CEO and Principal BioWizard
Mike started EBS in 1997 after a thirteen-year career with a major supplier of wastewater treatment chemicals and bioaugmentation cultures. EBS provides training and consulting services, as well as nutrients and biological products to industrial wastewater treatment systems, primarily in the pulp and paper industry. His clients include International Paper Company, Temple-Inland, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Domtar, Graphic Packaging, and many more.
Mike has conducted several wastewater seminars for organizations, such as MS Water Environment Association (MWEA), the Arkansas DEQ, the Arkansas Environmental Federation (AEF) and the Technical Association for the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI). He has presented on various nutrient topics for several National Council on Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) Webinars. Mike authored numerous articles and papers on topics including nutrient optimization, activated sludge process control, bioaugmentation and micronutrient technology. He is the co- author of the manual entitled “Aerated Stabilization Basins in the Pulp and Paper Industry.”
Mike received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1980. He is a Certified Environmental Trainer (CET) in wastewater and holds Class IV Wastewater Operator Licenses in MS, LA and AR. In 2004, he completed a Masters in Instructional Technology at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Mike is a member of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Louisiana and Mississippi Water Environment Associations (LWEA and MWEA), and the National Environmental Trainers Association (NESHTA). EBS is a member of NCASI. In 2005, Mike received the Roy F. Weston Prize for Outstanding Technical Contributions to the TAPPI Environmental Division.
Christine Foster is President of EBS, joining EBS in 2002 as Operations Manager and then as General Manager. Christine manages all the business, marketing, and personnel aspects of EBS. This includes meeting client needs for product, information, and insurance issues, office and lab expansions, P&L responsibilities, personnel issues, and more.
Christine began her professional career in 1985 as a Sales Representative in the Formulator Group for Buckman Laboratories of Memphis, TN. In 1987, she joined Nalco Chemical Company as a field sales representative for the Metal Industries Chemicals Group. From there, Christine held various technical support and marketing positions for the North American and European Paper Industry Chemicals Group and the Absorbent Chemicals Group before leaving Nalco in 1998. She has written several industry related articles.
Christine earned her B.S. in Biology and a Minor in Management from Purdue University in 1985. In December 2003, she completed an MBA program through the University of New Orleans (UNO). Christine is a member of the 2007 Leadership St. Tammany West Class. Leadership St. Tammany was created in 1993 out of recognition that the future of St. Tammany Parish (County) is tied directly to the quality and voluntary contributions of its leadership. The program was organized to develop future leaders who have a clear understanding of the total community system and are committed to its advancement.
Christine is a Board Member for the New Orleans Chapter of the American Marketing Association having served as President and four other positions since 1998. She has been a member of TAPPI and the Professional Women of St. Tammany and is currently a member of the West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce. Christine is also one of the founding board members for the Harvey L. Foster Foundation for Science Education started by Christine and Mike Foster in 2007. In 2011, she joined the Tulane National Primate Research Center (TNPRC) in Covington, LA as a Committee Member. Finally, Christine volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, joining the EBS women employees on a Women’s Build project, and is a member of the Krewe of Lyra, a Mardi Gras organization.
Director, Applied Research & Development
Beth Dillman is the Director of Research. Beth started her career with EBS in 2005 and has performed in a variety of technical support and managerial jobs. Her responsibilities growing over the years. As Field Specialist, Beth serviced several paper mill accounts. As Project Manager, Beth conducted and wrote ASB assessments and performed tracer/depth studies. With her current responsibilities, Beth oversees the technical advancements of EBS from an in-house and laboratory point of view in our endeavor to create ongoing value for EBS clients.
Prior to joining EBS, Beth was a Chemical/Process Engineer for Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF), Westinghouse Savannah River Site, subcontractor for the Department of Energy (DOE), in Aiken SC. She was responsible for design changes, was a liaison with the research laboratory, supported production and startup testing groups, developed training and procedures, and performed process safety/hazards reviews. Beth worked during construction and startup of this high level radioactive waste disposal facility and served as a technical expert for the process.
Beth earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University in 1988 and worked as a Co-op student for DuPont at their Fayetteville Works location in NC. She is a member of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) and joins EBS at NCASI workshops.
Beth became a member of “Meningioma Mommas” in 2009, a group which provides support, resources, awareness and funding for research for Meningioma type brain tumors.
Director, Key Accounts and Major Projects
Kermit Francis joined EBS in April 2008 as a Wastewater Project Specialist and is currently our Director of Key Accounts and Major Projects. Formerly our Project Manager, Kermit managed a variety of special projects located in the field and in-house. Kermit’s specialty is conducting tracer studies and depth surveys on wastewater treatment systems and the analysis of the data. This data is utilized to provide extensive treatment pond feedback to the mills so they can make business decisions. He also has extensive experience coordinating water quality and fish population studies on the Pearl River for two area paper mills. Prior to joining EBS, Kermit worked in a variety of environmental positions in both the private and public sector. These include stints with Anne Arundel County Department of Health, The Shaw Group, and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ).
