GPCAH Advisory Committees

External Advisory Committee

The External Advisory Committee provides national- and international-level expertise in critical areas of current and future agricultural safety and health needs.  These eight advisers meet annually to evaluate projects, identify emerging issues, and recommend ways to improve work across all types of disciplines.






Kaci Buhl Co-Director, Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative Oregon State University  Corvallis, OR
Paul Gunderson Emeritus Director of Center for Technology-Optimized Agriculture Lake Region State College Grand Forks, ND
Jay Harmon Director of Agriculture and National Resources Extension Iowa State University  Ames, IA
Michael Pate Agricultural Education Utah State University, Applied Sciences, Technology, & Education Logan, UT
Risto Rautiainen Director Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, University of NE Medical Center Omaha, NE


Regional Advisory Committee

The Regional Advisory Committee provides communication between the GPCAH and a robust group of community partners. These partners include agricultural extension agents, coordinators from other regional NIOSH AFF Centers, producer groups, and non-profit organizations.

Name Organization Location
Ed Brokesh Kansas State Extension Manhattan, KS
Ellen Duysen Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH) Omaha, NE
Shawn Ehlers Purdue University West Lafayette, IN
Karen Funkenbusch University of Missouri Extension Columbia, MO
Susan Harris-Bloomfield  University of Nebraska Extension Minden, NE
Dee Jepsen Ohio State University Agricultural Safety and Health Program Columbus, OH
Megan Schossow Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) Minneapolis, MN
Dan Neenan National EducationCenter for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) Peosta, IA
Carolyn Sheridan Ag Health and Safety Alliance Greenville, IA
John Shutske University of Wisconsin Extension Madison, WI
Melissa Ploeckelman National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health Marshfield, WI
Josie Rudolphi University of Illinois Extension Urbana, IL
Patrick Taggart Proteus, Inc. Iowa City, IA


Internal Advisory Committee

The Internal Advisory Committee provides communication between GPCAH admin, staff, research, and outreach faculty. The group meets monthly to discuss budgets, provide progress updates, and to identify and respond to any challenges that investigators may face with regards to the completion of project-specific aims.



T. Renee Anthony Director
Nate Fethke Deputy Director/Pilot Grant Program Director
Kanika Arora Evaluation Director
Brandi Janssen Outreach Co-PI
Diane Rohlman Outreach Co-PI
Stephanie Leonard Outreach
Kay Mohling Outreach
Marsha Cheney Outreach and Evaluation
Cara Hamann Instrumented Farm Road Study, PI
Corinne Peek-Asa Instrumented Farm Roadway Study, Investigator
Michelle Reyes Instrumented Farm Roadway Study, Project Coordinator
Matthew Nonnemann Air Quality Improvements in Livestock Buildings, PI
Marizen Ramirez Surveillance of Injuries and Risk Factors, PI
Carri Casteel Surveillance of Injuries and Risk Factors, Investigator
Jenn Patterson GPCAH Coordinator
Kate Crawford Postdoctoral Research Scholar