George W. Bush
43rd President of the United States
George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, was sworn into office on January 20, 2001 and served as Commander in Chief for two consecutive terms. Before his presidency, he served for six years as Governor of the State of Texas.
President Bush was born July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Barbara and George H.W. Bush – later the 41st President of the United States. In 1948, the family moved to Texas, where President Bush grew up in Midland and Houston. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University in 1968, and then served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. President Bush received a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1975. Following graduation, he moved back to Midland and began a career in the energy business. After working on his father’s successful 1988 Presidential campaign, President Bush led a group of partners that purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989.
On November 8, 1994, George W. Bush was elected the 46th Governor of Texas. He became the first governor in Texas history to be elected to consecutive four-year terms when he was re-elected on November 3, 1998. In Austin, he earned a reputation for his bipartisan governing approach and his compassionate conservative philosophy, which was based on education reform, limited government, personal responsibility, strong families, and local control.
As President, George W. Bush worked to expand freedom, opportunity, and security at home and abroad. His first initiative as President was the No Child Left Behind Act, a bipartisan measure that raised standards in schools, insisted on accountability in return for federal dollars, and led tomeasurable gains in achievement – especially among minority students. Faced with a recession when he took office, President Bush cut taxes for every federal income taxpayer, which helped lead to an unprecedented 52 straight months of job creation. President Bush also modernized Medicare by adding a prescription drug benefit that provided access to needed medicine for 40 million seniors and other beneficiaries.
President Bush implemented free trade agreements with more than a dozen nations; empowered America’s armies of compassion by creating USA Freedom Corps and the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives; promoted a culture of life; improved air quality and made America’s energy supply more secure; designated more ocean area habitats for environmental protection than any predecessor; transformed the military to meet the changing threats of the 21st century and nearly doubled government support for veterans; pioneered a new development strategy that tied American foreign aid to reform and good governance; launched global HIV/AIDS and malaria initiatives that have saved millions of lives; expanded the NATO alliance; forged a historic new partnership with India; and appointed Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The most significant event of President Bush’s tenure came on September 11, 2001, when terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people on American soil. President Bush responded with a comprehensive strategy to protect the American people. He led the most dramatic reorganization of the federal government since the beginning of the Cold War, reforming the intelligence community and establishing new institutions like the Department of Homeland Security. He built global coalitions to remove violent regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq that threatened America, liberating more than 50 million people from tyranny. Recognizing that freedom and hope are the best alternative to the extremist ideology of the terrorists, he provided unprecedented American support for young democracies and dissidents in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere. In the more than seven years President Bush remained in office following September 11, 2001, the United States was not attacked again. Since leaving office, President Bush has returned to Texas, where he has focused his attention on the development of the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, opening in April 2013. The Bush Center will encompass President Bush’s presidential library, museum, and archives, as well as the George W. Bush Institute. The Bush Institute seeks to improve the human condition, and its work is based on the principles that have guided President Bush throughout his life: freedom is universal; each human life is precious; to whom much is given, much is required; and the marketplace is the best way to allocate resources. President Bush has continued to promote these values through the work of the Bush Institute in economic growth, education reform, global health, human freedom, the Military Service Initiative, and the Women’s Initiative. Through events like the Warrior Open Golf Tournament, a 36-hole competition that brings together patriots who volunteered to defend our Nation in the face of danger and were severely wounded in the War on Terror, and programs such as Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, an innovative partnership established to leverage public and private investments in global health to combat breast and cervical cancer in developing nations in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, President Bush continues his public service and advancing the policies he has championed throughout his life through the work of the Bush Institute.
In addition to his work with the Bush Center, President Bush published his memoir, Decision Points, a personal and candid account of the most defining decisions of his personal life and presidency in the fall of 2010. President Bush partnered with President Bill Clinton in the wake of Haiti’s devastating earthquake to lead a major fundraising effort to assist the Haitian people. President Bush also serves as the Honorary Chairman of the First Tee, an organization that provides young people with character-building and life skills lessons using golf as the platform.
President Bush is married to Laura Welch Bush, a former teacher and librarian whom he met at a friend’s backyard barbeque. They have twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, and a son-in-law, Henry Hager.The Bush family also includes a Scottish Terrier, Miss Beazley and a cat, Bob.
John M. Hermanson
Regional Administrator, Dallas Region of the U. S. Department of Labor, OSHA
John Hermanson is the Regional Administrator for the Dallas Region of the U. S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Mr. Hermanson began his career as an Industrial Hygienist with OSHA in 1976 in the Indianapolis Area Office. From 1987 to 1990 he served as the Area Director in three different offices in Illinois, California, and Arizona. He returned to Chicago in 1990 to serve as the Assistant Regional Administrator for Enforcement Programs, overseeing all enforcement operations for the Chicago region, which encompasses the six Great Lakes states. In 2004, he was promoted to the position of Deputy Regional Administrator for the Denver region. He accepted the position of Regional Administrator in Philadelphia in 2008 and came to Dallas in 2011.
