President’s Message




CEP by Eminence


Donald R. Deis, M.S., CEP – Outgoing President


The Board of Trustees, representing the Academy, developed the Certified Environmental Professionals by Eminence in the 4th quarter of 2014. As the Board reviews some of the first individuals to apply through this process, I have noticed there seems to be some confusion as to how to apply. I do believe that we have been very clear on the new website because we were very clear when we developed the process. The eligibility for consideration for the CEP by Eminence is as follows.


-          The applicant must at a minimum possess of a Bachelor’s Degree. Degrees claimed must be from a fully accredited college or university (certified transcripts are required). A Master’s Degree may be substituted for 1 year of the 20 years of professional experience and a Doctorate may be substituted for 2 years of the 20 years of professional experience.

 -          The applicant must have at least 20 years of experience as an environmental professional.

 -          The applicant must have at least 15 years of responsible charge and/or responsible supervision. No such substitution will apply to the requirement for the 15 years in responsible charge and/or responsible supervision. Responsible charge is defined as: the direction of environmental work by an environmental professional to the extent that successful completion of the work is dependent on your decisions made without advice or approval of others. Responsible supervision is defined as the supervision of another professional person’s work by an environmental professional to the extent that you assume the professional responsibility for the work.

 -          The applicant must have achieved a leadership position within their organization. An evaluation must be made of both the position acquired and the organization in which the position is held.

 -          The applicant must demonstrate a record of service to the profession.

 We have a clear application process that is described on our new website.

 -          The applicant must establish an account on CEP-Express on our website,

 -          The applicant must complete Part 1 of the on-line application.

 -          The applicant must submit the CEP by Eminence on-line application.

 -          The applicant must submit their resume in the Certification by Eminence format (see the following resume format.

 -          The applicant must submit documentation of degrees earned. The Board decided last year to allow the applicants to post a PDF copy of their transcripts, if applicable.

 -          The applicant must submit 8 letters of recommendation.

 -          The applicant must submit a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 publications and/or professional presentations relevant to environmental issues. This is important because it truly demonstrates that you are giving back to the profession.

 -          The applicant must submit any honors and awards received.

 -          The applicant must pay the fee.

 -          The Certification Review Board (CRB) Eminence Sub-Committee (i.e. senior, experienced members of the CRB) will review the qualifications.

 -          An oral interview will be arranged with a panel established by the Chair of the CRB.

 -          The CRB will decide if eminence certification is warranted based upon the references received, resume, and the oral interview. Should the CRB determine that the application warrants acceptance of certification, such certification will have the same standard and require the same maintenance as the CEP obtained by examination. In order to retain the CEP, annual fees and maintenance hours must be current.


Finally, a resume must be submitted with the application. The following format should be used for the resume:


1.      Full name


2.      Complete work contact information, including address, phone, fax, e-mail


3.      College degree(s) relevant to environmental professional practice


a.      Field(s) of study; and


b.      Year(s) of graduation


4.      Current Employment – Position/Title, Date (years only), etc.


5.      Summary of work history, including Current Position which shows job titles and dates


a.      First job to present position;


b.      Positions held;


c.       Promotional track – date (year) of each promotion; and


d.      Minimum 20 years relevant work experience, 15 of which must be in senior management, teaching research, consulting, industry, executive government position(s) or the military


6.      Awards received and/or professional recognition, with dates (year only)


a.      Association bestowing award;


b.      Federal, state or local government; and


c.       State Associations, NGOs, others.


7.      Association positions/offices held with dates (year only);


a.      Board Memberships;


b.      Service on Committees; and


c.       Committee Chairmanships, etc. for the professional organizations.


8.      Publications Summary:


a.      Books;


b.      Technical papers; and


c.       Technical/engineering reports


9.      Summary of presentations – individual or joint


a.      Papers;


b.      Workshops; and


c.       Seminars.


