Chapter News

Proposed Changes to Chapter Bylaws Announced

Dec 11, 2019

Columbia-Willamette Chapter Proposed 2020-2022 Bylaws

Every odd year a committee selected by the President reviews the Chapter Bylaws and where needed changes are proposed.  The committee this year was chaired by Luke Betts.  Members of the committee include Aubrey Sakaguchi, Corinna Kupelwieser and Eric Fullan.  The proposed changes will be reviewed by Luke at the December 12 meeting.  The following documents are provided for your review on the website. Below are direct links to the documents

  • Clean copy of Draft Bylaws – click here
  • Tracked changes of proposed bylaws – click here
  • Summary document of proposed changes – click here


Voting on the proposed changes will be at the January membership meeting on January 9th in accordance with Article IX, Section 3.

Chapter Officer Installation Dinner

Apr 05, 2019

Join us May 11 to celebrate the Chapter’s 2019-2020 Officers

Members FREE

Member Guest $43

Menu Choices:
Medallion of Pork – Sun-dried fruits, Edgefield Hard Cider jus and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes
Grill Chicken Breast – Orange-single malt mustard glaze and nutty wild rice pilaf
Wild Mushroom & Spinach Cannelloni – Rosemary cream sauce


5:45 – Door open to guests.  No host bar.
6:30 – Dinner served
7:15 – Chapter meeting
7:30 – Entertainment (Comedy Sportz)

Register Now

Chapter Community Service Project – April 27

Apr 01, 2019

CWC-ASSP Community Service Project at the Sunshine Division

When: April 27th 10:00 am – Noon.  

Where: 687 N Thompson St. Portland 97227

The Sunshine Division,, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide emergency  food and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals  in need.  We will be assisting in the warehouse with needed tasks such as sorting food and/or clothing,  building food boxes, or working on special projects.   Those of you who have participated in our other service project events know that, while our purpose is to give back to our community,  we also have fun working shoulder to shoulder with our friends while doing the needed work.

Please RSVP to Annie Moorman if you would like to participate.  Please respond as soon as possible as only 20 slots are available for our team.

Additional details about location, parking and attire are provided below:

Parking: Street parking only, please pay attention to signage, most parking spaces near our warehouse are two hours only. Carpooling is encouraged and we are right off of the Yellow Max Line.

Arrival: Your group is scheduled for a two hour block of time, please arrive on time. Upon arrival will be asked to sign in, given a brief tour of Sunshine Division and organization history and then begin your group task.

Entrance: Please walk down our narrow driveway and enter through the back warehouse door. PLEASE DO NOT enter through our front door for client services.

Attire: Volunteers are encouraged to dress in layers and wear sturdy closed-toe shoes. Volunteers will be working in our un-heated warehouse.

Group Tasks: Group tasks include food sorting, pantry stocking, emergency food box building, clothing sorting, clothing hanging, and special projects. Volunteer tasks are based on current and immediate needs of warehouse at the time of group session.

Chapter 2019-2020 Officer Candidates-elections begin March 12

Feb 25, 2019

President (succeeds to position)

Royal Willard, CSP 

Royal has 11 years of experience as an environmental health and safety professional. Royal graduated from Oregon State University in 2007 with a masters of public health in environment, safety, and health. While working toward his masters, he interned with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) out of Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, Oregon and Salem Hospital, gaining knowledge in EHS and emergency management. Fresh out of graduate school, Royal worked at Oregon OSHA conducting safety hazard assessments of Oregon OSHA employees as they performed employer site visits. In 2007, Royal joined Kiewit Infrastructure Company, Underground District as a Safety Supervisor. During this time with Kiewit, Royal worked on the Eastside Combined Sewer Overflow project in Portland, the Harlem River Tunnel project in NYC, and the Devil’s Slide Highway Tunnel in the San Francisco bay area. In 2011, Royal joined BSI EHS Services and Solutions and is currently a Senior Consultant. At BSI, Royal has performed a variety of services including owner and general contractor safety program management, industrial hygiene services, asbestos and lead services, and facilities/tool design, commissioning, and start-up. 


