Staff

Steve Stout, President

Mr. Stout has over 30 years of experience in developing and managing the implementation of risk-based safety programs and regulatory compliance programs for high-risk industrial facilities and assisting government regulators to develop and implement risk-based regulatory programs. Mr. Stout performed risk-based and deterministic safety analyses for DOE’s defense, nuclear and chemical facilities, including Oak Ridge Operations, Savannah River Site, and Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Mr. Stout was also a consultant to the corporate manager of Regulatory Assurance and Policy for the United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC). In this role, Mr. Stout provided expert advice and solutions that involved complex technical and operational problems, which were further complicated by an extensive and complex regulatory environment involving many agencies of the Federal Government. This was the first ever privatization of a government-owned nuclear facility. Mr. Stout is the former Manager of Regulatory Engineering for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.


David Kuhtenia

Mr. Kuhtenia has 20 years of experience in the areas of risk analysis, safety analysis, procedural improvements, and programmatic upgrades for engineering and technical organizations. Over ten years of experience in the development of technical guidance and inspection guidelines for implementation of hazardous liquid and gas transmission pipeline integrity management regulations. Mr. Kuhtenia also performs updates to commercial nuclear power plant probabilistic risk analyses and models, including severe accident analysis, internal fire threats, plant equipment design basis functionality, plant system fault trees/event trees, and safety analyses. Prior to his work in the pipeline industry, Mr. Kuhtenia supported the Department of Energy’s Defense Nuclear Facilities by preforming analytical support for the Newport Chemical Agent Disposal Facility Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) and procedural, programmatic, and training upgrades for Hanford Nuclear Reservation River Protection Project (RPP) operations.


Robert (Skip) Brown

Mr. Brown has over 30 years of experience in developing and managing the implementation of risk management and safety programs for high-risk industrial facilities and assisting government regulators to develop and implement risk-based regulatory programs. He managed field support for the implementation of the Department of Energy’s first Environment, Safety, and Health Management Plan – a risk-based planning process used by all DOE facilities to allocate constrained resources to the most important risks. Support included assistance in integration of this new process with existing business practices, training, and assistance at all major DOE facilities. Prior to this, Mr. Brown managed the San Jose and Idaho Falls offices of Delian Corporation’s Risk Control Services organization comprised of 25 engineers and risk analysis consultants providing services to the electric utility industry. He managed probabilistic risk assessments and severe accident management projects for Commonwealth Edison, Washington Public Power Supply System, Illinois Power, and Boston Edison.


James von Herrmann, Director

Mr. von Herrmann is a director and co-founder of Cycla. He has over 30 years of experience in developing and managing the implementation of risk management and safety programs for high-risk industrial facilities and assisting government regulators to develop and implement risk-based regulatory programs. He developed and managed implementation of risk-based resource management systems for identifying and prioritizing Environmental, Safety, and Health risks for Department of Energy defense nuclear and chemical processing facilities. Mr. von Herrmann was project manager of probabilistic risk assessments and safety management programs for numerous commercial nuclear power plants.


John (Randy) Pearson

Mr. Pearson combines expertise in management systems and information technology to design and implement sophisticated software applications for government clients. Mr. Pearson specializes in developing information systems to facilitate both collaboration and information deployment for organizations with complex information system needs. Mr. Pearson currently focuses on developing dynamic, database-driven web-based applications. In addition to having a thorough understanding of relational database management and project management theory, Mr. Pearson is an expert software developer using Microsoft Visual FoxPro and other Microsoft development technologies. Mr. Pearson has developed application frameworks that promote rapid application development (RAD) of web-based systems. Mr. Pearson has co-authored a book, authored articles, and spoken at conferences, workshops and users' groups on topics related to software application development and security.


