Key Note Speakers

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Dale Lesinski

Company: Dival Safety

Title: Vice President


This presentation reveals why the conventional approach (rules, regulations, policies and procedures) to employee safety misses the mark, thus delivering frustrating and meager results. “Safe 4 the Right Reasons” explains our human nature, why we do some of the things we do and why we don’t do some of the things we should. 

The “Safe 4” message appeals to the critical aspects that drive behavior change and motivates employees to be safe not just for themselves but for others that count on them. It also delivers a respectful way that every employee can watch out for one another so when they see something, they can say something.

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Ricky Rollins

Company: Ricky Rollins Safety Speeches

Title: President


I ask the audience to take something away from the stories they will hear and use it in their lives in some way.  Then I tell them if they will do that then we can achieve the goal of “Make A Difference In A Child’s life”.  I will use the analogy of life is “Russian Roulette”, are you going to put bullets in the gun or take them out thru out the presentation.  We all have choices of what we do with the bullets.  And sometimes the bullets you put in the gun may affect someone else is one of the stories lessons.  I almost died in a workplace accident 23 years ago and tell the story of how that would have affected my family.  I also will tell 4 more stories from the perspective of friend, father, husband, nephew, coworker, supervisor, and department manager of the things that have affected my circle.  Some good things and some not so good.  But in each story is a message with a lesson in it for each of us.  With 5 stories in my presentation they give it a good chance of making an impact on each and every person in the audience. We never know which story is going to impact which person in the audience.  I close by asking for the audience to remember the last recordable, lost time accidents and if they have ever been working for a facility that had a fatality.  They will raise their hands to these questions as they remember those days.  I then ask them how much product they produced or remember something of importance in their lives from last Tuesday. No one will raise their hands.  I then change the screen to a picture of the 3 men in the stories under a banner that reads, “We Will Never Remember How Many Tons We Make Today.  What We Will Remember Is the Day That Someone Gets Seriously Injured…. That Will Be The Day We Will Remember For The Rest Of Our Lives”.

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David Zatezalo

Title:  Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health


President Donald J. Trump nominated David G. Zatezalo to be the 9th Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health.  He was sworn in on November 30, 2017.

Assistant Secretary Zatezalo is a native of West Virginia and has spent a lifetime working in mining.  He began his career as a union miner and since then has held positions at a number of companies as section foreman, long wall foreman, resident engineer, shift foreman, engineering superintendent, mine manager, vice president of operations, chief executive officer, and Chairman of the Board.  Assistant Secretary Zatezalo has worked in mining all across the U.S. and internationally in Australia.  

Assistant Secretary Zatezalo has a degree in mining engineering from West Virginia University and is a registered professional engineer in Ohio and West Virginia.  He also has an MBA from Ohio University.  He is the past chairman of the Kentucky Coal Association and the Ohio Coal Association.  He is also a member of the Mine Rescue Veterans of the Pittsburgh District and a past registered member of SME.


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Amanda S. Azman

Company: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

TitleLead Audiologist

Dr. Amanda Azman is a research audiologist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Her work, within the Pittsburgh Mining Research Division Workplace Health Branch, is currently focused on evaluating and improving existing hearing conservation programs in mining. She has worked directly with miners, mine management, and manufacturers of mining equipment, on various noise issues as well as strategies for decreasing worker occupational noise exposure and subsequent hearing loss. She also manages the NIOSH hearing loss prevention mobile audiometric test trailer. The trailer is driven to various mines and customer outreach events to provide free hearing tests, general hearing loss prevention information, and guidance on selection and use of hearing protectors. Dr. Azman has worked for NIOSH since 2007, enjoying hearing loss prevention research and especially working with miners at their jobsites. 

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Calvin Benchimol

Company: eCompliance

TitleDirector of Corporate Development


During his time with eCompliance, Calvin has been instrumental in defining our customers’ journey to a High Participation Safety Culture. Using big data and deep empirical research, he’s helped us look beyond the numbers to understand the human side of safety.

Prior to working with us, Calvin received his MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona and helped transform the safety culture of a mining and manufacturing environment, as a front-line operations manager.

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Andrew Bennett

Company: Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety

Title: Public Information Officer 

Andrew Bennett is the Public Information Officer for the Office of Traffic Safety and Program Manager for the Nevada’s Traffic Safety Program Zero Fatalities. Prior to his time with the Office of Traffic Safety, he has passionately been working towards the goal of Zero Fatalities in the State of Nevada for the last ten years with several different traffic safety organizations including Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Clark County School District, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Southern Nevada Traffic Safety Coalition and many others. His first-hand knowledge of education, enforcement, emergency management, and engineering is exemplified in the relationships he has established at all community levels, from students and educators to first responders and elected officials.  