Kermit received a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Orleans (UNO) in 1999. He is a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Kermit also volunteers time with Habitat for Humanity.
Director, Consulting Services
J’ohnnie Wilson is the Director of Client Services for EBS in Mandeville, LA. J’ohnnie joined EBS in August 2007 after a twelve-year career in the environmental department of a major paper mill. She also worked as a microbiologist and chemist in the simulations lab for a biological products company and as a chemist for an analytical testing laboratory. J’ohnnie manages the EBS Client Services team, which consists of our technical field representatives as well as our in-house Client Services staff. This group of individuals troubleshoots issues that arise and maintains programs put into place in the wastewater treatment plant. In addition, they ensure our client sites receive excellent service, client’s needs are met, their data is monitored for potential issues, and services are brought to light that may benefit the client. In addition, J’ohnnie provides training and on-site consulting for the optimization of wastewater treatment systems. She assists plant environmental departments with their laboratory testing methodology and lab layout and performs lab and/or safety audits. Finally, J’ohnnie maintains and develops relationships with EBS current and potential distributors and partners to provide value added services.
J’ohnnie received her B.S. degree in Microbiology from Louisiana State University and has a background in Chemistry. She has seventeen years of experience in the fields of chemical testing, microbiological testing, and wastewater treatment troubleshooting. She currently holds a license as a Certified Wastewater Lab Analyst in the State of Georgia and with the Association of Boards of Certification and Operators certifications for Class 2 Wastewater Treatment and Class 2 Wastewater Collections in LA. She is a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), and the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI). J’ohnnie serves as the Training Chair for the Louisiana Water Environment Association (LWEA) and the Lab Coordinator for the Mississippi Water Environmental Association (MWEA). As part of her safety role, she completed a 30-hour training course in General Industry Occupational Safety and Health Standards and is a member of the National Safety Council (NSC).
J’ohnnie also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and joined the EBS women employees on a Women’s Build project for that group.
David Barnes joined EBS in June of 2015 as an Environmental Technician assigned to a paper mill in north east Louisiana. David’s responsibilities include performing numerous lab tests on wastewater samples. He previously worked for Graphic Packaging International, West Monroe as a Senior Lab Technician in Research and Development for 24 years.
David received his B.S. in Geography from the University of Louisiana at Monroe as well as a certificate in Paper Science and Technology. David enjoys the outdoors and is an avid hunter and fisherman.
Sheila joined EBS in June 2011 as an accountant and works in the Mandeville, LA headquarters. She has 30+ years experience in accounting and business finance. She is responsible for all areas of the accounting processes which include purchasing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, day-to-day business operations and assisting with fulfilling various client needs such as safety packets, MSDSs, and certificates of insurance.
Sheila is a member of ASWA (American Society of Women Accountants) and former member of NATP (National Association of Tax Professionals). She began her education to advance in the positions she found herself growing into, in the area of accounting, business management and business finance. However, she furthered her education in Theology and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Word of Faith Bible College in New Orleans, LA and is active member of Life Gate Church.
IT/Graphics Design Specialist
Nathan Cannino joined EBS in December of 2011 as an IT/Graphics Specialist and became a full time employee February 2012. He works in the training department for Ms. J’ohnnie Wilson alongside Marie Tranchina where he is developing training materials for our online training courses. Nathan is also be responsible for graphic design and videos used for training and marketing purposes, assisting with our IT needs, and maintaining the EBS website.
Nathan received a B.S. of General Studies in Applied Sciences from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2011. While attending SELU, he was a student worker who aided in maintaining the University’s website, fulfilled various IT needs, and performed web publishing. In addition, Nathan had graphics design and IT, website, and networking responsibilities for several companies.
Senior Environmental Specialist
Dorothy DeCarli joined EBS in 2004 as a Senior Wastewater Consultant in central Pennsylvania. Dorothy currently has account responsibilities in the Pennsylvania area with her consulting expertise utilized at two papermills.
Dorothy began her professional career servicing chlorine dioxide generation equipment for Rio Linda Chemicals, a division of Vulcan Material Company (VMC). Her career with VMC included pulp and paper chemical sales and service with Vulcan Chemical Technologies and Callaway Chemical Company. Dorothy also spent 5 years at Weyerhaeuser Company (currently Domtar) working as a Process Engineer with direct operating control of the wastewater treatment plant.
Dorothy earned her B.S. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University in 1995. She has volunteered as a member of the School Board for Anne Forbes Preschool in Ridgway, PA and assists with Girls Scouts of America.
Business Development Senior Specialist
Richard Dolly joined EBS in December 2013 as an Environmental Specialist as a field representative, servicing our Louisiana clients. He has since been promoted to Business Development Senior Specialist. In this role he will increase EBS’ exposure to potential clients and wastewater related companies. He will help develop relationships for direct product, project sales, and joint project work through extensive networking by way of conferences, training classes, and cold calls. In addition, Richard will assist in developing, marketing, and supporting all aspects of EBS’s new distributorship of the new Spanish Surcis respirometers.
