PREP Team

Lisa Blecker

University of California

Lisa Blecker has been the Pesticide Safety Education Coordinator for the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM) since August, 2011. She delivers pesticide safety Train-the-Trainer programs for those who train fieldworkers and pesticide handlers throughout the state. She oversees the revision of study guides and exams for applicators seeking their private and commercial applicator certificates and licenses and delivers continuing education programs for pest management professionals statewide.

Prior to working at the University of California, Lisa worked in the IPM Program at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension for three years and at the University of Idaho IPM Center for five years. Lisa has also worked with National Association of State Departments of Agriculture Research Foundation (NASDARF) to co-write the National Soil Fumigation Manual. Lisa received her master’s degree at Colorado State University in a joint program with the U.S. Peace Corps. She spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panamá during this master’s program and gained skills that have been invaluable to her career in Cooperative Extension.

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Lisa Blecker

Stephanie Parreira

University of California

Stephanie Parreira has been a writer and editor for the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program since February 2017. In her current role, she coordinates updates and revisions of the Pest Management Guidelines, develops online courses for pest control advisers and certified crop advisers, develops pest management instructional videos, and assists in other projects such as Pest Management Strategic Plans. Prior to her work at UC IPM, Stephanie worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at Oregon State University, where she earned her master’s degree in horticulture with an emphasis in entomology. Her research focused on the impacts of pesticide interactions (particularly neonicotinoids and fungicides) on honey bee colony health.

Stephanie Parreira

Cindy Wire

US Environmental Protection Agency

Cindy Wire works for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP). As the PREP Coordinator, Cindy works closely with the EPA regions, states, tribes and territories as well as other EPA offices including the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance. She has been with OPP in the Field and External Affairs Division for the last six years and works out of the US EPA Region 9 Office in San Francisco, California. Prior to joining OPP, Cindy worked on pesticide and agricultural issues for 12 years in both EPA Regions 9 and 10 (Olympia, WA).

Prior to her federal career, Cindy managed a water quality protection program for the Washington State Department of Agriculture, and worked on pesticide, water quality, and invasive species issues. Cindy has a master’s degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in aquatic ecology.

Cindy Wire

Suzanne Forsyth

University of California Davis Continuing and Professional Education

Suzanne has 23 years’ experience in serving pesticide regulatory officials and stakeholders at the tribal, state and federal levels. She currently serves as the Director for the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC), which coordinates the development of pesticide-related educational resources (i.e., manuals, videos, guides) that meet national needs. She also serves as Director of the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative-Medical (PERC-Med), and Coordinator for the Tribal Pesticide Program Council (TPPC). For 18 years, she successfully managed the nationally acclaimed Pesticide Regulatory Education Program (PREP).

Suzanne’s experience as a pesticide registration chemist, water quality specialist, and risk assessment associate have informed her work in pesticide safety education. In 2014, she was honored with Life Membership to the Association of American Pesticide Control Officials (AAPCO). Suzanne earned a B.S. in Environmental Toxicology from UC Davis and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from UC Berkeley.

Suzanne Forsyth