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd

Safety Includes Traffic Safety


Leonard D. Brown

Company: Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources, The University of Arizona

TitleResearch Scientist


Leonard D. Brown is a scientist at the University of Arizona's Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources. He has nearly two decades of experience designing and evaluating human computer interfaces and has published more than a dozen papers on these topics. For the past ten years, Brown's research team at the Lowell Institute has created new technologies for training and competency assessment in hazards recognition, situational awareness, and emergency response. He previously worked in the gaming industry, for companies including Sony Corp., and is co-founder and chief scientist for Desert Saber, L.L.C., a Tucson-based safety technology startup. Brown holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science.

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Pete Del Duca

Company: MSHA Rocky Mountain District

Title: Staff Assisant

Pete Del Duca began his career with MSHA 14 years ago after graduating with a BSc in Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.  Pete started in Coal Mine Safety and Health and transferred to Metal/Nonmetal Mine Safety and Health in 2013.  Pete has held the positions of Mining Engineer (Roof Control), Supervisory Mining Engineer (Health), District Health Specialist, and Staff Assistant.  Pete is currently the acting Assistant District Manager (Enforcement) for the Rocky Mountain District.  Pete is a Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.

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Patrick G. Dempsey

Company: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

TitleBranch Chief

Patrick G. Dempsey, Ph.D., CPE is Chief of the Workplace Health Branch of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) Pittsburgh Mining Research Division. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. After 11 years in various roles at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, he joined NIOSH in December 2007. He previously served as Team Leader of the Musculoskeletal Disorder Prevention Team. His health and safety interests include ergonomics, musculoskeletal disorder prevention, and the prevention of slip, trip and fall incidents.

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Bill Doran

Company: Ogletree Deakins


Bill Doran’s practice is concentrated in safety and health law and litigation. He advises companies with respect to issues arising under Federal and State Safety and Health Statutes. He represents companies in accident investigations, special investigations, audits and discrimination investigations conducted by MSHA, OSHA, and state agencies. He also represents companies in litigation before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, and the federal courts.

Bill speaks and writes frequently on a variety of occupational safety topics. He is a co-author of a monthly safety and health column in Pit & Quarry Magazine.  Most recently, he co-authored the “General Duty Clause” chapters of the first and second editions of Occupational Safety and Health Law Handbook, published by Government Institutes. He also authored an article entitled, “Vicarious Liability of Mine Operators for Independent Contractors’ Violations” for the University of Kentucky’s Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law. 


Emily Haas


TitleLead Research Behavioral Scientist

Emily Haas, Ph.D.  Dr. Haas is a Senior Research Behavioral Scientist on the Human Factors Branch at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Pittsburgh Mining Research Division (PMRD) located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Haas studies issues related to health, safety, and risk management in the mining industry. Leading research efforts with mineworkers and mine management across mines of various commodities, she has helped facilitate safer work behaviors and reduce barriers to sustaining those behaviors. Specifically, her research studies risk by way of integrating work practices around mine technologies including proximity detection systems, Helmet-CAM assessment technology, and continuous personal dust monitors. Dr. Haas has more than 50 papers published in public health, occupational safety, and mining journals. Emily has a PhD in Health Communication from Purdue University, Indiana, and an MA/BA from the University of Dayton, Ohio.

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In heartfelt memory of Kelly Hess

CompanyCoeur Rochester

Title: Safety Coordinator

Kelly Hess has been in the mining industry over 23 years; 14 years in Safety & Health and Industrial Hygiene roles. Kelly is the current Nevada Mining Association Industrial Hygiene Subcommittee Chair Person and Vice Chair Person for the Safety and Health Committee. He is currently the Safety Coordinator at Coeur Rochester mine.

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Linda Honey

CompanyDirector of Operations

TitleTimely Testing

Linda Honey has been a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the State of Nevada since 1999.  She also holds her National Certification as an Addiction Counselor, Level I.  Linda earned a bachelor’s degree in Health & Community Services and Criminal Justice from Chico State a very long time ago. 

Linda’s career path has taken several turns, but the end goal has always been the same.  Her focus has been on how to help people, specifically people who are struggling with substance-abuse disorders.  Timely Testing has allowed her the opportunity to build on her enjoyment of people in many different arenas.  24/7, 365 days of the year, Linda will often be on the other end of the phone when people contact Timely Testing for their testing needs.

