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Directors-At-Large

Pam Walaski, CSP, CHMM

 

Biography

Pamela Walaski, CSP, CHMM, is the Director, Health and safety for GAI Consultants, Inc., an engineering, planning, environmental, and economic consulting firm with over 55 years of experience delivering innovative engineering solutions. GAI is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA with services in over 20 offices throughout the eastern US.

Pam is a Professional Member of ASSE and is a member of the Society Finance Committee and a member of the Council on Professional Affairs. She is also a member of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Safety Science Advisory Board and the University of Pittsburgh Safety Engineering Certificate Advisory Committee. Pam is a regular contributor to Professional Safety, and was a Section Coordinator for the 2nd edition of The Safety Professionals Handbook. Her book Risk and Crisis Communications; Methods and Messages was published by John Wiley & Sons in September 2011. She was also an editor on the recently Consultants Business Development Guide, published by ASSE in April 2015.

Pam has been a general session presenter at the ASSE PDC every year since 2005. She also regularly presents at other ASSE-related events, State Safety Conferences (Indiana, Ohio, and Oregon) and company safety meetings (Dominion Contractor’s Safety Summit, FirstEnergy Safety Peer Group Meeting) Pam was part of the development team and is one of the instructors for the highly acclaimed ASSE Risk Assessment Certificate program. Pam was received the CoPS Safety Professional of the Year Award in June 2014 and the Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award in June 2015.

Platform Statement

In the brief time since Society members voted to restructure the governance model, significant changes have occurred at the Board level. The size of the Board has been reduced from 15 to 9, improving the ability to focus on the strategic direction of the Society rather than multiple daily operational concerns. As the Society continues to move deeper into the implementation phase of the governance changes approved in 2014, Society is in need of leaders at the Board level who bring a depth of experience and perspective of Society operations.

Since I have been actively involved with the Society, I have been privileged to work in all four of Councils as a member leader as well as on the Nominations and Elections Committee and the Finance Committee. I believe this work places me in a unique position to help identify the various intersections of shared work between the major organizational units and to use that knowledge and experience to continue to develop and implement the Society’s forward strategic vision. It is my desire to play a role in creating a path for Society members who wish to develop themselves as contemporary OSH professionals and create value in their organizations.

I have also been actively engaged in the “boots on the ground” work of the Society over the years - in Chapter and Region operations in various roles, planning Professional Development Conferences, editing books that contribute to the body of knowledge, and in regularly encouraging other professionals to engage with Society. These are the tasks and activities that form the foundation of the Society at its most basic level and by placing myself where I can hear the voice of the member, I will bring a commitment to their view and needs to the work of the Board of Directors.

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