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Carey Foy
Manager, Day and Zimmermann Employee Concerns Program

Carey.Foy@dayzim.com

 

Carey Foy is currently serving as Manager of Employee Concerns Programs for Day & Zimmermann (D&Z), a global provider of services to power, industrial, oil and gas, commercial, and government markets. In this capacity he provides alternate problem identification and resolution and Safety Culture training support for plant services at all D&Z nuclear client locations. Mr. Foy previously held the same position at CB&I/APTIM.

 

Before joining CB&I/APTIM, Mr. Foy served as Deputy Executive Director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission (Department of Labor) from 2009 to 2016. In this role, he was the COO, responsible for establishment and achievement of operational goals for a state agency with over 1,000 employees.

 

Before serving the State of Louisiana, he was managing partner of Wilkinson, Foy LLC, a Louisiana-based consulting firm providing Nuclear Safety Culture and Safety Conscious Work Environment services to a nationwide client base. He continues to provide consulting services via Carey Foy & Associates, LLC, where he serves as President.

 

Prior to consulting, Mr. Foy was the Fleet ECP manager for Entergy Nuclear Corporation, which owned and operated 8 nuclear power plants in 6 states. He also managed Total Quality and Change Management programs for Entergy Nuclear.

 

Mr. Foy served as an aviator in the United States Marine Corps, rising to the rank of Major. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from Marshall University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Mississippi State University.

 

Billie Garde
Partner, Clifford & Garde, PLLC

bpgarde@cliffordgarde.com

 

Billie Pirner Garde specializes in resolving employment issues within the unique work environment of the nation’s energy complex, including the commercial nuclear, oil, gas and pipeline industries; and the Department of Energy complex.

Ms. Garde has also been actively involved in the assessment of work environments and the health of organizational safety culture within the nuclear industry. Beginning in 1989 with the global settlement of all litigation impacting the Comanche Peak nuclear power plant in Texas, she provided training to site managers and was an alternative member to the site’s Nuclear Safety Review Board. Between 1997 and 2000, Ms. Garde served as a member of the Millstone Independent Oversight Team, assessing the recovery of the work environment at the Millstone nuclear power plant and ultimately advising the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that the Millstone workforce was willing to raise and pursue safety concerns. She has provided similar assessments at Salem/Hope Creek and advice to Maine Yankee during its decommissioning. Ms. Garde has also worked internationally with companies in Spain and England to address safety culture assessments and recovery efforts.

Within the Department of Energy Complex, Ms. Garde has provided training and assistance at several sites, including over a decade of work at the Hanford DOE Reservation. She served as one of the founding members on the Hanford Joint Council for Resolving Employee Concerns, a model alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process created jointly by the State of Washington, DOE and Hanford contractors, which operated from 1993 to 2002. Ms. Garde also served as a member on the Hanford Concerns Council (HCC), which was established in 2005 to resolve employee concerns at the Hanford Site and operated until 2015. In the Oil & Gas industry, she served as the Deputy Ombudsman to a major international oil company’s employee concerns program, conducting numerous investigations and resolutions from 2006 to 2015. She continues to provide training and consulting services across the Alaska North Slope to contractors and oil industry executives.

Ms. Garde is a Board member for the National Association of Employee Concerns Professionals (NAECP). Ms. Garde has also been actively involved in the review, development and modification of the NRC’s safety conscious work environment, safety culture, and ADR policies over the past twenty years. In addition to litigation, Ms. Garde conducts numerous work environment assessments, independent investigations, and provides formal mediation services to assist parties in resolving disputes.

In November, 2012, The Secretary of Labor appointed Ms. Garde to serve as a member of the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC) as a labor representative for a period of two years.

Ms. Garde is a partner in the Washington, D.C. firm of Clifford & Garde, LLP. She has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Adult Education from Northeastern University, Oklahoma, and a law degree from Antioch School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C., Texas, and Wisconsin, and numerous federal courts, and is a frequent speaker at professional associations and conferences.

 

Lori Hayes
Employee Culture Oversight, Nuclear Generation, Duke Energy

lori.hayes@duke-energy.com 

 

Lori Hayes is manager, employee culture oversight. She is responsible for developing and administering the nuclear generation department’s fleet employee concerns and nuclear safety culture programs, which includes oversight of independent investigation teams and reports, training and education, contracted workforce, assessments, and monitoring Duke Energy’s Nuclear Safety Culture.

Hayes joined Progress Energy (formerly Carolina Power and Light) in 2000 as a senior regulatory analyst for nuclear security in the corporate office. She was named supervisor of corporate access authorization in 2004 and superintendent of nuclear security services in 2007. In 2008, she became manager of nuclear security services, where she provided oversight and direction to access authorization, fitness for duty, security training, and occupational health. In addition, Hayes developed and implemented security measures for the rail transportation of used nuclear fuel, which was a first for a commercial nuclear power licensee. In 2011, Hayes was named manager, corporate nuclear oversight. She was named to her current position in 2012, following the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger.

Hayes began her career with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 1982 at the Bellefonte Nuclear Station. She served 17 years with the NRC in various nuclear security roles in Region II. Many of those years were spent as a reactor power, fuel facility, and research reactor physical security inspector. Hayes provides comprehensive experience in allegation investigation and resolution and has additional specialization in nuclear drug testing, access authorization and employee concern programs.

