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American Society of Safety Engineers Announce Board Election Results

Posted in on Thu, Apr 24, 2008

Des Plaines, IL (April 24, 2008) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) announced the results of their annual elections and Board of Director members for the 2008-09 year today. Voting, representing a two percent increase over last year, was held in March amongst the 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professionals involving 12 contests for senior vice president, vice president of finance, vice president of practices and standards, vice president for Regions II, IV, VI and VIII, and for area directors. The new officers take their positions July 1, 2008.
Succeeding Michael W. Thompson, CSP, of Houston, TX, as ASSE president for the 2008-09 year will be Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM. Brown is supervisor of safety at DMAX, Ltd., of Moraine, OH and holds a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Ohio University and an MBA from the University of Dayton. Brown has served on many ASSE committees and as the vice president for the council on professional development. He also served as Region VII vice president for two terms and is the recipient of the Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service award and the Region VII Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award. In 1988 Brown was named a General Motors Safety Fellow, the highest General Motors individual safety award.
Succeeding Brown as president-elect is C. Christopher Patton, CSP, of St. Louis, MO. Patton is a principal safety, health and environmental engineer for Covidien and serves as ASSE senior vice president. He co-chaired a committee to improve safety among Missouri wastewater workers, has twice received the Water Environment Federation Safety Award, served as the ASSE Region V vice president and chaired the annual ASSE Student Leadership Conference.
Recently elected to serve as ASSE senior vice president is Darryl C. Hill, CSP, of Auburn Hills, MI. Hill is the ASSE vice president for finance and has been a regional vice president. He is the safety and health officer for ABB North America where his responsibilities include safety and occupational health management for multiplant, service and project locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He holds a B.S. in Occupational Safety from Iowa State University and an M.S. in Hazardous Waste Management from Wayne State University. He has won many awards including the Edgar Monsanto Queeny SPY award.
Elected to serve as ASSE vice president for finance is James D. Smith, M.S., CSP. Smith is the 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. He provides risk control services to clients in Boca Raton, Miami and Orlando. Smith holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Industrial Safety from Central Missouri State University and has 24 years of experience as a risk, safety and claims manager. He has won many awards including the 2004 Edgar Monsanto Queeny SPY award. He now serves as the ASSE vice president for the practices and standards council responsible for developing ANSI consensus standards and has served on national technical standards-development committees.
George W. Pearson, CSP, ARM, was elected to succeed Smith as the ASSE vice president for the practices and standards council. Pearson is safety manager for SunCom Wireless, Richmond, VA, and is the lead safety professional. SunCom services five southeastern states and Puerto Rico. Pearson 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 Outstanding Volunteer Service award 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.
Running unopposed in their regions for a two-year term as region vice presidents are James G. Gallup, P.E., CSP, for Region II, and James H. Morris, III, for Region VI.
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 was awarded the Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service award 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.
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. He currently serves as Region II Area A director.
Director of Safety for DS Waters of America, Inc., of Atlanta, GA, Michael Belcher, CSP, was elected to serve as Region IV vice president. Belcher is the area director for the ASSE North Florida/Georgia area and holds a B.S. in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Florida and has more than 18 years of safety experience. He received the Georgia Chapter’s SPY 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 Robert E. McClay, CSP, was elected to serve as Region VIII vice president. 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 35 years also helped develop the first ABET-accredited safety science programs 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.
Continuing on the board are Vice President – Council on Professional Affairs Thomas W. Lawrence, Jr., P.E., CSP, of St. Louis, MO; Vice President – Council on Professional Development Richard A. Pollock, CSP, of Minneapolis, MN; Region I Vice President Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI; Region III Vice President Gregory L. Smith, CSP, of Austin, TX; Region V Vice President James L. Weaver, CSP, of Kansas City, MO; and Region VII Vice President Tanis J. Marquette, CSP, ROHT, CHMM.
Lawrence is a principal in the St. Louis, MO, office of Risk, Reliability and Safety Engineering and has 36 years of experience in occupational safety including 27 years working at Monsanto. He holds a B.S. and MS. degree in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University.
Pollock is president and founder of CLMI in Minneapolis and received his degree in safety education and management from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, from which he also received the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Norris is risk control manager for Bickmore Risk Service of Long Beach, CA and the recipient of many awards including the Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2007, the Orange Country Chapter’s Safety Professional of the Year award in 2001 and the Region I SPY award in 2002. She has a B.A. in Business Administration from Nazareth College, Kalamazoo, MI.
Greg Smith, of Austin, TX, is president of Construction Safety & Health, Inc. (CSHI). He has more than 27 years of experience in the safety field, working in both general industry and construction environments and is the operations manager for the Contractors Safety Council of Texas City. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in industrial hygiene and safety from the University of Houston -Clear Lake and was awarded the chapter SPY award in 2001.
Weaver is the principal risk control administrator for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, MO, and hold s a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University and an M.S. in Industrial Safety Management from Central Missouri State University. He won the Region V SPY award and was named “Outstanding Alumni” at the University of Central Missouri.
Marquette is the technical compliance manager for Phenolics & Forest Products Resins Division of Hexion Specialty Chemicals in Columbus, OH. She is a graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology and has served as a guest lecturer for Indiana University Southeast’s Legal Aspects of EHS course.
Elected to serve as area directors are Region II, Area A — Harold L. Gribow, M.S., CSP, ARM; Region IV, Mississippi/Alabama – R. Steven Willis, CSP; Region IV, North Florida/Georgia –Pamela B. Perrich, CIH; Region VIII – Empire State – Arthur J. Dube, OHST; Region VIII – New England – Thomas J. Nolan III, P.E., CSP.
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 manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information please visit or call 847-699-2929.

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