2019 Agriculture Safety Day Kennewick
 
Dr. Amber Adams Progar
Dairy Management Specialist
Washington State University
Amber Adams Progar is an Assistant Professor and Dairy Management Specialist at Washington State University. She grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a Master’s in Zoology at Oklahoma State University, and a PhD in Animal Science at Texas A&M University. She has been active in the area of animal behavior and well-being for over ten years and is an enthusiastic advocate for the dairy industry. Her current research uses animal behavior to monitor stress in dairy cattle and develop management practices to promote animal well-being.
 
Ryan Allen
Industrial Hygiene Technical Policy and Lab Program Manager
WA Dept. of Labor & Industries
Ryan Allen started his career in Public Health while serving in the United States Air Force. During this time Ryan was able to learn many things about occupational medicine and provided many training classes related to occupational safety and health topics. Ryan then transferred into Bioenvironmental Engineering to learn more about the practice of Industrial Hygiene. Ryan was able to complete a degree in Occupational Safety and Health while in the service and upon separation began his employment with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health here at Labor and Industries. Over the last 8+ years Ryan has held a number of positions within the department to include Industrial Hygiene Compliance, Industrial Hygiene Trainer, Industrial Hygiene Compliance Supervisor and currently the Industrial Hygiene Technical Policy and Lab Program Manager.
 
Elena Austin
Research Scientist
University of Washington
Elena Austin is a research scientist at the University of Washington where she works with the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center analyzing workplace safety in dairy workers and agricultural worker health indicators. Elena came to the University of Washington after completing her doctoral studies in Environmental Exposure Assessment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has researched measurement and modeling of traffic-related pollutants, pesticide drift and the deployment and validation of low-cost chemical sensors.
 
Craig Blackwood
Deputy Assistant Director
WA Dept. of Labor & Industries
Craig Blackwood was appointed as the Deputy Assistant Director for the Division of Occupational Safety & Health in December 2014. He was the DOSH Statewide Compliance Manager for DOSH since March 2012. The Compliance Program is responsible for all DOSH inspection-related activities. Craig has been with L&I since 1991, starting in Seattle as an Industrial Hygienist in DOSH Compliance. After spending 3 years in the field, Craig took the position of Industrial Hygiene Supervisor in Region 4, working out of the Vancouver office. In July 2004 Craig was appointed to the Region 4 Compliance Manager position, which then became the DOSH Region 4 Compliance Manager in 2006. Craig has Bachelor of Science degree in environmental and occupational safety and health from California State University at Northridge. Prior to working for L&I, he worked as an Industrial Hygienist for the Los Angeles Unified School District and as an Industrial Hygienist for a private consulting firm in Los Angeles.
 
Dr. Matthew Blua
Director of Industry Outreach
Washington State Potato Commission
Born in farming family, Dr. Blua spent his life in associated with agriculture, including production, agricultural research, and farm safety. Currently, as the Director of Industry Outreach with the Washington State Potato Commission Dr. Blua interacts with university and USDA research scientists to improve potato production in the state and enhance worker safety.
 
Ernesto Carcamo M.S.; C.P.E.
Ergonomist
WA Dept. of Labor & Industries
Ernesto Carcamo Ernesto is an Ergonomist, with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Department of Labor and Industries. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist by the Board of Certified Professional Ergonomists. In the US, Ernesto has been practicing occupational health, safety, industrial hygiene and ergonomics at Texas Instruments, National Semiconductor, General Motors, Toyota and Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold. Lives in Olympia, because he and his wife love hiking in the rain and under cloudy skies.
 
Edgar Chavez
Multicultural Safety and Health Outreach Program Manager
WA Dept. of Labor & Industries
Edgar Chavez has been in the Agriculture Industry all his life. After graduating from Central Washington University with an Environmental Safety and Health Management degree, he has delegated himself to safety for the last 6 years. Currently as the Multicultural Safety and Health Outreach Program Manager for the Division of Occupation Safety and Health he has been leading WISHA 10 safety and health trainings for the Agriculture industry.
 
Richard Clyne
Director, Retro/Safety Division
Washington Farm Bureau
As Retro Claims Coordinator, Rick minimizes the financial impact of members’ claims in Washington agriculture’s only industry-specific retrospective rating program. His history with workers’ compensation and other government entities is a base for educating government and the public on agricultural realities and offering assistance to farming interests wherever possible. He sits on various governmental ad hoc panels as a representative for business. Prior to Washington Farm Bureau, he was with the Department of Labor & Industries, Self-Insurance Division, as well as State Fund Insurance Diviion experience. He also was a Project Manager in Communications for the Retrospective Rating Program. Rick also has a background in litigation. He has taught Real Estate Law, Business Law, Contracts/Negotiations, Macroeconomics and Intellectual Property, also lecturing in Medical Ethics for provider licensing requirements. Rick has a BA in Political Science from Stanford University and earned his JD at Seattle University School of Law, with emphasis on Health Law and Real Property.
 
