Summer 2017

​​​Message fro​​m Leadership

A Message from the Chair: Deborah Imel​​ Nelson, PhD, CIH, Chair of the AIHF Board of Trustees

Deborah Imel​​ Nelson, PhD, CIHOur new Board of Trustees was inducted last month during AIHce EXP in Seattle, Wash., and I look forward to serving as the AIHF Board of Trustees President. I have the honor of working with Cynthia A. Ostrowski, CIH (President-Elect), Kathleen S. Murphy, CIH (Vice President), J. Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP (Treasurer), Michael S. Rosenow, CIH, CSP, MPH (Secretary), John L. Henshaw, CIH (Member-at-Large), and Steven E. Lacey, PhD, CIH, CSP (Immediate Past President).

In preparation for the 2017 Fall Conference in Tampa, Fla., the Fundraising and Donor Relations Committee is working on creative ways to include additional fundraising opportunities for the Foundation. We will be considering several possibilities and will make an announcement as soon as the planning is complete! If you would like to share any fundraising ideas, please contact the Chair of the Fundraising and Donor Relations Committee, Melissa Rupert, CIH

​Events and News

FunRun – AIHceEXP 201​7


The 31st Annual FunRun was a huge success! Starting at Olympic Statue Park, more than 250 IH/OH professionals and their family members participated. New this year, several “snoozers” opted for the “sleep in” option, which gave everyone an opportunity to support our cause.  This year we received an unprecedented amount of generous support from our event sponsors, and we’d like to thank our friends from Boeing, 3M, Alliant, SevenGen, REPSS, ATC, ESIS, Maupin, the Pacific Northwest Section of AIHA, Safex, Simply Seattle, Steel Dynamics, Susan Ripple Consulting, and Workplace Health Without Borders-US.  Because of their partnership, we’ve been able to elevate this event to a new level and we cannot thank them enough.

We’re already looking forward to next year’s FunRun in Philly!

AIHce 2017 – Pins​ Still Available

AIHce 2017 Conference Pin

This year’s pin donation is $15, and funds raised will go toward supporting the AIHF mission: to enable talented students to complete their educations in industrial hygiene and related disciplines. This tax-deductible donation will allow you to show your support of our profession. If you would like to purchase a pin, please contact Thursa La


AIHF recently awarded a total of $131,800 in scholarships to 51 industrial hygiene students. The recipients have distinguished themselves through their commitment to their studies, their communities, and the profession of industrial hygiene. We are proud to be able to continue supporting these students who are working toward the future of protecting worker health.

Stefany Malina

“I cannot stress enough how much this means to my family and how much it will help me in moving my career forward in becoming an industrial hygienist.” – Stefany Malina, AIHF Scholarship

Taylor Orr

“It is an honor to receive your generous scholarship, which will allow me to better help individuals in the workplace and those in the community. At a young age, I knew that I wanted to help people and make a change in the world. This degree in Industrial Hygiene will make this dream become a reality.”
– Taylor Orr, New England Local Section Scholarship

Candice Burton

“As an international student, the personal costs of the program have been significant and I am grateful for the help. A few years earlier, my family moved hundreds of miles across the country so I could accept a promising job where I was to develop and implement industrial hygiene programs in a sector fraught with health hazard exposures.”
– Candice Burton, Jerry Lynch Memorial Scholarship

S. Luke Wright

“By awarding me this scholarship, you have lightened the financial burden on my family and myself. This will allow me to work less hours during the week and I will now be able to focus more on my schoolwork than ever before during my college career.”
– S. Luke Wright, AIHF Scholarship

​Making an Impact

It’s never too late or early to make a donation to the Foundation. Please donate here and help our next generation of industrial hygiene professionals! 

NEW ENDOWED SCHOLAR​SHIP: Warren A. Cook Scholarship 

The Warren A. Cook Scholarship just reached its endowment level and the first scholarship will be awarded in 2018.  The scholarship is in honor of Warren A. Cook, a founding member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). Following his term as AIHA’s second president in 1940, Cook’s efforts to enhance the profession of industrial hygiene at the national and local levels accelerated. He was instrumental in the development of the Greater Chicago Section of AIHA; held the office of president of the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society; and was actively involved in establishing the Carolinas Section of AIHA and served as its first president. Cook was a founder of the American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal and served as editor for the first ten years of publication.

Donated PDC Instructor ​Fees

AIHF wishes to thank all of the Professional Development Course (PDC) Instructors who donated their 2017 PDC Instructor honoraria to the Foundation, totaling more than $14,000.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​