Environmental Health & Safety Office

Environmental Health & Safety Administration

Julie Zobel - Assistant Vice President, EHS

Dr. Zobel is currently the Assistant Vice President for Environmental Health and Safety. She began working in the area of safety and compliance for Mason in 2000 as the university Biological Safety Officer, Chemical Hygiene Officer, and Assistant Radiation Safety Officer. She was quickly promoted through the ranks to Director of Laboratory Safety. In 2007 her role expanded as she worked with university official to establish the universityís first Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS). EHS functional areas include emergency preparedness and response, environmental compliance, fire safety, laboratory safety, occupational health, and occupational safety.

Dr. Zobel earned dual Bachelor degrees in Hazardous Materials/Environmental Management and Civil Engineering from the University of Findlay and the University of Akron, respectively. She earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Environmental Engineering from the University of Akron where her thesis project focused on investigating a consortium of bacteria for their ability to degrade total petroleum hydrocarbons in soil. In addition, she earned her doctorate in Biodefense from George Mason University and her doctoral research and dissertation addressed the role of naturally occurring Bacillus anthracis in biological incident preparedness and response. She is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager at the master's level, a Registered Biosafety Professional thorough the American Biological Safety Association, and a member of Tau Beta Pi the engineering honors society.

Prior to working at Mason, she was employed as an environmental consultant where she was responsible for conducting phase I, II, and III environmental site assessments as well as groundwater flow and contaminant fate and transport modeling.

Amy Jackson - Office Manager

Ms. Jackson joined the Office of Laboratory Safety in August 2006 and has since taken on the role of Office Manager in the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Office. She is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the EHS including all fiscal, and HR matters.

Amy has been with the university since 1999, first working at the Center for the Arts as the Artist Services Coordinator and then with the Life Sciences department as the Assistant to the Associate Dean of Research.

Amy graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and a minor in Music.

Deepali Nanda - IT Specialist

Ms. Nanda joined the Environmental Health and Safety Office as a student employee in 2004 and has since been promoted to an IT Specialist. In this role, she is responsible for managing the office's information technology needs in addition to providing database and web support services.

Deepali earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Application from Indira Gandhi National Open University in 2001, an Advanced Diploma in Software Engineering from APTECH Computer Education, India, in 2002. She earned a Master of Science degree in Information Security and Assurance; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology both from George Mason University.

Prior to joining the Environmental Health and Safety Office, Deepali provided technical support for Wipro Technologies in India providing technical information, troubleshooting, and managing support for Dell, Inc.

Jessica James - Administrative Specialist

Ms. Jessica James is originally from Jersey City, New Jersey. Jessica is a former George Mason University student, and earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in English with a concentration in Cultural Studies in May 2011. Currently she is planning to enroll in George Mason Universityís Graduate Certification Program to become a licensed Early Childhood Special Education teacher.

Jessica joined the Environmental Health and Safety Office in May of 2010 as the Administrative Specialist where she serves as the receptionist at the Police and Safety Headquarters as well as routes inquiries and emergencies as necessary. Professionally she has over five years of administrative support experience.

Louann O'Reilly - Administrative Specialist

Ms. OíReilly joined Environmental Health and Safety in November 2008. She is located at the Prince William campus, and supports the staff and customers by performing various jobs functions including desktop publishing/word processing, record keeping, IBC and RSC coordination support, etc. She also has a critical role in collecting, distributing, preparing, and tracking documentation.

Before joining EHS, Ms. OíReilly provided administrative support to the physicians and staff at a local cardiologist office. She has also been employed by a Department of Defense contractor in a variety of administrative positions. She has extensive experience providing customer interaction and office support to senior executives and staff. She possesses an in-depth knowledge of office procedures and documentation development.

Meredith Muckerman - Training and Outreach Coordinator

Ms. Muckerman joined the Environmental Health & Safety Office in October 2013 as a Training and Outreach Coordinator. In this role, she is responsible for the day to day management of the many training courses offered by EHS, and handles training related questions and concerns from registrants, EHS staff, and EHS partners. Meredith is also responsible for publicizing the trainings and various events offered by EHS to the greater Mason community.

Prior to joining the EHS team, Meredith worked as a trainer and customer service representative with the National 4-H Council in Chevy Chase, MD. In this role she was responsible for educating 4-H professionals in the best practices for managing their youth enrollment data in an online data management system, as well as supporting customers with day to day questions and technical support. Meredith is also a freelance photographer and graphic designer.

Meredith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 2009.

