Elizabeth W. Barnette is the Environmental, Health and Safety Leader for Damuth Trane in Chesapeake, VA. Elizabeth has been in the EHS field for over 20 years in different industries and has years of experience in volunteering with ASSP Chapter, Region and Society leadership.
Elizabeth holds the designations of CSP, ASP and SMS and a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety & Health from Columbia Southern University.
She is an active member of ASSP and has served on the Region VI PDC Planning since 2010 in many roles including PDC Chair. She has been active in Chapter Leadership, including two terms as President of the Greater Tidewater Chapter and is currently serving as her Chapter’s representative on the Advisory Group. She previously served on the Society’s Bylaws Committee, Membership Development Committee and various other Society, Region and Chapter Leadership roles.
Elizabeth was awarded the 2012-2013 and 2019 Greater Tidewater Chapter SPY, the 2013 Significant Contributor Award for the Health and Wellness Branch and was the 2013-14 Region VI Safety Professional of the Year.
Our profession continues to evolve in a rapidly changing world. As it does, we must remain vigilant in our pursuit of continuing education. ASSP has been a constant contributor to the success of safety professionals all over the world as we work to protect the people that we serve. We must continue to provide meaningful and relevant educational and networking opportunities to our members and to be actively involved in our communities, helping to influence positive change. We have to continue to find new avenues to provide more flexible options that enable us to reach all of our members, regardless of location.
As has been said before, none of us is as strong or as smart as all of us. The value of ASSP resides in the knowledge base of our members and our willingness to share what we’ve learned with others, and to learn from the best and brightest in our profession. Many in our field are nearing retirement age, and it is critical to the future that we attract, educate, and mentor new safety professionals to continue the good work that has been done and face the challenges that lie ahead.
As Area Director, I will work closely with the leadership of the chapters I serve to ensure that our members understand and take advantage of the value that comes with being an active member of ASSP, and to ensure that the best interests of our members are understood by Society Leadership. I will use my experience in Chapter, Region and Society Leadership to help Chapter Leaders address the challenges that they face and provide resources to ensure an excellent experience for all of our members.