Garrett Corlis
Safety Professional
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
My name is Garrett Corlis and I am currently a safety professional at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Safety and Health Management from Central Washington University. I have experience with construction, agricultural and manufacturing safety. I currently assist with presenting employee trainings on topics related to lockout/tagout, confined space, fall protection, mobile equipment and hazard identification. Safety is not an action; it is a lifestyle.
 
Israel Delamora
Regional Manager
YVOIC

Israel Delamora is the Regional Manager at OIC of Washington for Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties. He has been with OIC of Washington for 15 years. Throughout his tenure at OIC, Israel has provided program services to the Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker population. As a manager, he is responsible for implementing Department of Labor rules and regulations that govern the delivery of services of the National Farmworker Jobs Program. He specializes in assisting with career guidance, developing employment plans, and providing various job skills trainings.

 
Alejandro Diaz MIT
Safety & Health Specialist 4
WA Dept. of Labor & Industries
I have worked in agriculture since I was a young child. I am currently a lead WISHA 10 Trainer in the DOSH-Education & Outreach Program.
 
Scott Dilley
Communication Director
Washington State Dairy Federation
Scott Dilley is the communication director and labor policy expert for the Washington State Dairy Federation, which represents Washington’s dairy farm families. Scott has more than 15 years of experience in public policy and has expertise in labor and employment matters, as well as transportation and energy issues. He previously served in government relations at Washington Farm Bureau. Scott received a bachelor's degree in government from Centre College and a master's degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Scott is a native of Oxford, Mississippi, and now lives on a farm near Montesano with his three children.
 
Charles Durham Jr.
Industrial Hygienist 4
WA Dept. of Labor & Industries
Chuck Durham is an Industrial Hygiene Consultation Supervisor with the Department of Labor & Industries Division of Occupational Safety & Health, (DOSH). Chuck has many years of experience providing safety and health consultation services to agricultural employers in Washington State. As a consultant, he helps employers develop safe and healthy workplaces through onsite consultation visit, education and training. Chuck is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound with a BS degree.
 
Amy Duz
President
iWorkWise
Amy Duz is President of iWorkWise, a consulting company specializing in the practical application of safety and environmental regulations. She is a Certified Safety Specialist, OSHA-authorized trainer, and past plant manager of an OSHA VPP site. Amy has been working with process safety and emergency response for more than two decades; she specializes in ammonia safety and compliance.
 
Bradley Farrar
Farmworker Education Specialist
WA Dept. of Agriculture
I'm a Farmworker Education Specialist with WSDA Pesticide Management Division, Technical Services and Education Program (TSEP). TSEP provides a variety of pesticide safety training to individuals at all levels of agricultural operations in English and Spanish. These trainings include; WPS Interactive and Hands-on Handler Training, WPS Train the Trainer Courses, Spanish Private Applicator Pre-License Classes, Alternative Sprayers Courses (new technologies) and Sprayer Application Equipment & Best Management Practices. For more information about TSEP programs please visit www.agr.wa.gov/PestFert/tsep/ Before joining WSDA, I worked as an Agricultural Investigator with the ISDA in Eastern Idaho from 2016 to 2018. Prior to that, I worked in the forestry industry in China and Finland focusing on mechanized harvesting, supply chain management and forestry safety. I am passionate about protecting people and the environment and ensuring the economic vitality of the agricultural industry.
 
Kit Galvin
Research Scientist and Occupational Hygienist
UW PNASH Center
Kit Galvin, MS CIH, is a research scientist and occupational hygienist with PNASH Center located at the University of Washington. Her recent research focuses on practical solutions for agricultural safety, specifically pesticide safety. She has developed methods for identifying needs and solutions, as well as evaluation and dissemination. Key to her research is building collaborations with experts who have the knowledge and skills needed to carry out the day-to-day activities of agricultural production. She draws on her 30 years of experience in occupational health in California, Manitoba, CA and now in Washington State.
 
