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WISE Member Spotlight

Welcome to member spotlight! This is an opportunity to get to know more of your fellow WISE members.

May 2014

Susan Gould, CSP, OHST, CHST, STS

Susan is currently the Corporate EHS Director at Engineered Structures, Inc. (ESI) in Meridian, ID.  ESI is Idaho’s top privately held construction company and provides general contractor, construction management and design-build services.  Prior to joining ESI in July 2013, Susan spent 11 years working for URS’ Construction & Mining Group in Boise, ID.

Susan’s areas of emphasis have included both construction and general industry work sites, emergency planning, recordkeeping and investigation/case management.  Her current assignments include strengthening ESI’s safety culture, developing an effective safety program and working to achieve program acceptance and agreement by ESI employees.

Prior experience includes working with URS sites preparing for pursuit of the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).  During that time she also worked alongside OSHA as a Special Government Employee (SGE) and participated in other companies’ VPP team visits and audits.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communications with a minor emphasis in Business from Boise State University and is a current member of the Snake River ASSE chapter.

Susan has been working with Lesli Johnson to recruit local level WISE representatives (ChapterWISE) from each ASSE chapter.  When the project began late 2013, WISE had local level reps in 38% of the chapters in the U.S.  Currently, WISE has 61% of chapters represented!

December 2013

Bruce A. Brown, PhD, CSP, OHST

Dr. Brown started his career in safety in1973 while in the United States Air Force.  Upon returning from an overseas assignment in 1984 he was recruited into ASSE by the New Mexico Chapter. Bruce is currently the Corporate Safety & Health Manager for gkkworks based out of Irvine California.  He currently serves the ASSE Los Angeles Chapter as a Delegate but will soon transition to the San Diego Chapter.

Dr. Brown is a former EMT, Volunteer Firefighter, CPR Instructor Trainer, BCSP Item-Writing Team Leader and Member, volunteers with the Eagle Scouts, Save the Bay, Habitat for Humanity, Advisor to the National Safety Council, and is now an ASSE WISE Guy. 

In 2012 Dr. Brown became one of the Inaugural Recipients of the CSP Award of Excellence given by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.  When asked what he did to receive the Award he states he doesn’t know what exactly the Board was looking at but accredits his passion, volunteerism, Mentoring, and professionalism for being key factors.  In 2013 Bruce joined WISE (Women in Safety Engineering) as a WISE Guy to add knowledge and a resource toward understanding the changing workforce.  His published paper on “Safety Within a Multicultural and Bilingual Workplace” was the first published paper on that topic.

Bruce and his lovely wife Peggy reside in San Diego California.

October 2013

According to the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, a person who is called dedicated is defined as “devoted to a cause, ideal, or purpose”.  To those of who already know her, Barbara Cooksey meets the criteria.  For those who haven’t had the opportunity to meet her yet, here is an introduction to a fine woman who possesses a straightforward and steadfast passion for safety as well as the welfare of others.  Both of which are priceless traits found in an invaluable colleague and friend.   Although she retired from Bouchard Insurance last March, it hasn’t slowed her down at all.  Barbara worked tirelessly to keep involved with the American Society of Safety Engineers on various levels.  Presently, she serves as the South Florida Area Director where she has met some wonderful safety professionals from all five chapters in the South Florida Area (her term ends June 30, 2013).  Her previous experiences include holding office as the West Florida Chapter president, vice-president and delegate.  To date, she has been providing a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm by volunteering for her local chapter’s variety of networking events.  Her other passions include:  playing golf (for many years she was the Education Chairperson of her local Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA) chapter) and helping neighbors as much as she can.

Interestingly, like Dorothy landing in Oz, Barbara got started in the safety profession when she wasn't “seeking it out”.  In 1977, it was during a period of six months as an intern with an insurance company she was cross-trained in the roles of an underwriter, a claims representative, a marketing representative and the loss control representatives.  At the end of the training period, she had the freedom to choose which field to pursue and specialize in.  “It was an easy decision, and the underwriters were at a desk all day, the marketing people lied to the agents, the claims representatives talked to people all day who were mad, but those loss control men, well, they had a neat job seeing various types of clients in many industries and helping them to reduce losses”.  This took a lot of courage and confidence as women role-models and like-minded colleagues were scarce at best.  Then, the business mentality was such that they felt it would be too "dangerous" for a woman to travel alone.  Not one to be deterred, Barbara reminisces how “I stuck to my guns and have not looked back, loving every minute of my safety professional career”.

