Occupational Health & Safety
UVA Facilities Management
1490 Leake Drive
P.O. Box 400726
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4726
Phone: (434) 297-6379
Laura Duckworth joined the University of Virginia in 2014 as the Occupational Health and Safety Director for Facilities Management. Laura has over 20 years of experience building, refurbishing and overseeing programs that support successful business operations. Her experience combines relationship building, strategic planning, budgeting, problem solving and being an effective change-agent. Under Laura’s leadership, Facilities Management has shown a significant reduction in the severity of workplace injuries and an increase in employee involvement. Prior to UVA, she was the Director of Occupational Health and Safety at George Mason University, has worked for GlaxoSmithKline, and was employed by the North Carolina Department of Labor, OSH Division, where she held multiple positions including a commissioner appointed position as interim Executive Director of the Ergonomics Center of NC.
Laura has served as Advisory Board Chair, Ergonomics Center of NC; Secretary, American Society of Safety Engineers-Tidewater; President, Carolinas Biosafety Association; and co-leader of the Facilities Management Community of Practice for the College Safety Health and Environmental Management Association. Laura earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from George Mason University and a master’s degree from Old Dominion University.
Safety Program Manager
Brian K. Shifflett began at UVA in 1997 as a Plumber/Steamfitter and transitioned to FM-Safety in 2003 as a Compliance/Safety Officer II. Brian has been an integral part of the implementation of safety in Facilities Management. Once a part of FM-Safety, Brian earned his Manager of Environmental Safety and Health (MESH) Certificate and an Advanced Safety Certificate from the National Safety Council in 2008. In addition to these certificates, Brian has also attended National Safety Council’s Road Work Flagger Instructor course, Supervisor Safety Development Program, and Lift Truck Instructor Program. In 2009, Brian was promoted to Safety Program Manager. Brian is currently working on the Public Sector Certificate offered by the OSHA Training Institute. Brian continues to work collaboratively with all departments within Facilities Management to support safety and health in the workplace.
Keith Peres is the Industrial Hygienist for UVA Facilities Management. Prior to coming to UVA, Keith worked for Technical Environmental Services as an environmental consultant conducting safety and industrial hygiene in the Gulf Coast area, primarily in oil and gas, and chemical production facilities. Additionally, Keith worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation at the Transportation Research Council as an Engineering Technician II conducting material testing. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Pre-Medicine from the University of New Orleans in 2003, and his master’s degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in 2012. He is currently pursuing his Certified Safety Processional (CSP) certification from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, as well as his Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) certification from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.
Quality Assurance Inspector
Keith Woodson inspects mechanical rooms for the Medical Center as well as Central Grounds Zone for any safety related issues. Keith also inspects fire extinguishers to make sure they are in proper working condition. This helps keep attention on the proper way and locations to store items. Prior to joining the safety team, Keith spent two years as a Quality Assurance Inspector, talking to customers about overall satisfaction of work performed by Facilities Management. Before that, Keith was a drywall/plasterer for the renovation shop for 30 years and worked on nearly every building at the University during his time on Grounds. In Keith’s spare time, he enjoys photography, spending time with his two grandchildren and volunteering with coaching their sports.
Occupational Programs Supervisor
Linda Resco is the Occupational Programs Supervisor. She joined the team in 2015 after relocating to Charlottesville from Raleigh, North Carolina. Originally from New Jersey, she comes to us with a background in commercial interior design, facilities management, project and office administration, and event coordination. Linda most recently served at the non-profit, Foundation of Hope for Research and Treatment of Mental Illness in Raleigh, NC, where she assisted in office administration, event coordination and research grants. During her career, Linda had the opportunity to gain experience in facilities management working for the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America in New York City as a Facilities Coordinator. In addition to this, Linda was an interior designer and project coordinator at commercial interior design firms in Upper Montclair and Mountainside, New Jersey where she designed commercial space and consulted on projects for clients such as Merck & Co, CIGNA Healthcare and AstraZeneca. Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design.
Health and Safety Compliance Specialist
Narges Sinaki is the Health and Safety Technician for UVA Facilities Management. Her technical experience includes working for a leading Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) company in Iran (TAM Iran Khodro Co.) for seven years in the Department of Health, Safety, and Environment where she served as an Environmental Expert. Her responsibilities included establishment, documentation, implementation and maintenance of Environmental Management System. She also played a role as an internal Lead Auditor for Quality Management System, and Occupation Health and Safety Assessment Series.
Before joining TAM Iran Khodro Co., she conducted third party audits for two years on behalf of Moody International Certification (United Kingdom base register) as an IRCA-certified ISO 14001 & ISO 9001 Lead Auditor and an OHSAS 18001 Lead Auditor. Narges began her career in 2001 with a private sector business company with the scope of establishing Management Systems. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering in 2000 and Master of Science degree in Environmental Economics in 2007. Her work experience also includes the Retail and Education Industries (Belk and Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville Albemarle, LVCA).
Sarah Elizabeth Burnett (Liz)
Health and Safety Coordinator
Liz Burnett joined UVA Facilities Management Occupational Health and Safety in September 2016 as administrative support. She is a Virginia native and lifelong Wahoo, with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia. Named as Time’s Person of the Year in 2006, Liz has a passion for problem solving and community service. She spends her free time volunteering with local causes, particularly fundraising for cancer research. Professionally, she also has experience in the healthcare, nonprofit, and retail industries. As the Health and Safety Coordinator, Liz oversees the safety shoe distribution program, processes accident reports, and helps organize events, among many other duties.