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Posted in on Tue, Apr 21, 2009

Des Plaines, IL (April 21, 2009) — The occupational safety, health and environmental professional members of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) elected new members to its board of directors including those from California, North Carolina, and Colorado recently. C. Christopher Patton, CSP, of Missouri, current president-elect, and Darryl Hill, CSP, current senior vice president, of Michigan, will succeed to the offices of president and president-elect, respectively, July 1, 2009.

Patton will succeed Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, of Fairborn, OH, as ASSE president. Seventeen ASSE members ran for top positions this year. Election results were announced last week after voting ended March 31. The new board members take office July 1.
Patton is a principal safety, health and environmental engineer for Covidien’s Imaging Solutions and Pharmaceutical Divisions where he supports occupational safety and health efforts at several manufacturing, administration, and research and development facilities across North America. He served as the ASSE region V vice president and chaired the annual ASSE future safety leaders’ conference. Patton received his BA in biology from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He received the Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) honor from his local chapter in 2004 and the ASSE Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service honor in 2008.

ASSE President-Elect Hill is safety and health officer for ABB North America, in Auburn Hills, MI, and currently serves as ASSE senior vice president. At ABB his responsibilities include safety and occupational health management for multi-plant, service and project locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He is also on the ABB Group task force providing safety and health strategy for over 150,000 employees and contractors. He holds a B.S. in occupational safety from Iowa State University and an M.S. in hazardous waste management from Wayne State University and is an adjunct instructor and Ph.D. candidate at Oakland University, majoring in educational leadership. Hill has received many awards including the ASSE Edgar Monsanto Queeny SPY honor.

This election, ASSE Region I Vice President Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CSPI, risk control manager – Bickmore Risk Services, Long Beach, CA, was elected to serve as senior vice president. Norris has more than 20 years experience in safety, health, and environmental management in recycled paper, rubber and plastics, and metal forming industries, insurance and consultation. She graduated sum cum laude from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, MI and from Gull Lake High School in Richland, MI. An ASSE member since 1987, she is serving her second term as region I vice president and has served as Orange County chapter president, president-elect, treasurer, and delegate. While chapter president, the chapter received an ASSE chapter achievement award. Norris has also served the Society as council on member and regional affairs deputy chair; diversity committee chair; on the strategic planning committee; the compensation committee; the 100-year anniversary committee; women in safety engineering advisory committee; management practice specialty webmaster; and, chapter stars task force chair. An ASSE Foundation champion donor, she helped develop and fund the society diversity committee scholarship. She also assisted in the development of safety specifications for public playground equipment as a member of ASTM and was honored with the manager of the year recognition from Poms and Associates; regional and chapter SPY awards; and received the ASSE Culbertson honor.

Elected to the position of vice president – professional affairs is Thomas F. Cecich, CSP, CIH, president TFC & Associates, Apex, NC, a safety, health and environmental management consulting firm. Previously he was vice-president EHS Global Business Support at GlaxoSmithKline and worked at IBM and Allied Chemical. Cecich holds a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering and is a member of the graduate faculty at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine where he teaches the “Financial Aspects of Health and Safety” course. A 38 year member of ASSE, North Carolina chapter past president, Cecich, served on the Society’s governmental affairs, strategic planning, professional development conference, educational standards and public relations committees and served as an ASSE Foundation trustee. He is a two time recipient of the Society’s Culbertson honor and received the ASSE President’s award. Cecich served on the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) from 1993-1998 and was BCSP president in 1997. He was also chair of the Board of the Manufacturers and Chemical Industry Council of NC, a state affiliate of the American Chemistry Council and co-authored the 2000 National Science Foundation study ‘Climate Change Impacts on the United States’.

Elected to serve as vice president of professional development is Patricia M. Ennis, CSP, ARM, director of workplace safety at the Denver Zoological Foundation, Denver, CO, and former ASSE region II vice president. Ennis has 19 years experience in the safety field. She has worked as a safety manager for a multi-state utility contractor and as a loss control specialist for an insurance carrier. She has a B.A. from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. She is a professional member and has served in all leadership roles for the Colorado chapter. While chapter president, the chapter received the chapter achievement award. She has served on the ASSE professional development conference (PDC) planning committee, the risk symposium task force, the nominations and elections committee, and currently serves on the PDC planning committee, the strategic planning, finance and bylaws committees and was chair of the 2008 future safety leaders conference. Ennis was named the Colorado chapter SPY in 2003 and was a recipient of the Culbertson honor in 2008. Ennis authored a chapter in the 2004 ASSE Construction Safety Management book, is an active member of the Colorado safety association safety committee and serves as a City of Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation commissioner.