As a symbol of strength and solidarity, Barbara emphasizes how crucial it is the break the misconception of those in the field being perceived as "safety cops".  Several suggestions she offered include:  Reaching out to the younger safety professionals to include encouraging them to learn as much about the business side of an organization as they can.  In this day and age, knowing the rules and regulations is not enough.  This can be achieved by being able to display the value that can be brought to the organization in terms that all of management can understand (reduced workers’ compensation costs, a decrease in lawsuits filed due to hazards in the workplace, etc.).  Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, never underestimate the opportunities to become active in the community and sharing that time to spread the word about our profession.  
In her own words:  “I'd like to take this time to say that I have enjoyed my association with WISE and meeting so many wonderful women at the ASSE national safety conferences.  You are all inspiring and I'm proud to be associated with you.  I retired on March 1, 2013 and am enjoying my new life.  I plan to hang around ASSE, and while I won't be at Las Vegas, I do plan on seeing all of you at Safety 2014 in Orlando!”

Barbara Cooksey’s actions are incredible reminders that with dedication, determination and hard work, we can help increase the value and virtue of safety in the workplace.

July 2012

Wanda DeMott Minnick, Ph.D., CSP is a professional member of ASSE.  She joined the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Safety Sciences Department in 2008 as an Instructor. She recently earned her Ph.D. in Administration and Leadership Studies from IUP. Her dissertation focused on the role of the safety professional in the manufacturing sector, specifically the organizational and personal characteristics that influence role conflict and role ambiguity in the safety professional.  Minnick brings over 12 years of manufacturing experience to the classroom, having worked at both Xerox Corp and Harley-Davidson Motor Company in the safety capacity.

As an Instructor, she educates future safety professionals in introductory safety courses, hazard prevention management and ergonomics.  She is the Faculty Advisor for Rho Sigma Kappa, an honor society that recognizes students that meet high academic, leadership, and community service criteria.  One mission of RSK is to coordinate and manage a mentoring program for incoming safety sciences students. She also serves as a program evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) under the Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC).

She works in her community, Dunbar, PA to promote reading and education to elementary age students. She coordinates and markets the summer reading program in conjunction with the local elementary schools to offer weekly reading events.

June 2012

Cindy Roth has been a professional in the ergonomics, safety and health industry since 1987. In 1993, she co-founded Ergonomic Technologies Corp. (ETC) and prior to ETC, Ms. Roth was Executive Vice President of Biomechanics Corporation of America.

Cindy received a degree from the University of Pittsburgh as a professional registered nurse with specialties in Occupational Nursing and Biomechanics. She also completed postgraduate work at Cornell University in International Labor Relations/Industrial Management.

Cindy was the Chair of the Greater NY Safety Council and she been appointed a permanent member of New York State’s Commission on International Trade and has traveled to Brazil, Argentina and Chile on behalf of the State of New York. She serves as on the Advisory Board of the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, the Ergonomics Exposition, and the publications of Occupational Hazards and CTDNews. She also wrote the chapter on Ergonomics for Maynard’s Industrial Engineering Handbook and has just published the book on Ergonomics for the National Safety Council about safety in the home. Ms. Roth is published quarterly in the Middle East writing articles for ergonomics and safety topics.

Currently, Cindy serves as the Chairperson of the Board and CEO of ETC.Cindy is active with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and has served as a Trustee to the American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation (ASSEF) and Chairperson of the Foundation Board. She also serves on many Practice Specialties and the WISE group and was elected and serves on the to ASSE’s Council of Professional Affairs (CoPA) which oversees the direction of Safety and its professionals, worldwide. She was also the Safety Professional of the Year in 2010. Cindy was also included as one of the “Most influential Women in Safety and Health in the Last 100 years” and her biography was included in the book of the same title.

