Richard J. Brzozowski

Growing up in rural New Hampshire, Richard Brzozowski was always interested in farming.  Not being from a farm family, he sought to learn all he could about agriculture.  He enrolled in 4-H at the earliest age he could.  He then went off to agricultural college and has degrees in applied animal science, fruit & vegetable science, agriculture, and agriculture education from land grant institutions in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Missouri.  He is a US Navy veteran having served as a Builder 2nd Class Petty Officer in the Seabees.  He taught vocational agriculture at the high school level for two years.  Since 1987, he has served as the county agriculture educator in Cumberland County, Maine for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.  His Extension work includes a wide range of programming from consumer horticulture to sustainable agriculture.  He is currently involved in research projects that include sheep foot health, applied poultry science and agritourism.  He oversees Maine AgrAbility.

Contact Information

Email: richard.brzozowski@maine.edu

Andrew S. Merryweather

Andrew Merryweather is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah where he teaches and directs research in the areas of injury biomechanics, rehabilitation engineering, design, and 3D human motion analysis. Dr. Merryweather obtained his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah in 2008. Over the past 10 years Dr. Merryweather has managed significant research projects investigating musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace, assistive technologies for persons with disabilities and many other projects involving computer modeling of human movement to understand and reduce injuries. 

Andrew holds adjunct research appointments in the Department of Physical Therapy and Family and Preventive Medicine. He is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health and engages in research to prevent occupational injuries and rehabilitate injured workers.

 

Contact Information

Email: a.merryweather@utah.edu

 

Linda M. Fetzer

Linda Fetzer is the day-to-day manager of the Farm and Ranch eXtension in Safety and Health (FReSH) Community of Practice (CoP). She is also an Extension Associate in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. As an Extension Associate at Penn State, Linda is a member of the Agricultural Safety and Health team and works with FReSH, Safety in Agriculture for Youth Project, AgrAbility for Pennsylvanians, Worker Protection Standard and statewide ag safety activities.

 

Contact Information

Email: lmf8@psu.edu

Twitter: @AgSafety4U

Lorann Stallones

Lorann Stallones is the Deputy Director of the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Safety and Health and is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University.  In addition, she is Director of the MPH program at CSU which is part of the inter-institutional Colorado School of Public Health. Her research has focused on the relationship between pesticide exposure, depression, and suicidal behaviors; acute traumatic injuries on farms; and farm worker related health and safety issues.

Contact Information

email: lorann@colostate.edu

Karen Funkenbusch

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Karen Funkenbusch

Karen Funkenbusch is an instructor in the Division of Food Systems and Bioengineering Department of Agricultural Systems Management Program at the University of Missouri and an extension research associate, farm health and safety. She coordinates statewide leadership for farm health and safety, a University of Missouri Extension Outreach program serving the health and safety needs of agricultural workers. Karen is currently part of the leadership team for the Farm & Ranch eXtenision in Safety and Health (FReSH) Community of Practice (CoP).

Karen serves on several multi-state and national interdisciplinary teams, boards, councils, committees, and organizations that promote injury prevention and cultivate health strategies to safely improve lives, communities, and economies. She is active with the International Society of Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) board of directors, Missouri Arthritis Advisory Board (MAAB), NORA Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing Sector Council, National Center for Farmworker Health Advisory Committee, Regional Advisory Committee for the Great Plains Center for Agriculture Health, and Missouri Show Me Farm Safety Committee and is an active member of NCERA 197, ASABE, Epsilon Sigma Phi, UMEA, MAEP, NACAA, NARMH, and ARHP professional organizations.

Contact Information

Email: funkenbuschk@missouri.edu

Phone: 800-995-8503

Julia Storm

Julia Storm serves as Agromedicine Information Specialist at North Carolina State University and North Carolina Cooperative Extension. She is actively involved in the North Carolina Agromedicine Institute, a partnership of East Carolina University, NC State University and NC A&T State University, whose mission is to promote the health and safety of farmers, foresters, fishers, workers, and their families and communities through research, education, and outreach.

Julia grew up in a small town in East Tennessee. She went to school with classmates who helped their families grow small plots of tobacco and cabbage and raise chickens. One of her vivid childhood memories is of visiting her Sunday school teacher’s family farm and being amazed at the farm chores–especially feeding the hogs. Although she didn’t grow up on a farm, Julia has tremendous respect for farmers, farmworkers, and their families who do the tough and sometimes thankless job of bringing food to our tables. 

College and career brought Julia to North Carolina. Her career has spanned working as an environmental chemist conducting safety and health research on pesticides, to working for a state water quality agency, and finally finding her home as an educator with Cooperative Extension. Her passion is having health and safety research make sense to people in their everyday lives, and helping people adopt practical, sustainable solutions for better health and safe workplaces.

