Walter Perry, (865) 576-0885

           August 26, 2005


Photo Caption: Six new members joined the     Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB).  From left, they are: Chris Grove, Lance Mezga, Steve Douglas, Linda Grandage, Darryl Bonner, and Ken Sadler.


OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the appointment of six new members to the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB). 

New members are Darryl Bonner and Steve Douglas of Oak Ridge; Chris Grove, Lance Mezga, and Linda Grandage of Knoxville; and Ken Sadler of Harriman.  The ORSSAB is a federally chartered citizens’ panel that provides recommendations to the DOE Oak Ridge Environmental Management Program.

“The experience these individuals bring to our team is substantial,” said Steve McCracken, DOE Oak Ridge Office’s Assistant Manager for Environmental Management.  “We have important work ahead of us the next few years.  The work they’ll be doing for the Board will be essential.  We are excited about having six new members who bring a fresh perspective to the Board.”

Bonner is an engineer with 13 years experience in emergency management, facility management, pollution prevention, environmental compliance, and industrial hygiene.  He is employed by Bechtel Jacobs Company in Oak Ridge as the Emergency Management Task Lead.  He received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and a master of science degree in public health from the University of Alabama.

Douglas is the Senior Environmental Compliance Specialist for CDM Federal Services in Oak Ridge.  He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and received a bachelor of science in environmental science.  He is completing his graduate work in occupational safety and environmental management.  In addition, Douglas is a Reserve Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Grandage is retired from the U.S. State Department Passport Agency and has been involved in commercial contracting.   She received a bachelor of arts degree with a major in history and minors in Spanish and Portuguese.  Over the last 10 months, Grandage has  provided volunteer services to the Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County. 

Grove is the Executive Director of Community Network Services in Knoxville, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing professional services to individuals with developmental disabilities.  He received a bachelor of science degree in occupational safety and health from Columbia Southern University.

Mezga is employed by UT-Battelle as the Project Manager for Environmental Integration for New Facilities Development at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  He has more than 30 years experience in waste and environmental management and has served as a technical expert to both national and international agencies.  He received a master of science degree in geology from Kent State University.

Sadler is the Manager of Focus Compliance and Validation Services in Knoxville, where he provides consulting services to Food and Drug Administration regulated industries.  He is a chemical engineer with more than 17 years of experience in the engineering and environmental field.  Sadler has worked at numerous DOE facilities throughout the nation.

ORSSAB meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the DOE Information Center, 475 Oak Ridge Turnpike, 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: