Leadership Team

Redefining the Standard for Laboratory Management and Operations

The primary function of the corporate officers and senior leadership team is to oversee and support Pace Analytical's efforts to ensure that business is conducted appropriately and responsibly across all channels of operations. For more than sixteen years, the senior management team has helped shape and define the culture and core businesses that have made Pace Analytical one of the leading providers of environmental and life sciences measurements and services in the United States.

Michael R. Prasch

Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Prasch joined Pace Analytical in 1999 and has more than 26 years of experience in corporate finance. He currently serves as Executive Vice President / Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for all of Pace’s finance management accounting activities – including compliance and controls, financial reporting, accounting transactional work processes as well as financial standards, legal policies and long-term strategic planning for Pace’s three business divisions. He also has oversight of all information technology IT operations for the company nationwide, Human Resources, corporate administrative support services and acquisition-sale due diligence practices.

For the past 18 years, Mr. Prasch has had responsibility for upholding strong financial management and accountability while providing timely, accurate, and reliable financial information and internal controls. He effectively re-engineered accounting processes, established policies and procedures and implemented systems that have enabled Pace to maintain an industry standard for integrity of financial statements, best business practices and financial accountability. Mr. Prasch has been instrumental in executing and integrating all of Pace’s lab acquisitions. During his tenure, Pace has experienced business line revenue growth every year and continues to expand its facilities, services and staffing nationwide.

Mr. Prasch received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Minnesota and an MBA in Finance from Minnesota State University.

Greg Whitman

Executive Vice President / Chief Sales Officer 

Greg Whitman is the Executive Vice President / Chief Sales Officer for Pace Analytical Services, LLC. Mr. Whitman served as a Senior Sales Executive in 1995 before accepting the position of Chief Sales Officer in 2001 and then Executive Vice President in 2014. Today, he oversees the management and leadership for Pace’s nationwide sales network for all divisions. He has successfully unified Pace's marketing initiatives to include corporate account growth and new business development through acquisitions, client relations and loyalty marketing strategies. For the past fifteen years he has led the company through consecutive year over year revenue growth, profitability and market segment expansion.

Mr. Whitman is an innovative executive level leader. He is the mastermind behind Pace’s senior management sales team and credited with delivering profitable and recurring growth during uncertain recessionary markets with competitive industry challenges.  He is recognized today for his expertise in delivering bottom line results ahead of budget goals.

Mr. Whitman is active in industry and professional organizations including Carolina’s Pollution Control Association (CAPCA), the Groundwater Professionals Association, and Sales Masters. An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Whitman enjoys helping companies embrace environmental sustainability initiatives and Best Practices and utilize “Go Green” resources when needed to tackle business challenges.

He earned his B.S. Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Mike Fuller

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - Environmental

Mike Fuller serves as the Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for the day-to-day general management and oversight of all Pace lab operations. Under Mr. Fuller, Pace Analytical has maintained a long term focus on streamlining and improving operations to support business growth. He has been instrumental in developing quality systems and procedures to maintain that focus across all labs and business channels. Mr. Fuller has provided the leadership and business acumen required to improve efficiency and promote continuous improvement and staff training—all while staying within the annual operating budget and plan. He also plays a critical role in Pace’s companywide strategy for lab acquisitions, logistics and new business development and growth.

Prior to joining Pace, Mr. Fuller was the Senior Director of Operations for Progenity, a CLIA-credited clinical diagnostics laboratory that operates across the United States and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In this role, Mr. Fuller championed a continuous improvement program through the use of Lean Six Sigma and other quality tools, with an emphasis on implementing and utilizing appropriate metrics to achieve customer satisfaction through operational excellence. As the former National Director of Field Operations for Progenity, he improved on-time delivery of samples from 95% to 98% and reduced courier costs by 15% per unit.

Before joining Progenity in 2014, Mr. Fuller was the Vice President of Operations for MEDLAB and was responsible for all aspects of operations, including business units in Beltsville, Maryland, Cleveland, Cincinnati and St. Louis, all while overseeing consolidation of Billing and Client Service Functions, the Laboratory, Logistics, Human Resources and Information Technology. He was also the Director of Field Operations and Specimen Management for Quest Diagnostics.

