ASSE Northwest Chapter 2018-2019 Elections

Posted: Mar 14, 2018

The following positions are open for election for the 2018-2019 term. Voting will take place in April. All Northwest Chapter members will receive an email with a link to an on-line ballot.

Positions Open

  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Member at Large
  • House of Delegates

Vice President Candidate

Dr. John Breskey – Dr. John Breskey is Assistant Professor and Program Director of Risk Control Program at the University of Wisconsin Stout.  Dr. Breskey teaches classes in Occupational Safety and Health, Industrial Toxicology, and Industrial Hygiene.  Dr. Breskey’s area of research includes characterization of workplace exposures to airborne particles and chemicals, the prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses in marginalized worker populations, and methods of educating communities and youth on environmental health topics such as air and noise pollution.  Dr. Breskey earned his Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011 and worked as a post-doctoral researcher with the Illinois Dental Medicine Responder Technology Office.  Dr. Breskey has been a member of ASSE since 2011, is the past-president of the Orange County Chapter, and is currently the faculty advisor of the UW-Stout student section and Northwest Chapter Delegate.

Treasurer Candidate

Scott Huberty – Scott has been involved with the Northwest Chapter since first joining the Society in 2005. He previously served two terms as Chapter Treasurer in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007.  He returned to the Treasurer position in 2016 and currently serves in that role.  Scott held the Office of Vice President in 2007-2008 and went on to serve two different terms as President-Elect and Chapter President.  During his first term as Chapter President during 2009-2010, the Northwest Chapter was named the Society’s Large Chapter of the Year.  Scott has also been active in organizing past Chapter PDC’s and the Annual Summer Boat Cruise for Safety Professionals.

In his “day job”, Scott is a Risk Management Consultant at the Minnesota Office of Mackinaw Administrators (formerly Meadowbrook Insurance).  In Minnesota, Mackinaw serves as a third party administrator for a number of workers compensation self-insurance groups.  Scott is responsible for development and implementation of loss control and risk management services for the members of these programs.

Member at Large Candidates

David S. Abrams, CIH, MSPH, F-AIHA, a practicing industrial hygienist, is the founder and president of ARS Environmental Health, Inc.  Before founding ARS Environmental Health, David was the regional manager for the local office of Clayton Group Services (now Bureau Veritas), and worked for The A.J. Abrams Company, 3M, and Olin Corporation.

David has been a member of the ASSE since 1995 and currently serves the Northwest Chapter as a Member at Large. David also served as President of the Northwest Chapter in 2006.  The industry and discipline has been good to his family for two generations and he believes it important to give back some what he has earned.  David is an active volunteer in Health and Safety having been a mentor to students and young professionals for over a decade.  He serves on the Advisory Boards for Continuing Education, MCOHS, and the IH/HSAT programs in the School of Public Health.  David is a past President of the Board of the American Industrial Hygiene Foundation and on several technical committees of the AIHA.  He has served as President of the Upper Midwest Local Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association 2011 and 1998.

Matt Palmeri – A Critical Care EMT and Interior Firefighter from New York, Matthew is a dedicated construction safety manager who has shifted his professional career from responding to emergencies to preventing them.  Matthew brings his experience managing emergency first responders to the site where he challenges staff, craft and management to buy into safety using critical thinking and peer coaching opportunities.

Matthew’s EH&S specialties include leadership development, advanced fall protection, safety plan development and deployment, confined space operations, DOT/FMCSA compliance, workplace substance abuse testing, accident investigations, inspections, and process improvement.  Matthew is an active participant in both ASSP chapters of which he is a member (Long Island and Northwest) and enjoys teaching at Professional Development Conferences.

Matthew is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and a Construction Health & Safety Technician (CHST), certified by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.  He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marist College.

Bill Wuolu – My name is Bill Wuolu and I live in Lincoln, ND, just outside of Bismarck, where I live with my wife and our 6-month-old son.  In my spare time I enjoy doing various outdoor activities.  I have also recently helped to start up a Safety/Security team at the church that my family attends to help ensure the safety of our congregation.

