The American Society of Safety Engineers’ Foundation (ASSEF) recently named Valerie Overheul, President, CEO and Founder of Summit Training Source Inc. of Grand Rapids, MI, as the recipient of this year’s Distinguished Service Award. Overheul’s leadership, dedication and commitment to the safety profession have been a winning combination for the profession and the Foundation.

Overheul is the President, CEO and Founder of Summit Training Source, Inc. Founded in 1981, Summit Training Source Inc. is the premier resource for safety, health and environmental (SH&E) training programs for more than 35,000 organizations worldwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Overheul is skilled in safety and program production, as well as regulatory compliance training. For the past 30 years, she has produced more than 300 comprehensive training programs on safety, health and environmental (SH&E) compliance topics, available to clients in the form of video and online training mediums.

Overheul served on the ASSE Foundation Board from 2003 to 2008 and was instrumental in building its corporate donor program. Since 2003, Summit Training Source, Inc. has donated more than $50,000 through direct donations and support of the ASSE Foundation’s annual golf outing. Overheul and Summit Training Source, Inc. continue to support the Foundation with donations and promote the value of the Foundation’s mission. During her six-year tenure as a Foundation trustee, she actively participated in, and contributed to, the formulation of the Foundation’s strategy, the evolution of its mission and the development of a sound investment policy. Overheul has gone above and beyond in her service and support of the ASSE Foundation and continues to be a key participant in Foundation activities.

“Thank you for this gracious and unexpected recognition. Serving on the ASSE Foundation Trustee Board has been incredibly rewarding for me. I am privileged and proud to be part of this elite group of ASSE members, safety professionals, and ASSE staff members,” comments Overheul.

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