Anne Marie White was sworn in March 29, 2018 as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Environmental Management (EM). As Assistant Secretary, Ms. White provides leadership for the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.
Ms. White has more than 25 years of experience across a broad range of activities within the nuclear field with industry-recognized credentials in characterization and disposition of radiologically contaminated sites; dose modeling and assessment; and data analysis and integration leading to technically underpinned and cost effective solutions. She is also recognized for innovating stakeholder outreach strategies in diverse and difficult regulatory structures.
She is the founder of Bastet Technical Services, LLC., a consulting firm that has been engaged in providing strategic solutions to solve complex environmental challenges across the DOE complex.
Ms. White has extensive hands-on in the field experience at many DOE sites including West Valley Demonstration Project, Nevada Nuclear Security Site, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Brookhaven National Laboratory. Further, Ms. White has supported a number of emerging nuclear power nations to develop legal and regulatory structures and national policies to deliver safe and effective solutions to develop nuclear expertise for peaceful purposes. Her international work has included producing draft national regulations for foreign governments in areas of nuclear safety, environmental protection and nuclear liability issues for the governments of Singapore, Romania, and Malaysia.
Ms. White holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Kansas and a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering/Health Physics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
As of October 1, 2018, Stephen S. Koenick will become the Low Level Waste Branch, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery, and Waste Programs (DUWP), Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS). Since joining the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 1992, Mr. Koenick has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility including currently the Chief, Material Decommissioning Branch, DUWP, NMSS. Mr. Koenick has held positions in NMSS, the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation and the Office of New Reactors and has held titles of Reactor Systems Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Project Manager, Quality Advisor, Senior Policy Analyst and Senior Project Manager. Of note, from January 2010 through July 2013, he was a cost free expert to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where he was a Senior Safety Officer, in the Regulatory Activities Section of Division of Nuclear Safety Installation Safety.
Mr. Koenick received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and an Environmental Engineering master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of the NRC’s NRR Reactor Engineer Intern Program in 1994.
Melissa F. Burnison
Melissa F. Burnison was confirmed by the Senate as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in February 2018. She spent more than 15 years working in policy positions that involved the DOE in some capacity. Ms. Burnison will lead the DOE’s coordination with Congress, State, Tribal, City and County Governments, other Federal agencies, stakeholders and the general public.
Melissa F. Burnison previously served as the Director of Federal Programs for the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) where she planned, directed and executed legislative strategies for nuclear energy programs and policies on behalf of the nuclear energy industry. Before her time in the private energy sector, she served as a senior advisor at the DOE, and also with the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Natural Resources where she advanced legislative policies to expand American energy production and jobs. During her tenure in the U.S. House, Ms. Burnison was the legislative director in the Office of Congressman Zach Wamp (R-TN) with a special focus on the DOE’s nuclear and science programs and National Nuclear Security Administration defense programs. As a native of Louisville, Kentucky, she began her career on Capitol Hill with Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Ms. Burnison graduated from Cameron University with a B.A. in political science.
David Carlson is President and Chief Operating Officer of Waste Control Specialists, operator of a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility in Texas.
Carlson has more than 25 years of experience leading the growth and operations of nuclear energy and environmental management companies. He previously served as senior vice president of Veolia Nuclear Solutions (Kurion) where he provided technology solutions for nuclear decommissioning, including support of recovery from the accident in Fukushima Japan. Prior roles include chief operating officer and chief nuclear officer at Gen4 Energy – an advanced reactor startup company, chief operating officer of Aqua-Chem – a manufacturer of water purification equipment, and chief operating officer of Duratek – a radioactive waste management company.
Carlson graduated from the US Naval Academy and began his career as a nuclear submarine officer.
Ms. Joy Russell has over 25 years of professional experience in the nuclear industry. Ms. Russell is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. She holds an MS degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Ms. Russell joined Holtec in 1997 as a Senior Engineer assigned to the Site Services Group and later to the Nuclear Engineering Group. She performed nuclear analyses in the early stages of licensing Holtec International’s HI-STORM and HI-STAR Systems for dry spent fuel storage and transport of used nuclear fuel. Ms. Russell later transitioned into Holtec’s sales and marketing organization where she currently holds the title of Vice President of Corporate Business Development, where she is responsible for corporate communications, marketing and supporting the Company’s sales effort. Ms. Russell is also a member of Holtec’s Executive Committee.
Nicki Fatherly, R.G.
Ms. Fatherly is an environmental restoration professional with over 20 years’ experience in the public and private sectors. Currently, she is the National FUSRAP (Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program) Execution Program Manager and Business Line Manager at the Headquarters of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE aka “The Corps”). Ms. Fatherly leads and oversees a multi-disciplinary 100M plus program whose purpose is to identify and clean-up sites with low-level radiological contamination resulting from former Manhattan Engineering District (MED) and early Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) activities, before the formation of the Department of Energy. Prior to this position she was a USACE Baltimore District FUSRAP Project Manager for various complex cleanup sites under FUSRAP, the Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) and Military Munitions Remedial Program (MMRP) environmental programs from 2001-2011 in the Mid-Atlantic area.
