Edgewater’s Leadership Team

Michael Kirkpatrick

President and Chief Financial Officer

Michael Kirkpatrick is President and CFO of Edgewater Technical Associates, LLC.  In this role he provides leadership and support for Edgewater’s Management Team and ensures a strong infrastructure is maintained to serve both our customers and our professional staff.

Michael is a former Detachment Commander in the U.S. Army, with more than 30 years of experience in the commercial nuclear power industry, including support of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), and the U.S. Department of Energy’s nuclear complex.  Co-founding Edgewater in 2003, his specialties include government contracting, personnel management, operational readiness, the systematic approach to training, and qualification of nuclear facility personnel.

Glenn Cox

Vice President, Chief Executive Officer, and Facility Security Officer

Glenn Cox is co-founder, Vice President, CEO, and FSO of Edgewater Technical Associates, LLC.  In this role he is responsible for developing the Company’s vision, culture, and infrastructure, and ensuring successful execution of its business strategies while instilling a culture of high standards for quality and excellence among the Employee/Management Team.

Glenn has nearly 40 years of experience in the DOE and NRC industries.  During the 1980s he served as an NRC-Licensed Reactor Operator at the Catawba Nuclear Station. Transitioning to DOE in the 1990s, and co-founding Edgewater in 2003, his specialties include government contracting, project management, safety basis, nuclear operations, ISMS, conduct of operations, and regulatory compliance.

James Smith

Chief Operating Officer

James Smith is COO of Edgewater Technical Associates, LLC.  In this role he provides leadership to shape the strategy and culture of a successful, rapidly expanding professional and technical services company supporting the DOE and NRC complex.

James has nearly 40 years of experience in reactors, spent fuel, and high-level waste operations, with extensive project leadership experience in Integrated Safety Management and Plant Operations of Nuclear and High Hazard Facilities.  His specialties include the leadership, administration, and management of large government contracts, engineering, construction, startup, and operations of high-hazard, complex, nuclear and chemical facilities.  Prior to joining Edgewater’s senior management team in 2013, James served as Vice President of the URS GMOS office, having served the legacy group of URS companies for over 35 years.

Charlie McVay

Director of Oak Ridge, International, and Northwestern U.S.

Charlie McVay is Edgewater’s Director of Oak Ridge, International, and Northwestern U.S..  In this role he provides leadership, management, and technical support to Edgewater projects in the Eastern and Northwest regions of the U.S. as well Canada, international, and Company-wide special projects and initiatives.  His responsibilities include working with all customers to identify needs, recruitment and placement of key talent, and overall Company management.

Charlie has over 30 years of experience in project management, waste management, TRU waste, D&D, fuel treatment and shipping, waste operations, safety basis, and the design and construction of waste treatment and disposal facilities. Prior to joining Edgewater, he managed major Nuclear and Environmental projects at Dounreay Nuclear Sites, Washington River Protection, Oak Ridge, and West Valley.

Dr. David Moody

Principal Consultant

Dr. David C. Moody has been a principal consultant for Edgewater Technical Associates, LLC. since January 2016. In this role he provides strategic, management, and technical support to the Department of Energy (DOE) and its contractors, as well as support for the commercial nuclear industry.

Dr. Moody has extensive senior management experience, serving as DOE Manager for both the Savannah River Site and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. He also served as technical staff member and manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 30 years.

Mike Jochmann

Director of Business and Financial Services

Mike Jochmann is Edgewater’s Director of Business and Financial Services.  In this role he manages a broad range of financial, accounting, and commercial responsibilities including contracts, financial analysis, reporting, and strategic planning, while directing the Company’s accounting and operational functions.

Mike has over 30 years of experience, in the power and environmental sectors for large Fortune 500 companies.  His specialties include finance and accounting, government contracting, government Cost Accounting Standards, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). He is a native Pittsburgh, and graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.

