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Hazardous Materials Safety Assistance Team (HMSAT)

About HMSAT

PHMSA’s Hazardous Materials Safety Assistance Team (HMSAT) is responsible for face-to-face outreach and field compliance assistance on the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR). HMSAT’s goal is to improve hazardous materials transportation safety and security through increased communication and education. HMSAT members are assigned to each of PHMSA’s regional offices and are available to help businesses comply with the hazardous materials transportation regulations through educational and technical assistance. HMSAT also provides compliance assistance to federal, state, and local governments.

HMSAT Bios

Eastern Region

Anthony H. Murray

Anthony H. “Tony” Murray III joined PHMSA in August of 2000. He works out of the Eastern Region Field Office located in West Trenton, NJ. As a member of HMSAT, he is available to help businesses find the resources needed to comply with the HMR and to provide compliance assistance to federal, state, and local governments and the private sector.

Tony is a 1976 graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College, earning a BS in Marine Transportation. Upon graduation, he received a commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a Third Mate’s license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to sail as deck office in the U.S. Merchant Marine. He then shipped-out onboard U.S. flag ships for 15 years and advanced his merchant marine license to “Master Unlimited” and his military rank to Captain U.S. Navy.

Captain Murray began his federal civil service career in December 1991 as a Marine Transportation Specialist for the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC). After 6 years with MSC, Murray transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center in Arlington, VA, where he administered programs related to the certification, training, and licensing of U.S. Merchant Marine officers and seamen. After leaving USCG and before coming to PHMSA, Murray spent 2 years with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as a Marine Accident Investigator in the NTSB Office of Marine Safety.

Have a question? Contact Tony.

Southern Region

Elizabeth A LaDow

Elizabeth “Liz” LaDow joined PHMSA in March of 2019, as a Transportation Specialist (HMSAT) at the Southern Regional Field Office. 

Prior to joining PHMSA, Liz, was a federal investigator with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for eleven (11) years.  She was primarily responsible for conducting misuse investigations related to veteran benefit compensation; and served as Subject Matter Expert (SME), Trainor and mentor for all new investigators, as well as a software beta tester for VA Central office in Washington, DC.   Liz was instrumental in development of formalized on-boarding process training for all new investigators focusing on the use of technology, classroom focused training and structuralized on-the-job training pairing new investigators with SME location specific to the territories where work was assigned.

Mrs. LaDow, is a veteran of the United States Navy having served in the field of intermediate aircraft maintenance in primarily the location of Misawa, Japan.  Upon separation from the US Navy, she completed her Bachelor’s degree from West Virginia State College University (HBC) in 1996 and then obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Kentucky in 1997.    She has actively participated in both public and private sector outreach and engagement to include working with fortune 500 companies such as Dupont, DOW, NiSource, and providing court and legislative testimony in her home state of West Virginia. 

Have a question? Contact Elizabeth.

Central Region

Neal Suchak

Neal Suchak joined PHMSA in October of 2012. He works out of the Central Region located in Chicago, IL. As a member of HMSAT, he is available to help businesses find the resources needed to comply with the HMR and to provide compliance assistance to federal, state, and local governments, and the private sector.

Neal is a 2009 graduate of Elon University in North Carolina, earning a BS in Political Science. Upon graduation, he accepted a position with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC. His work there focused on environmental contracts to include EPA Clean Water, EnergyStar, but mostly PHMSA’s Hazardous Materials Information Center.

Neal began his federal career in 2012 as a Regulatory Transportation Specialist for PHMSA’s Standards and Rulemaking Division at DOT Headquarters. After 3 years with Standards and Rulemaking, Neal transferred to the Outreach and Engagement Division, where he supported HMSAT efforts nationwide, drafted publications, produced videos for the PHMSA’s YouTube page, and helped develop national outreach strategy. In March 2018, Neal accepted a position with HMSAT for the Central Region and moved to Chicago, IL.

Have a question? Contact Neal.

Southwest Region

Michael Roberts

Mike Roberts is a member of HMSAT for the Southwestern Region. As a member of HMSAT, Mr. Roberts is dedicated to providing hazardous materials education, technical assistance, and outreach throughout the nation. 

A primary goal of this team is to improve hazardous materials transportation safety and security through increased communication and education. This requires interaction and coordination with the modal administrations, industry associations, and state and local government organizations. 

Mr. Roberts’s prior experience includes serving as a state police officer in New Mexico, working the last six years in the commercial motor vehicle division where he received training from the US DOT in all aspects of commercial motor vehicles including hazardous materials transport and inspections. As a police officer, he completed 800 to 1,000 commercial motor vehicle inspections a year. After retiring from the State Police, Mr. Roberts worked for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) as an Enforcement Officer.

Mr. Roberts also served in the U.S. Air Force in Munitions and Nuclear Weapons.

Have a question? Contact Mike.

Western Region

Jack Whitley

Jack Whitley is a member of HMSAT for the Western Region. As a member of HMSAT, Mr. Whitley is dedicated to providing hazardous materials education, technical assistance, and outreach throughout the nation. 

A primary goal of this team is to improve hazardous materials transportation safety and security through increased communication and education. This requires interaction and coordination with the modal administrations, industry associations, and state and local government organizations. 

Mr. Whitley’s prior experience includes serving as an Investigator for PHMSA, as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare Specialist in the U.S. Army (retired), as a Fire Fighter in the U.S. and abroad (Germany and Korea), and as the Hazardous Material Training Officer for the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

Have a question? Contact Jack.

Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2019