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Inspector Training Program
Program staff members
Training Program Support Coordinator
Dana Fischer has worked in the division since 1998 in a variety of positions, including plan intake for prefab and site-built structures; permit issuance in Salem and at various field offices around the state; and organizing code change and other priority development committees. She looks forward to the continued growth of the training program and meeting new students as each new course begins.
Field Training Coordinator, Trainer
Dennis Clark has worked in the electrical industry for nearly 38 years, including 12 years as an electrical inspector. Dennis joined the training program in 2015, wanting to “give back to the career that has been so good to my family and myself.” As a cross-trained inspector, he knows first hand how cross-training can benefit both jurisdictions and customers. Dennis’s goal as an instructor is to develop the training program into one of the best in the country, and produce highly-qualified, well-rounded, and customer-friendly inspectors. “I hope to maintain professional relationships with all of my students, even past their graduation,” he said.
Plumbing Program Chief, Trainer
Andy Skinner brings more than 30 years of plumbing industry experience to the classroom. He has worked for the division for over 20 years, serving as plumbing chief, inspector, and trainer. In addition, he has owned and operated a plumbing business, consulted with a confederated tribe, and instructed a plumbing apprenticeship in eastern Oregon. Andy currently teaches plumbing inspector cross-training courses. His diverse experience and familiarity with plumbing codes, designs, intent, and installations provide a wealth of knowledge for students to learn from. “My goals for the training program are to help build knowledge and consistency of the plumbing codes, and to train on special systems that are unique to the trade,” said Andy. “This will ensure that inspectors become a valuable tool for their jurisdictions.”
Assistant Plumbing Chief, Trainer
Marcus Stovall has worked in the plumbing and building industry for 18 years. He worked as a plumber for a company for several years and then transitioned to owning his own plumbing business for a few years. He then turned his attention to becoming a plumbing inspector and worked for various jurisdictions. Marcus joined BCD in October 2016 as deputy assistant plumbing chief. He assists with training and the regional program. He is pleased to be part of the BCD team, adding: "I enjoy teaching the curriculum and I want to see students succeed."
Plumbing Code Specialist, Trainer
Max Butler has worked in the plumbing and building industry for over 12 years. He worked as a plumber in the Willamette valley for nearly 8 years with experience in residential, commercial, and industrial installation. He has also served the plumbing community as an apprenticeship instructor and JATC member for Area II. Max joined BCD’s training program in early 2019 as the Plumbing Code Specialist and Trainer. "I have always looked up to inspectors, and now I can be a part of what makes ours the best around." Max brings a new perspective to the next generation of Oregon plumbing inspectors and is glad to be a part of BCD.
Structural Code Specialist, Trainer
Kevin Ellis grew up in Los Angeles and worked as a framer and finish carpenter for residential, commercial and TV/movie set construction for 15 years. He hung up his bags in 2005 to begin studying to become a building inspector. Since 2006 Kevin has worked as a Permit Technician, Building Inspector, and Senior Building Plans Examiner. He covered all facets and disciplines of building inspection and plan check, and also shared in the responsibility of training new plan check staff. Kevin joined the division in early 2019 as Structural Code Specialist, but quickly moved over to the training program as the structural trainer. "I am excited to have the opportunity to share my construction, inspection and plan check experience and knowledge with the next generation of inspectors and plans examiners through the BCD Academy and other trainings offered by the BCD Training Program."
Chief Building Official
Richard Rogers is an Oregon native and has always lived in the Salem area. He has a diverse background in both residential and commercial construction. In August 2000, transitioned from private construction to the regulatory environment at the Building Codes Division as the fire, life-safety/ADA code specialist. In 2002, he was appointed as the structural program chief, a position which included responsibilities such as dispute resolution and oversight of the state’s structural, residential, mechanical, and energy codes. In 2013, Richard assumed a new role, chief building official, with an emphasis on providing oversight and direction for implementing the division’s goals of uniformity, consistency, and predictability in the administration and enforcement of the statewide building code.
Andrea Simmons joined BCD in 1997 after graduating from Willamette Law School. She started out at the division overseeing hearings and developing rules and laws for the division and its various stakeholders. She has worked with various stakeholders and the legislators since that time, working with the division statutes and rules that are currently in place. In her current role as the enforcement manager, she implements many of the division and board’s policies through education and taking enforcement action when necessary.
Structural Program Chief
Tony Rocco has worked in the construction industry for more than 14 years, including six years with the Building Codes Division, which he joined in 2011. In addition to previously owning and operating two successful construction-related companies, Tony has obtained 11 certifications related to inspection, plans examination, and building official duties along with a related second college degree. As part of the Policy and Technical Services Structural/Mechanical Program team at BCD, Tony provides support regarding stakeholder inquiries, code change processes, interpretations, board activities, and also leads the plan review team on division special projects.
Mechanical and Energy Systems Engineer, P.E.
Mark Heizer came to BCD with more than 25 years of HVAC design experience. A mechanical engineer, he has designed everything from a drive-through coffee shop to a full U.S. embassy compound. Mark has been responsible for technical support, code development, and interpretations for Oregon’s Mechanical, Energy, and Reach Codes for seven years at BCD. Mark served as vice chair of the ICC Sustainability, Energy, and High Performance Code Action Committee, authoring several substantive revisions to the 2015 and 2018 International Energy Conservation Codes, as well as the 2015 International Green Construction Code. “My goal is to keep the students awake for the most boring portion of the presentation. Trust me, few fall asleep."
Structural Program Engineer, P.E.
Jeremy Williams joined BCD in May 2017 with 14 years experience in structural engineering. His experience includes the design, review, and project management of commercial, industrial, and residential building construction, tenant improvements, seismic evaluations, seismic retrofits, and a variety of site development, transportation, and transit related structures. Jeremy is the structural program engineer within BCD’s Policy and Technical Services section and is responsible for statewide technical support, code interpretations, code development, and structural engineering plan review on special projects.
Electrical Program Chief
Keith Anderson has been with BCD as the electrical program chief since November 2014. He has been in the electrical industry for more than 40 years – 28 of those spent in the field as an A level electrical and combination construction inspector. Keith has also participated as a member in the Oregon Electrical Specialty Code committees for the past three code adoption cycles. Keith is available to work with stakeholders in the electrical industry to provide assistance and direction in finding reasonable solutions or resolutions for Oregon’s electrical program.