FEATURED SPEAKERS

Terri Tucker

Consultant, Facilitator, Speaker, Writer,

and Coach

Tucker Resources

"The Culture of Safety:

How To Be a Leader When

You Are Not the Boss"

Day 1

Terri is a professional speaker, facilitator, writer and leadership coach. She has owned and operated Tucker Resources since 1996 and serves clients worldwide in many industries.

 

Terri has a gift of helping others look through the eyes of those they serve and find opportunities for growth. She coaches leadership to help develop practices, messages, and offerings that create success for all served. Facilitation of strategic plans, annual goals, Mission, Vision and Value Statements is also a proven practice for Terri.

 

Keynote addresses and entertaining presentations are among Terri’s strongest offerings.

 

Terri has a rich marketing background having served as Marketing Director for KMBC-TV; Hearst Broadcasting. and KYTV; Schurz Communications. She was Marketing Director for Herschend Family Entertainment Properties (Herschend Family Entertainment owns properties such as Silver Dollar City, Dollywood, Stone Mountain Park in Georgia.)

 

She is the creator and founder of Herschend Family Entertainment’s corporate training center, Legendary University…an internal marketing and leadership training retreat.

 

Terri has most recently launched PHC University, the corporate training center for Phoenix Home Care and Hospice – Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois.

 

She has recently published her first leadership book entitled, Iron Wolf featuring 8 Lessons of Leadership for building a culture of high engagement and responsibility.

 

Terri is best known as “Mom” to two sons and “Wife” to Les Wiest (pronounced Weest). They live near Branson, Missouri on Table Rock Lake.

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Kimberly A. Stille

Regional Administrator Occupational

Safety and Health Administration

Kansas City Region

"OSHA Re-Imaged"

Day 2

 

Kimberly has been the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Region VII, since October of 2016. Prior to this appointment, she was the Regional Administrator of OSHA’s Boston Region (Region I).

 

Kimberly joined OSHA in 1987 after having been employed as a Bacteriologist with the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. From 1987 through 2016, she held various positions within OSHA, including serving as an Industrial Hygienist in the Region V Peoria Area Office, and an Assistant Area Director in the Region VI Little Rock Area Office. She held multiple positions within OSHA Region V, including Acting Deputy Regional Administrator, Acting Assistant Regional Administrator for Enforcement Programs, and an Area Director in the Madison Area Office and Eau Claire District Office. She also served the agency as the Director and the Acting Deputy Director for Enforcement Programs in the OSHA National Office.

 

Kimberly has worked on a variety of initiatives, both to strategically effectuate the mission of the agency and to develop and safeguard the health and safety of those OSHA employees engaged therein. She has worked collaboratively with a host of federal, state, and local government agencies in the protection and preservation of worker and community health and safety, including a collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security and Indiana state government officials to ensure worker safety during Super Bowl XLVI and a collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and United States Coast Guard to develop and present emergency preparedness training should a federal disaster occur. She mentored OSHA compliance safety and health officer Assessment Center participants, and has served on sundry of taskforces and committees to develop and implement internal safety and health initiatives to protect OSHA’s personnel. She currently co-chairs the Enforcement Executive Steering Committee, but previously served on the Emergency Response Executive Steering Committee, and the Whistleblower Executive Steering Committee.

 

Kimberly is a graduate of Mount Mercy College and the Iowa State University. She holds a BS in Biology and an MS in Education.

DAY ONE SPEAKERS & TOPICS

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Karena Lorek

Area Director of the Kansas City Area Office

United States Department of Labor, OSHA

 

Karena Lorek is the Area Director for the Kansas City Area Office. Prior to becoming an Area Director, she was the Assistant Regional Administrator for Region VII OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program. Lorek has also worked as the Acting Deputy Director of the Directorate of Enforcement Programs in Washington DC. Lorek was selected for OSHA’s first Executive Development Program. Lorek has worked for OSHA for 12 ½ years and she started her OSHA career in Cleveland Ohio. Prior to her career with OSHA; Lorek was in Federal Law Enforcement with US Secret Service and US Federal Air Marshall Service. She also was an investigator for Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation conducting safety inspections of the Ohio Revised Code.