Mr. Fuller received his B.S. Degree in Microbiology from Eastern Michigan University and his MBA from the University of Michigan, Flint.

Gregory D. Kupp

Gregory D. Kupp

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - Life Sciences

Mr. Kupp is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Pace Analytical's Life Sciences Division, which includes the operations in Oakdale, Minnesota, and San German, Puerto Rico. He joined Pace Analytical in 2006 and has more than 25 years of managerial and business development experience in the life science industry including executive level management, information technology and laboratory operations.

For the past ten years, Mr. Kupp has been responsible for the strategic growth, operational leadership and management of Pace's growing Life Sciences business. He is responsible for overall operations and administration of Pace's Life Sciences laboratories; oversight of all regulatory and compliance standards for laboratories; procurement of required personnel and equipment; and long-range, capital and strategic planning for Pace's Life Sciences business.

Under his management, Pace has developed into a key supplier of analytical and microbiology services within the Life Sciences industry. During his tenure at Pace, Mr. Kupp was instrumental in developing the overall business models and the quality system, as well as the laboratory information management system (LIMs) employed within the laboratory. Under his leadership the Life Sciences laboratory operations have been approved as a supplier by many of the world's top health care companies. In addition, the laboratory sites have experienced numerous successful regulatory audits. His efforts to drive the development of a client-focused work culture - where the emphasis is focused on understanding customer requirements and delivering a timely, cost-effective and innovative solution to each customer - has played a critical role in Pace's significant growth in the Life Sciences business over the past several years.

Mr. Kupp holds a B.S. Degree in Biology from Misericordia University and an M.S. degree in Quality Assurance/Regulatory Affairs from Temple University.

Gregory D. Kupp

Judith Morgan

Vice President and Chief Compliance/Training Officer

Ms. Morgan joined Pace Analytical in 2015 as Vice President and Chief Compliance/Training Officer. Following an exceptional 24-year career at ESC Lab Sciences, most recently as VP and Chief Regulatory Officer, she provides the leadership and experience required to manage a strong compliance program and deliver quality career development and training initiatives. Highly regarded as one of the best known compliance professionals in the industry, Ms. Morgan brings 29 years of experience to Pace's executive management team.

Her background includes implementation of quality assurance programs and oversight of compliance, green initiatives and environmental sustainability, waste disposal/minimization, and ethics and confidentiality.

In her role with Pace, Ms. Morgan manages all of Pace's quality, ethics and training functions and also its environmental, health and safety initiatives. As an industry leader with strong business acumen and vision for Pace's success, she leverages her knowledge and industry expertise to ensure that our training and compliance programs remain world class.

Ms. Morgan received a B.S. Degree in Chemistry from Austin Peay State University and earned an M.S. degree in Analytical Chemistry from Western Kentucky University. In addition, Ms. Morgan has completed research focused on environmental analysis at Vanderbilt University. She holds membership to professional organizations including the American Chemical Society, American Society for Quality, American Public Health Association, and the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Bruce Warden

Richard Henson

Director of Environmental Quality

Mr. Henson joined Pace Analytical Services in 2010 with more than 25 years of experience at all levels of management and responsibility in environmental, analytical and industrial laboratories. Over the years he has gained an extensive and detailed understanding of regulatory and certification requirements of most federal and state accreditation agencies with regards to the environmental laboratory industry, as well the extensive knowledge of all facets production laboratory operations that enables Pace laboratories to best meet those requirements. He brings to Pace expertise in many areas including Quality Assurance systems development, technical writing, data validation, software implementation, data integrity investigations, technical presentations, analytical instrumentation setup and methods development.

As Quality Director, he is responsible for managing the implementation, monitoring, and development of Pace Analytical’s Environmental Quality Programs as well as directing or conducting corporate quality system audits for all Pace environmental laboratories. Mr. Henson routinely reviews quality assurance project plans (QAPPs) related to RFPs, MSAs or other business development opportunities for the Pace network and provides input as appropriate. In addition, he provides team leadership, guidance, and mentoring to Pace Quality Managers at all local environmental labs, and performs due diligence in support of quality for laboratory acquisitions.

