Meet the great people behind Region X
Rocky Simmons is a union safety representative at the Mission Support Alliance company (MSA) in Richland Washington. Rocky is a member of the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council (HAMTC) and is affiliated under the United Steelworkers – serving as a union steward for many years , also currently serves as a co-chair for the VPP program.
Rocky has been at the Hanford site for 28 years serving first with the patrol division and then the procurement department as a material coordinator.
Rocky is also an American veteran of the United States Air Force serving from 1982 -1989. Rocky has served in the safety department at the field group level for over 15 years and in his current position for over 5 years.
Rocky has earned both the general industry and construction safety specialist certificate from the University of Washington at the Pacific Northwest OSHA training institute. Rocky also is a trained SGE mentor and has completed the federal mediation training course. Rocky serves on the labor and management committee at the VPPPA nation level as well.
Rocky is a family man married for 29 years, has three children and 6 grandchildren with one on the way. Rocky has served for seven years on his local school board in Sunnyside Washington as a school director and is very involved in the community. Rocky also serves as a sports official for the state of Washington for girls/boys basketball during the winter season.
Max VanValey is the Area Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager for Oldcastle Precast in Auburn Washington. Max has been with Oldcastle Precast for 9 years starting as a HS&E and Facilities coordinator before becoming an Area Manager. He spends most of his time working on training and compliance with the Oldcastle sites in WA and OR. Max has been a Safety Professional for 13 years with 9 of those at Oldcastle Precast Auburn a VPP Star certified facility. He has recently mentored 3 sites to VPP Star. In 2014 Max joined the Region X VPPA Planning committee.
Max has been married to his high school sweetheart, Caren, for 27 years and they have two beautiful daughters and two beautiful granddaughters. He loves the outdoors and has been a committee member for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for 17 years with 12 of those years as the Enumclaw WA Chapter Chairman. In 2013 he became a member of the State Resource Team with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation as well.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Norton (Liz) has worked at Hanford for thirty years as a Nuclear Process Operator with the last ten being appointed as a HAMTC Safety Representative. She had worked fourteen years in a production facility and the last eighteen in various cleanup missions. The latest being involved in the organization responsible to rid the site of the most dangerous waste in the industry by sending it to the facility that will turn this waste into glass logs for long-term storage.
Liz has been actively involved in VPP for over ten years. She has been on many DOE onsite reviews both local and away. She has also supported some independent ISMS reviews. Liz has been certified as an SGE (Special Government Employee), STS (Safety Trained Supervisor), she also has earned her Safety Specialist Certificate from University of Washington and Pacific Northwest OSHA. Liz has been awarded the DOE-VPP Contractor of the Year award twice in the last ten years.
Liz enjoys riding her Harley motorcycle in her spare time. She also enjoys college sports and supporting her friend’s kids in any high school sport they take part in. Liz has been a devoted volunteer in many community events, as well as, a devoted thirteen-year volunteer as a Junior Achievement classroom volunteer.
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.
Jeff Carlson graduated in 1991 with a BS in Industrial Safety from the University of Central Missouri, and in 1999 with a MS in Environmental Science from Oklahoma University. He has 17 years of direct experience in the Oil & Gas Industry with ConocoPhillips applying Health, Safety and Environmental principles in industrial settings. He facilitated VPP "STAR" certification at ConocoPhillips Kuparuk Oil Field. Professional certifications include: Certified Safety Professional, Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, Registered Environmental Manager, Certified Environmental Auditor and Special Government Employee (SGE). As an SGE Jeff has actively participated on Region X and Region VIII audits. Jeff enjoys the outdoors and lives in Chugiak, Alaska, with his wife, Caren, and their four children, Kaylee, Karlee, Kody and Kolton.
Edward Larson has worked for Georgia-Pacific Toledo for 25 years. He is a member of Local 13 AWPPW and is the Union Safety Representative for his local. Edward is a new hire trainer, BBS facilitator, and co-chair of the mill's Safety Captain program and Accident Prevention Committee.
Cliff Butler has been with Sherwin-Williams for seventeen years and worked with the Voluntary Protection Program during that time in Regions IV, V and now in Region X. Cliff is currently the Region 1 Delegate for the Sharp Alliance in Portland, Oregon and has been working with the Region X Planning Committee for the last year. Cliff has worked as an auditor with SW and has a background in Process Safety Management, behavior based safety programs, training and presentations. He is an SGE and relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2013. He is a graduate of Averett University in Danville, Virginia where he met, Donna, his wife of 40 years.
He enjoys riding his bicycle, hunting and fishing and the opportunity to work in enhancing the safety and education of employees. .