Richard received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Florida State University in 2009. He is currently finishing his Masters in Hydrology from the University of Mississippi, where his thesis research focuses on the fate of chemically persistent metals in riparian wetlands.
In 2013, Richard worked as a Staff Scientist for Aerostar SES, LLC where he performed testing on water samples, asbestos samples and hazardous waste stream samples. He was also a teaching assistant at the University of Mississippi, where he taught lab courses for the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering. Richard was a member of Tri Beta Biological Honor Society. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys exercising and fishing.
Matthew Dooley joined EBS in March 2014 as an Environmental Intern. He has since been brought on board as an Environmental Specialist in the Client Services Group. Matthew will be responsible for the service of three IP mills in central Alabama, as well as assisting Aaron.
EBS is Matthew’s first professional job post-college. He graduated from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA in December 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. His studies there included river and stream assessments and collecting and correctly identifying 100+ genre and species of fish found in the Georgia.
Project Manager, Chemical & Petroleum Industry
Donna Drummond started working with EBS in 2007. She is responsible for growing EBS’s wastewater presence in the chemical processing and refining industries. She presently lives in Sugar Land, Texas.
Donna comes to EBS after a fifteen year career as a sales representative and district account manager with Nalco Chemical Company in the Basic Industries Group. She has extensive experience in water and wastewater treatment working in chemical and refining plants in both Texas and Louisiana. She has served as Shell’s TSO (Technical Support to Operations) in the Shell Norco Refinery in Louisiana. Prior to Nalco, Donna worked for Conoco (now Conoco/Phillips) in the Natural Gas and Gas Processing Plants (NG&GP) in their engineering management program. While with Conoco, she worked as a project engineer in their Conoco-Houston projects group as well as a field engineer in their gas plants, gas gathering system and refineries.
Donna earned her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1985. Donna belongs to the AIChe (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) and is a life member of Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society.
She has served in numerous activities including as a leader of two Girl Guide organizations in Canada, on Lakecrest School PTO board, as the secretary of St. John’s Newcomer’s club, as a CASA volunteer (Child Advocates of Ft. Bend), and she currently tutors students in chemistry at a Sugar Land high school.
Fengkun Du, Ph.D.
Dr. Fengkun “Sup” Du joined EBS in May 2013 as a Biological Scientist working on the optimization and revision of biological procedures, and techniques. He is currently a team member in the Respirometry group. In this position Dr. Du will be responsible for ensuring that Respirometry tests are run on client samples, as well as providing theoretical and practical tasks in research and development.
Fengkun earned a Ph. D. in Applied and Environmental Microbiology from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2013. His research focuses have included the bioremediation of nitriles and toluene, as well as the purification and in depth study of an industrial catalyst obtained from two bacterial strains (details of which are confidential). Fengkun earned a B. S. in Biology from Lanzhou University in Lanzhou, China. He began his doctoral studies in Lanzhou University in 2005, and joined Georgia State University’s Applied and Environmental Microbiology Ph.D. program the following year. Fengkun has been a fellow of the Molecular Basis of Disease since 2012. He has been awarded the 2012 Georgia State University Graduate Award for Outstanding Instruction, the Carol D. Litchfield Outstanding Student Poster Presentation for the 2012 Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) Annual Meeting, and the 2013 Donald G. Ahearn Fellowship in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Dr. Du currently works with the EBS Microbiology department in Mandeville, Louisiana. His interests include sludge reduction, green energy generation using waste materials, biofilm formation, and sulfide oxidation in pulp and paper wastewater.
Fengkun’s hobbies include fishing, karaoke, photography and photo editing. He has obtained Level 1 and Level 2 Photoshop certificates.
Natasha Dufrene joined EBS in November 2015 as an Environmental Specialist in the Biowizard Circuit Training Group reporting to Johnnie Wilson, Director of Consulting. This position is designed to familiarize and train the employee in virtually every area of EBS with the express intent of creating employees capable of moving into a contributing role within one of the EBS units at the end of the seven-month training period.
Natasha graduated in 2013 from Nicholls State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She has several years of work experience in the biological field as well as laboratory experience. She was a Field Biologist I with CH2M Hill where she did field identification and quantification of vegetation and trees using Braun-Blanquet standard methods as part of the Louisiana Coastal Reference Monitoring System under the Coastal Wetlands Restoration and Protection Act Agency, CPRA.
Natasha enjoys all outdoors activity as well as reading about war strategy and research journals of ecology.
A. J. Englande, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., DEE
Senior Technical Advisor
Dr. Englande is currently Professor Emeritus at Tulane University, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences. He specializes in natural resource management including water quality and toxics assessment/control, with research areas in industrial waste management, wastewater and water treatment; bioremediation; fate of trace contaminants and pathogens in the environment. In addition, Dr. Englande has published over 150 papers dealing with sustainability, wastewater and water treatment, waste minimization and kinetics of contaminant removal by biological systems. He has also presented a similar number of papers at international, national and local conferences and has organized and participated in numerous continuing education programs and workshops..
