Jennifer Lundberg, CEP, Chair of the Certification Review Board, is pleased to announce the certification of the following new Certified Professionals.
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.
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.
Faisal Alhomoud, CEP-IT
Certified: November 27, 2019
Faisal is a young Environmental Engineer at SABIC. He obtained his B.S.
in Environmental Engineering from Northern Arizona University with a minor in Business. Faisal is currently working with one of the corporate affiliates to maintain and enhance compliance to the local environmental regulations, solving technical environmental challenges with air emission, industrial waste, water discharges, and groundwater management. Faisal is also leading many environmental initiatives and studies to further optimize and improve upon current manufacturing processes to lower their environmental impact
Carrol Dugan, CEP Operations
Certified: November 1, 2019
Carrol started out as an environmental engineer and has become is a seasoned leader in corporate EHS with compliance expertise in manufacturing, supply chain and logistics. What she enjoys most about corporate EHS is the opportunity to collaborate with and support all functions and employee levels within an organization anywhere from legal to sales, from real estate to production line.
Outside of the office, she enjoys yoga, traveling to new places and outdoor adventures of all kinds with her husband and two kids.
Caroline Levenda, CEP-Assessment
Certified: September 17, 2019
Ms. Caroline Levenda is a senior environmental planner with HNTB. She received her B.S. in geological engineering from Michigan Tech University. She completed her second B.S. in Geology with an emphasis on Earth Science Education from Michigan Tech University while obtaining a teaching credential. Ms. Levenda has worked in environmental consulting for over 16 years; her experience includes NEPA, environmental planning, remediation, transportation planning, and forest hydrology. Caroline has nearly seven years of experience in northern California; she worked four of these for the Hoopa Valley Tribe focused on hydrology and geology. She has four years of environmental consulting in Hawaii where she worked on NEPA projects and environmental compliance across the islands. Caroline currently resides in the Chicagoland area and supports several transportation projects in Illinois as well as projects in Texas and Florida. She is the immediate past President for the Illinois AEP and serves as the chapter representative to the NAEP. Caroline was the technical co-chair for the 2018 NAEP conference in Tacoma, Washington and continues to be an active member of the NAEP. Ms. Levenda was the track chair for water management for the 2019 NAEP conference and continues this role for the 2020 NAEP Conference coming to Fort Lauderdale. She enjoys her butterfly garden and hiking on the weekends and spending time with her family.
Becky Holloway, CEP-Assessment
Certified: August 28, 2019
Ms. Holloway has 22 years of environmental consulting experience, with an emphasis on projects requiring in-water work. She is the regulatory compliance lead for the HDR Fisheries Design Center in Gig Harbor, WA with a background in marine and aquatic sciences. Ms. Holloway's project experience includes: stream habitat surveys, analysis of construction-related effects to resources in or near salmon streams and marine/estuary environments, aquatic habitat surveys to determine suitability for anadromous salmonid rearing and spawning, underwater noise assessments to estimate impacts on fish and marine mammals from pile driving, dredging, or nearshore blasting, sea turtle and marine mammal studies and monitoring, and riparian habitat assessments.
Ms. Holloway specializes in ESA Section 4d, 7 and 10 consultations, and prepares Essential Fish Habitat Assessments, Environmental Impacts Statement sections, Environmental Assessments, technical reports, and other permitting documents (SEPA/NEPA checklists, JARPA etc.). She has led the development over 50 ESA consultation documents for HDR, many of which have required an analysis of the effects of instream work on aquatic species, including dredging, flow alteration, underwater sound, and genetic and ecological effects on ESA-listed fish resulting from interactions with hatchery-origin fish.
In her spare time, Ms. Holloway enjoys swimming, skiing, traveling, seeing great music, and camping with her husband, kids, and dogs.
Sid Rajmohan, CEP-IT
Certified: August 9, 2019
Mr. Sid Rajmohan has over 11 years of experience in the environmental consulting space, having led environmental projects across a wide array of local, national, and global needs. At the age of 30, Mr. Rajmohan became one of the youngest Partners globally at Environmental Resources Management (ERM), an EHSS consulting firm with presence in over 40 countries, and in 2019, was promoted to the role of Area Managing Partner (Area Manager) for ERMs Central Texas operations. Mr. Rajmohans environmental experience ranges from complex air permitting, regulatory compliance, environmental audits, and transaction due diligence support, 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 came from humble beginnings, but through perseverance and hard work received a full merit scholarship to pursue graduate studies in engineering in the US, which in turn paved the way for his career in the environmental space. He 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 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.
Kevin Marrow, CEP by Eminence Operations
Certified: August 4, 2019
Since May 2017, Kevin Marrow has served as Environmental Health and Safety Manager for the Dentsply Sirona York, PA facility on College Ave., where he is responsible for all aspects of environmental compliance including providing technical assistance for environmental regulations, the facility environmental management systems, and projects. Prior to that, Kevin was Environmental Health and Safety Manager for Canam Steel Corp. in Point of Rocks, MD. Before joining Canam Steel Corp, Kevin held EHS leadership roles at several different companies, including Rust-Oleum, Alpharma, and Shire Laboratories. Kevin holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and has obtained certification as an Occupational Hygiene and Safety Technician (OHST) and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
John Abbott , CEP - Planning
Certified: June 24, 2019
John Abbott, PG is the Director of Environmental Services at Wantham Group, Inc. (WGI). He received his B.S. in geology from Virginia Tech and his M.S. in geology from New Mexico Tech. He has 23 years experience in environmental consulting, including NEPA, environmental planning, permitting, wetland mitigation, wildlife surveys, and contamination remediation. He worked for 8 years at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina doing remediation planning at that nuclear weapons facility. For the past 15 years, he has been in Florida working on land development, transportation, and environmental restoration projects. John is active in the environmental community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals and is the President for the South Florida Association of Environmental Professionals. On weekends, look for him in a kayak in the Everglades or Florida Keys.
