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Mike Foster Mike Foster
CEO and Principal BioWizard
foster@ebsbiowizard.com

Mike has over 35 years of industrial experience in various research, technical service, sales management, marketing and consulting roles. The past twenty-eight years have focused on biological wastewater treatment. 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 with major clients in the pulp and paper, petroleum refining and petrochemical plants, as well as wastewater consulting and engineering firms and water treatment chemical suppliers. Mike has personal worked with over two hundred industrial wastewater facilities over the past 35 years ranging from a few thousand gallons per day up to over 50 million gallons per day. He is widely regarded as an expert in dealing with operational issues in treatment plants that are causing significant performance problems and NPDES compliance issues.

 

As a Certified Environmental Trainer, Mike is highly sought after as a trainer and speaker. He has conducted wastewater seminars for many 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 authored papers and articles and presented on various wastewater topics including activated sludge process control, wastewater microbiology, nutrient optimization, nitrification, and treatability studies. 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 Sustaining Member of NCASI. In 2005, Mike received the Roy F. Weston Prize for Outstanding Technical Contributions to the TAPPI Environmental Division.


Mike and his wife, Christine, live in Mandeville, LA and spend an increasing amount of time at their eventual retirement home in Santa Fe, NM where they enjoy hiking, southwestern cuisine, and margaritas, not necessarily in that order. They have one son, Ren, who is attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.

Christine Foster Christine Foster
President
cfoster@ebsbiowizard.com

Christine Foster is President of EBS, joining EBS in 2002 as Operations Manager and then as General Manager. Christine currently manages all the marketing, IT, HR, and personnel aspects of EBS in addition to strategic planning and growth and succession of EBS employees. 

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 was a Board Member for the New Orleans Chapter of the American Marketing Association for eleven years, having served as President and in 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.

Richard Dolly Richard Dolly
Director of Laboratories and Consulting
dolly@ebsbiowizard.com

Richard Dolly is the Director of Laboratories and Consulting for EBS. He joined EBS in December 2013 and has worked as a field representative servicing our Louisiana clients in addition to performing business development activities. Richard currently oversees all laboratory operations of the Chem, Microbiology, and Treatability Laboratories in addition to the technical advancements of EBS from an in-house and laboratory point of view in our endeavor to create ongoing value for EBS clients. He also consults with newer clients and pursues the expansion of EBS value added services to a wider range of markets.

Richard received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Florida State University in 2009 and a Masters in Hydrology from the University of Mississippi in 2016, where his thesis research focused 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. Richard is a member of Water Environment Federation (WEF).

Kermit Francis Kermit Francis
Director, Operations and Major Projects
francis@ebsbiowizard.com

Kermit Francis is Director of Operations and Major Projects for EBS. He joined EBS in April 2008 and has worked in a variety of key roles within the organization such as Wastewater Project Specialist, Laboratory Manager, Project Manager, and Director of Key Accounts and Major Projects. As Director of Operations and Major Projects, Kermit manages many of the daily business activities and operations along with the individuals that work in the areas of accounting, warehouse, inventory, benefits, insurance, order fulfillment, safety, compliance, and more. Additionally, Kermit manages a team that conducts comprehensive evaluations of wastewater treatment systems. Components of these evaluations include hydraulic retention time studies and bathymetric surveys. 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 holds a Class 4 Wastewater Operator Certification in Louisiana and is a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF). Kermit volunteers his time with Habitat for Humanity, planting marsh grasses in destroyed areas of local Louisiana through the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, and he mentors inner city youths as a member of the Silverback Society.

Fred Neubauer Fred Neubauer
Director of Sustainability and Growth
neubauer@ebsbiowizard.com

Fred joined EBS in December of 2016 as Director of Sustainability and Growth where his responsibilities will include retention of the EBS valued customer base and expansion into new markets. He manages all Client Services team members to ensure client satisfaction at all levels. 

Prior to joining EBS, Fred worked for the past 31 years with Betz Laboratories/Hercules/Ashland/Solenis. His most recent position was NA Regional Sales Manager - Southeast and the Caribbean for the Industrial Water Treatment Division of Solenis. Fred served for two years on the U.S. Black Liquor Recovery Boiler Advisory Committee’s (BLRBAC) – Subcommittee for Recovery Boiler Water Treatment.

Fred received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1977. He and his wife reside in Mobile, AL and are active volunteers and supporters of the Habitat for Humanity – Southwest Alabama and Feeding the Gulf Coast (formerly Bay Area Food Bank).  

