Mark of Excellence
Editor’s note: The Mark of Excellence is a monthly feature, special to the digital Synergist, that honors the recipients of annual awards presented by AIHA and ACGIH. Two award winners will be interviewed each month.
Shannon Gaffney
AIHA KUSNETZ AWARD Named for AIHA Past President Howard Kusnetz and his wife, Florence, the Kusnetz Award honors an industrial hygienist certified by ABIH who is under forty years old, exhibits high ethical standards and technical abilities, and shows promise of leadership in the profession. View the complete list of Kusnetz awardees on the AIHA website.
The recipient of the 2016 Kusnetz award is Shannon Gaffney, PhD, MHS, CIH, of St. Louis, Missouri. Gaffney is managing health scientist at Cardno ChemRisk.
Q: How would you describe how you feel about being selected to receive this award at AIHce? A: Honored, grateful, inspired. 
Q: What significance does this award hold for you? A: I am honored and humbled to be included with such an impressive group of individuals whose achievements are beyond measure.

Q. What advice would you give young people entering the profession? A. Industrial hygiene is a profession with a multitude of dimensions, each of which offers rewarding career paths if you allow yourself to dive in fully. Invest in yourself, your career, and the profession. Listen and learn from your colleagues with more experience, and take the time to teach those eager to learn!
Stephen J. Reynolds
ACGIH MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD The Meritorious Achievement Award is given to members of ACGIH who have made outstanding, long-term contributions to the field of occupational health and industrial hygiene. The full list of recipients is available on the ACGIH website. 
The recipient of this year’s Meritorious Achievement Award is Stephen J. Reynolds, PhD, CIH, FAIHA. Reynolds has worked in the industrial hygiene profession for 32 years. He is currently a professor in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences at Colorado State University and is serving as president of the board of directors for the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, LLC.
Q. How do you feel about being selected to receive this award at AIHce? A. Fortunate, honored, grateful.
Q. What significance does this award hold for you? A. Throughout my career I have been very privileged to work with amazing colleagues, mentors, and friends. ACGIH and AIHA provided me with opportunities to contribute to occupational health on global level, experiences I had not imagined. To be counted among the dedicated, innovative leaders who are the previous award winners is humbling, amazing, and very much appreciated. 
Q. What is the number one piece of advice you give your students? A. I do try to emphasize the importance of building relationships and working at communication—really listening and being responsive.