VP, Community, Safety and Environment
Andrea Jalbert provides governance and support both to Major Projects and to Operations & Engineering in the areas of community relations, landowner relations and Aboriginal/tribal relations. She also provides support on occupational health, industrial hygiene, emergency management, health, safety and environmental matters. Throughout her career with TransCanada, Ms. Jalbert has held various environmental, operations and leadership roles. Previously, she was Director of Community, Safety and Environment for the Keystone Pipeline Project in which she was responsible for ensuring the project was developed safely and sustainably, taking into account stakeholder and environmental concerns and considerations along with regulatory requirements. Ms. Jalbert graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
TransCanada is proud of the relationships that we have built with Aboriginal communities over the last 60 years and recognize that stakeholders have a right to learn about our proposed activities and provide input to these plans. TransCanada’s stakeholder engagement programs are designed to ensure Aboriginal communities and stakeholders have access to the information they need to provide meaningful input.
Beth Hurley, CIH
VP, Safety and Health
Covanta Energy Corporation
Beth Hurley is the Vice President of Safety and Health for Covanta Energy Corporation, an internationally recognized owner and operator of 44 large-scale Energy-from-Waste and other renewable energy projects. Annually, Covanta safely and securely converts approximately 20 million tons of municipal solid waste into nine million megawatt hours of clean, renewable electricity and creates more than nine billion pounds of steam sold to a variety of industries. With more than 30 years of experience as a safety professional, certified industrial hygienist and industrial hygiene chemist, Beth leads Covanta’s vision of an injury free workplace for its 3,500+ employees and thousands of contractors. 40 of Covanta’s sites are in the OSHA VPP STAR program.
Beth earned a BSc. in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Dayton, OH and an MSc in Public Management and Policy from Carnegie Melon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), a Diplomat of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH) and a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).
VP, Environmental, Health and Safety
David Jelmini is the Vice President of Corporate Environmental Health & Safety for HollyFrontier Corporation. HollyFrontier is a petroleum refining company based in Dallas, Texas with refineries in Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Utah. Mr. Jelmini has worked in the oil production and refining business for 34 years and has degrees in both safety and environmental from Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma.
VP, Global Health and Safety
Dusty Ferrell is the Vice President of Global Health & Safety for Georgia-Pacific. With more than 35,000 people at approximately 300 locations in North America, South America and Europe, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of tissue, packaging, paper, pulp, building products and related chemicals. Mr. Ferrell has been with Georgia-Pacific for 36 years. He spent the first 18 years at the company in various manufacturing positions, and for the past 18 years he has held various leadership roles related to safety. He currently has oversight responsibility for health and safety worldwide at Georgia-Pacific.
VP, Environmental, Health and Safety
Jon Graham is Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety for Apache Corporation. With more than 5,300 employees, operating in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Egypt, United Kingdom, North Sea and the United States, Apache is one of the leading independent oil and gas exploration and production companies in the world, with production exceeding 800,000 BOEPD. With over 36 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in various engineering and management positions, Mr. Graham was promoted to his current position in 2011 to lead Apache’s worldwide environmental, health and safety activities.
Mr. Graham holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and an MBA from the University of Oklahoma. He is also a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.
VP, Procurement and Administration
Lisa Shorb has been the Vice President of Procurement & Administration for Kinder Morgan since June 2002. Her responsibilities include the purchase of materials and services for Kinder Morgan’s five business units as well as oversight for the following shared services functions for the organization: Material Management & Inventory; Procurement Technology & Standards; Fleet, Facilities, Records, Travel, Real Estate, Corporate Security & Business Continuity; and Contractor Safety. Ms. Shorb started at the company in 1984 as a Geologist. She held that position for two and a half years before moving into various positions in Contract Administration, Contract Operations, Offsystem Operations, Gas Storage Operations, Gas Measurement and finally into her current Procurement role. She will pass her 29th year at the company in April of this year and has been in Procurement over 10 years.
Ms. Shorb attended the University of Dayton where she received a Bachelor of Science in Geology. She subsequently received her master’s degree in geology from Duke University.
Stuart A. Wittenbach
VP, EH&S and Regulatory
Stuart A. Wittenbach is the Vice President of Environmental Health & Safety and Regulatory for SandRidge Energy. Mr. Wittenbach holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas Tech University and a Master’s of Science from Stephen F. Austin State University. He began his career working for Tenneco Oil Co. from 1981 to 1989, then moved on to Kerr-McGee from 1989 to 2006 and Anadarko from 2006 to 2007. He startedwith SandRidge Energy in 2007.
