Associate Trainers/Consultants

Larry E. Hughes: OSHA-MSHA Trainer; Electrical-Industrial; PV Power

Authorized Miner Training (DMME-Coal & DMM-Mineral); Certified MSHA Instructor; Certified  BCME Instructor; Authorized OSHA Construction & General Industry trainer; Authorized VA-DPOR Trades/Contractor Trainer: Certified NCCER: Core, Electrical, HVAC, Carpentry, Plumbing; Business Management, Project Director; Role in Green Environment;

Authorized Proctor: ESCO Group & NATE - EPA 608 & 609 Refrigerant & Certification

BPI- Home Energy Auditor

NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) Solar Photovoltaic System (PV)

"Inspired Safety" Yields Sustainable Bottom Line

Nick Nelson: DMME Miner Training; Electrical - Industrial Maintenance

Commonwealth of Virginia Division Mine Mineral and Energy (DMME) certified BCME Instructor

DMME & DMM-Mineral General Miner and Certified Electrical Repairman

Certified NCCER Instructor: Core, Electrical, HVAC

VA-DPOR Master Electrician  

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Check with us for our AWS Certified Welding Inspector

ASW certified (American Welding Society) Welding Inspector - Educator - Welder; First Aid/CPR/AED; NCCER authorized Instructor: Core-Welding

Worked in Fabrication shops and experience in the Construction field welding process; traveling from mid-south to Michigan. Trained in OSHA 510 Occupational Safety and Health Standards for the Construction Industry

Scott Dewayne Hughes: LPN - CPR First Aid - Safety

Licensed Practical Nurse Multi-State Privilege (14+ years experience)- OSHA Safety- American Heart Association Basic Life Support - D.O.T. Professional Drug Screening 

Authorized Proctor: 

ESCO Group & NATE for HVACR Certification Including  

EPA 608 & 609


other HVACR career ready credentialing 

Contact us for details 

**** See Optional Training  for details ****

Wilburn J. Cole, Jr.: MSHA Miner Trainer & WV Mining Consultant

Coal miner with 12+ years underground experience  following 5 years in the US Navy Experience WV production section foramen on a super section, and Assistant Mine Foreman totaling 7+ years in supervision and  managementPerformed daily production activities as a foreman.

Worked with Safety Department & Management Review Team, coupled with Coordinating safety evaluations, meeting and training; accident investigations/compliance conferencing, becoming a certified MSHA Instructor, and PDM trained and certified; coordinated Ventilation/Methane & Dust Control/Roof Control Plans, as well as being a working miner that operated all facets of face equipment and ventilation processes.

 WV Certified Shot Firer. Trained in HVACR & Electrical Maintenance - EPA Universal Certification (608 & 609 Clean Air Act).

Kimberly A. Ball: EPA - 608/609 Clean Air Act proctor; ESCO Institute

Small Business Manager; Approved proctor for ESCO Institute's Trades certification program (HVAC-Electrical-Green- Refrigerant certification)

Authorized Proctor: 

ESCO Group & NATE for HVACR Certification Including  

EPA 608 & 609


other HVACR career ready credentialing 

Contact us for details 

**** See Optional Training  for details ****

Associate Trainers/Consultants

Timothy M. Ball: Mineral Mining & Processing - Plant Safety

Mineral miner with 23+ years' experience and an efficient,  responsible DMM surface foreman for over 15 years; Performed daily production activities, coordinating safety process and meeting HR mandates.

Work activities includes working as a general miner, operating processing plant for a stone quarry (e.g. Fine Grind Mill, Chipping Bag Plant, Pellet Plant); company authorized electrical-mechanical maintenance service technician;

Trained in fist aid and National Safety Council (NSC) - CPR trained worker

Education:  college course work in Electrical and HVAC technology;  electrical  master and DMM electrical worker certification pending.

Jessica D. Hughes

Experienced customer service representative working in large retail outlet and large national call enter and with the DOC in Virginia.

