Our Team

Bernalyn McGaughey
President & Lead Consultant

With a career that began in regulatory and field support of agricultural chemicals, Bernalyn has a wealth of experience in US Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) registration and strategic analysis and support of pesticide registrations. She moved from information technology to field technical sales and then to regulatory study development and management. Much of her work now involves the complicated intersection of the FIFRA and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with respect to product defense and species protection. Bernalyn serves as an expert witness in pesticide regulatory and data compensation matters. 

EDUCATION
B.S., Biology (specializing in Entomology), California State University.

North American Headquarters

7501 Bridgeport Way West
Lakewood, WA 98499
+1-253-473-9007

TECHNICAL STAFF

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Larry Brewer

Senior Science Fellow

Oregon

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David Campana

Senior Consultant

Washington State

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Andrew Clawson

Principal Consultant

Colorado

Robin Clower

Robin Clower

Senior Consultant

New Mexico

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Leah Duzy

Principal Consultant

Alabama

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Ashlea Frank

Principal Consultant

Texas

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Cliff Habig

Principal Consultant

Maryland/Maine

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Rick Kemman

Senior Consultant

Washington State

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Annie Krueger

Senior Consultant

New Mexico

Our Team

Lia Murty

Senior Consultant

Texas

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Jennifer Stafford

Principal Consultant

Washington State

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Jeremy Wilson

Principal Consultant

Oregon

European Headquarters

Pentlands Science Park
Penicuik, Nr. Edinburgh EH26 0PZ
+44 (0)131-445-6053

TECHNICAL STAFF

Michaela Benton

Michaela Benton

Principal Consultant

United Kingdom

Robin Blake

Robin Blake

Principal Consultant

United Kingdom

Stuart Green

Stuart Green

Senior Consultant

United Kingdom

Nick Keeble

Nick Keeble

Consultant

United Kingdom

Lorna Phillips

Lorna Phillips

Senior Consultant

United Kingdom

Warren Scott

Warren Scott

Principal Consultant

United Kingdom

Marc Stockwell

Marc Stockwell

Consultant

United Kingdom

GLOBAL PARTNERS

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Katherine Carr

Consulting Scientist

Missouri

Our Team

Frank Galloway

Senior Science Fellow

United Kingdom

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Jeff Giddings

Senior Science Fellow

Massachusetts

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Stacy Hartis

Regulatory Consultant

North Carolina

Our Team

Ron Kobylnyk

Regulatory Consultant

British Columbia, Canada

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Bruce Riggle

Regulatory Consultant

Colorado

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

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Amy Baidoo-Essien

Administrative Assistant

Washington State

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Connie Botello

Administrative Assistant

Washington State

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Barbara Holt

Vice President

Washington State

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Message from the President

Benjamin Franklin included a version of this proverb, sometimes cast as a rhyme, in Poor Richard’s Almanac (June 1758), but it appears in many cultures and languages throughout time. It has been used as a reminder to troops, an encouragement to those providing support to a “larger cause,” and as a chastisement on skipped details. In case you haven’t read it, Franklin’s version is

For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.

As the founder and continuing President of CSI, I’ve often thought that as a company, we’re in the nail business. We are a small company serving the regulated chemical sector, primarily in the registration and defense of crop protection and other pesticide products. This means that we are, for the most part, assisting companies that are tremendously bigger than we are. But we bring some very important talents and experience – the nails that keep a loose shoe on – to our clients, both scientifically and strategically as we assist them with regulatory and scientific challenges.

Over 30 years of Compliance Services operations, we have been presented some interesting questions and applied some novel, and ultimately successful, approaches to answering them. CSI’s team has had the opportunity to see, over time, the connections between “the nail” and “the kingdom,” enabling our staff to keep learning, keep exploring, and keep adopting new tools and strategies to better serve our clients.

Initially composed as a longer guest blog for CAST, 2020.  Click here to read Bernalyn’s complete post.

Lia Murty
Senior Consultant

Expertise: Regulatory Affairs / Plant Pathology & Microbiology

As a member of our US Regulatory Affairs team, Lia assists clients with product registration strategies, federal and state registration package preparation and submissions, as well as regulatory strategies for microbial products.

