kimberly wills, ceo

Kimberly Wills

Laboratory Directory/CEO

Ms. Wills is the owner, CEO, and Laboratory Director of New England Bioassay, Inc. (NEB) a small woman-owned business. Having over 18 years of laboratory and management experience, Kim became the owner of NEB in February of 2020, after ten years with the company.  Ms. Wills is a hands-on CEO responsible for overseeing the day to day business operations of the lab. Kim has a collaborative leadership style that assists in making sound business decisions and maintaining NEB’s organizational core values. Kim also values being an active participant in the local community. She is involved with many small business and women’s leadership development organizations in Connecticut. Kim is also involved with a local internship program that gives High School students with an interest in Environmental Science an opportunity to experience a commercial laboratory setting.
Kim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Science from the University of Saint Joseph located in West Hartford, Connecticut. When not at the lab, Kim is an avid runner and skier and can attest, both sports are great stress relievers! Kim and her family enjoy road trips to Cape Cod in the summer and Vermont over the winter.

Christie Wagner

Laboratory Manager

Mrs. Wagner has 16 years of experience working in the aquatic toxicology field. As the Lab Manager, she oversees the laboratory staff, performs routine and specialized testing procedures, and supports the technical work in the lab by ordering supplies and scheduling maintenance/repair for laboratory equipment.  She also supports the management team in overseeing quality control and data reporting. In her free time, Christie enjoys sailing on Long Island Sound and hiking with her dogs.

Melanie Cruff

Data Reporting Manager

Ms. Cruff has been a member of the aquatic toxicity lab since 2003, with experience in all positions from lab tech, to culturing organisms, to management. As data manager she is responsible for sample log-in, report writing and review, and statistical analysis. She also assists the management team with proposal preparation, quality control, accounts payable/receivable, and client services. In her spare time Melanie enjoys hiking, bird watching and nature photography.

Anne Henrici

Culture Supervisor

Ms. Henrici’s responsibilities include the design and improvement of standard culture procedures, the training and supervision of culture staff, the maintenance of culture systems and providing healthy, known-age test organisms that are properly acclimated to meet each client’s needs, whether these organisms are grown in-house or purchased from commercial suppliers.