CNTA
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Aiken, SC 29803-4318
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CNTA Board of Directors


Don Bridges, Chair
Mike Zustra, Vice Chair
Josh Booth, Treasurer
Chuck Munns, Immediate Past Chair
Jim Marra, Executive Director
Tom Burns
Byron Bush
Dean Campbell
Wyatt Clark
Paul Cloessner
Dara Glass
Charlie Hansen
Joyce Hopperton
Fred Humes
Lauryn Jamison
Forest Mahan
Craig McMullin

Jill O'Donnell
Joe Ortaldo
Karen Patterson
Wayne Rickman
Keith Sloan
Rick Sprague
Brad Swanson
Major Thompson
Fitz Trumble
Daren Timmons
Susan Wood
James Corley, ex-officio
Walt Joseph, ex-officio
Steve Sheetz, ex-officio
Jeff Allender, webmaster
Clint Wolfe, Exec. Dir. Emeritus


Don Bridges

 

Chair
Don Bridges

Dr. Donald N. Bridges retired in 2002 from the Department of Energy. In 30 years at SRS he served as DOE Progam Manager for SRS Nuclear Reactor Production Program, Tritium Program, and the Nuclear Materials Disposition Program for cleanup of the DOE complex. He served as the Chair of the SRS Citizens Advisory Board from 2011 through 2014.

A native of Shelby NC, he holds a Doctorate and Master's in Nuclear Engineering from Georgia Tech and bachelor's and master's degrees from North Carolina State University. He retired in 1992 from the Naval Reserve Civil Engineer Corps with the rank of Captain after 35 years of service.

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Mike Zustra

 

Vice Chair
Mike Zustra

Mike Zustra has over 30 years of experience as a safety professional. He currently serves as the Vice President of Environmental Safety & Health for Shaw AREVA MOX Services, LLC, where he is responsible for industrial safety, environmental management, waste management, radiation safety, and emergency preparedness. Prior to MOX, Mike served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. He has held senior management positions in the government and commercial market sectors, and has experience in construction, environmental remediation, emergency response, and operations management.

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Josh Booth

 

Treasurer
Josh Booth

Joshua Booth is a Vice President/Financial Services Officer at Security Federal Bank in Aiken SC. He has been with the bank since 2005. He received a B.S.B.A. with a Major in Finance from the University of Florida in 1999.

He is currently a board member of the United Way of Aiken County, Past Chair of Aiken Young Professionals, and a member of the American Bankers Association and Aiken Chamber of Commerce.

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Chuck Munns

 

Immediate Past Chair
Chuck Munns

Charles L. Munns is a Commissioner at the South Carolina Commission for Higher Education. Currently the President of Munns Advisement, LLC, Admiral Munns was President and Chief Executive Officer of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions from 2007 through 2009, where his company managed and operated for DOE the Savannah River Site nuclear facility. Previously he served for 34 years in some of the US Navy's most high-profile and challenging positions, attaining the rank of Vice Admiral. His most recent Navy position was Commander of the US Submarine Force, which included all US submarines worldwide.

Admiral Munns received his Bachelor of Science degree from the US Naval Academy, his Master of Science, Computer Science degree from the University of Colorado, and his Corporate Board Directors Continuum Certificate from the University of Chicago School of Business. Admiral Munns is active in his church and serves on various educational and community committees.

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Jim Marra

 

Executive Director
James C. Marra

Jim Marra ia a veteran in the nuclear industry. He began his nuclear career at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) as a Senior Engineer and progressed to the level of Advisory Engineer. He also spent time as a Senior Scientist for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM).

His background includes work in radioactive and hazardous waste immobilization; nuclear nonproliferation; Fukushima Daiichi technical support; DOE-EM International Program leadership; International Atomic Energy Agency consulting; Hanford Waste and Immobilization Treatment Plant technology development and testing; Plutonium Immobilization Program; new production reactor for weapons materials; and production reactor safety rod development.

Marra has a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Science and Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics (Alfred University, Alfred, NY); a Master's degree in Materials Engineering (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA); and a Ph.D. in Ceramic and Materials Engineering (Clemson University).