Linda has enjoyed sports throughout her life, continuing to ski and golf today.  Her friends, family, fellowship, and the outdoors provide the fulfillment of her happiness. 

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Demetra Johnson

Company: Turner Mining Group

Title: Health, Safety, Environment & Community Director

Demetra Johnson has been working in safety and health and the mining industry for 12 years. Demetra is the HSEC (Health, Safety, Environment & Community Director for Turner Mining Group. She is the Founder and CEO of her own Safety Consulting and Training business, Pro Safe Alliance LLC. She has a M.S. in Safety Sciences from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and is pursuing her Doctoral of Education through Baylor University. She is a Certified Safety Professional, Certified Mine Safety Professional and a Safety Management Specialist. She is an Associate Auditor for ISO 45001, 14001 and 9001 and an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for General and Construction Industry. Demetra serves as Vice Chair for development and question writing for Society for Mining Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) for the CMSP exam. She Chairs the sub-committee for marketing and outreach for the CMSP Exam. She also serves on the Advisory Counsel for ASSP TCPS (training and communication practice specialty).

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Rich Maier

CompanyNevada Gold Mines 

TitleChief of Emergency Response 

Rich Maier is the Chief of Emergency Response at Nevada Goldmines Cortez Property; Rich has 15 years of Emergency response experience as both a public volunteer and at mines both surface and underground. Rich started his career in the open pit operations field and moved to a full-time paid position with emergency response in 2014 so he could follow his passion of rescue. Rich currently holds a multitude of certifications in many aspects of rescue and is certified to teach EMS, HAZMAT, and High angle rope rescue.

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Lauren Marino

CompanyOgletree Deakins


Lauren Marino’s practice involves advising management in matters of workplace safety and health. She litigates before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, and the federal courts, and represents employers during government (MSHA/OSHA) inspections and investigations. Her practice also includes providing compliance advice. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Marino worked in the Office of the Solicitor for the United States Department of Labor where she handled cases on behalf of the Secretary of Labor involving the Mine Safety and Health Act, the Occupational and Safety Health Act, and other federal labor and employment laws.

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Richard Marshall

Company: ADSC: International Association of Foundation Drilling

Title: Director of Safety

Richard Marshall, CHST

Rick began work in the construction trades in 1973 as a Piledriver Foreman and Superintendent for several deep foundation contractors. In 1992, he received his Advanced Safety Certificate from the National Safety Council Safety Training Institute, and later became and remains an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer. In 1996, Rick achieved his CHST designation, and in 2000 earned his B. S. in Occupational Safety & Health from Columbia Southern University.

He is the Chairman and co-author of ANSI/ASSP A10.19 – Safety Requirements for Pile Driving & Extraction Operations and ANSI/ASSP A10.23 - Safety Requirements for Drilled Shafts. He is a SME (Subject Matter Expert) for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Foundation Drill Rig Operators training course, an SME for the ADSC/NCCCO Foundation Drill Rig Operator Certification Task Force and is a 26-year member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).


Kirk McDaniel

CompanyColorado School of Mines

 TitleDirector of Program Development

Dr. McDaniel is a registered professional mining engineer with 35 years of experience in underground mining, tunneling and nuclear repository environments. His areas of expertise include mine ventilation, mine technology, underground design, safety, training, qualitative and quantitative risk analysis, and project management. Dr. McDaniel received his BS and ME degrees in Mining Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mining and Earth Systems Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines as well as an MBA from Regis University. He holds the MSHA IS and IU certifications and has developed and conducted safety and health training within the MSHA Part 48 New Miner and Annual Refresher training courses.   


Tony Moore

CompanyTimberline Drilling Inc.

Title: HSLP Director

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd

Drilling Safety Through the Years

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Tony Morfin

CompanyStateFire Sales and Service

TitleOperations Manager - Elko

Tony Morfin began working in the mining industry at 18 years old. He has worked in a wide range of divisions including underground, lab, mill, open pit and blasting. He operated large equipment in the open pit including haul trucks, excavators and shovels.  Tony became familiar with fire suppression systems while operating equipment at Nevada Gold Mines Cortez site.  In 2013, he made a career change and joined StateFire Sales and Service as a technician working on the fire suppression systems he counted on as a miner.  Tony worked his way up in the Mining department and has held the role of Technician, Supervisor, Manager and now Operations Manager for the Elko office. During his time at StateFire Sales and Service, Tony has provided training each year to mine sites on how to operate fire extinguishers and suppression systems.  Outside of work, Tony is married with three daughters. He enjoys hunting, camping and fishing in his spare time. 

