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Michael D. Maheux, CHMM


Mr. Maheux is the Leader, Environmental & Sustainability for LENOX TOOLS, (a Newell-Rubbermaid Company), located in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Mike has been employed at Lenox for over 30 years, in various capacities from production line operations, metallurgical lag technician to various roles in EH&S. He has over 26 years of experience working in the environmental field for private industry. Currently, his responsibilities cover facility wide air, water, and hazardous waste issues and compliance, leading the Green Facilities team, as well as working with the director of safety and the corporate Environmental/Energy sustainability and Green Facilities teams.


Mike has been a Master Level CHMM since 1995, is a Massachusetts DEP Grade 2 Industrial wastewater treatment operator, and a Massachusetts Toxics Use reduction Planner – Limited Practice for his facility. He received both his Associates degree in Conservation Law, and Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Unity College, Unity, Maine, and received his Master’s degree in Environmental Management with an Energy Management Policy Track from the University of Maryland University College in May 2009.

Mike has been an Industry representative on the East Longmeadow Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) since 1993. At the National Level of the Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (ACHMM), he was an at-large member of the Admin Group from 2001 – 2006, reviewing and developing Academy Policies and Procedures. For NEACHMM Mike has served as a Director-at-Large (2007 – 2009; 2013); VP/President Elect (Jan.  2010 – June 2010), President (July 2010 – Dec 2011); Immediate Past President (2012) Mid-way through 2013, Mike assumed the duties as the NEACHMM Treasurer.

Bruce Donato, CHMM, CSP

Vice President—

Bruce Donato is a principal with K & A First Aid and Safety providing safety consulting and emergency preparedness services for many industries. He holds a BSE in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and has over 30 years of industrial experience. He has worked in the federal government and for chemical, textile, and biotechnology companies including Dupont, Hoechst Celanese, and Life Technologies.

Mr. Donato is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Certified Ergonomics Compliance Director (CECD), Emergency Responder Instructor, and Instructor Trainer for the American Heart Association,and the American Safety Institute. He is also a Zenger-Miller Instructor and trained facilitator. In addition to his safety experience, Mr. Donato has held positions as a design engineer, plant supervisor, research engineer, distribution manager, laboratory supervisor, and facilities manager.

Mr. Donato has presented short courses, platform presentations, and webinars at the following organizations:

  • The National Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP)
  • The National American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
  • Region VI of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSE)
  • Mid Atlantic Construction Safety Conference
  • Building Service Contractors Association International
  • Mid Atlantic Construction Safety Conference
  • Capital Area Building Service Contractors
  • Chesapeake Biological Safety Association (ChABSA)
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Construction Safety Association (WMACSA)
  • American Red Cross
  • National Capital Area Council of Boy Scouts of America


Mark Bruce, CHMM


Mark Bruce has been in the emergency and disaster response, remediation, and hazardous waste management industry for over 30 years. He has a B.S. in Business, Management, and Economics with a concentration in Emergency Management from the State University of New York (SUNY). He is currently the Senior Manager of Business Sustainability for Environmental Products & Services of Vermont, Inc. and is based in Harrisburg, PA.


Mark has been a CHMM since 2002 and is an active member of the Pennsylvania Capital (Harrisburg), Philadelphia, and Cyber Chapters, as well as a member of the New England Chapter (NEACHMM). He has been an active member of the AHMP Finance Committee for the past year, as well as volunteering for the Government Affairs Committee. Mark is very active with volunteer work in his community through his church and recently joined the ASSE to actively pursue partnerships with both PA associations. Mr. Bruce is excited to be participating in the AHMP for positive change and growth, as well as recruiting and promoting the certification to the younger generations of future environmental and hazmat professionals.


Ron Kurtz, CSP, CHMM


Over the past 19 years, Ron Kurtz has worked exclusively in both a chemical and bulk pharmaceutical manufacturing environment, steadily striving to improve plant operations, product quality, customer satisfaction, employee communication and education, community relations, and issues of health, safety, and environmental management.