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Byron Bush

 

Byron Bush

Byron N. Bush is currently executing Strategic Service Acquisitions in the Procurement Department for the Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (SRNS). His responsibilities include preparing, reviewing, and issuing solicitations, identifying and resolving complex customer and supplier issues, and preparing and analyzing all necessary supporting documentation. Mr. Bush also supports the administration of the Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, and the Women Owned Business concerns to ensure fair and equal considerations are provided. While supporting the socioeconomic policies and goals of the company and the Department of Energy (DOE), he is currently managing over $25M of subcontracts.

Before moving to Procurement, Byron has also worked in the Interface Management Department for SRNS governing the agreements on the exchange of services, interface boundaries, and responsibilities that SRNS is responsible for in accordance with the provisions of their DOE-SR Manage and Operating (M&O) contract. There he communicated, mediated, and/or facilitated resolutions of any disputes, concerns, or risks related to the agreements SRNS has with other site tenants.

He has also worked as a Financial Analyst for SRNS, working in the Contract Accounting and Central Accounting Departments where he managed the SRNS Corporate financial statements, prepared monthly entries and reports for SRNS closing and partnership companies, processed off site expenses for payment, created budget vs. actual reports, reconciliations, forecasts, and supported Board of Director meetings and reviews for unallowable expenses. Bush coordinated the Financial Management Assurance Assessment for the Finance Department, which evaluates company risks and ensure controls are in place to mitigate the risks.

Byron is also involved in several other organizations. He is a former VP and current member of Leaders Emerging Among Professionals (LEAP), a SRNS young professional organization designed to train, develop, recruit, and retain the young professionals of SRNS, a member of Aiken Young Professionals (AYP), Savannah River Young Generation in Nuclear (SR-YGN), the Aikenites, and is the current President of the Savannah River Site Leadership Association (SRSLA), the site's chapter of the National Management Association (NMA). Bush also serves on the Board of Directors for the Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness (CNTA), the Inclusion Advisory Board at USCA, and is a Board Member and Treasurer for Education Matters.

Mr. Bush graduated from South Carolina State University where he played football, a semester of golf, and joined the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He coached football for three years for the South Aiken High School Varsity Football Team, and he is the President & CEO of Bright & Bold Entertainment, a company that markets and promotes peaceful and positive events. As the President & CEO of Bright & Bold Entertainment, Bush DJ's parties, corporate events, and weddings. He also promotes and emcees events such as concerts, shows, sport events, open mic events, competitions, and formal programs. Bright & Bold also can be used for radio advertising, video production, and sound. Byron was born in Ellicot City MD, raised in Aiken SC, and has been active in the community for most of his life. He has been a member of Friendship Baptist Church since 1991, and his hobbies include fellowshipping with friends, sports, loving life, and serving others.

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Tom Burns

 

Dr. Tom Burns

Dr. Thomas D. Burns, Jr. is the Senior Vice President/Deputy Project Manager/Director of Engineering for Parsons' Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) design-build-operate project. The SWPF project is a multi-billion dollar first-of-a-kind radiochemical processing plant for stabilizing more than 100 million gallons of legacy waste from plutonium and tritium production at the Savannah River Site (SRS).

As the Deputy Project Manager/Director of Engineering for SWPF, Dr. Burns has been responsible for a technical workforce of more than 850 personnel supporting all aspects of technology development, design engineering, nuclear safety, procurement, construction, commissioning, and operations.

Dr. Burns is recognized as an excellent technical leader in the DOE complex who has been uniquely successful in resolving difficult technology/design challenges and complicated oversight/regulatory issues ranging from complex structural design qualification to large-scale air-pulse-agitator mixing performance validation testing.

Prior to joining Parsons, Dr. Burns served as both an Executive Engineer with MPR Associates, providing consulting support services to DOE and commercial nuclear industry clients and as a Senior Technical Staff member for the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB). During his tenure with the DNFSB, Dr. Burns served as a field representative at both SRS and Los Alamos National Laboratory with responsibilities including strategic assessments of nuclear weapons programs and nuclear material processing activities as well as process and operational oversight of nuclear material separations and metallurgy, nuclear materials testing, nuclear waste disposition, tritium processing, and all associated safety-basis activities.

Prior to joining the DNFSB staff, Dr. Burns served as a research associate at both national and international laboratories including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, and the Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique at Cadarche, France.

Dr. Burns is a graduate of the University of Virginia, having received his undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral degrees in Nuclear Engineering.

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Dean Campbell

 

Dean Campbell

Dean Campbell is a Lead in the Savannah River Remediation, LLC's Public Affairs and Project Communications Division. He focuses on external and Site communications; government affairs at the local, state and federal levels; community relations; and media relations.

