ASSE Presents Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to Safety Professionals from CA, IL, MN, OH, PA and VA
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently presented the Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service award to Walter S. Beattie, CSP, CFPS, CSHM, of Pottstown, PA; James Boretti, CSP, of Visalia, CA; Allen J. Borzych of Elgin, IL; Thomas E. Kramer, P.E., CSP, of Dayton, OH; Diana M. Stegall, CSP, ALCM, ARM, CPCU, of Rockford, MN; James Thornton, CSP, CIH, of Newport News, VA; and Mario A. Varela, MS, MBA, CSP, of Western Springs, IL. The awards were presented during ASSE’s Professional Development Conference (PDC) June 12-15 in Chicago, IL, during ASSE’s 100th Anniversary celebration.
The Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service award is named after ASSE’s late vice president of communications. This award recognizes select members of the executive board, national committee members and practice specialty officers who have helped advance the occupational safety, health and environmental professional through exemplary volunteer service to the Society during the past year.
Walter S. Beattie, CSP, CFPS, CSHM, of Pottstown, PA, has been a professional member of ASSE since 1994 and is the current administrator of ASSE’s Fire Protection Practice Specialty. Beattie received the award for his outstanding service as an educator for ASSE and his passion for promoting fire safety. He has gone above and beyond as a volunteer fire fighter for more than 36 years and served as task force chair for ASSE’s Fire Safety Virtual Symposium. Beattie went above and beyond to coordinate and execute the virtual symposium, recruiting speakers, creating promotional videos and through his leadership the program was a success.
James Boretti, CSP, of Visalia, CA, has been a professional member of ASSE since 1989 and has more than 24 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field. In 2010, Boretti was chair of the task force responsible for developing the “Rethink Safety: A New View of Human Error and Workplace Safety” symposium. He also serves as an instructor for several ASSE SeminarFest sessions and pre/post PDC seminar events. Boretti is a member of the Council on Professional Affairs, the Finance Committee and the risk management sub-committee. Boretti’s outstanding volunteer service has been an asset to ASSE programs and services.
Allen J. Borzych of Elgin, IL, has been a member of ASSE since 1998 and served four terms as president of ASSE’s Greater Chicago Chapter. During his time as the Greater Chicago Chapter president, Borzych organized three Chicagoland chapters to promote ASSE’s 100th anniversary, coordinating efforts to staff booths at PDC’s, support of the ASSE Foundation and organizing efforts for greeters and chapter booth staff. Borzych has been a valuable leader and has inspired others with his hard work, tenacity and contributions to ASSE. He continues to work with the ASSE PDC planning committee.
Thomas E. Kramer, P.E., CSP, of Dayton, OH, has been a member of ASSE since 2000. Kramer currently serves as a member of the PDC planning committee, serving as chair of the program subcommittee. Through his work on this committee, Kramer led efforts to produce a high quality program and evaluated more than 600 proposals for the 2010 and 2011 PDCs. Kramer trained the subcommittee to ensure consistency in evaluation and developed an evaluation rubric that contributed to ensuring accuracy, consistency and validity of proposals submitted. He helped develop three new PDC programs including the executive track, and continued to help build the popular executive summit session. His outstanding volunteer service and leadership have had a considerable impact on the PDC.
Diana M. Stegall, CSP, ALCM, ARM, CPCU, of Rockford, MN, has been a member of ASSE since 1990 and currently serves as Chair of the PDC planning committee, and has served in this role since 2008. As Chair of the PDC Planning Committee for the 2009-2011 conferences, Stegall helped increase the role of the Practice Specialties and helped build new conference tracks including the executive level, corporate social responsibility/sustainability, and the business skills session. In addition, she served on the 100th anniversary planning committee and was a significant contributor in organizing the 2011 PDC, ‘Safety 2011,’ to support 100th anniversary objectives Stegall’s volunteer efforts and leadership demonstrate dedication to the advancement of the SH&E field.
James Thornton, CSP, CIH, of Newport News, VA, has served ASSE as Chair of ASSE’s government affairs committee (GAC) and has helped position ASSE as a meaningful voice in the national debate on safety and health issues, including ASSE’s goal of establishing an OSHA injury and illness prevention program standard. Thornton has been recognized for his significant leadership skills and significant experience in advancing occupational safety and health issues at the national level.
Mario A. Varela, MS, MBA, CSP, of Western Springs, IL, currently serves as vice chair of the ASSE human resources branch of the management practice specialty and is chair of the Spanish translations review subcommittee of ASSE’s Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce (SPALW). Varela leads the review and editing of formal and technical Spanish translations of OSHA Fact Sheets primarily for construction, shipyard and landscaping industries. Varela has been a member of ASSE since 1995 and is a member of ASSE’s Northeastern Illinois chapter. Varela provides one-on-one support for Latino workers and makes a point to provide these workers with on-the-spot words of prevention to help workers avoid injury and illness on the job. Most recently, he contributed to ASSE’s comments for the I2P2 OSHA stakeholder meetings held in 2010, and actively participated in the review and editing of ASSE’s new “The Employer’s Guide to Hiring a Safety Professional” publication prior to its first release. He has been recognized for his outstanding leadership and volunteer service.
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 34,000 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 www.asse.org and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to www.asse.org/assecenturyofsafety.