Our team

We take pride in providing high-quality products, technical credibility in the applications of water, process water, and wastewater treatment, dedicated delivery specialists and equipment, and proactive on-site technical service.

“We help our customers with their water.”

 

Dr Doug Kelley

President of IER

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Dr. Kelley is a Ph.D. Chemist with 29 years of research & development experience in water and wastewater treatment technologies.

Doug graduated from Iowa State University in 1990 with a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry. He worked with Nalco for 14 years in basic research and new product development.

He is also the co-inventor on numerous patents related to scale and corrosion control in boiler and cooling water environments.

As President of Inland Environmental Resources (IER), Doug has spearheaded the development of proprietary, safe, environmentally-friendly, and cost-effective chemical products based on Magnesium Hydroxide.

Dr. Kelley is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, & Air-Conditioning Engineers, and the Water Environment Federation.

NOBODY CARES HOW MUCH YOU KNOW, UNTIL THEY KNOW

HOW MUCH YOU CARE.

 (PRES. T. ROOSEVELT)

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Peter Leber

Regional Manager

Centralia-South, Washington, USA
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Pete graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science Technology. Pete started to work as a laboratory supervisor for a potato processing plant in the Tri-Cities of Washington.

From there, Pete moved back to Oregon to join a cherry processing plant, where he held several roles in both supervisory and management positions – Production Manager, Plant Manager and eventually Vice President of Operations, with responsibilities covering two processing plants. During that time, wastewater treatment became an important part of his overall operational responsibility.

Outside of work, Pete likes spending time outdoors especially hunting, fishing and camping.

Pete brings a depth of on-site wastewater experience, with a strong focus on both regulations and budget, to provide hands-on expertise and excellent service to IER customers.

John Strong

Plant Manager

Centralia, Washington, USA
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John Strong has literally been the man most responsible for building IER! Since joining the company in 2007, John has been the primary IER Manager responsible for the design and construction of IER’s manufacturing plants, including the Centralia WA plant which he currently manages. No one within IER knows more about the day-to-day operations of IER’s facilities than John, and he has been a tremendous resource for training new IER Plant Managers and Operators.

As a teen, John started working for a family plumbing business, where he obtained his welding certificate and learned the ins and outs of the industry. From there, he went on to own and run a cattle ranch in Oregon, while at the same time learning to install satellite TV systems. He decided to leave the ranch behind and moved up to Coeur d’Alene to install satellite TV’s and hot tubs, where he developed a strong understanding of electronics.

In 2007, John brought his overall handyman skills to IER were his foundational knowledge and experiences gave him the ability to lead the building of IER’s new manufacturing plants. As IER is currently undergoing another strong growth phase, John’s expertise is again being called into action as we look to expand our product and service offerings to new locales.

Outside of work, John enjoys spending time woodworking and upgrading his old Chevy’s (71’ Nova and 80’ El Camino).

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John Van Wingerden

Regional Manager

Centralia-North, Washington, USA
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John graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. John worked at the Port of Sunnyside Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant for 11 years in the lab, and then operations, before joining IER in September 2019. At the wastewater treatment plant, he started as a lab technician, but rapidly progressed in operations.

The treatment plant received a multitude of different industrial wastewater streams that varied seasonally. As a laboratory technician, John’s role was to observe the incoming levels of important parameters so that they could maintain optimized treatment in their sequencing batch reactor (SBR).

John was also actively involved in a range of activities from managing the lab to making day-to-day operational decisions for the treatment process.

This also gave John the chance to interact with the IER team as a customer. It was IER’s flexibility and ability to rapidly respond to the plant’s operational issues and technical challenges that convinced him to join the company. Today, he enjoys giving proactive service to his own customers and leads business development of AMALGAM products for the wastewater industry.

Outside of work, John likes to spend time with his family, playing board games with friends and working in his garden.

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Karen Kurle

Customer Service Manager


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Karen Kurle previously worked as an international account manager, assisted the trade show manager for an electronics firm, and assisted the safety director for a truck brokerage company.

