MonDaks Safety Network

Meet the Board

President - Eric Genet

Eric Genet is a Regional HSE Manager for BOS Solutions, covering the Bakken, the Rockies and Alaska. He and his wife, Svetlana, are also Founding Partners of SafeWorld (SafeWorldCo, LLC), where he is the Principal Consultant and Trainer.

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 – Frank Richard

Frank Richard is Vice President, Human Resources and Risk Control for MDU Construction Services Group, Inc with his office in Bismarck, ND, providing direction, oversight and consultation to 18 subsidiary companies pertaining to environmental, health, safety, ethics compliance and human resources.

Frank holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota, a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR), a Society of Human Resources, Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) from the Human Resources Certification Institute, is a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) and a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) since 1998. He is an active member of the National Safety Council and the ND Safety Council.  Frank also  co-chairs the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Contractor Safety Committee (investor owned utilities and their contractors). He has been involved with the Electrical Transmission and Distribution OSHA Strategic Partnership since inception in 2004, was chairman of the Steering Committee for eight years and is currently liaison to the training task team.

Frank lives in Bismarck with his wife of 32 years, Christy, has three daughters, three grand girls and one grandson. His hobbies are gardening, woodworking, the outdoors and enjoying the grandchildren.

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 – Chris Fenstermaker

Member-at-Large – Andy Reeves

Andy Reeves is the Safety Specialist at JMAC Resources. He started working for JMAC in April, 2017. He was formerly the Manager of Training and Development for Williston State College – Train ND in Williston, ND.

Andy has developed a number of training programs for Oil and Gas in the Williston Basin. He started as an HSE Professional in the Oil and Gas Industry with primary disciplines in root cause analysis, incident investigation and hazard mitigation. Andy has attained numerous certifications from the University of Utah, the University of Texas at Arlington and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension. He is an Authorized Outreach Trainer for OSHA 511, 501, and 503 classes. Andy has also attained the Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) certification from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.  He is currently studying for the OHST exam.

Born in Minden, LA, Andy now lives in Williston, ND, with his wife, Leah, their two children, Gabe and Arianna, and their rescued dog, Yeti. Back in Louisiana, he played football for Minden High School and was an active member of FFA. He is now an avid online gamer and enjoys spending time with his family.