Advisory Board Members

Meet the members of the Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference Advisory Board.

Board Biographies

Tim Eacrett, 

The Boeing Company

Mr. Eacrett has 24 years experience in the material handling and transportation field. He works daily in the powered industrial truck and mobile crane fields and assists with his teams’ safety program. He has been on a Haz Mat emergency response team for 14 years at the Boeing Company. Mr. Eacrett also serves on the Material Handling Panel with the Governor’s Safety & Health Conference, and is involved in the GISHAB Forklift Rodeo.

Stephanie Arnold, Past-President

US Oil and Refining Company

Stephanie Arnold is the Safety, Health and Security Manager for U.S. Oil & Refining Co. located in Tacoma, WA. In her position, she is responsible for all areas of health, safety and security including Process Safety Management. Stephanie is a chartered chemical engineer with 10+ years experience working in the petrochemical industry. She has previously worked in England as a process, safety and environmental engineer. She was appointed to the Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Advisory Board in 2009.

DJ Lund, 

Bio not available at this time.

Bill Meyer, Secretary

IBEW Local 77

William (Bill) Meyer has over 25 years of experience in the electrical industry. Bill started his career in 1989 for Snohomish County PUD. In 1992 he became a Journey Level Lineman and is currently working as a Service Lineman for the PUD. During his employment at Snohomish County PUD Bill has served 12 years on the Joint Safety Committee and has been and continues to serve as the Shop Steward for his bargaining unit for over 20 years. In 2001 Bill began serving as an accident investigator for IBEW Local 77 and served as an investigator until 2013. He spent 6 years as chairman of the accident investigator committee. In 2003 Bill was elected to the IBEW Local 77 Examining Board where he served 9 years also Chairing the Exam Board for 3 year until 2013 when he was elected to the IBEW Local 77 Executive Board and continues to be and intricate member of the Executive Board. Bill currently severs as an IBEW Local 77 delegate on the Electrical Utility Safety Advisory Committee (EUSAC), and is delegate to the National Safety Council Labor Division since 2006, and also continues to serve on the IBEW Local 77 Safety Committee as well.  Bill also serves on the Washington State Governor’s Safety and Health Advisory Board (GISHAB) where he holds the position of Secretary and is also currently the Co Chairman of the Electrical Planning Committee for GISHAB.

Dale Armstrong, Treasurer

The Boeing Company, Environment, Health & Safety Program Manager

Mr. Armstrong has held safety and environmental management positions in Boeing Integrated Defense Systems since 1992 and is currently the EHS program manager for Boeing Commercial Aviation Services Training and Flight Services business unit. Mr. Armstrong has been member of the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board since 2007 and served on the Board’s Aerospace Panel prior to becoming a Board member.

Terry Alexander

Weyerhaeuser Company

Terry Alexander is currently a Safety/EMS Manager for Weyerhaeuser’s Western Timberlands Operations. He has worked 29 years in the forest industry in both the south and northwest. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry from the University of Arkansas – Monticello, and was appointed to the Governor’s Health and Safety Advisory Board in 2008.

Ward Andrews

Safety Director, Wilson Construction Company

A safety professional with Wilson Construction Company since 1992, Mr. Andrews previously spent twelve years as a journeyman lineman constructing electrical distribution and transmission lines. Mr. Andrew’s extensive credentials include safety instructor and “train the trainer” ratings. In addition to his work at Wilson, Mr. Andrews serves as an instructor for the industry apprenticeship program as well as represents the industry on boards and commissions throughout the Wes tern United States.

Douglas Buman – President

Laborers International Unions of North America

Mr. Buman has 15 years field experience in construction with a focus on underground utilities, hazardous waste remediation, demolition and held a license as an Underground Storage Tank Decommissioner. Since 2000, he has been with the Laborers International Union as a a coordinator of safety, marketing, and training for nine northwest states. He attended Loras College in Dubuque, IA where he also held a license as an Emergency Medical Technician and CPR Instructor.

Janice Camp

UW Dept of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Ms Camp is a Principal Lecturer and the Director of Educational Outreach in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences where she oversees the Department’s continuing education programs.  She is certified industrial hygienist and certified occupational health nurse, a member of the Exposure Sciences faculty, and works with industrial hygiene and safety students.

Rick Case

Security Management, Children’s Hospital of Seattle

Mr. Case has worked in Security Management since 1986. He is experienced in working with security and employee accident investigations, safety regulatory compliance and in emergency management, in both federal and state. Mr. Case is the 2001 Lew Brown award recipient for safety achievements. Mr. Case also served as a reserve police officer for the City of Mill Creek WA, for several years, Boy Scouts of America Leadership and in the United States Marine Corps.

