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15 Oct
Staff Spotlight Liz Hillgren
Staff Spotlight on Liz Hillgren

Get to know our KTL team! This month, we are catching up with Senior Consultant Liz Hillgren. Liz brings over 20 years of environmental experience in both industry and consulting to the KTL team. She is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Tell us a little bit about your background—what are your areas of expertise?

My background is in hazardous waste. I worked for transfer, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs) for 20 years. I have worked at a landfill, a stabilization facility, a fuel blender, a used oil recycler, and a wastewater treatment facility. I have managed technical groups but also customer service throughout my career in industry.

What types of clients do you work with? What are the biggest issues you see them facing right now?

My KTL customers are largely manufacturing facilities. Most of them are mid-sized, so they don’t always have tons of money—but they do have real regulatory issues.

What would you say is a highlight of your job?

I like to help my customers solve problems, because I feel like I am part of their team. I also like to learn new things—my job always has something new to think about.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I am a gardener, and I enjoy being outside. I live in an old house full of projects and potential. I like to sew. I just started beekeeping, so that is currently where all my time and money are spent!

Read Liz’s full bio.

25 Sep
Now Hiring: EHS Consultant

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

KTL is seeking a Consultant with 3-5 years of environmental, health, and safety (EHS) consulting or relevant industry experience to join our team. This individual will work under the direction of KTL Project Managers and Senior Consultants to manage and execute tasks for KTL’s EHS projects. The EHS Consultant must have working knowledge of EHS regulatory compliance, auditing, and management systems (e.g., ISO 14001, 45001) and experience with information management systems and software tools, particularly Microsoft SharePoint®.

Responsibilities and tasks include the following:

  • Performing EHS compliance assessments and implementing follow-up corrective actions to ensure compliance with applicable regulations
  • Developing EHS programs, plans, and procedures
  • Assessing, designing, implementing, and auditing EHS management systems (e.g., ISO 14001, 45001)
  • Conducting onsite evaluations focused on chemical risk management for labs, industrial facilities, and other client sites
  • Researching federal, state, and local EHS regulatory requirements and maintaining standards
  • Conducting relevant EHS training for clients
  • Creating and delivering high-quality client deliverables, including reports, meeting minutes, PowerPoint presentations, training resources, etc.
  • Participating in the development and management of KTL’s SharePoint® offerings
  • Supporting projects by applying engineering techniques, conducting tests and inspections, and preparing reports and calculations
  • Supporting other KTL professionals to effectively manage and deliver projects
  • Building client relationships, leading to repeat business

Requirements

  • B.S. degree in technical field (e.g., environmental science, chemistry, environmental/civil engineering, occupational safety)
  • 3-5 years of EHS consulting or relevant industry experience
  • Strong knowledge of environmental and/or safety standards and management systems
  • Strong understanding of chemical nomenclature, hazard classes, and chemical reactivity 
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, and organizational skills
  • Strong computer skills – Microsoft SharePoint® and information management systems tools/software experience preferred
  • Ability to travel up to 50%

How to Apply

Forward a resume to recruiting@kestreltellevate.com.


Company Description

KTL is a management consulting firm providing EHS, sustainability, food safety, and quality consulting services to a wide range of industry, municipal, university, and government clients. Our focus is to build strong, long-term client partnerships and provide value-added solutions that simplify management systems, improve compliance, and establish more sustainable operations. KTL specializes in developing and implementing strategies, processes, and tools that complement our clients’ investments in existing programs and resources. Our highly qualified personnel have an in-depth knowledge of U.S. federal, state, and international EHS requirements; global food safety compliance; ISO management systems; and information management tools. Our consultants possess the education, work experience, and professional registrations necessary to provide value-adding consulting services to our clients.

25 Sep
Now Hiring: EHS Consultant – International

Location: Washington, D.C. Metro Area

KTL is seeking a Consultant in the Washington, D.C. metro area with 3-5 years of domestic and international environmental, health, and safety (EHS) consulting or relevant experience to join our team. This individual will work under the direction of KTL Project Managers and Senior Consultants to manage and execute tasks for KTL’s EHS projects, including support for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The EHS Consultant must have working knowledge of EHS regulatory compliance, auditing, and management systems (e.g., ISO 14001, 45001) and experience with information management systems and software tools, particularly Microsoft SharePoint®.

