety Field Lead for Jonah Energy, and has spent the last 25 years working in Wyoming's energy industry in mining and oil and gas operations. She spent the last 15 years of her career focused on health and safety. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Safety Engineering and an Associate degree in Occupational Health and Safety. Ann also currently holds the Board of Certified Safety Professionals designation of Certified Safety Professional.
Senior OSHA Specialist, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Clayton is the Compliance Assistance and Voluntary Protection Programs Coordinator for the Department of Workforce Services - OSHA Division. He is responsible for building working safety relationships with private and public employers throughout the State of Wyoming. Through Compliance Assistance, Clayton provides complimentary OSHA visits, training and works with the safety alliances. Prior to Wyoming OSHA, he has an extensive background in commercial and residential construction. Clayton received his bachelor's degree in Construction Management from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Safety Training Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
A U.S. Army veteran, Rene joined Haselden in 2015. As Safety Training Manager, Rene teaches a variety of safety classes to Haselden team members and subcontractors, such as OSHA 10, OSHA 30, CPR/First Aid and AED, Forklift Certification and Scaffolding. He provides the training in both English and Spanish. Rene's prior safety experience includes occupational, Department of Transportation and OSHA safety management, as well as accident investigations and claims management. In his role as the Safety Asset Manager at Rocky Mountain Drywall, Rene led a "no-injury" effort that realized nearly 400 days with no injuries with an average of 150 active field employees. Rene's career has also equipped him with extensive experience in human resources. This includes new hire processing and orientation, benefits coordination, payroll processing and developing employee appreciation programs.
Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Christian is the Compliance Manager for the Department of Workforce Services - OSHA Division. His primary responsibility is conducting oversight of the nine Compliance Officers spread throughout the state. He has worked for Wyoming OSHA for nine years - five as a Compliance Officer, two as a Lead Compliance Officer and two as the Compliance Manager.
Vice President of Sales, VelocityEHS
Chuck is Vice President of Sales at VelocityEHS. Velocity EHS, through its MSDSonline brand, is the leading provider of chemical management solutions that help customers meet global EHS regulatory requirements (e.g. OSHA HazCom Standard, Globally Harmonized System). Chuck has nearly 20 years of high-level strategic management experience and has authored many articles for the EHS industry. He is a sough-after speaker, presenting at dozens of events across the country, including VPPPA, NSC and ASSE conferences. Prior to joining VelocityEHS in 2007, he led sales and marketing operations for premiere companies such as W.W. Grainger and Baer Supply Company. Chuck holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Columbia University and an Master of Business Administration from the J.L. Kellogg.
Chad Hymas, Keynote
President, Chad Hymas Communications, Inc.
In 2001, at the age of 27, Chad's life changed in an instant when, in his haste to finish his work quickly and as a result of "doing it that way many times before", he chose not to take a few minutes to repair his tractor. A 2,000-pound bale of hay shattered his neck, leaving him a quadriplegic. But Chad's dreams were not paralyzed that day; he became an example of what is possible. Chad is a best-selling author, president of his own communications company and a recognized world-class wheelchair athlete. In 2003, Chad set a world record by wheeling his chair the 513 miles from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas. The Wall Street Journal named Chad "one of the 10 most inspirational people."
Industrial Hygienist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Bradley is a Certified Industrial Hygienist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and holds a Doctorate in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. He holds the rank of Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service and works in the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Western States Division in Denver, Colorado. His current research interests include evaluating occupational exposures in the upstream oil and gas industry.
Medical Surveillance Clinic Director, National Jewish Health, Denver
Annyce is a physician, certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She is in clinical practice at National Jewish Health in Denver, with focus on occupational lung disease, and serves as the Medical Surveillance Clinic Director. She also teaches students at the Colorado School of Public Health, residents, safety and health professionals, patients and workers on a variety of occupational health and safety topics.
Chairman for the OSHA and Regulatory Committee, WOGISA
Sid sat on Governor Dave Freudenthal's Workplace Fatality Task Force on the Oil and Gas Subcommittee in 2009 through 2010 and was one of many on that committee who under took the task of starting Wyoming Oil and Gas Industry Safety Alliance. He volunteered to work with WOGISA on the OSHA and Regulatory Committee soon after that committee was in place, working to help with the Wyoming Oil and Gas Rules and Regulations review with WOGISA and Wyoming OSHA. He was assigned a board of directors position in 2014. Sid ran for a board position and was elected in 2015. He currently serves as the acting WOGISA Committee Chairman for the OSHA and Regulatory Committee and serves on the Committee for the STOP Work Authority.