Dr. Englande is a member of many professional organizations, notably a life member in Fulbright Association and Water Environment Federation (WEF). He is a Fulbright Scholar and the 2014 recipient of the WEF Industrial Water Quality Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Englande is a board certified environmental engineer through the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Louisiana.
Senior Environmental Specialist
Ryan Frught joined EBS in September 2011 as an Environmental Intern. His good nature and willingness to immerse himself in the projects EBS gets involved with quickly earned him a permanent position with EBS in December. Ryan worked with the Project Group and Kermit Francis in performing many of the tracer and depth studies at client sites. He worked on several paper mill rivers pulling samples for fish and/or water quality data which helped determine how a mill’s discharge might impact the local waterway. Ryan then made himself valuable working in the Field Services Group servicing a number of EBS clients, ensuring EBS programs were running well and helping EBS clients maintain compliance. He has since been promoted to Senior Environmental Specialist in the Field Services Group. He will be responsible for the service of several mills in the North Louisiana, Ark, and Oklahoma.
Ryan graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University (SELU) in Spring 2011. He has a B.S. in Biological Sciences with relevant coursework in Ecology and Conservation Biology. EBS is Ryan’s first post-graduation career. But prior and post-graduation in 2011, he held several jobs at the university performing biological field work.
Senior Environmental Specialist
Nathan Hathaway joined EBS in January 2013 as an Environmental Specialist. During his first six months with EBS, Nathan was on assignment at an EBS client site assisting that mill in a variety of environmental related activities. During Nathan’s initial assignment in the Mandeville laboratories, he worked with the chemistry lab processing and troubleshooting client samples as well as assisting with EBS and client research projects. He is currently a team member of the respirometry group. His job is to support the growing treatability area of EBS, which utilizes a variety of respirometry technology to solve challenging client issues. Nathan works with the setup, monitoring, and final data analysis of projects assigned to both the Challenge and Surcis respirometer systems. In addition, Nathan will assist in developing, marketing, and supporting all aspects of EBS’s new distributorship of the Spanish Surcis respirometers.
Nathan began his professional career in 2012 as a Laboratory Analyst with Analytical & Environmental Testing, Incorporated of Baton Rouge, LA. There he was responsible for the analysis of environmental samples and entering data into the network database. He was qualified to perform a number of tests utilizing an array of equipment.
Nathan earned a B.S. in Microbiology/Molecular Biology with a Minor in Chemistry from Southeastern Louisiana University (SELU) of Hammond, LA in May 2012. He has an Associate of Science in Natural/Physical Science from Baton Rouge Community College as well as an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology from Louisiana Technical College
Jay Hunt joined EBS in December 2013 as an Accountant in the Mandeville, LA headquarters. Jay works with the business department in assisting EBS clients with fulfilling any needs they may have in regards to orders, billing, accounts payable and accounts receivables, etc. He also assists with the day-to-day business operations.
Prior to joining EBS, Jay worked at Southern Eagle Sales and Service and Champagne Beverage Company. He performed various accounting and business duties from preparing month end journals to creating new charts of accounts as well as helping to implement accounting software.
Jay graduated from Lambuth University, in Jackson, Tennessee, with a Bachelors of Science in Business and Administration in 2009. There, Jay played soccer where he was named NAIA All American. Jay’s love of soccer lead him to assist the head coach after graduation as well as help recruit new soccer players to Lambuth University. Currently, Jay is the Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach at Saint Paul’s High School in Covington, LA, where he helped lead the team to the Louisiana State Championship in 2013. In July 2015 Jay travelled to Tamarindo,Costa Rica where he joined a group of volunteers that built a rock climbing wall for the Costa Rica International Academy.
Laboratory Process Consultant
Mike Katsorchis joined EBS in April 2014 as Laboratory Process Consultant responsible for EBS’s Chemistry and Microbiology Laboratories. Mike coordinates information between all entities regarding laboratory samples, monitors the day-to-day activities of both labs, and, ensures the timely completion of requested lab services. In addition to ensuring lab testing and client communication, he is responsible for the training and development of the lab staff to maintain effective lab operations and high quality standards. The EBS laboratories always look for the latest and most effective testing with equipment and procedures to provide their clients with the highest quality of results.
Mike has over 8 years of business and laboratory experience. In his last position as manager at EMSL Analytical in Baton Rouge, LA, he was responsible for QA/QC reports and performed internal audits of labs based on ISO 17025 and NELAC standards. He also handled the day to day operations including analysis, hiring and supervision of technical and administrative staff, maintained lab accreditations, and the scheduling of customer work and projects. Mike received a Bachelor of General Studies Degree with a Minor in Geochemistry from Louisiana State University in 2005. He is trained and certified in Transmission Electron Microscopy-Analysis of Air, Bulk and Wastewater samples by utilizing SAED and EDXA methods. This includes TEM AHERA, EPA Level II, EPA 100.2, NIOSH 7402 and ASTM d5755.
