The Practical Benefits of Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness

On March 16, our chapter hosted our first ever hybrid meeting at Mitsubishi Chemical in Chesapeake. In addition to the excitement of this milestone, we also had members from the Colonial chapter join our event (online and in person!)

In addition, we provided a check for $500 dollars and an ASSP student membership to ODU student Mark Burch, an Environmental Health major with a minor in Occupational Safety. Thanks to each of our members for participating in our December 2021 Holiday raffle fundraiser that made this possible.

Our speakers, Tim Paz and Amy McCae, provided an incredibly valuable presentation on emotional intelligence and how we can apply that to our lives, personally and professionally. Feel free to access the presentation slides at the link below. They also provided many additional resources that we’ve posted below for your reference.



15 Most Valuable Emotional Intelligence TED Talks on Youtube (

Amy’s References

Meditation Exercises
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Amy offers a free weekly meditation on Wednesdays at 11:30 CST. It is short, sweet, secular, and no experience is needed. The live audio is recorded and uploaded. That link is here:

Coherent Breathing from The Healing Power of the Breath authors (video, 17 minutes)

Tim’s References


Picks from Tim’s Library:

  • Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Mindfulness for Beginners: Reclaiming the Present Moment—and Your Life
  • Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence. Random House Publishing Group.
  • Cain, Susan (2013). Quiet. New York: Broadway Paperbacks.
  • Porath, Christine (2016). Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace. Grand Central Publishing.
  • Porath, Christine. Mastering Community. Grand Central Publishing.
  • Ross, Maria (2019). The Empathy Edge: Harnessing the Value of Compassion as an Engine for Success.
  • Krznaric, Roman (2014). Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It. Penguin Publishing Group.
  • Richard D. Fulwiler, PhD, Transformational Leadership, The Key to World-Class Safety. (June 2011); EHS Today
  • Sutch, Z., & Malone, P. (2021). Leading with love and Laughter: Letting go and getting real at workBerrett-Koehler Publishers.
  • Brown, Richard P.; Patricia, MD Gerbarg. The Healing Power of the Breath: Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety, Enhance Concentration, and Balance Your Emotions. Shambhala. *
  • Eurich, Tasha. Insight: The Surprising Truth About How Others See Us, How We See Ourselves and Why the Answers Matter More than We Think. The Crown Publishing Group.
  • Meng Tan, Chad, (2012). Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness ( and World Peace). New York, New York :Harper (Reference from Tim and Amy)
  • Mindful Schools of California
  • Mindfulness and Neural Integration: Daniel Siegel, MD at Tedx StudioCityED

Industrial Safety Program Lead – Jefferson Lab

Position Description
As a matter of corporate policy, all JSA employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful hires will be required to provide COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination.
Posting Date: 05/31/22 Salary Range: $107,400 – $169,600(SE III) Work Location Type: Flexible On-site (working more than 60% on-site)
Come join our team at Jefferson Lab, where great minds matter.
What your job will be like:
Are you looking for an opportunity to organize and lead a team of subject matter experts to identify, eliminate, and/or mitigate industrial related hazards? Jefferson Lab is seeking an Industrial Safety Program Lead – come and join our team! In this role you will:
• Become a subject matter expert in areas such as electrical safety, work at heights, machine tools, hazardous energy control, material handling, industrial ergonomics, construction safety, etc
• Manage a team of scientists, engineers and technicians to satisfy the responsibilities described in Jefferson Science Associates policy and procedures
• Modify existing and develop new laboratory policy, procedures and training based on relevant governing standards and best practices
• Develop and manage annual budgets, execution plans and project plans
• Establish and manage staff expectations and performance appraisals
• Monitor direct reports’ work activities/schedules and assure product quality, approve timesheets and other administrative documents
• Continuously interact with laboratory management, staff and committees to gauge the performance of the Industrial Safety program and develop/implement corrective actions and improvement activities
• Participate in investigations and assessments including the development and implementation of corrective and preventive actions
Position Requirements
Qualifications We Require: Education:
• Relevant BS degree
• 10 years relevant experience
• Advanced degrees may count toward equivalent experience
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Knowledge and application of advanced engineering and scientific principles to the evaluation and solution of technical problems
• Ability to create innovative solutions while working on multiple highly complex major projects
• Ability to initiate the planning, organization, performance, coordination and/or direction of engineering and scientific work
• Ability to perform technical studies and estimates while tracking and completing project activities on time and within budget
• Ability to remain abreast of technical advancements related to industrial safety
• Ability to coordinates efforts with management and workers throughout the laboratory to achieve desired results
Qualifications We Desire:
• Relevant MS degree desirable
• Professional Engineer, Certified Safety Professional certifications desirable
About Jefferson Lab
Join a community with a common purpose of solving the most challenging scientific and engineering problems of our time. The Jefferson Lab campus is located in southeastern Virginia amidst a vibrant and growing technology community.
A career at Jefferson Lab is more than a job. You will be part of “big science” and work alongside top scientists and engineers from around the world unlocking the secrets of our visible universe. Managed by Jefferson Science Associates, LLC; Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility is entering an exciting period of mission growth and is seeking new team members ready to apply their skills and passion to have an impact. You could call it work, or you could call it a mission. We call it a challenge. We do things that will change the world.
Total Rewards at Jefferson Lab
At Jefferson Lab, we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:
• Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
• Flexible Spending Accounts
• Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (Paid Parental, vacation, holidays, and sick leave)
• 401(k) Plan – 9% Lab Contribution; 100% vested
• Flexible Work Arrangements (Remote & Alternate Work Schedules available)
• Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
• Live near the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay region with access to nearby beaches, mountains, and all major metropolitan centers on the East Coast
Mental Requirements • Ability to perform complex and/or varied tasks • Ability to understand complex problems and to collaborate and explore and implement alternative solutions • Ability to analyze and interpret complex data and systems and develop models • Capable of analytic and deductive reasoning
Physical Requirements • Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas • Ability to stoop, bend over and climb ladders • Ability to carry up to 40 lbs. • Ability to access and work in confined spaces • Ability to work on a computer for extended periods • Visual capabilities to use computer workstations, read drawings and documents, make field observations, and see safety alarms • Auditory capabilities to hear safety alarms
Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). JSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status or on any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. As part of the JSA’s equal employment opportunity policy, we also take affirmative action as called for by applicable laws and Executive Orders to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.
JSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities (unless doing so will result in an undue hardship). If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (757) 269-7598 to provide the nature of your request. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Employment with JSA is conditional upon DOE approval if at any time during your employment you are participating in a Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Program or Affiliated activity. Generally, such programs/activities include any foreign-state-sponsored attempt to acquire U.S.-funded scientific research through programs run or funded by the government that target scientists, engineers, students, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States. This includes positions or appointments, both domestic and foreign, titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received and whether full-time, part-time or voluntary.

