Polestar Team

Dawn Adams

Dawn Adams is a PMP certified Senior Project Manager.  She has degrees from Washington State University in Business Administration (BA) and Computer Science (MS).  Dawn is currently managing four Hanford projects including design/fabrication projects supporting cleanup in the 324 facility, and design and fabrication of a ventilation system for the REDOX facility. When not working, Dawn enjoys scrapbooking, cooking and giving back to the community serving as a Board Member for the Kennewick School District (since 2001).

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.

Charmaine Busler

Charmaine Busler has a diploma in Business Information Management and over 20+ years in Document Control in Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC), Document Control in medical technology, 5+ years in Document Control and Administration for Asia Pacific Projects. She is currently on the Integrated Safety Management System (ISMS) team updating/revising technical procedures, creating safety topics and poster and assisting team members MS office documents.

Charmaine likes to make canned jams, jellies, salsa, fruits and vegetables, and create new and unusual recipes.

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.

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.

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.

Gabrielle Schuler

Gabrielle Schuler graduated from Washington State University with a B.S. in Physics. She is working as a Project Support Specialist for the Integrated Disposal Facility at the Hanford site. She supports project management, operations, permitting and environmental compliance in preparation for the startup of IDF.

Gabrielle enjoys the outdoors and spends her free time biking on the local trails.

Marina Scofield

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.

Morgan Spaman

Morgan Spaman holds an associates degree in Fire Science from the Community College of the Air Force. He is a Certified Fire Officer II, IFSAC, Certified Safety Professional, BCSP with 42 years experience in occupational safety and fire protection. He is a Polestar ISMS Surveillance Team member.

Morgan enjoys stargazing.

Ronny Tronstad

Ronny Tronstad is an Engineer with over 10 years of experience, three of those at the Hanford Site. Ronny holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Mechanical Engineering and is currently supporting the Integrated Disposal Facility at Hanford as a Mechanical Engineer. In his free time, Ronny enjoys spending time with his wife and two young kids and exploring the Pacific Northwest together.