Our staff consultants have extensive local and national experience in organizational leadership, along with strong safety and risk management knowledge. This combination of proven career leaders with operations-based experience and strong safety knowledge uniquely enables Safe-Wise to provide consulting, training and support services to your organization that encourages effective, practical and sustainable processes.
Mike Gurtler and Chris Mogridge founded Safe-Wise Consulting in June of 2007 and have since nurtured the company into a premiere provider of risk management services to youth-serving agencies across the US.
Mike Gurtler, ARM
Member/Managing Partner & Senior Consultant
Mike is a founding member and the managing partner of Safe-Wise Consulting. He has been a leader in working with youth and organizations for over 30 years. He began his career as a music educator but soon moved into nonprofit youth work. His youth work career included resident camping, aquatic, child care, day camp and several administrative positions before becoming a YMCA CEO. After a successful term as CEO, Mike moved to YMCA of the USA as a safety & risk management consultant; later becoming the Director of Risk Management providing strategic risk management direction for the organization and working closely with YMCAs throughout the country.
Mike has been instrumental in developing risk management resources and publications around child abuse prevention, aquatic safety, camping, child care, workplace safety, transportation and staff training for the last 20 years. Mike is an experienced and insightful trainer who is regularly called upon to provide highly-rated workshops at local organizations as well as regional and national conferences. Mike brings his career experience to his risk management efforts providing the knowledge and understanding that allows Safe-Wise to be both practical and insightful as it strengthens the safety practices of organizations.
Mike resides in Bar Harbor, ME with his wife and son. He actively participates in the Congregational Church, Town Government, Boy Scouts and other local efforts. He is an avid outdoorsman; enjoying camping, canoeing, fishing, sea-kayaking and outdoor/indoor sports such as golf and basketball. He also enjoys volunteering as a firearms and hunter safety instructor.
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Alan C. Mogridge
Member/Partner & Senior Consultant
Alan brings over 20 years of YMCA practical knowledge and experience in aquatic safety & programming, membership services, facility management, wellness, day & resident camping and child care. In addition to his strong program background Alan has served as: Associate Executive Director for the Greater Waterbury YMCA, CT; Executive Director for the YMCA of Central Connecticut Coast – Valley Branch, CT; and as CEO for the Mount Desert Island YMCA, ME.
Alan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of Maine. He received his Y-USA Organizational Leader status in 2005.
In addition to his YMCA leadership roles, Alan has served as an Instructor, Instructor Trainer, and Faculty Trainer for Y-USA, the American Red Cross and ASHI (American Safety & Health Institute) in the areas of Aquatics (as a Lifeguarding, Swim Instructor and Pool Operator Trainer), Fiscal Management, Group Work and Facilitation Skills for Trainers. He served on the YMCA of the USA’s Trainer Quality Team and attends OSHA Compliance and Workplace Safety training yearly to remain current on the every changing topic of employee safety. He has designed, reviewed, updated and led New Employee Orientation, Child Abuse Prevention and Staff Safety Orientation (OSHA) workshops for numerous organizations. Alan is also a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI).
Alan is a third generation Rotarian, and is currently a member of the Bar Harbor / MDI Rotary Club. He resides in Mount Desert, Maine with his wife Amanda and recently welcomed the newest addition to his family, his daughter Eve. Alan loves spending time with his family, the outdoors, hiking, hunting, fishing, and traveling in his free time.
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Retired Senior Consultant
Please join us in extending our best wishes to Christopher Mogridge, who, effective January 1, 2019, has retired from Safe-Wise Consulting. Chris is a founding member and has been an esteemed partner for over 11 years, and he will be greatly missed by our clients and colleagues alike. We have all benefited from his extensive experience, knowledge, and innovative style that helped Safe-Wise provide a realistic and intuitive approach as it strengthened the safety practices of organizations across the country. We know you will all join us in wishing Chris well as he starts a new chapter in his interesting life. He is eager to spend more time with family, especially with his three, soon to be four, grandchildren, as well as catch up on traveling, hiking, wilderness canoeing, kayaking, hunting, fishing and helping others through his volunteer efforts with his local food pantry and as the Family Relations Chair on the board of the Monadnock Habitat for Humanity, which he loves so much. He will be joined on these adventures by his wife Helene who will also be retiring this spring. Congratulations, Chris, good luck and thank you for your decades of service to so many youth-serving organizations, improving the safety and health of so many. You have much to be proud of and we will miss you greatly! Please feel free to reach out to Chris personally, via e-mail, to extend your personal wishes.
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