July 6, 2015

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Geosyntec Announces the Appointment of 18 New Associates

The Geosyntec family of companies is pleased to announce the promotion of 18 individuals to the position of Associate. Each of these new Associates has made significant contributions to delivering outstanding projects to first-class clients, developing strong relationships with those clients, building our practices, leveraging their own expertise and experience of their colleagues, recruiting outstanding staff, and working collaboratively with their co-workers. Please join us in congratulating them on achieving this career milestone.

Matthew Bardol, P.E., CFM, CPESC, D. WRE

Oak Brook

Matthew Bardol, P.E., CFM, CPESC, D. WRE, is a water resources engineer with more than 15 years of experience in stormwater modeling and design, hydraulic and hydrologic analysis, NPDES stormwater and wetland permitting, water quality analysis, and erosion control and site civil design. Matt has played a key role in conducting detailed hydrologic and hydraulic studies to obtain revisions to FEMA's Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Studies (FIS). He has prepared a number of stormwater management system designs, NPDES permit applications, dam safety permit applications and designs, and wetlands permit applications. Matt manages the Oak Brook water and natural resource practice offices across the Great Lakes region. Under his leadership, they have become the third largest water and natural resource practice in Geosyntec.

David Bertrand, P.Geo.


David Bertrand, P.Geo., is a hydrogeologist with more than 15 years of experience in oversight and management of large vapor intrusion investigations at industrial, commercial, and residential properties, design and installation of sub-slab depressurization systems at those properties, and associated community relations support to his clients. David has been a key contributor to the development of Geosyntec's Canadian operations and has developed substantial new and follow-on business with several large clients. David's practice leadership is evident in his efforts to expand Geosyntec's vapor intrusion practice. He has developed rigorous sample collection methods that have differentiated Geosyntec from the competition, trained staff throughout the firm, and assembled vapor intrusion sampling teams across North America.

Julianna Connolly, LSP


Julianna Connolly, LSP, is a Licensed Site Professional (LSP) in Massachusetts with more than 10 years of experience in LSP oversight of the assessment and cleanup of confirmed and suspected hazardous waste sites to assess compliance with the Massachusetts Contingency Plan, human health risk characterization, and the development of risk-based closure plans for contaminated properties. Julianna's practice leadership includes active engagement with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) in their preparation of regulatory guidance documents. She has taught short courses for the LSP Association, and MassDEP seeks her advice and input in the development of LSP training sessions.

James Culp, P.G.


James Culp, P.G., has more than 25 years of experience in geologic, hydrogeologic, and contaminant investigations and fate and transport evaluations; remediation system design and optimization of contaminated sites; and regulatory agency negotiations with respect to such sites. Jim has managed large RCRA Corrective Action, CERCLA RI/FS, and State Voluntary Action programs for industrial and military clients throughout the continental United States and Puerto Rico. He is advancing our construction management capabilities by advancing the firm's template bid specifications, work plans, and construction management/quality assurance plans for building demolition projects. Jim had a leading role in establishing Geosyntec's Pittsburgh office, where he is both a Senior Scientist and Office Manager. Under his leadership, the office has expanded from one employee to six in three years and achieved profitability in less than two years.

James Deitsch, Ph.D., P.E.


James Deitsch, Ph.D., P.E., has more than 20 years of experience in contaminant fate and transport studies, engineering evaluation and cost analysis, and the design and implementation of remediation systems with a particular emphasis on contaminated groundwater extraction, treatment, and reinjection systems. He has lent his expertise to several additional large-scale projects, including leading efforts related to the mechanical and electrical design components for the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Portsmouth On-Site Waste Disposal Facility project in Ohio. He has made significant contributions to developing the firm's services in providing turnkey design, construction, and operations services to our clients with respect to advanced remediation and treatment systems. In 2011, Jim formed and currently serves as the Operations Manager of the Process Engineering and Remedial Design Group in the Kennesaw office. Through his leadership, he has furthered the professional growth of the group's members and enhanced the process engineering capability of the firm.

Jamie deLemos, Ph.D.


