Newly Certified

Jennifer Lundberg, CEP, Chair of the Certification Review Board, is pleased to announce the certification of the following new Certified Professionals.
Joe Howard, CEP - Operations
Certified: September 24, 2020

Mr. Joe Howard has over 13 years of environmental and operational compliance experience, including experience in stormwater management (SWM) compliance; erosion and sediment control (ESC) compliance; stream and fluvial geomorphic assessment; natural channel design (NCD); and pollution prevention (P2) on private, state and local governmental projects. He has trained various state, local and private construction staff in P2 measures, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) documentation, NPDES Permit Compliance, and Virginia DEQ ESC/SWM Audit preparation. He provides technical and field expertise to office and field staff for construction, environmental and regulatory compliance issues. Mr. Howard operates throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, particularly VA and MD, as an environmental resources using a boots in the field approach to environmental compliance and has a wide range of environmental planning, design and construction experience.

Laura Gibson, CEP-IT
Certified: August 26, 2020

Laura is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science & Technology from Middle Tennessee State University with a Minor in Political Science. She has lived in Southwest Florida since 1998 with both environmental and GIS related work experience for a local non-profit and local municipalities. Her experience includes assessing all types of development and land use projects for compliance with local codes and regulations in regards to listed species, native vegetation protection and preservation, landscaping, sea turtle nesting habitat compliance, pollution prevention, hazardous material storage tank management with associated spill response plans and training, and GIS data development, analysis, and mapping for environmental and National Flood Insurance Program projects.

Khalid AlHajery, CEP
Certified: August 20, 2020

Khalid Abdulah Alhajery is a well known Saudi Arabian environmental expert nationally and internationally with 30 years+ hands on experience and knowledge in environmental management / strategies , legal / regulatory , waste programs , sustainability and energy efficiency , with a long list of  achievements and evironmental related projects .  His 30 year work experience includes top senior level positions within elite organizations in Saudi Arabia ; Royal Commission , King Abdullah University for Science &Technology KAUST and Ministry of Environment Water and Agriculture MEWA and he has worked closely in enviromental issues with Aramco , SABIC , National Water Co. , Saudi Electric Company , ..etc as well as multinational consulting firms from around the world ; Worley Parsons , Conoco Phillips – Parsons - E&Y - Aecom – Parsons – Becthel – Jacobs – Arthur Dlittle – URS -Foster Wheeler etc . In adition to working on mutual joint projects with leading world organizations ; UNDP , UNEP , ISCWA , OSHA , USEPA , and World Bank . His accumulated hands on-experience years in various environmental and sustainability issues together with his deep managerial and technical knowledge in environmental issues related to mega project initiation / implementation complex requirements has made him a big name in this field .

He is a thinker , advisor , planner and /mentor , instructor and speaker and has led multi-disciplinary professional teams of high calibre. He has also been an active member in many national committees.During his career, he has prepared and managed projects contracts studies/surveys, impact assessments , as well as measuring environmental performance , sustainability goals and CSR reportiing .

Khalid’s long decorative track record of achievements includes write up of the 1st environemntal penalty program , advocating sustainability applications and reporting within government and private sectors as well as joining efforts for industrial pollution control and signing the 1st environmental ethical agreement by industries in addition to many works and other awards and prizes over the years from UN and Arab League and Arab European Organization .  

His latest work is providing high end advisory services for government and provate sector : Launch of the new EPR Environmental Performance Rating for Industries in Saudi Arabia in colaboration with the World Bank - Promoting a new innovative environmentally friendly dust suppressant material under a start-up company Talon backed by KAUST King Abdullah University for Science and Technology – Forming a new branch in Saudi Arabia for the fames SOURCE company USA and promoting its Hydro-Solar panels that produce drinking water – Working with Advisian/Worley Parsons in their environmental contracts with new Saudi mega-projects – Working as advisor and instructor with Madar Consutalncy in Saudi Arabia – Co-partner and founder of environmental testing company for gasoline station HSE and seaport environmental performance.

