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Each year, ASSE offers employers and co-workers the opportunity to recognize the outstanding efforts of their occupational safety health and environmental professional through our "Salute your Safety Professional" initiative.

If you would like to submit names and photos of your SH&E Professionals, we will pay tribute to them below. Click here to complete the online form.


2013 Salutes

Mike Amodeo

Mike Amodeo

Title: Safety Specialist

Organization: Metro

Comments: Mike is a knowledgeable, professional and courteous safety professional. He is great working with employees and has the experience to be an assist in all situations.

Todd Beach

Todd Beach

Title: Principal Safety Professional

Organization: The Walt Disney Company

Comments: Todd was the safety representative for the Magic Kingdom? Fantasyland Expansion which added 11 acres of attractions, restaurants, merchandise shops, and character meet and greet locations and was the largest expansion in the 41 year history of the park. One of over 140 different discipline representatives that came together to create the magic, Todd attended weekly design and hazard analysis review meetings, material approval discussions, site walks, safety sign off on completed areas and many other project aspects. We are most proud of his involvement in the Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction relocation/addition of an indoor play area in the queue. Todd encouraged the Imagineers to attend the Certified Playground Inspectors course which allowed them to incorporate the appropriate safety measures into the design early in the process. This reduced the likelihood of last minute changes that could have caused delays and increased cost. Instead, WDI has since conduct ed presentations lauding the collaboration between their team and the Safety Services team.

Camden Safety Team

Camden Safety Team

Title: Safety Team

Organization: Aerojet

Comments: This is a very dedicated team that really makes a difference.

Michael Ciolino

Michael Ciolino

Title: Area Safety Director

Organization: MV Transportation

Comments: Mike excels with analyzing data to identify trends and taking proactive steps to maintain a high level of safety.

Michael Coll

Michael Coll

Title: HSEC Supervisor

Organization: BHPBilliton

Comments: Michael is the most knowledgeable individual I have ever met! He is an overachiever to say the least!

Art Cowburn

Art Cowburn

Title: SH&E Manager West

Organization: AECOM

Comments: Mr Cowburn is known by his clients and peers as an expert in all phases of the Occupational Health and Safety Program at AECOM. His professionalism, knowledge and ability to excel in any given situation is unmatched.

Charles Dagis

Charles Dagis

Title: MV Transportation

Organization: MV Transportation

Comments: Charles is very involved with the locations in his region to ensure that a high level of safety is maintained. He is always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done!

NJCU-EHS

NJCU-EHS

Title: EHS Committee

Organization: New Jersey City University

Comments: The EHS Committee at New Jersey City University is a fine group of dedicated professionals that are committed to the Safety Program and the well being of each student, faculty and staff member.

Mike Garner

Mike Garner

Title: Safety Professional

Organization: The Walt Disney Company

Comments: Mike is responsible for indoor air quality investigations at the Magic Kingdom Park. Mike analyzes every concern brought forward by front line cast, leaders, engineering services or peer safety managers and utilizes state of the art technology to examine the atmopshere, environment, and facility to determine what issues exist and partners with engineering services to correct any outstanding concerns.

Carmen C. Gonzalez

Carmen C. Gonzalez

Title: Safety Consultant

Organization: CCG Consultants Corp.

Comments: For her passion and commitment with the safety and health and continue working with accident prevention.

Courtney Harmon

Courtney Harmon

Title: HSE Manager

Organization: Halliburton

Comments: Courtney is very passionate about the profession and is an extremely active member.

Dan Hilbun

Dan Hilbun

Title: HSEC Specialist

Organization: BHPBilliton

Comments: Dan always has a great attitude and is a real team player! The operations folks love him and most of all, he keeps the folks safe!

Daymond Hill

Daymond Hill

Title: Principal Safety Professional

Organization: The Walt Disney Company

Comments: Daymond is the newest member of the Magic Kingdom Safety Services Team. Daymond has jumped in with both feet, working side by side with his operational partners to implement an athletic trainer program for Engineering Services, and to assist Entertainment and Imaging with a number of special events including the taping of America's Funniest Videos and the Kelly and Michael Show - both without incident.

William Jemison

William Jemison

Title: He's our Safety Guy!

Organization: Metro

Comments: Bill works steadily to keep Metro aware of safety related issues and drills us regularly so we're aware of our responsibilities as well.

Jen Johnson

Jen Johnson

Title: Safety Professional

Organization: The Walt Disney Company

Comments: Jen is passionate about food and cast safety. Her operational partners, from executives to front line cast members, have a genuine respect for her knowledge and her ability to identify concerns and brainstorm effective, proactive, win-win solutions that enable the company to deliver on Walt Disney's Four Keys: Safety, Courtesy, Show and Efficiency. From day one, Walt Disney created his parks to provide a safe, clean environment for guests to enjoy with their families. Walt?s direction was to safely deliver on courtesy, show and efficiency and that is how the company makes all operational decisions. Jen helps make that happen with little to no disruption to the operation. Jen is expert at balancing all four keys, and this is why her partners cherish her involvement in their operation.

