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Bruce Covert

President and Project Manager

Bruce Covert, President and Project Manager for Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, has more than 30 years of experience in the management and operation of nuclear and other high-hazard facilities for the DOE and the UK’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

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His expertise envelops every aspect of the nuclear facility life-cycle, from design and construction to start-up, operations, decommissioning, deactivation, decontamination and demolition. Prior to joining WIPP in June 2017, he served as AECOM group vice president and project director for waste management projects for Dounreay Site Restoration Limited in the U.K. He was responsible for safe delivery of the Waste Project and the Shaft & Silo Project at Dounreay, including characterization, transportation, storage and disposal, along with treatment of low-level and intermediate-level waste from the site’s decommissioning program.

Prior to that, he served as Environmental, Safety, Health & Quality project director for Washington Closure Hanford (WCH), where he led development of a “best-in-class” contractor assurance system program that yielded outstanding safety, cost and schedule performance. He also managed the regulatory relationship with the Environmental Protection Agency and Washington State Department of Ecology to allow site closure of the 220-square-mile River Corridor. As the WCH project director for waste operations, he managed recovery of the Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility.

He holds a master’s degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University and a bachelor of science degree in industrial technology from State University College at Buffalo. He is a Project Management Professional and a Certified Safety Professional.

Tammy Reynolds

Vice President and Deputy Project Manager

Tammy Reynolds, Deputy Recovery Project Manager for Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, has 25 years of nuclear operations and project management leadership experience in the DOE complex. She joined the WIPP workforce in October 2011, after directing large, complex high-level waste projects at the Hanford 200 Area, the Idaho Cleanup Project at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center, and the Savannah River Site.

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All have involved the analysis, characterization and certification of challenging waste forms and extensive interface with regulators. Reynolds brings in-depth institutional knowledge, best practices and lessons learned from these three large generator sites and understands the myriad technical and management challenges faced generally by all generator sites. She holds master and bachelor of science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of South Carolina.

Mike Love

Operations Manager

Mike Love, Operations Manager for Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, has more than 30 years of experience in nuclear facility operations, maintenance and project management. Prior to joining WIPP, he was director of programs for the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Laboratory, where he had overall responsibility for ATR operations and programs and led successful management self-assessments and readiness assessments.

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Previously, he served as ATR station manager and as nuclear operations maintenance manager. Prior to his work in the government sector, he served in various capacities for Southern California Edison at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Love holds a master of business administration degree from Pepperdine University and a bachelor of science degree in occupational health and safety from National University and graduated from the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) Senior Nuclear Plant Management course.

He has also been involved in a number of reviews with INPO, the World Association of Nuclear Operators and the International Atomic Energy Agency and has supported DOE Office of Science reviews of ITER, the international fusion project.

Mark Pearcy

Deputy Manager of Operations, Underground Operations

Mark Pearcy, Deputy Manage of Operations, Underground Operations, for Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, has 15 years of nuclear operations and project management leadership experience in the DOE complex.

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An established leader with 13 years of management experience, Pearcy has a demonstrated track record of managing WIPP Underground mine operations since July of 2014. Prior to his current position, he managed the program that certified transuranic waste at generator sites around the DOE complex.

He has experience in maintaining contract and project baseline alignment; and effectively working with State and Federal regulators and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board to address WIPP Underground operating issues and requirements.

Pearcy has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Old Dominion University.

Randy Fadeley

Chief Engineer/Engineering Manager

Randy Fadeley, Engineering Manager for Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, has more than 30 years of experience supporting Department of Energy and Department of Defense contracts, including Savannah River Site, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Idaho National Laboratory. His experience includes over 20 years of line management in startup and operation of nuclear facilities and 11 years in senior oversight and operations support roles.

