Biographies

Richard R. Bourlon, P.E., CSP, ALCM

Richard Bourlon, a professional member of the Southwest Chapter, was nominated for his activity on the Board of Directors and the Council on Member and Region Affairs (CoMRA), as well as for his work as Region III Vice President. Bourlon served as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and Public Relations Task Force, Chair of the Regional Operating Committee, Chair of CoMRA's Alternative Leadership Delivery Methods Committee and Vice Chair of CoMRA. In these capacities, his work includes helping to shape the Society's new vision statement; leading the development of uniform region operating procedures and a standard regional operating manual; and leading the development of recommendations for expanding the delivery of leadership training to more officers. Bourlon is associate vice president of DMJM+HARRIS in Grand Prairie, TX.

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Jeffrey C. Camplin, CSP

Jeffrey Camplin, a professional member of the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, is Administrator of the Environmental Practice Specialty (EPS). He played a key role in improving practice specialty websites, as chair of a task force assigned to enhance and improve these sites. In addition, Camplin led the creation of a "knowledge network" that is used to gather and distribute SH&E information to interested members. The network has been used as a model for other practice specialties as a way to gather technical information and contribute to the body of knowledge. Camplin is a member of EPS's Mold Steering Committee, is on the Z690 Mold Remediation Canvass Standards Project, and is a member of ASSE's Editorial Review Board. Camplin is president of Camplin Environmental Services in Rosemont, IL.

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Thomas F. Cecich, CSP, CIH

Thomas Cecich, a professional member of the North Carolina Chapter and Trustee of the ASSE Foundation, serves as Chair of the PDC Planning Committee's Program Subcommittee. In this capacity, he organized and directed efforts for continuous improvement of the PDC program for 2003-05. Under his leadership, the subcommittee developed a high-quality program in response to the needs of the membership. Among the new initiatives added were key issue roundtables--focused topic sessions during which attendees shared lessons learned and met others with mutual interests. Another innovation was the Executive Summit, introduced at Safety 2004. Leading business executives participated in a moderated panel during which they communicated their beliefs and priorities with respect to SH&E. Cecich was actively involved in recruiting high-level executives to participate and helped develop the program itself, including format, content and schedule. Cecich is president of TFC & Associates in Apex, NC.

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Hector M. Escarcega, CSP, ARM

Hector Escarcega, a member of the Los Angeles Chapter, is founder and chair of the Society's Safety Professionals and the Latino Workforce (SPALW) common interest group. To help form the group he researched and developed the proposed name, background on specific issues working with the Latino workforce and objectives. Escarcega also developed the agenda for and led the first SPALW meeting, led the development of the SPALW listserve, bulletin board and website, and identified and developed committees for core areas of interest. In addition, Escarcega formed a Los Angeles Chapter SPALW committee and helped plan and implement the first "Safety for Latinos in the Workplace" conference, which featured national speakers such as NIOSH's John Howard. Escarcega is president of Bilingual Solutions International in Los Angeles.

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Mark Friend, Ed.D., CSP

Mark Friend, a professional member of the Cape Canaveral Chapter, is Chair of the Educational Standards Committee. Under his leadership, the committee has achieved many accomplishments, including producing a Society position statement on the value of accredited degrees recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education. This position statement is an effort to guide members toward legitimate institutions (rather than "diploma mills") for their pursuit of SH&E courses and degrees. Friend is a member of the Academics Practice Specialty Advisory Committee and, in 2003, received the Society's Outstanding Safety Educator of the Year Award. Friend is chair, Applied Aviation Science, Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach, FL.

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Emory Knowles, CSP, CIH

Emory Knowles, a professional member of the Chesapeake Chapter, was recognized for his years of service on the Governmental Affairs Committee, which he has served as a member for eight years, the last three as chair. Over the years, Knowles has represented the Society in many ways. He has testified on behalf of ASSE in Washington, DC; written many documents supporting Society positions on various legislative and regulatory issues; written numerous articles on safety and health issues; been a speaker at many PDCs; participated in many conference calls; and met with federal officials on specific issues to support ASSE governmental affairs. Knowles was also a Culbertson Award winner in 2001. Knowles is manager, IH & Safety, for Northrop Grumman in Baltimore, MD.

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Cynthia L. Lewis

Cindy Lewis, a professional member and former president of the Gulf Coast Chapter, was nominated for her efforts to recruit, retain and nurture student members. Lewis helped foster an alliance between the Houston Independent School District and OSHA, which enables Career and Technology Education teachers to complete OSHA courses. She provided classroom training to high-school students on child labor laws, safety and health regulations and teen fatalities, as well as information about SH&E professionals and ASSE. Lewis gave a presentation about the alliance at the Federal Network for Young Worker Safety and Health in Washington, DC, and has been asked to present with OSHA at the World Safety Congress in a session on youth safety initiatives. In addition, Lewis represented ASSE's Gulf Coast Chapter on the planning committee for the first YouthRules! Rally and Job Fair in Houston. Lewis is Assistant Administrator of the Industrial Hygiene Practice Specialty, Region III Assistant Vice President, member of the Region III Committee on Professional Development, and Gulf Coast Chapter School Safety Chair. She also serves on ASSE's Public Relations Task Force. Lewis is president of Creative Safety Solutions in Santa Fe, TX.

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Linda G. Rhodes, CSP

Linda Rhodes, a professional member of the Greater Chicago Chapter, currently serves as a member of the Council on Professional Development, the Nominating & Elections Committee, and the Diversity Committee. Rhodes was honored for her work as chair of the Safety Training Symposium & Expo Task Force, which developed the Society's 2004 Safety Training Symposium and Expo. Rhodes helped develop ideas for the program and identify the symposium's objectives. Rhodes offered important and useful insights in the development of the program, and served as emcee in the delivery of the program. Rhodes is manager of safety for Chicago Transit Authority.

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