David Barnes David Barnes
Environmental Specialist - Client Services
barnes@ebsbiowizard.com

David Barnes joined EBS in June of 2015 as an Environmental Specialist and is assigned to a paper mill in north east Louisiana where his responsibilities include performing numerous lab tests on wastewater samples. David ensures the wastewater treatment system is functioning optimally, provides support and assistance when needed, and ensures that EBS programs are running successfully.

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.

Avery Blanks Avery Blanks
Environmental Specialist - Microbiology Lab
blanks@ebsbiowizard.com

Avery Blanks joined EBS in November of 2016 and is an Environmental Specialist where his responsibilities include performing numerous lab tests on wastewater samples in the Microbiology Laboratory.  

He previously worked for The University of Michigan Department of Radiology. He spent most of his undergraduate career working as a laboratory assistant in a variety of capacities. Along with receiving the LEAD Scholar award from the University of Michigan, he also has several notable publications. Avery comes to EBS from the University of Michigan, with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. He enjoys cooking, art, and learning about world history.

Courtney Brennan Courtney Brennan
Business Services Coordinator
brennan@ebsbiowizard.com

Courtney Brennan joined EBS in June 2013 and is currently a Business Services Coordinator. She works with the business team by assisting EBS clients with fulfilling any needs they have in the areas of SDSs, certificates of insurance, orders, billing, compliance and safety, etc. Courtney also manages the EBS warehouse that is responsible for product inventory and order fulfillment.

Prior to joining EBS, Courtney worked for the St. Tammany Parish School Board, specifically at Lakeshore High School in Mandeville, Louisiana in the Administrative Department. There she handled the many business, administrative, and parental needs that occurred on a daily basis. In addition, Courtney worked for several Mandeville dentistry offices handling billing, insurance, appointments and inventory. She was a Compliance Auditor for Med-Link America where she conducted audits for 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 board of numerous school groups and Booster Clubs over the years and now volunteers for those organizations.

Sheila Burnette Sheila Burnette
Senior Accountant
burnette@ebsbiowizard.com

Sheila joined EBS in June 2011 and is a Senior Accountant working in the Mandeville, LA headquarters. She has 30+ years experience in accounting and business finance. Sheila is responsible for many of the accounting processes performed at EBS 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 which include 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.

Nathan Cannino Nathan Cannino
Senior IT Specialist
cannino@ebsbiowizard.com

Nathan Cannino joined EBS in December of 2011 and is a Senior IT Specialist. He manages not only the many IT projects accomplished within the company but is also skilled at performing our graphics design work, website design and updating, SEO work, creation of labels and posters, email notifications, production of EBS videos used for training and marketing purposes, and more. 

Nathan received a B.S. in General Studies in Applied Sciences from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2011. While in school, he worked for the university supporting the university website as well as IT consulting for local businesses. 

Dorothy DeCarli Dorothy DeCarli
Senior Environmental Specialist - Client Services
decarli@ebsbiowizard.com

Dorothy DeCarli joined EBS in 2004 as a Senior Wastewater Consultant in central Pennsylvania. She 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.

Beth Dillman Beth Dillman
Principal Scientist
dillman@ebsbiowizard.com

Beth Dillman is a Principal Scientist for EBS where she works with many clients and on projects requiring a high level of expertise and knowledge. She started her career with EBS in 2005 and has performed in a variety of technical support and managerial jobs with 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. She has been a manager over all laboratory operations and technical advancements of EBS 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.

Matthew Dooley Matthew Dooley
Environmental Specialist - Client Services
dooley@ebsbiowizard.com

Matthew Dooley joined EBS in March 2014 and is also an Environmental Specialist in the Client Services Group. Matthew is responsible for the service and support of several papermills in central Alabama and Georgia. Matt ensures that client needs are met and provides not only general assistance but emergency support when needed.

Matt 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. Matt currently holds a Class III Wastewater Operator License for the state of Georgia.

Donna Drummond Donna Drummond
Project Manager, Chemical & Petroleum Industry
drummond@ebsbiowizard.com

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 Richmond, 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.

Andrew Englande Andrew Englande
Wastewater Consultant
englande@ebsbiowizard.com

A. J. Englande, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., DEE Professor Emeritus, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Dr. Englande joined EBS in 2015 as a Wastewater Consultant. He provides advice on laboratory research projects and client applications. His tremendous experience is a great asset to EBS and our clients.

