Jack R. Craig, Jr.
Director, Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center
Mr. Craig has served in various technical, management and executive leadership positions within the Department of Energy (DOE) over the last 20 years. These positions have been associated with environmental cleanup activities at former nuclear weapons production facilities throughout the United States. His experience has included direct line management responsibility as a DOE site manager in addition to executive responsibilities leading an organization that provides business and technical support to the entire Environmental Management (EM) element of the Department. Mr. Craig entered the Senior Executive Service in September 1999.
Since October 2004, Mr. Craig has served as the Director, Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) in Cincinnati, Ohio. In this position, Mr. Craig is responsible for leadership, management and oversight of 192 federal staff that support 15 DOE sites with an annual budget of more than $1 billion. The EMCBC provides consolidated business services to DOE's Environmental Management Program in the areas of Financial Management, Cost Estimating, Human Resources, Contracting and Acquisitions, Intergovernmental Communications, Legal Services, Property and Records Management and Technical Services. Mr. Craig also serves as the Chair of the Greater Cincinnati Federal Executive Board and Chair of the Greater Cincinnati Combined Federal Campaign.
During the period from March 2010 to November 2010, Mr. Craig served as Acting Manager of the DOE Savannah River Operations Office (SR). As DOE-SR Acting Manager, Mr. Craig directed the Site's environmental management (EM) program, which primarily included: stabilization and disposition of legacy plutonium and uranium materials; receipt and management of spent nuclear fuels from research reactors in the United States and around the world; treatment and disposition of 37 million gallons of radioactive liquid wastes resulting from 55 years of nuclear operations; disposition of transuranic waste; soil and groundwater remediation; deactivation and decommissioning of surplus facilities; area cleanup and closures across the Site; and development and deployment of technologies to meet the challenges facing the Savannah River Site and the Nation in the key areas of national and homeland security, energy security, and environmental management.
Mr. Craig was the Deputy Manager of the DOE Ohio Field Office from 2000 to 2004, where he was responsible for the management, cleanup and restoration of five separate DOE facilities, four within Ohio (Fernald, Mound, Battelle-Columbus, and Ashtabula) and the West Valley Demonstration Project in New York. The Ohio Field Office had an annual budget of $550 million and employed nearly 4,000 federal and contractor staff. Mr. Craig was also the Director of the Fernald Environmental Management Project outside of Cincinnati, Ohio from 1995 to 2000. At Fernald he was responsible for the management of all site project activities that included facilities decommissioning, radioactive materials management, environmental restoration, and public involvement. Mr. Craig also served as the DOE Contracting Officer's Representative for the Department's first Environmental Management Restoration Contract.
Before joining the Department of Energy, Mr. Craig managed environmental projects at Department of Defense facilities for General Dynamics Corporation. He also held various positions with the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for naval ship design and shipyard inspections.
Mr. Craig holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University and has completed graduate studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Ralph E. Holland
Deputy Director, Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center
Mr. Holland has served in various contracting, supervisory, and management positions within the Department of Energy (DOE) over the last 18 years. These positions have been associated with environmental cleanup activities at former nuclear weapons production facilities through the United States. His experience includes direct line management responsibility as a DOE manager with responsibility for leading an organization that provides business support to the entire Environmental Management (EM) element of the Department.
In November 2011, Mr. Holland was selected as the Deputy Director, Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) in Cincinnati, Ohio. In this position, Mr. Holland is responsible for leadership, management and oversight of approximately 192 federal staff that support 15 DOE sites with an annual budget of more than $1 billion. In addition to line management responsibility for EM’s small sites, the EMCBC provides consolidated business services to DOE’s Environmental Management Program in the areas of Financial Management, Cost Estimating, Human Resources, Contracting and Acquisitions, Intergovernmental Communications, Legal Services, Property and Records Management and Technical Services.
Mr. Holland was previously assigned to various leadership positions with the EMCBC Office of Contracting and the Ohio Field Office, Procurement and Contract Division, from 1995 to 2011, where he was responsible for contract award and administration functions for multiple Department of Energy facilities. During his tenure with Department of Energy, Mr. Holland has applied his business and managerial leadership to the development and implementation of initiatives in the areas of strategic sourcing, process improvement in support of the Department’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Program, and establishment of the field component of the Environmental Management Acquisition Center.
Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Holland served in supervisory and managerial positions with the Defense Logistics Agency with acquisition responsibility for a broad range of goods and services which included weapons systems components, research and development, and construction.
Assistant Director, Office of Civil Rights and Diversity
Ms. Regina Neal-Mujahid was selected as the Assistant Director, Office of Civil Rights and Diversity on September 21, 2009.
As the Assistant Director she is responsible for managing all aspects of equal employment opportunity (EEO) and diversity at the EMCBC and Customer Sites. She brings significant EEO/diversity experience to her role and is committed to promoting inclusiveness and providing the EMCBC with a roadmap for sustaining and effective and optimum EEO/diversity program.