Responsibilities and tasks include the following: 

  • Performing EHS compliance assessments and implementing follow-up corrective actions to ensure compliance with applicable regulations
  • Developing EHS programs, plans, and procedures
  • Assessing, designing, implementing, and auditing EHS management systems (e.g., ISO 14001, 45001)
  • Researching international, federal, state, and local EHS regulatory requirements and maintaining standards
  • Conducting relevant EHS training for clients
  • Creating and delivering high-quality client deliverables, including reports, meeting minutes, PowerPoint presentations, training resources, etc.
  • Participating in the development and management of KTL’s SharePoint® and other information management offerings
  • Supporting other KTL professionals to effectively manage and deliver projects
  • Building client relationships, leading to repeat business

Requirements

  • B.S. degree in technical field (e.g., environmental science, chemistry, environmental/civil engineering, occupational safety)
  • 3-5 years of EHS consulting or relevant industry experience, including international environmental experience
  • Strong knowledge of international and domestic environmental and/or safety standards and management systems
  • Knowledge of international development issues and U.S. foreign policy, especially in the Latin America, Caribbean, and Africa regions
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, and organizational skills
  • Spoken and written fluency in Spanish preferred; other language capabilities welcomed
  • Strong computer skills – Microsoft SharePoint® and information management systems tools/software experience preferred
  • Ability to travel up to 50%, both within the U.S. and to international locations

How to Apply

Forward a resume to recruiting@kestreltellevate.com.


Company Description

KTL is a management consulting firm providing EHS, sustainability, food safety, and quality consulting services to a wide range of industry, municipal, university, and government clients. Our focus is to build strong, long-term client partnerships and provide value-added solutions that simplify management systems, improve compliance, and establish more sustainable operations. KTL specializes in developing and implementing strategies, processes, and tools that complement our clients’ investments in existing programs and resources. Our highly qualified personnel have an in-depth knowledge of U.S. federal, state, and international EHS requirements; global food safety compliance; ISO management systems; and information management tools. Our consultants possess the education, work experience, and professional registrations necessary to provide value-adding consulting services to our clients.

24 Sep
Staff Spotlight on Becky Wehrman-Andersen

Get to know our KTL team! This month, we are catching up with Senior Consultant Becky Wehrman-Andersen. Becky is an EHS compliance leader with nearly 30 years of practical experience. You can find her working in Des Moines, Iowa.

Tell us a little bit about your background—what are your areas of expertise?

I am fortunate to have had a unique and wide variety of science positions that eventually led me to my position at KTL. My areas of expertise include hazardous waste management, risk minimization, emergency response, and EHS compliance strategies for difficult processes.

I started as a bench chemist with DuPont in a GMO lab where I began learning hazardous waste regulations by default. I spent a few years at Iowa DNR (IDNR) building a household hazardous waste program and then was with Metro Waste Authority (MWA) in Iowa for ten years learning more about EPA regulations, hazardous waste management, and all things trash (EPA, OSHA and DOT). During my time at IDNR, I began developing strong expertise in emergency response and hazardous waste site cleanups. I led a state-wide school lab chemical cleanup program with more than 20 community partners, assisted in cleanup from natural disasters, and worked closely with emergency responders throughout the state. 

I also served as a volunteer firefighter/EMT for a few years and developed an extensive training program focused on hazardous materials chemistry. In 2008, I started a small business consulting to industry in hazardous materials, which became my full-time gig in 2010. Through that adventure, I was able to further refine my training skills in EPA, DOT, and OSHA regulations and assisted a number of large businesses in all things “crazy trash” management and risk minimization strategies. In 2019, I had an opportunity to join KTL and brought my customers with me. It has been a great career with enormous variety, and I’m excited to see what the next few years bring. 

What types of clients do you work with? What are the biggest issues you see them facing right now?

The majority of my clients are industrial facilities with large quantities of chemicals; however, I also have clients that are schools, universities, or small startup lab facilities. The biggest challenge I see in industry right now is the continued push to do more with less. I see industries in great fiscal position that are rapidly expanding their operations and processes but have been hesitant to invest in additional personnel to build robust EHS compliance programs. It is not unusual for me to visit a plant where there are 250 employees and one person managing all EHS programs for the plant. It is challenging for those individuals to achieve success, and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to help them prioritize, implement programs, and have a substantial impact on the overall safety and environmental compliance at their facilities.

What would you say is a highlight of your job?

I love the people that I work with. My team at KTL is incredible, and after working for so many years as a sole proprietor, I love having the support and coordinated efforts that result from such amazing co-workers. I also thoroughly enjoy my clients. The company representatives have a deep commitment to their work and ensuring that their companies are operating in compliance and, even more importantly, that their co-workers are protected. 

I also have to say that I love the problem solving that comes with unusual hazardous waste situations. I know it sounds crazy, but I love those phone calls that start with, “You won’t believe this one, Becky, but we found this….” 

What do you like to do in your free time?