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 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 certificated environmental engineer through the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists and is a registered professional engineer in the State of Louisiana.

Tyler Felder Tyler Felder
Environmental Specialist - Chem Lab
felder@ebsbiowizard.com

Tyler Felder joined EBS in October of 2016 and works in the Chem Lab as an Environmental Specialist.  Her responsibilities include performing numerous chemical lab tests on wastewater samples that arrive daily at the EBS headquarters.

Tyler previously worked for the City of Shreveport as a Lab Scientist and Caddo Parish as a school teacher. She received her Bachelor of Science in General Biology from Grambling State University. Tyler is also a part time dance teacher in Independence, LA, teaching young people the joy of dance which she loved so much growing up. She enjoys nature, baking, and lives in Hammond, Louisiana. 

Ryan Frught Ryan Frught
Territory Coordinator - Client Services
frught@ebsbiowizard.com

Ryan Frught is a Territory Coordinator working on the team that directly services and supports EBS clients. He joined EBS in September 2011 and is known for his good nature and willingness to immerse himself in projects. Ryan has worked in the Project Group performing many of the 100 plus 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 could potentially impact the local waterway. Currently, as a Territory Coordinator for the Client Services Group, Ryan ensures EBS programs are running well and assists EBS clients in maintaining compliance. He is responsible for the service of several mills in the North Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma areas.

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, however, throughout his undergraduate education, he held several positions at the university performing biological field work. Ryan holds a Louisiana Wastewater Collection II Certification and a Treatment III Certification. 

Nathan Hathaway Nathan Hathaway
Treatability Lab Coordinator
hathaway@ebsbiowizard.com

Nathan Hathaway joined EBS in January 2013 and currently works as a Coordinator in the Treatability Lab. Nathan was originally assigned to an EBS client site, assisting the mill in a variety of environmental related activities, and he then worked with the chemistry lab processing and troubleshooting client samples. He is currently a team member of the group involved with treatability studies, respirometry, and R&D. His job is to support the growing treatability area of EBS, which utilizes a variety of methods to solve challenging client issues. Nathan works with the setup, monitoring, and final data analysis of projects utilizing various treatability techniques. Nathan also works with the EBS bench scale aerobic reactors and anaerobic digesters running research and client projects. 

 

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.

John Hunt John Hunt
Senior Accountant
hunt@ebsbiowizard.com

Jay Hunt joined EBS in December 2013 and is a Senior 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, producing financials for the Leadership Team and Advisory Board, and more. 

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. Jay has worked as the Assistant Varsity Soccer Coach for Saint Paul’s High School in Covington, LA, where he helped lead the team to multiple Louisiana State Championships. In July 2015, Jay traveled to Tamarindo,Costa Rica where he joined a group of volunteers that built a rock climbing wall for the Costa Rica International Academy.

Mike Katsorchis Mike Katsorchis
Laboratory Process Consultant
katsorchis@ebsbiowizard.com

Mike Katsorchis joined EBS in April 2014 and is a Laboratory Process Consultant responsible for EBS’s Chemistry Laboratory. Mike coordinates information between all entities regarding laboratory samples, monitors the day-to-day the 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 seek the latest and most effective testing with equipment and procedures to provide their clients with the highest quality of results. Mike is also a trained NELAC lab assessor. He has performed many lab audits for external clients to both NELAC standards as well as specified organization standards.

Mike has over eleven years of business and laboratory experience. In his last position as lab manager at EMSL Analytical in Baton Rouge, LA, he was responsible for QA/QC, reporting, performed internal audits, and organized external audits with various Accreditation Bodies including LDEQ, NVLAP, AIHA, and  A2LA, based on ISO 17025 and NELAC standards. He also handled the day to day operations including analysis, hired and supervised technical and administrative staff, maintained lab accreditation, and scheduled customer work and projects. Mike received a Bachelor of General Studies Degree with a Minor in Geochemistry from Louisiana State University in 2005.

Kellen Lauer Kellen Lauer
Senior Environmental Specialist - Microbiology Lab
lauer@ebsbiowizard.com

Kellen Lauer joined EBS in August 2015 and is presently a Senior Environmental Specialist. Her start with EBS included the goal of expanding the company's capabilities in the area of microbial source tracking and DNA quantification. These new capabilities are initially aimed at determining if measured fecal indicator bacteria are actually caused by fresh fecal contamination and if so, what the sources of contamination are. Kellen was responsible for creating EBS's Molecular Biology Laboratory, which includes DNA extraction and qPCR analysis. Kellen is also a key member of the EBS Microbiology Laboratory, which is responsible for providing basic and advanced microbiological evaluations to EBS clients. 

