I am the President of WETLAB-Western Environmental Testing Laboratory. I have worked in the Environmental Laboratory industry for over 20 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.
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 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.
I have over 25 years of laboratory experience and have been with WETLAB for more than 12 years. As Laboratory Manager at the Elko office, I oversee day to day laboratory management, including management of staff, laboratory analysis, quality control, client services and courier routes. I earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from Oregon State University and completed four years of the USDA Student Fellowship program in the field of biological science, which included lab work assignments in microbiology, chemistry, and plant pathology labs. I worked for two years as a field scientist, focusing in ecological planning and toxicology, where I was responsible for collecting and compiling data for reporting. Prior to working with WETLAB, I worked as the City of Elko Laboratory Manager, where I was responsible for all chemistry and microbiology analysis, including maintaining Nevada certifications for all analysis performed.
As the quality assurance manager for WETLAB I oversee a diverse team of experts with over 20 years of combined laboratory experience. I joined the WETLAB family in 2007 and have worked in numerous capacities throughout the company to include quality assurance specialist and team lead. I am an alumna of the University of Nevada Reno obtaining my Bachelor of Science in Biology and later my Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology. Through the Nevada Rural Water Association, I have presented courses on microbiology testing and an understanding of analytical reports to our many water and mining operators. I enjoy educating the youth in our community; to this extent I organize our participation with “Snapshot Day” where we focus on environmental stewardship and I serve as a Den Leader in my local Cub Scout Pack where I am able to excite young minds about science and conservationism.
I am the Lab Manager in the Las Vegas office and responsible for overseeing daily office and laboratory operations, conducting lab testing, administering proficiency testing and maintaining training records for employees. Additionally, I ensure that jobs that come through the Las Vegas office are completed as requested and meet client satisfaction. Previously, I was a part of the client services department at WETLAB, where our team managed correspondence with our clients and reviewed work orders for accuracy after the sample log-in process was complete at each of our locations. I received a Bachelor of Science in nutrition/deictics and public health from the University of Nevada, Reno. For the last eight years, I have volunteered with the Veterans Guest House and participated in specials events and fundraising for the organization.