ASHES Elects 2003 President Elect and Board Positions

CHICAGO -- Members of the American Society of Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) have elected the 2003 president-elect and two at-large board members. All three positions will begin their terms on January 1, 2003.

The ASHES 2003 president-elect is Charles (Mike) Morley, program manager of environmental management services at Veterans Affairs (VA) headquarters in Washington, D.C. Morley will succeed Weston Thiss, CHESP, as president in 2004.

Morley has been an ASHES member since the organization's inception in 1986 and currently serves as the textile care representative on the board. He has 28 years of experience with the VA where he has served as textile care manager, chief of environmental management service, chief facility management service and program manager of environmental programs service.

"Our prior and current leadership has set the course for success and I appreciate the opportunity to follow their footsteps in further developing our organization in the spirit of continual improvement," said Morley. "We owe that to our members and need to continue offering value in their ASHES membership."

New at-large members are Jim Henry, CHESP and Brett Higgins. Henry is the director of environmental service for Crothall Services Group in Coppell, Texas and Higgins is the director of environmental service for Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa.

ASHES, of the American Hospital Association, is the premier professional association for environmental services, housekeeping, waste management and textile care professionals in the healthcare industry. ASHES provides educational programs, opportunities to network with peers on a national level, recognition for personal and professional achievements, as well as affiliation and collaboration with the American Hospital Association on public policy and advocacy issues related to environmental services. See www.ashes.org for more information.

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