Dennis Key

Director of Human Resources

Dennis Key is Edgewater’s Director of Human Resources.  In this role he is responsible for the Company’s Human Resource operations including hiring and maintaining a diversified pool of employees to meet the needs of our customers.  He also ensures the Company meets all human resource regulatory requirements, as well as company, and customer specific requirements, and works closely with the management team to ensure we hire and retain quality employees.

Dennis has over 30 years of experience in the nuclear weapons complex.  His specialties include program management, human resources, the Fair Labor Standards Act, maintenance, maintenance training, and work control.  Prior to joining Edgewater, he served as the Site Staffing Manager, and Corporate Human Resource Manager for the Savannah River, and the Manager Human Resource/Business Partners for the Sellafield Site in the United Kingdom.

Melissa Edmondson

Accounting Manager

Melissa (Missy) Edmondson is Edgewater’s Accounting Manager. In this role she is responsible for collecting, analyzing, verifying, and reporting financial and accounting information for the Director of Business and Financial Services, as well as invoicing, receivables, payroll, timekeeping, and employee HSA account management.

Missy has over 18 years of experience managing large, multi-level company accounting and financial functions. Her specialties include accounting and finance, financial audit reporting, payroll, and office management. She is a native of Tennessee, and graduate of Nashville State Community College.

Kelly Canady

Manager of Recruiting and Business Development

Kelly Canady is Edgewater’s Manager of Recruiting and Business Development.  In this role she is responsible as a for all recruiting, talent acquisition, customer interface, and senior staff advisor business development and contract management.

Kelly has over 30 years of experience in staffing recruitment and business development within the DOE complex.  Her specialties include business development, strategic planning, recruiting, personnel management, employee benefits, and contract negotiation. She has been responsible for the personnel management, recruiting, and oversight of large staff augmentation contracts including a preferred vendor Master Services Agreements providing staff augmentation services for more than 13 years with over 700 placements. She also developed and managed major Tier-1 contracts and successfully directed the hiring and contract negotiation of more than 250 ARRA stimulus personnel in a five month period at the Savannah River Site.

Steve Threet

Director of Southeastern U.S. and Special Projects

Steve Threet is Edgewater’s Director of Southeastern U.S. and Special Projects. In this role he provides leadership, management, and technical support to the Edgewater projects in the southwestern region of the United States, and other key Edgewater special projects and initiatives.  His specialties include program management, nuclear and waste operations, facility startup, safety basis implementation, assessments, conduct of operations, and integrated safety management.

Steve has over 30 years of experience within the U.S. Navy, Department of Energy, and aerospace industry.  He has served in key management positions on projects related to the aerospace industry, nuclear deterrent and detection, and the nuclear weapons complex.  He has managed numerous nuclear operations and technical support projects and assisted in the formation of two commercial companies.  Since joining Edgewater in 2014 he has developed and managed multiple new regional cost centers for the Company.

Ben Geppert

Director of Northwestern U.S.

Ben Geppert is Edgewater’s Director for Northwest Operations. Ben provides leadership, management, and technical support to Edgewater’s Northwest Region, and supports our individual customers with technical and leadership consulting services.

Mr. Geppert has over 35 years of experience in commercial nuclear, the Department of Energy, and U.S. Nuclear Navy programs. Ben has operated and managed nuclear facility and support service projects, and has a Westinghouse PWR SRO Certification. He focuses on strategic leadership activities, including Safety Culture Improvement, Conduct of Operations, Accident Investigation, and Human Performance Improvement. Mr. Geppert has led or supported over 25 Facility Assessments and Operational Readiness Reviews.

Jim Gibson

Deputy Director of Southeastern U.S. and Special Projects

Mr. Gibson is Edgewater’s Deputy Director for the Eastern US and Special Projects.  In this role he provides leadership, management, and technical support for Edgewater’s Eastern U.S. region, and special projects including staff augmentation contracts at Savannah River Remediation (SRR), Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS), and the Separations Process Research Unit (SPRU) D&D project in Niskayuna, NY.

