The keynote speakers for Hawkeye on Safety 2017 will be Brad and Dolores Gardner of Helping Hand Presentations.

Brad’s bio:

Brad Gardner has 24 years safety experience, 6 + years in safety management. Graduate of Idaho State University, Served 22 years in US Air Force.

Brad has been married to his beautiful bride, Dolores, for 30 years, has three wonderful children and two awesome dogs. Brad lives in Idaho where he loves hunting, fishing and anything that gets him outdoors.

When he lost part of his right arm to an industrial accident in 2003, Brad Gardner learned that accidents don’t just happen to “the other guy.” Now Brad uses his personal experience to demonstrate how:

  • Every accident can be prevented
  • Safety is everyone’s responsiblity
  • One employee is all it takes to stop the domino effect

Hawkeye on Safety Breakout Session Speakers

Eric Allen, MS, MPT – Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer, Industrial Rehabilitation Specialist, Athletico
Eric is currently employed as a physical therapist, athletic trainer, and industrial rehabilitation specialist at Athletico in Silvis, Illinois. He was previously employed as a sports medicine program manager at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo, IL, and as a clinic manager at Sports Plus Physical Therapy in Marshalltown, IA. He has worked with industrial clients throughout his twenty-year career. He earned his Masters of Science degree in Athletic Training from Illinois State University and his Masters in Physical Therapy degree from Midwestern University.

Sarah Allender, BS – Risk Solutions Advisor, Risk Management, TrueNorth
Sarah Allender has safety experience in construction, general industry, and industrial settings. As a risks solutions advisor at TrueNorth, Sarah conducts consultative visits with clients to assess strengths and weaknesses of current safety culture and develop customized safety programs. She also helps to establish and facilitate safety meetings for small and larger groups. Sarah is an active member in the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Chapter 160 and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers. Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management with a minor in Occupational Safety and Health.

Aaron Anderson, ASP, CHST – Safety Director, The Weitz Company
As Safety Director for The Weitz Company, Aaron is responsible for the development and evaluation of all Weitz safety programs. For the past 10 years, Aaron has conducted safety training to ensure that all Weitz employees are well aware that safety is crucial on each project. Aaron is a certified associate safety professional, construction health and safety technician, and an OSHA construction outreach trainer with 21 years of experience in construction safety.

Ashamsa Aryal, BSN, MPH – Graduate Research Assistant, Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest, College of Public Health, University of Iowa
Ms. Aryal is a PhD candidate in Department of Occupational and Environmental Health. With a background in nursing, Ashamsa is interested in the health and safety of workers in the workplace.

Troy Boeckman – Territory Sales Manager, Showa Group
Troy Boeckman works for the Showa Group. Showa is a global leader and innovator in hand and arm protection. Troy has over 9 years of experience in helping companies protect their workers from the tasks they perform. He is an expert in identifying hazards and finding glove solutions that will enhance a company’s safety program, protect workers, and increase productivity.

Chris Brase, EMT-P, FF1, FF2 – Firefighter and Paramedic, Muscatine Fire Department
Chris Brase has served as a firefighter and paramedic for 28 years in the Muscatine Fire Department. Mr. Brase graduated from the University of Iowa Paramedic Program in 1995 and is a trained and certified firefighter levels 1 and 2. He is also has endorsements in Hazmat, confined space, and high-angle and water rescue. Mr. Brase served as a state senator from 2012 to 2016 and currently serves as the vice president of the Iowa Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Randi Burt, MA – Senior Account Manager, Health Solutions
Randi is a Senior Account Manager with Health Solutions in Cedar Rapids working with businesses to improve employee wellbeing and reduce health care claims in over 25 states. Prior to joining Health Solutions, she was the Worksite Wellness Director for CarePro Health Services and a collegiate athletic trainer for the United States Military Academy at West Point.  She has an MA in Health Promotion and a BS in Exercise Science from the University of Iowa.

Matt Campanario, Instructor and ICRA Specialist – North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters
For the past four years, Matt Campanario has been presenting Construction ICRA through a six-state area. He started his construction career in 2000 and was promoted to foreman/superintendent role in 2006. During his career he worked in many industries, including health care. In 2012, Matt started instructing full time with the Carpenters. He instructs many safety classes including: OSHA 10 and 30, Millwright 16, Aerial Lifts, Fork Truck, Rigging, Powder Actuated Fastening systems, Scaffolding, Red Cross First Aid, CPR, AED and Infection Control Risk Assessment. In the last year, Matt has focused primarily on ICRA training for health care facilities, carpenters, and tradespeople.