May 2012

Jessica Morales is a member of ASSE’s Greater Detroit Chapter and serves as a member of the chapter’s Community Affairs and Programs boards. Morales works at ABB Inc. in Auburn Hills, MI, as the Safety and Health Assistant for North America. She assists to communicate, organize and coordinate safety initiatives and objectives throughout the region with the team of health and safety advisors she works with at ABB. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Health and is currently working toward a master’s in Safety Management at Oakland University.

Morales has been an ASSE member since 2010 and has been active in WISE, serving on the Mentoring Committee since 2011. As a WISE member, she works with others to provide women safety professionals with networking strategies in safety as well as resources for technical information.

She looks to help in the continuation of ASSE’s global initiatives/goals and to apply them within her own ASSE community.

April 2012

Elizabeth Sawyer is the U.S. Safety and Health Manager for CooperVision, Inc., a global contact lens manufacturing company. She began her tenure at CooperVision in 2004 as the Safety Coordinator at the Norfolk, VA, facility and has held positions with increasing levels of responsibility, culminating in her current assignment. She also serves as a member of the company's global wellness steering committee. She holds a bachelor's degree in Occupational Safety and Health.

Sawyer is very active in ASSE and is currently serving her second term as President of the Greater Tidewater Chapter (Southeast Virginia) after stints as both Secretary and Vice President of Programs. She is a member of the Society's Chapter Operations Committee, Region VI PDC Planning Committee and WISE's advisory committee. She is also publication coordinator for WISE and the Health & Wellness Branch.

March 2012

Angela DeLong Banerjee, CSP, ARM, ALCM, Senior Risk Control Consultant for Travelers Insurance, is the newest member of the WISE Advisory Committee. She holds a B.S. in Occupational Safety from Illinois State University and has served 18 years with Travelers Insurance (and merged company St. Paul Insurance) in the risk control department. Her uncle and cousin, also safety professionals, introduced the safety field to her early enough that she entered college with the intent to obtain her degree in safety.

In addition to risk assessment work for prospective or existing customers of Travelers, she currently provides and coordinates consultation and training services for medium, large and national accounts. She also delivers training seminars for Travelers customers related to supervising for safety, injury management and cost containment, and accident analysis. She is based from an office in her home near Green Lake, WI and travels throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest.

She admits she was an "idle" WISE member for a few years and just reading newsletters, then in 2010, she volunteered to be a WISE mentor. After deciding to sponsor her mentee's attendance at Safety 2011 so they could meet in person, she says she could not resist becoming more active by volunteering at the WISE Lounge, asking her employer to sponsor WISE and joining the advisory and PDC committees. Banerjee says, "The energy and ideas within WISE and its members were infectious. I could not stand to the side any longer; I realized that any bit of time each of us can offer will have an impact on what WISE can accomplish and can help women in the field of safety."

February 2012

Marjory Anderson, CSP, member of ASSE's National Capitol Chapter, is a Safety Engineer for the Architect of the Capitol. It is her responsibility, along with her colleagues, to assure safe work environments for Congress and for employees housed on Capitol Hill. She also addresses visitor safety and project safety. Her biggest projects currently involve fall protection and assuring prevention through design within the agency. Anderson's biggest challenge is to provide up-to-date, technologically modern safety means and methods without affecting the historic nature and look of the buildings on Capitol Hill.

Anderson has spent 15 years working as a safety professional and holds both a B.S. in Management and an M.S. in Safety Sciences from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, she was selected as one of the WISE 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety and was named the Engineering Practice Specialty's Safety Professional of the Year. On a larger scale, she was appointed to ASSE's Technical Publications Committee and was asked to author two chapters for an engineering reference manual. She hopes to continue expanding her involvement with ASSE on a national level.

January 2012

Lesli Johnson, CSP, ARM, is a member of ASSE’s Columbia-Willamette Chapter. She has worked as a Property Casualty Risk Engineer for Chubb Group of Insurance Companies for 15+ years. As a loss control professional, she helps customers assess their risk with respect to property exposures, business interruption, worker safety and fleet activities. She specializes in products liability, working with companies that manufacture and sell sporting goods and recreational equipment, machinery, food and consumer goods.

Johnson has been an active member of WISE’s Advisory Committee since 2007. She started WISE’s mentoring program and currently serves as the Chair. The program has involved more than 100 women in three countries and helps women in the safety industry work toward certificates and designations, learn networking strategies, manage work/life balance and find technical information from various sources.

