Polestar Team

Bob Birney

Bob joined Polestar in January 2022 as a technical consultant to Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) following a 40-year career in the nuclear and chemical demilitarization industries. Bob’s Hanford experience includes being an FFTF reactor operator and supporting multiple facility startup projects with a focus on management policy and technical procedure development. Experience in the chem-demilitarization industry includes supporting equipment development from conceptual design to production equipment fabrication and facility startup testing. Most recently Bob was the Conduct of Operations Subject Matter Expert at the Waste Treatment Plant.

Bob has a history of directing local non-profit organizations, including fund raising for youth safety programs.

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.

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.

Maisie Fishback

Maisie is a Project Administrator and works with the CAFTA Sales Team as well as helping with various aspects of business management and development.  She recently earned a Bachelors degree in 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.

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.

Wendy Hahn

Wendy Hahn has a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and a Master of Science degree in Materials Science from Colorado School of Mines.

She has over 40 yrs of experience in Process and Environmental engineering in the nuclear and chemical weapons industries.

Wendy is currently supporting waste profiling and shipping radioactive waste shipments.

Wendy is active in showing her dog, a Belgian Tervuren in conformation and herding. She is also an avid snow skier.

Jim Jacobsen

Jim has over 35 years of leadership and management experience.  Nearly 31 years of this experience is related to federal government procurement and contract administration, primarily supporting Department of Energy funded projects in Richland, WA.  

Jim currently supports the administration of Polestar’s government, commercial and CAFTA software contracts.

Jim enjoys golfing, reading, and spending time with his wife, Chris, and his daughter, Jaimie. 

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.

Hank McCormick

Hank McCormick has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and has spent roughly 6 years designing and installing commercial capital projects and 3 years supporting nuclear waste cleanup projects including Environmental Restoration Disposal Facility (ERDF), Integrated Disposal Facility (IDF) and Waste Treatment Plant (WTP). 

Mr. McCormick is currently providing design engineering support for a large DOE project.

Hank most enjoys outdoor time with his family whether camping, hiking, or fishing. 

Ryan Ollero

Ryan joined Polestar Technical Services 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 conduct of operations, industrial safety, 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, operation, 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 treatment and disposal. In addition to supporting the needs of the client, Ryan is also the Health and Safety Representative for Polestar.

Ryan was most recently assigned to the Department of Energy-Office of River Protection supporting day-to-day operations oversight of the Tank Operations Contractor including operations readiness and startup/re-start of the Tank Side Cesium Removal System, Liquid Effluent Retention Facility, 242-A BA Boiler Annex, and 242-A Evaporator.

Ryan spends much of his spare time traveling and exploring local wineries with his wife Jennifer, spending time with his two adult children (Riley and Marley) and chasing fish from Bouy 10 to the upper Hanford Reach of the Columbia River.

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.

Tom Rodovsky, P.E.

Tom is a Principal Technical Consultant with 28 years of experience in the nuclear 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, radiological, environmental air quality and project engineering.  

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 teams by using good communication skills.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering with a Professional Engineering license in the State of Washington in the Environmental discipline.

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.

Eric Salgado

Eric has over four years of experience in recruiting in non-technical and technical roles.  Eric has a passion for people and is currently working on staffing for Polestar.

He recently graduated with honors from Central Washington University with a bachelor’s degree.

In his free time, he loves to take his son golfing and coach his sons soccer/basketball team.

Dick Wilde

Dick Wilde is a senior executive with extensive experience in nuclear weapons testing as well as 30 years of nuclear and hazardous waste cleanup, finally retiring as president of a Hanford company. He has a BS in Physics and an MBA. Dick has spent the last 15 years consulting for multiple DOE contractors and at most DOE sites.

He enjoys golfing but spends too much time consulting to get any good. He and his wife Gigi are presently raising seven kids and grandkids.

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.