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.

Aubrey Brown - Communication Manager, RB Oppenheim Associates

Aubrey Brown is an account executive at RB Oppenheim Associates, providing communication services for non-profit organizations, public health initiatives, professional and trade associations, real estate developments and educational institutions. Her responsibilities include strategy development, branding, media relations, public affairs, crisis management, web content management, social media management and digital marketing.

Prior to joining RBOA, Aubrey served as a digital content producer at WCTV in Tallahassee, where she gained experience in social media management, video production and writing for print and television. Aubrey’s experience in the fast-paced field of broadcast journalism has given her a unique perspective on today’s media landscape, along with the ability to sort through complex information and create compelling stories.

Aubrey graduated from Florida State University in 2017, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Digital Media Studies, with a minor in Journalism from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. Aubrey served as an associate producer for FAMU-TV 20, a weekly newscast produced by students in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. She also has held positions with Florida State University Housing and the Florida State University baseball team.

Aubrey grew up in Rockledge, Florida, and she is blessed to be only a few hours away from her parents and younger brother. In her spare time, Aubrey can be found reading, swimming or cheering on the ‘Noles.

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

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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.

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.”

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.