Patrick Meddaugh, CEP-IT
Certified: June 19, 2019
Patrick is a multi-disciplinary environmental scientist focused on preparing legally defensible technical analysis for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents, reports, and analytical technical studies for a variety of large-scale infrastructure, energy, telecommunications, and civil works projects.
Through his work, Patrick serves as a technical specialist with experience in the CEQA/NEPA analysis of impacts related to biological resources, hydrology/water quality, hazards and hazardous materials, geology and soils, mineral resources, public services, utilities and service systems, traffic and transportation, wildfire, socioeconomics, environmental justice, alternatives, cumulative projects, project descriptions, mitigation monitoring and reporting programs, and construction-design issues. Patricks experience also includes reconstruction and resource surveys, permitting, construction compliance monitoring, and project life-cycle services.
Douglas J. Durbin, Ph.D, CEP-CEP by Eminence
Certified: June 11, 2019
Doug Durbin is a Chief Scientist and Senior Expert with Brown and Caldwell. He has a broad background in the sciences, with a focus on ecosystems and aquatic ecology. His professional career comprises nearly 27 years of consulting experience, where he focuses on water resource needs for public and private-sector clients across the country. Typical projects include the development of water quality standards and regulations, storm water assessment and management, establishment of wastewater effluent limits, permitting, compliance and natural resource management associated with various land development projects, and sampling and analysis of aquatic communities, including fish, invertebrates, plants and algae. Doug has worked in urban, suburban, agricultural, silvicultural, industrial, mining, and natural settings. He has been an invited instructor for many water resource courses, and has testified in legal proceedings across multiple areas of expertise. The first 20 years of his consulting career was based in Tampa, Florida, and he has lived in Raleigh, NC since 2012.
Rick Harman, CEP - Planning
Certified: April 11, 2019
Rick Harman is currently a project manager in the environmental division of Wantman Group Inc. at the company headquarters in West Palm Beach. With over 16 years of experience, Mr. Harman provides a wide variety of environmental services to public and private clients throughout the state of Florida. His area of practice includes due diligence, permitting, compliance, and monitoring for wetlands, uplands and trees, and listed species. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, a Society of Wetland Scientiests Professional Wetland Scientist, and a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Authorized Gopher Tortoise Agent. Mr. Harman is active in the southeast Florida environmental consulting network serving as a board member of the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals since 2013 and as an officer since 2014 receiving the inaugural Treasure of the Chapter Award in 2015. He also serves on two committees for the Palm Beach County Planning Congress where he assists in providing environmentally-friendly planning advice for the multi-disciplinary organization. He is a member of the Florida Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Society of Wetland Scientists. Mr. Harman holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Wake Forest University. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time on the water in and around his home in Stuart, Florida.
Alexis D. Morris, CEP - Planning
Certified: March 26, 2019
Ms. Alexis Morris has nearly 13 years of experience, (seven with RK&K) in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance and permitting for local, state, and federal projects in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, DC. Ms. Morris experience has included preparation and oversight of Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements, and supporting technical studies including: Section 4(f) evaluations, community effects assessments, natural resources and wetland investigations, joint permit applications, and project plans in various design stages. Ms. Morris has served as an MDOT SHA In-house Consultant Environmental Manager for more than 7 years, ensuring compliance with NEPA, environmental permits, and mitigation commitments from project initiation through design and construction. Through these experiences, Ms. Morris has advanced partnerships across dynamic multi-disciplinary teams, community leaders and stakeholders, and government agencies for planning and permitting projects.
Additionally, Ms. Morris is a charter member and president of Toastmasters International Heard in the Herd Club; a contributing member of Womens Transportation Seminar, the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals, and RK&Ks Womens Leadership Forum; serves the local community as a citizen member of the Shrewsbury Borough Wellhead Protection and Traffic Calming Committees; and is a volunteer ambassador for Junior Achievement.
Ms. Morris also enjoys yoga, running, gardening, and experiencing nature and new places with her family.
Specialties: NEPA Compliance and Documentation, Section 4(f) evaluations, Public Outreach and Agency Involvement, Visual and Aesthetic Assessment, Community Effects Analysis, Transportation Planning, Environmental Policy.
Andrew T. Der, CEP - CEP by Eminence
Certified: February 20, 2019
With a total of 32 years of experience working within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, Andrew Der is currently principal of Andrew T. Der and Associates, LLC practicing in the water resources consulting industry regionally and nationally since 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Der was Director of Environmental Services for two civil engineering firms in the Washington DC/Baltimore, MD metro region, and previously completed 18 years of service at the Maryland Department of the Environment leaving as a manager in the Wetlands and Waterways Program. His specialties include regulation, environmental assessment and watershed studies, advocacy, compliance, permitting, feasibility studies, nonpoint source pollutant management, wetland and stream mitigation, water quality monitoring, NEPA, NPDES, and TMDL. Mr. Der also teaches seminars, publishes industry-related and natural resources articles, a member of several industry and citizen advisory committees, recipient of numerous awards of recognition, and provides expert testimony.