On July 1st, Hays Vice President Abby Ferri began her tenure as President of the American Society of Safety Professionals’ (ASSP) Northwest Chapter. Ferri started her affiliation with ASSP in 2002 while in the Master of Environmental Health and Safety program at the University of Minnesota Duluth and has been involved as a volunteer or elected representative for the student chapter at UMD and as a professional member of the Orange County, California and Northwest Chapters.
Ferri was elected Vice President by ASSP Northwest Chapter members in March 2018 then named President-Elect in July 2018. After her term as President of the ASSP Northwest, she will serve as chapter delegate for two years, representing the chapter on society initiatives. Ferri was named the 2019 Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) of the Consultants Practice Specialty of the ASSP.
“ASSP membership continues to impact my career in a positive way, and it is my privilege to serve the members of the ASSP Northwest Chapter as President this year,” Ferri said of the achievement. “I look forward to welcoming new members that are just beginning their journey as a safety professional and those who have chosen it as a second career. My focus is elevating women into executive roles in safety, the safety and health of our non-English speaking workers, and providing opportunities for chapter members to network and share best practices.”
On top of her obligations as President of the ASSP Northwest Chapter, Ferri is continuing her leadership role with ASSP’s Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) common interest group. She served for two years as Assistant Administrator and is serving her second year as Administrator of WISE which seeks to advance “ASSP members and the safety profession through education, mentorship, networking, collaboration, research and innovation.”