Jim has over 35 years of experience managing, coordinating, and facilitating operations and their supporting functions.  He possesses a diverse background in operations, nuclear power, hazardous waste, and other high-risk operational environments.  A former licensed Reactor Operator at Plant E.I. Hatch Nuclear Facility (BWR), he is also a Certified Lead Auditor and Qualified Causal Analyst, he has supported DOE’s Savanah River Site since 1989.

Steve McNitt

LANL Project Manager and Program Manager ES&H

Steve McNitt is Edgewater’s LANL Project Manager, and Environment Safety and Health Program Manager.  In this role he provides leadership, management, and technical support to Edgewater’s LANL projects, and leads the Company’s Environmental Safety and Health Program.  His specialties include program management, ES&H, radiological safety, nuclear and waste operations, D&D, safety basis implementation, assessments, conduct of operations, and integrated safety management.

Steve has over 30 years of combined experience in the U.S. Department of Energy nuclear complex, the U.K. nuclear industry, the U.S. commercial nuclear industry, and the U.S. Nuclear Navy.  His effective leadership focuses personnel on teamwork, and the practical, real-world application of integrated safety management, integrated work control, and conduct of operations principles.  Prior to re-joining Edgewater, he served for ten years in the U.K. as the Manager of Environmental Health, Safety, Security, and Quality (EHSSQ) at two Magnox reactor sites, where this leadership resulted in Magnox program awards for excellence and multiple fleet-wide accepted innovations in the company’s EHSSQ programs.

Glenn Siry

Program Manager for Environmental Services and Quality Assurance

Glenn Siry is Edgewater’s Program Manager for Environmental Services and Quality Assurance.  In this role he provides leadership, management, and technical support for Edgewater environmental remediation projects, and manages Edgewater’s corporate NQA-1 Quality Assurance Program.  His specialties include design engineering, program management, waste management, waste characterization, waste transportation, waste certification assessments, environmental restoration, environmental compliance assessments, and maintenance planning.

Glenn has over 35 years of commercial nuclear power and DOE complex experience.  Since joining Edgewater in 2010 Glenn has been extensively involved in the development of Environmental Services across the DOE complex and the management of Quality Assurance functions for the Company.

Joseph Jones

Program Manager, Nuclear Safety & Criticality

Joe Jones is Edgewater’s Nuclear Safety & Criticality Safety Program Manager.  In this role he is responsible for leadership, management, and technical support for Edgewater nuclear safety projects across the complex.  His specialties include program management, engineering, nuclear operations, design, development, and implementation of DOE and NRC safety basis programs, criticality safety, USQD, and all safety basis licensing and regulatory requirements of CFR, DOE, and NUREGs.

With a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and over 25 years of experience in safety basis and engineering support in the DOE and NRC environment, Joe has served as Safety Basis Manager, Nuclear Safety & Licensing Engineer, Senior Test Director, Design Authority, Cognizant Engineer, Unreviewed Safety Question Evaluator; and as primary Project, Operations, Process, Systems, and Equipment Engineer.  Mr. Jones joined Edgewater in 2006.

Bruce A. Earls

Contracts Manager; Southwest Region

Bruce Earls is Edgewater’s Contract Manager for the Southwest U.S. In this role he manages a broad range of regional contract activities including day-to-day operations at our Los Alamos office and support for Carlsbad contractual activities. He is also heavily involved in Edgewater’s Community Outreach programs and our financial support and interactions with numerous local charities.

Bruce has over 25 years of experience in the U.S. Nuclear Navy, the commercial nuclear industry, and the DOE weapons and environmental complex. His specialties include nuclear facility operations, conduct of operations, training and qualification program management, criticality safety training, and contract administration. In the Navy he served on a nuclear submarine and as a prototype instructor. After leaving the Navy, he served as a General Atomics research reactor operator, and then in various technical capacities at multiple commercial nuclear facilities. Before joining Edgewater in 2005, Bruce provided training-related services to an international software company.

