Over 200 Years of Combined Experience
The RSCS company Directors and their professional staff have over 200 years of combined experience along with advanced Health Physics degrees and professional credentials including comprehensive certifications from the American Board of Health Physics. Our team of Certified Health Physicists and Project Managers and radiation safety specialists have diverse expertise and experience in various aspects of Health Physics and Radiation Protection. In business for over 30 years, our team has the experience, expertise and reputation that you can rely on to support your radiological operations.
Eric Darois - Principal, Executive Director
Mr. Darois has 38 years of experience and has held various technical and managerial positions in nuclear power facilities, decommissioning sites, and environmental laboratories. He has an M.S. and B.S. in Radiological Sciences and Protection and is certified by the American Board of Health Physics. Mr. Darois’ technical specialties include alpha contamination controls, internal and external dosimetry assessments, facility characterization, source calibrations, decommissioning cost estimation, and contaminated groundwater management. Mr. Darois has authored many professional papers and presentations and was a key author on several EPRI Guideline documents. He is currently a member of ANSI N13.1 committee, Guide to Sampling Airborne Radioactive Materials in Stacks and Ducts.
Mr. Darois provides executive oversight of our quality and technical programs. He also directs many large projects involving complex calculations, radiation exposures, and regulatory compliance, for both US and international clients.
Frederick P. Straccia - Principal, Executive Director
Mr. Straccia has 39 years of experience in nuclear power and large industry holding positions in Operational Health Physics, Emergency Planning, and Training. He has a B.S. degree in Radiological Health Physics and is certified by the American Board of Health Physics. Mr. Straccia’s technical specialties include radiological operations, instrumentation, product development, and licensing. He has served on several technical and industry committees and is a past President of the New England Chapter of the Health Physics Society.
Mr. Straccia provides executive oversight of our laboratory operations and instrument manufacturing and sales divisions. He also directs many large projects involving radiation detection solutions, radiation producing machines, and radiological field operations.
James P. Tarzia - Principal, Executive Director
Mr.Tarzia has 34 years of experience and has held various technical and managerial positions in research reactors, nuclear power facilities, and decommissioning sites. He has an M.S. and B.S. in Radiological Sciences and Protection, an M.B.A, is certified by the American Board of Health Physics and has previously held a Sr. Reactor Operator’s license. Mr. Tarzia’s technical specialties include reactor operations, decommissioning, internal and external dosimetry, and operational health physics. Mr. Tarzia has authored many professional papers and resides on several committees. He is the current Assistant Chairman of the ABHP Part I Panel and Chairman of the New Hampshire State Radiation Advisory Committee.
Mr. Tarzia provides executive oversight of our financial and business systems and our international operations. He also directs many large projects involving decommissioning, reactors, and regulatory compliance.
Fred Erskine - Director of Site Services
Mr. Erskine has over 41 years of experience in the commercial nuclear power industry as a Staff Augmentation Specialist with an emphasis in contract personnel management support as a senior manager and chief executive. His is overall responsible for RSCS Staffing Services. He was responsible for the creation and management of several manpower providers including Nuclear Support Services, Numanco and DZ Atlantic. He has a BS in Nuclear Engineering and an MBA. He has been directly involved in the staffing of over 350 outages at nearly all the operating and decommissioned US Nuclear Power Stations.
Richard Titolo - Director of Business Development
Mr. Titolo has over 35 years of experience and has held various technical, managerial and executive level positions at nuclear facilities and in private industry. Mr. Titolo has both a B.S. and M.S. in Health Physics from Georgia Tech, and was awarded an academic fellowship by INPO while attending graduate school. Prior to joining RSCS, Mr. Titolo was President of Millennium Services for 18 years. His background includes RP program development and implementation, project management, program assessments, and the design and execution of radiological surveys. He was also certified as a BWR Sr. Reactor Operator. Mr. Titolo has extensive executive level experience in business development, strategic planning, management, and performance optimization.
Mr. Titolo assists the Executive Directors in the development and execution of strategic plans and in client relations. He promotes and develops business opportunities, and supports the Radiological Services Division by assisting in technical oversight and client support.
Ellen Anderson - Director of Radiological Services
Mrs. Anderson has dedicated nearly 4 decades to the nuclear power industry in the areas of radiation protection, emergency preparedness, regulatory affairs, nuclear oversight and security. Mrs. Anderson held numerous nuclear industry positions, including Radiation Protection Manager, Fleet Radiation Protection Manager, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Quality Assurance Manager and Emergency Preparedness Manager.
