2019-2020 Alaska Chapter Executive Committee Nominees

Apr 09, 2019

President

Chris Warner, CSP, SMS, OHST

I have the pleasure of being the Senior Quality, Safety, Health, and Environmental Director for multiple subsidiaries of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC), including ASRC Energy Services and Little Red Services, both focused primarily on oil and gas support services.  I have been in the EH&S field for 20 years, having had my start in safety when I was approached to assist with the implementation of a behavior-based safety process with my employer at that time.  I found it rewarding to work with my team members to help identify at-risk behaviors that they may not even be aware of and work together to help find safer ways of doing their work.  The ASSP has continued to be an organization that provides a vast scope of knowledge, learning, and networking opportunities and I am excited to have the opportunity to help support our local chapter in carrying on this tradition.

President-Elect

Kelly McGovern, CSP, PMP

Mr. McGovern has lived in Alaska for over 30 years and has worked for Jacobs Engineering for the past 19 years.  During his Alaskan career, Kelly has been involved in the Alaskan energy, construction and environmental industries, and, approximately 7 years ago, Kelly assumed the role of Health and Safety Manager for Jacobs Alaskan operations.

Kelly’s passion for safety revolves around the Jacobs Beyond Zero program, a behavioral safety-based program focused on avoiding accidents and injury to employees, their families, and other members of their communities.  Taking safety home maybe the most effective action an employee can make to improve his or her quality of life, as nothing may negatively impact a person’s life more than a serious accidental injury or death to a close friend or family member.

Education
M.B.A., 2004, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
B.A., 1985, Biological Sciences, University of California, Davis, CA

Kelly enjoys hunting, fishing, and traveling both in-state and abroad.  He has three grown children, Hunter, Sable, and Hawken.

Vice-President

Lee Bauke, CSP, CET

Lee grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico and traveled a bit before earning a Bachelor of Science degree in History with a minor in Biology from the University of New Mexico and then went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Environmental Quality Science at UAA.  Lee initially used her biology background and worked in the fishing and crabbing industry, then as an environmental scientist for construction jobs before her current career at Alyeska Pipeline, where she has worked for 20 years in the HSE department.  Lee presently teaches Occupational Safety and Health classes at the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a member of the Alaska Safety Advisory Council.  Lee is also a long time and frequent volunteer with the American Society of Safety Professionals, currently serving as a Delegate which she has held for five years and has Co-Chaired Alaska Occupational Safety Summit for 10 years.  Lee has been working in the EHS field for 25 years.

Treasurer

Sam Dick

I am currently the Alaska General Manager for Washington Crane & Hoist Company, Inc.  My introduction to safety principles started in 1993 with my first full time position as an apprentice electrician in an underground coal mine on the NSW central coast (Australia). Over the years I have had the privilege of working alongside and learning from great leaders in both the personal concept of safety responsibility and the importance of good leadership.  In 2002, I relocated from Sydney to Brisbane, and was asked to lead a small crew from a new satellite branch for my employer.  Due to the smaller size of the operation, I was required to manage everything from Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Scheduling, Forecasting and Safety.  After receiving the necessary training, I was tasked with being sure my company complied with the Australian Government’s safety requirements, as well as the site-specific safety requirements of my customers.  In 2008, I started a new career with Washington Crane and Hoist.  With the help of my sales manager, I began to build an Alaska division for the Seattle based company.  This opportunity required me to again wear many hats and it allowed me to utilize all my previous training and experience to ensure that, as the Alaska division of Washington Crane & Hoist grew, it would maintain the highest level of professional safety possible.  I joined ASSP in May 2013 and have been active ever since.  I have been volunteering with the Alaska Occupational Safety Summit since 2013 and served as the AK ASSP Treasurer for the 2016-2017 & 2017-2018 terms.

Trandin Watkins, CSP, SMS, CP-12

Trandin joined the Air Force in June 2000.  During his nearly 19-year career, Trandin performed aircraft maintenance on several airframes including 747’s and the B-2 Bomber.  Trandin began his safety career when he completed the Air Force’s two-month occupational safety training course in 2006, where he earned distinguished graduate.  Trandin served as a fulltime safety professional at various Air Force bases in Utah, United Kingdom, Mississippi and Alaska.  Trandin is now the Safety Manager for Eleventh Air Forces providing oversight and support to four large military installations across the Pacific, including Alaska, Hawaii and Guam.  Trandin guides, coaches and mentors 52 Occupational, Aviation and Explosive safety professionals.

Trandin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Waldorf University.  Trandin achieved the Associate Safety Professional, Certified Safety Professional, and Safety Management Specialist certifications in June 2017.  Finally, in 2018, Trandin was awarded the U.S. Army CP-12 Career Safety Professional Certification, which is accredited through ANSI.

