Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management

Site Specific Advisory Board Elects Officers for FY 2018

November 6, 2017

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FY 2018 ORSSAB board and committee officers
FY 2018 ORSSAB board and committee officers Richard Burroughs, Dennis Wilson, Belinda Price and John Tapp.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB) has named new board and committee officers for fiscal year 2018.

ORSSAB is a federally chartered citizens’ panel that provides independent advice and recommendations to DOE, which is responsible for the cleanup of the Oak Ridge Reservation.


Board officers

Dennis Wilson was elected board chair. He previously served as the board’s vice chair and has been a member since 2015. Wilson is a retired technology manager from JohnsonDiversey Products (now Sealed Air). He spent most of his career in technology and intellectual property management. He also received seven patents during work as a resin and polymer chemist.

Belinda Price was elected board vice chair. She previously served two consecutive terms as chair of the board and has represented ORSSAB at a number of public and industry events.

She joined the board in 2013 and has more than 30 years of experience in environmental investigation and environmental remediation as a geologist, hydrogeologist, and project manager. She currently works as a senior hydrogeologist with Alliant Corp.

Richard Burroughs was elected board secretary, filling a post left vacant by the retirement of David Hemelright in July. Burroughs has been a member of the board since 2015, but this is his first executive position with the board.  He works in Anderson County government and has a background as a registered professional geologist with hydrogeological expertise in aquifer characterizations and remediation in soil and groundwater environments.


Environmental Management/Stewardship Committee officers

Fred Swindler was elected committee chair. He previously served as vice chair for the committee. Swindler has been a member of ORSSAB since 2016. He retired as vice president of IsoRay Medical, but continues to act as a consultant in regulatory affairs for the Washington-based company. He received a bachelor’s in biomedical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, and an M.B.A. from the University of Evansville, Indiana.

John Tapp was elected committee vice chair. Tapp joined the board as a new member in 2017. He is a retired civil/environmental engineer with bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in engineering from the University of Kentucky with specialization in soil and water resources.


The board’s next meeting is 6 p.m. November 8 at the DOE Information Center, 1 Science.gov Way in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

ORSSAB meets the second Wednesday of most months at 6 p.m. at the DOE Information Center, 1 Science.gov Way in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Meetings of the board and its committees are open to the public. For more information, visit ORSSAB’s official website at www.energy.gov/orssab or follow the organization on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ORSSAB and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/ORSSAB.