2022 ISASH Board Nominations & Ballot (scroll to bottom)

Wendy Bennet

Wendy Bennet

Executive Director

EMPLOYER:

AgSafe Agriculture Association

ADDRESS: 

311-9440-202 St., Langley, BC, V1M 4A6   Canada

CURRENT JOB FUNCTION:

Wendy Bennett is the Executive Director of AgSafe, a non-profit organization that provides on-site health and safety education, training and consulting services to farmers and ranchers throughout the province of British Columbia.  Occupational health and safety regulations are heavily enforced in BC’s agriculture sector.  The AgSafe team works to assist farmers to ensure they are providing a safe and healthy workplace while complying with regulations without disrupting the way they do business.

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND & JOB EXPERIENCE:

Wendy completed her Executive MBA in June 2018.  She is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) since 2004 (Registration #04-2205) and earned her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) majoring in Psychology and Sociology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.  She was certified in 2015 through the ISASH Agricultural Safety and Health Certificate Course.   She has been an instructor with the British Columbia Institute of Technology in the Occupational Health and Safety department for the last 15 years and is a course tutor in the Environmental Health and Safety program through University of Fredericton.

Wendy has served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) for 3 terms, currently as Secretary and previously as Chair.

 

ISASH INVOLVEMENT:

She has been a member of ISASH since 2013 and has attended ISASH conferences every year – she was a presenter in her first year.  Wendy is currently serving as Treasurer on the ISASH Board of Directors.  Wendy has been involved with the Finance Committee and has assisted with planning both in-person and virtual conferences for ISASH.

Steven Freeman

Steven Freeman

University Professor

EMPLOYER:

Iowa State University

ADDRESS:

3333 Elings Hall, 605 Bissell Rd, Ames, IA 50011

 

CURRENT JOB FUNCTION:

Dr. Freeman coordinates and teaches in the occupational safety option within the industrial technology curriculum in Iowa State University’s Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department. Dr. Freeman also coordinates the graduate student programs for the department. His safety research focuses on efforts to improve the safety and welfare of rural populations and workers and in scholarship related to safety education.

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND & JOB EXPERIENCE:

Dr. Freeman has a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Colorado State University (1988), a M.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M University (1990), and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from Purdue University (1993). Dr. Freeman is also a Certified Safety Professional. He has been an Iowa State University faculty member since 1997.

 

ISASH INVOLVEMENT:

Dr. Freeman has been a member of NIFS/ISASH since 1993. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Professional Improvement Committee (a position he has held since 2014). He served as Co-Chair of the 2019 ISASH Annual Meeting held in Des Moines, IA. Dr. Freeman served as the NIFS Chair on the planning committee for the combined 2004 National Symposium on Agricultural Health and Safety (NIFS Annual Meeting). He also served as the Co-Chair of the NIFS Summer Meeting Planning and Host Committee for the 1997 meeting in Indianapolis. Dr. Freeman has served on the planning committee for the last several meetings and has helped coordinate the online presentations for the last two virtual meetings. He has also been involved in the leadership of the Family, Farmstead, and Leisure Issue Committee.

Breana Hagen

Breana Hagen

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

EMPLOYER:

University of Guelph

ADDRESS:

50 Stone Road, Guelph, ON, N1G2W1

 

CURRENT JOB FUNCTION:

Dr. Briana Hagen is an epidemiologist and a Mitacs Elevate post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Guelph. Over the last six years, her research program has focused on using epidemiological and qualitative research methods to explore farmer mental health in Canada. During this time, she has cultivated meaningful research partnerships with the agricultural community in Ontario, which has allowed for rigourous, impactful qualitative and quantitative research, along with program development and evaluation, and policy recommendations around farmer mental health in Canada. To do this, Dr. Hagen co-leads a Stakeholder Working Group of producers, veterinarians, agricultural industry members (government and private), and provincial agricultural associations, which meets twice yearly to help guide her research program on farmer mental health, from determining research priorities, designing research questions, determining appropriate data collection methods, interpreting the results through an agricultural lens, and assisting with knowledge mobilization and translation activities. Dr. Hagen’s current research focuses on how the climate crises, gender, and COVID-19 are impacting farmer mental health in Canada, in addition to the above-mentioned areas of interest.