I have ten plus years in the safety profession. My time has been spent working in multiple industries during my career; from manufacturing to industrial construction and consultation with the North Dakota Safety Council to where I am today.  I am an Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer for both the General and Construction Industries along with many other safety training certifications.  In addition, I am also an OSHA Training Institute, Education Center Instructor through the Rocky Mountain Education Center and the North Dakota Safety Council.  I was a member of the Central Dakota Safety Association where I served on the Board of Directors as the Program Coordinator and Vice President. For the past two years I have served as an officer, Vice-Chairperson and Chairperson, for the Northwest Chapters Northern Plains Section.  I hold two Certifications through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals; the Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) and the Associate Safety Professional (ASP).  I currently work for KLJ, an engineering firm with corporate headquarters in Bismarck, ND and multiple offices across the upper midwest, as one of their Safety Representatives.

I look forward to the opportunity to further ASSE and the Safety Profession by serving as a Member-at-Large for the Northwest Chapter of ASSE.

Mark Lenling – Mark Lenling currently holds the title Environmental, Health, and Safety Professional at Metropolitan State University. Since August, 2015 Mark has remained an active member of the American Society of Safety Professionals. Directly before arriving at Metropolitan State University Lenling served as a Safety Investigator with Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA.) Prior to that he worked at Lakeside Foods in Food Safety & Quality, Occupational Safety & Health, and as the Human Resources Manager. In these capacities Lenling led various teams to achieve the highest recognition of safety, quality, culture, and engagement metrics while applying for OSHA’s MNSTAR Protection Program. On Monday, February 6, 2017 Lenling earned the Certified Safety Professional Certification.

Lenling is a dedicated, strategic leader with a proven track record of designing, developing, and implementing robust programs such as the comprehensive, clear, and concise programs for slips, trips, and falls prevention and chemical hygiene. His responsibilities and personal focus is protecting people, property, and the environment against harm from potential hazards and viable risks. His assignments are to design, optimize, and implement proactive preventative and protective programs based on training, assessment, and positive team-based activities related to environmental, health, and safety. Mark also believes in incorporating quality and risk management into environmental, health, and safety. Lenling is also certified in Six Sigma Black Belt, Root Cause Analysis, Total Quality Management, Process Safety Management, First Aid/CPR/AED, HAZWOPER, Internal Auditing, among other area specialties. He hopes to serve, lead and enhance the safety culture at Metropolitan State University and is determined to see Metropolitan State be the first university in the state to achieve OSHA’s MNSTAR recognition.

Lenling grew up in Prior Lake, Minnesota and has lived in the Midwest his whole life. He enjoys active exercising (including duathlons, and obstacle course races), attending concerts, visiting museums, studying about wellness, science, & technology, and adventurous vacations. Mark likes sharing his free time with his fiancee, Angela, who is both a licensed therapist and a chaplain as ranking Captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

Matt Ader – My start in the safety world began when I was only a few years old. I grew up seeing first hand what kind of impact there can be on a family when a major injury occurs –  whether it’s two herniated discs caused by missing a step over a false floor, a T-bone collision with a snowplow, or an errant softball to the shin – injuries happen at work, on the road, and at play. I didn’t realize how formative these events would become until just a few short years ago.

My early career took me to the construction industry – mostly concrete, steel, and work at height. Major project types included demolition, earthwork, utilities, wind farms, and federal projects involving military hangars, headquarters, and maintenance facilities. More recent project types include pre-construction surveys on large linear projects – gas, power, ethanol, and wind farms. As of late, I’ve been heavily involved in the chemical industry, providing training and other support related to HAZWOPER, industrial services, and emergency spill response.

I am perhaps best known in the area as a trainer. Though it is not the only thing I am capable of, there is an obvious passion to make people safer. To teach. To spread knowledge and understanding. To prevent more childhoods devoid of being rambunctious with your dad because he’s too hurt to play. I have few joys greater than watching something click in a student’s mind, to see them get it, and know that lesson will be passed on to others. As such, I believe that working with others at the ASSP will allow us to share knowledge, hone our skills as safety professionals, and pass learning on to those who need it.

