Movers & Shakers

Movers & Shakers

California: Ursula Clemons Joins Ogletree Deakins

Costa Mesa, California – Ursula Clemons, former presiding administrative law judge for the Cal/OSHA Appeals Board’s Southern California office, has joined the Ogletree, Deakins law firm in Orange County. Clemons will serve as special counsel for the firm’s Workplace Health and Safety Group. She retired from the Appeals Board in December 2020 after 27 years of state service. In addition to her Ogletree Deakins duties, Clemons teaches a laws and regulations course at the UC San Diego OSHA Training Institute Education Center. Source: Cal-OSHA Reporter

California: Restine, Rafter Appointed to California Apprenticeship Council

Sacramento, California – Governor Gavin Newsom last month appointed Earl Restine and Jason Rafter to the California Apprenticeship Council. Restine has been president and vice president of Fuller Electric since 1989. He was foreman and general foreman for California Electric and Fuller Electric from 1980 to 1989 and an apprentice wireman for California Electric Work and Berg Electric from 1976 to 1980. Restine is a member of the National Electrical Contractors Association. Jason Rafter has been ironworkers apprenticeship director for I.E.B.C. since 2021, where he was apprenticeship director from 2008 to 2021. He is a member of the American Welding Society. Source: Governor Gavin Newsom/ELECTRI International

California: Sulma Guzmán Appointed Legislative Director, Department of Industrial Relations

Sacramento, California – Governor Gavin Newsom recently appointed Sulma Guzmán legislative director at the California Department of Industrial Relations. Guzmán has been policy director and legislative counsel at Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (Center for Migrants’ Rights) since 2019. She was an attorney for the Workplace Justice Project at the Public Justice Center from 2015 to 2019, staff attorney for Casa de Maryland from 2014 to 2015 and staff attorney for legal services of northern California from 2012 to 2014. Guzmán was a contract attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance in 2012, administrative manager for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and University in 2008 and an executive fellow in the Capitol Fellows Program with the Office of the Governor and the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency from 2006 to 2007. Source: Governor Gavin Newsom/Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc.


William J. “Bill” Pfister, Veteran of IOSHA

Jasper, Indiana – William J. “Bill” Pfister, age 67, of Jasper, Indiana, passed away June 15, 2021. He was a 1971 graduate of Jasper High School. He worked for Indiana OSHA and BUSET for 18 years and then founded and was president and CEO of Safety Training and Consulting, Inc., from which he retired after 19 years. Bill was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, American Society of Safety Engineers, Fraternal Order of Police, Jasper Outdoor Recreation, Fraternal Order of Eagles, a Monsignor Othmar Schroeder 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a Monsignor Leonard Wernsing 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a board member of Business and Legal Reports, campaign and finance chairman for Senator Lindel Hume from 1990 until retirement, past district deputy of the Knights of Columbus, past vice president and advisor of the Jasper Jaycees, past board of directors member and secretary of the Dubois-Pike Federal Credit Union, past board member of Lincoln Hills YMCA and the Indiana State University Advisory Board, past Faithful Navigator as a Monsignor Leonard Wernsing 4th degree knight, past president of the Jasper Zoning Board of Appeals, past precinct Democrat Committeeman, and was a past Big Brother. He was a two-time recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash (Top State Civilian) Award, which was presented by Governors Frank O’Bannon and Joseph Kernan. He was also awarded the Jasper Jaycees Distinguished Service Award. Source: The Herald