OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Effective today, Feb. 15, 2016, Michelle Reichert becomes the Deputy Enterprise Manager for Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (CNS), reporting directly to CNS President and CEO Morgan Smith. CNS is the managing and operating contractor for two key national security facilities: the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Operating primarily out of CNS offices at Pantex, Reichert will share leadership responsibilities with Smith, focusing on communications with employees, customers and other key stakeholders. Reichert will also coordinate integration activities between the two sites to ensure they are aligned in the best interest of CNS and the NNSA.
“Michelle possesses a strong understanding of the operations and missions of Pantex and Y-12 after serving in senior management roles at both sites,” Smith said. “She will provide executive level leadership and integration across both sites while ensuring a greater executive presence at Pantex.”
Reichert has 28 years of experience in Department of Energy operations environments. Serving in leadership roles, her responsibilities have included manufacturing operations; environment, safety and health; safeguards and security; emergency management; waste management; and transportation.
At Pantex, in the roles of Site Manager and Deputy General Manager, Reichert oversaw daily operations to sustain a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent. She also provided leadership in all aspects of plant operations involving nuclear weapons, plutonium pit storage, high explosives, engineering, safety, security, emergency management, facilities management, quality, environmental protection and general administration.
Previously at Y-12, Reichert served as vice president of environment, safety and health. She was the interpretive authority for environment, safety and health; waste operations; human performance improvement; behavior based safety; and integrated safety management. Also at Y-12, she managed enriched uranium metalworking, production and manufacturing compliance, and she served as the program manager for modernization and as the operations manager of analytical chemistry.
Reichert holds a B.S. in biology/chemistry from Viterbo University in Wisconsin and an M.S. in radiological engineering/health physics from the University of Florida.