 

Bill McDonald, CSP

Area Director

United States Department of Labor, OSHA - St. Louis

Bill has served with distinction as Area Director in St. Louis Area since 2001. Throughout his career with OSHA, Bill has been tasked to serve on many national and regional task forces and serve in numerous leadership positions Nationwide. He has earned many leadership honors locally, regionally and nationally to include the Department of Labor’s National Leadership Award. He has also been fortunate to see his office earn the Area Office of the Year on two separate occasions. Bill has also been recognized for his work in promoting private/public partnerships in the reduction of injuries, illnesses, and fatalities by the National Home Builders Association. Bill was privileged to serve in the US Air Force and has also earned the distinction of Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Bill loves to hunt and fish as well as cheer on his favorite sports teams. He is proud husband and father to seven children.

Nicholas Henderson

Health Safety and Environmental Manager

Heartland Pet Foods

Heartland Pet Food is the manufacturing company for Blue Buffalo Pet Foods. Heartland Joplin was the first owned Blue Buffalo manufacturing facility which began in 2014. In 2017 the facility added the ability to make pet treats. Currently the facility is +500,000 sq ft, manufactures over 50% of all Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food, has 3 treat production lines, and serves as a distribution center. The facility operates 24/7, employees 220 “Buffs”, and produces over 1.3 million pounds of product per day. Prior to this role he served in the Safety and Environmental Departments for La-Z-Boy manufacturing as well as EaglePicher Technologies. Away from work he enjoys camping with the family and running without the family.

Russell Hinds

President/CEO

Mid-America Safety & Environmental.

Russell is an Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer in General Industry/Construction, Certified State of Missouri and Arkansas Safety Consultant, EPA Lead Renovator Trainer, and National Safety Council First Aid/CPR Instructor. Russell owns Mid-America Safety & Environmental - a leading safety consulting and training company located in Springfield, MO. With over 250 active clients covering 25 states, safety management and OSHA compliance is his expertise. In his spare time Russell enjoys golfing and traveling with his wife.

Phyllis Blackwelder

Area Director

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) - Missouri Chapter

 

Prior to starting work with the AFSP, she served as the Eastern Missouri Chapter’s Board Chair for six years while working as the controller of a small equipment finance and leasing company in the Greater St. Louis area. Phyllis started volunteering for the AFSP after losing her son, Ryan, to suicide in February 2013. She has a Bachelor’s in Accounting and a double Master’s in Finance and Management. Since losing her son, Phyllis has made it her life’s mission to Save Lives and Bring HOPE to Those Affected by Suicide through prevention education, advocating for stronger mental health reform and supporting those affected by suicide.

Zach Dapron

Industrial Hygienist

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - Kansas City

 

Before joining OSHA in 2018, Mr. Dapron served full-time in the Air National Guard as an Aircraft Ordnance Work Lead where he was responsible for oversight of weapons systems loading and maintenance on the B-2 aircraft. Zach earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Occupational Safety Management, both from the University of Central Missouri. 

Sarah Eiffert

Work Comp Claims Specialist

Connell Insurance

Sarah has over 16 years’ experience in Workers’ Compensation program management.  As a seasoned professional, Sarah assists Connell Insurance clients in all aspects of their WC programs.  She provides strategic direction, oversight and overall management of workers’ compensation programs.  Sarah provides assistance and support for simple as well as complex claims; she assists with provider selection and relationships, and acts as a liaison between all claims professionals.  As a claims adjuster herself, she also provides education and training for Connell clients on the importance of timely and accurate claims management, as well as the importance of having a strong Workers’ Compensation program in place. Sarah has her Masters’ in Business Administration and holds her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from the HRCI. Her strengths Include: Communicator; Empathetic; Problem- Solver; Passionate

Hunter Johnson

Benefits & Commercial Insurance Consultant

Connell Insurance

A producer for Connell Insurance in Springfield, MO, Hunter’s work focuses on mid-market, hard-to-place risks. A specialist in Worker’s Compensation and Alternative Risk Financing, Hunter has used his unique background and his agency’s partnership-driven sales approach as a differentiator in their market. He began his insurance career in 2016 with direct writer Federated Insurance after graduating from Drury University; and has found success early on in his career, leading his District at Federated in total New Business Revenue in both 2017 and 2018, before transitioning to Connell in mid-2019.

