I am the President of WETLAB-Western Environmental Testing Laboratory. I have worked in the Environmental Laboratory industry for over 15 years. During that time, I have been fortunate enough to be trained by top-notch people in many different areas of the laboratory. After I earned my BS in Environmental Science with a concentration in Water Resources, I started my laboratory career working in the sample receiving department. From there I moved into the laboratory learning microbiology and wet chemistry analyses. Then I went into project management, then laboratory management, then sales, until I ultimately became an owner. I’m extremely interested in understanding and learning about the people and projects that my lab gets involved in, which is why WETLAB has become the go-to lab for special projects that other labs are not equipped to handle. I believe that our people are what make WETLAB great, and I am passionate about giving back to the community we call home.
I have over thirteen years of experience in environmental laboratory work, and have held many different roles, all which have positively influenced my current position as Operations Manager at WETLAB. I started as a Trace Metals Chemist (ICP-OES, ICP-MS, Hg by CVAA, GFAA), and later acted as Inorganics Supervisor. As the Operations Manager, I direct and coordinate the overall production of the laboratory, and ensure the effective utilization of staff, adherence to technical requirements, schedules, and budgets in order to maximize profits and satisfy clients. I have broadened my skill significantly at WETLAB, as I am now responsible for supervising the Leadership Team, laboratory productivity and turnaround times, and all special projects (which WETLAB participates in frequently). I enjoy helping our clients with complex projects, and ensure that WETLAB maintains an edge by staying abreast of industry changes and developments in technology.
Through numerous years of laboratory chemistry experience, and enjoyable, informative client contact I’ve been able build a solid foundation for myself as the quality assurance manager. I thoroughly enjoyed the nearly 10 years I spent as a lab analyst, lab supervisor, and lab manager in the environmental lab industry. With another 10 years, and counting, as the quality assurance manager I’ve found even more experience and knowledge. In the varying roles I’ve performed I was introduced to countless experiences that helped me learn exactly what is needed to produce high quality data that exceeds our client’s needs. My expertise lies in my knowledge of the analyses we perform, my years of data review, and my relationship with regulatory agencies. I have great relationships with numerous regulators and lab certification officers that I’m able to use to my advantage by learning from them and being able to easily communicate with them.
I am the Client Services Manager at WETLAB in Sparks Nevada. I moved to Reno after graduating from Sonoma State University in the Fall of 2012. Prior to joining the WETLAB team, I gained experience in the laboratory setting working for a water district in the Bay Area. Before holding my current position with WETLAB, I spent 3 years in Project Manager for the company, which I found to be a perfect balance between technical work and customer interaction. Problem solving and making difficult concepts understandable has always been a strong suit of mine, and I thoroughly enjoy helping our customers get what they want. My experience helps me to understand what our clients need, and how WETLAB can better help them achieve their goals. Currently, I oversee our Sample Control department and Project Management staff. Our number one goal is client satisfaction and making the lab experience as friendly, easy, and enjoyable as possible for our customers.
I am a member of the Business Development team at WETLAB- Western Environmental Testing Laboratory, where I will focus on expanding our interests in Northern Nevada.
I possess a strong environmental services sales/marketing background that began back in 1994 within the greater northern Nevada area. Over the years I’ve worked closely with municipalities, the mining community, engineering and consulting firms, construction companies, manufacturing companies, utilities and government agencies. I’ve had the opportunity to establish multi-year service agreements, as well as assisted customers to remain compliant from a haz-waste generator perspective. Upon joining WETLAB, I have embraced the challenge of adding even more WETLAB clients to the current ‘extensive’ list of customers. I have been actively pursuing mining, consultants/engineers, municipalities and industrial user accounts. Educating my customers to the vast array of services and capabilities that WETLAB has to offer is a very satisfying activity.
Drawing from nearly 20 years in environmental and geochemical laboratories, I work closely with my employees to provide highly accurate results in a timely and consistent manner. I have been fortunate enough to experience many different laboratory settings and a large and diverse number of analytical methods and instrumentation. This background has allowed me to enjoy and excel in problem solving, trouble shooting, and designing novel methodologies to solve difficult analytical needs. I have helped develop and hone WETLAB’s industry-leading lithium brine characterizations, which have placed us at the forefront of Nevada’s growing lithium industry. I have presented at several conferences in Nevada regarding these industry leading practices, and have helped many companies determine what characterization method is right for them. In addition, I manage a diverse group of employees, and oversee all inorganic methodologies WETLAB performs.
I have over twenty years of experience in the environmental laboratory industry, and during that time I have gained experience in a broad array of tasks, job assignments, and responsibilities. My laboratory experience spans a variety of analytical procedures and methods, which allowed me to start the Organics Laboratory at WETLAB in 2011, which I currently manage. Since starting the Organics Department we have added analyses for Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons by GC-FID, and Volatile Organic Compounds by GC-MS, for both Waste and Drinking Water. Additionally, we perform analyses for Disinfectious Byproducts in finished Drinking Water by GC-MS (TTHMs) and GC-ECD (HAAs). We have a total six Gas Chromatographs (GCs) in the Department, all coupled to auto samplers. Just as important as the equipment, I have two analysts working with me and I very much enjoy teaching and mentoring these young people in learning their craft, developing their skills and knowledge, and preparing them for their roles in the Organics Department, both now and in the future. Our focus is to continually improve our analytical processes, to add analytical capability, and be responsive to client requests so that we can better serve our WETLAB customers.