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ASSE Announces Society Board Election Results, Note High Turnout

Posted in on Mon, Apr 18, 2011

Des Plaines, IL   (April 18, 2011) – In what was described as the second highest member turnout in the past 10 years, members of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) elected new members to its board of directors for the 2011-2012 year during the annual elections which concluded the end of March. Celebrating its 100th year, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest safety society with close to 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members located worldwide.

The newly elected members and re-elected incumbents to the ASSE board will join President-Elect Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI, of Long Beach, CA, and Richard A. Pollock, CSP, of Minneapolis, MN, who will succeed to the offices of president and president-elect, respectively, July 1, 2011. Norris will succeed Darryl C. Hill, Ph.D., CSP, as ASSE president.   

ASSE members elected Kathy A. Seabrook, CSP, CMIOSH, of Mendham, NJ, as senior vice president; re-elected Thomas F. Cecich, CSP, CIH, of Apex, NC, as vice president for professional affairs; re-elected Patricia M. Ennis, CSP, ARM, of Denver, CO, as vice president for professional development; re-elected Martin P. Jeppeson, CSP, ARM, CHS-V, of Stockton, CA, as Region I vice president; elected G. Alan Brown, CSP, CPEA, of Port Arthur, TX, as Region III vice president; re-elected Maribeth A. Anderson, of Chicago, IL, as Region V vice president; and, re-elected Stephanie A. Helgerman, CSP, of Columbus, OH, as Region VII vice president.

Set to serve in the position of area director, a non-board position, include Michael F. Lorenzo, CSP, of Denver, CO, Region II Colorado area director; Brett T. Beoubay, CSP, of Baton Rouge, LA, as Region IV Louisiana area director; Barbara R. Cooksey, CSP, ARM, of Clearwater, FL, as Region IV S. Florida area director; Richard M. Slinkard, MS, CIH, CSP, of Pittsburgh, PA, Region VIII Keystone area director; and, Frank P. Gesualdo, CSP, of Roseland, NJ, as Region VIII Metropolitan area director. The area director races were uncontested this year.

Each elected member will step into their new roles this July 1, but will be sworn in at the June 12 ASSE House of Delegates meeting to be held during the ASSE Professional Development Conference and Exposition in Chicago at McCormick Place.

As president and chief elected officer, the ASSE president promotes occupational safety and health, the occupational safety health and environmental profession, and represents the members and the Society worldwide.  Norris is the risk control manager for Bickmore Risk Services and has more than 21 years of experience in SH&E in the recycled paper, rubber and plastics, and metal forming industries, and in 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 has served as Region I VP and as Orange County chapter president, president-elect, treasurer, and delegate. Norris 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 100th anniversary task force; women in safety engineering advisory committee; as management practice specialty webmaster; and, at the chapter stars task force chair – working to salute and recognize volunteer efforts that go above and beyond. An ASSE Foundation champion donor, Norris 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 Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) awards; and received the ASSE Culbertson honor.

 Pollock, president of CLMI Safety Training of Minneapolis, MN, has been an ASSE member for more than 36 years.  Pollock not only has a degree in safety from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, but received the Distinguished Alumni Award. His professional experience includes working as corporate SH&E director at Medtronic; as corporate director of safety and risk for Clark Oil and Refining along with working for companies in the consumer goods, heavy manufacturing and insurance loss control industries. At CLMI he has produced more than 500 education courses used worldwide. For ASSE, Pollock chairs the 100th anniversary task force and has served as the vice president of the council on professional development, chair of the annual professional development conference, chapter officer, and several committees and practice specialty groups. He is the recipient of the ASSE Culbertson award, the President’s Award and the Northwest Chapter SPY award.

Newly elected Senior Vice President Kathy A. Seabrook, CSP, CMIOSH, is president of Global Solutions Inc., a global SH&E management consultancy for multinational companies. She has been a member of ASSE for over 30 years and holds a BS in Chemistry.  Having served two consecutive terms on the ASSE board of directors as vice president for council on practices and standards, she currently chairs the ASSE Council on Professional Affairs Sustainability Task Force, the Council on Member and Region Affairs  Global Committee as well as the International Practice Specialty (IPS) and Women in Safety Engineering (WISE)  international membership committees  Past ASSE service includes working on  the strategic planning, bylaws (chair), PDC planning, business of safety and admissions committees.   She is the recipient of ASSE’s International Practice Specialty SPY, ASSE President’s and Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding volunteer service awards and the British Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) distinguished service award. 

