Meet Our Staff
We may be a bit biased, but we think we have the best team around, and we aren’t afraid to brag about them. Without our amazing team, Safex simply wouldn’t be Safex. Our smart and savvy staff will always go above and beyond for you. We are confident that you will enjoy working with our people; they sure can’t wait to work with you!
Let us introduce our team!
Meet Dianne Grote Adams, MS, CIH, CSP, CPEA
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 208
Favorite Book: Voracious reader, don’t have a favorite.
Cedar Point or Kings Island? Cedar Point
If someone made a movie of your life, who would you want to portray you? Meryl Streep
Day Job: Since 1992, Dianne has been the President of Safex. Prior to Safex, Dianne worked with Abbott/Ross Laboratories, ChemLawn Services Corporation and with the Ohio OSHA Consultation Program. She brings innovative ideas to improve our clients’ health and safety programs.
Why She’s Awesome: Dianne is a Board-Certified Industrial Hygienist, Board-Certified Safety Professional and Certified Professional Environmental Auditor in Health and Safety with more than 30 years of experience. Dianne received the Central Ohio Local Section of the AIHA “Outstanding Industrial Hygiene Award” in 1992 and the “Industrial Hygiene Award of Excellence” in 2003. In 2002, she was a finalist for the Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” and in 2005, she was one of five “Change Makers” to premiere in the June Columbus Business First “Women in Business” supplement. In 2007, Dianne was the proud recipient of the Builder’s Exchange “Meg DeWerth Industry Impact Safety Award.” In 2010, Dianne received the Ohio Keys to Success Award sponsored by the Ohio Department of Development’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business Division.
Alma Mater: Dianne received a B.A. in Life Science from Otterbein University and an M.S. in Environmental Health/Occupational Safety from the University of Cincinnati. Dianne was an adjunct professor at Columbus State Community College from 2008 to 2010.
Membership: Dianne is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), American Academy of Industrial Hygiene (AAIH) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and is on the advisory committee for both the Ohio University Industrial Hygiene Program and The Ohio State University Environmental Health Science Advisory Board. Prior to her current volunteer activities, Dianne has been involved with the AIHA Local Section Council, the AIHA PSTFII Task Force, the All-Ohio Safety Congress and the Central Ohio AIHA.
Meet William O. Adams, CIH, CSP, CPEA, FAIHA
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 209
Favorite Place to Relax: New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Graeter’s or Jeni’s? Jeni’s
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? “Overlooking the beach, so I can hear the sound of the waves.”
Day Job: At Safex, Bill regularly conducts industrial hygiene and safety audits. He develops and presents health and safety training, including supervisor training, confined space entry, lockout/tagout, laser safety, hazardous waste and emergency response, incident command, respiratory protection, and OSHA recordkeeping. He has designed, implemented, and maintained comprehensive exposure assessment management systems, health and safety management programs, and microbiological bacteria management plans. Bill also spends his time providing on-site safety support.
Why He’s Awesome: Bill is a Board-Certified Industrial Hygienist, Board-Certified Safety Professional, and Certified Professional Environmental Auditor in Health and Safety. He has more than 30 years of experience in industrial hygiene and safety. Bill was the lead instructor for the “Respirator Fit Testing” course for the Ohio Division of Safety and Hygiene for 12 years, and he has been the lead instructor for the “Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene” and “Beyond the Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene” courses for the American Industrial Hygiene Association for the past 17 years. In 2003, Bill was awarded the “Industrial Hygiene Award of Excellence” by the Central Ohio Local Section of the AIHA. He earned the honor of Distinguished Fellow by the AIHA in 2014 for his contributions to the industrial hygiene profession.
Alma Mater: Bill has a B.S. in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University.
Membership: Bill is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene (AAIH), the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and the Board of Environmental, Health & Safety Auditor Certifications (BEAC). He is one of the founding members of the Central Ohio AIHA and has served as the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, and Director for that group. Bill was a past Chair for the Industrial Hygiene Session of the All-Ohio Safety and Health Congress and Exhibit, and he has served as a judge for the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio Safety Recognition Program.
Meet Beth L. Angus, MPH
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 219
Favorite Cause: “Blood donation! If you’re healthy and meet the criteria, you should do it. Each donation can save up to 3 lives, which is definitely worth 15 minutes of discomfort.”
Early bird or night owl? Early bird
If you could only have one thing on your bucket list, what would it be? To travel to all 50 states
Day Job: Beth performs industrial hygiene assessments in multiple industries, conducts indoor air quality testing, helps with training, written safety programs and interpreting analytical data for clients.
