National Wireless Safety Alliance’s Board selected to guide assessment and certification programs

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The National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) unveiled the organization’s inaugural Board of Governors roster today in an industry-wide announcement. The NWSA is a national non-profit assessment and certification organization that is under development to provide thorough, independent assessments of knowledge and skills and provide verifiable worker certification in order to enhance safety, reduce workplace NWSA-Board-of-Governorsrisk, improve quality, encourage training, and recognize the skilled professionals who work on towers and other non-standard structures.

The NWSA Board of Governors roster consists of accomplished representatives from a broad cross-section of the industry and will be tasked with developing policy and overseeing the activities of the various Committees that will serve under the NWSA Board of Governors.

“The inaugural Board of Governors roster consists of talented individuals representing the diversity of the wireless industry landscape,” said NWSA consultant Chuck Slagle, a former Sprint Environmental Health and Safety Executive. “The selected Governors have the requisite level of experience and expertise necessary to help guide the NWSA’s assessment and certification programs through the critical stages of development and to the marketplace,” added Slagle.

The Board of Governors will be formally seated next week during the inaugural NWSA meetings that will be held in Denver, Colorado on August 12-13, 2015.

“The diverse backgrounds of the individuals represented on the Board of Governors will be an incredible asset to the NWSA and serve the organization very well as it prepares its assessment and certification programs to go through the ANSI/ISO 17024 accreditation process,” stated Joel Oliva, the NCCCO’s Director of Operations and Program Development. Oliva will be collaborating closely with the Board of Governors and will be directly involved in the NWSA’s program development and test administration phase.

The NWSA organization is the result of collaborative efforts between a broad coalition of the industry’s leading subject matter experts, companies and stakeholders representing wireless carriers, tower owners, OEM’s, turnkey management firms, small contractors, tower technicians and industry associations. Industry leaders have pledged to provide timely and relevant updates to the industry as key benchmarks are achieved in the establishment of the NWSA national assessment and certification program.

Wireless industry workers, companies and organizations are encouraged to view the NWSA website today by visiting to learn more about the organization.

The Inaugural NWSA Board of Governors Roster includes the following individuals:
  • AJ Manion
    AJ Manion
    Manion Stigger, LLP
  • Art Pregler
    Art Pregler
    National Carrier
  • Beau Aero
    Beau Aero
    GME Supply Company
  • Brandon Chapman
    Brandon Chapman
    Valmont Site-Pro 1
  • Brian Wiedower
    Brian Wiedower
    National Carrier
  • Chris Mallon
    Chris Mallon
    Tower MRL
    Small Contractor
  • Danny Bishop
    Danny Bishop
    The Crosby Group
    Equipment Manufacturer
  • David Sams
    David Sams
    SBA Communications Corporation
    Tower Owner/Vertical Realtor
  • Dean Hane
    Dean Hane
    Multi Agency Communications Center 911
    Public Safety
  • Dieter Schifferdecker
    Dieter Schifferdecker
  • Don Doty
    Don Doty
    FDH Velocitel
    Large General Contractor
  • Duane MacEntee
    Duane MacEntee
    Tower Innovations
    Structural Manufacturer/Fabrication
  • Ed Owens
    Ed Owens
    Broken Arrow Communications
    Tower Technician
  • Eric Bicknese
    Eric Bicknese
    Vertical Limit
    Small Contractor
  • Eric Munsell
    Eric Munsell
    Black & Veatch
    Large General Contractor
  • Dr. Gemma Frock
    Dr. Gemma Frock
    Aiken Technical College
    Community College
  • Heather Gastellum
    Heather Gastellum
    T-Mobile/T-Mobile Towers
    National Carrier/Tower Owner
  • Jim Williamson
    Jim Williamson
    SAC Wireless
    Large General Contractor
  • Jocko Vermillion
    Jocko Vermillion
    Safety Controls Technology
    Occupational Safety & Health
  • Kevin Denis
    Kevin Denis
  • Kevin Scmidt
    Kevin Scmidt
    Sioux Falls Tower and Communications
    Tower Technician
  • Mike Powers
    Mike Powers
    Atlas Tower Companies
    Tower Owner/Vertical Realtor
  • Monica Gambino
    Monica Gambino
    Crown Castle
    Tower Owner/Vertical Realtor
  • Patrick Shea
    Patrick Shea
    All Risks, Inc.
  • Phil Larsen
    Phil Larsen
    Hazon Solutions, LLC
  • Ron Lewis
    Ron Lewis
    U.S. Cellular
    Regional Carrier
  • Sonya Roshek
    Sonya Roshek
    MyCom USA
    DAS/Small Cells
  • Yana Patton
    Yana Patton
    USDA Forest Service
    Government Agency