ASSE Elects New Leaders; Change of Command Happens July 1

Members of the American Society of Safety Engineers recently elected new members to its board of directors for the 2010-2011 year. President-elect Darryl C. Hill, CSP, of Michigan, and Senior Vice President Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, CPSI, of California, will succeed to the offices of president and president-elect, respectively, July 1, 2010.

Hill will succeed C. Christopher Patton, CSP, of Missouri, as ASSE president. As president and chief elected officer, the ASSE president promotes occupational safety and health, the occupational safety health and environmental profession, and represents the members and the society worldwide. Hill, an ASSE member for more than 20 years, is vice president for safety and health at ABB North America, in Auburn Hills, Mich. At ABB, his responsibilities include SH&E management for multi-plant, service, and project locations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He is on the ABB Group task force providing safety and health strategy for more than 150,000 employees and contractors. Hill has a B.S. in occupational safety from Iowa State University and an M.S. in hazardous waste management from Wayne State University. He also is an adjunct instructor and Ph.D. candidate at Oakland University, in Michigan, majoring in educational leadership.

As a volunteer ASSE member, Hill served as the vice president for finance, as regional vice president, as the construction practice specialty administrator, and as a member and chair of the ASSE public relations committee. He was awarded the ASSE Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year award; the Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service award; the Oakland University occupational safety and health leadership award; the Michigan Safety Conference distinguished service to safety award; and, many more chapter recognitions. He also was editor and contributing author for the ASSE book titled "Construction Safety Management & Engineering," a percentage of the profits of which went to the ASSE Foundation for scholarships.

When Hill assumes the ASSE presidency on July 1, Norris will assume Hill's current position and become heir apparent for the presidency for the 2011-2012 term. The ASSE president-elect is responsible for strategic planning, is chair of the ASSE public relations committee, and oversees the activities of the ASSE councils. Norris, a risk control manager at Bickmore Risk Services in Long Beach, Calif., has more than 20 years of experience in SH&E in the recycled paper, rubber and plastics, and metal-forming industries, as well as in insurance and consultation. An ASSE member since 1987, she has served as Region I VP and as Orange County chapter president, president-elect, treasurer, and delegate. Under her leadership the chapter and region grew in membership and activities leading to a global Society Achievement award. Norris also served ASSE as council on member and regional affairs deputy chair; diversity committee chair; on the strategic planning committee; the compensation committee; the 100th anniversary task force; women in safety engineering advisory committee; as management practice specialty webmaster; and, at the chapter stars task force chair -- working to salute and recognize volunteer efforts that go above and beyond. An ASSE Foundation champion donor, Norris helped develop and fund the society diversity committee scholarship. She also assisted in the development of safety specifications for public playground equipment as a member of ASTM and was honored with the manager of the year recognition from Poms and Associates; regional and chapter SPY awards; and received the ASSE Culbertson honor.

In other election results, Richard A. Pollock, CSP, of CLMI Safety Training of Minneapolis, was voted ASSE senior vice president, a position responsible for regional functions, chairing the ASSE council on member and region affairs, and overseeing chapters and sections outside the United States and its territories. An ASSE member for more than 35 years, Pollock not only has a degree in safety from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, but recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award. His professional experience includes working as corporate SH&E director at Medtronic and as corporate director of safety and risk for Clark Oil and Refining. He also has worked for companies in the consumer goods, heavy manufacturing, and insurance loss control industries. At CLMI he has produced more than 500 education courses used worldwide. For ASSE, Pollock chairs the 100th anniversary task force and has served as the vice president of the council on professional development, chair of the annual professional development conference, chapter officer, and several committees and practice specialty groups. His volunteer work has been recognized many times by his peers, and he is the recipient of the ASSE Culbertson award, the President’s Award, and the Northwest Chapter Safety Professional of the Year award.

For the complete election results, visit ASSE, based in Des Plaines, Ill., is the oldest safety society representing more than 32,000 occupational safety, health, and environmental practitioners located worldwide committed to protecting people, property, and the environment. ASSE was founded in 1911 in New York City just months after the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that resulted in the deaths of 146 women and men factory workers.

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