Join a Committee
Volunteer your time and shape the future of the association! The National Board of Directors relies on the activities of VPPPA’s various committees to continue moving the association forward and to help meet the association’s goals and objectives. VPPPA is always looking for enthusiastic safety and health professionals who can facilitate the improvement and growth of the association, advocate for the safety and health community, share innovative ideas and provide guidance and strategy on educational opportunities relevant to our members.
There are committees that fit all schedules (approximately a two hour time commitment per month) and interests.
Purpose: Identify and acknowledge the achievements of VPPPA members relating to the pursuit of VPPPA's mission. Committee members evaluate applications for VPPPA’s annual scholarship programs and annual awards programs. Members create strategies for promoting the programs and evaluate all applications submitted to honor deserving companies and individuals in the safety and health community.
Committee Chair: Stacy Thursby, Director for a DOE-VPP Site
Purpose: To provide support and guidance to the VPPPA Board of Directors, National Committees, Regional Chapters and membership as it relates to the consistent and judicious maintenance of the Bylaws, including revisions when appropriate.
Committee Chair: Dan Lazorcak, Director-at-Large
Purpose: To assure clear communication among VPPPA chapters and the VPPPA national board and staff to ensure that VPPPA policies and programs are consistently presented and implemented across the country. Note: The committee is only open to chapter chairpersons and other members of the regional executive board such as vice chairpersons, secretaries and treasurers.
Committee Chair: Elmer R. Johnson, Region VI Chairperson
Board Liaison: Rob Henson, Vice Chairperson
Purpose: To promote and encourage the expansion of VPP in the construction industry through education and assistance.
Committee Chair: Jamie Robey, Director from a Contractor/Construction Site
Purpose: To provide guidance, strategy and direction on educational opportunities for our members and non-members with respect to VPP and the OSHA challenge. Education committee members work to find speakers for webinars, VPP Application Workshops and other education opportunities that members would find beneficial.
Committee Chair: Kristyn Grow, Director-at-Large
Labor and Management
Purpose: To coordinate and communicate the benefits for labor (Union and Non-Union), management and their represented workforce in venturing into VPP and why it's important to stay in the VPP process. When requested, the committee will identify and reconcile issues that could result in labor and management disputes. Intending to be pro-active rather than reactive, the committee endeavors to resolve misunderstandings or disagreements between labor and management before the situation becomes a road block to the VPP process.
Committee Chair: Don Johnson, Director from a Site with a Collective Bargaining Agent
Legislative and Regulatory
Purpose: To provide leadership, guidance and support to government agencies and Congress at the federal, state and local levels in a proactive and cooperative spirit in the areas of safety, health and environment. This committee is also responsible for working closely with the government affairs department and government relations counsel to assist with education about VPP.
Committee Chair: Terry Schulte, Secretary
Purpose: To communicate the benefits of VPPPA membership, develop and refine new and existing benefits, while ensuring adherence to the VPPPA mission.
Committee Chair: Chris Adolfson, Treasurer
Purpose: To streamline and facilitate improvement and growth of the mentoring program for the federal OSHA, state-plan-state OSHA and DOE VPP programs and the OSHA Challenge Program in order to allow for consistent administration of the mentoring process at national and regional levels.
Interim Committee Chair: Mike Guillory, Chairperson
Purpose: To guide the VPPPA brand in a global direction, to help establish and leverage long-term strategic partnerships with world-class organizations, to market the VPPPA message and to protect the VPPPA Brand.
Committee Chair: J.A. Rodriguez Jr., CSP, SGE, Director-at-Large
Purpose: To promote membership activity in VPPPA Board elections, encourage voter turnout, candidate participation, and facilitate the election process. The committee accomplishes these tasks by educating members about the election process. The committee communicates the functions and responsibilities the open positions may encompass on the national VPPPA board of directors to ensure qualified candidates are identified. The committee will also coordinate and conduct the election process in accordance with the national VPPPA bylaws.
Committee Chair: Dan Lazorcak, Director-at-Large