Joe Baer — Joe is one of the leaders of TechLaw's cleanup team at the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River Site in South Carolina. He oversees field work and document reviews, while also helping the public learn more about the progress that is being made in cleaning up one of the most significant nuclear waste sites in the country.

Registered Professional Geologist (Georgia, Florida and Kentucky) with more than 20 years of environmental experience
Manager of TechLaw's Region 4 Regional Oversight Contracts (ROC) and Program Director for the company's Superfund Technical Assistance and Remediation Team (START) contracts
Extensive experience preparing Preliminary Assessments (PAs), Site Investigations (SIs), Site Inspections Prioritizations, Expanded Site Investigations, Hazard Ranking System (HRS) scoring packages, site screening activities and removal site assessments
Experienced manager responsible for 24-hour on-call emergency response to spills, releases of hazardous materials, and acts of terrorism; and spill prevention control and countermeasures (SPCC)/FRP Plan review


Indira Balkissoon — Is there a lot of hot air at an industry conference? How about enough to fill 100 balloons? That's what Indira discovered when she oversaw a successful effort to achieve carbon neutrality and net zero energy at a conference. That's just a small part of what Indira does as TechLaw's Vice President of Sustainability Services.

Accredited California Air Resources Board (CARB) Greenhouse Gas Lead Verifier, developing technical projects for GHG emission reduction, carbon neutrality and environmental co-benefit analyses related to refineries, transportation supply chains and landfill gas facilities
Representative on the US Working Group of the International Emissions Trading Association, active in the Business Council for Sustainable Development, The Climate Registry, Climate Action Reserve and the Center for Climate Action
Led a Green Remediation team at George Air Force Base, CA, that developed and implemented a successful plan to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions during cleanup, providing a potential EPA blueprint for other BRAC closures and redevelopment
More than 25 years of experience in environmental project management, public outreach and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) planning activities


Karla Brasaemle — TechLaw is about digging deep to find solutions, and that's what Karla does as a geologist. At the Edwards Air Force Base Superfund site, she spent seven months determining how contaminated water moved through fractured bedrock in order to develop a plan to treat the problem.

Registered Geologist (California, Pennsylvania and Arkansas) with 23 years of experience and expertise in geophysics, groundwater models and related issues
Experienced project manager at multiple EPA-designated sites, overseeing teams leading remediation-related activities at several Air Force bases, and providing expertise in Preliminary Assessments (PA), Site Inspections (SI), Remedial Investigations (RI), Feasibility Studies (FS), Proposed Plans (PP) and Records of Decision (ROD)
Extensive investigation, remediation and management experience, providing EPA with support for many sites under the EPA ARCs and ROC contracts
Experience with planning and overseeing defensible field sampling programs to ensure data integrity, as well as developing and assessing field sampling programs


Dr. John Calanni — John has helped lead TechLaw's remediation and community outreach at the Libby, MT, vermiculite mine, where asbestos has been linked to death, disease and displacement in the surrounding communities. He helped design and operate a soil processing site to clean up and monitor the affected areas, while also working with community members to find solutions to problems and concerns.

Experienced manager of Environmental Services Assistance Team (ESAT) program contracts, as well as RCRA and CERCLA contracts
Performed multiple air quality engineering, modeling and monitoring activities under several EPA contracts
Managed and implemented multiple environmental investigations and remediation projects with multimedia contaminants, including volatile organic compounds, semi-volatile organic compounds, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, petroleum constituents and asbestos
Provided management oversight for ESAT's first mobile organic analytical support in more than 15 years in EPA Region 8.


Jana Dawson — The munching habits of deer have been a recent focus of Jana's work at the Savannah River Site nuclear complex in South Carolina. She has been evaluating the effects of radioactivity on wildlife, including an analysis of the white-tailed deer population on and near the site to determine what levels of radioactive cesium deer may be ingesting from leaves and foliage there. It's part of her larger work at SRS, which involves review of CERCLA documentation for the decommissioning of nuclear reactors and related waste management systems, as well as for the cleanup of associated environmental media.

