Robert Hastings has joined the Department of Energy Hanford Office of River Protection as the assistant manager for technical and regulatory support. He determines policy and manages all environment, safety, health and quality functions in support of the tank farms and vitrification plant projects.
Hastings has worked at Hanford for 27 years for the Richland Operations Office. Most recently, he was the deputy assistant manager for mission support, responsible for programmatic, project and contract management for a number of contracts supporting the Hanford nuclear reservation. Before that he was the deputy assistant manager for safety and environment and the acting assistant manager for safety and environment.
Kliss McNeel has been appointed by Washington Closure Hanford as its director of environment, safety, health and quality and its closure manager. She is responsible for providing safety oversight for the 850 employees of Washington Closure and its subcontractors. She also is responsible for the company's strategy and activities to close out and transfer land back to the federal government as environmental cleanup is completed.
Most recently McNeel worked as an executive director at the Sellafield, England, nuclear site, focusing on corrective action implementation, enhancement of the nuclear safety program, reducing environmental leaks and spills, and safety improvement programs. She takes the position at Hanford of Bruce Covert, who has gone to Scotland to serve as the URS lead manager at the Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd. Co.
Ravi Bala has been hired by Haberling Financial Group as a research analyst. Prior to joining Haberling, he was a finance analyst at 5.11 Tactical, where he played a integral role in the Initial Public Offering process.
Bala graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor's in economics and completed his post graduate program at Pacific Lutheran University with a master's in finance. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst candidate and recently took the CFA level II exam.
The Children's Developmental Center has received a $1,000 grant from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation.
Mike Stair, regional generalist manager of Enterprise Holdings, and Lynette Stair, insurance agent at Mulvhill Insurance Services, presented the check.
The center provides early intervention services to infants and toddlers with developmental delays and challenges by empowering families and assisting children to reach their full potential.
Services include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, special instruction and other programs.