Chapter News

Member Spotlight – Tom Baskin

Tom Baskin has recently moved to the ASSP Delmarva Chapter from the Audubon Chapter in Evansville, IN.  Tom has been a member of ASSP since 2013.  Originally from Owensboro, KY, Tom is a graduate from Mid-Continent University with a B.S. in Business Management.  He also holds a master’s in safety, Security and Emergency Management with an emphasis in safety from Eastern Kentucky University.  Tom holds the Graduate Safety Professional (GSP) designation and is working towards his CSP.

Tom is a United States Marine Corps. veteran and previously worked for Delta Faucet and MPW Industrial Services and was an ASSP Audubon Chapter member.

Tom recently took a promotion within Perdue Foods as Safety Director for several Perdue business units.  He and his wife Karri moved to the Salisbury area in August 2022 and are enjoying getting settled in their new home on the Delmarva peninsula.

The chapter welcomes Tom and wishes him much success in both his job and in his continued professional development within ASSP.

Millersville University Named 2022 Outstanding Student Section of the Year

For the first time in over 20 years, our student section at Millersville University has been named the Outstanding Student Section of the Year. The student section is part of the Region VIII Central Pennsylvania Chapter.

The group was strong in all three critical requirements — professional development, research, and campus and community Involvement.

The committee that reviewed applications was impressed with the section’s submission. “The quality and quantity of research conducted by the members was outstanding along with the organization of the application and the number of technical meetings this student section participated in.” Faculty advisor Betty-Jo Bowers and the student section will receive $5,000 to fund scholarships and research.

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Derek Helms Named Safety Professional of the Year

Derek Helms, Director of Safety for Tray Pack Operations for Perdue Foods, has been awarded the Safety Professional of the Year Award by the Delmarva Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).

The award is presented annually by the Delmarva Chapter to an ASSP member who demonstrates outstanding achievements in the occupational safety and health field while also advancing the profession overall. The Delmarva Chapter provides professional development and leadership opportunities to safety and health professionals on the Delmarva Peninsula.

“Derek has earned this recognition with his passion and daily commitment to safety and the well-being of our associates,” Frank Cruice, Senior Director of Corporate Safety and Security for Perdue Farms, who endorsed Derek’s nomination. “Derek has more than 13 years of experience as a practicing safety professional. He has driven safety improvements both within Perdue and with Delmarva chapter member companies by helping foster professional development and instructing at educational opportunities that enrich participants experience and knowledge.”

Derek, based in Salisbury, Md., joined Perdue in 2008 as Safety and Security Manager in Perry, Ga. He currently serves as the Delmarva Chapter President and was previously its Vice President.

Derek will now compete with other local chapter safety professionals for the ASSP’s Region VI Safety Professional of the Year Award.

Please join us in congratulating Derek on his recent achievement!

Jameson Huntley

Jameson Huntley has been an ASSP Delmarva Chapter member since 2018. Last month he passed the Board of Certified Safety Professional’s Associate Safety Professional exam. Originally from Massachusetts, Jameson is a 2016 graduate from Westfield State University with a B.S. in Environmental Science and was an ASSP Connecticut Valley member. Jameson is currently the Safety Manager at Burris Logistics in Federalsburg, MD. Jameson is glad to have his brain take a break from studying, but is looking forward to continuing his education and earning his Certified Safety Professional certification.

The members of the Delmarva Chapter congratulate Jameson on achieving this professional milestone and wish him only the best as he works to achieve his CSP.