Mentoring Corner: Meet The New MPDC Committee Chair By Michael Finnamoremike finnamore

Hi everyone! I am hoping that all of you and your families are having a fantastic summer thus far. I am still digging out from conference, travel, etc., but wanted to take a moment to introduce myself self as I will be chairing the Mentoring and Professional Development Committee (MPDC) over the next year.  My name is Michael Finnamore and I work for Baxter Healthcare as the Director of Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability for their Global Supply Chain and Contract Manufacturing organizations.   Additionally, I serve as Baxter’s Global Director of Industrial Hygiene, responsible for setting direction for the Hazardous Materials program.   I have been part of mentoring program for about five years serving as a mentor for young professionals in the Chicagoland area as well as volunteering on this committee.  I am very passionate about the mentoring program and I am looking forward to the upcoming year.

As the lead of the MPDC I will be focused on enhancing the mentor/mentee program by increasing our visibility across AIHA and ensuring a positive experience for all mentors and mentees. We have a very strong team and I am fortunate to have a long list of great leaders to follow.

Over the next year we plan to continue to provide the same level of professionalism and leadership as we continue to provide a forum and framework for both mentees and mentors to grow in their professions and careers.   We will continue to strive to provide educational opportunities for all AIHA members and this is where you come in!  I want to encourage everyone to reach out to me or any of the team members (See list below) with ideas or needs that the MPDC may be able to fulfil.  I am looking forward to working with everyone in 2017/2018.


All the Best,



MPDC Board 2017/2018


Mike Finnamore, Chair
Tim Paz, Vice Chair
Michelle Coutu, Secretary


MPDC Regional Directors

Tim Paz – East Region


Brandi Kissel – South Region


Karla Simon – Midwest Region


Zach Pasquinelli – Central Region


Kate Serrano – Western Region


Andrew Boester- Canadian Region/International



AIHce 2017 Update

Preparations are already underway for the 2017 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition.    “AIHce 2017 will feature some exciting changes to the format of the conference. The updated conference schedule is intended to be more user-friendly and efficient; all education sessions will be 60 minutes in length, with breaks in between to allow attendees to easily get from one presentation to the next. AIHce 2017 will also include a variety of education formats to create engaging learning environments that actively involve participants. Education sessions will be grouped into tracks, allowing attendees to share the conference experience with those who are interested in similar subject areas…”  Excerpt from AIHA Release No. SPR-16-0825-01 


Things to look forward to in the new AIHce format:

Professional Development Courses (PDCs) will be held Saturday, Sunday, and Thursday (NEW for 2017).

Case Studies and Scientific Research presentations at AIHce 2017 will be 20 minutes in length, while full sessions at AIHce are 60 minutes.

Technical Session (60-minute) – These will address topics within OEHS and be delivered in any format from panels to workshops, interactive problem solving, and more.

Professional & Student Posters

Ignite (5-minute) – In an Ignite session each speaker has 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds, so the entire presentation is five minutes long.

Session Tracks – sessions will be grouped in to tracks within a subject area

Closing General Session on Wednesday afternoon

Committee Meetings will be scheduled in the early morning or at the end of afternoon to avoid competing with education sessions


For more information on the exiting new changes, visit


Complied by

Michell Coats, CIH, CSP, CHMM

Senior Industrial Hygienist