Christine Gelles Promoted to SVP for Operations
March 3, 2017
Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Christine Gelles has been promoted to Senior Vice President for Operations.
In the new role, Gelles will oversee L&A’s growing portfolio of projects, which includes direct work for the National Nuclear Security Administration and Department of Energy as well as work on key projects across the DOE complex. Click here to Read More
Gelles joins L&A Senior Vice Presidents Keller Staley and Martin Schneider to complete L&A’s senior management team in support of CEO Bonnie Longenecker and President John Longenecker.
“As L&A grows, it’s important that our approach to managing our work continues to evolve and strengthen,” John Longenecker said. “I can think of no one better than Christine to lead our operations during this important time. Christine’s strategic vision, management acumen and technical expertise are a singular asset to L&A and we are proud to have her as part of our senior management team.”
Prior to joining L&A as Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer last year, Gelles spent more than 20 years at the Department of Energy, most of which was with the Office of Environmental Management. Most recently, Gelles served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Waste Management.
L&A Part of New Sandia Management Team
January 27, 2017
Longenecker & Associates, Inc. is proud to be a part of the National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS) team that was selected by the National Nuclear Security Administration to manage Sandia National Laboratories.
NTESS includes Honeywell International Inc., Northrop Grumman Technical Services, Inc., Universities Research Association, Longenecker & Associates, and Sandia Technical Partners. Click here to Read More
“Sandia is a national treasure and we are honored to be a part of the NTESS team that will manage these vital operations,” Longenecker & Associates President John Longenecker said. “We will bring the full experience of our team and board to support a successful transition and enable mission success going forward.”
More information on NTESS and its planned approach to Sandia can be found at www.ntess-llc.com.
Key New Mexico Regulator Joins L&A
January 20, 2017
Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Kathryn Roberts, who previously held a number of leadership positions at the New Mexico Environment Department and Los Alamos National Laboratory, has joined L&A as a project manager. Click here to Read More
Roberts has more than 16 years of environmental compliance and technical experience related to regulatory compliance, including 11 years of experience in New Mexico managing, coordinating and communicating between State and Federal agencies (EPA, DOE), New Mexico Congressional delegation, State legislators and a wide range of stakeholders, including local Indian Pueblos.
In announcing the selection, L&A CEO, Bonnie Longenecker stated, “Katie’s unique skills in navigating the complex regulatory environment in New Mexico and her proven track record of successful engagement with stakeholders will be a tremendous asset. We are proud to have her join our team.”
Most recently, Roberts served as Director of NMED’s Resource Protection Division, which performs oversight of four NMED Bureaus—Hazardous Waste, Solid Waste, Petroleum Storage Tanks and DOE-Oversight. In this capacity, Roberts successfully negotiated the 2016 Compliance Order On Consent (Consent Order) for Los Alamos National Laboratory legacy cleanup with the Department of Energy.
Roberts was Group Leader for Environmental Programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 2010 to 2014 and prior to that, was a supervisor in NMED’s Hazardous Waste Branch.
L&A’s Schneider Promoted to Senior Vice President
December 30, 2016
Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Martin Schneider has been promoted to Senior Vice President. Click here to Read More
Schneider joined L&A in 2015, most recently serving as Group Vice President for Environmental Management Programs. In his Senior Vice President role, Schneider will continue to oversee the management and growth of L&A’s Environmental Management portfolio in addition to expanded corporate governance and business development responsibilities.
In announcing the selection, L&A President John Longenecker stated, “As L&A grows, it is vital that we strengthen our senior management team and asking Marty to be a Senior Vice President is a key part of our growth plan. We need his energy and insight to help us provide ever better service to our clients in the future.”
Former Univ. of Calif. Lab Exec Glenn Mara Joins L&A Board
October 27, 2016
Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that former University of California executive Glenn Mara has been named to the company’s Strategic Advisory Board. Click here to Read More
Mr. Mara has more than 40 years of experience in national laboratory operations, engineering, and program management.
In announcing the selection, L&A President John Longenecker said, “Glenn brings a wealth of experience and insight to the board to help our team successfully execute our contracts in support of the nation’s critical defense and energy missions.”
Mr. Mara served from 2009 to 2016 in the University of California Office of the President in the role of Associate Vice President for Laboratory Programs. In this role, Mr. Mara was responsible for UC oversight of the scientific and technical programs at the three UC connected laboratories LBNL, LANL, and LLNL.
From 2012-2014, Mr. Mara also served as Vice President Laboratory Management, and was Executive Board Member for the Los Alamos National Security LLC and Lawrence Livermore National Security LLC Boards of Governors.
