Who We Are - Meet Our Staff
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
Gregory Sauer, Trainer / Administrator
Gregory Sauer has been a contractor in the Indianapolis area for more than 25 years. He specializes in 1890’s Victorian restorations. In addition, Mr. Sauer has conducted energy audits for the Indiana Builders Association. Mr. Sauer has training as a Lead Abatement Supervisor, as well as a Lead Renovator.
Justin Schuller, Trainer
The newest member of our training team, Mr. Justin Schuller holds a B.S. in Biology from Indiana University, where he spent hours in chemistry and biology labs working with everything from hydrochloric acid and methylene chloride to fruit flies and E. coli. Before teaching in a classroom setting, he coached several seasons of little league baseball, gave guitar lessons, and directed a few minor theatrical productions.
Jack E. Leonard, Ph.D., President (recently retired)
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 an IHMM Fellow, Jack worked with Gary Robinson to edit the basic textbook in the area, Managing Hazardous Materials (first edition), published by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management in Rockville, MD. The books is now in its third edition.
Jack officially retired in March of 2019, but he can still frequently be seen around the Institute; he fields the toughest client questions, and will occasionally teach a course or two.
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.
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.