Advisory Board

Roster

NameTitleOrganizationEmail
Suzanne ForsythCo-ChairUC Davis Continuing and Professional Educationspforsyth@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
  • 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 Bureaucanderso@michfb.com
  • 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 MemberColorado State Universitylisa.blecker@colostate.edu
  • Pesticide Safety Educator at Colorado State University
  • Currently serves as the Administrator for the Pesticide Regulatory Education Program (PREP)
  • 10 years as the Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator for the UC Statewide IPM Program
  • Experience delivering Train-the-trainer and continuing education programs
  • Holds a pesticide applicator's certificate
  • Member of AAPSE
  • Fluent in Spanish
Lauren DanaAdvisory Board MemberLegal Aid Chicagoldana@legalaidchicago.org
  • 2.5 years as Staff Attorney at Legal Aid Chicago, providing comprehensive legal services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers throughout Illinois, including health and safety issues arising from agricultural work
  • Advocates on behalf of farmworkers to address the impacts of pesticide exposure
  • Conducts outreach to farmworkers and surveys their knowledge of pesticide safety
  • Educates farmworkers and community partners on pesticide safety, how to reduce risk of exposure, and protections including the Worker Protection Standard
  • 12 years experience providing direct services to immigrant and migrant populations
  • J.D., Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Fluent in Spanish and French
Melanie FortiAdvisory Board MemberAssociation of Farmworker Opportunity Programsforti@afop.org
  • 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 Servicescarmina.hanson@ncagr.gov
  • 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 MemberUniversity of Minnesota, Extension Servicesjhendrix@umn.edu
  • Third year on the PERC Advisory Board
  • Extension Educator & Education Manager, PSEE at University of Minnesota, Extension Services
  • Served as 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 Controlckirby@plunketts.net
  • 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
Catherine LePrevostAdvisory Board MemberNorth Carolina State Universityceleprev@ncsu.edu
  • Holds a bachelor's degree in Biology from Wake Forest University, a master's degree in Toxicology and doctoral degree in Science Education from North Carolina State University
  • Acts as the Agromedicine Extension Specialist at North Carolina State University
  • Has 12 years of experience in agricultural safety and health
  • Develops educational resources for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and pesticide applicators
  • Provides training for pesticide educators, including farmworker health outreach workers and Extension agents
Bethany PleweAdvisory Board MemberU.S. EPA, Region 10plewe.bethany@epa.gov
  • 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
Dave ReddelAdvisory Board MemberWilbur-Ellis AgribusinessDReddel@wilburellis.com
  • B.S. in Agronomy from Iowa State University
  • M.S. in Seed Technology and Business from Iowa State University (completion 2023)
  • Certified Crop Advisor specializing in Resistance Management
  • Agronomy Risk Manager for Wilbur-Ellis Agribusiness (Central US)
  • 8 Years of Agronomy Loss Control / Risk Management as Technical Agronomist for National Agribusiness Risk Management Carrier
  • 18 years in the Seed Industry in various roles including seed research and production operations
  • Provide agronomic training and support to agronomy exposures across the US including, but not limited to, pesticide recertification trainings, dicamba training per EPA, paraquat training per EPA, EPA WPS per EPA and Certified Crop Advisor CEUs
  • Active member of Iowa CCA Education Committee
  • Active member of Ag Cooperative Safety Directors of Iowa
  • Actively participate in 2000-acre corn and soybean farm operation in NW Iowa
  • 2020-2021 NAEHSS Board Member (National Agronomic Environmental Health and Safety School)
Amy SullivanAdvisory Board MemberAssociation of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO)aapco.sfireg@gmail.com
  • 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