Environmental Health and Safety Staff
Physical Science building Rm. 101D
- Departmental Goals
- Strategic Initiatives
- Building and Fire Safety Inspections
- COVID Response
Jennifer Parrott serves as the Director of the Environmental Health and Safety Department. Jennifer holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Pollution Control from Penn. State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Juniata College. Prior to Idaho State, Jennifer spent approximately 10 years in the environmental field working for the private, public, and nonprofit sector. She has been employed by Idaho State since 2015. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys gardening and spending time outside with her family.
Environmental Programs Manager
- Hazardous Building Materials (Asbestos and Lead) Consultation
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention
- Indoor Air Quality Concerns
- Public or Environmental Health Questions
Brandi Ballard serves as the Environmental Programs Manager for the Environmental Health and Safety Department. Brandi holds a Master of Science Degree in Biology from The University of Texas at Tyler, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science from Texas A&M University - Commerce, and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist. Brandi has over 15 years of professional work experience in the environmental field that has included private sector consulting, laboratory analytics, healthcare advising, and higher education environmental health and safety management. Brandi came to Idaho State in 2022 from the University of Texas at Tyler Environmental Health and Safety Team. Outside of work, Brandi enjoys camping, hiking, and gaming.
Chemical and Research Safety Manager
Physical Sciences Building, Rm. 101C
- Laboratory Safety
- Chemical compatibility
- Safety Data Sheets
- Chemical Storage
- Chemical Safety Regulations
Chuck Rizzo serves as the Chemical and Research Safety Manager. Chuck holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. He has 33 years of experience in environmental health and safety including 7 years within higher education. He has been employed by Idaho State since 2021. Outside of work Chuck enjoys hiking, backpacking, cross country skiing, reading, and spending time with his family.
Hazardous Waste Specialist
Physical Science Building Rm. 105
- Waste pickup requests
- Hazardous & universal waste training
- New accumulation containers requests
- CHIMERA customer service
- Fume hood inspections
- Waste characterizations
Mohammed Alqurashi joined the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department as the Hazardous Waste Specialist in February 2021. Mohammed began working for EHS in January of 2019 as a part-time Student Technician. Mohammed holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Management, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry, all from Idaho State University. During his schooling, and prior to joining EHS, Mohammed held other ISU student positions including Custodian, Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, and Customer Representative. Outside of work, Mohammed enjoys spending time with his family, reading, fixing cars, traveling, and playing FIFA on the PlayStation platform.
Health and Safety Technician
Physical Science Building Rm. 105
- Respiratory Protection Program
- Confined Spaces
Kate has worked at Idaho State University since 2012 within the Facilites and Housing departments on campus and joined EHS in March of 2022. She has obtained her certifications as a facility locksmith, asbestos inspector, asbestos contractor supervisor, with additional certificates in lead and mold remediation. Kate has spent 25 years in the industry working in both the private sector and with higher education. She has a passion for woodworking and is a master carpenter. Outside of work, Kate enjoys spending time with her family, camping, and cycling. One fun fact about Kate is that she once competed on a reality television program on HGTV to see who is the All American Handyman. Spoiler alert, she placed 6th out of 20.