Eryn Bassett

President

Environmental Operations. Inc.

Eryn Bassett has served since 2005 as an environmental professional with Environmental Operations. Inc., a nationwide environmental consulting firm focusing on minimizing clients risks, increasing productivity and maximizing ROI. Her primary focus is on overseeing business strategy, operations implementation, financial strategy, and leadership. She has extensive experience as a project lead in redevelopment projects with an emphasis on tax programs and the US EPA Revolving Loan Fund. She also possesses a unique combination of Phase I and II investigating and reporting, preparing SPCC plans, storm water sampling and management, permitting, environmental sampling and remediation, UST decommissioning, and safety and health experience.

OSHA Workers' Memorial

Workers’ Memorial Day is observed every year on April 28.  It is a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers.  It is also the day OSHA was established in 1971.  Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their workers.  OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education and assistance.  

"Electrical Hazards"

Breakout Session I

This session will include discussions on electrical fatal & nonfatal injury statistics from 2019, common electrical hazards, workplace controls and electrical safe work practices, summary of OSHA fatality investigation, and OSHA Compliance Assistance Resources available to employers.

"Job Hazard Analysis"

Breakout Session I

This session will discuss how to create a simple, "free," and custom job hazard analysis, how to incorporate it into your safety culture, and how to identify and compare hazards throughout the process. This session will also discuss how to use a JHA to identify gaps and areas of opportunity in the current program, and the benefits of investing the time into building a robust program. We will review the format currently used by Heartland and how it relates to their job descriptions, on-boarding, training programs, and how the data is used to make plant wide decisions.

"Making Safety a Priority for the Manufacturer"

Breakout Session I 

This presentation will discuss what every company needs to do to be prepared for an OSHA visit, including training requirements, hazard assessments, equipment documentation, etc.  Questions regarding Employer Rights in relation to the inspection, warrants and what to expect if you are cited will be addressed.

"Talk Saves Lives: Suicide Prevention Education for the Workplace Settings"

Special Session

Developed by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), this session provides participants with the scope of the problem of suicide, key research findings, including risk factors and warning signs for suicide, along with recommendations for the role we can all play in suicide prevention. Included will be latest data on suicide in the U.S. and worldwide, information from the latest suicide prevention research, risk factors and warning signs, prevention strategies, and guidance on what you can do.

"Jewelry Can Make You Sick- Overexposure in Jewelry Manufacturing"

Breakout Session II

OSHA interesting case dealing with over exposures to metals in the workplace.

"Temporary Workers and Safety- OSHA Perspective"

Breakout Session V

 Information on how to protect temporary workers in the workplace and lessons learned. 

“Workers' Compensation Strategies for the Small to Mid-Sized Manufacturer”

Breakout Session II

In this session, our speakers Hunter Johnson, PWCA & Sarah Eiffert, SHRM-CP, MBA will give a high level overview of Workers' Compensation Basics, some Missouri Specific Workers' Compensation Laws, and explore specific strategies that can help employers better manage claims to help drive positive outcomes for the organization.

“Environmental Compliance and Safety"

Breakout Session II

In this presentation you will learn how to navigate the world of compliance, giving yourself a competitive edge and improve your corporate culture.

DAY TWO SPEAKERS & TOPICS

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Fanny Bowers

Compliance and Health Officer

Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA)

 

Fanny believes that personal safety at work starts with each individual, “changing the attitude, changes the behavior”. Fanny is originally from Panama City, Panama, although she has lived in the United States for over 25 years. She completed her Bachelor in Environmental Health and Safety at Illinois State University in which she worked as a Safety Officer and Hazardous Materials Technician for 11 years.

 

 

Daniel Stark

Assistant Director / Program Manager 

Missouri On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program 

 

Before becoming Program Manager, Stark was an Occupational Safety and Health Consultant and Supervisor for 10 years with the Missouri On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program.  He previously served as the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) Coordinator within the Kansas Department of Labor. Before being employed with the state of Kansas, Stark served as an Industrial Hygienist with the Nebraska Department of Labor. He holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s degree in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Central Missouri and is certified with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). 

J. Kevin Cassil

Principal Scientist

Environmental Works Inc.

