USMWF is the set of initials for United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities.
USMWF offers support, guidance and resources to those affected by preventable work-related deaths or serious injuries.
USMWF will be a highly visible, organized community of dedicated people, and nationally recognized non-profit leader driving the transformation of the work environment to safe and healthy conditions for all workers – both today and tomorrow.
Ms. Miser resides in Lexington, KY and is the Executive Director of USMWF. Ms. Miser started USMWF in 2003 after her 32-year-old brother, Shawn Boone, was killed at Hayes-Lemmerz in Huntington, Indiana. Tammy has appeared on 60 Minutes, been interviewed and quoted in local and national newspapers and magazines, given numerous congressional testimonies, given feedback to OSHA on several occasions, spoke in many forums, given training and received multiple awards for her grassroots efforts, and is on the USW Tony Mazzocchi Center Advisory Board.
Ms. Ford resides in Lincoln, NE and is a Legal Assistant for Vince Powers at Vince Powers and Associates. Ms. Ford became an active volunteer for USMWF in 2009 after her 51-year-old Uncle Robert (Bobby) Fitch was killed at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Company in Lincoln, Nebraska. Tonya has testified at Congressional Hearings, OSHA Listens, hosted the first Worker Safety Awareness Expo in NE and hosts a longstanding Workers Memorial Day Vigil.
Ms. Scharenbroch resides in Ravenna, MI and became an active volunteer for USMWF in 2014 after her husband Russell killed in June 2014 while working at Grand Rapids Plastics, Inc in Morley, Michigan. He died cleaning an injection molding machine when he got caught inside and was killed.
Mr. Miser resides in Lexington, KY and is a Paint and Production Engineer at Topy America. Miser became involved with USMWF since its conception and worked at a site that had an explosion early on in his career, so he knows the importance of safety on many levels. Mr. Miser has co-owned and operated two successful businesses and has extensive experience making financial decisions and a great ability to lead. He is a certified ISO-14001 Auditor and ISO-TS16949. Mark has vast experience and knowledge of environmental procedures and industrial operating processes including safety.
Ms. Berkowitz resides in Washington DC and is currently at National Employment Law Project (NELP). Previously Debbie was Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Ms. Berkowitz has had a long standing interest in the grain industry and has been a supporter of USMWF.
John Newquist, Board Member, resides in Chicago, IL and has had 29 years in Health and safety. Mr. Newquist became an active volunteer for USMWF in 2012 but had worked beside family-member victims for years previously. Among a few accomplishments John is was a Assistant Regional Administrator OSHA, founding Member of ANSI Z359 Fall Arrest Standards, Certified Safety Professional and Fire Inspector, created the OSHA Fall Arrest Course 3110 and OSHA PSM Classes 3300 and 3400. John was also as a proud member of the US Navy Atlantic Intelligence Command with an Honorable Discharge.
Ms. Fergen resides in Las Vegas, NV and is the Outreach Coordinator for USMWF. Ms. Fergen became involved with USMWF in 2007after her 26-year-old son, Travis Koehler, was killed at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Debi has testified before the Nevada Senate, participated the Nevada Legislative process, given congressional testimony, spoken in many forums..
Ms. Tami Fields resides in Clovis, CA and became an active SAC volunteer for USMWF in 2017. She retired from Resources for Independence Central Valley where she was Director of Special Projects.
Mr. Jonathan D. Karmel resides in Chicago, Illinois and became an active SAC volunteer for USMWF in 2017. He owns a top rated employment & Labor firm, The Karmel Law Firm.
Ms. Susan L Martin resides in Omaha, NE and became an active SAC volunteer for USMWF in 2017. She is the President/Secretary-Treasurer of the Nebraska State AFL-CIO, which represents 23,000 members across the state of Nebraska. She was elected at the Nebraska State AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention in September, 2015.
Mr. David Warnock resides in Las Vegas, NV and became an active SAC volunteer for USMWF in 2017. He is a Director of Safety & Risk Management.