Spring 2017


Message from Leaders​hip

A message from th​e Chair– Steven Lacey, PhD, CIH, CSP, Chair of the AIHF Board of Trustees 


Steven Lacey, PhD, CIH, CSPTogether, we open doors to support the next generation of leaders through AIHF Scholarships.  The cost of attending college is daunting -- just one reason member support of AIHF is so important.  Our scholarship recipients tell us again and again how much these scholarships mean to them. As we commit to our annual scholarship awards, we pave the way for promising students, and we invest in the future of our profession. I hope that Local Sections will put the development of local strategies on their spring meeting agendas to increase their impact through the Foundation. 


Events and News

AIHF Establishes the Scholarship A​dvisory Committee 


George OsborneGeorge R. Osborne, CIH, CSP, FAIH, brings enthusiastic commitment and dedication to ensure the future of the Industrial Hygiene profession. Through the mission of the AIHF, “we will work together to help identify the best in the field and help them achieve their academic goals.”   Leading a committee of 14 individuals, George believes that the importance of AIHF scholarships is to “find good candidates who will make good IH’s.” He believes the work of the Foundation is to support the best in the field to help ensure that the future will be strong. George was involved in the early stages of forming AIHA’s Continuing Education Committee and the Academic Accreditation Committee. He brings a breadth of knowledge that spans the industrial hygiene world from within the industry to the academic side. He knows what skills are essential to identify potential and wants to help provide incentives to help individuals succeed. “Scholarships motivate individuals to do good work. AIHF scholarships offer support that can make a difference in helping students attend top notch universities and enter the IH profession with strong credentials. I want to help new folks in the field as best I can. We can provide scholarships and active mentoring to help ensure that they will achieve their goals.”  AIHF gives special thanks to the distinguished Scholarship Advisory Committee: Aaron Bankhead, CIH; Timothy Barton; Billy Bullock, DHSc, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Matthew Call, CIH; David Breeding, PhD; Kent Candee, CIH, ARM, AIHS, CPCU, API;  Stephanie Carter, PhD, CIH; Kul Bhushan Garg, CIH, CSP, REM; David Huizen, CIH; Ephraim Massawe, PhD; Torey Nalbone, PhD, CIH, FAIH; Catherine Simmons, CIH; Jennifer Thomasen, CIH; Jun Wang, PhD.

Serving​ as an AIHF Trustee 


John Henshaw, CIH, recently accepted a new appointment to the AIHF Board of Trustees. His interest is dedicated to helping to preserve and invest in the future. “I want to help grow the mission as we continue to provide scholarships that help students achieve life goals. It’s important to bring in new and better skills. Our profession is only as good as the people who succeed us. I’d like to preserve the endowment so that we can give more to support students.  In doing this, I hope that students will succeed, earn more, and give back. Through the work as an AIHF Trustee, we can build, provide opportunities, and meet new challenges as we move into the future. As we commit and designate funds for scholarships, through this philanthropy, we can identify high quality people for our profession.”

Get Ready for the FunRun at AIHceEXP


Fun Run LogoThis year we are working with Feat on the Street to help achieve a safe, healthy and exciting FunRun in Seattle. Nick Sterner is the event coordinator and this year we will be using some new apps which will give each runner access to instant results, and results of friends and family members running. Don’t forget to sign up to run as you register for AIHceEXP 2017. 


IAmIH - Get Involved


2017 AIHF PinI​ntroducing our New AIHceEXP AIHF Pin! Every year we work to raise funds to support the mission of AIHF. This year, your pin donation will be $15. It’s a tax deductible donation and best of all, shows your support for AIHF and our profession. Look for the pin on site in Seattle. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



Making an Impact​​

Melissa Rupert, CIH embraces her role as the Chair of the new Fundraising and Donor Relations Committee


We asked Melissa why she accepted this important volunteer position to serve as Chair of the AIHF Fundraising and Donor Relations Committee. You can sense her passion in her own words.  Here’s what she told us:

“I personally feel that one of the most important things I can do as a professional is to be engaged within our organization and to find ways to help nurture the future of our profession. So, volunteering to be part of AIHF seemed like a very natural fit and a very worthy way to spend my time.”

“I think that as industrial hygienists, if we truly believe in the work we are doing, then one of our priorities, aside from protecting worker health, is to protect the future of our profession. Anything that is worthwhile takes investment, whether it’s investment in time or money, and investing in the future of our profession is really no different. The students that the Foundation awards scholarships to are our replacements. We need to help them succeed.”

Melissa recognizes that the cost of education continues to rise and that the trend is likely to continue. “As a community, we have a significant responsibility to give back. Our community is large, but not enormous, and that’s why it becomes so important to focus on the quality of our support system and the quality of our relationships. Together we can make a difference and we can really encourage the growth of these up-and-coming IH superstars.”

We are still recruiting for enthusiastic volunteers to serve on our Fundraising and Donor Relations Committee – so email Melissa today! MRupert@SevenGenHSE.com.

Gary and Bonnie O​lmstead Endowed Scholarship


Gary Olmstead and his wife have been very generous to AIHF. Their generosity is motivated by a great desire to support the profession and to ensure the future for promising students.   “People did a lot of good things for me when I was starting out, and by establishing an endowment, this is one way we can pay back and support the profession, which is in need of support.” Gary has been involved with AIHA and AIHF for many years, dating back to the early 1970s. He wants to be sure that AIHF scholarships attract the best students to help them be the best future leaders in IH. “I have been honored to have helped train students who are now practicing IH. Education is expensive and scholarships can help make a difference in their decision about what school to choose for study. Industrial hygiene needs a pipeline and new practitioners to sustain the protection of health and safety in the workplace. I’ve been impressed with former scholarship recipients and I cannot think of a better way to “repay” IH than to contribute to the AIHF and help fund the training of tomorrow’s IH leaders.”

Spotlight on a​n IH Scholar

Jason Garc​ia 


Jason is an AIHF scholarship recipient for both 2015 and 2016. Jason feels gratitude and expressed that it is, “unbelievable that people give donations and want to help – it’s huge.” Jason started out wanting to be a physician; his father was a physician in the Philippines. When he finished his degree in public health he felt that a career in IH may have greater impact on more people than what he could have accomplished as a physician. So he decided to work in safety and health and pursue a career in IH. His experience after graduation allowed him to see the real world application of theories and ideas he learned in the classroom. Jason has a passion for working with and helping people. His goal is to become a Certified Industrial Hygienist and work for a major manufacturer. Jason reminded us of the Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi’s belief that, “The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.” Jason said, “That may sound cliché, but I have fallen many times. I always seem to dust myself off and push forward. It’s this determination and perseverance that will allow me to become a successful industrial hygienist.”

Alyse Grum​bles 


Alyse is a 2015 AIHF Scholarship recipient working the field of IH in public health and environmental and occupational health sciences. Alyse told us that having financial support through an AIHF scholarship freed up some time for her to focus on her studies. She also mentioned that her first AIHce conference was a great thrill and she felt supported and confirmed that this was the field she wanted to be a part of. “I love getting field experience and helping workers achieve their goals – experience in the IH community has been fantastic and makes me eager to continue my work in the profession.”


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