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Former Sandia, Nuclear Industry Leader Joins L&A as Group VP for Mission Assurance

April 29, 2019

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Brian Bielecki, a senior leader with broad experience across the Department of Energy and commercial nuclear power industry, has joined the company as Group Vice President for Mission Assurance.
In his new role, Bielecki will oversee L&A’s Mission Assurance business unit, which includes a broad portfolio of quality assurance, contractor assurance and safety management projects across the DOE complex, including work at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, the Nevada National Security Site protective forces contract, the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract and the Savannah River Site.

The NNSS protective forces contract is led by SOC and includes L&A as an integrated subcontractor responsible for quality assurance, contractor assurance and ES&H activities. The LLCC contract is led by Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos, LLC (N3B) and includes L&A as a critical subcontractor performing quality assurance, contractor assurance and other technical support functions. L&A is also an integrated subcontractor teaming partner at LANL and SNL. At Savannah River, L&A provides nuclear quality assurance resources to the DOE team.

Brian will report to L&A Senior Vice President for Operations Christine Gelles. He replaces Craig Ferguson, who left L&A earlier this year to become the Chief Operating Officer at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.

“Mission Assurance is one of the core functions of L&A—finding and fixing problems before they impact mission,” L&A CEO Bonnie Longenecker said. “Brian is an experienced problem-solver at both the weapons labs and within the commercial nuclear power industry. We are honored to have him as part of our team.”

Since 2013, Brian has served in multiple engineering and program management leadership roles at Exelon, including a 30-month rotation leading team evaluations of nuclear power plant engineering, project, material programs, and performance assurance practices for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO).

Prior to joining Exelon, Brian held executive management team positions at Sandia National Laboratories, including Director of Security, Emergency Management, & Performance Assurance Programs and Director of Environment, Health, Safety (EHS), Radiation, & Performance Assurance Programs.

His career also includes over 20 years at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, where he served as Senior Manager for Security Engineering and Operations Programs, a Senior Manager for the Experimental Engineering Complex, and Nuclear Plant Operations Manager.

Brian holds a B.S. in Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and an M.E. in Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. He also holds an MBA and M.S. in Environmental Management and Policy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.P.S in Homeland Security Leadership from the University
of Connecticut. Brian also completed certifications as a Project Management Professional, Lean-Six Sigma Black Belt, and Quality Auditor.

For more information, please call Longenecker & Associates at 702-493-5363.

L&A Bolsters Regulatory Team with Former Wash. Ecology Regulator Skinnarland

March 13, 2019

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— Former Washington Department of Ecology regulator Ron Skinnarland has joined Longenecker as an associate, broadening L&A’s regulatory innovation team with his more than two decades of experience in regulating the Hanford site.

Skinnarland, who most recently served as Ecology’s Waste Management Section Manager, joins a powerful team of former regulators at L&A, including former South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control federal facilities liaison Shelly Wilson, former New Mexico Environment Department Resource Protection Division Director Kathryn Roberts and former Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Director Leo Drozdoff.

“We are excited to have Ron join our team and his experience in Washington State will be exceptionally valuable,” L&A CEO Bonnie Longenecker said. “Regulatory strategy, innovation and implementation is more important than ever across the DOE complex and we are keenly focused on helping our partners find the right solutions.”

During his 30 years at Ecology, Ron spent more than two decades leading the Waste Management Section, where he was responsible for regulatory oversight and cleanup of Hanford solid and liquid waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities, Hanford Low Level Burial Grounds, Plutonium Finishing Plant, PUREX and PUREX Tunnels, B Plant, T Plant, 300 Area Building D & D, N/D/DR/ and H Reactors. He negotiated the consent decree for interim stabilization of Hanford’s single shell tanks and led Tri-Party Agreement negotiations for Hanford tank waste treatment and disposal.

Ron also served as a principal interface manager between Ecology, USDOE, EPA, contractors, other agencies, Hanford Advisory Board, tribes, stakeholders, media and the public.

He holds Master of Public Administration and Master of Business Administration from York University and a Bachelor of Applied Science/Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.

S.C Regulatory Expert Shelly Wilson Joins L&A

February 25, 2019

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— Former South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control federal facilities liaison Shelly Wilson has joined Longenecker & Associates as a senior regulatory specialist, the company announced this week.

Wilson, an expert in Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) compliance, highlevel radioactive tank closure and innovative regulatory strategy, retired from SC DHEC in February.

“Shelly is a true regulatory problem-solver and we are excited to have her as part of our team,” L&A CEO Bonnie Longenecker said. “In her more than 25 years as a regulator, Shelly has shown a keen ability to drive collaboration and has extensive experience aligning decision makers to achieve a common goal. She will be a tremendous asset across our growing portfolio of projects.”

During her time at DHEC, Shelly provided regulatory oversight of the Savannah River Site and created and managed DHEC’s strategy to work with all responsible parties and stakeholders for timely closure of the most recent six SRS high-level waste tanks, all without appeal. The approach integrated all regulatory authorities and processes into one common closure plan decision for each tank, including EPA and NRC consultation.

