Advisory Board


Suzanne ForsythCo-ChairUniversity of California Davis
  • B.S. in Environmental Toxicology UC Davis; MPH in Public Health UC Berkeley
  • 20 years’ experience in serving pesticide regulatory officials and stakeholders at the tribal, state and federal levels
  • Experience as a pesticide registration chemist, water quality specialist, and risk assessment associate bringing subject matter specificity to her work in pesticide safety education
  • Currently serves as Coordinator for the Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC)
  • 18 years successfully managed the nationally acclaimed Pesticide Regulatory Education Program (PREP)
  • In 2014 honored with Life Membership to the American Association of Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)
Kaci BuhlCo-ChairOregon State
  • B.S. in Entomology; M.S. in Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Senior Faculty Research Assistant in the EMT Department
  • 3 years as the Western Region Director of the AAPSE
  • Leader in the “Pesticide Environmental Stewardship” Community of Practice (eXtension)
  • State of Oregon as a subject matter expert in pesticide safety
  • 10 years as the Project Coordinator of NPIC
  • Worked in pesticide enforcement and incident coordination the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA)
  • Liaison with representatives from a wide range of state agencies (e.g. OSHA, DEQ, Forestry, Health Department) and federal partners (e.g. EPA, NIOSH)
Amy BamberAdvisory Board MemberAssociation of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)
  • Liaison to SFIREG and AAPCO for PERC
  • AAPCO’S Executive Secretary
  • Former AAPCO Director, Full SFIREG representative, and EQI member
  • 10 years as Montana Pesticide Control Official
  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, emphasis in Botany
Candace BartholomewAdvisory Board MemberUniversity of
  • PSEP Coordinator
  • Charter member and past Secretary of AAPSE
  • Northeast Board of Director of CTAG
Lisa BleckerAdvisory Board MemberUniversity of
  • Pesticide Safety Education Coordinator for the California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program
  • Experience with eXtension
  • Co-author of a national Soil Fumigation Manual
  • Holds a Pesticide Applicator’s license
  • A member of AAPSE
  • Fluent in Spanish
Barry BrennanAdvisory Board MemberRetired from the University of
  • 25 years as with Hawaii’s Pesticide Safety Education Program
  • 12 years on the Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Advisory Committee
  • 8 years Associate Editor of the Journal of Pesticide Safety Education
  • Founder and former president of AAPSE
  • Experience with eXtension
Betsy BuffingtonAdvisory Board MemberIowa State
  • 5 years as a consultant with Wilbur-Ellis
  • 9 years as an Extension Program Specialist
  • 4 years as Secretary of AAPSE
  • Member of CTAG
  • Iowa and National Agricultural Health Study Advisory Panels
Irene Calderon-KingAdvisory Board MemberNew Mexico Department of
  • Bachelor’s in Entomology, Plant Pathology & Weed Science
  • Master’s in Agriculture Extension Education
  • Formerly held a pesticide applicator’s license
  • Current Secretary of ASPCRO
  • Member of AAPCO
  • Regularly works with Tribes
Perry CervantesAdvisory Board MemberTexas Department of
  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture-Animal Science
  • 19 years of experience as a Regulatory Field Inspector, Pesticide Field Inspector, Program Pesticide Registration Specialist, Certification Specialist and Coordinator for Compliance and Certification.
  • Holds a pesticide applicator’s license for agriculture and structural
  • Fluent in Spanish
Juan ConchaAdvisory Board MemberFarmworker
  • 7 years as Coordinator of Technology and Education & Communication with The Farmworker Association of Florida
  • 4 years as the Curriculum Specialist under an OSHA Susan Harwood grant
  • Master’s candidate in Cultural Studies
  • B.S. in Agricultural Education & Communication
  • A.S. in Digital Media Technology
  • 25 years working with popular education methodology in diverse multicultural settings (in five different countries in South and North America and the Caribbean)
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
Garnet CookeAdvisory Board MemberOregon Occupational Health and Safety
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  • B.S. in Health Sciences
  • 25 years with Oregon OSHA and is the Pesticide Coordinator
  • Pesticide Analytical and Response Center Board member
  • State Representative for the National Worker Protection Standard Program Review
Melanie FortiAdvisory Board MemberAssociation of Farmworker Opportunity
  • Bachelor’s in business administration
  • 6 years as the Director of Health & Safety Programs
  • Manages the growth of the flagship pesticide safety education program
  • Fluent in Spanish
Dean HerzfeldAdvisory Board MemberUniversity of
  • Ph.D. in Work, Community & Family Education
  • 28 years as the Program Coordinator of the Pesticide Safety & Environmental Education
  • Former AAPSE Treasurer and President and CTAG board member
  • Experience with PSEP-IMI projects
  • Member of the Pesticide Stewardship Alliance
  • Experience with eXtension
Linda JohnsAdvisory Board MemberMontana Department of
  • Pesticide Licensing, Registration & Training Program Manager
  • AAPCO member
  • B.S. in the Science of Horticulture and Landscape Design
  • M.S. in Entomology
  • Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO) Executive Board of Directors Vice President, Rodenticide Committee Chair and Planning Committee Chair
  • Western Region Board of Directors representative for the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators (AAPSE)
  • Board of Directors for Certification and Training Assessment Group (CTAG)
Tony McCandlessAdvisory Board MemberGila River Indian
  • Pesticide Control Officer for over 15 years
  • Representative with the Certification & Training Assessment Group and Region IX on the Tribal Pesticide Program Council
  • Agricultural Commercial Applicator certification and license and Pest Control Advisor
Derrick TeradaAdvisory Board MemberU.S. EPA, Region
  • B.S. in Biochemistry with a Minor in Chemistry and B.A. in American Ethnic Studies
  • 10 years as the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) and Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training Rule (C&T) Coordinator
  • Works with Tribes, and the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
  • Oversees a pesticide cooperative agreement with the State of Idaho
  • Credentialed inspector and works in the enforcement of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act in the Tribal areas of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
Thia WalkerAdvisory Board MemberColorado State
  • Bachelor’s in Biology with a Chemistry minor, and a Master’s in Plant Pathology
  • Extension Specialist and Program Manager for the Colorado Environmental Pesticide Education Program (CEPEP)
  • 4 years operated the Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab at CSU
  • Conducting research in Southeast Colorado on Russian Wheat aphid and other emerging insect pests in dryland cropping systems
  • Holds a Commercial Pesticide Applicator license in Ag Insects, Ag Weeds, Ag Plant Disease, Research & Demonstration, Rangeland Pest Control, Turf Pest Control, and Ornamental Pest Control