The practice of risk management and the job of the Risk Manager are to help protect the University both internally and externally from things that threaten its integrity. That includes the property, the assets, and the people. The Risk Manager applies the risk management model of risk identification, assessment, measurement, mitigation and monitoring.
The mission of the Chapman University Risk Management Department is to create a risk management culture throughout the University, providing resources that engage and empower community members in their quest to meet and exceed their educational goals and objectives of preeminence. This encompasses the vision that Chapman University will be a student-centered institution, recognized nationally and internationally as a center of academic and personal excellence that prepares our students to contribute to a global society. This includes the operation of a comprehensive risk management program that contributes to the health, safety and protection of employees, students and visitors, while also protecting the University's physical and financial resources.
Our goal is to minimize the adverse effects of unpredictable events. Toward this end, we utilize a number of processes and tools that include but are not limited to:
Allan Brooks, Director, Risk Management
Karen Swift, Environmental Health & Safety Manager
Jenny Evangelista, Environmental Health & Safety Specialist
Chuck Sohaskey, Ph.D., Lab Safety Administrator – RHSC
9401 Jeronimo – Office 118
Allan F. Brooks 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 coverage’s and premiums, liability claims handling, loss prevention/control program development, and allocation of risk exposures.
Karen Swift, 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 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.
Jenny Evangelista is an Environmental Health & Safety Specialist and a key member of our Risk Management team. Jenny 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.
Jenny 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 Jenny 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.
Jenny 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 Jenny. Jenny 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.
Jenny will be serving as the primary individual tasked with managing our training programs, including the transition from Blackboard to the LearnUpon Learning Management System (LMS).
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.
Chuck Sohaskey, Ph.D. is 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 serves 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 Tuberculoses 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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