President-elect (succeeds to position)

Mark Frisco,CSP

Mark has over two decades as a safety professional with Georgia-Pacific, Louisiana-Pacific, TrueBlue, Specialty Polymers, and is currently a Safety Specialist with Waste Management where he oversees safety for WM’s landfills in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.  Mark’s degrees include AS Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Portland Community College, BS in Environmental Health & Safety from Oregon State University, and MBA from City University of Seattle. Mark has traveled extensively throughout the continent as a visitor of 42 states, and three provinces.






Vice President

Dede Montgomery, CIH

Dede has almost 30 years of experience as a safety and health professional in both private and public sectors. Dede supports the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences education and engagement programs based at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and provides industrial hygiene expertise to the Institute’s research and to OHSU Global Health projects in Southeast Asia. She is also the outreach & education director for the NIOSH funded Oregon Healthy Workforce Center. Dede is the current chair of O[yes] (Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition), member of ASSP Counsel on Professional Affairs (CoPA), ASSP’s Total Worker Health Task Force, and an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, Columbia-Willamette Chapter, and the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (PNS-AIHA). Dede received the 2018 PNS-AIHA Distinguished Industrial Hygiene award.





Nancy Ikeda

Nancy Ikeda has over 30 years EHS experience and is a Safety Specialist III for the Oregon/SW Washington region of Comcast. Nancy began her EHS career in a high-tech manufacturing company in the Portland area and started with Comcast 1995. She works with her Comcast leadership team to continually increase safe work behaviors, reduce vehicle collisions, and maintain environmental compliance. She has experience with WC claims management, return to work programs, ergonomic evaluations, safety committees, safety training, environmental audits, and more. Nancy combines an understanding of business needs with her love of safety to promote a fun and safe work environment.  As an active member of the CWC ASSP, Nancy has served as Treasurer in 2018-2019 and Treasure Elect in 2017-2018.



Treasurer (succeeds to position)

Brittany Chaufty, CSP

Brittany Chaufty, SAIF Senior Safety Management Consultant, has been with SAIF since July 2013. She provides safety, health and wellness consultative services to businesses across a variety of industries in the Portland Metro area. Prior to joining SAIF, she spent three years working in environmental compliance at a steel manufacturing plant and has held a number of hospitality jobs and intern positions. She has a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology from Linfield College, her MBA from Portland State University and is a CSP. She has served as a Delegate-at-Large, a House Delegate and was the Treasurer-Elect in 2018-2019.





Alan Blood, CSP

Alan has been an environmental, health and safety professional for over 25 years. He graduated from Mt. Hood Community College with an A.A.S. in Hazardous Materials Management in 1991. Alan provided various EHS training, environmental consulting and industrial hygiene services for about four years while completing a core program at Concordia University in Environmental Remediation and Hazardous Materials Management.


For the last 21 years, he has held positions as a project EHS manager and as a Safety or EHS Director in the construction industry supporting commercial, healthcare and manufacturing projects. Alan is a professional member of the ASSP and is a Certified Safety Professional.




House Delegate 1

Aubrey Sakaguchi, ASP

Aubrey first became engaged with ASSP in 2005 at the University of Minnesota Duluth’s graduate program. Keeping the Chapter’s focus on developing sound professionals with robust networks and Society’s true north on serving the members is Aubrey’s passion for ASSP.  Aubrey has served as section chair, section secretary, chapter secretary, delegate-at-large, house delegate, membership chair and sunshine fund chair. At the Society level, Aubrey has volunteered with Future Leaders Committee and Outstanding Student Section Committee. Professionals who are passionate and focused on raising the bar for us as safety professionals are the ones who drive the Chapter and Society forward according to Aubrey..  Aubrey brings 15 years of EHS and risk experience in both public and private sector as well as consulting and site management capacities to her volunteering with ASSP.  She is currently a Sr. Safety Management Consultant at SAIF.


