MonDaks Safety Network

Meet the Board

President – 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 HSE 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.

Vice President - Rich Simmons

Bio to follow...

Former President- Eric Genet

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

Eric is currently studying for a degree in Occupational Safety and Health at Columbia Southern University. He currently 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 the Red Rocks Community College/Rocky Mountain Education Center. He is an OSHA Outreach Trainer and a PEC Safety Instructor (SafeLandUSA, MSTQ and H2S Clear), offering other HSE courses as well.

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.

Secretary/Treasurer - 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 – Rich Simmons

Member-at-Large – Lisa Smith

Member-at-Large – Svetlana Genet