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David McDaniel, Jr.
Waynesboro, VA 22980
540-942-2222 (Work)
540-946-9466 (Pager)

David McDaniel is the Owner of Safety And Health Consultants, a Safety, Health and Environmental Consulting Company that administers safety, health, environmental and management programs to companies in the Central and Western regions of Virginia. He has an Undergraduate Degree In General Studies from Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL., and a Masters Degree in Management from Webster University in St. Louis. He is a Graduate of the Army War College and a Graduate of the Army's Installation Management course at Fort Lee, Virginia. He was previously Safety, Health, Fire Protection & Security Manager for E. I. Dupont De Nemours, &Co. Inc., in Waynesboro, Va., where he worked for 36 Years, retiring from Dupont to start a consulting business. Retired from the Army National Guard in April 1998 as a Major General. Married to the former Dreama Sandridge of Waynesboro, Va. Past President - Waynesboro/East Augusta Chamber of Commerce President and Chairman of the Board of the Blue Ridge Safety Association. Board of Directors of the Augusta Safety Network and Member of the Board of Directors of the Shenandoah Valley Ergonomics Network

  Lara Hoke - Blue Ridge Safety Association Secretary
BRSA Project Coordinator
One Solutions Way, Suite 109
Waynesboro, VA  22980

Lara Hoke is the Project Coordinator for the Blue Ridge Safety Association.  Previously she served as the Human Resources Supervisor with responsibility for the safety program at Hollister Incorporated from January of 1999 until January of 2006. Hollister Incorporated is a manufacturer of disposable health care products.  Before joining Hollister, she worked for R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company in Harrisonburg as the Human Resources Supervisor. R.R. Donnelley & Sons is a manufacturer of hard and soft cover books.  Lara is a Bridgewater College graduate and received her Master's Degree in Adult Education and Human Resource Development from James Madison University. An active member with local safety networks, Lara is a founding member of the Blue Ridge Safety Association.  Lara lives in Waynesboro with her husband Jeff, Vice President of ARCAM Construction, and her daughter, Riley. 

Linda Gail Johnson, RN, BSN,COHN-S  -  Blue Ridge Safety Association Board  Member
Director of Community Wellness
Augusta Medical Center
PO Box 1000
Fishersville, VA 22939

12 years as department director of hospital-based community outreach program, focusing on health promotion and occupational health services. Founder and current coordinator of the Augusta Safety Network, providing safety and health information and networking opportunities for all employers in Augusta County. Earned a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Eastern Mennonite University. Currently a graduate student in the Public Health Leadership program at the University of North Carolina occupational health nursing focus. Registered Nurse, Certified Occupational Health Nurse and Hearing Conservation Professional, CPR and AED instructor, First Aid/Blood-borne Pathogen instructor, Breath and saliva alcohol technician, Instructor for health promotion topics. Recipient of NIOSH Traineeship in Occupational Health Nursing.

Nancy L. Ailstock - Blue Ridge Safety Association Executive Director
Ailstock & Associates

Nancy has been working in the field of Occupational Safety and Health ,Personnel, Training and Development and Organizational Development for the past twenty five years. She most recently served as the Regional Director for the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, overseeing Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Compliance, Virginia Safety and Health Consultation, Labor Law, Apprenticeship and Boiler Safety Divisions. Prior to this she was with M&M Mars, Inc., in the positions of Plant Personnel Manager, Training and Development Manager and Organizational Development Manager. She was in independent contractor for Occupational Safety and Health, assisting the New York City Housing Authority, the Department of Energy, Fossil Fuel, and Satellite Business Systems. Currently Nancy is the principal of Ailstock and Associates, Consulting in Occupational Safety and Health in the Textile Industry. Nancy holds an AA in Safety and Health, a BS in Business Administration, a MLS in Legal Studies and an MS in Human Resources and Organizational Development.

Edward J. Tobias, ARM - Blue Ridge Safety Association Treasurer
E.J. Tobias & Associates
155 Baynes Road
Waynesboro, VA 22980

Ed is President of E.J. Tobias & Associates a safety consulting firm that provides safety and loss control services to a wide variety of industries and public entities.  Received his formal education at Seton Hall University where he studied Chemistry and minored in Labor Relations. For several years he was a chemist in the surface coatings and then in the photo chemicals industry.  In 1967 he entered the field of risk management. After eleven years as a loss control representative in workers compensation in the insurance industry, Ed accepted a position as vice president with an international insurance brokerage firm to service selected accounts nationally. He earned his Associate in Risk Management, a nationally recognized professional designation in 1979. In addition to traditional loss control and safety services, he has received training in providing environmental risk management services. He develops, coordinates and provides instruction in the technical aspects of safety and health related programs, including those required for State and Federal compliance. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Safety Association and the Board of Directors of the Augusta Safety Network and sits on their Steering Committee..


Harry R. Holtz, RIHT - Blue Ridge Safety Association Board  Member
233 Falling Rock Drive
Stuarts Draft, VA 24477


Harry worked as an Industrial Hygiene Resource for DuPont/DTI for 19 years. He is recognized by the Association of Professional Industrial Hygienists as a Registered Industrial Hygiene Technologist. Educational background includes Hampton University, Lynchburg Community College, Piedmont Community College and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Educational Resource Center with focus on Industrial Hygiene related courses that include Noise, Exhaust, Confined Space, Respiratory Protection, Office Ergonomics, Indoor Air Quality and Exposure Monitoring. Harry is currently Licensed by the DPOR of Virginia as an Asbestos Supervisor and an Asbestos Project Monitor. He also has experience in doing Safety and Industrial Health Audits.



Kevin E. Arnold
Tenneco Automotive - Walker Manufacturing Company
3160 Abbott Lane
Harrisonburg, VA

Kevin has worked at Walker Manufacturing Company for twenty-one years and held various jobs including: Manufacturing Supervisor, Distribution Supervisor, Employment Manager and Environmental, Safety and Health Manager.