Tina Cipara - Communication and Technology Manager

Tina Cipara joined the Environmental Health & Safety Office in March 2011 as the Data and Communications Specialist. In this role, she was responsible for the officeís marketing communication efforts and also served as the administrator for the officeís data management software. In November 2013, Tina became the Communication and Technology Manager. In addition to her previous responsibilities, she now also manages the information technology and training compliance programs for EHS.

Prior to joining the EHS team, Tina was the Special Projects Coordinator for the Office of Research & Economic Development. In this role she was responsible for the officeís web and social media presence as well as the coordination of annual events and publications. She is also a freelance web designer and developer who enjoys helping small businesses to create their online identities.

Tina earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing in May 2007 and a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Communication in May 2012, both from George Mason University.

Emergency Management Staff

David Farris - Director, Emergency Management & Fire Safety

David joined George Mason University as Chemical Hygiene Officer in August 2004. In this role, he was instrumental in developing laboratory safety program and created emergency response plans in accordance with federal and state environmental regulations. Davidís role evolved and became responsible for managing and developing safety programs in a broader sense for the university specifically in the areas of occupational safety and environmental compliance where he established the universityís first Environmental Management System. In 2008, David became Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response and in 2010 the Fire Safety group within EHS was added to his portfolio. David focuses on ensuring that emergency plans are designed, implemented and practiced, as well as the development and implementation of fire safety strategies at Mason.

Prior to working at Mason, David was at Clean Harbors Environmental Services. He started as a field chemist in 1999 and quickly advanced to lead field chemist specializing in hazardous materials management and disposal. He became the regional manager for the Mid-Atlantic field chemist division in Baltimore, Maryland. During Davidís tenure at Clean Harbors he served as a technical service specialist, sales representative, field service specialist, and project manager in the areas of business development, environmental compliance, emergency response, environmental remediation, and industrial services.

David graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, received a Master's degree in Business Administration from Mason's School of Management in May 2007, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at George Mason University.

Joe Hinrichs - Emergency Coordinator

Joe Hinrichs joined George Mason University in January of 2013. He supports the Universityís emergency preparedness and management functions by developing emergency plans and exercises, maintaining emergency operations facilities, and operating the Universityís emergency notification systems.

Previously, Joe worked for SRA International as an Emergency Preparedness Analyst at the US House of Representatives in their Office of Emergency Management. On another project for SRA, he served as an Intelligence Analyst for DHS. Joe is a two-time Mason alumnus graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and a Master of Public Administration.

Zachary Pope - Asst. Director, UL Safety & Emergency Management

Zachary Pope joined George Mason University in March of 2011 as the Assistant Director for Residential Safety and Emergency Preparedness. In this role, Zac focused on emergency planning and implementation within the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Since then Zac's role has transitioned to serve all units with the Division of University Life. Zac also monitors compliance with fire and life safety codes as part of his position. Previously Zachary served as the Emergency Management Coordinator for Angelo State University, where he served a campus of 6,000 students with his mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts.

Zac graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and graduated with as Masterís of Education degree in college student personnel from Western Carolina Universityís College of Education and Allied Professions in May of 2009. Zac is also certified Professional Emergency Manager with the Virginia Emergency Management Association and a Basic Life Support CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor for the American Heart Association.

Environmental Compliance Staff

Fire Safety Staff

Bill Brown - Senior Fire Safety Inspector

Bill Brown came to George Mason University in February 1999 as a member of the Physical Plant as a Compliance Safety Officer and currently serves as a Senior Fire Inspector within Fire Safety Programs. Bill oversees the inspection, testing, and maintenance of all GMU fire suppression systems and related equipment. In addition, Bill is responsible for the testing and inspection of all fire alarm and detection systems, inspections of GMU buildings for fire prevention code compliance, as well as Contractor and Physical Plant fire protection related issues for renovations and new construction projects.

Bill is a Certified Fire Official with a certification as A 1031 Fire Inspector and a certification from the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies in Fire suppression and Fire alarm and detection systems. Bill is a member of the American Fire Sprinkler Association, Automatic Fire Alarm Association, Virginia Fire Prevention Association, and Virginia Building and Code Officials Association.

Drew Beaune - Fire Safety Technician

Andrew Beaune joined EHS-Fire Safety in October of 2012. In his role as Fire Safety Technician he supports routine fire safety inspections and testing of fire extinguishers, commercial kitchen hoods, fire alarm systems and sprinkler systems. Andrew comes to Mason from Simplex Grinnell where he gained experience in with fire sprinkler and alarm systems.