Business & Marketing Specialist
Courtney Lanclos joined EBS in June 2013 as a Business and Marketing Specialist. Courtney works with the business team in assisting EBS clients with fulfilling any needs they may have in the areas of insurance, certificates, orders, billing, safety, etc. Courtney will also work in the areas of marketing, order fulfillment, product warehousing, and some areas of human resources.
Prior to joining EBS, Courtney worked for the St. Tammany Parish school system, specifically at Lakeshore High School in Mandeville, Louisiana in the Administrative Department. There she handled the many business, administrative, and parent needs that occurred on a daily basis. In addition, Courtney worked for several Mandeville dentistry offices handling billing, insurance, appointments, and inventory. She has been a Compliance Auditor for Med-Link America where she audited all departments of the company and ensured compliance with Federal Government guidelines and she worked for the Clerk of Court, Civil Division, in Covington LA.
Courtney earned her B.S. in General Studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Louisiana). She has been on the boards of numerous school groups and Booster Clubs over the years and now volunteers for those organizations.
Kellen Lauer joined EBS in August 2015 as an Environmental Specialist working in the Applied Research & Development Group. She will lead the new Molecular Biology Lab in developing EBS’ capabilities in the area of microbial source tracking and species identification. These new capabilities are initially aimed at determining the source of fecal indicator bacteria in wastewater systems, and pathogen detection as an assessment of the potential risk to public health. Kellen will also be assisting with the respirometry studies aimed at determining waste treatability.
Kellen worked as a Graduate Assistant at the University of North Carolina, Institute of Marine Sciences where she studied fecal contamination of coastal waters in relation to public health concerns. This research consisted of collecting environmental samples for analysis of fecal-associated bacteria contamination as well as working closely with town managers and stakeholders on the design and implementation of analytical studies.
Kellen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences with a focus in Ecology from the University of Virginia in May 2012. She earned her Master of Science degree in Marine Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2015. She was awarded a 2015 Impact Award from the UNC Graduate Education Advancement Board for the tangible impacts on North Carolina’s beach-going population by increasing public awareness and notification during periods of poor water quality. Most notably, Kellen was invited to the 2015 National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) Southern Regional Meeting to present research on microbial source tracking in a pulp and paper mill wastewater treatment system.
Senior Wastewater Specialist
Jeff LaVoie joined EBS in 2004 as a part-time Senior Wastewater Consultant located in Ticonderoga NY. He works with clients located in the Northeast USA and Eastern Canada.
Jeff began his professional career in 1979 as a Research Scientist for International Paper at their Sterling Forest Research Facility. From 1983 through 1989, he worked as the Laboratory, Environmental and Industrial Hygiene Manager at IP’s Pine Bluff facility. Jeff worked at Boise Cascade, International Falls for one year before returning to IP as the Quality Control Superintendent at their Natchez Mill. In 1993, Jeff went to IP’s Erling Riis Research Laboratory and then joined the Environmental group at IP’s Technology Center in Loveland OH where he serviced all IP wastewater treatment facilities and implemented the EPA’s Best Management Practices portion of the Cluster Rules. Jeff spent three years at Ticonderoga as a Wastewater Engineer before beginning a teaching career and pursuing a part time career with EBS utilizing his past expertise.
Jeff earned his B.S. in Chemistry from American International College, Springfield,MA in May 1979. In January 2006, he completed a MSEd in secondary education from SUNY Plattsburgh, NY. Jeff is primarily a high school chemistry and physics teacher who services local wastewater facilities during school breaks and via the internet.
Jeff enjoys refereeing high school soccer matches. He also works in a liaison group with the American Chemical Society as one of 10 high school teachers from upstate NY to California who meet annually to (a) get ACS more involved with high school chemistry and (b) set up a core curriculum so that all chemistry teachers across America are sending students to college with the same background.
Business Development Coordinator
(Jason) Blaine Lee joined EBS in January 2013 as an Environmental Intern. In May 2013, he was hired as a full time Environmental Specialist, then moved to Territory Coordinator and has since been promoted to Business Development Coordinator in the Business Development Group. His new responsibilities will be increasing EBS’ exposure to potential clients and wastewater related companies in order to develop relationships for direct product, project sales and joint project work through extensive networking, training classes and cold calls. He will continue to perform a variety of service back up, as well as ensuring support to clients in his given territory.
EBS is Blaine’s first professional post-college assignment. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) of Oxford, MS in May 2011. There he researched gold nanoparticles, was a research lab assistant, was a peer leader, and tutored math, chemistry, and physics.
Ashley Lenoir joined EBS in August 2015 as an Environmental Specialist in Mandeville, LA in the Analytical Laboratory. In this role, she will evaluate and troubleshoot client samples as well as participate in on-site analysis of wastewater treatment system samples.
Ashley worked as an Undergraduate Assistant at the University of Louisiana at Monroe where she conducted a year-long research project with the ULM-Howard Hughes Medical Institute isolating and characterizing bacteriophages.
