Chapter News

Greater Baton Rouge Chapter Announces 2018-2019 Executive Board

Posted: May 17, 2018

On May 15, 2018 the following Greater Baton Rouge Chapter members were installed for the 2018 – 2019 Chapter Year. Strategic planning will take place June – July and chapter activities will resume in September.


Daniel Slattery, CSP

Mr. Daniel Slattery is the Principal Consultant for Generate Safety and Human Performance, a health and safety management consultancy organization in Baton Rouge, LA, providing consultation for general industry, construction, and oil & gas safety.

Mr. Slattery participates in numerous community organizations, and sits on the executive board for South Louisiana STEPS, and is the 2017 – 2018 Vice President for the Greater Baton Rouge American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) chapter.  He also volunteers on API’s Technical Advisory Group for RP 75 SEMS.

Mr. Slattery holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Strayer University, two master’s degrees in Occupational Safety & Health and Organizational Leadership from Columbia Southern University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Capella University in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.  He also holds certifications in health and safety management, quality management, and auditing.

Vice President

Andrew Downing, CSP

Andrew J. Downing is a Certified Safety Professional with over ten years of experience within the construction and petrochemical setting. He graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Safety, Health, and Environmental Sciences. He has been involved with the ASSE since his undergraduate years as the Student Chapter Secretary, and received the Granberry, Fleming, & Ross Scholarship from the Foundation. After graduating, he stayed active with the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, joining the Chapter Membership Committee as Chairman in 2016. He currently serves as the 2017-2018 Treasurer for the Chapter.

Andrew began his profession in safety as HSE Coordinator for Jacobs Engineering Group, assisting Southern Region Management initiatives. He has since continued his career with Jacobs, supporting company HSE initiatives on projects such as Methanex, ExxonMobil, Mosaic, and Dow Chemical. He is currently the Site HSE Manager for Jacobs Field Services at ExxonMobil Lubricant Facility located in Port Allen, Louisiana.

Outside of the work setting, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters as well as a wide variety of outdoor hobbies.


Jake Valenti, CSP

Jake Valenti is Safety and Security Manager at Occidental Chemical Corporation in Convent, LA.  Jake previously served on the Executive Board in 2016 – 2017 as Chapter Secretary. Jake started his safety career in 2006 and has served in several roles through his career, including Process Safety Management Coordinator and Sr. Safety Specialist.  Jake graduated Southeastern Louisiana University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety, Health & Environment and earned his Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation in 2014.  Jake is active in emergency response where has serves as an EMT on his company’s emergency response team.

Jake is married and lives in Prairieville, LA.


Lasey Thompson, CSP

Lasey Thompson is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and a Senior HSE Advisor and Operations Manager at SafetyPro Resources, LLC headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA.  She received a Bachelors of Science in Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA.  She began her career in safety in 2012 working as a Safety Manager in upstream oil and gas and continued into the construction industry.

Past President

Julie Roussel

Julie Roussel is a graduate of Louisiana State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science.  Julie began her career working for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and subsequently moved into consulting and industry.  She is presently employed with The Dow Chemical Company as the EHS Leader for Business Services, Site Safety, and Industrial Hygiene.  The Business Service areas cover maintenance, construction, turnarounds, contractor safety and accountability for safety management and emphasis for the Dow Plaquemine site.  Julie has served in previous professional organizational roles for the Louisiana Section of the Air & Waste Management Association as Newsletter Chair, Secretary, Vice Chair, and Chair as a member for over 10 years.  She currently holds the position of President of the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (GBRASSE).  Additionally, Julie currently represents The Dow Chemical Company on the Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA) Health and Safety Committee as well as the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance (GBRIA) on the Health and Safety Committee.


Brandon Smith, GSP

Brandon Smith is the Manager of Safety, Health, and Security for the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance. He began his career in occupational safety in 2009 working for Hartt Safety Services at ExxonMobil Polyolefins. He went on to be a Loss Control Consultant for The Timbermen Fund, a self-insured (worker’s compensation) provider and later a Safety Specialist for POOLCORP. He has served on the Executive Board since 2014 in the roles of Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, and President; as well as previously serving as Programs and Membership Committee Chairs. He also currently serves ASSE’s Region IV as Professional Development Conference Committee Chair. Brandon received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2012. Brandon currently lives in Ponchatoula with his wife and daughter.


Jeremy Miller, CSP

Proposed Amendments to Chapter Bylaws

Posted: Jan 09, 2018

This past August, ASSE members made the historic decision to change the organization’s name to the American Society of Safety Professionals.

ASSE members voted to amend Society bylaws to reflect the new name. As a separately incorporated entity, our chapter needs to hold a separate chapter member vote to change the name in our bylaws, as well.

To learn more about these proposed changes:

We will hold a member vote on these proposed changes at an upcoming meeting of the chapter.

Southeastern Professor to Receive ASSE’s Safety Outstanding Educator of Year Award

Posted: Aug 21, 2015

Greater Baton Rouge Chapter member, Dr. Lu Yuan will be recognized by the American Society of Safety Engineers at Safety 2015 conference in June in Dallas.

Lu Yuan, a certified safety professional, associate professor and coordinator of the university’s occupational, safety, health and environment program, will be honored with the association’s Outstanding Safety Educator Award. The award is named after Dr. William E. Tarrants, a long-time contributor to the advancement of safety and health program accreditation.

Professional Safety

Posted: Aug 19, 2015

For more than 50 years, ASSE’s Professional Safety journal has been sharing the latest technical knowledge in SH&E—information that is constantly being developed through research and on-the-job experience. Each issue delivers practical guidance, techniques and solutions to help OSH professionals identify hazards, protect people, prevent injuries, improve work environments and educate management that investing in safety is a sound business strategy.