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Posted in on Sat, May 27, 2006

DES PLAINES, IL (May 26, 2006) – The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) announced today that the eight recipients of the Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service award for this year will be recognized at the annual ASSE Professional Development Conference and Exposition, “Safety 2006” in Seattle, WA from June 11-14. These ASSE members, safety and health professionals, receiving awards for their dedication to the profession of Occupational Safety, Health and the Environment are: Gary Erisman, Ph.D., CSP, of Stanford, IL; E. Rush Barnett, CSP, CIH, of Hanover, MD ; Warren K. Brown, CSP, ARM, CSHM, of Moraine, OH ; Michael E. Neason of Louisville, KY ; Richard C. Nugent, CSP, Republic of Marshall Islands, ID; E. L. “ Brownie” Petersen, CSHM, of Brigham City, UT ; Kathy Seabrook, CSP, MIOSH, RSP (UK) of the United Kingdom, and, John Spath, CSP, of New York, NY.

The Charles V. Culbertson Award—named after ASSE’s late vice president of communications—recognizes select members of the executive board, national committee members and practice specialty officers who have helped advance the profession in the past year. For example, Gary Erisman was nominated for the Culbertson award for educating and motivating the next generation of occupational safety and health professionals as an assistant professor with Illinois State University. In addition to countless hours of classroom instruction, Erisman has been instrumental in shaping the ASSE’s strategy to recruit, retain and motivate student leaders as a key member of the National Future Safety Leaders Conference task force.

E. Rush Barnett of Hanover, MD served as Chairman of the ASSE Admissions Committee for over 10 years, and he continues to contribute his time and expertise. During his tenure, he formed the Professional Membership Task Force and the International Membership Task Force. He has also been extremely active in his Chapter as Chapter Foundation Chair for over 10 years.

Warren K. Brown of Moraine, OHwas nominatedfor his outstanding ability to deliver the highest quality Professional Development programs for ASSE members. He is a Certified Safety Professional, CSP, and a Professional Member of the Society, as well as an Associate in Risk Management, ARM, and Certified Safety and Health Manager, CSHM. He served as Vice President of the Council on Professional Development from July 2001 to June 2005. He also served as the Region VII Vice President for the periods 1989-1993 and 1997-2001, as well as holding a variety of chapter leadership positions. He was recently voted to serve as ASSE Senior Vice President for the 2006-2007 year.

Michael E. Neason of Louisville, KY is being recognized for his work as Chair of the ASSE Mining Task Force: “Emergency Response and Communication in Mining.” In this capacity, he testified on behalf of the ASSE to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, “The State of Mine Safety and Health” last March.

Richard Nugent is the Vice President of Finance for ASSE. He is the chair of the Finance Committee and oversees the financial activities of the Society. Nugent is directly involved in the budgeting process and strategic planning. He was also the administrator of the Management Practice Specialty.

Brownie Petersen is the Administrator of the Management Practice Specialty. He also serves as the Vice Chair of the Council on Practices and Standards (CoPS), elected to that position by his peers on the Council. He is the current Chair of the CoPS Awards and Honors Committee, a position he has held since 2003. In addition, Petersen is Co-Chair of the Management Practice Specialty Executive Committee. He also served at the Chair of the Task Force created to review and identify synergies between CoPS and the Council on Member and Region Affairs.

Kathy Seabrook served as Chairman of the International Membership Task Force during 2005. Seabrook also served on the Academic Practice Specialty Advisory Committee, International Practice Specialty Advisory Committee, Compensation Committee and Board of Directors, and the Council on Practices and Standards. She is a regular speaker at the PDC and Pre-Post conference seminars and SeminarFest on international safety and health issues.

John Spath, CSP, has been a professional member of the Society since 1977 and is a Member of the Council on Professional Development, and the ASSE Public Relations Committee. He is a former Deputy Region Vice President (Region VIII) and New England Area Director. This year he chaired the Task Force responsible for the ASSE Management Symposium “Excellence in Safety Leadership”.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest and largest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its 30,000 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 check ASSE’s website at

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