Lia has experience in various segments of laboratory testing, including natural products chemistry and microbiology. She has built a solid knowledge of laboratory operations, methodology, and experimental design. Before her time in regulatory affairs, she spent time in multiple laboratories working on projects to detect natural product compounds, develop genetically modified microorganisms, analyze microbial genetic sequences (bacteria and fungi), develop plant pathogenicity assays to test bacterial biocontrol agents, and isolate soil bacteria.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Texas A&M University.
M.S., Pharmacy, Oregon State University. Specialized in Natural Products Chemistry.
B.S., Chemistry, Oregon State University.

Larry Brewer
Senior Science Fellow

Expertise: Terrestrial Ecotoxicology

Larry specializes in wildlife, pollinator, and endangered species risk assessment; pesticide registration/re-registration support; and regulatory study placement and oversight.

Larry has over 35 years of experience spanning terrestrial ecotoxicology, laboratory ecotoxicology testing, ecological risk assessment and endangered species assessment. He is well known for designing and implementing full scale (Tier III) ecotoxicology field studies throughout North America with particular focus on avian, small mammal, pollinator, and terrestrial invertebrate studies. Larry served as Director of Wildlife Toxicology for Smithers (17 years), and as President and Senior Scientist at Ecotoxicology and Biosystems Associates, Inc. directing domestic and international ecotoxicology field research, and ecological risk assessment (8 years). He was an Assistant Professor at the College of Human Health and Environmental Toxicology, Clemson University and the Wildlife Toxicology Section Lead in The Institute of Wildlife and Environmental Toxicology. He taught graduate courses in Wildlife Ecotoxicology and Field Research Techniques. He served as Field Research Leader for the Institute of Wildlife Toxicology, Western Washington University, and spent 17 years as a Wildlife Research Biologist with the Washington State Dept. of Wildlife. Larry has authored numerous publications and book chapters on topics of wildlife and pollinator ecotoxicology field research, and ecological risk assessment.

EDUCATION
M.S., Wildlife Science, University of Washington.
B.S., Fish and Wildlife Biology, Iowa State University.

David Campana
Senior Consultant

Expertise: Geospatial & Economic Analysis

David’s project background includes endangered species range mapping, environmental cost-benefit analysis, agricultural market access development, chemical fate modeling, statistical analysis, efficacy study review, database management, and project development.

EDUCATION
M.S., Natural Resources and Environmental Management, University of Hawaii.
BSc, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, McGill University.

Andrew Clawson
Principal Consultant

Expertise: Technical Consulting (Software & Data), Mathematical Modeling and Project Management

Andrew provides technical direction and leadership across all domains of CSI to support internal and external needs as they arise in areas such as software engineering, data analysis, database management, and project management.

Andrew has a passion for solving complex problems across a wide variety of disciplines. His background includes software and database engineering, mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, and project management. His experience includes work in education (both as a teacher and a researcher), oil and gas (research), pesticides (software), endangered species (software and data), business / marketing, transportation and mechanical engineering. He has provided technical consulting for government agencies, private sector businesses, and non-profit organizations.

EDUCATION
B.S., Applied Mathematics; Minor in Computational Physics, University of Colorado Denver.

Robin Clower
Senior Consultant

Expertise: Web Development & Software Design

As a member of our software engineering team, Robin uses his years of experience to make our products intuitive, accessible, and responsive to our clients’ needs. He excels at removing frustrations from applications, both for other developers and the end user.

Robin has spent 5+ years working on websites both big and small, some receiving a few dozen views a month, others receiving millions of views a day. He enjoys bringing ideas to life and improving websites to make them user friendly. He’s particularly proud of his work on Chase.com and RachaelRayShow.com, bringing both under full ADA compliance, perfecting them for users with disabilities. He’s also a teacher by trade and passion, having taught high school math, college computer science, and conference talks on whatever subjects interest him at the time. In his free time, you’d probably find him running in the mountains of New Mexico.   

EDUCATION
B.A. (Honors), German (summa cum laude), Oklahoma State University.
B.S., Mathematics (summa cum laude), Oklahoma State University.
B.S., Secondary Education (summa cum laude), Oklahoma State University.

Leah Duzy
Principal Consultant

Expertise: Agricultural Economics

With a background in production agriculture and working lands conservation, Leah applies economic principles to risk and conservation decision-making to support agrochemical product development, assessment, and defense. She also provides applied economics research support through collaboration on federal grants and other projects. Her skills support pesticide benefit assessments and endangered species assessments.