Authorized Proctor:

 NATE for HVACR National Credentialing & Certification Including  
EPA 608 & 609
**** See Optional Training  for details ****

DMV - Driving School Under Development - coming soon

CPR - Defensive Driving, etc.

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Andrew F. Oberta, MPH, CIH. The Environmental Consultancy

Andy Oberta is an asbestos guru -- and a former rocket scientist -- who holds the unique combination of Aeronautical Engineering and Master of Public Health degrees. An internationally-recognized expert on asbestos control, he provides consultation and training for management of asbestos-containing materials, and expert witness services for asbestos litigation. He writes and lectures extensively on the subject of asbestos control.

He is accredited under EPA AHERA regulations for work in schools, and ASHARA regulations for public and commercial buildings, as an Asbestos Inspector, Management Planner and Project Designer.

Mr. Oberta is Certified in Comprehensive Practice by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and was elected a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association in 2007. A Past-President of the Environmental Information Association, he received their Snider Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.
Andy is the author of the recently-published ASTM Manual on Asbestos Control: Surveys, Assessment, Abatement and Maintenance: 3rd Edition. He has written five ASTM asbestos management standards and was recently recognized for his thirty years of service to ASTM with the Award of Merit, the Society's highest honor.

*** Any company needing additional information or to schedule safety training in  "Asbestos Management." Contact us for additional  info and contact arrangement. ***

Sandy R. Belcher, BS, MS

  • BS in Mathematics 
  • MA in Mathematics 
  • Math Instructor, SWCC
  • Dual Enrollment Trigonometry Instructor and Dual Enrollment Calculus Instructor, Lebanon High School   

For any company or organization, to include the private sector or government agencies or any other entity, needing specialized training in advanced mathematical concepts, let "LE Hughes and Associate" provide for your training needs. Ms. Belcher has 18 years of providing Math Instruction on a higher level to her students. 


Sandy is a highly qualified professional educator, who mentors gifted students, plus tutors students who struggle to attain understanding of advance concepts. She works as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, utilizing strong communication and interpersonal skills in order to build respectful and professional relationships that meet and exceed the needs of all stakeholders.  Sandy effectively manages informative lectures to groups of culturally diverse learners and undergraduate students at various ability levels. She is highly capable of using multiple teaching strategies for learners from a wide range of backgrounds. She is well positioned to design units and academic lessons in accordance with hectic and enhanced demands of industry and Virginia Standards of Learning.

Ms. Belcher is considered a "Master Teacher" and has a strong educational background. She worked with the Master Teacher program, funded by PIMSER, through the University of Kentucky. She is capable of constructing an on-line training venue or classroom seminar, where varied levels of students can achieve the learning targets through co-operative learning and hands-on activities.

Ms. Belcher is a National Center for Construction and Research (NCCER) Certified Instructor, trained to meet the world-class mathematical standards of instruction set by the industry. She works with curriculum development to align both undergraduate course work, as well as, exceeding the standards of instruction set by construction and general industry needs. She creates and implements instruction using an on-line environment.  In addition to, face-to-face studies in applied mathematics, her teaching strategies will help to develop critical thinking skills and foster cognitive learning for the needs of today's high technology employee.


  • University of Virginia: Masters of Arts in Mathematics (Minor Math Education)
  • University of Virginia at Wise: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (Minor Secondary Education)   
  • Southwest Community College: Associate of Arts & Science

   Other Training and Certifications: 

  • ASCD National Conference, San Francisco, California 2010
  •  NCCER Certified Instructor  2010
  •  University of Kentucky Workshops 2009-2010  
    • Differentiated Instruction
    • Assessment/Summative and 
    • Formative   Learning Targets
    •    Curriculum Mapping   
    • Lesson Planning
  • Virginia SOL Assessments Content Review Committees  2008 
  • Virginia SOL Assessments Content Review Committees   2008 
  • EIMS Training  2007 
  • Curriculum Mapping/Pacing Guide Committee  2007 
  • TI-Navigator and Ti-Smart View  2006 
  • Algebra II Standard Setting Committee Meeting  2006 
  • Virginia Standards of Learning Setting Committee  2005
  •  Educational Technology Standard  2004 
  • Curriculum Mapping/Pacing Guide Committee  2004 
  • Tech Prep Math Academy 2003 
  • Developing the Secondary Mathematics Pacing Guides  2002
  •  Southwest Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics  2001
  •  Conference Algebra for All 2001
  •  VA Algebra I Initiative for Secondary Teachers  2001 
  • High Schools That Work Site Development Assessment Seminar 2001

