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
  • 25+ years' experience serving pesticide regulatory officials and stakeholders at the tribal, state, and federal levels
  • Currently serves as Director of the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative-Medical (PERC-Med)
  • Experience as a pesticide registration chemist, water quality specialist, and risk assessment associate bringing subject matter specificity to her work in pesticide safety education
  • 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)
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
  • Supervisory Attorney of the Migrant Farmworker Project at Legal Aid Chicago
  • Provides comprehensive legal services to migrant and seasonal agricultural workers who work in Illinois, including health and safety issues arising from agricultural work
  • Advocates on behalf of agricultural workers to address the impacts of pesticide exposure
  • Provides outreach and training to agricultural workers and community partners on pesticide safety, how to reduce risk of exposure, and protections including the Worker Protection Standard
  • 12 years of experience providing direct services to immigrant and migrant populations
  • J.D., Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Fluent in Spanish and French
Betsy DanielsonAdvisory Board MemberIowa State Universitybetsydan@iastate.edu
  • Pesticide Safety Educator at Iowa State University
  • Member of The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA) Treated Seed Taskforce
  • Served 8 years as Secretary of American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators (AAPSE)
  • 7 years in pesticide education at Colorado State University
  • 12 years experience providing direct services to immigrant and migrant populations
  • B.S. in Agronomy, Rural Sociology, Environmental Management; M.S. in Entomology
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
  • 7 years of Pesticide Regulatory, Education and Training with WPS emphasis
  • Experience developing and translating instructional materials for pesticide applicators and farmworkers
  • Fluent in Spanish
Caroline KirbyAdvisory Board MemberPlunkett's Pest Controlckirby@plunketts.net
  • Technical Director at Plunkett's Pest Control
  • 9 years' experience in creating and facilitating training for adult learners
  • 3 years' experience as a pest control technician
  • Past-president and current board member of the Minnesota Pest Management Association
  • Member of NPMA Technical Committee, the Urban Pest Management Technical Committee, Pi Chi Omega, and AAPSE
  • Licensed Pest Control Applicator in MN, WI, IL, IA, NE, SD, ND, MO, and KS
  • Associate Certified Entomologist with a certificate in Public Health Entomology
  • 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 and Coordinator of the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute at North Carolina State University
  • Has 14 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
  • M.S. in Ecosystem Analysis; B.S. Agronomy- Environmental Science
  • 6 years Analytical Chemist for Utah State and US EPA
  • 10 years water quality expertise from field sampling to project management support
  • 10 years pesticide program and enforcement support for Utah State and EPA Region 10
  • Indian Health Service and Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Project Officer
  • Federally credentialed FIFRA Inspector
  • EPA Region 10 Worker Protection Standard (WPS) and Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training Rule (C&T) Coordinator
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)
Libby SmithAdvisory Board MemberUniversity of Nebraska - Lincolnelizabeth.smith@nebraska.gov
  • B.S. in Environmental Studies, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • 9 years of state regulatory experience with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture
  • 2 years' experience as and currently serving as Pesticide Certification and Worker Protection Specialist for the state of Nebraska
  • Develops state applicator licensing exams
  • Works directly with state PSEP on education materials and outreach events
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
  • CTAG's Executive Secretary