Upcoming Chapter Elections

Below is your slate of candidates for the upcoming elections. E-ballots will be sent out around April 15th.

Joseph Knickerbocker – Running for President Elect

I love to inspire others so that they can build into reality what they dream. I have a Bachelor of Science
in Building Construction, Construction Management from Weber State University.   
As a senior safety manager at Okland Construction, Red Cross instructor, and OSHA (500) Instructor, for
the past 12+ years; I have studied Human behavior, Systems Safety and am constantly reading books
and attending conferences to develop and sharpen my safety and leadership related acumen.  My
current position at Okland is producer of monthly safety training videos.
I am currently a certified safety professional (CSP), construction risk insurance specialist (CRIS), And
construction health and safety technician (CHST). 
I have served on the ASSP Utah Chapter Executive Committee for the past 5 years in varying position,
am currently serving as the Fundraising Chair.

Gene Marcum – Running for: Secretary – Utah Chapter

I have been in the construction industry since 1980, Achieved journeyman fire sprinkler fitter working in the special hazards fire protection industry as a welder-fitter. Owned a welding company for about 20 years, then started working towards safety in manufacturing and construction, worked up to Safety Director for medium sized construction company for 10 years, currently Safety Manager for a multinational construction company with offices in the United States and Canada and about 6000 employees. I oversee construction and Manufacturing safety in Utah, based out of Salt Lake City, my region covers approximately 500 workers.
Currently hold OSHA 502, am an instructor for First Aid CPR/AED, Officer and Senior High Angle Ropes Rescue Technician in Search and Rescue for Tooele County. Hold FEMA certifications in Emergency Management

Rachel Michael – Running for: Treasurer – Utah Chapter

Rachel Michael is a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) & Certified Health Care Safety
Professional (CHSP) and President Emeritus of the Board of Directors for the Board of Certification
in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE). She is also the past Administrator of the Ergonomics Practice
Specialty under the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). Rachel ensures systems
leverage their human components for safe, productive, and efficient outcomes and has over 20
years of experience implementing successful ergonomics controls and programs in diverse
industries. An energetic and engaging trainer, she is a frequent speaker at industry events and is
currently the co-chair of the National Ergonomics Conference.
Rachel Michael CPE, M.Sc., CHSP
Master of Science in Ergonomics
Certified Professional Ergonomist & Certified Healthcare Safety Professional
20+ years consulting in ergonomics and risk control for varied industries
SME and author of OSHA Ergonomics outreach materials
ASSP Ergonomics Practice Specialty Safety Professional of the Year 2018 & 2023
ASSP Utah Chapter Safety Professional of the Year 2022
ASSP Region II Safety Professional of the Year 2023
Editor of Journal Human Factors in Healthcare
President Emeritus – Board of Directors, Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics
Past Administrator ASSP Ergonomics Practice Specialty
Co-Chair of the National Ergonomics Conference

Roberto Gomez – Running for: Membership Chair – Utah Chapter

Roberto Gomez is a bilingual (English/Spanish) registered Safety Professional with over 15 years
experience in occupational safety and health management in Industrial Construction and Oil
Field settings.
He has extensive education and has earned his professional designations as a Construction Risk
and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) issued by the International Risk Management Institute, Inc., and
a“Construction Health and Safety Technician” (CHST) and “Safety Management Specialist”
(SMS), through the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), as well as “Construction Site
Safety Supervisor” (CSSS) through the National Center for Construction Education and Research
(NCCER), and he is a “Lead Auditor” through the ISO 9001:2000 – BSI Management Systems. He
is also an OSHA Authorized “Construction Outreach Trainer” through the University of Utah,
since 2008; a “Forklift & MEWP Instructor” through JLG, and a “First Aid CPR/AED Instructor”
through the American Red Cross.
Roberto is currently serving as a “Chair President” of the “Hispanic Safety Professionals of
Utah”, and as a “Membership Chair” officer for the American Society of Safety Professionals
(ASSP) – in the Utah Chapter, as well as a “Content Coordinator” for the Advisory Committee in
the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) – Hispanic Safety Professionals; he is also a
collaborator “Board Member” of the “Hispanic Worker Safety Alliance” in the Salt Lake City
Utah Area, and a collaborator “Board Member” for the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition for
Construction Industry.

2023 Winter Clothing Drive

Thank you to all that contributed to the Annual Winter Clothing Drive. It was a huge success! This year we received even more donations than last year.

All donations were given to The Road Home shelter. “The Road Home provides emergency shelter, supportive services, and housing assistance that help individuals and families step out of homelessness.”

We would also like to thank the Utah Safety Council, Okland Construction, Hogan & Associates, Flyn Roofing, WCF, and Younique


2nd Lt. Martinez, Taylorsville JROTC

John Wojciechowski, President at the Utah Safety Council

Sarah Galvez, ASSP Utah Chapter President

Joseph Knickerbocker, ASSP Utah Chapter Fund Raising Chair

2023 Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Joseph Knickerbocker

Joseph’s leadership skills is an obvious area of strength. His natural ability
to lead coupled with his in-depth knowledge of safety in a construction and semiconductor environment has
proven excellent results with not only the building of great project safety cultures, but also in the coaching
and advancement of other safety professionals within our industry.
His high moral standards and ethics are evident in his actions and words when representing his profession
and when representing himself as a man. I consider Joseph a person of absolute integrity in his capacity as a
safety professional and in his personal responsibilities. These qualities reflect in the manner in which he
leads and in the end product of his assignments which he takes great pride in.
He demonstrates strong self-discipline and a willingness to assume personal responsibility for his role in
furthering the safety culture of Utah’s employers and employees.

Most recently Joseph worked with the editorial staff of ASSP’s Professional Safety Journal (PSJ) and submitted a peer-reviewed manuscript which was accepted and published in the 2023 May issue of the PSJ. Since then Joseph continues to work on additional articles for submission to the PSJ to further share his knowledge and experience with others in our profession.

2022 Winter Clothing Drive

This year we changed our “Annual Winter Coat Drive” to “Winter Clothing Drive”, with the goal of expanding on potential donations.

With the help of the Utah Safety Council, we had a great donation to give to The Road Home shelter.

Thanks to your generous donations many people will be a little bit warmer this winter season.