Region V
Region V

About Us

Who Are We


Board Members

Region V Board is comprised of sixteen members representing several companies across the region.  Each member brings their own area of expertise to the organization allowing for a diverse and cross-functional aspect to the safety and health management system which the Voluntary Protection Program Participation Association is founded on.   


Region V is comprised of the "Great Lakes" states. Our states include Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. VPP in three states (Illinois, Ohio and Wisconsin) is managed by federal OSHA while the other three (Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota) is managed by the state.  As of 2017, Region V has 359 VPP sites and we have over 230 VPPPA members.                   

We hold an annual conference for Region V members, VPP companies and those who are interested in attaining VPP recognition or who just like to gain more knowledge in safety and health.  On average, 500 people attend the conference each year.  The conference lasts 2 days with a comprehensive program including advanced, intermediate and beginners curriculum in all VPP and VPPPA topics.  Over 50 exhibitors attend the conference providing attendees a wealth of information on the latest and greatest practices and safety equipment.

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William Linneweh, CSP

Chairman (2 Year Term, expires 6/1/21)

Bill is the Director for Environment, Health, Safety and Security for Hendrickson, the leading global manufacturer of medium and heavy duty  truck & trailer suspensions, axles, parabolic/multi-leaf springs and bumper and trim components. He earned his B.S. in Occupational Safety from Illinois State University and his M.S. in Industrial Management from Northern Illinois University.

Director of Environment, Health, Safety & Security
500 Park Blvd, Suite 450
Itasca, IL 60143
Phone:  (630) 874-9727


Deborah Krajicek

Vice Chairman (2-year term, expires 6/1/20)

Deborah is an Advance Health, Environment and Safety Professional for Marathon Petroleum Company LP's Terminal, Transport and Rail division located in Findlay, Ohio.  Marathon Petroleum Corporation is the nations largest refiner.  Deborah holds a Bachelors degree in Biology from the University of Toledo and a Masters degree in Environmental Management from the University of Findlay.  Deborah has been involved in VPP since 2006 mentoring companies and participating as an SGE. 

Marathon Petroleum Company LP
Terminal, Transport and Rail
Audit Coordinator
539 S Main Street
Findlay, OH 45840
Phone: 419-889-2585


Eric Siefker

Secretary (2-year term, expires 6/1/20)

Eric is the EHS Technician at PRO-TEC Coating Company.  Eric was elected to the board in 2013 but has been volunteering for many years.  Eric holds a bachelors degree in Geography from Ohio University and a Masters of Environmental, Health and Safety from the University of Findlay.

PROTEC Coating Company
EHS Technician
5500 Pro-Tec Parkway
Leipsic, OH  45856
Phone:  (419) 943-1183

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Shawn French

treasurer (2-year term, expires 6/1/21)

Shawn French is the Manager of Occupational Health/Safety and Emergency Management at Eli Lilly Company.  Shawn heads up our outreach efforts coordinating regional meetings and Region V Exhibits at state and local safefty and health conferences.

Eli Lilly and Company
Team Leader Occupational Health & Safety
Emergency Preparedness & Response
Lilly Corporate Center - Drop Code 4915
Indianapolis, IN  46285
Phone:  (317) 655-8672  


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Tina Kennedy

Hourly Representative from a Union-Site (2-year Term, Expires 6/1/21)

Tina has worked in the chemical industry for 25 years holding different jobs thru at Flint Hills Resources. Tina is currently an Offsite Utility Operator.  Along with being the Local 436G Vice president, Tina is an SGE, confined space rescuer, first responder, and has been a part of the safety committee for more than 15 years.

Flint Hills Resources
501 Brunner St.
Peru, IL 61354
Phone: (815)-224-5229


Craig Sievert

Hourly Representative from a Non-Union (2-year Term, Expires 6/1/20)

Craig came into the petroleum industry 26 + years ago with Amoco Oil co. as a Safety Specialist / Technician. During his time with Amoco he achieved certification to be a Qualified Individual as an On Scene Incident Commander.  As a QI he has taught classes on safety throughout the northern Region for the company.  As a specialist he was on a 5 state regional safety board for 6 years chairing the last 2 years. Craig now works for NuStar Energy based in San Antonio Texas takes the lead on aspects of safety for all sites as well as training of new employees. 

