As the Florida Public Safety Institute (FPSI) and Florida Mine Safety Program move forward with improving and enhancing our services to the mining operations and wonderful folks that work in and around the mines, we are establishing an Advisory Board to assist FPSI in making our dreams for the program a reality.

The mission of the Advisory Board is to assist FPSI in identifying industry best practices, creating a statewide training plan, drafting rule language for the Surface Mine Rescue Contest, programming for fallen miners yearly and planning a statewide Mining Conference.

Kim Allen - Director of Continuing Education, Florida Public Safety Institute

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Linda Anhalt - Manager of EHS Training, Mosaic

linda-s-anhalt-cplpLinda Anhalt has been active in learning and development for 20 years with experience that spans multiple industries including, manufacturing, professional services, banking, mortgage origination and servicing and consumer finance. Her areas of expertise include performance improvement, classroom facilitation and process improvement.

Linda holds a master’s in education with a specialization in training and development and the professional designation as a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP). She also holds certifications as a MBTI practitioner, Six Sigma Green Belt and a variety of instructor/facilitator certifications in leadership and professional skills programs.

She is the manager of environmental health and safety training for Mosaic, one of the world’s largest producers of finished phosphate products, and is based in Tampa, Florida in the Phosphate business unit.

Her team recently won the highly coveted Brandon Hall Group Global GOLD Award for Best Advance in Compliance Training for the Phosphates Foundations (New Hire) training course. This was the only gold award given in this category and is the highest award that can be achieved from the Brandon Hall Group.

Brianna Barnebee - Senior Account Manager, RB Oppenheim Associates

5_bjz6auBrianna Barnebee is a senior account manager at RB Oppenheim Associates (RBOA), serving clients in the public health, association, technology, education, government and insurance industries. Her responsibilities include strategy development and planning, branding and messaging, media relations and issue management, editorial services, social media networking and digital marketing, event planning, production management and client counseling. Brianna first started working at RBOA in August 2013 as an Account Coordinator. Brianna brings to RBOA and our clients a great enthusiasm for the communications field and knowledge of PR strategy, materials development, emerging technologies and social media tools.

Brianna graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations and international affairs. During her time at FSU, she participated in her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, as Philanthropy Chair and Relay For Life Chair. Brianna was an active member of the student chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association and served on the executive board as the Digital Coordinator. She also held a marketing and campaign executive chair position with the Student United Way.

Brianna also grew as a public relations professional through several internship experiences. For two years, she was the Campus Representative for Victoria’s Secret PINK at FSU. Through this position, she honed her social media and branding skills. She also learned the keys to planning a successful event during her time as the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Trade Show Coordinator. Brianna also served as a public relations intern at Give Kids The World Village, a nonprofit resort for children with life-threatening illnesses. Here she learned how to conduct media relations for a nonprofit organization.

Brianna is currently involved in the Florida Public Relations Association as a member of the first statewide LeadershipFPRA class and as the Director of Communications and PR for the Capital Chapter of FPRA. She is excited to serve on the Florida Public Safety Institute’s Florida Mine Safety Program advisory board.

Brianna was born and raised in Naples, Florida. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, going to the beach and dancing.


Kwaku Boakye, MBA, MSc - Site Manager, LafargeHolcim - Crystal River Quarry

kwaku-boakyeKwaku Boakye is a mining professional with over 15 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, project management, construction management and operation management. His years of expertise spell in gold, copper, aggregate and industrial minerals. Boakye has held positions of increased responsibility in LafargeHolcim (US) Inc., Cementos Portland Valderrivas, Quadra Mining Company (Currently KGHM International), Knight Piesold Consulting and Anglo Gold Ashanti. He received his BSc in mining engineering from the University of Mines and Technology in Ghana, a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in the U.S. and an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology in the U.S. He has more than 10 publications to his credit relating to mine operation, mine waste management and geotechnical engineering.

Ken Corley, CMSP - Project Manager, Safety Solutions and Supply Safety and Health

ken-corleyKen Corley, CMSP, has 39 years of mining and manufacturing experience, including two years in Saudi Arabia.

