President, Ronald J. Schenk, CUSP
Ron Schenk’s career in the Utility Industry spans 27 years and includes 14 years on staff with a large powerline contractor, serving as Director of Training for 1,800 lineworkers. Through ISPC, Ron has helped dozens of contractors and smaller utilities develop and implement internal lineworker apprenticeship programs, helping many to also Certify their programs through the U.S. Department of Labor. Ron’s expertise includes supervisory development training for field supervisors and safety training for powerline crews. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in business, Ron is a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) and he is an Executive Board Member of USOLN, the founding organization for the CUSP Credential. In 2004 Ron created and is President of the Institute for Safety in Powerline Construction (ISPC), based in Alexandria, LA. ISPC is an Electric Utility Industry Association focusing on safety and training for lineworkers throughout North America and the Caribbean.
Secretary/Treasurer, Wanda Schenk
Wanda Schenk has been involved in the Lineworker Training field since 2004. It was then that she shared the vision with husband, Ron Schenk, to address the ongoing issue of providing quality lineworker training materials. She is a founding partner of T & D PowerSkills and serves as Secretary/Treasurer for T & D PowerSkills, as well as Institute for Safety in Powerline Construction. Now as a Director and Treasurer for Safety Management International, she sees the early vision of T & D PowerSkills and Institute for Safety in Powerline Construction becoming highly regarded and recognized in their mission of providing best practices in safety and training for lineworkers throughout the United States and Caribbean.
Executive Director, Mack Turner, CUSP
Mack Turner’s career spans over 25 years in the Electric, Gas and Communications Utility Industry. Mack has specialized in the Safety, Risk and Leadership disciplines and is focused on positive culture change. Mack’s experience includes corporate safety management, field safety management, fleet management, electrical utility craft training, leadership development and soft skills, behavioral-based safety training and consulting. Mack has worked with large utility contractors, large electric and gas utilities, and small co-op’s. Mack is also the President/Board Chairman and founding member for the Utility Safety Operations Leadership Network (USOLN). Mack is a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP), Certified Utility Safety Administrator (CUSA), and holds Advanced Safety Certificate’s from the National Safety Council as well as various Safety Certificates from Red Rocks Community College. Mack currently resides in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Senior Consultant, Jim Vaughn, CUSP
As Senior Consultant for ISPC Jim serves utilities as a safety specialist in utility industry related OSHA and consensus standards. Jim provides both consult and program development for utilities in OSHA compliant policies and procedures as well as consult on incident investigation and incident related litigation. Jim also develops and delivers ISPC training as well as dedicated client specific training programs.
Senior Consultant, Dan Taylor, CUSP
Dan Taylor began his career in his hometown of Loa, Utah working for Garkane Energy. With 38 years of professional experience, he has been a journeyman Lineman for Garkane Energy since January 18, 1986. Dan has been involved with Garkane's safety program for 20 years. He is a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) and also a Certified Loss Control Professional (CLCP). Utilizing his background in transmission, distribution, overhead, underground work, Dan has the knowledge of vital working skills. Dan has been an instructor at the Mesa Hot Line School, Rualite Hot Line School and IPSA Hot Line School. He has taught rubber gloving, distribution and transmission hot sticking.
Senior Consultant, Travis Proffitt, CUSP, CHST
Travis started his career at Dillard Smith Construction Company as a groundman, then began his lineman apprenticeship, quickly becoming a Journeyman Lineman in 2004. After two years of building powerlines, he was made Lineman Foreman, a position he held for another two years. In 2008, he started his seven years as a lineman for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he was eventually promoted to Electrical Planner. He joined ISPC as a Senior Consultant in 2021. Travis is chief of his local fire department and serves as a pastor at Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church. He lives with his wife and four children in east Tennessee.
Director of Member Services, Jamie Yaeger
Affiliated Consultant, Scott Young, CUSP
Scott’s 28-year career with Tampa Electric Company began as a garage mechanic apprenticeship. Young later became heavy equipment operator and began apprentice substation electrician training. Upon his promotion to Lead Substation Electrician, Young was responsible for the oversight of electrical crews charged with the maintenance of high voltage substation equipment and power disruption emergency response throughout the service area. After graduating with honors from Saint Leo University in San Antonio, Fla., Young then served six years as Tampa Electric Company’s Skills Training Center Supervisor where he was instrumental in developing, updating and implementing high voltage technical training as well as annual safety programs that met or exceeded mandates from OSHA. Young is a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) and is an OSHA Authorized General Industry, and Construction Outreach Trainer. As a former USF OSHA Training Institute Education Center Instructor, he has taught courses including topics such as confined space, fall protection, scaffolding, electrical safety, lockout/tagout. Scott is a certified Circuit breaker and Substation technician and has taught aerial device, high voltage/low voltage electrical technical training, among many others. Young is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is also an American Heart Association Certified Instructor of CPR.