Professional Affiliations:   

  • Member of ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) 
  • Member of the National Council of Mathematics Member of NEA/VEA (National Education Association, Virginia Education Association)
  •  Member of RCEA (Russell County Education Association)  

Webb Strang, MS, ASP, OHST, CPP, CEM Safety Director

 Safety Director: Kentucky Department of Corrections (Louisville, Kentucky Area) 

Highly motivated and professional trainer, who can provide for your organization's safety training needs with OSHA-10 hour and 30-hour training, as required in either General Industry or Construction Industry. A Trainer who can work with your Safety Department to provide awareness in HAZMAT instruction along with specifics in HAZCOM programing, etc.

 Offering assistance to your company's Security Team for issues related to "Security Awareness and Management along with Risk Assessment" and their training requirements. Partner with your Emergency Management Department to help with and provide high level instructional training for concerns within "Crisis Management, Emergency Planning, and Continuity of Operations," which, would include focus areas of National Incident Management System (NIMS), Incident Command System (ICS), etc. to help your organization design, implement and become better enabled; and equipped to effective and efficient implement domestic incident management. Completing such by integrating a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure; thusly, designed to enable effective and efficient domestic incident management; including the impact of mass casualty incidents. 

A trainer that is experienced, highly efficient and well-organized environmental, health, safety, and security professional with over 12 years of experience in security, safety compliance, and crisis management. Currently serving as Safety Director for the Kentucky Department of Corrections, developing and leading the safety function for the largest government agency in the Commonwealth. 

Well versed in the development and implementation of effective security policies and procedures and safety programming. Excellent knowledge of safety and security principles and practices, investigation techniques, and security equipment operations. Accustomed to monitoring and auditing policy and procedural compliance to minimize exposure risk. Recipient of multiple awards including the prestigious Kentucky Colonel Award.

  •  12+ years experience, with 8+ years as a manager
  • 5+ years of experience as an EMT with ending rank of Major 
  •  BA, History from Centre College 
  • MS, Justice Administration from University of Louisville 
  • MS, Safety, Security & Emergency
  • Management: Focus in Occupational Safety from Eastern Kentucky University (Graduation Expected December, 2017
  • 00Professional Member of  the American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Associate Safety Professional, BCSP
  • Occupational Health & Safety Technologist, BCSP 
  • Certified Protection Professional, ASIS International 
  • Certified Emergency Manager, IAEM 
  • Certified Safety & Health Specialist Construction & General Industry, EKU 
  • FEMA Master Continuity Practitioner - Level II 
  • Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician 
  • Hazardous Materials Technician 
  • First Aid, CPR & AED Instructor OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry & Construction 
  • ALICE Instructor (active shooter response training program) 

Summary of Qualifications:

Certified EMT | Federal, State & Local Regulations | Incident Investigation
Safety & Security Training | OSHA 29 CFR 1910 & 1926 Compliance | Safety Program Management
Threat & Risk Assessment | Security Policy Development | HAZMAT Response Crisis Management & Continuity of Operations | Emergency Response Budget Planning & Administration | Operations & Staff Leadership | Safety Program Composition  

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Edward Davidson, BS... native of West Virginia, a fourth-generation coal miner.

Certified Underground Mine Foreman in WV, VA, KY and IL. Experienced equipment operator of various mining machinery. Ed has earned numerous safety related certifications and authorizations.   

