1999 – Present – M&P Services International Corporation, Milton, Florida
Kate Russell is currently Vice President of M&P Services International Corporation, a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), located near Pensacola, Florida. As Vice President of M&P Services, Ms. Russell responsibilities include hiring of new employees, performing employee evaluations, career planning, scheduling personnel for various government and private sector jobs, status report preparation, technical review of all M&P Services activities, and proposal preparation.
M&P Services completed a contract in 2008 with FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security maintaining and deactivating temporary housing in the state of Florida. M&P Services has also completed several projects with Eglin Air Force Base to provide various services including Environmental Assessments, Biological Assessments, Wastewater Permit Renewal Applications, and Operation & Maintenance Manual updates.
1997 – 1999 – Science Application International Corporation, Shalimar, Florida
1994 – 1997 – Vinnel Brown and Root Corporation, Incirlik, Turkey
As Environmental Branch Chief, Ms. Russell was responsible for implementing a comprehensive environmental program that would bring all NATO bases in Turkey in line with applicable Turkish and United States environmental requirements, plus European wastewater discharge requirements. Ms. Russell assembled a staff, and within three years established a program that General John L. Barry said was “the best in Europe”. In addition to the technical requirements of the position, Ms. Russell routinely gave environmental briefings to Air Force authorities in Turkey, U.S. Air Force in Europe (USAFE) authorities and negotiated with Turkish government and military authorities regarding cleanup alternatives for contaminated sites.
1989 – 1994 – Brown & Root Environmental (Tetra Tech), Oak Ridge, TN and Aiken, SC
As Program Manager for the Hazardous Waste Remedial Action Program (HAZWRAP) contract, Ms. Russell provided technical assistance for the Installation Restoration Programs for several Air Force Bases in EPA Region VI. Ms. Russell directly managed the activities of eleven project managers, planning, organizing, and coordinating their work assignments; provided senior technical oversight for hazardous waste remediation activities; and reviewed all deliverable documents. Ms. Russell’s duties also included negotiating task assignments, maintaining budget control, resolving scheduling conflicts, initiating changer orders, and coordinating with the client to identify needs and solve problems.
Under a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contract with the Savannah River Site (SRS), Ms. Russell served as Deputy Principal Investigator for Waste Management Support under a technical support services contract. Her position was environmental scientist specializing in restoration regulations, assisting the DOE in negotiating a restoration agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of South Carolina. The major focus of her DOE duties was developing and overseeing the implementation of a strategy to combine the public participation requirements of NEPA, RCRA, and CERCLA for numerous SRS sites.
1987 – 1989 – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region VI, Dallas, Texas
Project Manager in the Superfund Enforcement Section assigned to the VERTAC Superfund site located in Arkansas. The site was an abandoned pesticide/herbicide manufacturing plant that was heavily contaminated with dioxin. The plant was located near a residential area, and dioxin was found to have migrated off-site into creeks and the backyards of the residences. As Project Manager, Ms. Russell worked with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to develop a court-defensible sampling plan. Because of the location of the contamination, public concern was especially high, and Ms. Russell held numerous individual and community meetings to communicate with the residents. Some soil removal activities were necessary. Ms. Russell coordinated with Federal, state and local public officials to brief the press and public, and to develop a “team approach” to managing the project. Ms. Russell also managed three separate contractors who performed sampling, technical report preparation, and maintenance of the official file. She was responsible for all scheduling and contractual issues relating to these contractors.
1984 – 1987 – Texas Water Commission, Austin, Texas
As Senior Enforcement Coordinator, Wastewater Enforcement Section, Ms. Russell dealt with municipalities and industries that had violated their state wastewater discharge permits. She drafted approximately 60 compliance agreements and prepared the technical basis for court cases and regularly testified in court as a technical expert at permit hearings. Because she was a certified operator experienced with the various types of wastewater treatment systems and was familiar with the associated analytical parameters, Ms. Russell, whenever possible, helped to correct problems by operational means and incorporate those solutions into the compliance agreements, thus lowering the amount of litigation for the parties.
Ms. Russell was also instrumental in developing the Texas State Superfund Program. She ranked sites using a scoring method similar to the Federal system and performed record searches for responsible parties. She conducted site investigations, feasibility studies, and enforcement activities.
1982 – 1984 – Austin Community College, Austin, Texas (Part-time)
1976 – 1984 – City of Austin, Austin, Texas
As chemist, Ms. Russell supervised laboratories in the analysis of water and wastewater for process control and to fulfill state and Federal permit requirements. All laboratories followed the procedures established in Standard Methods for Analyzing Water and Wastewater and were certified in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s quality assurance/quality control laboratory program. Analytical parameters included BOD, COD, TDS, TSS, chlorine residual, fecal coliform, total coliform, pH, alkalinity, hardness, chlorides, phosphates, nitrates, and heavy metals. Ms. Russell was in charge of operating a 20-million-gallon/day contact stabilization plant, assuring compliance with environmental regulations. Through the laboratory, she also gave process control input to various other plants including a rotating biological contactor, a facultative lagoon system, extended aeration systems, a sludge lagoon, an aerobic digester, and an anaerobic digester system.
1976 – 1976 – City of San Angelo, San Angelo, Texas