With over thirty years of experience within the DOD and DOE, managing nuclear safety, industrial safety, Federal oversight of contractors, nuclear weapons operations and project management, I have gained a sound reputation for being “the calm at the center of the hurricane” resolving issues affecting nuclear safety and national defense. I have conducted briefings in various forums involving senior DOD, DOE, NRC and private sector managers. Consequently, I have earned a number of awards and high performance ratings in each work environment.
US DOE – Washington DC Area (Policy Development) 7/2009-Present
Office of Department Representative to the Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board (DNFSB)-AU-1.1
Staff member responsible for interaction with the DNFSB (a regulator-type agency responsible for providing input to DOE on nuclear facility safety) and advising the DOE on a variety of high level of DNFSB issues and recommendations. Review and evaluate DNFSB recommendations, correspondence and communication, including DOE-wide responses. Assists DOE Program and Field Offices with the analysis, evaluation of, and proposed DOE responses to DNFSB issues, actions, and recommendations. Monitors and tracks assigned actions and informs impacted DOE Program and Field Offices while providing actions, seeking opportunities to improve proposed responses and independently evaluating to ensure DOE positions are complete, accurate and responsive to established DOE-wide positions and commitments. AU-1.1 works consistently with the highest levels of DOE and DNFSB management to keep them apprised of relevant issues and actions.
Acting Director, Office of Quality Assurance (QA) (AU-33) 1/2016-7/2016
Concurrent with my responsibilities as Director, Office of Nuclear Facility Safety Programs, in December 2015, I was appointed as the Acting Director, Office of QA. These added duties entailed directing and providing vision for an interdisciplinary team of individuals responsible for developing and establishing requirements and maintaining DOE nuclear facility safety programs in the following functional areas: QA policy and directives for both nuclear and nonnuclear facilities, DOE QA Council, Commercial Grade Dedication, Suspect/Counterfeit Items, Software Quality Assurance, DOE Software Registry for nuclear facility safety qualified usage, Air & Gas requirements for High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filters, management of a commercial HEPA Filter inspection contract used for all DOE facilities, and management of the full QA budget.
Director, Office of Nuclear Facility Safety Programs (AU/HS-32) 1/2012-7/2016
As AU-32 Office Director, I directed and provided vision for an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists responsible for developing and establishing requirements and maintaining DOE nuclear facility safety programs in the following functional areas: general facility safety (nuclear and non-nuclear), packaging and transportation safety, natural phenomena hazards (NPH), fire protection, Readiness Review programs, and facility representative and safety system oversight programs. I oversaw the development of training rules, DOE Orders, technical standards and handbooks related to the selection and qualification and training of nuclear facility personnel. I provided direct support for nuclear safety as the Alternate AU-1 management representative for the DOE Federal Technical Capabilities Panel that ensures that all DOE Federal nuclear personnel have the appropriate training and qualifications for the work across all aspects of DOE.
Another important aspect of my work involved addressing DNFSB recommendations. Highlights include facilitating closure of three Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) recommendations, co-chairing a joint NRC/DOE panel on flood hazard analysis, and hosting the September 2012 DOE International Nuclear Safety Workshop (related to the Fukushima tsunami/earthquake); the annual DOE Facility Representative workshops and multiple DOE Nuclear Material Packaging workshops, in addition, providing training on a wide swath of nuclear safety topics.
I provided oversight to collaborations with DOE Headquarters Program Offices and Field Offices, DOE Energy Facility Contractors Group (EFCOG), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and professional engineering societies to foster continuous improvement and nuclear safety excellence. In addition, I ensured my office delivered high quality, customer-oriented assistance that enabled improved DOE program and field implementation of nuclear safety management, facility representative and safety system oversight programs. Examples of assistance level activities include participating in site-level reviews in our functional areas and providing expert-level advice on implementation for both DOE and interagency efforts on nuclear facility safety matters. I ensured my staff provides appropriate monthly manning support and leadership for the DOE Emergency Operations Center which manages the Duty Officers within all of the Office of the Associate Under Secretary for Environment, Health, Safety and Security (AU-1).
In addition to fulfilling the technical aspects of the job and periodically acting for the Director of the Office of Nuclear Safety, I contributed a "calming influence" and site-level perspectives for the entire AU-30 office and frequently met with other AU-30 staff to clarify "big picture" objectives and office vision to ensure work completion, whilst staff stayed motivated to produce high quality work products within AU-30 budgetary levels for contracts with private sector contractors and DOE national laboratories.
