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Safety Professionals from Across the U.S. Honored for Their Contributions to the Safety and Health Profession

Posted in on Tue, Jul 5, 2011

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently presented the distinguished Practice Specialty (PS) Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) awards to safety professionals across the country for their contributions to the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field, as well as their contributions to individual practice specialties.  The following award winners were recognized during ASSE’s 100th Anniversary Professional Development Conference (PDC), held June 12-15 in Chicago, IL.



Carl W. Heinlein, CSP, CRIS, ARM, OHST, of Cranberry TWP., PA, has been a member of the Construction Practice Specialty for more than 11 years and has been active at the Chapter, Region and Society levels of ASSE.  Since he began his journey with ASSE as a student officer at West Virginia University, Heinlein has participated in 12 PDC’s and has assisted the Construction Practice Specialty in its growth and development for more than a decade.  Heinlein has been a featured speaker at ASSE’s annual PDC, has served as a moderator for Construction Practice Specialty-sponsored PDC sessions, and has participated as a recorder for the practice specialty roundtable sessions at the PDC.  Heinlein is active in developing future leaders within ASSE through involvement with student sections at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock University and West Virginia University, serving as a mentor to guide young professionals.  He is currently leading the development of a Construction Practice Specialty membership survey to help guide the group’s recruitment activities


David K. Smith, CSP, ARM, of Lafayette, CA, has more than 20 years of experience as a consultant in the construction, manufacturing, health care and service industries.  He has been an active member of the Consultants Practice Specialty and has advised its members on how to become consultants.  Smith has allowed the practice specialty to disseminate intellectual properties he developed to help educate professionals on best practices for running a consulting business.  Smith is also a member of the Construction Practice Specialty advisory committee and his work with both groups has been noteworthy.  He is a published author and has spoken at national meetings and events.


Marjory E. Anderson, CSP, of Gaithersburg, MD, is the Advisory Council Member Awards and Honors Chair, as well as the Website Coordinator for the Engineering Practice Specialty.  She has been an ASSE professional member for three years and is an active participant in ASSE activities.  Anderson coordinated the development of an Engineering Practice Specialty logo and arranged for a Safety 2011 practice specialty kiosk to display materials promoting the group.  Anderson also spearheaded efforts to create an Engineering Practice Specialty brochure, including photos of each advisory member and a brief description of the group’s committee. Her dedication and creativity contributed greatly to the Practice Specialty’s progress during the last year.


Jay C. Brakensiek, CSP, of Glendora, CA, has been a member of ASSE for more than 21 years and a member of the Environmental Practice Specialty for more than 15 years.  He has been an active member of the Los Angeles Chapter and has gone above and beyond in his involvement with the Environmental Practice Specialty.  He has been an active member of the practice specialty advisory committee and has volunteered his time consistently, working to assist the group in achieving its goals.  Brakensiek has spoken at professional meetings throughout the U.S. and Vietnam, he has been published in several national publications including ASSE’s Professional Safety Journal, and has been awarded several environmental safety program awards from the Los Angeles County Productivity Commission.


Walt G. Rostykus, CSP, CIH, CPE, of Corrales, NM, currently serves as the newsletter editor for the Ergonomics Practice Specialty.  In addition to his service as the newsletter editor, Rostykus has been involved as a presenter at the annual ASSE PDC.  He was also a key advisor when the Ergonomics Branch was forming and through its development into a Practice Specialty.  Rostykus has been instrumental in the success of the Ergonomics Practice Specialty.

Fire Protection

Frank J. Baker, CSP, CFPS, ALCM, of Noblesville, IN, is Manager of Risk Management for the Midwestern Region of Eastern Alliance Group, based in Lancaster, PA.  Baker is a certified master firefighter in the state of Indiana and is a consulting member of the Pike Township Fire Department Safety Committee in Indianapolis, IN. He is an active professional member of ASSE’s Central Indiana Chapter and is a past Administrator of the Fire Protection Practice Specialty.  Baker’s articles on fireground strategies and tactics have been published in ASSE’s Professional Safety Journal.