2022-2023- Candidates

Below is the list of Candidates for the 2022-2022 officers:

If there is no one else that expresses interest in any of these positions, then there will not be a ballot and a vote will be conducted at the April Chapter Meeting to finalize the new officers.

President- Ali Conerly

Vice President- Stephanie Neary

Treasurer- Susan Roenker

Secretary- Erika Thornton

Communications Chair- Kristina Knapik

These candidates will take over the offices at the start of the 2022-2023 year on July 1st, 2022.

Chubb Global Risk Advisors Business Development Manager/Director Mid Atlantic and North East

Chubb Global Risk Advisors Business Development Manager/Director Mid Atlantic and North East


Chubb Global Risk Advisors is a global consulting enterprisewhichprovides health, safety, environmental, and engineering services to clients across the globe.

Chubb Global Risk Advisors will be the preferred provider of consulting and compliance services in the unbundled market while maintaining our underwriting and loss control capabilities to support Chubb. Our relentless focus on the customer experience will build our brand preference. Our customers will define us as customer-focused, experienced, flexible, creative and efficient.


Plan, coordinate, and execute business development strategies. Assist with HSE consulting services as needed.


  • Direct EHS service(s) lead generation and sales for assigned territory
  • Develop and manage relationships with buyers of HSE consulting services
  • Meet sales objectives
  • Use of Customer Relationship Management tool to track and measure sales metrics
  • Coordinate activities to enhance presence, commitment, and capabilities in the marketplace
  • Implement target industry, service, and account strategies
  • Technical Environmental Health and Safety expertise (non-remediation) 
  • Able to provide senior level HSE technical support


  • Strong marketing orientation with demonstrated ability to effectively interact with HSE buyers
  • Experience in HSE sales in a consulting environment
  • Ability to manage deadlines and thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong presentation, research and analytical Skills
  • Accuracy, efficiency, quality and good judgment
  • Excellent oral and written presentation/communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or greater in an Environmental Health and Safety related field

Competitive salary plus sales incentives


Joint Fun with the Colonial Chapter and GTC

Dinner was delicious, the location on the water was beautiful and the comradery was grand at the November joint meeting with GTC and the Colonial chapter. Michelle Twilley from AIHA provided some valuable insights on the updated Fed OSHA Emergency Standard for COVID-19. Bill Burge shared some current COVID-19 updates and background on how it is impacting VOSH officials day to day activities.

Old and new chapter members gathered together for a few photos, including some student representation from ODU! The second photo below was taken in front of a 27 million dollar (appraised) Jackson Pollack painting!

Thank you Colonial chapter for hosting this wonderful event and inviting us to be a part of it with you!

Jackson Pollack Painting

Tides Social Is a Hit!

We had a great turn out and beautiful weather for our first in person social since 2019! Everyone was glad to visit together and meet others. The food was great and we were even graced by Bobby the clown, who made balloon animals for the kids that attended. I’m sure everyone would agree that the patio was one incredible view! A huge shout out to long time GTC member Dan Hurley for facilitating the logistics and putting this together for our chapter! What a treat it was! Looking forward to transitioning to more in person opportunities.