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Ryan's Professional Portfolio

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Professional Philosophy:

Enhancing safe and healthful workplaces for all employees through design, consultation, education, and training.  The commitment to safety and health, in any industry, reaches far beyond the provision of PPE, and extends into the core competencies, goals, and vision of an organization.  Safety and health are not priorities, but a set of values by which an organization and its employees conduct themselves.  As organizational priorities change, their focus and commitment to safety and health must remain paramount.  The true measure of a successful safety culture is not enforcement, but rather, the value and commitment to safety and health, even when the "safety people" are not around.

Work experience

June 2014Present

Safety Director

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Job Related Training:

  • OSHA 503 "OSHA General Industry Outreach Trainer Update"
  • Safety Management System Palooza
  • IS-100 "Introduction to Incident Command System"
  • IS-200 " ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incident"
  • IS-319 "Tornado Mitigation Basics for Mitigation Staff"
  • IS-322 "Flood Mitigation Basics for Mitigation Staff"
  • IS-700 "National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction"
May 2012June 2014

U.S. Health & Safety Advisor

Alliance Pipeline

Job Related Training:

  • OSHA Course 511 "OSHA Standards for the General Industry"
  • OSHA Course 501 "OSHA Trainer for General Industry"
  • Associate Safety Professional Prep Course
Jun 2009May 2012

Safety and Occupational Health Manager

United States Air Force

Job Related Training:

  • OSHA Course 226 "Permit Required Confined Space Entry"
  • OSHA Course 3095 "Electrical Standards"
  • US Air Force Weapons Safety Manager's Course
  • AMMO-47 Lightning Protection for Air Force Facilities Course
  • Air Force Reserve Command Explosives Safety Orientation Course
  • Ground Safety Craftsman School
  • Mishap Investigation Non-Aviation Course
  • Air Force Nuclear Certified Equipment Users Course Validation
  • Air Force Safety Manager's Course

Leadership Training

  • Airman Leadership School
  • Non-Commissioned Officer Academy
  • Squadron Officer School

Job Related Awards

  • Federal Executive Board of Minnesota Civil Servant of the Year
  • 934th Airlift Wing Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year
  • 22nd Air Force Outstanding Weapons Safety Civilian of the Year
  • Air Force Reserve Command Outstanding Weapons Safety Civilian of the Year
Feb 2005Sep 2008

Safety Specialist

United States Air Force

Job Related Training:

  • Ground Safety Apprentice School
  • Air Combat Command Ground Safety Program Management Course
  • Air Force Environmental Symposium
  • OSHA Course 2070 "Fire Protection/Life Safety Course"
  • OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Certification

Job Related Awards

  • Basic Military Training Honor Graduate
  • First Term Airman's Center Distinguished Graduate
  • 4th Fighter Wing Airman of the Quarter
  • 4th Air Force Top Three Award


Sep 2011Dec 2013

Master of Business Administration

Southern New Hampshire University

GPA: 3.5/4.0

Relevant Coursework:

  • Human Behavior in Organizations
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Business
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Managerial Accounting
Jun 2010May 2011

Bachelor of Science

Columbia Southern University

GPA: 4.0/4.0; Summa Cum Laude

Relevant Coursework:

  • Introduction to Fire Prevention
  • Industrial Ergonomics
  • Interactions of Hazardous Materials
  • OSHA Standards
  • Total Environmental, Health, and Safety Management
  • Legal Aspects of Safety and Health
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Technical Writing
  • Toxicology
Feb 2005Feb 2008

Associate of Applied Science

Community College of the Air Force

GPA: 4.0/4.0


Apr 2013Present

OSHA General Industry Outreach Trainer

Occupational Safety & Health Administration
May 2014Present

Certified Safety Professional

Board of Certified Safety Professionals


Emergency Management
Pre-Contract & Design Phase Analysis
Education & Training Instruction
Compliance Audits, Inspections, and Assessments
Mishap Investigations
Hazard & Risk Analysis
Behavior Based Safety/Safety Culture Modification
OSHA Construction Program Implementation
OSHA General Industry Program Implementation
Safety & Occupational Health Program Management


Jan Dalton

Ms. Dalton is my counterpart, and the other Safety Manager in the 934th Airlift Wing Safety Office.

Tim Edwards

Mr. Edwards was my senior reporting official during my time at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Robert Terrian

Mr. Terrian is a personal character reference.  We have known one another for 20+ years.

James Winters

Mr. Winters and I worked together at Alliance Pipeline for approximately 18 months.  Together we coordinated, facilitated, and reviewed twelve emergency response exercises.

Peter Parbel

Major Parbel was my senior reporting official and Director of Safety at the 934th Airlift Wing.

James McNeill

Mr. McNeill was one of my supervisors during my time at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.