National Safety Council Arizona Chapter

Southwest Safety Congress

Speakers Listings

October 17th, 2018

Thank you to all our speakers who are dedicated to the education and engagement within the safety and business communities. We are excited to announce the following speakers and topics for this year's Southwest Safety Congress:

Rick Murray - Keynote Speaker

President and CEO Arizona Chapter National Safety Council
Rick is a creative, solution driven senior business executive with more than 20 years is business management in for-profit and non-profit companies. He excels in creating partnerships and managing public policy initiatives.

Bill Warren - Keynote Speaker

Former Director of Arizona Division of Occupational Safety & Health (ADOSH)
With 30 years of progressive experience in corporate level administration and management with key areas of environmental, safety & health management, public administration, risk management, OSHA, management practices, public speaking, workers compensation & liability claims management, accident investigation, loss control, hazardous materials & environmental management, hazard communication, fleet safety, commercial drivers programs and heavy equipment training.

Additionally with 31 years of experience and skill in Personnel, Equipment Management and Operations with the US Navy Seabee Reserve providing direction for administrative and operational functions for 600 personnel involved in contingency construction operations and disaster recovery.

JoAnn Dankert

Ms. Dankert is a safety professional with over 30 years of diversified experience covering the electronics, food, pharmaceutical, chemical, public utilities and distribution industries.

Kathleen Gramzay

Kathleen Gramzay, BCTMB is the Founder and CEO of Kinessage LLC. She is a Speaker, Body/Mind Educator, 18-year Board Certified Massage Therapist, National CEU Provider for Manual Therapists, Author, and Developer of the Kinessage® Release Your Pain Self Care System. Kinessage LLC empowers wellness-conscious individuals, organizations, and their employees live healthier, happier, more productive lives.

Gina Kesler

Gina Kesler is the President and CEO of Impact Employee Solutions, a national third-party administrator of employee screening solutions headquartered in Phoenix, AZ. Gina was recognized with the first Partnership Award for most requested educational vendor by the Arizona Department of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH). Gina serves as a founding Board member for the National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA), has served on many committees with the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) and Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA).

Jenny Mandeville

Jenny Mandeville is familiar to many in Arizona as Lead Training Officer for ADOSH for over 10 years. In October 2017 she retired from her 17 years of service with ADOSH; first as a Compliance Officer and then Consultant, and finally as a Trainer – offering over 1,000 classes in her ADOSH career. She is currently available for consultation and training and returns to this NSC event to share knowledge and experience with Arizona Employers and Employees.

Michael Martin

Industrial Hygiene Consultant for ADOSH with over six years’ experience in both, private and public sectors. Performed multiple audits and assessments in various high hazard industries, such as construction, mining and general industry production sites.

Amber Pappas

Amber Pappas has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years serving as the Director of Operations for a large drywall contractor. This experience has given her an expert level of knowledge in areas such as fall protection, scaffolding, hazcom and the many hazards that are associated with construction. She is co-founder of Safety Help Today specializing in small contractor safety compliance and OSHA training. She is also a trainer for the National Safety Council emphasizing on the Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene and Job Safety Analysis.

Pablo Valverde

As Safety Manager with Hardrock, Pablo has a very diverse background and experience in management and safety. He is a highly respected Air Force Veteran with a thirty-plus year tenure between active and reserve Fighter Wing combat units. Pablo has experience in international, national, regional, and at various field and management levels, retiring as a Command Chief Master Sergeant and continuing into Contractor work in Afghanistan. Having received his Bachelorette Degree from Park University in Management and his completion of various military Senior Leadership courses has prepared him for his challenging positions throughout his career and given him the ability to share his vast experience with the challenging civilian construction field.

Pablo has a unique and innovative approach to the many disciplines in Safety and Risk Management including cost containment, manpower, training and material savings. He continues to demonstrate his valuable knowledge, team building, training, leadership, quality assurance, safety and equipment operations as a senior leader.

For the last 15 years, he has been an OSHA U.S. Department of Labor Authorized Construction Instructor who continues to expand his knowledge in the field of safety and is also a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals.

Rene Varela

As President and Senior Consultant and Instructor of Desert Valley Safety, Rene is committed to providing a safe work environment. His goals are based on a sincere desire to eliminate injury, property, and equipment damage, as well as to protect the general public whenever and wherever the public comes in contact with, or are affected by his Clients or Contractors.

Heather Warnock

Heather is owner and Safety Consultant Director at ACT Safety, LLC and an OSHA Authorized Instructor. Heather’s vast knowledge and dedication to providing accurate and updated information, as well as her attention to details where many miss, has made her a highly sought-after instructor and consultant.