Chapter News

Election Nominees 2022-2023

Vice President:

Dona J. Leonard OT MS CEASII
Dona is an Occupational Therapist and an Ergonomics Assessment Specialist with a focus in Aging Workforce issues. As Director of Colorado In Motion’s Industrial Health division for the past 6 years, she has helped Northern Colorado industry and government develop
leading-indicator solutions for work-related musculoskeletal disorders, while advocating for evidence-based Pain Neuroscience Education (PNE) to help mitigate the devastating effects of chronic pain on our workforce and community. Membership in the ASSP Rocky Mountain Chapter over the past 5 years has presented an invaluable learning opportunity – developing relationships with colleagues in safety, risk management and insurance to gain a better understanding of the resources they contribute to workers and their workplaces. Sharing her perspective as an allied health care professional both informally through Chapter events, and as a presenter, Dona sees an opportunity to facilitate a growing partnership between healthcare, safety and risk management – improving outcomes in workplace injury prevention and worker well-being. Partnering with safety professionals, she hopes to be part of a growing Total Worker HealthTM movement within the state and across the nation.

Treasurer:

Dave Tolbert, CSP

With safety running as a common thread throughout his personal and professional life, Dave likes to think safety and safety leadership are in his DNA. Early in his career, Dave was tapped to organize and run various safety committees in addition to his job responsibilities as an electrical designer in the power industry.
Earning several safety awards for his activities at work, Dave was also rewarded for his safety leadership as a ski patroller with the National Ski Patrol (NSP). He was awarded the NSP yellow star for his individual lifesaving efforts on two separate occasions. Additionally, Dave provided leadership as a volunteer firefighter in his hometown for several years obtaining firefighter II status.
In recognition of his safety efforts at work, Dave was promoted to senior risk manager and then corporate safety director. There he grew his knowledge in the corporate risk, risk financing, and safety arenas, impacting a greater audience with his program knowledge and caring philosophy.
Capitalizing on this experience Dave is now a regional safety director for a nationwide mechanical company providing safety support for operating companies across the country. He approaches his role with empathy and an altruistic philosophy. His experience and industry knowledge will aid him immensely as he pursues executive leadership positions within the ASSP Rocky Mountain Chapter.

Secretary:

Ivanna Khmelovska

Ivanna Khmelovska is an experienced Environmental Health and Safety Engineer with Seagate Technology, a data storage company, who contributes to a cross-functional team to support the overall safety, health and well-being of employees, contractors, and the environment.  Ivanna has been a member of ASSP since 2015 and has held an Executive Secretary position for the Northern Illinois University (NIU) Student Section during her senior year while working towards her Bachelor’s in Public Health Sciences. 

In July of 2019, Ivanna relocated to Colorado.  Her goal is to learn from and share best practices from the Rocky Mountain Chapter community, give back to the Student Chapters, and be more involved.  Ivanna is detail oriented, organized and is currently holding a Secretary position with the Seagate C.A.R.E.s Team (Colorado Activities Reaching Everyone), where she is working with her peers to modernize the communication channels to better support the team’s main vision of employee and community outreach.”

Thank you!

Thank you to all the Chapter members and friends that participated in our silent auction and 100 squares drawing yesterday. We raised $1,960 towards our scholarship fund and couldn’t have done it without your support, participation, and generosity. We are humbled and grateful to have members like you. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year.  

A big CONGRATULATIONS to our 100 squares winner and the recipient of a $1,000 Airbnb gift card- Jen Hakkarinen!

Scholarship Recipient

Kyle Hancock, MPH 

We are proud to announce the winner of the ASSP Foundation’s, Rocky Mountain Chapter Scholarship, Kyle Hancock!  Kyle was awarded a $1000.00 scholarship. 

Kyle would like to express his sincere gratitude for investing in the education of future safety professionals through ASSP.  He is thankful to be selected as the ASSP Rocky Mountain Chapter Scholarship recipient for 2021. The financial support will allow him to further his education in occupational health and lighten the burdens that come with being a student.

Kyle goes on to say “Throughout my career, I will always remember this support and will make it a priority to give back to younger safety professionals.”Please help us in congratulating Kyle Hancock on this award! 

ASSP Safety Professional of the Year

Griffin Petri, CSP

The ASSP Rocky Mountain Chapter (RMC) is proud to announce this years’ winner of the Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) award is none other than
Past President, Griffin Petri. 
The SPY award is a prestigious recognition of demonstrated outstanding achievement in the OSH field while making significant contributions to advancing the OSH profession. The winner of this year’s SPY award was selected by a group of Chapter peers from a RMC subcommittee made up of four safety professionals. 
Griffin has voluntarily served in numerous roles within the ASSP RMC, maintained membership numbers throughout COVID-19 and lead the chapter through virtual meetings for the first time since the chapter’s inception. In his professional experience, Griffin is largely responsible for leading the Saunders Heath safety conscious culture that exists throughout the organization as a trusted resource and teammate.


Please help us in congratulating Griffin!