10.  Mentoring of students or other professionals


Please make potential certification by eminence applicants aware of our process so that we can move them into the review process as quickly as possible. If you have questions, please contact Andrea Bower or Jessica Orner at the ABCEP Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and, of course, you can always contact me at (904) 363-8442 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




ABCEP is All About Change


Mark F. Gerber, CEP – Incoming President


As I reflected this week on the great changes that have occurred in ABCEP over the past few years, I couldn’t help but think about the first time I met with the Board of Trustees as a member of the Board. Gary Kelman who was serving as President at the time said to me “We’re glad you’re on board, we always need new ideas and fresh faces”. Now I can’t guarantee that I’ve had any new ideas and my face isn’t exactly fresh… but the need for an infusion of a new perspective is always welcome and necessary on the Board of Trustees and within the organization as a whole.


As Don Deis steps down as President and becomes Immediate Past President I have to take pause and publicly give him thanks for the new and fresh directions that the organization has taken under his guidance over the past two years. It’s not always easy managing an organization full of very intelligent and driven professionals, as there are sometimes many differing notions of what is best for the group. Don has done a wonderful job of walking that line while keeping the organization relevant in our times of changing environmental needs. Thank you Don.


As we move forward in advancing the programs and direction of ABCEP I look forward to capitalizing on the collective wisdom and energy of the existing Board of Trustees, but I also look forward to working with many new and fresh members who have ideas to share and build upon. It is only through this cycling and change in leadership that we can grow with the profession and remain relevant to the world in which we all operate.


The title of this letter “ABCEP is All About Change” directly speaks to the need of the organization to be malleable in how we deal with the shifting tides of our profession and the responsibility of the professionals within the organization, to be responsive to changes in political ideologies, climate, professional and even public opinions.


During our most recent meeting of the Board of Trustees, we enthusiastically welcomed Andy Pulcheon to the Board and are excited for the perspective he will bring. During this meeting we also took part in updating our Strategic Plan. You’ll be happy to know that we are actively working to achieve those goals set forth in the Strategic Plan for advancing the organization to better serve you as well as all other environmental professionals. We’ve streamlined our committees and focused them in order to have fewer committees with more members in each committee so that there is greater breadth of expertise in each. Our website, thanks to the efforts of Connie Chitwood, our new President Elect, is superior to many much larger organizations and now facilitates and streamlines the process by which you can track your own growth as a professional.


In the coming months, look to reports from ABCEP leadership for great advancements in how we serve you and as always please consider joining committees or being a mentor. In doing so you’ll get the satisfaction of helping the growth of others like you and in advancing the mission of ABCEP and the Environmental Professional.


I welcome your insight and comments. You can always contact me at 208-716-4921 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




Board of Trustees Meets in Orlando


Shari Cannon-Mackey, CEP, ENV SP


The ABCEP Board of Trustees met in Orlando, Florida on March 27-28 as part of the Board’s semi-annual effort to meet face-to-face to conduct business and have some fun. On the business side, the Board conducted elections, restructured a number of standing committees, and updated our Strategic Plan. In addition, the Board discussed and considered upcoming changes to the ABCEP certification requirements that will be put in place after coordination with the CRB.


·         The following Board members will serve on the Executive Committee:


        Mark Gerber – President


        Connie Chitwood, President-Elect


        Liz Johnson – Secretary


        Corry Platt – Treasurer


        Don Deis - Immediate Past President


·         Andrew Pulcheon was welcomed as the newest Trustee – his term will extend through 2018


·         Gary Kelman, MS, CEP, will be as awarded the Dr. Richard J. Kramer CEP Memorial Award for Environmental Excellence at the 2015 NAEP Conference in Hawaii




On the fun side, many of the Board Members ventured out on Saturday to explore Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area and the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge & Education Center in Orange County, south of Lake Hart. The 2,000-acre Split Oak Forest is managed through a cooperative effort between the Orange County Community and Environmental Services Department and the Osceola County Natural Resources Office. The area is also part of the Florida Fish and Game Commission’s Mitigation Park Program and is managed to enhance and preserve habitat for the gopher tortoise as well as a number of other wildlife and plants that inhabit the area. Additional information on the Spilt Oak Forest can be found at


