The Leadership Team
Our professional staff ranges from recent college graduates to professional engineers with our more experienced professionals mentoring our newer staff. Many members of our team are industry leaders, serving in leadership positions on key industry committees. Our principals and employees have actively participated in the development of industry codes and standard practices for engineering and implementation of control and safety-related system solutions.
Ken O'Malley, PE, CFSE
Founder & President
Ken has more than 25 years of industry experience in control and safety system engineering and management. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE). Ken has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University in Alabama.
“My passion is sustainability. I strive to create business processes that leverage technology to minimize human action and reduce error and variability.”
Ken’s hobbies include running and trail running, deer hunting, back packing, and motorcycles.
Kathy Shell, PE
Executive Vice President of Process Safety & Lifecycle Solutions
Kathy has over 35 years of experience in the areas of business and project management, process safety and risk management, process and detailed design, installation and commissioning. She specializes in the strategic development, rollout, implementation, training and auditing of global and site level process safety and risk management systems. A senior member of AIChE, Kathy is Chair of the 2018 Global Congress on Process Safety (GCPS). In the past she has held leadership positions at the Global Congress, including chairing and co-chairing the Process Plant Safety Symposium (PPSS) and serving as PPSS Session Chair and Co-Chair. She is a member of the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) Technical Steering Committee and the Health and Safety Division. In addition, Kathy is a current member of the steering team and past member of the technical advisory committee for the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University. Kathy is a licensed Professional Engineer and has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron in Ohio.
“I share the passion of our company founders to make a real contribution to our clients’ success in managing their process safety risk and making sure their employees go home safely every night. It’s no coincidence that our range of process safety services aligns with the integrated engineering and management practices our clients use to achieve process safety excellence.”
Kathy enjoys bicycling, hiking and going to classic rock concerts whenever possible.
Alaska Business Unit Operations Manager
Bobby has over 25 years of experience in PSM covered processes in the Chemicals and Plastics industry. While starting his career as a process engineer, he advanced through Six Sigma, Operations and Plant Management roles. He has a deep understanding of plant operations and process safety. Bobby earned his Black Belt designation while in the Chemical and Plastics Industry and has spent a considerable amount of time on the North Slope Oil Fields. Bobby has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University.
“Having a background in plant operations, I’ve always been passionate about Personal and Process Safety. Also having worked at a facility that in the past had experienced a significant process safety incident resulting in fatalities, I have a deep appreciation for establishing and maintaining Safety Instrumented Systems. I find it very rewarding to work for a company that’s sole mission is to improve the process safety performance of the industry. It squarely aligns with my values.”
Bobby is an avid car enthusiast. He and his cars have traveled to race tracks around the country and has even found his way to the cover of a car magazine. He is married with a son and daughter with which he enjoys spending time. He also enjoys the outdoors, travel, fishing and hunting which makes Alaska a great fit for Bobby.
Craig Shell, PE
Vice President of Engineering
Craig has 30 years of experience in facility management, process design, production, and process safety. He is an experienced process hazard analysis facilitator, layer of protection analysis (LOPA) facilitator, facility siting assessor, and detailed consequence modeler. Craig has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron in Ohio and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
“My passion is to see how I can support operating facilities recognize and implement risk reduction and the implementation of process safety programs and independent protection layers to minimize the risk of personnel injury and business protection.”
Craig’s hobbies and interests include bicycling, hiking, beach vacations, and international travel.
John Cusimano, CFSE, CISSP, GICSP
Vice President of Industrial Cybersecurity
John has over 20 years of experience and has performed many control system cybersecurity vulnerability and cyber risk assessments. He is a member of the International Society of Automation (ISA) and is a voting member of the ISA 99 cybersecurity standards committee. As part of that committee, he is the chair of the zones and conduits working group, and co-chair of the product development working group. He is the developer and primary instructor of the ISA courses on cybersecurity. John is a Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE), a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP). John has a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University in New York.
“I am passionate about helping the process industries mature in their understanding and ability to manage operational (i.e. control system) cybersecurity risk by developing and applying engineering discipline to the process. Recognizing that operational cybersecurity risk is a subset of process safety risk, my goal is to leverage and align existing process safety management processes with operational cybersecurity management processes. I have been focused on developing, applying and sharing what I have learned with industry via client projects, standards committees and training since 2009.”
John has played guitar since he was 10 and was in bands throughout high-school and college. He has been in duets the last five years and has recorded dozens of original songs that he has co-authored with friends and professional lyricists. He’s also a food enthusiast (foodie) and enjoys both preparing and consuming great food, especially ethnic and regional foods. His favorite aspect of traveling is seeking out establishments that serve amazing food unique to that area.
Chris Hickling, PMP
Alaska Business Development & Marketing Manager
Chris has over 20 years of experience in project management, fire & gas systems engineering, and alarm rationalization. He has served as lead engineer and project manager on many projects. He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), member of the Project Management Institute, and has earned the North Slope Safety Training Certificate (NSTC). Chris has a degree (British Technical Engineering Certification) in Control Electrical Engineering from the Royal Navy Weapons Engineering School.
“My passion is to provide high quality process safety improvements to protect plant and personnel on time, on budget, and in accordance with the defined scope.”
Chris has a woodworking workshop in a converted garage and enjoys building furniture for family and friends. He also enjoys fishing and hiking with his dogs.