2019-2020 Officer Elections

Mar 27, 2019

The list of Candidates that are up for election for the 2019-2020 Chapter year beginning July 1, 2019 are listed below.

Vice President

Jen Ellinwood, CSP

Jen has held various roles in Environmental, Safety, and Health over the last 13 years. She holds a MS in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University and a BS in Environmental Biology from Eastern Illinois University. She is currently a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate for 3M Closure and Masking System Division. Prior to joining 3M, Jen was an ESH Specialist for Bayer Crop Sciences. Her areas of interest include: leadership and employee engagement, behavior based safety, data analysis, and leading indicator development. Jen, and her husband, Tad, reside in Rosemount with their two sons, Auggie and Oliver. In her spare time, she enjoys running, yoga, traveling, trying new restaurants, and watching baseball.


Dawn Westin MS, CSP, CHMM

Dawn Westin MS, CSP, CHMM is a Certified Safety Professional with more than 20 years of experience in Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) management and targeted risk control, across diverse business sectors.  In her current role with 3M Company’s Personal Safety Division, she is focused on the research and development of innovative global personal protective equipment with a focus on respiratory protection.  Her formal education includes a MS in Risk Control – University of Wisconsin, Stout and a BA in Environmental Studies – University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Dawn began her service involvement with the Northwest Chapter coordinating informal ASP/CSP study sessions held at the MN Safety Council.  Since then she has supported the Northwest Chapter as Government Affairs Chair, Member at Large, Student Chapter Liaison along with Scholarship, Awards and Honors activities and became Secretary of the Chapter in 2017.  She has experienced firsthand the great benefits of having a network of peers, collaborating to move the safety profession forward and believes there are more opportunities to bring NW Chapter members together through new communications strategies. Dawn would like to continue to support the Northwest Chapter as Secretary and asks for your consideration and vote.

Member at Large

Mark Lenling

Mark Lenling currently holds the title Environmental, Health, and Safety Professional at Metropolitan State University where he is also a part-time student and mentor to other students. Since August, 2015 Mark has remained an active member of the American Society of Safety Professionals. Directly before arriving at Metropolitan State University Lenling served as a Safety Investigator with Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA.) Prior to that he worked at Lakeside Foods in Food Safety & Quality, Occupational Safety & Health, and as the Human Resources Manager. In these capacities Lenling led various teams to achieve the highest recognition of safety, quality, culture, and engagement metrics while applying for OSHA’s MNSTAR Protection Program. On Monday, February 6, 2017 Lenling earned the Certified Safety Professional Certification.

Lenling is a dedicated, strategic leader with a proven track record of designing, developing, and implementing robust programs such as the comprehensive, clear, and concise programs for slips, trips, and falls prevention and chemical hygiene. His responsibilities and personal focus is protecting people, property, and the environment against harm from potential hazards and viable risks. His assignments are to design, optimize, and implement proactive preventative and protective programs based on training, assessment, and positive team-based activities related to environmental, health, and safety. Mark also believes in incorporating quality and risk management into environmental, health, and safety. Lenling is also certified in Mental Health First Aid, Clery Act, Six Sigma Black Belt, Root Cause Analysis, Total Quality Management, Process Safety Management, First Aid/CPR/AED, HAZWOPER, Internal Auditing, among other area specialties. He hopes to serve, lead and enhance the safety culture at Metropolitan State University and is determined to see Metropolitan State be the first university in the state to achieve OSHA’s MNSTAR recognition.

Lenling grew up in Prior Lake, Minnesota and has lived in the Midwest his whole life. He enjoys active exercising (including duathlons, and obstacle course races), attending concerts, visiting museums, studying about wellness, science, & technology, and adventurous vacations. Mark likes sharing his free time with his fiancee, Angela, who is both a licensed therapist and a chaplain as ranking Captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

Christine Steman

Christine Steman graduated from UW-River Falls with a Conservation Resource Management degree and started her safety profession as an asbestos air monitoring consultant in 2001. She has worked in safety and environmental consulting for construction, renovation, redevelopment, and demolition sites at a private environmental consulting firm since graduating. She obtained her Certified Hazardous Materials Management certification in 2005 and after she received her Certified Safety Professional certification in early of 2018, Ms. Steman shifted her primary focus to the Safety and Health areas and broadened her skills into manufacturing. Ms. Steman is currently working as an EHS Specialist at Polaris Industries, at their engine manufacturing facility located in Osceola, Wisconsin. To help Polaris with addressing employee injuries, she obtained her First Responder certification in 2018.

Ms. Steman enjoys interacting with employees and engineers to identify ways to improve ergonomics within the facility. She also likes to conduct trainings to ensure the facility is OHSA compliant. Ms. Steman is still in the beginning stages of her Safety development and has enjoyed enhancing her knowledge with all aspects of the Environmental Health and Safety career. She has been an ASSP member since 2017 and is very appreciative of the networking that Women In Safety Excellence has provided her. Ms. Steman’s personal professional goal is to drive a facility into the OSHA VPP Star status designation. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family, running, riding ATV’s, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and spending time on the lake.

Thanks and Work Safe!

Jennifer Cougler

Jennifer Cougler is a Safety and Health Consultant at Complete Health, Environmental, & Safety Services, Inc (CHESS) where she assists with audits, writes safety programs, provides safety training, facilitates safety committees, and answers questions for clients.  Jennifer graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Her first internship was with Titanium Metals (TIMET), one of the world’s largest titanium suppliers, where she led safety teams, incident investigations, and was able to dive in as a Jr. Safety Engineer.  Once she graduated, she was promptly hired as a safety specialist by Amazon, bringing her to the Twin Cities.  While at Amazon she aided Area Managers with how to address safety concerns and lead and trained managers with their incident investigation program at the site.  After Amazon she moved into her current role with CHESS Inc.  In her spare time Jennifer enjoys the Minnesota summers biking around the lakes and spending time at the local breweries and distilleries.

During her time in college, Jennifer founded the ASSP collegiate chapter at RIT, leaving a legacy that allows students to discover the benefits of ASSP.  Jennifer has been active in the Northwest Chapter, recently assisting with the planning of the 2019 PDC. She is anxious to contribute more in the future, especially as she works towards her professional certifications.

Mark Nichols

My name is Mark Nichols, and I have been involved with the Northwest Chapter of ASSP for more than 25 years, through a career that has taken me from Minneapolis, through Chicago and Seattle, and back to Minneapolis.

I have had the good fortune to work with many highly skilled professionals in the fields of occupational and product safety, risk management, industrial hygiene, property protection and environmental protection, and have traveled for work assignments from Saltillo, Mexico to Waterloo, Canada, and New York City to Honolulu, Hawaii. I have also flown with a bush pilot into a remote section of Alaska to evaluate gold mine reclamation sites, and taken a month-long trip on commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea. My exposure to diverse industries, such as high rise construction, food processing, high technology, mining, hospitality and many forms of manufacturing have afforded me the opportunity to learn about how much of the world works, and to apply lessons learned in one set of circumstances, to other situations.

After a 30+ year career in safety and earning CSP and Risk Management credentials, I have retired from the professional practice of safety, to volunteer on City Of Maplewood, and City of Roseville- sponsored task forces, as well as with a group of activists focused on improvements in hazardous material by rail incident prevention, mitigation, response and recovery operations. I have also begun work on growing the cadre of ASSP mentors and mentees, and assisting in efforts to grow and sustain chapter membership.

I look forward to the opportunity to further ASSE and the Safety Profession by serving as a Member-at-Large for the Northwest Chapter of ASSP.

Eric Heizman, CSP

Eric currently works for 3M in Hutchinson, Minnesota, as a Safety Engineer and is also the site’s Process Safety Management Coordinator. He is currently a Member-at-large and a member of the Chapter’s social media committee. Eric has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a Masters of Environmental Health and Safety, also from the University of Minnesota Duluth.  Eric is a Certified Safety Professional with over ten years of diverse EH&S experience in manufacturing environments.

House of Delegates

Megan Rooney

Megan Rooney has been a safety and OSHA compliance professional for 18 years.   She has driven OSHA compliance and injury reduction in Stores and Supply Chain at Target Corporation for the last 6 years and is known for collaboration among cross-functional groups from safety to operations to employee relations.   She got her start at IEA, Inc., a local environmental, health and safety consulting organization where she worked in the field as a technician, managed client accounts, and finally led her own division of EHS professionals.

Megan joined ASSE in 2007 as a way to connect with other safety professionals in similar careers.    She was Treasurer of the board for 2 years in 2008-2010, served on the PDC planning committee from 2012 to 2017, and has been a Member at Large for the past two years.      She served as Co-Vice President and Co-President of the board of the Parent Teacher Student Organization for her children’s school from 2013-2017 and is currently involved with the Arthritis Foundation as a member of the Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis committee.

Megan lives in Woodbury with her husband of 16 years and her two kids, Taylor age 11 and Liam age 7.    She most enjoys spending time with her family at the cabin, watching her kids play soccer, basketball, and downhill ski, and occasionally reading a book for fun.   She really enjoys working with the Northwest Chapter and, if elected, is excited to continue in a new role!

Jeffrey P. Jarvela, CSP, OHST

Jeffrey P. Jarvela, CSP, OHST is currently the Corporate Health & Safety Manager for Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., a U.S. iron ore mining company supplying taconite pellets the U.S. steel industry.  He is responsible for providing guidance, support, oversight, and coordination to Cliffs’ mine GMs and Area Safety Managers in capital projects, program development, incident prevention and investigation, regulatory compliance, and related training.

Jeff has been an ASSE Member since 1997 and a Professional Member since 2004.  He is currently serving in the Chapter House of Delegates, appointed to the position in January 2018. He also serves as the UMD Student Section Liaison for the NW Chapter. In this role, Jeff acts as the link for the Master of Environmental Health and Safety students to the local ASSE Chapter and the Society.  He is proud to be able to provide guidance and support for the students of his alma mater.  Jeff has also served his local Chapter in Region V as Vice President (2009-10) and as President-Elect for a short while before having to resign due to relocating to northern MN for a new opportunity.  Jeff has also volunteered at the Society level as the Award & Honors Committee Chair for the Mining Practice Specialty (2014-17), now known as Oil, Gas, Mining and Mineral Resources, where he remains an active member.

Jeff holds certifications as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Occupational Hygiene and Safety Technician (OHST).  He earned his B.A.S. in Industrial Technologies (1996) and Masters Degree in Industrial Safety (1997) from the University of Minnesota – Duluth, and has over 20 years of professional safety experience.  Prior to Cliffs, Jeff gained 13 years of experience in the manufacturing, warehousing, and airline industries.  He is also a member of the National Safety Council, Minnesota Safety Council, American Industrial Hygiene Association, and National Fire Protection Association.

Jeff looks forward to continuing to serve the NW Chapter in the House of Delegates, as the UMD Student Section Liaison, and acting as a resource for the Chapter in northern MN.

The Election will be conducted via email voting through the Society (not the Chapter) via electronic ballet.