Nicole Fuller, Executive Director
A former United Auto Worker (UAW) for more than 11 years she relocated to Philadelphia, PA 12 years ago. Nicole is a native of Detroit, Michigan where she was appointed the UAW Employee Support Services Program representative for one of Ford Motor Company’s parts facilities. Prior to this year, she worked as the Associate Director Labor Participation for the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and the Community Services Liaison for Philadelphia Council AFF-CIO until December 2018.
Upon moving to Philadelphia in 2007 Nicole worked at PhilaPOSH until 2011 as the Training Coordinator and OSHA Trainer. She was responsible for recruitment strategies for Fall Protection and Teen Safety Awareness trainings, in addition to building coalitions with local unions, building trades, community organizations, schools, etc. Nicole has received recognition in Michigan and Philadelphia for her work and dedication in the labor movement, for health & safety and community service.
Emilio Garcia-Castro, Authorized OSHA Safety & Health Trainer
Emilio is a Bilingual Safety Professional CHST, STS-C, and OSHA Outreach Instructor with nearly thirty years of combined experience in Commercial, Industrial, and Residential Construction. He was born in Rio Piedra’s, Puerto Rico and have worked as a carpenter with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters for nearly 30 years, and has been working in the safety compliance field for the past three years.
His retirement from the Carpenters Union came sooner than he would have liked because of a number of injuries sustained while at work. He misses his time on the construction site nearly every day, but looks at it as getting to experience a completely new career while still doing what he loves.
Since his partial retirement, he has been working as an Occupational Health and Safety Professional. He believes that the years a craftsman gave him an insight that is helpful to constructions workers, in addition to sharing a common ground with them, This allows them the opportunity to open up to him.
Emilio also conducts outreach safety training with young people that have aspirations of becoming craftsmen, and speaks with them about their labor rights so that they can enjoy a long and fruitful career. The most important thing in his life, his family. He has been married for 35 years to Jeannette. He has a lovely family consisting of three children, four grandchildren, and a large family of dogs and cats.
Natalia Nicastro, Trainer
Natalia Nicastro is our community trainer at PhilaPOSH and conducts Know Your Rights Health & Safety trainings mostly for foreign-born workers in waiting rooms, ESL classrooms, houses of faith, refugees’ agencies, other organizations and houses of immigrants. Her training is the starting point to collectively strategize with workers who have problems in the workplace and need support to improve their working conditions.
In the last year, she has coordinated the Coalition for Restaurant Safety & Health (CRSH), a new local effort that advocates for change in restaurant workplace culture with a focus on the prevention of sexual harassment. The program includes proactive best practices, interactive scenarios and team work as the first step to address sexual harassment and gender discrimination in the restaurant and hospitality settings.