New Board Members Elected In March, AIHA announced the election results for its 2021–2022 Board of Directors. AIHA members voted for vice president, treasurer-elect, and two directors. The following candidates were elected:
Dina Siegel, CIH, CSP, CBSP, FAIHA, was elected vice president. Siegel joined AIHA in 1983. She has served on the AIHA Board since 2015, previously as director at large and secretary. Siegel has also served in several AIHA volunteer groups and committees, including those dealing with biosafety and environmental microbiology, exposure assessment strategies, and women in industrial hygiene. She is an industrial hygiene and safety professional for Triad National Security LLC at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Nancy M. McClellan, MPH, CIH, CHMM, was elected treasurer-elect. McClellan has been a practicing occupational hygienist for over 25 years, 17 of which she spent as an independent consultant who provided legal expert, management, training, and select field services in many areas, including the legal, pharmaceutical, and chemical sectors. She currently chairs the external advisory board of the University of Michigan Graduate School of Public Health. McClellan also served as co-chair and leader of the Occupational Hygiene Training Association for 13 years.
Justine Parker, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CPH, was elected as a director. She has over 18 years of experience in industrial hygiene, exposure assessment, occupational health, and emergency response to occupational hazards. She is a member of AIHA’s Content Portfolio Advisory Group, the AIHA-NIOSH Total Worker Health Center of Excellence Liaison Project Team, the AIHA Grand Challenges Task Force, and the AIHA COVID-19 Task Force. Parker is a senior managing health scientist at Cardno ChemRisk in Boulder, Colorado.
Courtney Tinner, MS, CIH, CSP, was also elected as a director. Tinner joined AIHA in 2009. She is past chair of both AIHA’s Minority Special Interest Group and Noise Committee and is a member of the Georgia Local Section. Tinner has experience in the pulp and paper, steel, and paint and coating industries. She is a senior industrial hygienist working in corporate occupational health at Sherwin-Williams in Atlanta, Georgia.
AIHA’s new Board members will be inducted at the association’s annual business meeting, which will be held online via Zoom on Tuesday, June 1, from 12 to 1 p.m. ET. All members who wish to attend the meeting must register in advance.
AIHA’s Board of Directors for 2021–2022 includes the following officers:
  • President: John R. Mulhausen, PhD, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
  • President-Elect: Donna S. Heidel, MS, CIH, FAIHA
  • Vice President: Dina Siegel, CIH, CSP, CBSP, FAIHA
  • Past President: J. Lindsay Cook, MSPH, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
  • Treasurer: Nicole M.H. Greeson, MS, CIH
  • Treasurer-Elect: Nancy M. McClellan, MPH, CIH, CHMM
  • Secretary: Bradley S. King, PhD, MPH, CIH
  • AIHA Chief Executive Officer: Lawrence Sloan, CAE
The following members will serve as AIHA Directors for 2021–2022:
  • Kimberly M. Castillon, CIH
  • Srinivas Durgam, CIH, CSP
  • Bernard L. Fontaine, Jr., CIH, CSP, FAIHA
  • Justine Parker, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CPH
  • Lucinette Alvarado Rivera, MS, CIH
  • Courtney Tinner, MS, CIH, CSP
AIHA Names Three New Distinguished Fellows In April, AIHA announced the names of three members who have been designated as Fellows. The new Fellows are Daniel H. Anna, PhD, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; Curtis Hintz, CIH, CSP, FAIHA; and David P. Kelly, FAIHA.
The AIHA Fellows designation recognizes AIHA members in good standing who have 15 years of continuous full membership and have made significant contributions to industrial hygiene or related disciplines through research, leadership, publications, education, or service to AIHA. They are nominated by a local section, special interest group, volunteer committee, or peer for their achievements. No more than five percent of the AIHA membership may be designated an AIHA Fellow.
Read more in AIHA’s press release.