Why She’s Awesome: Beth specializes in industrial hygiene and indoor air quality evaluations and enjoys meeting clients and learning about them AND their jobs.
Alma Mater: Beth has her MPH in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Arizona and her B.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech.
Meet Brian Basbagill, CSP
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 207
Favorite TV Show: Counting Cars
Pancakes or Waffles? Pancakes.
If you had a time machine, what year would you travel to? 1983
Day Job: As a Certified Safety Professional, Brian has developed written safety programs, lockout/tagout procedures, JHAs, and a variety of training programs. He provides site-safety support for the construction and manufacturing industries and instructs training programs, such as the 40-Hour HAZWOPER, Fall Protection, and many others.
Why He’s Awesome: Between his time spent in consulting, to his time as an EHS leader, to that which was spent in various safety roles in construction, Brian has nearly 20 years of safety experience. Brian is an OSHA authorized instructor for 10- and 30-hour construction safety training. He is certified in first aid and CPR and is a member of the ASSE.
Alma Mater: Brian has a B.S in Safety Sciences from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Meet Don Bentley, PE, CIH, Senior Industrial Hygienist
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 211
Favorite App: “The Fitbit app is my current favorite. I am looking at it daily to see how many steps I have taken or how much sleep I had, etc.”
Pankcakes or Waffles? Waffles
If you could join any past or present music group, which one would you join? “I spent a couple of days with 3 of the original members of Kansas about 20 years ago and really enjoyed the time I spent with them.”
Day Job: Don is a Board-Certified Industrial Hygienist and Professional Engineer with more than 30 years of experience. He conducted hundreds of industrial hygiene and indoor air quality surveys and has provided technical oversight of industrial hygiene staff. As a Safex Team Leader, he supervises safety, industrial hygiene and training staff; provides engineering design recommendations; and evaluates controls including ventilation systems. Don has developed and presents a variety of industrial hygiene courses including Indoor Air Quality, Industrial Hygiene Sampling and Calibration and Industrial Ventilation.
Why He’s Awesome: Don has comprehensive industrial hygiene and engineering experience and served the Ohio BWC for 30 years prior to Safex, where he created a technical laboratory providing factory calibration which allowed for reduction of direct costs by more than $175,000.
Alma Mater: Don graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1981.
Meet Nate Burgei, CIH, Industrial Hygienist
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext.204
Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving
Graeter’s or Jeni’s? “Tough choice, but Jeni’s.”
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Kauai Island, Hawaii
Day Job: Nate is an industrial hygienist and has experience conducting OSHA enforcement inspections and industrial hygiene monitoring. He helps clients manage health and safety programs as well as conducts safety training.
Why He’s Awesome: Nate was recommended to present at the AIHce 2013 on “Heavy Metal Exposures at an E-Waste Recycling Facility”. While with the DOL, he received two Secretary’s Honor Awards for his work with a fire recovery team and a cafeteria abatement team.
Alma Mater: The Ohio State University
Meet Blair Everett, Environmental Specialist
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 216
Favorite place to relax: Hilton Head or Virginia Beach
Graeter’s or Jeni’s? Graeter’s
If you could only have one thing on your bucket list, what would it be? “Take my kids to the most beautiful national parks.”
Day Job: Environmental Specialist
Why She’s Awesome: Blair is an Environmental Health and Safety Leader with more than 10 years of experience. She has extensive experience managing EH&S compliance for manufacturing facilities, developing and delivering safety training, and identifying strategies and solutions to meet environmental health and safety objectives.
Alma Mater: Blair has a bachelor degree in Environmental Studies from the College of William and Mary and a Masters of Business Administration from Colorado State University.
Meet Ashley M. Griesenbrock, CSP Industrial Hygienist
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 228
Favorite app: Pokemon Go (and not ashamed)
Cedar Point or King’s Island? Cedar Point
If someone were to make a movie of your life, who would you want to portray you? Emma Stone
Day Job: Ashley performs industrial hygiene assessments in multiple industries, including developing industrial hygiene sampling schemes, calibrating industrial hygiene equipment, conducting air and personal industrial hygiene monitoring, submitting samples to laboratories and interpreting analytical data. Ashley also helps with training and conducts sound level mapping and personal noise dosimetry in various occupational environments.
Why She’s Awesome: Ashley provides industrial hygiene support for a global manufacturer of special chemical products.
Alma Mater: Ashley graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Hygiene and a B.S. in Environmental Health from Ohio University in 2012.
