Our Team

Committed to exceptional service, expert insight, and unrivaled value.

Neil Grove, BA, CMAR, RLATg, ILAM

has sixteen years of operational oversight experience in large, diverse, and dynamic animal care programs in both federal and academic settings. From all aspects of animal care, to caging systems, to environmental monitoring capabilities, to a wide range of cage processing equipment, Mr. Grove is well versed and experienced in all facets of operational management. He has also participated in the design, construction, and commissioning of several new and renovated facilities. Mr. Grove is a corporate Program Manager with FEFA, and provides operational support to onsite contract management personnel, and acts as a liaison and consultant to program clients.

Diane B. Forsythe, DVM, DACLAM

is board-certified through the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), and holds a DVM from Cornell University. She has extensive experience directing complex multispecies animal research programs, supporting a wide variety of medical and surgical research, interfacing with scientific investigators, serving on Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees, and managing a diverse workforce. Dr. Forsythe has 25 years of veterinary experience with the National Institutes of Health, including 21 years as an Animal Program Director and Attending Veterinarian. She has served as an AAALAC International ad hoc consultant and specialist for more than 23 years, conducting site visits of biomedical research programs in the United States and Canada. Dr. Forsythe is a corporate Veterinary Program Specialist with FEFA, focusing on a wide range of veterinary, regulatory, and programmatic oversight topics.

John Norton, DVM, PhD, DABT, DACLAM

is board-certified through the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) and the American Board of Toxicology (ABT). He holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Vanderbilt University and has over 25 years of experience in toxicology and laboratory animal medicine, including management of preclinical discovery and development projects as well as preparation of regulatory dossiers, design, and management of complex animal facilities, and ensuring regulatory compliance of animal programs. Dr. Norton is a Past President of the AAALAC International Council on Accreditation and currently serves as a Council Member Emeritus for AAALAC International. Dr. Norton serves as a consultant to FEFA on a wide range of animal care program topics.

Jerry Percifield, AIA, of PH: Balanced Consulting

is certified through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of New Mexico, as well as a lab design specialty from the Harvard University School of Design. Mr. Percifield has over 40 years of vivarium planning experience, having been involved in the design of over 2,000,000 square feet of animal facilities. He has a strong understanding of AAALAC International accreditation requirements and has worked with over 30 lab animal veterinarians on various projects. He is a member of AALAS, and has spoken at numerous national and regional AALAS conferences. Mr. Percifield serves as a consultant to FEFA for a wide range of architectural design topics pertaining to vivarium operations.

Jim Burris, MS

is an aquaculture expert with over 14 years of experience, including a decade of experience managing one of the largest biomedical aquaculture facilities in the world. He received a BS in marine biology from Waynesburg University and a Masters in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from the University of Florida.  He is a certified Aquaculture and Fish Health Specialist and former President of the Zebrafish Husbandry Association.  He has worked on various professional committees for academic institutions, AALAS, NIH ORIP, and ZHA to develop training material and policies to advance standards for using zebrafish as a research model.  Mr. Burris is a consultant for FEFA on the care and use of aquatic species in research.

Scott Alderman, MS, CBSPS

has worked in the field of occupational safety for the past 24 years, including 13 years as a Laboratory Safety Program Manager. Mr. Alderman has been a member of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) for more than 20 years, was elected to serve on its Council from 2013-2015, appointed to its Ebola Task Force in 2014, and is recognized as a Certified Biological Safety Professional (CBSP). Mr. Alderman has been published on numerous occasions in ABSA periodicals (Applied Biosafety) and text (Anthology of Biosafety: Managing Challenges for Safer Operations of BSL-3/ABSL-3 Containment). Mr. Alderman has presented lectures at numerous biosafety conferences across the country on topics relating to biosafety and the design and operation of biocontainment facilities and equipment.

Lynn Murray, MS

is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, with more than 30 years of experience in animal health, including experience in vivarium operational management. Using a proven consulting methodology that she developed through extensive domestic and international industry experience over the past 30 years, combined with Lean Six Sigma expertise, Ms. Murray has a track record of significantly reducing operational costs, accelerating speed, and improving quality. Ms. Murray serves as an operational efficiency consultant for FEFA


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