Movers & Shakers

Movers & Shakers

Carl VossMarshall JohnsonMarjorie Del ToroCalifornia: Dig-Safe Board Members Reappointed

Sacramento, California – Former Gov. Jerry Brown reappointed three members of the California Underground Facilities Safe Excavation Board, informally known as the Dig-Safe Board, as he was leaving office: Marjorie Del Toro, president of EHS International, Inc.; Marshall Johnson, area manager of network process, quality compliance and damage prevention at AT&T; and Carl Voss, land manager at Grimmway Enterprises. All three have served on the board since its inception in 2017. Source: Cal/OSHA Reporter

Christine BakerCalifornia: Christine Baker Appointed to Fraud Assessment Commission

Sacramento, California – Christine Baker has been appointed to the Fraud Assessment Commission. She was director of the Department of Industrial Relations from 2012 to 2018, where she served as chief deputy director from 2011 to 2012. Baker was executive officer of the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation from 1994 to 2011. She was acting deputy director at the Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Workers’ Compensation from 1990 to 1994 and chief of the Department’s Division of Labor Statistics and Research from 1984 to 1989. Source: Office of Former Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr./San Francisco Chronicle

Karen Fuller TynanCalifornia: Karen Fuller Tynan Named Ogletree Deakins Safety Counsel

Sacramento, California – The law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart, P.C. has named Karen Fuller Tynan as its workplace safety counsel in Sacramento. Tynan has more than 10 years of experience representing employers and recently represented adult film companies in Cal/OSHA cases. The move is an expansion of the Irvine law firm’s practice into Northern California. Source: Cal/OSHA Reporter

Doug BlochChristy BoumaSean McNallyCHSWC Representatives Named

Sacramento, California – Former Gov. Jerry Brown appointed or reappointed four people to the California Commission of Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation prior to leaving office. The new appointment is Craig L. Snellings, in-house counsel for Farmers Insurance. Reappointed members are Sean McNally, president of KBA Engineering; Christy Bouma, the president of Capitol Connection; and Doug Bloch, political director for Teamsters Joint Council 7. Source: Cal/OSHA Reporter

Laura FortmanMaine: Laura Fortman Selected for Department of Labor

Augusta, Maine – Gov. Janet Mills has announced her nomination of Laura Fortman as commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor. Fortman served as Maine’s Commissioner of Labor from 2003-2011 and as the Deputy Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2013 to 2017. Fortman will bring more than 20 years of public policy and advocacy experience to the department, which she also led under Gov. John Baldacci from 2003 to 2001. Fortman also served as deputy administrator for the Wage and Hour Division at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2013 to 2017. Source: Wiscasset Newspaper

 Jeff McCordTennessee: Dr. Jeff McCord to Join Gov. Bill Lee’s Cabinet as Labor Commissioner

Nashville, Tennessee – Tennessee Gov.-elect Bill Lee on January 3 announced that Dr. Jeff McCord will be the next commissioner of the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. McCord currently serves as vice president for Economic and Workforce Development at Northeast State Community College. Source: Kingsport Times News

Taylor Burks Missouri: Taylor Burks Named Division of Labor Standards Director

Hannibal, Missouri – Anna S. Hui, Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Director, recently announced that Taylor Burks will serve as the next Division of Labor Standards Director. He recently served as the County Clerk and Local Election Authority in Boone County, Missouri. Prior to that position, he was Director of Distribution, Logistics and Asset Management for the University of Missouri System. Burks has served in various positions, including Lieutenant Commander, in the U.S. Navy since 2007. Source: Hannibal Courier-Post/LinkedIn

Marti FisherCalifornia: Marti Fisher Longtime Safety Rep, Retires

California’s occupational safety and health community has lost one of its leading proponents with the retirement of Marti Fisher, who most recently has served as a policy advocate for the California Chamber of Commerce. Previous to that she was safety director for the Associated General Contractors and has been a longtime participant in the Cal/OSHA regulatory process. Source: Cal/OSHA Reporter


Diane M. Perri RobertsNew York: Perri Roberts Receives Scheindlin Award for Excellence in Courtroom

Buffalo, New York – The law firm of Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria announced Diane M. Perri Roberts of Lewiston was named a 2018 recipient of the Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom by the New York State Bar Association. The honor is awarded annually to one or two female litigators who have distinguished themselves in the courtroom in either the federal or state courts in New York and shown a commitment to mentoring young attorneys in the legal community. Roberts, a partner at Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria, focuses in the areas of employment litigation and commercial litigation and defends employers in labor matters brought before the EEOC, the New York State Division of Human Rights and Fed-OSHA. Source: Niagara Frontier Publications