She also introduces engineering projects to elementary school students in her local community. Johnson holds a B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

July 2011

Marcella R. Thompson, Ph.D., M.S., CSP, RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN, graduated in May with a Ph.D. from the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing. Her doctoral dissertation was titled, "Exposures to Multiple Environmental Chemicals Among Childbearing-Aged Women in the U.S."

Dr. Thompson presented at Safety 2011 in Chicago last month. She was also selected among WISE's 100 Women Making a Difference.

She continues her teaching position as Assistant Professor, Adjunct at the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing. She is also a Post-Doctoral Research Associate and Environmental Health State Agency Liaison for Brown University's Superfund Research Program (Providence, RI).

Dr. Thompson is board-certified as a safety professional and as an occupational health nurse specialist. She is also a member of WISE and the Management and Academics Practice Specialties. She previously served as Management Practice Specialty Administrator, ASSE Vice President of Finance and as a member of ASSE's board of directors.

Dr. Thompson has dedicated her career to further the practice and education of future safety professionals as evidenced by the ASSE Foundation's endowed Thompson Scholarship for Women in Safety with her husband Michael. This endowment is now in its tenth year.

May 2011

Linda Heyse-Highland, a member of ASSE’s Three Rivers Chapter, is president and founder of LinJen Promotions, which provides safety programs and imprinted products, including women’s safety products/apparel. She has created safety reward and recognition programs and safety awareness campaigns for more than 20 years.

Heyse-Highland is an active WISE member, serving as co-chair to WISE’s first Resource Guide. LinJen developed the guide platform and also provides ongoing administrative support.

She is a second-generation safety professional following in her father’s footsteps and was profiled in ASSE’s Generations. She is active in many safety organizations and participates in many LinkedIn discussions online.

As a senior partner of LinJen, Heyse-Highland is proud of her company’s yearly car show for the local veterans’ hospital. Last year’s efforts raised $16,000 for veterans.

April 2011

Lucy Miller, CSP, has worked in the petrochemical industry for more than 20 years in various roles. Her focus turned to safety and health when as a worker she recognized a need to improve safety and health programs. She has worked as a safety professional for LyondellBasell Industries and their subsidiaries since 2000. Her experience covers all aspects of a safety and health program, including occupational and process safety, OSHA VPP process, industrial hygiene, health management, risk management with a focus on facility siting and fire protection, RMP, contractor safety, behavioral safety and emergency response duties.

She has been an active member of WISE's advisory committee, serving on the PDC committee and also assuming the role of membership committee chair in 2010.

Miller is active in her community, raising funds for cancer research and mentoring students through a pen pal program initiative and math tutoring at the local elementary school. She has also been involved in various company-sponsored initiatives that focus on giving back to the community.

She holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Science—Industrial Hygiene and Safety from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.

March 2011

Kristin Kelley Herman, CSP, CHMM has worked for Benjamin Moore & Co. since April 2003. In her role as a Senior EHS Specialist, Herman travels extensively to Benjamin Moore's manufacturing and distribution centers. Her specialties include behavior-based safety training and implementation, auditing, safety and health training and industrial hygiene. In addition to her focus on health and safety, Herman organizes and leads the Benjamin Moore soccer and running teams. She feels that integrating health/ wellness and team work makes a stronger and safer organization.

Herman began her career as a food scientist at Rhodia Inc. in 1996. She is a past president of ASSE's New Jersey Chapter and a 2009 NJ Chapter Safety Professional of the Year award recipient. She still remains active with the NJ Chapter as the WISE chair and the 100-Year Anniversary Chair. In addition, she is a co-chair of Community Affairs for the NJ Chapter of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers and a member of the NJ State Industrial Safety Committee.

Herman holds a B.S. in Biology from Fairfield University and an M.S. in Occupational Safety and Industrial Hygiene from the NJ Institute of Technology.

August 2010

Maribeth A. Anderson is Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Supervisor for Jacobs Engineering in Chicago, IL working on the BP Bright Lights Project.   

