May Chapter Meeting Recap

May 31, 2019

Our May Chapter Meeting was an exciting one for our chapter. Our new officers were installed, 2019 Awards Presented, and we had a chance to network through our NCC WISE Social. Thank you to Hawkeye Safety and Atlantic Hardware and Supply for sponsoring our event and our Social! Area Director Paul Esposito also laid out the vision our our Northern Area and Region VI and how the National Capital Chapter is setting the example for our sister chapters. There is a great deal to celebrate about the 2018-2019 Chapter Year and the incoming leadership is excited to make 2019-2020 even better!

The Safety Training Ninja Regina McMichael was our speaker for the May Chapter Meeting presenting “The Safety Training Ninja” to all in attendance. Regina is a highly engaging speaker and all in attendance truly enjoyed hearing how to adopt Safety Training Ninja Skills.

One of the key takeaways from this session is that “Training is not about you!” The goal of training is to impart the objectives to the attendees, not walk away with some sort of satisfaction as the trainer.

Regina walked us through the ADDIE approach exploring how we should Analyze, Design, Develop, Implement, and Evaluate our training.


The key is understanding what employees know, what employees need to know and then training to the gap


Use SMART Objectives that include active language. Participants worked in small groups to write objectives that were then presented out to the other teams for feedback.


Know your audience and what will engage them the best


Understand adult learning theory and that people truly want connection. Chunk information and do not be afraid to mix it up.


Understand the residual gaps that remain.

We look forward to welcoming The Safety Training Ninja Regina McMichael back in the near future!

2019 National Capital Award Winners

May 31, 2019

Safety Professional of the Year

Christopher Hughes 


President’s Award

Frank Trujillo 


Member Service Awards 

35 Years

Gary Staffo


30 Years

Steven Pomponi

Patricia Williams

Michael McCullion


25 Years

Matthew Amann

Joy Erdman

Maureen Kotlas


20 Years

Adele Abrams

James Michael

Roger Williamson


15 Years

Chad Berkhammer

Lang Best

Frank Coleman

Charles Titsworth

Jeff Treffinger

Brian Yellin


10 Years

Jose Cortez

Jeffrey Henning

Scott Ketcham

Danezza Quintero


5 Years

Michelle Despers

David Gibb

David Gill

Robert Harrison

Richard Hunt

Jeffrey Moore

Karina Santolaja

Andrew Shaw

Alvin Shelton

George Stallings

Tina Stanczewski

Wesley Wheeler


Region VI PDC Liaisons

May 29, 2019

The Region VI PDC Planning Committee is looking for volunteers who would like to serve as Liaisons for the 2019 PDC which will be held at the Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina September 18th – 20th.

Please send interest to if you are willing to be a liaison. An attachment with all duties is included below. We must have notification of your interest by June 27, 2019.


2019-2020 Chapter Election Results

Apr 29, 2019

The National Capital Chapter Executive Committee convened a quorum on April 16, 2019 and all present voted unanimously to adopt the posted Slate of Officers for the 2019 – 2020 Chapter Year.

Congratulations to our newly elected officers!

President: Wyatt Bradbury, ASP, CHST

President-Elect: April Dorsey, CHST

Treasurer: Marcus Odorizzi, CSP, ASP

Secretary: Ashelyn McConnell, ASP

Delegate: Lindsay Bell, CSP

Director: Matt Law, MPH, CSP, REHS/RS

Director: Tom Trauger, CSP, ARM, CRIS

Member April Dorsey Judges Science Fair

Apr 18, 2019

As a member of the National Capital Chapter American Society of Safety Professionals (NCC ASSP) I was invited by the Potomac Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) to proudly serve as a judge for the Prince George’s Area Science Fair (PGASF) 71st Annual Science Fair, which was held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale, MD.

This year’s theme was “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M): Building a Sustainable Future.”

Over 350 grades 6-12 student projects were on display and judged from public schools in Calvert, Saint Mary’s, and Prince George’s counties, as well as from several Prince George’s County charter and private schools.

Although there were many creative and innovative projects, the NCC ASSP awarded the following certificates to those who have gone above and beyond in creating systems and testing the limits of science which may improve the safety and health of workers in all occupations in the future.

First Place: Amanda Johnson

Project: Safety Baseboard

Second Place: Madelyn Chisholm

Project: Blind Spot Camera System

Third Place: Tochukwu Opaibeogu

Project: Lemon Juice vs. Anti-bacterial Hand Soap