Speakers at Spring Training 2017



Denis Collins is Full Professor of Management at the Edgewood College School of Business in Madison, Wisconsin. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Denis has published six books and numerous articles. His latest books –Business Ethics: How to Design and Manage Ethical Organizations (2012: John Wiley & Sons), and Essentials in Business Ethics: Creating an Organization of High Integrity and Superior Performance (2009: John Wiley & Sons) – provide practical “how-to” examples and best practices for improving an organization’s ethical performance, and is available as a Udemy online ethics training certificate at https://www.udemy.com/business-ethics-how-to-create-an-ethical-organization/. He has conducted hundreds of business ethics workshops, talks, and consulting projects.

Denis currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Business Ethics and Journal of Academic Ethics, and has served on the board of directors for several professional organizations and nonprofits. He is the recipient of the 2015 Wisconsin BBB Torch Light for Ethics for service to Wisconsin Better Business Bureau, 2014 Sister Stevie Award for embodying Edgewood College’s mission and spirit, 2011 Samuel Mazzuchelli Medallion for empowering others, 2010 MBA Outstanding Faculty Award and the 2009 Estervig-Beaubien Outstanding Professor Award, School of Business, Edgewood College, for excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. Three times he was voted the outstanding MBA faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Business Week’s survey of alumni. Professor Collins was a finalist for the Academy of Management’s Distinguished Educator Award.


Jim brings to Spring Training better than 39 years of pest management industry experience. He recently retired from Bayer Environmental Science where he served in positions that ranged from research and development, to product and sales management. Currently he is the sole proprietor of Midwest Pest Management Consulting. Jim received a BS degree in biology from Missouri State University, and an MS in entomology from the University of Missouri.


Art is one of 14 Environmental Enforcement Specialists with WDATCP. His territory is in the South East corner of the state. He is responsible for enforcing Federal and State laws and rules regarding the use, sale, manufacture and storage of pesticides, fertilizers, and animal feeds. Art earned his bachelor degree from the UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in Ag Economics.


Gail Getty, whose 20-year career as an urban entomologist at the University of California, Berkeley continues today as the Founder and Principal of Domus Institute. She is a 30-year veteran in the pest management industry.

She is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on pests as they relate to the public and structures, especially in multi-unit housing. Gail served as a board member on the National Pest Management Association Bed Bug Task Force which issued the “best practice guidelines” for the nation on bed bug management in 2011, and is currently serving on the National Pest Management Association Technical Board.

Gail serves as an expert witness on numerous bed bug, termite, cockroach and construction issue lawsuits. She has appeared on NPR, as well as the Today Show, MSNBC with Brian Williams and consulted to the film industry. She has been featured in countless magazines and newspapers.

She has authored over 20 scientific and industry publications on bed bugs, termites, and other pests. Gail received her BS in Entomology and MS in Wood Science & Technology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a Board Certified Entomologist with the Entomological Society of America and holds a Qualified Applicator Certification from the California Department of Pesticide Regulators.


After farming for over 15 years, Dr. Neal Haskell entered a new graduate program at Purdue University to study how insects could be used to answer questions at murder scenes. His initial interest in “bugs” began with a 4-H project, age 11. He completed a Master’s of Science Degree with the focus in Forensic Entomology in 1989 (the first such degree in the country) and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree with Forensic Entomology (also the first in U.S.) as the specific area of study in 1993.

He has given hundreds of scientific lectures, seminars and training classes world wide to provide coroners, medical examiners, death scene investigators, and others with valuable information regarding entomological evidence from death scenes. Also Neal has authored several books and book chapters. Neal has been featured in a number of books and in over 150 news articles, books, and other news media. In a book by Dr. Michael Baden and Marion Roach, Dead Reckoning, an entire chapter is devoted to stories of Dr. Haskell, the pig research and training in Rensselaer, and interesting case studies.

Dr. Haskell was a Professor of Forensic Science and Biology at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, IN, and now Professor Emeritus in retirement. However, he continues as a private international forensic entomology consultant to hundreds of law enforcement agencies across North America and in Europe. He holds adjunct appointments at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Nebraska. He has board certification as a Board Certified Entomologist with the Entomological Society of America.

