NJR is a dedicated team of experienced response professionals. Our team consists of both full-time employees and a cadre of contracted response professionals we have engaged for many years. Our large contractor network is made up of personnel who are well respected experts in their field with whom we have direct experience and who are familiar with our standards and expectations.

Nicole Franks

NICOLE FRANKS

Ms. Franks has over 26 years of professional experience in environmental regulatory compliance and emergency response planning, training, and exercises. She has designed and executed many large (300+ persons) and smaller focused emergency response exercises for all types of facilities and vessels around the globe. She designs tailored training courses in various aspects of emergency response including the Incident Command System, and is experienced at training different audiences from facility operators to emergency responders and company executives.

She has also developed a multitude of response plans for petroleum industry clients, including terminals, tank farms, pipelines, and tank/non-tank vessels. Twenty years ago, Nicole founded NJ Resources, the recognized expert in emergency response preparedness in the petroleum industry.

Agneta Dahl

AGNETA DAHL

Agneta Dahl, a certified Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP), brings a wealth of experience in the maritime safety field.  She retired from the U. S. Coast Guard as a Commander with 22 years of service in the U. S. and overseas.  She has extensive experience in oil spill prevention and response, incident management, contingency planning, and exercise design, facilitation and evaluation.  She has been an instructor at the International Maritime Organization’s World Maritime University in Sweden where, in addition to teaching, she managed a project focused on contingency planning and cross-border incident management for fourteen Baltic nations.

Ms. Dahl is multi-lingual. She is Incident Command System (ICS) qualified, holds a BS in Biology, and holds an MS in Quality Systems Management.

Joseph Hilliard

JOSEPH HILLIARD

Joseph brings 39 years of knowledge and experience in the regulatory arena with both the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the State of Texas.  In his 21 years of experience in the USCG, Joseph was a Marine Vessel Inspector, Federal On-Scene Coordinator’s Representative, Spill Response Officer, Facility Compliance Officer, and Training Instructor.  In his 18 years as a Senior Response Officer with the Texas General Land Office (TGLO) Oil Spill Division, he was designated as a lead senior trainer and instructor for spill response, equipment deployments, vessel and facility compliance, and State On-Scene Coordinator’s Representative.

During this time he was also a planner, designer, State On-Scene Coordinator and instructor for regional and international training and exercise, including being part of the design team for MEXUS since the first exercise in 2002. Over the past 15 years Joseph has been an authorized Train-the-Trainer under the Hazardous Material Research Institute (HMTRI) and National Institute for Environmental Health Science (NIEHS).  He has also been an OSHA authorized trainer for General Industry, Construction, Ship-breaking, Agricultural Terrorism, and the maritime industry.  He has been a detailed plan writer for maritime and petrochemical facilities, including international airports.  Lastly he has been a FEMA authorized Train-the-Trainer for deliverables of the incident command system (ICS) and section-specific training.

His response background with the State of Texas and the USCG has provided Joseph an extensive knowledge in all levels of industry and maritime vessels, and an in-depth understanding of regulatory requirements

Theodore Camlin

THEODORE (THEO) CAMLIN

Theo Camlin has over 35 years of experience in demanding environments.  He has safely and successfully designed and directed operations encompassing a variety of response-oriented and project-based programs for both industry and agencies.  His strengths include project management, conflict resolution, team building, training, coaching, and planning.  Projects include MEXUS exericse development, Aramco Gulf of Mexico Worst-case Discharge exercise, Shell Alaska Exploration Oil Spill Seminar and Responder training, Incident Commander (IC) for M/V Cougar Ace, Operations Section Chief/Deputy Incident Commander for the Sea Voyager grounding, BPXA Prince William Sound exercise, and technical advisor for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Southern Iraq emergency spill response operations.

Mr. Camlin has extensive experience in developing and writing oil spill response tactical pre-plans for various exploration and production clients as well as downstream terminals and pipelines.  He has been integral to the design and implementation of worst-case tabletop exercises for BP, Equillon and Motiva Services, CITGO, and ExxonMobil, conducted training seminars throughout the world.  As a trainer, he developed and conducted Incident Command System (ICS) training at the 100, 200, 300, and 400 levels as well as company-specific ICS 320.  Theo was one of two lead Multi-Agency Teambuidling Enhancement Seminar (MATES) instructors,  and worked with industry to design and implement 8-hour, 24-hour, 40-hour HAZWOPER Emergency, and post-emergency response operations training programs.

Jace Johnson

JACE JOHNSON

Jace Johnson has worked in the emergency response field for more than 19 years.  During this time, Mr. Johnson has led teams responding to train wrecks, marine casualties, earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, and oil spills.  Jace has provided technical support, training, exercise development and response planning to Incident Management Teams (IMTs) of pubic, private and, non-governmental organizations throughout North America, Asia and the Middle East. Through his formal education, training, and experience, Jace has gained the knowledge necessary to assess, design and teach complex topics that include Incident and Emergency Response, Incident Management Team (Roles and Responsibilities), Incident Command System (ICS) and Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER). Jace has been the Lead Developer in the design and implementation of worst-case tabletop exercises for Shell, BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Hilcorp, ENI, AK Div. of Emergency Services/Homeland Security and, The US Missile Defense Agency.

