VICE PRESIDENT – COUNCIL ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Patricia M. Ennis, CSP, ARM
Director of Workplace Safety
Denver Zoological Foundation
Patricia Ennis, CSP, ARM, has 21 years experience in safety management and consulting. Her employment includes work in the construction and insurance industries, and she is currently Director of Workplace Safety, Denver Zoological Foundation, Denver, CO.
Ennis is an ASSE Professional Member, and has held all of the offices in the Colorado Chapter. During her term as Chapter President (2001-2002) the Colorado Chapter received the Chapter Achievement Award. Region II service includes two terms as RVP (2004-2008). She is currently serving on the Region II Advisory Committee. Service at the Society level includes service on the PDC Planning Committee (2002-2004, 2008), the Risk Symposium Task Force (2005), the Nominations and Elections Committee (2006), Strategic Planning (2006-2008), Finance (2007-2008) and Bylaws Committee (2008-2010). Ennis was the Chair of the 2008 Future Safety Leaders Conference and is currently serving as the Vice President of Professional Development (2009-2011).
Ennis was named the Colorado Chapter Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) for 2003 and was a Charles V. Culbertson recipient in 2008. Ennis is a Chapter author for the Construction Safety Management Textbook (Hill 2004).
Ennis is an active member of the Colorado Chapter, and serves as a Commissioner for the City of Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation Commission in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
Ennis is a CSP and has her Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation. She has a B.A. from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership at Regis University.
The Council on Professional Development has continually provided cutting edge educational opportunities to Safety, Health and Environment Professionals, through annual conferences, symposia, webinars, conference calls and technical publications. The Professional Development Conference continues to be the cornerstone of the Society’s Professional Development opportunities; by providing attendees with over 200 technical sessions, key issues roundtables, and an exposition with over 400 exhibitors.
With success come challenges. Sustaining the existing quality, while continuing to enhance the content and variety of educational and informational resources available to Society members and partners, are just a few of those challenges. The PDC is a significant source of revenue for the Society, and the importance of sustaining the current success of the event is a key objective for the Vice President of Professional Development, and the Council on Professional Development
Advances in technology, and communication with our global partners, create significant opportunities. ASSE continues to expand web-based learning opportunities through webinars and virtual symposia. The new SafetyFlix program provides technology to assist Chapters with providing technical meetings to their members. Advances in technology are providing new platforms for delivering information that allow for creativity, information sharing, and collaboration among users. As technology continues to improve, learning opportunities are sure to do the same.If I am re-elected for a second term, I will continue to build on the current momentum, and continue to collaborate with the Councils, Practice Specialties, Regions, Chapters, and Members to develop and deliver great programs and publications. I will continue to explore current advances in technology to find new ways to provide our global members with learning opportunities. Professional Development is the path to knowledge. I appreciate the opportunity to develop this path, and to keep creating new opportunities!