Dr. Hagen has presented her research numerous times to industry, community, and at academic conferences, along with participating in several media interviews. In 2021, she was awarded the ISASH Research Achievement Award. In 2019, she was awarded the Brigid Rivoire Award for Champions of Agricultural Mental Health, which is awarded to a nominee that “made outstanding contributions in raising awareness, addressing stigma, and supporting mental health for farmers”. As part of her doctoral research, she co-developed and evaluated a mental health literacy program for the Canadian agricultural community. This program, “In the Know” is now being delivered in seven provinces and has been translated to be delivered in French and Spanish, in addition to the original English program. To date, she has published five first-authored studies related to farmer mental health, and co-authored another two.

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND & JOB EXPERIENCE:

After completing a Master’s of Science in Community Health and Epidemiology, Dr. Hagen completed a PhD in the department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, working under the supervision of Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton. Her PhD research involved using both quantitative and qualitative research methods to better understand mental health and well-being among Canadian farmers. Using both survey and qualitative data, she examined how farmers and their farms are impacted by mental health outcomes, with a focus on perceived stress and the barriers and facilitators of help-seeking for farmers. Dr. Hagen is passionate about collaborative research approaches and building strong partnerships with the agriculture community to co-design research projects. After completing her PhD in July 2020, she began a Mitacs Elevate Post-Doctoral Fellowship to continue these investigations around farmer mental health in Canada.

 

ISASH INVOLVEMENT:

Dr. Hagen joined ISASH as a student member in 2018 and continues to hold membership. She has attended the ISASH conference each year over the last 4 years. At the conference, she has presented both poster and oral presentations. In 2021, she received the ISASH Research Achievement Award.

Benton Moseley

Benton Moseley

Safety Specialist

EMPLOYER:

Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation 

ADDRESS:

324 North Church St., Florence, MS, 39073

CURRENT JOB FUNCTION:

As safety specialist for MSFB, Benton Moseley works daily with Farm Bureau members in 42 Mississippi Counties to achieve their needs in regards to safety and health. Benton conducts a plethora of safety training programs throughout the year including a Farm Safety Workshop, Tractor Safety Clinic, ATV  Safety, Fire Safety, First Aid & Home Safety, Chainsaw Safety, Fatal Vision, Texting & Driving and the Child  Saver Program. Benton specializes in presenting the Grain Bin Safety Program and has access to the only  grain bin simulator in neighboring states. He has presented this critical program in Alabama, Florida,  Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana and has reached 4.5 million views on social media while teaching the  entrapment course. He conducts farm safety surveys and offers farm owners insight for making their  farm, equipment and employees safer. Benton also offers a First Responder Class, which is accredited  and provides CEU’s to the Fire Academy’s attendees. 

As the son of a crop row farmer, Benton’s passion remains farming. In addition to working at Farm Bureau, Benton owns B. Moseley Farms, a Red Angus commercial/registered cow calf operation. Benton  is also the owner of Moseley Meadows, an agritourism venue. Moseley Meadows is a pumpkin patch in  Florence, Mississippi providing hayrides, carnival games, petting zoo, inflatables, concession stands, train  rides and fun for all ages. Moseley Meadows draws several thousand people each weekend during the  months of September & October. 

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND & JOB EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelors of Agricultural Informational Science (2010) 
  • Mississippi State University 
  • Research Technician Truck Crops Experiment Station (2011) 
  • Mississippi State University Extension 
  • Agriculture Instructor (2011-2015) 
  • Rankin County School District 
  • Future Farmer’s of America Advisor (2011 – 2015)
  • Rankin County School District
  • New Teacher of the Year (2012)
  • Rankin County Schools 

ISASH INVOLVEMENT:

  • Member (2015 – Present)
  • Conference Attendee (2015 -2021)
  • Tractor/Machinery Committee Meeting Attendee (2015 – 2021)
Athena Ramos

Athena Ramos

Assistant Professor

EMPLOYER:

University of Nebraska Medical Center

ADDRESS:

984340 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-4340

CURRENT JOB FUNCTION:

Dr. Athena Ramos is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and is affiliated with the Center for Reducing Health Dis­parities and the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska. She leads a Latino outreach and engagement team and serves as principal investigator for a number of community-based health and social research and education initiatives in such areas as occupational health and safety within the agrifood system, immigrant integration, and community well-being. She currently leads the project, Health and Safety of Immigrant Cattle Feedyard Workers in the Central States Region and works as a co-investigator on Dr. Aaron Yoder’s project on Improving Health and Safety on Cattle Feedyards. She is an experienced administrator, program manager, and researcher with proven ability to develop and implement social, health, and human service programs with culturally diverse populations. She has 20 years of experience in health promotion, strategic thinking, community development, and public relations.