I have great adult kids that I enjoy spending time with, a wonderful patient husband, and three dogs. Spending time with them is my favorite activity in the world. I enjoy gardening, being outside, and have recently taken up sewing! I never considered myself a “seamstress,” but have gotten fairly adept at making a great quality mask to protect my friends and families. I think I’ve made about 175 for various friends, families, and co-workers and will be finishing up another 30 or so in the next week as “backups” for local school kids who may need them. I think I may even try quilting after this! Learning new things is one of my favorite ways to spend time.

Read Becky’s full bio.

21 Sep
Now Hiring: Food Safety Consultant

Location: Chicago, Illinois

KTL is seeking a Consultant with 5-7 years of professional food safety consulting or relevant food industry experience to join our team. This individual will work under the direction of KTL Project Managers and Senior Consultants to manage and execute tasks for KTL’s food safety projects and meet client expectations. The Food Safety Consultant must have working knowledge of FDA, USDA, and GFSI requirements as they apply to food/food packaging manufacturing, processing, and distribution, and experience implementing/maintaining food safety documents and plans.  

Responsibilities and tasks include the following: 

  • Providing HACCP, SOPand SSOP development and implementation support 
  • Conducting gap assessments to FDA, USDA, and GFSI (i.e., IFS, BRC, FSSC22000, SQF) requirements 
  • Conducting relevant food safety training for clients  
  • Researching FDA, USDA, and GFSI regulatory requirements and maintaining standards updates 
  • Researching labeling regulatory review 
  • Interpreting thirdparty regulatory audits 
  • Reviewing, recommending, and coordinating efforts for environmental contaminants and pathogen testing program 
  • Working with clients and KTL senior staff to identify Food Safety Management System (FSMS) and program gaps and implement solutions for continuous improvement  
  • Maintaining and updating documents to ensure conformance and compliance consistency 
  • Participating in the development and management of KTL’s SharePoint® tools  
  • Assisting in growing clients and other business development efforts, as requested 

Requirements

  • B.S. degree in food science, biology, chemistry,  technology, microbiology, or other related life science  
  • 5-7 years of related food industry experience in Quality Assurance/Control; experience in cooking, processing, manufacturing dairy, low-acid canned food, meat, or seafood preferred 
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills  
  • Excellent research, analytical, writing, and organizational skills 

 Preferred

  • Microsoft SharePoint® and information management systems experience 
  • Highrisk food or ingredients experience  
  • Understanding of food safety in food packaging 

How to Apply

Forward a resume to recruiting@kestreltellevate.com.


Company Description

KTL is a management consulting firm providing EHS, sustainability, food safety, and quality consulting services to a wide range of industry, municipal, university, and government clients. Our focus is to build strong, long-term client partnerships and provide value-added solutions that simplify management systems, improve compliance, and establish more sustainable operations. KTL specializes in developing and implementing strategies, processes, and tools that complement our clients’ investments in existing programs and resources. Our highly qualified personnel have an in-depth knowledge of U.S. federal, state, and international EHS requirements; global food safety compliance; ISO management systems; and information management toolsOur consultants possess the education, work experience, and professional registrations necessary to provide value-adding consulting services to our clients. 

27 Aug
Food Safety & Quality Webinar September 11, 2020
9/11/20 Webinar: Increasing Food Safety & Quality

Tom Paraboschi from DNV GL’s Supply Chain and Digital Assurance Services and KTL Principal, Food Safety, Bill Bremer will discuss the benefits of increasing safety and quality through non-certification assessments at this free webinar, including:

  • Overview and examples of regulatory, assessments, GMP, etc. prior to certification
  • Real examples of supply chain management from food and beverage companies
  • Digital solutions available in traceability and assessments 

Increasing Food Safety & Quality through
Non-Certification Assessments

Friday, September 11, 2020
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM CT

<< Register for Free >>

 

25 Aug
Staff Spotlight: Jake Taylor
Staff Spotlight on Jake Taylor

Get to know our KTL team! This month, we are catching up with Senior Consultant Jake Taylor, CSP.  Based in KTL’s Madison office, Jake has over 25 years of management experience and has spent the past five years with KTL. 

Tell us a little bit about your background—what are your areas of expertise?

I was born in Blackfoot, Idaho. When I was two, my father, who had just gotten out of the U.S. Navy and my mother, who was an elementary school teacher, moved our family to Wisconsin. I grew up in a small town of around 700 people in Southwestern Wisconsin. After I graduated from high school, I got my B.S. from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Zoology and worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for five years. 

