Walter Perry, (865) 576-0885

September 26, 2001


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Photo Caption: Recent appointees to the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (left to right): Pat Hill, Donna Campbell, Heather Cothron, Jeanne Bonner, and Luis Revilla. Not pictured: Bob McLeod, E.W. Seals.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. –
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the appointment of seven area residents to fill vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board.

The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) is a federally-chartered citizens’ panel that provides recommendations to the Department of Energy (DOE) Oak Ridge Operations (ORO) Environmental Management Program.

"We’re very pleased to welcome these new members," said Rod Nelson, ORO Assistant Manager for Environmental Management. "The SSAB plays a crucial role in providing public input on environmental cleanup and waste management activities at the Oak Ridge Reservation, and we appreciate the generous commitment of time and effort these folks are making in serving on the Board."

Jeanne Bonner is employed by UT-Battelle LLC at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). She has a degree in chemical engineering and experience in facility decontamination and decommissioning, radiochemical processing, hazardous waste operations, and emergency response.

Donna Campbell is returning to Board service after a two-year break. She joined the SSAB in 1995 as a charter member and served on the Board for four years. She is a librarian for Foster Wheeler Environmental Corporation in Oak Ridge and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology and library science.

Heather Cothron is employed by Science Applications International Corporation as an engineer and project manager at ORNL. She holds a bachelor of science degree in biology and a master of science degree in chemical engineering and is a certified Project Management Professional.

Patricia Hill is an artist and teacher who has worked as an art director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Knoxville, as a graphic artist at the Knoxville News-Sentinel, and as a teacher at the Apostolic Christian School in Knoxville.

Robert McLeod is a Registered Professional Engineer and Registered Professional Geologist with Robert S. McLeod and Associates. He has more than 30 years experience in engineering management and environmental work and has managed numerous DOE projects, including two remedial investigation/feasibility studies and the program to implement the DOE Hazardous Waste Remedial Actions Program.

Luis Revilla is Captain of the Fire Department at the Y-12 National Security Complex. He is a certified paramedic, fire fighter, fire inspector, and hazardous materials technician. He holds an associate of arts degree and is a graduate of the Donnellson Law Enforcement Academy.

E.W. Seals is a machinist with UT-Battelle at ORNL. He is treasurer of the Atomic Trades and Labor Council, which represents approximately 2,000 bargaining unit employees.

Board meetings are generally held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m., at the Garden Plaza Hotel in Oak Ridge. Meetings of the Board and its committees are open to the public, and notices are posted on the Board’s Web site ( and through the Board’s 24-hour information line, (865) 576-4750.