University of Washington
Rick Gleason has a BS in Safety and Health from Montana tech in Butte, MT. and an MS in Industrial Hygiene and Safety from the University of Washington (UW). He has been involved in worker health and safety in Washington for the last 34 years. He worked for Federal OSHA and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries DOSH as an inspector and consultant for 12 years. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). He has been a Lecturer at the UW in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences in Seattle for the last 15 years in the graduate and undergraduate programs. He is also the course director for the Pacific Northwest OSHA Training Center at the UW for Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Idaho.
Tony Howard, CSP CRIS
Safety Manager, Hoffman Construction Company
Mr. Howard has 29+ years in the construction industry, 18 of those years in a full-time safety capacity. Mr. Howard represents the Mt. St. Helens Section / Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). Mr. Howard has held various officer positions within the ASSE organization over his many years of service.
Mission Support Alliance, Safety & Health Manager
Mr. LaRocque has held safety, health and environmental management positions in government, construction and federal contractor positions. Mr. LaRocque represented Washington Public Employees for twelve years and during that time was the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board treasurer. Mr. LaRocque currently works at the Hanford site managing the Safety and Health group for Mission Support Alliance.
Department of Agriculture
Mr. Loerts has 18+ years experience performing environmental, health & safety risk management duties for a variety of pacific northwest industries and government agencies. Mr. Loerts has represented Washington public employees in the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board since 2005.
Evergreen Safety Council
Tom Odegaard has served as the President/Executive Director of Evergreen Safety Council since 2003. His past work experience includes that of a USMC officer and as a high school teacher & coach, during which time he was twice elected as the president of his local teachers association. Mr. Odegaard’s entry into the safety arena was in the area of pipeline safety and excavation safety as he was hired to start and grow the Call Before You Dig (today’s 811) effort in Washington. When he left after 22 years, the organization had stretched to encompass several hundred utility owners in most of Washington and Montana as well as parts of Idaho and Oregon. During that time, he also established separate programs in Alaska and North Dakota.
Teamsters Local 252
Mr. O’Neil serves as Principal Officer of Teamsters Local #252 representing members in Thurston, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties. He also serves as Teamsters Joint Council 28 Construction Director. Mr. O’Neil is a 30+ year member of the Local previously working in the Construction Industry and Law Enforcement, he has been employed by the Local for the past 15 years. He was appointed to the Board in 2008.
Mike O’Neil has worked in Construction and Mining as a safety professional since 1988 for Lakeside Industries Inc. one of the largest asphalt paving and production companies in the pacific northwest. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Loss Control Management from Central Washington University, and currently sits on the programs curriculum committee. He was appointed to the board as a management representative in 1995 and served as Board President in 1998.
United Parcel Service
Mr. Person is currently the Director of Labor Relations for the Northwest District at UPS. His territory of responsibility includes Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. He has worked for UPS for 30 years with the last 10 years in the Labor Relations function. Previous assignments at UPS include operations, safety training, and the management of the tractor trailer operations within Washington State.
Richard is a USW safety technician at Kaiser Aluminum Flat Rolled Products in Spokane WA. He also serves as the Safety Advisor for the United Steelworkers in District 12 covering the 11 western states. Mr. Prete has a B.A. in Safety and Health, and is OSHA authorized in both General Industry and Construction including “train the trainer”. Richard has been aggressively involved in health and safety since 1990. He was appointed to the Governors Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board in 2005 as a Labor representative on the Metals, then Material Handling panel. In addition, he serves on the Education Committee of the Spokane Regional Labor Council, and is adjunct faculty at the National Labor College. When not at his home facility he assists other locals within the USW or instructs a variety of OSHA Outreach, HAZMAT, and other safety related classes.
The Boeing Company
Mr. Ribich has 34 years experience in the material handling and transportation field, and is a former safety administrator. Powered Industrial Truck, mobile crane and pedestrian/vehicle interfaces in the industrial environment are his key focus. Mr. Ribich serves on the Material Handling Panel, and is involved in the GISHAB Forklift Rodeo.
IAM Woodworkers Lodge W130
Robert started in the timber industry working for his dad in 1974 for 3 years. In 1977 he went to work for the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company and has been there for the last 37 years. Robert served on the Weyerhaeuser Safety Committee for 18 years. Robert is currently the Weyerhaeuser Safety Coordinator for Vail, Washington.
Construction Safety Manager, Sound Transit
Robert is the Construction Safety Manager for the Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit). He is responsible for the contract safety specifications, oversight, and monitoring of construction safety elements for light rail, commuter rail, tunneling, and heavy civil construction projects. He has 22+ years managing safety and health programs for large construction projects throughout the country and the Pacific Rim. He has a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, a multitude of competent- person certifications, OSHA 500 certification, and is a member of American Society of Safety Engineers and the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association. He was appointed to the Governor’s’ Board in 2013.
AFSCME Local 270
Mr. Tieken has worked for the City of Spokane since 1996 in the Solid Waste Management Division. In his time with the City he was elected to and continues to serve on the Local 270 Executive Board. For the past ten years Mr Tieken has been on the City Wide Safety Committee where he has been the chair for the last 5 years. He is also a current member of the Public Employee Panel for the GISHC.
International Aerospace Machinists/Woodworkers
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Art Locken, Emeritus Member
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – IBEW Local 77
Mr. Locken is a Journeyman high voltage cable splicer Foreman for Seattle City Light for over 30 years. He has served as an accident investigator for IBEW Local 77 for the past 20 years and was on the National Safety Councils Labor Division Executive Board as chairman of planning. He serves on the electrical utility safety advisory committee and is also a labor representative on the WISHA Advisory Committee and serves on the Kitsap Labor Council. Mr. Locken is currently the secretary to the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and has served on the Electric panel for the past 18 years, helping coordinate the Poletop Rescue competition and electrical safety for people in the high voltage trade.
Sharon Ness, Emeritus Member
United Food and Commercial Workers Union – Local 141 – Union Representative
Ms. Ness has been a Registered Nurse for the past 34 years. She is also a Contract Negotiator and Lobbyist for Registered Nurses and other Healthcare Workers, and received the Pierce County, Nurse of the year award in 1984. Ms. Ness is an AFL-CIO Safety and Health Certified Instructor. She has participated on the Ergonomic, Bloodborne Pathogens, Tuberculosis and Workplace Violence Prevention Task Force for WISHA and is a Labor Representative on the WISHA Advisory Committee. She is also an ACLS Certified Provider, a member of the Pierce County Health Services Career Council, and serves on the Pierce County Labor Council Community Services Committee. She participates annually with the United Way Executive Day of Caring and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and is also a member of the Red Hat Society.