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Jeff Clarkson

Jeff Clarkson

CSP, CHC, CHFM
Founding Partner
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Jeff Clarkson is an experienced and passionate professional with nearly 20 years of experience in Health and Safety. Early on in his tenure at Illinois State University, he began to develop a safety consulting firm. After graduation he worked in the road and bridge industry, and then Jeff followed his dream and joined the Town of Normal, IL Fire Department as a Firefighter/Paramedic and found great fulfillment serving people in their time of need. Through this experience and opportunity, Jeff established Chief Risk Management, Inc. In 2008, Jeff changed careers and returned to the private sector, working in HR and Safety in the Construction, Manufacturing, and Healthcare industries, all the while, also working as a consultant through CRM, Inc. Through this time, Jeff gained insightful industry knowledge and management experience, which helped him develop his skill set.

After meeting the team at Ledgestone, Jeff pursued the opportunity to return to the health and safety consulting profession as a fully credentialed consultant, and is able to pull from his dynamic career to provide services to his clients once again. Jeff prides himself on building strong relationships at all levels of the organizations that he serves. Effecting cultural and behavioral change in an organization requires experience, strong communication, and a commitment to service excellence. Jeff is passionate about health and safety because of the collective impact it can have on organizations, and also the individual employees in the workforce.

Subject Matter Expert:
  • Employee Safety
  • Employee Health
  • Fleet Safety
Certified Specialties:
  • OSHA Citation Mitigation & Compliance
  • Safety Program Development & Training
  • Risk Management
  • Physical Environment Safety
Kyle Ricely

Kyle Ricely

CDS, GSP
Safety Manager
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Kyle was born and raised in the Midwest. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Kyle lived in a big Italian household with five brothers and sisters, and several animals. As a child, he took an early interest in soccer. This took him just across the state lines to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he played all four years and became a captain of the team. This is a small sample of one of Kyle’s defining traits—leadership.  

Leadership and dedication are ingrained in Kyle’s work in the safety industry. He had several long term internships with contractors in the Midwest before moving back to Wisconsin to lead companies through safety culture change. Kyle would be the first to say that safety is hard work and he takes great pride in bringing his work ethic into his work with clients.  

When he’s not in the office or at the job site, you might find him in the woods. He loves to hunt, fish, camp, and boat—anything to get into the outdoors. He still plays soccer when he can, and occasionally settles for watching it. If you know Kyle, you know that people come first—he loves to spend as much time as he can with his family and friends.  

Subject Matter Expert:
  • Employee Safety
  • Employee Health
Certified Specialties:
  • GSP
  • CDS
Josh Jeffries

Josh Jeffries

NRP, EMS-LI​
Safety Manager
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Joshua may have been born locally in Peoria, but he is somewhat of a world traveler. At age 5 his family moved to Switzerland and then to England before returning to Illinois. Even as a kid, he was interested in keeping people safe. He learned first aid and fire safety in the Boy Scouts (where he became an Eagle Scout), and then later became a firefighter EMT for the local fire department. His pursuit of safety didn’t end there, becoming a police officer at 21, a trauma tech in the ER in college and eventually back overseas in Iraq as a security specialist.

Today this wealth of experience, along with a host of certifications and licenses help Joshua to lead efforts to teach others about safety and de-escalation. He helps clients with respectful teaching and team work and prides himself on being a problem solver. No matter the safety or cultural problem an organization faces, Joshua lives to create a solution.

In his time off, Joshua brings this generous spirit to his community, still serving as a firefighter paramedic and part time police-officer. He and his family enjoy volunteering with Saint Jude and Kids’ Muddy Madness, as well as a medical clinic in Haiti. Joshua also enjoys home remodeling, and has learned quite a bit about construction throughout the process. One day he hopes to share his world travel experience and take his family around the world, and start a successful business.

Subject Matter Expert:
  • Employee Safety
  • Employee Health
  • Fleet Safety
Certified Specialties:
  • Certificate of Commendation for Life Saving Efforts for the Medical Support Services Iraq Team and the United States Diplomatic Mission in Iraq
  • Certified Rescue Task Force Instructor by Illinois Tactical Officers Association
  • Certified Illinois Central College Police Academy
  • Illinois Central College Mobile Training Unit 7 Police Instructor
  • S.W.A.T. Medic—Woodford County Proactive Team
  • State of Illinois Licensed Paramedic
  • National Registry Paramedic (NRP)
  • Eagle Scout
  • Department of Homeland Security Award for Merit recipient  
  • Licensed Lead Instructor
  • Certified FEMA Incident command IS-00100, IS-00200, IS-00700
  • Certified Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Instructor (CPR)
  • Certified Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Instructor (ACLS)
  • Certified Pediatric Advanced Life Support Instructor (PALS)
  • Certified Pediatric Education for Prehospital Providers (PEPP)
  • Certified International Trauma life support (ITLS)
  • Certified Advanced Cardiac Life Support Experienced Provider Instructor (ACLS-EP)
  • Certified Trauma Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)
  • Certified Tac Med Essentials Instructor (Tac-Med)
  • Certified Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)
  • Certified Narcan Trainer  
  • Volunteer Firefighter—19 years
  • Illinois State Fire Marshal Firefighter II
  • Certified Rescue Diver
  • Certified Juvenile Officer
  • Certified Lead Homicide Investigator