Membership: Ashley is an active member of the Central Ohio American Industrial Hygiene Association.
Meet Emily Milford
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 217
Favorite place to relax: “In my kayak, out on the water.”
Early bird or night owl? Night Owl
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Spain or Tahiti (or both!)
Day Job: Emily performs industrial hygiene monitoring, program writing, fit testing, and staff support. She loves getting to see many different jobs and processes, and she is always working hard to help others go home safely every day.
Why She’s Awesome: Emily has been a member of the Western Pennsylvania section of the American Society of Safety Engineers for 5 years.
Alma Mater: Emily graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Safety, Health, and Environmental Applied Science.
Meet Ralph Oliveti, CSP
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 210
Favorite Drink: Diet Coke
Coolest Place He’s Traveled: The Galapagos Islands
Favorite Author: Tom Clancy
Day Job: Ralph is a Board-Certified Safety Professional with 31 years of experience in industrial safety, training and environmental science. He conducts process safety management and program writing; OSHA training; process safety management auditing; process hazard analysis team leading; PHA revalidation; Mechanical Integrity program development; Root Cause Analysis Program development and training; integrated contingency plan development; lockout/tagout program and procedure development; confined space entry profile and procedure development; machine guarding evaluations; facility safety inspections and safety audit preparation.
Why He’s Awesome: Ralph is the leading instructor for HAZWOPER, Confined Space Entry, Lockout and Machine Guarding classes, and is a qualified instructor for the 10 and 30-hour Construction and General Industry courses. He has developed and taught several classes throughout the U.S., as well as in Europe and Asia.
Alma Mater: He received a B.S. in Secondary Education specializing in Physics, Chemistry and Biological Sciences from Ohio University.
Membership: Ralph is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). He regularly presents at safety conferences throughout the state of Ohio on chemical emergency response, process safety and safety in the construction industry. He has also presented at national and international industry conferences.
Meet Kimberly Shapiro, EHS Specialist
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 214
Favorite Cause/Charity: Ohio Wildlife Center, which aids the rehabilitation and release of injured/orphaned wildlife, and Colony Cats, which is a no-kill shelter that helps cats and kittens find their “fur-ever” families.
Graeter’s or Jeni’s? Jeni’s all the way
If you were a superhero, what would your power be? “Time travel… I’d like to see ancient places before they were…ancient. Also, dinosaurs.”
Day Job: Kim develops Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans and performs RCRA/hazardous waste audits, gap assessments, and IAQ testing. She enjoys assessing client issues and determining the best remedies for their problems. Every day for her is different, but she loves going to new places and meeting new people.
Why She’s Awesome: Kim is certified in groundwater testing through the OEPA.
Alma Mater: Kim graduated from Otterbein University with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and minors in Earth Science and Sustainability Studies.
Meet Travis Spagnolo, Safety Specialist
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 205
Favorite movie: For Love of the Game
Pancakes or Waffles? “Pancakes are definitely better than waffles.”
If you were a superhero, what would your power be? Flying
Day Job: Travis provided on-site safety assessment for construction and general industry clients, but he has been known to do some respirator fit testing and IH exposure assessments.
Why He’s Awesome: Travis started with Safex as an Intern and has continued as a full time staff member since his graduation. He has experience in just about everything we do.
Alma Mater: Travis graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Safety, Health, and Environmental Applied Science.
Meet Heather Tibbitts, Industrial Hygienist
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 206
Favorite Author: Patricia Cornwell
Pancakes or Waffles? Waffles (with ice-cream, whipped cream, and chocolate and caramel syrup on top!)
If you could join any past or present music group, which one would you join? Bon Jovi
Day Job: Heather is a Safex Team Leader, overseeing industrial hygiene and safety staff. She develops proposals, coordinates staffing of projects and ensures customer satisfaction. She conducts indoor air quality evaluations, plant product request approvals, training and industrial hygiene monitoring. Heather also provides support for the AIHA Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene and the Beyond IH Fundamentals courses
Why She’s Awesome: Heather has completed the 40-hour HAZWOPER, OSHA 10-hour for General Industry, Permit Required Confined Space course, a 2.5-day Respirator Fit Test Course, Hearing Protection and Conservation Course, and has completed her 8-Hour Refresher for 2013.
Alma Mater: Heather has a B.S. in Industrial Hygiene from Ohio University where she completed course work in industrial hygiene and occupational safety.
Membership: Heather is the past president of the Central Ohio American Industrial Hygiene Association. Heather is also an active member of the Licking County Safety Council.
