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Safety Foundation Awards Professional Development Grants to Professionals from AZ, CA, FL, MD, MO, NY, OH, PA, UT, WA, WI and Nigeria

Posted in on Thu, Apr 5, 2007

Des Plaines, IL (April 5, 2007) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation recently announced the 16 recipients of the Professional Development Grant Program given to occupational safety and health practitioners to help them advance in their career. The grants are supported by contributions from corporations, members and individuals who recognize the value occupational safety and health professionals bring to the workplace.
The ASSE Foundation is awarding $9,500 in professional development grants this year. The grant program provides assistance to safety professionals as they advance their occupational safety, health and environmental careers through certification study courses, professional development seminars or symposiums, educational conferences and college coursework.
Through new contributions, the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund established a new grant program this year with the ASSE Foundation. The first ever recipients of the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund Professional Development Grant are Kristy N. Milo of Mentor on the Lake, OH and Mary Ellen Holvey of Pittsford, NY. Milo, EHS coordinator at Ohio-based BenVenue Laboratories, was awarded $455 for the Associated Safety Professional (ASP) test and application fee. Holvey, senior industrial hygienist at Leader Professional Services, Inc. was awarded $545 for the ASSE Professional Development Conference (PDC) registration fee.

Another new program, the Medina Professional Development Grant, established by ASSE member Rixio Medina, CSP, and his wife Alejandra of Houston, TX, has three recipients this year: Cynthia King of Tucson, AZ, awarded $595 for the ASSE Corporate Safety Management Course; Heather Earl of Winter Haven, FL, awarded $655 for the ASSE PDC registration fee; and Laverne Ogieste of Edgewood, MD, awarded $750 for the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) workshop.

King currently serves as a safety specialist at City of Tucson-Water Department. Earl serves as the safety & health technical manager at Walt Disney World Resorts in FL, and Ogieste is a safety engineer at the U.S. Department of Defense.

The newly established Texas Safety Foundation Professional Development Grant will be received by: Mitch Leary, assistant professor at Central Washington University in Moses Lake, WA, awarded $825 for the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) application fee and ASP/CSP exam fee; Jim Ross, M.Ed., ASP, assistant director at the Oklahoma Department of Labor, of Guthrie, OK, awarded $810 for the CSP exam fee and preparation course; Smart Acha, HSE specialist engineer at Chevron Nigeria Ltd. (Agbami Project), of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, awarded $555 for the CSP application fee and CSP exam fee; and Sang D. Choi, Ph.D., CPE, assistant professor at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Whitewater, WI, awarded $310 for the BCSP exam fee – safety fundamentals.

The seven recipients of the Delmar E. Tally Professional Development Grant, established by ASSE members Del and Betty Tally of Austin, TX, include: Jeremy M. Spalvieri of Edmond, OK, awarded $855 for the ASP preparation workshop, BCSP application fee and ASP exam; Tony Bale of Lehi, UT, awarded $500 for the ASSE PDC registration fee; Kelly L. Sexauer of French Village, MO, awarded $700 for the ASP/CSP study guides; A. Orlando Cerrillo of Zillah, WA, awarded $675 for the CSP preparation course; Gregory D. Barker of Spring Hill, FL, awarded $700 for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 500 course; Carmen Lau of San Francisco, CA, awarded $370 for the Safety Management II course; and Ryan Green of Reading, PA, awarded $200 for college text books. Spalvieri is an OSHA safety consultant at the Oklahoma Department of Labor in Oklahoma City; Bale serves as regional safety manager at Salt Lake City-based NCI Building Systems; Sexauer serves as the safety director at BBL Buildings & Components in Perryville, MO; Cerrillo is a loss control consultant at Educational Service District 105 in Yakima, WA; Barker serves as JLG instructor at Nature Coast Safety Cert. LLC in FL; Lau serves as a los control representative at San Francisco-based State Compensation Insurance Fund; and Green serves as a health & safety specialist at Sunoco, Inc. in Marcus Hook, PA.

The American Society of Safety Engineers 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 on the Foundation and its programs visit

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 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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