Our Team

Carolina Star Safety Conference Board of Directors

John Shepardson


John works as the Safety Director for Choate Construction in Charlotte, NC. John has been in Construction his whole life and started as a Carpenter and worked his way up through the Superintendent ranks. John has now spent approx. the last 16 years in Safety. John was hurt once himself and was out of work for 2 1/2 years which is what really drives his passion. He also enjoys presenting on that topic for all who will listen, The Ripple Effect.

Outside of work John is married and has five children. He enjoys all types of outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, camping, and tinkering with old cars.

Joseph Lee

Vice President

Joseph Lee is employed with Elementis Chromium in Castle Hayne, the only Chromic Acid producer in North America. Joseph has been with Elementis for over 10 years serving in various roles in the Maintenance Engineering group. Prior to that he worked with several other NC Star Companies and has specialized training in Process Safety Management. Joseph has presented PSM programs at the Region IV VPPA Conference and mentored other PSM sites. Joseph is a certified Star Special Team Member and has held numerous positions with the Carolina Star Board.

Joseph and his wife live in Wilmington and have two grown children, one grandson and numerous “grand-dogs”.

In his spare time Joseph enjoys church, reading, and “tinkering” on most anything.

Sharon Drescher


Sharon Drescher is a Corporate Regional HSE Manager with Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC in Greensboro, NC. Sharon has over 35 years of experience in the areas of Health, Safety, Environment, and Security. Sharon has been with Syngenta for 19 years and other legacy companies prior to Syngenta supporting several business units within the company. Sharon has RMP and PSM experience and really enjoys the R&D portion of the business. Sharon is a certified Star Special Team Member and is currently serving as Secretary/Treasurer on the Board.

Sharon is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in Chemistry.
Outside of work, Sharon spends time with her husband Steve, who is retired, and Tyler dog and visiting the children and grandchildren whom all live far away. She enjoys swimming, playing handbells and singing in the church choir.

Jennifer Byerly


Jennifer Byerly is employed with Pentair Water, Pool and Spa in Sanford, NC.  Jennifer has been with Pentair for 7 years serving as the Human Resources Manager for the Sanford and Apopka, FL facility.  Jennifer is a certified Star Special Team Member and is currently the Treasurer with the Carolina Star Board.  Jennifer and her family live in Broadway, NC.

Jennifer is very active in her church and in her spare time enjoys going to the lake, paddle boarding and reading. 

Amanda Scott

Amanda Scott is the Sr. Safety Manager for the Pfizer, Inc site in Rocky Mount, NC.  She earned a BS in Biology from Wake Forest University and a Masters of Public Health from the University of South Carolina.  Amanda began her career as a Health Compliance Officer with the NC Department of Labor in 2004.  In 2009, she left NCDOL for a position with what is now Pfizer – Rocky Mount.  During her tenure at Pfizer – Rocky Mount, Amanda has served as the Carolina Star Program lead as well as managing a variety of the site’s safety and health programs.   Outside of work, Amanda is a mom to a bright, outgoing little girl, who loves people, music, and the outdoors.  In her downtime, Amanda loves hanging out with family and friends and spending as much time at the beach as her schedule allows.   

David Martin

David Martin is the Safety and Health Manager of the Bridgestone Americas tire plant located in Oxford, NC. He received his B.S. Degree in Marketing Management from Virginia Tech in 1983. He has completed numerous Safety classes through the University of South Florida and was instrumental in the Oxford plant achieving Carolina Star status in May of 2013. David and his wife, Susan, live in Franklin County North Carolina and they both enjoy working with their horses, traveling and playing golf.

Donna Daniel

Donna Daniel is employed with Clean Harbors Reidsville which is a Hazardous Waste Transfer, Storage, Disposal Facility. Donna has been employed with Clean Harbors for over 20 years and has had the opportunity to work in various positions within the Reidsville plant. Currently, Donna is a Facility Operations Supervisor with Clean Harbors.

Donna is a Certified Star Special Team member and enjoys working on evaluations with NCDOL. Donna lives in Northwest Greensboro and has one grown daughter. Donna also has a four legged grand baby named Lily Grace.

In her spare time Donna enjoys reading, camping and spending time with family and friends.

Jessica Foster

Jessica Foster, CHST, CSP is currently the Director of Workforce Development at Southern Industrial Constructors. She is originally from Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and was raised in Brooklyn, NY. Jessica is a proud US ARMY veteran.  She began her construction career as a helper in 1996.  Shortly after joined the Steamfitters Local 602 Apprenticeship in Washington DC, as an apprentice.   She transferred to the Carolina’s Pipefitter Local 421 later becoming a Building Trade Pipefitter Journeyman. After many years in construction, her safety passion led her to pursue and earn her AAS in Environmental Health and Safety. Jessica has worked in many safety professional roles and capacities. A Spanish-bilingual Construction and General Industry OSHA Outreach Trainer.   Her current role includes NCCER Primary Administrator and NCCER Master Trainer duties. She currently serves as a board member on both the NCDOL OSH Advisory Council and the Carolina Star Committee. She is grateful for a supporting family, is a Redskins fan and claims to be an official cat lady.

