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Lonna BlaisLonna is Adjunct in the Safety Studies Program at Keene State College where she teaches Health Hazard Identification, Construction Standards and a variety of other safety and health related courses. She spent 21 years employed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as a Safety and Health Compliance Officer in the Concord, New Hampshire area office. She spent over 5 years with the Department of Defense as an Industrial Hygienist working for the Naval Medical Command Detachment and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.






Martha CatevenisMartha is a safety and health consultant who has been an instructor with the OSHA Training Institute Education Center Region 1/Keene State College since 1999, instructing both general industry and construction related courses. She owns a New England-based consulting firm, which services the construction, mining and general industries. She has BS degree in Applied Adult Education and an AAS in Occupational Safety and Health.







Chip has provided occupational safety and health consulting and training services for over 25 years to general industry, construction, utilities and emergency service organizations (EMS, fire/ rescue, law enforcement). He has been an instructor for the Region 1 OSHA Education Center since 2002, presenting OSHA regulations courses for construction and general industry, outreach trainer courses and refreshers, and many specific topics. Chip is a frequent presenter at local, regional and national conferences and provides safety consulting across the US and internationally. He is a professional member of ASSP, has been a certified EMT for over 35 years.










Jay Fitzpatrick has worked exclusively in the field of construction safety and health for nearly 35 years. For the past 10 years, he has served as safety manager for bridge construction contractor E.D. Swett Inc., based in Concord NH. Previously, Jay spent 18 years as an independent construction safety and health consultant and trainer, assisting New England contractors in developing and implementing corporate safety policies/ procedures. Since 1990, he has served as the main safety and health instructor for the Associated Builders and Contractors of NH/VT. Jay first became an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer for Construction in 1989, at OTI in Des Plaines, IL, and has been associated with the OSHA Training Institute Education Center Region 1 from 1994 through the present time.








Stephen Gauthier has almost 40 years of experience as a machinist and leader in EH&S programs in the manufacturing sector, VPPPA, and agencies impacting safety and health in the workplace. OTI Education Center, Region 1 instructor for OSHA Machine Guarding courses, Safety and Health Management, Incident Investigation and key OSHA learning objectives in General Industry. As an OSHA Special Government Employee SGE he served as a team member for many OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) on-sites audits reviewing and improving Safety Programs. On the National level, Steve was a member of the Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association (VPPPA) Board of Directors.Author of published articles on Green Chemistry and Metalworking Fluids, Steve remains a critical voice for workers, active in the Toxic Use Reduction (TURA) program having served 10 years as member of the TURA Advisory Committee.







Mr. Tony Gomes is an instructor with the OSHA Training Institute Education Center Region 1/Keene State College since 2011 having completed five certificate programs including Safety and Health Specialist in General Industry and Construction plus Fire Prevention Life Safety and Certified Safety and Health Official certificates in General Industry and Construction.Tony has over 20 years teaching experience in general industry standards, 24 years of hazardous materials emergency response experience, 38 years in the fire service with 24 years as shift commander. In addition to being adjunct faculty at Keene State College OSHA Education Center, he has been adjunct professor at Massasoit Community College for 24 years.
Tony brings years of experience, training and knowledge to safety and health education.








Jim GossJim has over 20 years of diverse safety and health retail, warehouses, and for over 3,000 employees including responsibility for a corporate construction safety program for a large portion of the Northeastern United States. Jim specialized in construction safety for general and specialty contractors throughout the Northeast and became one of the first Construction Health and Safety Technicians in the country. As Vice President of an insurance brokerage firm he managed the Loss Prevention Services Department. He currently provides national training in construction for the Association of General Contractors of America and serves as Vice Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee for AGC’s National Safety and Health Committee. Jim is Region 1 OTI Education Center premier 3110 Fall Arrest Systems trainer with qualifications to lead OTI Education Center Construction based courses.






Mark has worked in safety and health since 1981. He held a part-time faculty position at the University of New Haven from 1990 – 2008. Mark is currently the principal at Practical Safety Solutions, LLC. Formerly, he has been manager of safety and health for pharmaceutical and chemical companies, as well as for a multinational construction company. He holds a master’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health Management, a graduate certificate in industrial hygiene, and a bachelor’s degree in biology. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) in comprehensive practice.






