March 25, 2021

AIHA Announces the 2021 Named Award Recipients

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Susan Marchese, Managing Director,
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Falls Church, Va. (March 25, 2021)—Today, AIHA announced the recipients of the 2021 AIHA Named Awards, which honor individuals or groups that have contributed significantly to the industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety professions throughout the past year.

"These awards recognize some of the exceptional contributions made by our volunteers during this most difficult year,” said AIHA President Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP, FAIHA. “We wish only that we could recognize every member who contributed to the success of AIHA in 2020. Rest assured the AIHA leadership deeply appreciates the great work done by all our dedicated and hard-working volunteers."

Fellows and recipients were selected by AIHA's Awards and Fellows Nominating Committee, which is chaired by the AIHA past president and is also comprised of the past-past president and four other individuals selected from the general membership. The committee includes members of all career levels working in academia, government, industry, and consulting; four AIHA fellows; and active participants in volunteer groups and local sections.

"We salute the 2021 Named Awards recipients for their leadership, vision, and role in elevating the profession," said AIHA CEO Lawrence D. Sloan, CAE.

The following are the 2021 AIHA Named Award recipients:

The Alice Hamilton Award
will go to Lydia Renton, B.Sc., CIH, ROH, FAIHA, who was nominated by Steven Thygerson, PhD, CIH. This award is presented to an outstanding woman who has been engaged in industrial hygiene and occupational health for at least 10 years and is dedicated to public and community service, social reform, and technological innovation.

The Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award
will go to Alan Leibowitz, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, who was nominated by Celia A. Booth, CIH, CSP on behalf of the AIHA Leadership and Management Committee. This award is bestowed on an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the knowledge and practice of the profession of industrial hygiene and been recognized for contributions outside the IH field, such as in environmental health and safety, occupational health, public health, or business.

The Distinguished Service to AIHA Award
will go to Chris Laszcz-Davis, MS, CIH, COH, FAIHA, AIC Fellow, who was nominated by S. Zack Mansdorf, PhD, CIH, CSP, QEP, FAIHA and Lynn O'Donnell, CIH, FAIHA. This award is presented to an individual who has advanced industrial hygiene through unique technical contributions to the aims and goals of AIHA, proven leadership in the IH profession, and proven influence on public policy, social reform, or public and community service.

The Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award
will go to Perry W. Logan, PhD, CIH, who was nominated by Jennifer Sahmel, MPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA. This award is given to an individual, group, company, academic institution, organization, or association that has made significant contributions to industrial hygiene in recent years through technical expertise, innovations, or scientific advancements.

The Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award
will go to S. Zack Mansdorf, PhD, CIH, CSP, QEP, FAIHA, who was nominated by Celia A. Booth, CIH, CSP on behalf of the AIHA Leadership and Management Committee. This award recognizes individuals who have made substantial, evidence-based solutions and contributions to the needs of the industrial hygiene profession, thereby significantly impacting and improving public welfare.

The Kusnetz Award
will go to Jennifer Lynn Holliday, CIH, who was nominated by Crystal C. Brown, CIH, CSP. This award honors an industrial hygienist under the age of 40 and currently employed in the private sector who shows promise for leadership in the profession. The Kusnetz Award is sponsored by Mrs. Florence Kusnetz.

The Social Responsibility Award
will go to the Back to Work Safely Task Force, consisting of team lead Alan K. Fleeger, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, and members Hamid Arabzadeh, CIH, CSP, CHMM, FAIHA; David Beatty, MPH, CSP, CCEP; Corey Boles, PhD; Elizabeth Bussman, CIH; Mark Drozdov, MS, SSM, FSM, BSI, RSO, CAI, CMA, GPRO; Carter Ficklen, CIH, CSP; Bernard L. Fontaine, Jr., CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Shannon Gaffney, PhD, MHS, CIH; Thomas G. Grumbles, CIH, FAIHA; John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, FAIHA; Dana Hollins, MPH, CIH; Catherine Hovde, CIH, CSP; Neva Jacobs, MSPH, CIH; Perry Logan, PhD, CIH; Heather Lynch, MPH; Eric Miller, MPH, CIH; Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH; Melanie D. Nembhard MSPH, CIH; Justine Parker, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CPH; Jennifer S. Pierce, MS, PhD; Aaron Schoemaker, CSP; Jack Springston, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Ken Unice, MS; Rachel Zisook MS, CIH; Matt Zock, CIH. The task force was nominated by Celia Booth, CIH, CSP. This award is presented to an individual, group, or entity that works within larger organizations to develop and promote practical, socially responsible solutions to issues related to industrial hygiene or environmental health and safety.

The Yant Award
will go to Sean Mahar, PhD, CIH, CSP, PE, who was nominated by J. Slavin, CIH, CSP, CSHM, CPEA, FAIHA. This award recognizes an individual residing outside of the United States who has made outstanding contributions in industrial hygiene or allied fields.

AIHA President's Award
will go to the Back to Work Safely Task Force, consisting of team lead Alan K. Fleeger, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, and members Hamid Arabzadeh, CIH, CSP, CHMM, FAIHA; David Beatty, MPH, CSP, CCEP; Corey Boles, PhD; Elizabeth Bussman, CIH; Mark Drozdov, MS, SSM, FSM, BSI, RSO, CAI, CMA, GPRO; Carter Ficklen, CIH, CSP; Bernard L. Fontaine, Jr., CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Shannon Gaffney, PhD, MHS, CIH; Thomas G. Grumbles, CIH, FAIHA; John Henshaw, MPH, CIH, FAIHA; Dana Hollins, MPH, CIH; Catherine Hovde, CIH, CSP; Neva Jacobs, MSPH, CIH; Perry Logan, PhD, CIH; Heather Lynch, MPH; Eric Miller, MPH, CIH; Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH; Melanie D. Nembhard MSPH, CIH; Justine Parker, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CPH; Jennifer S. Pierce, MS, PhD; Aaron Schoemaker, CSP; Jack Springston, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Ken Unice, MS; Rachel Zisook MS, CIH; Matt Zock, CIH. The task force was recognized by AIHA President Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, for their outstanding contributions toward achieving AIHA’s mission during President Cook’s term.

All recipients will be recognized at the Mark of Excellence Award ceremony, which will be held later in the year.

About AIHA


AIHA is the association for scientists and professionals committed to preserving and ensuring occupational and environmental health and safety in the workplace and community. Founded in 1939, we support our members with our expertise, networks, comprehensive education programs, and other products and services that help them maintain the highest professional and competency standards. More than half of AIHA's nearly 8,500 members are Certified Industrial Hygienists and many hold other professional designations. AIHA serves as a resource for those employed across the public and private sectors as well as to the communities in which they work. For more information, please visit www.aiha.org