Thomas Montagino, CEP
Certified: August 20, 2020

With two decades of experience in multiple industries, Mr. Montagino has implemented best practice EH&S programs that reduced incident rates and losses for global companies. His areas of expertise in the EH&S field include behavior-based safety, environmental operations  and sustainability. Mr. Montagino is currently the VP of EH&S for ITS ConGlobal. In this role he leads the Global EH&S, Risk Management and ESG / Sustainability for over 127 operations throughout the US and Central America.  ITSC is North America’s largest operator of rail terminals, rail car switching, container depots and intermodal maintenance services. Providing these contracted services, ITSC exceeds EH&S Performance Expectations for the demanding customer railroads of BNSF, Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern, KCS and CN. Tom is a Board Certified Safety Professional (CSP) with an MS in Safety Management from West Virginia University, an MBA from Thomas Jefferson University, and a BS from Indiana University in Pennsylvania.
Seth Taylor, CEP
Certified: August 20, 2020

Mr. Taylor is an Environmental Planner who has worked on various natural and cultural resource projects throughout New England and New York. Work has involved regulatory environmental impact evaluations resulting from land development in both marine and freshwater environments. Typical projects have included road and bridge replacements, marine infrastructure and dredging operations and land development. Environmental evaluations and permitting approvals have included: Federal: Categorical Exclusions (CATEX), Environmental Assessments (EA), and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) SV, PCN, and Individual Section 404 and Section 10 Permit Applications; State: Environmental Impact Evaluations (EIE) in Connecticut, Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) in Massachusetts, and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) in New York, Section 401 Water Quality Certificates, Dam Safety Permits, and Chapter 91 Permits and Licenses; Local: Notice of Intents (NOIs) in Massachusetts, Inland Wetlands Applications (IWAs) in Connecticut, and Small Business Services, Local Waterfront Revitalization Program submissions in New York City. Integration of ArcGIS and AutoCAD platforms are common.
Sid Rajmohan, CEP
Certified: July 20, 2020
Mr. Siddharth (Sid) Rajmohan serves as the Area Managing Partner for ERMs Central and North Texas operations, and is a nationally recognized air quality specialist and seasoned environmental professional, having led more than 1,250 environmental projects across local, national, and global environmental needs. At the age of 30, Mr. Rajmohan became one of the youngest Partners globally at ERM, an environmental, health, safety, and sustainability consultancy with presence in over 40 countries. Mr. Rajmohans environmental experience ranges from complex and innovative air quality projects, regulatory compliance, and environmental audits, to environmental management systems, environmental strategy, and corporate sustainability reporting. He has demonstrated expertise in leading large multi-year national and global environmental projects with teams of engineers spanning across 10+ countries. Mr. Rajmohan is passionate about environmental stewardship and sustainability, is active in the environmental professional community, and has authored white papers and presented in technical conferences on complex environmental topics. Mr. Rajmohan loves mentoring and coaching Partners, young engineers, and emerging leaders in the environmental field, and identifies this to be the most fulfilling aspect of his role as an Area Manager and Partner at ERM.
Jonathan Schick, CEP - Assessment
Certified: July 7, 2020

Jon Schick is an environmental planner and project manager with a depth of experience in managing environmental compliance and natural resource assessments for transportation, utility, and development projects throughout Montana and Alaska. Jons experience includes environmental permitting, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)/Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) documentation and compliance, wetland delineations and functional assessments, Endangered Species Act compliance and biological assessments, mitigation monitoring, storm water pollution prevention plans, geospatial analysis and cartography using GIS, and conducting agency and tribal coordination and public involvement activities. Jon has led the environmental compliance of numerous federally-funded transportation projects, providing management of all environmental disciplines needed to achieve NEPA/MEPA approvals and obtain federal, state, and local permits. Additionally, Jon has experience in broader transportation planning project development, including long-range transportation plans, highway and railroad corridor planning studies, and city and borough comprehensive plans. Jon leads HDRs transportation environmental group and is based in Missoula, MT.

Wanda Parker, CEP
Certified: July 6, 2020

Ms. Wanda Parker holds the position of Regulatory Compliance Program Coordinator with Orange County and is the Local Air Director leading the Air Quality Management program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Florida A&M University and has thirty years of comprehensive experience in the environmental regulatory field. Ms. Parker is well versed in the areas of environmental compliance, enforcement and permitting in conjunction with local, state and federal regulations. Her experience includes managing environmental compliance and permitting matters for industrial facilities and other entities subject to numerous regulations including the CAA, CWA and RCRA. Ms. Parker worked 28 years with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection within the Hazardous Waste, Industrial Wastewater and Air Resources Management programs. Some of her expertise includes RCRA facility assessments and applicability determinations, SWMU evaluations at TSD facilities, NPDES power plant permitting, Title V permitting and exceedance assessments, source facility compliance assistance and regulatory enforcement actions.

