John D. Woolery named president and project manager of BWCS; Brenda Mills named director of environment, safety and health

June 12th, 2014

Lexington, KY (June 12, 2014)  -- John D. Woolery, currently president and general manager of BWCS Pantex, has been named president and project manager of BWXT Conversion Services (BWCS) beginning July 1, 2014.  The announcement was made by Chuck G. Spencer, chairman of the BWCS board and chief operating officer of BWCS Technical Services Group.

BWCS is the Department of Energy contractor on the Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Project, reporting to the Department’s Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office in Lexington, KY.

“John brings multiple levels of experience in the management of federal nuclear facilities to this new position, with a resumé that demonstrates positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career,” Spencer said.  Woolery led all aspects of the Pantex Plant operations and achieved the highest plant performance evaluations in the plant’s history.

Woolery will replace Jeff Stevens, acting BWXT president and project manager.  Former BWXT President George E. Dials, who managed the project since the contract was assumed, resigned at the end of March. Spencer also announced that Brenda G. Mills, who retired at the end of May from her position as director of the Office of Safety & Quality Assurance for the Department of Energy (DOE) at the Savannah River Site, will assume the position of director, environment, safety & health for BWXT in mid-June.

“Brenda’s record as the DOE’s senior safety officer at Savannah River covers global responsibility for all aspects of safety,” Spencer said.  “She has led and directed nuclear safety, radiation protection, integrated safety management, industrial safety, industrial hygiene, construction safety engineering contractor training, quality assurance, fire protection and site performance assurance.  We welcome her to the DOE contractor world.” Mills replaces Mark B. Mattheis, acting ES&H director.  Former ES&H director Michelle M. Reichert became deputy manager of B&W Pantex in 2013.