Region I Vice President Candidate
Erike Young, MPPA, CSP, ARM
Erike Young, M.P.P.A., CSP, ARM, is the director of environment, health and safety for the University of California, Office of the President. In this position, Erike is responsible for providing system wide direction, coordination and assistance to the campuses, hospitals and national laboratories in the development, implementation and maintenance of policies, procedures and programs necessary to maintain a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, students, patients and all visitors.
Before coming to the University of California, Erike was a senior consultant with Bickmore Risk Services, where he primarily worked with public-sector organizations to establish an effective safety culture by integrating environmental and safety management into their operations. He has presented and written several articles on the topic of safety culture, and developed a survey instrument to measure safety culture in public entities as part of his thesis work.
He is the past president of the ASSE Sacramento Chapter, and is currently on the board of directors of the National Safety Management Society. Most recently, Erike was recognized as ASSE’s 2012 Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year and the 2011 ASSE Region I Safety Professional of the Year. He holds a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Sacramento, and a B.A. from University of California, Davis.
I believe that many would agree that ASSE has accomplished a great deal in the last five years. These accomplishments include the expansion of ASSE chapters internationally, the creation of the ASSE Body of Knowledge, and regular professional development webinars to just name a few. These accomplishments are the result of having a focused strategic plan, a leadership team focused on ASSE’s mission, and the support of our members.
My primary reason for pursuing the Region I Vice President position is to continue the great work that our current Board of Directors has put into action, while providing a fresh look at how the Society can better support our chapter operations. For example, although Society has made significant improvements to help chapters; chapters today face the same challenges I faced as a Chapter President nearly five years ago: increasing membership, chapter meeting participation, and providing relevant professional development opportunities. With the increasing mobile workforce and technology tools available to us, our paradigm of how chapters operate must evolve. I believe that the Regional Operating Committee (ROC) plays a critical role in this area to leverage webinar technology to provide the ability to have virtual chapter meetings.
As the Region I Vice President, my goal is to partner with each chapter to identify ways that we can reach both current and future safety professionals and continue to strengthen ASSE at the local chapter level, nationally, and internationally.