Movers & Shakers

Movers & Shakers

California: New Leadership at AgSafe

Modesto, California – Theresa Kiehn has been named acting president and CEO of AgSafe, the Modesto-based organization dedicated to worker, food and pesticide safety, as well as human resources issues. Kiehn takes over for Amy Wolfe, the longtime AgSafe president who has taken a position as chief development officer at Daniel C. Salas Harvesting, based in Lemoore. Kiehn joined AgSafe in 2009 and most recently was vice president and chief operating officer. Source: Cal-OSHA Reporter

Michigan: Sean Egan Appointed Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety

Lansing, Michigan – Sean Egan has been appointed by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to serve as Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety. Egan also serves as Deputy Director for Labor at the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, where he oversees MIOSHA, Workers’ Disability Compensation Agency, the Bureau of Employment Relations and the Wage and Hour Division. The governor also signed Executive Directive 2020-6 to appoint a Director of COVID-19 Workplace Safety within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. Egan served in the Navy and afterward started an apprenticeship and became a journeyman electrician through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. In 2010, he was named as one of the “40 under 40” by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. Source:

Mike Bonkalski Is Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s New Head of ES&H

Princeton, New Jersey – Mike Bonkalski, the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory’s new head of Environment, Safety, and Health, brings almost 30 years of experience at two national laboratories to the position that oversees health and safety. Bonkalski began his new position in the midst of the curtailment of operations at PPPL during the pandemic, and has been communicating remotely from Geneva, Illinois with his staff of 48 in New Jersey. He will move into a position held for 12 years by Jerry Levine, who has been at PPPL for more than four decades first as a consultant with Ebasco and then as a PPPL employee for 33 years. Source: Princeton University/PPPL

Pennsylvania: Bill Hurst Promoted to Chief People Officer at Worth & Company

Doylestown, Pennsylvania – Worth & Company last month announced Bill Hurst has been promoted to the role of Chief People Officer. He has more than 45 years of industry experience and has been serving as Safety Director with Worth & Company since 1989. Bill oversees the company’s health and safety including planning, development, implementation and maintenance of company safety policies. He will be responsible for the operation and success of the HR and safety departments. He is a Green Belt in Six Sigma, has completed courses in Fed-OSHA compliance, construction safety and infection control risk assessment. Bill serves as Vice Chairman of ABC’s Lehigh Valley Council, is a Safety Committee Member of Associated Builders & Contractors (Southern PA Chapter), and a member of the Mid Atlantic Construction Safety Council. Source: Patch (Doylestown, Pa.)/Worth & Company, Inc.

Jill Maschmeier Awarded TCA’s 2020 Safety Professional of the Year Award

Alexandria, Virginia – The Truckload Carriers Association has named Jill Maschmeier, director of safety and compliance for National Carriers Inc., as the 2020 TCA Safety Professional of the Year – Clare C. Casey Award recipient. The announcement was made during TCA’s Virtual Safety & Security Meeting on Wednesday, June 24. In addition to serving as a TCA Safety Council officer since 2019, Maschmeier has been named Kansas Motor Carrier Association’s 2016 Safety Professional of the Year. She has also served as a member of the Women in Trucking Image Team, served on the Southwest Kansas Safety Council and has partnered with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to educating others about electronic logging devices. Maschmeier is North American Transportation Management Institute and OSHA-certified (10- and 30-hour courses), as well as a certified purchasing manager and licensed insurance adjuster. Source: The Trucker


The Hon. Eula Bingham, Former Assistant Secretary of Labor for Fed-OSHA

Washington, D.C. – On June 18, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt issued the following statement on the passing of former Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Eula Bingham, “We are saddened to learn of the passing of former Assistant Secretary Eula Bingham. During her tenure from 1977 to 1981, she led a young agency in important new directions by initiating programs such as the “right to know” rule, which gave workers access to their workplace medical and exposure records. She oversaw the development of critical health standards for toxic industrial substances, including cotton dust, lead and benzene. Her administration also initiated the New Directions Training and Education grant program to educate and train workers and employers in high hazard workplaces. Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration Office of Communications