Northern Plains Section

Northern Plains Section 2018-2019 Officer Election

Chapter elections for the 2018-2019 officers, ballots will be sent by email on April 19, 2018. Officers will take office July 1, 2018.

Candidate for Vice Chair

Leif H. Schonteich, CSP, CHMM Environmental Department Manager

Leif Schonteich, CSP, CHMM, is the environmental department manager for Terracon Consultants, Inc. in West Fargo, North Dakota. He is responsible for management and mentoring of staff, developing scopes of work for various projects, preparing cost proposals, scheduling, reviewing technical reports, and managing department financials. His experience includes consulting, designing, and managing safety and environmentally sensitive projects. Experience ranges from management and design of remediation of agricultural and petroleum contamination to commercial projects requiring emergency and disaster recovery services from large loss events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, and fire across the United States and Canada.

He has conducted design and oversight of asbestos abatement, microbial remediation, hazardous materials abatement, environmental remediation, reclamation, multi-disciplinary reconstruction, and disaster recovery mitigation and restoration projects. He has provided environmental, safety, industrial hygiene, restoration, insurance liaison, claims review, litigation support, and owner’s representative consulting services.

Mr. Schonteich holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Environmental Health and Master of Science in Industrial Technology from the University of North Dakota and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He began his membership in ASSE as a student member in 2001 which over time evolved into professional membership. He currently serves as a member-at-large on the section operating committee for the Northern Plains Section.

Candidates for Member at Large

Michael Scarski, CSP, Corporate Operations – Safety Specialist with Border States Electric. 

Mike Scarski is the Corporate Operations – Employee Safety Specialist for Border States Electric, located in Fargo, North Dakota.  In that role, Mike is responsible for ensuring that all branch locations know, understand, and properly apply all OSHA regulations to our day-to-day operations.  He plays an active role in helping all branches pursue excellence in injury prevention.  “My largest reward is in providing our employees with the tools necessary to be successful in safety and then highlighting those successes in our organization.”

Mike is originally from Fargo, North Dakota, and graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.  After graduation, Mike worked in a variety of employee-focused industries before finding his niche in safety.  He is currently an OSHA-authorized instructor for the 30-hour General Industry course, a trainer in the National Safety Council’s Defensive Driver curriculum, and recently achieved his Certified Safety Professional designation.

In the past, Mike has served on the Board of the Northern Region Association of Safety Professionals (NRASP) as a Director-at-Large.  In this role, he was active in maintaining the website and social media presence, programming coordination, member recruitment, and assisted in facilitating the first annual NRASP Area Safety Conference.

Mike lives in Fargo with his wife Melissa, daughter Lily, and is expecting a new addition to the family very soon.  During his free time he enjoys camping trips with the family, fishing, and anything outdoors related.  He is also volunteering his time to the local Big Brother Big Sister program.

Kelly Cosby, CSP Strategic –  Planning & Member Support Basin Electric Power Cooperative 

Kelly Cozby, CSP, is the Strategic Planning & Member Support Administrator for Basic Electric Power Cooperative, located in the Bismarck, North Dakota area.  During her career in safety, spanning more than 20 years, she has held a variety of roles, including Safety & Industrial Hygiene Superintendent at the Dakota Gasification – Great Plains Synfuels plant, and several years as the Safety & Occupational Health Administrator for Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

Recently, Basin Electric approached Kelly about a role in strategic planning.  “It’s a great opportunity and an excellent challenge, but it takes me away from my day to day involvement in safety.  A position with the Northern Plains Board would help me stay connected to my field of study.”

Kelly earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety & Health/Science & Engineering from Montana Tech at the University of Montana.  She achieved her Certified Safety Professional in 2012.  For more information, see Kelly’s LinkedIn profile at:

Any question about the election process should be directed to the Election Chair – David Kniffen – or Northern Plains Section Secretary – Anthony Stoner –

Upcoming Section Meetings

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Questions?  Contact Leif Schonteich  701-367-8959.

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes from Q1 2016 Section Meeting

Meeting Minutes from Q2 2016 Section Meeting

Meeting Minutes  from Q3 2016 Section Meeting

Northern Plains Section Officers

Chair:  William Wuolu

Vice Chair:  Darcy Peters

Secretary:  Anthony Stoner

Treasurer:  Clint Young

Member-at-Large:  Leif Schonteich

Member-at-Large:  Kara Felber

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