Meet Our Team
Jeffrey BernardJeffrey Bernard Environmental Programs Manager
Environmental Programs Manager
Phone: (470) 578-5023
Location: CP 201B
Jeffrey Bernard is responsible for managing all the environmental programs at KSU regulated by the U.S. EPA and the GA Department of Natural Resources except for Hazardous Waste. His most significant duties include tracking our air pollution sources and emissions; managing our oil, gasoline, and diesel sources to prevent spills and be prepared for potential accidents; and evaluating potential sources of asbestos containing materials on our campuses and having them abated as necessary.
Prior to the Kennesaw State and SPSU consolidation, he was responsible for all EHS matters at SPSU and served on the Operational Working Group to merge the EHS functions of the two campuses. With the consolidation, Marietta campus now has a full EHS team with resources and specialists that hadnât been available before.
In addition to his normal duties, Jeff has also served four years on the SPSU Staff Council and has held the positions of Vice Chair and Chair of the Council. He is currently on his second year of a three-year elected term on the KSU Staff Senate and serves as the Secretary.
Jeff joined SPSU in November of 2005, after moving from Massachusetts. Previously, he worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, starting as a hazardous waste technician and working up to be the Hazardous Waste Manager. Prior to MIT, Jeff worked with an environmental contractor conducting CERCLA investigations for EPA to evaluate properties for National Priorities List status.
Jeff is a bibliophile and self-avowed geek. He found his wife, Kari, playing online video games (Star Wars Galaxies). She was the reason he moved south from the frozen arctic.
Rodrick EsawRodrick Esaw Laboratory Safety Manager/Biosafety Officer
Laboratory Safety Manager/Biosafety Officer
Phone: (470) 578-4803
Location: CP 201M
Rodrick Esaw is the Laboratory Safety Manager and Biosafety Officer for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at Kennesaw State University. His roles and responsibilities include the management of safety programs in the areas of laboratory safety, chemical safety, biosafety, laser safety, and all other safety programs associated with research and teaching labs.
Rodrick joined KSU in November 2014 after a 14 year career at Emory University as a Research Safety Specialist. He is originally from Monroe, Louisiana, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Toxicology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. In May 2006, he received a Masterâs of Public Health (MPH) from Emory University.
Rodrick is married and currently has two children. In his spare time, he enjoys music, sports, and spending time with his family.
Tyler FittsTyler Fitts Fire and Life Safety Inspector
Fire and Life Safety Inspector
Phone: (470) 578-3321
Location: CP 201A
Tyler Fitts is the Fire and Life Safety Inspector at Kennesaw State University. As a Fire and Life Safety Inspector Tyler will focus on ensuring a safe campus at KSU while assisting in fire protection systems inspections, fire department relations and campus building inspections. Tyler Graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelorâs of Science in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology, with a concentration in Fire Administration. Tyler has been a part of the fire service since the age of 16. Before joining KSU Tyler has served on a variety of career and volunteer departments in North Carolina and Kentucky, Most recently from Danville fire department where he served as a firefighter.
Therrell HallTherrell Hall Chemical Safety Coordinator
Chemical Safety Coordinator
Phone: (470) 578-7855
Location: CP 201Q
Therrell Hall is the Chemical Safety Coordinator for Environmental Health& Safety (EHS).
Primary responsibilities consist of Hazardous Waste Management, Universal /Bio Waste Management, Laboratory Inspections/Audits, Eyewash/Shower inspections, Fume Hood inspections. Pick up /transport of hazardous, bio, and universal waste form various laboratories and buildings throughout Kennesaw State University campus.
Therrell attended Tuskegee University where he majored in Biology. Therrell joined EHS team in August, 2013 after working at Morehouse School of Medicine as a Safety Specialist. Prior to working at Morehouse, Therrell has worked at various universities, including Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Virginia, and University of Rochester.
Therrell is a very dedicated team member who thrives on making Kennesaw State University's EHS department one of the best in the United States. He is very excited about the growth and future projects at Kennesaw State University. Therrell put great diligence into ensuring KSU remain in compliance with the ever changing EPA regulations and that each activity is done correctly and safely.
Therrell is married and has two adult children. Therrell enjoys sports of all kinds and was a former college basketball player. He enjoys jazz music, but listens to all categories of music.
Therrell enjoy spending time with family and love the great outdoors. Always willing to assist with the development of community and assisting those seeking help.
Natalie HigginsNatalie Higgins Office Manager
Phone: (470) 578-6384
Location: CP 201E
Natalie is the Office Manager for the Department of Environmental Health & Safety. She joined the staff at KSU in March 2006 as the Administrative Assistant in the Psychology Department. Natalie graduated from Kennesaw State University in May 2010 earning her Bachelors of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, majoring in Communication and Human Services.
In Aug 2010, she joined the EHS department. She is proud to call herself an alumna. Prior to joining KSU, she worked at Nyack College in the Admissions Office for 2 years
Eutopia JohnsonEutopia Johnson Compliance Training Manager
Compliance Training Manager
Phone: (470) 578-7856
Location: CP 201C
Eutopia Johnson is the Compliance Training Manager for EHS related training at Kennesaw State University. Eutopia is also an Adjunct Professor of Management and teaches in the First Year Programs in University College. She is a certified Online Instructor for KSU. Eutopia enjoys being able to teach students, faculty and staff at KSU. Eutopia began her career with KSU as the Risk Manager in 2010. Eutopia serves as the University's Environmental and Occupational Safety Management System coordinator.
As the coordinator, Eutopia oversees the inspection program, tracks University incidents, manages documents, and works with internal and external stakeholders to meet the needs of the University.
Eutopia is originally from New York City, she's married with three children. Eutopia is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership and is scheduled to graduate in 2015.