For the past decade, Mrs. Anderson has been the Director of Radiation Safety and International Liaison for the Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) where she provided regulatory and applied health physics/radiation protection expertise in the areas of occupational and public radiation safety to member utilities, industry organizations, including EPRI, INPO, ANI, and international radiological protection organizations. At NEI, she led their Radiation Safety Task Force, and participated on the former Delivering the Nuclear Promise RP team.
As the Director of Radiological Services, Mrs. Anderson supports strategic planning initiatives and business development for our Project Services divisions serving the nuclear power industry.
Ronald Thurlow - Director of Operations
Mr. Thurlow has 36 years of experience and has held various technical and leadership positions in nuclear power facilities, including Radiation Protection Manager, Fleet Radiation Protection and Chemistry Manager, Maintenance Director, and Nuclear Oversight Manager. Mr. Thurlow also served as an officer in the Unites States Air Force where he was the officer in charge of word-wide radiological response and consultation for the Air Force. He has an M.S. and B.S. in Radiological Sciences and Protection and is certified by the American Board of Health Physics. Mr. Thurlow has served as the President of the Health Physics Society Power Reactor Section and has been a contributor and principle investigator for various EPRI Guideline documents. Mr., Thurlow’s specialties include operational radiation protection, internal and external dosimetry assessments, leadership development, emergency response, industrial safety and human performance.
As the Director of Operations, Mr. Thurlow oversee our Projects Group and Instrumentation Divisions, and provide managerial support to our corporate operations.
David Wood - Director of Project Management Group
Mr. Wood has over 30 years of experience in providing project management controls in nuclear power production and generation, commercial construction, and the project management field. He has an extensive nuclear project background and proven cost control and scheduling expertise to improve organizational efficiency and effectively manage project controls organizations. Mr. Wood also has broad experience in major projects, decommissioning, regulatory recoveries, engineering schedule development, implementation, and management.
Mr. Wood is responsible for developing business opportunities for turnkey project management projects within RSCS Staffing Services.
Jennifer Collins - Regulatory Compliance Manager
Ms. Collins has over 30 years experience in corporate business management. Ms. Collins specializes in radiation detection and measurement technologies and previously held the position of Operations Director of an OEM company which manufactured gamma spectroscopy instrumentation. She oversaw the development and commercialization of R&D 100 Award winning technology and contributed to several patent applications that were awarded for radiation detector designs.
Ms. Collins oversees the corporate Quality Assurance Program and handles all regulatory activities related to radioactive materials licensing and security.
Henry LaBrecque - Corporate Financial Advisor
Mr. Labrecque has over 40 years of Financial and Operational experience working in both service and manufacturing type organizations. His most recent position was CEO with a manufacturer of Radionuclide Identification and Detection systems where he was also the RSO. Mr. Labrecque has a B.S.B.A in Accounting, an M.B.A in Finance, and has held various Executive Financial and Controllership positions throughout his career.
Mr. Labrecque provides oversight of all corporate financial matters and is a key contributor to the strategic direction of the corporation.
Ken Nydam - Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Nydam has 30 years of experience including in business finance and management, including 3 years as CFO at Helfrich Brothers Boiler Works and 13 years with Covanta in leadership positions within finance, energy and asset management for several business units. He began his career in the natural gas transmission industry working in finance, internal audit and business development. My Nydam has an MBA in Finance from Pace University and a BS in accounting from University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
As the RSCS CFO, Mr. Nydam leads all financial planning and risk management functions for the company including accounting, P&L forecasting, financing, HR and management of the ERP system.
Matt Darois - Senior Environmental Project Manager
Mr. Darois started his career in the nuclear power industry in 2002 working at the Connecticut Yankee Decommissioning project where he functioned as the Groundwater Operations Supervisor until 2007. During this time Mr. Darois also supported the Yankee Rowe Decommissioning Project as a part time field geologist and groundwater monitoring support staff. During his time at these decommissioning projects he participated in several radiological and non-radiological soil and groundwater investigations and remediation projects. His responsibilities as groundwater operations supervisor included soil and bedrock boring and well design and implementation, as well as oversight, site dewatering support and coordination with Final Status Survey and D&D groups. Mr. Darois has a BS in Environmental Science with a focus on Soil Science from the University of New Hampshire.
