Advisory Board

Roster

NameTitleOrganizationEmail
Suzanne ForsythCo-ChairUniversity of California Davis Extensionspforsyth@ucdavis.edu
  • 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 Universitykaci.buhl@oregonstate.edu
  • 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)aapco.sfireg@gmail.com
  • 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 Connecticutcandace.bartholomew@uconn.edu
  • PSEP Coordinator
  • Charter member and past Secretary of AAPSE
  • Northeast Board of Director of CTAG
Lisa BleckerAdvisory Board MemberUniversity of Californialblecker@ucanr.edu
  • 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 Hawaiibarryb@hawaii.edu
  • 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 Universitybbuffing@iastate.edu
  • 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 Agricultureiking@nmda.nmsu.edu
  • 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 Agricultureperry.cervantes@texasagriculture.gov
  • 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 Advocatejuan@webarthosting.com
  • 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 Administrationgarnet.r.cooke@oregon.gov
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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 Programsforti@afop.org
  • 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 Minnesotadeanh@umn.edu
  • 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 Agricultureljohns@mt.gov
  • 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 Communitytony.mccandless@gric.nsn.us
  • 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 10terada.derrick@epa.gov
  • 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 Universitythia.walker@colostate.edu
  • 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