MonDaks Safety Network

Meet the Board

President - Eric Genet

Eric Genet is the Regional HSE Manager for BOS Solutions covering North Dakota, the Rockies, Alaska and the western United States. Eric and his wife, Svetlana, are also founding partners of SafeWorld (SafeWorldCo, LLC), providing Occupational HSE Consultation and Training services.

Eric is currently studying for his NEBOSH International Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and is a Technical Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Tech IOSH). He holds a NEBOSH Certificate of International Management of Health and Safety. Eric also has certifications from the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of Utah and Red Rocks Community College/Rocky Mountain Education Center. He is an OSHA Outreach Trainer and a PEC Safety Instructor (SafeLandUSA, MSTQ and H2S Clear).

Eric, born in San Mateo, CA, and his wife Svetlana, born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, now live in Dickinson, ND. Together, Svetlana and Eric enjoy many different culture’s foods, wine, travelling the globe, history, music and all the great things this world has to offer.

Vice President - James Smith

James Smith is a Wellsite Safety and Environmental Rep (WSER) for ConocoPhillips, working in North Dakota since 2013.


Prior to working this, he worked as a WSER and Drilling Supervisor for ConocoPhillips in South and East Texas and as a Drilling Supervisor for SM Energy in South Texas. He was the inaugural Chair Person of the ASSE NW Chapter North Plains Section which was formed in 2015. He is currently serving as the Past Chair of the Section until June 2017.


James currently lives in Midland Texas with his wife of 29 years Lisa. He is the father of four children, ages of 21 to 28 years old, and the grandfather of 4 girls and 2 boys. He and his wife enjoy camping and four-wheel riding.

Secretary/Treasurer - Debbie Schmeling

Debbie Schmeling is the Director of Safety and Compliance for Trotter Construction Inc. of Grassy Butte, ND, an oilfield construction company.


Born and raised in western North Dakota, Debbie has spent most of her career in the oil fields, watching a company of 38 grow to 185 employees during the biggest Bakken Oilfield movement. She has appreciated the jobs and economy created here by the exploration of oil. Dickinson’s API Fish Fry to kick off the annual API Golf Tournament is one of the functions she chairs.

Debbie is married to Don Schmeling, a local real realtor, and has 3 children – Darcy, Dustin and Devon. Her hobbies are gardening, golfing and working with her husband at their small cattle operation southwest of Belfield, ND.

Former President – Dustin Austin


Dustin Austin, a founding member and the first President of the MonDaks Safety Network, is a Safety Consultant and Instructor for the North Dakota Safety Council. He is also an OTI Faculty Instructor with the Rocky Mountain Education Center for their Oil & Gas specialty courses.


He has worked in the Oil & Gas industry since 1998 in various fields around the US. He is the former Safety Director for Summit Energy Services in Williston, ND.


Dustin lives in Bismarck, ND with his wife, Amy, and three sons, Owen, Evan and Caden, whom enjoy enforcing the safety regulations on him at home and in the car. He is very proud of their perfect scores for safety at school.

Member-at-Large – Darwin Stevens


Darwin Stevens, the Safety Advisor for Secure Energy Services, entered the Oil and Gas Industry as a safety professional in 2009 and has since completed his COSS Certification, and two years later, followed that with his COSM Certification. Additionally, Darwin and his wife are the owner/operators and certified auctioneers of Stevens Auctioneer Services.

Darwin enjoyed a welding career after graduating from UND Williston in 1986. His education continued at Red Rocks Community College, in service with the Williston Fire and Ambulance service since 1991, earning his EMT, serving as assistant chief, then Battalion Chief for 10 years, and continuing to serve the department today.

Darwin has lived in Williston his entire life, still here with his wife Debbie. They have three children, Heather and husband, Jon, Brendan and wife, Alayna (all of Williston) and DaeMynn (of New York City), and two wonderful grand-children, Linkin and Aislynn. To get away, Darwin and Debbie enjoy riding the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.

Member-at-Large – Tara Swegarden


Tara Swegarden is the Health and Safety Coordinator for Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation in their Robinson Lake field office in New Town, ND.


Tara received her undergraduate degree from Minot State University and master’s degree from the University of Mary. She is currently enrolled in master’s level courses in Energy Management at the University of Mary. Prior to working in the oil and gas industry she was employed in the health care field as a mental health administrator.

Born and raised in North Dakota, Tara currently resides in Stanley, North Dakota and is married to Jim Swegarden, the principal at Stanley High School. She is the mother of Jara who resides in Fargo, ND and Noah who attends at Stanley High School.

Member-at-Large – John Souza

John Souza is a career safety and security professional with extensive experience in regulatory compliance, training, emergency response and investigations. John entered to the oil industry in 2011 and has lived in North Dakota since, currently serving as the Safety Manager for Sentry Crane and Services. Mr. Souza also has a Safety Consulting and Training Company.

John's certifications include Incident Command Structure and Disaster Training, Arson and Bomb Investigations, Dignitary Protection, Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation, Certificate for Law Enforcement Management and PEC Basic Instructor.

John has worked overseas in leadership capacities focused on safety in high risk environments. During his career in law enforcement, he rose from patrol officer to Chief of Police.  Additional to service as a police officer, John volunteered as a firefighter/EMT/engineer for over 18 years.

Member-at-Large – Chris Fenstermaker