Slate of Executive Committee Candidates 2022-2024

The official slate of candidates for the Executive Committee for the 2022-2024 Chapter year is listed below:

President: Wayne Vanderhoof

Vice President: Chris Sarracino

Secretary: Alec Kinslow

Treasurer: Rob McAninch

Delegate: Fran Sehn

Delegate: Alec Kinslow

Delegate: Justin Koss (photo not yet available)

The uncontested Chapter Election will be open from April 01, 2022, through April 15, 2022.

The electronic ballot will be emailed from ASSP (not the Chapter) notifying each Chapter member of the election.

Thank you! to the 2021-2022 Nominations & Elections Committee: Melissa Heike, Chair, James Rowlett, and Jeremy Bittlebrun.

Trudy Hayes & Nicole Hoegerl – Recognized by ASSP WISE

Congratulations to Trudy Hayes for being recognized by the ASSP Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) Group as a World Class Mentor in the WISE Mentoring Program. Trudy is a Delegate for the Western PA Chapter and is the Regional EHS Manager at Alabama Power, Dominion, Energy Harbor, PSE&G.

Congratulations to Nicole Hoegerl for being recognized by the ASSP Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) Group as a Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Achiever as a Mentee of Trudy Hayes. Nicole is a Member of the Western PA Chapter and is the HSSE Lead/Work Authorization Coordinator, Pennsylvania Chemicals Project, Brock Group.

IUP Young Alumni Achievement Award Nominee – Chris Sarracino

Congratulations to Chris Sarracino for being nominated for the IUP Young Alumni Achievement Award! This award was created to recognize recent IUP graduates who demonstrate excellence in their fields and to engage award recipients with current IUP students as examples of exceptional achievement.

All recent graduates of IUP (less than 15 years) who have recorded notable accomplishments in their chosen profession are eligible for this award. Each year, one outstanding alumnus/a from each college of IUP is chosen by their Dean to receive this award. The Young Alumni Achievers are invited to campus to hold seminars, presentations, and panel discussions on topics related to their professions. Those who have graduated from IUP within the past fifteen years who have recorded notable accomplishments in their chosen professions are eligible. Each year, one outstanding alumnus or alumna from each college is chosen to receive the award.

Final selections are made by the Deans. Winners of the Young Alumni Achievement Award teach current students about their professions by making presentations and holding panel discussions in the classrooms. (Award description is from the IUP website)

Good Luck Chris!

Thiel College Student Section

The Executive Committee of the Western PA Chapter of ASSP is excited to announce the Chapter has a new Student Section at Thiel College in Greenville PA. This is the third Student Section for the Chapter. The Student Advisor is Melissa A. Heike, M.S., CSP, Assistant Professor, Environmental Safety Management. The Student Officers are listed on the Chapter Webpage along with Slippery Rock University and Indiana University of PA. More information to follow in the coming months.

January Technical Meeting Summary and Recording

The first Technical Meeting of 2022 was conducted as a live virtual lunch meeting on January 13, 2022. The Presenter was Joe Kopko, MS, CSP, CRIS, the Chief Risk Officer for Seubert & Associates, Inc.  Joe spoke to how Safety Professionals can institute and manage change in a safety culture.

There were nineteen (19) people that participated though we had 26 that registered. Thank you to those who participated in this virtual meeting!

The video recording of the meeting is here and the presentation is here for those that missed the meeting or if you would like to review it again.