Meet the Team
Larry Schwartz - Chief Executive Officer, Founder
Larry Schwartz is an industry-leading expert in medically sound indoor air quality and preventative risk services. Larry specializes in indoor air quality, industrial hygiene, building science, safe construction protocols, consulting and other air quality solutions. Throughout his career, Larry has worked on over 8000 indoor air quality investigations around the country, residential and commercial.
Larry is a Council Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant by the American Council of Certified Accreditation and has been qualified by the state of Illinois to teach his proprietary mold course to accredited real estate practitioners.
He is a member of the Surviving Mold Round Table as an Indoor Environmental Professional, IEP, along with many Certified Physicians and health care providers in the United States and around the globe, headed up by Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker.
Larry is also a founding member of the International Society of Environmentally Acquired Illness, a member of the Indoor Air Quality Association and a listed consultant of the American Industrial Hygienist Association.
Larry was lead author of a peer reviewed paper along with Dr Ritchie Shoemaker, Dr Keith Berndston, and 3 other certified IEPs, titled, “How to Perform Medically Sound Investigation and Remediation of Water Damaged Buildings”. This may be found on the Survivingmold.com website.
Previously, he has made guest appearances on Fox News, CBS and other Chicago based news channels. As an author on mold prevention, Larry consults for numerous homebuilders, architectural and engineering firms. He has strong recommendations from various health departments, physicians, lawyers and contractors. Larry received his BSME degree from Purdue University and his MBA from Northwestern University.
Michele Fisher - Chief Operating Officer, Senior Environmental Consultant & CIRS Coach
Michele brings understanding, compassion, validation and resources to CIRS clients. One of her main goals is to assist clients with responding to their situation with hope and quieting the trauma response, which is often common in CIRS.
She is a trained Integrative Health Coach from Duke Integrative Medicine in North Carolina and offers consulting services to clients.
Michele was an educator for 27 years before being diagnosed with CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome) in 2016. Once diagnosed, she left the education field and began her personal journey of healing. Michele has committed herself to the healing of her family and helping others who have been diagnosed with an environmentally acquired illness. She brings her compassion and understanding, having gone through this herself to Safestart Environmental Clients. Michele and Larry will be holding support groups in the near future.
Contact Michele at 708-663-2073 or email her [email protected]
Sarah Huffman - Intake Specialist
Sarah is often the first voice our clients encounter with Safestart Environmental. Her empathy and natural ability help and support people are innate. We are fortunate to have Sarah join our team.
After 13 years of teaching Sarah took time off to stay at home to raise her two daughters. Now, an empty nester, she is working on her Master’s in Social work that will lead to her to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social worker.
Contact Sarah at 708-336-0530 or e-mail her [email protected]