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About LRC Indoor Testing & Research

LRC Indoor Testing & Research is a locally owned small business of hard-working Indoor Environmental Professionals with over 50 years of combined experience in industrial hygiene and related fields. We specialize in residential and commercial mold investigations that include thorough air and surface sampling, fast sample analysis using our in-house lab, and a detailed report explaining sample results and providing remediation recommendations based on the current industry standards. Our investigations are suitable for a wide range of conditions, from major water losses to acute health symptoms. We are able to work with remediation contractors as a third-party, independent company to assess the indoor fungal ecology before and/or after remediation.

Through our expertise in building science and mold spore identification using light microscopy, we are able to assist in restoring a “normal fungal ecology” to impacted areas. Our office is conveniently located in Cary NC, but we regularly perform inspections within a 100 mile radius of our location. Additionally, LRC is nationally recognized for its contributions to research studies for various health/hygiene companies and government agencies in the field of indoor environmental quality. 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 20 years of 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’s Resume

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.

Amber’s Resume

Angela Hoyt

Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP)


Angela is a 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 is a Certified Mold Inspector and regularly performs commercial and residential indoor environmental quality inspections.

Angela’s Resume

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.

Dr. Gene Cole

Technical Research Director


Dr. Gene Cole is Director of Research for LRC Indoor Testing & Research, Cary, NC; and formerly Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. He has over 35 years of research experience, with emphasis on identification and reduction of pollutant reservoirs and sources, bioaerosols, residential, school, and workplace exposure assessment and control, product evaluation, cleaning and restoration, mold and sewage remediation, and biocides. He has also worked with national and international organizations to address environmental health and infectious disease concerns such as medical waste management in Central Europe and South East Asia, hygiene promotion in Africa, and healthy homes and buildings in the U.S. and Asia.

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 Publications

Office Manager


Melissa brings over 15 years of administrative office management as well as a background in holistic health.  Her organizational, detail-oriented work ethic and empathetic nature keep our bustling office running smoothly. Melissa genuinely cares for each client’s wellbeing and ensures they are cared for and supported.


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