From June 2006 to July 2009, Mr. Mara served as LANL Principal Associate Director for the Nuclear Weapons Program where he was responsible for directing LANL’s efforts in support of the nation’s nuclear weapons program, an enterprise which represents over $1B of operating and construction resources and approximately half of the laboratory’s programmatic resources.
Mr. Mara joined LLNL in 1971, and held a range of major management positions including Associate Director for Engineering, National Ignition Facility Principal Deputy Project Manager, Weaponization Program Leader/Defense Technologies, and Nevada Program Leader -Program Manager directing field and engineering resources to execute underground nuclear tests and experiments at the Nevada Test Site.
Mr. Mara is a graduate of the Ohio State University with a Master’s Degree in Welding Engineering.
John Lehew Joins L&A Board
August 10, 2016
Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that former CH2M executive John Lehew has been named to the company’s Strategic Advisory Board. Click here to Read More
Mr. Lehew has more than 30 years of domestic and international experience in operations, engineering, management, decommissioning and environmental remediation with demonstrated experience in managing complex projects involving multiple sites, organizations, contractors and regulatory agencies. Mr. Lehew has extensive experience in major program management, including nuclear facility decommissioning, environmental remediation and construction. Mr. Lehew also has significant experience in nuclear reactor and nuclear facility operations, maintenance, start-up testing, emergency response, and readiness reviews.
Mr. Lehew previously served as CH2M’s Senior Vice President, Global Operations Director – Environmental and Nuclear Market. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President, North America and Asia/Pacific Liabilities Management – Nuclear Business Group as well as President and Chief Executive Officer, Hanford Central Plateau Remediation Contract; Site Project Manager/Decommissioning Project Manager, Dounreay Nuclear Facility; and President and Site Manager, Miamisburg Closure Project – CH2MHILL Mound Inc.
Mr. Lehew also held senior management positions at TENERA Federal Services LLC, and EG&G Rocky Flats, LLC,
Mr. Lehew is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines, with a Master of Science in Ecological Engineering; the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School, Master of Science (equiv.) in Nuclear Engineering; and the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering Systems.
In announcing the selection, L&A President John Longenecker said, “John is a highly experienced and successful manager, and I’m honored that will join our board to continue to help us to grow and mature as a company”.
L&A Names Keller Staley as Corporate Risk Officer
August 1, 2016
L&A announced today that Keller Staley, Senior Vice President of the company, has been named Corporate Risk Officer. Effective risk management is a key part of the L&A value proposition for its clients and a critical part of its corporate governance.Click here to Read More
Risk management has always been an important part of L&A’s daily operations at the project level and as the company grows, establishing the Corporate Risk Officer position will ensure that focus is maintained and enhanced, particularly when it comes to sharing lessons learned across the company and leveraging corporate resources.
John Longenecker, L&A’s President stated “Naming Keller to this position is a critical part of our effort to assure that we find and fix problems before they impact the client’s mission. Keller will be working with our project managers to assure that our senior management team, our board and outside experts, as needed, are available to them to assure that their project risks are eliminated, mitigated, or managed.”
Clay Ramsey Promoted to Vice President
July 1, 2016
Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Clay Ramsey has been promoted to serve as Vice President.Click here to Read More
In announcing the promotion, L&A CEO Bonnie Longenecker stated “Clay has done a great job to help our team find new opportunities at the Savannah River Site and throughout the complex and we want to recognize his great energy and focus.”
Christine Gelles Joins L&A as Chief Strategy Officer
March 18, 2016
Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Christine Gelles has joined L&A as Corporate Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. Click here to Read More
Gelles has spent nearly 20 years at the Department of Energy, most of which has been with the Office of Environmental Management. Most recently, Gelles served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Waste Management, a post she assumed after leading the Department of Energy’s efforts to stand up the EM Los Alamos Field Office and serving as interim manager of that office until September 2015.
In announcing the selection, L&A President John Longenecker stated, “Christine is a recognized expert in waste management policy and strategy, and her extensive leadership skills, keen strategic mind and vision for our industry will be a huge asset to L&A.”
L&A Awards Scholarships at WM 2016 Symposium
March 15, 2016
Longenecker & Associates, Inc. awarded scholarships to Rachel Pope, Jamie Weaver, Stephanie Thornber, Luke Boast, and Timothy Ault, on March 8, 2016 at the Waste Management 2016 Symposium in Phoenix, AZ. Click here to Read More
Rachel Pope graduated from Clemson University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. She has continued her education in the Environmental Engineering and Earth Science department, pursuing her Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering and Science with a concentration in environmental health physics and radiochemistry. Rachel evaluates the performance of engineered bentonite barriers under repository conditions, studying the effects of elevated temperatures on the diffusion of 237Np(V). Other studies include the effluent analysis of radionuclide transport through soil using field lysimeters as well as hematite surface complexation modeling using isothermal titration calorimetry. Rachel intends on graduating from Clemson University in December 2016 where she will pursue an industrial occupation as well as take the certified health physicist exam.
