President-Elect of the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators
& Secretary of the National Pest Management Association
On April 1st, Governmental Affairs Manager Faye Golden celebrated her
seven-year anniversary with Cook’s Pest Control and they’ve been great.
In her roles with the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators
(AAPSE) and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA),
Faye will serve as President in each of these associations.
As a member of GPCA, Faye most recently served as Chairwoman of the GPCA
Public Relations Committee and is currently serving as the 2020/2021 Public
Relations Committee advisor. Faye is also very involved in the Georgia Chapter
of NPMA's Professional Women In Pest Management,
The Professional Women of GPCA.
The following interview highlights her activities and vision for each organization
and her involvement will leave a positive impact on each association and
our industry for years to come.
In July 2019, Faye Golden was voted in as President-Elect of the American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators (AAPSE).
Q: What exactly is AAPSE and what is its purpose?
AAPSE is a collective voice for professional development, advocacy, and collaboration in the development and delivery of pesticide applicator certification and safety education. Our members come from government agencies (state, tribal, and federal), public and private business, members of industry, and land-grant universities across the nation. I have been an AAPSE member for a little more than 17 years, and I take pride in being a part of an association that enhances public health and the environment through involvement in education, outreach, and research which directly benefits pest managers, policy makers, and the public.
Q: What activities have you been involved in since taking this office?
The President-Elect position is a two-year term, and normally during the first year of being President-Elect you work with the Secretary and Treasurer to learn more about the business and financial health of the association. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic this has not been a normal year. In March 2020, I presented (virtually) before EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs the potential shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), particularly N95 respirators, for the structural pest control industry. Our industry is usually in the shadow of the agricultural industry, but we now have a seat at the table.
In April, I led a meeting with state regulators and pesticide safety educators on next steps once states re-open. We focused on several key issues that would directly impact us: how will state certification/licensing exams be administered post-COVID-19, will more distance learning courses be approved for continuing education units, what if this or a similar emergency occurs how will you be better prepared? AAPSE is developing a webpage to capture this information (living document). Stakeholders (pesticide applicators) will have access to the information, and hopefully the information will help navigate the certification and recertification requirements in each state.
Currently, I chair the Issues & Evaluation Committee, and I am writing comments on EPA’s proposed rule “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science”. If put into effect, this will impact future rulemaking under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
Q: When will your term as President begin?
The President-Elect automatically ascends to the position of President. My term as President will begin in July 2021.
Q: How will your role change at that time?
As President, I will make decisions for managing and operating AAPSE. I will also have the privilege of presiding at national meetings and appointing chairpersons of standing and ad hoc committees.
Q: Why is it beneficial to Cook’s for you to serve the AAPSE?
Have you ever signed up to attend a conference or seminar that promised to make you more knowledgeable and skilled? Then, after the conference you began to question what was presented? Did the presenter only “remind” you of things you already knew? Well, that’s not AAPSE. Being a member of AAPSE, gives me direct access to certification and training regulations proposed by EPA and states that we provide service in. Membership gives us a seat at the table to speak up if the proposed regulations negatively impact Cook’s and the pest control industry. Membership gives us access to new training tools/technologies pesticide educators are using for adult learners. Membership allows me to learn while learning. I’m extremely grateful to work for a company that supports its employees being members of industry associations.
Q: How do you balance Cook’s and AAPSE responsibilities?
Actually, they intertwine. Many state regulators are AAPSE members, and this affords me an opportunity to build professional relationships with them. I get to work with them on various committees to achieve common goals, and they get to know me and learn more about Cook’s Pest Control – our dedication to training and advocacy for the pest control industry.
Q: What are your goals as President
I want to see the association grow. My long-term vision for AAPSE is to become a more inclusive organization. As new opportunities/challenges arise, AAPSE will require engagement from PSEP Coordinators, SLAs, and industry stakeholder. In 2016, the AAPSE By-Laws were amended; giving members of industry a voice in the organization, by means of a vote and to hold office. To date, less than 5% of our membership represents industry. As state and federal regulations are being revised and pesticide chemistries continue to change, so must AAPSE. I believe my work experience and relationships with various stakeholder groups will help our organization achieve my long-term vision. In April 2020, Faye Golden was voted in as Secretary of the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).
Q:What is NPMA?
The NPMA serves its 5,500 company members and their employees by furthering their collective mission of protecting public health, food and property from the diseases and dangers of pests. NPMA exists to impact the businesses and livelihoods of those in the pest management community through education, industry leadership, and public policy initiatives. I began attending NPMA meetings shortly after joining Cook’s in 2013, and became a member of the Public Policy Committee. It was the perfect committee for me! Committee members advocate for the pest management industry in Congress and before federal agencies. We also work with state partners to ensure the pest control industry’s voice is as clear in state offices and capitals throughout the country as it is in Washington, DC.
Q: What activities have you been involved in since taking this
Officially, my term as NPMA Secretary will begin July 1st; however, to get a jump on what’s gearing up for a busy year I attended a budget meeting (virtually) the first week in May. NPMA is repositioning activities and services to meet the needs of the members while maintaining continuity and focus on those areas where it can make a positive impact relative to the current state of affairs with COVID-19. NPMA Officers automatically ascend to the next position (i.e., Secretary shall automatically become Treasurer; Treasurer shall automatically become President Elect; and President Elect shall automatically become President) on an annual basis. My term as President will begin in July 2023.