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American Society of Safety Engineers Vote in New Leaders from Texas, Missouri, Ohio, California, and Minnesota

Posted in on Thu, Apr 26, 2007

Des Plaines, IL (April 26, 2007) — he American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) board announced recently the new officers elected by ASSE members in March to serve on its Board of Directors for the 2007-08 year. Michael W. Thompson, CSP, will serve as ASSE President. Thompson is the HSSE Advisor for BP’s Exploration and Production Digital and Communications Technology Business Unit, Houston, TX, and has 21 years of experience in safety, health and environmental (SH&E) positions and six years in manufacturing and general management. He has a B.S. in Safety Engineering from Texas A&M and is a recipient of his region’s Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award.
Thompson will succeed current ASSE President Donald S. Jones, Sr., P.E., CSP, of Plaquemine, LA, this July 1. Jones is a Leader in Dow Chemical’s Global Personal Safety Expertise Center. He is also a recipient of ASSE’s top national award, the Edward Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award. Jones has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University and an MBA from Texas A&M and is an adjunct safety and health faculty member at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Moving up from senior vice president to serve as president-elect for ASSE is 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. In 1988 Brown was named a General Motors Safety Fellow, the highest General Motors individual safety award.

Elected to the board in March and assuming their roles July 1, 2007, are: Senior Vice President C. Christopher Patton, CSP, of St. Louis, MO; Vice President – Council on Professional Affairs Thomas W. Lawrence, Jr., P.E., CSP, of St. Louis, MO, who was reelected; Vice President – Council on Professional Development Richard A. Pollock, CSP, of Minneapolis, MN, who was reelected; Region I Vice President Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, of Long Beach, CA, who was reelected; 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, of Columbus, OH.

The newly elected and returning board members represent years of experience and diverse expertise in the area of occupational safety, health and the environment and management. C. Christopher Patton, CSP, is a principal safety, health and environmental engineer for Tyco Healthcare-Mallinckrodt and is currently serving as Region V Vice President. He co-chaired a committee to improve safety among Missouri wastewater workers and has twice received the Water Environment Federation Safety Award.

Thomas W. Lawrence, Jr., P.E., CSP, 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. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University. Lawrence also served on the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).

Richard A. Pollock, CSP, 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. Pollock also serves on the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Scientific Advisory Council and the NIOSH Midwest Center Professional Advisory Board.

Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, is risk control manager for Bickmore Risk Services which include risk management/loss control audits, program development, ergonomic evaluations, playground safety inspections and customized training programs. She holds a B.A. in business administration from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, MI, and has years of additional safety experience in the insurance and various manufacturing industries including recycled paper, rubber and plastics and metal forming.

James L. Weaver, CSP, 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 has chaired Hallmark’s United Way Campaign and has served on the executive board for the Safety and Health Council of Western Missouri and Kansas and the Kansas City Conference Planning Committee.

Tanis J. Marquette, CSP, CHMM, is the manager of industrial hygiene and technical services environmental, health and safety (EHS) manager for Hexion Specialty Chemicals in Columbus, OH. She is a graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology and most recently served as a guest lecturer for Indiana University Southeast’s Legal Aspects of EHS course.

The vice presidents of the councils for professional affairs, professional development and practices and standards are elected for two-year terms in odd-numbered years. ASSE’s eight regions provide

administrative coordination for 150 chapters and the region vice presidents serve for two-year terms.

The ASSE officers continuing on the board for the 2007 –08 year are Vice President – Finance Darryl C. Hill, CSP, of Southfield, MI; Vice President – Council on Practices & Standards James D. Smith, CSP, of Boca Raton, FL; Region II Vice President Patricia M. Ennis, CSP, ARM, of Denver, CO; Region IV Vice President Ronald G. Ross, of Pascagoula, MS; Region VI Vice President James H. Morris, III, of Virginia Beach, VA; and Region VIII Vice President Steven F. Kane, P.E., CSP, of Brightwaters, NY.

The new officers will be sworn in at the June ASSE Professional Development Conference and Exposition in Orlando, FL.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, Illinois-based ASSE is the oldest and largest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its 30,000 members manage, supervise and consult on safety, health and environmental issues in all industries, government, education, labor and insurance. ASSE is the secretariat for several American National Standards Institute (ANSI) committees and projects. ASSE members also serve on over 40 other safety and health standards committees.

For more information and a list of chapters in each region, go to the ASSE membership page at

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