House Delegate 2

Jimmy Gibbons

Jimmy is a Risk Specialist with the City of Portland’s Risk Management division. Jimmy has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from Portland State University. Jimmy currently works on several safety programs for the City of Portland including the ergonomic program, driver program, safety committee consulting, and planning the annual safety committee conference. Prior to coming to the city, Jimmy spent 19 years at Safeway working in safety for the last 10 years. Jimmy has also been on the GOSH planning committee for the 2017 and 2019 conferences and served as Chapter Secretary for 4 years. When not at work Jimmy enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.


House Delegate 3

Terra Wheeler

Terra currently works for Portland Public School District as an Environmental Health and Safety Associate. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College; an AAS in Environmental Safety and Sustainability from Mt. Hood Community College; and a MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon. Her areas of expertise include general industry and construction OSHA compliance and construction project management support. Before joining PPS, Terra worked as a safety professional at OEG and Daifuku America Corporation and EORM (BSI). She enjoys volunteering for local non-profits and has also served as an ASSP Environmental Practice Specialty membership committee volunteer. She is originally from Massachusetts and has lived in Oregon for almost 20 years.




Delegate-at-Large 1

Milt Villegas, CLSS

Milt Villegas, after a 35-year fire service career, retired as Fire Captain/Paramedic with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. He is a recipient of Washington County Fire Instructor of the year award, and the State of Oregon Instructor of the year award. Milt has received a citation for valor, and a unit citation from the State of Oregon. Milt also has successfully taught many safety classes at the international level. He has been a member of the ASSE (Fire Protection Specialties) since 1992.

He currently works as the Fire Safety Manager for OHSU EHS department. Milt holds a Bachelor’s in management, and a Master’s in Industrial Safety from Northern Illinois University school of engineering. Milt has enjoyed serving our chapter for the past two years as a Delegate at Large.




Delegate-at-Large 2

Rick McMurry, CHST

While I am relatively new to ASSP, I am excited to get involved and if elected, serve as Delegate at Large. I am currently the Corporate Health and Safety Director for P&C Construction and the Co-Chair of the AGC Columbia Oregon Chapter Health and Safety Council. I have really fallen in love with the safety field and the people in it. Selfishly, I believe that I will be enriched both personally and professionally from serving and working with/for you on chapter business. I just hope to be a help and energy source for the chapter and to play whatever part I can to help the chapter.


Feb 08, 2019

GOSH Event 

Healthy, Well and WISE!

Tuesday, March 5, 5:00 pm

Meet with safety and health professionals from a variety of industries to discuss opportunities for networking, mentorship, and valuable resources designed to assist female safety professionals in their safety and health careers.

 The keynote speaker is Robin Rose. Robin is a renowned trainer with expertise in teaching people how to stay calm, professional, and effective-especially during high-stress and high-pressure situations. Her focus is on training people to engage their challenging moments with greater power, ease, and ability. Robin will lead a networking activity that will leave participants feeling inspired and informed.

 Join us as we recognize talented WISE safety professionals selected by their peers and who are instrumental in leading health, safety, and wellness initiatives in the workplace. This event is open to all.

Please email Paula Jones at as this is an RSVP event. Light refreshments are provided.

 If you would like to nominate a talented WISE safety professional, please send a short paragraph or two with the name and contact information of the individual you would like recognized to Paula Jones at no later than February 15th, 2019 for consideration. The following are some basic awards criteria:

  • Leader of wellness initiatives in the workplace
  • Safety champion
  • ASSP member preferred, but not required


Thank you to our generous event sponsors: Safety In Motion®, Durham & Bates Insurance, Harris WorkSystems, Pacific Marketing, Southern Oregon Chapter of ASSP, Santiam Section of the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of ASSP, and the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of ASSP.