John Hamrick

Project Manager, LANL Nuclear Operations Consulting

John Hamrick is Edgewater’s Project Manager for LANL Nuclear Operations Consulting. In this role he provides leadership, management, and technical support to Edgewater projects involving nuclear and high-hazard operations.  John is a core manager with Edgewater, and has been with the Company since its founding in 2003.

With a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and an NRC Reactor Operator’s License, John has over thirty years of nuclear operations experience in the commercial and DOE nuclear industry, including support for Duke Energy, the Savannah River Site, Rocky Flats, and the Los Alamos National Lab.  His specialties include extensive knowledge of nuclear operations, Documented Safety Analysis development and implementation; Safety Management Program development and implementation, conduct of operations, quality assurance, engineering, and training, as well as nuclear facility assessment preparation and performance; and project management.

Richard Maestas

Project Manager, LANL Maintenance Planning

Richard Maestas is Edgewater’s LANL Project Manager for Maintenance Planning services.  In this role he provides leadership, management, and technical support to Edgewater’s Work Planning Organization within the Los Alamos National Laboratory.  This group provides planning services and work control for maintenance and construction activities across the entire site.

Richard has over 35 years of combined experience in Occupational Safety and Health Standards (Construction Industry), Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC), Quality Engineering, and Quality Improvement Management Systems.  His specialties include project management, QA, work control and authorization, and the development of planning documents including integrated work packages for DOE nuclear and high-hazard facilities.

Windy Earls

Office Director, Los Alamos, and Assistant FSO

Windy Earls is Edgewater’s Los Alamos Office Director, and the Company’s Assistant Facility Security Officer. In these roles she manages office operations and provides leadership, management, and technical support for Edgewater personnel as well as customer interface in the Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque areas. She also ensures compliance with Company-wide personnel security requirements.

Windy has over 20 years of experience in the administrative, project management, and DOE contracting fields. Since joining the Edgewater management team in 2011 she has utilized her skills in business and contract administration, personnel and project management, and human resources to support Edgewater employees and customers across the Southwestern U.S. including the establishment of Edgewater’s latest office location in Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Laura Wesselius

Los Alamos Assistant Office Manager

Laura Wesselius is Edgewater’s Assistant Officer Manager for our Los Alamos office. In this role, she provides direct interface with Edgewater employees and customers and provides day-to-day administrative support for Edgewater’s corporate headquarters.

Laura has a background in small business management. Her specialties include office administration, human resources, and the coordination of human, financial, and material resources to maximize operational effectiveness.

Tracy Hanson

Oak Ridge Office Manager and Senior Recruiter

Tracy Hanson is Edgewater’s Oak Ridge Office Manager and Senior Recruiter.  In these roles she manages Oak Ridge Office operations and supports Edgewater’s employees and customers in the Oak Ridge area, and, provides full life-cycle talent acquisition for all Edgewater activities.  She has placed over 350 professionals at Department of Energy sites in Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, and other sites across the DOE/NRC complex.

Tracy has over 25 years of experience in recruiting, office management, contract management, human resources, and systems operation/administration.  She has worked at DOE and DOD sites in Tennessee and Virginia and apples her extensive knowledge of policy and procedure best-practices to support Edgewater employees and customers.

Amanda Cameron

Aiken Office Manager and Senior Recruiter

Amanda Cameron is Edgewater’s Office Manager for our Aiken, SC office, and a Senior Technical Recruiter.  In these roles she is responsible for managing our Aiken office and supporting Company-wide recruitment efforts.

Amanda has over 19 years of experience in human resource management and technical recruiting, primarily within the DOE complex, and a proven track record of performance in human resource management and recruiting.

Angelle Clair

Carlsbad Site Manager

Angelle Clair is Edgewater’s Carlsbad Site Manager and Office Manager. In this role she provides leadership, management, and technical support for Edgewater personnel working at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) Site and provides customer interface with WIPP and NWP management.

Angelle has over twenty years of experience in human resources and business management which has included a variety of responsibilities such as recruiting, payroll and benefits administration. Angelle has demonstrated strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task and prioritize the ever-changing workload.