CEO and Principal BioWizard
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, Co-Owner, retired June 30, 2018 from her position as President of EBS. Joining EBS in 2002 as Operations Manager and then as General Manager, Christine managed 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.
Director of Laboratories and Consulting
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).
For 2016- 2017, Richard was co-mentor for EBS's Barley Oak Book Club, a project initiated in 2015 by Mike Foster and dedicated to empowering employees in leadership and knowledge. Personal growth brings more connected individuals within themselves, with co-workers, friends and family, and within the company which positively impacts EBS.
Director of Operations & Talent
Pam Dychtwald originally joined EBS in July 2016 and is currently the Director of Operations and Talent Management responsible for business operations, human resources, training and development, and safety. She manages many of the business functions within EBS that allow it to operate on a daily basis.
Pam has over 15 years of experience in the Talent Management field. She began her professional career in Financial Institutions as a Learning and Development Director, focusing on compliance, management, system administration, human resources and behavioral based learning programs. Her experience in customer-focused and service-oriented HR management positions, in a variety of industries from healthcare to grain facilities, honed her positive employee relations, employee engagement, organizational management and policy development skills.
Pam received her Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University. She is certified to administer and use the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and received her Trainer certification from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Northshore Society of Human Resource Management (NSHRM), and volunteers with the local chapters of Red Cross and ASPCA. She served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Talent Development (ATD), Baton Rouge, as the Vice President of Programs and currently serves on the Advisory Council for ATD Baton Rouge.
Director of Corporate Accounts & Major Projects
Kermit Francis is Director of Corporate Accounts 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, Director of Key Accounts and Major Projects, and Director of Operations and Major Projects. As Director of Corporate Accounts and Major Projects, Kermit manages our client relationships with Corporate Environmental and Purchasing personnel, discussing their needs and how EBS can support those needs at both the corporate and mill levels. Additionally, Kermit manages a team that conducts comprehensive evaluations of wastewater treatment systems. Components of these evaluations include lithium studies, 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.
Director of Sustainability and Growth
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).
Jennifer Atilano joined EBS in April 2018 as an Environmental Specialist and is currently participating in the Biowizard Circuit Training Group. The training circuit is 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.
Jennifer graduated from LSU School of Natural Renewable Resources in 2009. She previously worked with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as a Marine Fisheries Biologist where she worked on various research and monitoring projects aimed at managing and protecting Louisiana’s natural resources. Jennifer also has experience in the field of aquaculture from previous employment at Louisiana State University, LDWF, University of Southern Mississippi, and in private consulting where her focus was design, operation, and optimization of recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS). She has volunteered with Louisiana Sea Grant and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.
Environmental Specialist - Client Services
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.
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.
Senior IT Specialist
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.
Austin joined EBS in April 2018 as an Environmental Specialists and is currently participating in the Biowizard Circuit Training program. The training circuit is 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
Austin graduated from Youngstown State University (YSU) in December 2017. He has a B.S. in Biology with relevant coursework in Microbiology and Environmental Sciences. EBS is Austin’s first post-graduation career, however, throughout his education, he participated in undergraduate research in the fields of Immunology, Environmental Microbiology, and Biochemistry, most notably spending 3 years on water quality analyses with an emphasis on molecular testing. Austin has a customer service background working his way to a managerial position at Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream, which was included as the best “Ice Cream in the World” by National Geographic’s book, The 10 Best of Everything in 2012. Austin has also volunteered at The Salvation Army, Green Youngstown, and Easterseals.
Senior Environmental Specialist - Client Services
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.
Christina Dietzen joined EBS in April 2018 as a part of the BioWizard circuit training program. This program allows the individual to be exposed to various elements of the EBS environment with intent to move to a more permanent position upon completion of all circuits.
Christina is a Lafayette LA native, where she graduated with a business degree in 2009 and worked in various areas of the business world until deciding to return to school and follow her passion for life in environmental sciences. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Old Dominion University in Virginia in 2014. From there she moved to Cape Cod, MA with her husband and daughter and worked with the Quality Control team for an Environmental wastewater company.
During school, Christina was a dive intern at a marine mammal park, as well as a volunteer for the Chesapeake Bay oyster program. Her passions are spending time outdoors with her family, a love for all water related activities, and learning new skills to advance herself both personally and professionally.
Senior Environmental Specialist - Client Services
Matthew Dooley joined EBS in March 2014 and is also a Senior 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.
Environmental Specialist - Microbiology Lab
Shauna Emrie joined EBS in March of 2018, working in the Microbiology Lab as an Environmental Specialist. Her responsibilities include performing microbiological evaluations on wastewater samples that arrive at EBS.
Shauna previously worked as a Microbiologist for Global Organics, an organic fertilizer company in Goodyear, AZ. She earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Wichita State University. Shauna lives in Mandeville with her husband and two young boys. She enjoys the outdoors, bike riding, yoga and spending time with her family. Shauna is a member of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Louisiana Wildlife Federation. She also served as a volunteer on the PTA board at her sons elementary school and before children volunteered her time at Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center in Phoenix, AZ to help rehabilitate wildlife for release back to into the wild.
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.
Environmental Specialist - Chem Lab
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.
Territory Coordinator - Client Services
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.
Treatability Lab Coordinator
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.
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.
Laboratory Process Consultant
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.
Mike recently was certified to be a CASA volunteer. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court and other settings. The primary responsibilities of a CASA volunteer are to: Gather information: Review documents and records, interview the children, family members and professionals in their lives.
Senior Environmental Specialist - Microbiology Lab
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.
Business Development Coordinator
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.
In 2018, Blaine became co-mentor for EBS's Barley Oak Book Club, a project initiated in 2015 by Mike Foster and dedicated to empowering employees in leadership and knowledge. Personal growth brings more connected individuals within themselves, with co-workers, friends and family, and within the company which positively impacts EBS. Blaine has also been 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.
Senior Environmental Specialist - Client Services
Joseph “Tripp” McElwee III joined EBS in November 2015 and is a Senior Environmental Specialist. He started with 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 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.
Senior Environmental Specialist - Client Services
Kyle Nuss joined EBS in February 2014 and is currently a Senior 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.
Senior Environmental Specialist - Client Services
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.
Jackie O'Neal joined EBS in April 2018 and works with the Business Team as an Accounting Assistant. Jackie comes from an Administrative and Customer Service background with over 20 years of experience. She recently worked for several AVEDA Institutes as Operations Director and Student Records Administrator. Her role was to maintain all student records ensuring compliance with accrediting agencies, placing all supply orders, managing inventory and many other responsibilities
Jackie studied Fashion Merchandising/Fashion Design which led to a successful 10 year career as a Retail Manager. She volunteers and contributes to fundraising events for the Gulf Restoration Network and Cancer Research.
Senior Environmental Specialist - Projects
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.
Environmental Specialist - Client Services
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.
Senior Environmental Specialist - Microbiology Lab
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.
For 2016-2017, Danielle was co-mentor for EBS's Barley Oak Book Club, a project initiated in 2015 by Mike Foster and dedicated to empowering employees in leadership and knowledge. Personal growth brings more connected individuals within themselves, with co-workers, friends and family, and within the company which positively impacts EBS. 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.