Wichita Chapter Newsletter

May 2014

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We will be electing new officers at the May Meeting, so come and Cast your Vote!


Wichita Chapter Officer Elections will be held on May 5th

President - Christopher A. Nolan, CSP
Chris has been involved with Safety since 1995 when he began an internship during college at a manufacturing facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma while obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Fire Protection and Safety Technology Engineering at Oklahoma State University. He has been of member of ASSE for several years with plans to become more involved in the Wichita chapter. Chris has worked for Occidental Chemical Corporation at the Wichita plant as the HESS Manager since June 2012. Prior to joining Oxy he spent 8 years at Koch in various compliance and Safety roles as well as 6 years as an EHS professional in the oil and gas refining industry in Oklahoma and Texas.

VP/President Elect - Cloys Bayless
Cloys Bayless currently works for the Associated General Contractors of Kansas (AGC). He provides Safety & Training Services for approximately 225 companies involved in the construction industry. AGC of Kansas is also Region VII OSHA Training Institute Education Center Host Site. He started his Safety & Training experience in the 1980's. Cloys has worked in the Manufacturing, Peto-Chemical, and Construction industries.

VP/President Elect - Brent Cothran
Brent Cothran, CSP is the Safety and Training Coordinator for Westar Energy's Gas Fired Power Plants. He has been a member of the ASSE for 27 years and a member of chapters in Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas, New Mexico and Kansas. He has served as an officer of the Wichita Chapter from 2007-2009 as Vice President and President.. Before moving to Kansas, he served as Section Chair for the Four Corners Section of the New Mexico Chapter before helping to create the Four Corners Chapter and becoming its first President. He looks forward to serving as an officer again striving to serve our membership better than in the past by implementing new ideas and technology that can more effectively serve our diverse and widespread group of safety professionals.

Secretary - Jenna Hackler
Jenna Hackler has held various roles during her 15 years as an EHS professional. She has spent the past 6 years working for Koch with most current being the Product Stewardship Compliance Coordinator for Koch Ag & Energy Solutions, LLC. Jenna has been a member of the Wichita Chapter of ASSE for approximately 6 years and has held various Executive Offices that included Secretary, VP/President Elect and President. Jenna currently a member of the Executive Committee as the current Past President. Seeing the need for a successful Executive Committee Jenna has accepted the nomination to hopefully return to the Secretary role.

Treasurer- Jo Lynn McWilliams
Jo Lynn McWilliams has been a Professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers since 1993, and has been on the Executive Board for the Wichita Chapter for about 7 years serving as the Chapter Treasurer during that time. Jo Lynn has worked as a Safety & Industrial Hygiene Specialist for the last 23 years at the Boeing Company from 1991 to 2005, and Spirit AeroSystems from 2005 to the present time.

Delegate- David Weir
David Weir is self-employed at this time. David has been Safety Director of large companies and own Sunrise Safety based in Kingman, Kansas. David has an MSHA blue card , OSHA 500, Trainer for First Aid , CPR and AED, and OSHA 30 hour card. He has dealt with many different loss control programs all over the states. He has taken care of many drug testing programs, traveled all over the United States and overseas. David has lived in 17 states, has 4 Children and 8 grandchildren. David has 33years of experience and is glad to help anyone with problems with their Safety programs.


May ASSE Meeting

Date: May 5, 2014
Time: 11:30 AM—1:00 PM

Speaker: Clark Jones, Corporate Health and Safety Manager – Dondlinger Construction (a Wichita company)
Topic: Addressing H&S Challenges in the Construction Industry

For Cinco de Mayo we will be having a Mexican Lunch… so come on out and network with some other EHS professionals. Bring a friend, guests are always welcome! Feel free to forward to non-member EHS professionals as well.

Truffles Catering will be serving up a Fajita Bar with Mexican Salad, Tortillas, Various Toppings, Chips & Salsa, Fajita Chicken & Beef, Refried Beans, Spanish Rice, Assorted Cookies & Brownies, with Ice Cold Tea…. Yum, yum!!!

If you plan on joining us for lunch, please RSVP by e-mailing Wayne.kordonowy@kochind.com no later than Thursday, May 1st – We need to know so we have enough food available. The cost is still opersonnly $10.00 per .


McPherson ASSE Meeting - May 19

For those of you planning to attend the McPherson meeting on May 19th… this will be an initial meeting, with the hopes of doing a few of these each year! We already have interested hosts and speakers for future meetings, so I am excited to kick this thing off! Thanks Dan for stepping up to present!!

Dan Boren will be presenting on Walking and Working Surfaces.

Meeting Time: Lunch begins at 11:30 / Presentation begins at Noon!

We will most likely be meeting at a local restaurant with a private room (suggestions please). I will send that info out later just to those who plan to attend.

Attendees can buy their lunch and come on back to the meeting room.

If you can make it, please email Kent Perry the following information:

- Your Name
- Company Name
- Number of Persons coming with you

Remember guests are always welcome!


April ASSE Meeting

Date: April 7, 2014
Time: 11:30 AM—1:00 PM

Topic: Environmental and Safety Management Systems
Speaker: Nikki Chavez, CHMM & Scott Smith, Lead Auditor, iSi

iSi Offices
215 S. Laura
Wichita, KS 67211
(316) 264-7050

Truffles Catering will be serving up a Bistro Sandwich Buffet, with choice of Bistro Supreme, Roast Beef Club, and Southwest Grilled Chicken, Tossed Salad, Kosher Pickle Spears, Potato Chips, Assorted Cookies and Brownies and Iced Tea to drink.

If you plan on joining us for lunch, please RSVP by e-mailing Wayne.kordonowy@kochind.com no later than Thursday, April 3rd – We need to know so we have enough food available. The cost is still only $10.00 per person.

March Meeting

March 3, 2014 Meeting

Wanda Roehl, Chapter Delegate, welcomes everyone to the meeting and introduces Dave.

Dave McDonnell from OSHA provides an "OSHA Update", followed by an open Q&A.


November Meeting

At the November Chapter meeting, Dennis Schmidt presented
Leonard Shuckman his ASSE 40-year member award.


Golf Tournament

ASSE Wichita Chapter President and Treasurer Present
Youthville with $15,000 from this year’s Charity Golf Tournament.



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