As a Regulator with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) (1993-2001), Ms. Fatherly was a Lead Hydrogeologist responsible for the oversight of several state and federal CERLCA and RCRA cleanups located in the State of Arizona. From 1989-1993, she was Geologist at various private environmental consulting firms in New York, New Jersey and Arizona responsible for the planning and execution of field investigations, petroleum tank (UST) removal actions and spill responses.
John Arthur (Jay) Mullis, II
John Arthur (Jay) Mullis II is the Manager of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM). He was selected to this position in November 2017.
He is responsible for safely executing the environmental cleanup of the 32,400-acre Oak Ridge Reservation which entails successfully managing the cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Y-12 National Security Complex. Specifically, Mullis oversees environmental cleanup and stewardship, decontamination and decommissioning activities, waste processing and management, surveillance and maintenance programs, historic preservation efforts, and procurement and contract functions.
Before serving as the Manager, he began serving as OREM’s Deputy Manager in February 2015. In this capacity, he helped direct and support the office’s division directors and federal project directors to ensure federal oversight and progress conducting environmental cleanup across the Oak Ridge Reservation. He began serving as the Acting Manager in October 2016.
Prior to his selection as Deputy Manager, he was the Acting Deputy Manager and Director of the Engineering, Safety and Quality Division for OREM. Additionally, Jay led the SEB that resulted in the award of the UCOR contract.
Jay holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, and he is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of South Carolina. He completed extensive training and was qualified as a Nuclear Engineer while working for the Navy at the Charleston Naval Shipyard and has been a fully certified Facility Representative for the DOE.
Jay has more than 30 years of federal service. His experience consists of approximately nine years working in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion program at Charleston Naval Shipyard with the balance of his service working for DOE in various assignments related to environmental restoration, decontamination and decommissioning, and waste management activities. He has led or been a member of numerous audits and assessments, including Conduct of Operations and Conduct of Maintenance assessments.
Frank R. Sheppard, Parsons Senior Vice President and Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) Project Manager, had 21 years of Federal Government experience prior to entering into the private sector for the past 9 years. Mr. Sheppard joined Parsons in September 2011 as the Contracts Manager and assumed the role of Project Manager April 2015. Mr. Sheppard is responsible for safe project execution and delivery, including Construction, Testing and Commissioning and Operation of SWPF.
Prior to joining Parsons, Mr. Sheppard ran a successful Small Business consulting company, The League, LLC, providing contract and management consulting services to small and large businesses working on, and competing for, Department of Energy and Department of Defense contracts. Mr. Sheppard’s 21 year Federal service began with the U.S Navy at Lakehurst, NJ and the Office of Chief of Naval Operations. Mr. Sheppard joined the Department of Energy Headquarters in 1995 working in the Environmental Management’s (EM) Rocky Flats Program Office and then supported the Assistant Secretary for EM in creating the Office of Acquisition Management where he served as Director as a Senior Executive Service member through 2005.
Mr. Sheppard earned a B.S in Chemical Engineering at Widener University in Chester, PA and completed the Leadership Program at the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, VA.
Victoria S. Napier
Victoria Napier, Senior Vice President of Federal Government & Public Relations for Atkins – Member of the SNC Lavalin Group is an executive with extensive experience in natural resource policy, federal energy policy, and federal-state regulatory affairs. She is a skilled professional in legislative and executive branch government relations at both the state and federal level. Victoria is a seasoned leader in strategic communication and corporate strategy with experience in managing large organizations, increasing program accountability, and driving growth through procurement strategy across all levels of government.
Ms. Napier’s distinguished career includes positions at the White House, U.S. House of Representatives, and state government. Victoria spent three years with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), originally as a senior policy adviser to the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management, and later as chief of staff, overseeing a $7.1 billion budget and 42 active DOE sites across the country.
Ms. Napier’s work experience includes the Office of Presidential Personnel, serving in the White House as a liaison with the Office of Homeland Security, Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She also served as the White House liaison and special assistant to the Secretary of Interior.
On the state level, she served as deputy chief of staff for Nevada Governor Kenny C. Guinn. She also served as the lead representative to such federal agencies as the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Interior (DOI), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Ms. Napier’s private sector experience includes serving as the Deputy Director of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) and Vice President of Government Affairs for R&R Partners, a DC based public relations firm.
Victoria holds a dual BA in Political Science & International Affairs from the University of Nevada, Reno and resides full time in Washington, DC.
