Movers & Shakers

Movers & Shakers

Two Key Cal/OSHA Officials Retiring

Oakland and Sacramento, California – Cal/OSHA is losing two longtime officials to retirement in July: Nathan Schmidt, acting chief counsel for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and Marley Hart, executive officer for the Cal/OSH Standards Board. Schmidt has served as assistant chief counsel at DOSH since August 2016 and has led the Legal Unit since the death of former Chief Counsel Amy Martin. Previously he was an Industrial Relations Counsel at the Department of Industrial Relations, serving as a hearing officer for prevailing wage enforcement cases. Hart has been in state service for 31 years, the past 10 as executive officer for the Standards Board. She previously worked at the board as manager of the Administrative Support and Review Unit. Hart also worked at the state Department of Aging, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and Office of Statewide Heath Planning and Development. Source: Cal-OSHA Reporter


California: Littler Adds Alka Ramchandani-Raj in Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek, California – Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has added Alka Ramchandani-Raj to its Walnut Creek office. Previously with Jackson Lewis, she brings significant experience representing clients on OSHA matters. As a member of Littler’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group, Ramchandani-Raj will work closely with practice co-chairs Steve McCown and Terri Solomon to counsel clients on compliance regulations, policies and interpretations under OSHA, as well as state and local agencies. Drawing on her experience navigating workplace safety regulations for employers, she will assist clients with matters involving workplace violence, infectious diseases and substance abuse and testing. Additionally, she will guide employers on policy and procedure development, employee discharge and discipline, and wage and hour compliance. She will advise employers in pre-injury/incident preventative practices and post-crisis/incident litigation. Ramchandani-Raj regularly presents to business and industry groups on a variety of labor and employment topics. Source: ittler Mendelson P.C.


Michigan: Construction Firm Adds to Team

Grand Rapids, Michigan – Grand Rapids-based Owen-Ames-Kimball has hired Brandon Hill and Mike Kozicki as project superintendents, Barry Kooistra as assistant project manager and Fidel Salas as project engineer. Each person was hired to fill a new position within the firm. Hill brings a background in construction and has previously served O-A-K as an intern for two consecutive summers. He recently completed his OSHA 30-hour construction certification. Kozicki has 12 years of experience in commercial construction leadership and an extensive background as a laborer, carpenter, foreman and superintendent. Kooistra has completed his OSHA 30-hour construction, OSHA 10-hour construction and OSHA 10-hour general industry certifications. These three will serve O-A-K’s Grand Rapids team. Salas will serve on O-A-K’s Kalamazoo team. He brings a background in engineering, finance and business management, as well as experience in both renewable energy and construction materials testing. Source: Grand Rapids Business Journal


Georgia: JE Dunn Construction Senior Project Manager Marks 5 Years with Company

Cumberland, Georgia – JE Dunn Construction recently observed senior project manager Jackie Avello’s fifth anniversary with the company. Avello focuses on K-12 construction in the Atlanta market and has worked closely with Atlanta Public Schools for almost the entirety of her 10 years in the industry. Her portfolio includes the new North Atlanta High School and Brown and Bunche middle schools. She provides key leadership of JE Dunn’s process improvement efforts using lean construction principles. Avello completed the 30-hour training course for construction, developed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and is CPR trained. She is a member of Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) and serves on the 2018 Editorial Advisory Board of School Construction News magazine. Source: Cobb Business Journal


Nova Medical Centers Names Dr. Mark Pucek New Chief Medical Officer

Houston, Texas – Nova Medical Centers, the nation’s leading pure occupational medicine provider recently announced that Dr. Mark Pucek has been named as its Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Pucek was previously with U.S. HealthWorks as their Chief Medical Officer for 4 years and prior to that as their Regional Medical Director for the Southwest and Southeast region for 17 years. Dr. Pucek has been a leader in the occupational health care community for many years with strategic experience in delivery of quality care, improved patient outcomes and implementing business processes and clinical operating procedures to achieve cost containment. Source: PRNewswire/Nova Medical Centers


ALLIED_UNIVERSALAllied Universal’s Robin Bolte Nabs 2018 Peter Mayo Award

Doral, Florida – The Chlorine Institute recently issued its prestigious 2018 Peter M. Mayo Award to Robin Bolte at their annual meeting in Tampa. Bolte is Manager of Regulatory Affairs for Allied Universal Corporation in Doral. ISponsored by CI’s board of directors, the award is a living memorial to Peter M. Mayo, a leader in the industry, a strong supporter of safety excellence, and an active participant in CI for 30 years. At CI, Bolte served on the Health, Environment, Safety and Security Issue Team since its inception in 2005, including stints as Chairperson and Vice Chair. For two decades she served on or led numerous task groups and packager and bleach councils, focusing on the overall scientific improvement of regulations. Bolte plays a critical leadership role in regulatory affairs and compliance for Allied Universal, helping to maintain the company’s strong safety record. She joined the company as a paralegal in 1995, rising to Safety Manager, and later as Regulatory Affairs Manager. Source: Miami’s Community Newspapers