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 Advance Analytical Services
Dr. Clifford Lange is the Director of Advanced Analytical Services and leads the Lange Advanced Analytical Lab in Auburn, AL. This lab was created to detect potential inhibition and toxicity of the biological population within wastewater treatment systems in addition to other high-level testing. He joined the EBS family in November 2019.
Prior to EBS, Dr. Lange was a faculty member for the Department of Civil Engineering at Auburn University, joining them in 1993 until his retirement in 2019. As a faculty member, he taught and conducted research on strategies to reduce odor emissions from asphalt and wastewater, mitigation of inhibition of industrial wastewater treatment processes, and bioremediation of environmental spills. He has authored over 150 technical publications.
Dr. Lange’s degrees include a B.A. in Environmental Microbiology (1981), a B.S. in Civil Engineering (1985), an M.S. in Civil Engineering (1988), and Ph.D. in Civil/Environmental Engineering (1993) from S.U.N.Y at Buffalo.
Dr. Lange's main research interests are the treatment of domestic, industrial, and hazardous wastewaters and bioremediation of contaminated subsurface environments. During the past few years, he has been involved in numerous research projects including biological treatment of paper mill and refinery wastes, reasons for whole effluent toxicity testing failure of wastewater effluents, and process toxicity of organic chemicals in activated sludge processes. He has performed measurement of chemical inhibitors in wastewater treatment process samples from over 35 petroleum refineries and 50 pulp and paper mills, and numerous domestic wastewater facilities. He has also analyzed the effects of biocides and surfactants in over 100 food processing plant waste streams. He has over 30 years of experience with HPLC, ICAP, GC, and GC/MS analysis of industrial wastewater and solid samples.
Director of Pulp and Paper
Richard Dolly is the Director of Pulp & Paper 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.
Technical Advisory Council
Fred joined EBS in December of 2016 as Director of Technical Innovation where his responsibilities will include retention of the EBS valued customer base and expansion into new markets. He manages all Laboratory 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).
Alison Arling joined EBS in June 2018 as a part of the BioWizard circuit training program. She is an Environmental Specialist in the EBS Treatability Lab, where she is currently a team member of the group involved with treatability studies, respirometry, and R&D.
Alison graduated from Clemson University in May 2018 with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering. During her time at Clemson, she took classes in water and wastewater treatment, as well as in microbiology and chemistry. Alison also participated in a project to interest elementary school students in environmental science by teaching an interactive workshop on groundwater quality. EBS is her first full-time position, but she has worked as a camp counselor where she taught students horseback riding. She has volunteered at Tigers for Multi-generational Technology Implementation, where she gave IT help to senior citizens, as well as at Richland County Public Library.
Jennifer Atilano joined EBS in April 2018 as an Environmental Specialist where she participated in the Biowizard Circuit Training Group. She is a member of the EBS Specialized Wastewater Applications Technologists (SWAT) Team, where she helps in the labs, goes out on projects, and responds to upsets and outages.
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.
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.
Environmental Laboratory Specialist
Yoomi is an Environmental Laboratory Specialist in the EBS chemistry lab where she is responsible for providing sample evaluations to EBS clients. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Southeastern Louisiana University in December 2015 and an Associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technician from Delgado Community College in December 2010.
Yoomi worked for FDA ORA laboratory as a Biological Laboratory Technician for several months and Also, did her internship as a Medical Laboratory Technician at the several Hospital in a different part of the laboratories, such as Hematology, Microbiology, Toxicology, Phlebotomy, etc.
She also studied Vocal Music and was a Gospel singer in her country until right before she came to the USA. She likes drawing, painting, going on a last-minute trip with her family and friends.
Austin joined EBS in April 2018 as an Environmental Specialists and a member of the EBS Specialized Wastewater Applications Technologists (SWAT) Team. As a SWAT Team Member Austin helps in the labs, goes out on projects, and responds to upsets and outages.
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. She is now an Environmental Specialist in the EBS Chemistry Laboratory, where she is responsible for providing sample evaluations to EBS clients.
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.
Katelyn Dreux joined EBS in December 2019 as an Environmental Specialist in the Chemistry Lab. Prior to EBS, she worked at an insurance brokerage firm for several months.
Katelyn received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2012. After graduating from Southeastern, Katelyn went to the University of Mississippi for graduate school, where she successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation in November 2018. Throughout her academic career, Katelyn has been involved in several different areas of research, which have resulted in over ten publications.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Katelyn has a large family that takes up most of her time, but she loves them anyway.
