NSC Announces 2020 Class of Rising Stars of Safety

Thirty-two young professionals awarded for outstanding dedication to safety in the workplace.

October 05, 2020

Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council is proud to announce its 11th class of Rising Stars of Safety – a group of future leaders younger than age 40 dedicated to making workplaces safer. The 32 honorees have promoted a cycle of continuous improvement within their organizations and created initiatives focused on measureable outcomes.

“We are thrilled to spotlight these up-and-coming safety professionals, who have demonstrated enthusiasm, skill and leadership to further promote safety,” said Lorraine M. Martin, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “The work these Rising Stars undertake day in and day out is helping people live their fullest lives. We applaud them for their dedication.”

The Class of 2020 honorees are listed below and featured in the October issue of Safety+Health magazine.

Mohammed J. Al-Dossary

Loss Prevention Technical and Support Services Unit Supervisor

Saudi Aramco

Waqas Ashraf

Environmental, Health and Safety Manager

Emerson FZE

Brian S. Bailey

Director – Safety and Environmental Stewardship

The American Waterways Operators

Kumar Basavaraju

EHS specialist

The Boeing Co.

Leah M. Beckworth

Industrial Safety

and Safety Culture Lead


Teri Renee Boydo

Driver Training Program Manager

First Student

Wyatt Bradbury

HSE Advisor

Hitachi Rail

Kyle Carrier

Assistant Safety Director

Reliable Contracting

Brett Curole

Safety Manager

Clean Gulf Associates Services LLC

Jeff Fox

EHS and S Center of Expertise Consultant

Corteva Agriscience

Brian Hanlon

Regional Health and Safety Manager

Citizens Bank

Sheraz Hassan

Senior Process Safety Engineer

Engro Fertilizers Ltd.

Joshua Hughes

Area Safety Manager

Clark Construction Group

Rony Peterson Kirmse Jabour

Education Director/Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer

United Safety Net Inc.

Jessica M. Jannaman

Executive Director of Environmental, Health and Safety

Global Automotive Systems

Joseph Kafton

Safety Specialist IV


Syed Ali Haider Kazmi

Assistant Manager Health, Safety and Environment

Sindh Engro Coal Mining Co.

Al Kikilas

Occupational Safety Manager

Argonne National Laboratory

Mathew Kurian

H and S Advisor

WSP Middle East

Asma Maqbool

Senior Engineer HSE

Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd. Pakistan

Kyle Martin

Safety/Risk Manager

Cox Communications

Miranda M. McCarthy

Health, Safety and Environmental
Leader – Mining

Cummins Inc.

Devon Molitor

Senior Manager, Safety, Health and Environment


Laynnea J. Myles

Director of Environment,

Health, and Safety


Lance Norris

Safety Director

Redi Services LLC

Gina Ojeda

Safety Specialist

Washington River Protection Solutions

Amy Paolercio

Director of Safety

WeDriveU Inc.

Josh Schmitz

Safety Manager

CG Schmidt

Nicholas Hugh Sexton

Technical Consultant

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Senior Master Sgt.
Lucas Shay

Superintendent, Safety Directorate, Air Combat Command

U.S. Air Force

Richard Szymczyk

Workforce Health and Safety Manager

LifeCare Medical Transports

Ryan P. Wood

Safety Specialist

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Div.

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