Nathan Spencer, CSP, CIH, MS, years ago spoke with a university professor that shared a passion for working in the Environmental, Health and Safety field. He left that conversation with stars in his eyes which ultimately led to him completing a bachelor’s and master’s degree in industrial hygiene at Utah State University and Montana Tech. Nate is currently the Global Safety Manager for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the which he has worked over 20 years delivering EH&S services. His experience within the Church includes partnering with management groups to ensure the safety of workers in a variety of domestic and international workplaces including distribution, printing, agricultural, food processing, university, manufacturing and retail settings.
Nate is originally from the Salt Lake City area and has been an active leader in the local ASSP Utah Chapter and Region 2 for over 14 years. He is currently the Area B Director for Region 2 of the Society. Nate has been happily involved in student engagement efforts including many bi-annual Region 2 Student Leadership Conferences. Nate enjoys sharing his passion for the EH&S profession, the key role of ASSP, and keeping a balanced life. He and his wife Jodi are the happy parents of 3 children. The Spencer family enjoys sailing, snowshoeing, camping, backpacking, and sometimes snowshoeing camping backpacking trips together.
I share a great passion for the EH&S profession and strongly feel that ASSP is the premier organization to support dedicated safety professionals. I feel that it is important to stay focused on meaningful work – providing practical services and life-expanding opportunities to Society members. I recognize and celebrate the volunteer leaders in our Region Chapters who are on the front lines of ASSP and make the magic happen to provide real benefits to many of our members. I feel that their success is paramount, and that our primary purpose within Region 2 leadership is to provide practical, meaningful solutions to the challenges they face. The mantra of ‘Keeping it meaningful’ will motivate me as I strive to support those providing service to Society members and leaders in Region 2.
As the Region 2 Vice President I will draw on the strength found in our diverse and experience-rich Area and Chapter leaders. I will strive to emphasize the meaningful ways that ASSP has helped me as an individual and member of the EH&S community to:
- Continue to provide a path and hopeful career trajectory for those that are entering the EH&S profession through efforts such as Society and Region Student Leadership Conferences, supported Student Sections and member mentoring opportunities.
- Address real-life Chapter and organizational challenges by utilizing the solutions and best thinking of our Region leader and member communities – a process that also builds capability amongst our current and future leaders.
- Promote human and professional community interactions. There is a great strength that comes from meeting with people that share the same passions about the profession. My ASSP community experiences have led me to meet some of the best people I know. Finding these life-long resources and friends benefit us all and make the world a better place.