Anderson has been involved as an HSE professional for over 15 years. Her specialties include emergency preparedness, business continuity, risk assessment and fleet safety. She was asked to assist the National Safety Council to rewrite two chapters within the Fleet Safety Manual, which will be published later this year.

Anderson is actively involved with ASSE, currently serving as Region V Vice President, Past President of the Greater Chicago Chapter, Chapter Annual Report Committee Chair as well as a member of WISE. She is a former Safety Professional of the Year winner at both the chapter and region levels. On a state level, she also participates as a volunteer Safety Officer for the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team.

Anderson graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with an MPA and is currently studying for the ASP.

For information on WISE’s mentoring program, visit

July 2010

Linda Hiser, Client Relationship Manager for ARCADIS US, Inc., has more than 30 years of experience providing professional services to the SH&E community. She supports her clients in the identification and selection of appropriate risk management services and assists them in providing business asset protection, environmental management systems and regulatory compliance value to their employers and coworkers.

She serves on the board of ASSE’s Greater Chicago Chapter and received an Outstanding Chapter Volunteer award in April 2010. She also serves on the steering committee of the Chicagoland Safety and Health Conference, a PDC jointly hosted by several ASSE Chapters and other professional associations. She has served for five years on the board of ASSE’s Three Rivers Chapter when it was known as the West/Southwest Suburban Section, helping the section to ultimately become a chapter in its own right, and served for more than five years on ASSE’s Northeastern Illinois Chapter board.

Hiser is founder of Women in Environmental Management (WIEM), a networking venue for women in the SH&E profession designed to provide women with technical, marketplace and career information and valuable communication exchange in a social venue while providing opportunity for soft skill development and practice.

She has presented “Women in Business: Soft Skill Development and Practice” at Illinois Institute of Technology’s Stuart School of Business SEMSA Service Group. The presentation underscored the merits of mentoring, role modeling, empathizing and professional friendships. She organized and participated in a first-ever women’s panel presentation at the Chicagoland Safety and Health Conference.

Hiser continues to assist and encourage women in the business of safety and to underscore the importance of relationship building and networking through professional association membership and active participation in the marketplace.

For information on WISE’s mentoring program, visit

June 2010

Leslie M. Batterson, CSP, is a Senior Consultant with Aon Global Risk Consulting in Chicago, IL. She works with Aon clients to improve casualty claims program results and the overall impact of claims on client organizations. She specializes in workers’ compensation, establishing program benchmarks and metrics, claims quality and operational reviews and audits, marketing of claim services, return-to-work program review and design, managed care program review and design and overall client advocacy on all casualty claim issues.

Prior to Aon, Batterson worked for Sara Lee Corporation in the risk management, environmental, health and safety (EHS) departments for 17 years, most recently as the Corporate Claims Manager and previously leading successfully managed manufacturing and warehouse operations for EHS compliance. She began her career in safety as a Loss Control Representative at Chubb Group of Insurance Companies in the Chicagoland area.

She continues to be active in ASSE’s Greater Chicago Chapter and served as Chapter President from 1999-2000. She is Administrator of ASSE’s Risk Management/Insurance Practice Specialty (RMIPS) and a recipient of the following ASSE awards and honors:

  • RMIPS Safety Professional of the Year (2006-2007)
  • ASSE Greater Chicago Chapter Safety Professional of the Year (2005-2006)
  • ASSE Greater Chicago Chapter Outstanding Service Award (October 2005)
  • ASSE Greater Chicago Chapter Achievement Award (1999-2000)

he holds a B.S. in occupational safety from Illinois State University and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Business.

May 2010

Patricia A. Reed, CSP, is a Health Safety and Environmental (HSE) Specialist with Champion Technologies in Houston, TX. She is currently working as a Project Administrator for the development and global use of an SAP-based accident incident tracking system.

Reed has been an HSE professional for the past 14 years and has strengths in conducting safety training on subjects such as HazCom and H2S, promoting safety awareness through continued educational initiatives, development of region-specific safety programs and tracking statistics on vehicle accidents and occupational illnesses and injuries.

She is actively involved with ASSE on the local and Society level, where she serves as Secretary for the Blacks in Safety Engineering (BISE) common interest group. She also currently serves as Gulf Coast Chapter President and within this chapter she previously served as the Vice President of Communications, Vice President of Membership Services, Secretary, Hospitality Chair and ASP/CSP Exam Preparation Chair.