Leah previously worked for the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service and the USDA Agricultural Research Service as an agricultural economist for 15 years. She has worked in both the Federal conservation program and agricultural research arenas conducting applied economic research on conservation production systems, cover crops, and herbicide-resistant weed management, and preparing cost-benefit analyses for Federal conservation programs as part of the rulemaking process. 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Auburn University.
M.S., Agricultural Economics, Purdue University.
B.A., Economics, The University of the South.

Ashlea Frank
Principal Consultant

Expertise: Endangered Species

Ashlea offers technical and regulatory planning and strategic support for risk and conservation decision-making related to agriculture, pesticides, and endangered species issues.

Ashlea enjoys finding workable solutions that support end users and promote environmental stewardship by integrating sound science with management decisions.  Over the past 20 years she has acted as Visiting Scientist at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research conducting research on the efficacy of vector control products and Research Assistant at the Texas A&M Extension Agency helping growers find solutions to plant disease transmission in vineyards. She serves as Technical Consultant to the FIFRA Endangered Species Task Force (FESTF) providing endangered species and pesticide data analysis and agency interaction support for regulatory decisions under the US FIFRA and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

EDUCATION
M.S., Entomology, University of Queensland.
B.A., Physical Anthropology, Southwestern University.

Cliff Habig
Principal Consultant

Expertise: Ecotoxicology & Environmental Fate

Cliff provides consulting expertise for ecological risk assessments, endangered species analyses, and endocrine disruptor (EDSP) evaluations.

Cliff has over 25 years of experience in ecotoxicology, environmental fate, and strategic support to US and international clients for conventional crop protection products, biochemicals, microbials, biotechnology products, and HPV chemicals. Cliff previously worked at Novigen, JSC, and Exponent, focusing on environmental toxicology, ecological risk assessment, higher-tier ecotoxicology evaluations, and probabilistic chemical fate and transport modeling and risk analysis. Cliff participated in numerous chemical industry workshops and expert panels.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Environmental Toxicology, Duke University.
M.S., Biology, University of Georgia.
B.S., Biology, University of Southern Maine.

Rick Kemman
Senior Consultant

Expertise: Environmental Science

Rick is a curator of threatened and endangered species status, distribution, and natural history, including habitat, reproduction, diet, and location. Rick maintains up-to-date records on the listing status, distribution, and the latest rules and guidance issued from USFWS, state agencies, and local species experts. 

Rick has been with CSI for over 29 years and has been involved with a myriad of projects including preparation of analytical chemistry reports, data compensation, and managing FIFRA RAC (Raw Agricultural Commodities) and PF (Processed Fraction) studies. Rick also served as Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Quality Assurance Specialist.     

EDUCATION
M.S., Environmental Toxicology, Clemson University.
B.A., Biology, Whitworth University.

Annie Krueger
Senior Consultant

Expertise: Environmental Toxicology & Pollinator Risk Assessment

As a member of our Ecological Risk Assessment team, Annie assists clients with technical and regulatory planning and strategic support for risk and conservation decision making related to agriculture, pesticides, and endangered species issues.

Annie has spent more than 6 years working in environmental toxicology, pesticide regulation, and pollinator risk assessment.  She has worked in a contract research laboratory and in pollinator safety for an agrochemical company where she conducted Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) effect studies with non-target arthropods and non-target plants and assisted in GLP field residue trials to comply with FIFRA.  Annie has 8 years of research, conservation, and product stewardship experience working with honey bees, bumble bees and monarch butterflies.  Annie has authored numerous publications and made presentations at various industry trade associations.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
B.S., Zoology, Minor in Chemistry, University of Wyoming.

Jennifer Stafford
Principal Consultant

Expertise: Regulatory Compliance, Terrestrial Ecotoxicology, Wildlife Science.

Jennifer leads CSI’s US Regulatory Affairs team, managing FIFRA and non-FIFRA (crop nutrition) product registrations, including those for biocides and biologicals. Jennifer participates in projects related to ecotoxicology, wildlife biology/ecology, GLP Compliance, database management, and USEPA guideline study management. Jennifer’s skills support regulatory staff, pesticide risk assessment, and endangered species assessments.