VP for Professional Affairs Thomas F. Cecich, CSP, CIH, and VP for Professional Development Patricia M. Ennis, CSP, ARM, were re-elected. Cecich is president of TFC & Associates, 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 BS and MS in Industrial Engineering. He is a member of the graduate faculty at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Cecich is a 40-year member of ASSE and has served as NC chapter past president, on the ASSE government affairs, strategic planning, professional development conference, educational standards and public relations committees and as an ASSE Foundation trustee.    

Ennis is director of workplace safety at the Denver Zoological Foundation, Denver, CO, and former ASSE region II vice president. Ennis 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 BA from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and is a professional member with more than 20 years in the SH&E business. She has served in all leadership roles for the Colorado chapter. 

The re-elected regional vice presidents include Region I Vice President Martin P. Jeppeson, CSP, ARM, director of regulatory affairs for the California Ammonia Company (CALAMCO), of Sacramento, 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 BS 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.

Newly elected Region III VP Alan Brown, CSP, CPEA, is a health supervisor for Total Port Arthur Refinery, Port Arthur, TX. His refinery experience includes plant-wide safety, health and industrial hygiene responsibilities for the 270,000-barrell-per-day facility. He is also responsible for contractor safety and orientation management. Brown has been a member of ASSE since 1976 and is a member of the Industrial Safety Training Council, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the National Petroleum Refiners Association and the Golden Triangle Business Roundtable Safety Committee. He was a member of the ASSE Imperial Calcasieu Chapter and received the Sabine Neches Chapter SPY award in 2005 where he was past president and now serves on the executive committee.

Region V VP Maribeth A. Anderson is EHS supervisor for Jacobs Engineering in Chicago and was the former Greater Chicago chapter president. She has worked in the field of safety since 1994 and received a BA in management from Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.  An ASSE member since 1997, she has served at the chapter, region and society levels. In 2008, she received the Greater Chicago chapter SPY award and the region SPY award in 2009. 

Region VII VP Stephanie Helgerman, CSP, is an Associate Manager for BGB, of Columbus, OH. Helgerman has been in the safety field for more than 25 years and provides direct support services to technical staff in the U.S. and overseas.  She has a BS from Slippery Rock University in OHS and a Master’s of Science degree from Indiana University of PA in safety.  A professional member of ASSE since 1992, she received the SPY honor for the state of Ohio and region VII in 2002. 

 Continuing on the board as ASSE Council leaders are ASSE VP for Finance James D. Smith, M.S., CSP, the director of risk control, southeast region risk control services, for Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services in Boca Raton, FL, and ASSE Vice President for Practices and Standards George W. Pearson, CSP, ARM, of Manakin Sabot, VA, the corporate safety director for Carpenter Co. in Richmond, VA.

Continuing on the board as regional vice presidents are Region II VP James G. Gallup, P.E., CSP, of Phoenix, AZ, a fire protection engineer for AON Fire Protection in Tucson,  AZ; Region VIII VP Robert E. McClay, CSP, of Indiana, PA,   Emeritus Professor of Safety Science (retired) Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP);  Region IV VP Michael Belcher, CSP, Director of Safety – DS Waters of America LP; and, Region VI VP Vincent R. Miller, Jr., CSP, of Manassas, VA,  president of Miller Safety Consultants Ltd.

ASSE members Lorenzo, Beoubay, Cooksey, Slinkard and Gesualdo will step into the role of ASSE area directors.  The role of the Area Director is to help each chapter be successful for the benefit of the members. Lorenzo is a construction safety consultant for Pinnacol Assurance Co. out of Denver, CO. Beoubay is the loss prevention manager for the State of Louisiana where he oversees the State’s safety audit and training programs for all 100,000+ state employees.  Cooksey is a loss control consultant for Bouchard Insurance Agency, Clearwater, FL, where she assists her commercial clients with their safety efforts by providing such services as:  review of existing programs, providing safety program templates, mock OSHA and DOT inspections, employee and supervisor training on a number of topics chosen by her clients, site safety inspections.  Slinkard co-founded CIH Services, Inc. in 1992 and has provided a wide range of EHS consulting services in 42 states and 12 countries. Gesualdo is a senior service director for Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. He is responsible for managing service to the Commercial Market’s Construction Wrap-up and Energy books of business and selected large National Market customers. 


More information on the elected members can be found at  and at under press kit. Founded in 1911 and celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its 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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