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), a 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
Director of Laboratory Operations

Jackie Brackman joined the Brookside Laboratories team in 2005 as the Soils and Geotechnical Laboratory manager.  Prior to that, she was an analyst with a local Lima environmental laboratory for over 6 years.  Jackie was named Director of Laboratory Operations in January 2020 at Brookside Laboratories. 

As Director of Laboratory Operations, Jackie is responsible for managing day to day operations of the laboratory, help organizing the flow of laboratory throughput, and help executing 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 management of the Agricultural Laboratory Technicians, and the testing of animal feeds, manures, limes, fertilizers, plant tissue, fruit and water.  

Betty Wellman

  • Receptionist
  • Environmental Reporting and Invoicing/Pricing
  • Conference Coordinator Assistant
  • Payroll/Issue stock/APHIS/Secretary

John McGuire
Director of NutrientStar

John McGuire is responsible for providing technical support related to data management and precision turf and agricultural technology.

He has been providing support for the Brookside consultant network since 2003. John possesses a diverse mixture of experience and education in the fields of Management Information Systems, Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing.

John’s primary responsibility has been to construct and support a system that creates efficiency for the implementation of technology related to agronomic crop and soil management.

 

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, as well as 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, billing, and new hire process.

Lauren Kuck
Director of Amplify Consultant Network

Lauren Kuck is a graduate from 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.

As Director of the Consultant Network her responsibilities include planning and organizing the Annual Consultant Conference, Peer Groups, and Executive Committee Meetings. She also handles all of the New Consultant process for the potential New Consultants in the organization, along with recruiting new member to the network organization.

Lauren was originally from Indiana, but now currently resides in New Knoxville, OH. with her husband and family.

Spencer Gelhaus
Soils Laboratory Manager

Spencer graduated from the University of Toledo in 2013 with a B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a minor in chemistry. He has been with Brookside Laboratories since September of 2016 where he has first hired in as a technician in the Environmental Lab.

In January of 2020 Spencer accepted the position of Soils Lab Manager. His responsibilities include managing the soils department, method development, data analysis, customer service, and quality control.

Spencer was originally from Ohio but now currently resides in Jay County Indiana with his wife and family.

Erica Huber
Environmental Laboratory Manager

Erica Huber recently joined the Brookside Laboratories team in March 2020 as the Environmental Laboratory manager. She was most recently employed at Defiance College, as a graduate assistant coach for the women’s basketball team, and prior to that was an Integrated Pest Management Scout at the greenhouse in Wapakoneta.

Primary responsibilities will be 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 is from Anna, Ohio. In 2017, she earned a B.A. in Biology from Ursuline College and is set to graduate with an MBA from Defiance College, in May 2020.

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