Jennifer has over 22 years of field research and laboratory ecotoxicology experience, including 20 years of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) avian and wildlife study directorship and laboratory management. She has extensive experience interpreting the difference between animal behavior in the wild versus in captivity, and how these differences impact study design, husbandry practices and test results.  She has experience with developing and utilizing large data sets and is thoroughly familiar with EPA and OECD regulatory testing guidelines, Good Laboratory Practices guidelines, EPA and OECD guidance on pesticide risk assessment and EPA process for endangered species Biological Evaluation.

EDUCATION
M.S., Biology/Ecology, Utah State University.
B.S., Environmental Biology, Grand Canyon University.

Jeremy Wilson
Principal Business Development Consultant

Expertise: Business Development, Marketing & Regulatory Consulting

Jeremy leads marketing and business development efforts in North America and Latin America. He represents CSI at various industry trade associations and professional societies.

Jeremy has over 25 years of experience in regulatory affairs and product registration compliance with Federal, State, and International chemical regulations. His experience includes government agency interactions and determination of appropriate regulatory pathways to meet product registration objectives. He has prepared numerous registration submissions, placed and monitored necessary Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) studies to develop data and documentation, and served as the primary agency liaison for the registration process. Jeremy has expertise with biorational/biopesticide registration in the US, Europe, South Africa, and Latin America regulatory requirements.

EDUCATION
B.S., Environmental Science; Minor in Biology, Washington State University.

Michaela Benton
Principal Consultant

Expertise: Pesticide and Biocide Toxicology

Michaela specialises in pesticide and biocide toxicology.

Michaela has over 13 years’ experience in regulatory toxicology. She previously worked for the UK Chemicals Regulation Division of the Health and Safety Executive evaluating pesticide and biocide active substance and product dossiers for UK and EU regulatory regimes, including input into classification dossiers and attendance at EU expert meetings.  She also has previous consultancy experience, providing mammalian toxicology expertise for the preparation of pesticide dossiers for EU submissions including non-dietary exposure risk assessment, endocrine disruption, study monitoring, and (Q)SAR analysis of metabolites and impurities. 

EDUCATION
MSc Toxicology, University of Surrey.
BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (Toxicology), University of Surrey.

Robin Blake
Principal Consultant

Expertise: Registration Dossier

Robin specialises in regulatory affairs strategy and registration dossier preparation for plant protection products, biocides, and fertilisers.

Robin  has over 20 years’ experience in the Crop Protection industry and consulting sector, having previously held various R&D leadership positions at Syngenta and Cyanamid Agriculture UK. He has a broad range of expertise encompassing laboratory and field trials for efficacy, pesticide resistance, and herbicide research, as well as terrestrial ecotoxicology where he was a Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Study Director specialising in laboratory, semi-field, and field trials on a range of non-target arthropods, earthworms, honeybees and non-target plants. 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Agricultural Ecology, University of Reading.
BSc (Hons), Applied Biology, University of Bath.

Stuart Green
Senior Consultant

Expertise: Biocides, REACH and Plant Protection

Stuart specialises in the preparation of dossiers for Biocides and provides technical support for REACH and Plant Protection.

Stuart has over 12 years regulatory affairs experience and previously worked as a Biocides Regulatory Manager for Lonza (now Arxada) and has held Regulatory positions with BWA (now Italmatch) Water Additives and ThermoFischer Scientific. He has experience with active substance registrations under the EU-BPR Review Program, and notification/authorisation of biocidal products, as well as classification and labelling and SDA authoring. Stuart is an industry advocate and active member of trade association expert groups and task forces.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Newcastle University.
MSc, Environmental Toxicology & Pollution Monitoring, Ultster University (in progress).
BSc (Hons), Chemistry, University of St. Andrews.

Nick Keeble
Consultant

Expertise: REACH, Chemistry, Biocides

At CSI Nick is the Account Manager for our Industrial Chemicals (REACH) clients. He specialises in the preparation of technical dossiers for REACH, Biocides and Plant Protection Products, including post-submission support during evaluation by regulatory authorities and designing strategies to assist companies in the evolving world of chemical regulations.

Nick previously served as an Environmental Fate Study Director at Charles River Laboratories, testing new active substances and associated metabolites in water, light and soil matrices working to Good Laboratory Practice (GLP). Nick is also a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) and currently holds Chartered Scientist (CSci) status.

 

EDUCATION
BSc (Hons), Chemistry, Heriot Watt University.

