Biographical Sketches - Nominees for the TNI Board of Directors
Aaren has spent her career serving the environmental testing community. For over twelve years, she was the former Section Chief for the Laboratory Accreditation Program for Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection where she managed the program and staff. She has been a key leader in TNI and her list of activities and contributions to TNI is extensive, including the Board of Directors, Chair of the NELAP Accreditation Council, PA-DEP Delegate to the TNI NELAP Accreditation Council, member of the TNI Quality Systems Committee and numerous ad hoc task groups.
Mr. Brown has over 20 years’ experience in the environmental laboratory and field sampling/data collection industry. In his current role as Vice President and General Manager, Mr. Brown is responsible for all of EMT’s daily operations including direct oversight of the laboratory, field services, customer service/sales, quality assurance, accounting and support operations. His expertise in the field sampling and measurement industry has lead him to participate in an leadership and advisory role to many regional and national organizations in the areas of soil and groundwater analysis as well as field sampling and data collection. Mr. Brown is the past chair of the TNI NEFAP Executive Committee and TNI Field Activities Committee and has served as a member of the TNI Proficiency Testing Executive Committee, Consensus Standard Development Executive Committee, and the TNI Board of Directors.
Kristin is with the State of Utah laboratory certification program. She has over 18 years experience working for a NELAP AB, 7 years of that experience running the program. The list of TNI committees and subcommittees she has participated in includes the LASEC, LASEC-SIR Subcommittee, NGAB Working Group, membership in the Quality Systems Expert Committee, AB Evaluation Teams and she is currently the Chair-elect for the NELAP Accreditation Council.
David has carried out the job function of implementing the Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program since 2000 , first as an accreditation compliance officer, and then as the Program Manager of Laboratory Accreditation since 2010. He has been active on the NELAP Accreditation Council and the LASEC and has been a valued contributor to mentoring sessions at a number of meetings. David’s tenacity and support of TNI and its mission was instrumental in realizing Oklahoma’s adoption of the TNI Standard and recognition as a TNI Accreditation Body.
Patsy has over 13 years’ experience in water microbiology, water-related regulations and environmental laboratory accreditation. She has worked with a variety of regulatory agencies worldwide in attaining regulatory approval for IDEXX methods and on Validation/verification of methods. Patsy is a long-time participant in various standards development organizations including with TNI, Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater and ASHRAE. The list of her affiliations is extensive. She has been a member of the TNI Board of Directors and currently serves as Secretary to the Board. She is also the Chair of the Policy Committee, past chair of the Microbiology Expert Committee and Microbiology Proficiency Testing Expert Committee.
As a Senior Accreditation Officer, Nicholas supports the day-to-day operations of accreditation by assisting clients in obtaining and maintaining accreditation in the Environmental field, ensures that the assessor reports, responses from laboratories, and the status of deficiencies with laboratories are reviewed and evaluated. He is also an instructor in A2LA’s Workplace Training and provide contracted training, teach classes and help with the development of courses based on various International Standards. Classes can vary from in-depth teaching of 17025:2017 to more focused classes on risk management and corrective actions. Nicholas is a member of TNI’s LAB Committee.