EMS Staff

EMS' reputation is directly attributable to the high quality of its employees. Our staff embodies the values of excellence, integrity, and dedication. This kind of environment can only exist in a place where race, gender, and age do not define talent. We are individually committed to excellence, in performance, the quality of our products and services, timeliness, and ethical relationships with our clients and business partners.

Meet our staff (click on each name for a full biography):

Thomas Heim, President

During his 27 years with EMS, Tom has provided integral support to Superfund's Community Involvement program, including the development of the Superfund Community Involvement Handbook and Toolkit, evaluation of Superfund community involvement programs, preparation of guidance for the Community Advisory Group program, coordination of 12 Community Involvement Conferences, and content development for several of EPA's websites. Tom has developed training courses on public outreach and involvement to be presented at training conferences for community involvement staff, OSCs, and RPMs. Tom also facilitates or supports several EPA workgroups.

Projects: Community Engagement Initiative Workgroups; Community Involvement Conference; Evaluation of Superfund Information Repositories; Planning Workgroups for OSC Readiness and NARPM Training Conferences; Triad Community of Practice

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Leca Buchan

EMS Staff PhotoWith a master's degree in library and information Science, Leca has been our principal researcher for 19 years. She conducts literature searches, locates experts for peer reviews, and develops website content. Her work on the Technology Innovation News Survey, an informal semimonthly summary of recent information about innovative remediation technologies, provides new content for CLU-IN on an ongoing basis.

Projects: Technology Innovation News Survey; weekly FedBizOpps update for CLU-IN

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Jessica Burns

EMS Staff PhotoDetail oriented and extremely organized, Jessica has been putting her creative touch on EPA products for over 16 years. With a bachelor's degree in art and design and a concentration in graphic design, Jessica creates clean and uncluttered visual designs for technical illustrations, brochures, fliers, newsletters, reports, table top displays, presentations, conference materials, posters, and logos. Jessica also has a Web Development Certification and designs Web layouts and graphics for CLU-IN, Trainex, the Federal Remediation Technologies Roundtable, and multiple Superfund websites. In addition to her graphics responsibilities, Jessica manages EMS's support to the Federal Remediation Technologies Roundtable. When Jessica is not designing on the computer, in her spare time for over the last decade she has been baking and designing custom sculpted cakes.

Projects: Trainex exhibit and logo redesign; Community Involvement Training Conference; Technology News and Trends, OHHRRAF, and NARPM newsletters; Community Involvement Toolkit & Handbook; Brownfields Federal Programs Guides; A Citizen's Guide to Cleanup Technologies; Green Infrastructure: Land Revitalization Success Stories; Setting the Stage for Leveraging Resources for Brownfields Revitalization; Cleaning Up Brownfields Under State Response Programs — Getting to "No Further Action"; Brownfields Stakeholder Forum Kit; New Manufacturing on Old Brownfields

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Kevin David

Kevin has been our network administrator for 14 years. With a master's degree in telecommunications management, Kevin is responsible for the day-to-day security and operation of the EMS family of networks and phone system. His all-around computer knowledge allows him to provide help-desk support to our staff and our smaller subcontractors. Kevin also runs all CLU-IN based webinars. He can be found converting PowerPoint presentations into Web-based graphics, updating webpages, handling the sound mixer board for webinar audio, and providing technical support for webinar participants.

Projects: CLU-IN Internet Seminars; CLU-IN security; CLU-IN Cloud Computing; ITRC Data Analysis

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Diane Dopkin

EMS Staff PhotoA professional geologist by training, for the past 20 years Diane has managed many of EMS's technical outreach work assignments related to hazardous waste cleanup issues. Her work ranges from writing guidance and summarizing meeting presentations for technical audiences, to writing easy-to-read citizens guides for community stakeholders. With prior field experience conducting Superfund remedial investigations, Diane specializes in preparing outreach materials related to soil and groundwater investigation and cleanup, as well as the related issue of vapor intrusion. She loves the outdoors and recycling/reuse and hates typos and run-on sentences.

Projects: Technical Support Project; Technology News and Trends newsletter; vapor intrusion guidance, Brownfields Technology Primer: Vapor Intrusion Considerations for Redevelopment; Citizens Guides to Cleanup Methods; long-term monitoring optimization; quality assurance; peer reviews

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Mark Farkosh

EMS Staff PhotoAs our corporate comptroller, Mark has administered EMS's accounting systems, payroll, and contract and subcontract files for more than 15 years. As quality manager for our financial systems, he tracks 25 task order budgets and delivery schedules and oversees funding and invoices for 80 subcontractors and consultants. He reviews and approves accounts payable, and tracks and approves monthly financial reports for all contracts. Mark's thorough management has resulted in no cost disallowances or suspensions during annual federal audits, and our audits have never resulted in any adverse findings. When time allows, Mark also provides onsite logistical support to several meetings.

