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Allan Brooks

Director, Risk Management
701 N Glassell
(714) 532-7794
Oversees the Chapman University Risk Management Department and serves as University Risk manager. Mr. Brooks is an established industry professional, with over 25 years of risk management and insurance experience. He holds a Master’s degree from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC and key industry credentials including the Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Associate in Underwriting (AU), Associate in Reinsurance (ARe), and Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). Mr. Brooks is a peer in the academic environment, with over 15 years of teaching experience at the college level. Mr. Brooks is the primary contact for all general matters in the area of Risk Management and Insurance. He is responsible for identifying and evaluating risks associated with campus activities and recommending the best risk management techniques and practices to address and mitigate issues of risk and liability, as well as ensuring implementation of appropriate risk controls. He works with the entire campus community to develop resource documents and training programs regarding risk exposure and its mitigation. He is also involved in monitoring insured and uninsured losses, placing and managing insurance coverages and premiums, liability claims handling, loss prevention/control program development, and allocation of risk exposures.
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Karen Swift

Environmental Health & Safety Manager
701 N Glassell
(714) 628-2888
Our Environmental Health & Safety Manager is a key member of our Risk Management team. With separate baccalaureate degrees from the University of California-Irvine (UCI) in Biological Sciences and Social Ecology, Karen brings to Chapman over 20 years of experience dealing with a broad range of issues in Environmental Health & Safety. Prior to joining Chapman University, Karen served as senior technical department resource/consultant to the University of California Irvine (UCI) campus and Medical Center. Her work included the areas of Academics, Design & Construction, Environmental Health & Safety, Environmental Planning, Facilities Management, Housing, Police and Student Services Units on projects and issues concerning Environmental Compliance, Regulatory Compliance, and Occupational Health & Safety. As Environmental Health & Safety Manager for Chapman University, Karen develops, implements and maintains Chapman’s policies adhering to local, state and federal environmental, health and safety regulations. She is involved in the design and development of facilities, work areas and work procedures and makes environmental, health and safety recommendations accordingly. Karen is responsible for preparing, maintaining, and updating environmental policy and procedure manuals and ensuring compliance with all environmental, health and safety regulations that impact the University.
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Jennie Evangelista

Environmental Health & Safety Specialist
701 N Glassell
(714) 532-6023
Our Environmental Health & Safety Specialist and a key member of our Risk Management team. Jennie earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from California State University, Fullerton, where she has worked since 2014 as an Environmental Health and Safety Hazmat Technician. She holds the OSHA 40-Hour HAZWOPER training and the 8-hour HAZWOPER Refresher training. Jennie is knowledgeable in topics such as hazardous waste, fire hazards, radioactive waste, biological waste, confined space, emergency spill response, hazard communication, and decontamination. Over the years Jennie has successfully completed annual safety audits to identify deficiencies and develop corrective measures to control or eliminate associated high-risk hazards. Faculty and staff in science labs, arts studios and other production facilities on the Orange Campus will have an opportunity to work with Jenny as she conducts inspections throughout the campus. Jennie will conduct accident investigations and report on her findings with recommendations to correct any unsafe acts or conditions causing personnel injury and/or property damage. Employees who require assistance in accident investigation and the implementation of strategies to help prevent future occurrences of a similar nature will have an opportunity to collaborate with Jennie. Jennie also serves as the key liaison for most of our non-science related safety committees, coordinating the scheduling of these meetings, maintaining meeting records, and providing support as needed to assure necessary follow-up on recommendations of the Committee. Jennie will be serving as the primary individual tasked with managing our training programs in LearnUpon, our Learning Management System. She has been a member of the Orange County Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (OCASSE), recipient of the 2017 Spring Scholarship Award, and served as Student President of California State University, Fullerton ASSE Student Section.
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Chuck Sohaskey

Ph.D., Lab Safety Administrator – Rinker Health Science Campus
9401 Jeronimo – Office 118
(714) 516-7199
Biosafety Officer for the University and Lab Safety Administrator for the Rinker Health Sciences Campus (RHSC). Dr. Sohaskey is the principle Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) professional responsible for supporting the success of RHSC laboratory safety management. He will serve in three key areas of responsibility. First, as an EH&S safety officer, his duties involve assured compliance with all matters of health and safety at the Rinker campus, with an emphasis on laboratory safety for both the research and teaching labs. In addition, he will also serve as a resource to RHSC faculty, staff and researchers in an effort to support their key objectives, principally as relate to research activities. Dr. Sohaskey will support the activities of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), Science Safety Committee (SSC), and various subcommittees that support the colleges of science of the University. He will also serve as the key EH&S representative on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) as well as the Institutional Review Board (IRB.) Dr. Sohaskey earned his Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Texas, Austin following his B.S., Microbiology, University of North Texas, Denton. Since 1998 Dr. Sohaskey has worked as a Health Science Specialist and Principal Investigator engaged in Tuberculosis research with the U.S. Veterans Administration at the Veterans Administration (VA) Long Beach Healthcare System, Long Beach, CA. During his tenure at the VA, his responsibilities including operating and maintaining a BSL-3 laboratory, thus has a solid understanding of issues dealing with research safety for a high security and safety lab. While at the VA, Dr. Sohaskey served as the chairman of their Subcommittee on Research Safety (SRS) and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and as a member of the Radiation Safety Committee (RSC). He has extensive hands-on experience in laboratory inspections and has been involved in writing, SOP’s for not only his own BSL-3 research but also many Safety Handbooks for the local VA.
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Kortney Hughes

Insurance Manager
701 N Glassell
(714) 532-6031
Our Insurance Manager is a key member of our Risk Management Team. She comes to us as an established professional in the insurance industry with over 8 years of experience, holding key responsibilities servicing commercial insurance accounts, including service to the educational community. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The California State University Maritime Academy as well as industry credentials including Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Property and Casualty Broker- Agent licensed in the state of California. Kortney works in collaboration with the Risk Manager on all Insurance related matters including application data collection, maintaining vehicle and property schedules, certificate of insurance reviews, financial projections and oversight of all incidents and claims. Overall, she is responsible for managing the portfolio of insurance policies purchased by the University by working in coordination with various University departments and our insurance broker. In addition to insurance-related responsibilities, Kortney provides a wide range of support to the risk management initiatives of the University. This includes but is not limited to contract review, authorized driver program, electronic waiver system, and our central Certificate of Insurance database.