Meet IH Heroes Stephen and Sarah

Stephen

Hometown: Bozeman, Montana
Alma Mater: Montana Tech (BS, MS)
Certifications: CIH, CSP, CAE, LEED
Interests: Mountain climbing, skiing, hunting

Fascinated with adventure from early on, Stephen loved to mountain climb around the United States with his father. He graduated with a degree in Mining Engineering and took a job in Canada, working at remote mining sites in the far northern reaches. After several years as a health and safety coordinator, he returned to the USA to further his education. 

Intrigued with the rising interest in sustainability, he joined a regional firm and spent several years working towards transforming mining sites into a more ‘green’ platform. Stephen eventually retired as a top executive for a multi-national consulting firm and a leading expert in strategic sustainability. He also spent several years on the Board of Directors of AIHA and the Product Stewardship Society and now actively advances sustainability strategies through public policies and legislation at the state and territorial levels in the USA and Canada.


 


Sarah

Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma
Alma Maters: New York University (BA, BS), Yale University (MPH, PhD), University of Oregon (PhD)
Certifications: CIH, CSP
Interests: Gardening, family time, local chamber orchestra

A gifted violinist, Sarah attended college on a full music scholarship and graduated with two degrees: one in music and the other in biology. While trying to start her classical music career, she answered an ad for an insurance company looking for biology majors. She spent the next decade inspecting facilities for insurance compliance and learned the fundamentals of industrial hygiene.  

Sarah discovered her life's calling in IH after deployment to Ground Zero's cleanup efforts. She went onto complete her postgraduate studies and served on AIHA’s Board of Directors for several years, before relocating her family to the Pacific Northwest when offered an executive role within a scientific research firm. Now semi-retired, Sarah consults for a few international manufacturers and she is in constant demand as a keynote speaker at IH conferences around the world.