Our staff

Brandon Cruz
  • Brandon Cruz
  • Risk Management and Safety Officer
  • Phone: (907) 474-6164
  • Office Location: Fairbanks, Alaska

Brandon Cruz, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Risk Management & Safety Officer assists faculty and staff in accomplishing its primary goals of research, education, and services by minimizing associated risks from adverse events or processes.

Prior to dedicating his fulltime work to UAF, Brandon honorably served as an Occupational Safety Manger for the United States Air Force. While on active duty he studied occupational safety and health at Columbia Southern University and the Community College of the Air Force to assure employees were provided a safe work environment and increased mission effectiveness.

After 20 years of military service Brandon and his family felt Alaska was a perfect fit and called it home. In his spare time he enjoys being in the outdoors and is always looking for the next big Alaskan adventure.

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  • Michael Sanders
  • Safety Officer
  • Phone: (907) 474-5476
  • Office Location: Fairbanks, Alaska

Kim Davis is a Safety Officer for the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She is involved in safety assessments, accident investigations, training programs, policy writing/updating, working with OSHA regulators, and other activities to reduce and eliminate work place illness, and injuries.

Kim attended the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and graduated with two Associates in Applied Science. (Municipal of Fire Control, Hazardous Materials) While attending the University, she worked as a student firefighter and thus began her career in the Fire Service. After seventeen years of service in the Fire Department, Kim left her position as a Fire Captain.

In 2008, Kim began work at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks as a Hazardous Materials Coordinator. In June of 2011 she transferred within the University to a Safety Officer position. She has over 20 years of being involved in safety in one capacity or another since her beginning in the work force.

Kris Riley
  • Kris Riley
  • Hazardous Materials Coordinator
  • Phone: (907) 474-7889
  • Office Location: Fairbanks, Alaska

Kris Riley, UAF Hazardous Materials Coordinator, is responsible for coordinating the pick-up of hazardous waste and surplus chemicals from every department on campus. Kris is also the point of contact for adding new users to the online database used to maintain chemical inventories, submit waste pick-up requests and track fume hood inspections. Filling the occasional liquid nitrogen dewar, inspecting fume hoods and cleaning various gasoline, oil and diesel spills on campus round out his workload.

Before joining the EHS&RM team in June, 2009, Kris served 12 years in the United States Air Force as a Supply Technician. While managing the 354 LRS HazMart Pharmacy at Eielson AFB, the seeds were planted that would one day lead him to the position he now holds for the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Kris has trained extensively in the art of RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) to ensure that all waste generated on campus is collected, labeled and disposed of in accordance with federal regulations. When not acting as the ‘HazMat Guy’ for UAF, Kris is an avid listener of podcasts, reader of books and watcher of The Office.  

Russ Steiger
  • Russ Steiger
  • Environmental Compliance Officer
  • Phone: (907) 474-5812 | Mobile: (716) 534-15115
  • Office Location: Fairbanks, Alaska

Russ has over 34 years in Environmental, Health, and Safety experience having worked 27 years in manufacturing and commercial settings in the chemical industry with responsibility for EHS program oversight at 10 facilities world - wide, including Asia, Europe, and the United States. Russ holds a Bachelor’s Degree in chemical engineering. He and his wife fulfilled their dream of living in Alaska when they moved to Fairbanks in 2010 after Russ accepted a job offer at the University of Alaska.

Richard Deck
  • Richard Deck
  • Hazardous Materials Lead
  • Phone: (907) 474-5617
  • Office Location: Fairbanks, Alaska

How long I have been at UAF: 22 years with EHSRM; 8 years with USDA-ARS; 4 years education

Job responsibilities: Oversee the UAF hazardous materials management program. Manage the quarterly hazardous waste disposals from UAF campus. Coordinate hazardous materials disposals for the extended sites, being the point of contact between the campuses and the disposal contractor. Offer guidance and information to extended site personnel when hazardous materials issues arise. Be the primary contact or accompany EHSRM staff when UAF campus is visited by regulatory agencies concerning hazardous materials/waste management. Advise, assist, support those who use hazardous materials on UAF campus. Respond to incidents on UAF campus where hazardous materials are involved. Assist with hazardous materials shipments.