Lorna Phillips
Senior Consultant

Expertise: Environmental Fate & Metabolism

Lorna prepares registration dossiers for biocides and plant protection products.

She has served as scientist and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Study Director in the Environmental Fate and Metabolism department at Charles River Laboratories (CRL) and as a QA auditor for Field Trials, Animal Health Product Development, Environmental Fate and Metabolism, and Chemistry departments.

EDUCATION
BSc (Hons), Life Sciences, Napier University.

Warren Scott
Principal Business Development Consultant

Expertise: Business Development, Marketing & Regulatory Consulting

Warren shares a direct consulting role for Industrial Chemicals (REACH), Biocides and Cosmetics, with a Business Development remit for CSI’s European office.

Warren has over 30 years’ experience in laboratory contract research, business development for contract research organizations, and the consulting sector. His experience encompasses projects in various business sectors including plant protection, chemical, biocidal and cosmetic products. Warren qualified as a Soil Scientist and prior to joining CSI held scientific and business development positions at Inveresk Research and Wildlife International.

EDUCATION
BSc (Hons) Soil Science, University of Aberdeen.

Marc Stockwell
Consultant

Expertise: Biocides, Plant Protection, and Industrial Chemicals (REACH)

Marc provides regulatory support in relation to CSI’s activities in the Biocides, Plant Protection, and Industrial Chemicals (REACH) sectors.

Marc has previous experience with contract research and contract development and manufacturing organizations, working as a development analyst both before and after completing his doctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh in the chemical analysis of Scotch Whisky using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Marc is also a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC) and currently holds a Registered Scientist (RSci) status with the RSC.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Edinburgh.
MChem, Chemistry with Forensic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Strathclyde.

Katherine Carr
Consulting Ecotoxicology & Exposure Modeling Scientist

Expertise: Ecotoxicology & Exposure Modeling

Katherine spent over 33 years in the agrochemical industry, working primarily in support of registration of crop protection products in the US, Canada, and Europe.  She has extensive experience in exposure assessment methodology (environmental waters, drinking water, soil, sediment), degradation kinetics, ecological risk assessment, US endangered species analysis, spatial analysis software, environmental data analysis and management, dossier preparation for European registration, and technical report preparation. Her experience includes the conduct and monitoring of environmental fate, metabolism, and ecotoxicology studies under Good Laboratory Practice (GLP). In her industry positions, Kathy contributed for many years to industry work groups regarding exposure modeling and endangered species issues.

EDUCATION
M.S., Chemistry, University of Missouri.
B.S., Chemistry, Indiana University. 
B.S., Computer Science, Maryville University.

Frank Galloway
Senior Science Fellow

Expertise: Plant Protection & Pharma Sectors

Frank is a life member of The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs, Chartered Biologist and Life Member of the Royal Society of Biology. He specializes in regulatory and registration project management and consulting to the plant protection, biocides, industrial and specialty chemicals, consumer, and pharma sectors.

Frank previously worked for Shell Research screening novel organic compounds for plant growth regulatory activity. He then joined the UK Pesticides Safety Directorate (now part of the Chemicals Regulation Directorate of the Health and Safety Executive), conducting operator, consumer, and environmental risk assessments for agricultural pesticides, and preparing recommendations to government departments. He also worked for Inveresk Research (now part of Charles River Laboratories). While working for Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac), sequentially part of the Global Investment Banking divisions of National Westminster Bank (NatWest), BT Alex. Brown and Deutsche Bank, Frank conducted regulatory economic impact assessments and merger and acquisition due diligence.

EDUCATION
B.A., Science, The Open University (one of 3 UK institutions accredited by the US Middle States commission on Higher Education).
Higher National Diploma (HND), Biology, Bell College of Technology (now University of the West of Scotland).

Jeff Giddings
Senior Science Fellow

Expertise: Ecological Risk Assessment

Jeff has over 40 years of experience in the fields of aquatic toxicology and ecological risk assessment, most of it related to pesticide testing and assessment in support of US product registration. Over the past 20 years he has contributed to ecological risk assessments and endangered species assessments of many important crop protection products and other pesticides. He has special expertise in higher-tier risk assessment and in the design and interpretation of aquatic mesocosm studies. Jeff was heavily involved in the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) for many years, editing the society’s newsletter from 1985 through 2005. Throughout his career he has participated in numerous industry work groups related to ecotoxicology, ecological risk assessment, and endangered species.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Aquatic Ecology, Cornell University.
A.B., Biology, Cornell University.

