November 2022 Speakers

Gregg Gransie

Gregg is a graduate of the University of Arizona and has worked in pest control industry for nearly 30 years, with 19 of those years as the Assistant Manager at Arizona Pest Control. Currently, Gregg is a sales representative and consultant with Target Specialty Products.

Warren Hanussak

Warren has been in the industry for over 30 years.  He has been a technical director of multiple Pest Control companies, including Mission Pest Control in San Clemente for many years. He has also held positions as a manufacturer representative with numerous firms, and has been with Univar as a Technical Outside Field Rep for nearly 13 years. Warren is also a licensed PCA in CA and holds numerous Structural and Ag licenses.

Jim Hartman

Jim is a graduate of the California State Polytechnic University – Pomona and has worked for the last 32 years for the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures Department; where he currently heads the Integrated Pest Management Division. 

Sylvia Kenmuir

Sylvia is a Board Certified Urban and Industrial Entomologist and chair of the West Coast Rodent Academy. She is currently the Western US Technical Specialist with BASF where she is responsible for product support. Previously, Sylvia  spent 30 years in distribution as a National Technical Director for Target Specialty Products. Sylvia has a Master of Science in Entomology from the University of Nebraska Lincoln and CDPR Agricultural Pest Control Adviser (Category A), and Qualified Applicator (Category A, B, C, K).

Laura Krueger

Laura Krueger Prelesnik is a Vector Ecologist and Board Certified Entomologist (Medical and Veterinary Specialty) supervising a medical entomology and vertebrate pathology laboratory specializing in vector-borne disease surveillance and control. The laboratory conducts insect surveillance and identification, pesticide efficacy trials, mosquito resistance determination, disease surveillance, human case investigation, ULV and pesticide equipment calibration, and pesticide application rates and dilutions to control mosquitoes, rats, fire ants, flies and fleas. Laura previously worked as an entomologist & technical trainer with Western Exterminator Company and the California Department of Public Health. Laura is certified as a CDPH Vector Control Technician (Category A,B,C,D), CDPR Agricultural Pest Control Adviser (Category A, D), and Qualified Applicator (Category A, K).

Timmy Madere

Timmy Madere began his career in the pest control industry early in life, crawling in attics and under houses for his Grandfather’s pest control company every summer.  While in college, he drove mosquito fog trucks at night in his home town of Laplace, Louisiana. In 2003, he went on to work for Terminix as a general pest control specialist for five years. In 2008, Timmy went to work for the City of New Orleans Mosquito, Rodent, and Termite Control Board as a general pest control specialist and research assistant and is still working there today as their Urban Rodentologist. Timmy has worked on research studies and urban pest issues concerning everything from termites and bedbugs to coyotes and raccoons; but his primary focus is on commensal rodents and urban rodent control. He has been working with game cameras and rodents for over ten years and is currently attaching cameras to feral rodents in the hopes of gaining a glimpse into their hidden world. Timmy has written articles on rodent biology and control techniques for the National Wildlife Control Operator Association (NWCOA) and PCT magazine; as well as being a featured speaker in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019, for PCT magazines’ annual rodent control webinar. Timmy has a BA in History from the University of New Orleans.

Gail Getty

Gail has over 30 years’ experience conducting scientific research on termites, bed bugs, cockroaches, rodents, spiders, and other vermin. Her research and study include urban insect biology, ecology, behavior,chemical ecology, pest control, pest management. She is an experienced lecturer throughout her career in the United States and overseas, expert witness consulting and consulting to various stakeholders in structural pests.
Experienced in multi-unit housing, hospitality industry, single family residences, and homeless housing.

Niamh Quinn

Niamh Quinn is the new University of California Cooperative Extension Area Vertebrate Pest Advisor, based at the UC ANR South Coast Research and Extension Center in Irvine. 

She facilitates interactions and information exchange among campus based academics, CE advisors and community stakeholders.  Her focus is directed on the coordination of Cooperative Extension programming regarding human-wildlife conflicts, particularly within the residential and industrial areas within Southern California where significant human-wildlife conflicts are occurring, with concentration in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties. Human-wildlife conflicts include increasingly critical issues such as negative impacts of wild or feral mammals and birds in agricultural production, food safety, public health and safety, forestry, and natural resource conservation.

Niamh's previous research efforts have focused on human-wildlife conflicts in California nut crops and lowland rice ecosystems in Southeast Asia. She earned a BS in zoology and PhD in small mammal ecology, both from National University of Ireland, Galway.