Meet the great people behind Region X
Rocky Simmons is a union safety representative at the Mission Support Alliance company (MSA) in Richland Washington. Rocky is a member of the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council (HAMTC) and is affiliated under the United Steelworkers – serving as a union steward for many years , also currently serves as a co-chair for the VPP program.
Rocky has been at the Hanford site for 28 years serving first with the patrol division and then the procurement department as a material coordinator.
Rocky is also an American veteran of the United States Air Force serving from 1982 -1989. Rocky has served in the safety department at the field group level for over 15 years and in his current position for over 5 years.
Rocky has earned both the general industry and construction safety specialist certificate from the University of Washington at the Pacific Northwest OSHA training institute. Rocky also is a trained SGE mentor and has completed the federal mediation training course. Rocky serves on the labor and management committee at the VPPPA nation level as well.
Rocky is a family man married for 29 years, has three children and 6 grandchildren with one on the way. Rocky has served for seven years on his local school board in Sunnyside Washington as a school director and is very involved in the community. Rocky also serves as a sports official for the state of Washington for girls/boys basketball during the winter season.
Max VanValey is the Area Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager for Oldcastle Precast in Auburn Washington. Max has been with Oldcastle Precast for 9 years starting as a HS&E and Facilities coordinator before becoming an Area Manager.
He spends most of his time working on training and compliance with the Oldcastle sites in WA and OR. Max has been a Safety Professional for 13 years with 9 of those at Oldcastle Precast Auburn a VPP Star certified facility. He has recently mentored 3 sites to VPP Star. In 2014 Max joined the Region X VPPA Planning committee.
Max has been married to his high school sweetheart, Caren, for 27 years and they have two beautiful daughters and two beautiful granddaughters. He loves the outdoors and has been a committee member for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for 17 years with 12 of those years as the Enumclaw WA Chapter Chairman. In 2013 he became a member of the State Resource Team with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation as well.
Marjorie Brice is a General Electric, Power Services employee that has a contract for Operations and Maintenance at the Clark Public Utilities River Road Generating Plant located in Vancouver, Washington. She is the Environmental Health & Safety Specialist and involved in the Quality certification program for the site. She has been at the River Road site for 14 years and was an EHS Specialist for a manufacturing company for 5 years.
She became involved in DOSH’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) for the State of Washington in 2006 when the River Road Generating Plant applied for the VPP STAR designation. She is the VPP site representative and has been involved with the Safety Committee as either chair or co-chair. She was the chair for the Clark County Local Emergency Planning Committee for 10 years and continues to be active as the site’s representative to the committee.
Jack Griffith has been working at the Hanford site for 29 years; he’s a millwright by trade and holds the office of Vice President of Local 2403 Carpenters and Millwrights. Since 2000 he’s been a Union Safety and Hanford Site VPP Representative for the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council. He also serves on the National VPPPA Labor/Management and Mentoring and Outreach Committees and participates as a Special Government Employee. Jack has been involved in the Voluntary Protection Program for over 19 years; he’s trained over 400 employees on how to conduct their Annual Self Assessments along with developing Power Point presentations for Regional and National Conferences including publishing the Region X Newsletter and stories for The Leader, the official magazine of the VPPPA. Jack’s very involved in community activities; he’s a Motorcycle Safety Instructor for Team Oregon through Oregon State University, National Certified Swimming Official for USA Swimming and the Inland Empire Swimming Safety Chairperson.
Edward Larson has worked for Georgia-Pacific Toledo for 25 years. He is a member of Local 13 AWPPW and is the Union Safety Representative for his local. Edward is a new hire trainer, BBS facilitator, and co-chair of the mill's Safety Captain program and Accident Prevention Committee.
Tim is currently an operator for ConocoPhillips at Kuparuk on the North Slope. He has 24 years of service in the oil and gas industry and has always been a leader in safety. Tim has been involved with the behavior based safety program and is a member of the VPP steering team at Kuparuk. Tim enjoys golf and spending time with his wife Kathy and daughter Kristina.
Curtis Reece was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018. He has been the VPP manager of Idaho National Laboratory (INL) – Battelle Energy Alliance since 2010 and collectively - with other INL contractors - has been actively involved in VPP since 2002. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in physics and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Idaho State University, and serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Idaho – Idaho Falls campus.
“My desire to become part of the Region X board of directors stems from my passion to be on the cusp of new developments in promoting worker safety and health."
When not at work, Curtis enjoys spending time with his children, skiing, paddle boarding, hiking, and traveling.
Cliff Butler has been with Sherwin-Williams for seventeen years and worked with the Voluntary Protection Program during that time in Regions IV, V and now in Region X. Cliff is currently the Region 1 Delegate for the Sharp Alliance in Portland, Oregon and has been working with the Region X Planning Committee for the last year. Cliff has worked as an auditor with SW and has a background in Process Safety Management, behavior based safety programs, training and presentations. He is an SGE and relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2013. He is a graduate of Averett University in Danville, Virginia where he met, Donna, his wife of 40 years.
He enjoys riding his bicycle, hunting and fishing and the opportunity to work in enhancing the safety and education of employees. .
Saprena Lyons was elected to the Board of Directors in 2018.
Background includes field work as a Cause Analyst and Trained Investigator with years of detailed work in lessons learned reviews; Price Anderson (PAAA) compliance coordinator, worker safety and health screenings, validation assessments, trending analysis/matrixes, facilitator of fact findings; years of ongoing service as an emergency response member (ERO) with the emergency management organization, and the Medical Response TEAM (MRT).
Serviced on the INL scholarship committee education program;
Extensive work in Behavior Based Safety (BBS), service as Safety Team Chair for 800+ safety team members, including planning and implementation of safety awareness campaigns, and providing guidance for team initiatives, performance of facility inspections for the identification and mitigation of hazards, facilitating resolution for safety concerns, and work on operational readiness assessments with the Department of Energy (DOE). Outreach experiences includes, years of ongoing work and support of Community festivals and public outreach safety activities.
Involvement in numerous safety workshop presentations at the VPP regional and national levels enhances my excitement to be a member of Region X’s board of directors. My passion for the overall wellbeing, health and safety of people makes for a perfect opportunity to continue making a positive difference in the lives of others.
I currently work for Fluor Idaho as the Idaho Completion Project (ICP) Core VPP and BBS lead.
Fun time away from work is spent in various ways including, biking, traveling, pampering my 2 fur babies, relaxing and providing health related awareness training for a local home health agency.
Special Government Employee (SGE)
Licensed Registered Nurse, the State of Idaho
CPR for the professional rescuer, American Red Cross
Intravenous Therapy Certified
Human Services Degree