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Two of the nation’s elite engineering organizations recently honored several Disney cast members for their outstanding work in engineering and safety.

Tina Haley, an electrical engineer specializing in safety at Walt Disney World Resort, received the Distinguished New Engineer Award  from The Society of Women Engineers. The honor recognizes professional excellence in technical performance and leadership skills. Haley is one of only five women in the nation to receive the award this year.

In related news, the Central Florida chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recognized Jennifer Zipeto, a senior safety and health manager at Walt Disney World Resort, for her exceptional work and commitment to the profession by presenting her with the Central Florida Safety Professional of the Year award. Founded in 1911, ASSE is the nation’s oldest professional safety organization.

“Safety is a cornerstone of our company and at the heart of all we do,” said Greg Hale, chief safety officer and vice president, worldwide safety and accessibility for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “It’s always an honor when our cast members are selected by their peers and outside organizations for their outstanding work on safety across our parks and resorts. Congratulations to Jennifer and to Tina on their well-deserved accolades.”

Haley and Zipeto’s awards build on a banner year of honors and recognition for the worldwide safety and accessibility team at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. In November, Hale was honored with the Outstanding Service Award from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), one of the highest honors that  IAAPA gives to any individual or organization.  This past spring, Safety cast member Kelly Bernish won the 2009-2010 Diversity in the Safety, Health and Environmental Profession Award from ASSE.