CUSP Governing Board

Meet the dedicated board serving the Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) organization.
The CUSP Governing Board is the oversight body for the Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) credential and reports to the Utility Safety & Ops Leadership (USOLN) Board of Directors. It is a separate body in order to ensure the objectivity and impartiality of all decision-making and every aspect of the operations of the certification program. The CUSP Governing Board is responsible for making policy decisions, ruling on any disputes and assessing the effectiveness of the CUSP certification.

CUSP Governing Board

Chris Grajek

Chris Grajek,
Exam Development & Canada

CUSP, CRSP | HSE Director | Allteck Line Contractors, Inc.
As Allteck’s Director of Health and Safety since 2006, Chris manages and coordinates health, safety, work method and environmental programs and initiatives. Chris leads a team of trades trainers and field safety coordinators for local and international construction and maintenance activities. He is a CRSP and CUSP with extensive experience in heavy construction, high voltage transmission/distribution/substation projects, remote and heavy terrain environments, air and marine logistical operations, and various specialized work methods for electrical utility sector. Chris is involved with a number transmission and distribution partnership task teams and a trainer in a number of utility sector disciplines. Chris was named the recipient of the John McRae Safety Leadership Award in 2017.
Michael Stremel

Michael Stremel,
CUSP Application Review

CUSP | Training Manager | Midwest Energy
Michael Stremel is Training Manager at Midwest Energy Inc., a customer-owned cooperative that services 50,000 electric and 42,000 gas customers in northwest Kansas. He has nearly 43 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 four Kansas vocational-technical schools and is a member of the Midwest Energy Association Safety and Training Committee. Michael was named the recipient of the John McRae Safety Leadership Award in 2012. He has been part of the International Lineman's Rodeo in Kansas City for over 18 years.
Don Adkins, CUSP | Safety and Training Manager | Davis H. Elliot

Don Adkins

CUSP | Safety and Training Manager | Davis H. Elliot

Joining Elliot in 1999, Don worked as an Apprentice Lineman, Journeyman Lineman, and served as Field Safety Director until his promotion to Managing Director of Safety and Training in 2005. He attended business administration courses at University of Kentucky and holds a wide range of certifications, including Certified Loss Control Professional, Green Certified Utility Safety Professional, Certified Environmental Safety and Health Trainer, Safety Management Specialist, Construction Safety and Health Technician, and Occupational Health and Safety Technologist. Don has over 22 years working in the Transmission and Distribution industry.

Lawrence Kazmierski

Director Corporate Safety Operations | PG&E Corp.

Lawrence, who goes by “Kaz”, has been with PG&E for 5 ½ years and has more than 31 years of Electrical Transmission and Distribution operational experience in the utility industry. He has a BS in electrical engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and has recently completed his Lean Six Sigma - Green Belt certification.  During his tenure in Electric T&D, he was instrumental in advancing his organization’s leadership development and participated in numerous cross-LOB safety projects. Additionally, Kaz has been the Director lead for the PG&E/IBEW Local 1245 West Coast Lineman’s Rodeo.  A former Lineman from the Mid-west, Kaz has a great passion for safety and employee engagement. He is a strong supporter of the safety culture and health and wellness work in progress across PG&E.  On a more personal note, Kaz loves to work out, play golf, do woodworking and spend time with his daughter Katie who lives in Wisconsin.  


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