Prior to joining the EMCBC in 2006, Ms. Neal served as a Program Specialist in the DOE Headquarters Office of Civil Rights and Diversity performing in key functional areas of EEO, diversity and the Employee Concerns Program (ECP). During her tenure there, she delivered the Department of Energy's Forums at national training conferences on civil rights law, policies, and regulations. Ms. Neal was agency lead for EEO complaints tracking, reporting and certification. Ms. Neal has been employed at the Department of Energy for twenty years, she is a graduate of Saint Paul's College in Lawrenceville, VA.
Ward E. Best
Assistant Director, Office of Information Resource Management
Ward Best comes to the EMCBC from the Ohio Field Office where he served as Assistant Manager for Compliance and Support as well as holding the position of Chief Information Officer. Prior to that Mr. Best was Project Director for the Ashtabula Environmental Management Project and was Branch Chief for Quality Engineering for the New Production Reactor Program.
Mr. Best came to DOE from the Navy where he was involved in the SUSAFE Program for Submarine Construction and Overhaul. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from Michigan State University (1980).
Assistant Director, Office of Cost Estimating and Project Management Support
Terry Brennan joined the EMCBC in July 2007 to establish EM’s Office of Cost Estimating and Analysis. He has served in various cost engineering, value management, project management, and leadership positions over the last 33 years while working in Private Industry, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of energy (DOE).
He joined the Department of Energy at the Savannah River Operations Office in 1995, then moved on to positions of increasing responsibility until his transfer in 2000 to the Department's National Environmental Technology Laboratory's Center for Acquisition and Business Excellence (CABE). At CABE he was responsible for developing DOE's Value Management and Cost Quality Management Programs, while supporting the DOE Office of Engineering and Construction Management (OECM).
Prior to joining the EMCBC, Terry served as the Chief Information Officer within the Office of Legacy Management (LM), where he developed LM's Enterprise Management System and was responsible for the transition of all information systems and records inventories associated with EM's Closure Sites (Rocky Flats, Fernald, Mound, Columbus, and Ashtabula) to support the Department's Long-Term Stewardship responsibilities.
In 2011 the EMCBC mission was expanded to include line management authority for EM’s Small Cleanup Sites. To accommodate this change in mission, the Office of Cost Estimating and Analysis was expanded to include program and project management functions and renamed the Office of Cost Estimating and Project Management Support.
The mission of the EMCBC Office of Cost Estimating and Project Management is to fully integrate sound cost estimating practices into all of EM's acquisition and project management processes by establishing EM Corporate cost estimating requirements and providing oversight for contractor-developed cost estimates, preparing Independent Government Cost Estimates to support EM Acquisition Center activities, preparing Independent Cost Estimates to support EM project planning and execution needs, performing Independent Cost Reviews of contractor-developed cost estimates, supporting Risk Management Planning activities, and expanding our role in EM’s Life-Cycle Planning processes to facilitate development of environmental liability estimates. This office also serves as the EMCBC's Project Management Organization (PMO), whose role is to improve the overall success of EM’s Clean-up projects by establishing standards and templates, providing project support through mentoring and resources, and by supporting the planning and execution of strategic, high risk, high cost, and complex EM Clean-up/Closure projects.
Assistant Director, Office of Financial Management
David joined the EMCBC as Assistant Director, Office of Financial Management in October 2009. He has served in a number of financial management positions within the Department of Defense (DoD) for more than 17 years. Prior to joining the Department of Energy, he was Director for Accounting Requirements, Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), Columbus, Ohio where he managed the legacy accounting systems, processes and procedures supporting the U.S. Air Force.
His previous positions in DoD include; Air Force Client Executive Liaison, Air Force Materiel Command Client Executive, Internal Review Site Manager, and several policy and operational accounting positions.
David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Anderson University, Indiana. . He also attended the Army Comptrollership Program at Syracuse University where he earned a Master of Business Administration. David is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Indiana.
Kathleen A. Reck
Assistant Director, Office of Human Resources
Kathleen Reck joined the EMCBC in 2011 after serving as Associate (Deputy) Director of HR Policy and Programs for the Navy in Washington, DC. Prior to her HQ post at the Department of Navy, she served nearly two years in the middle east as Director of the Human Resources Office in Bahrain. At the EMCBC, Ms. Reck supervises three teams of professionals providing services in Staffing, Recruiting, Classification, Employee and Labor Relations, Benefits, Employee Development and Training, Strategic Workforce and Succession Planning.
Originally from Michigan, Ms. Reck held several headquarters positions in the Department of State prior to 2004 where she was one of two selected for the Executive Potential Program. In 2004 she accepted the Directorship of Human Resources for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Cincinnati. Ms. Reck was the Deputy Transition Manager on Regional Teams and a member of the National Team to implement the DoD National Security Personnel System (NSPS).
Ms. Reck is a graduate of the Graduate School Executive Potential Program, has received numerous Meritorious Service Awards from the Department of State, and a Superior Honor Award for her contributions to the Army Corps of Engineers.
