Board of Directors

Meet the great people behind Region X

Meet the Board... they are always up to something good!

Chairperson

Max VanValey

Area EH&S Manager

Max VanValey is the West Region Safety Coordinator for Carlisle Construction Materials (CCM). He has been with CCM for 5 years and spends most of his time working on training and compliance with CCM sites in AK, WA, CA, AZ, UT, CO, NE, FL and OR. Max has been a Safety Professional for 20 years with the last 5 of those at CCM. Currently two of his sites are VPP Star certified. In 2014 Max joined the Region X VPPPA Planning committee, and in 2015 joined the Region X Board of Directors.

Max has been married to his high school sweetheart, Caren, for 34 years and they have two beautiful daughters, two granddaughters and one grandson. He loves the outdoors and has a passion for wildlife conservation. Max and Caren love camping, hunting, fishing, and hiking.

Vice Chairperson

Saprena L Lyons


Saprena Lyons was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018. Background includes field work as a Cause Analyst and Trained Investigator with years of detailed work in lessons learned reviews; Price Anderson (PAAA) compliance coordinator, worker safety and health screenings, validation assessments, trending analysis/matrixes, facilitator of fact findings; years of ongoing service as an emergency response member (ERO) with the emergency management organization, and the Medical Response TEAM (MRT). Serviced on the INL scholarship committee education program;
Extensive work in Behavior Based Safety (BBS), service as Safety Team Chair for 800+ safety team members, including planning and implementation of safety awareness campaigns, and providing guidance for team initiatives, performance of facility inspections for the identification and mitigation of hazards, facilitating resolution for safety concerns, and work on operational readiness assessments with the Department of Energy (DOE). Outreach experiences includes, years of ongoing work and support of Community festivals and public outreach safety activities.

Involvement in numerous safety workshop presentations at the VPP regional and national levels enhances my excitement to be a member of Region X’s board of directors. My passion for the overall wellbeing, health and safety of people makes for a perfect opportunity to continue making a positive difference in the lives of others.
I currently work for Fluor Idaho as the Idaho Completion Project (ICP) Core VPP and BBS lead.
Fun time away from work is spent in various ways including, biking, traveling, pampering my 2 fur babies, relaxing and providing health related awareness training for a local home health agency.

Certifications/education:
Special Government Employee (SGE)
Licensed Registered Nurse, the State of Idaho
CPR for the professional rescuer, American Red Cross
Intravenous Therapy Certified
Human Services Degree

Secretary

Margie Brice


Marjorie Brice is a General Electric, Power Services employee that has a contract for Operations and Maintenance at the Clark Public Utilities River Road Generating Plant located in Vancouver, Washington. She is the Environmental Health & Safety Specialist and involved in the Quality certification program for the site. She has been at the River Road site for 14 years and was an EHS Specialist for a manufacturing company for 5 years.

She became involved in DOSH’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) for the State of Washington in 2006 when the River Road Generating Plant applied for the VPP STAR designation. She is the VPP site representative and has been involved with the Safety Committee as either chair or co-chair. She was the chair for the Clark County Local Emergency Planning Committee for 10 years and continues to be active as the site’s representative to the committee.

Treasurer

Jack Griffth

Union Safety /Hanford Site VPP Representative

Jack Griffith has been working at the Hanford site for 29 years; he’s a millwright by trade and holds the office of Vice President of Local 2403 Carpenters and Millwrights. Since 2000 he’s been a Union Safety and Hanford Site VPP Representative for the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council. He also serves on the National VPPPA Labor/Management and Mentoring and Outreach Committees and participates as a Special Government Employee. Jack has been involved in the Voluntary Protection Program for over 19 years; he’s trained over 400 employees on how to conduct their Annual Self Assessments along with developing Power Point presentations for Regional and National Conferences including publishing the Region X Newsletter and stories for The Leader, the official magazine of the VPPPA. Jack’s very involved in community activities; he’s a Motorcycle Safety Instructor for Team Oregon through Oregon State University, National Certified Swimming Official for USA Swimming and the Inland Empire Swimming Safety Chairperson.

Labor Representative – Non-Union

Tim Taylor


Tim is currently an operator for ConocoPhillips at Kuparuk on the North Slope. He has 24 years of service in the oil and gas industry and has always been a leader in safety. Tim has been involved with the behavior based safety program and is a member of the VPP steering team at Kuparuk. Tim enjoys golf and spending time with his wife Kathy and daughter Kristina.

Director at Large

Curtis M. Reece


Curtis Reece was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018. He has been the VPP manager of Idaho National Laboratory (INL) – Battelle Energy Alliance since 2010 and collectively - with other INL contractors - has been actively involved in VPP since 2002. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in physics and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Idaho State University, and serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Idaho – Idaho Falls campus.

“My desire to become part of the Region X board of directors stems from my passion to be on the cusp of new developments in promoting worker safety and health."

When not at work, Curtis enjoys spending time with his children, skiing, paddle boarding, hiking, and traveling.

Director at Large

Michael Welsh


Michael is currently the Safety Specialist for Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt at the Portland Asphalt Plant.
He has been in the role for 2 years, and previously was the VPP coordinator 8 years at the Owens Corning Foam Insulation at the Gresham Plant.

Michael joined the Region X VPPPA Planning Committee in 2019, and Region X Board of Directors in 2021.

Michael likes to golf, fish, camp, and hike with his wife Aimee, and two children, Gabriel and Evelyn.