Reed holds a B.S. in chemistry from Norfolk State University and an M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from Tufts University.

March 2010

Carol Woodruff manages business development for Sandler Occupational Medicine Associates, Inc. (SOMA) in Gaithersburg, MD. She has extensive experience in the fields of industrial hygiene, occupational health and safety. She has spent the majority of her career consulting with private industry, manufacturers and government agencies regarding OSHA compliance. Her specialty is in the identification of client needs and the appropriate delivery of industrial hygiene and occupational health services to ensure compliance and growth of client programs.

Woodruff worked with consultants and government agencies post-9/11 on projects from Ground Zero in New York City and the Pentagon in Arlington, VA. She also coordinated the analysis of both biological and non-biological samples for anthrax in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Woodruff has helped raise significant donations for the Susan G. Komen Foundation in support of breast cancer research. She is currently serving her second year as secretary for ASSE’s National Capital Chapter and is a member of Women in Safety Engineering (WISE). She is also a member of AIHA’s Occupational and Environment Medicine Committee.

February 2010

Helaine Rumaner, CSP, ARM, joined RSC Equipment Rental in October 2008 as the Region Safety Director for the mountain and Pacific northwest region. In addition to her traditional safety responsibility role, she is the project coordinator for the corporate VPP program and applications process. RSC plans to be the first equipment rental company to become part of VPP.

Rumaner began her career as a machine designer after receiving a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Rhode Island. She moved into safety and industrial hygiene with Liberty Mutual for almost 10 years before moving to another insurance company then into private industry where she has been working for the past decade.

She has been an active member of WISE’s advisory committee for two years and assumed the role of mentor committee chair in May 2009. She is working toward her certificate in the executive program in safety management. She was a founding board member of the Region VIII VPPPA and hopes to become active with VPPPA with her new company.

Rumaner is also active in her community raising funds for breast cancer and for Craig Hospital, a hospital for spinal cord injuries and muscular dystrophy.

January 2010

Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI, is risk control manager for Bickmore Risk Services in Long Beach, CA. She provides risk management services, such as risk management audits, return-on-investment assessments, risk management program development and training for industrial and public entities. Norris has more than 20 years’ experience in SH&E management in recycled paper, rubber and plastics, and metal-forming industries, insurance and consultation.

An ASSE member since 1987, she is currently the Society’s senior vice president. Her chapter service includes Orange County chapter president, president-elect, treasurer and delegate. During her tenure as president, the chapter received a Chapter Achievement Award. Norris’s service to Region I includes two terms as regional vice president (RVP), deputy RVP, secretary and ARVP. Society-level service includes Council on Member and Regional Affairs deputy chair, Diversity Committee chair; Strategic Planning Committee, Compensation Committee, 100-Year Anniversary Committee, WISE Advisory Committee, Management Practice Specialty website coordinator and Chapter Stars Task Force chair.

An ASSE Foundation champion donor, she was instrumental in the development and funding of the Society Diversity Committee Scholarship. Norris co-authored “Adding Diversity to Your Leadership Skill Set” featured in Professional Safety. Other accomplishments include development of safety specifications for public playground equipment as a member of ASTM and service as technical reviewer for the National Safety Council publication, Accident Prevention Manual, 12th Edition.

Norris’s honors include Manager of the Year (Poms & Associates), regional and chapter Safety Professional of the Year and recipient of ASSE’s Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. She graduated summa cum laude from Nazareth College.

December 2009

Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP, is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C. in Beltsville, MD, a six-attorney firm focusing on safety, health and employment law nationwide. She also provides consultation, safety audits and training services to MSHA- and OSHA-regulated companies.

Abrams is a frequent national speaker, a columnist for many magazines on legal, employment, mine and occupational safety/health issues and a co-author of several books related to mining, construction and occupational safety and health, including ASSE’s publications, Construction Safety Management and Engineering and The Safety Professionals Handbook. She is also on the adjunct faculty of the Catholic University of America, where she instructs on employment, safety and labor law. Since 1996, she has served as ASSE’s national representative in Washington, DC, acting as liaison with Congress and federal regulatory agencies.

