Brian Finder, professor and M.S. risk control and safety management program director, said Foust was an excellent student.
“Kristi’s strong focus to complete the courses’ respective assignments on a timely basis and in a quality manner can reliably predict the effective consulting-based services that she will provide for future employers,” Finder said. “The task-oriented disposition that Kristi possesses will ensure that risk assessment activities are effectively performed and needed risk mitigation efforts are effectively implemented.
“As is the case with all of the M.S. risk control and safety management program’s alumni, Kristi’s horizons were expanded from a technical, management and communication standpoint, and there is no doubt that she is destined to be a highly respected professional. Kristi is definitely the caliber of individual that all of our UW-Stout alumni should aspire to be,” Finder said.
Foust is the director of facilities and procurement at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, serving 11 counties in northwestern Wisconsin. “One area the director of facilities and procurement oversees is safety,” Foust said. “After reviewing the UW-Stout risk control program, I felt it would provide me with valuable tools to be more successful in my career as well as earning the trust and respect of my colleagues as an expert in the safety field.”
Foust said risk management is about watching out for the safety of employees and risks employers can face. One class she enjoyed was on ergonomics, particularly as more people moved home to work. “It’s all about keeping workers safe,” she noted, adding facility and financial safety is also a factor. “It’s about assessing and preventing what can hurt people and what can hurt the institution.”
When she decided to return to college, Foust said she was nervous about the course load. As the mom of two children, Ethan, 14, and Jaelyn, 12, with husband Jay, and a full-time job she worried about balancing school, work and home life. Distance learning helped. She finished work and would go immediately to classes.
“I started the program only taking a couple of classes the first year to determine how the class load could fit in my home and work life,” she said. “Surprisingly, I completed the program in two years, which is much quicker than I thought it would be.”