CI’s safety mission requires a team of dedicated professionals to facilitate the efforts of the chlor-alkali industry in providing technical safety information to industry customers, transportation partners, government officials and the public, and help train first responders who must safely and effectively manage emergency situations. Here’s the CI Team:
Harper Alerion – Manager, Communications
The Communications Manager provides communications support for the Institute, which includes coordinating efforts with staff, members, and our partner organizations. The manager is responsible for communicating and reaffirming the Institute's safety and technical leadership within the industry. The manager is also responsible for the compilation and distribution of CI’s e-newsletter, the Insider. A first-generation college graduate, Harper earned her BA in Liberal Arts at Soka University of America, where she concentrated in Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Robyn Brooks – Vice President, Health, Environment, Safety and Security
Robyn’s role as Vice President for Health, Environment, Safety and Security (HESS) means she is “on point” for CI’s members in these critical areas. This includes helping companies identify and share best practices, working with members to revise and update CI’s HESS safety pamphlets and materials, and serving as staff lead for the HESS Issue Team. She also is CI’s primary representative to CSB, EPA, OSHA and DHS. Robyn served as the on-camera moderator of CI’s TRANSCAERSM Chlorine Safety Tour Training videos. This Summa Cum Laude graduate earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Robyn earned her MBA at The University of Maryland.
Marco Guzman, Jr. – Director, Product Stewardship and Analysis
As CI’s Senior Project Engineer, Marco is responsible for staffing the Product Stewardship Issue Team. He also provides continuing data analysis support in the Health, Environment, Safety, and Security area. He earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the California State Polytechnic University at Pomona (Cal Poly) and with industry work experience in Mexico, Marco brings a dynamic multicultural perspective to CI and its members.
Michelle Jurgens – Manager, Administrative Functions, Board Secretary & Treasurer
As CI’s Board Secretary and Treasurer, Michelle works closely with the CI President and the Board of Directors to ensure that meetings are run efficiently and crucial decisions and other actions are fully recorded. In addition, Michelle oversees CI’s IT infrastructure including computers and other office systems and manages overall office administration. A native Australian, who studied at the Charles Darwin University, she graduated with a Certificate in Hospitality before pursuing a career in professional theater.
Robyn Kinsley – Vice President, Transportation & Emergency Preparedness
Two of CI’s most important responsibilities are protecting members’ ability to safely and securely transport chlorine and other mission chemicals, and helping them and emergency responders prepare to manage incidents. These efforts are led by the Transportation and the Emergency Preparedness Issue Teams, which are staffed by Robyn Kinsley, CI’s Vice President, Transportation and Emergency Preparedness. Robyn represents CI’s members before government agencies such as the Federal Railroad Administration’s Rail Safety Advisory Committee, and at industry groups, including the Association of American Railroad’s Tank Car Committee and other hazardous materials shipper associations. She also supervises and helps manage CI’s extensive CHLOREP and TRANSCAERSM training activities. A graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute, IN) with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Robyn earned her MBA at The George Washington University.
Cindy Kuranchie – Director, Membership and Outreach
Cindy is responsible for planning, managing and executing two of CI’s major events: our Annual and Fall Meetings. In addition, she contributes to CI's emergency response training activities by coordinating TRANSCAERSM events and providing support for the annual CHLOREP Team Training. Cindy plays an integral role in keeping members satisfied by serving as the go-to person for questions related to membership. She serves as the CI webmaster, maintaining CI’s website and online bookstore. Cindy is a graduate of George Mason University with a B.A. in Government and International Politics. Cindy is currently working on her MBA at Virginia Tech.
Brooke Lobdell – Project Coordinator
Brooke helps make CI events successful – from TRANSCAERSM training events to the Packaging/Hypo Seminar –by helping to ensure materials and people are in the right places at the right times. She also plays an important role in editing and formatting CI’s safety pamphlets, and her data management activity helps CI members get the most from their membership and participation. Brooke is a graduate from George Mason University, where she acquired her B.S. in Global and Community Health.
Janae Miller – Project Engineer
As Project Engineer, Janae plays a crucial role for members by analyzing industry performance trends and incident data, responding to technical inquiries, assisting in training activity and supporting other team members in developing and sharing safety best practices. Janae is a graduate from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, minoring in Business Administration. In addition to pharmaceutical manufacturing experience in the US, she is also a Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program alumni (2017-2018) and is continuing to study the Japanese language.
Frank Reiner – President
Frank is responsible for the day-to-day-operations of CI, high-level representation of the Institute to government, industry and nongovernmental organizations, outreach and communications with member companies and their personnel, and above all, ensuring the fulfillment CI’s crucial safety and security mission. In these capacities, this 30-year industry and transportation engineering leader actively works with other chemical industry, transportation and safety organizations and government agencies. Among others, these include: the Association of American Railroads and its Tank Car Committee, several U.S. government agencies including the Departments of Transportation and Homeland Security, the American Chemistry Council, and the International Centre for Chemical Safety and Security. Frank is a longtime member and former Chairman of the National TRANSCAERSM Task Group. He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and his M.S. in Management from Purdue University Calumet.