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Personnel and Management

TestAmerica attributes its success to the professionalism and technical expertise of its people. Each person contributes directly to the company's growth and success. TestAmerica has made a commitment to its employees to help them achieve both personal and professional success.

TestAmerica employs exceptional people who welcome challenges. We value and reward high performance, hard work, honesty and teamwork. TestAmerica employees hold themselves accountable to the highest standards of ethics, trust, and quality. These high professional standards, coupled with unparalleled technical leadership, decidedly set TestAmerica apart from the competition.

The Executive Team

Rachel Brydon Jannetta, President & CEO

Ms. Brydon Jannetta is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TestAmerica Laboratories Inc., and has overall leadership responsibility for all the TestAmerica businesses. Ms. Brydon Jannetta is a member of the Board of Directors of TestAmerica Environmental Services, LLC.  She is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and started her career working in the Bank of Scotland. After a subsequent 17 years in finance and general management roles, Ms. Brydon Jannetta served as Managing Director of Severn Trent’s UK Laboratories, then President & CEO of Severn Trent Laboratories in the U.S., also joining the Board of Directors of Severn Trent Plc in 2004.  She is also a member of the Champions Circle—an esteemed group of former members of the US Water Alliance Board of Directors who have completed their service and will continue to play a leadership role in the organization as strategic supporters and advisers.  U.S. Water Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to solving water sustainability issues in the U.S.  A native Scot, Ms. Brydon Jannetta and her husband became U.S. citizens in 2012.

Scott Morris, Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Morris has been with TestAmerica for more than 14 years.  He is experienced in all aspects of business management having demonstrated 12 years of leadership in a variety of roles encompassing General Manager, Laboratory Director, post merger integration, procurement management, quality assurance, environmental health & safety, business development and customer relations.  As Executive Vice President Operations, Mr. Morris oversees operations for TestAmerica's laboratory network and the EMLab P&K business unit. Mr. Morris earned his Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration at Warwick Business School (UK) and also holds a BSc with Honors in Environmental Planning. 

Heather Villemaire, Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Heather Villemaire has more than 20 years of executive management experience in strategy, finance and accounting, including 21 years of overall experience in the environmental testing industry.  Prior to re-joining TestAmerica in 2016, she served as the Americas Shared Services Director at Informa Support Services.  Ms. Villemaire started her career with TestAmerica in 1991.  Her previous experience included various management and officer positions including Chief Financial Officer, Director of Business Administration, Controller and Director.  She was Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of TestAmerica Laboratories, Inc. for 11 years.  Ms. Villemaire handled due diligence for numerous acquisitions and managed the integration of Severn Trent Laboratories into TestAmerica, coordinating the consolidation of finance and accounting functions in one location and migrating the company to one accounting and reporting system.  She has lived all over the world, including Japan and the UK and started her career in the UK at IBM.

Chris Oprandi, Vice President of Client Service

Mr. Oprandi has been in the analytical testing industry since 1988 and has extensive management and leadership experience. He began his career as a laboratory technician and advanced into laboratory management where he held the positions of Laboratory Director and then General Manager. He is experienced in all aspects of laboratory management: customer relations, production control, project management, quality assurance, environmental health & safety and business development. He has developed and implemented numerous training programs addressing customer service as well as leadership functions of the business.

Nick Mahmood, Chief Information Officer

Mr. Mahmood has been an Information Technology professional for over 20 years. His expertise includes a complete understanding of Business & Technology, Strategic Planning, and seamlessly implementing IT initiatives to help organizations improve profitability and growth. He began his career with TestAmerica in 2011. Since joining TestAmerica, Mr. Mahmood has successfully developed and implemented an IT strategy that is integrated with business plans and financial objectives, while ensuring enterprise information security and data integrity. Mr. Mahmood has led multiple enterprise‐level projects, including a state-of-the-art Disaster Recovery site that replicates data in real-time. Mr. Mahmood holds a BS in Computer Science and Executive MBS from Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.

Jenny L. Stewart, Corporate Counsel & Vice President of Human Resources

Ms. Stewart graduated from Columbia University Law School in New York where she was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut state and federal courts. Ms. Stewart began her legal career as a federal judicial law clerk for Honorary Gerard Goettel of the Southern District of New York. After her clerkship, she joined Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York as an Associate in the law firm's Corporate/Commercial Litigation Department where her clients included Fortune 100 companies. She has also represented global business clients as an Associate in the Employment Law Department at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in Stamford and New York, and continued her private practice as Director and Counsel in the Legal/Employment Law Department at UBS.

James H. Miller, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Mr. Miller is responsible for TestAmerica's Global Client Program and works extensively with U.S. and multinational TestAmerica Corporate clients. He holds dual degrees in Chemical Engineering and Journalism. Mr. Miller previously worked with Occidental Petroleum Corporation in an engineering and production management capacity, and has experience as a Producer and Reporter through various media outlets. He has 27 years of experience in the environmental industry, 24 of which he served in various executive officer posts.

Dr. Harry Behzadi, Vice President Operations, East Region

Dr. Behzadi brings more than 25 years of environmental testing experience to TestAmerica. As a proven technical and business leader, Dr. Behzadi has held Executive positions and was Laboratory Director for regional operations. His expertise encompasses all aspects of the environmental testing business, including technical and operations management, new method development, acquisitions, operations integration, sales and business development. Dr. Behzadi earned his M.S. degree and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rutgers University. 

Rusty Vicinie, Vice President Operations, Central Region

Mr. Vicinie has been in the analytical industry since 1983 with experience in clinical, industrial hygiene and environmental laboratory operations. He holds B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biology from Gannon University and leadership training from the U.S. Army, where he served as a Chemical Officer. He served as General Manager since 2007 and is currently Vice President Operations, Central Region. Prior to his role as General Manager, Mr. Vicinie was a Laboratory Director for 10 years. Mr. Vicinie has overseen the successful execution of numerous high-volume, high profile analytical programs, especially in the area of sediment management and emergency response. He has presented at numerous national and international meetings. Additionally, he has been involved in the design, building and moving of several laboratory operations.

Fred Haley, Vice President Operations, West Region

Mr. Haley has been in the environmental testing industry since 1986. He joined TestAmerica in 1998 and became Laboratory Director of the Irvine lab in 2001 where he grew the lab from a medium sized southern California lab into one of the largest laboratories within the TestAmerica  network.  Mr. Haley received his B.S. in Chemistry from California Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1987. He started his career in the laboratory as a college intern and developed his talents working at all levels of laboratory production and project management.   In addition, Mr. Haley  held the Laboratory Director position for a large inter-national drinking water laboratory. He has extensive experience in laboratory management, drinking water, hazardous waste and  mobile laboratory operations.

Ray Frederici, Vice President of Quality & EHS

Mr. Frederici is the Vice President of Quality & EHS for TestAmerica’s network of Laboratories and is also the Ethics Compliance Officer.  Mr. Frederici has 34 years of experience in the environmental testing industry and extensive leadership & management expertise. He has been actively involved in the development of environmental laboratory accreditations and standards through involvement in NELAC, TNI and working with the U.S. EPA and State agencies.  He has extensive experience in commercial, industrial and government environmental programs, including EPA, DoD,  NPDES, Drinking Water, and CERCLA. As a decisive leader, he takes personal responsibility to spread ethics and customer service awareness, champion’s organizational improvements and drives root cause analysis and problem solving.  Mr. Frederici received a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration from Olivet Nazareen University.