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October 24, 2008
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Zehra Schneider Graham, CHMM, REM (Boston, Mass.) was elected by her peers as the 2009 vice president/president-elect of the Academy of Hazardous Materials Managers (ACHMM), according to a recent press release.

In addition, ACHMM members also re-elected W. Scott Butterfield, CHMM (Trenton, N.J.) as treasurer; elevated John Wolf, CHMM (Livermore, Calif.) to the education director on the Board of Directors; and re-elected Karen Rider, CHMM (Seffner, Fla.) to an at-large Board seat through 2011.

Schneider Graham will assume the vice presidency Jan. 1 and will become the organization’s president in January 2010. She currently serves as the acting board director of business development on ACHMM’s 2008 Board of Directors. She is the deputy director of environmental health & safety (EHS) at the University of Massachusetts Boston and possesses more than 14 years experience in hazardous materials management.

Schneider Graham is active with ACHMM at the national and local levels. Since 2000, she has held a number of leadership posts with the New England Chapter, including president (2005), vice president/president-elect (2004), secretary (2002-03), and chair of the Membership and Public Relations and Marketing committees. At the national level, she served as chair and co-chair of ACHMM’s Marketing Subcommittee. She was honored with Champion of Excellence Awards in 2000 and 2005.

Butterfield, who will continue as the organization’s treasurer, will begin his second two-year term Jan. 1. Butterfield is a senior program manager with Weston Solutions, Inc. and has more than 26 years experience in the hazardous waste management field. He currently manages the Region 2, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Site Assessment Team 2 contract.

Butterfield is an active member of the New Jersey Chapter as well the national association. In New Jersey he served as president in 2004 and was treasurer for four consecutive terms.

Wolf, who currently is an at-large ACHMM director, is an expert in radioactive waste management and environmental compliance. He has 13 years hazardous materials management experience and currently is a radiological characterization analyst at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Wolf is active with the organization at both levels having served as the Northern California Chapter vice president in 2003 and as president in 2004 and 2005.

He served as cochair of ACHMM's Professional Development Subcommittee in 2005 and was the chair in 2006.

ACHMM honored Wolf as the Young CHMM of the Year in 2004. He will begin serving his two-year term as the education director on the Board on Jan. 1.

Rider, who also is an at-large director on the ACHMM Board, will continue to serve in that capacity for three years when her new term begins Jan. 1. She is an environmental manager for Trademark Metals Recycling, LLC and has more than 24 years professional experience in the environmental consulting and regulatory field in public health, hazardous materials and waste, environmental regulatory compliance and industrial hygiene. Rider has served as the Board’s interim membership director and is active on two ACHMM task groups: one studying policies and procedures for the organization’s International Task Group and one developing and implementing an EHS and quality business management system for the organization.

The 2009 ACHMM Board of Directors will comprise an Executive Committee of Harry Kemp, CHMM (Jackson, Tenn.), president; Schneider Graham, vice president/president-elect; Elise Allen-Frankenfield, CHMM (Cleveland, Ohio), secretary; Butterfield, treasurer; and Michael, Mandracchia, CHMM (Trenton, N.J.), immediate past president. Directors on the Board are Wolf; Robert Fletcher, CHMM (Springfield, Tenn.), government relations director; Donna Ratkowski, CHMM (Maplewood, Mo.), member services director; and directors at large Daniel Snyder, CHMM (Nixa, Mo.); Carol Carollo, CHMM (Lemoore, Calif.); and Rider. A sixth director will be appointed to fill the vacancy created when Schneider Graham assumes the role of vice president/president-elect on Jan. 1. Additionally, two retired ACHMM members serve as directors emeritus: William W. McMillan (Plainfield, Ind.) and Charles M. Bessey (Stuart, Fla.).

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