Mr. Campbell joined Washington Savannah River Company, now SRR, in 1989 and has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in the Public Affairs field at the Savannah River Site.

Mr. Campbell is very active in the community, holding positions over the years on executive committees for the Edgefield County Alliance; Johnston Development Corporation; and United Way of Edgefield County. He is the former Mayor of Johnston, SC (1996-2006) and is the current Chairman for the Edgefield County Council (elected 2010). He is also a graduate of Leadership South Carolina.

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Wyatt Clark

 

Wyatt Clark

Wyatt Clark is the Senior Vice President of Environmental Management Operations for SRNS. He is responsible for the safe execution of all environmental management operations at SRS.

Clark has 31 years of management experience in the areas of project management, operations, engineering, and maintenance within complex, high-hazard nuclear chemical facilities.

Most recently, he served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Hanford Tank Farms for Washington Protection Solutions, where his responsibilities included all aspects of operations, engineering, environmental, and project execution.


He spent the majority of his career at SRS, serving in positions of increasing responsibility, including interim Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Project Manager for Savannah River Remediation, the liquid waste contractor at SRS.

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Paul Cloessner

 

Paul Cloessner

Dr. Cloessner is the Laboratory Fellow for National Security at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) in Aiken, South Carolina, USA. In this role he advises on strategic programs for nuclear stockpile stewardship, nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security.

Prior to his current assignment Dr. Cloessner spent almost thirty years in various assignments involving most elements of the nuclear fuel cycle and nuclear stockpile stewardship. Early in his career he developed nuclear instruments for nondestructive analysis of special nuclear materials. For twenty-five years he held management positions providing leadership in science and technology for nuclear materials production, defense waste management, tritium R&D, nuclear stockpile stewardship, nuclear nonproliferation, homeland security, and cyber security.

Dr. Cloessner received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Louisiana State University and his Doctorate in Nuclear Chemistry from Florida State University.

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Dara Glass

 

Dara V. Glass

Dara Glass heads up the BWXT Aiken office as regional director, managing daily operations for the company. Ms. Glass directs BWXT's regional and local community outreach efforts and has been with BWXT nearly seven years. Before relocating to Aiken, Ms. Glass was business development manager for the Lynchburg VA office of BWXT, formerly known as Babcock and Wilcox.

Prior to BWXT, Ms. Glass worked in economic development for 16 years promoting Commonwealth of Virginia communities to corporate executives around the world, creating jobs and capital investment. Ms. Glass managed and directed global economic development programs for various regional and local government agencies that improved the quality of life for millions of Virginia residents.

Ms. Glass is currently on boards of the United Way of Aiken, Aiken Performing Arts Group, and USC-Aiken Partnership.

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Charlie Hansen

 

Charlie Hansen

Charlie Hansen is a retired contractor and federal senior executive who served for 46 years in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, commercial nuclear power generation, and in US Department of Energy (DOE) waste management programs. Most recently he was a Vice President of Parsons Corporation, from 2005-2013, where he was responsible for business development, and project controls and risk management for construction of the Savannah River Site Salt Waste Processing Facility Project (SWPF).

From 1995 to 2005 Hansen served as the DOE Deputy Manager, Savannah River Site. He also served as a DOE Assistant Manager for nuclear separations, spent fuel stabilization, and waste storage and disposal, at both the Savannah River Site, Aiken SC and Hanford Site in Richland WA.

Hansen entered commercial business in 1987 with Babcock & Wilcox in Lynchburg, VA and served as a business, technical development, and operations manager for eight years. His focus was chemical cleaning of commercial nuclear power plant steam generators, corrosion monitoring, and robotic and miniature inspection tooling for safety evaluation of commercial nuclear power plant and Navy Nuclear ship components.

From 1967 to 1987, Hansen assumed positions of increasing responsibility in the Navy Nuclear Power Program, reporting directly to Admiral H.G. Rickover for ten years. He was the senior Naval Reactors Representative at Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics in Groton CT for ten years and directed new reactor plant design as well as reactor plant construction, maintenance, and refueling for over 38 nuclear submarines.

Hansen earned a BS in chemical engineering from Tufts University in 1967. He is a registered professional engineer (Nuclear Engineering), and is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness, the Navy League, and American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Charlie and his wife, Lyddie, have resided in Aiken since 1998 and are active in their community; they are both avid ballroom dancers.

