ISSS Directors


Director of Chapter Services

Robert Fletcher
613.837.4128


Term: July 2015–June 2019

Duties of office


Director of Conferences

Pam Wilkinson
804-742-6420


Term: July 2015–June 2019

Duties of office

Director of Education &
Professional Development

Jeff Brewer
505-845-0494


Term: July 2015–June 2019

Duties of office

Director of Government and
Inter-Society Services

Paul Sorensen


Term: July 2017–June 2021

Duties of office


Director of Member Services

Linda Thomas
206-914-4751


Term: July 2017–June 2021

Duties of office


Director of Publicity and Media

Mike McKelvey
310-569-9250


Term: July 2017–June 2021

Duties of office

The specific duties of the Director of Chapter Services are to:

  • Engage Chapter Presidents to enhance membership benefits;
  • Facilitate establishing new Chapters where there is sufficient interest and a critical mass of members/potential members;
  • Develop and promote a roadmap to organize and form new Chapters, including materials to support the formation;
  • Maintain the Chapter Management Guide;
  • Help Chapters recruit speakers for meetings, solicit bimonthly Chapter reports for Executive Council meetings and the Society's Journal
  • Monitor the health of Society Chapters;
  • Develop an intervention strategy for Chapter rescue, and advise the Executive Council whenever a Chapter is experiencing difficulties;
  • Help Chapters develop pertinent projects and goals that support the Society's strategic goals and objectives;
  • Develop a Plan of Action and Milestones to restore inactive Chapters to active status;
  • Create new Chapters as opportunities arise;
  • Coordinate the development of Chapter Annual Reports, then review the Reports and provide a summary to the Executive Council annually.

The specific responsibilities of the Director of Conferences are to: 

  • Develop and maintain a guide for conducting Society conferences/symposia. This document will include minimum Society expectations, helpful hints and suggestions, and lessons learned, and will be updated periodically;
  • Maintain historical records of past conferences/symposia, including financial records, hotel counts, award recipients, hotel points of contact, conference/symposia points of contact, etc.;
  • Assist in the management of conferences/symposia as required.

For the annual International System Safety Conference (ISSC): 

  • Prepare and maintain a 3-5 year plan for Conference sites;
  • Provide guidance to each Conference committee;
  • Monitor the progress of the Conference committee;
  • Conduct a post-Conference financial audit;
  • Seek opportunities for cooperation with other complementary organizations for joint conferences or representation at their conferences (e.g., with the NSC).

For other conferences and symposia:

  • Encourage and assist Chapters and regions (through Regional VPs) to sponsor mini-conferences and symposia in their geographical areas on topics of specific interest;
  • Arrange Society support, as necessary, for such conferences/symposia;
  • Arrange contractual agreements with sponsors for use of the Society's name and support.

The specific duties of the Director of Education and Professional Development are to: 

  • Establish and maintain a professional development plan for Society members;
  • Establish and maintain a mentoring program for society members;
  • Define opportunities for member licensing and professional certification;
  • Coordinate nomination and selection of Society awards;
  • Develop a system safety certificate program;
  • Provide direction to liaison representatives on the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP);
  • Develop criteria for educational credits (CEUs, upgrades, etc.).

The specific responsibilities of the Director of Government and Inter-Society Services are to:

  • Develop guidance on Society interface and reporting requirements for committee representatives;
  • Identify appropriate Society liaison opportunities;
  • Monitor and respond to appropriate government issues, standards development, etc.;
  • Issue position statements and raise awareness of system safety in appropriate arenas;
  • Nominate Society candidates to serve on appropriate federal committees and inter-society committees;
  • Maintain coordination with U.S. National Research Council and National Academy of Engineering;
  • Coordinate with professional societies: NSPE, AAES, SAE, etc.;
  • Develop a peer review process.

The specific responsibilities for the Director of Member Services are to:

  • Provide oversight of individual and corporate member services administration by the Society headquarters. This includes billing, database maintenance, and publication of the Members Handbook.
  • Provide direction and oversight of subordinate OVPs, including the OVPs of Individual Membership and Corporate Membership, performing their duties in their absence.
  • Oversee Society forms and correspondence related member services activities.
  • Develop and maintain a forum for employment opportunities.
  • Establish and implement member services policy as coordinated and approved by the Society.
  • Develop and oversee publication of the Members Handbook.
  • Report status annually and at other times as directed by the Executive Vice President or President. This includes developing metrics, trending and analysis tools and information upon which to base policy and direction, and evaluation and recommendation of criteria defining the makeup of the Society membership.
  • Other membership-related tasks as assigned.

The specific responsibilities of the Director of Mentoring, Research and Development are to:

  • Develop and maintain a system for Society members to request a mentor from the Society.
  • Establish a training program for mentors to promote mentorship at all levels of membership.
  • Establish a Technology Roadmap for the Society working with the Society Fellows. The Technology roadmap shall communicate the Society’s goals, objectives, and priorities on System Safety research and development. The Roadmap shall be updated annually and presented at the Annual Executive Committee (EC) meeting held in conjunction with the Annual ISSC.
  • Promote the Technology Roadmap to those educational institutions possessing research and development capabilities.

The specific responsibilities for the Director of Publicity and Media are to:

  • Develop a marketing plan;
  • Oversee publication of Journal of System Safety;
  • Oversee the Society's Web site and keep it current;
  • Issue public information of SSS events;
  • Provide the focal point for external media interfaces, and issue press releases for member/Society achievements;
  • Develop and publish an information brochure for the Society.