 

Cassil is a seasoned environmental management professional with over 35 years of experience in managing environmental compliance and business environmental risks. He has managed compliance issues for numerous companies, been involved in environmental assessments, has prepared cleanup alternative studies, and has developed and executed successful Superfund, RCRA, Brownfield, and voluntary cleanup projects. His compliance work has included permitting and management of air, storm water, wastewater, and solid, special, radioactive, and hazardous wastes. Today, he consults regularly on a broad range of environmental management issues, ranging from risk management, redevelopment, compliance, and systems design and implementation.

Todd Sieleman

Owner

Todd Safety Consultation LLC

 

Todd Sieleman is owner of Todd Safety Consultation LLC, providing advice and direction to business owners on all things OSHA. In 2016, Todd retired from OSHA as Assistant Director of the Kansas City Area Office where he oversaw the effective administration of federal occupational safety laws within companies in the western half of the state of Missouri. He also served as 1 of 50 Compliance Assistance Specialist’s nationwide to provide support to businesses by delivering training and subject matter guidance of OSHA requirements. Todd began his safety career in 1984 as a Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force and continued his military career in the Air Force Reserve as a Safety & Health Manager retiring in 2012 as a Senior Master Sergeant. Prior to his work with OSHA, Todd managed OSHA, EPA, and DOT programs with the U.S. Postal Service in the Mid-America District Safety Office.

Kimberly Robinson

Assistant Area Director

United States Department of Labor, OSHA - Kansas City

 

Robinson is an Industrial Hygienist, which focuses on the health hazards in the workplace for OSHA. Throughout her time with OSHA, she has attended numerous training courses at OSHA Technical Institute to further her education on how best to protect workers from hazards in the workplace. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health from Eastern Virginia Medical School. During her time in the Navy, while on deployments, she completed her bachelor’s degree; graduating with honors; along with completed numerous certifications while on active duty. She has attended numerous training courses from the OSHA Technical Institute from Respiratory protection to safety for construction.

Mark Frerking

Consultant Supervisor

Missouri On-Site Safety and Health Consultation Program 

Mark is a graduate of University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene.  He is currently an Occupational Safety and Health Consultant Supervisor with the Missouri Department of Labor’s On-Site Consultation Program.  He has worked for the Program for 28 years performing onsite inspections and assisting employers with OSHA compliance.  He is also a lead consultant on SHARP site evaluations, has participated on VPP evaluation teams and is a member of the MAM Protect Source Advisory Board.

Mark Heidebrecht

Owner, ErgoMethods

Managing Partner, Ergo-Online & Ergonomics International

 

Heidebrecht has more than 20 years of experience and has provided forensic and expert witness services in the areas of biomechanics, human factors, ergonomics and work physiology. He has testified in more than 65 State Court and US Federal Court cases including the Federal OSHA hearing regarding the National Ergonomic Standard. Heidebrecht is a certified Ergonomist/Human Factors Professional and board-certified Exercise Physiologist. His expertise includes the implementation of ergonomic risk reduction processes, biomechanical analysis, upper/lower body ergonomic assessments, human factors analysis, physical demand analysis, job matching, work physiology and job specific functional testing.

Jason Rincker

Sales Director 

Stronghold Data

Jason Rincker is always looking for the next adventure. With over 29 years of professional development experience, his natural chemistry with others makes him excel at building successful business relationships. Jason has helped Stronghold Data become a CRN MSP Security 100 company. He has worked closely with Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service, University of Missouri, FBI and others. He has spoken to various Missouri government, financial, and manufacturing associations. From county governments to top executives, Jason provides trainings on the importance of data security and managed service providers (MSPs). Highly proactive and positive, Jason spends his free time volunteering and networking in the community. He loves spending time with his family, playing baseball, running, and cycling.

 

Jay Preston

Shareholder

Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell, & Brown, P.C. (CECB)

 

Jay Preston is a shareholder in the Litigation/Dispute Resolution, Transactional, and Medical Marijuana & Hemp practices groups of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C. He represents clients in civil litigation in both federal and state court focusing on business and real estate matters. He also assists clients in avoiding litigation through proper drafting of contracts/agreements, and counseling on how to deal with precarious situations. He attended the University of Missouri where he obtained a B.S.B.A. in finance, Master of Business Administration, and Juris Doctorate. He is a native of Springfield, Missouri, an eagle scout, and a graduate of Leadership Springfield and the Missouri Bar Leadership Academy.