Master's Degree from the Colorado School of Mines, with more than 20 years of experience
More than seven years of experience providing technical reviews of RCRA Part B Permit Applications and current RCRA Permits, with a focus on Waste Analysis Plan regulatory compliance; RCRA Permit reviews of facilities that treat, store, and dispose of hazardous and mixed waste
Prepared an overview document for EPA Headquarters Emergency Operations personnel on international agreements between the United States and other countries in the case of a nuclear accident with global impacts
A radiochemist who has used Gamma Spectrometry for selected gamma isotopes in water, biota, and soil, and Alpha Spectrometry for uranium, plutonium, and americium isotopes in environmental and bioassay samples


Tricia Derocher — Before becoming TechLaw's president, Tricia held a variety of program and contract leadership roles, giving her a broad background in state and federal environmental policy, procedures and regulations.

Trained chemist with more than 20 years of hands-on and management experience in the environmental consulting industry
Responsible for the overall work and financial performance of more than 200 professional employees located across the country, covering a variety of environmental and technical disciplines
Has the authority to commit resources and contractually bind the company; sets company policy, leads business development and oversees recruitment and retention
Experienced manager of numerous EPA programs and contracts, with in-depth background in RCRA, CERCLA, ROC, REPA and ESAT; conducted several training sessions with state and federal agencies


Dr. Dave Dobb — It takes careful research, often in unusual places, to track down sources of contamination. That's what Dave did when he managed a research project that utilized analysis of geoducks in estuary sites that are heavily contaminated with explosives compounds from past defense activities. The research is important, since tribal shellfish and other marine species are harvested for human consumption in waters adjacent to the contaminated areas.

PhD chemist with more than 30 years of experience, and Program Director for TechLaw's Environmental Services Assistance Team (ESAT) contracts in four EPA Regions
Helped manage a Field Analytical Services Program (FASP) team that performed 56 successful field projects, most of which required significant drilling and sampling
Program Manager of TechLaw's RCRA SW-846 Methods Development Contract, responsible for oversight of the Methods Information Communication Exchange (MICE) hotline, Methods Development Support, and Update V of the SW-846 Manual
Author or co-author of more than 40 scholarly articles and presentations on environmental sampling, methods development, laboratory operations and other related environmental issues


Tom Hall — A retired U.S. Army colonel and a former adviser to the White House, Tom relies on his extensive knowledge of munitions and explosives to help clean up current and former military sites. At one such site, the former Fort Ord near Monterey,CA , Tom has worked for more than a decade to help clean up from an enormous variety of munitions that were used on the site during operations, from World War I to the Persian Gulf War.

More than 45 years of experience in nuclear, industrial, chemical weapons and explosives safety; explosives and munitions manufacturing, storage, and disposal; and explosive ordnance disposal
Provides technical support for CERCLA and MEC cleanups, including field oversight, document review associated with all phases of work, and meeting support, reviewing site characterization work plans/reports, RI/FS, ROD, EE/CA, CERCLA Proposed Plans and After Action Reports
Former senior U.S. representative to the NATO Committee of Experts on the Transportation and Storage of Explosives, and former Chief of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Branch, U.S. Forces Command
Possesses Department of Energy "Q" level clearance for atomic and nuclear-related materials


Travis Kline — Travis is an experienced toxicologist who has worked on some of the largest EPA cleanup projects involving human health and ecological risk assessment, including the General Electric PCB contamination in New England, Dow Chemical in Michigan and General Motors in Michigan. At the Dow Chemical site, his novel work on dioxin contamination helped form the basis of a significant river cleanup settlement.

