The PREP Team

Lisa Blecker

Colorado State University

Lisa Blecker.Lisa Blecker is the Administrator for the Pesticide Regulatory Education Program (PREP). She has been on faculty in the Department of Agricultural Biology at Colorado State University since August 2021. As the Pesticide Safety Educator, 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, delivers continuing education programs for pest management professionals statewide, and teaches an undergraduate course, Understanding Pesticides.

Prior to working at Colorado State University, Lisa was the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Coordinator and the statewide pesticide coordinator with the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM) for 10 years. She previously 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


Sarah Hirnyck

Colorado State UniversitySarah Hirnyck.

Sarah Hirnyck has been the Pesticide Outreach Specialist in the Department of Agricultural Biology at Colorado State University since September 2021. She assists in the planning and development of the Pesticide Regulatory Education Program (PREP) courses and provides bilingual pesticide safety training programs for pesticide handlers, fieldworkers, and pesticide applicators throughout the state. Prior to working at Colorado State University, she was a Community Education Specialist with the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM).

Sarah has diverse educational programs experience. She spent two years in Panamá as a Peace Corps volunteer. She partnered with community members and government agencies to develop and implement community-based conservation programs. Sarah helped create connections and build sustainable relationships between the community and government agencies.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish


Cindy Wire

U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyCindy Wire.

Cindy Wire works for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). She is the PREP Coordinator, and 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 EPA headquarters since 2013 and works out of the US EPA Region 9 Office in San Francisco, California. Prior to joining OCSPP, 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.


Suzanne Forsyth

University of California Davis Continuing and Professional EducationSuzanne Forsyth.

Suzanne has served pesticide regulatory officials and stakeholders at the tribal, state, and federal levels since 1996. 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). 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.