Denise Klausner, Safety Manager
Denise joined Fort Wayne Metals in 2008 as the Training and Safety Administrator, becoming Safety Manager in 2012. She is currently responsible for providing strategic direction of all safety and health programs, policies and procedures which emphasize injury prevention and continuous improvement activities. Denise also oversees implementation of safety programming for employees and facilities in Fort Wayne and Columbia City, IN. Denise has over 15 years of experience in Not-for Profit and For-Profit leadership with a focus on safe and healthy communities. She is a dedicated community volunteer and serves as Membership Chair of the Anthony Wayne Chapter of ASSE.
Denise holds a BA in Political Science and Public Policy from Binghamton University, an MS in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Graduate Certificate in Risk Management. She is an Authorized General Industry Trainer specializing in regulatory program implementation and behavioral safety. In her spare time, Denise enjoys creating music and looks back on 25 years as a performing musician, singer and songwriter. One of her favorite ways to relax is creating fused and stained glass art in her home studio.
Kay Haggard, Environmental and Product Stewardship Manager
Kay joined Fort Wayne Metals in 2009 and currently serves as the Environmental and Product Stewardship Manager. In her role, Kay is responsible for environmental and product stewardship regulatory affairs focusing on opportunities to eliminate and reduce environmental impacts and providing strategic direction for environmental and product stewardship programs, policies, and procedures.
Kay holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Saint Francis, a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and a Professional Certificate in Product Stewardship. She also enjoys spending time with her family and attending her children’s activities and athletic events.
Amanda Simpkins, Safety Coordinator
Amanda has been a part of the Fort Wayne Metals’ Environmental, Health & Safety, and Sustainability Team since July 2015. Amanda works closely with both the Safety and Environmental programs and is responsible for managing documentation and records, providing program support to employees, and serves as marketing arm of the EHS&S Team. She is also a Certified AHA First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor. Prior to joining Fort Wayne Metals, Amanda worked in the medical field specializing in front office duties and employee training.
Amanda graduated from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Communication Studies and has been a part of close to 40 local theatre production in the past 15 years. Her enthusiasm for helping others, aptitude for performing, and creative talents inspire her to continually challenge the traditional approaches to EHS&S in search of methods that resonate with employees. In her spare time Amanda enjoys jamming with her band, cooking, and spending time with those closest to her.
Ashley Smith, EHS Assistant
Ashley began her career at Fort Wayne Metals in the summer of 2015 as an intern where she assisted the Environmental Team with regulatory projects. Ashley graduated from IPFW in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs and Minor in Business Writing. In 2017, Ashley officially joined Fort Wayne Metals and became the EHS&S Assistant where she works closely with both Safety and Environmental programs. Ashley supports the Environmental Management System through various EHS&S programs, employee engagement and documentation and records management.
Prior to joining Fort Wayne Metals, Ashley was an Animal Care Specialist and Outreach Coordinator for the Allen County SPCA. She still enjoys volunteering her time with community cat programs and fostering cats and kittens until they are healthy enough for adoption.
Jason Duncan, EHS Associate Engineer
Jason began his career at Fort Wayne Metals in 2007 as a Maintenance Technician. He later advanced to a Maintenance Coordinator position before assuming the role of EHS Associate Engineer. Jason is responsible for providing technical and engineering support in projects throughout the organization in order to drive equipment and facility safety as well as environmental and safety risk mitigation. He is also responsible for managing technical projects on behalf of the Environmental, Health & Safety, and Sustainability Team to ensure consistent adherence to regulatory requirements and application of best practices.
Jason has over 20 years of experience in industrial maintenance, an Associates Degree in Diesel and Truck Mechanics from Lincoln College of Technology, and has completed training for NFPA 70, NFPA 79, and OSHA 30. Outside of work he dedicates his time to his children including acting as a den leader for the Cub Scouts. Jason is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time outdoors.
Chris Smith, Safety Project Specialist
Chris has been with Fort Wayne Metals since 2007, where he has worked in Shipping and Production departments. In his role at Department Team Lead for the Nitinol department, Chris participated in a number of safety-related projects which ultimately led to his interest in becoming part of the Safety team. As the Safety Project Specialist, Chris is responsible for driving machine and equipment safety initiatives, leading injury prevention safety projects, and being the primary contact for our Contractor Safety Program. Chris has an AS in Graphic Design from IPFW, OSHA 30 hour, and is a member of ASSE.
When not working, Chris enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and working on cars. He is a member of the Sports Car Club of America and participates in both Autocross and Rallycross competitions. Chris recently became a Safety Steward at the motorsport events he attends.
Scott Parrot, Safety Specialist
Scott began his career in Safety as a First Responder and member of the Hazmat Team at Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream in Fort Wayne. Through participation in these groups, and his desire to work with and help people, he found a passion for Safety. Scott joined Fort Wayne Metals in Sept. 2015 as the Safety Specialist, where his primary responsibilities include leading the FWM First Responder team, and driving continual improvement of our safety culture through technical support and tactical execution of regulatory programs and systems.
Scott is originally from Fort Wayne, IN. He graduated from Concordia University Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. He received the Advanced Safety Certificate from the National Safety Council in 2016, and is a certified First Aid/CPR instructor. He also holds an Indiana Emergency Medical Responder certification. When not at work he can usually be found at activities and athletic events in which his children are involved.
Lance Weirick, Environmental Engineer
Lance joined Fort Wayne Metals in 2002 where he has served as the Environmental Engineer. His primary responsibilities include acting as a technical resource for process development, pursuing process improvements, and managing existing regulatory programs.
Lance has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from University of Akron and maintains a certification as a Wastewater Treatment System Operator in the State of Indiana. Lance’s background in chemical engineering, environmental regulations, and software development makes him a versatile and valuable member of the FWM family. For several decades Lance and his family performed well rehearsed and entertaining stage presentations emphasizing humor and danger to the delight of the surrounding community.
Larry Johnson, Environmental Specialist
Larry joined Fort Wayne Metals in 2017 where he serves as an Environmental Specialist. Larry will graduate from the University of Saint Francis in fall of 2017 with a degree in Environmental Science. Applying his academic background and experience, Larry will be responsible for providing environmental regulatory compliance support and continuous improvement projects.
Larry spent nine years in the U.S. Army as an infantryman and was a member of the 101st Airborne Division parachute team. He enjoys spending time with his son and family as well as computer programming.
Kate Yentes, Environmental Specialist
Kate started at Fort Wayne Metals in 2017 as an Environmental Specialist. She is assisting in ensuring Fort Wayne Metals is compliant with local, state and federal regulations to protect environmental quality.
Kate graduated from the University of St. Francis with a Bachelor’s in Biology as well as Environmental Science. She then continued her education at the University of Rhode Island where she obtained her Master’s in Marine Affairs. Kate has completed many research projects, but her favorite was her research on the long-spined sea urchin in the Bahamas. While there she was able to pursue her passion of SCUBA diving while conducting invaluable research.
Deb Griffith, Product Stewardship Specialist
Deb started at Fort Wayne Metals Research Products Corp in July 1994. She has worked in many production departments, quality inspection, and as the Quality Systems Coordinator before joining the EHS&S Team. As Product Stewardship Specialist, Deb is responsible for providing support to employees and vendors in necessary product stewardship and corporate social responsibility programs. She also ensures execution of activities related to chemical, regulatory compliance, customer requirements, and internal policies.
Deb has an extensive knowledge of ISO Standards and is an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor. When Deb is not working she loves spending time with her family, cooking, reading, and cheering on her favorite teams at sporting events with her husband.