VPPPA is committed to highlighting and rewarding those individuals, sites and companies that enhance the field of occupational safety and health and the environment.

Congratulations to the 2012 VPPPA Award Winners for the following categories:

  • Safety & Health Achievement Program
  • Annual Awards for Outreach and Innovation
  • June Brothers Scholarship
  • Stephen Brown Scholarship
  • William "Sully" Sullivan Scholarship


2012 VPPPA Safety & Health Achievement Program

The VPPPA Safety and Health Achievement Program was created in 1997 to formally recognize the contributions of employees at VPPPA member sites to the field of safety, health and environmental program management. The program is an opportunity for hourly, non-safety and health professionals to be recognized for their knowledge of safety and health issues and outreach activities at their worksite and in the community.

In 2012, three individuals were honored with the VPPPA Safety & Health Achievement Award at the 28th Annual National VPPPA Conference in Anaheim, CA.

Patricia Ramos-Yarber
GE Healthcare, Salt Lake City, UT

Ricky Fetzer
GenOn Energy - Seward Generating Station, New Florence, PA

Brian K. Williams
Fiberteq, LLC, Danville, IL

VPPPA Annual Awards for Outreach and Innovation

The VPPPA Annual Awards for Outreach and Innovation recognize those VPPPA member sites and individuals that have made exceptional contributions to the mission of the VPPPA during the previous year. These pioneers in safety and health have shared their knowledge of safe practices with others or developed new techniques to create a safer, healthier work environment.


Safety & Health Outreach Award

CH2M-WG Idaho, LLC
Idaho Falls, ID

VPP Outreach Award

Raytheon Technical Services Company, LLC
Norfolk Depot

Norfolk, VA

Innovation Award Award

Purdy Facility

Portland, OR


VPPPA June Brothers Scholarship

The VPPPA June Brothers Scholarship is intended for students pursuing either an undergraduate or graduate degree in the safety/health/environmental field. This scholarship is open to students enrolled in or enrolling in a college or university.

Jess Levenson
Jess is the son of Marla Levenson, who works at HQ Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Airforce Base, MA. While attending Lexington High School, Jess served as a public afairs intern assistant for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' New England District. He is entering Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay in the fall of 2012 as a freshman majoring in emergency management and safety/environmental protection.

VPPPA Stephen Brown Scholarship

The VPPPA Stephen Brown Scholarship is intended for students pursuing a degree in the trades. This scholarship is open to students enrolled or enrolling in a vocational school, college or university.

Kelsey McKay
Kelsey is the daughter of Scott McKay of GE Aviation in North Clarendon, VT. A very active volunteer in her community, Kelsey is starting to study nursing in the fall of 2012 at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

VPPPA William "Sully" Sullivan Scholarship

During the February 2007 VPPPA National Board of Directors meeting, the board established the VPPPA William "Sully" Sullivan Scholarship in honor of our friend, Sully Sullivan. This scholarship was designed to recognize an employee at a VPPPA Full member site who has made significant contributions to the VPP program at his/her site. This scholarship is open to employees enrolled in or enrolling in a vocational school, college or university.

Richard Foreman
Richard is a safety coordinator at Frito-Lay, Inc., in Aberdeen, MD. Richard is also an SGE and serves on the Region III VPPPA Chapter Board of Directors. He is currently a sophomore at Columbia Southern University, pursuing his B.S. in occupational safety and health.


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