Polestar Team

Lanette Adams

Lanette joined Polestar in May 2021 to work on a ISMS Phase II Assessment. Her 30+ year career on the Hanford Site included supporting key initiatives, such as implementation and performance management of Voluntary Protection Program, safety culture, and Integrated Safety Management System activities. She holds a BS degree in Psychology from Washington State University.

Lanette enjoys golfing, baking, and spending time with her two grandbabies.

Maisie Bowles

Maisie joined Polestar last summer as a business intern supporting Polestar’s CAFTA projects with export controls and helping to formalize Polestar’s policies and procedures.  She is currently studying International Business and Human Resource Management at Washington State University. In her free time she enjoys camping, hiking and spending time with friends and family.

Jim Carey

Jim Carey is a senior consultant with extensive operations experience in the nuclear Navy as well as at the Hanford site. He has a BS in Physics and an MBA. He is performing Conduct of Operations assessments.  He enjoys cruising his trawler.

Bryan Coles

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 BS Physics from UCLA, was a qualified Navy Nuclear Officer, and is a Certified Trainer.

Bryan has been with Polestar since January, 2009.

Tom Davies

Tom holds a BS degree in Engineering Mechanics from Penn State University and an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Tom has been with Polestar since 2016, with his latest assignment serving as the Team Leader for the ISMS Surveillance Team. Tom’s favorite free-time activities include gardening and fly fishing.

Jo Lynn Draper

For the past 22 years Jo Lynn has worked as an editor and facilitator at the Hanford Site.  She carries a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Central Washington University. As a member of the Polestar Team, Jo Lynn coordinates the Hanford Annual Site Environmental Report. In addition to the Annual report Jo Lynn is also responsible for coordinating and editing the Hanford Site Environmental Monitoring Plan, updated every 3 years. 

Jo Lynn also supports the Environmental Management group and the Toxic Air Project by editing various reports and documents. Jo Lynn spends most of her spare time on the golf course. She is a member of the Columbia Point Women’s Golf Club and loves playing Wine Valley. The destination golf course Jo Lynn hopes to one day play is Furnace Creek in Death Valley.

Nicole Ebert

Nicole Ebert has a Bachelor of Arts in Government Journalism with experience in technical, expository, and media writing, as well as graphics support. 

She is responsible for a bimonthly organizational newsletter and the compilation of a monthly report.

Nicole enjoys biking, reading, and volunteering at her church.

Jessica Fuller

Jessica Fuller has a BA in Business Administration. She works with the accounting and financial portion of the company. In her free time she is a sports junky and loves to watch anything sport related. She also loves to spend time with family and friends boating, camping and enjoying time together.

Dan Haggard

Dan is a Senior Technical Consultant with 40+ years of experience within the DOE complex.  Dan is a recognized subject matter expert in all aspects of nondestructive assay. His recent experience includes serving as a Nondestructive Assay Professional with the 618-10 Trench Remediation cleanup project at Hanford.  Dan served as a Mechanical Engineer in support of the Broad Based Review of the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant piping and is currently supporting Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as an NDA engineer for nondestructive assay reviews. 

Dan has three years of pre-engineering courses at Columbia Basin College and Central Washington University. He has taken specialized courses at Los Alamos National Laboratory in advanced gamma spectroscopy and active/passive neutron detector systems, and courses in calorimetry systems at Mound Laboratories.  Dan has authored or coauthored more than thirty publications and numerous presentations during his career. Dan has been with Polestar since 2005.

Marina Klein

Marina Scofield leads the IRT CAFTA Phoenix Architect Project for Polestar. She has been supporting this project for 20+ years either directly for the manufacturer, or indirectly through other previous vendors. Phoenix Architect includes a robust suite of software tools designed for Risk, Reliability and Safety Analysis and its customers include a range of industries primarily Aerospace. These software users rely on the tools for success in their own projects which may include design and maintenance and support of small to major aircraft manufactures. The suite of tools rests on the flagship product, CAFTA which has a long history known as the Industry Leader in Fault Tree Analysis.

