Berkeley Lab

Operations Leadership

Michael Brandt

Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations and Chief Operating Officer
Phone: (510) 510-486-5465 | Fax: (510) 486-6498
Location: 50A-4112E | Mail Stop: 50A4112
[email protected]

Deputy Director for Operations and Chief Operating Officer Michael Brandt oversees Berkeley Lab’s operations and mission support organizations and programs. Before joining the Lab in March of 2018, Brandt was the Associate Director of Environment, Safety, and Health for Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he led an organization of 750 employees with an operating budget of $150 million. Brandt has more than 30 years of progressively increasing responsibility and accountability for business services; environment, safety, and health; facilities; enterprise risk management; and operations. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in public health from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in environmental health and industrial hygiene from the University of Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.

Ellen Ford

Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Phone: 510-486-4905|
Location: 050A-4112D | Mail Stop: 50A4112
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Deputy Chief Operating Officer Ellen Ford joined Berkeley Lab in 2002 as the business manager for the Physical Biosciences Division, managing financial and administrative operations for the division. She was a key contributor to the Joint BioEnergy Institute’s proposal development and submission. During her time at the Laboratory, she has contributed to numerous initiatives that focused on the development and implementation of improved business practices and procedures, several of which were in partnership with UC Berkeley. Prior to her work at Berkeley Lab, she was the director of Corporate Operations for Gap Inc.

Minh Agon Huebner

Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (510) 486-5293 | Fax: (510) 486-6282
Location: 971-0202 | Mail Stop: 971-CFO
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Chief Financial Officer Minh Huebner is responsible for Berkeley Lab’s fiduciary, financial, procurement, and property management systems. She joined Berkeley Lab in 2004 as the Budget Officer and held various leadership positions within the Lab’s Office of the CFO organization, including as Deputy CFO for the past seven years. Prior to joining LBNL, she held management and financial analyst positions with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the US Department of Energy. Her experience also includes leadership of strategic initiatives, financial system implementation, and Federal budgeting; business, regulatory, and compliance matters; and other operational functions. Huebner received an MBA from Notre Dame Du Namur.

Dr. Rosio Alvarez

Chief Information Officer
Phone: 510-486-6688 | Fax: 510-486-4107
Location: 50B-2232E | Mail Stop: 50B-2232
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Chief Information Officer Rosio Alvarez is responsible for business systems, high-performance computing, cybersecurity, telephony, and networking at Berkeley Lab. Before joining the Lab in 2007, she served as associate chancellor for IT at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, overseeing the computational services for 30,000 users; and as a business school faculty member at the University of Washington and the University of Massachusetts. Alvarez has been published in a number of leading academic journals, and received a B.S., MBA, and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Michele Lee

Michelle Lee

Chief Human Resources Officer
Phone: (510) 486-6796 | Fax: (510) 495-2800
Location: 090-1091 | Mail Stop: 90R1116
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Chief Human Resources Officer Michelle Lee is responsible for leading all aspects of the human resources function at Berkeley Lab, including Talent Acquisition & Management; Compensation & Benefits; Learning & Development; Employee & Labor Relations; and Employee Engagement. Prior to joining the Lab in 2010, she worked at the University of California, Davis for over 16 years and until her hire served as the Management Services Officer at the University of California, Davis for the Departments of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology, Environmental Toxicology, and Land, Air, and Water Resources. Her experience also includes strategic planning, relationship building and coaching/mentoring.

Brent Henderson

Director, Facilities Division
Phone: (510) 486-5438 |
Location: 076-0208 | Mail Stop: 76R0225
[email protected]

Brent comes to the Lab with over 30 years of progressive experience in facilities and infrastructure management, most recently at the Nuclear Waste Partnership in Carlsbad, New Mexico, which manages and operates the Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). He has also spent time at Lawrence Livermore National Lab as the Deputy Associate Director of Facilities and Infrastructure, and twenty years at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas where he served as the Plant Maintenance Department Manager. Brent is a veteran of the US Navy..

Jack Salazar

Director, Environment, Health & Safety Division
Phone: 510-486-4571 | Fax: 510-495-2384
Location: 026-126 | Mail Stop: 26R0143
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Theresa Triplett

Director, Institutional Assurance and Integrity
Phone: (510) 486-7401
Location: 50A-4117A | Mail Stop: 50A4112
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Director of Institutional Assurance & Integrity Theresa Triplett oversees Berkeley Lab’s contract assurance systems, quality management, and ethics and integrity programs, and serves as the deputy institutional official for Research Integrity and Human and Animal Research protection. Prior to joining the Lab in 2009 as a program manager responsible for the development and implementation of policies, processes, and training for the Laboratory Issues Management Program, she served in various roles at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco as the district business continuity manager, enterprise risk management program manager, and cash services supervisor. She also served as a branch manager during her 15-year tenure at World Savings. Triplett earned her BBA from Wichita State University.

Bob Warther

Director, Projects and Infrastructure Modernization Division (PIMD)
Phone: (510) 486-5885|
Location: 076-0201 | Mail Stop: 76R0225
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Division Director of Projects and Infrastructure Modernization (PIMD) Bob Warther comes to the Lab from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he developed and led the project execution group. Prior to that, he worked as a Vice President of Operations at BWXT, a private company that provides technical and management services at more than 12 DOE sites across the country. In addition, Bob has worked on several important large scale US government projects including the American Centrifuge Demonstration project and Y-12 Environmental Restoration during his career.

Bob will lead the PIM division which was recently formed to bring an integrated approach to project management at the Lab. The Lab has numerous high-profile projects, including seismic safety and modernization, and other infrastructure and construction projects and Bob will provide professional and technical leadership to ensure that our projects are delivered within scope, schedule, and budget.

David von Damm

Site Security Chief
Phone: 510-486-7285|
Location: 048-0115 | Mail Stop: 48R0120
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David von Damm brings more than 19 years of progressive responsibility and experience in security to Berkeley Lab, most recently in Homeland Security at the Oakland International Airport where he served as the Federal Security Director, overseeing 480 security officers, managers, and staff. Prior to his work with TSA, he served as the Deputy Federal Security Director in Alaska for the Department of Homeland Security. He is currently a reserve officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, and previously served five years of active duty.

David leads the LBNL Site Security Office, which includes Physical Security, the Security Operations Center, the Site Access and Visitor Management program, Foreign Visitors and Assignments, and Personnel Security. David and the site security team work closely with both Emergency Management and Fire Protection and Prevention functions within Operations.

John Chernowski

Senior Manager of Parking and Transportation Demand
Phone: 510-486-7457|
Location: 076-0200 | Mail Stop: 76R0225
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John has been at the Lab for 22 years in several managerial roles in EH&S, Facilities, and Contract and Quality Assurance. In January 2019, John took on the responsibilities of interim transportation manager, overseeing the complexity and challenges involved in the Laboratory’s parking and transportation services. Since that time John has successfully partnered with the Laboratory community and external stakeholders to develop and roll out creative solutions and pilots to help address our evolving transportation challenges at LBNL.