2022 President - Mark Lenling


Employer: SunOpta

Job responsibilities: At my current job at SunOpta, I support personnel at facilities throughout North America through mentoring and training in EHS and Sustainability topics. Before SunOpta, I served for four years in the public sector State of Minnesota as a Safety Investigator with MN OSHA Compliance, Safety and Health Officer with Metropolitan State University, and then Safety Administrator with the MN Department of Corrections.

Interests & activities: I enjoy active exercising (including mountaineering, obstacle course races, duathlons, and powerlifting), playing the drums and doing sound board for church bands, visiting museums, studying about wellness, science, & technology, and traveling for adventurous vacations. I also enjoy spending time with my wife, Angela, who is both a licensed therapist and a Protestant Chaplain as ranking Captain (currently serving overseas in the UK) in the U.S. Air Force. 

President Elect


2022 President Elect - Mary Ferrian

Employer: IEA, Inc.

Job responsibilities: I have over eight years of experience conducting safety and environmental audits throughout the United States, Canada and Haiti. I started in the field conducting Social Responsibility Audits for manufacturing facilities that fabricated products for corporations. This provided me with a wide range of experiences in different sectors, and I continue to provide consulting services in industrial, manufacturing, government and educational facilities. The variety of experiences I have had will help me to understand the needs of the diverse members of this organization. In addition, I am experienced in finding and coordinating qualified industrial hygiene and safety topic presentations that relate to audience preferences. I have assisted with this task as a member of the Advisory Board for the MN Safety Council’s Emerging Safety Professionals (ESP) group for several years. I also provide similar presentations and events at my current workplace, IEA, for our professionals across the state.

Interests & activities: I enjoy gardening, brewing beer, and travelling. I enjoy conversing in Spanish and have been lucky to be able to apply that skill to conducting safety trainings in Spanish, too. 


2022 Treasurer - Michael Plagge


Employer: Hearth & Home Technologies

Job responsibilities: I have a B.S in Environmental Science from Manchester University and an MS in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Toledo and I have been a CIH since 1994. Most of my career has been spent in electric utilities and food manufacturing and I recently went into the Fireplace and Stove business.

Interests & Activities: Running, biking and the great outdoors. I had an opportunity to relocate to several different areas and states a few years ago and I chose Minnesota because it fits our lifestyle and there is so much to do here.

Treasurer Elect



2022 Treasurer Elect - Shane Doggett

Employer: State of Minnesota MnDOT/Air Force

Interests & Activities: As an industrial hygienist, I am very compassionate about helping others. I enjoy training, evaluating complex cases, and helping safety professionals uncover the health concerns of employees. As a result, I have a deeper understanding of potential health problems. One benefit is to recommend corrective actions and help come up with solutions that can alleviate health problems.

    2022 Secretary - Sarah Garcia


Employer: 3M

Interests & activities: I enjoy backpacking with my sister and my dog, reading and karate.

Secretary Elect


  2022 Secretary Elect - Andre Reed

Employer: Ramboll

Job responsibilities: I am a managing consultant working for a firm called Ramboll from its Minneapolis office. I have 16 years of industrial hygiene and environmental health & safety (EHS) experience in conducting and managing projects for manufacturing, pharmaceutical, technology, and industrial clients. I graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health with a master’s degree in environmental health (Industrial Hygiene track) in 2012. I earned certifications as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).

Interests & activities: I enjoy training in the martial arts, learning to play musical instruments (practicing guitar now), reading, and spending time with my wife and my fur babies (a 9-year-old dog and an 1-year-old rambunctious cat).


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Thank you for your service, Sergio! You're gonna miss the Minnesota winters ;)


2021 Student Section Rep – Natalie Brown


  Webmaster - Shanna Kuehn

Employer: Children's Minnesota

Job responsibilities: Employee safety including ergonomic assessments, industrial hygiene sampling, safe rounds, safety training, incident investigations, and fire drills.

Interests & activities: Puzzles, music, and genealogy. 

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