Gregg Black - Fire Safety Coordinator

Gregg Black joined George Mason University in October of 2010 as an intern with the Environmental Health and Safety Office. Gregg worked with the Emergency Preparedness and Response staff drafting emergency plans for the university. In July of 2011, Gregg was hired on as a full time Compliance Specialist supporting both Fire Safety and the Emergency Preparedness and Response groups within EHS. He serves as the Automatic External Defibrillator Program coordinator for all campuses and has made significant contributions to the emergency evacuation signage, the establishment of fire safety record keeping procedures, and Emergency Preparedness Guides.

Previously Gregg served as a manager of the Community Service Officers program, and Assistant Emergency Manager at the California State University, Chico Police Department. Gregg graduated from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice in 2010. He is currently seeking a Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University.

Lee Wilson - Fire Safety Inspector

Lee Wilson joined the Office of Fire Safety Programs in 2005 after having served with the Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office for 16 years. Lee currently serves as a Senior Fire Inspector overseeing building fire safety inspections for all four campuses. He also manages the opening burning permit, tent permit, and hot work permit programs along with being a valuable resource in both fire and building code research. He also provides educational presentations in fire prevention and related topics campus wide.

Lee holds several state and national certifications including Certified Fire Official, Fire Instructor III, Hazardous Materials Operations, Emergency Medical Technician, and Certified Fire Prevention Inspector. He has taught fire science courses at both the high school and college level and holds a Bachelor's degree in Safety and Risk Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mark Gray - Fire Safety Inspector

Mark Gray came to GMU in September 2003 as a member of the Physical Plant and currently serves as a Fire Inspector with EHS-Fire Safety. Mark is responsible for the securing and inspection of all exterior PIVs and all sprinkler system control valves including the testing and maintenance of sprinkler system back flow preventers. Mark also assists with the fire extinguisher inventory, sprinkler standpipe testing, sprinkler system and fire alarm inspections.

Mark has been trained in adult CPR/AED and standard first aid, hazard communications, bloodborne pathogens, confined space entry, and laboratory safety awareness. He is also NICET Level II certified in fire protection systems. In the future he plans on testing for certification in fire alarm protection systems. When not at GMU Mark enjoys helping his children with volleyball and youth football.

Randy Beahm - Fire Safety Inspector

Randy Beahm came to George Mason University in December of 2003 as a member of the Physical Plant, Plumbing Shop. Randy joined the EHS Fire Safety Staff in March of 2009. His responsibilities include maintenance of over 2000 portable fire extinguishers and maintaining all fire pumps on three GMU campuses. Randy also assists with inspections of all fire suppression systems including, sprinkler systems, standpipes, fire alarms, and commercial hood systems.

Randy currently has his National Institute For Certification In Engineering Technologies Level I and II in Inspection and Testing of Water-Based Fire Suppression Systems and holds Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester/Mechanic Certification from Chesapeake Cross Connection Institute. He has also been trained in CPR, First Aid, Confined Space Entry, and Blood Borne Pathogens.

Tim Wharton - Fire Safety Inspector

Tim Wharton came to George Mason University in February of 2001 serving in the Preventive Maintenance Department of Facilities Management. Tim joined the EHS Fire Safety staff in September of 2006 and is responsible for inspection and testing of sprinkler and fire alarm systems. He also assists with fire extinguishers, fire pumps, and valves monthly checks.

Tim currently has his National Institute For Certification in Engineering Technologies Level I and II in Inspection and Testing of Water-Based Fire Suppression System, Level I Fire Alarm Systems as well as Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester/Mechanic Certification from Chesapeake Cross Connection Institute. He has also been trained in CPR, First Aid, Confined Space Entry and Bloodborne Pathogens.

Laboratory Safety Staff

Alisha Sutton - Environmental Specialist

Alisha Sutton joined the Environmental Health and Safety Office as an Environmental Specialist in October 2013. Alisha is responsible for implementing Masonís Environmental Management System, completing annual air permits, oil storage tank regulations, and managing hazardous materials response, management, and disposal programs. Alisha serves as the universityís point of contact with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and Environmental Protection Agency.

Originally from Southern California, Alisha moved to the East coast to complete her undergraduate degree, earning a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. Alisha will complete her Masterís degree in Natural Resource Management from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in spring 2014.

Before joining the EHS team, Alisha was a Hazardous Waste Chemist at Clean Harbors Environmental Services in Laurel, MD. Her duties included the segregation, packaging, and manifesting of hazardous waste from a variety of waste generators in the region. Prior to her time with Clean Harbors, Alisha was an Environmental Scientist, and Hazardous Waste Manager, respectively, at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD. During her time at GSFC, Alishaís responsibilities included water sampling, wetland fieldwork, emergency management, spill response, and creative and technical writing in support of GSFCís Water Quality and Hazardous Waste Programs.

