LOS ALAMOS, NM—L&A, in association with their strategic partner, Spectra Tech, recently held a team get-together at their Los Alamos office with more than 25 of the Radiation Control Technicians (RCTs) who are supporting active work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The RCTs have an average of more than 25 years’ experience at Government and civil nuclear sites across the U.S. and are fulfilling an urgent need at the site.
This support to LANL is L&A’s fastest growing task and currently has 35 full time participants with plans to increase that to at least 50 in FY2020. The event was supported by Senior L&A management including George Rael (TRIAD Program Manager), Mike Briggs (Group VP, High Hazard Operations), Arnold Guevara (TRIAD Deputy Program Manager), Laurie Judd (VP, Corporate Programs) and Brian Bielecki (Group VP for Mission Assurance) as well as Erik Vogeley (VP, Technical Services) at Spectra Tech. Bielecki addressed the team and stressed that their role is critical to both DOE and to L&A and that we are working exceptionally well as an integrated team.
Mike joined L&A in 2018 to stand up the High-Hazard Operations Support business line and the work has grown significantly over the last year, particularly at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and the Los Alamos Legacy Cleanup Contract.
“Mike has been a tremendous asset in providing this vital support across the Nuclear Security Enterprise,” L&A CEO Bonnie Longenecker said. “We are fortunate to have him as part of our management team and leading our High-Hazard Operations Support work into the future.”
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.
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.
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.