Assistant VP, EHS Performance Improvement
The Mosaic Company
Taylor Abel is currently the Assistant Vice President for EHS Performance Improvement at The Mosaic Company where he has responsibility for contractor safety programmatic improvements in addition to leading the implementation of EHS Management Systems (ISO14001 & OHSAS18001) across the company. He also serves on the State Emergency Response Commission of Florida.
Mr. Abel has been an environmental, health and safety professional for 20 years. He has spent his career in various businesses of the crop nutrition industry, including mining, manufacturing and worldwide distribution. He has worked closely with key stakeholders to build EHS programs and integrate them into business, driving a safer work environment and assuring compliance.
From 2007 to 2011, as Assistant Vice President of Health, Safety & Security in Mosaic’s Phosphate business unit, Mr. Abel assisted in the creation of the company safety strategy and led its execution in the business unit, creating a cultural change and significant reduction in injuries. He served as Director of EHS for Mosaic’s global supply chain from 2004 to 2007. Prior to this position, he served in various roles in the environmental and safety field at Cargill. Mr. Abel has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from University of Florida, a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of South Florida and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Florida.
Loss Investigation and Compliance Specialist
Alan Dennison brings almost 24 years of experience at refineries to his current role at the Valero Pembroke Refinery, where he provides advice and counsel to all stakeholders in a number of locations within the United Kingdom and the United States. Mr. Dennison is responsible for conducting audits to ensure that all company safety standards, safe work practices and regulatory requirements are up-to-date and practiced consistently and responsibly. As Process Owner, he is responsible for ensuring compliance with current contractor safety management operations using ISNetworld. Recently, Mr. Dennison was appointed as Valero’s OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Coordinator. Prior to Valero, he held positions for Texaco and Chevron.
Senior Health & Safety Specialist
Andy Euthon is currently a Senior Health and Safety Specialist at the Valero McKee Refinery. He started his career with Valero in 1986 and has held several positions within the organization including Voluntary Protection Program Coordinator and Shift Breaker Complex 5 Lead Operator. With numerous years of experience and training, Mr. Euthon is certified as a HAZCOM First Responder, SME Basic Operator Training Instructor and Safety Instructor. Along with his certifications, he also holds the position of Turnaround Plant Safety Lead, ISN Lead, Emergency Response Team Member, and Contractor Safety Council Liaison.
Barry Lipton, FCAS, MAAA
Practice Leader and Senior Actuary, Actuarial & Economic Services Division
NCCI Holdings, Inc.
Barry Lipton is a Practice Leader and Senior Actuary for NCCI. He leads NCCI’s actuarial research and regularly presents for insurance industry groups on critical issues such as medical cost drivers, industry reserve adequacy and current Workers’ Compensation trends. Before joining NCCI, Mr. Lipton worked for the Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company as Vice President and Actuary in the Claims Division. He has extensive experience as a commercial lines pricing actuary, including Workers’ Compensation, liability and property insurance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Queens College and a master’s degree in mathematics from Columbia University. Mr. Lipton is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Global HSE, IT Projects and Tools Lead
Bob Martien has served in various HSE management roles at LyondellBasell over the last 15 years and is currently responsible for global management for all HSE Operational Excellence IT systems and processes. The overall purpose of the systems and processes is to support the strategic goals and objectives of the corporate HSE and Operational Excellence organization through the development and use of various software platforms and business processes. Mr. Martien holds a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He currently resides in the Houston, Texas metropolitan area.
Chris Bachman, CSP
Director of Health and Safety
With over 17 years of progressive safety experience in safety management, industrial hygiene and process safety, Chris Bachman currently serves as the Director of Health and Safety for the Richardson, Texas based Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc. (a Clean Harbors Company), one of North America’s largest environmental service providers. In this role, Mr. Bachman is directly responsible for Safety-Kleen’s Health and Safety compliance oversight for over 200 field locations. He received a master’s degree in environmental health and industrial hygiene from Temple University in 2000. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
EHS Senior Specialist Contractor Management
Chris Rohlfs is an EHS Senior Specialist for Hess Corporation, a global, integrated energy company based in New York City. Prior to joining Hess in 2011, Chris spent three years with D.E. Harvey Builders as a safety professional, where he most recently worked on the Hess Tower as the lead safety coordinator. In that role, he was accountable for all contractor safety programs, daily safety observations tracking and weekly reports out to Hess Corporation.
Prior to working with D.E. Harvey, Chris was an EHS Supervisor for KBR in Mosul, Iraq. There he was responsible for the EHS civilian contractors on a military base with over 3,000 contract workers. He was responsible for the housing of the workers and ensuring that they lived in healthy conditions, monitored the dining facilities and developed programs to assist the contractors in their day-to-day activities on the base.
