The Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) recently announced Linda Coates-Ryan, CSHM, area safety director at Durham School Services, has been elected to their Board of Directors.
The ISHM is a non-profit credentialing organization that certifies
safety and health managers who meet the knowledge and experience standards set
by its Board of Directors. The ISHM’s certifications are internationally
recognized and their Code of Professional Conduct serves as the ethical
standard for certified safety managers around the globe.
Coates-Ryan has 30 years of experience in the transportation industry,
including the past 11 years with Durham, a leading student transportation
provider. She oversees the safety and health functions for 35 Durham facilities
in five northeastern states, encompassing more than 3,000 employees and 2,500
She also has played significant roles in the development of safety,
training and risk-avoidance programs, many of which are being used across the
North American operations of National Express Corporation, which is Durham’s
parent company. She has served as chairman of the Safety Council for the
Connecticut School Transportation Association and is a member of the Safety and
Security Committee for the National School Transportation Association. As an
accomplished school bus accident investigator, she has testified in civil
litigation cases as an expert witness over the years.
In 2007, Coates-Ryan was given the high honor of a Golden Merit Award
by the National School Transportation Association, recognizing her dedication
to the core principles of safety. She became a certified safety and health
manager in 2012.
“We’re thrilled to have Linda join the ISHM Board because she brings a
wealth of experience,” said Larry Curtis, executive director of ISHM. “When
talking to Linda, you realize very quickly that she knows safety and health
issues inside and out. Her contributions to our group will be a tremendous
Bob Trinkleback, vice president of safety at National Express said, “Linda’s
influence has gone a long way in strengthening our company’s safety
program. I’m happy to see her taking her skills even further with the