Executive Profiles

Jeff Feeler, Vice President and Corporate Controller

Jeff Feeler

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Feeler is the President and Chief Executive Officer of US Ecology, Inc. Jeff brings over 20 years of business experience serving in various executive level positions including US Ecology's Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Jeff worked with MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc., Albertson's, Inc., Hewlett-Packard and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Jeff is a Certified Public Accountant and has a BBA of Finance and BBA of Accounting from Boise State University. Jeff joined the Board of Directors in 2013.

Steve Welling, Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Steve Welling

Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Steve Welling is Executive Vice President responsible for all Sales & Marketing activities in the US and Canada. He directs our highly skilled North American sales force and is responsible for executing strategies to grow hazardous and radioactive waste services at the company's six (6) treatment and disposal facilities. Mr. Welling maintains over 20 years' experience in the regulated waste marketplace and has worked extensively on many successful new market development projects. He established the company's national sales organization in 2001 and has since been actively involved in developing and leading corporate growth initiatives. He previously held various National Accounts, Sales Management and Business Development positions at Envirosource, Inc. a steel mill services and environmental company. Prior to joining Envirosource, Mr. Welling was Vice President of Sales for Matlack, Inc. a national bulk logistics company.

Simon Bell, Vice President of Hazardous Waste Operations

Simon Bell

Executive Vice President of Operations and Technology Development

Simon Bell is Executive Vice President of Operations and Technology Development, responsible for the operation of the company’s hazardous and radioactive waste treatment and disposal facilities in Nevada, Texas, Idaho, and Washington. Bell is also responsible for managing the company's Transportation group and all previously closed sites . Bell joined the Company in 2001 as Environmental Manager at its Grand View, Idaho facility and later served as the Idaho facility's General Manager prior to being appointed Vice President of Hazardous Waste Operations in December 2005 and Vice President of Operations in 2006 . Before joining the company, Bell served as Vice President and General Manager of a hazardous waste disposal facility in Colorado. Bell also served in a variety of technical and managerial roles in the mining industry in Alaska, Idaho, Nevada and South Dakota. He holds a B.S. in Geology from Colorado State University.

Eric Gerratt, Vice President and Controller

Eric Gerratt

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Eric Gerratt is Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and is responsible for the Company’s finance, treasury, accounting and reporting functions. Eric joined US Ecology in August of 2007 and has over 15 years of experience in financial reporting and accounting. Previously he served as Vice President of Accounting for SUPERVALU, Inc. Prior to SUPERVALU, he held various director level accounting and finance positions at Albertsons, Inc., after 6 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he provided audit, accounting and business advisory services. Eric is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Idaho.

Wayne Ipsen, Vice President, Corporate Counsel, Compliance Officer and Secretary

Wayne Ipsen

Vice President, Corporate Counsel, Compliance Officer and Secretary

Wayne Ipsen is Vice President, Corporate Counsel, Compliance Officer and Secretary. He joined the Company in April of 2003 and is responsible for legal matters of the Company, oversees its compliance and ethics program and serves as corporate Secretary. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Ipsen worked with the Boise-based law firm of Elam & Burke and the Seattle office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Accountancy (Tax) degrees from Brigham Young University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Idaho College of Law. Mr. Ipsen is a licensed attorney in the state of Idaho and is a Certified Public Accountant.

John M. Cooper, Vice President and Chief Information Officer

John M. Cooper

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

John Cooper is Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for all information technology and telecommunications at US Ecology. Previously, he served as Vice President, Information Systems for BMC West and Director of Business Development for the High Tech Industry at Oracle. Cooper brings over 20 years of computer industry knowledge and experience to the company. Cooper is a Cum Laude graduate in Physics from Utah State University.

Betsy Sterk, Director of Human Resources

Betsy Sterk

Vice President of Human Resources

As Vice President of Human Resources, Betsy Sterk is responsible for employment, compensation and benefits programs, training and development, and payroll. With the support of the operating facility HR Representatives, she also develops policy and operating procedures for human resources management. She has been HR Director since 2003. Sterk joined the Company in 1996 after working as a human resources professional at Morrison Knudsen for 15 years. Born in Colombia, South America, she holds a degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Payroll Professional.

Andrew Marshall, Director of Environmental Affairs and Facility Operations

Andrew Marshall

Vice President of Environmental and Health & Safety

Andrew (Andy) Marshall is the Vice President of Environmental and Health & Safety. Mr. Marshall is a Professional Engineer with over 20 years experience assisting companies comply with environmental regulations. Prior to joining US Ecology, he was an associate at Kleinfelder, a national environmental consulting firm, and provided engineering consulting services and leading the company's environmental regulatory compliance practice. Mr. Marshall worked for Boise Cascade Corporation for thirteen years in various capacities including corporate environmental manager and as a project manager for strategic initiatives. Mr. Marshall earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Seattle University, his Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Oregon State University, and MBA from Northwest Nazarene University.

Joe Weismann, Corporate Radiation Program Manager

Joe Weismann

Vice President of Radiological Programs and Field Services

Joe Weismann is the Vice President of Radiological Programs and Field Services for US Ecology. Joe has over 19 years experience in the areas of applied radiation protection, remediation, radioactive waste management/disposal, and nuclear facility D&D projects in the commercial, DOD and DOE sectors. Joe is responsible for all aspects of the company's radiological program, including direction of radiological staff and oversight of radiological safety and compliance programs at our Class A/B/C licensed disposal site in Richland, WA as well as low-activity radioactive disposal facilities in Idaho, Texas, and Nevada. He also serves as the company's primary point of contact on all radiological related correspondence with both customers and regulatory agencies (state and federal). Joe has a Bachelor of Nuclear Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and has a comprehensive certification from the American Board of Health Physics (CHP).