Andrew McClymont

Mr. McClymont has over 30 years of experience in developing and managing the implementation of risk management and safety programs for high-risk industrial facilities and assisting government regulators to develop and implement risk based regulatory programs. He was a consultant for development and implementation of risk-based resource management systems for identifying and prioritizing Environmental, Safety, and Health risks within the Department of Energy’s defense nuclear and chemical processing facilities. Prior to his involvement with pipeline safety, Mr. McClymont was project manager of probabilistic risk assessments and safety management programs for numerous commercial nuclear power plants.


Anthony Tome

Mr. Tome has over 30 years of experience in developing and managing the implementation of risk management and safety programs for high-risk industrial facilities and assisting government regulators to develop and implement risk based regulatory programs. Prior to his involvement in pipeline safety, Mr. Tome was the manager of various programs and organizations at the Department of Energy’s Rocky Flats Operations. His most recent position at Rocky Flats was deputy manager of Waste Operations. Responsible for the operation of 7 waste storage facilities, managed a multi-million dollar budget for over 200 operations personnel and multiple support contractors, oversaw the design of a multi-million dollar transuranic waste storage and transportation facility, and ensured that facilities operated within the safety limits imposed by their Final Safety Analysis Reports.


Gary L. Zimmerman

Mr. Zimmerman supports the implementation of risk management, enforcement, rulemaking, and safety programs for DOT-PHMSA’s Pipeline Safety Office. Prior to this, Mr. Zimmerman spent 27 years performing pipeline design, construction, operations, and maintenance for Shell Pipelines. For fifteen years, Mr. Zimmerman developed and managed Shell’s corporate-wide regulatory compliance, risk management, release prevention, and public awareness programs in compliance with DOT’s pipeline safety regulations.


Herbert M. Wilhite

Mr. Wilhite has over 20 years of experience in developing, implementing and managing risk management programs for high-risk industrial facilities and assisting government regulators to develop and implement risk-based regulatory, safety and communication programs.


Lisa Coughlin

Ms. Coughlin has over 20 years of experience in developing and managing database and web-based information systems. She supported the development, maintenance, and management of web-based information systems including PHMSA’s Stakeholder Communications website, the Integrity Management Database, and the Community and Technical Information System. Prior to her work in pipeline safety, Ms. Coughlin supported Boeing’s database system development and management which included systems for determining airplane performance, tracking airport and carrier data and following world trade commodity flows. In this role, she worked with airline analysts to determine how schedule, traffic, cargo and geographic data could be synthesized and displayed for marketing presentations.


Shelly Gardiner

Ms. Gardiner has 29 years of experience as a strategy and economics consultant serving the federal government and information technology sectors. With core skills of strategic planning, policy analysis and development, resource planning and management, and financial analysis, Ms. Gardiner specializes in assessing the impact of legislative and policy requirements on industry. She provides managerial support to key leadership, leveraging sound analysis to support decision making at all levels. Additional support includes assessing programs, processes, and systems necessary to achieve key organizational objectives and driving change as needed. Skills include financial modeling with statistical input, industry diligence and economic analysis, return on investment projections, cost-benefit analysis, and a thorough knowledge of the mechanics and nuances of federal government policy formulation and regulations. Prior to her involvement in pipeline safety, Ms. Gardener assisted the U.S. Coast Guard in the development of new programs critical to managing emerging responsibilities related to countering terrorist threats to the maritime transportation system. She supported the initial program to develop maritime domain awareness to implement and improve the common operating picture so the Federal Government, via the Coast Guard, has greater visibility of vessels, cargo and people operating within its jurisdiction at any given time. She also assisted in the development of the organization’s strategies and plans for achieving maritime domain awareness, developed the program office and hired key staff with technical expertise to support the full spectrum of capabilities required to achieve an improved common operating picture across the US Government.


