IEHA Announces 2012 Award Winners
IEHA announced the recipients of the 2012 Margaret Barnes Diamond Award, Honorary Membership Award, and William D. Joyner Special Achievement Award. Recipients were honored at this year's ISSA/INTERCLEAN event in Chicago.
Margaret Barnes Diamond Award - Marvin Ellsworth, REH
Marvin Ellsworth, REH, has been an IEHA member since 1980. He became certified in 1988 and registered in 2002. Ellsworth is currently the manager of Environmental Services for Belton Regional Medical Center in Belton, MO. He earned a BS in Business Administration from Canterbury University in 2002 and a BBA in Facilities Management from Almeda University in 2006. Over the years, he has served in various leadership positions at the Association level, including 1st vice governor, 1st vice president, president-elect, president and most recently, secretary/treasurer (2010-2012).
The Margaret Barnes Diamond Award was established in 1988 as a national outstanding member award. This honor is presented to a person who has made outstanding contributions continually over an extended period to the field of cleaning, maintenance, housekeeping, groundskeeping, safety and/or indoor environmental management, the Association and its advancement; has rendered meritorious service to all areas of IEHA, and has written articles showing unusual insight and importance to the industry.
Honorary Membership Award - Bill Slezak
Bill Slezak, a sales, marketing, and business development veteran with more than 20 years of experience, recently became UMF Corporation's vice president of Healthcare for North America. Slezak has worked for a provider of commercial cleaning solutions, as well as a premier provider of computer systems and software. He has held leadership positions and participated in numerous industry organizations, including the Association for the Healthcare Environment, the IEHA, and the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, and looks forward to further growing these relationships. Slezak received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Maryland.
The Honorary Membership Award is presented to a long-time member who has made notable contributions to the facilities management profession, has been a huge supporter of IEHA, has the IEHA Passion, and has lived IEHA.
William D. Joyner Special Achievement Award - Gene Woodard, REH
Gene Woodard, REH, has been the Director of Custodial Services at the University of Washington (UW) for more than 27 years. He is a 31-year member of IEHA and served as President of the Association from 2000 to 2002. The UW Custodial Department was the first university to use ICM (Integrated Cleaning and Measurement) to begin the process of validating cleaning procedures within its facility. The UW Custodial Services team was recognized by American School and University Magazine by earning the inaugural Grand Green Cleaning Award for Universities and Colleges in 2007, and UW was the first repeat recipient of the Green Cleaning Award in 2010. Woodard is also Director of the Building Services Division, which includes Custodial Services and the UW Recycling and Solid Waste Programs, and was recently profiled by Housekeeping Solutions.
The William D. Joyner Achievement Award was established in 1998 and is given in honor of William D. Joyner, who truly exemplified the word "achievement." This award is bestowed upon a member of the Association who has shown exemplary service to the profession.
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