WESTERVILLE – Dianne Grote Adams, a resident of Sunbury (ZIP 43074), recently received the Special Achievement Award from Otterbein University’s Alumni Community.
After years of working as an industrial hygienist and safety professional, Dianne Grote Adams ’78, founded her own consulting company, Safex, in 1992. Since then, she has worked with numerous central Ohio employers in many industries — including real estate, manufacturing, education, health care and construction — to protect their employees and to comply with safety regulations. A life science major at Otterbein, Grote Adams took the position of industrial hygienist with the Ohio OSHA Consultation Program shortly after graduation. During her tenure with the state, she completed a master’s degree in occupational safety at the University of Cincinnati. She later worked with Abbott/Ross Laboratories and ChemLawn Services before founding the Westerville-based Safex.
Today, her firm performs health and safety assessments for companies like Whirlpool, Nationwide and Casto, and provides hands-on training classes tailored to fit an organization’s specific needs. Grote Adams also believes in giving back to her community. She and her employees provide free safety training for teens at Cristo Rey Columbus High School; sponsor and run in the Westerville Bunny Hop, a fundraiser for Westerville Parks and Recreation; donate to the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM); and have helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity, among other service projects.
Established in 1966, the Special Achievement Award recognizes excellence and high professional achievement by an individual in his or her field of endeavor. The award is presented to Otterbein graduates whose career contributions have significantly enhanced their profession at the local or regional level and/or the organization to which the recipient is employed.
Otterbein University is a private university nationally recognized for its intentional blending of liberal arts and professional studies through its renowned Integrative Studies curriculum and its commitments to experiential learning and community engagement. Otterbein recently launched Kindness Matters, an initiative in partnership with Kind Columbus at The Columbus Foundation, in its effort to cultivate and inspire kindness throughout the greater Columbus region. Otterbein is a recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Community Service Classification; a finalist for the 2014 President’s Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service; and has been honored With Distinction by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the list’s inception in 2006. It stands in its category’s top 15 percent in U.S. News & World Report’s guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” It also is recognized in national rankings by Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. Otterbein offers more than 70 undergraduate majors; six master’s programs; and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). Its picturesque campus is perfectly situated in Westerville, Ohio, America’s fifth friendliest town (Forbes), just minutes from Columbus, the 14th largest city in the country. Otterbein’s commitment to opportunity started with its founding in 1847 as one of the nation’s first universities to welcome women and persons of color to its community of teachers and learners, which now numbers 2,400 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. Otterbein remains committed to its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its spirit of inclusion, and welcomes people of all backgrounds to Otterbein’s Model Community. To learn more about Otterbein, visit www.otterbein.edu.
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