My name is Bruce Donato. I am a CHMM and CSP but most importantly the president of a revitalized AHMP Cyber Chapter. I have been very active in the AHMP Chapter Development Committee (CDC) and accepted the challenge to get the Cyber Chapter active again. Working together with CDC members especially Joe Jenkins (current AHMP president) and Eric Johnson (newly elected AHMP director), a concerted effort was put forward at the 2014 National Conference. This spontaneous meeting was amazingly successful. It was the springboard to get volunteers for a committee to get a board together and in the Summer of 2015 actually have a up and functioning board.
The purpose of the Cyber Chapter is very simple. Brick and Mortar Chapters cannot reach all interested parties just due to geographic barriers or other constraints (time, travel, traffic etc.). The Cyber Chapter is designed to offer the same services to those who cannot make brick and mortar meetings or those who want an additional resource to obtain technical information and network.
The following is our current board:
- President Bruce Donato - Maryland
- Vice President Sara Henderson – Utah
- Treasurer Carol Hardison – Florida
- Secretary Becky Neal – Texas
- Director Lance Eisner – Nevada
- Director Jerome Fields – California
- Director Mike Miller – Nebraska
This group has been nothing but extraordinary.
For all intensive purposes we are new chapter but we are functioning like a well-oiled machine due to the member involvement.
This is a very exciting time for the Cyber Chapter and all hazardous materials professionals. We are at the leading edge of using technology to not only provide technical information but to truly be able to network in real time. Other national EHS organizations are already looking at what the Cyber Chapter is doing as a model.
In closing, I would like to recognize a wonderful board again for their work in making the Cyber Chapter a reality. A special recognition to Mike Nolan of North Carolina who was our secretary until other responsibilities had to have him submit his resignation for all the great work he provided in getting us up and running.
Bruce A. Donato, CHMM, CSP, CECD
Cyber Chapter President