Ryan Bates – My name is Ryan Bates and I work for Molin Concrete Products as an Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator. I predominantly work with the construction side of our business but I do handle some of the general industry items. I attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth for my Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (Exercise Science) and the University of Minnesota-Duluth Graduate School for my Master Degree (Environmental Health and Safety). I spent my summer vacations working with the Public Utilities for the City of Blaine, Minnesota where I performed road maintenance and stormwater maintenance tasks. This job introduced me to the safety side of things and gave me a good base to start my safety career as an intern with Molin Concrete Products Company in May of 2016. Upon graduating with my Master’s Degree in May of 2017, I went back to work for Molin fulltime and have been working there ever since.

I am fairly young and new to the construction industry but I am driven to learn all that I can to further improve the health and safety of my coworkers and the quality and safety of Molin’s products!

Victorio Angulo Escudero, PE CSP, CIH – He is an engineer with degrees in mechanical and agricultural engineering who had focused his professional career to the field of health and safety.

He earned a master degree in Safety at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  He is a registered professional engineer PE, Certified Safety Professional CSP and Certified Industrial Hygienist, CIH.  He has more than 25 years of professional experience in the safety and health field working for diverse industries such as petrochemical, mining, manufacturing, transportation and logistics.

Currently, he works at 3M as a standard development and government affairs manager for Latin-American.  He is a member of the ASSE American Society of Safety Engineers and AIHA American Industrial Hygiene Association. He is a member of the Risk Control Advisory Board at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

House of Delegates Candidates

Jeffrey P. Jarvela, CSP, OHST is currently the Corporate Health & Safety Manager for Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., an international iron ore mining company.  He is responsible for providing support, oversight, and coordination to Cliffs’ mine GMs and Area Safety Managers in capital projects, program development, incident prevention and investigation, regulatory compliance, and related training.

Jeff has been an ASSE Member since 1997 and a Professional Member since 2004.  He is currently serving in the Chapter House of Delegates, appointed to the position in January 2018. He also serves as the UMD Student Section Liaison for the NW Chapter. In this role, Jeff acts as the link for the Master of Environmental Health and Safety students to the local ASSE Chapter and the Society.  He is proud to be able to provide guidance and support for the students of his alma mater.  Jeff has also served his local Chapter in Region V as Vice President (2009-10) and as President-Elect for a short while before having to resign due to relocating to northern MN for a new job.  Jeff has also volunteered at the Society level as the Award & Honors Committee Chair for the Mining Practice Specialty (2014-17), now known as Oil, Gas, Mining and Mineral Resources, where he remains an active member.

Jeff holds certifications as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Occupational Hygiene and Safety Technician (OHST).  He earned his B.A.S. in Industrial Technologies (1996) and Masters Degree in Industrial Safety (1997) from the University of Minnesota – Duluth, and has over 20 years of professional safety experience.  Prior to Cliffs, Jeff gained 13 years of experience in the manufacturing, warehousing, and airline industries.  He is also a member of the National Safety Council, American Industrial Hygiene Association, and National Fire Protection Association.

Jeff looks forward to continuing to serve the NW Chapter in the House of Delegates, as the UMD Student Section Liaison, and acting as a resource for the Chapter in northern MN.

Megan Rooney – Megan Rooney has been a safety and OSHA compliance professional for 18 years.   She has driven OSHA compliance and injury reduction in Stores and Supply Chain at Target Corporation for the last 6 years and is known for collaboration among cross-functional groups from safety to operations to employee relations.   She got her start at IEA, Inc., a local environmental, health and safety consulting organization where she worked in the field as a technician, managed client accounts, and finally led her own division of EHS professionals.

Megan joined ASSE in 2007 as a way to connect with other safety professionals in similar careers.    She was Treasurer of the board for 2 years in 2008-2010, served on the PDC planning committee from 2012 to 2017, and has been a Member at Large for the past two years.      She served as Co-Vice President and Co-President of the board of the Parent Teacher Student Organization for her children’s school from 2013-2017 and is currently involved with the Arthritis Foundation as a member of the Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis committee.

Megan lives in Woodbury with her husband of 16 years and her two kids, Taylor age 11 and Liam age 7.    She most enjoys spending time with her family at the cabin, watching her kids play soccer, basketball, and downhill ski, and occasionally reading a book for fun.   She really enjoys working with the Northwest Chapter and, if elected, is excited to continue in a new role!