Ed is certified by Commonwealth of Virginia's DMME as a FC Mine Foreman, UG General Miner, BCME Instructor, Qualified Gas Instructor, First Aid Instructor and Qualified Gas Detection-Methane. In addition, he is certified with DMM-Minerals as a General Mineral Miner (GMM) and SFOP. For the Commonwealth of Kentucky's Office of Mine Safety and Licensing, he is certified as Surface miner, Underground miner, Underground Mine Foreman, Underground Mine Instructor. For State of West Virginia Office of Miner' Health & Safety Training certified as coal miner; as Class 23: 40 hour & Class 24: 80 Instructor; Class 31: Cont. Ed. For UG MF Instructor; and Class 18: Gas-Testing Instructor; and as Shot Firer. For MSHA (Dept. of Labor) he is certified in Dust Sampling & Dust Cal/Maint. (UG & S); Noise level Testing; Impoundment Inspection; Instructor Code AP, IS, GA, IU, FA.   

 Other safety certification includes Approved Instructor IDAC-RigPass Training. OSHA 5810 Hazard Recognition Standards for On-Shore Oil & Gas Exploration and Production; OSHA 7504 Fall Hazard Awareness for Construction; OGATC 300 Hydrogen Sulfide Trainer; OSHA 1926 Authorized Construction Trainer; OSHA 1910 Authorized General Industry Trainer; OSHA Qualified Rigger & OSHA Qualified Signal Person.

Approved American Heart Association BLS; Basic Life Support Instructor; and has completed certificate as Mine Manager through Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Office of mines & Minerals.   

Graduate of Marshall University with Bachelor Degree in Education with studies in Undergraduate and Graduate Level Safety Courses. Has over 40 years' experience working with industrial, as well as mine health and safety, with CONSO Energy within both the mining operations and the CSX Gas' Safety Management group. Where safety services were being directed and provided to an organization with over 1000 employees, achieving goals of over 1,000,000 (million) exposure hour without lost time accidents.   

Ed is very dedicated to his profession, goal oriented, a team player, yet a tireless worker. His philosophy on Safety and Compliance is "Behavior Based," hereto, he believes that all accidents are avoidable. His personal and professional experience as both a Safety and Human Resource Manager has prepared him to provide your organization with the Safety / H.R. Leadership consulting and training needs.    

He has over 30 years with the CONSOL Energy Group, most recently with Coal Field Services as their Director for CSI's Safety/HR department; as well as founding member & trainer for Southwest Virginia Safety Consultants, adjunct instructor with Wytheville Community College... now most recently becoming an associate and trainer joining the organization of LE Hughes and Associates: Safety Training and Consultants. 

Ed is adding another critical dimension to the association for LE Hughes and Associate by providing functions in the realm of Human Resource management. He can assist with your HR needs and concerns; helping you negotiate the various labor relations and department of labor mandates. 

Let the experience Edward M. Davidson and the team of LE Hughes and Associate help you meet your company Safety and HR training needs.   For more details, contact us at email: 

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Training and Consulting

Training for Mining Community (both Coal and Mineral); Providing OSHA 10 hour & 30 Hour as required for both 29 CFR1910 - General Industry ---&--- 29 CFR1926 - Construction sector.

Announce coming events

Expanding "EPA" certification (Asbestos-Lead Based Paint- Radon, etc.); Building Trades recertification and Contractor  Hour 8 Class, legal requirement class; DMV Driver Education, with more to come. 

MSHA- District 5 (Virginia with combined Dist. 6)

Approved training plans for coal mining  operations for both Underground Mining Complex and Surface Strips jobs including Timber Cutter operations.

Expanding to include Mineral Mining Operations

Approved as Safety Instructional/Trainer Provider by the Virginia DMM; working on expanding to  other surrounding states. 

Kentucky --&-- West Virginia Miner Training

Applications has been submitted for coal miner training, awaiting final approval.

Special Needs and Counsuting Services

Class in "special" OSHA numbered courses can be offered in partnership with East Kentucky University's OSHA-OTIE center. Our staff can assist with your  Safety Departments and Engineering support operation through our consulting support service.