His hands-on approach to affecting change has influenced the path his career has taken over the years, including solving environmental and safety compliance problems, designing and executing training programs, resolving employee concerns and disagreements, and developing cost-effective and efficient methods of generating products. With each level of involvement, he has gained invaluable experience and contacts within the chemical manufacturing and regulatory compliance field, especially OSHA, NJDEPE, EPA, FDA, DEA, ATF, the US Chemical Review Board, Essex County, and the City of Newark.


Mr. Kurtz joined Firmenich, a flavor & fragrance company, in May 2002 as the Health, Safety & Environmental Affairs Manager. He is also a member of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for Bridgewater Township in New Jersey. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University.


Joe E. Jenkins, PG, CHMM, CPESC

Immediate Past President

Mr. Jenkins is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM, 1999), Licensed Professional Geologist (PG, 1999), and a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC, 2010), with over 30 years of professional experience in petroleum, energy and environmental consulting. He is located in Denver, Colorado and is a Sr. Environmental Professional with Black Hills Corp., a diversified energy company serving customers in seven Rocky Mountain and Midwestern states.

He manages air, water, waste, hazardous and toxic materials, and NEPA compliance programs; and has been instrumental in developing the Black Hills corporate EMS. He is Six Sigma certified and has experience with other continuous business management strategies.


He actively supports the Rocky Mountain Chapter-CHMM. He served as a Chapter Board Member in 2004, 2006 and 2010, Chapter Development Committee (CDC) Chair from 2005-2007, Chapter VP in 2007 and President in 2008, and supports website management for the Chapter. Mr. Jenkins received AHMP’s Champion of Excellence award and co-developed the updated Rocky Mountain Chapter’s website in 2010 which received AHMP’s website of the year award in 2011. He has coordinated and hosted EHMM courses; one of which was taught at the EPA Region 8 Office in Denver CO with agency personnel attending.


Before serving on the AHMP's Board of Directors, he served on the National AHMP CDC as liaison for chapters in EPA Regions 5, 7, and 8 and participated on the Awards Committee. He co-hosted the CDC’s Delegate Training at the national conference and understands the many issues our Chapters must manage to be successful and vibrant resources for members across the US and online.


Kimberly "K" Hearns-Belser, CHMM

Kimberly "K" Hearns-Belser earned her BS in Chemistry from the University of Detroit and her MS in Hazardous Waste Management from Wayne State University. After several positions at the United States Tank Automotive Command, work as a chemist and ISO quality documentation specialist she joined L-3 Vertex in Madison, MS (formerly Raytheon Aerospace) where has been the corporate EH&S specialist for nearly 15 years. In addition to developing corporate policy and procedures particularly in the area of dangerous goods transportation, she has been L-3 Vertex's liaison for regulatory issues concerning US DOT, OSHA and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.


She has managed the Hazardous Material/Dangerous Goods Program for hundreds of items and has personally trained approximately one hundred certified shippers. With locations all over the globe, domestic, international and military shipments of dangerous goods are common and knowledge of all applicable regulations is imperative for regulatory compliance. She created an electronic hazardous material shipping system to facilitate compliance, uniformity and ease of dangerous goods preparation. She has been a CHMM for 8 years and received her CDGP designation in February 2014. K helped re-establish the AHMP of MS in 2008 where she has served as secretary and treasurer.



Mr. Heinlein joined the American Contractors Insurance Group (ACIG) in February 2002. He is a member of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Construction Sector. He is also the past National Safety & Health Director for the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America. Mr. Heinlein was recently honored with the Distinguished Service to Safety Award (DSSA) by the National Safety Council, it is the National Safety Council’s highest individual honor.

Mr. Heinlein sits on the editorial advisory board for Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) magazine. He is also the current Chair of the West Virginia University's Safety Management Graduate Program Visiting Committee. Mr. Heinlein has recently completed his appointed as the President of the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).


Mr. Heinlein is an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the Associated General Contractors of America, and the National Safety Council.


