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The Farm Safety Grant Team

Zach Adams is the Office’s technical lead for the grant.  Mr. Adams is a registered professional engineer, certified industrial hygienist, and certified safety professional with more than 32 years of OSHA compliance experience. He was instrumental in creating the majority of all OSHA compliance programs for Virginia Tech.  In his current role, he oversees the development and continual improvement of all safety and health programs and trainings, provision of medical services for more than 3,400 persons, industrial hygiene assessments and evaluations, and safety and fire safety inspections. 

Zack Adams

Zach Adams, P.E.

Assistant Director
Occupational Safety & Health
540-231-3600
adamsz@vt.edu

Zach Adams is the Office’s technical lead for the grant.  Mr. Adams is a registered professional engineer, certified industrial hygienist, and certified safety professional with more than 32 years of OSHA compliance experience. He was instrumental in creating the majority of all OSHA compliance programs for Virginia Tech.  In his current role, he oversees the development and continual improvement of all safety and health programs and trainings, provision of medical services for more than 3,400 persons, industrial hygiene assessments and evaluations, and safety and fire safety inspections. 

Zack Adams

Zach Adams, P.E.

Assistant Director
Occupational Safety & Health
540-231-3600
adamsz@vt.edu

Bernadette Mondy is Assistant Director for Laboratory Safety for the Office. She has over thirty years’ experience overseeing hazardous waste and chemical safety at Virginia Tech and the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. 

Bernadette Mondy

Bernadette Mondy

Assistant Director
Laboratory Safety
540-231-3600
bmondy@vt.edu

Curt Porterfield is the Training Coordinator for Environmental Health and Safety, a role he has filled since 2012.  A graduate of Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Curt also owns a small beef cattle operation in Giles County, Virginia.  Prior to joining EHS, he was Manager for Virginia Tech's Turkey Farm.  Curt has completed numerous adult education and instructor development courses and teaches occupational safety programs, including OSHA Outreach 10- and 30-hour courses in both general industry and construction. 

Curt Porterfield

Curt Porterfield

Health & Safety Training Coordinator
540-231-8759
cuporter@vt.edu

Lee Watson is one of two Health & Safety Trainers for Virginia Tech EHS, also joining the staff in 2012.  Mr. Watson has a Masters of Public Administration. He has extensive experience in instructional design, both for traditional classroom and online delivery.  He was the principal designer of NASCAR’s modular Track Services Training, a hybrid program blending online learning, classroom sessions, and hands-on training.  He has over 25 years' experience designing and delivering safety training. Mr. Watson has worked closely with EHS subject matter experts and ADDIE design principles to develop engaging safety programs.

Ana Maria Camargo Palomino

Ana Maria Camargo Palomino

Health & Safety Trainer
540-231-3943
acamargo@vt.edu

Lee Watson, M.P.A., N.R.P

Health & Safety Trainer
540-231-9198
lwatson@vt.edu

Ana Maria Carmago is also a Health and Safety Trainer for the Office, joining full-time in late 2019.  She has previously worked on the Harwood grant team as our Spanish-language translator.  Her work at translating and delivering Spanish-language versions of our has been a critical component of reaching workers with English as a second language.  A native of Barranquilla,Colombia she speaks multiple languages and has lived among various cultures throughout the world, adding significant depth to the team.

Ana Maria Camargo Palomino

Ana Maria Camargo Palomino

Health & Safety Trainer
540-231-3943
acamargo@vt.edu

Dedreia “Dee” Perkins is the Business Operations Manager for the Office, and will serve as the fiscal agent for the grant.  Mrs. Perkins has a Master’s Degree in Continuing and Technical Education from Virginia Tech, and has been managing complex financial matters for numerous departments at the university for over 20 years.

Dee Perkins

Dee Perkins

Business Operations Manager
540-231-9856
deperkin@vt.edu