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.
Client Services Manager
Ryan Frught is the Client Services Manager working with 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 the Client Services Manager in the Pulp & Paper 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.
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.
Advanced Analytical Services Manager
Stefanie Lange is the Services Manager of the EBS Advanced Analytical Laboratory in Auburn, Alabama. She joined EBS in November of 2019. Prior to joining EBS, she assisted Dr. Cliff Lange in his Advanced Analytical Laboratory for the last 10 years. Stefanie has experience in water and wastewater analyses including microbiological assessment of biomass and chemical analysis of wastewater treatment processes.
Stefanie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and her Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering specializing in wastewater treatment in 1996, both from Auburn University. She has contributed to her community over the years by serving in the Junior League of Lee County, the PTO of Auburn High School as Treasurer, and as a volunteer for the East Alabama Medical Center as Auxiliary Board member and as a Teen Auxiliary Volunteer Leader.
Stefanie and her husband, Cliff, live in Auburn, Alabama and have two daughters, Megan and Noel, who are both away at college.
Senior Environmental Specialist - Treatability 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 molecular microbiology. Kellen was responsible for creating EBS's Molecular Biology Laboratory, which consists of quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) capabilities.
Currently, Kellen is a key member of the EBS Treatability Laboratory. She is responsible for providing assessments of the chemical and biological treatability of wastewater streams to EBS clients. Kellen's work enable clients to determine how wastewater streams may impact treatment plants and determine the most suitable treatment.
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 and was invited to the present at the 2015 National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) on microbial source tracking in a pulp and paper mill wastewater treatment system.
John Lawrence joined EBS in February 2020 as a Regional Consultant for the Western Region of the United States and Canada. John provides ongoing support to EBS’ existing client base in California and the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, John will develop new business opportunities in that region.
John received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mississippi and began his professional career in 1984 as a Sales Representative for Nalco Chemical Company, working in the Basic Industry Group located in Mobile, AL. John called on and serviced the waterside at refineries, chemical plants, paper mills, and chicken processing facilities. In 1987, John was promoted and moved to Hattiesburg, MS to focus specifically on the paper industry where he continued that focus for more than 30 years. While with Nalco and then Ecolab, John held the titles of Account Manager, District Account Manager, District Manager, Technical Consultant, and Trainer. During his career, John obtained extensive experience with and performed operator training on Inlet Water Clarifiers, Cold-Lime Softening, Filters, Reverse Osmosis, Softeners, Boilers Demineralizers, Deaerators, Cooling Towers, Chillers, Screw & Belt Presses, Water Clarifiers, and Waste Lagoons.
John currently resides in sunny San Diego, CA where he takes care of his wife’s horses and harvests his garden and fruit trees.
Technical Services Manager
Blaine Lee joined EBS in January 2013 and is currently the Technical Services Manager in the Technical Innovations 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.
Joseph “Tripp” McElwee III joined EBS in November 2015 and is a Regional Consultant. 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, assisting our clients in the Carolinas with 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.
Nick graduated with a B.S. in Marine Biology from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO in 2016. He also has an M.Sc in Coastal Sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi - Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, where he studied the development of restored salt marshes in Mississippi. He is also a member of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences.
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.
Principal Engineer, SAC Water Engineering Solutions
Robert Sackellares joined EBS as Principal Consultant for SAC Water Engineering Solutions in February
2020. Robert is focused on water and wastewater applications in industrial applications and will utilize
his engineering expertise to consult on projects. He retired from Georgia-Pacific Company in February
2020, having worked for GP for 26 years. He has worked in engineering positions at SBE, Simons-Eastern,
CH2M-Hill, Weyerhaeuser Company, Roy F. Weston Inc, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division,
and International Paper, Panama City Mill.
Robert is an environmental engineer with over 40 years of experience in wastewater treatment, water
quality evaluations, and NPDES permitting. His experience includes wastewater treatment systems
modeling, treatability studies, and project design of industrial wastewater treatment systems. Robert
helped design the Snap Finger Creek WWP, the first tertiary treatment system in the southeast. He was
also the co-developer of the DYLAMO aerated stabilization model.
Robert has a Master of Science in Sanitary Engineering and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, both from
Georgia Tech. He is a licensed professional engineer and a member of the Water Environment
Association (WEF) and Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry (TAPPI). He has won the
Willem Rudolf’s Medal from WEF and the Russel O. Blosser Award from NCASI.