In her spare time Alisha enjoys running and kayaking with her Boston Terrier Dooley.

Amare (Re) Kelly - Laboratory Safety Technician

Amare (Re) Kelly joined the Environmental Health and Safety Office in March of 2014 as a Laboratory Safety Technician. His primary responsibilities are collecting hazardous waste and testing and inspecting laboratory equipment. Prior to joining Mason's EHS department, Re worked as a department environmental health and safety representative and hazardous waste coordinator for Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute's LCMS department. He has seven years of experience working as a Medical Laboratory Technologist and working with Quest's EHS department.

Mr. Kelly earned his Bachelorís degree in Biology from Claflin University in South Carolina. In 2013 he graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School with his Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health.

Cara Leitch - Biosafety Officer

Cara Leitch joined the Office of Laboratory Safety in May 2010 as a Biosafety Specialist. Caraís duties include supporting the Biomedical Research Laboratory and assisting the Biosafety Officer with Institutional Biosafety Committee activities, biological waste operations, and training.

Before joining OLS, Cara worked for SAIC Frederick, Inc. at the National Cancer Institute-Frederick, MD for 9 years. She worked in the Environment, Health, and Safety Office, where she conducted laboratory inspections, performed environmental sampling, provided a variety of training in Biosafety and Industrial Hygiene related topics, assigned medical surveillance programs, and acted as the Institutional Biosafety Committee Coordinator.

Cara earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Pittsburgh in 2001 and is currently working on a Masterís of Public Health.

Diann Stedman - BRL Biosafety Manager/Responsible Official

Ms. Stedman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science degree in microbiology and immunology from Virginia Commonwealth University, where, for her thesis project, she developed a tetracycline regulated expression system in Trypanosoma cruzi. Prior to coming to Mason, Diann spent seven years as a Research Assistant at Yale University laboratory studying the neurochemistry of addictive behavior. Her responsibilities included overseeing safety and compliance for the laboratory, training new personnel, assisting fellow laboratory personnel in molecular and animal behavior studies, and conducting independent research.

Ms. Stedman has received Radiation Safety Officer training from Radiation Safety Academy and Biosafety training from the American Biological Safety Association. She is a member of both Health Physics Society, and American Biological Safety Association. Ms. Stedman joined the Office of Laboratory Safety as Radiation Safety Officer in 2004 and is currently the BRL Biosafety Manager/Responsible Official in George Mason University laboratories.

Jeffrey Russin - Biosafety Specialist

Jeffrey Russin first joined the Environmental Health and Safety Office in August 2011 as an intern while he worked to complete his Masterís degree in Biodefense at GMU. After completing his degree in May 2013, he joined EHS full-time as the Biosafety Specialist at Masonís Biomedical Research Laboratory. His primary role is to support the Select Agent program and his responsibilities include incident investigation, regulation compliance, training, and laboratory inspections. Previously, Jeff worked in a hospital in Winchester, Virginia as an Emergency Department Technician.

Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Virginia Tech in 2010. While attending Virginia Tech, he also served as an Emergency Medical Technician and president of a volunteer rescue squad. In his free time Jeff enjoys outdoor sports and volunteering as a Little League coach.

John Crocker - Chemical Safety Manager

John Crocker joined the Laboratory Safety & Environmental Compliance group within the Environmental Health & Safety Office in January 2013 as the Chemical Safety Manager. In this role he will serve as the chemical hygiene officer for the university as well as administer several other aspects of the laboratory safety and environmental compliance programs.

Before joining George Mason, John served at Radford University for 12 years as an environmental specialist responsible for environmental compliance, chemical and industrial hygiene, and biosafety.

Prior to that, he worked as an industrial hygienist for an environmental consulting firm in Richmond, Virginia conducting inspections and project monitoring for asbestos and lead as well as other indoor air quality concerns. John earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Virginia Wesleyan College in 1997. John most recently has received certification as a Board Certified Safety Professional in 2012.

Sarah McAbee - Laboratory Safety Officer

Ms. McAbee is the Laboratory Safety Officer in Environmental Health and Safety. She started working in safety at Mason in 2001 part-time while on semester break from school. She started full-time at Mason in 2006 as the Laboratory Safety Specialist and was subsequently promoted to Biosafety Officer then Laboratory Safety Officer. Her current role includes managing safety programs such as biological waste, biosafety cabinet operation, minors in the laboratory, and environmental field safety.

