Fall 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Each year the SF Chapter gives scholarships out to students studying in the Occupational Health & Safety Field. See the Fall 2018 scholarship recipients below. Congrats!

Tawnee Newton is the Fall 2018 recipient of the San Francisco Chapter’s $500 scholarship at Las Positas College. Pictured is Steve McConnell, Instructor/Student Affairs Committee presenting the scholarship to Tawnee on behalf of the San Francisco Chapter.

Tawnee is nearing completion of the Occupational Safety and Health degree at Las Positas College and was excited to be awarded the Chapter’s scholarship. She is looking forward to learning more about safety and health as she completes her Associates in Science degree. Tawnee aspires to a career as an Operator or Safety professional at a refinery following completion of her degree. She believes the knowledge gained from the Occupational Safety and Health program at Las Positas will help her succeed in any position she may have at a refinery. The courses have provided her a much better understanding of safety and health issues and what make safety and health programs successful.

Brandi Lechleiter is the Fall 2018 recipient of the San Francisco Chapter/Construction Section $500 scholarship at Las Positas College. Brandi is a two-time recipient of an ASSP scholarship.

Brandi has experience in retail and the United States Air Force. She has also worked as an operator that “flew” and maintained diagnostic communication with private industry satellites.  Past roles have allowed her to gain experience in management.  She has been employed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) since 2007.  At LLNL, Brandi is a work center supervisor and plays a management role in the group.  In addition, she is the coordinator of classified operations for the facility. She has been the project manager for onsite construction projects.

Brandi has completed an AA degree in Humanities at Las Positas College, while working full time at LLNL.  She’s completed a lot of on-the-job training and the USAF technical school subjects of electronic principles, radio frequency communications, and laser/optical science.  She is trained as a Human Performance Practitioner and has been called on to help identify the factors that resulted in various off-normal situations at the Laboratory.  Brandi consistently participates in class discussion and shares information from her experience with her classmates.

Brandi is completing her third class in the OSH Certificate program and has established herself as a top performing student, ready and anxious to learn about safety and health.