Julia brings this passion, and respect for the people involved in agriculture, to developing engaging educational resources to help farmers and farmworkers stay safe at work. She’s also involved in educational programs for rural health providers who serve the agricultural community. One of Julia’s favorite programs is Certified Safe Farm of NC, a voluntary safety inspection that helps farmers identify safety hazards and provides incentives to help make safety and health improvements. Certified Safe Farm of NC collaborates with AgriSafe of NC to help farmers get occupational health and wellness screenings and set health goals. Efforts are underway to expand these programs statewide. Another favorite project involves a collaboration with Dr. Catherine LePrevost in developing a colorful and interactive pesticide safety training for Spanish-speaking farmworkers, called the Pesticides and Farmworker Health Toolkit.

Julia also enjoys collaborating with colleagues in the South and beyond on initiatives focusing on rural health, serving the Latino community, and cultural competency.

Contact Information

Julia F. Storm, MSPH

Agromedicine Information Specialist

Box 7617, Department of Applied Ecology, NC State University

Raleigh, NC 27695-7617

julia_storm@ncsu.edu

 

 

 

Michael Pate

Penn State University

Michael L. Pate is an associate professor and holds the Nationwide Insurance Endowed Professorship of Agricultural Safety and Health at Penn State University. Michael has appointments in extension, research, and teaching.  His program areas include applied research and education for: agricultural and BioRenewable systems safety and health. Michael’s research interests are in the interaction between metacognitive strategies/cognitive information processing theory and safety-related decisions/behaviors of employees. Michael has experience and training in applying cognitive and educational psychology, with specific training in agricultural education. Michael is a member of ASABE,  NACTA (National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, and the International Society for Agricultural Safety & Health (ISASH).

 

Contact Information

Email: mlp79@psu.edu

Charles Schwab

Charles “Chuck” Schwab is a professor in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering department at Iowa State University and an Extension safety specialist. He provides leadership for Safe Farm, an Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach program helping to make Iowa farms a safer place to work and live. Chuck is currently part of the leadership team for the Farm & Ranch eXtenision in Safety and Health (FReSH) Community of Practice (CoP). Chuck also serves as the Iowa State University point of contact for the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN).

Chuck serves on several multi-state and interdisciplinary teams, committees, boards, and organizations that promote injury prevention and foster emergency preparedness. He is active with the International Honor Society Epsilon Pi Tau Board of Directors, Iowa Farm Safety Council Board of Directors and is an active member of ASABE, ASEE, ASSE, ATMAE, ITEEA and ISASH professional organizations.

 

Contact Information

 
 
Phone: 515-294-4131

Aaron M. Yoder

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Aaron Yoder currently serves as the CoP Leader for the Farm and Ranch eXtension in Safety and Health (FReSH) Community of Practice (www.eXtension.org/AgSafety). He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. As an Assistant Professor at UNMC, Aaron is the Education/Translation Core Director of the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (www.unmc.edu/publichealth/cscash/) where he is working to improve the health of workers in agriculture and related industries through science based research, product development and outreach.

Preceding this Aaron was at Penn State University as an Instructor and Extension Safety Associate. As an Instructor and Extension Safety Associate for Penn State, Aaron provided national leadership for the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program by coordinating online instructor training and educational programs for 4-Hers, volunteers and county educators. In addition, he taught within the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and participates in other research and outreach programs for the Penn State Agricultural Safety and Health Program.

Contact Information

email: aaron.yoder@unmc.edu
twitter:@AgSafety4u

Dennis J. Murphy

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Dennis Murphy (retired 2017) from the Agricultural Safety and Health Program at Penn State University. He is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Agriculture & Biological Engineering, and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Dennis has appointments in extension, research and resident education.  Program areas include applied research and education for: agricultural safety and health management, tractor and machinery safety issues; youth safety; methods of modifying farm worker safety behavior; developing hazard analyses tools; and ventilation of confined-space manure pits to reduce risk of entry into the pits. 

Dennis has developed numerous extension and research publications, reports and programs, and has been awarded over 20 blue ribbons by the American Society of Agricultural & Biological Engineering (ASABE) for excellence in their annual educational aids competition. He was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor by Penn State in 2001 and grade of FELLOW by ASABE in 2009.  In addition to ASABE, he is an active in the Agricultural Safety & Health Council of America, (ASHCA), the International Society for Agricultural Safety & Health (ISASH), and is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). 

Contact Information

Email: djm13@psu.edu

Phone: 814-865-7157