Jason Marshburn, MS


Jason came to Appalachian State University from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in March of 2014 to serve as the Director of Environmental Health, Safety, and Emergency Management.  At UNCG, Jason served as the inaugural director of emergency management upon the office's inception in 2009. Prior to 2009, Jason served as the safety coordinator at UNCG for 2 years assisting with campus preparedness efforts among other duties. Before working in higher education, Jason was heavily engaged in various roles related to emergency and disaster services to include the fire service and the American Red Cross.  His experience in disaster response started with Hurricane Floyd in 1999 while serving in a shelter for coastal evacuees.  Jason holds a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management from Western Carolina University and a Master of Science in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University. He maintains several certifications related to emergency management and emergency services to include his North Carolina emergency management certification and emergency medical technician (EMT) certification.  You may contact Jason by email at or by phone at (828)262-8081.


Debi Trivette, BEM, NC-CEM

Emergency Planner

Debi is a North Carolina Certified Emergency Manager and is excited to hold the position of Emergency Planner for Appalachian State. As Emergency Planner, responsibilities include managing the Building Emergency Team Program for the University, Emergency Exercise planning, assisting with Emergency Operations Plans and Incident Action Plans. Debi is staffed in the Emergency Operations Center, staffed in the Command Post for special events, serves as a member of the Emergency Management Task Force, and provides emergency management support, including training. Debi began working at Appalachian in 2010. Debi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from Western Carolina University as well as two Associate in Applied Science degrees; one in Medical Office Administration and the other in Office Systems Technologies. Debi’s favorite thing about Appalachian is helping people. You may contact Debi by email at or by phone at (828)262-6120.


Gregory Bell, CHMM 

Environmental Affairs Manager

Greg came to Appalachian State University in July of 2015 to serve as the Manager of Environmental Affairs. He has over 20 years’ experience in a university setting, working as the Chemical and Laboratory Safety Manager at the University of Georgia and as an Environmental Health and Safety Specialist at Florida State University. Greg works primarily on hazardous waste, hazmat recycling, and laboratory safety issues and also has a background in hazmat training and emergency response. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Soil Science from the University of Georgia and is accredited as a Master Level Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) since 2005, Senior Level CHMM since 1999. His favorite aspects of working at Appalachian State are serving the needs of research laboratories, and involvement in the unique culture fostered by Appalachian State University.  You may contact Greg by email at or by phone at ext. (828)262-7113.


Travis Cothran

Lab Safety Specialist

Travis came to Appalachian State University in 2019 to serve as Lab Safety Specialist for EHS&EM.  Travis is originally from Greensboro, NC, but also lived in Raliegh for 5 years while earning a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Technology & Management.  Travis was first exposed to Lab Safety when he interned for NC State's Lab Safety Program which included performing routine inspections of the university's various fume hood systems and assisting in the creation and maintenance of safety programs used by the university's employees.  Please contact Travis if you have any issues or questions regarding your lab space(s) and he will be happy to work with you to meet your lab safety needs.  You may contact Travis by email at or by phone at (828)262-8908.


Steven J. Nixon, SMS

Occupational Safety Manager

Steve came to Appalachian State University as the Occupational Safety Manager in March of 2017 after 12 years in the private sector. Steve graduated from Appalachian State in 2003 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is excited to be in a role in which he can support the university community. He is dually certified as a Safety Management Specialist and Occupational Health and Safety Technologist through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Steve is responsible for developing and implementing workplace safety programs in a manner which promotes continued growth of the university's safety culture. His favorite thing about Appalachian is being able to provide safety support to a continuously changing and evolving community. You may contact Steve by email at or by phone at (828)262-7649.



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Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management
P.O. Box 32112
Boone, NC, 28608 USA
(828) 262-4008

Business Services Building
1039 State Farm Road
Boone, NC

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