Marina Farmer
Senior Manager
SONGS
33 years of service
Marina Farmer
Senior Manager
SONGS
33 years of service

Marina and her staff are responsible for providing reasonable assurance that nuclear facility personnel are trustworthy, will perform their tasks reliably and are fit for duty. She provides clear vision and goals for her team and ensures team success by removing obstacles and streamlining processes. Marina is forward thinking and interacts with station leadership, project managers and supervisors to create a solid foundation for successfully onboarding and screening personnel for unescorted access to the facility. Her efforts ensure minimal downtime typically associated with onboarding and screening personnel for site and/or protected area access.

She created a cross-training and development program to ensure all personnel in her group were well versed in all aspects of access authorization and fitness for duty. Marina worked with her team and learned all aspects of the program and has completed the training necessary to assume the role of Clearance Grantor to support the Access Authorization Reviewing Official if needed. This process normally takes three years to complete; Marina did it in 12 months. Marina was also selected as the project manager to develop/implement the SONGS Decommissioning Agent Organization. Her efforts led SONGS to be a more efficient and focused organization, ultimately saving the company and co-owners more than $5 million annually in direct payroll costs. Marina’s leadership and people skills were evident throughout the project and the reorganization efforts were conducted in a fair, legal and ethical fashion.

Marina treats all personnel with dignity and respect. She values opinions and input from others as demonstrated through engagement with her staff and customers. She also implemented a customer feedback process to ensure ideas and improvement opportunities are heard and evaluated in a timely manner. This process has been identified as a “best practice” by external entities during benchmarking visits conducted by other nuclear sites.