Don Coovert

John Korsmo Construction

Mr. Coovert has been in the construction industry since 1988. After completing the apprenticeship program he spent 13 years as a union carpenter and foreman. He has been employed as the Safety Director for Korsmo Construction since 2003. He served as past Co-chair and Chair of the Construction Planning Committee for the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board since . He is an active member of the AGC and is the past Chairman for the Associated General Contractors of Washington Safety Committee.

Ted Davis – Vice President

American Society of Safety Engineers

A graduate of Southwest Missouri State University, his career with the Mine Safety Appliances Company (MSA) provided the opportunity to help safety officers/safety professionals create and implement effective PPE protocols and equipment utilization to eliminate or reduce worker injuries. This was accomplished on a direct basis for 12 years and as a Senior Regional Sales Manager for 24 additional years.  His career provided an exposure to many industrial environments including underground mining, nuclear power plant construction and operation, HAZMAT sites, DOE sites including Hanford and the INL in Idaho.  He worked with local and Federal law enforcement and fire departments and the past 6 years he worked with Canadian health and safety professionals primarily in the Alberta oil sands construction and extraction. Ted has been a member of ASSE for 36 years serving offices in the St. Louis Chapter and is currently serving as the President of the Puget Sound Chapter A.S.S.E.

Gregory Davis, Emeritus Member

Washington Federation of State Employees

Mr. Davis was appointed to the Board in 2001 and served as President in 2003 and again in 2005.  Mr. Davis retired from State service after 33 years working as a Psychiatric Security Nurse with DSHS at Eastern State hospital.  Currently Mr. Davis is employed by the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME, AFL-CIO as a Council Representative in Spokane.  Mr. Davis is currently serving as a member of the Board’s Health Care, Public Employees and Material Handling panels.

Robert Hollingsworth, Emeritus Member

Disaster Safety Officer – FEMA, Dept. of Homeland Security.

B.A. Drake University 1959, M.B.A. U of Oregon 1965, served in Engineers in U.S. Army, Certified Safety Pro, Senior Professional Human Resources, USCG Masters License 50 ton Unlimited Passenger, 28 years management EHS primary aluminum smelter, 17 years instructor in Engineering Tech Dept at Western WA University, Consultant for National Safety Council and independent 10 years, and National Ski Patrol since 1965. Member of the PNW section of American Industrial Hygiene Association and past president. Mr. Hollingsworth is also member of American Welding Society, and is affiliated with the Metals Panel/Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Board since 1965 and now an emeritus board member.

Corwyn Fischer

WA State Farm Bureau

Mr. Fischer is currently Assistant Director of the Retro/Safety Program for Washington State Farm Bureau. Mr. Fischer grew up on a family farm of Apples, Cherries and Pears in the Wenatchee Valley. He has over 23 years of experience in the field of Occupational Safety and Health. He spent 17 plus years as an S&H compliance inspector and S&H consultant with Department of Labor & Industries and the last 6 years as Safety Director with WSFB.

Joseph Kendo

WA State Labor Council

Joseph joined the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO lobbying team in October 2013.  As Legislative and Policy Director, he helps develop the WSLC’s legislative agenda, serves on several internal and external policy committees, and works with affiliated unions and community partners to improve the lives of Washington’s working families.  Prior to joining the WSLC Joseph served as a council representative for the Washington Federation of State Employees, AFSCME Council 28 since 2008.  In this position he did internal organizing in support of contract negotiations and better working conditions, trained shop stewards, and recruited members for WFSE political activities and leadership positions on the council. Prior to that during the 2008 legislative session Kendo served as the WSLC’s Legislative Intern.



Rick Gleason

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.

Rene LaRocque

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.

Scott Loerts

Department of Labor & Industries

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.

Tom Odegaard

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.

Darren O’Neil

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

Active Emeritus 

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. 

Brian Person

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 Prete

United Steelworkers

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.

Mark Ribich

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.

Robert Richardson

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.

Robert Taaffe

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.

James Tieken

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.

Tommy Wilson

International Aerospace Machinists/Woodworkers

Bio not available at this time

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.

Board Member Application

The Governor’s Board Member Application Form is available by contacting Rebecca Llewellyn, Conference Manager, at 360-902-5446 or Carmyn Shute, Conference Coordinator, at 360-902-5415.  Thank you!

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