The group also received a behind-the-scenes tour of the rehabilitation clinic at the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge & Education Center, located adjacent to the Split Oak Forest. The group saw first-hand the care bestowed by an all-volunteer staff on orphaned and injured wildlife brought to the center – from juvenile raccoons, squirrels, and opossum, to injured song birds and tortoises. Members also checked out the more than 30 permanent wildlife residents - including hawks, owls, bobcats, and lemurs – that are non-releasable. For more information on the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge & Education Center, visit




Committees on the Move


Shari Cannon-Mackey, CEP, ENV SP


One of the actions the Board took during its March meeting was to restructure our committees to better meet the needs of the ABCEP and the members. The committees have been reformed to focus on the areas the Board feels are most beneficial to the ongoing success and growth of the ABCEP. Several committees were combined to provide more strength (really bodies and minds) to support each committee’s mission.


Committee chairs will be taking a new look at their goals and mission statements to put those new visions into action as the committees move forward.


Now is the time to get involved - pick a committee – lend your talents and your thoughts!


Member Services Committee – Connie Chitwood and Irv Cohen


§  Purpose - Develop and implement benefits to support the professional, career growth, and networking opportunities of the members; retain and diversify membership; and facilitate recognition of the CEP.


Marketing Committee – Corry Platt and Brent Moore


§  Purpose – Increase visibility of the CEP certification within the professional community; build recognition and respect for the certification, and develop professional partnerships to further its recognition and importance.


Communications Committee – Shari Cannon-Mackey


§  Purpose – Provide and maintain a platform to enable members and the Board to share information with the environmental community; facilitate development of information pieces and presentations for use by committees; and facilitate connections to outside organizations and potential new members. 


Please contact Andrea Bower or Jessica Orner at the ABCEP Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are interested in working on a committee.


Mentor’s Corner – Time to Get Involved


Mentoring is an integral part of the learning and development process throughout our professional careers. Think back – for most of us there was someone that helped guide us through the early stages of our career – a professor, supervisor, co-worker, or coach. Lend your expertise, your sage advice, and your guidance to those that seek to embark on the incredible journey that you have already taken. It doesn’t require a lot of time, but it does require dedication and a passion for the environmental profession.


With the current load of CEP-ITs and CEPs in the application process, we have the need for more mentors. ABCEP currently has 54 applicants that have requested mentors, but only 28 mentors have been identified – that is almost 2 applicants for each mentor. Please consider giving of your time and expertise to assist someone else in achieving certification.


Please contact Andrea Bower or Jessica Orner at the ABCEP Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are interested in learning more about being a mentor.


Kramer Memorial Award Winner – Gary Kelman


The Board of Trustees awarded Gary Kelman, MS, CEP, the 2015 Dr. Richard J. Kramer CEP Memorial Award for Environmental Excellence. The award was given in recognition of Gary’s lifetime of achievement in the environmental profession including advancement of NAEP and ABCEP, wide-ranging programs in the State of Maryland, and on the national stage. Gary will accept the award at this year’s NAEP National Conference in Hawaii.


A synopsis of Gary’s achievements:


After receiving his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering focus) from the University of Maryland College Park, Gary started his career as an environmental professional working for a small consulting firm in Bethesda, Maryland in 1977. The 10 person firm engaged in wide ranging projects including environmental impact assessments, water quality analysis and sampling, and treatability studies. Gary advanced at this firm, soon becoming proficient in water quality sampling and analysis and environmental assessment. It was at this time that Gary discovered the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP), founded only 2 years earlier in 1975. He contacted NAEP, joined, and became involved with the local Maryland Chapter, one of the three original NAEP chapters.


Wanting to expand his knowledge and his opportunities, Gary was hired by the State of Maryland’s environmental regulatory office in 1979 as a water resources engineer tasked with drafting National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for municipal and industrial facilities. This gave him the opportunity to develop skills in mathematical modelling. Showing early leadership skills, Gary was asked to represent the department on the Potomac Studies Technical Committee which was a multi-state organization that guided studies on the Potomac River. During the same time, Gary advanced within the Maryland Chapter of NAEP becoming its Secretary in 1982, Vice-President in 1983, and President in 1988 through 1990. Gary was also elected to the NAEP Board of Directors in 1987.