Ms. McAbee earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Virginia Tech with a concentration in Aquatic Resources. She earned a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University with a focus in Environmental Management. She is a Registered Biosafety Professional through the American Biological Safety Association. Prior to her full-time role at Mason, she worked as an environmental consultant where she served as field leader during environmental sampling events. While in the office, she performed data analysis and risk assessments and authored site closure documents, environmental reports, and cost proposals.

Occupational Health & Safety Staff

Laura Duckworth - Director, Occupational Health & Safety

Laura Duckworth came to Mason after working for GlaxoSmithKline in North Carolina where she managed their Indoor Air Quality program and served as Biological Safety Officer. Prior to GlaxoSmithKline, Ms. Duckworth worked for 9 years with the NC Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Division. Her work there includes serving as the staff industrial hygienist for the Department of Labor where she provided support to the OSHNC compliance bureau and managed the OSH complaint intake process and the department's industrial hygiene equipment technician. She also served 5 years as an Industrial Hygiene Consultant, served 5 months as the interim Executive Director of the Ergonomics Center of NC seated at NC State University, and 2-1/2 years as an Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officer. Additionally, Laura served as the Advisory Board Chairman for the Ergonomics Center of NC. Laura was with Coastal Technologies for 2 years, as a Program Manager for the research end of their training video section, where she advised on the technical accuracy of training videos with a focus on healthcare and industrial hygiene.

Ms. Duckworth earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from George Mason University and her Master of Science degree in Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene from Old Dominion University.

Guyron Brock- Occupational Safety Officer

Guyron Brock graduated from Columbia Southern University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health. As a part of the Environmental Health and Safety Office, his primary role is to provide support to Masonís faculty and staff through the implementation of various safety programs such as Hazard Communication, Incidents and Accidents, and Job Safety Analysis. He is responsible for providing safety and health technical guidance and assistance to management, supervisors, and employees of George Mason University.

His previous work experience was in the private sector for a government contractor overseas in Kuwait. Mr. Brock worked as a Safety Specialist where he was responsible for inspections, training, job hazard analyses, incident investigations, and personal protective equipment assessments. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health with a concentration in Environmental Management.

Jennifer Massie - Industrial Hygiene Manager

Jennifer Massie began working for the Environmental Health & Safety Office in December 2009. Her responsibilities include managing industrial hygiene programs, training, indoor air quality assessments, and construction design review. She received a Bachelorís degree in Environmental Health Science from Ohio University. She earned a Master of Public Health in Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Health Science from the University of Michigan. In October of 2012 Jennifer received her Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) certification from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

Before coming to George Mason University Jennifer worked for Michiganís Oakland County Health Division as a Sanitarian Technician conducting restaurant health inspections. She has also worked with Simtars in Australia conducting air and noise monitoring for the mining industry.

Nicole Rodriguez - Occupational Health Coordinator

Nicole Rodriguez is a George Mason University alumnus. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health with a concentration in Global Health. She began working as the Occupational Health Coordinator in June 2012. Her responsibilities are to maintain and manage the Medical Surveillance program. She assists employees in coordinating medical services to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses.

Before joining Masonís Environmental Health and Safety Office full-time, she began working as an intern in January 2011. After graduating from Mason she was hired as a part-time Health and Safety Technician. In this role she worked with George Mason Universityís Occupational Safety Officer. Currently, she is pursuing her Masterís degree in Public Health at George Mason.

Tom Golden -Industrial Hygiene Technician

Tom Golden graduated from Old Dominion University in 2012 with a Bachelorís of Science degree in Environmental Health, along with a certification and minor in Occupational Safety. Shortly after graduation, he began working in the Masonís Environmental Health and Safety Office as an Industrial Hygiene Technician. Tomís primary responsibilities include indoor air quality assessments, noise monitoring, and assisting with the Respiratory Protection Program.

Trey Dean - Occupational Safety Officer

Trey Dean joined the Environmental Health and Safety Office in March 2013. His primary role is to develop, teach, and annually review various safety programs such as Lockout/Tagout, Aerial Lift, Fall Protection, Rigging, and Art Safety. In addition, Trey is responsible for the management of various Occupational Safety Guides including material handling, flammable and combustible liquids, and machine guarding, among others.

His previous work experience includes working for a US government contractor assisting with the relocation of Permanent Change of Station employees as well as working as a Project Manager for an architectural firm. Trey is also currently a firefighter and holds many state and national certifications including Firefighter I/II, Hazardous Materials Operations, Liquid Propane Emergencies, EMR First Responder, Driver-Pumper Operator Technician, Mayday Firefighter Down, and NIMS 100,200, and 700. In addition, he serves as a firefighting instructor. Trey graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelorís degree in Geography and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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