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Meet Our Staff

Paul Aasen Paul Aasen
"The Minnesota Safety Council has two major goals. First, we want to help our members work safer every day. Second, we want to help all Minnesotans recognize and avoid situations that could lead to injury or worse. I have the privilege of working with our great staff and dedicated board to make these goals real. Together, we can work safe, drive safe and live safe."
Janie Ritter Janie Ritter
Vice President
With over 20 years’ experience in member relations, government/public affairs, event planning and training coordination, I appreciate the opportunity to work together to ensure Minnesotans “Drive Safe, Work Safe and Live Safe.” Our team works very closely with our members to offer occupational safety and health, traffic, and OSHA/DOT compliance training — through conferences, scheduled classroom, online, and customized on-site programs. Our training assists employers in complying with regulations, and supports their goal of keeping workers safe both on and off the job.
Jeff Lovig Jeff Lovig
Membership Manager
"I talk with potential Minnesota Safety Council companies and organizations about who we are and what we do, to determine which of our many services will fit into their safety plan." Jeff also facilitates the Northeast, Northwest and Southwest regional member networks.
Steve Rauh Steve Rauh
Training Services and Member Relations Manager
"I'm the guy to call when you need some new safety training materials. Whether it's online learning and safety management systems, DVD programs and other training materials, CFRs and other references, or off-the-job and incentive products, I've got something that is going to fit your need." Steve coordinates the Southeast, South Central, South Metro, East Metro and Central regional member networks, and is the membership rep for National Safety Council members in the state.
Al Terwedo Al Terwedo
First Aid Program Manager
AED Program Specialist
Al helps organizations make first aid/CPR and AEDs part of their preparedness and emergency response programs through classroom and onsite training, and distribution of AEDs.

Linda McNurlin
Membership Services Coordinator
Linda has been with the Minnesota Safety Council for over 20 years and assists in the membership, first aid and safety products areas. She also does organization-wide invoicing.

Continuing Education / Training / Consulting
   Occupational Safety & Health
Sheila Thao Sheila Thao
Training Programs Coordinator
Sheila is the registrar for occupational safety and health training classes, the Minnesota Safety & Health Conference and other regional conferences. If you have questions about signing up for a workplace safety class, she can help!
Emily Neuman Emily Neuman
Events Coordinator
Emily provides support for the annual Minnesota Safety & Health conference as well as regional conferences in Bemidji and Mankato. She also assists with social media and other communications.
Lisa Kons Lisa Kons
Traffic Safety Program Manager
"Whether it's an employee, an employee's family member or a member of the community, my focus is on educating people about safe driving practices. It's about saving lives, one life at a time." Lisa coordinates traffic safety/DOT compliance training and consultation, and works with statewide partners to promote safety on our roads. She also coordinates the Minnesota Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (MN NETS). If you're looking for traffic safety information, resources, strategies or presentations, contact Lisa!
Angie Kupczak Angie Kupczak
Traffic Safety Program Coordinator
Angie provides support for occupational safety and health classes, including Northern Occupational Safety Division regional training in the Duluth area. She also assists with classroom driving courses for seniors and is the registrar for Ramsey County court-referred Alive at 25 driver refresher courses. Angie is the librarian for our 500+ workplace safety training video library. Looking for just the right video on a particular topic? Ask her for a suggestion!
Ramsey County court-referred Alive at 25: Angie Kupczak; 651-228-7302/800-444-9150
All other court-referred defensive driving courses: Emily Neuman; 651-228-7308/800-444-9150
Family Safety / Safe Kids Minnesota
Erin Petersen Erin Petersen
Communications and Family Safety Program Manager
"I've been a part of the safety council for ten years, contributing to programs that keep kids, adults and seniors safe at home, on the road and at play. I understand the impact an injury (to you or a loved one) can have on the whole family and the workplace." If you're looking for help promoting off-the-job/family safety at your organization or in your community, contact Erin for ideas and resources.

Kristy Zack Kristy Zack
Communications and IT Coordinator
Kristy provides IT support for our websites, e-communications, webinars, member database and the online member community. She ensures that special programs like the conference app are user friendly and run smoothly. Kristy provides content for our websites, newsletters, social media and other communications.

For communications questions, also contact Erin Petersen, 651-228-7314/800-444-9150.

Wade Salstrom Wade Salstrom
Business Services Manager
"I take care of the business' business. This includes overseeing the company's finances, IT infrastructure, and facilities."