Some of the agencies that he has worked with over the years include the Indiana State Police, FBI, Office of the Chief Coroner, Ontario Canada, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, New York State Police, and Seattle Washington Medical Examiner’s Office, Las Vegas Metro Crime Lab, Montana Medical Examiner’s Office. During this work over the past 21 years he has assisted in nearly 800 cases which have had questions regarding insects. He has been accepted and recognized as an expert witness in both state and federal courts and has qualified as an expert in 32 states in the U.S. and regional and provincial courts, and the Ontario Court of Appeals, in Canada.

He has given testimony in approximately 130 trial and hearings, many of which were capital murder cases. Some of the most notable cases include the Bernardo/Homolca trial, the most highly publicized trial in Canadian history and the Westerfield trial in San Diego (Danielle Van Dam murder) and the Casey Anthony Case in Florida. He also assisted in insect collections at the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco Texas and the criminal investigation of the Scientology Group in Clearwater, Florida. Dr. Haskell and others conducted research at the University of Tennessee, “Body Farm” where actual human corpses were compared to pig corpses for establishing a replacement for humans in decomposition and forensic entomology studies needed across the U.S. This was the first major funding provided to forensic entomology by the US Justice Department in the U.S.

Due to the current interest in crime fighting by the general public (CSI and others), Dr. Haskell has been featured on over 40 television programs including “The New Detectives”, Discovery Channel, “Secrets of Forensic Science”, The Learning Channel, “How Things Work”, A&E, and “Forensic Files” on Court TV and recent filming for National Geographic and the History Channel “Dead Reckoning”.


P.J. holds degrees in biological sciences (BS, UW-Parkside) and entomology (MS, UW-Madison), and has been managing the UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab since March 2014. PJ has been involved with insect-related research, outreach and Extension since 2005. He is a regular speaker for the Master Gardener program, the WI-First Detector Network, the WI-Pesticide Applicator Training program, and UW Farm and Industry Short Course programs. PJ is an avid insect collector and has an inordinate fondness for beetles.


Jason is a Market Development Specialist for BASF Corporation’s Agricultural Products and Specialty Products Division. Prior to his current position, Jason served as a graduate researcher and teaching assistant at the Texas A & M Department of Entomology in its Urban and Structural Entomology Lab. He received an MS degree in entomology from the University of Arkansas and his PhD in entomology from Texas A & M University at College Station, Texas.


Erin studied entomology at the University of Florida, earning her bachelor’s degree under Dr. Phil Koehler and her master’s degree under Dr. Nan-Yao Su. She began her career in the pest management industry as a regional entomologist for Western Pest Services in Florida and Atlanta, GA, later continuing this position in New Jersey and New York. In 2008, she became a field supervisor for Bell Environmental Services with major accounts in New York City. During this time, she earned her board certification from the Entomological Society of America. Erin joined Univar in March 2013 as the Technical Content and Training Specialist in Austin, Texas.


Tom is a sales and marketing executive with Insects Limited, Inc., of Columbus, Ohio. Insects Limited, Inc. is the leader in pheromone technology, and researches, tests, develops, manufactures and distributes quality pheromones and trapping systems for stored product insects. The company specializes in a unique niche of pest control that has developed into a business that provides products and services that are mainstream in protecting stored food, grain, museum collections, tobacco, and fiber worldwide. Tom received a BS degree from Ball State University.


Mike is the Pesticide Program Manager with WDATCP. He manages programs for the certification and licensing of pesticide applicators and commercial businesses, and licensing of restricted-use pesticide dealers. Mike provides information and clarifications on pesticide use policies and rules to the regulated community, the public and other agencies.


Susan is the Chair of the Department of Entomology and a professor and scientist at UW-Madison. She specializes in medical and veterinary entomology, with a focus on disease transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes. Her current research projects include development and tests of integrated management strategies for control of Lyme disease and other tick-borne pathogens, the development of novel repellents for mosquitoes, and the surveillance of mosquitoes and ticks in collaboration with the CDC and the Wisconsin State Department of Health Services.