Ashley earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry in 2010 from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. In May 2012, she earned her Master of Science degree in Biology. She was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, for achieving excellence in the field of biology.
Ashley is a native of Bastrop, LA and was an active volunteer with the City of Bastrop Parks and Recreation Department.
Quilwanti Lewis joined EBS in July 2015 as an Environmental Specialist assigned to a paper mill in north east Louisiana. Her many responsibilities will include performing laboratory tests, wastewater analyses, ensuring that the required testing is correctly transferred to bench sheets, monitor EBS products on site, and perform preventative maintenance on BAC units and nutrient pumps.
Quilwanti graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, in 2002 with a B.S. in Biology, and completed her M.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology in addition to receiving a B.S. in General Studies. She began her career as a Laboratory Technician for the City of Monroe in the Water Pollution Control Center where she performed lab analysis including ph, biochemical oxygen demand and solids. She maintained routine documentation, operated test equipment, and collected wastewater samples.
Quilwanti is an Adjunct Professor at Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a Board Member for Masur Museum, and a volunteer for United Way.
Danielle Levron joined EBS in March 2015 as an Environmental Specialist in an expansion position. This position will provide extensive training in various aspects of the company, thus allowing a position into one of the many areas of the company.
Danielle worked as an Undergraduate research assistant in the Forensic Entomology Lab at Southeastern Louisiana University where she assisted with daily lab activities and field studies. As a Graduate Assistant she conducted research involving insects and microbial communities associated with above ground cadaver decomposition.
Danielle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from Southeastern Louisiana University in May, 2011 and a Master of Science degree in Biological Science in August 2014. She was a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the North American Forensic Entomology Association, as well as the Vice President of National Society of Leadership and Success.
Danielle has been an active volunteer in community outreach programs such as Career Day at Lakeshore High School, science fair judge at the Louisiana Region VIII Science Fair. She was also a participant at the 2nd Annual USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.
William Martin joined EBS in July 2014 as an Environmental Intern assisting the Client Services Group and Field Services Group. Some of his responsibilities in assisting these groups will be project management, boat studies, data analysis and organizing server files according to the EBS Server Client File Organization Policy.
William received his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies from Tulane University, in New Orleans, LA. While attending Tulane, he was an independent researcher operating GEOlocate software. He also did freelance writing for LifeCity newsletter where he researched and reported about environmental issues regarding the Gulf Coast.
Joseph “Tripp” McElwee III joined EBS in November 2015 as an Environmental Specialist in the Biowizard Circuit Training Group. This position is designed to familiarize and train the employee in virtually every area of EBS with the express intent of creating employees capable of moving into a contributing role within one of the EBS units at the end of the seven-month training period.
Tripp graduated from Clemson University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 2015 he received his Master of Science in Environmental Studies and Public Administration degree from the College of Charleston. During this time he was a Teaching Assistant and a Research Assistant. His thesis project was “Evaluating fish consumption patterns of people residing near a contaminated estuary in coastal Georgia”.
Tripp was on the Dean’s List and the Presidents List at Clemson University. He was a volunteer with DNR Fisheries Department and a Big Brother at the Big Brothers – Big Sisters Program. He is an avid outdoorsman, and enjoys backpacking, fishing and traveling around the country.
Kyle Nuss joined EBS in February 2014 as an Environmental Intern and in July 2014 was promoted to Environmental Specialist in the Client Services Group in the Mississippi/West Alabama Territory. He will assist in project development, coordinating EBS activities for new and existing clients, and participate as a team member in a variety of projects and studies. Kyle comes to EBS with extensive boating experience and has his Vessel Operator Certification, which is a valuable asset for EBS boat studies.
Kyle graduated from Columbia Southern University in Orange Beach, AL in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Management. He is a native of Covington, LA and “raised” on the Tchefucnte River. This led to Kyle’s love of the outdoors and environment. Kyle is a member of the Save our Lake Foundation, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.
Timothy O’Connor joined EBS in March 2015 as an Environmental Specialist. His position is considered an expansion position that is not assigned to any one area within the company. In this role Tim will go through an extensive training process in various aspects of the company.
Prior to joining EBS, Timothy was an Environmental Impact Scientist 3 with the Port of New Orleans. In this position he conducted a variety of site assessments, field investigations and environmental health visits. He represented the Port in local meetings consisting of public, private and non-profit entities. Among his previous positions, Tim was a Farm Manager at Arc of Greater New Orleans where he supervised adults with intellectual disabilities.
Timothy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Warren Wilson College and a Master of Science degree in Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences from Tulane University. He holds certifications with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Louisiana State Board of Examiners for Sanitarians.
Timothy is a volunteer at the Freret Street Art Market and active with the local soccer and ultimate athletic teams.
Business and Warehouse Specialist
Rob Pattison joined EBS in October 2015 as a Business and Warehouse Specialist. He will fulfill and ship client order from the Mandeville headquarters as well as track and ensure deliveries are received at client sites. He will ensure EBS product inventories are maintained at all times and coordinate the disposal of surplus materials. Rob will ensure all safety policies and procedures are up to date and accurate in addition to ensuring EBS workers are properly trained and understand safety policies, procedures, and implementation.