Eric Kahn

Eric Kahn

Title: Area Safety Director

Organization: MV Transportation

Comments: Eric is very knowledgable and a true professional.

Michael Kram

Michael Kram

Title: Area Safety Director

Organization: MV Transportation

Comments: Mike is the most energetic safety professional that I have had the pleasure to work with.

Douglas E. Latimer

Douglas E. Latimer

Title: Regional Safety Manager

Organization: MASCO Contractor Services

Comments: Doug is the consumate safety professional. He taught me everything I know about construction site safety management. I appreciate you Brother!

Mary Harris & Michelle Lynn

Mary Harris & Michelle Lynn

Title: Convention Center Staff

Organization: Craven County Government

Comments: These ladies are always on top of their game. In mid April of this year they had a meeting at their facility where one of the participants collapsed. This individual had no pulse and was not breathing. Mary and Michelle went into action, performed CPR and used the AED to revive this individual. Due to their quick response, this individual has now purchased an AED for his own business and is living a happy and healthy life. Never underestimate the importance of CPR/AED training and having the necessary equipment available. Way to go ladies!

Etta Mason

Etta Mason

Title: Safety Manager

Organization: Southern California Edison

Comments: Etta Mason is a dedicated safety manager who, time and time again, goes above and beyond what?s asked of her. She is recognized for assuring the timely distribution of all bi-weekly safety call-in incident and close-call events to several departments at Southern California Edison. These events are all initial reports with follow up by her direct reports, where she assures that measurable and sustainable corrective actions are put into place.

JD Moore

JD Moore

Title: Professional Intern

Organization: The Walt Disney Company

Comments: JD is a professional intern with the Magic Kingdom Safety Services Department. JD has jumped in and learned noise dosimetry and has taken on complex and lengthy noise surveys for the Magic Kingdom Restaurant Operations team.

Ken Weber, Gordon Swieter & Felicia Nelson

Ken Weber, Gordon Swieter & Felicia Nelson

Title: HSE Team Pro's

Organization: AKIMA, LLC

Comments: Recognizing the entire HSE Team's outstanding contributions everyday. Thanks to some of the hardest working and most caring safety professionals in the world! It is a pleasure to be teammates with you all! You make a difference in leading us toward a world class safety company!

Rita Oleas

Rita Oleas

Title: Director of EHS

Organization: New Jersey City University

Comments: Ms. Oleas has adopted a personal goal to make sure that everyone at the University comes home in the same condition they come to work or school. She brings out the best in each EHS Program while bringing out the best in her Team.

Steve Pendleton

Steve Pendleton

Title: HSEC Specialist

Organization: BHPBilliton

Comments: Steve has the most wonderful personality and is the kindest HSE professional I have ever met! His leadership and knowledge coupled with his kind spirit make him an outstanding team member!

Harry Peppas

Harry Peppas

Title: Safety Professional

Organization: The Walt Disney Company

Comments: Harry Peppas is the Construction Safety Manager for the Magic Kingdom Park. Harry was instrumental in creating and leading the first ever cross-contractor project safety committee. Comprised of the Safety Directors of the general and subcontractors on the Fantasyland Expansion Project along with Walt Disney Imagineering Construction Leadership and Harry, the team meets weekly and walks different aspects of the project. This committee now serves as a best practice and model for construction safety committees company-wide.

Blanca Peraita

Blanca Peraita

Title: Area Safety Director

Organization: MV Transportation

Comments: Blanca is a true safety professional.

Ann Robins

Ann Robins

Title: SH&E Manager, Americas Business Services

Organization: AECOM

Comments: Ann is the single point of contact for all case management within the Americas supporting approx 18,000 employees. She provides personal support to employees when they need assistance, coordinates care for medical prevention and surveillance as well as assists managers with nuiances of understanding OSHA Recordkeeping. She does all of this with a positive outlook, friendly approach and is invaluable to those of us she works with.

Elizabeth Santini

Elizabeth Santini

Title: Occupational Safety & Health Specialist

Organization: DLA Distribution

Comments: Exceptional ES&H support all year long! Safety Superstar!

Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart

Title: Area Safety Director

Organization: MV Transportation

Comments: Amy is very detail oriented and a true safety professional 24/7.

Gary Singleton

Gary Singleton

Title: Senior Safety Professional

Organization: Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Comments: Gary is an outstanding safety professional that can be counted on 24/7 to support his partners.

Chris White

Chris White

Title: Safety Professional

Organization: The Walt Disney Company

Comments: Chris is responsible for Magic Kingdom Merchandise, Security and Costuming Operations. As a result of his partnerships with his operations, they have seen an OSHA recordable rate reduction of 18%, 50%, and 20% respectively.