Having worked with many contractors, Chris has extensive experience in management, environment, health and safety, risk management and career development.
Contracts and Insurance Manager
Plains All American Pipeline
Christopher Etter has been with Plains All American Pipeline for over six years and currently serves as the Contracts and Insurance Manager. Mr. Etter received his bachelor’s from The University of Texas at Austin and his masters of business administration from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School.
Plains All American Pipeline is engaged in the transportation, storage, terminaling and marketing of crude oil, refined products and liquefied petroleum gas and other natural gas related petroleum products.
Senior Manager of Insurance
Devon Energy Corporation
Connie Stum is the Senior Manager of Insurance at Devon Energy, where she is responsible for risk and project management analysis, procurement and administration of property and casualty and surety insurance programs in North America. Additionally, she oversees the contract review process from purchase and sale agreements to joint operating agreements, master service agreements, and lease agreements. She has witnessed the growth of Devon from a mere 200 employees to in excess of 5,000 today. Recently, Ms. Stum implemented the three-year OCIP and Builders Risk program administration for the new Devon Energy Center in Oklahoma City, an $850 million project which resulted in a 22% workers’ compensation loss ratio over the life of the project with no fatalities. She serves on committees in EHS, Security, E&P and M&M Operations, Business Continuity, Legal, Supply Chain, and Upper Management.
Manager, Procurement and Asset Management
Dan Love is a change management leader with significant energy industry experience. Currently, Mr. Love serves as Manager of Procurement and Asset Management at Penn West. He previously held the position of Supply Chain Leader, where he delivered the full range of supply chain and procurement responsibilities and developed a category management structure to support Penn West’s rapid drilling growth. Mr. Love has oil and gas experience as a Supply Chain Leader, a Chief Financial Officer and General Manager. He has experience in the producer, service company and manufacturing segments.
Penn West is a major Canadian oil and gas producer, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta with annual production of approximately 170,000 BOE. The company employs about 2,000 individuals, with operations spanning across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Manager, Contractor Relations
MBI Energy Logistics, LLC
Dave Storebo is an employee of MBI Energy Logistics, LLC, servicing the oil field in Western North Dakota. He spent six years serving in the U.S. Army until 1992, when he ventured into the trucking industry, hauling frozen and fresh foods, agricultural products, flat bed and low bow operations, owning his own equipment in the late 1990’s. He also has a law enforcement background and is currently P.O.S.T. certified.
Dave came to MBI Energy Services in October of 2010, joining the safety department and working in the field for compliance. In 2011, he began supervising MBI’s Field Logistics Coordinators, which are the direct link between the customers and our trucking fleet, monitoring efficiency, compliance, and safety on customer locations. In the fall of 2011, he began working in MBI’s Human Resources department, primarily in recruitment and employee disciplinary actions. In July of 2012, Dave was placed in MBI Energy Logistics, LLC, as the Manager of Subcontractor Relations, where he is responsible for organizing the subcontractor fleet and ensuring compliance with Federal DOT regulations and customers’ expectations. Dave currently manages a field staff of eight and office staff of two to assist in accomplishing this.
David K. Dugas
Senior EH&S Specialist
Apache Corporation’s Gulf of Mexico Shelf Region
David Dugas is Senior EH&S Specialist for Apache Corporation’s Gulf of Mexico Shelf Region and serves as the region’s Contractor Safety Management Coordinator. David works with over 650 Apache contractors to ensure that they meet and remain in compliance with Apache’s Contractor Safety and Training Requirements. He is also currently overseeing the implementation of Apache’s shore based electronic scanning system, which is intended to verify compliance with required safety training of all personnel before being allowed to proceed offshore. Mr. Dugas has more than 33 years of EH&S experience in the offshore oil & gas industry and has been involved with a number of industry and civic groups and organizations, including the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the International Association of Drilling Contractors (I.A.D.C.) and the Gulf Coast Safety & Training Group (GCS&TG), where he has served terms as Treasurer, Vice President and President. He currently serves on the Verification of Contractor Skills & Knowledge/Contractor Management Systems Operator Verification Subcommittee of the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) as well as the SafeGulf Advisory Group.
Senior Compliance Specialist
Flint Hills Resources, L.P.
Deb Haifleigh is a Senior Compliance Specialist for Flint Hills Resources, L.P. Her responsibilities include building compliance systems for pipeline safety regulations. Ms. Haifleigh has been employed with Koch for 31 years and held a variety of positions handling issues regarding pipelines, trucking, transportation, crude oil purchasing and agriculture. Deb is a member of the ASME B31Q committee. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in consumer economics from Kansas State University, as well as a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kansas.
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr.