Stacy Hartis
Regulatory Consultant

Expertise: Regulatory Affairs

As a member of our US Regulatory Affairs team, Stacy assists clients with product registrations, registration package preparation, and generation and management of product labels and safety data sheets (SDS).

Stacy has over 30 years’ experience in agrochemical industry and provides seasoned consulting expertise in product registration to both the Federal and State registration arenas. Her skills include State, Federal, and International registration document preparation, oral and written communication, proofreading, keeping abreast of legislative changes, attention to detail and building positive relations that meet critical deadlines for product registration, labeling, and SDS development per the globally Harmonized System (GHS). Stacy has extensive experience working in conventional crop protection as well as antimicrobial products. She also has been very active on the legislative side of numerous industry relation groups.

EDUCATION
B.A., Liberal Arts, Santa Fe Community College and University of Florida.

Ron Kobylnyk
Canadian Regulatory Consultant

Expertise: Canadian Pesticide & Fertilizer Registrations

Ron worked for 10 years in the Pesticides Branch, Agriculture Canada (now known as PMRA, Health Canada) evaluating new insecticides. Ron served as director of the Pest Management Branch, B.C. Environment, for an additional 17 years.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Environmental Biology, University of Guelph.
MSc, Environmental Biology, University of Guelph.
BSc, Zoology, University of Calgary.

Bruce Riggle
Regulatory & Technical Consultant

Expertise: Regulatory Affairs

Bruce specializes in federal pesticide registrations, MSDS development, environmental fate, and residue study management and support. Bruce previously consulted for ICI Americas and Platte Chemical Co., consulting matters related to agrochemicals, rodenticides, biopesticides, plant growth regulators, and anti-microbials. He helped design and monitor Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) e-fate, nature of the residue, field magnitude of the residue, and field terrestrial studies including soil dissipation and groundwater leaching, including work with radiochemical tracers in metabolism, soil leaching, and fermentation antibiotic studies.  He developed and published pesticide analytical methods, served as radiochemical safety officer, and consulted on fertilizer and pesticide MSDSs. 

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Weed Science, Michigan State University.
M.S., Crop Science, University of Maryland.
B.S., Agronomy, University of Maryland.

Amy Baidoo-Essien
Administrative Assistant

Expertise: Graphic Designer & Web Administrator

In addition to her many administrative duties, Amy is also the administrator of the CSI and FIFRA Endangered Species Task Force (FESTF) websites. She also provides database and document management assistance.

Amy previously worked for MultiCare Health System as an assistant to the Director of Neurosciences and the Manager of Surgical Services. Her work required coordination of patients, doctors, medical device manufacturers, and hospital staff to ensure thorough completion and compliance with all necessary documentation and procedures.  She coordinated multi-departmental consolidation of surgical supply procurement, staff training, vendor vetting, implant/transplant storage monitoring, and maintained databases for device and tissue storage, tracking, and certification compliance.

EDUCATION
A.A., Business, Pierce Community College.
A.A., Medical Secretary/Transcriptionist, Pierce Community College.

Connie Botello
Administrative Assistant

Expertise: Administrative Services

Connie’s career includes experience in childcare, food service, and administrative support duties with various employers.  Over time, Connie focused her career on her administrative assistant role with CSI, which she has maintained for over 25 years.  In this role, Connie maintains vendor and client agreements and contracts, prepares and submits invoices, files registration fee and agency letters, and works alongside marketing staff to direct call-in inquiries to the appropriate technical contact.  During the COVID remote-working period, Connie independently operates in the Lakewood office to ensure all documents and packages are safely received, and all shipments stay on schedule.

Barbara Holt
Vice President

Expertise: Accounting

Barb began her accounting career at Weyerhaeuser headquarters as an administrative assistant in the tax department.  After receiving her accounting degree, she was promoted to state income tax compliance manager.  Barb left Weyerhaeuser to become manager of the tax department of a leasing company, and ultimately left to join CSI as the accounting department manager.  Since joining CSI, Barb has become Vice President and continues to manage accounting, tax, insurance and HR matters, while also managing administrative staff and operations at the Lakewood, WA office.

EDUCATION
B.S., Accounting, Central Washington University.