Acting Director, Office of Nuclear Safety Basis and Facility Design (AU/HS-31)
From July 2009 to January 2012, I served as Acting Director for AU/HS-31with similar duties, as those described for AU/HS-32: for developing and maintaining DOE nuclear safety basis and facility design policy in general facility safety, electrical, criticality and packaging and transportation safety, risk management, natural phenomena hazards, and development of documented safety analysis across DOE. I organized the groundbreaking June 2011 DOE Nuclear Safety Workshop that included senior managers from DOE, NRC, FEMA, DNFSB, INPO and the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future on potential improvements in DOE nuclear policy from Fukushima tsunami/earthquake-related events. I participated in Congressional hearings and NRC/nuclear industry meetings related to developing new guidance for nuclear safety Beyond Design Basis Events (BDBE). I led teams in updating the DOE Unreviewed Safety Question Guide, developed DOE Safety Bulletins on BDBE and deposition velocity, and co-authored agency-wide position papers related to accident analysis parameters, risk management and multiple DNFSB recommendations. I co-led the review of DOE Site Responses to the DOE Safety Bulletin on BDBE addressing making improvements to DOE policy and operational effectiveness. I co-led joint DOE Program Office reviews of nuclear safety controls at Hanford, Savannah River, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) towards closure of DNFSB 2002-3 and informed the DNFSB Board on its status. I taught DOE-sponsored classes on nuclear safety topics and routinely briefed at Energy Facility Contractor Group (EFCOG) meetings. I provided oversight to staff reviewing, revising and issuing the following documents:
•DOE Order 420.1C, Facility Safety
•DOE Guide 421.1-2, Implementation Guide for Use in Developing Documented Safety Analyses to Meet Subpart B of 10 CFR 830
•DOE Guide 424.1-1, Implementation Guide for Use in Addressing Unreviewed Safety Question Requirements
•DOE Standard 1020-2012, Natural Phenomena Hazards Design and Evaluation Criteria for Department of Energy Facilities
•DOE Standard 1066-2012, Fire Protection
US DOE/NNSA/Pantex Site Office (Policy Implementation) 9/1990-7/2009
Notable positions included: Site Acquisition Strategy Team (AST) Representative, Assistant Manager for Oversight and Assessment, Chief - Safety Health and Quality, Weapon Supervisor/Engineer
While at the Pantex Site Office (PXSO), I served in a number of positions, progressing from a young engineer to a senior manager responsible for a number of areas, which culminated in representing the PXSO on the National
Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) AST to help decide on the proposed NNSA-wide strategy for competing and awarding nuclear production contracts over the next 15 years and associated DOE laboratory contracts that expired at multiple sites.
Site Acquisition Strategy Team (AST) Representative 9/2008-7/2009
The AST project affected three DOE National Laboratories (Lawrence Livermore, Sandia, and Los Alamos), four production sites (Kansas City, Y-12, Savannah River, Pantex), and a testing facility (Nevada National Security Test Site). My contributions to this project included working as a member of the Contracts sub-team to evaluate possible clauses and impacts from those clauses on site implementation and also providing Pantex site-specific support to the other three subteams. The work involved review of DOE, NASA, NRC and private sector design, development and implementation of personnel and nuclear safety standards, requirements, and regulations for design, construction, operations and decommissioning of nuclear facilities. I developed evaluation criteria for improved protection of workers and the public from nuclear hazards. These criteria were then used as part of the overall site rating criteria. Besides developing contractual evaluation criteria, I developed objectives and interview questions and meeting with senior Federal and contractor managers and technical personnel at each site and DOE Headquarters. These briefings included a review of research and development capabilities and programs and budgets allocated to those functions. Facilities at NASA (Johnson Space Center and Kennedy Space Center) and DOD were benchmarked for best management practices for the AST objectives. Briefings were routinely provided to the NNSA Administrator, his direct reports, and site managers. The team received significant awards and commendations from the NNSA Administrator and other DOE officials for the visionary work accomplished. The effort set the stage for how DOE would conduct future procurements across the agency.
Assistant Manager for Oversight and Assessment
As the Assistant Manager (AM) for Oversight and Assessment, I directed and provided vision for an interdisciplinary team of personnel from various sectors: quality assurance, special nuclear materials, industrial hygiene, health physicist, industrial safety, explosive safety, construction safety, fire protection, emergency management, and transportation personnel to ensure overall safety and health (S&H) of Pantex contractor and Federal personnel associated with nuclear safety management programs. The work supplied direction for multiple initiatives involving budgets, Standards Based Compliance and Integrated Safety Management (ISM). I initiated multiple process improvements related to OSHA, DOE, DOT, and State of Texas occupational safety requirements. I initiated improvements in Federal oversight of its contractors and metrics for monitoring performance. As part of providing the vision, I built a strong rapport with local and national union leadership. I developed training standards for my staff. I worked with them to accomplish the training objectives. I routinely briefed management status of initiatives to DNFSB, Pantex Citizens Advisory Board, Dept. of Labor (DOL), National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), senior DOE Managers from the DOE Offices for
Environmental Management, Environment, Safety and Health, and Defense Programs) and other stakeholders on DOE-wide safety and health issues and operations.