Rob is an Certified Forklift Operator and holds a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).
He received the Certificate of Appreciation,” Champion of Safety” award for two consecutive quarters while employed at the Abita Brewery.
Aaron Peck, Ph.D.
Aaron Peck joined EBS February 2011 as a Senior Environmental Specialist. In July 2014 Aaron was promoted to Territory Coordinator for the Georgia/Eastern Alabama territory. Aaron lives in Savannah, GA and works with the field technical support team covering EBS clients located in that vicinity. He is responsible for monitoring client’s wastewater treatment systems and maintaining effectiveness of their WWTP biological programs.
Aaron was an Assistant Professor at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography where he managed a lab with its associated personnel. He was a Research Chemist for the National Institute of Standards and Technology and a Research Assistant for the University of Iowa. During that time he was involved with a variety of projects ranging from the role of vegetation in the global cycling of organic chemicals to the fate and cycling of emerging condiments in the Great Lakes to tracking cocaine and metabolites through wastewater treatment. Most recently, Aaron owned his own recycling business that covered the Savannah area.
Aaron received a B.S. in Chemistry and Geography in 1999 and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering in 2004 from the University of Iowa. Aaron is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). He volunteers with Water Missions International (http://www.watermissions.org/), an organization that provides drinking water systems to developing countries.
Heather Policicchio joined EBS in March 2015 as an Environmental Specialist in the Key Accounts and Major Projects Group. As part of this team she will be responsible for mill data maintenance for non-service clients, business retention, development follow-up, and coordination of activities for new and existing clients. In addition to these responsibilities, Heather will also be a team member during field studies as well as project management, as assigned.
Heather was a Graduate Teaching Assistant as well as a Research Assistant at the University of West Florida. During this time she was the instructor for 17 lab sections acting as lead instructor. As Research Assistant, she assisted with sample and data collection used by the National Parks Service for a project that monitored the water quality in Pensacola Bay.
Heather graduated from Ball State University, in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences and then continued on to receive her Master of Science in Environmental Sciences in May 2014. She is a member of the Geological Society of America, Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography and the American Geophysical Union.
Senior Environmental Specialist
Linda Rogers joined EBS as an Environmental Specialist in January 2014 working in the Chemistry and Microbiology Laboratories. Linda works on daily client samples as well as long term research projects that allow EBS to bring new value to our client base.
Linda’s career has spanned over 35 years in the medical field, petroleum industry, and the environmental field. She performed hours of research and testing in all these fields. Before joining EBS, Linda worked at the Tulane National Primate Research Center (TNPRC) in Covington, LA for 24 years as a Medical Research Specialist under several doctors. There she participated in studies ranging from SIV PCR, RT-PCR, DNA and RNA isolation to Flow Cytometry assays using FACS and LSRII, and she managed complex record keeping and statistical analysis.
Linda is a 1975 graduate of Louisiana State University Medical center with a B.S. in Medical Technology and a graduate of Centenary College with a B.S. in Geology. In 2011, Linda received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Linda has co-published an article on the altered immune responses in Rhesus Macaques. She is a member of the Registered Medical Technologist MT 105183, Professional Geologist State of Mississippi, and recognized as an expert witness in Petroleum Geology State of Louisiana. Linda has her Private Pilot’s License and is a founding member of Love on a Leash Dog Therapy program.
Larry Shriver joined EBS in 2015 as a part-time Wastewater Consultant in the Mandeville, LA headquarters. His will provide consulting for various industries and, as well as implementing a new training program for wastewater operations.
Upon completion of his formal education, Larry was employed by the City of Des Moines, Iowa as a manager of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Laboratory. He then joined the engineering firm of Henningson, Durham and Richardson in Nebraska. His responsibilities included water and wastewater treatment facility studies, plant startup, trouble shooting and project management. Larry then moved on to become a member of the Board of Directors and Manager of the Environmental Department at Meyer, Meyer, LaCroix and Hixson (MML&H) in Alexandria, LA. During his tenure with MML&H he was involved in the design of 26 major Municipal Wastewater Facilities for cities and towns throughout Louisiana where he eventually became self employed working on numerous other projects.
Larry earned his B.S. in Biology with a minor is Chemistry from Drake University. He received his M.S. Degree in Civil & Sanitary Engineering from the University of Nebraska. Larry holds a Class 4 Wastewater Operator License. He has published and presented several articles throughout the years. He is a member of the Louisiana Water Environment Association and the Water Environment Federation.
Equipment Reliability Specialist
Kenny Smith joined EBS in March 2004. His responsibilities include the development, construction and installation of all EBS patented Bacterial Acceleration Chambers (BAC Units) as well as the routine maintenance on all BAC Units and nutrient pumps across the country. Prior to moving in-house to the Mandeville LA offices, Kenny worked as an EBS employee assigned to maintain wastewater compliance during the plant closure and demolition of the International Paper Company in Natchez, Mississippi.
