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American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation Announces New Officers & Trustees
Des Plaines, IL (July 25, 2007) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation officials recently announced the newly elected members of the foundation board; they are Cynthia L. Roth, COHN, of Massapequa, NY, as foundation chair and Thomas F. Cecich, CSP, CIH, of Apex, NC, as vice chair; and new trustees Bradley D. Giles, P.E., CSP, of Boise, ID, Rixio Medina, CSP, of Houston, TX, and Jim S. Kreinbrink, CSP, of Lithia, FL.

Roth, who is the chair and CEO of Ergonomic Technologies Corporation, replaces longtime chair Kennith Brock who has contributed significantly to the success of the ASSE Foundation. Roth is an active professional member of ASSE and the ASSE Metropolitan Chapter. She has also been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for Ergonomics and a member of American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), American Foundrymen’s Society (AFS) and American Health Care Association (AHCA). Roth graduated with honors from University of Pittsburgh as a professional registered nurse with a specialty in Biomechanics. She also studied Labor Relations/Industrial Management at the ILR School Cornell University.

Brock, who served as chair for three years, will serve on the Foundation board for one more year as past chair. Under his leadership, the Foundation raised $1,326,729 in annual contributions, established the Legacy Committee, the Foundation’s planned giving program, which has expanded to include nine members, helped to develop and establish the scholarship endowment policy for corporations and chapters, and chaired the first Foundation Golf Outing in Orlando, which successfully raised nearly $12,000 in proceeds.

The newly elected foundation vice chair, Cecich, currently serves as president of TFC & Associates. Having worked in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) profession for more than 35 years, he is a frequent speaker on SH&E topics and is a national instructor for ASSE, teaching the ASSE’s Executive Safety Management curriculum. Cecich is also active in the ASSE North Carolina Chapter, the ASSE consultants and engineering practice specialties and is also a member of the ORC Worldwide’s safety and health consulting practice in Washington, DC. Tom holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami and a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University with a specialty in managerial economics.

Giles, new foundation trustee representing Washington Group International, serves as corporate vice president environmental safety, health and security for the company. He has been with Washington Group International and legacy company Morrison Knudsen for almost 30 years and has more than 30 years of SH&E management and engineering experience. An ASSE member for more than 25 years, Giles is also a part of the ASSE Snake River Chapter and participates in the construction and management practice specialties at ASSE. He is also a past recipient of the prestigious construction practice specialty safety professional of the year (SPY) award. Giles has been instrumental in establishing the Washington Group Scholarship through the ASSE Foundation and also supports the National Safety Future Leaders Conference each year.

New trustee Medina is vice president of health, safety, security, environmental protection and shared services for CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Houston. He has more than 29 years experience in occupational safety in the petroleum industry. Medina also served as a presidential appointee on the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board in Washington, DC. Medina holds a B.S. in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater and a M.S. in Industrial Security from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg. Medina’s previous contributions to the Foundation include establishing both a scholarship and a professional development grant for the Foundation. A professional member of ASSE for almost 20 years, he is also an active member of the ASSE Gulf Coast Chapter and participates in the ASSE engineering practice specialty.

Kreinbrink joins the ASSE Foundation board as a new trustee representing Boston-based Liberty Mutual where he serves as national market loss prevention operations manager. He has over 20 years of safety consulting and management experience with Liberty Mutual Loss Prevention. He holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Florida Southern. In addition, Kreinbrink has been an ASSE professional for almost 20 years and is also a member of the ASSE West Florida Chapter.

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

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