Mell J. Roy
EMCBC Chief Counsel and Assistant Director, Office of Chief Counsel
Ms. Mell Roy joined the Department of Energy (DOE) in 1991 as the Senior Environmental Counsel at the Rocky Flats Site. She served, since 1996, as the Chief Counsel at the DOE Rocky Flats Project Office in Golden Colorado and was part of the management team that led the successful closure of the facility and its conversion to a national wildlife refuge. Ms. Roy was named as the Chief Counsel on the Rocky Flats Clean-Up Team that won the 2007 Service to America Medal for Science and Environment.
Ms. Roy was selected in 2005 as the Assistant Director for Legal Services for the newly established Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) in Cincinnati, Ohio. She manages the EMCBC Office of Chief Counsel and provides legal counsel to the DOE Office of Environmental Management small sites and closure sites in numerous locations across the country. Additionally, she is responsible for providing the legal support to the multi-state Field Office sites for the DOE Office of Legacy Management.
Ms. Roy completed a five month assignment as the DOE Acting Assistant General Counsel for Electricity and Power Marketing. She managed the legal staff and address issues presented by DOE’s Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs) in the national distribution of electricity and the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency. She coordinated with the PMAs and other federal agencies in the formulation of policy positions on the delivery reliability penalties. Her additional experience included serving a ten month detail as a special assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management.
Prior to her federal service, Ms. Roy practiced law as the in-house counsel with several government contractor firms. In addition to environmental and toxic torts matters, she addressed legal issues in corporate, real property, personnel, procurement, natural resources, public utilities and general business law. She was Environmental Counsel and Senior Program Manager for multi-million dollar government contracts engaged in environmental consulting, remediation and response action activities for the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U. S. Department of Defense, the DOE, state agencies and private sector clients.
Ms. Roy concurrently earned a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Speech Communications from the University of Denver. Her undergraduate research was conducted in radiation chemistry. Subsequently, she earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Denver as well.
Ms. Roy is a 2009 graduate of the U.S. Department of Energy Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program. She received her executive qualifications certification from the U. S. Office of Personnel Management.
Timothy J. (T. J.) Jackson
Assistant Director, Office of Technical Support and Asset Management
T. J. Jackson came to the EMCBC in 2006 with over 25 years of experience encompassing Environmental Restoration, Nuclear Facility Construction, Start-up, and Operations, Waste Management, Decontamination and Decommissioning, Quality Assurance, Regulatory Compliance and Project Management. At the EMCBC he leads a highly qualified team focused on EM's mission in the areas of environment, safety, health, quality assurance, real estate, personal property, emergency management, security, records management, performance assurance, and classification/declassification. Prior to his tenure as Assistant Director for Logistics Management, Mr. Jackson has held the positions of Acting Deputy Manager of the Ohio Field Office, Associate Director, Deputy Director and Acting Director of the West Valley Demonstration Project and Quality Specialist with the Office of New Production Reactors.
Prior to joining DOE, Mr. Jackson worked for 10 years in the private sector, focused on construction and engineering projects including two commercial nuclear power reactors. He is a certified Level III Federal Project Director, Senior Technical Safety Manager, Contracting Officer's Representative, and an NQA-1 Lead Auditor. He received a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Technology from Tarleton State University (Texas A&M University System) and has completed graduate level courses at Johns Hopkins University.
David H. Hess
Assistant Director, Office of Contracting
Mr. Hess has served in various contracting, supervisory, and management positions within the Department of Energy (DOE) over the last 11 years. These positions have been involved in the environmental cleanup activities at former nuclear weapons production facilities throughout the United States and nuclear nonproliferation efforts for the National Nuclear Security Administration.
In July 2012, Mr. Hess was selected as the Assistant Director for the Office of Contracting at Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) in Cincinnati, Ohio. In this position, Mr. Hess is responsible for the leadership, management and oversight of approximately 40 federal contracting staff that provide acquisition and financial assistance support to 15 DOE sites with annual obligations of more than $1 billion.
Mr. Hess previously held the position of Acquisition and Assistance Division Chief for the EMCBC Office of Contracting where he was responsible for overseeing eight contracting officers in the negotiation and award of multiple, complex contracts, grants and cooperative agreements for numerous large-scale environmental management projects within the DOE Environmental Management Program. During this time, Mr. Hess was instrumental in implementing the Environmental Management Program Office’s Acquisition Center initiative in the areas of acquisition planning and source selection.
From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Hess previously served as the Lead Contracting Officer for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Project at the DOE Chicago Operations Office, where he was responsible for the management of a multi-billion dollar design, construction and operation contract for a one of a kind nuclear fuel processing facility that converts excess weapons-grade plutonium from nuclear weapons into fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.
Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Hess served as a Team Lead and Contracting Officer for the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River, Maryland, from 1994 to 2001, where he supported the V-22 Osprey and Air Combat Electronics major weapon system programs.
Mr. Hess holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Northern Illinois University, an unlimited warrant as a Contracting Officer for the United States of America, and is certified as a Level III Acquisition Professional.