National Board Members Elect New Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Members at Large
Terms were up for the following seats on the National Board’s Board of Trustees: chairman Jack Given Jr.; second vice chairman (vacancy, formerly Gary Scribner); member at large Christopher B. Cantrell; member at large Milton Washington; and member at large (vacancy, formerly John Burpee).
National Board members cast their votes at the 83rd General Meeting in Bellevue, Washington, to fill these positions. The election results are as follows:
Chairman – John Burpee
Second Vice Chairman – Michael Burns
Member at Large – Benjamin Anthony
Member at Large – Milton Washington
Member at Large – Christopher Cantrell
New chairman John Burpee, representing Maine, graduated from the Maine Maritime Academy in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering. From 1986 to 1993, he served as an officer in the US Navy. In his position as surface warfare engineer, he was assigned to commands based in Norfolk, Virginia. In addition, he served as a naval ROTC instructor at the Maine Maritime Academy and the University of Maine. Before joining the state of Maine in 1999, he was employed by Hartford Steam Boiler as engineering inspector. He previously served on the Board of Trustees as a member at large.
Michael Burns, second vice chairman, represents Florida. Mr. Burns served in the Navy from 1983 to 1986 aboard the USS Thomaston LSD 28 and the USS Horne CG-30. He was deployed to Kuwait from 2005-2006. He was employed by Hartford Steam Boiler Insurance Company (HSB) from 1987-2002, rising from a trainee to a field service supervisor. After returning from a deployment with the US Navy, he rejoined HSB as an inspector in the Florida area before becoming chief. He became a National Board member in 2008.
Benjamin Anthony, member at large, represents Rhode Island. He became a National Board member in 2004. Mr. Anthony served in the US Marines from 1966-1970. He began his civilian career working as a heating plant engineer at a hospital in Rhode Island before assuming the position of chief engineer at Rhode Island College. In 1987, he went to work for the state as an inspector before becoming chief in 1999.
Milton Washington, member at large, represents New Jersey. He has been a National Board member since 1999. Mr. Washington served in the US Marines. His civilian career began in 1976 as a shift operating engineer with Toms River in New Jersey. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Mr. Washington served as chief power plant engineer, plant engineer, and consultant for various companies before joining the state of New Jersey as an inspector in 1995. In 1996, he became senior examiner engineer and acting chief inspector for the state before assuming the role of chief in 1999. He previously served on the Board of Trustees as a member at large.
Christopher Cantrell, member at large, represents Nebraska. Mr. Cantrell served in the US Navy, nuclear, as a machinist’s mate from 1992-1998. He joined with HSB Global Standards in 1998. In 2007, he became employed with Nebraska Public Power District as a coal-fired plant operator before becoming the boiler inspection program manager for the state of Nebraska. He became a National Board member in 2007. He previously served on the Board of Trustees as a member at large.