I wanted something more, so I took a chance and applied at a small family-owned industrial painting company in Wisconsin as the Human Resources/EHS Director and began working there in the early 1990s. There was a lot going on, and I learned “all things EHS” on the fly! It was a great experience and formed the foundation for my career. That job got me involved on the HR side of business, as well. I also served on the Board of Directors for the local Society for Human Resource Managers (SHRM); a local family center; and a not-for-profit that ensured individuals with disabilities had a place to learn, work and advance their independence.

I left the painting company after 11 years to focus on expanding my EHS knowledge. I began working in EHS for food manufacturers and food warehousing, underground utilities (e.g., gas, electrical, cable TV), and fiber optics for over a period of about five years. I ended up at a large manufacturing plant that builds semi-trailers, grain hoppers, pups, etc. It was there I was able to learn more about processes like welding, presses, CNC machines, arc flash, and other EHS areas that I had never been exposed to. It was a great learning experience.

From there, I was presented with the opportunity to work for a large plastic thin-gauge thermoformer.    With plants throughout the U.S., I got to travel to the various locations doing all things EHS. I developed a certified ISO 14001 EMS in my position at that company. It was also the company I was working at when I met one of Kestrel’s (now KTL’s) Principals through an association. I ended up joining KTL in April 2015. At this time, I also got my certification as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). 

My areas of expertise as a consultant revolve around EHS on the manufacturing and chemical side—clearly tied to my background working in industry. I am also well-versed in the ISO standards as they relate to safety and GMPs (e.g., 9001, 14001, and 45001) but consider myself a well-rounded EHS professional.

What types of clients do you work with? What are the biggest issues you see them facing right now?

I do a lot of work with the members of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD). In fact, I am an NACD Responsible Distribution Adviser, so I have the opportunity to work with many chemical manufacturers, distributors, warehouses, and affiliates on managing their compliance, Responsible Distribution verification, and management systems requirements.

That being said, safety is clearly important for every company, so I do work for every type of client you can think of—refineries, agriculture, food, heavy industry, biotechnology, and universities. The trend in safety right now is a focus on “big data,” so KTL’s expertise in data management is valuable. In addition, developing efficiency tools and dashboards that allow companies to track and manage EHS performance and compliance in real time is changing the EHS profession. It is awesome that KTL can be a leader in designing and implementing those information management systems. It fascinates me to see how the information our tools capture can improve and change any organization.

What would you say is a highlight of your job?

I like to understand my clients and their organizations the best I can. Learning as much about them as possible helps me to grow—and that also allows me to better help all my clients. I enjoy the fact that I get exposure to so many different companies and get to know their organizations from the inside out. It is this practical education that really helps me to offer up ideas and solutions to my clients. Even more importantly, it is the people that I enjoy the most. Developing close relationships and having clients that keep coming back because of those relationships is very cool.

What do you like to do in your free time?

This may sound cliché, but with everything going on in our world right now, it is family that matters. As our kids grow older (they are 16 and 20), our relationships continue to evolve. Watching our sons grow up—way too fast—is amazing. I am also fortunate that both of my parents are still around and value each day I can spend with them. My job allows me the opportunity to do enough travel, so my free time is often spent on the lake with my wife, at the cabin, listening to old stories from my mother, fishing with my dad, or just “putzing” around in my garden or garage.

Read Jake’s full bio.

06 Aug
ChemEdge 2020
Join KTL Virtually at ChemEdge 2020

NACD’s 2020 ChemEdge is making the shift to full virtual this year. The conference may look a little different, but it is still filled with all the critical knowledge and networking opportunities chemical distributors expect from ChemEdge.

ChemEdge 2020
Tuesday, September 1 – Thursday, September 3
Register Now!

As always, KTL will be an active participant in ChemEdge 2020. Be sure to join KTL Senior Consultant and Responsible Distribution Adviser Jake Taylor for the following presentations:

+ Digging Up the Roots! Root Cause Analysis Review and Exercise
Tuesday, September 1, 11:00 am-12:15 pm

+ OSHA Top 10 List
Wednesday, September 2, 9:00 am-10:00 am

We look forward to making the most of this virtual event and hope many of our clients and friends will be joining us at ChemEdge 2020 this September.