Since joining IER in 2005, Karen has contributed to the health and wellbeing of the company, her teammates, and our customers by taking on numerous responsibilities including customer service, bookkeeping, purchasing, scheduling, dispatching, inventory control, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and maintaining DOT and driver records.

Today Karen is IER’s Customer Service Manager and her priority is to ensure every customer’s request is researched and answered in a timely and professional manner. If you call IER, Karen will always be there with a smile and her full attention.

Outside of work, Karen enjoy spending time with my family.

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Dan Johnson

Division Manager

Spokane, Whashington, USA
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Joshua Howard

Regional Technical Manager


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Kevin Kohler

Project Engineer

Pasco, Washington, USA
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Kevin Kohler chose to serve his nation directly after leaving high school, joining the US Marine Corps, where he served as a mechanic, receiving extensive training in various areas of maintenance. He received numerous awards and commendations and served on several overseas deployments.

Kevin joined IER in 2009, and has held various positions including Plant Manager, Regional Manager, and now Project Engineer. With tremendous work ethic and inherent curiosity, Kevin has gained invaluable experience in product development and automated chemical feed and control systems. To further assist IER’s clients, Kevin has completed numerous wastewater treatment courses and earned several certificates while progressing towards an engineering degree.

He resides in Walla Walla, WA, with his wife and daughter. Outside of work, Kevin enjoys the great outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

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Theresa Kelley

Bookkeeper


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Talon Hutchinson

Plant Supervisor

Centralia, Washington, USA
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Talon joined IER in 2017, after working several years working as a nuisance wildlife control specialist and arborist.Talon drives from our Centralia plant to our customer sites and has been an important part of the team over the last few years. His role and responsibilities go well beyond delivery, as he provides installation support to our customers, and also assists the plant manager when needed.

Born and raised in the Olympia, WA area (20 mins north of Centralia), Talon now lives in Rochester, WA, where he enjoys hiking, gardening, remote control hobbies and spending time with his two beautiful children.

Asa Thunder Eagle

Plant Supervisor

Pasco, Washington, USA
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Eliuth Serra

Plant Mechanical Lead

Pasco, Washington, USA
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Linda Nonini

Administrative Assistant / Safety


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Ryan Smith

Services Technician

Muscatine, Iowa, USA
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Steven Staggs

Plant Truck Driver

Centralia, Washington, USA
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Patrick Helman

Plant Truck Driver

Pasco, Washington, USA
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In 2012, after many years working in the retail sector, Patrick decided to get his Commercial Driver’s License. He started his career as a truck driver with a local company before he joined the North Dakota oil fields, where he worked until the oil boom in North Dakota came to an end in late 2015.

This is what brought him back to the Pacific Northwest, where he could be closer to family and friends in his hometown of Othello, WA.

In November 2016, he joined IER and has been providing dedicated delivery services to IER customers ever since. Patrick drives from our Pasco plant to customer sites and has been an important part of IER’s growth in the Pacific Northwest region over the last few years. He has come to know IER’s business so extensively that he is a great resource for our customers, as well as a fantastic sounding board for feedback to IER’s technical and service team. He also enjoys supporting various technical projects that are always going on back at the plant! His natural curiosity and warm personality make Patrick a tremendous asset for our IER team!

Outside of work, Patrick enjoys woodworking, fishing, hunting and growing fresh vegetables in his garden.

Juan Barragán Mendoza

Driver

Pasco, Washington, USA
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Along with our parent company, Calix (calix.global), we work cooperatively with each other, our team, our customers, and partners worldwide, to make a positive difference for the long-term. Because there is only one Earth.

Mars is for quitters!

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March 31, 2022
IER News Issue 7 – March 2022

A Letter from Doug Kelley, President of IER Welcome to Spring of 2022, everybody!  I thought I’d begin this letter

March 31, 2022
Introducing John Strong 

John has been the primary IER Manager responsible for the design and construction of IER’s manufacturing plants, including the Centralia WA plant which he currently manages. 

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