Vanessa Keel BiggersVanessa Keel Biggers Environmental Manager
Phone: (470) 578-2415
Location: CP 201F
Vanessa received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, Biology and English from the University of North Alabama.
She worked as a Laboratory Analyst for eleven years at the International Fertilizer Development Center in Muscle Shoals, AL. She served on the first safety committee at IFDC and continued to serve as Chair for two years. She worked as an Applications Specialist and the Applications Laboratory Chemical Hygiene Officer at Eka Chemicals in Marietta, GA for seven years.
Her first full time safety professional position was at the Georgia Institute of Technology where she worked as a Chemical Safety Specialist for almost six years. It was there that she earned her Advanced Safety Certificate from the National Safety Council.
At Kennesaw State University, Vanessa serves as the Environmental Manager with duites in Chemical safety. She is the Campus Right to Know Coordinator and manages the Campus chemical inventory enterprise system. Her duties include managing hazardous and nonhazardous wastes, universal wastes and biowastes as well as working in chemical safety. She is a Toastmaster and holds an Advanced Communicator Silver and an Advanced Leader Bronze in the organization. She has also served KSU in Staff Senate as Treasurer (FY12) and President (FY13).
Alexander LehockyAlexander Lehocky Director,MS, CIH
Phone: (470) 578-2968
Location: CP 201D
Mr Alex Lehocky is the Director of Environmental Health and Safety with the responsibility for the overall management, direction and oversight of the University's EHS program which is aimed at ensuring a safe teaching, learning and working environment for KSU students, faculty, staff and visitors.
Before joining Kennesaw State University, Alex worked with the Board of Regentsâ Office of Real Estate & Facilities, and served as the Program Manager for Environmental & Occupational Safety within theCompliance and Operations Group. He provided leadership to all of the University System of Georgia institutions on environmental compliance, industrial hygiene, occupational safety, and due diligence issues.
Alex has over twenty years of progressive technical and management experience in industry, higher education, and consulting. His experiences include regulatory compliance, remediation, exposure assessment, risk assessment, indoor air quality, permitting, development of hazardous chemical SOPs, auditing, training, and project management.
Alex has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Health from the University of Georgia and maintains the designation of a Certified Industrial Hygienist. In addition, he is actively involved with a variety of local and national professional groups.
Stephen NdirituStephen Ndiritu Assistant Director
Phone: (470) 578-2410
Location: CP 201B
Mr. Ndiritu is the Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety with the responsibility for assisting in the overall management, direction and oversight of the University's EHS program which is aimed at ensuring a safe teaching, learning and working environment for KSU students, faculty, staff and visitors.
Mr. Ndiritu has a Master of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Central Missouri, a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health from Moi University in Kenya and holds certifications in Industrial Hygiene (CIH) and Safety (CSP).
Before joining Kennesaw State University, Mr. Ndiritu worked as an industrial hygienist for Solvay Advanced Polymer in Alpharetta. He has an excellent background in exposure assessment, program development, Safety Management, Environmental Compliance, IAQ investigations, training and conducting compliance audit and inspections.
Henry SalleyHenry Salley Occupational Safety Manager
Occupational Safety Manager
Phone: (470) 578-3320
Location: CP 201N
Henry Salley, Occupational Safety Manager for EHS, is responsible for overseeing programs related to employer safety here at KSU. The areas of emphasis that are under his umbrella are as follows: Electrical safety, Welding Safety, Powered Industrial Truck Safety, Fall Protection, Construction and Contractor Safety, Machines & Equipment Safety, Control of Hazardous Energy, Cranes & Hoist Safety, Confined Space Safety, Theatre Safety. Henry joined KSU in June of 2014 after serving 6 years as an OSHA Safety Compliance Officer in the State of South Carolina. Henry was born and raised in St. Mathews South Carolina and received his undergraduate education from South Carolina State University in Industrial Technology and is currently in the process of completing his masterâs degree in Transportation, with an emphasis in pedestrian safety, from the same institution. Henry is married to his wife, Reneeâ, and enjoys watching all things sports in his spare time.
Matthew ShannonMatthew Shannon Fire and Life Safety Manager
Fire and Life Safety Manager
Phone: (470) 578-2954
Location: OF 140
Matthew Shannon is the Fire and Life Safety Manager for EHS at Kennesaw State University. As the Fire and Life Safety Manager, Matthew handles all campus building inspections, plan reviews, event planning and coordination, fire protection systems inspections, and fire department coordination. Matthew attended Eastern Kentucky University where he graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Fire Safety Engineering Technology with a minor in Occupational Safety. Matthew has been a part of the fire service since he was 17. He has volunteered and worked as a career firefighter in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Georgia. Matthew came to KSU from the Cobb County Fire Marshal's Office where he served as one of the Fire Protection Analyst.
Terran TerrellTerran Terrell Environmental Health Specialist
Environmental Health Specialist
Phone: (470) 578-5026
Location: CP 201N
Terran Terrell, Environmental Health Specialist, is responsible for the Indoor Environmental Quality Component of the Occupational Safety Program at Kennesaw State University. This includes aspects such as indoor air quality, industrial hygiene, and other public health related issues dealing with Occupation and Environmental Health.
Terran joined the EHS team November of 2011 after previously working for local county and state health departments as an Epidemiologist and Environmental Health Specialist in Georgia and Tennessee. Terran received his Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Michigan of Ann Arbor, MI and thus went on to receive his Masters in Public Health from Georgia State University.
Terran is very dedicated in making a difference anyway he can to help in the efforts in promoting the growth of Kennesaw State University and ensuring KSU keeps up with this growth in a safe and healthy and. In his spare time Terran is a musician who enjoys playing, writing, and promoting his musical material as well as that of others.