Projects: Community Involvement Conference; the Removal Managers Meeting; FASTAC Meeting; Oil Managers Meeting; Emergency Preparedness & Hazmat Response Conference

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Edie Findeis-Cromwell

Edie has been planning, implementing, and evaluating strategies and programs with EMS for over 26 years. She provides managerial and technical support in public and legislative affairs, community involvement, technology transfer, and training. In addition, she facilitates stakeholder meetings, team building, and organizational development. Edie has developed detailed SOPs, quality assurance goals, and training to support the brownfields grant application process. A talented database programmer, Edie also created and manages EMS's Records Management System, a flexible system designed to meet EPA's needs for rapid response to information requests from Congress, the Inspector General, EPA Regions, and other organizations, as well as FOIAs regarding brownfields grants.

Projects: OBLR's Grants Management Support for Assessment, Cleanup, and RLF Funds, Area-Wide Planning, and K6 Grants; Regional Site Assessment Data Manager Support

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Kristina Folsom

EMS Staff PhotoKrissi considers customer service her specialty and quality control her priority. She has been the voice behind Trainex and CERCLA Education Center (CEC) registration and coordination for the past 18 years. She has supported the OSWER Training Coordination Team for just as long, in addition to helping plan, coordinate, support, and manage numerous other EPA events from training courses and small meetings to large training conferences and awards ceremonies, such as the National Notable Achievement Awards. Outside of work, Krissi sings with the Heart of Maryland Chorus, an all ladies a cappella chorus singing in the barbershop style (http://www.homchorus.org). She is passionate about environmental conservation, keeping her co-workers on task with their recycling practices! And whenever she can squeeze it in, she has made and decorated cakes as a hobby for over a decade.

Projects: Trainex, OSWER Training Coordination Team; Community Involvement Conference; National Site Assessment Symposium and Training; Land Revitalization Training

Awards: 2016 Business Individual Outstanding Acheivement in Recycling, Montgomery County, MD

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Catherine Johnson

Catherine has been with EMS for 10 years and serves as the manager for several of EMS's training and grant support task orders where she oversees annual grant cycles, the development of training courses, logistics for stakeholder meetings, and development of fact sheets and guides. However, she is most recognized for her management of the Community Involvement Training Conference that is held every other year in locations across the country for an audience of over 400 people. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Florida State University. Catherine's creative writing background has proven helpful in developing the Green Infrastructure: Land Revitalization Success Stories booklet, editing the Community Involvement Handbook, updating the Community Involvement Toolkit, and writing fact sheets on Brownfields grantees.

Projects: Community Involvement Training Conference, Superfund Radiation Meeting, Federal Remediation Technologies Roundtable registration, Land Revitalization, Exchange Network Grants, Brownfields Grants

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Robert Langston

EMS Staff PhotoRob has specialized in registration management during his 19 years with EMS. In addition to creating the Training Exchange ("Trainex") website used to manage registration for many EPA-sponsored training classes, Rob also created and manages the registration system for Superfund's Community Involvement Conferences. His Web development skills are also leveraged on a variety of other EPA projects using technologies such as SQL/SQL Server, Coldfusion, HTML and Windows Server. Additionally, Rob helps to support the EMS and CLU-IN information technology equipment.

Projects: Training & Workforce Planning; Trainex website; CLU-IN website; Community Involvement Conference registration; Technical Support Project; TIFSD Social Media Implementation Support

Awards: 2016 Business Individual Outstanding Acheivement in Recycling, Montgomery County, MD

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Gabriella McConnel

Gabriella is EMS's newest hire as a Environmental Analyst/Technical writer. She will use her technical writing and analytical skills to enter and analyze data, research and write project summaries or articles, and assist with the planning of various meetings and training courses.

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Marina Miller

EMS Staff PhotoMarina is EMS's Director of Contracting and a Certified Associate Contracts Manager (CACM). She is responsible for the administration of our prime contracts and subcontracts ensuring that EMS is compliant with all terms and conditions. Marina provides guidance to our project managers and other operational staff on contractual matters and works closely with our corporate comptroller monitoring budgets and funding of active task orders and work assignments. She reviews and approves accounts payables from our subcontractors and prepares and submits monthly financial reports and invoices to our clients. With over 20 years of service at EMS, Marina also develops and implements policies and procedures that support operations aligning with EMS's short- and long-term goals.