Felipe Garcia
Risk Manager
Five D Farms
 
Rick Goggins CPE
Ergonomist
WA Dept. of Labor & Industries
Rick has been working as an ergonomist for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries for the past 23 years. Prior to that, he worked with Hughes Space and Communications’ Safety, Health and Environmental Affairs group in El Segundo, California. He has a master’s degree in ergonomics from the Institute of Safety and Systems Management at the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Columbia University. Rick is a Certified Professional Ergonomist.
 
Israel Gonzalez
Owner/Trainer/Instructor
IGM Health & Safety Training
Israel Gonzalez was born in Abasolo Guanajuato Mexico. At the age of 5yrs old he was brought to Wenatchee, WA. Coming from an agricultural working family, Israel has lots of experience and knows how it is working in the orchards. Since a kid, Israel always wanted to become and instructor. In 2008, Israel became a Health and Safety Trainer. In 2016 Israel began participating in the Ag. Safety Day events. Israel Gonzalez now owns his own business called "IGM Health & Safety Training" and delivers safety trainings throughout the state of Washington.
 
Michael Craig Hall
Risk Manager
BBSI
I have over 25 years is Occupational Health and Safety. Mostly in the areas of manufacturing, construction, agriculture, and transportation Safety. As a Risk Manager I work with a multitude of different client types, from the office setting to the farm. I have the opportunity to work with employees and coach them on how to be safe and make a difference in workplace safety!
 
Steven Heist
Operations Officer
Crawford Advantage Solutions Inc
Steve Heist is the Operations Officer for a safety and health consulting company Crawford Advantage Solutions. His previous employment was the Safety Director for Approach Management Services with oversight of the safety program. Before coming to Approach Management Services, Steve worked with Labor and Industries as the Construction Technical Specialist for the DOSH program. His background is in manufacturing and commercial and residential construction.
 
Lauren Jenks
Director, Office of Environmental Public Health Sciences
WA Dept. of Health
Lauren Jenks, MPH, CHES, is Director for the Office of Environmental Public Health Sciences at the Washington State Department of Health. Lauren is passionate about public health, and has 18 years of experience at the federal and state levels. She began her career working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health Prevention Service, and has a diverse public health background, having worked at Department of Health in many topic areas including maternal and child health, chronic disease prevention, and environmental public health. She lives in Olympia with her spouse, 11-year-old son, and 9-year-old daughter.
 
Jen Krenz
Research Coordinator
University of Washington
Jen Krenz is a research coordinator in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington where she leads research activities and provides data management support. She has been with UW since 2008, first as an MPH student and then as part of the research staff. Jen is currently working on projects focused on the prevention of heat-related illness in the workplace and in rural communities and children's environmental health.
 
Mariana Lever
Industrial Hygienist
WA Dept. of Labor & Industries
Mariana Lever Industrial Hygienist, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) Mariana Lever is an Industrial Hygiene Compliance Inspector (Bilingual – Spanish) with the Department of Labor & Industries’ Division of Occupational Safety & Health, (DOSH). Mariana holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey in México and a Master’s of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from the University of Illinois in Chicago. Prior to joining DOSH, Mariana worked in Chicago as a Safety Professional with manufacturing facilities, including: Unilever, Labriola Baking and Chiquita-Fresh Express.
 
Kirk Lloyd
Owner
Lloyd's Northwest LLC
Since 1988, Kirk has provided safety and compliance consulting services to Oregon farmers, along with expertise in Workers' Compensation Insurance for employers in agriculture. Prior to his 30+ year career in Risk Management, he was raised on his family's wheat ranch in Idaho, earned a degree in Agricultural Economics, and worked in Ag Finance.
 
Ignacio Marquez
Assistant to the Director
WA Dept. of Agriculture
Ignacio Marquez became the regional assistant to the director in October, 2016. In his position from Yakima, Ignacio’s responsibilities include establishing working relationships with WSDA agency staff, tribes, government agencies, agriculture employers, associations, agriculture labor organizations, community-based agencies, elected officials, and natural resource stakeholders in the Eastern/Central region. Ignacio is also the agency’s point of contact for farm labor issues such as workforce availability, wages, health, and housing.
 
Sara Matzen
Human Resource Consultant
BBSI

Sara was born and raised in Lynden, a small town located in western Washington where her parents were successful small business owners. One of her high school years was spent studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain and later, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University. Inland Oil in Ephrata, Washington was where she first put her degree to use in Human Resources. While working there, the responsibility for payroll, safety, employee relations, benefits, workers’ compensation, and training fell on her shoulders.

