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The newbies


Bridget McCane-Saunders is the newest member of the Environmental Health and Safety team. She serves as the occupational health and safety specialist. In this role, she works with Laboratory Animal Resources and various schools to develop, promote and evaluate safety policies and programs encompassing occupational health and safety. She is a graduate of SUNY Brockport and SUNY Cortland with bachelor's and master's degrees in school and community health education. Her previous work history includes serving as associate director for health education at Binghamton University and as a public health educator in Boston, Mass. McCane-Saunders enjoys many outdoor activities such as hiking, kayakin, and cycling, and also spends time in her garden cultivating many types of vegetables and flowers.


Gene Youdas is one of the newest members of the EHS Fire Safety Team. He has a degree from SUNY Broome in fire science and 16 years of dedicated service to the Vestal Fire Department as a first lieutenant firefighter. Youdas recently transitioned from the management of two state campuses for Johnson Controls Fire Division. His prior work experience includes being fire investigator and code enforcement officer for Broome County Emergency Services. He is a proud veteran of the United States Army with a great passion for the outdoors. He enjoys hiking, fishing and other outdoor activities, as well as travel.


Emily Sanderson is the newest member to the EHS Hazwaste Team. She is a 2012 graduate from SUNY Oswego with a bachelor's degree in geology. Her previous work history has included oil and gas consulting, mudlogging and various environmental field work. These career choices have given her the opportunity to live in South Dakota, Texas, Colorado and New York. In her spare time, Sanderson loves to hike with her fiancé Kasey and their two dogs, Shoka and Sky. Among their travels, they have hiked a glacier in Iceland, caved in Virginia and reached the summit of several mountains in the Adirondacks.


The oldies (but goodies!)


Connie Corey is a proud 28-year employee of Binghamton University. During that time, she has held various roles in Environmental Health and Safety and has been the director since 1997. Corey earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Syracuse University and her MBA from right here at the School of Management. In her spare time, she and her husband spend time at their lake cottage and with their three sons. She is active in church and the Hillcrest Fire Company.


Joe Biscardi graduated from Binghamton University with a chemistry degree in 2011. He has many interests including spending time outdoors, weightlifting, running, biking and reading. He has always been interested in environmental conservation and finds working in Binghamton University's Hazardous Waste Division very rewarding. Joe is also a lifelong learner, always trying to learn and adopt a new skill.


Michael Oakley joined the EHS Hazwaste Team in May 2017. He is a 2012 graduate of Delaware Valley University with bachelor's degree in agronomy and environmental science. His previous work experience includes environmental consulting in both investigative/brownfield development and oil and gas environmental remediation. In his spare time, Oakley enjoys working on his hobby farm, four-wheeling and spending time with his family.


Mark Gialanella has been part of the EH&S Fire Safety Group since January 2008. He is a graduate of SUNY Broome with an associate degree in environmental health technology and a graduate of SUNY Brockport with a bachelor's degree in biological sciences. He was previously employed for 28 years at Universal Instruments Corporation and for seven years with the Broome County Security Division as a security officer. Gialanella has been a volunteer firefighter for 28 years with the Five Mile Point Fire Department. In his spare time he enjoys riding his 2018 Harley-Davidson low rider motorcycle; caring for his two dogs, Sam and Ruby; and visiting his grandchildren, Nicholas and Norah.


Erica Sigler is a member of the EHS Fire Safety Team. She is a 2011 graduate of SUNY Oneonta with a bachelor's degree in environmental science. Her work history with SimplexGrinnell ranged from roles in fire and life safety systems inspections to fire safety systems deficiency repairs and upgrades. In her spare time, Sigler enjoys gardening, cooking and baking, antiquing and refinishing furniture. She is also a chili pepper enthusiast and makes her own hot sauces.


J. Kelly Donovan is the assistant director of EHS and has been with the EHS Department for 24 years. He is on a number of committees including the IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) and the IBC (Institutional Biosafety Committee). In addition, he is the Binghamton University biosafety officer. Donovan has responsibility for regulatory reporting for storm and waste water on campus. He grew up in northeast Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Penn State University, with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. Before coming to Binghamton University, he had 10 years of safety management in a manufacturing setting. He is an avid golfer since the age of 10, and is an incurable do-it-yourselfer.


Stephen Endres grew up in Vestal and moved to Buffalo to attend college at the University at Buffalo. He graduated with a degree in environmental science and, after a brief stint in Buffalo, moved to Binghamton. Endres has worked for Binghamton University for 18 years as the training coordinator/industrial hygienist. He is married and has four children. In his free time, he loves to train and play with his two Labrador retrievers. He also likes to volunteer and socialize at the local American Legion.


Joanne Frederick has worked on campus for over 30 years. She has been with EH&S since 2001. In her free time, she likes to watch the Binghamton Devils play hockey at the Arena. She is also a Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres fan.


Bret Pearsall is the hazardous waste manager at Binghamton University, where he manages the laboratory safety and hazardous waste programs. He also serves as the university's chemical hygiene officer, cryogenic safety officer, laser safety officer and assistant radiation safety officer. Before working at Binghamton, he worked as an environmental chemist in Syracuse. Pearsall attended Morrisville State College, where he earned associate degrees in physics and in natural resources conservation. He then earned a BS in biology from SUNY Cortland. He is an avid outdoorsman, and come October can be found in the woods chasing whitetail or fly fishing for steelhead. He married the most amazing woman he has ever met, who has blessed him with two amazing children.


Jim Rea graduated from SUNY Cobleskill with a degree in medical laboratory science. He worked at Cornell University School of Veterinary Sciences histology lab for five years, followed by a short stint at Lourdes Hospital. He has been with EH&S since 2008, currently serving as the campus code compliance coordinator. Along with his wife Jan, Rea is a member of the Broome County Animal Response Team. They have been active in greyhound dog rescue. He is also an EMT/driver with the Vestal Volunteer Emergency Squad. Rea enjoys woodworking and spending time with his dogs Luna and Cabernet.

Last Updated: 6/8/18