Ken Rueter is UCOR’s President and Chief Executive Officer. As President of UCOR, Ken guides and motivates a professional management team and hundreds of skilled workers as they successfully undertake the largest environmental cleanup in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) history. UCOR is the lead contractor for cleanup of the East Tennessee Technology Park (ETTP) and other site’s on DOE’s Oak Ridge Reservation. Under Ken’s oversight, UCOR has experienced an unmatched record of success— not only finishing major projects ahead of schedule and under budget but doing so safely as demonstrated by DOE awarding UCOR Star status in its Voluntary Protection Program. As a result of Ken’s leadership, UCOR’s incentive award fees from DOE have been among the highest in the complex.
During almost three decades of industry experience, Ken has led all aspects of site cleanup and remediation, radioactive waste treatment and project integration, including construction, risk management as well as cost and schedule development. Previously, Ken served as President of Savannah River Remediation LLC and as Project Manager for the Savannah River Liquid Waste Project. Earlier in his career, Ken served as Chief Operating Officer for the Hanford Tank Operations Contract in Washington State and as Director of Project Integration for Washington River Protection Solutions at DOE’s Hanford site. Ken is most proud of building investment-worthy enterprises that deliver more value to the customer for every dollar spent. That philosophy is paying off as DOE has exercised the option period of UCOR’s Oak Ridge contract, opening the door for even more work through 2020.
In Oak Ridge, Ken is an active community leader, representing UCOR as a member of local organizations that promote economic development, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, outdoor recreational opportunities, and civic pride. These groups include the East Tennessee Economic Council, the Energy, Technology and Environmental Business Association and the Tennessee Valley Corridor. Under Ken’s oversight, UCOR, its employees and subcontractors also donate more than $100,000 to area United Way organizations each year.
William J. Boyle, PhD
Dr. William J. Boyle is the director of the Office of Spent Fuel & Waste Science and Technology (SFWST) in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE). The mission of SFWST is to conduct research and technology development to enable storage, transportation, and disposal of used nuclear fuel and wastes generated by existing and future nuclear fuel cycles. He is currently on detail as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition. Before joining NE, Boyle was the Director of the Regulatory Authority Division (RAD) in the DOE’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM). The mission of the RAD was to develop and support the License Application (LA), the environmental impact statement, and maintain a certified Licensing Support Network (LSN) that meets NRC regulatory requirements, for the Yucca Mountain Project. Before joining DOE, Boyle was a geo-technical engineer for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Division of High-Level Waste. From 1985-1992, Boyle participated in private sector site characterization and design activities for proposed repositories at Yucca Mountain, Nevada; Hanford, Washington; and Deaf Smith County, Texas. He also has worked on characterization for and analysis of underground excavations in California, Canada, Finland, and Japan. Boyle also participated in characterization and analysis of large rock sculptures at Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota, and Stone Mountain, Georgia. Education • Doctorate in civil engineering, University of California, Berkeley • Master’s degree in civil engineering, University of California, Berkeley • Bachelor’s degree in geology, University of California, Berkeley
Douglas A. “Doug” Matheney is the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Energy, as a liaison assigned to the Office of Fossil Energy. A native of Southeast Ohio, Mr. Matheney worked in the coal industry from 1976 to 1993. After leaving the coal industry, he served as a consultant for the Ohio Coal Association and the National Mining Association, working on coal issues with various elected officials in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. He also handled coal and energy issues for Americans for Prosperity. In addition to his industry and consulting experience, Mr. Matheney also served as County Commissioner for Morgan County, Ohio from 1983 to 1991. In 2016, he joined the Trump presidential campaign, where he managed 11 counties in Southeast Ohio.
Francis (Chip) Cameron
Francis X. (“Chip”) Cameron is an attorney and conflict resolution expert, with over twenty years experience in the legal, policy, and technical aspects of the licensing and regulation of the use of nuclear materials, as well as with the preparation of environmental reviews for energy and natural resources projects. His conflict management and community outreach expertise were developed during his tenure as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Dispute Resolution Specialist in the Office of the General Counsel. At the NRC, Mr. Cameron designed and facilitated public outreach processes on license renewal, new plant licensing, decommissioning meetings at SONGS and other facilities, and the NRC public meetings on Yucca Mountain issues.
A third generation Laborer and a graduate of the University of Virginia, Brent Booker is the Secretary-Treasurer of North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU). Since becoming Secretary-Treasurer, Brent has been a driving force in the strategic re-positioning of NABTU, as well as conducting on-going outreach efforts targeted to construction owners and end-users that center upon the overall value proposition that defines North America’s Building Trades Unions.
Prior to assuming the position of Secretary-Treasurer of NABTU in 2012, Brent served as Director of the Construction Department at the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA). Brent held that position since 2007.
Brent has also served as the Labor Section Co-Chairman and President of the National Maintenance Agreement Policy Committee, Inc.
