USOLN Executive Board

Meet the dedicated executive board serving the Utility Safety & Ops Leadership Network.  With over 200 years of combined utility industry experience our group works hard to provide nurture, grow and serve our organization.

mack turner

Mack Turner, Board Chairman, CUSP

Mack is a senior consultant for the Institute for Safety in Powerline Construction (ISPC).  He has extensive experience in the electric utility safety and training business including eight years as the Safety and Training Superintendent at Tucson Electric, and 24 years as a safety and training professional for electrical contractors and general industry. Mr. Turner holds advanced degrees in Construction and Environmental Safety and Health, as well as an Advanced Safety Certificate from the National Safety Council. He holds the title of Certified Utility Safety Administrator and Certified Utility Safety Professional. Mack has successfully completed the National Safety Council's OSHA Inspections, OSHA Record Keeping, Drugs in the Workplace, Safety Training Methods, Principles of Occupational Safety, Safety Management Techniques and Accident Investigation courses. He has also successfully completed Federal OSHA's Training Institute courses in OSHA Construction Standards, OSHA General Industry Standards, Machine Guarding, Environmental Law, Industrial Hygiene, Principles of Ergonomics, Hazardous Materials, Cranes and Rigging, Fall Protection, Electrical Standards, Scaffolding Safety and Trenching, Excavation, and Soil Mechanics.

michael getman

Michael Getman, CUSP, MBA 

Michael is the safety manager at Clark Public Utilities. He has more than 40 years of utility industry experience in roles ranging from line apprentice to acting general manager. Michael is a member of the ASSE.  In 2013, Michael was named the recipient of the Carolyn Alkire Safety Advocate Award.

ted granger

Ted Granger, CSSBB, CUSP

Ted is the principal consultant for Granger Management Consultants. In this role, he provides sustainable safety improvement solutions through training, lectures and safety consulting services. Prior to his current role, Ted held various managerial positions during his 37 year career at Florida Power & Light Company. These included T&D operations, human resources, logistics and safety, where he utilized his Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

ron schenk

Ron Schenk, CUSP

Ronald J. Schenk, COSS, is executive director of the Institute for Safety in Powerline Construction (ISPC). He served as Red Simpson, Inc.’s Director of Training for nearly a decade and also held the Director of Training position at Universal Electric Construction from 1990 to 1994.

 

michael stremel

Michael Stremel, CUSP

Michael Stremel is operations training manager at Midwest Energy Inc., a customer-owned cooperative that services 48,000 electric and 41,000 gas customers in northwest Kansas. He has nearly 35 years of experience in the electric industry, including assisting in disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and numerous ice storms and tornadoes. Michael serves on the advisory board of two Kansas vocational-technical schools and is a member of the Midwest Energy Association steering committee.

pam tompkins

Pam Tompkins, CSP, CUSP 

Pam Tompkins is president and CEO of SET Solutions, LLC. Pam is a 38 year veteran in the electric utility business. Ms. Tompkins is a grassroots leader in the electric power industry and a founding member of USOLN (Utility Safety and Ops Leadership Network) and the CUSP (Certified Utility Safety Professional) designation. She is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP), a Certified Utility Safety Administrator (CUSA) and an authorized OTI (OSHA Training Institute) instructor. Ms. Tompkins is a frequent speaker throughout the US and internationally on Electrical Safety Compliance and industry “best practices” for National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) and NFPA 70E. As a member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), she has authored and presented IEEE papers on high voltage safety issues. Pam is a regular author for iP (Incident Prevention) magazine, a leading utility industry magazine, and a regular presenter at iP Safety conferences.

jim vaughn

Jim Vaughn, CUSP

Jim Vaughn, senior safety manager at Global Energy Solutions, Inc. previously with Atkinson Power,  has 40 years of experience in utility and industrial electrical construction. Beginning his line career in the ’70s, he is an experienced lineman and foreman in transmission and distribution construction and bare-hand maintenance. After a brief separation to fulfill educational opportunities, he returned to the industry, taking up leadership roles in training and safety administration. Jim has authored numerous procedure and standards documents and technical training programs. His original curriculum for line technician training was adopted by the Florida Department of Education and is used broadly across Florida and the electric utility industry. In addition to his OSHA expertise with industry standards, he is highly regarded for his demonstrated skills in hazard identification, incident investigation, safety program development and application of consensus standards to meet OSHA requirements. Jim has written articles on safety and training for several publications and is a sought-after speaker on contemporary safety and technical issues. He has often been called on for his skills as a post-incident electrical forensics consultant. In industry-related education, Jim has delivered many hours in both the college classroom and adult learner technical training, and is recognized for effective technology transfer skills that complement his safety and technical training courses. He currently sits on the editorial board of Incident Prevention magazine.

 

Members-At-Large

Michael Caro, CUSP
HSE Manager
Willbros Corp

Sixto Duran, CUSP
Principal Health & Safety Specialist
Florida Power & Light

Chris Grajek, CUSP
HSE Director
Allteck Line Contractors, Inc.

Andrew Menu, CUSP
Safety Operations Manager
Practical Safety Management

Shawn Mitchell, CUSP
Safety Director
Global Energy Solutions, Inc.

John Price, CUSP
Manager of Safety & Quality Management
ENMAX Power Corp

Danny Raines, CUSP
President
Raines Utility Safety Solutions

Catherine Simonsen, CUSP
Health & Safety Services Supervisor
Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Scott Young, CUSP
President
Industrial Safety Institute