Safety Administrator, Automation & Electronics, Inc.
Bill is the Safety Administrator for Automation & Electronics, Inc., one of the largest industrial electrical contractors in the region. A fourth generation Wyoming native, Bill graduated from the University of Wyoming. He has worked in the oil and gas industry in safety and training over the last 10 years gaining experience in drilling and production as well as cooperative relationships with Wyoming OSHA through the SHARP program. He is passionate about training and education to yield an incident-free work environment through the power of positive influence. Bill serves as a board member of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Industry Safety Alliance and is a graduate of Dale Carnegie Programs.
Joe Muzy started his safety career in 1973, when he cross-trained upon his return from Vietnam as a member of Armed Forces. In his 40 plus years in the safety field he has held various prestigious positions in both the private and public sectors. He is currently a Safety Manager with one of the largest electrical contractors in Wyoming, Colorado and Montana. His years of expertise have enabled him to break down complex electrical concepts and explain them in layman's terms. Joe is active in the following professional organizations: American Society of Safety Engineers, Associated General Contractors and Associated Builders and Contractors.
CCO, The Rossiter System®
Ruth has been in the medical field for 40 years. She was a nurse for 32 years, a Pharmacy Warehouse Manager in Taif, Saudi Arabia for two years, and has been a Massage Therapist and Herbalist since 1990. She is currently a Senior Instructor, Master Practitioner "PainSlayer®" and part owner of the Rossiter System-a service and educational company dedicated to getting people out of pain and restoring mobility by addressing the source of pain: tight connective tissue. Her vast and eclectic experience have made her a wellspring of self-help tips people can incorporate in their lives for healthier living. As a sixth generation Wyoming-native, her passion is to help Wyoming's people improve their quality of life.
Partner, Holland & Hart
Trey is an industrial safety litigator who represents clients in all aspects of workplace safety and crisis management, including internal investigations, defense of regulatory enforcement actions and civil litigation following an industrial incident. Trey has served as lead counsel on some of the largest industrial accidents and regulatory enforcement actions in the Rocky Mountain West. Trey regularly counsels companies following major incidents, including process safety events, well fires and fatalities. Trey represents companies during government investigations conducted by OSHA, MSHA, U.S. Chemical Safety Board, DOT, various state agencies and whistleblower actions, including all phases of subsequent administration challenges.
Workers' Compensation Safety and Risk Safety Specialist, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Adam is currently a State of Wyoming Workers' Compensation Safety and Risk Safety Specialist. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology Education from the University of Wyoming, an Master of Arts in Vocational/Technical Education from Ball State University and holds many certifications in both the education and safety fields. His current position for Wyoming Workers' Compensation Safety and Risk allows him the privilege to work hand and hand with both employers and employees in his home state of Wyoming.
Epidemiologist, CDC-National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Kyla is an epidemiologist who focuses primarily on the safety and health of workers in the oil and gas extraction industry. She has published papers on multiple oil and gas topics including fall fatalities, motor vehicle crashes, tank-gauging exposures and the industry's use of engineering controls to get workers off of production tanks. She has worked for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for seven years. She has a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of North Texas.
Labor Standards, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Kelly is a licensed attorney with extensive employment law experience. Prior to joining Labor Standards, she was a Senior Hearing Examiner at the Wyoming Office of Administrative Hearings. In that role, Kelly heard and decided contested cases arising between private entities and State agencies. Kelly has also served as a Senior Assistant Attorney General at the Wyoming Attorney General's Office. While there, she advised the Department of Workforce Services on Workers' Compensation, OSHA, Labor Standards and Employment Tax issues. She also argued more than 30 cases to the Wyoming Supreme Court. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law and Vanderbilt University.
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Unit Manager, Wyoming Department of Health
Sheryl is the manager for the Wyoming Department of Health Public Health Emergency Preparedness Unit. Her work background includes a variety of private and government positions related to emergency preparedness, information technology and network security. Sheryl coordinated the strategic planning process for the program, which produced the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Five Year Strategic Plan 2011-2016. Her primarily responsibilities include preparedness for, prevention of, response to and recovery from public health emergencies through exercises, mass prophylaxis, planning, education, laboratory capacity, epidemiology and surveillance capacity, and redundant communications. The Public Health Emergency Preparedness mission is to ensure communities are prepared to respond to natural and man-made public health disasters and emergencies through proactive planning and preparation. To achieve this mission, her team diligently works to ensure the program has well thought out, technically sound, often exercised, well documented public health emergency preparedness plans.