Larry W. Camper
Mr. Camper is an experienced health physicist, radiation safety expert, environmental remediation expert and executive with 40 years of professional experience with various aspects of the nuclear industry within both the private and public sectors including: radiation safety; medical, research and academic uses; commercial uses; industrial uses; environmental assessment and management; low-level waste oversight; uranium recovery; decommissioning of reactors and complex material sites; spent fuel management and performance assessment. Mr. Camper has been very involved both nationally and internationally and increasingly has focused on the nexus between nuclear materials uses, energy production and related environmental concerns as well as stakeholder outreach and coordination.
Mr. Camper is the President and Executive Consultant with Advoco Professional Services, LLC. Advoco provides a broad spectrum of professional consulting services focused on environmental assessment and remediation, health physics issues, nuclear regulatory policy, environmental conflict resolution, communications strategy, facilitation and stakeholder outreach, nuclear technical issues, NEPA support, Federal and State agencies coordination and executive management. Mr. Camper is also associated with Talisman International, LLC as a senior nuclear safety consultant dealing with a broad spectrum of nuclear issues.
Joe T. Carter
37 years of engineering, project management, operations, and mission development experience including: 25 years of high level radioactive waste management processing background and 12 years of commercial spent nuclear fuel cycle technology support. Over 15 years in engineering management positions.
Current Assignment: SRNL Senior Advisory Program Manager for DOE’s Office of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition (NE-8) (2006 – present)
Primary responsibilities –
o Coordinate the SRNL support to the Integrated Waste Management program
o Provide subject matter expertise supporting development of an integrated waste management strategy for a closed fuel cycle
o Coordinate the SRNL support to the Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition Science and Technology program. Cu
o Develop and evaluate process alternatives to close the nuclear fuel cycle
Ms. Echols serves as the president of FireWater, LLC which is a woman owned small nuclear waste management company established in 2009. Ms. Echols is responsible for directly growth and expansion of the company’s business with government and commercial clients. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the environmental and waste management areas beginning her career as a health physicist and regulator with the state of Mississippi Division of Radiological Health. Ms. Echols has a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University. Ms. Echols is active in industry organizations that support DOE clean-up missions including serving as Vice Chair of the EFCOG Waste Management Working Group.
Oliver Fritz, PhD
Dr. Oliver Fritz is a technical expert in hermetic glass-to-metal sealing, specifically for its use in nuclear applications and other large-scale feedthroughs. Dr. Fritz has nearly 25 years of experience working with hermetic connectors and feedthroughs as well as a long history at SCHOTT, beginning his career there in 1999 as a glass R&D manager. He also served as a production manager focused on large-scale nuclear feedthroughs before assuming his current role as head of technology for the nuclear safety division in 2006. Dr. Fritz’s work supports the development and production of glass-sealed feedthroughs for nuclear power plants that provide passage of power and control wiring assemblies through the gas-tight walls of the reactor containment.
Dr. Fritz holds both technical and doctorate degrees in chemistry from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Eugene J. Gleason
Eugene Gleason possesses a valued blend of professional governmental and business experience in the nuclear and radioactive waste industry.
During the last four decades Mr. Gleason has held several Key senior positions in government and the private sector.
Gene served as Deputy and Acting Commissioner of the New York State Energy Office for twenty years. Among other things, he: managed the five New York State/NRC radioactive program agreements; helped develop and administer the NYS Low Level Radioactive Waste program; played an active professional role in the creation of the West Valley Nuclear Management program; helped create the NRC LLRW disposal program (10CFRPart 61); and served as the New York State Senior Nuclear Liaison Officer with agencies of the federal and state governments and LLRW commissions.
In the private sector Eugene: created and grew a successful nuclear consulting business that serves several major clients: helped develop and expand the low level radioactive waste management business for Envirocare of Utah, the forerunner of Energy Solutions; and was a senior member of the original MHF Logistical Solutions team that introduced the use of rail and soft side packaging technology to the US and UK nuclear industry. Mr. Gleason is currently the Vice President for Business Development at GLSEQ.LLC.
Gene holds advanced degrees and certifications from Villanova University, SUNY at Albany and Harvard University. Mr. Gleason is a veteran of the US Air Force and lives in Tucson, Arizona.
James Gleason is the founder and primary owner of GLSEQ, LLC located in Huntsville, AL. He is a licensed professional engineer with over forty years of professional experience with nuclear safety for nuclear power plants and nuclear fuel facilities. Jim is a recognized expert in nuclear Equipment Qualification, Environmental Qualification, Seismic Qualification, Commercial Grade Dedication, and Severe Accidents.
Mr. Gleason started GLSEQ, LLC in 1993 following a successful career as the Director of Nuclear Engineering for Wyle Laboratories as well as a team member for the NASA Apollo moon missions.
James has performed nuclear safety and equipment qualification assignments for several domestic and international clients including the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the USDOE’s Yucca Mountain Project, General Electric Company, China’s State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation, the Shanghai Power Equipment Research Institute, most US commercial nuclear power and nuclear fuel facilities and several others.
