Santiam Section

Photo: Bryon Snapp

Upcoming Meetings Schedule

Next Event: Wednesday, October 11, 2023. 12:00PM – 1:00PM

Topic: Harnessing the Power of Safety Tech: A New Era of Workplace Safety

Presenter:  Sarah Ballini-Ross, Prime Performance LLC

Join us for an engaging and energetic session that dives into the world of safety innovations! Discover how cutting-edge technologies are transforming the way we approach workplace safety and learn how to harness their potential to create safer work environments. This session will cover a wide range of safety tech solutions, from wearables and AI to useful apps, and will provide real-world examples and actionable insights for safety professionals. Get ready to explore the future of safety and learn how to leverage these innovations to enhance safety.

Sarah Ballini-Ross is a trailblazer at the dynamic intersection of public health, safety innovation, and sustainable farming. Holding a Public Health degree from Oregon State University, she has significantly impacted diverse sectors, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, from government agencies to large universities. As the Director of the Safety Innovation Team for Prime Performance, Sarah spearheads initiatives in safety technology, ergonomics, and health. Balancing her tech expertise, she’s also a proud small business owner and first-generation farmer in Salem, Oregon, emphasizing sustainability in both her professional and personal endeavors.

Where: Comfort Suites

630 Hawthorne Ave, Salem OR 97301

If you don’t want to bring your own lunch, you can have lunch delivered by Little Lois Café (delivery fee paid for by the Section):

1. Click:

2. Enter Group Order Number:  42721

3. Order Your Lunch! – You are required to pay for your lunch

4. Make sure to order by our cutoff time:  9:00 AM on October 11th

Members and Guests

The following important Section meeting changes are taking effect, starting January of 2023 =

  • 1) Section meetings will now be 100% in-person to promote greater networking opportunities, achieve more interactive discussions and entice high quality presenters with relevant and interesting topics.
  • 2) Santiam Section meetings will now be held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and will begin at Noon.
  • 3) Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch to the Section meeting.

Thank you for being a member or guest of the Santiam Section of the Columbia-Willamette Chapter. We want to take this opportunity to invite you to our monthly meetings. Guests are always welcome.

We would like to see more people at our meetings and welcome your input.

  • Do you have recommendations for speakers and topics?
  • Do you regularly attend our monthly Santiam Section meetings? (Why or why not?)
    • If not, What would motivate you to attend the meetings?.
    • How are the meeting time and location for you?
  • What would you like to see the Santiam Section do to support the safety profession locally and you in your professional development? In the past, we have had an AED grant for schools, hosted Professional Development Conferences, hosted webinars, and hosted a CSP study group.

Please email your suggestions and comments to our Section at

Upcoming Meeting Topics (In-Person Only)

11/08/2023 @ Noon = SHRM: Human Resources Trends with Succession Planning

12/13/2023 = Evening Holiday Event / Santiam Section Member Appreciation

1/10/2024 @ Noon = Oregon OSHA’s Revised Penalty Structure & New Comprehensive Inspection Type

2/14/2024 @ Noon = To be determined = Total Worker Health or Fall Protection PDC

3/14/2024 @ Noon = Best Practices in the Workforce: Difference in using Interpreters v. Translators

4/10/2024 @Noon = Psychological Safety

5/8/2024 @ Noon = To be determined

Available Section Meeting Minutes

For a copy of section meeting minutes or presentations used during the meetings, submit a request (including the month and year needed) to the following email:

Executive Committee

The Santiam Sections’ Executive Committee meets on the Thursday immediately after the membership meeting each month. This is usually the second Thursday but is sometimes the third Thursday, based on when the membership meeting occurs. Guests are always welcome.

We meet at 7:00 AM via video conference. To be included in the video meeting please email us at the following link:

The dates for the upcoming Santiam Section Executive Committee meetings are:

  • 11/9/2023
  • 12/14/2023
  • 1/11/2024
  • 2/15/2024
  • 3/14/2024
  • 4/11/2024
  • 5/9/2024

Section Officers

  • Chairperson
    Carl Halter
  • Chairperson-Elect
    Robert Snyder
  • Vice Chairperson
  • Secretary
    Naomi Hernandez
  • Treasurer
    David Davidson
  • Past Chairperson
    Robert Miller
  • 2nd Past Chairperson
    Jason Luty
  • Oregon OSHA Liaison
    Bryon Snapp

ASSP Santiam Section Bylaws

Available Executive Meeting Minutes

For a copy of executive meeting minutes, submit a request (including the month and year needed) to the following email: