Member Spotlight

Each month, we shine a light on a member that is truly living the mission of ASSP. These members are taking giant strides in workplace safety in their organization.

July 2024

Steve M. LePock, Risk Manager, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS)

Years as an ASSP member: 29 Years
Years in the safety industry: 39 Years

Key responsibilities of your job

Develops and administers risk-management and loss-prevention programs for the 3rd largest school division in Virginia. Coordinates risk identification programs related to school division properties and operations to reduce potential losses from workers’ compensation, vehicular crashes, school rentals, general liability, auto and property insurance issues.

Develops and coordinates occupational safety and loss control programs to establish safe and healthy working conditions for all school division employees; assists in incident investigations; analyzes work-related incidents to provide recommendations for corrective measures; and ensures Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance for the school division.

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April 2024

Stefan Vecerdea, Health and Safety Manager, City of Hampton

Years as an ASSP member: 1 Years
Years in the safety industry: 9 Years

Key responsibilities of your job

In my current role, I oversee the development, implementation, and management of sustainable safety programs in compliance with OSHA and ANSI/ASSP standards for the City of Hampton. I investigate accidents, identify root causes, and recommend resolutions. My responsibilities include ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal regulations, conducting inspections, and preparing reports for regulatory compliance and management evaluation.

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March 2024

Tony Palacioz, Safety Manager, RQ Construction

Years as an ASSP member: 20+ Years
Years in the safety industry: 30+ Years

Key responsibilities of your job

Working heavy construction, key responsibilities were straying in the field as much as possible and watching activities. Talking and getting to know key workers and explaining why thing have to be done a certain (SAFE) way. Getting people to buy in via safety talks and one on ones.

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February 2024

Nick Miller, Safety Coordinator, McLean Contracting

Years as an ASSP member: 2 Years
Years in the safety industry: 6 Years

Key responsibilities of your job

Some key responsibilities of my job are managing safety across multiple projects, providing safety training, and ensuring everyone goes home the same way they came to work!

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January 2024

Joe Henricks, Safety Director, Sussex Development Corporation

Years as an ASSP member: 1 Years
Years in the safety industry: 15 Years

Key responsibilities of your job

Manage safety and loss control programs by mitigating and minimizing risk. Instituting a workplace safety loss control program is the first step to reducing injuries while improving productivity and reducing insurance and claims costs.

Development of a safety and risk management culture,

Assure the safety program complies with or exceeds OSHA construction industry standards.

Dedicated to being at “Virginia Best Standards” in class,

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