Michigan Association of Housing Officials
Spring Seminar Agenda
April 18
, 2019


8:30 AM- Continental Breakfast

Morning Session: 9AM

Topic: UL Labs

Presenter: Richard N. Walke

Rich is a Senior Regulatory Engineer with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) in Northbrook, IL.  His responsibilities include providing fire protection related technical support to the regulatory community, providing educational seminars, developing internet based training programs, interacting on code change activities and serving as a liaison between the UL engineering staff and the regulatory community.  Prior to this assignment, Rich was actively engaged in fire protection engineering for 29 years.  He provided the supervisory and review activities of engineering investigations conducted on fire resistive construction, through-penetration firestop systems, joint systems, perimeter fire containment systems, fire resistive electrical outlet boxes, electrical circuit protections systems, fire resistive grease and air ducts systems, interior finish building materials, air duct materials and solid fuel heating appliances.

Rich had the honor of serving on the Fire Safety Committee at the ICC Committee Action Hearings in Memphis in April of 2015 and in Columbus in April of 2018.  He is also a member of the NFPA 101/5000 Fire Protection Features and NFPA 220/221 Building Construction Committees.

Rich received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Valparaiso University in 1976.  He is currently a Certified Quality Engineer with the American Society for Quality Control.

Afternoon Session: 1PM

Topic:  Healthy Homes

Presenter: Courtney L. Wisinski, MPH, Community Development Unit Manager for the Healthy Homes Section at MDHHS

The Community Development Unit awards lead hazard control grants to local communities and provides technical assistance and oversight.  In the past, she managed two Healthy Homes University Programs and one Asthma Control through Education and Environment program which have proven to reduce the effects of childhood asthma and unintentional injuries for more than 700 households.  Additionally, Ms. Wisinski is the Healthy Homes Section manager for the newly awarded HUD Lead Hazard Control Technical Study (MiCHILD) which will evaluate the various lead in residential exposure pathways (e.g. paint, dust, soil and water) and the effect on blood lead levels.

Prior to joining MDHHS, Ms. Wisinski was a Project Manager for a national environmental consulting firm coordinating a variety of environmental remediation projects such as indoor air quality and mold assessments. She also performed managed numerous asbestos and lead-based paint assessments and remediation projects as well as Phase I and Phase II environmental Site Assessments.  Ms. Wisinski is well respected for her management capabilities and extensive background in environmental oversight and remediation in residential, commercial and industrial sites.