Biographical Sketches - Nominees for the TNI Board of Directors
Steve Arms has spent most of his career serving the environmental testing community. He was the former administrator of the Florida Accreditation Body and former administrator of the Florida State environmental testing laboratory. He is currently under contract to TNI as the Lead Evaluator for NELAP Accreditation Body evaluations. He has been active in the national accreditation efforts since before the days of NELAC and the list of his activities and contributions to TNI is extensive, including the Board of Directors, Advocacy Committee, Nominating Committee, Accreditation Body Task Force, Accreditation Body Task Force II, Non-Governmental Accreditation Body Working Group, Laboratory Accreditation Body Expert Committee, Laboratory Support Subcommittee and NELAP Accreditation Council.
Stacie Crandall has 25 years’ experience in analytical and environmental testing. In her current position, she has oversight of a NELAC accredited municipal laboratory with a staff of 50. Her responsibilities include both regulatory and research programs. She has extensive experience in quality assurance and served as the laboratory’s Quality Assurance Manager for 15 years. Stacie has been an active leader in TNI as the past Chair and member of the Proficiency Testing Program Executive Committee, member of the Proficiency Testing Expert Committee and membership in the TNI Advocacy Committee. She is also active in WEF’s Laboratory practices Committee (past Chair) and the Virginia Environment Association (Past Chair and member of Laboratory Practices Committee).
Paul holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He has over 30 years of experience in the environmental laboratory industry. Paul has been involved in the national laboratory certification effort since 1999. In that time, he has been most active on the Quality Systems Committee, where he has served as the Chair of that Committee since 2012. In his real job, he serves as the main point of contact for clients in Northern Lake Service’s growing national marketplace. Prior to working at NLS, he served as the QA Manager at a multi-location network laboratory as well as being involved in Project Management, Customer Service, and LIMS functionality. Paul currently serves on the Wisconsin DNR Certification Standard Review Council under the category of Demonstrated Interest. He has participated in the DNR’s NELAP Technical Advisory Committee and the NR149 Revision Advisory Committee.
Judy has been serving the environmental industry since 1986. In her current role, she is responsible for the design and implementation of the Compliance Program, Green Initiatives Program, Safety Program, Training, Ethics and Confidentiality and Waste Disposal/Minimization program as well as various aspects of quality assurance for a large, multi-location laboratory network. She is a respected expert witness and a prolific technical writer. Judy has her BS in Chemistry from Austin Peay State University and an MS in Analytical Chemistry from Western Kentucky University. She is currently a member of the TNI Board of Directors, Chair of the LASEC and an active associate member of the Advocacy Committee and PT Expert Committee. The list of the other TNI committees, ad hoc groups and NEMC activities that Judy has contributed to since the beginning of the organization is extensive.
Scott D. Siders has over 40 years of experience in the environmental field, in the private sector (as an Analytical Chemist, Project Manager and Quality Assurance Manager), and with the USEPA and Illinois EPA. During his over 25 years at the Illinois EPA, Scott was the Divisional Quality Assurance Officer and a Laboratory Accreditation Officer. Scott has a B.A. Degree in Chemistry and Biology. Scott has been directly involved with the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) since 1995, previously serving as the Chair of the NELAC Quality Systems Committee and a member of the NELAC Board of Directors. In 2006, Scott was appointed to be the Illinois EPA’s representative on TNI’s NELAP Accreditation Council. Scott was elected in May 2012 to the TNI Board of Directors and is a voting-member of the TNI Laboratory Accreditation Systems Executive Committee. Scott returned to the private sector in 2015 where he serves in his current role.
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Alfredo is a founding member of TNI and INELA and participated in NELAC since its inception. He is passionate about environmental accreditation and has made many strategic contributions to TNI. He is TNI’s current Board Chair and has also served as Chair of the Policy Committee and has led numerous ad hoc task groups. In his current job, he is the Manager of a large municipal laboratory with a staff of around 20. Prior to joining this laboratory, he served the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a Water Supply Specialist, Senior Audit Chemist, Budget Coordinator and Chemist. Alfredo has demonstrated his commitment to TNI thorough lengthy service and would like to continue to do so. He has a deep understanding of laboratory accreditation and extensive experience with committee management.
Lem Walker, Jr.
EPA HQ Clean Water Act Alternate Test Procedure Coordinator
Lem has managed the Clean Water Act Alternate Test Procedure (ATP) program since May, 2006 where he has processed dozens of applications for approval of new or modified methods. He has been very involved in rulemaking actions with the agency. He also serves as the EPA liaison working with Standard Methods, ASTM and ACIL. Lem has been a leader in the NEMC since 2007, serving as chair of numerous technical sessions and recruiting speakers and providing insight and guidance. Prior to his tenure at EPA, Lem worked for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital as a NELAC State Drinking Water Certification Officer. He also has experience as a chemist in the private sector and at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He holds a BS in Chemistry from Xavier University.