Shelly was appointed by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to the Environmental Management Advisory Board (EMAB) in 2018.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of South Carolina.

John Longenecker Elected Chairman of Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation Board of Trustees

December 6, 2018

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— The Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation, which oversees the National Atomic Test Museum in Las Vegas, has elected Longenecker & Associates President John Longenecker as the new Chairman of its Board of Trustees.

John will succeed his long-time friend and mentor, Troy Wade, who chaired the board after a long and distinguished career at the Department of Energy that culminated in his appointment as Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs.

“The Foundation is an important steward of our nation’s defense legacy and their mission of preserving the history of the Nevada Test Site is one I’m proud to participate in,” Longenecker said. “Troy Wade’s shoes are, of course, unfillable but I look forward to continuing his vision of fostering public access to information about this pivotal part of our nation’s history.”[read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]

Before founding Longenecker & Associates three decades ago, John served in the Reagan Administration as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Uranium Enrichment in the U.S. Department of Energy. Prior to managing the U.S. uranium enrichment enterprise, John held other management positions in DOE and its predecessor agencies.

John has spent several years as a Trustee of the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation and is a member of the board’s Development Committee.

The mission of the Nevada Test Site Historical Foundation is to preserve and foster public accessibility to the history associated with the Nevada Test Site and the nation’s nuclear weapons testing program. The NTS Foundation promotes and supports cultural, educational, and scientific programming to encourage the development and public exchange of views regarding the Nevada Test Site and its impact on the nation.

The mission of the National Atomic Testing Museum is to objectively preserve and interpret the nuclear history of the Nevada Test Site and to educate and inform current and future generations about its impact on 21st Century nuclear science and the world.[/read]

Rael Joins L&A to Lead Los Alamos M&O Work

October 22, 2018

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) veteran George Rael has joined the company as Project Manager for L&A’s Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) portfolio.

In his new role, Rael will oversee L&A’s work as part of the Triad National Security LLC team selected by the NNSA earlier this year to manage Los Alamos National Laboratory. Triad will formally take over management of LANL in November after transition is complete.

L&A is an integrated part of the Triad team, providing a range of technical mission enhancing functions, quality assurance support and integration, contractor assurance, regulatory support and integration, and capital project/project delivery support.

“L&A is honored to be part of the team selected to manage the Los Alamos National Laboratory and support its critical, nationally-significant missions,” L&A CEO Bonnie Longenecker said. “One of the best ways we can support the success of LANL is to deploy our best and brightest there. With George on board, we are doing just that, and I’m proud to have him lead this effort. His extensive knowledge and understanding of the laboratory, as well as his strong, established relationships with NNSA, LANL personnel and the surrounding community will guide L&A’s growth and support at LANL.”

With a federal career that spans more than three decades, George has deep experience at Los Alamos supporting both the national security and environmental missions at the site. Before retiring in 2014, George held a number of leadership positions at the NNSA Los Alamos Field Office, most recently serving as Assistant Manager for National Security Missions. Prior to that, George served as Assistant Manager for the Environmental Projects Office at the Los Alamos Field Office and Manager of the Environmental Programs Department at the NNSA Service Center in Albuquerque. He will work in close coordination with L&A’s existing Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract Project Managers and staff.

George holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University and has excelled in numerous project management leadership positions.

Veres Joins L&A as Chief Financial Officer

October 15, 2018

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that James Veres has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Business Operations.

In his new role, Veres will oversee the day-to-day financial management of L&A, supporting the company’s growing portfolio of projects in mission assurance, project delivery and business operations across the Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration enterprise.

“As we grow, we know that our business management functions are an important part of success,” L&A CEO Bonnie Longenecker said. “We are proud to have James on board to lead these efforts and support our missions across the complex.”

James has more than 30 years of experience in leading financial, contract management, human capital and other business management functions for small businesses operating in the DOE market, most recently at BCS, where he has been the Chief Financial Officer since 2011. Prior to that, he was a partner at IBM following its acquisition of National Interest Security Company, where he was a senior vice president. James served as Chief Financial Officer for Technology and Management Services, Inc. (TMS) prior to its acquisition by National Interest Security Company in 2007.

James holds a Master’s Degree in Information Technology Management from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Management from the University of Steubenville.

L&A Engineering Intern Completes Summer Program

July 16, 2018

Ms. Caitlyn Gray, a sophomore Electrical Engineering student at South Carolina State University (SCSU), completed a summer internship supporting L&A activities at various sites. Her assignments focused on quality assurance and cost engineering at the Salt Waste Processing Facility at the Savannah River Site (SRS) along with Primavera P6 scheduling of project activities at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Caitlyn also represented L&A at a briefing by DOE of current challenges associated with running SRS. She met with and directly interfaced with a number of DOE and NNSA managers in order to better understand what their needs were at SRS.

