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
  • Oregon Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Coordinator
  • Associate Professor of Practice in the EMT Department
  • 3 years as the Western Region Director of the AAPSE
  • 10 years as the Project Coordinator at the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC)
  • Worked in pesticide enforcement and incident coordination at the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA)
Craig AndersonAdvisory Board MemberMichigan Farm
  • Developed and manages the Agricultural Labor and Safety Services (ALSS) program at Michigan Farm Bureau
  • Researches, develops and delivers ALSS products and services and is the editor of the ALSS Newsletter
  • Provides to contract clients comprehensive management services relating to safety, food safety/security, environment, records maintenance, transportation, labor, immigration and employee management assistance
  • Has developed and presented safety programming to more than 8,400 farm and rural businesses and currently provides training to approximately 1,000 people annually
  • Graduate in Horticulture from Michigan State University
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
Betsy BuffingtonAdvisory Board MemberIowa State
  • 20 years in Pesticide Safety Education
  • Conducts commercial pesticide applicator recertification training in Iowa
  • Develops training materials, modules, and exam questions for pesticide applicators
  • 6 years as Secretary of AAPSE
  • Member of TPSA
Melanie FortiAdvisory Board MemberAssociation of Farmworker Opportunity
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration
  • 6 years as the Director of Health & Safety Programs at Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP)
  • Directs the National Farmworker Training Program (PST, Heat Stress Prevention, Tractor Safety, and other trainings)
  • 10 years in pesticide safety education
  • Developed EPA-approved WPS curriculum flipchart for agricultural workers
  • Experience developing and translating instructional materials for pesticide applicators and farmworkers
  • Fluent in Spanish
Carmina HansonAdvisory Board MemberNC Department of Agriculture and Consumer
  • B.S. Food Industry Engineering, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, México
  • M.S. Animal Science, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • 3 years of Pesticide Regulatory, Education and Training with WPS emphasis
  • Experience developing and translating instructional materials for pesticide applicators and farmworkers
  • Fluent in Spanish
Jolene HendrixAdvisory Board MemberMontana Department of Agriculture (MDA)
  • Third year on the PERC Advisory Board
  • Pesticide Training and Development Specialist for MDA's Pesticide Applicator Program
  • B.S. in Environmental Science/Marine Science with a minor in Studio Art
  • M.A. in Teaching; currently working on a M.S. in Environmental Resources
  • Served as Environmental Specialist in the Petroleum Cleanup Program for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Served as Project Manager, Analytical Chemist, and Safety Officer for an Environmental Analytical Laboratory
  • Worked extensively in Groundwater Protection Programs, Chemical Safety, Analytical Evaluation, and Science Education for the past 22 years
Caroline KirbyAdvisory Board MemberPlunkett's Pest
  • 3 years as a pest control service technician at Plunkett's Pest Control
  • 6 years as the Training Coordinator at Plunkett's Pest Control
  • Minnesota Pest Management Association Board Member
  • Licensed Pest Control Applicator in MN, WI, IL, IA, NE, SD, ND, MO, and KS
  • B.S. in Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison; M. Ed—Adult Education, U of MN—Twin Cities
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Development, U of MN—Twin Cities
Jane LarsonAdvisory Board MemberWI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer
  • B.S. in Agribusiness Management from Penn State
  • Eight years as the Agency’s Worker Protection Standard (WPS) program manager
  • Assist with oversight of other pesticide-regulatory programs such as pesticide use observations, private and commercial applicator record inspections
  • Served as a Wisconsin DATCP public information officer for 18 years, covering pesticide, groundwater, feed and fertilizer issues, plant pest and disease topics including invasive species, and conservation-related programs. Work included media interviews, press releases, outreach and website content
  • Certified pesticide applicator
Bethany PleweAdvisory Board MemberU.S. EPA, Region
  • B.S. in Agronomy, Environmental Science; M.S. in Ecosystem Analysis
  • Experience as pesticide and PCB analytical chemist for the Utah Department of Health
  • Experience as chemist in quality assurance and technical assistance for a wide programmatic range of field projects in EPA Region 10
  • 10 years in water quality work from field sampling to project management support
  • EPA Region 10 Worker Protection Standard (WPS) and Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training Rule (C&T) Coordinator, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coordinator, and Bed Bug Coordinator
  • Oversees Washington State FIFRA Cooperative Agreement
  • Oversees IPM Interagency Agreement with the Indian Health Service (IHS) and manages IHS Portland Area children’s environmental health survey
  • Works with tribes, and the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
  • Federal credentialed inspector and works in the enforcement of FIFRA in Region 10, including the tribal areas of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
Amy SullivanAdvisory Board MemberAssociation of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, emphasis in Botany
  • 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
Leslie TalpasanuAdvisory Board MemberCA Department of Pesticide
  • B.S. in Biology from UC Davis
  • 8 years' experience serving as a pesticide regulatory official in California, including:
    • 2.5 years as an Agricultural Inspector/Biologist in Monterey County performing pesticide use enforcement
    • 2.5 years in the Department of Pesticide Regulation's Worker Health and Safety Branch assisting with the implementation of the Worker Protection Standard in California
    • 3 years as a Senior Environmental Scientist supervising Licensing and Certification program in California
  • Currently managing the implementation of the Certification and Training Rule in California