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Meet The Team

Eric Hess

President and Director of Homeland Security

Board of Directors, Chairman

B.A. Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
M.S. Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia

Eric Hess is co-founder, President, and Director of Homeland Security at SES. He has more than 35 years of consulting experience, including more than 30 years of emergency management and response experience.

Mr. Hess principal areas of expertise include agriculture and food emergency response planning and mitigation; exercise design and development; quality assurance and improvement; environmental investigation, remediation, emergency response, and compliance auditing; and verification system/program development. He successfully completed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) Program in July 2010. Since 2005 he has been a safety officer for the National Veterinary Response Team.

Patrick Splichal

Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Director of Natural Resources

Board of Directors, Board Member

B.S. Agronomy, Kansas State University
M.S. Soil Science, Kansas State University

Patrick Splichal is co-founder, Chief Financial Officer, and Director of Natural Resources at SES. Mr. Splichal has worked as a soil scientist and environmental chemist since 1991. He is an expert on the environmental issues surrounding agriculture and livestock production, including experience with private companies, trade organizations, and government agencies for projects involving greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation, air emissions, water quality, nutrient management, natural resource management, and hazardous waste management. Mr. Splichal is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist (C.P.S.S.) and an accredited lead offset verifier with the California Air Resources Board.

Rob Dobson

Vice President and Director of Carbon Verification Programs

Board of Directors, Board Member

B.A. Anthropology, University of Virginia
M.S. Environmental Science, University of Virginia

Rob Dobson has been with SES, Inc. since the company was founded in 1998. Mr. Dobson is a Vice President of SES, and its Director of Carbon Verification Programs and an accredited lead offset verifier with the California Air Resources Board. He is an expert in air quality issues related to agriculture and food processing, including emissions of methane and other greenhouse gases, ammonia, particulates, and odor.

Amber Wilson

Vice President and Training Programs Manager

 Board of Directors, Board Member

B.S. Animal Science, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, Kansas State University
M.S. Management, University of Saint Mary

Amber Wilson is a Vice President of SES, and she has more than 20 years of agricultural and emergency management consulting experience. Ms. Wilson plans, designs, and leads food defense exercises and emergency response planning at the federal, state and local levels. Her principal areas of expertise include emergency exercise development and training, program management, agriculture emergency response, and agriculture-critical infrastructure.

Bryan Deimeke

Senior Consultant

Board of Directors, Board Member

B.S. Animal Science, Missouri State University
M.S. Natural and Applied Sciences in Agriculture, Missouri State University

Bryan Deimeke has more than a decade of experience in Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), project management, and program development. Mr. Deimeke has more than 20 years of production agriculture experience. He is part of a planning team that designs and implements food defense exercises and emergency response planning at the federal, state, and local levels. His principal areas of expertise include agriculture emergency management, production agriculture, training and education, oversight and evaluation, program development, and program management.

Beth Bader

Senior Food Policy and Compliance Consultant/Analyst

B.S. Journalism, University of Missouri

Beth Bader is a Consultant and Analyst at SES. She conducts business development and project management activities.

Ms. Bader has more than 20 years of consulting background in user experience, design thinking, product design, research, and analysis for industries including consumer products and food, agriculture, finance, and travel.

Ms. Bader’s areas of focus include agriculture and food policy, supply chain sustainability, food labeling compliance, project management, native plant initiatives, marine conservation, and consumer research.

Sandy Johnson

Senior Associate

BA Political Science, State University of New York at Geneseo
MA, Public Administration, University of Kansas
Master Exercise Practitioner | US Army Veteran

Sandy Johnson is a Senior Associate with SES. Prior to joining SES in 2018, she was the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Ms. Johnson’s principal areas of expertise include emergency management, agriculture security and defense, exercise development and conduct, project management; public health preparedness, and training.

Catharine Weber

Agricultural Economist

B.S. Biology and Economics, University of South Alabama
M.S. Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri

Catharine Weber is an Agricultural Economist with SES. Ms. Weber specializes in environmental compliance and auditing, livestock regulations, sustainability, and data analytics. She is an accredited lead offset verifier with the California Air Resources Board and a Trained Service Provider with The Sustainability Consortium.

Akara Regimand

Associate Consultant and Analyst

B.S. Communication Studies, Kansas State University

Akara Regimand is an Associate Consultant and Analyst with SES. She is experienced in translating complex topics into conversational and constructive content, matching specific voices to target audiences. Ms. Regimand’s areas of focus include food labeling compliance, consumer trends and research, consulting within the consumer products industry, sustainable agriculture, environmental sciences and food brands.

Frank Bryant

Retired

Board of Directors Adviser

United States Navy
B.S. Biology
M.S. Environmental, University of Tulsa

Frank Bryant is co-founder of SES. Mr. Bryant retired from SES in October 2019; however he still advises the Board of Directors and works part-time on business development activities, in addition to other special projects. He has more than 30 years of experience with hazardous waste management, SARA Title III reporting and surface water quality.

Mr. Bryant is an expert in the areas of regulatory compliance, incentive-based program development, environmental management system development and ecology.

Karie Kneller

Karie Kneller

Urban Planner and Consultant

B.A. Urban Planning and Design, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Karie is an Urban Planner and Consultant for SES. She has professional experience in urban design, public outreach, Graphic Information Systems (GIS), data management, marketing, and research. Her professional focus includes environmental assessment, sustainable infrastructure, food systems, land use analysis, and socially vulnerable populations.

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