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ASSE Foundation Legacy Trust Members

Stephen Bennett and Treasa Turnbeaugh

We both have had long and successful careers in safety & health, so we wanted to give back to the profession by donating to the ASSE Foundation’s Legacy Trust. We are believers in life long learning and the Legacy Trust provides the opportunity for us to further the education of those who are studying to join the safety & health profession and to demonstrate our commitment to our vocation.

As Gilbert K. Chesterton said, “Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.” The Legacy Trust was the obvious choice for sharing our enthusiasm for the profession with the generations to come.

Kennith and Mary Brock

As a Safety Professional for over forty years, I feel it is important for those of us who have chosen safety as a career to do all we can to encourage others to follow in our footsteps. Hopefully, they can improve on the work we all began! While we have come a long way in forty years, accidents still happen and new exposures continue to be discovered with evolving changes in knowledge and technology.

While I have been in the safety field for forty years, I have personally been associated with the Foundation as a Trustee for eleven years and served as the Chair from 2003 through 2007. I have seen the Foundation grow from a few scholarships and no research funding to a Foundation that is a major force in helping our society learn more about creating and maintaining a safe work environment for all members of a global workforce. We all need to help assure that this effort will continue to produce tomorrow’s leaders in this worldwide effort.

My wife Mary and I are pleased to be part of the Legacy Trust of the Foundation. The Legacy Trust is a major component in the Foundation’s future efforts to support young leaders with scholarships, to encourage schools to develop accredited degree programs and to fund research that will expand the knowledge of safety in the global community.

Al & Alexi Carli, CSP

I decided to support the ASSE Foundation as a Legacy Trust donor in order to help sustain the future of our profession. We all have a shared responsibility to promote and support the development of others to follow in our footsteps.  I was blessed to have fellow safety professionals that have patiently invested their time in me over the years. The Legacy gift to the Foundation can be used to provide opportunities for students to join the profession through grants and scholarships, and also fund research that can develop new solutions for safer workplaces.

Margaret Carroll, P.E., CSP

Several years ago when my husband and I revised our financial plans we included the ASSE Foundation in our bequests. The reasons were simple: both of us had good careers in the safety profession, and we felt that ASSE, in a direct way, and the Foundation, in a less direct way, had made it possible for us and many others to enjoy the benefits of a strong profession.

We were both always grateful that we could have not only careers which were rewarding to us, but also for the enduring, strong friendships through ASSE colleagues. Our legacy is not just the contributions we made over the years, but some of the fruits of our labors which will help ensure that the safety profession and safety professionals will continue to strengthen and be enriched. It's "giving back" for those things we received.

Tom & Erica Cecich

As a young college graduate seeking a career field in 1972 I was fortunate to have been exposed to several seasoned safety professionals in the ASSE’s North Carolina Chapter. Because of the time these individuals invested to mentor me I choose a career that allowed me to make a sound living while always feeling that I was making a valuable contribution to the organizations I worked for and the people I worked with. It was a decision I never regretted for a minute and one that allowed me to sleep well at night knowing that my job was trying to keep people from getting hurt. From those early experiences I learned first hand that becoming a safety professional may not always be an obvious career choice for students to make. Now, the ASSE Foundation’s major goal is to help educate and encourage young people to enter the profession. Being a Legacy Donor is a way that I can support the future of the profession and also in a small way say “thank you” to the safety professionals that long ago patiently invested their time in me.

Frank D'Orsi, MS, CSP, ARM

The decision for me to make a legacy gift to the ASSE Foundation was very simple. I've been fortunate to have a career in a profession that has provided me a great deal of satisfaction in so many different ways. The most important is that everyday when I get up, I have the opportunity to help someone make a difference with something that is more valuable or precious than any other thing they could possibly have, their health and safety. The masters in the profession, like Bird, Ferry, Grimaldi, Manuele and Petersen, to name just a few have paved the way for me as well as so many of our past, current and prospective new members to be successful in what we do. The association with the Society, projects and the many members met and worked with have all contributed to my success through their contributions to the development and success of the profession. The legacy gift to the Foundation that can potentially be used for providing inspiration to individuals to join the profession, providing a grant or part of a scholarship, funding for legislation that will create a safer workplace, research, etc., will be a way for me to continue to contribute to help further the development of the profession.

Kyle B. Dotson, CIH, CSP, DEE

I put the ASSE Foundation in my Will because I want to “give back”. But more than that, I believe all of us need to “give forward”. One only has to look back at the last century of our profession to see truly great men and women, and we (the after-OSHA crowd) have been lucky to stand on the shoulders of such giants. Current trends away from specialists toward EHS generalists are fine for the short-term, but the safety and industrial hygiene professions will need to attract enough of the best and brightest and educate them as specialists to take the large leaps in our professions knowledge that are bound to be needed to accompany the leaps expected in nanotech, biotech, etc. I encourage all of the senior members of the Safety Profession to find their own reasons to support future generations of safety professionals by remembering the ASSE Foundation in their Wills. It will take all of us working together to make a real difference.