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd

Fire Prevention/Fire Protection

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Wednesday, Oct. 23rd

Drilling Safety Through the Years

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Nicole Nance

Company: CEO

Title: Timely Testing

Nicole Nance is a third generation Northern Nevadan.  She holds both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from UNR.  She has been a Licensed Social Worker in Nevada since 1998.  Additionally, Nicole has a minor in Substance Abuse Technology.

Her career path has been through both State and County agencies involving child welfare, prison populations and substance abuse, until she opened her first business in 2005.  Timely Testing is her second successful business, operating statewide, 24/7, 365 days of the year.

Nicole’s passion for life, her friends and the outdoors, supplement a drive to perform at a peak level in her career.  Timely Testing, founded in 2013, started in rural Nevada with the owners and one part-time employee.  Now Timely Testing is operating statewide with a dozen employees.  Nicole’s business savvy has afforded Timely Testing the opportunity to expand their services beyond drug and alcohol testing to include policy development and training for employers. 


Sara Nichols

CompanyJerritt Canyon Gold LLC

TitleSafety Coordinator

Sara Nichols has been in Safety and Health for the mining industry for 15 years.  Sara worked at Barrick Goldstrike Mines Inc. for 8 ½ years in many Safety and Health roles including Compliance, Contractor Management, and Industrial Hygiene.  She then worked at Newmont Mining Corp. for 6 1/2  years as the HSS Specialist for the Mine Division. She currently is a safety coordinator at Jerritt Canyon Gold. Sara held the Chair position for the Nevada Mining Association Safety and Health Committee from 2012 to 2014 as well as the IH Subcommittee Chair for four years.

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Karen Noiva

CompanyMel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, The University of Arizona

TitleResearch Scientist

Karen Noiva is a research scientist at the Western Mine Safety and Health Training Resource Center at the University of Arizona, where she works to understand how innovations in gamification, virtual reality, and serious games can improve adult learning and training and safety outcomes. She holds a Ph.D. in Building Technology and an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Her past research was in the assessment and comparison of sustainability of urban water management. Noiva has ridden across two continents and worked in Nairobi and Singapore. 

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Jason M. Nutzman

Company: Dinsmore & Shohl LLP 

Title: Partner

Jason Nutzman is a Partner and member of the Labor & Employment Department and Workplace Safety Practice Group. Jason represents both coal and metal/non-metal clients before the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission in accident investigations, special investigations, and discrimination investigations conducted by the Department of Labor with respect to the Mine Safety and Health Act.

Tuesday, Oct. 22nd


Wednesday, Oct. 23rd

MSHA Hot Topics

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Shane Owen

CompanyNevada Gold Mines

TitleIndustrial Hygiene 

Shane Owen has been working in the mining industry for 35 years; 24 of which has been in Health and Safety. Shane is the Superintendent of Industrial Hygiene at Nevada Gold Mines, and previously was the Sr. Manager of Occupational Health for Newmont’s North America Region. He has a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health, and a B.A.S in Management. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist, a Certified Safety Professional and a Certified Mine Safety Professional.


Chris Peterson


Title: Attorney 

Christopher Peterson is a partner in the firm's Denver office. He focuses his practice on representing mining, energy, general industry, and construction clients in matters arising from the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act, including civil and criminal enforcement issues, discrimination complaints, and accident investigations. 

Not only is he an excellent attorney, he also uses his knowledge of the mining industry to aid safety professionals. He frequently presents on mine safety and health topics and routinely provides innovative training to safety professionals and supervisors under the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act. His work actively supports the safety of those involved in mining operations, showing his dedication to creating a safer workplace.

Christopher is a highly skilled professional in workplace safety law, and routinely handles cases from pre-trial discovery to post-trial appeals. He devotes his time to learning new legal and legislative issues to keep his clients in the know.

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Mary M. Poulton

CompanyLowell Institute for Mineral Resources, The University of Arizona

TitleProfessor Emerita & Co-Director, Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources


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Jerry Powers

Company: Colorado School of Mines, EMCIS Program

Title: Research Associate

Jerry Powers is a Certified Mine Safety Professional with over 40 years of mining experience in both surface and underground mines.  Mr. Powers received his BS degree from Colorado State University and his MBA from the University of Northern Colorado.  Mr. Powers has been a member of the EMCIS staff for over 5 years and also consults with the Mining and Oil & Gas Industry in manners involving Health & Safety.  He holds the MSHA IU, IS, IN, AN, MS, and FA certifications and has extensive experience in developing and delivering training programs. 