Peter KellyExperienced occupational safety and health professional, with a proven 30 year history of implementing effective safety management systems that comply with municipal, state and federal regulatory requirements and developing programs that focus on company goals, earning the support of both management and employees in building an effective safety culture. He has held regional and global positions with the U.S. Postal Service and Pratt & Whitney. Peter is a U.S. Army Veteran and retired from the .S. Army Reserve as a Comman Sergeant Major of a Chemical Warfare Brigade in 2012 with 31 years of service.





Stephen has been an occupational and environmental health professional since 1973, a certified safety professional since 1980, and a certified industrial hygienist since 1981. He has served as the director of comprehensive occupational and environmental health and safety programs at hospitals, universities, and scientific research institutions. Stephen was also a radiation control officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1999-2004. Stephen has been on the faculty of several institutions.






As president of Green Mountain Safety Consulting, Holly began her experience in the safety field in 1994. Holly’s wide variety of knowledge brings a unique approach to effective safety management. Experience with industry loss control and work as a safety officer for a construction company provided opportunities that allowed Holly to specialize in Accident Investigation, Power Industrial Trucks, Supervisor Accountability, and the development of safety committees and programs. Holly is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and Vermont Safety and Health council. She is also a Certified Red Cross instructor for Infant/Child/Adult CPR/First Aid/AED. Holly has been an instructor with the OSHA Training Institute Education Center Region 1/Keene State College since 2001.






Kim Lindgren is a safety and health consultant with over 37 years of experience. She currently is the lead instructor for construction and maritime at the Region 1 OSHA Training Institute Education Center (OTIEC). Prior to Region 1 OTIEC, she served as the Construction Curriculum and Industry Director for the OTIEC in San Diego for 20 years. Her expertise is in construction and maritime with previous employment with general contractors, specialty contractors, general industry, insurance companies and trade associations. Kim is also a former compliance officer for Cal/OSHA. She is a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), past president of the San Diego Chapter and 2018 recipient of the Construction Safety Professional of the Year award.










Rob is a high level professional with over 30 years of experience in Health, Safety and Security, and an effective instructor with authorizations that include OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for Construction, General Industry, Maritime, and Disaster Site (10/30 hr. courses). He specializes in Forklift, Aerial Lift and Scissor Lift certifications. Authorized OTI Education Center, Region 1/Keene State College instructor since 2017. 
Currently a licensed Nationally Registered EMT-Cardiac and also train in CPR/First Aid/AED and ACLS/PAL, and retired law enforcement officer (Captain) maintaining (Law Enforcement & Security) & Safety background. Trained as an ALICE Training Institute Instructor.  Keene State College certificate completions: Safety & Health Specialist in Construction, General Industry, Industrial Hygiene, Fire Prevention & Life Safety, and Healthcare & Emergency Planning; Certified Safety & Health Official in Construction and General Industry, Public Sector Safety & Health Fundamentals in Construction and General Industry.








Lynch_LouiseLouise Lynch joined the OTI Education Center Region 1 to teach OSHA 2255 Principles of Ergonomics. Louise holds a physical therapy degree from the University of Vermont, and has been practicing in her field for over 30 years. Louise is a Certified Ergonomic Evaluator Specialist (CEES). She is owner/president of Injury & Health Management Solutions which serves as a resource to employers on injury prevention, ergonomics, health promotion and industrial rehabilitation. Louise speaks internationally in the area of Ergonomics, Functional Testing, Post Offer Testing and Marketing.






Lee Marchessault, CUSA, CUSP, is the President of Workplace Safety Solutions, Inc.   He started his career in the Electric Industry in 1978 at a 100-year-old hydro power station then worked in metering and as a substation maintenance electrician.  After nearly 20 years in the field, he became the Safety Manager for the power company.  Lee is a licensed Electrician and has a BS from Johnson State College.    Now, a safety consultant, he specializes in Electrical Safety.  He is an instructor for the OSHA Training Institute Regions 1 with responsibility for electrical standards programs. Over the past 20 years, Lee has written numerous articles in national publications and continues to present electrical safety topics for International venues.  He is on the Electrical Committee for NFPA, ASTM F18 Committee, and an active member with other organizations including ASSP, IP-USOLN, NEPPA, ECNE, and NSC Utilities Division.







