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Environmental Health and Safety Governance Committee

Committee Charge:

  • The EHS Governance Committee (EHSGC) will provide a governance structure, comprehensive leadership and oversight for the various environmental health and safety research-related activities for Vanderbilt University.
  • The EHSGC has the intent to ensure that Vanderbilt students, faculty, staff and visitors are provided a safe teaching and research environment and that hazardous materials and equipment are used safely in research activities and in compliance with all applicable local, State of Tennessee, and federal regulations.

Committee Members:

  • Aaron Covey, facilities analyst, facilities/dean's office
  • Andrea George, director of environmental health and safety, division of administration
  • Anthony Tharp, assistant dean, School of Medicine
  • Bridget Rogers, chair of chemical safety committee, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, School of Engineering
  • Chuck Sanders, associate dean for research in biochemistry, School of Medicine
  • David Wright, associate dean for research in chemistry, Arts and Sciences
  • Doug Horr, associate vice chancellor, office of audit risk and compliance
  • Julian Hilyer, chair of institutional biosafety committee, associate professor of biological sciences, Arts and Sciences
  • Kelsey Bahadursingh, manager of internal audit, office of audit risk and compliance
  • Kevin Warren, senior director of Vanderbilt environmental health and safety, VUMC
  • Larry Cox, Engineering and Science Building manager, facilities/dean's office
  • Liane Moneta-Koehler, program manager, office of the vice provost for research
  • Lori Rolando, director of Vanderbilt occupational health, VUMC
  • Michelle Tellock, deputy general counsel, office of general counsel
  • Mike Perez (co-chair), associate vice chancellor for facilities, division of administration
  • Mya Batton, senior director, risk and insurance management
  • Padma Raghaven (co-chair), vice provost for research and professor of computer engineering, provost's office
  • Peter Cummings, associate dean for research in chemical engineering, School of Engineering
  • Ruth Nagareda, manager of compliance, office of audit risk and compliance
  • Shane Hutson, chair of laser safety committee, chair and professor of physics and professor of biological sciences, Arts and Science
  • Terry Horn, director of corporate heath and network development, School of Engineering

The Vanderbilt Institutional Biosafety Committee (VU IBC) provides review and oversight of research involving the use of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules as required by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The composition and operations of the VU IBC are intended to satisfy the requirements of the NIH Guidelines first and foremost. However, the VU IBC also reviews research activities involving the use of human-derived materials, nonhuman primate-derived materials, agents infectious to humans, animal and plants, and acutely hazardous biological toxins to ensure compliance with other federal regulations and support environmental and worker safety.

Committee Members:

Faculty (voting)

  • Ethan Lippman, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, School of Engineering
  • Jenny Schafer, research associate professor of cell and developmental biology, School of Medicine
  • Julian Hillyer (IBC Chair), associate professor of biological sciences, Arts and Sciences
  • Lisa McCawley, research assistant professor of biomedical engineering, School of Engineering

Administrative (voting)

  • Jeanne Wallace (alternate), director of division of animal care, VUMC
  • Katherine Shuster, veterinarian in division of animal care, VUMC
  • Lori Rolando, medical director of occupational health clinic, VUMC
  • Robin Trundy, biosafety officer and associate director, Vanderbilt environmental health & safety

Community members (voting)

  • Robert Loedding, retired
  • Thomas C. Lennon, retired

Ex Officio (non-voting)

  • Andrea George, director of Vanderbilt environmental health and safety, division of administration
  • Bettye Ridley, senior safety officer in office of clinical and research safety, VUMC
  • Chris Svitek, safety officer in office of clinical and research safety, VUMC
  • Kevin Warren, senior director of Vanderbilt environmental health and safety, VUMC
  • Kyle Becker, safety officer in Vanderbilt environmental health and safety
  • Richard DiTullio, safety officer in office of clinical and research safety, VUMC
  • Ruth Nagareda, manager of compliance, office of audit risk and compliance
  • Scott Bury, director of office of animal welfare assurance, VUMC
  • Sheya Jones, biosafety officer and assistant director of office of clinical and research safety, VUMC

Committee Charge:

The Chemical Safety Committee (CSC) will ensure that chemical materials are used safely and in compliance with local, State of Tennessee, and federal regulations in research and teaching lab spaces and activities.

Committee Members:

  • Aaron Covey, facilities analyst, facilities/dean’s office
  • Andrea George, director of environmental health and safety, division of administration
  • Anthony Tharp, assistant dean, School of Medicine
  • Bridget Rogers (chair), associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, School of Engineering
  • Dmitry Koktysh, research assistant professor of chemistry, Arts and Sciences
  • Doug Horr, associate vice chancellor, office of audit risk and compliance
  • Fred Guengerich, professor of biochemistry, School of Medicine
  • Gary Sulikowski, professor or chemistry, Arts and Sciences
  • Guil Gualda, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, Arts and Sciences
  • Jennifer Ufnar, research assistant professor of teaching and learning, Peabody
  • Kelsey Bahadursingh, manager of internal audit, office of audit risk and compliance
  • Kevin Warren, senior director of Vanderbilt environmental health and safety, VUMC
  • Larry Cox, Engineering and Science Building manager, facilities/dean’s office
  • Liane Moneta-Koehler, program manager, office of the vice provost for research
  • Ruth Nagareda, manager of compliance, office of audit risk and compliance
  • Tim Hanusa, professor of chemistry, Arts and Sciences
  • Yi Ren, assistant professor or biochemistry, School of Medicine

Committee Charge:

The Laser Safety Committee will ensure that lasers are used safely and in compliance with accepted standards and local, State of Tennessee, and federal regulations.

Committee Members:

  • Aaron Covey, facilities analyst, facilities/dean’s office
  • Andrea George, director of environmental health and safety, division of administration
  • Anthony Tharp, assistant dean, School of Medicine
  • Bill Gabella, research assistant professor of physics, Arts and Science
  • Duco Jansen, senior associate dean for graduate education and faculty affairs, professor of biomedical engineering, professor of neurological surgery, School of Engineering
  • Doug Horr, associate vice chancellor, office of audit risk and compliance
  • Kelsey Bahadursingh, manager of internal audit, office of audit risk and compliance
  • Larry Cox, Engineering and Science Building manager, facilities/dean’s office
  • Liane Moneta-Koehler, program manager, office of the vice provost for research
  • Matthew Tyska, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair Professor of cell and developmental biology, scientific director of cell imaging share resource, School of Medicine
  • Mya Batton, senior director, risk and insurance management
  • Richard Haglund, Stevenson Professor of physics, Arts and Science
  • Ruth Nagareda, manager of compliance, office of audit risk and compliance
  • Shane Hutson (chair), chair and professor of physics and professor of biological sciences, Arts and Science