Travis Kruse

PhD, MS, CSP

Travis Kruse is the Senior Director, Safety & Sustainability Solutions Strategy for W.W. Grainger Incorporated. Dr. Kruse has over 22 years of experience in consulting, general industry, and sales leadership roles. He is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Murray State University Occupational Safety and Health (ANSAC/ABET) Advisory Council Member, Semiconductor Environmental, Safety & Health Association (SESHA) Board Member, and an authorized instructor for the OSHA Training Institute (OTI). Dr. Kruse has a PhD in Public Health from Oregon State University and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Health and Safety from Murray State University and has published in the Journal of Safety Research.

Jane Beaudry

CSP, CHST, STSC

Jane Beaudry, CSP, CHST, STSC recently celebrated over 30 years in the construction industry, with over 25 years of passionate commitment to the health and well-being of her fellow co-workers in a formal safety capacity. In March 2020, she joined Jacobs as the HSE Director for its Life Sciences of North America line of business, managing a staff of over 30 HSE subject matter experts who support approximately 1200 colleagues in the safe design and delivery of complex life sciences projects.  Immediately prior, she was the Construction SHE Lead for AstraZeneca’s large capital construction projects in the Americas for over 6 years, and before that, contributed in a safety leadership role for ENR Top 100 employers as well as US specialty contractors who were the largest in their respective industries. Considered a thought leader among her peers, she is the BSCP Foundation’s newest Board of Trustees member. She has been a finalist judge for the Willis Towers Watson/AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards for the last 3 years, was on the Curriculum Advisory Committee, and later Adjunct Professor for Wentworth Institute of Technology’s first Construction Safety Management course. Also, throughout her career, she has been an active member or Chair of several construction association safety committees, frequent guest lecturer, and contributing author.

Dave Jones

SMS, CHST

David R. Jones, SMS, CHST, STSC, is a highly accomplished Director of Environmental Health and Safety at Flatiron Construction Corporation, bringing extensive expertise to the field. Equipped with a two-year certificate in Safety and Health Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an associate degree in Business Administration, David holds three certifications from BCSP, including Safety Management Specialist (SMS), Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), and the Safety Trained Supervisor Construction (STSC).

As an influential leader, David oversees global safety programs, training initiatives, and compliance efforts. His responsibilities include navigating regulatory frameworks, addressing EOE and workers’ compensation issues, and supervising safety personnel. His interim role as Director of Health and Safety for Flatiron’s US Operations in 2023 showcased his ability to guide and support safety professionals across seven districts.

With a rich project history encompassing iconic structures like the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnels, World Trade Center rebuild, Tappan Zee Bridge, and the California High-Speed Rail Project, David’s career has been marked by excellence. His commitment to safety has not only earned him awards such as the 2021 Board of Certified Safety Professionals Award of Excellence but has also solidified his reputation as a dedicated professional shaping safety standards in the construction industry.

Caroline Walters

Caroline Walters joined Columbia Southern University in 2016. Serving as Vice President of University Relations, Caroline is responsible for developing, leading, and promoting all aspects of the university relations’ efforts, including corporate relations and business development, corporate outreach, community relations, and alumni affairs.

With 21 years of experience in higher education, Caroline brings a vast knowledge of best practices to the university. She began her career at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, MS, where she served in various roles within the staff, faculty, and administration, then onto serving eight years as Vice President of Advancement, guiding the JCJC Foundation Inc. and the JCJC Alumni Affairs through a time of extraordinary growth. In 2014, Caroline was hired as Vice President of Advancement for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where she led not only the foundation and alumni affairs but also the marketing team, college archives, and recruiting efforts for the college.

Caroline holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Mississippi State University.

Mary Hjorth

SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Mary Hjorth is an experienced executive who excels at designing and executing HR strategies by aligning “all things People” within a company’s vision. Her expertise is in leading companywide strategies, processes, and teams. Mary earned her Senior HR designations through the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

As an active volunteer, Mary is a mentor to young women at Texas A&M University and, through the Seedling Foundation mentors children who have an incarcerated parent. Her volunteer work also includes Board memberships. Currently she is on the board for Texas A&M University’s Aggie Women’s Network, Secretary for the Texas Diversity Council, Central Texas Chapter, and is the Public Director for the Board for Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

Mary lives in San Marcos, TX with her husband, Tyler ’91, their 12 chickens and other assorted animals. As avid Texas A&M sports fans, they spend time in College Station, especially during football season.

Ray Ferrara

CFP

Ray Ferrara, CFP, BCSP Board of Directors’ Public Director, is Chairman and CEO of ProVise Management Group, LLC, a full-service financial planning firm which is a Registered Investment Advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He is involved with many professional and not-for-profit organizations including PMG Marketing Group, American Financial Solutions, and Money Transfer Systems. Mr. Ferrara was previously the Chair of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standard, Inc. and is a Registered Principal with FINRA. Mr. Ferrara has a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Maryland.

 

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