Meet Jack Webster, Safety Specialist
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 222
Favorite Holiday: Christmas, of course.
Coffee, Tea, or Something Else? Diet Coke
If you could only have one thing on your bucket list, what would it be? “I might like to skydive or drive an indy car.”
Day Job: Jack conducts construction site safety inspections, always working his hardest to ensure that “construction workers go home just like they came to work.”
Why He’s Awesome: Jack has over 40 years of experience working in the construction industry. He was even inducted into the Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Bureau Hall of Fame for his work in the HVAC testing, adjusting, and balancing industry.
Alma Mater: Jack earned his BA in Labor Education.
Meet Eric Vescovi, Safety Specialist
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 215
Favorite TV Show: American Dad
Favorite Food? Cheeseburgers
What most people don’t know about me: I can dunk a basketball
Day Job: Eric is part of our Safety Specialist team that conducts on-site safety assessments for both general industry and construction clients. He has been know to also do Industrial Hygiene monitoring for numerous contaminants and exposures.
Why He’s Awesome: Eric started as an intern with Safex and gained experience in a variety of safety and IH projects. After his graduation, he remained a strong member of the Safex Team!
Alma Mater: Eric earned his Masters of Science, Safety Science degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Meet Michele Blaney, Business Development Manager
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 203
Favorite place to relax: Outside
Early Bird or Night Owl? Early Bird
If you were a superhero, what would your power be? Invisibility
Day Job: Michele has been with Safex since 2003. She is responsible for organizing, scheduling and marketing the open enrollment training courses and private customized courses for various clients. She takes a lead role in new business development and client relationship building.
Why She’s Awesome: For fun, Michele likes to organize staff team building activities and other special events.
Alma Mater: Michele graduated with a B.S. in Marketing and Communications from Otterbein University in 1994.
Membership: Capital Area Safety Council
Meet Elizabeth Fradette, Financial Manager
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 201
Favorite Store: Amazon Prime
Coffee or Tea? Black Coffee
If you could join any past or present music group, which one would it be? Eagles
Day Job: Betsy is a Safex Team Leader with 13 years of dedicated service. She keeps the financial and human resources aspects of the business running smoothly.
Why She’s Awesome: Betsy has 25 years of experience in invoicing and office management. She collects the money, pays the bills and keeps the Safex staff happy by organizing payroll.
Alma Mater: Betsy graduated from Ohio Dominican University.
Meet Teresa Hertlein, Client Services Coordinator
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 200
Favorite Movie: The Wizard of Oz
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
If you had a time machine, what year would you travel to? 1976
Day Job: Teresa assists project staff with reports, proposals and training materials and ensures that our clients receive the reports and other documents they need in a timely manner.
Why She’s Awesome: Teresa is very responsive to client needs and serves as the Safex grammarian, proofing every proposal and report before we send it to clients.
Alma Mater: Teresa graduated from The Ohio State University in 1989 with a B.A. in English.
Meet Deb Mylin, Training & Marketing Communications
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 220
Favorite Cause: Teaching English to refugees at the Bridge Community Center
Graeter’s or Jeni’s? Jeni’s
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Italy
Day Job: Deb assists with marketing our open enrollment training courses and provides general administrative support to our staff. She also maintains our social media accounts.
Why She’s Awesome: Deb comes to us with two decades of experience in editing and publishing. She’s the former managing editor of New Moon magazine.
Alma Mater: Deb has a B.A. in Humanities and French from Messiah College and an M.A. in English from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Meet Chris Adams, Information Technology
Favorite Book: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Early Bird or Night Owl? Definitely night owl.
If you were a superhero, what would your power be? “Telekenesis…moving stuff with my mind.”
Day Job: Chris supports Safex and our customers with computer program development and computer support. He recently developed web-based programs for assessing and documenting machine guarding, personal protective equipment needs and tracking industrial hygiene sampling data by SEG.
Why He’s Awesome: Chris coordinates all Safex team computer needs.
Alma Mater: Chris graduated from Xavier University with a degree in Economics and Chemical Science.
Meet Rob Adams, Information Technology
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 212
Favorite TV Show: Psych
Pancakes or Waffles? Pancakes
If you were a superhero, what would your power be? Teleportation
Day Job: Rob supports several departments within Safex including Accounting and Finance, Marketing and IT Support and Development. He is also in charge of demoing our eXion® web-based products.
Why He’s Awesome: Rob has been with Safex since 2005 and is responsible for the development, demonstration and customer training for Safex’s web-based products.
Alma Mater: Rob attended the University of Dayton where he studied Marketing and Finance.
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