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Joyce Hooperton

 

Joyce Hopperton

Ms. Hopperton is Director, Environment, Safety, Health, and Quality Assurance for Centerra-Savannah River Site. Her areas of responsibility include ensuring that Occupational Safety and Health, Environmental, Industrial Hygiene, and Quality Assurance programs meet Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Energy Orders, and other regulatory agency requirements to ensure Centerra meets and exceeds customer expectations and requirements. She provides processes and tools to support the principles and functions of the Safety Management System, including training; communications; sampling programs; and assessment programs.

Ms. Hopperton verifies that all activities affecting security, including protection of Special Nuclear Material, have been performed correctly. She oversees the Issues Management, Performance Measurement, Trend Analysis, Quality Assurance Audit, Physical Fitness, and Continuous Improvement programs.

She manages the oversight program, ensuring training and qualification requirements are met; document and record control are complete; inspection and acceptance testing meets requirements; and that the internal assessment program is effective. She serves as the Centerra-SRS representative to the site's Integrated Safety Management Council and serves as a voting member on the Executive Safety Committee. She provides oversight for the Readiness Team and Employee Safety and Health Committee.

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Fred Humes

 

Fred Humes

Fred is Director of the Aiken/Edgefield Economic Development Partnership. He is a native of Charleston, South Carolina where he graduated from Chicora High School in 1958. He attended and graduated from North Greenville Junior College. Later, he was awarded a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and an M.S. in Business Management from Troy State University.

Mr. Humes enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1962 and became a commissioned officer in 1965. He entered the USAF Pilot Training program three years later and received his pilot wings in 1969. After advanced pilot training, Fred served 13 months in Vietnam and returned to the United States as a Flight Instructor. Mr. Humes's flying career included the F-4, OV-10, T-39 and C-141 aircraft as a line pilot, instructor, and flight examiner. He served in various capacities at Major Air Command Headquarters, U.S. Air Force Headquarters, and the Pentagon staff and operational assignments. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College. He completed his Air Force career in 1983 after a four-year staff tour at the Pentagon.

Fred began a second career with a nationally syndicated television show in Aiken, South Carolina, and in 1987 co-founded a video production company where he was President until 1990, when he join the Economic Development Partnership. The Partnership represents the economic development interests of Aiken and Edgefield Counties. Since joining the Partnership, more than $5.0 billion and 10,000 jobs have been announced in Aiken and Edgefield Counties. Mr. Humes has been recognized twice as the "Economic Development Practitioner of the Year" by Southern Business and Development Magazine. He was selected in 2003 as one of the Top Ten Economic Developers of the Decade by the same magazine. Mr. Humes is a member of the Board of Directors and Past President of the South Carolina Economic Developers Association (SCEDA) and Past Director of the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC). He is a member of several civic organizations and is Past President of the North Augusta Rotary Club. He currently serves a member of the Board of Directors of the Savannah River Regional Diversification Initiative, the Savannah River Site Redevelopment Authority, the Aiken County School to Work Consortium, and various other organizations. He is a Certified Economic Developer by the State of South Carolina.

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Sandra Jordan

 

Lauryn Jamison

Lauryn Jamison holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina. She is currently a Chemical Process Engineer at the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) under the operation of Savannah River Remediation (SRR). There, she supports the facility by providing inputs and evaluations to ensure the production of good glass.

Lauryn is an active member of the CSRA's local chapter of the American Institute for Chemical Engineers where she currently serves as the chapter's college liaison.

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Forest Mahan

 

Forest Mahan

Dr. Forest E. Mahan assumed the role as Aiken Technical College's fifth president on July 1, 2016.

A native of South Carolina, Dr. Mahan has spent more than 20 years in the South Carolina Technical College System. He began his career as a history instructor at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College (OCTC) in January 1996 and taught introductory western civilization and American and African-American history courses. During this time, he developed some of the college's first online classes in 1999 and later taught dual enrollment courses at two high schools in the college's service area.

He joined the University of South Carolina Leadership cohort in May 2003, completing it in December 2004. While in the cohort, Dr. Mahan took on the role as Dean of Arts and Communications at OCTC.

In August 2008, he accepted the role of Vice President for Academic Affairs at Northeastern Technical College (NETC) to provide leadership for academics, the college's library, continuing education, and distance learning.