Mark Morton, JR

Mark Morton is a project controls specialist, currently engaged as a developer of full-stack database applications for the commercial nuclear industry. Specifically, capital projects tracking and analysis of cost, risk, and key performance indicators.

In his free time, Mark enjoys playing music, electronics, machining, welding, woodworking, and working on old cars.

Mark Morton, SR, PE

Mark Morton Sr holds a BS in Engineering at Geneva College (Beaver Falls PA); Master’s Level Course Development in Decommissioning Planning and Engineering at Washington State University (Richland WA); Professional Engineer (Environmental) in WA State

He has merged Hanford Interim Safa Storage (ISS) lessons learned into the re-design concept for the KE and KW reactor ISS’s at Hanford. Deploying Polestar’s proprietary decommissioning planning tools at commercial nuclear and US government facilities

Woodworking, RV and foreign travel helping out at church and downhill skiing keeps Mark busy when not working with Polestar clients.

Bill Peiffer

Bill Peiffer has over 40 years of diverse experience that encompasses nuclear facility design, startup/commissioning, operation and decommissioning. He has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.

Bill is currently supporting the Operations Planning Integration team within the Mission Integration and Waste Feed Delivery Operations organization and is engaged with a range of activities including procurement of operations phase spare parts for DFLAW, conducting DFLAW operations phase optimization studies and providing input to the integrated DFLAW Operations Research Model.

Bill enjoys fly fishing to refresh from the rigors of work.

Ryan Ollero

Ryan joined Polestar in August of 2020 as a Technical Consultant with over 27 years of environmental, safety, health, and quality (ESH&Q) experience. His experience includes such disciplines as integrated safety management, emergency preparedness, contractor assurance, and performance assurance; however, his primary area of expertise is in waste management and transportation. He has extensive experience with managing nuclear construction, operations, D&D and remediation wastes that are generated under the authority of RCRA, CERCLA or RCRA/CERCLA integration. Ryan’s waste management and transportation experience spans the width of hazardous, low level, mixed low level , and TRU waste from the point of generations to final disposal.

Ryan was most recently assigned to providing day-to-day waste management and transportation services and developing the processes and procedures to begin managing waste streams “in-house” from generation to the disposal facility.

Ryan spends much of his spare time on the soccer field as Head Coach of Kennewick HS Girls Soccer and, when he’s not on the field, he is either traveling with his wife Jennifer, spending time with his two adult children (Riley and Marley), or chasing fish from Bouy 10 to the upper Hanford Reach.

Kirk Riedner

Kirk Riedner graduated from the University of Idaho in Chemical Engineering and has 5 years’ experience working with the vapors program at the Hanford site. His current project is helping his team with data analysis, analyzing vapor sample data for the Department of Energy throughout the Hanford site. When he’s not at work, he spends lots of his time being around family and friends and enjoying the outdoors.

Alex Schwarz

Alex is a Master’s degree graduate in Mechanical Engineering From WSU Tri-Cities. He has varied job and educational experience ranging from General Mechanical Engineering to Applied Nuclear Physics.

Alex joined Polestar to work on the 200-MG-1 Characterization project. His primary goal is to learn under experienced individuals, and develop reports relating to the reclassification of waste sites.

When not at work Alex practices for and attends karate classes. In his off hours he plays recreational video games and enjoys running and walking outside.

Donna Yasek

Donna Yasek holds a BS in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University. She is also a Board-Certified Safety Professional and Safety Trained Supervisor. Donna joined Polestar in December 2020, bringing with her more than 30 years of experience in completing Hanford Cleanup under both RCRA and CERCLA authorities. Her expertise ranges from new construction to D&D, as well as groundwater and waste site remediation.

She was a girl scout leader for 12 years and continues to volunteer with Junior Achievement and STEM. When not volunteering, Donna spends her free time in the kitchen as an avid baker.