Mr. Gleason has been past-chairman of IEEE Nuclear Power Engineering Qualification Standards Committee, and a member of American National Standards Institute, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Nuclear Society. He is the recipient of the IEEE Nuclear Power Engineering Committee Distinguished Service Award as well as the Standards Developer of the Year Award.
James Gleason has a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and MS from The Ohio State University.
Mr. Gleason developed the Severe Accident Hydrogen Monitoring System which won the Japanese international competition for advanced hydrogen monitoring equipment following the Fukushima nuclear accidents.
Jim’s presentation will focus on this new innovative type of nuclear safety equipment.
Jeff Isakson is the CEO of Interim Storage Partners, a joint venture being developed by Orano USA and Waste Control Specialists to license a consolidated interim storage facility for used nuclear fuel at the WCS site in Andrews County, Texas. Isakson has held positions in the nuclear energy industry for more than 35 years, most recently in leadership roles focused on the secure dry storage of used nuclear fuel. Before accepting the position with ISP in 2018, Isakson was Vice President Business Operations for Orano TN (formerly AREVA TN Americas), where his responsibilities included the Project Management Office, the Work Control Center, Document Control, and Scheduling. Other prior roles with the company included VP Sales, Marketing & Product Strategy and Key Account Manager. Before joining Orano and its legacy companies, Isakson served as the Westinghouse Resident Site Manager at Calvert Cliffs and as an ABB Resident Site Manager. Isakson graduated from Western New England College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1981.
Roger Jarrell is the Government and Stakeholder Relations Interface for URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR). In this role, he communicates and coordinates with federal, state, and local officials on matters related to UCOR’s cleanup contract with the Department of Energy (DOE). He is also consolidating and managing UCOR’s workforce development efforts.
Roger previously served as a Senior Advisor for the Office of Environmental Management (EM) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In this role, he served as EM’s key interface with the Office of the Secretary and other senior leadership. He also previously served as a legislative aide for U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.); a political consultant; and an elected Republican Party official in Lexington, Virginia.
He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a bachelor’s degree in international studies. After receiving his Juris Doctor Degree from Washington and Lee University in 2004, he worked as a civil litigator in energy law and commercial and corporate litigation.
Ms. Miriam Juckett is the Program Manager of the Environmental Protection and External Hazards Assessment Program of the Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses (CNWRA®) at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas. She is an environmental scientist with specialization in geochemistry and environmental evaluations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), particularly for proposed and existing nuclear facilities. Her responsibilities include overseeing projects, developing new business opportunities, and serving as the primary liaison between clients and SwRI for projects in these areas. For 15 years, she has supported many U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) projects, including high level waste disposal, environmental reviews, reprocessing, criticality safety, natural hazard assessments, and extended storage and transportation. Ms. Juckett has extensive experience in NRC’s regulatory framework, and has assisted with updating various guidance documents, including NUREG-2213, “Updates to Senior Seismic Hazard Analysis Committee (SSHAC) Guidance” (in press.) In addition to her work as an environmental scientist, she serves as a public outreach subject matter expert. In this role, she is responsible for developing stakeholder relation strategies, technical materials, programmatic updates, and interagency memos. With a comprehensive understanding of related technical issues, she facilitates communication between the NRC and a wide variety of stakeholders, including advocacy groups, citizen organizations, government agencies, nuclear industry, and the general public.
Ms. Juckett has served as program manager, primary reviewer, and subject matter expert in the development of environmental assessments and environmental impact statements (EISs) under NEPA for various NRC regulated sites. Currently, she is leading the CNWRA’s support to NRC in developing the EISs for the Holtec International and Interim Storage Partners’ applications for Consolidated Interim Storage Facilities.
Previously, Ms. Juckett led multidisciplinary teams studying geologic disposal of high-level radioactive waste, and was a key contributor to the NRC’s Safety Evaluation Report for Yucca Mountain and the NRC’s Supplement to the Yucca Mountain EIS. Ms. Juckett holds a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Environmental Science.
For over 20 years, Mr. Kirshenberg has been the Executive Director of the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA), the national non-profit organization of elected local government officials adjacent
to defense nuclear facilities in the United States. He oversees the daily activities of the organization and ensures that Congress, the Administration, DOE/NNSA, industry and others understand and address local issues and integrate them into policy decision-making. In addition, Mr. Kirshenberg is a partner in the law firm of Kutak Rock LLP and specializes in the privatization of federal, state and local government assets for developers, financing entities, states, cities and federal agencies and assists communities with the development of former federal property. He also specializes in financing federal energy projects. He has worked on several high profile projects and has worked on approximately $20 billion of such transactions, including several that have been awarded transaction of the year by the Bond Buyer and National Council of Public Private Partnerships. Early this year he represented the issuer in the financing of first ever capital markets financing of
a spent nuclear fuel facility (the project is located in Ukraine).