Joining RSCS as a Project Manager and Environmental Scientist in 2007, Mr. Darois specializes in running a broad range of environmental, radiological and geotechnical projects, and supports our nuclear power clients with the implementation of the NEI 07-07 groundwater protection initiative and the NEI 09-14 buried pipe inspection initiative.
Heath Downey - Site Projects Manager
Mr. Downey holds a Masters of Science in Radiological Health from the University of Michigan and is a Certified Health Physicist, Comprehensive Practice. Mr. Downey brings over 24 years of experience in the operation and management of health physics, radiation protection and decommissioning programs to meet NRC, CERCLA and state regulations and guidance. Mr. Downey’s primary areas of expertise include the investigation, assessment, design, remediation and final status surveys for decommissioning of radioactive sites.
As a Corporate Health Physicist, Mr. Downey provides technical leadership in the areas of MARSSIM survey design, RESRAD dose assessment, gamma spectroscopy and waste disposal. In addition, Mr. Downey has specialized skills in developing decommissioning plans to terminate NRC licenses including decommissioning funding plans, cost estimates, site assessments and cleanup criteria.
Robert Leddy - Site Projects Manager
Mr. Leddy has more than 35 years of experience developing, implementing, and managing Radiation Protection programs. He has an A.A.S. degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology, a B.S. in Radiological and Health Sciences, and a M.S. in Health Physics. He has functioned as the Radiation Protection Manager for a two unit BWR, during the decommissioning of a commercial (PWR) nuclear facility, and Radiation Safety Officer during the decommissioning of two Uranium fuel fabrication facilities. His technical areas of expertise include radiological operations, radiological engineering/ALARA, emergency planning, and decommissioning/license termination.
As Senior Project Manager, Mr. Leddy provides leadership and direction regarding the planning and execution of multiple projects within all sectors of the nuclear industry.
Nasser Rashidifard - Technical Services Supervisor
Mr. Rashidifard is an ABHP-Certified Health Physicist with over 10 years in reactor operations and radiation protection. Mr. Rashidifard has both a B.S. and M.S. in Health Physics from the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he was a licensed Senior Reactor Operator for the UMASS Lowell Radiation Laboratory. His experience is primarily in instrumentation and detection for gamma and neutron radiation to support specialty measurements and calibrations. Mr. Rashidifard is the current Past-President of the New England Chapter of the Health Physics Society.
Mr. Rashidifard is currently the Technical Services Supervisor out of the Seabrook NH office supporting projects in-house and abroad. He has been the technical point of contact for many large scale projects, including the MARSAME Release surveys in support of Turkey Point Nuclear Generation Station. In additions, his projects include neutron dosimetry calibration, radioactive materials licensing, prototype testing, waste characterization, and specialty measurements and calibrations.
Harvey Farr - Senior Radiological Project Manager
Mr. Farr has over 40 years of experience in Radiation Protection at commercial nuclear power as well as at government, industrial, and medical radiological facilities. He has a B.S. in Biological Science which includes a minor in Chemistry. Mr. Farr’s specialties include Health Physics program development, implementation and management. Specific technical areas of expertise include radiological high-risk work planning, design basis calculations, environmental health physics, internal and external dosimetry, waste characterization and classification, and decommissioning.
Mr. Farr provides oversight, project management, and technical support to key RSCS projects including those requiring high-risk management and complex solution planning.
Peter Hollenbeck - Senior Radiological Project Manager
Mr. Hollenbeck is an ABHP-certified Health Physics professional with over 40 years of experience in various technical and managerial positions in both nuclear power facilities and decommissioning sites. He has a B.S. degree in Radiological Health Physics. His specific technical areas of expertise include site characterization, final status surveys, instrumentation and decommissioning planning.
Mr. Hollenbeck currently provides technical support to both national and international decommissioning projects.
Skip Litterer - Senior Radiological Project Manager
Mr. Litterer has over 45 years experience in the U.S. Naval and commercial nuclear power industry. Mr. Litterer specializes in operational radiation protection and industrial safety. Recently, he held positions as Health Physics Operation Manager for the decommissioning of Connecticut Yankee Nuclear Power Plant and Project Manager for Radiation Protection Support of ISFSI projects at Connecticut Yankee, Yankee Rowe and Maine Yankee sites.
Mr. Litterer provides direct project management support for several radiological control projects.