Aaron Rue, Assistant Conntroller

Aaron Rue

Assistant Controller

Aaron Rue is Assistant Controller and is responsible for the Company's finance, treasury, accounting and reporting functions. Aaron joined US Ecology in January of 2012 and has over 15 years of experience in financial reporting and accounting. Previously he served as Financial Reporting Manager for SUPERVALU, Inc. and Albertsons, Inc., after 4 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he provided audit, accounting and business advisory services. Aaron is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Idaho.

Chuck Overman, Transportation Manager

Chuck Overman

Transportation Director

Chuck Overman manages rail, truck, ship and barge transportation of customer waste. Overman orchestrates a fleet of more than 700 gondola and hopper rail cars and a 24-hour shipment tracking system. He has more than 27 years experience in the transportation business. Before joining US Ecology in 2001, he was Transportation Manager for Envirosource Services, Regional Manager for Herman Brothers Trucking and Vice President of National Accounts for Matlack, at that time the nation’s largest chemical transporter. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Marie McMonigle, Director of Customer Service

Marie McMonigle

Director of Customer Service

Marie McMonigle is Director of Customer Service responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Company's customer loyalty and satisfaction programs in the United States. In this critical role, Marie works with all departments to ensure our customers are receiving "Unequaled Service Excellence". She also directs our Total Waste Solutions service line which provides customers with total package treatment, recycling and disposal options utilizing 3rd party facilities. Marie joined the company in 2001; having over 12 years of hazardous and radioactive waste experience in the areas of Customer Service, Transportation Logistics and Field Services. Marie earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

Vaughn, Director of Engineering

Vaughn Thurgood

Director of Engineering

As the Director of Engineering, Vaughn Thurgood provides direction, support and oversight to ensure that the Company's investment in facilities, equipment and other assets are properly managed. Vaughn also fosters the development of long-term capital plans, reviews disposal capacities, and assists in the evaluation of business development initiatives. Vaughn worked previously as a consulting engineer from 2000 to 2013, which included landfill design and construction quality assurance (CQA) oversight on several US Ecology projects. Vaughn holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Utah State University, an MS degree in Geological Engineering from University of Idaho, and is registered as a Professional Engineer in seven states. Vaughn comes from an agricultural background which included irrigation, tillage and row crop cultivation.

Nyswyn Jawaharlal, Director of Software Development

Nyswyn Jawaharlal

Director of Software Development

Nyswyn Jawaharlal is Director of Software Development and is responsible for architecting technical solutions to solve business problems and enhance business capabilities using a holistic approach that looks across the portfolio for integrated solutions rather than focusing on point solutions. He is in charge of Scope, Budget, schedule, delivery and support of BI, web, mobile, distributed and windows applications designed and developed to meet strategic business goals. He joined US Ecology in April of 2000 and has over 17 years of experience in SDLC. Previously he served as senior staff analyst for Compuware corp. Nyswyn holds a B.S. in Software Engineering and is a PMI, Microsoft and Sun certified professional.

Mike Ault, US Ecology Washington Facility Manager

Mike Ault

US Ecology Washington Facility Manager

Mike Ault is the Facility Manager at the company's Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility near Richland, Washington.  Ault has over 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry and joined US Ecology in 1989.  Ault earned his B.S. in Applied Science and Technology at Thomas Edison State College and is a veteran of the US Navy Nuclear Program.

Robert Marhand, US Ecology Nevada General Manager

Robert Marchand

US Ecology Nevada General Manager

Bob Marchand is General Manager at the company’s waste treatment, storage and disposal facility near Beatty, Nevada. Marchand has 22 years of environmental and hazardous waste experience, having previously managed company facilities in both Nevada and Texas. Marchand rejoined the company in 2002 after 5 years with Hulcher Services, where he served as Assistant Vice President of Operations and emergency coordinator for environmental emergency response actions nationwide. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and a Registered Environmental Professional.

Terry Andrew Geis, US Ecology Idaho General Manager

Terry Andrew Geis

US Ecology Idaho, General Manager

Terry Andrew Geis, CSP, is the General Manager of US Ecology's Idaho operations including the waste treatment, storage and disposal facility in Grand View, Idaho and the Rail Transfer Facil ity in Mayfield, Idaho. Geis has been with US Ecology since 2001 and previously worked for Envirosafe Services of Idaho. Prior to being named General Manager in 2009, Geis served as the corporation's Director of Health and Safety. He earned his B.S. in Industrial Safety Sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is a Board Certified Safety Professional.

Mark John, US Ecology Texas General Manager

Mark John

US Ecology Texas General Manager

Mark John is the General Manager of US Ecology's waste treatment, storage and disposal facility near Robstown, Texas. John has 18 years of Environmental and Waste Management experience having worked at hazardous waste facilities in several states in a wide range of management positions. Prior to being named General Manager in 2010, John served as Environmental Compliance Manager and subsequently Operations Manager at the US Ecology Nevada facility and the Director of Operations at US Ecology's Texas facility. Mark earned a M.S. in Environmental Science at the University of Idaho.

Kevin Trader, US Ecology Michigan General Manager

Kevin Trader

US Ecology Michigan General Manager

Kevin Trader is the General Manager of US Ecology's waste treatment, storage and disposal facility in Detroit, Michigan. Trader has worked in the environmental industry for the past 18 years in a wide range of management positions; Trader's employment history with US Ecology dates back to 2000. Prior to being named General Manager of the Detroit facility in 2013, Trader served as an Operations Manager and later a General Manager at the US Ecology Idaho facility, and a Project Manager for US Ecology, Inc. Trader studied Criminal Justice at the Community College of the Air Force.