Rich Gerber

Rich Gerber AKA “Gerb” has been employed with Mt. Olive Pickle Co. Mt. Olive, North Carolina for the last 24 years currently serving as an EHS specialist. Gerb is a native Jersey boy but has chosen North Carolina as his home – Gerb is a past President of the Carolina Star Safety Conference Board of Directors, and currently has responsibilities in Registration and Prizes. Gerb has two grown children and enjoys the great outdoors in his spare time.

Shirley Williford

Shirley Williford is employed with International Paper Company Fiber Supply in Riegelwood, NC @ Cape Fear Woodyard. Shirley has been with International Paper for 20 years. Shirley began her career with International Paper Company in 1998 as a Temporary Administrative Specialist Employee, where she split her time with the Bolton, Burgaw and Riegelwood Fiber Supply Office’s. Shirley was hired on permanently with IP Fiber Supply, at the Burgaw Office on October 1, 2000. After a year at the Burgaw Office under Land Management, Shirley was transferred to wood Procurement at Riegelwood, now known as Fiber Supply. After Chadbourn Woodyard was moved to Riegelwood know now as Cape Fear Woodyard, Shirley’s moved to Cape Fear Woodyard Site. Shirley has various roles with Fiber Supply, such as working with the Rail Chip Cars, Accounts Payable, insuring that Safety files are posted to the training tracker, ordering safety supplies as well as ISN and TAPPI Safe Coordinator for Cape Fear Woodyard. Shirley is a certified Star Special Team Member. Shirley and her husband live in Wilmington and have 5 grown children and 5 grandchildren (3 granddaughters and 2 grandsons), which Shirley completely spoils. In her spare time Shirley enjoys church where she is involved with children’s ministry, cooking and spending time with her family.

Terry Williams

GE Aviation in Durham North Carolina is GE’s first teaming facility where employees hold many different roles. Terry has been with GE for over 20 years is a certified green belt in lean manufacturing, MRB for engineering, facility focal for crane and rigging, train the trainer certified, state certified emergency medical responder, fire extinguisher instructor, and leads the SRA/Ergo team. Terry’s job in Durham also includes assembly of several different commercial jet engines, implementation of new engine lines to the facility, and being part of the EHS council. Terry has been on the NCSTAR Board for several years and is also a SSTM. Terry had also served several years as a volunteer fire fighter in Alamance County North Carolina and was in the US Army reserves as a Military Policeman Terry has an Associates Degree in specialized technology from Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.

Nina Lockman

In 2003, Nina Lockman began her career in the safety profession as a Risk/Health & Safety Manager at a non-profit organization in Charlotte, NC where she earned the MESH and Advanced Safety certification from the Safety and Health Council of NC – Charlotte.  Since 2010, Nina has been serving as the Sr. EHS Analyst for Eaton Corporation in Kings Mountain, NC, a manufacturer of gears and shafts, medium duty assembly and welding operations.  Nina studied engineering at Ohio State University and Occupational Safety & Health at Eastern Kentucky University.  In her spare time, Nina enjoys chatting on the phone with her daughter, Taylor, who is studying psychology in Seattle, Washington.  Nina lives in Shelby where she loves to spend quality time training with her Belgian Malinois/Dutch Shepherd, Mala

Tony Byrum

Tony is the Safety Director at Nucor Steel Hertford County, located in Cofield, NC and has been with them for 20 years. Tony began his career with Nucor in 2000 as a Maintenance Mechanic and has since had the opportunity to serve in various roles in the Maintenance Department such as Mechanical Lead, Maintenance Supervisor, and Contractor Coordinator, prior to his role as Safety Director. Tony is a Special Star Team Member, a graduate of College of the Albemarle, and has completed numerous safety classes through NC State University and University of Alabama College of Continuing Studies.

He was born and raised in Tyner, NC located just outside of Edenton, NC where he currently still lives with his wife and son Tucker. Tony also has two adult sons, Branson and Blake. His hobbies include drag racing, fishing, hunting, working on cars, welding-fabrication, and a round of golf every now and then.

Nicole Sutton

Nicole Sutton is the Senior Safety and Health Coordinator for the Energizer facilities in Asheboro, NC. Nicole has been employed with Energizer for over 13 years and has had multiple roles at Energizer over the years.   She earned a BS in Chemical Engineering and Occupational Safety and Health from the #1 HBCU North Carolina A&T State University and a Master of Business Administration from Averett University.  Nicole currently resides in Burlington, NC with her husband and two children.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, gardening and watching Sci-Fi movies.