Ms. Parker has served on the Florida Institute of Phosphate Research Board of Directors, on the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Advisory Board, as Regional Chairperson for the National Society of Black Engineers, and currently is Vice President of the Metro 4/SESARM Board of Directors and Secretary of the West Volusia/Seminole NCNW Section. Ms. Parker currently resides in Sanford, Florida and has three adult children and one grandchild. She enjoys reading, baking, traveling and spending time with her family.

Sara Merchan Paniagua, CEP-IT
Certified: July 6, 2020

Sara Merchán Paniagua is an Environmental Scientist at Wight & Company in Darien, Illinois. She has 13 years of experience in environmental analyses and permitting. In addition, Sara has experience in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation for transportation, defense, and environmental projects; transportation planning; environmental permitting; wetland delineations; tree surveys; construction monitoring; geospatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS); agency coordination; document control; and technical editing. Sara has experience coordinating large interdisciplinary teams on a variety of infrastructure projects to meet the project schedule and budget.

She is a Certified Wetland Specialist in Lake and McHenry counties, Illinois. Sara holds a B.S. in Biology from the Autónoma University of Madrid and a M.S. in Soil and Environmental Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She enjoys working on a variety of projects with different level of complexities and experience the impact these projects have in the region.

Christina Pico, CEP-IT
Certified: July 6, 2020

Ms. Pico graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2013 with her bachelors in Environmental Engineering and her masters in Ocean Engineering. She is an outdoor adventurer with a wide range of experience including managing shipboard oceanographic research as well as organizing, planning, and implementing scientific experiments and projects such as tidal currents surveys, living shoreline design, wave analysis, environmental permitting, USACE Section 408 Permissions, and drinking water treatment systems. She has over ten years of experience promoting environmental awareness in teens, young adults, and young professionals in the US and abroad. She enjoys the challenge that environmental permitting in the coastal environment brings. 

Chelsea Thomas, CEP-IT
Certified: June 2, 2020

Chelsea Thomas, MS, is a Senior Water Management Specialist, SPL Consulting Services, Special Pathogens Laboratory, with significant experience in developing ASHRAE 188 water safety and management plans, conducting onsite risk assessments and case investigations. A board member of Allegheny CleanWays and a member of Engineers Without Borders and AWWA, Thomass research focuses on Legionella control in potable water systems including disinfection technologies, construction, and Heterotrophic Plate Count measurements.

Kara Tuck, CEP-IT
Certified: May 29, 2020

Kara Tuck is an environmental professional based in Houston, Texas with six (6) years of combined consulting and industry experience. Kara has over five (5) years of environmental consulting experience as a senior consultant and project manager at ERM where she led national and international project teams. Recently, Ms. Tuck joined Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company as a Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Specialist where she is responsible for the environmental compliance for the Fresno, Texas chemical manufacturing facility which allows her to collaborate with all employees to achieve Total Productive Maintenance goals. Broadly, her experience includes preparation and oversight of environmental assessments, leading subsurface investigations and monitoring, developing permitting and compliance documents, and managing complex corporate transactions to identify environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and liabilities. Further, she has experience in developing and facilitating multi-media environmental and operational excellence training. 

Outside of the office, Ms. Tuck is a passionate leader who volunteers as a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) advocate in her local community through serving as a science and engineering fair judge for local school districts and the City of Houston, as well as offering no-cost tutoring to students in the East Downtown area of the city. Ms. Tuck is a member of the Citizens Environmental Coalition which fosters dialogue, education, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Gulf Coast region. 

In her spare time, she enjoys training for and participating in triathlons and will be completing her first 70.3 Ironman in the Fall of 2020. 

Joshua Gomez, CEP-IT
Certified: May 29, 2020

An alumnus of SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Mr. Gomez's professional experience spans the spectrum of environmental research, planning, and testing. He also supports federal clients with sustainability planning and implementation, and he works closely with energy engineers to coordinate energy installation projects in accordance with environmental requirements. He has worked (in both consulting and government positions) to serve private industry, local and state governments, and federal clients in areas of disaster recovery, community planning, infrastructure planning, water quality/ watershed management and protection, and facility management. He dedicates a large portion of his time to assisting clients plan projects through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and supporting environmental compliance planning within the federal government. In his free time, you can find him enjoying the natural environment. 

