Michael Wantland has more than 40 years of experience in the environmental and occupational health laboratory industry in both the public and private sectors. His experience includes bench chemistry, field sampling, program management and laboratory management. Michael manages and markets the Maxxam Analytics GSA contract to federal clients worldwide. The use of this contract by government agencies has grown exponentially from its inception due to Michael’s keen knowledge of client requirements and governmental procurement procedures.
Michael’s program and contract management experience includes oversight and administration of contracts with the United States Air Force (USAF), US Environmental Protection Agency and many other Department of Defense (DOD) and federal government agencies. In these capacities, his responsibilities include sample coordination with internal and external clients as well as communicating with laboratory leaders and various engineering and consulting groups. His government agency experience also includes data validation, report generation and quality assurance requirements. Additionally, he manages a team of subcontract labs that provide specialized analytical services to the General Services Administration (GSA) contract clients.
Laura Parker has more than 20 years of experience in the HSE Laboratory, managing client accounts and counseling on appropriate use of industrial hygiene (IH) sampling methods. After two years of bench analysis, she joined the client services group and then managed that department for 18 years. She has experience with a broad cross-section of clients, including independent practitioners, larger consulting and industrial companies, and the public sector. Her skills include account management, proposal writing, training presentations, laboratory accreditation, and data quality. Her BSc is in Atmospheric Science from the University of Michigan. Laura volunteered for the AIHA Laboratory Accreditation Program (AIHA-LAP) for 8 years, chaired the Analytical Accreditation Board (AAB) in 2008, and still serves on their Policy Task Force. Her experience of working with IH laboratory professionals and global clients provides a unique perspective on the profession.