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Donna Pryor, Esq.

Company: Husch Blackwell 

Title: Partner 

Donna Pryor, a member of Husch Blackwell’s Energy & Natural Resources group, focuses on commercial and administrative litigation related to mine safety and occupational safety and health. She also assists clients in crisis management and strategic communications related to workplace health and safety issues.  Donna has extensive experience in the production of precious metals, aggregates, cement, industrial minerals, coal, salt, potash, phosphate, granite, limestone, and oil and gas. 


Michelle Reiher

CompanyColorado School of Mines

TitleHealth and Safety Program Manager

Michelle Reiher is a certified industrial hygienist and certified safety professional with over 20 years of safety and health experience in general industry and mining.  She holds the MSHA IS, IU and IN certifications and has develop and conducted safety and health training within the MSHA Part 48 New Miner, Annual Refresher and Instructor Training courses.  She has a passion for health and safety training and believes everyone should be given the knowledge to make choices that will keep them safe.

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Craig Ross

Company: Ross S&H Consulting

Title: Mine Safety Consultant

Member of ICMM working group who provided oversight and support for the development of Critical Control Management Implementation Guide published by ICMM in 2015.

33 years mining experience of which 27 years a leader in the safety and health risk management.

7 years as Vice President of Safety & Health for Barrick Gold. 

-Received the Highest Degree of Safety – International Award in 2010 from the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals. This award is presented annually to the safety professional who has contributed significantly to the reduction of injury and illness in the international community.

Wednesday, Oct. 23rd

Fatal Risk Management

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Mark Savit, Esq.

Company: Husch Blackwell 

Title: Counsel 


Mark Savit is a member of Husch Blackwell’s Energy & Natural Resources group.  Mark has built a successful career representing clients in the Energy and Natural Resources industry, specifically in regards to mining safety and environmental issues.  Mark represents clients in government investigations and regulatory matters and litigates improper enforcement actions and whistleblower cases. He has extensive experience in mining; health, safety and environmental law; industrial disaster response; and regulatory and legislative services.

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Miguel Segovia

Company: Nevada Gold Mines 

Title: Chief of Emergency Response 

Miguel Segovia is going on 10 years of mining experience 9 of which on the Emergency Response Team. Miguel started his career off working at Cortez where he was a mechanic in the Open Pit and a Lieutenant on the ERT Team. Three years ago, he took on the role of Chief of Emergency Response for Goldstrike. He is an EMS and CPR instructor as well as a Rope rescue instructor. On his off time he is a volunteer fire fighter for the City of Elko.  

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Wayne Smith

CompanySmall Mine Development

TitleMine Rescue Superintendent

I have been on a Mine Rescue team for twenty years; in the capacity of a member and as a Captain.  I was recently promoted to the Mine Rescue Superintendent position for Small Mine Development where I now share my knowledge and experience with those on the team.  I have extensive training in ICC, fire, hazmat and rope rescue.  I help facilitate and teach CPR and EMR classes for SMD and in the community.   I have spent most of my years in mining working as a mechanic and have enjoyed learning new trades as I have advanced in my career.  

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Jennifer VanWey

CompanyMine Safety and Health Administration, Western District

TitleIndustrial Hygienist

Jennifer VanWey is an Army veteran who served overseas as a Chemical Operations Sergeant.  She has a B.S. in Chemistry and Earth and Space Studies from Troy University and a M.S. in Geology from Georgia State University.  Jennifer started her civilian career as a Geologist for the Georgia Department of Transportation.  She has worked for the Mine Safety and Health Administration for seven years and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).


Korky Vault

CompanyColorado School of Mines

TitleHealth and Safety Program Part 48 Coordinator

Korky Vault has more than 25 years of health and safety training experience in both the environmental laboratory and mining industries.  She holds the MSHA IS, IU and IN certifications and has developed and conducted training for MSHA Part 48 courses and OSHA courses on Fall Protection, Confined Space Entry and Hazard Communication.  In addition to believing that proper training will help prevent injuries and fatalities, she has a passion for understanding how our individual brain make-up can impact our daily lives, including safety in the workplace.