Affiliated Consultant, David V. Johnson, CUSP
Low Voltage Specialist
Born and raised in the Salt Lake Valley in Utah, Dave served four years in the Military as an officer and a helicopter pilot, including a tour in Viet Nam. After the war, he spent four years in an electrical apprenticeship program and ultimately became a master electrician. With field experience and office experience as part owner of an electrical construction company, his position as Chief Operations Officer of that company allowed him to hone leadership and training skills. Dave is the owner of Electric Asset Company which is a training company focusing on OSHA safety with specific emphasis on electrical safety including National Electrical Code topics as well as NFPA 70E safety related work practices. Dave has done Apprenticeship training, Safety training and adult education for Salt Lake Community College, The Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health with the University of Utah and a host of private companies across the Western United States. For approximately the last 10 years Dave has specialized in NEC update training and OSHA safety training with the Mountain West OTIEC.
Affiliated Consultant, Randy Price, CUSP
Overhead and Underground Specialist
Randy Price’s career spans over 35 years in the Electric & Gas Utility Industry. Randy has specialized in Transmission & Distribution duties as a Lineman, and Electric training for Lineman & Lineman Apprentices, was the leader in the writing of MidAmerican Energy apprenticeships. Randy’s experiences include training all MidAmerican Energy Lineman & Apprentices in transformer connections, annual refresher classes, teaching the National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC) 4 Year apprenticeship, and working as a Journeyman Lineman for over 30 years.
Affiliated Consultant, Rick Tobey, CUSP
Rick Tobey entered the utility business with Florida Power and Light Co. in 1965 as a helper. He held the positions of Lineman, foreman, troubleman, Switching coordinator, crew supervisor, superintendent and Supervisor of safety power delivery Florida Power and Light Co. He retired from FPL in 2002 and worked for several contractors as Apprentice trainer and safety manager. He then formed his own business in 2006. Rick has extensive training in distribution, transmission, underground and substation. At FPL, he was on the Gloving committee as an instructor and advisor. He also was on the Serious Injury analysis team and have investigated 15 fatalities as well as many serious injuries. He has trained most of the Green Mountain Power linemen in gloving. He trained many of Chain electrical contractors, T& D Solutions and Jamaica Power system linemen in transmission hot stick techniques as well as having been on a transmission hot stick crew for over two years sticking daily. He has trained bare hand techniques first learned at FPL and then re-certified by Chance-Hubbell. Rick now teaches hot stick and bare hand for Southeast Linemen Training Center in Trenton Georgia. He subcontracts to ISPC, WSSI SLTC and holds a C.U.S.P rating from USOLN. He has also been safety manager for Wilbros Inc. in Maine for a 345kv project, performed safety oversight for VELCO, 3 Phase electrical contractors (NY, Mass).
Affiliated Consultant, Andrew Menu, CUSP, CRSP
Canadian Practices Specialist
Andrew Menu is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional, a Certified Utility Safety Professional and a Provincial Instructor Diploma program graduate. He currently shares his working time between working as the owner and Director of Practical Safety Management, providing industry safety and compliance training as well as Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) consulting and instructing at the College of New Caledonia in central BC. With over a decade of experience working as a senior safety professional in the power utility environment, working for both utility owners and line contractors, combined with of 20 years’ experience working in the various industries of BC and Alberta, Andrew has a very practical and effective perspective to offer.
Affiliated Consultant, Ted Granger, CUSP
Human Resource Specialist
Ted Granger is a consultant and trainer with an extensive operational background in the electric utility industry. Ted is a graduate of the University of South Florida. He is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP). He also currently serves on the Executive Board of the Utility & Ops Leadership Network (USOLN) and has published safety articles in trade magazines. Ted’s passion for safety is exemplified in his development of safety training programs, presentations at training events and safety conferences including USOLN IP, NRECA and EEI Safety Conferences. He has provided assistance to companies desiring to improve their safety performance by assessing and making recommendations based on a review of their safety culture, procedures, and safety compliance at all levels. This includes development of overall safety programs, safety manuals, procedures and related training. He has worked with electric utilities, electric co-operatives, and contractors both domestic and international. Other experience was gained through a 37-year career from Florida Power & Light Co. (NextEra Energy). In addition to Safety, Ted served in leadership roles in Distribution Operations, Logistics, and Human Resources. He is a member of the FPL Power Delivery Hall of Fame.
Affiliated Consultant, Danny L. Raines, CUSP
Danny Raines is a Certified Utility Safety Professional who has over 53 years’ experience in electrical utility high and low voltage safety work practices. Forty of those years were with Georgia Power, where he was a lineman and supervisor performing utility construction and corporate safety training. In 2007, he retired from Georgia Power and founded Raines Utility Safety Solutions, LLC, where he has provided services for many companies in the form of OSHA construction and general industry related to 1926 and 1910.269, site hazard and risk assessments, and training. He is an affiliate instructor with Georgia Tech Research Institute, where he provides training on electrical safe work rules, NFPA 70E, and arc flash employee safety training. Danny is also a member of the Incident Prevention (Utilities Business Media) development team for the Certified Utility Safety Professional credential. Danny has articles published in every edition of Incident Prevention Magazine and also presents podcasts on all articles written for the magazine.