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

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — 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.”

2012 NSF Team of the Year with NSF International President & CEO Kevan P. Lawlor (left to right: Nancy Linde, Mahya Wood, Kevan Lawlor, Brad Lampe, Anne Labut)

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) 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.

Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with the 2012 NSF Employee of the Year or a representative from the NSF Team of the Year, contact Greta Houlahan at 734-913-5723 or

About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment ( Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

NSF Sustainability draws upon this expertise in standards development, product assurance and certification, advisory services and quality systems management to help companies green their products, operations, systems and supply chains. Through its National Center for Sustainability Standards, NSF has developed sustainability standards for product categories such as chemicals, building products and materials, and water quality. NSF works with leading regulators, scientists, engineers, public health and environmental health professionals, and industry representatives to develop these transparent, consensus-based standards.

NSF International's Health Sciences Division offers training and education, consulting, GMP and GLP testing, certification, R&D and auditing for the pharmaceutical, dietary supplement and medical device industries throughout the entire product lifecycle. The Division includes: NSF-DBA, which has more than 25 years of pharmaceutical, dietary supplement and medical devices training expertise; NSF Pharmalytica, a GLP & GMP contract laboratory; NSF Reference Standards, supplying pharmaceutical secondary reference standards and NSF Dietary Supplements Certification Program. NSF International developed the only American National Standard for Dietary Supplements (NSF/ANSI 173) and tests and certifies supplements against this standard. NSF's Health Science Division operates globally throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.