He has written several books and articles on environmental cleanup, spent nuclear fuel, small modular reactor development, public private partnerships, public participation, and energy production and he regularly speaks at conferences and meetings. He has participated on several national federal advisory committees and boards on International Atomic Energy Agency, DOD, EPA and DOE issues and has participated on several national initiatives including those led by the Aspen Institute, Keystone Institute and others around the areas of the environment, public
private partnerships, nuclear waste, spent nuclear fuel, nuclear energy production and national defense.
Mr. Kirshenberg holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the Washington College of Law at the American University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of
Eric K. Knox
Eric Knox currently serves as Senior Project Director, Nuclear & Environment for AECOM. He also serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Executive Committee for the United States Nuclear Infrastructure Council (NIC), a leading not-for-profit think tank advocate group for nuclear energy new-build in the U.S. with more than sixty members representing an “International Who’s Who” of global nuclear energy utilities, manufacturers and suppliers. As Chairman of NIC from 2011- 2014, he was the longest serving Chairman in the history of the organization.
Prior to joining AECOM, he served at the U.S. Department of Energy as Associate Director for System Operations and External Outreach in the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM) where he led the successful Yucca Mountain Site recommendation effort and helped conclude the successful submission of the Yucca Mountain License Application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Mr. Knox served as a Senior Advisor to three Secretaries of Energy – Watkins, Abraham and Bodman; and also served as Senior Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff in the Office of the Under Secretary of Energy from 2002-2006. From 1990 – 1992, he served in OCRWM and as Associate Director of Political Affairs at the White House during the Administration of President George H. W. Bush.
Mr. Knox has an extensive energy, business and political background. He served as President and CEO of American Target Resources, LLP, a service organization representing national not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Knox has over 25 years’ experience working with state, local and national political candidates and party organizations. In addition to his business and political endeavors, Mr. Knox spent one year supporting global medical mission efforts working with the blind and disabled. He is a graduate of Clemson University and currently serves on their Washington, DC Alumni Board and served as President of the Board from 1992-1999.
Paul Marotta, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE
Dr. Marotta is in charge of Technical aspects of wastewater and air quality projects for AquAeTer. Dr. Marotta provides a broad range of expertise in mechanical, nuclear, industrial and environmental engineering. Environmental experience includes facility and corporate level environmental compliance responsibilities. Dr. Marotta currently directs design and mathematical modeling for air, water, wastewater, soils, and groundwater treatment projects. Nuclear experience includes thermal design and performance analysis for the naval reactors (RSPA), design and installation of emergency fill systems, reactor vessel brittle fracture prevention analysis and new reactor prototype concept development. These areas required extensive computer modeling using complex dynamic simulations and three-dimensional finite element analysis. Dr. Marotta has successfully facilitated high performance work teams within an established unionized manufacturing environment. Industrial experience includes several positions within pulp and paper manufacturing, with management expertise ranging from large capital projects, to plant manager, to technical consultant. Dr. Marotta is an adjunct assistant professor and teaches graduate level Heat Transfer at the University of Tennessee Space Institute.
Rod McCullum has been working on regulatory issues at NEI since 1998. He has 30 years of nuclear engineering, licensing, management and regulatory policy experience. Currently, at NEI, he leads industry efforts to reduce business risks associated with used nuclear fuel management, commercial nuclear power plant decommissioning, emergent material degradation issues, and the introduction of accident tolerant fuels by directing broad scope technical and regulatory programs. He held prior positions in Government (with the Department of Energy) and Industry (at three commercial nuclear power plants). He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering (University of Cincinnati, 1985) and a Master of Business Administration degree (Lewis University, 2000).
Rick McLeod is the President/CEO of the Savannah River Site Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO) and has managed the organization since June 2008. The SRSCRO is a non-profit regional group focused on supporting job creation in a five-county region of South Carolina and Georgia, including Aiken, Allendale and Barnwell counties in South Carolina and Richmond (Augusta) and Columbia counties in Georgia.
In representing the SRSCRO as a unified regional voice, Rick speaks widely to public groups about issues affecting the Savannah River Site and the region.
A former Florida Public Service Commissioner (2006-2009), Katrina McMurrian draws upon extensive regulatory experience to organize and facilitate relevant policy forums and to advise an array of entities on key regulatory and policy issues in the energy arena.
McMurrian currently serves as Executive Director of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition (NWSC), an ad hoc organization representing the collective interests of member state utility regulators, state consumer advocates, state radiation control officials, state energy officials, tribal governments, local governments, electric utilities with operating and shutdown nuclear reactors, and other public and private sector experts on nuclear waste policy matters.