22 years of experience in a variety of hazardous materials/waste management aspects including handling, storage, shipping, disposal and regulatory compliance.

Possess various certifications, including hazardous waste/materials technician, competent person for Industrial Scientific multi-gas instruments, lift truck operator, Niton XRF operator.

Trained 49CFR/IATA dangerous goods shipper.

8 years of valuable experience working at the UAF Agricultural & Forestry Experiment Station as a biological technician with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service.

Thadd Williamson
  • Thadd Williamson
  • FS Safety Officer
  • Phone: (907) 474-5949 ) Mobile: (907) 590-8819
  • Office Location: Fairbanks, Alaska

Thadd Williamson was born and raised in Alaska and cut his teeth in the importance of working safely at the age of three while working with his family in commercial fishing in the Gulf of Alaska, the Shelikof Straights, and Cook Inlet. He later worked in the maritime industry and as a sailor before returning to study in Alaska at UAF. While at UAF, he discovered statistics and chemistry and later worked on graduate statistical projects in modeling, optimization, and experiment design. He worked his way through school as a paid student and professional firefighter/medic He returned to the University Fire Dept. and was assigned to the newly formed UAF Codes and Safety in 2003 (later reorganized as UAF Environmental Health and Safety.)

He worked closely in code enforcement and safety compliance in the Codes and Safety years assisting with Industrial hygiene, accident investigations, and occupational safely projects (air sampling, noise dosimetry, asbestos sampling, lead sampling, physicals, etc.) and worked in assisting with the University’s Radiation Safety program. In 2006 he began assisting with regulatory issues for the clean air act and clean water act and helped manage the original National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit partnering with the DOT & PF, and the Cities of North Pole and Fairbanks. In 2017 he volunteered to work with UAF Facilities Services after their Occupational Safety Officer Retired.

Thadd accumulated over 22 years as a firefighter/medic (paid, sailor, student, and volunteer) and continues to serve as an instructor for the UAF CTC Emergency Services Program and occasionally for the Department of Public Safety, Division of Life Safety. He enjoys challenges and is often called upon for some of the more unusual or riskier operations that EHSRM undertakes.

Tracey Martinson
  • Tracey Martinson
  • Industrial Hygienist/Radiation Safety Officer
  • Phone: (907) 474-6771
  • Office Location: Fairbanks, Alaska

I have lived in Alaska for almost 28 years—one year in Ketchikan (1989-1990) and nearly 28 years in Fairbanks (1990-current). I graduated from Whitman College in 1989 with a B.A. in Biology, and from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1996 with a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography. I received my Master’s in Public Health from UAA in May 2016.

After pursuing research interests for a few years, I became involved in the field of occupational health and industrial hygiene. My research experience has proven valuable in my position as industrial hygienist, Radiation Safety Officer, and Biosafety Officer for UAF. My program in Public Health at the University of Alaska Anchorage enhanced my understanding of occupational health and safety, particularly in the areas of program management and evaluation.

I have worked at UAF in the health and safety field since 2003, and for Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management since 2006. In my current position, I enjoy assisting employees with their occupational health and safety needs, including lab safety, hearing conservation, radiation protection, and biosafety.

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  • Asbestos - Concerns/Inquiries
  • Asbestos - Contractor Notifications
  • Confined space concerns
    474-5476 or 474-5949
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  • Fall protection concerns
    474-5476 or 474-5949
  • Prior to Excavations
  • HAZMAT shipping
  • Installation of oil tanks
  • Installation of fuel burning equipment
  • Minors on Campus
  • Oil or HAZMAT spills
  • Regulators on-site
  • Respiratory protection concerns
  • Remote travel
  • Stinky Smells (Indoor Air Quality)
  • Noise concerns
  • Tower or roof work
  • Training needs
  • Unsafe conditions