Mr. Johnson has acted as an all-hazards emergency responder for the State of Alaska.  In coordination with subcontractors, and state and federal agencies, Mr. Johnson managed the U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage (SUPSALV) Emergency Ship Salvage Materials (ESSM) Base-Alaska.  In his role as the State On-scene Coordinator Representative for responses throughout Alaska, he provided specialized technical expertise in the oil pollution and hazardous waste environmental protection program.

JOSEPH P. HIGGINS

Mr. Higgins brings a wealth of experience in the fields of maritime safety, security, emergency management and planning (both strategic and tactical) to NJ Resources, Inc.  Exceptionally skilled in bringing together diverse interests and stakeholders to accomplish top quality results, he consistently demonstrates his analytical skills in solving extremely complex challenges and achieving optimal results/outcomes.  He completed a 23+ year career with the Coast Guard, spanning a diverse geographic range of experience (Alaska, Great Lakes/St Lawrence Seaway, West Coast, Gulf of Mexico, Midwest/Western Rivers, Boston/New England, and the US borders with Canada and Mexico).  His broad, yet extensive, focus areas includes a wide range of Leadership, Incident Management, Planning, and Training positions and opportunities.

Mr. Higgins demonstrated exceptional emergency response/incident management/ICS experience and ability in key positions on the following incidents:  Deepwater Horizon [USCG District 8 Incident Management Team, Planning Section Chief for Unified Area Command, principle Federal On-Scene Coordinator field representative in Jefferson Parish/Grand Isle, Chair, Lead coordinator of the Operational Science Advisory Team (OSAT)], Katrina [senior CG rep to the Governor of Mississippi, oversight of all Maritime issues], Grounding/spills: M/V KUROSHIMA, M/V CITRUS, M/V MILOS REEFER, Cleveland Public Power Spill, M/V JUNO grounding St Lawrence Seaway.  CG leadership roles included Deputy Sector Commander (FMSC/COTP/FOSC) Buffalo, NY and the Lead Operational Planner for all CG Operations in District 8 (Midwest/Western Rivers, Gulf of Mexico, US Borders with Canada and Mexico). He holds a BS degree in Marine Science and a Master’s degree in Marine Affairs/Environmental Management.

LARRY RYAN

Mr. Ryan has over 15 years of professional and operational experience in environmental preparedness, planning and emergency response operations, exercises and training.  He has demonstrated expertise in providing emergency environmental response and crisis mapping using ESRI ArcGIS, QGIS, Microsoft Office, and marine oil spill modeling software.  He showcased his organization and management expertise in numerous domestic and international GIS projects throughout the United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) and internationally in Nova Scotia, The Netherlands, Singapore, Hong Kong, Argentina, and Brazil.

Mr. Ryan successfully managed a team of 16 data specialists, was the designated trainer and coordinator for a team of 60+ data specialists that achieved top results with numerous mapping and database projects.  His leadership ensured weekly project benchmarks and that goals were met.  Mr. Ryan was part of a team that constructed a quality control system for multiple mapping projects.   His keen attention to detail in analyzing satellite imagery resulted in the digitation of key map features for use in data analysis and database schemes.

Mr. Ryan’s expert ability and experience with emergency response operations, GPS data collection, and vessel navigation were key contributors to successful operations during Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and multiple spills in Puget Sound.  He was Project Lead for state mandated Wildlife Rehabilitation Response Project and assisted with a feasibility study for GIS application to oil spill response readiness and logistics with outside vendors working seamlessly with State environmental agencies to perform a Geographic Response Plan Reconnaissance and Evaluation.  He has demonstrated ability in data development/assembly during the design and execution of worst-case scenario drills and table-top exercises utilizing his technical and organizational skills.  He has demonstrated skill using ESRI and ArcGIS during real events and simulated exercises in an Incident Command System environment and perform research and written reports on environmental and natural disasters.

VIET NGUYEN

Viet Nguyen has over 5 years of experience within the industry, and over 3 years in the environmental preparedness, planning and emergency response exercises and training. Viet has brought his keen technological savvy mind to the team and his experiences from his past employer, Shell Oil Company.

During his time at Shell, Viet has helped improve their employee database of first responders in the event of an emergency. He has also managed the teams’ project management software and keeping the team accountable for their outstanding deliverables to ensure timely project completion. Viet has also participated in a variety of other projects during his time at Shell, including leading the MDM iOS implementation and adopting within the Shell Woodcreek Real Estate Division, and working on the logistic side of many of many event at Shell, such as the Shell Houston Open, and The New Orleans Jazz Fest.

In addition to supporting the NJR team, Viet is currently a full time student at Texas A&M University where he is majoring in Business Finance, with a double major in Environmental Engineering.