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Prior to joining WIPP, he was Chief Engineer/Engineering Director for the Idaho Nuclear Technology & Engineering Complex (INTEC) at Idaho National Laboratory, where he was responsible for more than 40 employees functioning as the Design Authority for more than 150 buildings/structures, including seven Hazard Category 2 nuclear facilities and three NRC-licensed nuclear facilities. He has extensive experience in facilitating Conduct of Operations improvements and preparing for successful management self-assessments and readiness assessments. Fadeley holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University.

Kevin Donovan

Business Manager

Kevin Donovan, Business Manager for Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, has more than 30 years of experience in technical and business problem solving, customer service, strategic planning/analysis and implementation, business innovation, team building and leadership, employee and management development, multi-level and multi-discipline internal and external communications, and marketing.

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Prior to joining WIPP, he was program manager for AECOM’s support contracts at the National Energy Technology Laboratory, where he led an organization of more than 400 employees and subcontractors providing services to R&D, site operations and program management. He had previously served as Director of Marketing and Planning for the Energy and Construction Division.

Additionally, he served in a variety of capacities at WIPP (1988-2003), including manager of Environment, Safety and Health; Permitting; and Program Integration. He also had leadership roles in organizations supporting waste generator site readiness, which evolved into the National TRU Program. Donovan holds a master of science degree in industrial engineering from New Mexico State University and a bachelor of science degree in mining engineering from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

Joel Arnwine

Emergency Management and Security Department Manager for Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC

Emergency Management and Security Department Manager for Nuclear Waste Partnership, LLC, has more than 20 years of experience in emergency management, law enforcement/security operations, and Fire Department operations within the local and federal government sectors.

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Prior to joining WIPP in November 2014, he worked at Eddy County New Mexico, where he was the Emergency Services Director for the County Emergency Management organization and the County Fire Service. His experience includes managing disasters and emergencies in local jurisdictions, nuclear, non-nuclear and underground emergency preparedness programs; multi-jurisdictional drill and exercise programs; hazardous identification and analysis; and emergency facilities and equipment.

Arnwine is a certified Emergency Manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers and holds a master’s degree in emergency management from Jacksonville State University, which is complemented by a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Dennis Cook

General Counsel

Dennis Cook, General Counsel and Secretary for Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, has more than 30 years of environmental and project management experience, including 20 years in the DOE complex. He provides legal counsel to the board and management team of NWP and also served as general counsel for Washington TRU Solutions, the predecessor management and operating contractor at WIPP.

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Prior to coming to WIPP, he served as senior counsel at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas. Cook holds a bachelor of science in biology from Eastern Kentucky University and a juris doctorate from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.

Val Cannon

Quality Assurance Manager

Val Cannon, Quality Assurance Manager for Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, has 40 years of experience in nuclear quality assurance/control, primarily in power plant construction and operation, Type B packaging design and fabrication, and characterization and disposal. During his 28 years with NWP and its predecessor companies, he has served as the Deputy Quality Assurance Manager, Quality Assurance Manager (Engineered Products Department) and Central Characterization Project Quality Assurance Programs Manager/ NWP Assurance Programs Manager.

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Cannon holds an associate of science degree in radiation sciences, a bachelor of science degree in business management and a master's degree in organizational management. Additionally, he is certified by the American Society for Quality as a Quality Engineer and a Quality Auditor and by NWP as a Lead Auditor.

Mansour Akbarzadeh

Science and Development Manager

Mansour Akbarzadeh, Science and Development Manager for Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, leads NWP's collaborative efforts with academia, government and non-government organizations to perform research at WIPP. He has 28 years of radiochemistry and laboratory experience and has successfully managed the WIPP laboratory operations for 14 years.

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Akbarzadeh instituted a comprehensive WIPP analytical program that consistently receives DOE laboratory accreditation and includes capability for rapid analysis of radioisotopes to assist the Department of Homeland Security with national emergency response to nuclear incidents. Akbarzadeh holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado and has completed several graduate level courses in radiochemistry and nuclear science from the University of New Mexico and the Illinois Institute of Technology.