National Board Announces Member Retirement and New Members
Sheeron Announces Retirement
Martin J. Sheeron Jr. retired as chief boiler inspector for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania on June 18. Mr. Sheeron served the US Army, Corp of Engineers, from 1969-1972. He was employed by the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in various capacities working with high-pressure naval boilers from 1968-1995. He joined the commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a boiler inspector in 1995, was promoted to supervisor, and occupied that position for over 14 years. Mr. Sheeron also served 14 years as an ASME and National Board review team leader.
Kline, Oda, Townsend, and Hinkle Become National Board Members
New Pennsylvania Member
Lawrence R. Kline has been accepted to National Board membership representing the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Mr. Kline’s professional work experience includes installation and maintenance of all types of boiler systems. He worked for Conrail Maintenance of Way and also served as a local-level instructor for the Pennsylvania Fire Academy. In 1980, he joined the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (liquid petroleum gas safety), and transferred to the boiler division in 1983. In June 2011 he assumed the role of director, boiler division.
New Washington State Member
Tony Oda has been accepted to National Board membership representing Washington State. Mr. Oda was employed with Chevron USA, Hawaiian Refinery, as a refinery operator from 1978-1989 and as an owner-user inspector from 1989-1992. He worked as boiler inspector I, and II, for Washington State from 1992-2001. In 2001 he became a technical specialist, boiler section, for Washington State until he assumed the role of chief boiler inspector in 2011. For 17 years he has served as both a National Board and ASME team leader.
New Prince Edward Island Member
Steven R. Townsend has been accepted to National Board membership representing the province of Prince Edward Island (PEI). Mr. Townsend has more than 18 years’ experience as a shift engineer responsible for the maintenance and operation of central heating plants and steam and ammonia refrigeration systems. In 2005 he became a boiler and pressure vessel inspector for the province of PEI until assuming the role of chief inspector in 2011.
New South Dakota Member
Ira M. Hinkle has been accepted to National Board membership representing South Dakota. Mr. Hinkle served the United States Marine Corps from 1953-1957 and the United States Air Force from 1957-1974. After retiring from the military, he worked for the Rapid City Regional Hospital in South Dakota. He obtained his Class A, B, and C boiler operator certificates and was promoted to maintenance manager. In 1982 he joined Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company as a boiler machinery inspector and then as an authorized inspector until 1992. Between 1992 and 2005 he worked as plant manager for Ellsworth AFB and then as chief of maintenance for Holiday Inns. In 2005 he was employed with the state of South Dakota and assumed the role of chief in 2011.