He worked with the college's leadership and faculty to develop online courses and within four years, NETC went from two to 86 online courses. He also worked to re-establish partnerships with service area high schools to offer dual enrollment courses. Within five years, the college saw its dual enrollment grow from zero to nearly 200 students.

In July 2010, the College merged Academic Affairs with Student Services. At that time, Dr. Mahan took on leadership of Admissions, Records, Financial Aid, Student Support Services, Orientation, the Predominately Black Institutions grant, Perkins grant, and ASSIST grant while retaining his Academic Affairs duties.

Over the years, he has also been very active in the South Carolina Technical Education Association and served on its board from 2000 to 2016 in the roles of president-elect, president, past-president, and technology coordinator.

His experience has developed a leadership style that emphasizes collaboration between and among the various sectors of the college with an emphasis on transformative gains with individuals growing and developing their leadership skills within his or her role at the college. He strongly believes that empowerment of faculty and staff leads to great improvement in student success and our efforts to fulfill our mission to serve our stakeholders.

Dr. Mahan received a bachelor's degree in history from the College of Charleston and a master's degree in history and a Ph.D. in higher educational administration from the University of South Carolina. Outside of the college, his interests include travel, reading history and mysteries, movies, following college football and basketball, and outdoor activities.

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Craig McMullin

 

Craig McMullin

Craig W. McMullin has more than 40 years of experience in the commercial nuclear power industry and at various Department of Energy (DOE) site locations. He is currently a Senior Program Manager of Special Projects at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS), LLC. In this position, he is responsible for the integration of the Performance Based Incentive (PBI) Program, Institutional General Plant Projects (IGPP), Laboratory Operations Board (LOB) initiatives, facilities' infrastructure improvements, and strategic mission support initiatives, and is qualified Emergency Technical Support Coordinator (TSC) for the Research Operations Department (ROD).

Mr. McMullin has extensive leadership experience in nuclear operations and startup testing, system and design engineering, project and program management, and independent oversight and operational assessments. He served as Deputy Area Project Manager, responsible for excess facility operations, D&D program and project development, and receipt and storage of nuclear materials supporting the deinventory of DOE production sites. Mr. McMullin also led various operational and maintenance assessments and facility management performance evaluations at the Savannah River Site, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Y-12 National Security Complex.

Also, as a project manager for ABB Combustion Engineering, Mr. McMullin was instrumental in establishing a local field office at SRS and managed operations and maintenance engineering in support of K-Reactor Restart. As a project manager for Raytheon Engineers and Constructors (formally Ebasco) at SRS, he was responsible for operations and maintenance tasks for the Project Engineering and Services Contract (PESC).

Previously, Mr. McMullin was a startup and test engineer responsible for pre-operational and hot functional system testing, including power accession verification leading to licensed commercial operation of nuclear power stations. As a systems design engineer and manager of a multi-disciplinary design organization at Combustion Engineering, Inc. he received two U.S. patents for innovative commercial nuclear plant system designs. He also served at the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations in Atlanta GA and qualified as a Maintenance Evaluator, performing conduct of maintenance evaluations at many commercial nuclear power plants across the country.

He has co-authored six technical papers in the areas of operations, maintenance, and plant life extension techniques and productivity enhancements for commercial nuclear power plants and DOE facilities. Mr. McMullin is also a member of the American Nuclear Society (ANS).

Mr. McMullin is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Engineering. He also received a Master of Business Administration from Western New England College.

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Jill O'Donnell

 

Jill O'Donnell

Jill O'Donnell is a native of West Virginia. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University and a Masters of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. She worked as a Crew Training Engineer with Bechtel Bettis at the Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit in Charleston SC before joining Newport News Shipbuilding in 2006.

She began her career at NNS in the Nuclear Construction Engineering organization, supporting delivery of Virginia Class submarines and then went on to assist standing up a new organization focused on marketing technical services to DOE and commercial nuclear projects.

She moved back to South Carolina in 2012 to open the NNS Aiken field office to pursue emerging services opportunities in the Southeastern U.S., and managed the Nuclear Engineering Projects group from Aiken with employees at a multitude of DOE and commercial projects across the U.S. She will be taking a new position with the SRNS Tritium Program in 2015, focused on improving training and operations.

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Joe Ortaldo

 

Joe Ortaldo

Joe Ortaldo is a retiree from SRS who began his career at SRS in 1980. At the Site, Ortaldo held engineering management positions that included what is now Savannah River National Laboratory, F Canyon, H Canyon, FB Line, HB Line, Saltstone Facility, and DWPF.