Congratulations to AIHA’s 2021 Award Recipients AIHA recently announced the recipients of the 2021 AIHA awards, which honor individuals and groups that have contributed significantly to the industrial hygiene and occupational and environmental health and safety professions. This year’s award recipients are:
  • Alice Hamilton Award: Lydia Renton, BSc, CIH, ROH, FAIHA
  • Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award: Alan Leibowitz, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
  • Distinguished Service to AIHA Award: Chris Laszcz-Davis, MS, CIH, COH, FAIHA, AIC Fellow
  • Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award: Perry W. Logan, PhD, CIH
  • Henry F. Smyth, Jr. Award: S. Zack Mansdorf, PhD, CIH, CSP, QEP, FAIHA
  • Kusnetz Award: Jennifer Lynn Holliday, CIH
  • Social Responsibility Award: Back to Work Safely Task Force
  • Yant Award: Sean Mahar, PhD, CIH, CSP, PE
  • AIHA President’s Award: Back to Work Safely Task Force
AIHA President Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP, FAIHA, acknowledged the importance of the winners’ contributions. “These awards recognize some of the exceptional contributions made by our volunteers during this most difficult year,” Cook said. “We wish only that we could recognize every member who contributed to the success of AIHA in 2020. Rest assured the AIHA leadership deeply appreciates the great work done by all our dedicated and hard-working volunteers.”
All award recipients will be recognized at the Mark of Excellence awards ceremony, which will be held later this year. Read more in AIHA’s press release.
JOEH Publishes Spanish Translations of Nine Papers A digital supplement to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene released in April includes Spanish translations of nine previously published papers relevant to scientists addressing the occupational health and safety aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The papers in the supplement are “Performance of an N95 Filtering Facepiece Particulate Respirator and a Surgical Mask During Human Breathing: Two Pathways for Particle Penetration,” originally published in the October 2009 issue; “Mobile Phones as a Potential Vehicle of Infection in a Hospital Setting,” from October 2015; “Face Shields for Infection Control: A Review,” from April 2016; “Respiratory Source Control Using a Surgical Mask: An In Vitro Study,” from July 2016; “Assessing the Efficacy of Tabs on Filtering Facepiece Respirator Straps to Increase Proper Doffing Techniques While Reducing Contact Transmission of Pathogens,” from October 2016; “The Uses and Limitations of a Hand-Held Germicidal Ultraviolet Wand for Surface Disinfection,” from October 2017; “How Does Breathing Frequency Affect the Performance of an N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirator and a Surgical Mask Against Surrogates of Viral Particles?” from March 2019; “Personal Protective Equipment Doffing Practices of Healthcare Workers,” from August 2019; and “Relative Contributions of Transmission Routes for COVID-19 Among Healthcare Personnel Providing Patient Care,” from September 2020.
The Spanish supplement containing translations of these articles is available from the website of Taylor & Francis, publisher of JOEH.
Changes to Synergist Email Communications Last month, AIHA began upgrading its email preference center to better meet members’ needs. Because of this change, The Synergist Weekly and The Synergist Newswire e-newsletters, along with the monthly digital Synergist email alert, are being sent from a new email address:
To ensure that you continue to receive Synergist email communications, please ask your IT team to add our new domain,, to your safe senders list. If you’re on your own, a few tutorials for popular email clients like Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo are available online.
Access IH Apps and Tools via AIHA’s Website Over the years, AIHA volunteers have developed IH tools and apps intended to provide practicing industrial hygienists with access to the information necessary to evaluate exposure profiles and determine whether exposures are acceptable or more data is needed to determine acceptability. Visit AIHA’s website to take advantage of these software tools.
Attend AIHA’s Annual Business Meeting
AIHA’s annual business meeting will be held online via Zoom on Tuesday, June 1, from 12 to 1 p.m. ET to introduce incoming officers and directors and address other association business. In order to establish a quorum for this meeting, members are asked to register in advance. Individuals who register will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Dates and Deadlines
May 13 AIHA webinar: “Bridging Boomers to Zoomers: Understanding a Multi-Generational Workplace.”
May 24–26 Virtual AIHce EXP 2021.

June 1 Virtual AIHA Annual Business Meeting.
Sept. 11–15 IOHA 2021: The 12th IOHA International Scientific Conference in Daegu, South Korea.
Sept. 28–30 PSX 2021 (formerly the Product Stewardship Conference) in Anaheim, California.
For a complete list of events, visit AIHA's website.