Leo DeBobes Named ASSE 2013 Safety Professional of the Year

P21Leo J. DeBobes received the Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year (SPY) Award during Safety 2013. The annual award is given to an outstanding member for accomplishments and contributions in the occupational SH&E field. The award is sponsored by Monsanto Corp.

A professional member of the ASSE’s Long Island Chapter, DeBobes is a member of the Environmental, Healthcare, Management and Public Sector practice specialties, and currently serves as Assistant Administrator for the Public Sector Practice Specialty. He has 30 years’ experience as an SH&E professional. He is administrator for emergency management and regulatory compliance at Stony Brook University Medical Center, as well as administrative director of the Suffolk Regional Resource Center for Emergency Preparedness. In this latter role, he provides executive direction and strategy for all emergency management activities at the hospital’s facilities, including all offsite and ambulatory facilities.

DeBobes is also clinical assistant professor and environmental health concentration advisor for Stony Brook University’s School of Health Technology and Management, where he has been largely responsible for 1000% increase in student enrollment in that program. He is also associate professor and Fire Protection Technology Program coordinator at Suffolk Community College, where he has taught industrial safety engineering and HazMat courses for nearly 20 years.

DeBobes’s membership recruitment efforts earned him a place in the President’s Circle in 2011 and 2012. He served as an appointed regional vice president for 4 years, and on the Long-Range Planning and Awards & Honors committees for 2 years each. He was named Region 8 SPY in 2012 and Region 12 SPY in 1993. He is being recognized with the 2013 SPY, in part, for the major role he has played in developing the leadership potential of a large number of ASSE’s past and present chapter officers.