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Joey Walker

Company: Leading Edge Threat Mitigation

Title: Owner – Instructor

As the Owner of Leading Edge Threat Mitigation, Joey Walker provide real world tactical and technical information on how to mitigate any number of threats from Active Shooter Defense, Protection against Stalkers, and Self Defense courses for Civilian and Law Enforcement personnel. Joey utilizes his expertise as a 10th Degree Black Belt in the Martial Arts with two World Karate Champions to formulate techniques that practical, easy and effective against violent assailants. Joey is also the author of two books: “Self- Defense Tactics and Techniques” and his most recently released book “Shots Fired” Surviving an Active Shooter/Assailant.  His latest book was created to help organizations and the average individual attacked by a terrorist or a mentally challenged offender bent on death and destruction.  Mr. Walker has appeared on numerous local radio and television appearances covering threat mitigation strategies from Stalking, Workplace Violence and the defense against an Active Shooter/Assailant. 

Due to his extensive background in the Martial Arts, Threat Mitigation, Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics and Use of Force Options, Mr. Walker is sought out for Criminal and Civil trials and case preparations as an Expert Witness within these fields of expertise.

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Diane Watson

CompanyMine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)

TitleSupervisory Special Investigator

Diane Watson is the Supervisory Special Investigator for MSHA’s Western District. She has a total of 26 years of mining experience starting at Homestake’s McLaughlin Mine; a surface gold operation in Lake, Napa and Yolo Counties, California. Diane has been with MSHA for 20 years where she specializes in Miner’s Rights, Law Regulation and Policy and applicable standards. Diane heads a team of dedicated special investigators who investigate falsification of records allegations, egregious violations and discrimination complaints by mine workers. Diane was one of the first women on the National Mine Rescue Team and traveled to China in 2006 to compete and train rescuers. Diane provides specialized training to the mine industry and oversees the district’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program. Diane believes transparency in government is paramount.

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Michael Wegleitner

CompanyHecla Mining Company

TitleCorporate Director of Health & Safety

Corporate Director of Health & Safety with the Hecla Mining Company with US and international responsibility for Hecla’s health and safety management systems.  Prior to Hecla, I was employed by Rio Tinto (Simandou Iron Ore Project, Guinea, Health & Safety Manager), URS Corporation (Health, Safety & Environmental Manager), North American Coal (Health, Safety & Security Manager). My 35+ years of mining, construction and energy industry experience includes health, safety, environment, security, operations, procurement and inventory control. I earned a M.S. in Occupational Safety, Health & Environmental Management from Columbia Southern University and a B.S. in Business Administration & Economics from North Dakota State University. I am a Certified Safety Professional, Certified Mine Safety Professional, and Emergency Medical Technician.  I currently serve as a board member for the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Health and Safety Certification Board, Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration - Certified Mine Safety Professional Certification Development and Examination Review Committee member, Board of Certified Safety Professionals Certification Development and Examination Review Committee member, Colorado School of Mines Health & Safety Advisory Committee member, University of Arizona IMR Health & Safety Advisory Committee member, National Mining Association CORESafety Committee member, and American Mining and Exploration Association Health & Safety Committee member.  

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Jon Wickizer


TitleSafety Guy

Jon has 20+ years of health, safety and environmental experience in the heavy construction industry with underground utilities, chemical plants, refineries, soda ash mines, cement plants, surface mines, underground mines, pits and power plants. For the past twenty years Jon has been actively involved with training and safety programs on multiple construction and mine sites. He has worked on numerous manufacturing projects in the heavy construction industry as a Corporate Safety Manager and was responsible for contractor/owner relationships, project safety management, safety implementation, safety audits and safety training of craft personnel. He has an unmatched passion for safety and health improvement which has led him to his most recent endeavors. The creation of a technology platform that allows employers, employees, customers, and regulators to work in synergy with one another in safety and health.  Creating this positive relationship, with real time leading indicator data collection, enhances the pursuit of a work environment free of hazards and a work experience of continual improvement.  

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Laurie Wilson

Company: University of Arizona

Title: Research Specialist, Training Coordinator

Laurie Wilson is a researcher at the University of Arizona's Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources. She has over 10 years of experience in designing and evaluating safety training for the mining industry. Her work centers on creating instructional design programs and new active learning modules for New Miner and Annual Refresher training. She has also developed a competency-based program called Student Interactive Mining (SIM), which offers practical mining experience and workplace safety practicum to engineering students at the University's San Xavier Mining Laboratory. Laurie holds a Masters degree in Instructional Technology and a BS in Education.