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DOL > Safety and Health Consultation > Meet Our Consultants Meet Our Consultants

Safety Consultants use a variety of testing instruments and focus on physical hazards related to machinery from hand tools and cranes to scaffolds, which can result in injuries ranging from skin irritations and abrasions to broken bones, amputations and death.

Industrial Hygiene (IH) Consultants use various sampling devices and focus on health hazards related to chemical and noise exposures, which can result in reduction or loss of personal abilities such as hearing, memory, sight, muscular function and death. Consultants address biological hazards such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and other living organisms which may cause adverse health effects. They also cover chemical hazards (solids, liquids, gases, dusts, fumes and vapors) which carry toxic chemicals to workers through inhalation (breathing), absorption (through direct contact with the skin) or ingestion (eating or drinking).

Both Safety and IH Consultants look for hazards related to electrical, falls, fire protection, material handling, use and storage of materials and welding.

INSafe Consultants

Rebecca Ellson
INSHARP Coordinator
Rebecca serves the INSafe team as both a consultant and as INSHARP Coordinator. She started her professional life and spent 20+ years in numerous clinical positions, then began her nursing career in Occupational Health in 1981. Rebecca has extensive experience directing Effective Injury Management Programs, and worked as an Occupational Health Consultant for Liberty Mutual Insurance.
What may be most impressive, though, is Rebecca's background in nursing and involvement in education. She earned her Bachelor Of Science in Nursing from Indiana University, then her Master's in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Rebecca received her Nursing Diploma from St. Anthony's Hospital School of Nursing. She previously served as President of the Indiana State Nursing Association's Midwest Chapter and the Indiana Occupational Health Nurses Midwest Chapter. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau honorary Nursing Association, and has been a featured guest lecturer at the University of Indianapolis.


Brad Freeman, MS, CIH, CSP
INSafe Health Consultant
Brad has worked for the Department of Labor for eight years. His career began as an Environmental, Safety and Health Coordinator at CNS, a steel processing company in Terre Haute. In 2008, Brad came to the DOL as an industrial hygiene compliance officer, and a few years later, transferred to the INSafe division. Brad has a Bachelor Of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Indiana University School of Health, and earned his Master's in Human Resource Development at Indiana State University. Brad resides in Bloomington, IN, and conducts most consultations in the southern part of Indiana.


Gary Hulbert
INSafe Health Consultant
Gary began his career as a Safety and Environmental Manager in the private sector before joining the Indiana Department of Labor as a compliance safety and health officer for IOSHA. After nearly two decades, Gary joined INSafe in September 2013 as a health consultant. He is a graduate of Illnois State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety. He is a Certified Safety Professional and a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. He conducts most consultations out of north-central Indiana.


Tony Kuritz
INSafe Health Consultant
Tony has worked for the Department of Labor for over 30 years and offers a great depth of expertise to the team. He started his career as an intern with the federal U.S. Department of Labor in Calumet City, Illinois, in 1979. He then came to Indiana in 1981 as an industrial hygiene compliance officer, and a few years later, was promoted to a supervisor role. In 1990, Tony moved to INSafe to help Hoosier companies as an industrial hygiene consultant. He has a Bachelor Of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Indiana University School of Medicine. Tony comes from South Bend, IN, and his wife Cheryl works as a Safety, Security and Industrial Hygiene specialist.


Mark McDaniel
INSafe Safety Consultant
One of INSafe's field consultants, Mark specializes in general industry safety, construction and industrial hygiene. Mark has been an employee for the State of Indiana for 17 years, and counting. He received his Bachelor Of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University. Mark is a U.S. Navy retiree after 22 years of service to his country. He conducts most consultations out of the northwestern and north central parts of Indiana.


Debbie Rauen
INSafe Safety Consultant
Currently serving INSafe as a consultant, Debbie's career began with the Indiana Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) as a compliance officer in 1993. She is an OSHA authorized general industry outreach trainer. Debbie also serves as an active participant with the Indiana State Police's INTIME committee. Debbie conducts most consultations out of the north-central and northeast parts of Indiana.
 


Benjamin Ross
INSafe Construction Safety Consultant
Benjamin joins INSafe as the newest team member, specializing in construction safety. Most recently, Benjamin worked at Bowen Engineering in Indianapolis where he was a lead carpenter and assisted in writing job safety analysies (JSAs). Benjamin has an extensive knowledge in elevated work platforms (erecting, inspecting, etc.) and shoring operations. He's also been involved in conducting inspections and making corrections of jobsite safety hazards and training newly hired employees for Brand Energy Services, Atlantic Plant Services, and Solid Platforms, Inc.


Curtis Taylor
INSafe Safety Consultant
Curtis has nearly eight years of experience in regulatory compliance fields of environmental, health and safety in both general industry and government. Part of his experience includes serving as a radiation safety technician, and later managing a radiation safety program for a paper manufacturer, as well as a facility inspector for FSSA of the State of Indiana. Curtis received his Bachelor of Science degree in 2008 in Environmental Health Science from Wright State University near his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. Curtis joined INSafe in the Winter of 2016 as a safety consultant.
 


Bryan L. Thais
INSafe Safety Consultant
Bryan L. Thais resides in Vincennes, IN, serving the southern part of the state as a field safety consultant for the INSafe division performing both construction and general industry safety consultations. Mr. Thais came to INSafe from the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (IOSHA’s) construction safety compliance division where he served as a compliance officer and construction area supervisor. Prior to joining the Department of Labor he worked in the highway and bridge construction industry. Mr. Thais is a graduate of Vincennes University and has over 37 years experience in the construction and safety fields.

INSafe Administration

Michelle Ellison
INSafe Program Manager
Michelle began her career with the Indiana Department of Labor in June 2005 as the agency’s human resource manager. A year later, she began working with the agency's workplace safety and health consultation division as the marketing manager, then in 2010, Michelle was promoted to managing the program. She currently serves as the Assistant Commissioner of INSafe. Michelle is currently serving her second term as secretary for the National Association of Occupational Safety and Health Consultation (OSHCON) program, and has served since 2013.
The INSafe division has been recognized for numerous awards including the federal OSHA On-Site Consultation Achievement Recognition (OSCAR) award (2015, 2013, 2010 and 2008) and a Governor's Public Service Achievement Award (2012).
Michelle is a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with concentrations in Marketing and Management. She's a born, raised, and still-native of Bartholomew County.


Jennifer Bonner
INSafe Administrative Coordinator
After working as a survey research assistant for the Quality, Metrics and Statistics division within the department, Jennifer joined INSafe to keep things organized and efficient. She has a background of being a medical assistant as well as administrative assistance in the medical field. Jennifer resides in Clermont, Indiana, with her husband.
 
 


Kirstin Gent
INSafe Marketing and Communications Assistant
Kirstin joins the INSafe team as the creative hand for publications, web content, presentations, and more. Her professional experience ranges from live television production at WIPB-TV in Muncie to local news and radio production at KORN Country 100.3 in Franklin. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications, specializing in production and emerging media.