ABSA Past Presidents

1985   Everett Hanel
1986   Jerry Tulis, PhD
1987   Jonathan Richmond, PhD, RBP
1988   John H. Richardson, PhD, RBP
1989   Joseph Songer
1990   Diane Fleming, PhD, RBP, CBSP
1991   Emmett Barkley, PhD
1992   Gerald Spahn, PhD, CBSP
1993   Jerome Schmidt, PhD, CBSP
1994   Mary Cipriano, RBP, CBSP
1995   Manny Barbeito, CBSP
1996   Byron Tepper, PhD, CBSP
1997   Joseph Van Houten, PhD, RBP, CBSP
1998   Richard Knudsen
1999   Marilyn Misenhimer
2000   Jack Keene, DrPH, RBP, CBSP
2001   Debra Hunt, DrPH, RBP, CBSP
2002   Maureen (Best) Ellis, RBP
2003   Barbara Johnson, PhD, RBP
2004   Stefan Wagener, PhD, RBP, CBSP
2005   Betsy Gilman-Duane, RBP, CBSP
2006   Glenn Funk, PhD, CBSP
2007   Bob Hawley, PhD, RBP, CBSP
2008   Chris Thompson, RBP, CBSP
2009   Bob Ellis, PhD, CBSP
2010   Ben Fontes, MPH, CBSP
2011   Karen Byers, MS, RBP, CBSP
2012   LouAnn Burnett, MS, CBSP
2013   Barbara Fox Nellis, SM(NRCM), RBP, CBSP
2014   Paul J. Meechan Ph.D., MPH, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM)
2015   Marian M. Downing, RBP, CBSP, SM(NRCM)
2016   Melissa Morland, MS, MBA, RBP, CBSP

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ABSA President, Maureen O'Leary, PhD, CBSP

Maureen O'Leary, PhD, CBSP
ABSA International President

Message from ABSA International President
Maureen O’Leary

Dear ABSA Colleagues,

I am truly honored and flattered to be the ABSA President this year. I realize that it will be difficult to emulate the great ABSA Presidents of the past but will sure give it my best shot.

During the ABSA conference I presented a few overarching focus areas for the coming year:

  1. We will continue to work with federal agencies on influencing biosafety and biosecurity policy. There is important knowledge from practitioners that needs to be conveyed to the different agencies. We are in a great position to educate and influence the direction of regulations that we will need to comply with and implement at our own institutions.
  2. We will also work on developing a process to have resources available in a timely fashion for new and emerging technologies and infectious agents. Availability of these resources will ensure that all of our members will have access to the best and latest information/recommendations related to best practices.
  3. Enhancing our international engagement will ensure that we are living up to our new name as ABSA International and that we are a global source for biosafety and biosecurity resources. By interacting with our affiliates, partners, and members throughout the world, we will work towards contributing to international biosafety and biosecurity norms, which will be beneficial to all of us while creating a broad set of expertise and resources.
  4. We are also reigniting the development of the ABSA Ambassador Program to have greater outreach both domestically and internationally .

Work is in progress to organize and establish working groups and task forces. If you are interested in one of these areas or have ideas you would like to share please let me know.

ABSA International is a successful association because of our outstanding members, especially those that commit to volunteering their time to work on important ABSA initiatives. If you are interested in volunteering please fill out the Get Involved form http://www.absa.org/getinvolved/index.html on the ABSA website.

I am looking forward to a very busy and productive year!

Maureen O'Leary, PhD, MBA, CBSP, ABSA International President

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