She is a member of the Maryland, DC and PA Bars, the U.S. District Courts of Maryland and DC, the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is a graduate of the George Washington University’s National Law Center and holds a B.S. in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Her professional memberships include the American Society of Safety Engineers (Mining, Construction, Management and Consultant Practice Specialties as well as WISE), National Safety Council (chair of the Business and Industry Committee on Standards, Regulations and Legal Affairs), International Society of Mine Safety Professionals, the American Bar Association, the Maryland and DC State Bar Associations and the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation. She is also past president of Women in Mining, a national organization for women in the natural resources industry.

Abrams may be contacted at or through the website

November 2009

Patricia Kagerer directs the risk/safety management functions for Jordan Construction Company. Her role includes safety management systems, quality, wellness initiatives, insurance and litigation. Her experience in safety and risk management for both general industry and construction has provided her a unique perspective on how to structure and implement creative solutions to manage risk.

Kagerer’s specialty is management system implementation that directly affects corporate culture, insurance procurement and overall corporate performance. She has received many professional awards and professional designations and is a frequent speaker and writer on risk management and safety-related topics.

October 2009

Roberta Nelson Shea has more than 30 years of experience in safety. As the COO and General Manager of Pilz Automation Safety L.P., she represents the needs and interests of the North American marketplace within Pilz GmbH for product development and introduction.

Shea is involved with many standards committees, including AMT’s B11 safety standards series, ANSI RIA R15.06 (Chair) and internationally with ISO 10218 and ISO 11161. Her extensive speaking experience includes events, such as:

  • Safety of Industrial Automated Systems Conference
  • PMMI Safety Conference
  • SME Automation Forum
  • ASSE Professional Development Conference
  • National and North American Robot Safety Conference

In addition, Shea has written many articles and whitepapers, including “Examining Robot Safety Standards,” “New Robot Safety Standards to Spawn Technology Changes,” “Workplace Safety Training for Robot and Machine Tool Users” and “LeanSAFE™: When Lean AND Safe Principles are Applied, Productivity Improves.”

September 2009

Linda G. Rhodes, CSP is the Safety Manager for Commonwealth Edison in Chicago, IL where nearly 5,600 employees are responsible for maintaining more than 90,000 miles of power lines that make up the electric transmission and distribution systems in Northern Illinois. She has served the safety profession for more than 20 years in various industries, including manufacturing, food processing and public transportation.

An active ASSE member, Rhodes currently serves on the Public Relations Committee and 100-Year Anniversary Committee. She also chairs the Leadership Initiative Task Force.

She is a member of ASSE’s Greater Chicago Chapter, Blacks in Safety Engineering (BISE) and Women in Environmental Management (WIEM, local to the Chicagoland area). She is a recipient of ASSE’s Outstanding Volunteer Service Award and President’s Award, and she has participated in panel discussions about safety and health for ASSE and the Chicagoland Safety and Health Conference.

July 2009

Kathy Seabrook, CSP, MIOSH (UK) is president of Global Solutions, Inc. and an international keynote speaker, management consultant, seminar/workshop presenter, leadership trainer, author, facilitator and strategic planner in the field of sustainability and global environmental, health and safety management. She works with multinational companies seeking to strategically manage their safety, health and environmental risks.    

Seabrook has authored the global sections in the books Essentials of Safety and Health Management, Ted Ferry’s Safety and Health Management Planning and ASSE’s Safety Professionals Handbook.     

She serves on the ANSI Z10 revision committee and on advisory committees for the IOSH International Specialist Group and ASSE International Practice Specialty. She is a member of ASSE’s national faculty and chair of the national ASSE bylaws committee. She was a member of the OHSAS 18002 Working Party, ASSE representative to the recent UN Commission on The Status of Women and chaired and is a founding member of ASSE’s UK Section and International Practice Specialty. 

She is a recipient of IOSH’s Distinguished Service Award and of ASSE’s President’s Award, International Practice Specialty Safety Professional of the Year Award and Charles V. Culberson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award.

June 2009

In addition to serving as WISE Chair, Kelly Bernish is finishing her second term as ASSE Central Florida Chapter President and is a member of both ASSE’s National Diversity Committee and National Professional Development Conference (PDC) Planning Committee. 