NuStar Pipeline Partnership L.P.
2288 County Road C W
Roseville, MN 55113
Phone: (651) 755-1596


Andy Youpel

Hourly Representative from a Mobile Workforce
(2-year Term, Expires 6/1/21) 

Andy is the Safety & Health Manager at Brandenburg industrial Service Company.  Brandenburg is one of the nation’s premier firms specializing in demolition and environmental remediation, which includes asbestos abatement, hazardous material removal, soil remediation, asset recovery, and site preparation. Andy is a Special Government Employee within the VPP Program, has participated in several assessments in Wisconsin and Ohio and has a faculty position at Purdue University NW. 

Brandenburg Industrial Service Company
2625 South Loomis
Chicago, IL 60608
Phone: (312) 326-5800


Karen O'Hara

Director-at-Large (3-year term, expires 6/1/22)

Karen is a Health & Safety Leader for the Cintas Corporation’s two Distribution Centers, located in Mason, OH.  Karen holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Cincinnati in Project Management and is an active volunteer with the American Red Cross as well as a local special needs program.

Safety & Health Leader
6800 Cintas Blvd.
Mason, OH 45040
Phone:  (513) 573-3727



Director-at-large (3-year term, expires 6/1/20)



Randy Schwartzkopf

Director-at-large (3-year term, expires 6/1/21)

Randy is an hourly associate with Afton Chemical in Sauget, IL.  He has 25 years experience with the last 12 years within health and safety field. He is the hourly safety person for the local 871-C of 167 employees. He is an OSHA 10 and 30 hour outreach instructor and has both attended and taught classes at ICWUC Health and Safety Center in Cincinnati Ohio.

Afton Chemical
501 Monsanto Avenue
Sauget, IL 62206
Phone: (618) 583-1238


Troy Munson CSP, CHMM

Director-at-large (3-year term, expires 6/1/22)

Troy is the Director of Health, Safety and Security for Oshkosh Defense. At Oshkosh Defense we stand behind those who dedicate their lives to protecting others. As an industry-leading tactical vehicle manufacturer, every day we strive to meet or exceed our customers’ ever-changing needs with next-generation defense technologies and advanced systems. We operate with unparalleled commitment to those who depend on our products and services worldwide to perform their missions and return home safely. He earned his B.S.E in Occupational Safety from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.

Oshkosh Defense
Director of Health, Safety and Security
2307 Oregon St.
Oshkosh, WI 54903
Phone: (920) 235 - 9151 ext. 26930

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Paul Labriola

Director-at-large (3-year term, expires 6/1/22)

Paul is the Director for Health and Safety for Nucor Steel located in Bourbonnais, IL.  which is a producer of rebar and  merchant bar quality steel: rounds, flats, and angles.  He earned his B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has worked as a safety professional since 2010.

Nucor Steel Kankakee
Health and Safety Director
One Nucor Way
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Phone: (815) 939-5596


Nancy Mugavero

VPP Manager Region V (Not an Elected Position)

Nancy is the Region V VPP Manager at U.S. DOL - OSHA.  Nancy has been the Region V Manager since 2005. 

US Department of Labor, OSHA VPP Manager Region V - Coordinator
230 S Dearborn Street 32nd Floor, Room 3244
Chicago, IL  60604-1505
Phone:(312) 886-6289  


Glenn Trout

Director Ex Officio (Not an Elected Position)

Glenn is the President and CEO of VelocityEHS online, a leading provider of on-demand Safety Data Sheet (SDS) management and compliance products and services for the Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) industry.  Glenn has been with the Region V Board for more than ten years serving in a number of roles.

Velocity EHS - President
350 North Orleans - Suite 950
Chicago, IL  60654
Phone:  (312) 881-2430


Jimmy Jacquez

Director Ex Officio (Not an Elected Position)

Jimmy is the Director of Health & Safety at Morton Salt. Jimmy has been on the board for many years previously heading up exhibitors and conferense sponsorship.  Jimmy has a bachelors degree from Fairmont State University and a Masters degree in Safety Management from West Virginia University.

Morton Salt, Inc.
P. O. Box 428  Grand River, OH 44045
570 Headlands Road, Painesville, OH 44077
Phone: (440) 639-4223