Attorney at Law, Fisher & Phillips LLP
Former Asst. Secretary of Labor, OSHA (2006 - 2008)
Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. is a partner with Fisher & Phillips LLP, a leading national labor and employment law firm. Mr. Foulke is co-chair of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Catastrophe Management Practice Group in its Atlanta, Georgia office. Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, Mr. Foulke was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Named by President George W. Bush to head OSHA, he served from April 2006 to November 2008. During his tenure at OSHA, workplace injuries, illnesses and fatality rates dropped to their lowest level in recorded history. He also served as Chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. He is the only person in the United States to serve as head of OSHA and as Chairman of the Review Commission.For approximately 30 years, Mr. Foulke has worked in the labor and employment area, specializing in occupational safety and health issues. In 2010 and again in 2011 hewas named as one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” by EHS Today magazine, and in 2008 he was named as one of the “50 Most Influential EHS Leaders” in the United States by Occupational Hazards magazine. Mr. Foulke is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on occupational safety and health issues and one of the top speakers and writers in this area. Mr. Foulke, a native of Perkasie, PA, graduated from North Carolina State University with a BA degree in Political Science (with honors) in 1974. He earned his law degree from Loyola University – New Orleans in 1978 and a Master of Law (Labor) degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1993.
Jack P. Gibson, CPCU, CRIS, ARM
President and CEO
International Risk Management Institute, Inc.
Jack Gibson is President and CEO of International Risk Management Institute, Inc. also known as IRMI. IRMI is a leader in keeping property-casualty insurance professionals on the leading edge of risk management and insurance via a vast reference library, a broad curriculum of online continuing education courses and educational conferences.
Over his 34-year career, Mr. Gibson has focused on the areas of liability insurance and contractual risk transfer. He is co-author of Contractual Risk Transfer and The Additional Insured Book, both of which are published by IRMI. He is co-chairman of the IRMI Construction Risk Conference and frequently speaks at other insurance industry conferences. Mr. Gibson holds BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Georgia, where he majored in risk management, as well as CPCU, CRIS and ARM designations. In 1996, he was honored as Georgia’s Outstanding Insurance Alumnus of the year.
Contractor Safety Advisor
Chevron Americas Products Co.
Jackie Ledbetter currently serves as Contractor Safety Advisor for Chevron Americas Products Co. Ms. Ledbetter supports the North America Maintenance & Construction team, which builds and maintains all Chevron Retail Company operated locations in the U.S. and Canada. She is responsible for CHESM (Contractor Health Environmental Safety Management) and managing ISNetworld. Additionally, she is responsible for process documentation, training of contractors and Chevron Project Managers who support and manage the day to day operations of a reliable retail network of facilities throughout North America. Prior to her current role, she worked in Chevron’s IT group first as the Systems Administrator for the IT Service Centers supporting the Retail Technology Centers daily operations and then as a Supervisor of a 24x7 Technical Support Center, where her responsibilities included daily oversight and hiring and managing both employees and contractors. Ms. Ledbetter began her career at Chevron in 1978 as part of the Marketing Operations group in Concord, California.
HSE Specialist, Contractor Management
Jackie Onyszko has worked in the health and safety field for eight years and is currently responsible for Contractor Management at ConocoPhillips. She holds a Bachelor of Science, an OH&S Certificate and a Management Diploma.
Ms. Onyszko is a participant on several Canadian industry committees focused on improving collaboration, systems and overall efficiency of contractor engagement.
Domestic Contracts Manager
Noble Energy, Inc.
Jennifer Welshons is the Domestic Contracts Manager for Noble Energy, Inc. She joined Noble in 2011 and is responsible for all U.S. based service contracts. Prior to 2011, Ms. Welshons served as in-house counsel with a worldwide oilfield contractor for five years following a time in private practice as a trial lawyer. Ms. Welshons is a native of South Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 2001 before going on to attend the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU, earning a Bachelor of Civil Law/Juris Doctorate in 2004. She is licensed in both Texas and Louisiana and is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Associate Director, Environment, Health and Safety and Chief of Emergency Services
John has been employed with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company for 21 years in the Environment, Health and Safety Department and currently serves as Associate Director, EHS and Chief of Emergency Services in the Central New Jersey region. In this role, Mr. Welling is responsible for the health and safety of over 5,800 employees at eight facilities. Previously, he was employed with the National Railroad Passenger Corporation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Mr. Welling is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and Hazardous Materials Technician and holds numerous other training certifications. He has an extensive background in fire safety and is a registered fire official and professional engineer in the state of New Jersey. Additionally, he has attained Chief Fire Officer Designation with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, Inc. and Homeland Security Certification Level III with the American College of Forensic Examiners. He is the Chairman of the National Fire Protection Association Technical Committee on Pre-Incident Planning and is a professional member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.
