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Hudson, OH
March 12, 2020

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Denice G. Johnson

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Macedonia, OH 44056

Cell Phone 216-***-****

Home Phone 330-***-****

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Professional Summery

Highly organized Senior Level Analytical Chemist possessing over 19 years of production

laboratory experience, operating a multitude of instruments, in both the material testing field

and environmental analysis.

Familiar ISO 17025 (Aclass), NADCAP requirements, ASTM and NELAC.

Trained Internal Auditor, as well as extensive audit experience.

Operated as a lead for several projects, both for cost saving measures, as well as developing

methods and working with customers to enhance business base.

Strong Knowledge base in Lean Manufacturing and Process Improvement concepts. Green

belt certified.

12 years of unique business experience, assisting parents with family owned production based

manufacturing company.

Well versed qualifying newly installed instrumentation, such as ICPOES, ICPMS and FIA as

well as developing, initializing and finalizing the methods required for production.


Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Jan 2013 Present


Analyzes aqueous and solid environmental samples from municipal and industrial sources, for

various analytes following “Standard Methods”, SOPs and proper analytical techniques.

As a senior member of The Advanced Instrumentation Team, capable of proficiently operating,

troubleshooting and developing methods for 90% of instruments in area while following quality

protocol. Applicable instruments are as follows: ICP OES, ICPMS, Ion chromatography,

Mercury M7500, Mercury M800, and Lachat continuous flow analyzers.

Supervisor review/ sign off of the 11 methods run on the Lachat instruments.

Method development for instruments within team. Including initial setup, qualifying analysis,

and authoring SOP. EPA methods 200.8 Thermo iCAP RQ ICPMS, and 300.1 for Ion

Chromatography low level Bromide for UCMR4, as well as Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus for


Manage special projects as assigned, such as Hg analysis of fish tissue for the Cleveland

Metro Parks as well as research new methods and/or instruments to recommend for purchase.

Presents at technical conferences/meetings, representing the NEORSD, such as Ohio Water

Environment Association, American Chemical Society and Society of Applied Spectroscopy.

Laboratory is operated 7 days a week. Operates as team leader during assigned weekend

hours, leading a crew of 2 – 5 analysts.

NSL Analytical Jan 2007 Jan 2013

Materials Chemist III

Technical Project Lead and Primary operator of a Perkin Elmer Optima ICP OES 5300 DV,

with the corresponding WinLab software, as well as ICP OES Method Development dealing

with unique and difficult material matrices, requiring creative and imaginative problem solving


Devised, implemented and carried out a study, as well as demonstrated the cost analysis, to

compare microwave preparations versus hotplate and/or fusion preparations for ICP OES

work. After successful completion of study, it was proven that only one prep could be used for

both instrument types. The cost savings is currently being realized by reduction of

consumables, labor and waste removal of acid prepped samples.

Conduct analysis of acid dissolved samples comprised of greatly varying material matrices,

such as solid alloys, metal powders, organic bases, industrial sludges, propriety products,

ceramics, and coatings.

Technically assess or identify material of incoming samples, identify proper technique for

analysis required, and then assign sample to one or more of eight lab areas for analysis.

2008 solely responsible for the set up and method installation on the newly purchased Optima

5300 DV ICP OES, as well as writing an entirely new SOP, and corresponding work

instructions. Including all methods developed and added, able to analytically analyze 61


Able to operate all other instrumentation in department, such as a Perkin Elmer 7300 DV ICP

OES, Leeman Profile ICP OES, and a Perkin Elmer Graphite Furnace AA AAnalyst 600.

Familiar with RoHS and REACH directives. Evaluate and categorize electronic components

for XRF analysis.

Assist quality department with SOP revisions, overhaul and update of all training records, and

internal auditing.

Microplex Jul 1993 Dec 2006

Senior Production Specialist

Responsible for manufacturing and quality testing of a wide variety of computer cables and

harnesses, per blueprint and/or CAD drawing specifications.

Use of various methods, such as but not limited to, soldering, tinning, machine pulling,

machine stripping and machine crimping.

Retained valuable business experience, assisting with financial and business decisions, such

as quoting, inventory handling, quality control, and processing payroll to name a few.

Burgess & Niple Sept 1990 Jul 1993

Environmental Laboratory Coordinator

Coordinator of the inorganic, wet chemistry section. As coordinator, supervised and scheduled

analyses for 2 3 analysts as well as myself for 20 30 different potable and wastewater


Team Lead in charge of logging incoming samples, ensuring that acid preservatives, holding

times, sample volume and matter of collection matched analyses required.

Assisted head chemist with special projects.

Burgess & Niple Sept 1987 Sept 1990

Laboratory Technician

Performed an extensive range of analyses such as spectrophotometric, titrations, gravimetric

and ion selective probe on potable water, wastewater, industrial & natural waters, soils and

sludges following SW846, Standard Methods procedures as well as ASTM.

Columbus Police Crime Lab Jan 1987 May1987


Gained a working knowledge of different Forensic Scientific fields by rotating through all six

sections of the laboratory. The laboratory encompassed, Drug analysis, Ballistic analysis,

Serology, Trace Evidence, Alcohol Analysis and Questioned Document Examination.


Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH M.S. Material Science and Engineering

Spring 2020

Classes: Phase Transformations, Kinetics, and Microstructure

Structure of Materials

Fracture of Materials

Welding Metallurgy

Strategic Metals and Materials for the 21st Century

Six Sigma & Quality Management

Analytical Methods (SEM, TOF SIMS, XPS, AES, APM)

Project/Thesis: Wastewater Treatment & Microplastic Analysis: In Pursuit of a Method

Ohio Dominican College, Columbus, OH B.S. Chemistry, Magna cum Laude, 1993

University of Akron, Akron, OH A.A.S. Chemical Technology, Forensic Emphasis, 1987

Certificates & Projects

Six Sigma – Green Belt Certification, Case Weatherhead School of Management

Chosen as Champion/Lead for a number of Corrective Actions. As Champion, lead a team of

individuals assigned to identify a Root Cause of the problem, ascertain and investigate

possible solutions, implement a long term permanent Correction, as well as verify and

eventually close the Corrective Action.

Ohio EPA certified for Drinking Water analysis for mercury, ICP OES metals, Ion

Chromatography Anions, and Total Phosphorus by FIA.

Student Member ASM International, ACerS, TMS and SAE

Lachat in house Training Sept. 2013.

Attended Pittcon 2012 and 2009. 2012 completion of Short Course: Attack the Variance, a

class based upon Six Sigma statistical analysis using Mini tab.

2010 Completed 2 day on site PRI course for Internal Auditing as per NADCAP and ISO17025

2008 Perkin & Elmer Advanced ICP OES Training

Member of Society of Applied Spectroscopy

Ohio EPA Certified at Burgess & Niple for Potable Water, Wet Chemistry Methods

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