Kellen worked as a Research 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.

Blaine Lee Blaine Lee
Business Development Coordinator
lee@ebsbiowizard.com

Blaine Lee joined EBS in January 2013 and is currently a Business Development Coordinator in the Business Development Group. His new responsibilities are to increase EBS exposure to potential clients and wastewater related companies in order to develop relationships for direct product sales, project sales and joint project work. He also performs existing client service back up and consults for new clientele.

Blaine earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) of Oxford, MS in May 2011. There he was a research lab assistant, a peer leader for the Luckyday Scholarship Program, and tutored math, chemistry, and physics for the university.

Blaine is a member of the Gulf Coast Regional Seaperch leadership team, where he serves as the official competition scoring coordinator of local Seaperch competitions across the gulf coast.  Seaperch is an innovative underwater robotics program sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.  The program was designed to help promote STEM interest and involvement in our nation’s youth and distinguishes itself from traditional robotics programs by being more affordable, thus reaching a larger audience.  Blaine is also a member of the Gulf Coast Institute for STEM Literacy leadership team.  The Gulf Coast Institute for STEM Literacy provides materials and training for educators across the country, assisting them in implementing literacy strategies within STEM classroom subjects that are in line with Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and College and Career Readiness Standards.  

Tripp McElwee Tripp McElwee
Environmental Specialist - Client Services
mcelwee@ebsbiowizard.com

Joseph “Tripp” McElwee III joined EBS in November 2015 as an Environmental Specialist in the Biowizard Circuit Training Group, a position designed to expose the individual to 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 training period. Tripp currently works in the Client Services group helping, assisting our clients in their needed areas of compliance. He also works with the Business Development team in expanding EBS's capabilities into new markets and holds a Class I Wastewater Operator Certification.

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.

Brian Neal Brian Neal
IT Specialist
neal@ebsbiowizard.com

Brian Neal joined EBS in 2017 as an IT Specialist with over 15 years experience in information technology. Brian has extensive knowledge in network engineering and administration, project management, help desk support, system administration, and network security. He will be working with the EBS team in the area of IT, graphics, video, web, coding, and more on projects that can assist and add value for our clients as well as on internal processes.

Brian previously worked for USA Today where he started as an IT Specialist and moved his way up to Online / IT Director before leaving to return home, here in Mandeville, to focus on family. Brian received his B.S. in Computer Science from Southeastern Louisiana University with a minor in Math. While in school, he worked for the university on the Network Engineering Team. 

Kyle Nuss Kyle Nuss
Environmental Specialist - Client Services
nuss@ebsbiowizard.com

Kyle Nuss joined EBS in February 2014 and is currently an Environmental Specialist working within the Client Services Group. He handles clients in the Mississippi/West Alabama Territory. Kyle assists in project development, coordinating EBS activities for new and existing clients, and participates 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, scuba diving, and shaped him into an avid fisherman. Kyle is a member of the Save our Lake Foundation, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.

Tim O'Connor Tim O'Connor
Senior Environmental Specialist - Client Services
oconnor@ebsbiowizard.com

Timothy O’Connor joined EBS in March 2015 as an original member of the Circuit Training Group. In this role he participated in an extensive training process involving various departments within the company. Tim is now a Senior Environmental Specialist with the Client Services team where he supports a wide variety of clients. Tim makes regular service visits where he consults with clients regarding a wide variety of environmental compliance and operational issues. He also assists with business development efforts at EBS working with many prospective clients in fulfilling their wastewater compliance needs.

Prior to joining EBS, Tim 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. Among his previous positions, Tim was an Environmental Scientist with Materials Management Group, formerly the environmental consultants for the City of New Orleans, and a Farm Manager at Arc of Greater New Orleans where he supervised adults with intellectual disabilities.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Warren Wilson College and a Master of Science in Public Health degree in Environmental Health Sciences from Tulane University. He holds certifications with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and is a member of the Louisiana Conference on Water Supply, Sewerage, and Industrial Wastes. Tim has volunteered with the Freret Street Art Market, GrowDat Youth Farm in City Park, and active with the local soccer and ultimate athletic teams.

