Staff

The real key to our success is our staff! The owners call the ARA Team "the best in the business." When you call ARA for help with a project, you will find that our employees are truly dedicated to achieving customer satisfaction. Whether through producing accurate and timely analytical data, providing sampling supplies on-site with short notice, answering client questions or resolving a challenging indoor air or water quality concern, our staff is always focused on your success.

 

  

ARA Staff 2017

 

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ARA Lab Director Aaron DeWeesAaron DeWees

Aaron has been with Absolute Resource Associates since 1999, and has directly contributed to the success of the business on many levels. Starting as an intern in the extractions department during his college days at the University of New Hampshire, and filling almost every role here at one point or another, Aaron's hard work, dedication and vast understanding of day-to-day operations have led him to his current position as Chief Operating Officer Along with his responsibilities of overseeing operations at ARA, Aaron is also accountable for researching and implementing new methods and technologies as the environmental testing field evolves. Aaron has extensive hands-on experience using GC/MS, GC/ECD, GC/FID, ion chromatography, ICP, cold vapor AA methodology, as well as various wet chemistry techniques. Aaron is the "Captain" of the lab, and has become known for finding creative solutions to every challenge brought to his attention. The company would not have developed with such success without Aaron's inspirational insight, guidance and "can do" attitude.

In his free time, Aaron can be found running 5K road races with his wife Cathy, camping with the family, snowshoeing, brewing tasty ales and working on home improvement projects.


Danielle Quinn 

Danielle has been working in the  environmental consulting realm  since completing her Master's  Degree in Environmental Law &  Policy at Vermont Law School in  2010. She joined the Indoor Air  Quality Division at Absolute  Resource Associates in October of  2012, performing asbestos  inspections, mold assessments, indoor air quality testing, air clearances, and moisture mapping.

 

In 2014, Danielle took a position as an environmental analyst with the MA Division of Capital Asset and Maintenance (DCAMM), where she gained a vast amount of project management experience. In May of 2016, Danielle was thrilled to rejoin her ARA family in the position of Federal Project Manager, where she now manages all aspects of ARA's many Federal Environmental Projects. Outside of work, Danielle enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking,  and getting outdoors.


Jane Stratton

Jane has been with Absolute Resource Associates since October 2006. For the past several years Jane has worn many hats, from greeting customers to logging in water and soil samples, and using her education in small business management to assist in the marketing and administrative needs of ARA. Her familiarity with our clients' needs and her ability to manage many details and projects at once make her an excellent resource for customer service and dependable communication. Jane has proven to be an invaluable asset to her coworkers and our customers, and was recently promoted to Office Manager at ARA.  In her free time, Jane enjoys spending time with her friends and family, her two cats and her two Great Pyrenees.


Jason Muchmore 

Jason joined Absolute Resource  Associates in August of 2013 as a  member of the Indoor Air Quality  Division. Jason currently resides in  southern Maine and studied Marine  Science and Geographic Information  Systems at the University of Maine at  Machias. Jason is a certified Indoor  Environmentalist (CIE), a certified  Asbestos Project Monitor, Asbestos  Inspector, and Asbestos Supervisor. Jason started out performing air monitoring, sample collection, mold assessments, and as a hard worker and quick learner, he was easily  promoted to Supervisor, and then Manager, of ARA’s Indoor Air Quality division. Jason oversees all field activities related to our client's indoor air quality concerns (mold, lead, asbestos, odors, allergens, etc.). Jason's CV can be found here.  In his spare time, Jason can be found surfing the icy cold waters of the Maine coast. He also enjoys soccer, kayaking, hiking, camping, traveling, and picking on his guitar and banjo.


Jean Gennaro

Jean joined Absolute Resource Associates in early 2010 as the Director of Marketing. Jean studied Communications at Pennsylvania State University and the University of New Hampshire. An award-winning video producer and published writer, Jean has more than 25 years of experience working in media and marketing. Her broad experience includes news, advertising, television, public relations, social media marketing and corporate marketing. Jean was the architect for ARA's name change and re-branding strategy in 2010, and her creativity and broad experience have been instrumental in helping to create and shape the ARA brand in the marketplace. In her spare time Jean enjoys a busy life in Coastal Maine with her husband and 3 children.