David MayDavid retired as Assistant Professor in the Safety Studies Program at Keene State College where he taught industrial hygiene and OSHA related courses. He spent 29 years employed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, much of which was as Area Director of the Concord, New Hampshire area office. He is also Principal of Concord Cymorth, LLC, a small research/consulting firm.







Steve MyersSteven R. Myers, CFI has 25 years experience in safety and health. Steve is a former occupational safety compliance officer with Vermont OSHA and is an experienced trainer in a variety of regulatory fields. Steve has spent many years working in the private sector in both general industry and construction. He brings a unique perspective to employers and employees with his knowledge and understanding of safety regulations, and experience managing workers compensation claims in the insurance industry.





Mike NeedhamMike Needham has over 25, years in the field of safety management, is a Board Certified Safety Professional, has served as President of the Eastern NY Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), is a registered Environmental Scientist, and a Certified Fire Protection Specialist. He has completed the prestigious Executive Program in Safety Management by the ASSE, and currently serves as adjunct faculty for Keene State College, where he is an instructor for Region 1 OSHA Training Institute Education Center.







Mark has over 30 years of EHS experience in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, construction, facilities management, and consulting industries.  Mr. Pereira has extensive experience developing and implementing practical and effective solutions to EHS challenges.  Mark earned his Master’s Degree in Public Health from Yale University and has been a Certified Industrial Hygienist since 1992.


Bob Sands works as a safety and health consultant and as an instructor for the OSHA Training Institute Education Center, Region 1/Keene State College. He performs gap analysis, safety and health management reviews, and VPP assistance for companies interested in VPP. Bob was the OSHA Region 1 VPP Manager, working in OSHA VPP for 14 years performing on-site safety and health management system reviews, VPP application reviews, and VPP gap analysis. Bob also worked in the OSHA Regional Office in Enforcement Programs. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Boston and is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers.










Mr. Galen Williams has 43 years of aviation, environmental, safety & occupational health experience as a retired U.S. Air Force Veteran, and as a Federal Government employee. He is an adjunct OTIEC, Region 1 instructor for Safety & Health Management, OSHA 511, Occupational Safety & Health Standards for General Industry and other courses. Mr. Williams has experience as an OSHA Special Government Employee (SGE), and as a Board Member for the Region1 Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association (VPPPA).  He is the Director of Occupational Safety and Health at Hanscom Air Force Base, MA where he leads a staff of eight safety professionals and manages safety support services for occupational, construction, flight, and weapons safety mishap prevention programs. He is a professional member of ASSP (Granite State Chapter), sustaining member of the National Safety Council, and FAA Airframe & Powerplant Certified.




David is a safety professional, trainer, and author, with over 25 years of experience managing the safety and human resources for some of the larger companies in the U.S. He is a Certified Safety & Health Official (CSHO) and OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer in both Construction and General Industry, MSHA certified, and is recognized for developing and maintaining a “world class” safety culture in the water, wastewater, construction, transportation, mining, and municipal solid waste service industries. David is skilled in training both internal and external customers committed to a team effort of safety and who have a zero tolerance for accident, injuries, and safety failures regardless of their individual position.










Yandow_RandyRandy began his electrical career in 1985 as an electrical apprentice for the IBEW. In 1991, he became a licensed Master Electrician and worked for a local union contractor in Vermont. He worked for IBM as a contractor, primarily in the industrial field, before being hired to work in their high voltage department. Randy attended specialized training at the AVO Institute in Dallas, Texas and at the University of Tennessee, becoming a 3rd year instructor in the IBEW Apprenticeship Training Program. In that capacity, Randy taught industrial motor controls, semiconductor electronics, safety and PLCs. He also spent several years at the Champlain Cable Corporation as the Facilities Master Electrician, prior to joining Workplace Safety Solutions, Inc. He is currently adjunct faculty with OTI Education Center Region 1/Keene State College, where he is a lead instructor in electrical courses.







Mike ZiskinMichael serves as General Industry and Disaster Site Worker Curriculum Director and Chairperson and has been teaching courses in general Industry, construction, maritime, and disaster-site worker programs since 1999 and at the University of New Haven since 1991. He has over 35 years of experience in EH&S, as president of Field Safety Corporation since 1983 and previously, a corporate H&S director, air pollution engineer and a hazmat specialist. Michael is a fellow of the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management and serves on AIHA and NFPA committees involved with chemical protection and emergency response.





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