Presidents Message

Our Mission Hazmat Professionals,

Welcome to Central Ohio CHMM (COCHMM), the central Ohio based chapter of the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP). Our group’s goal is to further the professional development of all Environmental, Health and Safety professionals, but particularly those who have hazardous materials management responsibilities. We are an active chapter with regularly scheduled member meetings, facility tours, and educational programs; and all of these events are open to the public and free to the members.

This year COCHMM has set an ambitious agenda in order to maximize the value of your membership. First, we are working to improve and increase communication with our members. We have begun utilizing our Linkedin, Twitter, and Facebook pages to provide relevant news, events, and other information we feel our members would benefit from knowing. Second, we are hosting an EHMM review course, for those who are interested in taking the CHMM exam. This will be our third year presenting this course, and thus far everyone who attended the course and took the CHMM exam have passed on their first attempt. Third, as we look for ways to continue to grow we are reaching out to related industry groups for partnership opportunities. The Board of Directors and myself feel that the more people that know about COCHMM, the more people will see the value in joining our group and becoming a CHMM. And, finally, we will be hosting a social/happy hour event later this year. This will provide an opportunity for central Ohio EHS professionals to get together in an informal setting, exchange ideas, and network.

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the 2017 Board of Directors. Each of these people have volunteered their time and energy to lead COCHMM into the next phase of our group’s growth and without their dedication there would be no COCHMM.

• Vice President: Glorianna L. Corman, REM, CSP, KPA, LLC.
• Secretary: Roberta E. Slaiman
• Treasurer: Philip D. Slaiman
• Immediate Past President: Mike Paessun, CHMM
• Board Member At-Large: Brian Barker, CHMM, South Central Power Company
• Board Member At-Large: Mike Ryan, CHMM, L Brands, Inc.
• Board Member At-Large: Bennett J. Thayer, CHMM, August Mack Environmental, Inc.
• Board Member At-Large: Jody Terrell, ARM, CHMM, CSP, L Brands, Inc.
• Board Member At-Large: Kristen Dameron, West Ward Pharmaceuticals
• Board Member At-Large: Seth Canter, Tradebe Treatment and Recycling

COCHMM is poised for great things in the coming year and it is due in no small part to the membership and our Board of Directors. The Board and I are looking forward to another great year; but this is your organization so any feedback or suggestions on where you would like to see our efforts go please do not hesitate to contact any of the Board members. If you haven’t already, please join our LinkedIn group (COCHMM), follow us on Twitter (@CentralOhioCHMM) and like us on Facebook (Central Ohio Certified Hazardous Materials Managers) so you can stay current with COCHMM.

Dave Rice, CHMM
August Mack Environmental
COCHMM President