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Rising Stars of Safety, Class of 2019

Recognizing the heroes in our midst

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NSC Rising Stars of Safety

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Lorraine M. Martin
President and CEO
National Safety Council

To create lasting change, we need compelling ideas. My 30-plus years in a high-consequence industry taught me that acknowledging diverse viewpoints and experiences yields stronger solutions and better outcomes. Recognizing young professionals with a dedication to safety leadership is a powerful reminder that great ideas are generated when we all work together.

My mission at the National Safety Council is to help people live their lives to the fullest by eliminating preventable deaths. I am also a firm believer that empowering the next generation to pursue their dreams can create the next innovation revolution. The 2019 Rising Stars of Safety demonstrate what it looks like when we invest in people from a variety of industries and backgrounds to reach their potential.

Since 2010, NSC has been honoring the next generation of safety leaders with the Rising Stars of Safety Award, recognizing young safety professionals whose impact extends throughout and beyond the workplace. The Rising Stars seek new ways to tackle both emerging and long-standing safety issues. They are pillars of their organizations. They have what it takes to keep people around them safe with hard work, ingenuity and a fresh perspective.

To highlight a few, Chemical Hygiene Officer Kimberly Ann Decker boldly closed gaps in the industrial hygiene program and policies at Corteva Agriscience, enabling nearly 2,000 employees in Indianapolis to do their jobs safely every day. She also provides an inspiration for future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) leaders by working with youth off the job.

Senior EHS Expertise Specialist Arul Subbarayalu helped avert 35 serious incidents at Dow Chemical International by spearheading a Fresh Eye Assessment concept. The program drove down incidents and costs. He is also working to improve water-saving measures in his community, implement healthier workplace meal alternatives and eliminate plastic waste.

Master Sgt. Jeremy Nixon provides guidance for the 45,000 personnel in the Pacific Air Forces as an occupational safety program manager. Championing a strong culture of safety and recognizing other emerging safety leaders, his actions have helped significantly reduce head injuries, motor vehicle-related injuries, and other on- and off-duty hazards.

Amber Joseph leads a successful slip, trip and fall reduction program as a risk control technical consultant at Liberty Mutual Insurance. She directs and trains teams of hazard assessment consultants across the nation as well as internationally, while empowering other women as a martial arts instructor.

Every single one of our 31 Rising Stars has followed their passion and initiative to create great outcomes. These safety leaders aren’t afraid to take risks or try a new approach to help keep their colleagues and communities safe. Our mission to eliminate preventable deaths means we need these compelling role models now more than ever. We are honored to recognize the 10th class of the Rising Stars of Safety. We hope they will inspire the next generation of safety leaders, as they motivate all of us to identify the everyday heroes in our midst.

Lorraine M. Martin
President and CEO
National Safety Council

Rising Stars profiles

Use these links to visit Rising Stars profile pages, or browse all profiles as a slideshow using the navigation arrows at the top of each page.

Brad T. Barrow

Holly Bartos

Jessica Brooks

Laura Cerutti

Theresa Ciatto

Kimberly Ann Decker

Stanley Evans

Malik Ihtisham Haider

Matt Hall

Hamza Hameed

Alan Harff

Aya Hashimoto

Kanella S. Hatchett

Matthew F. Herron

Hafiz Muhammad Umer Javed

Amber Joseph

Crystal Lawson

Benjamin Martin

Meraiah L. Marvel

Robert Moore

Jessica Myeroff

Jeremy Nixon

Gabriella A. Pace

Umair Shahab Shahid

Arul Subbarayalu

Lynne Syer

Greggory Addam Vanover

Mike Watson

Atif Whaeed

Patrick J. Wolocko

Lino Yohannan

Join the Young Professionals Division

Are you a safety professional younger than 45? Don’t miss your chance to further develop your skills and advance your career in safety leadership at the 2019 NSC Congress & Expo. Members of this group receive access to networking events, professional development opprotunities and exclusive invitations to leadership meetings. Be on the cuttting edge of safety and share your fresh ideas with your peers.

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