Trandin was an active member in the Southern Mississippi ASSP Chapter since 2012 until moving to Alaska in 2016 when he transferred to the Alaska Chapter.  In addition, Trandin is the membership chair for the national ASSP Military Branch Advisory Committee.  Trandin has been involved with developing strategic level safety policy for the Air Force. Trandin’s professionalism resulted in his selection as the 2013 Space Command Safety Professional of the Year and the Pacific Air Force’s Safety Manager of the Year in 2018.

At this stage in his career, Trandin is preparing for his retirement from the Air Force in August 2020 and his transition into the public safety sector.  When time allows, you can find him spending time with his family, road cycling and being a tourist.

Trandin’s objectives for the Alaska Chapter is to continue building on the strong legacy of previous committee members.  Trandin is a strong advocate for professional development and emphasizes coaching and mentorship at all levels.  Trandin will seek to grow the organizations membership while further building the relationship between the chapter and the Department of Defense.

Secretary

Adriana Karameti, ASP

Adriana has been a member of the Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) since 2014. Adriana first joined the student section of the Alaska chapter, later joining the ASSP. Adriana holds an A.A.S degree in Occupational Safety and Health from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Occupational Safety and Health from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Adriana holds the Associate Safety Professional (ASP) certification. She is currently pursuing the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification. Adriana began her Safety Career as a Safety Administrator and Workers’ Comp Coordinator and worked her way into the Technician and field safety levels. Today, she is the Safety Manager at Alaska Central Express.

Adriana takes joy spending time with family, friends and in the Alaskan outdoors. Adriana enjoys camping, hiking and walking her dog. If it’s a summer weekend, you can expect to see Adriana and her family camping or enjoying an outdoor activity.

Adriana’s objective as the Chapter Secretary is to keep members connected by ensuring the organization and delivery of Alaska society information to its chapter members and support the president’s goals and objective to foster a new level of chapter member participation and member growth.

Amberle Wright

Amberle Wright joined the Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals in 2014.  She is currently serving as the Membership Chair since January 2019.  Beginning in 2015, Amberle continues to volunteer as the Moderator Chair for the Alaska Occupational Safety Summit and the Alaska Governor’s Safety and Health Conference planning committees.

Amberle began her career in occupational safety while she worked for a small civil engineering firm in 2004 when she was assigned to coordinate their safety program for multiple remote jobsites with local hire.  While working for an electrical and communications contractor in 2008, due to Amberle’ s passion for occupational safety, she became the Safety Coordinator and began studying with the Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center at the University of Washington. In 2015, Amberle received the Safety & Health Leadership Certificate in both Construction and General Industry.

Amberle currently is the Sr. Branch Administrator and Branch Safety Officer for ATC Group Services LLC and is an OSHA Authorized Construction Trainer.

Amberle is planning and studying for her Safety Management Specialist (SMS) certification.

When Amberle is not working her full time job, she enjoys writing “Tool Box Talks” and sample safety policies as the principal owner of The Wright Perspective.

Aside from occupational safety, Amberle is an Interfaith Clergy and enjoys gardening, hiking, and participating in 5k Fun Runs. Amberle has a passion for anything Scottish and serves as a board member for the Alaska Scottish Club and the Alaska Highland Games committee, as well as serving as the State Commissioner for Clan Stewart Society of America.

As a member for the Alaska Chapter of ASSP, Amberle wishes to develop strong professional relationships and help promote and grow the organization by providing help, assistance, and mentoring to members to make their interactions with ASSP engaging, valuable, and fun!

Delegate

Ann Lindsey, CSP, CET

Ann Lindsey has been a Co-chair of our Alaska Occupational Safety Summit for several years.  She’s a Past President of the Chapter, and currently works with the Society, serving on the Government Affairs Committee and Blue Ribbon Transition Team.  She was honored as a recipient of the ASSP Culbertson Award, for outstanding service to Society.  Ann is an appointed member of the Alaska Safety Advisory Council, and is the President of Lindsey Consulting, which works with companies across the United States closing the gap in Hazard Recognition competence; and building cultures of excellence.

Jon Johanson, CSP, CET, CWCP

Jon Johanson joined the Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) in 2011.  Jon has served as the Secretary (2016-2017), Vice President (2017-2018) and President (2018-2019) of the Alaska Chapter.  He has also served as the Membership Chair from 2011-2019.

Jon began his career in occupational safety in June 2011 when he volunteered to be the safety specialist at one of his previous employers.  Jon is currently the Sr. Manager, Safety & Risk Management, at GCI.

Jon has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University.  Jon is planning to receive a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in May 2020.

In 2017, Jon achieved the Associate Safety Professional (ASP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Environmental, Safety and Health Trainer (CET) certifications.  In May 2018, Jon achieved the Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional (CWCP) certification.

Beginning in 2016, Jon began serving on the Alaska Occupational Safety Summit planning committee as the Speaker Chair.

At this stage in his career, Jon’s biggest passion is spending time with his family and education.  When time allows, you can find him fishing, target shooting, or roasting his own coffee in his garage at home.

Jon’s objectives for the Alaska Chapter are to develop and promote the professional development of its members, grow the organization in terms of membership, and foster a new level of participation among the chapter members.