Health & Safety Committee

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The purpose of the Health and Safety Committee is to improve workplace health and safety through employee involvement in the review and evaluation of programs. The committee is advisory to the Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration and the charge includes:

  • Reviewing and evaluating health and safety inspection reports,
  • Reviewing and evaluating accident investigation reports,
  • Reviewing and evaluating the UW Tacoma emergency, accident and illness prevention programs, and
  • Providing a forum for employee concerns about health, safety and facilities at UW Tacoma.

Meeting schedule

The committee meets the 2nd Thursday of every month in Mattress Factory 352, unless otherwise noted.


The Health and Safety committee is comprised of members from most academic programs and support units.

Elected members

  • Hannah Wilson, UW Tacoma Library, Co-Chair
  • David Hirschberg, Center for Urban Waters, Co-Chair
  • Ashley Walker, School of Education
  • Nathan Ketzner, Nursing & Healthcare Leadership
  • Sara Contreras, Center for Equity & Inclusion
  • Gabriela Crosby, School of Social Work
  • Galen Guffy, Finance & Administration (At-Large)
  • Nikolette Tabafunda, Milgard School of Business
  • Kathleen Beaumont, Professional Development Center
  • Chris Barrett, School of Engineering & Technology
  • Carolyn Maxson, Teaching and Learning Center
  • Silvia Neely, Office of the Chancellor
  • Carina Tapia, Advancement
  • Jennifer Wilson, Academic Advising
  • Mariah Goyenechea, Enrollment Services
  • Gim Seow, Faculty Senate

Appointed members

  • Dave Leonard, Environmental Health & Safety, Director
  • Stanley Joshua, Facilities Services
  • Susan Wagshul-Golden, Campus Safety
  • James Sinding, Auxiliary Services Manager
  • Michelle Miller, Environmental Science/IAS

Ex-Officio Committee Support

  • Galen Guffy, Fiscal Support Services, Committee Secretary