As an Acting AM in multiple capacities (Weapon Operations, Nuclear Materials, Oversight and Assessment), I performed similar duties on a regular basis. In addition, I reviewed the monthly and quarterly contract reviews, site projects for their research and development capabilities while also assessing programs and budgets for technical content, cost, schedule, and scope.
Chief - Safety Health and Quality
As the Chief of Safety, Health and Quality (SHQ), I directed and provided vision for an interdisciplinary team responsible for safety, health, and Quality Assurance of the Pantex contractor and Federal personnel and plant products associated with nuclear safety management programs. These functions entailed evaluating, reviewing and ensuring that the plant safety, health, and quality (SHQ) Programs were compliant with applicable OSHA and other Federal and State of Texas laws, rules or regulations and best industry management practices. These duties included participation in budgets, Standards Based Compliance and Integrated Safety Management. I played a leading site role in development of the DOE Federal regulations for both Worker Safety and Health (10CFR851) and the Beryllium Rule (10CFR850) and their implementations. I initiated multiple process improvements related to OSHA, DOE, DOT and State of Texas occupational safety requirements. I built a strong rapport with local union leadership, routinely briefing management status on initiatives related to DOE-wide safety and health issues and operations to DNFSB, Pantex Citizens Advisory Board, Dept. of Labor (DOL), National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), senior DOE Managers from the DOE Offices for Environmental Management, Environment, Safety and Health, and Defense Programs) and other stakeholders. On my watch, the agency was in an intense period of developing and implementing a number of safety and health programs, while the site was experiencing a significant change in contractors.
During this transitional time at the site and within the DOE, I led a number of key successes, which included:
1) The site going from "worst to first" in all of DOE for Occupational Illness/Injury Rates while transitioning across a major M&O contractor change at the site; 2) Providing hands-on safety and health management in how the site responded to the events from the 9/11 national tragedy; 3) Standing up a new program and process connected to the DOE Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) and working with the unions (local and national) to investigate circumstances related to prevention of future injuries; 4) Implementing a complete makeover in the site Safety Culture; 5) Helping DOE Headquarters overhaul its personnel safety regulatory structure and codify it; and 6) Achieving these efforts while still meeting aggressive mission goals.
As a weapons supervisor and engineer, I led interdisciplinary teams for nuclear and non-nuclear facility/process start-ups and all nuclear weapon production operations, including transportation and development of training standards for nuclear staff. Besides leading the weapons teams, I routinely acted as Assistant Manager for Weapon Operations (Production Operations, Nuclear Explosive Safety, and Weapons Quality Manager).
Major achievements included: 1) Using objectives specified in the annual Presidential Decision Memorandum to consistently meet the national defense needs; 2) Advising senior PXSO and DOE managers on formulating nuclear weapon policies, programs and procedures for issues associated with the manufacturing, disassembly, and transportation of nuclear weapons; 3) Periodically briefed senior DOD managers, Congressional staffs, other DOE experts and the DNFSB staff on technical issues associated with multiple weapons and packaging/transportation programs; 4) Influencing permanent improvements to weapons assembly/disassembly and maintenance activities; and 5) Led review teams for startup of multiple weapon programs (48/79 and AT400 container), assessing Integrated Safety Management, and assessing Federal oversight.
US DOD 7/1986-9/1990
I served as a program manager and engineer in DOD at three different locations:
•In a position in Kentucky, I performed reliability and maintainability studies for a multi-million dollar battlefield upgrade program for a future combat system designed to place all of the military’s tracked and wheeled vehicles on a common platform. The work involved evaluating the costs and benefits of a variety of cutting edge technologies associated with varied capabilities that would enhance survivability of the war fighter and meet mission needs. I program managed multiple weapon designs for tanks, aircraft and missile systems, which were in a variety of design and production states and encompassed the entire DOD weapon system life cycle. This work included accident analysis and investigation, use of statistical analysis and research and development tools, and proper evaluation and implementation of hazards and controls with a focus on the maintenance and operational envelopes for critical components and systems.
•In a program manager engineer position in Missouri, I managed DOD maintenance for fuel and water assets. I worked directly with active duty military and DOD laboratory personnel to identify and resolve equipment issues. I authored world-wide safety and maintenance communication on resolution of those issues.
•In an advanced engineering school position in Texas, I interned as a Maintainability Engineer at the US Army School of Engineering and Logistics.
Mississippi State University Starkville, MS, Bachelor's Degree 12/1985 - Industrial Engineering – worked part-time
NW Mississippi Junior College Senatobia, MS, Associate's Degree 05/1983 - Attended on full scholarship.
Licensed Professional Engineer, State of Texas, since 1992
Professional Member, American Society of Safety Engineers since 1998