Timothy S. Floyd

Mr. Floyd provides consulting services to clients in the application of management systems, regulatory compliance programs, process improvement programs, and provides safety and readiness review of complex safety management systems. Specialties include independent and/or team assessment of technical programs, safety analysis, development and implementation of regulatory compliance programs. Management support initiatives have included development of standards and requirements identification programs to achieve compliance within highly regulated environments. Mr. Floyd has over thirty years of experience in management, pipeline safety, technical assessment, safety analysis and review, nuclear licensing, engineering, and technical strategy. He developed and facilitated implementation of an assessment program confirming implementation of Department of Energy contractual requirements and standards. The assessment program involved subject matter expert review of 39 functional areas and 86 project/subcontract specific assessments identifying flowdown documentation, field implementation, and necessary corrective actions and compensatory measures. Mr. Floyd participated in independent technical assessments of nuclear safety and nuclear criticality safety programs, radiological safety programs, occurrence reporting programs, and compliance with facility specific safety authorization basis requirements and served as the task management lead for the Bechtel Jacobs Company (BJC) standards management program at Oak Ridge. Prior to this, Mr. Floyd was a United States Enrichment Corporation Certification Engineer for the development of the Application for NRC Certification for the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PGDP). This was the first major transition from DOE regulation to NRC regulation of an ongoing major nuclear operation. In this role, Mr. Floyd supported preparation, submittal, and maintenance of both the PGDP Application for NRC Certification, the Safety Analysis Report Upgrade (SARUP), and the Packaging and Transportation Quality Assurance Program (PTQAP).


Tony Franchina

Mr. Franchina has 30 years of experience with a major U.S. energy company, with 23 years in the Pipeline sector, including pipeline design, construction, operations and maintenance. He has held Pipeline leadership roles that have included developing and managing company regulatory policy & advocacy, regulatory compliance & audits, risk management, HS&E, stakeholder relations, public awareness programs, and damage prevention under PHMSA’s pipeline safety regulations. In addition, he has held roles that involved the coordination and implementation of risk management and sustainability strategies for large scale natural gas and crude oil exploration and production projects.

Cycla Associates

Lauren Clarke

Mr. Clarke is director of Cornerstone Northwest Systems, Inc., and has over 10 years of experience in statistical analysis, micro simulation, data management and web-based software development. His areas of focus have been cost effectiveness analysis via simulation modeling and web-based data collection and knowledge management systems. Knowledge management, publication support and micro simulation documentation support for a group of over 20 international cancer research organizations, primarily focused on cancer intervention and surveillance modeling. He also provided program management for public-facing web-based interfaces for models developed under this program. Mr. Clarke is also project manager and designer of econometric decision analysis tools for health plan administrators evaluating cost effectiveness of novel treatments.


Mary Lockhart

Ms. Lockhart provides consulting services to clients in the development and implementation of risk-based management processes and information management systems. Ms. Lockhart is a senior programmer experienced in the design, testing, and implementation of relational database applications, with a particular emphasis on networked and web-based systems. She is responsible for training managers and end-users in the use of the application software. She also develops documentation and training materials for the completed software and for compatible network configuration.


Stan Love

Mr. Love has over 25 years of experience in developing and implementing safety, regulatory compliance, and configuration management programs for the energy and chemical industries. Oversight of nuclear criticality safety programs, development of nuclear criticality safety analyses, development of regulatory safety documentation, and performance of readiness inspections and program management assessments for the Y-12 National Security Complex.


David Berger

Mr. Berger has over 30 years of experience in various capacities and several industries including chemicals, aerospace, electronics and utilities (both gas and electric distribution and transmission) He was instrumental in the development of the External Corrosion Direct Assessment methodology for pipeline assessment in 1999 and validated the process with overlay of ILI assessment data. He developed and managed KeySpan’s Gas Integrity Management Program (IMP) and related activities regarding gas transmission within KeySpan entities (New York City, Long Island, and New England). He also managed and developed KeySpan’s system integrity (distribution system integrity) program and corrosion control work for KeySpan entities (gas, electric generation, electric transmission and distribution). Mr. Berger also provides corrosion control consulting services to Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission.


David Hopper