Local Sections Council

Local Sections Council 

The Local Sections Council (LSC) is a forum for local sections to discuss issues of interest or concern, and through this structure, communicate these issues to the AIHA Board of Directors. The president and president-elect of each local section is a member of the Local Sections Council.  Voting previledges are granted to each local section president. The LSC meets annual at AIHce during the Local Sections Council Business Meeting.

If you're a president of your local section and are unable to attend the meeting, please fill out a proxy form.  The proxy form will assign voting rights to the substitute /officer representing your local section at the Local Sections Council Business Meeting. 

Mission Statement

The Local Sections Council's (LSC) mission is to promote continued effectiveness and efficiency of AIHA local sections, to serve as a liaison among local sections, and to provide collective local section positions to the AIHA Board and national AIHA office.

LSC Charter

To learn more about the roles and responsibilities and goals and objectives of the Local Sections Council, review their charter.


Each local section's two highest-ranking officers—traditionally the president​ and president-elect—have seats on the LSC. The Local Sections Council is headed by a chair, vice-chair, and past-chair.

  • Chair: John Lopez, CIH, CSP
  • Vice Chair: Beau Middaugh, PhD, MS, OHST
  • Past Chair: Jeff V. Throckmorton, CIH, MPH

Local Section Regional Repr​esentatives

AIHA Local Sections are divided into eight geographic regions.  Each region is overseen by an AIHA Board Member and a Regional Representative. 

Regional Representatives are assigned to work closely with the Local Sections Council (LSC) Chair, AIHA Board, and Local Section Officers to:

  • Facilitate more communication among local sections within a geographic area 
  • Provide coaching to local section officers on effective leadership
  • Track metri​cs of each local section with respect to size, number of meetings, officers, etc.
  • Provide local sections with subject matter speaker information


  • Chicago
  • Iowa/Illinois
  • Manitoba
  • Mid-America
  • Nebraska/W. Iowa
  • Prairie
  • St. Louis
  • Upper Midwest
  • Wisconsin 

Board Coordinator:  Dr. Steve Lacey, PhD, CIH, CSP 

Local Section Regional Representative: Stephen H. Gutmann, CIH, CPE (2014) 


  • Central Virginia
  • Chesapeake
  • Delaware
  • Lehigh Valley
  • New Jersey
  • Metro New York
  • Philadelphia
  • Potomac
  • Tidewater   

Board Coordinator:  Michael B. Amster, CIH, CSP, CHMM, PE

Local Section Regional Representative: Tom Case, CIH, CSP (2015)


  • Central Ohio
  • Indiana
  • Kentuckiana
  • Michigan
  • Northwest Ohio
  • Northeast Ohio
  • Ohio Valley
  • Pittsburgh
  • Western Michigan 

Board Coordinator:  Dianne Grote Adams, CIH, CSP, CPEA

Local Section Regional Representative: C. Dan Flinta, CIH, CSP (2016)


  • Atlantic Province
  • Central New York
  • Central PA
  • Connecticut River Valley
  • Down East
  • New England
  • Western MA
  • Western NY   

Board Coordinator: Dr. Charles Redinger, PhD, CIH

Local Section Regional Representative: David Duford, CIH, CHMM (2014)


  • Alberta
  • British Columbia/Yukon
  • Idaho -  Teton
  • Midnight Sun
  • Nevada
  • Pacific Northwest
  • Rocky Mountain
  • Utah

Board Coordinator: Joseph B. Graffeo, CIH

Local Section Regional Representative: Jeff Throckmorton, MPH, CIH (2015)


  • Arizona
  • Hawaii
  • Orange County
  • Northern California
  • Rio Grande
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • Southern California
  • Yuma Pacific

Board Coordinator:   Kathleen S. Murphy, CIH

Local Section Regional Representative: Steve W. Hemperly, MS, CIH, CSP, CLSO (2016)


  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Carolinas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Middle Tennessee
  • Mid South
  • Tennessee Valley 

Board Coordinator:  Chris L. Laszcz-Davis, MS, CIH

Local Section Regional Representative: Barb Epstien, MPH, CIH (2014)


  • Alamo
  • Arabian Gulf
  • Deep South
  • Gulf Coast
  • North Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • Sabine Neches
  • Texas Coastal Bend
  • Texas Hill Country  

Board Coordinator: Michael S. Rosenow, CIH, MPH

Local Section Regional Representative: Elden C. Cheatham, CIH, CSP (2015)