Ann Steffel, President
Ann received her MS in Economic Entomology from the University of Wyoming. After graduating she worked for Monsanto in Product Development, Technical Support and Sales. In 1985 she founded LABServices and continues to manage the company today.
Vice President & Director of Research
Jim earned his MS in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to joining LABServices, Jim worked in Product Development for NOR-AM Chemical Company for 18 years. At LABServices, Jim is responsible for coordinating and implementing all in-house field activities and management of product-development projects for clients.
Valen Straub, QA Manager & Research Scientist
Valen earned her MS in Environmental Management/Natural Resources from the University of Texas at San Antonio. As Quality Assurance (QA) Manager, Valen assures that LABServices is in compliance with GLP and APHIS regulations as well as contract QA services to third-party clients. Valen also conducts in-house efficacy trials and manages off-site product developement projects for clients.
Field Operations Coordinator
Brian received his BS degree in Agronomy from Delaware Valley College. Prior to joining LABServices, Brian was Farm Manager for a 350-acre crop and beef operation. Brian is responsible for managing the daily operation of LABServices' field-research facility.
Research Product & Shipping Manager
Matt earned his BS in Food Science from Penn State University. At LABServices, Matt is responsible for the product sample storage and distribution services provided to support client field, analytical, and production R&D programs. Matt also assists with in-house efficacy trials.
Timothy Dutt, Senior Research Scientist
Tim received in PhD in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to joining LABServices, Tim was with Monsanto for 27 years in Product Development and Technical Support at the corporate headquarters and field locations in the Western, Southern, and Northeastern US. At LABServices, Tim is responsible for herbicide and biotech projects using his experience in these fields to conduct on-site trials and manage national programs for product developement.
Mike Fidanza, Consulting Turfgrass Scientist
Mike received his PhD in Agronomy from the University of Maryland and is MAgr from Penn State University in Turfgrass Science. Mike is currently a member of the faculty at PSU. At LABServices, Mike is involved with the evaluation of products on turf, especially studies for the control of diseases or weeds. He also assists with the evaluation of fertilizers and PGR’s for effects on turfgrass growth and quality.
Lari Leiby, Office Manager
Lari earned BAs in Financial Management & Political Sciences from Hood College. Before working at LABServices, Lari had over 20 years of varied experience in bookkeeping, financial, customer service and management jobs. At LABServices, Lari provides administrative support, assists with accounting, conducts independent projects, and a myriad of other tasks to keep the office running smoothly.
Jason Bielski, Field Technician
Jason started at LABServices in the spring of 2016. Jason earned a BS in Entomology at Kutztown University. He is planning to attend Virginia Tech to obtain a MS in entomology.