Browdy Joins L&A as Group VP for Project Delivery

July 16, 2018

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Teri Browdy, a senior executive with broad project experience across the Department of Energy enterprise, has joined the company as Group Vice President for Project Delivery.

In her new role, Browdy will oversee L&A’s Project Delivery business unit, which includes a growing portfolio of support to capital construction projects as well as earned value management, cost estimating and project scheduling support. Notably, Browdy will have a key role in supporting L&A’s project work at Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories as well as Oak Ridge and the Savannah River Site. [read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]

“We are proud to have Teri join our management team to support successful performance of our growing project portfolio,” L&A CEO Bonnie Longenecker said. “We have a tremendous opportunity to support vital national security missions across the Department of Energy complex and I can think of no one better to take on this role for L&A.”

From 2006 to 2017, Browdy worked in a number of capacities for Nevada National Security Site M&O contractor NSTec, ultimately serving as Director of the Environmental and Waste Management Directorate. In that role, Browdy was responsible for more than 200 personnel and up to $95 million in annual budget.

After the transition to new NNSS contractor Mission Support and Test Services, LLC in 2017, Browdy served as Chief of Staff to the Mission Execution organization, providing assistance in managing daily operations of $300 million in annual budget and execution of Incident Prevention & Response for emergency responders around the world; Stockpile Stewardship of Nuclear Weapons and testing of the nuclear stockpile; and Environmental Restoration and Waste Management operations for the DOE and DoD complex.

An expert in program integration, project management, safety and risk management, and radioactive and hazardous waste management, Browdy had prior roles supporting the cleanup of the Rocky Flats site in Colorado.[/read]

Briggs Joins L&A to Lead Operation Support Work

May 15, 2018

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Mike Briggs, a senior executive with broad experience in nuclear operations and nuclear safety across the Department of Energy complex and abroad, has joined the company as Senior Program Manager for Operational Support.

In his new role, Briggs will oversee L&A’s growing operational support portfolio, which includes expertise in conduct of operations, nuclear safety, radiation protection and training.[read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]

“As L&A grows, we are increasingly being called upon to support nuclear operations and provide nuclear safety expertise to key DOE and NNSA projects,” L&A CEO Bonnie Longenecker said. “Mike is a proven leader in this area and we are proud to have him as part of our team.”

Prior to joining L&A, Mike worked for BWXT and its predecessor companies for more than a decade, serving as the lead for Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Radiation Protection and Occupational Medicine at WIPP M&O contractor Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC. Other leadership roles at BWXT included Site Safety and Training Manager for Paducah cleanup contractor LATA Kentucky and Senior Project Director for Nuclear Fuel Services.

Mike’s career began at the Sellafield site in the UK, where he held a number of important operational roles for BNFL at the THORP reprocessing plant before taking on the role of International Facilitation, Resourcing and Training Manager for BNFL, Inc. Mike served as the Training, Development and Culture Change Manager for BNFL at the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Plant at the Idaho Site and later as the Senior Manager for Operations, Safety, Health, Environment and Quality for the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor Fuel Division in South Africa.[/read]

L&A Completes Successful Transition of Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract

April 29, 2018

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—We are pleased to report that our N3B team on the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract yesterday declared transition complete and DOE has accepted that declaration.

Our team will officially begin operations on Monday. Congratulations to Christine Gelles, Katie Roberts and the rest of the L&A team who tirelessly supported transition over the last 97 days.

We are ready to bring the full capabilities of our board and team to support the success of this project as we enter the operational phase.  As always, our company values will be front and center for all members of our team.

L&A Part of New Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Team

January 23, 2018

LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Longenecker & Associates, Inc. is proud to be a part of the Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos, LLC (N3B) team selected by the Department of Energy in December for the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract. L&A is a critical subcontractor on the N3B-Los Alamos LLC team, with a role supporting quality assurance, contractor assurance and other functions on this important project.

“The cleanup mission at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a high priority for the nation and we are pleased to be a part of the team that will perform this vital work,” Longenecker & Associates CEO Bonnie Longenecker said. “L&A is a recognized leader in integrating key functions like QA and contractor assurance to enable the mission. We will bring the full experience of our team and board to support a successful transition and mission success at LANL.”[read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]

The N3B team is a joint venture led by Stoller Newport News Nuclear, part of Huntington Ingalls Industries Technical Solutions division, with partner BWXT Technical Services Group, a subsidiary of BWX Technologies, Inc. In addition to L&A, Tech2Solutions (T2S), a joint venture between TetraTech and Sealaska Technical Services, is also a critical subcontractor to the team. The $1.39 billion contract has a base period of five years, an Option 1 period for three years and an Option 2 period for two years, with a total period of performance of up to 10 years and three months.

Since its inception in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, LANL’s primary mission has been nuclear weapons research and development. The mission of the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management’s (DOE/EM) is to characterize and remediate contaminants in the environment; decontaminate, decommission and demolish process-contaminated facilities; and manage and dispose of legacy transuranic wastes, thereby reducing risks to the public, workers and the environment associated with legacy material, facilities and waste sites.

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