After retiring in 2004, he served on the SRS Citizen's Advisory Board for six years, including five years as Chair of the Waste Management Committee, and on a Center for Disease Control advisory board, which reviewed a CDC study on the health impacts on the local population as a result of SRS radiological releases.

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Karen Patterson

 

Karen Patterson

Karen Patterson retired from Tetra Tech where she was an environmental consultant and a project manager. She worked with utilities seeking license renewals for existing nuclear power reactors or planning to construct new reactors. Previously she worked at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and as a contractor to Savannah River Technology Center (now SRNL), doing ecological research on the SRS. Her areas of expertise are the effects of nuclear facilities on the environment and the National Environmental Policy Act. In 2011, Karen was named Chair of the South Carolina Nuclear Advisory Council.

Karen is a graduate of Randolph College, Wake Forest University, the University of South Carolina, and Leadership South Carolina. She serves on the Randolph College Board of Trustees, and is a Director of the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust and a Trustee of the Highlands Biological Foundation.

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Wayne Rickman

 

Wayne Rickman

Wayne Rickman hails from Neosho MO, where he graduated from Neosho High School in 1955. He attended the US Naval Academy graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959. He received a Master's degree in Computer Management from U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey CA in 1970.

During his 31 years in the Navy, he had tours in destroyers and in nuclear submarines. He commanded the USS Henry Clay (SSBN-625) and was fortunate to command the commissioning crew of the USS Michigan (SSBN-727), the second Trident submarine. After an assignment as Special Assistant to Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion, DOE, he was selected to the Rank of Rear Admiral (LH). He then commanded the Naval Submarine Group NINE in Silverdale WA. He completed his Naval Service at Commander Training U.S. Atlantic Fleet, where he was responsible for 14 training centers and afloat training from Rhode Island to the Panama Canal.

Upon his retirement in 1990, he joined Sonalysts Inc. (a broad-based consulting company) where he became Vice President for Nuclear Operations. He consulted with the Department of Energy on various phases of management. His work started with DOE and K-Reactor restart. It evolved into Operational Readiness Reviews (ORRs) at all the major DOE sites. He also conducted Training reviews throughout the DOE major facilities. He is heavily involved with DOE Headquarters in execution of Integrated Safety Management verification reviews. He also assisted in operational improvements at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Technical Area 55, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Westinghouse Hanford Company's Plutonium Finishing Plant. After 10 years with Sonalysts, he formed Rickman Group and continued with similar work assignments.

He lives in Aiken with his wife Sharon and both are active in community activities.

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R. Keith Sloan

 

R. Keith Sloan

Keith Sloan has been a resident of Williston for more than 45 years. He attended Williston Public Schools and graduated from Williston Elko High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with specialization in Accounting from the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Mr. Sloan has held various financial management positions within industry. He has operated an accounting, business services, and income tax firm in Williston for over 23 years serving clients in various business sectors and individuals with tax planning and compliance services. He is a Licensed Accounting Practitioner, Accredited Business Accountant, Accredited Tax Advisor, and is an Enrolled Agent with the U.S. Treasury Department.

Keith has been active in many community service organizations including the Williston Lions Club, Barnwell County Sertoma Club, and Williston Jaycees. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Barnwell County Hospital.

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Rick Sprague

 

Richard Sprague

Richard (Rick) Sprague is the Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear Materials Programs at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), operated by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS), LLC. In this position, he is responsible for integration and management of Savannah River's nuclear materials programs, optimizing use of site nuclear facilities and assets, and developing nonproliferation and disposition options. He is SRNS's primary point of contact on nuclear materials issues and coordinates all nuclear materials management activities with DOE.

Mr. Sprague has extensive leadership experience in nuclear facility operations, engineering, integrated safety management, project management, independent oversight, and business services. He has managed all aspects of nuclear facility operations and engineering at Savannah River Site (SRS), including Facility Manager assignments in multiple Nuclear Materials and High Level Liquid Waste facilities. He was in lead operational positions during the successful startups of the Saltstone Facility, Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF), K-Area Category 1 Design Basis Threat Project, K-Area Material Storage Facility (KAMS) and K-Area Interim Surveillance Facility (KIS).

