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.

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.

Karonica Brice - Aggregates Safety Manager, CEMEX Construction Materials

Karonica Brice has about 20 years of experience working as a safety professional. She spent almost ten years in various roles with the U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) across the United States. In 2002, she earned her certification as a Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) from the International Society of Mine Safety Professionals.

Karonica was a safety manager responsible for aggregate surface, underground and construction locations in Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee. She has also worked as a safety manager in the lead mining industry and the utility industry in Missouri.

She is currently a safety manager for the CEMEX Construction Materials for the Aggregate Division in Davenport, Florida.

Karonica is from St. Louis, Missouri, and attended the University of Missouri-Rolla, now Missouri Science and Technology, and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering. She is married to Gary Brice and shares four sons with him.

Holly Brooks - Account Manager, RB Oppenheim Associates

Holly Brooks is an account manager at RB Oppenheim Associates (RBOA), providing communications services for non-profit organizations, public health initiatives, trade associations and educational institutions. Her responsibilities include strategy development, branding, media relations, web content management, social media management and digital marketing.

Prior to joining RBOA, Holly served as an Account Coordinator at On 3 Public Relations in Tallahassee, where she gained experience in media relations, social media management and digital marketing. She has also worked as an Associate Producer at WTSP, the Tampa Bay area’s CBS affiliate. Holly’s experiences in the fast-paced fields of public relations and broadcast news have given her a unique perspective of today’s media landscape, along with the ability to sort through complex information and create compelling stories. 

Holly graduated with highest honors from the University of Florida in December 2014, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunication. While at UF, she served as a Producer, Technical Director, and Reporter for live half-hour newscasts on the North Central Florida PBS affiliate, WUFT-TV. She also interned at Sachs Media Group in Tallahassee, which sparked her interest in public relations and marketing. 

Holly is an active member of the Florida Public Relations Association. She is happy to be working in her hometown of Tallahassee, a city that she loves. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, playing the guitar and playing Ultimate Frisbee.

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.

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, CSP, CMSP, 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.

Grace Holden, MBA, CHST

Grace is a Senior Safety Specialist for Komatsu Mining Corp. and graduated from Warner University with a Masters’ in Business Administration. Grace has four BCSP Safety Certifications including SMS (Safety Management Specialist), CET, CHST and STSC. She has over 30 years’ experience in mining, 30 CFR Parts 46 and 48, with 28 years in phosphate and 3 in the coal industry.

Grace enjoys training and mentoring employees as an MSHA and OSHA 501 (General Industry) Trainer and is currently an adjunct professor at Polk State Corporate College. She is a member of the Central Florida Joseph A. Holmes Society and is very active in community fundraising.

Grace’s safety responsibilities for Komatsu cover the SE Region (TX, FL, AL).

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

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Larry Melton - Consultant & Trainer, Mine Safety Solutions of Florida

Larry is a United States Air Force Veteran who found himself working for a major mining company after 10 years of active duty. He started his mining career as a QC Technician and was quickly promoted to Production and Safety Supervisor. During his nine years with the mining company, he became skilled in mine safety and health, which groomed him for his next position as a Mine Safety & Health Inspector for the U.S. Department of Labor. Larry worked as a MSHA Mine Inspector for more than eight years, protecting the health and safety of Metal/Non-Metal miners. Larry was passionate about his job and well respected among his peers. After moving to Florida in 2017, Larry continues to protect the health and safety of miners as a consultant to mine operators and contractors. He is also an Adjunct Instructor with the Florida Mine Safety Program.

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.

Gary Mitchell - President and Owner, Thunder Bay Productions

Gary Mitchell is the president and owner of Thunder Bay Productions, with corporate offices in Atlanta, GA. He serves as a script writer, videographer, editor and voiceover narrator. Areas of specialization at Thunder Bay Productions include surface mining, cement production, concrete products manufacturing and delivery and construction industry performance. Both MSHA and OSHA regulations are the primary guiding forces in the company’s safety video training programs. The company takes regulations a step further by getting workers to assist with being an integral part of the video programs.

Prior to starting Thunder Bay Productions, Gary spent 10 years as a television news reporter and anchor working for WWL TV in New Orleans, LA, WALA TV in Mobile, AL and WCTV TV in Tallahassee, FL. He graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. in Mass Communications.

Thunder Bay Productions is now entering its 25th year of safety video production, with clients including both domestic U.S. corporations and international companies from around the globe. The goal at Thunder Bay Productions is “to save lives and protect workers in hazardous working conditions. To respect these workers and communicate in their language and bring them back to their families safe and sound.” Gary attributes his skills and inspiration to his father, Bo Mitchell, who taught him that “the broadcast industry is a calling in which you seek to serve your fellow man.”

Lee Smith - Production Manager, North American Mining

Bio Coming Soon

Foster Thorpe - President, Strategic Safety Compliance

Foster Thorpe has more than 30 years in the phosphate industry both in mining and the chemical business. His EHS work experience includes: power generation, food and the construction industry. He has held several middle to senior management positions in Environment, Health & Safety. Part of his professional experience was 14 years as a member/asst. chairman of District 7 Local Emergency Response Committee for Central Florida.

Foster earned a Master’s in Management and Business, is a Certified Mining Safety Professional (CMSP), certified MSHA instructor, authorized trainer in OSHA General and Construction Industry, certified trainer for the National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER) and the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council (MSSC). He is an adjunct professor at Polk State Corporate College and a member of the Central Florida Joseph A. Holmes Society.

He is President of Strategic Safety Compliance, a full service safety company providing environmental, health and safety work such as auditing, training, site risk analysis, program development and intervention approaches with the private and public industries at the local, state and federal levels. His passion is working with people for continuous improvement and making an impact. Foster is looking forward to serving as an Advisory Board member to support the mining programs and education in Florida.

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.

JD Verschuere - Safety Associate, Sims Crane & Equipment

JD started his career with a roofing building supply company where he worked for 14 years. He began as a helper on a truck and learned the in’s and out’s of the business by driving trucks, managing the warehouse, operating every piece of equipment, training others to drive and operate, inside sales and administrative work and finally moving into management as a General Manager. From there, he moved onto a liquor distributor for four years as a Transportation Manager, supervising 60 drivers and 40 warehouse associates. Since 2014, he has worked in the Safety Department with Sims Crane & Equipment conducting safety meetings, investigating accidents and injuries, providing training to employees and contractors, performing job site and branch audits and handling loss and damage claims pertaining to accidents and workers compensation. His extensive background with DOT knowledge has kept Sims in compliance. He has since been involved with a diverse contractor list, including electrical workers and miners. JD’s passion for ensuring others are able to return home to their families each day is what drives him to strive for a constant gathering and sharing of education and knowledge.


Born and raised in Tampa, Fla. JD has a love for fishing. Previously, he had a successful career playing football for Arena and Semi-Pro teams.