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Farmington Resident Named to National Safety and Health Board

Linda Coates-Ryan, CSHM, area safety director at Student Transportation Provider Durham School Services
Linda Coates-Ryan, CSHM, area safety director at Student Transportation Provider Durham School Services

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 school buses.

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 asset.” 

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 ISHM.”

About our company

Durham School Services, Stock Transportation and Petermann Bus make up National Express Corporation (NEC), headquartered in Warrenville, Ill. As a leader in student transportation, NEC is committed to exceptional safety, outstanding customer service and positive employee relations. Durham and Petermann (United States) and Stock (Canada) operate more than 20,000 buses and serve 450 school districts in 32 states and four provinces. Our success rests with our dedicated employees who live our mission: “Getting kids to school safely, on time and ready to learn.” For more information, visit durhamschoolservices.com.Linda Coates-Ryan, CSHM, Area Safety Director at Student Transportation Provice Durham School Services


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