As Director of Nuclear Materials Storage for the site, he facilitated plutonium consolidation from across the DOE complex and spent fuel returns from numerous foreign and domestic research reactor facilities. Mr. Sprague was Facility Manager during the successful deinventory and deactivation of the K-Basin, Receiving Basin for Offsite Fuels (RBOF), 235-F Plutonium Storage, Heavy Water and Reactor Materials facilities.

He has led multifunctional Integrated Safety Management oversight teams across the DOE complex. He led the transition and bifurcation of the longstanding SRS contract to two contractors, including SRNS as the site's M&O contractor. More recently, he provided leadership for SRNS Business Services functions including Project Controls, Business Process Modernization, Performance Evaluation, and Supply Chain and Contracts Management. Prior to coming to SRNL he led the SRNS transition to the Enterprise-SRS organization. His current role includes shaping the site mission development process that will ensure a vibrant future for the Savannah River Site

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Brad Swanson

 

Brad Swanson

Brad Swanson has more than 30 years experience in the nuclear field and is currently serving as the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF) Plant Manager, responsible for all operational aspects of commissioning the SWPF. Prior to this assignment Brad spent 3 years managing SWPF design development and reliability/maintainability test program operations. He spent 6 years at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in various management positions including Spent Nuclear Fuel, High Level Waste, and Transuranic Waste operations. He also served as ESH&Q manager at the Test Reactor Area and Radiological manager for the Three Mile Island dry storage project.

Brad served 20 years in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion program, including 6 patrols on the USS Daniel Webster nuclear powered submarine, and 10 years serving as a representative to the Director of Naval Reactors.

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Major Thompson

 

Dr. Major Thompson

Major Thompson is a native of Alabama. He obtained a B.S. in Chemistry from Birmingham Southern College and M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in inorganic chemistry from Ohio State University. Dr. Thompson has worked at SRS for more than 48 years. He has worked in actinide chemistry and chemical separations, including support of nuclear material production and high- and low-level radioactive waste treatment. He has provided technical and programmatic support to DOE's Office of Environmental Management (EM) at the national level as well as SRS and other DOE site.

Since his retirement he works part time at SRNL and consults for various other departments in DOE including reviewing the MOX and SWPF projects at SRS. He has been honored as co-winner of CNTA's Distinguished Scientist Award in 2003 and the Seaborg Actinide Separations Award in 1997, a national honor.

Dr. Thompson has authored or co-authored more than 90 journal articles, chapters in books, articles in symposia proceedings, and technical reports. He is an emeritus member of the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi Society. He is chairman of the selection committee for CNTA's Distinguished Scientist Award.

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Daren Timmons

 

Dr. Daren Timmons

Dr. Daren Timmons is University of South Carolina - Aiken's Dean of the College of Sciences and Engineering. As Dean, Timmons is responsible for the following departments: mathematical sciences, including engineering; psychology; biology and geology; exercise and sports science; and chemistry and physics. Timmons' responsibilities include faculty recruitment, development, evaluation and promotion; management of financial, personnel and physical resources; supervision of relevant accreditation processes; cultivation and stewardship of alumni and community relations; collaboration with partners within and outside the university; and securing and facilitating external funding, both public and private.

Before coming to USCA, Timmons was the John C. Allen '62 Institute Professor of Chemistry and head of the Chemistry Department at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington VA. He received his bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Duke University in Durham NC and his doctorate in chemistry from Texas A&M University in College Station TX.

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Fitz Trumble

 

Fitz Trumble

Fitz Trumble is Programs, Strategy, and Enablement Manager for URS Safety Management Solutions. He provides strategic and programmatic direction, resource allocation, customer interface, and regulatory interaction activities for a large, diverse group of engineers supporting nuclear criticality safety; accident analysis; risk technology; fire analysis; emergency management and preparedness; and nuclear safety documentation. He has more than 25 years of experience in the performance of applied analysis and management in the fields of safety analysis, criticality safety, reactor physics, and health physics in both the commercial and U.S. Department of Energy sectors.

Mr. Trumble has served on both internal and external review committees for production sites as well as in laboratory environments. He earned a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Science & Engineering from Virginia Tech.

