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ASSP Elections Highlighted by Roy’s Move to President

Apr 09, 2020

PARK RIDGE, IL — The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), the world’s oldest professional safety organization, has announced its new leaders from the 2020 Society elections. All terms begin July 1. Deborah Roy will serve as ASSP president for 2020-21.

“We had more applicants this year and the quality was outstanding,” said ASSP President Diana Stegall, CSP, CFPS, ARM, SMS, CPCU, whose term ends June 30. “It’s great to see members wanting to get involved at a higher level. Engaged members define our Society, keeping it vibrant and advancing worker safety and health.”

ASSP’s top elected positions — all part of its Board of Directors — are president, president-elect, senior vice president, vice president of finance and directors-at-large. Each is a one-year term, except for the three-year terms of the vice president of finance and directors-at-large. The succession of leaders from senior vice president to president-elect, and from president-elect to president, is automatic.

Following are snapshots of ASSP’s newly elected leaders, whose influence and contributions will help shape the Society and the profession while sustaining the organization as a global leader for workplace safety and health.

•  President Deborah Roy, M.P.H., RN, COHN-S, CSP, CIT, FASSP, FAAOHN, is president of SafeTech Consultants Inc. An ASSP member since 1993, Roy has more than 35 years of occupational safety and health experience and is past corporate director of health, safety and wellness for L.L.Bean. She rejoined the Board of Directors in 2018 after being a director-at-large from 2015-17. Roy has a Master of Public Health in occupational health and safety from the University of North Carolina. She is an ASSP Fellow and resides in Falmouth, Maine.

•  President-Elect Brad Giles, P.E., CSP, STS, FASSP, GIOSH, is principal of Bradley Giles and Associates. He has more than 40 years of experience in the safety, health, environmental and security disciplines. He returned to the Board of Directors in 2019 after serving as a director-at-large from 2015-18. Giles is an ASSP Fellow who has received the President’s Award twice. He earned a master’s degree in education from Southern Illinois University. An ASSP member since 1981, Giles will be Society president in 2021-22. He resides in New Meadows, Idaho.

•  Senior Vice President Christine Sullivan, CSP, ARM, is senior vice president and risk control director at Sompo International, working with mid-sized and global companies. She has nearly 30 years of safety experience. Sullivan is concluding her term as vice president, finance. Her Society honors include the Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. She earned a bachelor’s degree in human factors engineering at Tufts University. An ASSP member since 1996, Sullivan will be Society president in 2022-23. She resides in Highlands Ranch, CO.

•  Vice President, Finance, Linda Tapp, CSP, ALCM, CPTD, is president of SafetyFUNdamentals, an occupational safety training company. Tapp is chair of the ASSP Foundation. She has authored several books and contributed to The Safety Professional’s Handbook. An ASSP member since 1989, Tapp was named the Society’s Safety Professional of the Year in 2007 and earned the Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award in 2010. She holds a master’s degree in environmental health from Temple University. Tapp resides in Madison, NJ.

•  Director-At-Large Maribeth Anderson, M.P.A., CSP, is assistant vice president at HUB International, providing tailored solutions in safety, business continuity, crisis response, cyber security and security for clients with global operations. An ASSP member since 1997, Anderson received the Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award in 2017 and the President’s Award in 2019. She has earned undergraduate degrees from Lewis University and a master’s degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Anderson resides in Chicago.

Candidates for ASSP offices must possess specific qualifications in addition to being professional members. Attributes include involvement in an ASSP committee or task force, a record of positive contributions to the occupational safety and health profession, support and understanding of the Society’s vision, and being an effective motivator who is results-driven. Find a complete list of election results on the ASSP website.

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Media contact: Blaine Krage, 847.768.3416,


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