Lori A. Severson, M.S., HEM, of Watertown, NM, is a Loss Control Consultant at Lockton Companies.  During the past year, Severson has gone above and beyond in her participation with the Healthcare Practice Specialty.  She has engaged members through social networking, providing questions and answers to spark collaborative discussion.  Severson has presented multiple presentations at ASSE’s annual Professional Development Conferences (PDC), has contributed articles to the Health Practice Specialty’s newsletter, Healthbeat, and has participated as a member of the practice specialty’s webinar development team.

Industrial Hygiene

Eric M. Stager, CSP, CIH, of Lincoln, RI, served as Administrator of the Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty from 2006-2010 and continues to serve in an advisory capacity.  Stager is currently a senior project manager with OccuHealth, Inc. in Mansfield, MA.  He has more than 18 years of experience working with clients and organizations to find solutions for safety, health and environmental (SH&E) needs.


Jeff L. Weldon, CSP, CIH, of Lexington, KY, is the current Conferences and Seminars Chair for the International Practice Specialty.  Weldon has held this role since 2006 and has presided over all PDC concurrent session efforts including solicitation of proposals, review, and submission to the PDC committee.  As a result of his efforts, the quality and quantity of submissions have been high and session feedback has been positive.  Weldon was also responsible for coordinating speakers, facilities and invitations for the successful seminar, “Best Practices: Evaluating Global Key SH&E Performance Indicators.”  He is an active participant in the practice specialty’s activities, volunteering as a representative at the International Practice Specialty’s PDC booth, as a session moderator and assisting at the annual International Reception.


Gail A. House, CSP, of Lake Buena Vista, FL, is a Safety and Health manager at Walt Disney World Resort and is currently Chair of the Service Branch of the Management Practice Specialty and has participated in special projects, committees and task forces to help the Practice Specialty and Service Branch succeed.  House organized and coordinated membership development efforts, pioneered the member spotlight section of the Management Practice Specialty newsletter and led several initiatives to disseminate information about the Service Branch to other industries and industry groups.  House is working diligently to elevate the status of the Service Branch to full Practice Specialty and consistently volunteers her time to help grow membership.


Ken W. Wengert, CSP, ARM, of Gurnee, IL, currently serves as the Membership Chair for the Manufacturing Practice Specialty and is an active participant in the group’s activities.  In this role, Wengert consistently reaches out to new members, as well as expired members and develops strategies for member retention and gaining new members of the Manufacturing Practice Specialty.  Wengert also created a brochure and presentation to help market the practice specialty’s products and services at local ASSE meetings.  In addition, Wengert’s support was instrumental during the practice specialty’s transition from branch to full practice specialty.

Public Sector

Daniel P. Mahoney, CIH, CSP, of Exton, PA, is the Vice President of Glatfelter Public Practice, Risk Control Services, Glatfelter Insurance Group.  For more than 28 years, Mahoney has provided health, safety and industrial hygiene services to public and private clients.  For the last two years, he has provided substantial articles for the Public Sector Practice Specialty Newsletter and has recruited other safety professionals to write articles.  He has gone above and beyond with his contributions to the newsletter and is a dedicated ASSE and practice specialty member.

Risk Management/Insurance

With more than 20 years of experience in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession, Mark D. Oldham, CSP, of Midlothian, VA, was awarded the Risk Management/Insurance Practice Specialty SPY award. Oldham is currently employed with Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company and is recognized as a subject matter expert in property and casualty risk management for historic buildings. Oldham is an active ASSE member at the chapter, region and Society levels and has served as vice-president of the Atlanta Chapter, Assistant Administrator and Administrator of the Risk Management/Insurance Practice Specialty.


Nadine Levick, M.D., M.P.H., of New York, NY, is a professional member of the ASSE New York City Chapter and an Advisory Committee Member of the Transportation Practice Specialty.  Levick has presented annually at the ASSE PDC and has been a featured key note speaker on various transportation safety topics, including emergency crew safety, ambulance design and crash characteristics of ambulances.  She also developed the Emergency Medical Services Transport Safety Foundation at Columbia University to promote and enhance safety practices.  As a long-time member of the Transportation Practice Specialty Advisory Committee, Levick helps keep the committee on-task and has gone above and beyond in her service to the practice specialty.

For more information about ASSE’s Practice Specialties, Branches and Common Interest groups, please visit  For a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the practice specialty award winners and their achievements, 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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