After Inland Oil, she expanded her HR knowledge in the manufacturing environment where she gained a stronger in-depth knowledge as an HR Generalist for a 24/7 operation. This allowed her to gain a good understanding of collective bargaining, negotiation skills, arbitrations, mediations, leave of absence and benefit administration, employee relations, payroll, talent acquisitions, management, leadership development, compliance audits and more.

The Grant and Adams County Workforce Development council is familiar with her as she has been involved with the board for 1 year.

“I have learned a lot in the past 10 years working in the field of HR and having to work with very diverse situations and people. I am excited to share my knowledge and experience with my clients to help them be successful with their business operations. The key to my success in HR is being able to actively listen to my customers and provide them multiple solutions and facilitate the process to find the best one.”

 
Daniel Mosqueda
Trooper
Washington State Patrol
Trooper Daniel Mosqueda is a ten year veteran of the Washington State Patrol, currently assigned to District three in Kennewick. He earned his associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia Basin College. He primarily works traffic enforcement in Benton, Franklin, and Walla Walla Counties. He was certified as a Drug Recognition Expert in 2018. He was assigned to the WSP Aggressive Driving Apprehension Team until his selection as lead coordinator for the El Protector program in January 2019. The El Protector program’s main focus is educating the community about traffic safety and addressing the leading causes of fatality and serious injury collisions in Washington State.
 
Calvin Ohlson-Kiehn
Silviculture Program Manager
WA Dept. of Natural Resources
Calvin Ohlson-Kiehn is the Silviculture Program Manager for the Washington Department of Natural Resources. He and his team provide statewide guidance, funding, and operational support for reforestation and management of young stands on DNR forested Trust lands. He oversees Webster Forest Nursery, Meridian Seed Orchard, seed collection and processing, silviculture research and monitoring, as well as forestry training.
 
Pablo Palmandez
Agricultural Specialist
UW PNASH Center
Pablo Palmández has been an Agricultural Specialist with the PNASH Center since 2007. Mr. Palmández works within the farm community, linking farmers and farmworkers and the PNASH’s agricultural research projects. Mr. Palmández combines his scientific, agricultural, and cultural background to provide leadership and education to the Yakima agricultural community.
 
Michael Peterson
Senior Toxicologist
Gradient
Mike Peterson is a Principal and Senior Toxicologist at Gradient, an environmental and health sciences consulting firm. He is also the current Vice-President elect of the Society of Toxicology's Occupational and Public Health Specialty Section, and the Chairperson of the Agriculture Safety Day organizing committee. He has over 20 years of experience evaluating the potential health effects from exposure to chemicals in the environment, in the workplace, and in consumer products.
 
Christian Ramirez
Safety & Health Specilist 4
WA Dept. of Labor & Industries
Former Safety & Health Compliance Officer, and currently a trainer for the WISHA 10 Certification.
 
Raymundo Rivas
Safety Services Specialist
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Raymundo Rivas has been a safety professional for nearly 15 years in both regulatory and private industry and is currently employed with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates as the Vineyard Safety Services Specialist. He has over 25 years of experience in and around the agriculture and construction industries. Raymundo is the former Statewide Agriculture Safety Technical Specialist and Safety Compliance Agent. His licenses and certification include but are not limited to - Ives Forklift Instructor, ASI ATV Instructor, Confined Space, Electrical Safety/Arc Flash, Excavation, Trenching and Shoring as well as Lock Out Tag Out trainer.
 
Todd Schoonover
Industrial Hygienist
WA Dept. of Labor & Industries
Todd Schoonover has a PhD in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Todd has research experience in several occupational environments including; agriculture processing, animal laboratories, welding, and wood working facilities. His research interests involve the assessment of complex occupational exposures, biomarkers of occupational exposures, health effects, and respiratory diseases. At SHARP, Todd is currently working on the fatality assessment and occupational lead exposure surveillance projects.
 
Flor Servin
Pesticide Safety Trainer
WA Dept. of Agriculture
Flor Servin is a pesticide safety trainer for the Washington State Department of Agriculture. In addition, she helps her husband run their apple orchard. Flor identified the need for a hands-on Respirator Train the Trainer in Washington State. Thus, she worked with WSDA’s Ofelio Borges on developing a training curriculum that was successfully implemented through a pilot program conducted in collaboration with L&I in 2014. This workshop offers participants a hands-on opportunity to learn about respirator use requirements for agriculture, how to use, maintain and store respirators and how to properly perform a workplace fit test.
 
Christopher Sutherland
Investigator
WA Dept. of Agriculture
Chris has been with WSDA in the Pesticide Management Division as an investigator for 14 years.