Heather Policicchio Heather Policicchio
Senior Environmental Specialist - Projects
policicchio@ebsbiowizard.com

Heather Policicchio joined EBS in March 2015 and is a Senior Environmental Specialist working with the Project Group. As part of this team, she is responsible for managing and performing major projects such as depth surveys, tracer studies, river studies, and more depending on client needs.

 

Heather has her B.S. in Geological Sciences from Ball State University and M.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of West Florida. While at UWF she was a Research Assistant working on the Pensacola Bay water quality monitoring project for the National Parks Service. After grad school, Heather worked for Escambia County's Water Quality and Land Management division. She is a member of the Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, and the Hydrographic Society of America.

Cason Pyles Cason Pyles
Environmental Specialist - Client Services
pyles@ebsbiowizard.com

Cason joined EBS in early 2017 as an Environmental Specialist for the Client Services Team of EBS. Cason lives and works in the northern LA area where he handles assignments at EBS client sites in northern Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. 

Cason graduated from Louisiana Tech University in the Spring of 2017 with a B.S. in Environmental Science. During school, he worked for three years as an intern for a large papermill where he functioned as an Environmental Engineer and then as a Service Technician. 

Danielle Sharp Danielle Sharp
Senior Environmental Specialist - Microbiology Lab
sharp@ebsbiowizard.com

Danielle Sharp joined EBS in March 2015 as part of the company's first BioWizard Circuit Training program, an intensive nine-month training program that rotated the employees through all of the technical areas of EBS - Chemistry Lab, Microbiology Lab, Treatability Lab, Field and Projects and Client Support. Upon completion of the program in late 2015, Danielle was assigned to the Microbiology Laboratory, which she is responsible for providing basic and advanced microbiological evaluations to EBS clients as a Senior Environmental Specialist.  

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 the National Society of Leadership and Success.

As a Graduate Assistant she conducted research involving forensically important insects and microbial communities associated with above ground cadaver decomposition. Prior to joining EBS, Danielle was an Instructor of Biology at Northshore Technical Community College. Danielle has been an active volunteer in community outreach programs such as Career Day at Lakeshore and Covington High School and a science fair judge at the Louisiana Region VIII Science Fair. She was also a participant at the 2nd and 3rd Annual USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.

Daniel Spaulding Daniel Spaulding
Business Services Specialist
spaulding@ebsbiowizard.com

Daniel Spaulding joined EBS in February 2012 and presently works with the Business Team as a Business Services Specialist. Daniel monitors the EBS warehouse for product inventory needs, fulfills client biological orders from the warehouse, works with all clients on any order needs they may have to ensure client satisfaction, coordinates with EBS vendors, manages our equipment inventories, and is responsible for the safety and compliance programs EBS utilizes. 

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.

David Spencer David Spencer
Territory Coordinator - Client Services
spencer@ebsbiowizard.com

David joined EBS in February 2011 and is currently a Client Services Coordinator reporting to Fred Neubauer, Director of Sustainability and Growth. As a member of the Client Services Team, David's responsibilities include supporting client facing activities. He deals with field studies, maintenance down needs, trials, and activities at numerous client sites assigned to those working for him and himself. 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 has a great deal of knowledge in the area of field projects where he coordinated and performed a substantial number of projects throughout North America.

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 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. 

Geordee Spilkia Geordee Spilkia
Environmental Specialist - Chem Lab
spilkia@ebsbiowizard.com

Geordee joined EBS in October of 2016 as part of the Biowizard Circuit Training program. She moved into a laboratory position where her responsibilities include performing numerous tests on wastewater samples in the chemistry laboratory.

Geordee previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Temple University Environmental Quality and Technology Laboratory working with bacterial cultures. She graduated from Temple University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and presently lives in New Orleans enjoying the outdoors and live music.

Jeff Szwaya Jeff Szwaya
Senior Environmental Specialist - Treatability Lab
szwaya@ebsbiowizard.com

Jeff joined EBS in November of 2016 as a Senior Environmental Specialist where his primary responsibilities are in Research and Development surrounding new and existing products and testing procedures. In addition, Jeff works with the respirometers in a variety of studies and is well versed in performing microbiological analyses. 

Jeff has over 14 years of laboratory experience in academic and biotech/pharmaceutical labs, mostly in the greater Boston area. He most recently worked at Tulane University School of Medicine. Before joining EBS, Jeff's primary focus was in cell and molecular biology. He received his B.S. in Biomedical Technology from The University of Vermont. He resides is Mandeville with his wife and new son.

Britton Tew Britton Tew
Environmental Specialist - Treatability Lab
tew@ebsbiow