Craig Firl – Technical Manager, 3M Fall Protection
Craig has been with 3M Fall Protection/Capital Safety since 1982. He has held numerous technical positions, including his present role of Technical Manager. Extensive work and knowledge in the area of fall protection applications, product support and service, product development and fall protection standards/regulations is his primary role. In particular, the area of OSHA and ANSI standards has been a focus, helping clients understand the regulations and how to comply. Craig’s current role at 3M as Technical Manager involves providing technical support to our customers and coordinating and managing the technical repair of our self-retracting lifelines and other products. Craig has provided many presentations and authored several articles and papers relating to fall protection and fall protection standards.

Donald J. Garvey, CIH, CSP – Construction Industrial Hygienist, 3M Personal Safety Division
Don Garvey, CIH, CSP is the construction industrial hygienist with the 3M Personal Safety Division in St. Paul, MN. Prior to 3M, he was the construction industrial hygienist for The St. Paul Companies in St. Paul, MN.  He started his career as a compliance industrial hygienist for Washington State OSHA. Don has a masters degree in environmental health from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.  He is a founding member and past chair of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Construction Committee and is a Fellow of the Association.  He has published several articles in Professional Safety – The Journal of the American Society of Safety Engineers on construction safety and health issues.  He is also the author of the industrial hygiene chapter in the ASSE’s recently published Construction Safety Management and Engineering 2nd Ed.

Sandra Jordan, MBA – Safety Program Manager – Iowa District, HD Supply Construction & Industrial White Cap
Sandra Jordan has over sixteen years of experience as a safety professional and OSHA outreach safety trainer in the world of construction and industry. Her main goal and motivation has been to provide the safest tools and training needed to reduce injury/fatality numbers in the area of fall protection, especially ladder safety. Falls from ladders are rated in the top 10 injuries for OSHA statistics year after year. Helping all employers ensure their ability to send their employees home safely every day is paramount to her position as a safety advisor. She has an MBA/HR Degree and teaching certification from the University of Iowa.

Kevin M Kelly, PhD – Deputy Director, Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest, College of Public Health, University of Iowa
Kevin Kelly is a broadly trained anthropologist (BA, Anthropology, U Iowa; AM, PhD, Anthropology, U Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Among other roles, Dr. Kelly serves as an associate research scientist in the Department of Occupational & Environmental Health and an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Community & Behavioral Health.  His research addresses cultural, behavioral, and biological facets of human health.

Joseph L. Mullen, MPA, CSP – Bureau Chief, Iowa OSHA Consultation and Education
Joe has been in the occupational safety and health field since 1989. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1989 and attended Drake University for his Masters in Public Administration. He was a Senior Industrial Hygienist for 20 years in Iowa OSHA Compliance and Consultation. He is a Certified Safety Professional and is the current Bureau Chief for the Iowa OSHA Consultation and Education and Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Vicki O’Leary, MA – District Representative Safety/Diversity, Ironworkers International
Vicki O’Leary joined the Ironworkers International in January 2016. Since that time she became Chair of the North American Building Trades Union (NABTU) Tradeswomen’s Committee. She is a 32-year member out of Local #1 in Chicago. She completed her triple major Bachelor of Arts degree in Union Leadership & Administration, Labor Education & Labor Studies from the National Labor College in 2008 and her Master of Arts Degree at Gonzaga University in Organizational Leadership in 2012. She will be attending an intensive six-week Labor Union Program at Harvard University in January 2018. She passionately strives for equal opportunity for all minorities and women within the building trades as well as the safety and health of all ironworkers.

James M. Peters, JD – Member, Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman
Jim Peters is a member of Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman, where he works primarily in labor law, including workers’ compensation defense. Prior to joining Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman in 1986, Mr. Peters was an Assistant Iowa Attorney General. Mr. Peters represents employers and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation claims. He also serves as a private mediator to help parties resolve their disputes. In addition, Mr. Peters advises clients on all aspects of labor law, including collective bargaining, grievances, arbitration hearings and general advice regarding labor law issues. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law.

