Subject: [DCHAS-L] CHAS Officer Election 2013
Date: May 14, 2013 10:52:16 PM EDT
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All CHAS members


Shortly you will be receiving your CHAS Officer election ballot.  Voting will be electronic, if you have a valid email address on register with ACS (ie you received this email) or via snail mail otherwise.


Please vote immediately upon receiving your ballot – your vote IS important.


We are voting for three positions and an alternate to one.  You can only vote for one person for each position.


Here are the candidates –


CHAIR-ELECT (vote for 1)

Note: The Chair position in CHAS is a three-year commitment.  Our members elect a “CHAIR-ELECT” who serves in that position for one year.  The current Chair-elect subsequently becomes the CHAIR and then the PAST-CHAIR.  This practices provides CHAS with an experienced leadership team and also provides for continuity of leadership


Nominee Information


DEBBIE DECKER, CCHO has been a member of the Division of Chemical Health and Safety for about 20 years.  Since 2004, she has served as the Division’s Technical Programming Chair, weathering the changes and challenges of planning National Meeting programming.

Currently, Debbie is the Safety Manager and CHO for the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Davis.  Prior to her joining the Chemistry Department, Debbie served as the campus CHO at UC Davis for 15 years.  She’s heavily involved in UC system-wide initiatives and serves as Secretary for the UC Laboratory Safety Work Group.

Debbie is married with two (mostly) grown children and a son-in-law.  She is proud MeeMaw to her grandson, Deegan, who is, by far, her favorite.


SECRETARY (vote for 1)


Note: The Secretary position in CHAS is a three-year position.

RALPH STUART, CIH has been an active member of the Division of Chemical Health and Safety since 1995. He served as programming chair for 3 years and secretary for 6 years. He is also a member of the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety’s editorial board.


Ralph has been in the Chemical Hygiene Officer in the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at Cornell University since 2012. Before that time, he was at the University of Vermont for 27 years.



COUNCILOR (Vote for 1)


Note: The ACS Bylaws require that CHAS has two Councilors, who represent the interests of CHAS to the ACS Council and two alternate-councilors.  CHAS election practice is to name the nominee with the most votes as Councilor and the nominee with the next-most votes as Alternate.  Councilor serves for three years.


FRANKIE WOOD-BLACK, Ph.D., REM, MBA is currently a senior consultant for Trihydro Corporation, a full service environmental consulting firm based in Laramie, WY.  She has been an active ACS member for over 30 years and an active CHAS member for over 22 years.  She is a past president of the Division as well as a past Councilor. Her ACS activities have included service on the Committee on Committees, the Women Chemists Committee, Budget and Finance, Publications, Chemical Abstracts, and Historic Landmarks.  Her ACS activities have also included regular participation in Programing, columns in the Journal and local section activities.  


ROBERT H. HILL, Jr., Ph.D. has served as CHAS Councilor, Chair-elect, Chair, Past Chair, Member-at-Large, and liaison to ACS Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS).  He is currently CCS Chair.  Dr. Hill works with Battelle in Atlanta, Georgia.  He worked for 34 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where he worked in or managed research laboratories for 30 years in occupational and environmental health and served as Acting Director, CDC’s Office of Health and Safety overseeing CDC’s occupational safety and health program. Dr. Hill authored > 100 publications including the undergraduate textbook on laboratory safety – Laboratory Safety for Chemistry Students.  



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