Ken is a native Floridian and is active in a number of safety organizations including, the American Society of Safety Engineers, Joseph A. Holmes Safety Association, the Florida Industry and Mining Safety & Health Association (president). In addition, he serves on the board of directors of the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals.

Dave Fernald, CMSP - Training & Development, PCS Phosphate - White Springs

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Barry Downes, CSP - EHS Concentrates Manager, Mosaic

Barry Downes has 27 years of experience in oil refining, chemical processing and manufacturing, electric generation, transmission and distribution, process instrumentation, safety systems, procedures and labor relations. Barry has led environmental and safety teams, both domestically and internationally. His most recent experience prior to joining Mosaic afforded him the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with OSHA’s senior leadership, as he served as the co-chair of a strategic partnership with OSHA in the electrical transmission and distribution arena. He has served as a member of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board in Washington D.C. His experiences also include the development and implementation of incident investigation programs and associated training. Barry is a recognized leader in utilizing problem solving skills. Barry draws from a broad knowledge of management practices, standards and training and outstanding writing and public speaking abilities. Most importantly he possesses exceptional team building skills which help drive members to sustainable common goals.

Barry has a master’s degree in education, instructional leadership, and maintains the Certified Safety Professional certification as well as the Associate Safety Professional certification. Barry was born and raised in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area and has relocated to the Mulberry area with his wife, upon joining Mosaic Company.

Tomas Gomez, CMSP - Safety Supervisor, CCC Group, Inc.

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Kimberly Harrison- Safety Chairman, BASF Quincy Operations


Kimberly has spent the last eight years with the BASF Quincy Operations plant in Quincy, Florida.

She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Valdosta State University. She serves as the safety chairman at the BASF site. Her main objective is to keep employees safe by making the work environment as safe as possible and instilling a safety mindset upon the employees.

Mindi Hastings - LafargeHolcim

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Joan Haynes, CSP, CMSP, I.E.T. - Adjunct Instructor, Florida Mine Safety Program

joanJoan Haynes, CMSP, CSP, I.E.T., has over 20 years of experience in the field of safety and health in both industrial and 30 CFR Parts 46 and 48 in mining environments.

Joan has been involved with the Florida Mine Safety Program for over 15 years.  Joan retired from a Corporate Safety Position in 2012 and is now working with the Florida Mine Safety Training Program as a Consultant / Adjunct Instructor.

Eustice Lowe - Regional EHS Manager, CCC Group, Inc.

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Karen M. Miller, CMSP - Mining Program Manager, Florida Mine Safety Program

Karen-MillerMs. Miller is the Mining Program Manager of Florida’s MSHA State Grants Program which provides creative and interactive learning programs to mining operations and contractors by bringing energy, humor, and a wealth of real life examples to every training class.

Ms. Miller is a Certified Mine Safety Professional, and holds MSHA IN and IS trainer qualifications, Notary Public for the Great State of Florida, in addition to ASHI/Medic First Instructor Trainer, and Accredited Claims Adjuster.

Prior to her present position, Ms. Miller spent 15-1/2 years as the Director of Risk Management and Safety with Rita Staffing, Inc. in Lakeland, Florida and 3 years with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as an OPS Safety Trainer and Staff Assistant for Mining and Reclamation.

Lee Smith - Production Manager, North American Mining

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Jeremy Wharton - President, JW & Associates, LLC

jeremyJeremy is the president of JW & Associates, LLC, a full service safety and training company headquartered in Lakeland, Florida. His vast experience in law enforcement, with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, and with the Drug Enforcement Administration, along with his background in training and compliance showcase his strengths in creative planning, tactical knowledge and facilitating. Jeremy is a Cum Laude graduate of the University of South Florida. In 2011, he retired from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office to undertake a graduate program at the Florida A&M University School of Law. Building upon his years of experience, he founded JW & Associates, which has grown into one of the most respected and sought after safety compliance companies in Florida. Jeremy has established a workforce of some of the most knowledgeable and experienced people in the industry. JW & Associates is committed to providing the most comprehensive planning, training and compliance expertise for their customers in industries such as mining, construction, industrial, agricultural and public safety, and will continue to grow and improve in an effort to make the world a safer place.