Region VII Vice President Candidate
Tara R. Falin, CSP
Tara R. Falin, CSP, has more than 10 years’ experience in the SH&E profession. She holds a B.S. in Safety Management from Murray State University (MSU). Tara is the High Horsepower North America HS&E leader for the Engine Business Unit of Cummins Inc. in Seymour, IN. In 2010, she led the Seymour Engine Plant in achieving the OHSAS 18001 certification.
Tara’s ASSE involvement started in 2000, when she was a student at MSU in Region VII. As a student, she attended what is now the Future Safety Leaders Conference. After college, Tara became an active member in the Gulf Coast Chapter (GCC). During her time with the GCC, she held the offices of membership chair, secretary, vice president of membership services and chapter president. In 2007, Tara served as the Region III professional development conference program chair. She also received the GCC Safety Professional of the Year and NAOSH Champion awards.
Tara returned to Region VII in 2008, and was awards and honors chair for the Louisville Chapter and presented at the Future Safety Leaders Conference. During this time, Tara cofounded the Young Professionals in SH&E Common Interest Group, of which she is Vice Chair. She is also a member of the Society’s Public Relations Committee. Tara is a member of the Central Indiana, Louisville and the Gulf Coast chapters.
Over the past 12 years I have had the privilege of holding various ASSE leadership positions, as well as participate in Chapter, Regional and Society activities. It means a tremendous amount to me to pursue the nomination for Regional Vice President for Region VII, where my ASSE journey began. As the Regional Vice President my three main areas of focus will be to: grow and retain our membership, coach and support young professionals and broaden professional development activities within the Region.
In order to grow and retain membership we need to have open communication between Society, the Region and the Chapters. One way to do this is through best practice sharing which provides better opportunities for our membership. By sharing chapter success stories, we can build a strong network across Region VII.
Having started my ASSE career as a student member, I understand the importance of mentoring young safety professionals at the beginning of their career. There are numerous outlets for our members to reach out and support young professionals to ensure engagement in the SH&E profession and the Society. I am dedicated to finding ways for our Chapters to strengthen our future leaders.
Through my experience with ASSE, I have had the opportunity to participate in professional development planning and implementation. I have witnessed the benefits of professional development and feel it is important to provide ample opportunities to our members. I would like to work with the Chapters to determine their needs and find ways to bring professional development opportunities to them.
I am committed to leading Region VII with the same enthusiasm and passion that I have had in my previous roles within ASSE. I appreciate your support and look forward to working with each of you in the near future.