Quality Assurance and Investigation Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Chad is the Quality Assurance and Investigations Manager for the Department of Workforce Services. He strives to identify, investigate and reduce fraud. Chad graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He has been certified as a Professional Peace Officer and is a Certified Fraud Examiner with Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Owner, Cornerstone Safety and Health Consulting, LLC
Karrie has an extensive background in risk, safety and health. As a consultant she has been involved in multiple OSHA inspections and has successfully negotiated with OSHA's most challenging officers. Her career started as a Medical Administrator, where she was responsible for building and managing the general liability, Workers' Compensation and legal cases for multi-physician centers. In her thirst for continuing her education she received certifications that would allow her to become an outreach trainer for OSHA classes. Karrie has worked in the general industry, maritime, oil and gas and construction industries in South Louisiana before her final career move to Colorado almost three years ago. Her specialty is in General Industry although she maintains licensure to assist the Construction Industry, as well. She comes from a family of entrepreneurs and is a natural leader that takes great pride in remaining competitive in a tough and highly competitive industry.
Outreach and Training Administrator, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Shelli is the Outreach and Training Administrator for the Department of Workforce Services. In this role, Shelli is charged with overseeing all outreach and marketing efforts as well as creating training curriculum for employees and businesses. Shelli has established herself as a social media leader within state government. Shelli has been with the agency for 13 years, and has served as a Program Manager for the Adult Basic Education and GED programs and the Apprenticeship Utilization Program. Prior to her time at the Department, Shelli served for four years as the Assistant Executive Director for a non-profit child advocacy firm in Cheyenne. Shelli holds two bachelor's degrees - one in English/journalism and another in legal studies. Shelli also holds a master's degree in Organizational Management/Public Administration.
State Occupational Epidemiologist, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Meredith studies and reports on work-related injuries, illnesses and fatalities in Wyoming using a variety of internal and external data sources. This centralized reporting effort is intended to identify statewide health and safety priorities, inform policy makers and educate employers and workers about hazards and risks on the job. She has been with the department since 2014 and has over 12 years of experience in public health research, surveillance and program management.
Workers' Compensation Safety and Risk Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Tom has been working as a safety professional for 25 years, 21 years in the private sector and four working for Wyoming OSHA Consultation. He has worked as a roustabout in the oilfields where he was a welder's helper, backhoe operator and deck hand. He has also worked in the trades as a journeyman plumber. Going forward, Tom ended up in a production plant where he developed his safety skills and knowledge. General industry was his strong point coming into OSHA. He has since then turned his interest to include oil and gas along with healthcare industries. Tom is currently the Program Manager for the Workers' Compensation Safety and Risk Division.
Safety Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
As Safety Manager, Travis ensures that project staff and subcontractors comply with safety rules and regulations. Travis's responsibilities include auditing job sites for safety and environmental compliance, reviewing and updating safety policies, creating site-specific safety plans, training employees on safety, health and environmental topics, handling Workers' Compensation claims, conducting accident investigations, managing safety awards programs and developing technological solutions to meet safety and health training needs. Travis's prior work history includes the high-risk industry of steel erection where one of the highest safety focuses is on fall protection. With over 13 years of industry experience, Travis's extensive working knowledge of safety practices extends from standard commercial construction applications to complicated industrial sites. Always taking the proper steps to protecting employees' health and welfare, Travis is committed to bringing the highest level of safety to all projects, reaching the goal of zero injuries. He personally delivers 100 percent effort every day toward reaching the common goal of maintaining a positive, safe working environment for all employees through effective means of communication and safety/craft training.
Outreach Coordinator, U.S. Department of Labor
Teresa Wilde has lived along Utah's Wasatch Front since 1993. The bulk of her work experience has been in the public sector having held positions in municipal, county, state and federal government. Teresa worked as a probation and parole officer before accepting a position with the Department of Laborâ€™s Wage & Hour Division as an investigator in 2000. After pursuing an opportunity with the U.S.Department of Agriculture, including outreach and education, civil rights and operations management, Teresa re-joined the Wage and Hour Division team in 2014. Teresa attended the University of Utah earning a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Criminology and a Master of Public Administration degree.
Workers' Compensation Risk Manager, Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Lauren was born and raised in Cheyenne and is a graduate of Central High School. Lauren has an Associate's Degree in Health Sciences and is currently attending the University of Wyoming to complete her Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion. She has been with the Department of Workforce Services since 2014, working as a Claims Analyst for Workers' Compensation. In November 2016, she was promoted to Risk Manager and is working toward becoming a Certified Risk Manager. Lauren's past work experience, paired with her claims knowledge, makes her a great resource for the employers in Wyoming.