Fay Feeney, CSP, ARM

I am proud to support the ASSE Foundation as a Legacy Trust donor. As a volunteer it provides me with a great opportunity to give a leadership gift to our profession. Winston Churchill expressed it well when he said, We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Linda and Brad Giles, CSP, P.E.

Linda and I are proud to “give back” to my profession by including the ASSE Foundation’s Legacy Trust in our estate. I have had a successful, rewarding career in safety & health and hopefully made an impact on the protection and well being of many individuals and their families. I am a strong proponent for advanced education, employee development, and professional certification. It is incumbent upon the members of our profession to recruit and support, both through financial support and coaching/mentoring, the young talent to continue the improvement process in safety and health. We felt the Legacy Trust was the best vehicle to “pay it forward” and make a long term impact on future safety and health practitioners. I encourage the ASSE membership to consider supporting the future of our profession through their financial support and by remembering the ASSE Foundation in their estate planning.

Martha and Eddie Greer, CSP, OHST

Serving in the safety profession for over 37 years has provided me with many insights into what this profession is all about:  “Making a Difference”.  It has always been my mission to offer volunteer service and try to make sure that I gave back to this great profession.  My continued service to ASSE and the Foundation has allowed me to grow as a leader, make life-long friends, be part of the bigger picture, and hopefully  pay back just a small portion of the many benefits I have been afforded. 

Martha and I are honored and feel very fortunate to have the resources to be a part of the Legacy Trust and provide growth opportunities for future safety professionals that too will “make a difference”.   

My hope is that you will take the opportunity to support the ASSE Foundation by whatever means you can. 

Elizabeth & Karl A. Jacobson, CSP

We should all strive to leave the world a little better than when we came. As SH&E professionals, we all do that naturally due to the nature of our work---saving lives and reducing loss, pain and suffering---but with the Legacy Trust, we have a chance to complete the circle by leaving a financial legacy to the profession.

Tiffany & Jim Kreinbrink, CIC, CSP

Twenty years ago when I graduated from college I really didn’t have a clear direction on what I wanted to do for a career. I was fortunate enough to start with a company that provided me the resources and training to develop and hone my skill-sets in a profession that allowed me to help others. The resources and training I received was largely supplemented through my involvement in the local ASSE chapter. I can’t think of a better way to give back to a profession that has been so good to me then by making a legacy gift.

Alejandra & Rixio Medina, CSP, CPP, CMIOSH

I have been blessed with a satisfying and rewarding career as a safety professional. This was made possible through educational scholarships, the support of family, friends and peers, and my membership and involvement with ASSE. The Foundation Legacy Trust provides my wife, Alejandra, and I with opportunities to return some of the investments others have made in me throughout the years and to support the advancement of the safety profession. One of the Foundation’s programs that we enjoy supporting is the Medina Scholarship for Hispanics in Safety which helps address the needs of the growing Hispanic workforce in the safety profession. The Foundation aids our future colleagues in many ways and I feel fortunate to be able to help others enter the important field of safety through our contributions and support.

Tom Reilly

The ASSE Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of a new professional development grant in honor and memory of Thomas & Dorothy Reilly, established with a $10,000 bequest from their estate. The Thomas & Dorothy Reilly Professional Development Grant will provide financial assistance to ASSE members who wish to advance their education through recognized safety certification courses, professional development seminars, educational conferences or college coursework.

Lance Roux, CSP

My decision to make a legacy gift to the ASSE Foundation was an easy one.  Like many others who give, I wanted to give something back to the association which helped make my career a success.  I am proud to be a donor and hope that my gift helps future safety professionals achieve their goals.

Diana Stegall, CSP, ARM, CPCU, ALCM

When I first heard that the ASSE Foundation was starting a Legacy Program, I thought it was a great idea – but that it wasn’t relevant for me since I was (and am) no where near retirement age. The more I learned and thought about it, the more I realized that it isn’t just about protecting retirement funds - it is about giving back to an organization and a profession that I love.

Allocating a portion of my IRA allows me to provide a legacy while not taking away from non-taxed funds for my other beneficiaries. Since I can direct the Legacy usage, I can also be certain that my contribution is used where I feel it will provide the most benefit for future safety professionals and the profession.

Amy Stewart, CSP

A few significant life events have caused me to reconsider how I am "spent". Perhaps after reading my story you will also consider what you might do for the future.