Jamie deLemos, Ph.D., is a geochemist with experience in the area of soil and aqueous geochemistry, with particular expertise in the occurrence, transport, and fate of metals and radionuclides in the environment. She has been a key contributor to a number of Geosyntec's largest litigation support projects. Jamie's practice leadership includes publications and presentations for the Environmental, Energy, and Resources Law conference; the AEHS Foundation International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy; and the Goldschmidt Conference. She also developed and leads or co-leads a number of internal Client Development Initiatives and co-founded and leads the Metals Practice Group.

Jennifer Donahue, Ph.D., P.E.

San Francisco

Jennifer Donahue, Ph.D., P.E., is a civil engineer with more than 15 years of experience in geotechnical earthquake engineering, including planning and implementing field exploration programs, evaluating the liquefaction and settlement potential of sites, and analyzing earthquake induced ground motions and their attenuation with distance from the source. Jennifer collaborated with colleagues at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute to develop the model for fault hanging wall and footwall movement used by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center to improve modeling for active tectonic regions. As a member of the National Science Foundation's Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance team, Jennifer conducted post-earthquake and tsunami reconnaissance in the Samoa Islands region in 2009, and in Japan following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake that affected the Fukushima nuclear power plant. A member of the U.S. Navy for the past 20 years, Jennifer has served as Battalion Commander in charge of more than 900 Seabees, including the 480 service members she personally led in Afghanistan in 2014.

Scott Forbess, P.E.


Scott Forbess, P.E., has more than 15 years of experience in contaminated groundwater and surface water assessment, remediation system design and construction management, and cost estimating of remediation system construction, operation, and maintenance. He currently manages a growing group of engineers in the Sacramento office's new and rapidly growing industrial stormwater practice that emerged in response to new State of California stormwater management requirements. Scott's practice leadership includes early and thorough knowledge of emerging regulations, including California's Low-Threat Underground Storage Tank Case Closure Policy (LTCP) and the new California Industrial General Permit. This knowledge allows Scott to rapidly develop tools and strategies for clients to assess the applicability of new regulations, policies, and to formulate an optimal roadmap for obtaining regulatory compliance.

Stefanie Fountain, Ph.D., P.E., PMP


Stefanie Fountain, Ph.D., P.E., PMP, is a civil and environmental engineer with experience in radiological waste management, on-site disposal facility siting and design, investigation of sites with contaminated groundwater and soil, database design and management, risk assessment, and conceptual and detailed remediation system design. Since 2010, Stefanie has served as a subject matter expert and Project Manager for the DOE Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant Waste Disposal Alternatives project in Kentucky. Her ability to recognize new opportunities with existing clients has resulted in Geosyntec expanding its scope at the Paducah site involving several of the firm's practice areas. To date, Paducah projects have involved approximately 150 Geosyntec and MMI staff from more than 25 offices.

Donald Goebel


Donald Goebel's primary focus is on business development within the federal markets, primarily the DOE, and the electric power utility industry. He is instrumental in identifying and pursuing technically-challenging and profitable opportunities across a number of our practice areas. Working closely with other Geosyntec staff, Don has been influential in developing opportunities for the firm at the DOE's Portsmouth, Paducah, and Oak Ridge facilities. As a result of his collaborative efforts, he has supported the development of our clients in the commercial power and nuclear generation sectors and has secured projects with a number of independent power producers. In addition to his business development role, Don assists multiple clients as a subject matter expert in chemistry and laboratory services. Don continues to mentor staff, and is instrumental in the improvement of their federal business development skills.

Alexander Greene, C.E.G., P.G.

San Diego

Alexander Greene, C.E.G., P.G., is a geologist with more than 20 years of experience in geologic field mapping and reconnaissance, fault and geologic hazard assessment, subsurface exploration and characterization, and field-testing of soil and rock formations. He has particular expertise in the mapping and characterization of complex geological formations. Alex currently plays a key role in the development of the stormwater, erosion and sediment control, and construction compliance monitoring practices within the southern California region. His notable project contributions include service to some of the largest energy supply and oil and gas exploration companies in the world.

Christopher Greene, P.E.


Christopher Greene, P.E., has more than 15 years of experience in contaminated waterway and sediment assessment and remediation. He currently leads our efforts for an opportunity he developed with a global healthcare products company in Maine and provides design and construction oversight for Troy Chemical in New Jersey. Additionally, he is contributing to a number of the firm's other contaminated sediment projects including two Superfund sites in New York City. Chris' practice leadership has involved growing Geosyntec's contaminated sediment practice in New England through the development of clients, recruiting and mentoring talented staff, and the successful development of a substantial backlog of contracted work.

