The College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University has 43 full-time faculty members, 42 part-time instructors, and approximately 225 staff members which includes individuals from EKU’s two research facilities. All of these hard-working professionals are dedicated to supporting students in their educational endeavors.
Chelsea Adkins is a native of Richmond, Kentucky and a two-time graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. During her career, she has gained experience teaching online courses such as Emergency Planning, Emergency Management, and Terrorism & Homeland Security.
Daniel Ashworth is currently employed as a Certified Fire Protection Specialist for Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc., located in Erwin, Tennessee.
Ryan Baggett serves as the Director of Homeland Security Programs within the Justice and Safety Center, housed in the College of Justice and Safety at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky.
Lee Bradley, EKU Facilitator, works for Nike, Inc. at their world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon as head of Nike’s Operational Risk Management which includes Global Environmental, Safety and Health, Risk Control and Business Continuity/Crisis Management programs.
Michael J. Fagel, PhD.,CEM has been involved in all phases of public safety since 1970, Law Enforcement, Fire/Rescue, EMS, Emergency Management and WMD training and support.
Amy C. Hughes, MS is an online facilitator for the EKU Safety, Security and Emergency Management Master’s program and is Associate Director of Training Delivery & Operations for the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium at the EKU Justice & Safety Center.
Josh Kaylor currently works as a full-time Firefighter/EMT for Richmond, KY Fire/Rescue. He graduated with his B.S. in Fire Protection Administration and a Master's in Safety, Security and Emergency Management from EKU.
Michael Shane LaCount is the Assistant Fire Chief of Training, Safety and Risk Management where he coordinates department training activities and assists the risk management division in instruction and coordination of town wide safety programs for the Town of Mooresville, North Carolina.
Thomas May earned his J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (2008) and his B.S. from the University of Cincinnati (2004). Thomas R. May provides consulting services to attorneys in matters related to fire and explosion through Fire Litigation Strategies L.L.C.
David Oliver has been with General Motors Corporation for over 27 years holding various positions in Security, Fire Protection, Labor Relations and Safety. A native Kentuckian, he began his career at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant in 1981.
William S. Ragland, Ph.D., is a structural engineer with Chad Stewart and Associates in Knoxville, TN. Dr. Ragland holds Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee.
Tara Rose is currently a part-time facilitator at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), bringing statistical analysis experience and research skills from her years with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, and the Justice and Safety Center at EKU.
Brian Simpkins is the Associate Director of Research and Evaluation with the EKU's Justice & Safety Center. Brian provides daily oversight of the JSC’s research and evaluation support to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Travis L. Smith is the Director of Environmental Health and Safety for Ernst Enterprises of Georgia. Ernst is a ready mix concrete company whose home office is in Dayton, Ohio.
Branden Sobaski is a firefighter with the Iowa City Fire Department. Prior to taking a job with ICFD, he taught FSE 101 on EKU's campus in Richmond, and worked as the Lab Coordinator for the FSE Program.
Lucas Tinsley is currently a firefighter with the City of Richmond Fire Department. His duties with the city are as a firefighter and apparatus driver/operator.
Katherine Trent is currently a Project Specialist for the Justice and Safety Center at Eastern Kentucky University. She has both on-line facilitator and instructor experience in the Safety, Security and Emergency Management field.
James F. Trusley, CSP is an Environmental Health and Safety Manager with Jim Beam Brands Co. in Frankfort, KY and has worked in the Environmental Health Safety and Security field for 14 years.
David Stumbo, OHST. A public servant with the Ky Labor Cabinet’s occupational safety and health program for 16 years.
Dustin Spencer is currently the Regional Safety Manager – East Coast Operations for Amazon Fulfillment, with a home base in Lexington, KY. Dustin is responsible for 20+ Fulfillment Centers and Safety Manager Development/New Launch Training for NAFC Operations.
Mr. Frank Kubala has 25 years of experience in law enforcement, 12 years of active law enforcement to include patrol, investigations and tactical operations.
James received his bachelor’s degree in Police Administration from EKU in 1995, then entered the law enforcement community. He has 18 year’s experience in law enforcement, including eight years of supervision experience
My name is Jessica Turner (maiden name, Burba) and I am a Kentucky native. I have been North, South, East, and West, but nothing compares to the beauty of Kentucky in the fall!
Lori Beers is a Claims Supervisor for Brentwood Services Administrators and currently resides in Champaign, IL. She earned a Bachelor’s in Occupational Safety from Indiana University and a Master's of Education from the University of Illinois.
Melanie holds a Master of Science in Safety, Security and Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Public Administration, from the University of West Florida.
Phillip started at Eastern with all intentions of becoming a career firefighter and eventually moving into more of a Fire Marshall type role. While in school, a close friend recommended that I look into doing an internship with a local company in Lexington, KY.
Shannon Lindey, MS is a Safety Officer at West Point Military Academy. Ms. Lindey holds a Master of Science in Safety, Security and Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University specializing in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics.
Tara J. Cox is a 6 Sigma Master Black Belt for Caterpillar Inc. providing continuous improvement leadership in strategy development and implementation.
Mr. Randy Shaw is a 1979 Eastern Kentucky University graduate of the Industrial Security and Safety Bachelor of Science program and has over 34 years of safety expertise.
Tom Reed is originally from Lexington, Kentucky and received his Masters of Science in Loss Prevention and Safety in 2004. His work experience in the safety field includes construction safety as well as general industry.
Ms. Oser is a 1996 graduate of Eastern KY University receiving a BS degree in Corrections and Juvenile Services. She continued her education at Indiana University – Bloomington, receiving an M.S. degree in Applied Health Sciences, with emphasis in Safety Management in 1997.
Aaron Parrish is a Certified Safety Consultant I with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, Division of Education and Training.
Aisha E. Johnson, MSE, CPE is an online facilitator for the OSH bachelor’s program and the SSEM master's program.
Andy Jennings has a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. He also has an Associate of Risk Management (ARM) certification.
Mrs. Schramm holds a Master of Science in Safety, Security and Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University with an emphasis in Occupational Safety.
Bryan has been teaching in the Safety Security and Emergency Management Program within the College of Justice and Safety since 2007. He is interested in expanding his knowledge and role in online and distance education programs to help educate professionals in this field of study.