Webinar: Maintaining Workplace Safety
Recorded On: 08/31/2023
Maintaining a safe workplace is not as easy as it looks. Learn how to establish a safety plan, provide healthy workspaces, and learn about the challenges faced by those who are tasked with this important responsibility.
Please join your risk management and safety peers as they discuss Maintaining Workplace Safety on Thursday, August 31st at 1:00 pm EDT.
- Pamela J. Kershaw, Director of Human Resources & Risk Management, City of Coconut Creek, FL (Moderator)
- Eric Cloudt, Director, Safety & Environmental Health, San Antonio Water System, TX
- Laurel Diver, Manager of Human Resources & Risk Management, Lake County Forest Preserve District, Libertyville, IL
- Michelle L. Ducre, Director of Human Resources/Risk Management, City of Joplin, MO
- Robert Warren, Manager, Risk and Safety, Trinity River Authority of Texas, Arlington, TX
Pamela Kershaw (Moderator)
Director, Human Resources & Risk Management
City of Coconut Creek, Florida
Pam is the Director of Human Resources & Risk Management for the City of Coconut Creek in South Florida, where she has served for over 23 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is certified as a Senior Professional In Human Resources (SPHR), an IPMA Senior Certified Professional (IPMA-SCP), and a Labor Relations Professional (CLRP). She is also a long-standing member of PSHRA (formerly IPMA-HR) and executive board member of the South Florida Chapter, where she has served as President and currently serves as the Director of Membership
Director, Safety & Environmental Health
San Antonio Water System, TX
As Director of Safety & Environmental Health, Eric is accountable for developing, recommending, and implementing policies, programs, and procedures which optimize the health and safety of SAWS and its employees while ensuring compliance with all federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and safety standards. The Safety & Environmental Health Team consists of 9 Safety Professionals who serve SAWS’ ~1,900 team members.
Prior to joining SAWS in 2017, Eric was the Senior Director of Supply Chain for CPS Energy. He had accountability for the Sourcing, Logistics, Fleet, Printing, and Remittance departments for the gas and electric utility. He joined CPS Energy in 2009. Prior to his work at CPS Energy, Eric enjoyed a successful 10-year career in Automotive Manufacturing with Takata Seat Belts, Inc. and Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems. During his 10-year tenure, Eric held various corporate and operational positions in Accounting, Materials Management, Production Control, Quality Assurance, Quality Engineering, and Plant Management.
The Del Rio, Texas, native is a 1998 graduate of Southwest Texas State University earning his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. In 2003 he also successfully obtained his Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification.
Manager of Human Resources & Risk Management
Lake County Forest Preserve District
As the Manager of Human Resources and Risk for the Lake County Forest Preserve District, Laurel Diver oversees all HR and Risk/Safety functions including: employee recruitment, employee benefits, training, risk reduction and safety activities including training and environmental mitigation projects. A member of the District’s management team, she is involved in initiatives to support the Forest Preserves 100 Year Vision for Lake County.
Prior to joining the District, Laurel was the Human Resources Officer for Union Bank & Trust Company. She has a bachelor’s degree in human resources from Winona State University and holds SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.
Michelle L. Ducre
Director of Human Resources/Risk Management
City of Joplin, MO
My career has been devoted to the public sector (government, healthcare and nonprofit), including more than 16 years in human resources in manufacturing, corporate and nonprofit organizations. I served as staff in the U.S. Senate, Louisiana Lt. Governor's office, a Louisiana Senator's office and in local government in Kansas, and now Missouri.
Experience in strategic planning, compensation and benefits, full cycle recruiting and retention, employee relations, fund development, managing self-funded health plan, KPERS retirement, flex spending, developing policies, disaster recovery and more. Throughout my career, I've enjoyed public speaking, writing, and meeting with CEOs, educators and city leaders to address key issues affecting residents in our communities.
Manager, Risk and Safety
Trinity River Authority of Texas
Robert Warren is the Senior Manager of the Trinity River Authority of Texas’ Risk Management Division, with over 18 years of in Risk Management and safety. Prior to joining the Authority, he was Risk Manager for the City of Arlington and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). Included in his many responsibilities, Robert manages the Authority’s risk management, safety, property and casualty insurance, physical security, records administration, emergency management, and facility maintenance programs. Robert has served as a member various board and committees at the state and national level in his official capacity to include:
- Texas PRIMA board currently is the Chapter Immediate-Past President
- National PRIMA – Education Committee, Leadership Development Committee, Chapter Membership and Engagement Committee
- Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT) – Safety, Cyber & Infrastructure Committee Co-Chair
- American Water Works Association – Health, Safety & Environmental and Emergency Preparedness & Security committees
- American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) - Public Sector Practice
Robert was named Risk Manager of the Year by Texas PRIMA in 2017 and was recently awarded the Chapter Service Award at the National PRIMA Conference. Robert holds a Master’s Degree in Occupational Safety and Health and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration as well as the Certified Risk Manager (CRM), and PSHRA-HR Senior Certified Professional (IMPA-SCP) designations.