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Company History

LRC Indoor Testing & Research is an analytical, investigative and applied environmental research company located in Cary, N.C. We provide a comprehensive array of technical services for homeowners and businesses involved in indoor environmental quality.

LRC is a woman owned company. Cathy Richmond, owner and manager or LRC has over 15 years of experience in the environmental field. LRC’s key personnel have over 50 years of combined experience in relevant areas.

LRC works with private clients as well as government agencies. We have completed assessments for the EPA, CDC, FAA, USAID and NIOSH.

Owner / Co-Founder


Cathy Richmond is an environmental scientist with 12 years analytical experience in bio-contamination of water, air, dust, and bulk material. Ms. Richmond holds a degree in Health from Kent State University. She has received additional training in fungal microscopy from the Harvard University School of Public Health and in medical mycology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Ms. Richmond does indoor air quality surveys and commercial sample analyses. She has been responsible for the analysis of samples for the Environmental Microbiology Performance Analytical Testing Program (EMPAT), an accreditation program of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA.) She has provided laboratory and field research of indoor environmental quality, including the microbiological assessments of buildings and industrial processes, as well as cleaning product efficacy. Recently, she provided research support for a national study investigating antibiotic and antibacterial cross-resistance in human skin bacteria isolated from individuals in the home environment.

Cathy Richmond’s Resume

Cathy and Tony Richmond

Director of Special Projects


Mr. Richmond has worked with LRC since the beginning and has been involved with environmental inspections for over six years. He is the director of special projects and has worked closely with government organizations in acquiring and managing research projects. He is a North Carolina state licensed asbestos building inspector.

Amber Campbell

Indoor Environmental Professionals (IEP)


Amber Campbell is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist with the state of North Carolina since 2009 with experience in Child Care and School Sanitation Inspection as well as Food, Lodging, and Institution Sanitation Inspections. She is a Certified Mold Inspector and provides professional inspections and consulting services for Indoor Air Quality and Mold.

Olivia Lemus

Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP)


Olivia Lemus is a recent NC State graduate with a major of Environmental Technology and Management and minors of Environmental Toxicology and Environmental Sciences. This major specializes in environmental monitoring and project planning, which will help facilitate the environmental investigations conducted at LRC. She has been trained to microscopically identify fungal spores and will be certified as a Water Restoration Technician through IICRC in February 2019.

Olivia’s Resume

Angela Hoyt

Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP)


Angela is a recent graduate from NC State University with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Chemistry and Environmental Technology & Management, respectively.  Through NCSU, Angela was able to gain experience working in chemistry and ecology laboratories, and as an editor for the BioResources Research Journal.

Angela’s Resume

Dr. Gene Cole

Technical Research Director


Dr. Gene Cole has over 30 years experience in areas related to public, occupational, environmental, and international health to include infectious disease transmission, environmental pollution, exposure assessment, bioterrorism preparedness, and indoor environmental quality (with a focus on asthma and allergen control). He conducts applied research on practical approaches to prevention and control of human exposures and related health risks, with a particular emphasis on low cost solutions to important public health problems. He emphasizes development and implementation of health education guidance documents and training programs. In that regard he has co-authored a number of national and international standards, guidelines, and training materials, to include Clean and Healthy Strategies for Today’s Homes: Allergies and Asthma-A Reference Manual (USA); Suggested Guiding Principles and Practices for the Sound Management of Hazardous Hospital Wastes (SE Asia); and Sterilization, Disinfection, Decontamination, and Cleaning of FP/MCH Clinic Equipment (West Africa).

Dr. Cole assisted the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) with management of its international TB Laboratory Performance Evaluation program, and also directed its project to characterize quality assurance needs in human molecular genetic testing. He directed studies for the USEPA on Indoor Air Quality Monitoring, and Evaluation of Medical Waste Treatment Technologies; served as technical director for a USAID Local Environmental Management waste project in Hungary; and was co-developer of the American Industrial Hygiene Association’s EMPAT program for laboratory proficiency and accreditation in environmental microbiology.

Dr. Cole currently directs a long-term hygiene promotion project to reduce respiratory, gastrointestinal, and skin diseases among children in low income communities in peri-urban Cape Town, South Africa. He is also conducting research leading to a Family Guide for the Prevention and Control of Moisture & Mold Problems in Home Environments.

Dr. Cole recently co-authored Knowledge of the Effects of Indoor Air Quality on Health Among Women in Jordan; Investigation of Antibiotic and Antibacterial Agent Cross-Resistance in Target Bacteria from Homes of Antibacterial Product Users and Non-users; and Quality Assurance in Human Molecular Genetics Testing. Other recent publications include: Suggested Practice for the Remediation of Highly Infectious Agents in Indoor Environments, addressing anthrax and other biological agent contamination; and Reservoirs of Opportunistic Fungi in the Home Environment: A Guide for Exposure Reduction in the Immunocompromised.

Dr. Cole holds both a Master of Science in Public Health Microbiology and a Doctor of Public Health in Biohazard Science/Occupational Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Eugene Cole’s Publications


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140 Iowa Lane
Cary, NC 27511