NSF International Recognizes 2012 Employee of the Year: Kate Principe and Team of the Year: Green Chemistry

January 24, 2013

Winners exemplify outstanding leadership in innovation, teamwork, customer service and international relations

NSF International, a global independent public health organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries, has announced its 2012 "Employee of the Year" and "Team of the Year" award winners. NSF International President & CEO Kevan P. Lawlor presented Lead Office Administrator Kate Principe with the employee of the year award and the NSF Green Chemistry Team – Anne Labut, Brad Lampe, Nancy Linde, Teresa McGrath and Mahya Wood – received the team of the year award.
Both Principe and the NSF Green Chemistry Team were recognized for their expertise in innovation, leadership, teamwork, customer service, and international relations.

Kate Principe heads up administration for NSF-DBA’s U.S. operations, an NSF International Company with more than 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical and medical device training, auditing and consulting. With its significant growth over the past year, NSF-DBA relied on Principe’s support and expertise. She has the technical knowledge and exhibits the attention to detail necessary to support customers’ needs in the pharmaceutical industry.  Additionally, she played a key role in NSF-DBA’s move to its new Boston office, working with IT and managing facility logistics to ensure a smooth transition.

“Kate consistently shows the highest level of work ethic and ensures customers both internally and externally receive prompt and effective solutions,” said NSF-DBA Managing Partner Bob Pietrowski. “Kate has brought the NSF-DBA U.S. operations together as a team and always with a smile and a great sense of humor. She shows a high level of respect to her fellow colleagues and helps them develop professionally.”

The NSF Green Chemistry team (Nancy Linde, Mahya Wood, Brad Lampe, Anne Labut and Teresa McGrath) is another example of staff going above and beyond to provide the best customer service.  Together they developed a complete educational package for newly certified companies, which improved the quality of first-time client submissions and resulted in increased customer satisfaction. The team serves as an outstanding example of a technical team working together towards a common goal.


The team’s diverse experience and unique expertise make them a valuable and much sought after resource for many NSF programs.  For example, Brad Lampe (Associate Toxicologist) has assisted NSF-DBA and the food safety team on projects that require reviewing food contact materials against EU regulations.  Anne Labut (Associate Toxicologist) supports NSF’s Drinking Water Systems program on a regular basis.  Mahya Wood (Associate Toxicologist), who came from NSF’s chemistry laboratory, utilizes her analytical expertise to assist with testing needs. This teamwork has resulted in shorter turnaround times on several projects.

The Green Chemistry team’s positive relationship with the program office demonstrates how both groups work together to offer the best possible customer service.  The program office fully supports the NSF Green Chemistry team’s role in business development, which has fostered an excellent relationship between the two groups.  Nancy Linde (Research Toxicologist) presented at the NSF Nonfoods steering committee meeting to educate clients about the Design for the Environment (DfE), CarbonFree product certification and Green Screen programs to help organizations identify safer chemicals and substitute hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives.


“The NSF Green Chemistry team provides consistent, practical and ongoing solutions for companies committed to sustainability and works with them to recognize product formulations that use the safest possible ingredients,” said Tom Bruursema, General Manager of NSF International's Sustainability Division.

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