Projects: Quick Response Tasks, Community Involvement Conference, update of the Community Involvement Toolkit

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Abraham Parker

EMS Staff PhotoAbe is an environmental scientist and communications specialist who specializes in developing fact sheets, web content, technical publications, and other outreach materials for diverse audiences. An ecologist by training, for the past 10 years he has been the technical lead for projects related to ecological revitalization, risk assessment, and land reuse. He has a firm understanding of the EPA Risk Assessment process, and provides management and technical support to the Superfund Human Health Risk Assessors Forum, the EPA Land Revitalization Coordinators Workgroup, and the Libby, Montana Superfund Site Action Plan Workgroup. Abe also is EMS's in-house Spanish translator for fact sheets, reports, and Web content.

Abe holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Cornell University. In his spare time, you can find him competing in triathlons and marathons or planning his next backpacking trip.

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Jennifer Rando

Jen has been with EMS for 7 years. With a master's degree in Environmental Engineering, Jen provides technical support to the radiochemistry projects and all radiochemistry training, including basic radiochemistry and MARLAP courses. In addition, she participates in conference calls for the Risk Assessment Forum and is responsible for providing meeting minutes.

Projects: Brownfields Grant Program, Exchange Network Grant Program, Community Involvement Toolkit Update, Radiological Laboratory Pilot for Incident Response and Recover, Emergency Response Laboratory Capability, Radioanalytical Guidance and Protocols, Development of Rapid Radiochemical Methods for Radionuclides Listed in EPA's Standardized Analytical Methods for Use During Homeland Security Events

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Peter Riddle

EMS Staff PhotoPete advises EPA on information dissemination, collaboration, and outreach strategies. He then develops, deploys, and manages websites and Web-based services to implement those strategies. Pete has managed the CLU-IN website on behalf of OSWER for the past 20 years. Pete also developed the platform for EPA's ongoing series of live Internet seminars, with more than 1,200 seminars conducted for over 190,000 participants since 1998. He has been with EMS since 1997.

Projects: Contaminated Site Clean-Up Information (CLU-IN), CLU-IN Internet Seminars, TIFSD Social Media Implementation Support, CLU-IN Cloud Computing

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Christina Rossomando

EMS Staff PhotoChris specializes in community involvement, brownfields, and land revitalization issues. With over 17 years with EMS, she manages several projects for EPA's Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization (OBLR) and the Superfund Program's Community Involvement and Program Initiatives Branch (CIPIB) and a project for EPA's Office for Sustainable Communities. Chris supported OBLR with a series of very successful White House-sponsored community roundtable meetings that brought together stakeholders in communities affected by downturns in the auto industry and in manufacturing. She also writes reports and fact sheets documenting regional case studies and success stories for OSWER's Land Revitalization program. Chris specializes in writing about technical subjects for non-technical audiences and works closely with CIPIB on technical assistance, community involvement, environmental justice and communications and guidance preparation projects.

Projects: OSWER Brownfields and Land Revitalization Program; Community Involvement Technical Assistance Grants Program; Community Involvement Handbook and Toolkit; Land Revitalization, Green Infrastructure, and Sustainability; Community Involvement Handbook

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Sidney Wolf

Sid has been our economics, statistics, and finance consultant for more than 25 years. His work ranges from managing our support of OSRTI's efforts to advance green remediation principles and practices, to the evaluation of Superfund and brownfields environmental and economic benefits. He co-authored guidance on cost estimation during the feasibility study and supported an analysis of OSRTI's Outyear Liability Model. In addition to policy-level evaluations, Sid has managed and conducted site-specific reuse and community impact assessments at Superfund sites. He also has studied the impacts of regulations of water pollution, transportation safety, and occupational health and safety.

Projects: A Guide to Developing and Documenting Cost Estimates During the Feasibility Study; Cleaning Up the Nation's Waste Sites: Markets and Technology Trends; Air and Water Quality Impacts of Brownfields Redevelopment; A Guide to Planning, Implementing, Monitoring, and Enforcing Institutional Controls at Contaminated Sites; Shattuck Redevelopment Analysis, Newsom Brothers/Old Reichhold Chemicals Superfund Site Reuse Assessment and Market Study

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