Four ASSE members were elected to serve as region vice presidents. Elected to serve as Region I vice president (AK, CA, OR, HI, WA and Western Australia) is Martin P. Jeppeson, CSP, ARM, director of regulatory affairs for California Ammonia Company (CALAMCO), Stockton, CA. Jeppeson has more than 25 years of experience in the safety arena. Before joining CALAMCO he was the safety manager for Erickson, Inc., in Richmond, CA, and prior to that spent 24 years in the US Army. He holds a B.S. in business administration from the University of Albuquerque, a Master of Political Science from Auburn University, and an MBA from the University of California, Davis. An ASSE member since 1992, he has held several chapter positions including programs chair, vice president, president elect, two terms as president and as chapter delegate.

Reelected as region III vice president (AR, OK, TX and Ecuador) is Gregory L. Smith, CSP, president, Construction Safety and Health, Inc., (CSHI) of Austin, TX. CSHI provides consulting, training and education, auditing, and other safety-related services. Smith has more than 28 years of experience in the safety field, working in a variety of environments. Prior to joining CSHI, he was operations manager for the Contractors Safety Council of Texas City, TX. He holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Hygiene and Safety from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. An ASSE member since 1996, he is a professional member and has held the offices of treasurer, vice president of communications and president in the Gulf Coast chapter. He has served as secretary and assistant administrator for the Construction Practice Specialty, on the special task force for the 2002 leadership conference, and on the leadership conference planning committee. Smith was named the Gulf Coast chapter’s SPY in 2001. He is an instructor for the University of Cincinnati’s OSHA Education Center, and is on several ASSE committees and other non-profit boards. Smith has authored materials for the ASSE Construction Practice Specialty’s book and the ASSE Safety Professionals’ Handbook.

Maribeth A. Anderson, corporate safety manager – operations, Sears Holdings Corporation, Hoffman Estates, IL, and former Greater Chicago chapter president was elected the region V vice president (IL, IA, MO, MN, NB, WI and Egypt). She has worked in the field of safety since 1994 and received a B.A. in Management from Lewis University in Romeoville and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. A member since 1997, she has served at the chapter, region and society levels. In 2008, she received the Greater Chicago chapter SPY award and in the region SPY award in 2009. Currently at Sears Holdings, she is working on developing comprehensive safety programs which affect over 300,000 employees throughout the US.

Stephanie A. Helgerman, CSP, senior safety representative, BGB, Columbus, OH, was re-elected to serve as ASSE’s region VII vice president (IN, KY, MI, OH, TN, WVA and Nigeria). Helgerman is a senior safety and health representative with BGB and has been in the safety field for 20 years. She provides direct support services to technical staff in the U.S. and overseas. She has a B.S. from Slippery Rock University in OHS and a Master’s of Science degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Safety. A professional member of ASSE since 1992, she was chapter president when the Central Ohio chapter received its first STAR recognition. Helgerman received the SPY honor for the state of Ohio and region VII in 2002.

The new region II, area B director (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, and UT) is Michael F. Lorenzo, CSP, safety consultant/construction specialist, Pinnacol Assurance, Denver, CO. Lorenzo has over 20 years of experience in the health and safety field, beginning in 1983 as a U.S. Army medic. He worked for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), IBM and for the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) as a federal safety and health compliance officer, focusing on construction and industrial workplace safety. Lorenzo has a master’s degree in environmental health and safety management from the University of Denver, as well as two bachelor degrees from the University of Colorado in Boulder, in kinesiology and in biology.

Elected as region IV area director for Louisiana (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands) is Brett T. Beoubay, CSP, the state loss prevention manager for Louisiana overseeing the State’s safety audit and training programs for more than 100,000 state employees. Beoubay has more than 20 years experience in the safety field. He holds a B.S. in Industrial and Agricultural Technology from Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge. An ASSE professional member of the Greater Baton Rouge chapter since 1994, he held all six elected offices and serves as chair of several committees. While president, the chapter received its first chapter of the year award in 50 years. Beoubay was named the chapter’s SPY in 2004, and region IV SPY in 2005.