Mr. Welling holds a bachelor’s degree in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland and a master’s in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was instrumental in the forming of the Mercer County, NJ Technical Rescue Task Force 801 and serves on the staff at the Mercer County, NJ Fire Academy as an Instructor Level 2.
Contractor Safety and Security Advisor
ExxonMobil Pipeline Company
Joseph Moorer works in the Safety, Health & Environmental Dept. (SH&E) of ExxonMobil Pipeline Company. In addition to these roles he currently manages ExxonMobil Pipeline’s ISNetworld account.
Global Contractor Safety Program Manager
Keith Small joined the Monsanto Global Safety Team in 2002 after performing various safety and leadership roles in Monsanto’s Muscatine, Iowa, Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Augusta, Georgia plants. As a member of the Global ESH Team, Mr. Small is the Global Contractor Safety Program Manager in addition to his duties as a Corporate ESH Auditor, Corporate Voluntary Protection Program Manager and his support role with Monsanto’s Europe/Africa region.
Magellan Midstream Partners
Kelli Riddle has worked in the pipeline industry since 1999 and currently serves as the Chair of the API Operator Qualification Work Group. She is a member of the ASME B31Q Committee on Pipeline Personnel Qualification where she is the team lead for the Technical Issues sub-team. Ms. Riddle joined Magellan Midstream Partners as an OQ Coordinator in 2004 after earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an MBA.
Kimberly Stone Watson
Director of Safety
Kimberly Stone Watson is the Director of Safety for Southwire Company, North America’s leading manufacturer of wire and cable used in the distribution and transmission of electricity. She has been an environmental, health and safety professional for 20 years; 12 with Southwire, working in manufacturing, research & development and consulting environments. Kimberly presently has health and safety oversight responsibility for Southwire’s operations.
She is certified in Industrial Safety & Health and Construction Safety & Health from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Ms. Stone Watson is a Registered Environmental Manager with the National Registry of Environmental Professionals and a Special Government Employee (SGE) with the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). As an SGE, she serves on an evaluation team for sites applying to be VPP participants. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biological life sciences from North Carolina State University, where she also earned a minor in foreign languages.
Contractor HES Management Advisor
Chevron, Gulf of Mexico
Lane Blanchard is the Contractor Health Environmental & Safety Management (CHESM) Advisor for Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit and the author of the Field Competency Verification Process. This process has been deployed in Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Shelf and Deepwater Business Units. Mr. Blanchard started his career with Chevron in 1983. He began his career working in offshore Production Operations. After 16 years in Operations, with increasing responsibilities, he transferred into the Gulf of Mexico HES organization located in New Orleans, LA. While working in HES he has held a variety of positions including Regulatory Compliance and Safety Specialist.
Corporate Process Safety Director
Linda is the Corporate Process Safety Director for JBS USA / Pilgrim’s. She has been working with the Process Safety Management standard since 1994 for both Ammonia Refrigeration and Chlorine Injection systems. Contractor Safety is a critical element to the PSM program. She is currently on the IIAR (International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration) Board of Directors. Linda has been working with ISN for approximately two years managing 40 facilities in ISNetworld. Ms. McDaniel holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Iowa.
Mark T. Salo, CSP
Director, Safety Management Systems and Support Services
United States Steel Corporation
Mark T. Salo assumed his current position as Director of Safety Management Systems and Support Services in March 2011. In this role, he is responsible for the development and implementation of a safety and industrial hygiene management system for U. S. Steel’s global operations. Prior to taking on his directorial role, Mr. Salo has held positions with United States Steel Corporation in the corporate safety and industrial hygiene area since 1996, beginning as a safety supervisor at Minntac in Mt. Iron, Minnesota before moving into managerial roles at U. S. Steel operations near Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Gary, Indiana. Mr. Salo worked with CompCost Inc. and State Fund Mutual Insurance Company of Minnesota as a loss prevention representative prior to his employment with U. S. Steel. A native of Duluth, Minnesota, Mr. Salo earned both his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology and his master’s degree in industrial safety from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He is also certified in comprehensive practice by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
Mr. Salo is a member of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and the American Society of Safety Engineers. He currently serves on the World Steel Association’s Committee on Safety and Occupational Health Corporate Leading Indicators Taskforce and the Metals Service Center Institute Safety and Operations Focus Group.
Supplier Quality Management (SQM) Manager
BP Iraq NV
Max works in BP’s Upstream Procurement & Supply Chain Management (PSCM) function for the Iraq Regional Performance Unit (RPU). He is currently part of the Rumaila Operation Organisation (ROO) team in his role as Supplier Quality Management (SQM) Manager, working on a monthly rotation basis in Iraq.