McMurrian also serves as Executive Director of the Critical Consumer Issues Forum (CCIF), a unique national forum in which state utility regulators, consumer advocates, and energy companies – via a series of facilitated, interactive dialogues – engage on issues that are not only important to these three core communities but also to consumers, policymakers, and other stakeholders. As a result of this collaboration, CCIF has produced valuable reports on energy topics including grid modernization, distributed generation, consumer solutions, and smart communities.
In these roles, McMurrian frequently interacts with Congress; Administration officials; state and federal utility regulators; state and national consumer organizations; other state, tribal, and local officials; industry representatives; and numerous other stakeholders. She also currently serves on the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative Awards Advisory Panel and is a member of the American Nuclear Society, the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management, and U.S. Women in Nuclear.
McMurrian received a Bachelor’s degree in finance and an MBA from Florida State University.
Tammy Monday serves as Vice President of Waste Services Sales and Business Development for Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. where she plans and directs all aspects of the division’s business development and sales program for the United States Government, Utilities, Pharmaceuticals, Universities and International waste services markets. Ms. Monday brings 30 years of experience in the environmental clean-up efforts in the United States and Internationally for the most challenging waste streams contaminated with radioactive and hazardous constituents. She is also the liaison between Perma-Fix and the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the import and export of radioactive materials from international clients to the US for treatment at one of Perma-Fix’s fixed based treatment facilities.
W. Mark Nutt, PhD
Dr. W. Mark Nutt is a Principal Nuclear Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory and is currently the National Technical Director of the DOE-NE’s Nuclear Fuel Storage and Transportation Planning Project (NFST). The NFST mission is to lay the groundwork for implementing interim storage, including associated transportation, per the Administration’s Strategy for the Management and Disposal of Used Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste, and to develop a foundation for a new nuclear waste management organization.
Dr. Nutt has over 20 years of experience in the nuclear industry with 15 years primarily in the area of used nuclear fuel management. He has lead and participated in a wide range of projects related to the management and disposal of nuclear waste. He has been an active participant in the DOE-NE Fuel Cycle Technology program for the past 8 years and served as the Deputy National Technical Director of the DOE-NE Used Fuel Disposition Research and Development Campaign. Prior to joining Argonne in 2006, Dr. Nutt spent 10 years supporting the DOE Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (OCRWM). Dr. Nutt is familiar with at-reactor fuel management processes, experience gained as the lead fuels engineer for the St. Lucie nuclear power station.
Mr. Quinn has over 40 years of experience in managing nuclear and fossil utility contracts and personnel in support of both project and supplemental assignments at various utilities in the U.S. He is past President of the American Nuclear Society (ANS) (1998-1999) and currently serves as the Chairman of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) SC45A Working Group A9 on Nuclear Instrumentation Systems. He has managed and performed projects in licensing and compliance, electrical and controls design, startup and operation, including Standards development for the Instrument Society of America (ISA) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and is the author of over 100 papers and presentations on nuclear instrumentation and control subjects. He has been an instructor at the MIT Summer Reactor Safety Course for over 15 years, the NRC Digital I&C Licensing Course for 6 years, a number of IAEA country I&C training courses, and a Board member of the nuclear engineering programs at both Oregon State and The Ohio State University. In 2009, he was awarded the highest award in IEC, the 1906 Award, for the development of standards, and in 2011, he received the ANS Walter Zinn Award, named after the first President of ANS and in 2017 was awarded
he ANS Don Miller Instrumentation and Control Engineering Award, named after Dr. Don Miller from The Ohio State. He currently serves on the Board of three companies and two university advisory boards and is the retired Chair of The Ohio State Nuclear Engineering Advisory Board. Mr. Quinn hold a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, Medford, MA, and a Masters in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. and was a Naval Nuclear Qualified Shift Test Engineer (NAVSEA 08), Jan, 1977.
Daniel P. Shrum, P.G.
Mr. Shrum has been with EnergySolutions for 20 years. He is responsible for the licensing and permitting of EnergySolutions and obtaining and ensuring that the regulations are followed at all facilities. He has over 30 years of professional experience in the regulatory arena dealing with Federal, State, and local regulatory agencies.
He holds the following degrees:
M.B.A., Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT (2002)
M.S. Hydrogeology, Brigham Young University (1993)
B.S. Engineering Geology, Brigham Young University (1988)
Edward F. (Ward) Sproat
Ward recently retired as a Principal Vice President from the Bechtel Corporation. During his eight years with Bechtel, he was the Project Director for nuclear plant projects in Maryland, Tennessee and Washington State.
Prior to joining Bechtel, Ward held the position of Director of the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management (RW-1) in the U.S. Department of Energy until January 2009. He was nominated for that position by President George W. Bush in September of 2005 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in May 2006. During his tenure, he successfully led the efforts to develop and submit to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission the license application for the Nation’s high-level radioactive waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.