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND & JOB EXPERIENCE:

  • PhD, International Family & Community Studies, Clemson University
  • MBA, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • MS, Urban Studies (Community & Economic Development), University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • BS, Public Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha

 

Dr. Ramos has worked at UNMC for the last 15 years in progressively more responsible positions moving from program coordinator, to community health program manager, to instructor, to now assistant professor. She is currently a Fellow with the University of Nebraska’s Center for Great Plains Studies. Dr. Ramos is a member of the NORA AgFF Sector Council, the Stakeholder Advisory Board for the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, and has been a consultant for the Central Plains Dairy Foundation, the Latino Center of the Midlands, and CHI Health. In addition to ISASH, Dr. Ramos is member of the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA), AgriSafe Network, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice, the National Hispanic Network to Reduce Tobacco-Related and Cancer Health Disparities, and Welcoming America. Recently, she was named a Science Defender by the Union of Concerned Scientists and awarded the Carruth J. Wagner Faculty Prize in Public Health from the UNMC College of Public Health for her work during the pandemic.

 

ISASH INVOLVEMENT:

Dr. Ramos has been involved with ISASH since 2014 when the conference was held in Omaha, her home city. She has been a regular attendee at annual conferences since then. From 2017-2019, Dr. Ramos was the co-chair of the Rural Occupational Health and Safety Committee. Dr. Ramos is joined the ISASH Board of Directors in 2019. In 2020, she was moderator for the international opening keynote session at the annual conference and multiple ISASH Days of Learning, and in 2021, she and her collaborator, Laura Girdžiūtė from Lithuania gave a keynote presentation on international perspectives on immigrant safety in agriculture.

 

Marsha Salzwedel

Marsha Salzwedel

Project Scientist/Ag Youth Safety Specialist

EMPLOYER:

National Farm Medicine Center/National Children’s Center

ADDRESS:

1000 N Oak Ave, Marshfield, WI 54449

CURRENT JOB FUNCTION:

Project Scientist and Agricultural Youth Safety Specialist at the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety (NCCRAHS) and the National Farm Medicine Center (NFMC) in Marshfield, Wisconsin. At the center, she leads the NCCRAHS Outreach Core, is the NCCRAHS center coordinator, the project manager for the agritourism safety project and the program manager for the Childhood Agricultural Safety Network. Marsha serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Agricultural Safety and Health, the Board of Directors for AgriSafe, the SAY Steering Committee, the NCERA-197, the Grain Handling Safety Coalition, and several other board and committee positions with other organizations.

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND & JOB EXPERIENCE:

  • EdD – Educational Leadership. Edgewood College, Madison WI
  • MS – Human & Community Resources (Adult Education). University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point,
  • Stevens Point WI
  • BS – Business Administration. Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee WI

 

Marsha has worked in the National Farm Medicine Center for the past 11 years. She started in the center as a Research Specialist, developing expertise in child/youth agricultural safety and center coordination. A promotion to Project Manager enabled her to further utilize her business and education skills in addition to the expertise she developed in agricultural safety and health, managing several projects and programs. After completing her doctorate degree, she accepted her current position as a Project Scientist. Prior to working in the National Farm Medicine Center, Marsha spent 22 years working as a Cytotechnologist and Instructor at Marshfield Labs (part of the Marshfield Clinic Health System).

 

ISASH INVOLVEMENT:

Marsha has been a member of ISASH since 2011 and regularly attends the annual ISASH conference. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2019. Marsha participates in both the Professional Improvement Committee (ex-officio) and the Family, Farmstead and Leisure Committee. She assisted with the transition of the in-person ISASH conferences to virtual in 2020 and 2021 (including moderating sessions) and is currently serving on the planning committee for the 2022 ISASH Conference.