Bernish is Director of Environmental, Health and Safety for SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove and Aquatica. Her duties include overseeing initiatives and compliance for employee and guest safety, ride safety, environmental practices, health and wellness, alarms and claims and litigation management.

She began her career over 21 years ago at SeaWorld of Ohio. She was later transferred to one of Anheuser-Busch’s breweries (SeaWorld’s parent company) in California, and in 2000, she was transferred to her current position in Florida.

Bernish also serves on the International Association for Amusement Parks and Attractions Safety and Maintenance Committee, ASTM F-24 and is a member and past President of the Metropolitan Environmental Training Alliance (METRA), a United Safety Council board member and a member of The Alliance for Central Florida Safety and Florida Executive Women.

May 2009

Maureen Johnson, CSP, has worked for IBM for 25 years, first in manufacturing engineering then in safety. She is a Regional Manager in IBM’s Global Well-Being Services & Health Benefits organization with responsibility for the safety, industrial hygiene and ergonomics operations at IBM plants in Burlington, VT and Poughkeepsie, NY.

She is also Newsletter Editor for the Vermont Safety and Health Council and Chair of the Vermont section of ASSE’s Worcester Chapter.

Johnson holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from the State University of New York at Oneonta.

March 2009

Jennifer Zipeto, ASP is Manager of Environmental, Health and Safety Regulatory Compliance for DENTSPLY International, headquartered in York, PA, and Vice Chair of WISE.

As Manager, a position which she has held for about 8 years, Zipeto has responsibility and oversight for the global EHS program for her company. DENTSPLY manufactures in over 13

She has been an EHS professional for over 15 years as an environmental consultant specializing in Phase I/Phase II activities and bioremediation projects, a safety consultant servicing small- to mid-sized companies across the northeastern U.S., a trainer and auditor.

Zipeto currently serves as Vice Chair of WISE and is directly involved in the Mentoring Program and 2009 PDC Planning Committee. 2009 will be an activity-filled year for both DENTSPLY’s EHS program and for Zipeto, as she has recently passed the CSP exam and will prepare to take the LEED Certification exam.

She also holds the Certified Environmental Compliance Manager status from Columbia Southern University.

January 2009

Gina Mayer-Costa, CSP, CHMM has worked in safety for higher education for the last 12 years. She is currently the Director of EHS for Ramapo College in NJ. Her responsibilities include compliance for all laboratories, occupational safety, environmental compliance and emergency management.

She is Past President of ASSE's NJ Chapter, Membership Chair for ASSE's Engineering Practice Specialty (EPS), President of the NJ College and Health Safety Society and Treasurer for the NJ State Industrial Safety Committee. She is the recipient of the 2005 EPS Safety Professional of the Year and 2006 NJ Chapter Safety Professional of the Year awards.

Mayer-Costa holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering and master of science degrees in occupational health and safety engineering as well as engineering management from the NJ Institute of Technology.

April 2008

Linda Tapp, CSP, ALCM, is President of Crown Safety in Cherry Hill, NJ. She provides occupational safety, health and ergonomics consulting across the U.S. and is able to provide safety training in both English and Spanish.

She is currently:

  • Secretary/Treasurer, Board of Certified Safety Professionals
  • Director, Council on Certification of Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists
  • Member, ASSE's Council on Professional Development
  • Member, Advisory Board, Industrial Safety & Hygiene News

She was named ASSE's Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year for 2007.

Tapp holds a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences from Drexel University and a master of science degree in environmental health from Temple University. She also holds the Associate in Loss Control Management (ALCM) designation and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) in comprehensive practice and ergonomics.

December 2007

Lori Elder, CHMM, currently works in Baxter Healthcare Corporation’s California manufacturing facility. She handles all hazardous materials issues for the facility, including permitting, monitoring, storage and waste manifesting. She is also responsible for the recycling efforts and has successfully enrolled the site in EPA’s Performance Trak.

Elder is a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) and conducts much of the safety training at the facility.

She is also involved with her local community emergency response team and is Baxter’s Emergency Response/Evacuation Coordinator.

Elder holds a bachelor of science degree in environmental and occupational health from California State University-Northridge.