Advancing with the Maryland Office of Environmental Programs (OEP), in 1986, Gary joined the Pretreatment Program which oversaw the local regulation of industrial discharges into sanitary sewers. In addition to his regular duties, he also administered the Emergency Response Duty Officer Program for OEP’s Water Management Administration. Gary became the head of the Pretreatment Program and developed it into one of the nation’s top programs, recognized by EPA. Gary also advanced with NAEP becoming Secretary in 1991, National President-elect in 1992, and National President in 1993, 1994, and 2004 through 2006. As National President, Gary testified in support of NEPA before the United States House of Representatives Task Force for Improving the Environmental Policy Act in 2005. He was National Conference co-chair for the 1991 and 2003 National NAEP Conferences, chair of the Permanent Conference Committee from 1998 through 2004. While on the NAEP Board, and taking from his experience on the local Chapter level, Gary developed the first Chapter Affiliation Agreement, fulfilling a need for a clear understanding of the obligations of NAEP chapters and of NAEP in that relationship. In 2005 Gary received his CEP certification in documentation and was elected to the Academy of Certified Environmental Professionals (ABCEP) Board of Trustees, serving as National President from 2010 through 2013. He continues to serve on the ABCEP Board today. While at ABCEP Gary helped expand the Board of Trustees from 9 to 12 members and expand the ABCEP newsletter from quarterly to monthly, realizing both the amount of work the Board had to do and the need for better communication with ABCEP members, respectively.


In 2005, Gary was chosen to be Director of the Office of Special Projects, renamed the Office of Permitting and Customer Services for the Maryland Department of the Environment. This position in the Office of the Secretary oversaw Department-wide programs including pollution prevention, environmental management systems, small business assistance, enforcement, and permitting for the Department. Gary developed an annual report to the State legislature on Department-wide enforcement and compliance, the Business Guide to Environmental Permits (assisting businesses to understand their environmental obligations), an Environmental Guide for State Agencies (assisting other State agencies to understand their environmental obligations), organized several forums for the Department’s permit writers and inspectors, and managed the Departments Environmental Permits Service Center (it’s one-stop permit shop). He also was the liaison between the Department and the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and liaison with EPA Region 3 enforcement on multi-media activities. Gary also testified before the Maryland State House Environmental Matters Committee.


In 2009 Gary was asked to lead the Department’s effort to regulate factory farms. This program brought all of his talents to bear, as agriculture in Maryland involves coordinating with the Maryland Department of Agriculture, the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, various NGOs representing farmers, EPA (both Headquarters and Region 3), NGOs representing environmentalists and legislatures. Regulation of agricultural operations requires patience and imagination, two of Gary’s strong suites. His leadership has brought national recognition to Maryland’s program, garnering praise from both the environmentalist and agricultural side. Gary was honored with the Maryland Department of the Environment’s Employee of the Year Award in 2010, out of over one-thousand employees. Gary also participates in an advisory capacity for the University of Maryland, American Public University, USEPA, Maryland Department of Agriculture, and American Association of Agronomists.


During Gary’s career he has confronted municipal, industrial, and agricultural pollution and has worked with all sides to solve difficult issues, many political, many technical, and many administrative. Working with ABCEP and both national and local chapters of NAEP, he has lead both organizations to increase communication with membership, become better prepared to advance to the next stage, and take on greater challenges.


Certification Review Board Update

Current ABCEP Membership Status (as of March 1)

Active CEP Members in good standing..........................................................                 177

Emeritus CEPs...............................................................................................                 18

Active CEP-IT Members in good standing......................................................                 16

Requests for Mentors (CEPs/CEP-ITs)............................................................                 3/0

New CEPs and CEP-ITs approved!..................................................................                 2/3

CEP Applications received and submitted to CRB ..........................................                 0

CEP by Eminence Applications received and submitted to CRB......................                 1

CEP-IT Applications received and ready for evaluation..................................                 2

2015 Applications Approved

CEPs/CEP-ITs.......................................................................................                 5/5

2015 Applications Denied

CEPs/CEP-ITs.......................................................................................                 2/0