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, President
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 208
Favorite Book: She’s a voracious reader, but doesn’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 Beth L. Angus, MPH
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 219
Beach or Mountains? “I’m solidly on team beach. I grew up close to the Jersey Shore so the ocean feels like home.”
If She Were an Animal, She’d Be: A Fish
Favorite Netflix Series: Arrested Development, a comedy about a dysfunctional family
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 Megan Barnes, Industrial Hygienist
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 209
Favorite Netflix Series: A British science fiction anthology called Black Mirror.
How Her Friends Describe Her: Hardworking, dedicated, outgoing and adventurous.
Day Job: Megan is an industrial hygienist (IH) who calibrates IH equipment, conducts air and personal hygiene monitoring, interprets analytical data and helps companies with safety audits and written programs.
Why She’s Awesome: She is a new grad who has jumped into her role with both feet.
Memberships: Megan served in a leadership role at her university’s ASSE chapter and she plans to stay involved in ASSE as a professional.
Favorite Charity: The Humane Society
Alma Mater: Megan has a degree in Occupational Health and Safety from Indiana University Bloomington.
Meet Brian Basbagill, CSP, Project Manager
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 207
Pancakes or Waffles? Pancakes
Favorite sound: Rain
Beach or Mountains? “I like to stop at the mountains on the way to the beach.”
Year He’d Travel to in a Time Machine: 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, Project Manager
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. His specialties include: 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
Beach or mountains? “Beach, for sure.”
Favorite Netflix Series: Sci-fi horror Stranger Things
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, Project Manager, CHMM
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 216
Favorite place to relax: Hilton Head or Virginia Beach
If you could only have one thing on your bucket list, what would it be? “Take my kids to the most beautiful national parks.”
Favorite Charity: Seeds of Change, a group that helps kids engage in service, social action and community-building.
Day Job: She is a project manager for environmental health and safety and you’ll often find her teaching classes at Safex and at client sites.
Why She’s Awesome: Blair has more than 10 years of EHS experience. She has extensive experience managing 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
Beach or Mountains? Mountains
Favorite Song? Rhiannon by Stevie Nicks
Her Biggest Pet Peeve? Not using a turn signal
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 Alex Kaszer, GSP, Safety Specialist
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 239
Coke or Pepsi: Pepsi
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
His Luckiest Moment: Petting a koala (his favorite animal) at the Columbus Zoo.
Day Job: Alex regularly conducts onsite safety audits for construction clients. He has provided safety support and assistance for a variety of different types of construction companies and has assisted clients with the development of site-specific health and safety plans, delivering toolbox talks, and constructing Job Hazard Analyses.
Why He’s Awesome: He assists the industrial hygiene team with sampling, mold evaluations and fit testing too!
Alma Mater: Alex graduated in 2017 from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Safety Management.
Membership: Alex is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers.
Meet Emily Milford, Health and Safety Specialist
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 217
Favorite place to relax: “In my kayak, out on the water.”
Her favorite animal: A duck
Her favorite charity: Reeb Avenue Center, a community center that serves all ages in South Columbus, and the CHA Animal Shelter
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, Project Manager
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 Tibbitt, Project Manager
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 Michele Blaney, Business Development Manager
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 203
Early Bird or Night Owl? Early Bird
What makes her laugh the loudest? Her two boys
Her biggest pet peeve? Negativity
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 Megan Scherer, Marketing Communications
Telephone: (614) 890-0800, Ext. 220
Favorite place to relax: On her yoga mat.
Day Job: Megan is responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies for Safex. This includes promoting open enrollment training courses and creating general brand awareness. She’s also the voice behind Safex’s social media.
Why She’s Awesome: Megan has over 10 years of marketing experience and has promoted businesses both big and small.
Favorite Netflix Series: Life in Pieces, a comedy about a big family.
How Her Friends Describe Her: Enthusiastic and positive.
Favorite Charity: Pelotonia, a cycling fundraiser for cancer research.
Alma Mater: Megan has a B.A. in Communication from The University of Dayton. Go Flyers!
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 has been a part of the Safex team since 2000. 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 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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