Kathy Miller is the President, Managing Director, and co-owner of Polestar Technical Services, Inc. Kathy brings more than 25 years of experience working in various federal and commercial nuclear operating environments from facility operations to deactivation and decommissioning as well as all aspects of business management and operations.
Kathy started her career in the nuclear industry in 1993 at the PUREX Facility at Hanford supporting engineering, work control and operations. PUREX was the first plutonium processing facility to transition from operations through deactivation to long-term surveillance and maintenance. The PUREX Deactivation Project essentially wrote the first chapter of transition and deactivation within the Department of Energy.
In 2000, Kathy led the deactivation planning of the low hazard facilities in the Hanford 300 Area as part of the 300 Area Accelerated Deactivation Project (300 ACP). The 300 ACP was the predecessor of Hanford’s River Corridor Project.
In 2002, Kathy joined Polestar Applied Technology as a consultant providing technical services conducting requirements-based assessments, conduct of operations implementation, readiness assessments and leading major change management projects at sites across the DOE complex including Savannah River, Idaho National Lab, Y-12 Nuclear Security Site and the Nevada National Security Site.
In 2008 Kathy transitioned to contracts management, developing knowledge and experience in the business management side of operations and later taking on the role of Business Operations Manager under WorleyParsons Polestar following the acquisition of Polestar Applied Technology in 2008.
In 2013, after nearly a year of negotiation, Kathy, Bill Bailey and Patty Bailey founded Polestar Technical Services, Inc., and transitioned the active personnel and contracts from WorleyParsons Polestar through a divestiture agreement. Polestar Technical Services began operations on April 28, 2014 as a woman-owned small business.
Today, Kathy is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the company. Kathy provides leadership to execute the corporate strategy through the development and implementation of the company’s business plan which reflects the longer-term objectives and priorities to achieve profitable growth and successful operation of the company.
Kathy has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business from Washington State University.
Patty is Vice President, Director of Project Operations and Co-Owner of Polestar Technical Services Inc. Patty has over 33 years of experience in operations, training, safety, construction, deactivation, and maintenance of nuclear facilities. Patty started her career in 1982 as a Nuclear Process Operator working at a variety of Department of Energy Hanford site facilities including PUREX, UO3, PFP, T Plant, Solid Waste, and Tank Farms. As a nuclear operator, Patty was selected to join a project team developing a new job task analysis-based facility training program. Upon completion of that project Patty accepted an opportunity to move into technical training as an instructor and later as a Facility Training Manager.
In 1996 Patty returned to Operations supporting End Point development at B Plant and then selected to be the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) company coordinator for B&W Hanford Company. After successfully submitting the VPP application (and B&W Hanford being awarded Star status) Patty performed a number of VPP industry assist visits to a variety of industrial sites across the country. She then accepted a position as VPP company coordinator for CH2M-Hill Hanford Company. Upon successful submittal of the VPP application (CH2M-Hill Hanford also was awarded Star status), Patty became a construction field lead supporting Hanford Tank Farms construction projects. One of her projects was the first installation of wireless network system for computer use in the Tank Farms. Following completion of her projects, Patty became a maintenance field work supervisor at the 222S Laboratory.
In 2009, Patty joined WorleyParsons Polestar as a Technical Consultant supporting Washington Closure Hanford as a Subcontract Technical Representative responsible for contracts associated with mobilization and demobilization activities of environmental restoration and decommissioning projects.
In 2013, Patty, Kathy Miller and Bill Bailey founded Polestar Technical Services, Inc. and negotiated the divestiture of WorleyParsons Polestar personnel and contracts to Polestar Technical Services. Polestar Technical Services began operations in April 2014 as a woman-owned small business.
In addition to her role as Director, Project Operations, Patty is a team member on Polestar’s Integrated Safety Management System (ISMS) Surveillances team. For the past five years, the Polestar team has been working to ensure the ISMS is being effectively implemented.
Bill Bailey has 39 years of experience in nuclear operations and nuclear cleanup. In his 16 years at the Department of Energy Hanford site's PUREX plant, Bill was involved in startup, engineering, operations and deactivation, completing PUREX deactivation as the Plant Manager and Project Director. Bill also led the completion of the Hanford site's B Plant deactivation and Waste Encapsulation Storage Facility decoupling. After completing deactivation of the two canyon facilities, Bill was responsible for the excess facilities program in the Hanford 200 and 300 areas and supported the creation of the DOE National Facility Deactivation Initiative until he joined Polestar in 2003.
Bill worked on a number of Polestar projects including a 4-year assignment managing Polestar's United Kingdom business unit. In addition to his UK experience with Polestar, Bill has had key roles in a number of nuclear site proposal efforts including Hanford, Savannah River, Oak Ridge, Sellafield, Dounreay and Canadian Nuclear Labs. While in the UK, Polestar was purchased by WorleyParsons and Bill supported WorleyParsons activities in the UK. In 2011, Bill became General Manager of WorleyParsons Polestar and Director of Nuclear Material and Decommissioning supporting decommissioning activities across all WorleyParsons offices worldwide.
In 2013 Polestar Technical Services, Inc was formed by Kathy Miller, Patty Bailey and Bill. Polestar Technical Services began operations in April 2014 where Bill serves as the Director of Engineering and Technical Programs.
Bill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine.
Samee is a Senior Administrative Specialist and has over 20 years of business experience including administrative office support with 6 years of human resource activities. She currently provides senior administrative support to the executive management for Polestar office locations and functions as the main touchstone for all Polestar employees and subcontractors assigned to Polestar offices and remote locations. Her skills and activities include maintaining company information system, document preparation support, records management, action tracking, timekeeping administrator, office logistics, and coordinator of community and employee events and recognition programs. She leads and trains new hires with onboarding processes and maintains the resume log and training records.
Samee has been with Polestar since March 2008.
Gary MacFarlan, PMP
Gary is a Senior Technical Consultant/Project Manager with 30 plus years of experience in the nuclear and defense industry. Gary has a history of successful projects including full lifecycle activities associated with highly radioactive and highly complex contaminated facilities from start up to demolition. He has worked projects across the Department of Energy complex as well as international projects including Waste Characterization in Afghanistan and Kuwait and demolition and risk management planning at the Bradwell Nuclear Site in the United Kingdom. Gary is proficient in earned value management and P6 scheduling systems.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and a Fundamentals of Decommissioning Certificate, both from Washington State University and has been with Polestar since 2005. Gary is also a certified Project Management Professional.
Tom Rodovsky, PE
Tom is a Principal Technical Consultant and a Senior Project Manager with 25 years of experience in the nuclear safety and environmental engineering fields supporting United States Department of Energy and commercial nuclear power projects. He demonstrates versatility in providing technical expertise in nuclear, environmental and project engineering. He has supported management roles for numerous clients and is the program manager at Polestar Technical Services for the Environmental Compliance and Nuclear Safety/Technical Analyses business units.
Tom has extensive experience with authoring technical documents, calculations, evaluations and use of air dispersion modeling and radiation shielding software. Tom prides himself on being able to work on highly technical projects while also being able to manage projects and employees by using good communication skills.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Arizona and is a Washington State Professional Engineer. Tom has been with Polestar since 2005.
Bryan has over forty years’ experience in reactor operations, sodium and light water, both startup and shutdown. He has experience in Performance Assurance, training, and Integrated Safety Management System implementation.
Bryan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from UCLA, was a qualified Navy Nuclear Officer, and is a Certified Trainer.
Bryan has been with Polestar since January 2009.