The Heart of America Election Committee is pleased to announce that the two candidates, Mindy Prichard (Secretary) and Derek Farmer (Vice President/President Elect) have now been elected to these positions.
Mindy Prichard, ASP – Secretary
Mindy Prichard began her career in safety in elementary school when she served as Hall Monitor before and after school at Don Bonjour Elementary in Lenexa, KS. Her first professional safety position was working for the OSHA Consultation Program for the Kansas Department of Human Resources, now the Kansas Department of Labor. Mindy has been providing free onsite, OSHA consultation services to small employers in the northeastern part of Kansas for almost 8 years. Prior to coming back to the OSHA Consultation Program in 2019, she successfully led safety operations for the City of Overland Park, Hallmark Cards, Inc., Harley-Davidson Assembly Plant in KC, and Russell Stover Chocolates. 2022 marks Mindy’s 30th anniversary working as a safety professional.
Mindy has her Bachelor of Science in Safety Management from Central Missouri State University (’92) and was the ASSE Student Treasurer for 2 years. She is an Associate Safety Professional and currently working toward her CSP certification. She has been a member of the ASSP HOA Chapter on and off over the last 30 years and has been volunteering since June 2019 on the Executive Committee. She has overseen the Professional Development Workshops, which includes obtaining CEU’s for attendees. She recently organized an ASP/CSP Study Group and has been serving as Acting Secretary since June 2021. Mindy has been a member of the Pittsburg State University Environmental and Safety Management Leadership Council since 2021 and she attends the Construction Safety Group meetings in Kansas City.
Her involvement with ASSP HOA over the last 2-1/2 years has allowed her to learn more about the local chapter and how she can better serve our members. She accepted the appointment as Secretary mid-term due to a vacancy, and would be honored if you would consider electing her to continue to serve as your Chapter Secretary.
Derek Farmer, MBA, CSP – Vice President/President Elect
Derek Farmer is a Certified Safety Professional and a Professional ASSP member with over 16 years’ experience in EHS leadership. He spent 3 years as a forklift operator in a factory before making the decision to put himself through college where he earned a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Health from Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SOSU) in Durant, OK in 2005.
He has since spent half of his career in the Agriculture and Food Processing industry and the rest in the Manufacturing, Distribution and Logistics field. During this time, he had between 2-6 direct reports where he was responsible for the strategy planning, goals setting and leading multiple teams to executing those targets. He spent 2 years as a Process Safety Management (PSM) Consultant working primarily in the Oil/Gas and Ethanol industries where he led many Process Hazard Analysis, PSM audits and built programs to help close gaps and decrease risk at facilities were highly hazardous chemicals were of concern. During this time as consultant Derek traveled the country as a leading Thought Leader in his field giving speeches at ASSP and other industry specific associations. Between 2017-2019, Derek worked fulltime for Alcoa and attended University of Missouri – Saint Louis School of Business where he achieved his MBA with honors.
Derek now works as the Director of Environmental Health Safety & Compliance for Wagner Logistics in North Kansas City where he serves as the regulatory compliance and safety leader for more than 700 employees and DOT drivers. He has served on the board, as Vice President, for the Grain Elevator and Processing Society – KC Chapter and on the EHS and Regulatory Sub-Committee of the National Grain and Feed Association.
Derek has been a member for of ASSP since he was a student at SOSU (2003) and a local member of the Heart of America Chapter for over 8 years. He knows what it’s like to be a professional member and a vendor with a booth as the ASSP conferences. Derek’s goal is to connect with great people to develop great resources, all to ensure safer, stronger future for all.