Frank Perry - Senior Radiological Project Manager
Mr. Perry has over 40 years experience in applied health physics in the civilian naval nuclear program and commercial nuclear power industry. He has extensive health physics experience in outage management, site decommissioning, emergency planning, and operational management. Mr. Perry has held numerous management positions at nuclear power facilities, including MRCA of Emergency Planning and Radiation Protection Manager (RPM).
As a Senior Field Project Manager, Mr. Perry provides consulting, project planning, and direct project management support services.
Troy Giard - Senior Radiological Project Manager
Mr. Giard has over 30 years’ experience in applied health physics at various Commercial Nuclear sites. He has extensive health physics project management experience in high risk, large scale projects, including extended power uprates, steam generator replacements, reactor head replacements, pressurizer replacements, diving operations and radioactive waste management. Mr. Giard has worked directly, as part of a team with all the major nuclear construction firms, such as Bechtel, Westinghouse, AREVA and SGT and was most recently the Health Physics Project Manager for a complex nuclear power uprate construction project at the FPL Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station.
Mr. Giard currently supports our radiation protection oversight and management activities at the SONGS decommissioning site.
Robert Gerber - Certified Geologist
Mr. Gerber is a Licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Geologist. Mr. Gerber has a M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mr. Gerber has been engaged in work in the nuclear industry since 1967 when he served as a quality control inspector during the construction of a nuclear power plant. He worked for a large electrical utility in the mid-1970s as the coordinator of geotechnical and environmental studies for the licensing of a proposed nuclear power plant. Since 1976 he has been a consultant, serving private industry, government, and the electric and water utility industries, performing groundwater modeling studies. Mr. Gerber has worked at 10 nuclear power plants across the United States, several of which were being decommissioned. In addition, Mr. Gerber has performed modeling studies for proposed low-level and high-level nuclear waste repositories.
As a Certified Geologist working out of our corporate office, Mr. Gerber supports our Geotechnical and Environmental Services team on problems requiring sophisticated surface water and groundwater modeling.
Tina Inman - Manager of Client Services
Ms. Inman is responsible for customer and employee communications, access authorization issues including PHQ review and Nantel training as well as corporate staffing policies and procedures. She will serve as the daily primary point of contact for any SRR/LW contract questions. For over 22 years she had been a senior manager for Numanco, Shaw, DZ Atlantic and BHI. While in these positions she had direct responsibility for the staffing and access authorization programs at these companies and routinely supported over 800 employee placements per outage season.
Kristy Inman - Recruiting Manager
Ms. Inman works from the RSCS Tulsa office and is responsible for recruiting all technical personnel that RSCS employs at its commercial and decommissioning sites. She will serve as the primary recruiter for any resulting SRR/LW contract. She has been in the nuclear industry for over 20 years and has in depth knowledge of the available technical and professional workforce. She manages the RSCS database of personnel, resume generation and outage reporting activities. RSCS has consistently staffed 99% of all customer requests for personnel.
Joan Ervey - Laboratory Manager
Ms. Ervey has 22 years experience in laboratory management. She has previously held several management and quality assurance positions in environmental testing laboratories as well as research and development laboratory management in wastewater treatment engineering.
As the Calibration and Repair Laboratory Manager, Ms. Ervey supervises six technicians and manages all laboratory operations. The RSCS Calibration and Repair Laboratory services over 10,000 portable radiological instruments annually and performs analytical services for leak testing and radon.
Steve Nester - Product Sales Manager
Mr. Nester has over 35 years’ experience in business management in manufacturing, and service industries. He has extensive experience in product/application engineering and project management and has held management positions in several large textile manufacturing and service companies. He also held the position of International Sales Director for a major controls system integrator. Mr. Nester has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Mr. Nester directs the activities of our project sales division which distributes commercial radiation detection and training equipment. He also leads the commercialization of the RSCS SIM-Teq line of training simulators manufactured by RSCS.
Micah Rollins - Manager of R&D and Manufacturing
Mr. Rollins has managed all R&D and manufacturing initiatives to develop and manufacture the SIM-Teq product line of radiation simulator training devices since 2012. In this capacity he has led all R&D efforts to bring the best available state-of-the-art designs to the final builds of our standard product line. Mr. Rollins’ engineering team are continually developing new models of instruments to support the expansion of this training simulator system. In addition, Mr. Rollins has led the effort to develop the next generation of the SCM, which has improved the detection and operation of this survey system, benefitting our clients who need sensitive and accurate measurements for initial characterization and final status surveys at D&D sites.