Though small, Pancopia boasts an excellent staff with decades of experience, each bringing something special and unique to the company. Our dedicated employees are constantly looking for new ways to make current technology and processes more efficient, more affordable, and more environmentally friendly.

Bill Cumbie, PE

Chief Executive Officer, Senior Project Manager

Pancopia‘s founder is both a Professional Engineer and a licensed Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Operator with a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech. Bill has more than 35 years of environmental engineering experience, including several years as a plant manager for Hampton Roads Sanitation District, and almost 30 years with CH2M. He was also named the 2010 Hampton Road Technology Council’s Entrepreneur of the Year. His passion for innovation and stewardship led him to start Pancopia, Inc. in 2014. Bill enjoys working at Pancopia because it provides an opportunity to make a significant difference helping people and improving the environment.

John Whitelaw

Chief Technical Office, Project Manager

A PhD candidate at Old Dominion University, John has been working in the environmental engineering field for five years. Prior to joining Pancopia, John worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff, as well holding a teaching and research assistant position at ODU. While there, he was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Assistant for Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for 2015. John is excited to be working at Pancopia because it is a research-oriented company with a strong focus on sustainability.

Fei Dai, PhD

Lab Manager, Project Manager

Fei earned her PhD from Clarkson University, and has been working with plasma-based water treatment for the past four years. She also has three years of experience in bioassay and nine years in chemical analysis. Fei is excited to work for Pancopia since it offers her the platform to utilize her skills and explore her potential while working with talented people.

Suzanne Zaremski

Laboratory Supervisor, Industrial Hygienist

Suzanne earned her degree from Old Dominion University, and has been working in Chemistry and Industrial Hygiene for 32 years. In addition to being a member of the Pancopia team part-time, she also works for the National Institute of Aerospace, where Pancopia is located. She enjoys working at Pancopia because she finds the projects interesting, and the people fun to work with.

Rachel Willinger

Business Manager

Working on the business side, Rachel has a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, and focus in environmental studies from Christopher Newport University. In addition to managing the business and administrative side of the company, Rachel enjoys helping out in the lab, and assisting in research and consulting projects where possible. She appreciates working with Pancopia’s talented group of engineers, and loves being able to work for a company that is so passionate about helping the environment.