Thomas F. Cecich, CSP, CIH

Area Directors Candidate

Region VIII - Empire State Area - Paulette Lantuh, CSP

Biography

Paulette Lantuh is a Certified Safety Professional and Six Sigma Green Belt at Eastman Kodak Company, a multinational chemical, imaging and digital printing company. Paulette has broad leadership and technical expertise managing complex safety, health, and environmental issues at corporate, regional and site levels in the areas of injury and illness prevention, risk management, competency development, ISO 14001 environmental management systems, and process optimization through lean manufacturing/six sigma quality principles. Experience includes mentoring international and domestic colleagues; providing support to field service; research and development; manufacturing of chemicals, semiconductors and imaging equipment; contractor EHS management during building upgrades and demolitions; and due diligence planning for divestitures. Noteworthy results include reducing risk, injuries, liabilities and cost, while improving organizational capability, hazard control and proactive safety culture in times of significant transformational restructuring.

Paulette is a professional member of ASSE. At the local level, she recently completed four years of service to the Genesee Valley Chapter as Vice President, President Elect, and President. The Genesee Valley Chapter achieved 2011-2012 STAR recognition and received Region 8’s Small Chapter of the Year Award for 2012. Paulette is currently the Chapter Delegate. As the Society Level, Paulette is a member of the Framing the Profession Task Force and industry representative to the Academic Standards Committee.

Paulette holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Environmental Studies from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). She is a trained Process Hazard Analysis Leader from the Process Safety Institute and HSE Auditor from Arthur D. Little.

Platform Statement

It is a privilege to be considered for Region 8 Empire State Area and New England Area Director.  As a career safety professional, participation in ASSE has enhanced my professional development, and provided a framework for continuous learning based on science, technology, and advances in the profession. It also has provided access to world class leaders and colleagues for benchmarking and sharing of best practices. ASSE membership has increased my success and ability to positively impact my employers’ workforce and bottom line.  I am committed to promoting the benefits and value of ASSE and supporting activities that enrich the Chapter experience. I also support ASSE’s growth initiatives that solidify recognition and prestige of the profession, and strengthen links between education, and competency and effectiveness in the workplace.

My focus with Genesee Valley Chapter’s Executive Committee was implementation of a strategy to extend reach and offerings, ensure long term viability of the Chapter,
develop future leaders, and support the community. One example is our partnership with RIT, an ABET accredited institution with EHS programs at the bachelors and masters levels. Even though the Chapter is over 50 years old, volunteers for Chapter positions steadily declined, and the venue for Chapter meetings was inconvenient for students. Working with RIT’s EHS department chair and professors, changes were implemented to support and encourage student participation, resulting in networking, mentoring, internship and job opportunities, and mutual benefit to students, professionals, employers, and RIT.

This work prepared me for the role of Area Director.  I understand Chapter administration and challenges facing a volunteer organization.  I am equipped to support growth and change. I believe that ASSE sets the bar for professional excellence, and I pledge my commitment and support to the Chapters and Region.  I would be honored to serve and contribute as Region 8’s Area Director.