VICE PRESIDENT – REGION VII

Stephanie Helgerman, CSP
Associate Manager, Sr. S&H Representative
BGB
Columbus, OH

BIOGRAPHY

Stephanie A. Helgerman, CSP is an Associate Manager and Senior Safety and Health Representative with BGB.  She provides direct support services to technical staff in the United States and overseas.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Slippery Rock University in OHS and a Master’s of Science Degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Safety.  Her experience includes providing support to a variety of research and development programs, warehouse safety, engineering design support and providing consulting and training services to government and commercial industry clients.

A professional member of ASSE since 1992, she is currently serving as the RVP Region VII.  She is also on the Finance Committee, Leadership Conference Planning Committee and Chapter of the Year Committee.  She previously served as the Deputy RVP Region VII in 2003.  She has also held each of the elected positions in the Central Ohio Chapter as well as PR, Programs and Government Affairs Chair, and Chapter Delegate.  The Central Ohio Chapter received its first STAR recognition the year she served as Chapter President.  She served on the Society PDC committee for the 2006 and 2007 conferences. 

Helgerman was the Safety Professional of the Year for the State of Ohio and Region VII in 2002.  She has published in Professional Safety and trade publications and presented at the Society PDC, Leadership Conference, as well as at chapter meetings in Region VII.

PLATFORM STATEMENT

The position of Region Vice President is a key position for helping our members stay connected with their society and help them recognize and take advantage of the services and opportunities the society provides.  In addition, the Region VP should help members determine how they can become involved – use their unique, individual skills and abilities to improve professionally, and strengthen the society at the same time.  Through active involvement, members realize the most benefit from their society membership.  I have been a member since 1992 and have served in many capacities.  I have benefitted most from being an active, involved member.  This is an important region and Board position as our Society begins its next 100 years.  Receiving the nomination from Region VII is a sign of confidence in my knowledge and skills and what I can do to help the members of the region and the society to attain the Society’s vision of being the global champion of the safety, health, and environmental professional, a global leader of the profession and a premier resource for those engaged in protecting people, property and the environment. 

It also means a tremendous amount to have employer support to pursue nomination to the office of Region Vice President for ASSE.  That signifies recognition of the value ASSE brings to employers and safety professionals they employ.  In today’s economic climate ASSE must remain at the forefront of technology and provide effective and convenient opportunities to its members to ensure continued employer support.  ASSE must help it’s members be prepared to lead the safety effort within their organizations and help to demonstrate that a strong SH&E program brings value beyond measure.  The society must continue to forecast it’s members needs and identify cutting edge ways to make the services available to meet those needs.