Jamie Weaver is a PhD candidate in the division of Analytical, Environmental, and Radiochemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Washington State University, and is a PhD intern at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Her current research interests span the fields of nuclear chemistry, analytical methods for solid-state systems, glass science, archaeology, and ancient history. Ms. Weaver’s PhD dissertation project investigates the localized chemistry of 99Tc in nuclear waste glasses. In addition to this work she has collaborated on two studies that correlate the alteration of man-made ancient glass analogs to the modeling the durability of nuclear waste glasses. In 2015 she was awarded the Golding Family Fellowship for Women in Science at Washington State University for her research on the alteration of ancient glasses.
Stephanie Thornber has a background in Materials Science & Engineering, and graduated with First Class Honours from The University of Sheffield in 2013. Stephanie is now in the third year of her PhD at Sheffield University leading the development of glass-ceramic wasteforms consolidated by hot isostatic pressing for the disposal of Pu-residues at the UK’s Sellafield site. During the course of her PhD, Stephanie has received multiple awards for her research, presented at conferences as well as outreach events, and recently discussed her work at an All Party Parliamentary Nuclear Energy Group Meeting at the House of Commons in London, which discussed the UK’s plutonium policy where her research is a leading project.
Timothy Ault is part of the Nuclear Environmental Engineering group at Vanderbilt University. Tim’s research focuses on the assessment of environmental impacts of nuclear fuel cycles, including both low and high-level radioactive waste, resource, and radiological impacts. His dissertation topic is a comparison of the environmental impacts from thorium- and uranium-based closed-recycle nuclear fuel cycles, which integrates fuel cycle and reactor simulations with environmental metrics. He has also conducted work in the areas of decision analysis and technology readiness assessment for nuclear fuel cycle applications. Tim has authored or co-authored more than twenty journal and conference papers, and has also contributed to over a dozen technical reports for organizations including the US DOE, Europe’s OECD-NEA, and the Electric Power Research Institute. He has also interned at and collaborated with both Oak Ridge and Idaho National Laboratories.
Luke Boast is a third year PhD student at the University of Sheffield, working within the Immobilisation Science Laboratory (ISL). His research is funded through the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and focuses on developing an understanding of the waste and matrix interactions during thermal treatment of plutonium contaminated materials (PCM) found at the Sellafield site (UK). Luke is currently working with Kurion at the Sellafield site, providing operational support and assistance with glass formulations for a number of melt trials. Prior to his PhD, Luke gained a first class honours degree (BEng) from Swansea University in Materials Science and Engineering. During which he spent a year working for ALSTOM (Switzerland), on material related problems mainly in the hot gas path of modern gas turbines. Luke enjoys playing tennis in his free time. Highlights include, captaining Swansea University tennis team and representing Sheffield University at the 2014 varsity tournament.
In presenting the scholarships, John Longenecker, L&A’s President stated “On behalf of our management team and board, we are honored to recognize these outstanding students who are and will continue to make such valuable contributions to our industry.”
Dr. Donald Cook Joins L&A, Inc. Board
February 22, 2016
Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Dr. Donald Cook has been named to the company’s Strategic Advisory Board. Click here to Read More
Dr. Cook is an independent consultant who previously served as the Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs at the National Nuclear Security Administration. Appointed to the position by President Barack Obama, Dr. Cook was sworn in as NNSA’s 5th Deputy Administrator in June 2010. He was responsible for managing the U.S. nuclear security enterprise of laboratories and manufacturing facilities.
In announcing the selection, L&A President John Longenecker stated, “Don is a proven leader in both defense and energy, and will be a great advisor to our management team as we position to address the future needs of our clients.”
Prior to joining NNSA, Dr. Cook served as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Atomic Weapons Establishment in the United Kingdom from 2006 to 2009. In this capacity, he was accountable for AWE’s performance on the contract with the UK Ministry of Defence, which includes support of the UK Trident warheads and development and sustainment of capability in nuclear weapon design, engineering development, manufacturing, qualification, assembly, transport, support in service, and finally, decommissioning, dismantlement, and disposal.
From 1977-2005, Dr. Cook worked at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Notably, from 1999-2005, he was Director of the MESA Program Center, accountable for design and construction of the Microsystems and Engineering Sciences Applications (MESA) complex. In 2003, he assumed Program Director responsibilities for Sandia’s Infrastructure Program and for Sandia’s Safeguards and Security Technologies Program.
Dr. Cook is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Institute of Physics (IOP).