 

18 Jun
EHS Audit
KTL Renews Agreement to Provide Access to EHS Regulatory Question Modules

KTL is pleased to announce that we have renewed our agreement with the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, which provides access to the following regulatory question modules:

  • The Environmental Assessment and Management (TEAM) Guide and the related state supplements address environmental compliance in the areas of air quality, cultural and natural resources, hazardous materials and waste, pesticide management, pollution prevention, energy conservation, petroleum, oils and lubricants, storage tanks, solid waste management, toxic substances, water quality, and more.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Guide is used in assessing compliance with the standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It may also be used in combination with an agency-specific safety and occupational health manual. The OSH Guide is based on OSHA regulations from Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

KTL originally entered into this agreement with CERL in 2015. CERL’s experts are dedicated to conducting ongoing research, updating federal and state environmental and federal safety regulatory requirements, and developing and maintaining standardized audit checklists for those regulations. These checklists are very comprehensive; are used by auditors for DOD, DOE, DOI, and other federal agencies; are updated regularly to reflect any regulatory changes; and cover virtually all of the functions that would be present in a broad mix of industrial companies.

Our agreement allows KTL to make the TEAM Guide and OSH Guide available through an electronic format (i.e. dynaQ™). KTL staff can use these modules to stay current on changing federal regulations. The question modules bring a basis of significant credibility related to the reliability and completeness of audit content via a software tool that manages audit data and makes finding information more efficient. With this agreement, KTL remains one of the only professional service firms in the country to offer access to the following regulatory question modules.

16 Jun
Staff Spotlight on Roberto Bellavia

Get to know our KTL team! This month, we are catching up with Principal and Senior Consultant Roberto Bellavia. Roberto has been with KTL for three and a half years and is based in the Chicagoland area.

Tell us a little bit about your background—what are your areas of expertise?

I was born and raised in Rome, Italy. I have a master’s degree in animal production science and started my career in Italy working on the farming side of the food supply chain. I was working with farmers that had small manufacturing operations for cheese, salami, meat, and I was doing food safety (HACCP) plans for them. I also worked in a couple of dairy farms.

I first came to the U.S. in 1999 for a genetic research project at the University of Minnesota on mapping of chromosome 29 in bovine. I moved to the U.S. permanently in 2001, when I got married. I worked at the Italian Chamber of Commerce, made connections, and started working for Turano Pastry Shop as Production Manager. I learned Spanish before I learned English! I wanted to move back into the meat industry, so I began working at Chiappetti Lamb and Veal in the Stockyards District in Chicago, the last federal-inspected plant in the city. When they closed, I moved to U.S. Foods as the Director of Food Safety for the Stockyards brand.

I joined the consulting world at KTL in January 2017. My areas of expertise revolve around food safety, quality, and regulatory compliance. I am well-versed on all the GFSI schemes (i.e., FSSC22000, SQF, BRC, IFS) and the USDA – FSIS and FDA requirements. In this role, I really enjoy working with different people. There is no reporting structure in my team; rather, it is about people working together to achieve the same objectives. I am in the business of food safety. I believe that people always want to do the right thing, but sometimes they need someone to tell them what the right thing is or to show them how to get there.

What types of clients do you work with? What are the biggest issues you see them facing right now?

All my clients are in the food supply chain—from food manufacturing, to food additives and food packaging, to distributors and importers. I also work with a company in the dietary supplement arena, which is an area with growing food safety requirements.

 Data management is one of the biggest challenges facing my clients right now. How do you collect and use data, while also protecting information? Every company needs to fulfill someone else’s requirements (e.g., regulatory, standards, customers, supply chain) by submitting information, auditing, reviewing, and assessing and allocating levels of risk. Our clients look to KTL to help them meet those needs.

Training and culture change are two other large areas where food companies rely on KTL’s expertise. When a company decides to pursue a major change in their food safety program, they also need help in culture change and much of that starts with training.

Lastly, the new rules of the FDA – FSMA have been a challenge, including implementing allergen control, environmental, and food defense/intentional adulteration programs.

What would you say is a highlight of your job?

I get to be 100% involved in what I do. I always seek the highest results and take pride in everything I do. It is important to me to show my clients the value they get from working with KTL, and what we have accomplished once our project is done. We are currently focusing a lot of our expertise on data management and predictive analytics, developing dashboards that allow our clients to see in real time the performance of the food safety programs we are developing. It is very satisfying to see those results.

What do you like to do in your free time?

My free time is about my wife, my three kids, and my dog. When I don’t work, I enjoy spending time home. I like to coach soccer and have been a coach for over eight years. I enjoy a home-cooked meal (because I travel and eat out a lot), spending time at the beach (but that never seems to happen), and playing cornhole (a/k/a bean bags). I also like motorsports, so when I can (and when COVID is not cancelling half of the season), I enjoy watching Formula 1 racing (there is something about technology, courage, and teamwork that is fascinating) and European football (a/k/a soccer).

Finally, I enjoy road tripping with the family—or just driving alone—and discovering and seeing something new. I have been in three different Portlands in the U.S.! I feel that every place I go, no matter how remote or rural it is, has something interesting for me to see.

Read Roberto’s full bio.

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