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The Good, the Bad, and the Safe: Session 1

February 16, 2022
Join AWO for our winter safety series, The Good, The Bad, and the Safe! Register in your member dashboard for each webinar in the series:
  • February 16, 2-4 pm EST
  • March 17, 2-4 pm EDT
  • April 6, 2-4 pm EDT
Wednesday, February 16
AWO will host Kathlyn Perez, who will lead a panel discussion to address the challenges of creating safety policy following the withdrawal of the COVID-19 ETS. Kathlyn is an attorney and consultant whose practice focuses on all aspects of the employment relationship. For nearly 15 years, she has represented all types and sizes of businesses ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local laws, counseling on employee relations issues, conducting internal investigations and trainings, negotiating employment contracts, and navigating high risk departures, non-competes, severances, and settlement agreements. Kathlyn is listed as a top lawyer in labor and employment in The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers.

Follow Kathlyn and Perez Law on LinkedIn for timely employment law updates and articles on complex employee accommodations issues.

Jessica Snyder will participate in the panel. Jessica is the the HR Manager for Southern Towing Company and concentrates primarily on employee benefits, policy research, and maintaining compliance in accordance with updated regulations. Jessica grew up in the Memphis area and completed her Bachelor’s degree at Rhodes College, majoring in Political Science. She completed her Master’s in Business Administration from Union University, with a concentration in Human Resources Management. She also holds a certification as a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional.  Her previous work experience is in both ERISA law and Human Resources Management.

Panelist Jon Hellburg oversees Shaver Transportation’s day-to-day operations to provide tug and barge service on the Columbia and Snake River systems. Shaver operates a fleet of 15 tugs and 20 barges specifically designed to transport grain and bulk commodities. Shaver’s fleet includes 7 tractor tugs that provide 24-hour ship assist and escort service on the Columbia River. Jon started work with Shaver Transportation in 2017, following a 20-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard. Jon is a 1997 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. He holds an MBA from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon and maintains an upper-level merchant mariner’s license. He is the current Chair of the Columbia River Towboat Association (CRTA) and former Chair of the Lower Columbia Region Harbor Safety Committee (LCRHSC).

Dhaval Mehta, Director, North America Stergios Stamopoulos, Manger, Houston Sustainability Center

Dhaval Mehta and Stergios Stamopoulos from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) will discuss Sustainability in the Inland Waterways. They will share expertise for focusing on challenges and opportunities to address market drivers for sustainability, regulations, taking steps to prepare, collaborating with energy companies, and other topics related to the decarbonization goals that our industry is embracing as we continue to work toward reducing our environmental impact.