Martin Schneider and Jay Rhoderick Promoted
February 12, 2016
Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Martin Schneider has been promoted to serve as Group Vice President for Environmental Management Programs. Mr. Schneider previously served as a Vice President of the company. Also, Jay Rhoderick was promoted to the position of Vice President. Click here to Read More
In announcing the promotions, L&A CEO Bonnie Longenecker stated “These promotions recognize the high energy and focus of both Marty and Jay, and will allow our team to better manage growth and provide even more responsive service to our government and commercial clients.”
Robert R. Lind Joins L&A, Inc. Board
February 5, 2016
Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Robert R. Lind has been named to the company’s Strategic Advisory Board.Click here to Read More
Mr. Lind is Managing Partner of Berkshire Bridge Capital, LLC an investment bank specializing in Divestitures of privately held companies, Acquisitions, Strategic Alliances, Joint Ventures and the Private Placement of Debt and Equity (FINRA/SEC licensed Broker Dealer, member SIPC). Mr. Lind frequently volunteers his time as a judge for business plan competitions throughout Nevada (Sontag Award, NCET etc.) and remains connected through international conferences to clients and consultants throughout the world.
Mr. Lind has 35+ years of financial experience including “bulge bracket” investment banking with Lehman Brothers (MD), venture capital investing with SAIC Venture Capital Corporation (MD & board member), corporate management with Rockwell International (Corporate Development- one of thirteen corporate officers) and commercial banking.
Currently Mr. Lind serves as a director on the board of Virco Manufacturing (VIRC) and was a director on the Yosemite Conservancy’s Board of Trustees. He served as a founding director for the Nevada Capital Investment Corp. from 2011- 2012 ($50 million state fund). In 2010 Mr. Lind supported UNLV with the Clean Energy Initiative (an unsolicited grant request) and co-chaired The Clean Energy Forum which brought Elon Musk, Jon Wellinghoff and other noted ‘thought leaders’ to the UNLV conference.
Prior to Berkshire Bridge, Mr. Lind worked at SAIC’s Venture Capital Corp, a $1 billion fund, where he oversaw new investment activities and co-managed a portfolio of approximately 68 early stage companies. He was a board member/observer for nine companies located in the U.S., Canada, Ireland and France.
During the late 1990’s he served as an independent consultant to SAIC and assisted the company with the acquisition of Bellcore Labs (renamed, Telcordia). Mr. Lind then sold Bellcore’s crystal growing wafer fab to Corning and established “Tellium” in a technology commercialization transaction (company went public in 2001 with an initial market cap in excess of $1.1 billion).
From 1994 to 1997 Mr. Lind was one of Rockwell’s thirteen corporate officers and served as Head of Corporate Development where he had responsibility for Mergers and Acquisitions, Technology Commercialization and New Business Ventures. During that time he led more than 25 transactions aggregating more than $4 billion in value.
Prior to Rockwell, he was a Managing Director of Lehman Brothers Investment Banking, where he worked from 1983 to 1994. As a generalist investment banker Mr. Lind provided advisory services and debt and equity financing to large corporations located in the Southwest. His clients included Lockheed, Southern California Edison, Nevada Energy, Pacific Enterprises (Southern California Gas), Southwest Gas, Arizona Public Service, ARCO, Oxy, Unocal, Hilton, Disney, MCA, International Lease Finance and other large companies.
Mr. Lind is a retired US Navy Captain and was awarded two Navy Commendation Medals. Mr. Lind was selected to attend the Naval War College in Newport, RI where he studied Defense Economics; later, he worked for Office of the Chief of Naval Operations during the budgeting process.
He received a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from the University of San Francisco, where he graduated first in his class.
Mr. Lind has been married to Melody Lind for 43 years and is an avid hiker and skier.
In announcing the selection, L&A’s President John Longenecker stated “Bob has a wealth of experience in the energy and defense sectors, and is a great addition to our board during this time of growth. “
Contracts Expert Norman B. Sandlin Joins L&A, Inc. as Vice President
January 15, 2016
Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Norm Sandlin has joined L&A as a Vice President.Click here to Read More
Mr. Sandlin has more than 35 years of broad-based leadership experience in development and administration of public and private contracts and business systems. He has supported projects and programs with annual budgets ranging from $150M to $600M. He is recognized as a subject matter expert in the development and implementation of innovative strategies to effectively and efficiently achieve performance-based project delivery. He has developed and managed complex contracting and procurement programs for the Department of Energy and multiple DOE sites. These changes resulted in significant cost reductions and accelerated schedule performance to reduce risk to the worker, public, and the environment on DOE projects. Mr. Sandlin’s innovative contract, subcontract, and procurement management expertise have been instrumental in achieving federal and private sector performance improvements and project/operational cost reductions.
L&A President John Longenecker stated, “We’re pleased to have Norm as part of our team. He is a true professional with a solid track record of implementing creative solutions on a range of programs.”