Alexis Cordero, CEP-IT
Certified: May 29, 2020

Alexis Cordero is a young environmental professional based in Atlanta, Georgia with approximately three (3) years of experience in due diligence, environmental remediation, compliance, soil and groundwater sampling, and environmental data management. Ms. Cordero joined Booz Allen Hamilton (Booz Allen) in June 2018 and has since supported a number of federal clients in their environmental programs including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Park Service (NPS). A few of her major achievements include leading quarterly groundwater monitoring events as part of Remedial Investigation efforts at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), conducting an Environmental Audit of the San Juan National Historic Site in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2019, and independently and successfully managing a large-scale Site Investigation of a former Department of Defense (DoD) site located in Puerto Rico. Ms. Cordero obtained her B.S. in Environmental Health Science from the University of Georgia and she is fluent in English and Spanish. In her spare time, Ms. Cordero enjoys reading, running, and crossing things off her bucket list like sky diving and hang gliding.

Aman Hayre, CEP-IT
Certified: April 24, 2020

I graduated from Rollins College with a degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Urbanism. While I was finishing my degree I began an internship at Orange County EPD which eventually translated into a fulltime position. I have been working with the NPDES Section of Orange County for close to three years. Inspecting developments anywhere from 1 acre to upwards of 400 acres. In my free time I am an avid camper with Ocala National Forrest being one of my favorite spots to continually check any exposed skin for ticks. I am excited to join the CEP-IT program and look forward to the knowledge and opportunity it may bring.

Poonam Rameshbabu, CEP - Assessment
Certified: April 17, 2020
Poonam is an environmental geologist and project manager at The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. with a focus in geophysics and environmental assessments. She received her B.S. in Applied Geophysics from Michigan Technological University and has worked in environmental consulting for 12 years. Poonam is a board member of the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals (MAEP) and an active member with the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). She is responsible for infrastructure engineering, program management, and business development. Poonams consulting expertise includes geophysical techniques, environmental investigation and remediation, feasibility studies and sample and analysis plans, and construction oversight. She specializes in in environmental due diligence, site investigations, interim response and due care.

Christa Cherry, CEP-IT
Certified: March 25, 2020
Christa has been providing environmental consulting services at WGI for over two and a half years. She has been involved with a wide array of both private and public projects and performs various duties for WGIs environmental department. Christas education includes an Environmental Science Program Certificate and a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a focus on the management of invasive species in natural areas. She graduated with cum laude honors from Florida Atlantic University in 2017. Christa has been a member of the Treasure Coast Chapter since 2017 and was the recipient of the chapters inaugural Rising Star Award in 2018. Christa became a Director of the Treasure Coast Chapter in 2020 and has served as a board member for the Town of Jupiters Environmental Task Force since 2019.

Sammy Hadi, CEP-IT
Certified: March 5, 2020

Sammy is a passionate leader who actives engages the public through his various endeavors. Sammy is currently a Natural Resource Specialist with Broward County's Environmental Engineering and Permitting Division, educating the public about environmental stewardship. Sammy obtained a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science from Florida International University in May 2017, as well as a Master of Science in Applied Meteorology from Mississippi State University in August 2019. He is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management from the University of Florida for a May 2020 completion date. Aside from his work experience and education, Sammy is an active volunteer with the Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County. He helps assist with construction and neighborhood revitalization, and has been volunteer with the affiliate since July 2018.

Lindsay Avilla, CEP-IT
Certified: March 5, 2020
Lindsay has more than 10 years of experience in the environmental consulting
industry while working as an Environmental Scientist at Stantec Consulting. She
received her B.S. in Wildlife Management, and M.S. in Biology, at Eastern Kentucky University. Skilled in performing wildlife surveys (bats and other mammals,reptiles, mussels, fish and macroinvertebrates), Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessments, hazardous materials surveys, and technical writing. Lindsay has provided her expertise to the new FEMA Public Assistance (PA) program for disaster recovery as a Program Delivery Manager and has worked at multiple sites for Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) Rule Compliance Demonstration surveys and documentation. Lindsay is an accredited asbestos inspector in Kentucky and holds a current 40-hour HAZWOPER certification.  Additional experience includes leading subsurface and petroleum hydrocarbon investigations, soil and water sampling, AST/UST removal, endangered species surveys, and ESRI GIS mapping.