Trainer Biographies - 2020 COSTHA Training

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Tom Ferguson, PG, CHMM, DGSA, Lead Technical Consultant, COSTHA
Tom has over 20 years of transport experience with emphasis on the safe and efficient transportation of dangerous goods. His extensive background includes:

  • Development and delivery of dangerous goods training programs for all modes.
  • Serving as Head of Delegation to the UN Subcommittee of Experts (UN SCOE) on the Transport for Dangerous Goods for the Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Articles (COSTHA)  
  • Serving as the Secretariat for the UN Informal Working Group on Lithium Batteries
  • Elected Member of the IATA Dangerous Goods Board
  • Elected Member of the IATA Dangerous Goods Training Task Force
  • Participation on the Air Transport Association (ATA) Hazardous Materials Committee and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and chairing the COSTHA Air Carrier Roundtable.
  • Involvement with the National Academies of Sciences Transportation Research Board 

Tom holds the following certifications:

  • Professional Geologist (PG)
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)
  • Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA)


Jamie Hill, Bureau of Dangerous Goods
Jamie has over eight years of combined experience in business/project management and over four years of technical work experience in Dangerous Goods and Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) regulations. Jamie graduated with her B.S. in Environmental, Technology and Management from North Carolina State University and also holds her North Carolina Manager of Environmental Safety and Health programs certificate.

Previously, Jamie worked as certified project manager/hazardous materials consultant, trainer and auditor at AECOM Technical Services Inc. She has also worked in EHS compliance at Caterpillar, Inc. and has served as a Project Manager who oversaw the opening of several businesses from conception to opening day. Those North Carolina-based businesses include: 42 & Lawrence Coffee Lab, Larry’s Coffee’s Airstream (airstream turned mobile coffee bar) and Everafter Kids Boutique.

In her spare time, Jamie enjoys seeing live music, reading, gardening, horseback riding and homesteading. Her mini farm currently has chickens, a cat, and a dog. But she isn’t stopping there, she hopes to soon add horses, goats and pigs to the mix! She also enjoys camping with her husband and two children.

She is passionate about keeping people and the environment safe and is always looking for ways to inspire innovation and continuous improvement. Jamie is very excited to be apart of the Bureau of Dangerous Goods team!


Pamela Jones, Dangerous Goods Specialist, DGI Training Center
Pamela joined DGI Training Center with 10 years’ experience in the hazardous materials shipping industry. She previously worked for a chemical manufacturer where her duties included regulatory compliance, classification of chemicals and training of hazmat employees. She teaches all modes of transport and all hazard classes. In addition to instructing DGI classes she also writes dangerous goods training materials and is DGI’s technical assistance guru. Pam has been with DGI Training Center for 22 years! 


Rodolfo Koria Maynez, Technical Consultant, COSTHA
Rodolfo has over 10 years’ experience in manufacturing, logistics and dangerous goods transportation compliance. Most recently he served as the ACS Honeywell Bilingual Dangerous Goods Transportation Compliance support for their Mexico and Latin America sites. In this role, he verified dangerous goods classification based on product safety data and regulatory requirements and provided bilingual dangerous goods training. He also conducted audits of dangerous goods transport for new acquisitions, 3PL operations and existing businesses. Rodolfo is a SAP power user and has experience with Dangerous Goods enhancements in SAP to improve compliance.

Rodolfo has certifications in: Six Sigma Greenbelt, DOT, IATA, IMDG, and regulation and safety in land transport of hazardous materials and waste in Mexico (NOMs). Mexico STPS (Secretary of Labor) instructor certified for 49 CFR, IMDG, IATA/ICAO and Battery Multimodal Trainings in Mexico. As an instructor, he has facilitated courses in 49 CFR, IMDG, IATA/ICAO and Battery Multimodal Training, bilingually (English and Spanish).


Paula Reavis, B.S.Ed., B.A.-Chem., M.A.Ed. – School Counseling, N.C.C., Regulatory Specialist, ICC The Compliance Center
Paula Reavis comes to ICC with twelve years of experience teaching advanced high school science courses and five years of experience in hazard communications. She started her regulatory career in the pesticides arena working for Monsanto Company. Her work there included FIFRA classifications and authoring labels and safety data sheets under that regulation. She has a working knowledge of HazCom2012, WHMIS (1988 and 2015), 49 CFR, IATA, IMDG and TDG. She started with the company in August of 2014 as an author of SDS and labels, and has recently moved into the role of U.S. Trainer.

Paula served as co-chair of the Membership and Awards Committee within The Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC) for three years and has been a member in that society for seven years. SCHC has awarded her with a plaque for 80 hours of professional development. In her spare time, she is likely reading, SCUBA diving, or ballroom dancing. She works of out the Niagara Falls office but is based in St. Louis, Missouri.