Elizabeth W. Barnette, ASP, SMS is currently employed as the EHS Leader for Damuth Trane in Chesapeake, VA. Previously, Elizabeth was the Safety Manager for Keurig Green Mountain in Windsor, VA and the US Safety & Health Manager for CooperVision, Inc.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety & Health from Columbia Southern University; and the ASP and SMS designations from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
Elizabeth is very active in ASSP and has served on the Region VI PDC Planning since 2010, including terms as Liaison Chair, Program Chair, Student Chair and 2 years as PDC Chair. She has also served as Vice Chair of WISE from 2012-2014. Elizabeth has been active in Chapter Leadership, including two terms as President of the Greater Tidewater Chapter after stints as both Secretary and VP of Programs. She previously served on the Society’s Bylaws Committee, Membership Development Committee, and as membership chair for the Health and Wellness Branch of the Healthcare Practice Specialty. She also served on the Chapter Operations Committee and held other positions on the WISE advisory board and Health and Wellness Branch. Elizabeth was the 2012-2013 recipient of the Greater Tidewater Chapter SPY, the 2013 Significant Contributor Award for the Health and Wellness Branch, was the 2013-14 Region VI Safety Professional of the Year and received the 2019 SPY for the Greater Tidewater Chapter.
Over the past decade, I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best and brightest members of ASSP through my involvement in Chapter, Region and Society Leadership. I’d like to put that experience to work as Area Director for the Northern Region and help the chapters in my area to leverage the hard work of their peers to provide the best membership experience possible,
As Area Director, I would work closely with the leadership of the chapters to ensure that our members understand and take advantage of the value that comes with being an active member of ASSP. We must provide meaningful and relevant educational and networking opportunities to our members. We need to be actively involved in our communities, and to influence positive change where we work and live. As volunteers, it is a challenge to find time in our busy schedules to invest in the Society and ourselves, but I continue to be impressed with those that can and do. Our organization has reinvented itself over and over again, and continues to evolve as the world around us changes. We need to find new and different avenues to provide more flexible options that enable us to reach all of our members.
I have had the honor of being mentored by some outstanding safety professionals throughout my career and I have seen firsthand the value that comes from networking. We have an opportunity to influence and guide the next generation of safety professionals through mentoring, education and networking. The Society’s strength is in our ability to engage our members, and we need to work to ensure that we are building our legacy through the development of all of our members.