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Dr. Susan Wood

 

Dr. Susan Wood

Susan Wood retired from the position of Director of the Savannah River Technology Center on October 30, 2002 after holding this position for more than 8 years. She previously led the Materials Technology Division at the Westinghouse Corporate R&D Center in Pittsburgh for three years followed by four years managing the Manufacturing Technology Center for (then) Westinghouse Electronic Systems in Baltimore. Dr. Wood holds an Hons. B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Manchester in England, and an M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She spent twelve years in Materials R&D, including work on fusion, breeder, and light water reactor materials prior to her executive management experience.

Dr. Wood was selected as the first Distinguished Alumna of the University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering in 1997, where she served as an external advisory board member for more than fifteen years. She previously served on the DOD Defense Science Board and as a mentor for the Defense Science Study Group (DSSG) at the Institute for Defense Analyses. She was appointed by the Governor of South Carolina to serve on the Technology Council in 1997 and in 2001 to serve on the Technology Transition Team Steering Committee. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Women in Engineering Program Advocates Network (WEPAN) and is an active role model for engaging young women in the engineering professions.

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Jim Corley

 

James H. Corley

Jim Corley is Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology at Georgia Health Sciences University Medical College of Georgia (MCG). He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Georgia, and is Board Certified in Nuclear Pharmacy.

Prior to joining MCG in 1990, Jim served at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and was Deputy Chief of Nuclear Medicine Service at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon. He is an Honors Graduate of the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, and has authored numerous papers in the Nuclear Medicine field.

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Walt Joseph

 

J. Walter Joseph

Walt was employed for 39 years at the Savannah River Site in a variety of technical and management positions for E.I. Du Pont and the Westinghouse Savannah River Co.

He is a graduate Mechanical Engineer with a BE degree from North Carolina State College and a MS from the Pennsylvania State University. He served as an officer in the US Army Ordnance Corps in Korea during the conflict. His initial assignments at SRS were in the Savannah River Laboratory doing research and development on reactor hydraulics and heat transfer and irradiation effects of structural materials. He transferred to the Savannah River Plant for varied assignments including managing the Traffic and Transportation Department, the L-Reactor restart project, and Site Quality. Walt currently serves as Executive Director of the SRS Heritage Foundation and is actively involved in establishing the new Savannah River Site Museum, which will describe the history and accomplishments of the Site.

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Steve Sheetz

 

Stephen O. Sheetz

Steve is a mechanical engineer from Georgia Tech with 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry. He was actively involved during the construction and early test operations of the Defense Waste Processing Facility and has supported the Savannah River National laboratory by marketing technologies to the Department of Defense. His work on the Accelerator Production of Tritium project included a three-year assignment at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Mr. Sheetz supported a multi-lab program called the Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative. This program is investigating technologies that will improve the utilization of commercial power reactor fuel while consuming the plutonium and minimizing the volume and toxicity of the wastes.

Steve was a founding member of CNTA. He served on the Board of Directors and chaired the speaker's bureau. He lives in Augusta with his two teenage daughters.

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Walt Joseph

 

Jeff Allender

Dr. Jeffrey S. Allender is Advisory Scientist and Program Manager at Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL). He joined the lab in 1978 to perform research on radioactive waste disposal during the planning and implementation of the Defense Waste Procesing Facility and was technical coordinator for the evaluation of geologic repositories for long-term disposal. He also developed technologies for reactor fuel fabrication and recycling. He joined the Department of Energy's Nuclear Materials Planning Support Group, and has evaluated methods for nuclear materials disposition and reuse as the programs evolved through the DOE Environmental Management Nuclear Materials Stewardship Program into the Nuclear Materials Management Programs Directorate within SRNL.

Dr. Allender's most recent focus is on implementing the disposition of surplus plutonium and on SRS and Complex-wide materials management. He earned a B.S. in Physics from Davidson College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University.

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Clint Wolfe

 

Executive Director Emeritus
Clinton R. Wolfe

Clint Wolfe served as CNTA Executive Director from 2008 through 2015. He obtained B.S. in Chemistry degree from Marshall University (1958-1962) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (1966) from the University of New Mexico, with a combined minor in Math and Physics. He worked at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory with plutonium salts and alloys, then participated in research and problem-solving for 12 years at the Westinghouse R&D Center.

Dr. Wolfe led research for ten years on nuclear steam generator corrosion issues at the Westinghouse Service Technology Division while managing groups responsible for nuclear power plant water chemistry and materials corrosion. In 1988, he joined Westinghouse Savannah River Company (WSRC), where he managed the Strategic Materials Technology Department in the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) from 1996 until his retirement in 2005.

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