Ward previously held the position of Vice President of International Projects for Exelon Generation. In this position he was responsible for developing and managing the Exelon interests in various international generation ventures. He was a director on the board of PBMR (Pebble Bed Modular Reactor) Pty. LTD in the Republic of South Africa. While in this position, Exelon was requested by the PBMR board to allow Mr. Sproat to assume the duties of Chief Operating Officer and he spent all of 2002 as COO of the company in South Africa.
Ward also held various management positions with Exelon’s predecessor PECO Energy over a 30 year career, including Director of Engineering for the PECO Nuclear fleet.
Ward holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Dynamics of Organizations, both from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed the Executive Development Program at Cornell University. He was a licensed Professional Electrical Engineer.
Karthik Subramanian is the Manager for Mission Integration, Chief Technology Office, and Closure for Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS), the tank farm operations contractor at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site. The Mission Integration Office includes integration of the Tank Farms with the Waste Treatment Plant (WTP), Mission Analyses including System Planning. Through the CTO and Closure, he is responsible for managing the specific technology maturation projects (e.g. Vapors Monitoring and Detection, Low-Activity Waste Pretreatment System, Tank Side Cesium Removal, and Radioactive Waste Test Bed), coordinating effective National Laboratory and other technology provider collaboration with WRPS, completing performance assessments, and preparing the tank farms for closure. Prior to WRPS, Mr. Subramanian was the CTO and the Engineering Manager of the Flowsheet, Integration, and Technology Group for Savannah River Remediation (SRR), the tank farm operations contractor at the Savannah River Site. Mr. Subramanian went to SRR from managing the Materials Performance and Corrosion Technology (MP&CT) group at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). Mr. Subramanian has a master’s in Materials Science and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, both from Case Western Reserve University.
Linda Suttora is the Headquarters Liaison for the Office of River Protection for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Boston University and a master’s degree in Biology from the University of Michigan. Ms. Suttora has over 28 years of experience in managing radioactive waste programs resulting from the environmental legacy brought about from six decades of nuclear weapons development and government sponsored nuclear energy research. Her expertise includes compliance with the Department’s environmental and radioactive waste safety requirements, as well as Environmental Protection Agency and Nuclear Regulatory Commission environmental and nuclear waste protection regulations.
Ms. Suttora was one of the original authors of the Department’s radioactive waste management requirements, DOE Order 435.1 and led the effort to update that Order for several years. In addition, Ms. Suttora led the Department’s regulatory oversight group for low level waste disposal. She worked for several years on the closure of the underground liquid storage tanks containing reprocessing waste and is the only person in the Department that have been involved in the entire regulatory process to close tanks in Idaho and Savannah River Site, and now at the Hanford Site. Currently, Hanford has issued a draft C Tank Farm Waste Incidental to Reprocessing Evaluation for public comment and expects to have a decision on whether the residuals remaining in the retrieved tanks can be managed as low level radioactive waste in FY2019. She led the recent successful effort to treat and dispose of a small volume of pretreated Hanford tank waste at commercial treatment and disposal facilities and is an advisor to the FY2018/2019 2,000 gallon test bed.
Robert (Bob) Thompson
Bob Thompson has served on the Richland City Council since January 1994 and as mayor from January 2000 to January 2004. Mr. Thompson received a B.A. in political science from Washington State University, and he has a J.D. from Willamette Law School. He is currently in private practice. He has held memberships in the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, the Washington Defenders Association, the Western State Trial Lawyers Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
Mr. Thompson is past president of the Benton Franklin County Health Department and president of Dial Help. He has served as vice chair of the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA), a national coalition of cities and counties located adjacent to Department of Energy facilities and has been recently appointed as chairman. Mr. Thompson was also appointed in May of 2009 to the Environmental Management Advisory Board (EMAB) by Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
Donald G. Trost
In 2004 Don joined TechSource as the Executive Vice President responsible for operations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In addition to his operations responsibility, Don has been the catalyst in moving TechSource from a regional business to a national leader. His visionary skills, leadership, and reputation have made TechSource an indispensable national resource. Don has over 40 years of experience in program and project management of high-technology programs, nuclear facilities management, and federal real estate management. Don currently provides advice and direction to the National Nuclear Security Administration and to the DOE’s Nuclear Energy and Strategic Petroleum Reserve programs. As the former Director of Real Estate for the DOE and as the Former Deputy Director for the Office of Worker and Community Transition, Office of the Under Secretary of Energy, Don has led numerous task forces and quality groups developing modern practices in real estate, business process re-engineering, and quality management. Don is also a highly skilled negotiator and facilitator who has been involved in strategic planning for leaders in numerous Government organizations including DOE, DOD, DOI, the House of Representatives, and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Don grew up in Sacramento, CA; he attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a B.A. in political science. Don has served in and been a member of numerous organizations including the Federal Real Property Association (serving as President); the Department of Justice Land Acquisition Conference; the Cabinet Council on Management and Administration; and the Association of Federal Appraisers. He is also a very active member of the Civil War Trust.