Hayes received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, with a minor in terrorism, from North Carolina Wesleyan College.

She is a member of Women in Nuclear and has served on various Nuclear Energy Institute task forces in the areas of access authorization, transportation of radioactive materials, security rulemaking and new plant development. Hayes has assisted the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and worked with the NRC on developing a common language for nuclear safety culture, both domestically and internationally, in conjunction with International Atomic Energy Agency.

 

Devon Jackson 
devon.jackson@inl.gov

 

James March
Fleet ECP Manager, Southern Nuclear

jmarch@southernco.com

 

James is currently the President of the National Association of Employee Concerns Professionals (NAECP). He previously served as the Secretary and the Communications Chairperson.

James March is the Fleet Employee Concerns Program (ECP) Manager for Southern Nuclear. In this role, he oversees the ECP staff at the three Southern Nuclear operating plants in Georgia and Alabama. He also oversees Compliance and Concerns Investigations at the Vogtle 3&4 Construction site. James has more than 10 years of Compliance & Concerns experience.

James is also a certified law enforcement officer in the state of Georgia and he has various advanced peace officer certifications.

James holds a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia Southern University.

Andy Vomastek
Fleet Manager, Dominion Energy ECP

andrew.j.vomastek@dominionenergy.com

 

Andy Vomastek is Fleet Manager of Dominion Energy’s Employee Concerns Program, responsible for all aspects of the Employee Concerns Program and conduct of Nuclear Safety Culture and Safety Conscious Work Environment monitoring and assessments. Andy is co-author of the Nuclear Energy Institute guidance for Employee Concerns Programs and Nuclear Safety Culture Monitoring, NEI 05-07 and NEI 09-07, and the Traits of a Healthy Nuclear Safety Culture, INPO 12-012.

Andy served in the United States Navy from 1975 to 1983 and during this time completed 8 nuclear deterrent submarine patrols aboard the USS Ulysses S Grant and also served as an instructor at a Navy nuclear prototype facility. Andy began his commercial nuclear career in 1983 at the Connecticut Yankee nuclear generating plant. Andy, while at Connecticut Yankee, served in various roles including radiation protection technician, supervisor, and engineering. In 1993, Andy transferred to Northeast Utilities starting as a radiation protection and material shipping instructor, supervisor, and then radiation protection manager at Millstone Unit 1. In 1999, Andy was assigned a manager position within Millstone’s Employee Concerns Program and in 2000 was promoted to Director of Millstone’s ECP. Andy held the leadership role for Millstone’s ECP through Millstone’s SCWE recovery to ECP becoming a Dominion fleet program in 2008. Andy left ECP in 2008 to become an assistant to Millstone’s Plant Manager. In 2010 Andy rejoined ECP as the Dominion Fleet Manager and has been in this role since.

Tim Walsh
Special Counsel, Pillsbury Law

timothy.walsh@pillsburylaw.com

 

Tim Walsh is outside counsel for the nuclear power industry. He handles a variety of matters, including complex technical litigation, internal investigations, whistleblower claims, and appellate matters for the industry.

Tim works on a variety of nuclear energy issues, involving litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters. Those matters have included litigation and other legal matters under the Atomic Energy Act and implementing regulations; the Nuclear Waste Policy Act; the National Environmental Policy Act; and whistleblower litigation under the Energy Reorganization Act before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Department of Energy.

Representative Experience:

Conducted a safety conscious work environment evaluation of, and an investigation into allegations arising from, the entire security force of a nuclear power plant.

Developed and provided safety conscious work environment training for all supervisory and managerial personnel at a nuclear power plant.

On behalf of the Nuclear Energy Institute and utilities, secured a favorable ruling from the D.C. Circuit ordering DOE to suspend collecting over $750 million per year in fees for the nuclear waste disposal program DOE abandoned in 2009.

Conducted a 2016 investigation into anonymous allegations raised at Energy Northwest's Columbia Generating Station concerning senior management's transparency and performance, and to conduct a work environment assessment at the plant to identify and remediate and safety culture and safety conscious work environment concerns.

Tim has participated in numerous licensing proceedings before the NRC for the renewal of existing plant licenses, and for obtaining new licenses for new construction plants. Routinely conducts internal investigations for his clients, whether the matter arose internally through an Employee Concerns Program, or externally through (for example) a request for information from the NRC. Regularly defends companies and their employees in investigations conducted by the NRC Office of Investigations.

 

Paul Zaffuts
Owner, The Zaffuts Group

paul.zaffuts@zaffutsgroup.com

Paul Zaffuts is an attorney and owner of his legal firm, The Zaffuts Group. Paul has provided legal and consulting services to the nuclear and other safety sensitive industries for 24 years. His work with management in large and small organizations with assessing their safety and compliance cultures and to avoid safety issues and whistleblower complaints through training, improvements to compliance and corrective action programs, employee concerns programs, and other mechanisms. He is also frequently engaged to lead investigations into claims of discrimination, and allegations of wrongdoing and regulatory non-compliances. Mr. Zaffuts, obtained his law degree from Cornell Law School and was an aeronautical engineer with Boeing before entering law school.

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