In his position he is responsible for articulating and communicating the immediate vision for PSCM & SQM in the region. The role entails translating this into actionable plans and developing long term SQM supplier strategies to be implemented with key suppliers/contractors based on their ability to deliver IM and SQM requirements and business value consistently with firsttime quality.
Max has worked for BP in Australia, United Kingdom and Russia for many years, and Iraq since 2010. He enjoys working within multinational teams comprising BP, joint venture partners and third parties.
Michael Cappas, CIH
Director of Safety and Health
Georgia Pacific’s Building Products Business Unit
Michael Cappas, Director of Safety & Health for Georgia-Pacific’s Building Products business, has managed safety and health for 20 years in industries ranging from aerospace, petroleum refining, pharmaceuticals and chemical manufacturing to his current role in building products operations managing supplies such as lumber, plywood, OSB, gypsum wallboard and related products. In addition to degrees in safety and environmental health, Mr. Cappas is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).
Michael D. Larrañaga, CIH, CSP, PE, Ph.D.
Oklahoma State University
Michael D. Larrañaga is Professor, Simplex Professor, and Department Head of the School of Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology (SFPS) at Oklahoma State University (OSU). He serves as Director of the Boots & Coots Center for Fire Safety & Pressure Control and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fellows program.
Dr. Larrañaga’s research focuses on the application of complexity theory and network science to real world systems to model risk, emergence and cascade failure. He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and as an appointed member to the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional and Professional Engineer. Dr. Larrañaga earned his Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology from OSU, his Master of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, a Master of Arts in Security Studies from the United States Naval Postgraduate School and his doctorate in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University.
Senior Health and Safety Advisor, Corporate Process and Occupational Safety Group
Murray Callbeck currently serves as a Senior Health and Safety Advisor with the Corporate Process and Occupational Safety Group with Husky Energy in Calgary, Alberta. He is on his “second tour of duty” with Husky Energy. His area of responsibility involves safety support for Southern Alberta, Southern Saskatchewan, Midstream (Retail Marketing) and International as well as the Sunrise Oil Sands Operations team. He also acts as the safety lead in Contractor Management, Charter Air Craft (both fixed wing and rotary wing), Motor Vehicles for Husky, Regulatory Review and Interpretation. Mr. Callbeck is a Certified Health and Safety Consultant and holds a Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. His career as a safety professional spans more than 23 years across various fields including pulp and paper, construction, oil and gas service and oil and gas upgrading and refining.
Team Lead, Strategic Environment, Health and Safety Group
Encana’s Canadian Division
Murray Sunstrum joined Encana Corporation in 2008, where he has been involved in safety leadership training, learning management systems, EHS reporting metrics, divisional management system audits, contractor management and safety practices. In addition, Murray has been instrumentalin Encana’s application of ISNetworld since its rollout in 2009 to nearly 2,000 contractors. Prior to his role at Encana, Mr. Sunstrum served as the Vice President of Safety Services at Enform, the safety association for the Canadian petroleum industry. He began in the oil and gas industry in 1997 in the national trade association for drilling and service rig contractors.
Murray is a graduate of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, a past member of the Council of Governors for the Canadian Center for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOH&S) and has represented the petroleum industry on numerous regulatory and safety groups. Murray obtained his Canadian Registered Safety Professional Designation in 2001, a Certificate in Strategic Leadership from the Banff Centre in 2011 and is also a member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.
HSE Services Coordinator
Rachel Goetz is the HSE Services Coordinator at Valerus, a worldwide leader in integrated oil and gas handling services.Products and services include reciprocating compressor packages, production equipment, gas processing solutions, liquid separation systems and a variety of professional field services. In her role at Valerus, Rachel manages many aspects of operator and regulatory compliance and has much interaction with ISN through these responsibilities. Ms. Goetz is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and has worked in the field of HSE for the past four years.
Director of Business Development
Randal Hernandez is the Director of Business Development for PK Industries (PKI). PK Industries is composed of three different companies working within the oil and gas industries. PKI, centrally located near Wichita, Kansas, specializes in industrial coatings, safety services and passive fire protection. Mr. Hernandez graduated from the University of Kansas in 1987 and has worked with PKI for the last four years building client relationships and business developments.
Director, Contractor Safety
Rick is an EHS professional with experience and management skills working for Kinder Morgan. Rick is currently managing the Contractor Safety Program with oversight of all business units within the company. Kinder Morgan is the largest midstream and the third largest energy company in North America with approximately 75,000 miles of pipelines and 180 terminals.
Robbie Gouge is the Accounts Manager for PK Industries. PK Industries is composed of three companies working within the oil and gas industry. PK Industries specializes in industrial coatings, safety services and passive fire protection. Mr. Gouge has worked for PK Industries for five years as a Safety Manager, a Quality Control Manager and now his current position as Accounts Manager. Robbie oversees all accounts including ISNetworld. Currently, PK Industries works with over 20 Owner Clients.