Master of Environmental Management and Coordinator of TechLaw's Toxicology and Risk Assessment practice
Provides senior technical review and oversight on issues related to human health and ecological risk assessment, and has served as technical lead on numerous risk assessment tasks under RCRA and CERCLA-supported contracts
Selected by EPA to oversee the national external peer review of EPA's Human Health Risk Assessment Protocol for Hazardous Waste Combustion Facilities (HHRAP), and also to author the Johnson and Ettinger Vapor Instrusion Model Sensitivity Analysis for EPA Region 3 to support regional policy and guidance
Developed and presented guidance and training materials related to risk assessment and corrective action in support of EPA and state regulatory agencies, including Advanced RCRA Corrective Action, Risk Assessment and Brownfields Redevelopment training within eight state programs


Judy Manley — Judy utilizes decades of experience with EPA and state government contract operations to help set the course for TechLaw's future operating needs. In addition to helping keeping current contracts running efficiently with the proper resources, she seeks out and develops new business opportunities to position the company for continued growth.

More than 20 years of experience as a Senior Vice President, Vice President, Program Manager, Deputy Program Manager, Project Manager and project leader.
Responsible for corporate programs, including conflict of interest, contract administration, and business/proposal development
Experience supporting remedial efforts at EPA-designated sites nationwide, through investigative and enforcement activities
In-depth knowledge of EPA policy governing Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) in environmental cleanups


Dr. Stan Pauwels — Stan is a longtime ecological risk assessor who doesn't take "No" for an answer easily. Stan visited an old munitions factory site in Connecticut and found 10 different habitats contaminated with heavy metals. On three different occasions, the site owners resisted Stan's efforts to sample the usually dry areas in the spring. Finally, the areas were sampled, where it was found that 8 of the 10 sites were breeding pools for organisms such as spotted salamanders, wood frogs and fairy shrimp. Thanks to Stan's persistence, the course of the investigation changed dramatically.

PhD in Zoology with 20 years of experience
Lead Biologist at more than 60 Superfund and RCRA sites throughout EPA Region 1 (New England)
Prepared and reviewed more than 100 screening-level ecological risk assessments (SLERAs) and baseline ecological risk assessments (BERAs) at Superfund sites and RCRA sites nationwide
Provided expert advice on Ecological Risk Assessment issues on behalf of EPA at internal technical meetings and at meetings with site representatives


Rob Young — Rob's years of experience, combined with his grasp of emerging technologies, enables him to help lead the company's technical efforts as Vice President. A longtime geologist, he used measures such as low-altitude aerial infrared (IR) thermography and shallow-depth temperature mapping of lakebed deposits to help EPA determine that groundwater contaminated with volatile organic compounds was seeping into Lake Michigan at unacceptable levels, leading to solutions to address the issue.

Registered Professional Geologist (Illinois) with more than 25 years of related environmental experience
Leads manager oversight and mentoring and the coordination of activities and projects throughout the company
Oversees TechLaw's Remedial Oversight Contract (ROC) program with EPA, ensuring that TechLaw has the appropriate staff consultants and resources on a company-wide basis to address EPA needs


Terry Zdon — Terry's 21 years of experience in the environmental industry and more than 13 years in support of the U.S. EPA and state regulatory agencies gives him the capability to tackle complex cleanup projects with multiple parties and turn them into easy-to-understand solutions—much as he did at the Edwards Air Force Base Superfund site in California.

As Vice President of Technical Quality, oversees TechLaw's Professional Developmentand Quality Assurance programs, ensuring that TechLaw continually evaluates new technical developments, guidance, products and training opportunities; and that activities are properly documented and performed in compliance with all approved plans and procedures
Comprehensive experience managing multiple programs and contracts across the country under TechLaw's RCRA Enforcement, Permitting and Assistance (REPA), Regional Oversight Contract (ROC), and Environmental Services Assistance Team (ESAT) contracts
Nationwide expertise in sampling, data integrity, and field as well as laboratory QA/QC; developed course materials and presented training on sampling, data integrity, quality assurance project plans and chemistry to EPA and state agencies
Provides technical support for a variety of remedial activities at federal facility and private sites across the country, and is well-versed in Green Remediation practices, Brownfields, CERCLA, RCRA, quality assurance (QA) and enforcement