Who We Are - Meet Our Staff

Trainers

Joan B. Ketterman, Training Manager

If you call to arrange a customized training, at some point you will talk with Joan. When she is not scheduling regular or customized training or managing many other details, she is also our principal lead trainer and also does the bulk of the work on asbestos and DOT hazardous materials training courses.

With more than a decade of K-12 teaching experience, she now trains adults as well as other occupational safety training and consulting offered by the Institute. Ms. Ketterman moved from school teaching to schools asbestos work in the AHERA days and as a consultant she conducted numerous asbestos building inspections, written a variety of management plans, participated in virtually all aspects of asbestos abatement projects, and directed technical training programs. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Saginaw Valley State College

Jack E. Leonard, Ph.D., CHMM, President

Since founding the Institute with Tom Neltner (now of Environmental Defense Fund) in 1990, Jack has done pretty much every job there is to do at the Institute to meet clients' changing needs. Besides teaching almost every subject we offer, he writes most of the customized training and much of the new course material.

Dr. Leonard has a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biology from the California Institute of Technology. Formerly the Environmental Program Training Director at the Indianapolis Center for Advanced Research, Inc. (ICFAR), he also has taught chemistry and other sciences at Blinn College, Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the State University of New York College at Purchase. He has worked in the research laboratories of Arthur D. Little, Inc., Continental Oil Company, and Allied Corporation.

Besides being a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Jack worked with Gary Robinson to edit the basic textbook in the area, Managing Hazardous Materials, published by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management in Rockville, MD.


Scott A. Johnson, Trainer

The newest member of our training team, Mr. Scott Johnson brings with him experience that he gained over twenty-eight years as a teacher of geology and environmental science. Mr. Johnson is an award winning educator at the secondary level and has served as adjunct faculty for Indiana University and for Trine University as well. Most recently he worked as a Geologist and Environmental Manager in the crushed stone/mining industry.

Scott received his degree in geology from Murray State University in Kentucky. He has traveled extensively and been an active student of the world for many years. He brings with him an enthusiasm and a wide variety of experiences that will add a great deal to the courses that he teaches.


Support Staff

Patrick Bowers, Consulting Bookkeeper

Pat comes in twice a week to find out whether we are still in business. He works hard to make sure that you did pay us but that we didn't bill you twice.


James Woodruff, Computer Guru

Since you are reading this on the web, Jim's job is obviously getting done. He built our website and maintains our server. He also wrote our registration software so that you be properly registered and billed, and receive the right certificate.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Mount Union College and a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. His jobs before coming to the Institute he divided his work experience between metallurgy and computers.

And Finally!

The fine folks from Ricoh who work at our site. They are the ones who take your calls, register you when you come to class, and print all the hundreds of thousands of pages it takes to teach our courses. You may not speak to the same person each time you call, but they work together to try to make your experience a pleasant one.