ARA Customer Service Manager Jen GueretteJen Guerette

Jen has a BS in General Biology & a Minor in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire, and has been with Absolute Resource Associates since 2001. She started as an analyst in the organics area of the lab, running a GC/MS, where she gained a tremendous amount of experience in understanding lab operations, quality control procedures, and managing the

various needs of our lab customers.

 

Presently, Jen is our Quality Assurance Officer, and plays a critical role in ARA's quality system. Her responsibilities include maintaining licenses and accreditations, performing internal audits, calibrating support equipment and providing QC data for our customers. Jen is passionate about maintaining our high standards of quality and keeps that priority at the top of the list in everything we do. What our customers love about Jen is when she says she will get them an answer, they can always count on her to follow through! Outside of work, Jen spends much of her time with family. She loves being a mom and is very proud of her son, Ryan. She enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and mountain biking.


Jennifer Zaffini Lowe

Jennifer graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2004 with a degree in bio-chemistry, and joined the Absolute Resource Associates team in May of 2006. Jen began her environmental lab journey with the analysis of diesel range organics by GC-FID and has since covered everything from PCB / Pesticides, VOCs, anions, bacteria and various wet chemistry analyses. If any area of the lab is particularly busy, she is always willing to jump in and lend a helping hand. Jen served as Assistant Lab Manager at ARA, and in 2017, she was promoted to Manager of Laboratory Services where she now oversees all lab operations, including workflow, budgets, staffing, etc. When she gets a chance to escape the lab, Jen participates on several intramural teams playing everything from dodge ball to softball.


Alex Gagnon

Alex joined the ARA team in the summer of 2015. A UNH graduate with a bachelor of science degree in Biology and a strong work ethic, Alex is a welcome addition to our staff. Alex has field experience doing lake study work, and loves working in the lab. His positive attitude and quest for learning make Alex an ideal employee, as he is willing and able to fill in wherever needed.


Alison Keith

Alison received her bachelor's degree in Marine Biology from the University of New England, and started working for Absolute Resource Associates in May, 2006 as an organics extraction technician, extracting semi-volatile solids and waters, including DRO, PAH, ABN, PCB, and Pesticides. Alison has always had a strong interest in environmental science and laboratory work, and is particularly proud of her role in helping to implement the methods using microwave technology here at ARA. These green procedures not only help reduce the environmental impact of the extraction process, but also improve turn-around time. Alison is also responsible for pioneering ARA's in-house mold capabilities, including mold identification in air and surface samples, as well as spearheading our in-house asbestos capabilities. In addition to all of this, Alison is also one of ARA's Site Safety Health Officers (SSHO), managing and maintaining safety protocol on ARA's Federal Projects. When Alison isn't at work, she enjoys hiking and mountain climbing, running road races, reading and spending time with family and friends.


Allison Smith

Allison became a member of the Absolute Resource Associates team in the fall of 2014 as a part-time semi-volatiles extraction technician.  Allison earned her Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science at the University of New Hampshire in 2012.  During and since her time at UNH, Allison has also been employed as a laboratory and office assistant at the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.  When she is not in either lab setting, Allison can typically be found on the back of her beloved horse, Doxie.


Andrew Moore

Laboratory Analyst Andrew Moore has 7 years of experience in the fields of microbiology, biology, and chemistry. His background has given him robust analytical skills as well as a drive to keep asking questions and searching for answers. As a student at Plymouth State University, he made a deep connection with the North Country of New Hampshire. Andrew graduated in 2007 and took up residence in New Hampshire with his wife Brandi due to their love of the region. When Andrew is not working to provide clients with timely, accurate results, he can be found taking computer science classes, craft brewing, camping, skiing at Cannon, and spending time with friends & family.


