Chris White and Dawn Santos Join Certrec's Office of NERC Compliance Team

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Nuclear power and electric generation engineer added to Certrec’s Office of NERC Compliance team.

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Certrec, a leading licensing and regulatory compliance service provider that supports NRC and NERC compliance, announced today that its Office of NERC Compliance team has expanded with the addition of Chris White as a Project Manager and Dawn Santos as a Senior Engineer.

Chris White brings to Certrec more than 15 years of nuclear power generation experience. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mr. White served on nuclear-powered surface ships as a nuclear power plant operator and maintainer. Since leaving the military, Mr. White worked in nuclear plant operations at both River Bend and Brunswick stations in roles up to and including control room supervisor. In addition to his experience in control room supervision, Mr. White is experienced in the direction of power plant operations, mechanical systems maintenance, and command and control strategies and methods.

“Chris brings current power plant operational experience to the ONC services group and a well-rounded set of skills that will relate well to our clients’ needs,” said Office of NERC Compliance Service Director Bob Biggs. “He will be responsible for supervising and developing project plans, drafting policies and procedures, and conducting client project scope review and status summaries as a project manager.” Mr. White commented, “I am very excited about becoming a part of the Certrec team and helping to continue the company’s growth. I look forward to using my expertise to help our clients achieve and maintain excellent regulatory performance.”

Dawn Santos has more than 10 years of experience in power plant engineering, including work on a variety of electrical engineering projects and modification installations. Her previous work in developing electrical engineering modifications and managing installations within nuclear power plants relates directly to NERC O&P support services, providing additional diversity of perspective to Certrec’s knowledge base.

“Dawn’s in-field, practical work in the installation and configuration of physical security controls supporting access control and intrusion detection are very important to a critical infrastructure protection (CIP) program,” explained Bob Biggs. “Her skills add greater depth to Certrec’s O&P and CIP services group.”

As Senior Engineer at Certrec, Santos will reinforce the ONC group by applying engineering principles to assigned projects and tasks related to NERC Standard compliance. “I am interested in seeing how all my previous work fits into the bigger picture of providing reliable power through the bulk electric system,” commented Santos. “After spending the last several years working at the plant level, I am looking forward to expanding my horizons with Certrec.”

Founded in 1988, Certrec is an engineering and technology-based regulatory support services organization that has developed exceptional capabilities to support the electric power industry’s regulatory activities emanating from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and Regional Entities (NERC), and others.

Certrec’s industry professionals have direct working experience in all regulatory areas of licensing, compliance, and engineering. This expertise, combined with Certrec’s Information Technology assets, gives the electric power industry technology-based solutions and tools designed specifically to help them manage regulatory issues.

Nuclear, fossil, and renewable generation and transmission utilities and entities across the United States rely on Certrec’s highly skilled team to help direct the regulatory process to their advantage.

Certrec’s quality services and information security management system are ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified. Also, Certrec successfully has completed annual Type 2 SOC 2 examinations of its Document Management and Regulatory Services. Certrec’s performance of these annual examinations and audits assures clients of its commitment to maintaining or exceeding current levels of service.

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