"10 Signs your Relationship with Hazcom is Toxic"

Breakout Session III

 

In this session, we will identify physical and health hazards of chemicals, identify the employer’s responsibilities, and identify employee right to know. The intended audience for this session is small and medium manufacturing employers and employees.

"The Best Kept Secret in State Government"

Breakout Session III

Best kept secret in state government? The Missouri On-site Safety and Health Consultation Program. This session will explain what the Missouri On-site Safety and Health Consultation Program is, and how it can make your workplaces even safer!  Topics will include the Program’s History, how to apply, and the many benefits the Program has for Missouri employers.

"Environmental Management for the Safety Minded"

Breakout Session III

Deciphering environmental considerations can be daunting. In this presentation we’ll discuss the changing climate of environmental management and how you can oversee those concerns while focusing on your safety plans. You’ll leave this discussion with an understanding of an overview of environmental regulations, current environmental trends and environmental considerations for safety needs.

 

"5A1 Explained"

Breakout Session III

This session provides guidance to Section 5A1 of the OSHA Act also referred to as the "General Duty Clause". Participants will gain knowledge of when and how it is applied.

"Safety Audits & Inspections"

Breakout Session V

Protecting employees from workplace injury and illness is an employer' primary responsibility.  What are safety audits and how do they differ from inspections? Why should both be conducted and what benefits do each provide?  This session will explain this and more. 

"What Do Small Employers Need to Know About OSHA?"

Breakout Session IV

This breakout session will discuss who is covered by OSHA,  the difference between a safety, health, complaint, programmed inspections etc., and enforcement exemptions and limitations under the Appropriations act.

 

"Hazard Lab Part Two: Recognizing General Industry Hazards"

Breakout Session IV

The Missouri On-Site Consultation program presents part two of the hands-on hazard lab.  In this presentation, examples of the top 25 most cited OSHA hazards will be covered plus examples of hazards most commonly found by the On-Site consultants when doing their walk-though of employers’ work sites. This presentation is meant to assist employers in recognizing and abating commonly found hazards such as; electrical, machine guarding, and walking working surface hazards.  Specific OSHA citations, Standards and Letters of Interpretations will be covered in a classroom setting.  Also, best practices and abatements will be discussed with some examples covered.

 

"Evidence-Based Analysis of Musculoskeletal Injuries: A Forensic Approach"

Breakout Session IV

In this presentation we will review traditional as well as more current and evidence-based definitions approach to defining ergonomic risk factors and some of the misconceptions around the development of musculoskeletal disorders. Epidemiological research, American Medical Association (AMA) Guidelines as well as ISO, ANSI and EU Standards will be discussed and referenced. Ergonomic risks and the development of musculoskeletal injury will be discussed in the context of manufacturing environments, traditional offices and home office settings. The approach will then be applied to forensic analysis and accepting and/or denying potential claims. The presentation will conclude with a question and discussion session.

"Manufacturing Cybersecurity: Building A Digitally Safe and Secure Environment"

Breakout Session IV

It is believed that a ransomware attack happens every 7 minutes in the United States. As cyber threats continue to increase, the pressure is on businesses everywhere to make sure they are safe and protected. This presentation intends to illustrate the dangers facing the manufacturing industry, and in particular small manufacturers. It also will address upcoming government regulations such as NIST and CMMC requirements. Finally, it will offer practical advice and tools that every company can begin to implement right away to strengthen their cybersecurity.

 

"Medical Marijuana & the Workplace"

Breakout Session V

With the passages of Amendment 2 in 2018, Missouri became the thirty first state to authorize the use of medical marijuana. Like every state before it, Missouri’s laws, rules, and regulations were not set up to address the use of medical marijuana or a situation where an activity is legal under State law but is simultaneously illegal under Federal law, specifically the Controlled Substances Act. This presentation will discuss the current status of Missouri’s Medical Marijuana Program, 100,000+ patients and growing, and areas of concern for employers. The discussion will include best practices for identifying and documenting suspected use in the workplace, employee and employer misconceptions about the rights and privileges associated with status as a licensed medical marijuana patient, rights of the employer, and issues caused by the dichotomy of state and federal law regarding marijuana.