Mark R. Pierson, CSP, ARM, ALCM – Sr. Loss Control Representative & Technical Consultant, United Fire Group
Mark joined UFG on March 27, 2017. He is a native Iowan who began his loss control career in 1982 after several years of hands-on manufacturing and construction experience. Mark has extensive professional loss control experience with various types and sizes of clients in the areas of construction, mining, manufacturing, commercial and agriculture. Mark has developed and delivered pertinent safety educational sessions for senior management, field/line management and hourly personnel. Mark embraces and shares a never-stop-learning approach toward loss control. He has a Bachelor of Science in industrial education and occupational safety from Iowa State University in Ames. He also has earned the CSP, ARM and ALCM professional designations.

Diane Rohlman, MA, PhD – Center Director & Principal Investigator, Healthier Workforce Center of the Midwest, College of Public Health, University of Iowa
Dr. Rohlman is Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational & Environmental Health.  She holds the Endowed Chair in Rural Safety and Health and is the Director of the Agricultural Safety and Health Training Program in the University of Iowa’s Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety. Dr. Rohlman received her master’s and PhD in experimental psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Her research focuses on occupational and environmental risk assessment and mitigation.

Sgt. Neil Suckow – Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement
Sgt. Neil Suckow has been with Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement for 7 years, serving in many roles, ranging from Patrol Officer to Field Training Officer, with multiple Instructor roles, and is currently a Sergeant within the department. He is currently certified through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in North American Standard Part A and B, General Hazardous Materials, Cargo Tank, and Motor Coach. Over the last 7 years, he has given multiple presentations to the Motor Carrier Industry throughout the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area, educating the industry in Federal Motor Carrier Regulations on a wide variety of topics.

Eric Thompson, SSH – Trainer/Consultant, Iowa/Illinois Safety Council
Eric has more than ten years of experience in the occupational safety field. He served as an Environmental, Safety and Health Coordinator for several years, overseeing the safety program for a facilities department. This role gives Eric a diverse history in the safety field, having experience in both construction and general industry. Eric also has an extensive background and knowledge in OSHA compliance, and is an authorized Outreach instructor for OSHA 10 Hour & 30 Hour. Eric also has experience and qualifications with NFPA 10, Hazardous Waste Management, Asbestos Contractor/Supervisor, and First Aid/CPR/AED Training.

Todd Weidner, PE, LEED AP, RCDD – Principal, West Plains Engineering
Todd Weidner is a Registered Electrical Engineer and graduate from the University of Iowa. He is currently the head of the Electrical Specialties Division and principal at West Plains Engineering. Todd is involved in all aspects of project electrical design, from inception to completion. He currently focuses on arc flash assessments, short circuit analysis, device coordination, power quality, power factor correction, and infrared thermography.  He also has expanded into safety training. Todd is a Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP), registered Professional Engineer, and LEED Accredited Professional Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD).

Mike Whitmore – Safety Manager, McGough Construction
Mike worked at the Maytag plant in Newton IA and is a journeyman electrician by trade. In 1995 he was appointed to the International Health and Safety Department for the United Auto Workers union in Detroit, MI. During this time, Mike worked 50% of the time doing audits at UAW facilities and the rest of the time working in the Maytag plant. He has served two terms on Governor Vilsack’s Health and Safety Advisory Board. More recently, Mike was the Compliance Assistance Specialist for the Iowa Division of Labor, OSHA Consultation and education. Mike had the responsibilities of running the Partnership and Alliance programs. Mike served in this capacity for the last 11 years before joining McGough in May of this year.

Shawn Zierke, MPH – Policy – Accommodations Analyst, ACT
Shawn Zierke is currently employed as a Senior Accommodations Analyst for ACT, Inc. in Iowa City, IA.  She is also currently the Chair for the Johnson County Task Force on Aging and serves on the Heritage Area Agency on Aging’s Advisory Council and is an Associate Member of the Older Iowans Legislature.  She has published the paper “Iowan Want to Age in Place” through Wesleyan College in January of 2014.  She was previously an ADA Accommodations Consultant for a third party administrator whose client was the largest employer in the U.S.  This position required her to have working knowledge of every job description and essential job functions, various reasonable accommodations and technical aids as she counseled HR managers and GM’s on how to implement accommodations without sacrificing performance and productivity. She was also the Executive Director for Iowa Counties Public Health Association for 2 years, upon completing her Master of Public Health – Policy, specializing in Aging and Disability Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.