Staff

Brookside Laboratories prides itself in providing outstanding customer service. If you have a question or would like additional information, feel free to contact a member of our professional staff below.

Luke Baker
CEO, President

Luke Baker has been employed at Brookside Laboratories since January 2009. He has a B.S. in Agriculture from Wilmington College (2003), an M.S. in Agronomy (Soil Fertility, 2005) from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in Agronomy (Soil and Environmental Chemistry, 2008) from Kansas State University.

Luke's responsibilities at Brookside Laboratories include consultant training, various research projects, investigating new laboratory methods, data analysis, and technical support. Luke also serves on various scientific committees and advisory boards.

Jackie Brackman
Chief Operating Officer

Jackie Brackman joined the Brookside Laboratories team in 2005 as the Soils and Geotechnical Laboratory Manager.  Before that, she was an analyst with a local Lima, OH environmental laboratory for over 6 years.  Jackie was named Chief Operating Officer in January 2020 at Brookside Laboratories. 

As COO, Jackie is responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the laboratory, organizing the flow of laboratory throughput, and helping execute the overall vision within the laboratory.

Jackie is from Celina, Ohio.  She has a strong background in laboratory experience and science and earned a B.S. in Biology from The University of Dayton in 1999. 

Allen Metzger
CFO / IT Manager

Allen Metzger has been employed at Brookside Laboratories since 1997. He graduated from Bluffton University in 1994 with a B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics.

Responsibilities include laboratory software design, database administration, consultant software design, and consultant computing support.

Greg Meyer
Agricultural Lab Manager

Greg Meyer graduated from Ohio State University with a B.S.. in Agriculture in 1993. Greg started with Brookside Laboratories, Inc in 1996 and has over 30 years of laboratory experience. 

Greg manages the Agricultural Laboratory Department.  His responsibilities include managing the Agricultural Laboratory Technicians and testing animal feeds, manures, limes, fertilizers, plant tissue, fruit, and water.  

Betty Wellman

  • Receptionist
  • Soil and Environmental Reporting and Invoicing/Pricing
  • Issue stock/Secretary

John McGuire
Chief Innovation Officer

jmcguire@blinc.com

John McGuire is responsible for exploring new businesses and services for the laboratory and Amplify and managing NutrientStar.
He has been providing support for the Brookside consultant network since 2003. John possesses a diverse mixture of experience and education in Management Information Systems, Geographic Information Systems, and Remote Sensing.
John's primary responsibility is to explore Brookside Labs' and Amplify's future regarding new technology and services that can be offered.

Lauren Kuck
Chief Culture Officer

lkuck@blinc.com

Lauren Kuck is a graduate of Wright State University, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Ag Business Management. She joined Brookside in March of 2018 as an Executive Assistant to the CEO/President. In January of 2020, Lauren was named Director of the Amplify Consultant Network, then promoted in 2021 to Chief Culture Officer of the Amplify Network Organization.

As Chief Culture Officer, her responsibilities include planning and organizing the Annual Consultant Conference, Educational Workshops, Peer Groups, and Executive Committee Meetings. Lauren takes care of all the education and continuous training for consultants in the network. She also handles all of the New Consultant processes for the potential New Consultants in the organization and recruits new members to the network organization.

 

Stacey Huelsman
Shipping & Receiving

Stacey Huelsman has been employed at Brookside Laboratories since July 2017. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor's degree in 2012.

Responsibilities at Brookside Laboratories include shipping and receiving, data entry, sending supplies such as bottles, soil probes, and soil bags to consultants, and managing APHIS labels to send in samples from outside of the United States.

Ashley Boroff
Bookkeeper

Ashley has been employed at Brookside Laboratories since October 2019. She graduated from Wright State University with a B.S. in Business Management and a minor in Accounting.

Responsibilities include accounts payable and receivable, processing credit cards, collections, month-end reporting, and billing.

 

Erica Huber
Environmental and Geotechnical Laboratory Manager

Erica Huber has been with the Brookside Laboratories' team since March 2020 as the Environmental Laboratory manager. In July of 2021, she was also named the Geotechnical Laboratory Manager.  Erica had been employed at Defiance College as a graduate assistant coach for the women's basketball team before that was an Integrated Pest Management Scout at a greenhouse in Wapakoneta, OH.

Primary responsibilities will be the management of the environmental department that includes maintaining proper EPA certifications, quality assurance and quality control activities, customer service, sample analysis, and special projects.  Erica also manages the Geotechnical Laboratory. Those duties include adhering to ISO 17025:2017 policies and A2LA applicable documents, sample analysis, A2LA accreditation maintenance, QA/QC, and special requests involving the Geotechnical Laboratory. 

Erica is from Anna, Ohio. In 2017, she earned a B.A. in Biology from Ursuline College and graduated with an MBA from Defiance College in May 2020.

Liz Skinner
Soils Laboratory Manager

 
Liz Skinner recently joined the Brookside Laboratories team in April 2021 as the Soils Laboratory Manager.  Before joining Brookside, Liz worked at a nearby laboratory for over 15 years.
Primary responsibilities will be the management of the soils laboratory that includes maintaining certifications, soil sample analysis, customer service, and university and research quotations.
Liz is from Lima, Ohio. She earned a degree in Applied Science from Stautzenberger College.
 

Heather Rindler
Research Agronomist

hrindler@blinc.com

Heather Rindler has been employed at Brookside Laboratories since November 2019. She graduated from Wilmington College with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and a minor in Chemistry.

Heather Rindler is responsible for answering agronomy questions, communicating with the consultant network, training/educating consultants, data analysis and processing, field research, and more.

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