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Past President's Message


Dear Colleagues:

We had a successful Fall Conference with several excellent speakers. Special thanks to Dr. Deborah Nelson, the National AIHA President, who gave presentations at Tulsa and at the Norman meetings. Also, special thanks to our third-year director, Joshua Simmons, who provided us the use of the ONEOK auditorium for the Tulsa meeting, and provided technical support to have Dr. Nelson give her presentation via Skype from Colorado during the Norman meeting.

 

2018 OKAIHA Officers and Board Members:

Effective January 1, we will have a new officers and board as follows: Dr. Chris Bradshaw, MT (ASCP), CEA, will be the 2018 President; I will become Past President; Dr. Jung Wang, PhD, PE, President-Elect; Dr. Margaret Phillips, PhD, CIH, Treasurer; Rachel Butler, MS, CIH, Secretary; Dr. Gregory Day, PhD, third year Director; Dr. Bryan Stolte, PhD, CIH, second year Director; and Susanna Przywojski, MS, first year Director.

 

We would like to thank our outgoing Past-President, Dr. Charles Marshall and Board Member, Joshua  Simmons for their service to OKAIHA. The association continues to grow and improve thanks to the support and dedication you have each provided throughout the years. OKAIHA is lucky to have both as mentors in the years to come.

 

2018 Events:

We will have a Spring Conference on Thursday, April 26 in Oklahoma City. We are working to find great speakers. The first one to sign-up was Dr. Deborah Nelson, National AIHA President and native Oklahoman, who will give us a presentation about “ Twentieth Century IH” where she will wander (and wonder) about the political, legislative, sociocultural, and technical events and advances during the span of her career—1975 to today.

 

There will be a couple of lunch or dinner meetings with other great guest speakers. We will announce them in future newsletters and email.

 

Workers Memorial Day is the week of April 28. We will remember the workers who were killed in on-the job accidents in Oklahoma with a ceremony at the State Capitol. OKAIHA is part of the planning group. We will keep you informed of developments.

 

Safe & Sound Week will be the week of August 13 to 19, 2018. It is a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs in workplaces. It is being organized by AIHA,  ASSE, OSHA, National Safety Council, NIOSH, and other safety organizations. We will be sending information by email.

 

Finally, I take the opportunity to bid farewell as the OKAIHA President. It was a pleasure and an honor to have had the opportunity to serve in this capacity. I wish the best of luck to my successor, Dr. Chris Bradshaw. I’m looking forward to continue to serve in my new capacity as Past President.

 

Sincerely,

Jorge Delucca, - 2017 OKAIHA Local Section President

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