Before joining EBS, Kenny worked for 25 years at International Paper Company in Natchez, Mississippi. He worked as a power plant operator, control room operator, and a waste water treatment operator.
For those old enough to remember this TV show, EBS considers Kenny our “McGyver.” If he doesn’t know how to fix it, make it, or build it, he will figure it out.
Business and Warehouse Specialist
Daniel Spaulding joined EBS in February 2012 as an Environmental Technician. He was recently promoted to Business and Warehouse Specialist. He will be responsible for processing client orders, ensuring client satisfaction between clients, vendors and EBS departments. He will continue to be responsible for maintaining the inventory levels, monitoring and coordinating for future production as well as all safety responsibilities.
Daniel worked as a Chemistry and Analytical Laboratory Technician for Solvay Advanced Polymers in Bay St. Louis, MS. With Solvay, Daniel supported analytical, chemical and processing for operations and production. He managed QC/QA testing and performed many additional job functions required to maintain production.
Client Services Coordinator
David joined EBS in February 2011 as an Environmental Specialist and was promoted to Senior Environmental Specialist in August 2013 . David works with Key Account Managers Robin Schroeder and Kermit Francis as a team member of the Client Services Group. This team coordinates all studies, lab audits, maintenance down needs, trials, and activities for the various clients. Their goal is to ensure the proper support and success of the EBS consulting, services, and programs across all the many mill locations of the client companies. David’s specialty is field projects where he conducted a substantial number of tracer and depth surveys on wastewater treatment systems and coordinated water quality and fish population studies on the Pearl River for two area paper mills.
David worked as a Lab Technician II for the City of Lake Charles Wastewater from Fall 2008 until joining EBS. While there, he performed wastewater testing, monitoring, and evaluated results for the City of Lake Charles as well as individual treatment plants not affiliated with the main wastewater facilities. David compiled daily and monthly summary reports sent to The Department of Environmental Quality. Prior to that, David worked as a Courier for Loftin, Cain, Gabb, and Leblanc L.L.C.
David graduated from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA in December 2007. He has a B.S. in Biological Sciences. He also holds Class I, II, and III Wastewater Collection and Treatment licenses in Louisiana and is working on his Class IV license. These certifications indicate David’s ability to successfully operate and understand the functions of a running wastewater facility.
EBS has respect for many others in our field of wastewater treatment. These individuals are those we have great confidence in when it comes to operations, equipment, and microbiological experience. We are pleased to provide you with information on these individuals that work with EBS in the field as well as during our training seminars.
Principal Consultant for Callan & Brooks
Paul Klopping is Principal Consultant for Callan and Brooks in Corvallis, OR. Previously, Paul spent five years as Senior Vice-President of Industrial Wastewater for Brown and Caldwell. A specialist in biological wastewater treatment, he has over thirty years of experience in plant operations, training, and technical assistance. His expertise in activated sludge process control, solids handling, and facility management has been utilized in hundreds of projects throughout North America, the South Pacific, and Europe.
Paul’s education includes a B.S. and three years of postgraduate study in microbiology. He is a Certified Environmental Trainer, a former Department Chairman of the Water/Wastewater Technology Department at Linn-Benton Community College in Oregon, a charter member and Past President of the National Environmental Training Association, and Past President of the Pacific Northwest Pollution Control Association. Paul was a faculty member of TAPPI’s Activated Sludge Short Course and Biological Wastewater Workshop for eleven years.
Cliff Lange, Ph.D.
Associate Professor at Auburn University
Dr. Cliff Lange is a Professor at Auburn University College of Engineering. He has been involved in numerous research projects including biological treatment of paper mill and refinery wastes, whole effluent toxicity testing of wastewater effluents and process toxicity of organic chemicals in activated sludge processes. He has performed measurement of semi-volatiles and PAHs in wastewater treatment process samples from over 35 petroleum refineries and has over 20 years experience with GC and GC/MS analysis of industrial waste water and solid samples. Dr. Lange has also assisted over 75 pulp and paper mills and 25 food processing plants with biological treatment issues.
Regional Distributor, Midwestern United States
Dennis Saye began working with EBS in 2010 as a Regional Distributor. He currently resides in Aurora, IL and is the exclusive distributor for BioStar, MicroStar, and other EBS products for the Midwestern United States, which includes the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Michigan.
Dennis holds a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Science in Molecular Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Following graduate school, he worked in the Biochemistry Department at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois until he joined Nalco Chemical Company in 1989.
He comes to EBS after retiring from Nalco in 2009 with over twenty years of experience in industrial water and wastewater.
Sales Representative for ETEC
Carl Siener is a representative for Environmental Technical Sales (ETEC) of Baton Rouge, LA. ETEC represents over thirty equipment manufacturers serving the wastewater treatment industry and specializes in the pulp and paper industry. Carl is an expert in aeration equipment and aeration basin flow optimization.
Carl graduated from Louisiana State University in 1976 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the industrial wastewater treatment industry.