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ASSE Foundation Announces Valerie Overheul of Grand Rapids, MI as Recipient of Distinguished Service Award

Posted in , on Thu, Jun 23, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF) recently announced Valerie Overheul, President, CEO and Founder of Summit Training Source Inc. of Grand Rapids, MI, as the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Service Award.  Overheul’s leadership, dedication and commitment to the safety profession has been a winning combination for the profession and the Foundation.

Overheul is the President, CEO and Founder of Summit Training Source, Inc.  Founded in 1981, Summit Training Source Inc. is the premier resource for safety, health and environmental (SH&E) training programs for more than 35,000 organizations worldwide.  With more than 30 years of experience, Overheul is skilled in safety and program production, as well as regulatory compliance training.  For the past 30 years, she has produced more than 300 comprehensive training programs on safety, health and environmental (SH&E) compliance topics, available to clients in the form of video and online training mediums.

Overheul served on the ASSE Foundation Board from 2003 to 2008 and was instrumental in building its corporate donor program. Since 2003, Summit Training Source, Inc. has donated more than $50,000 through direct donations and support of the ASSE Foundation’s annual golf outing.  Overheul and Summit Training Source, Inc.  continue to support the Foundation with donations and promote the value of the Foundation’s mission. During her six-year tenure as a Foundation trustee, she actively participated in, and contributed to, the formulation of the Foundation’s strategy, the evolution of its mission and the development of a sound investment policy.  Overheul has gone above and beyond in her service and support of the ASSE Foundation and continues to be a key participant in Foundation activities.

The ASSE Foundation Distinguished Service Award recipients are chosen by the Foundation Chair based on their outstanding achievement, commitment to and support of the ASSE Foundation. The award was presented to Overheul during ASSE’s House of Delegates (HOD) meeting at the ASSE Annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) in Chicago, IL, June 12, 2011.

The ASSE Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health and environmental profession.  For more information, please visit

Founded in 1911 and celebrating its centennial, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment.  Its more than 33,000 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, healthcare and education.  For more information, please go to and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to




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