Ms. Russell has been professionally committed to the nuclear industry since 1989 with direct or consulting stints in the government including the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, State, and in later years, in the private sector. Ms. Russell is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point (1986) and holds a Masters in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (1989).
As a graduate of the United States Military Academy, Ms. Russell brings a distinctive leadership style to Holtec Government Services. Ms. Russell served eight years of active duty in the U.S. Army as a Nuclear Medical Science Officer where she functioned, among other assignments, as the Radiation Safety Officer for the decommissioning of the U.S. Army Material Command, Watertown Arsenal research reactor and the decommissioning of the Watertown Arsenal facility contaminated with radiological material and hazardous waste. Ms. Russell also served one year each as a consultant to DOE’s Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management and Assistant Radiation Safety Officer at the University of Maryland at Baltimore.
Ms. Russell joined Holtec in 1997 performing technical support work in both field services and nuclear analysis organizations. She performed nuclear analyses in the early stages of licensing Holtec International’s pioneering HI-STORM 100 System for dry spent fuel storage of used nuclear fuel. Ms. Russell rose steadily through the ranks at Holtec International culminating in being named President of HGS in 2017. Ms. Russell is a member of Holtec’s Executive Committee which is tasked with devising policies and procedures that govern the interaction amongst various Holtec subsidiaries and affiliates.