Mr. Henson received his B.S. Degree in Chemistry from the University of California in 1986. He has formerly held the positions of laboratory director, technical director, operations manager, technical director and various section management positions. He also possesses extensive bench level instrumental analysis experience, utilizing various analytical techniques and methods for programs such as CWA, NPDES, RCRA and for technically demanding federal programs such as EPA CLP, DOE, DOD, AFCEE and USACE.

Cynthia Hansen

Cynthia Hansen

Senior Director of Quality Assurance - Life Sciences

Ms. Hansen joined Pace Analytical Life Sciences in 2006 and currently serves as the Senior Director of Quality.  She has extensive industry experience – more than 28 years in laboratories, with 20 years in the life sciences industry.  Her previous roles include Director of Quality and Regulatory, Group Leader and Project Manager.

Ms. Hansen is responsible for Quality Assurance, Data Review, Document Management, IT, Equipment and Facility Program as well as oversight of San German, PR and Somerset, NJ activities.  She has been instrumental in building Pace Analytical Life Sciences’ reputation for quality, illustrated by her successful leadership of many FDA inspections.

In her role, she has developed several key initiatives that have led to increased efficiency and consistency for operations, passing on these benefits to Pace clients.  Ms. Hansen developed the current quality system as well as the laboratory information management system (LIMs) and electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) employed within the operation.  She implemented a technique-based training system and established a data review group that reports through Quality Assurance. Further, she oversaw harmonization of the Quality System between the Oakdale, MN and San German, PR facilities.

Ms. Hansen holds an M.S Degree in Environmental Engineering and a B.S. Degree in Chemistry.

Diane Dumer

Director of Information Technology

Ms. Dumer joined Pace Analytical in 2004. She has over 18 years of experience in the information technology industry. As Director of Information Technology, Ms. Dumer is responsible for directing the activities of the information services team and the technologies supporting the entire company. Over the years our IT department has been challenged to incorporate all elements of technology and business resources to support our customers’ changing needs. With evolving business ecosystems and the necessity to support instantaneous communication, providing greater visibility between operations and customers is both critical and necessary.

Under Ms. Dumer’s leadership, Pace successfully launched and implemented a Laboratory Information Management System across its entire laboratory system. Today our LIMS enables Pace customers the luxury of using our entire laboratory network for all of their analytical needs. In 2006 Ms. Dumer’s IT team launched PacePort, our 24/7 online data management system. Leveraging our science, technology and business practices has helped Pace transform the workplace and the customer experience.

Ms. Dumer has been instrumental in helping Pace create a flexible, expansive IT enterprise to support Pace’s business growth. In 2009 she coordinated the relocation of all IT infrastructure equipment to our corporate Information Technology Center in Minneapolis—a state of the art secure data center.

For the past 9 years, she has provided the innovation and leadership required to transform the role of IT to respond quickly to changing business needs, improve communication, speed data delivery and provide higher business value for the customer. We strongly believe our commitment and investment in Information Technology will allow us to further differentiate ourselves from our competitors. Ms. Dumer has helped design an IT infrastructure that expresses the company’s goals and interests and supports all of its operations and businesses—24/7.       

Ms. Dumer received a B.A. Degree in Quantitative Methods with Math minor from the College of St. Catherine, 1985.

LoAnn Grill

Director of Human Resources

Ms. Grill has 39 years of human resources experience. She joined Pace Analytical when it was formed in 1995 and currently serves as Director of Human Resources. In this role, Ms. Grill provides services and acts as a resource for a broad range of activities that make up human resource management including: employment, compensation, employee database maintenance, payroll, benefits administration, employee relations, and policy/procedure development and implementation. 

Ms. Grill serves as the Equal Employment Opportunity coordinator and is responsible for managing the Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employment Program within Pace. She possesses a strong working knowledge of employment law issues and the ability to apply these to a variety of situations, advising managers on legal implications of HR issues related to discipline and employee grievances. She directs the administration of the employee benefits programs and evaluates additions to ensure competitive programs.

During her time at Pace, Ms. Grill has increased human resource efficiency by implementing several online systems. The HR/Payroll internet-based system manages employee data and payroll records. The online benefits enrollment system allows employees company-wide to enroll in their program at their convenience. Plus, an online timekeeping system enables employees to record their time from anywhere they have internet access. The system dramatically reduced the manual entry of employees’ time and increased the accuracy of payroll processing.

Ms. Grill is a long time member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).