Eric Johnson, CHMM, AICP

Mr. Johnson, CHMM, AICP, has over 30 years of experience in managing environmental projects for a variety of government agency and private industry clients. Working for Marron and Associates, Inc. in Albuquerque NM, Eric manages project finances, develops budgets, and supervises the activities of archeologists, biologists and environmental specialists. He manages environmental compliance for on water, electric, natural gas, and transportation infrastructure assuring compliance with NEPA, CAA, CWA and RCRA regulations.


Mr. Johnson has supported AHMP for many years both regionally and nationally. He is Past President of the New Mexico Roadrunner Chapter of AHMP which was formed in 1977 to support EHS professionals in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas. He has also supported AHMP's national Chapter Development Committee (CDC) since 2005 and as Chair from 2008 to 2013. Mr. Johnson has been instrumental in providing Chapter management training to AHMP Chapters at the national conference; in coordinating annual Chapter reporting; and in bringing structure and effectiveness to the operation of the CDC which offers critical services and communication to AHMPs many regional Chapters.


Linda Lawhorn, CHMM, CDGP

Linda Lawhorn specializes in transportation of hazardous materials and hazardous waste by highway and air. She earned an M.S. degree in Safety Education and Services and a B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She has 26 years of experience in the environmental field with 23 years of concentrated experience in hazardous materials transportation, training, and auditing.


She is committed to bringing about restoration and change in AHMP, and has demonstrated her commitment by intentionally increasing her involvement over the years through membership in her local chapter, holding officer positions at the local level, attending national conferences, presenting pre-conferences and breakout sessions at national conferences, participating on national committees, taking on the Awards Program makeover, starting the national By-the-Chapters / For-the-Chapters newsletter, and finally by serving as an appointed board member throughout 2016. She is eager to see the much-anticipated changes through to the end.


Chris Leney, CHMM

Mr. Leney graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and has worked in the environmental field for 19 years. The majority of the time in the industry has been spent working in emergency management of hazardous materials incidents, while also managing more traditional environmental projects. Experiences have ranged from project management on state Superfund projects to oversight of major chemical fires to soil and groundwater remediation.


Mr. Leney has been a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager, and a member of AHMP for over a decade. In that time he has served as a chapter officer in the Dallas-Ft. Worth chapter, presented at the national conference, and assisted with the annual Emergency Response Scenario and Table Top Exercises. Outside of work, Mr. Leney also volunteers in the Plans Team of Texas Task Force 2 – Urban Search and Rescue team.


Brian Prince, MBA, CHMM, CSAM, FSA Level II Candidate

Mr. Prince has 25 years in environmental work built around sales, marketing, information technology, business analysis, circular economy, innovation, sustainability and strategy. In his most recent role, Mr. Prince supported Innovation and Marketing for Veolia North America’s water, waste, and energy services by developing new commercial offers leveraging innovation and disruptive technologies.

Additionally, Mr. Prince led the synthesis of Veolia’s North American marketing, strategy and growth plans for the industrial, municipal and commercial business groups.


In a prior role for 7 years, Mr. Prince was part of Veolia Environmental Services marketing & communications team and has experience with brand awareness campaigns & methodologies and on growing service sales for Veolia's environmental business.


In 2013, Mr. Prince joined the advisory council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and also participated in developing provisional sustainability accounting standards for the Resource Transformation sector.


In 2015, Mr. Prince earned SASB’s FSA Level II candidate designation and separately garnered Veolia’s Business Innovation Award for recognition of a new business model in providing solutions for customers.


Mr. Prince has a long history of serving AHMP including AHMP Chicago Chapter President, AHMP steering committee member for the Chicagoland Safety, Health, & Environmental Conference, AHMP PDC Committee Member, AHMP National Marketing Committee Chair, AHMP Georgia Chapter Website and Communications Chairperson, and designer and coordinator of the CHMM review course in conjunction with Georgia Tech.


Zehra Schneider Graham, CHMM, REM

Advisory Director

Currently serving as one of two AHMP Advisory Directors, Zehra is the Deputy Director of Environmental Health & Safety at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Zehra has 18 years of environmental health & safety experience. Primary responsibility for all environmental, health and safety functions, including chemical and biological exposure control programs both in the laboratories (125) and with regard to the staff (3,000) and students (16,000).

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