Ann M. Plante-Alexander

Ann joined Absolute Resource Associates in August, 2002, and is in charge of all Wet Lab Chemistry for the Laboratory Services Division. Ann is also the Hazardous Waste Coordinator, and is responsible for safe and legal care and disposal of all hazardous waste for the facility.


Bill Duffy, PE

Bill has his Masters of Science in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering from Tufts University, and has a wealth of experience in Facilities Engineering, Construction, Environmental Services, and Financial and Real Estate Management. As ARA's Site Safety & Health Officer (SSHO), Bill is responsible for overseeing the occupational health management, surveillance, inspections, and safety enforcement  for our Federal Projects.


Cathy DeWees

Cathy holds a B.A. in English with a minor in Elementary Education from the University of New Hampshire. After spending 15 years in the non-profit world, Cathy came to ARA in May 2015 looking to try something completely different!  Cathy's positive energy, welcoming personality and enthusiasm to take on any task make her invaluable in so many areas at ARA. Cathy was recently promoted from Administrative Assistant to Assistant Project Manager at ARA. When not at the lab, Cathy can be found snowshoeing, running, camping and searching for new healthy recipes to cook with her husband.


Chuck Leahy

Chuck became a member of the Absolute Resource Associates team in the fall of 2015 as an analyst. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BS degree in bioscience technology. Chuck returned to the environmental laboratory setting after several years of being a stay-at-home dad to his three busy sons. Chuck has a technical background and previously held laboratory-based positions including working in organic extractions, as an analytical chemist in a volatile organic laboratory, and also has experience working in a virology and waterborne disease laboratory. Outside of work, Chuck loves spending time with his family… outside. He enjoys exploring places both near and far with his wife, Alison, their sons, and yellow Labrador retriever.


James Benson
James earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Alfred University in NY in 2015, and joined the ARA team in early 2016. James has worked on projects related to climate change, wildlife conservation, sustainability, and environmental compliance with high profile organizations such as  the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and USMA at West Point, NY.  In his position as Environmental Specialist with ARA, James has managed compliance and regulatory issues related to hazardous waste storage and disposal, chemical inventories, environmental sample collection, and more. In November, 2016, in addition to providing support to our Federal Projects, James became an Indoor Environmental Technician for our Indoor Air Quality department, where he assists in performing field investigations, air monitoring, clearance testing and remediation projects related to indoor contaminants. In his spare time James enjoys fishing, hiking, boating and sports.


Joe Amend

If you use our courier service, you know that Joe is one of our friendly couriers. Joe is responsible for the pickup, safe guarding and delivery of environmental samples to our laboratory.  Joe is retired from the State of Connecticut where he was a Systems Designer.  His last project for Connecticut was the development and implementation of the first in the world automated truck inspection station. He also served four years as a Personnel Officer in the USAF. He has a BA from Villanova University and an MBA from the University of Connecticut.


Kevin North

Kevin graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008 with a BS in Environmental Studies and from Ecotech Institute with an AAS in Renewable Energy Technology in 2014.  He also served in the United States Marine Corps from 2008-2012 as an Aviation Ordnanceman and billeting clerk.  Among his many duties included Environmental Coordinator and holding a hazmat billet.  Kevin joined Absolute Resource Associates in January 2016 to operate the West Point Academy contract.  In his free time, Kevin enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking, golfing and working out.


Lawrence Maciejewski

Larry graduated from Keene State College in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and joined the Absolute Resource Associates team in 2004. He started out in extractions, and soon after moved into volatile organic compound analysis. Larry says that the challenge of managing a timely delivery of results to the end user, from the time we receive a set of samples through the preparation to the evaluation of data, is what has kept things interesting and motivating. Outside of work, Larry enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking, puttering in the garden, or just taking in the great views that nature has to offer.


Sonja Maliski

Sonja graduated from the University of New Hampshire in May of 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. Later that summer, she joined the Absolute Resource Associates team part-time to assist with report archiving and sample log-in. When she isn’t organizing paperwork in the lab, Sonja enjoys watching foreign films and painting landscapes. 

 

 

 

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