Leah MacKinnon, P.Eng.


Leah MacKinnon, P.Eng., has more than 15 years of experience in using innovative in situ technologies for the remediation of contaminated groundwater. She is a recognized expert within Geosyntec for both enhanced in situ bioremediation (EISB) and in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) design and implementation. She has provided North American expertise to the Danish market and has provided technical expertise and innovative approaches to groundwater remediation projects throughout Scandinavia. She is the sub-group leader for the Guelph branch's remediation group and supports and mentors five staff members who directly report to her. During her time with Geosyntec, Leah has recruited a number of individuals and she co-founded the mentoring program in the Guelph office to provide guidance and leadership support to junior staff.

Tracey Schwartz

Santa Barbara

Tracey Schwartz has more than 15 years of experience in environmental management, including regulatory compliance and permitting, environmental investigation, litigation support, and environmental manufacturing support. A consummate team member and company leader in interoffice collaboration, the majority of her projects have a home office other than her own, involving staff in more than 25 offices. Her practice leadership within the environmental management practice has helped to expand our overall compliance practice across the firm, resulting in a number of robust, multi-site compliance projects in the mining, liquefied natural gas, and energy industries.

John Stoner, CPA

Boca Raton

John Stoner, CPA, is responsible for the firm's income tax compliance, state and foreign tax compliance, and tax planning. He also participates in the firm's risk management process for international opportunities. His actions have increased the firm's ability to grow internationally through an increased understanding of the tax implications associated with international operations and opportunities. John routinely delivers accurate and timely advice for foreign project opportunities, firm expansion, and the taxability of non-routine benefits offered to our employees. He is the "go to" person for staff that have business-related tax questions, including those related to project expenses. John has become a leader in the accounting team and actively educates Project Managers, accounting staff, and Regional Finance Managers on issues related to taxes and how it affects projects.

Scott Struck, Ph.D.

Northern Colorado

Scott Struck, Ph.D., has more than 10 years of experience in master planning, design, and evaluation of stormwater management systems, with specialized expertise in the area of green stormwater infrastructure. He has expanded Geosyntec's municipal water resources practice in Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri, including the development of projects with the City of Omaha's Public Works Department. Scott's practice leadership includes applied research and the development of technical guidance documents for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, the Water Environment Research Foundation, and U.S. EPA's Office of Research and Development. For 10 years, he led the Urban Watershed Management Track for ASCE's Environmental & Water Resources Institute Congress. Scott has authored chapters on green infrastructure for books published by ASCE and the Water Environment Federation. He is the Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal, Sustainable Water in the Built Environment.

Duncan Talbert


Duncan Talbert has experience in technical safety related to offshore oil and gas installations and onshore oil and gas fabrication facilities. His focus is on developing and auditing safety management systems to ensure that they will be effective, practicable, and efficient. Duncan's client service and project delivery excellence make his work highly valued by his clients. During the course of a project for a Danish oil and gas company, he built a strong relationship between the client and MMI. As a result of their strong relationship, MMI is now the consultant of choice for all fire-related projects for the client. His leadership of MMI's new Renewable Energy Sector Group is expanding our capabilities into that promising market. Duncan has taken the lead in understanding the renewable energy market, in developing and positioning MMI within the market, and in promoting MMI's capabilities at conferences and industry events, and in industry publications. His business plan for the renewable energy market has culminated in a number of commissioned projects.

David Zell, P.G.

Santa Barbara

David Zell, P.G., is an environmental hydrogeologist and hazardous materials specialist with more than 10 years of experience in project management, field methods, data collection, and environmental analysis related to contaminated sites and groundwater. Since 2007, David has managed the El Monte Superfund Site Remedy in California, a large, complex project. David's leadership and business development skills have also led to an expansion of our role on an American global aerospace and defense technology company project in California, for which he has been the Project Manager since 2005. Through his project work, he has greatly contributed to the expansion of our soil and groundwater remediation services. David is a key contributor to the management of the Santa Barbara office and is responsible for three direct reports. He manages both staffing and business development initiatives for the office, and assists with personnel issues and planning.