Re-elected to serve as the region IV S. Florida area director is Tracy O. Linhart, director of safety and security for Premier Beverage Company, LLC, Miramar, FL. He oversees the firm’s Florida safety, health, environmental protection and security programs, and provides technical assistance regarding safety and security policy and regulatory compliance. Linhart has more than 22 years experience in the safety field. He has also been a safety officer in the U.S. Navy. He holds a M.S.A. in Public Administration from the University of Central Michigan, a B.A. in Business Administration from St. Leo College, an A.S. in Electronics Engineering and an A.A. in Business from Key West Community College. An ASSE member since 1996, he has held many offices in the South Florida Chapter and is also a member of the Florida Trucking Association.

Elected to serve as the region VIII (CT, MN, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA) Keystone area director is Kenneth T. Walker, CSP, president, Endless Mountains Safety Consulting, Inc., Tunkhannock, PA. Walker is a 1972 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He worked for 23 years for Procter and Gamble. He led the development of the NFPA 70E implementation for the corporation and led the development of the ergonomics improvement process including a design reference manual for the paper business. He recently served as president of the ASSE Northeastern PA chapter.

Elected to serve as the region VIII Metropolitan area director is Nazer Ali, CHMM, CPEA, a senior risk engineering consultant for the New York and Eastern Mid-Atlantic Regions for Zurich Services Corporation, New York, NY. He provides safety, health and environmental consulting services to public and private clients in the retail, manufacturing and service industries focusing primarily on pharmaceutical and chemical clients. Prior to joining Zurich, he held positions as a senior safety, health and environmental specialist for Schering-Plough Corporation as well as manager of health safety and environmental affairs for Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. He is an associate safety professional with a B.S. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University and a Master of Science degree in occupational safety and industrial hygiene from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He served as New Jersey chapter president for 2007-2008.

The new officers will serve with other members of the board which include: ASSE vice president for finance James D. Smith, M.S., CSP. Smith formerly served as ASSE vice president for the practices and standards council and is the managing director for the Florida region of risk control services for Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, in Boca Raton, FL. Smith holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Industrial Safety from Central Missouri State University and has 25 years of experience as a risk, safety and claims manager. He has won many awards including the 2004 Edgar Monsanto Queeny SPY award.
George W. Pearson, CSP, ARM, is the ASSE vice president for the practices and standards council and is a founding member of the ASSE international practice specialty and a former administrator of the risk management/insurance (RM/I) practice specialty. He received the Culbertson honor in 2007 and four SPY awards from his chapter. He has an M.A. in safety management from New York University and a BA from Fordham University.

Serving as region vice presidents are James G. Gallup, P.E., CSP, for region II, James H. Morris, III, for region VI, Michael Belcher, CSP, for region IV and Robert E. McClay, CSP, for region VIII. Gallup was awarded the Arizona chapter SPY award and is a senior fire protection engineer for Rolf Jensen & Associates in Phoenix, AZ. He holds a B.S. in fire protection and safety engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and has served on several committees for NFPA.

Morris, region VI vice president since 2004, is the assistant director of environmental and energy management for the Virginia Beach City Public Schools and a recipient of many ASSE awards. He serves on the board of Hospice Angel Flight and has a B.S. in biology from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. in community health from Old Dominion University (ODU) where he also taught classes in occupational health. Morris received the Culbertson honor in 2007 and serves on the board of directors for the Virginia Energy Procurement Governmental Association. He is an ASSE public relations committee member and chaired the global membership committee.

Belcher is the director of safety for DS Waters of America, Inc., of Atlanta, GA, and was the area director for the ASSE North Florida/Georgia. He holds a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Florida and has more than 20 years of safety experience. He received the Georgia chapter’s SPY award in 2003 and has participated in the development of national consensus standards for waste management safety and serves on the Atlanta-Fulton County Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Indiana, PA, -based safety consultant McClay has served as a faculty member in academic safety sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and East Carolina University and was elected an ASSE Fellow in 2003. McClay, a safety professional for 36 years also helped develop the first ABET-accredited safety science program in the nation at IUP. He was awarded the chapter and region SPY awards and received the national President’s award. McClay also served as area director for the Region VIII Keystone Area in region VIII and chaired ASSE’s Technical Publications Committee.

The ASSE officer bios and platform statements are available at along with an overview of the ASSE elected offices. The ASSE president and senior vice president hold office for one year while the council vice presidents hold office for two years. The regional vice presidents hold offices for two years, but stagger the year – odd and even—when elections are held. Area directors hold office for two years.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to

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