Meet the Trainers

TrainingLink™ trainers represent hundreds of years of experience in safety, wastewater collections, public works, infrastructure, risk management and more. They are passionate about educating and inspiring experienced and aspiring professionals and sharing their knowledge through engaging classroom, on-site and online training. Read the bios of some of our trainers below and fill out the contact form for scheduling. Click the links to view a selection of the topics each trainer teaches.

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Andy Morrison

Andy Morrison has been in wastewater collections since 1982. For the last 10 years, before he retired in 2014, he was the manager of the Collection Services Work Group for Union Sanitary District, a multi award winning agency. As well as being a recognized leader in the industry, he was a contributing author to many BMP manuals.


Don Freeman

Dr. Don Freeman has provided patient care and served as a Primary Treating Physician in the workers compensation delivery system for 22 years. In addition, he worked as a Physician Advisor for Blue Shield of California, Qualified Medical Evaluator for the State of California, and a Med-Legal Expert providing court room testimony. Don is the founder of Occumetric, developing strength and endurance test equipment and software tools used to help employers reduce the number and costs of workplace injuries. He has worked with the wastewater industry providing ergonomic trainings.


Keith Sorsdal

Keith Sorsdal is the Director of Safety and Risk Management for the Vallejo Flood and Wastewater District, Executive Director with The John Maxwell Team, and CEO/founder of The Sorsdal Group where he demonstrates the power of transformational leadership by helping individuals and agencies develop the Leaders within themselves and throughout their organization. Spending nearly three decades as a military leader completing four tours in support of Afghanistan and Iraq, coupled with ten years experience in leadership positions in various public agencies, has allowed Keith to live out his passion of facilitating growth in others through leadership development, coaching and training.


Mike Thorpe

With over 16 years of experience providing workplace safety training to numerous premier contractors and organizations throughout California and Nevada, Mike formed his own Consultation and Training Service business, Sierra Safety Training Inc., after recognizing the need for customized, quality instruction and services by taking into consideration the repeated requests from his many satisfied clients. 

A few years after the formation of Sierra Safety Training, Mike’s long-time friend, colleague, and business associate, Kent Freeman, approached him about California Health and Rescue Training. With similar back grounds and methods of training, they felt a merge would be good for them and their customers. In October of 2020, Sierra Safety Training acquired California Health and Rescue Training. 

Providing services and training from facility/site safety audits, program development and management, new hire orientations, to safety training classes including OSHA 10, OSHA 30, Confined Space, Fall Protection, Trench Safety, First Aid/CPR, Confined Space, Forklift and Mobile Equipment, Workplace Violence, Heat Stress, Silica, LOTO, Ladder safety, and many more. Mike’s goal is to provide the best training possible using a common-sense approach and expert delivery that makes learning fun. 

Mike has worked as a Safety Manager for a major California construction company, as a Product Manager/Safety Specialist for a large construction supplier. By working closely with clients in the recognition and mediation of workplace hazards while keeping safety, productivity, and profitability in mind, he became the main “go-to” source for training and consultation services in the Northern CA Region. 

Giving back to the community has always been a priority. Mike has spent over 22 years with the Civil Air Patrol, USAF Auxiliary, taking on roles from Deputy Commander for Cadets, Squadron Commander, and Cadet Programs Officer for Northern California. Mike also spent 14 years as a firefighter/EMT with Diamond Springs El Dorado Fire Protection District responding to emergencies in El Dorado and surrounding counties.


Sam Rose

Sam has 35 years’ experience in all aspects of Collection System Operations and Maintenance, with 16 of those years in management positions. He has experience working with regulators and has provided SSO response training to the State and Regional Water Board staff and the staff of many collection system agencies throughout California. Sam has a bachelor’s degree from Sacramento State University and holds a CWEA Grade IV in Collection System Maintenance.


Trent Lubiens, Center for Hearing Health

Center for Hearing Health is a mobile service throughout California, Nevada and Arizona that partners with safety administrators to educate and motivate employers and employees to support and incorporate hearing conservation practices that effectively prevent noise-induced hearing loss. CHH is a mobile Hearing Assessment Van that will come to private facilities and conduct Hearing Assessments and Fit Tests.


David Clovis

David Clovis retired as the General Manager for the California Joint Powers Risk Management Authority in Livermore, CA December 2018. CJPRMA’s members include both cities and JPA’s throughout the State of California and the total number of agencies is approximately 100. In his role as General Manager, he worked with the members in all areas of risk management and was responsible for the operations of the organization. Since retiring from CJPRMA in late 2018, David has developed a custom practice for public agencies serving as a consultant in the areas of Risk Management, Pool Management, Organizational Development and Strategic Planning.


John Balestrini

John Balestrini is a Certified Safety Professional and a Senior Risk Management Consultant with DKF Solutions Group. One key focus area is Fall Protection, where he broadcasts his fascination with the physical/engineering interface of putting people into harnesses and then building things. Making safety concerns second nature to a workplace is important and John builds this into all aspects of training and safety programs. Safety equipment is useless if the people don’t understand or care about its care and feeding. John's knowledge of the tools and the trade, the people and the situation all come into play when he is sharing what he knows.


Kent Freeman

Freeman is a 30 year veteran of the Fire Service, retiring from Roseville Fire Department where he served as the coordinator of technical rescue services. He has worked extensively in the area of Confined Space Entry/Rescue, Trenching/Excavation and Rescue, as well as technical rope rescue and fall protection. He has worked with California State Fire training and Cal-OSHA developing curriculum for Confined Space Entry/Rescue as well as Trenching and Trench Rescue.


Rudy Schroeder

Rudy is a Safety Management Consultant specializing in Training and Loss Prevention services. His companies provide services to both public and private sector organizations. He graduated from American River College in Sacramento, California with a degree in Business Management/Construction Management and immediately went into business for himself after obtaining a California Contractors License. He has been in construction operations and management since 1970’s, with extensive experience in safety management during that time. Rudy’s expertise includes the hiring, training, and supervising personnel in design, operations, construction, production, safety and loss control aspects of construction management and general industry. Rudy is an Instructor with many certifications and/or training for Cal-OSHA, Fed OSHA and California State Fire Training.


Sergio Ramirez

Sergio Ramirez is the Operations Superintendent of a Special Sanitary District in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has over 26 years’ experience in the wastewater industry and holds a Grade IV in Collection System Maintenance with the California Water Environment Association (CWEA). He has earned awards as Collection System Person of the Year and Supervisor of the Year. Sergio has served in the CWEA, San Francisco Bay Section and Santa Clara Valley Section Collection System Committees, including the State Collection System Committee as Chairman. He has been conducting training for approximately 20 years in the areas of Hydro Flushing, Power Rodding, Lift Station Maintenance, Goal Setting, and other Operation & Maintenance subjects. Most recently he’s dedicating time to provide training in the CWEA, Technical Certification Program for Collection System Maintenance Certification, Traffic Control & Flagger Certification, Utility Locating, and Operation & Maintenance Management.


Zoeanne Tafolla

Zoe brings 30 plus years of experience in Safety and Risk Management. She holds a certificate in adult education, with an emphasis in Safety from UC Davis.