Meet the National Safety Education Center Trainers
The National Safety Education Center features an instructional staff comprised of experienced and knowledgeable safety professionals who possess excellent credentials relevant to a variety of safety areas.
Don Bartalone has been involved in the transportation and warehousing industries for over 35 years and served on the safety team and committee for 20 of those years. Don spent five years as a facility manager / safety coordinator for an oil refinery. He is an OSHA-authorized General Industry Outreach Trainer that conducts 10- and 30-hour General Industry training and also instructs OSHA 511, 501 and 503 at the National Safety Education Center. Don has National Safety Council certificates in Fork Lift Truck Operator Training, Incident Investigation, Safety Inspections and is currently working on an Advanced Safety Certificate. He teaches at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Hoffman Estates, Naperville and Rockford, Illinois, and also teaches the National Safety Council in Itasca, Ilinois. His experience and diverse background give Don the ability to serve in the field as well as in the classroom to offer solutions to safety problems.
Kent Crytzer, CSP
Kent Crytzer serves as Director of Safety and leads the Construction Employers Association's safety programming, as well as the Construction Safety Council of Northeast Ohio. He is one of 12,000 professionals to actively hold the CSP designation in the United States. Prior to CEA, Kent worked at The Ruhlin Company, where he was a safety specialist. Kent graduated with a degree in safety and environmental management from Slippery Rock University in 2002 and obtained his Certified Safety Professional designation in April of 2009.
JoAnn Dankert, CHMM, CET
JoAnn Dankert is a safety professional approaching 30 years of diversified experience covering the electronics, food, pharmaceutical, chemical and distribution industries. With responsibilities spanning the safety, health and environmental fields, Ms. Dankert functioned as a results-oriented manager who designed and implemented cost effective solutions to the safety and health challenges business and industry face on a daily basis. Her background in ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards has positioned her to help businesses integrate safety, health and environmental practices into their operations. As senior consultant at the National Safety Council, JoAnn is responsible for providing field consulting, auditing and training services geared towards solving a variety of safety and health challenges. Ms. Dankert has hands-on experience in providing industrial hygiene and ergonomic audits, compliance and safety management system assessments, training, program development and plan implementation to the shop floor.
Sheri DeBose is a safety and training professional with more than 30 years experience in the manufacturing and utility industries. She is an OSHA General Industry outreach trainer experienced in conducting 10-hour, 30-hour and annual OSHA training requirements. Sheri also instructs OSHA 511, 501 and 503 classes for the National Safety Education Center. She holds a Master's Degree in business administration from the University of Illinois. She is an independent consultant with hands-on experience conducting site audits, forklift training, ergonomic assessments, accident analysis and observation based training. Sheri is also an adjunct professor at Richland Community College in Decatur, Illinois, teaching occupational safety and health.
Tom Grey, CHCM, ARM
Tom Grey is a highly-skilled trainer and coach in employer and employee development of safety performance. He has over 28 years of hands on experience as a former plant manager, human resources manager and quality control manager in manufacturing, construction, distribution and trucking industries. His manufacturing experience ranges from automotive, food processing and packaging, consumer products, public schools, city municipalities, construction and personal care products. Tom’s extensive background, knowledge and expertise solidify his role as a Safety Performance Leader.
Bob LoMastro is a former Army Green Beret, Navy Hospital Corpsman and Supervisor of the National Safety Council’s Safety Training Institute. He holds a Masters Degree in Safety Management & Engineering, with Bachelor’s degrees in Business Management, Construction Engineering and Nursing. Bob first developed his unique teaching style as a Master Instructor at the Naval School of Health Sciences, San Diego. In addition to an amazing wealth of safety knowledge, Bob is known for making training interesting and fun. He is an adjunct instructor for many safety organizations such as the National Safety Education Center, National Safety Council, Wisconsin Safety Council and the Construction Safety Council. As President of LoMastro & Associates, Inc. Bob draws upon a career spanning over thirty years of teaching safety and health related topics for government, general industry and construction companies. He teaches a wide range of Safety & Health topics, and has developed an exceptional variety of electrical safety programs for OSHA & NFPA70-E compliance and awareness.
John Newquist is an independent safety trainer, author, and consultant He has been interviewed for safety expertise and OSHA insight by NPR, BNA, Safety + Health Magazine, Mother Jones, and several more. He works with numerous companies to address their OSHA and safety compliance needs. John was Region V’s Assistant Regional Administrator for Cooperative and State Programs from 2005-2012. He was responsible for administrating the Region’s Training and Outreach programs, Susan Harwood grants, State Plans and Consultation Grants, and Voluntary Protection Program. He has a BS in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Masters of Science in Industrial Management from Northern Illinois University. He is a Certified Safety Professional. He was a founding member of the ANSI Z359 Standards Committee, which is the Safety Requirements for Fall Arrest Systems. He created and taught the first OSHA Training Institute Fall Arrest Course and the Process Safety Management Classes at the OSHA Training Institute. He has taught hundreds of safety seminars across the country including the National VPPPA, Construction Safety Conference, American Society of Safety Engineers, National Fire Protection Association, and numerous Building Trade Councils. He worked for OSHA from 1983-2012 and was also the Area Director of the Peoria Area Office. He also currently teaches safety classes at the Construction Safety Council.
Barry Schwalbe, CHMM
Barry Schwalbe has over 20 years of experience in environmental chemistry and safety. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) through the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. Barry is a training coordinator at Richland Community College in Decatur, Illinois. Barry is an OSHA authorized trainer for both General Industry and Construction and a Training Center Coordinator for the American Heart Association. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Eastern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Springfield. In addition to training center coordination, Barry teaches OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour classes, emergency response, hazardous materials, and first aid/CPR.