Group Lead, Contractor Safety Management
Stephanie Rolseth serves as the Group Lead for Contractor Safety Management and Health and Safety Training for Cenovus Energy Inc., a Canadian oilsands company. She is the chair of the On-Site Validation (O-Val) Committee, a committee consisting of nine Canadian ISN Owner Client companies that are working together to evaluate contractors against an established protocol and subsequently sharing the results of those contractor evaluations amongst participating Owner Clients. Ms. Rolseth has 15 years of experience in the upstream oil and gas industry in the field of Health and Safety and has held a wide variety of HSE roles in her career, with projects in Canada, the U.S. and Latin America.
Terry Yamada, ARM
Director, Insurance/Risk Management
Terry Yamada serves as the Director of Insurance and Risk Management for Alon USA. He has worked for over 30 years in the petroleum refining/energy field, including 20 years in risk management and insurance with Caltex Petroleum, Enron, Lone Star Steel and Alon USA. Mr. Yamada was also a senior underwriter with Zurich Construction and a past President of the DFW RIMS chapter. He was born in Hawaii and holds chemical engineering degrees from UC Berkeley and Cornell University, an MBA from UNT and an ARM certification.
Tom L. Humphrey
Manager Risk and Insurance
ONEOK, Inc. and ONEOK Partners, L.P.
Tom L. Humphrey has been with the ONEOK organization since October of 2006. He was previously in a partnership in a small insurance agency for nine years and with AON for 16 years as Senior Vice President and Client Representative on the Halliburton Services account. Mr. Humphrey began his career as an underwriter for the Hartford Insurance Group in 1970.
Tom Slattery, CSP-E, ARM
Environmental Health and Safety Manager
POET Plant Management
Tom Slattery is the Environmental Health & Safety Manager for POET Plant Management, a network of 27 bio-refineries in seven states producing food, feed and fuel. Mr. Slattery has more than 20 years of experience developing and managing safety programs in a variety of industries. He is a Certified Safety Professional with a Specialty in Ergonomics and is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry and Construction. Mr. Slattery has also earned recognition as an Associate in Risk Management from the Insurance Institute of America.
TL Peters II, CSHO, CET, CIT
TL Peters is an Instructor at the OSHA Region VI education center at The University of Texas at Arlington. He also serves as an Independent Consultant for the Construction and General Industry and as an expert witness for various law firms in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Prior to UTA, Mr. Peters taught courses at Texas Engineering Extension Services, also an OSHA education center. He brings over twenty years of experience as an industrial safety expert to his teaching career, having served as the Environmental, Health and Safety Manager for multiple companies. Mr. Peters was introduced to the safety field at Baxter Healthcare Corporation in Jacksonville, Texas, where he was originally employed as a design engineer, utilizing his skills in AutoCAD(r), a design and drafting system. Prior to his employment at Baxter, Mr. Peters worked in residential construction and in manufacturing. He holds an Associates of Science in Industrial Technology from Tyler Junior College and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Safety from The University of Texas at Tyler, in addition to holding certifications as a Safety & Health Official; an Environment, Health & Safety Trainer; an Instructional Technologist; and a Medic First Aid Trainer. He is also a certified OSHA 10 & 30 hour Outreach Trainer for Construction & General Industry
Regional Contractor Safety Program Manager
Bill Donato has been a Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) employee since 1988, having previously worked with BMS as a contractor since 1981. He currently serves as the Regional Contractor Safety Program Manager for the Wallingford/Central New Jersey region. Previously, he worked as a project manager to oversee the scope of work development, capital justification and implementation of projects to support business operations and development, as a manager of the Contractor Safety Program and later as the regional manager of the program.
Mr. Donato began his career with BMS as a piping designer and squad leader for the design and development of mechanical, HVAC, utility and fire protection systems, which included the layout and design of office, laboratory, process and development areas. During his career, he developed the regional contractor safety & performance program for the BMS Wallingford/Central New Jersey facilities, an electronic accident/incident tracking system, the service provider audit and auditing process, the BMS contractor safety and performance document and guide for contractor workers, regional standard operating procedures for lockout/tagout, fall protection and additional procedures.
Mr. Donato has developed several contractor orientation videos that are utilized to introduce BMS guidelines and expectations to contractor employees for working on site and has been associated with four projects that have achieved OSHA VPP Star Status. He is used as a resource for other BMS facilities to offer experience and advice for developing contractor safety programs and processes and has been a key contributor in the BMS prequalification process and a key BMS contact for ISN account development.
Mr. Donato is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and Civil Air Patrol. He is certified in first aid/CPR and a certified competent person for scaffolding/excavations.