NC Department Of Labor

Advisory Board Members

LaMont D. Smith, MS, CPM

LaMont D. Smith is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University where he was awarded a full football scholarship and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a minor Chemistry. Subsequently, LaMont received a Master of Science Degree in Public Health from the University of Kentucky. LaMont is a Program Manager for the North Carolina Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Division (NCDOL OSH). He oversees one of the nation’s most prolific OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs which known as the Carolina Star Program. Currently, the Carolina Star Program, ranks number two in the nation, number one in Region IV, and number one among all State Plans in terms of the number of designated Star worksite locations. In addition, LaMont oversees one of the most recognized safety awards programs in the state of North Carolina. Under his management, the program has grown by almost 60% in terms of award recipients, while banquet attendance and participation has grown to more than 4,300 attendees. LaMont has been employed with the North Carolina Department of Labor since 1993, and he has several years of professional experience in both the public and private sector. During his tenure with the NCDOL he has served in a management/supervisory role since 2001. In addition, LaMont has served as an advisory board member for the Carolina Star Safety Conference, Inc. since 2003. His leadership efforts have been recognized and appreciated on a national, state, local, and departmental level. In 2006, LaMont was highly recommended for participation in the North Carolina Certified Public Managers Program. LaMont completed and earned his public manager certification in 2008. His employment with the NCDOL OSH Division has included stints in multiple bureaus, therefore, providing him with a wide array of knowledge and understanding of the OSH Division in its entirety. LaMont’s efforts to train and partner with employers and employees throughout is appreciated by various North Carolina industries. He has developed and implemented a multitude of programs that has aided in the agency’s success toward ensuring the safety and health of all the workers in North Carolina. LaMont enjoys volunteer work as he volunteers his time through projects, with his fraternal organization, such as Adopt A Highway and youth mentoring. Other volunteer efforts include serving on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Family Council, nonprofit organizations such as the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and Salvation Army (Bell Ringer), church related activities, and several years of experience as a youth sports coach. Finally, LaMont and his wife are the proud parents of a grown son and daughter.

Carlene Harris

Carlene Harris is a Safety/Star Program Consultant for the Carolina Star Program. She has been employed with the NCDOL since 2013 and was previously employed as a Safety Compliance Officer for almost 20 years with the USDOL – Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Virginia and Rhode Island. She is an Advisory Board Member on the Carolina Star Board that oversees the annual Carolina Star Conference. She is a native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts and graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Communications. She currently resides in the Raleigh area with her husband and enjoys traveling.

Michelle Evans

Michelle is a Safety/Star Program Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL), OSH Division and has been employed with the NCDOL since 2012. Michelle was a Compliance Safety and Health Officer (CSHO I and CSHO II) for four years, before transferring to a Star Program Consultant. Michelle lead and assisted her previous employer to reach Carolina Star and Rising Star status at two NC locations. These past years have been full of experiences that included adventures, personal growth and accomplishments. Being able to get back involved in the Carolina Star Program has been challenging and rewarding. As quoted by Joseph Joubert “We must respect the past, and mistrust the present, if we wish to provide for the safety of the future.”(APA Style Citation Joseph Joubert. (n.d.). BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved March 24, 2017, from BrainyQuote.com

Morgan Brown, MS, CSP

Morgan is an Industrial Hygiene Star Program Consultant with the North Carolina Department of Labor. She is a native of Ramseur, North Carolina. Morgan graduated from East Carolina University in May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health Science and again in December 2017 with a master’s degree in Occupational Safety. May 2019, Morgan was awarded the Certified Safety Professional certification from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Morgan holds a Part 107 certificate from the FAA and serves as a drone pilot for the NCDOL drone team. Morgan currently resides in Asheboro with her cats, Zoey and Cheddar Beau. Morgan is passionate about helping people and guiding workplaces to build a stronger safety culture.

Tim Hogan

Tim Hogan is a NCDOL Star Program Consultant. Tim has worked as a Star Program Consultant since 2015. Prior to working with Star participants, Tim worked as an OSHA Compliance Officer for 24 years conducting fatality/accident and employee complaint investigations, as well as, general schedule inspections. Tim is an Industrial Hygienist with years of experience in both general industry and construction.

Tyrone Taylor

Tyrone Taylor is a Star Program Safety Consultant. He spent 22 years with the MN OSHA Compliance Program, beginning as a Safety Investigator in 1999. Tyrone was promoted to Supervisor in 2005 and then to his most recent position of Director with the MN OSHA Consultation Program in 2015. Tyrone received his B.S. in Industrial Technology from Iowa State University in 1997 and earned his M.B.A. from the University of MN’s Carlson School of Management in 2009. Tyrone also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as an artillery gunner from 1990 until receiving his honorable discharge at the rank of Corporal in 1998.

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