Meet the Experts

Nathan Hardebeck

Principal
CWT, LLC.

Nathan Hardebeck brings more than 17 years of experience in the environmental consulting field with an emphasis on BMPs and stormwater program management to Forester University.  

 

Jennifer Kaiser

Public Information Officer
Vallejo Flood & Wastewater District

Jennifer Kaiser is the Public Information Officer for the Vallejo Flood & Wastewater District. She provides leadership to the District in public relations, outreach, crisis communications and educational programs. 

 

Eric Eckl

Owner
Water Words That Work, LLC

Eric Eckl founded Water Words That Work, LLC; a marketing and public relations firm for nature protection and pollution control organizations. 

 

Zoe Heller

Policy Director
CalRecycle

Zoe Heller was appointed Assistant Director for Policy Development at the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery in May 2017. Before joining CalRecycle, she worked at the U.S. EPA’s Pacific Southwest Office for more than 10 years.  

 

Robin K. Wiener

President
ISRI

Robin is the President of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), in Washington DC which represents approximately 1,300 private, for-profit companies in approximately 36 countries.  

 

Joe Cefaly

CEM, LEED AP
Senior Manager, OEM Applications
Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating

Joe provides engineering and applications support for products developed with third party manufacturers. He assists in the development of new and existing products, including Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS), CITY MULTI and other OEM products. 

 

David A. Bossie

Laboratory Manager
In-Situ Inc.

David A. Bossie brings over 22 years of environmental testing and sampling experience to Forester University.  

 

Andy Hornbuckle

Team Leader Asia Pacific – Water Quality
SPEL Environmental Integrated Water Solutions

Andy Hornbuckle has been associated with SPEL Environmental since 2008 with a mission to engender and maintain a culture of ingenuity within SPEL Environmental that continuously contributes to improving Australia’s water and wastewater quality and compliance standards.  

 

Julie Etra

Founder & Owner
Western Botanical Services Inc.

Julie Etra is the Founder and Owner of Western Botanical Services, Inc. of Reno, Nevada, specializing in developing erosion control strategies and plans; native habitat restoration, enhancement, and creation; botanical surveying and evaluation (rare plant surveys and weed manage­ment plans); wetland delineations; and mitigation planning.  

 

Jason C. Spencer

Executive Vice President
Journeyman Construction

Jason C. Spencer brings nearly three decades of experience in construction law with a focus on construction litigation to Forester University.  

 

Liisa Doty

Regulatory Manager & National Construction Accounts Manager
WaterTectonics

Liisa Doty brings over 18 years of project management, site evaluations, treatment system application and design, permit writing, plan preparation (e.g. SWPPP’s and EASCP’s), and regulatory review experience to Forester University.  

 

Jason Mothersbaugh

Vice President & General Manager
WaterTectonics

Jason Mothersbaugh brings over 20 years of stormwater experience to Forester University. As the Vice President and General Manager of WaterTectonics for the past decade, Mothersbaugh has developed the company from a local stormwater company into global solution provider.  

 

T.J. Mothersbaugh

Business Development Manager
WaterTectonics

TJ Mothersbaugh brings 9 years of water industry experience to Forester University. Mothersbaugh has extensive experience working with customers to evaluate complex water chemistry problems, develop creative solutions, and achieve technical and commercial project goals.  

 

Chris Mundell

Senior Project Manager, Community-Flex Studio Operations Leader & South Central Region Design Performance Leader
Gensler

Chris Mundell brings 20 years of experience in a variety of architecture projects for government, healthcare, commercial, educational, and multifamily residential clients to Forester University.  

 

Chandler Brooks

Regional Marketing Manager
Procore

Chandler Brooks brings 8 years of industry experience to Forester University. Originally studying historic architecture and electronic design, Chandler took his passion for the built environment and technology through the architectural field and general contracting to his role as a Field Marketer for construction software.  

 

Maria Perez

Senior Associate and Director of Sustainable Design & South Central Region Design Performance Leader
Gensler

Maria Perez brings over 25 years of industry experience to Forester University. As the Senior Associate and Director of Sustainable Design for Gensler, Perez serves as one of the firm’s leading sustainability ambassadors and promoters, engaging staff, clients, and the public on innovative and sustainable design, construction, and operational thinking.  

 

Kasem Cornelius

Operations Consultant
Blue Ridge Services

Kasem Cornelius heads the Blue Ridge Services SHERPA Docs division, and has completed numerous projects developing succession plans, operations documents, safety documents, and more for waste facilities.  

 

Keith J. McHale

P.E.
I & I Project Manager
Environment One

Keith McHale, P.E., is a professional engineer with more than 20 years of experience in wastewater collection and treatment, including gravity and pressure sewer design, and infiltration and inflow (I & I) evaluations. McHale is the I & I Project Manager for Environment One Corporation.  

 

Jacob Aylesworth

Process Engineer
WaterTectonics

Jacob Aylesworth is a process engineer with 5 years of experience in the semiconductor, food & beverage, mining, oil & gas, and industrial wastewater process design. 

 

Jeff Hungarter

Senior Manager
Cree Inc.

Jeff Hungarter is a senior product marketing manager at Cree, an innovator of lighting-class LEDs, LED lighting, and semiconductor solutions. 

 

Kim A. Stephens

M.Eng., P.Eng.
Executive Director
Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia

Kim Stephens brings four decades of experience to Forester University as an engineer-planner in water resource and infrastructure engineering issues. Stephens specializes in public policy and its implementation, and has played a leadership role in a series of initiatives in British Columbia related to water sustainability, rainwater management, and green infrastructure. 

 

Jim Dumont

P.Eng., P.Ag.
Engineering Applications Authority
Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia

Jim Dumont brings four decades of experience to Forester University in watershed planning and stream assessment, which has led to the design and implementation of terrestrial mitigation and aquatic enhancement systems. 

 

Rob McElroy

P.E.
Partner
BlueWater Group, Inc.

Rob McElroy, P.E., brings nearly 20 years of public sector management experience to Forester University. 

 

Dr. Tony Sperling

P.Eng.
Presidentt
Landfill Fire Control, Inc.

Dr. Tony Sperling, P.Eng., brings over 20 years of hands-on experience in landfill fire control and extinguishment to Forester University. 

 

Dewayne Smith

P.E., CPESC, CPSWQ, CPMSM
Vice President
Hydro Engineering Solutions

Dewayne Smith brings over 29 years of consulting experience to Forester University in a wide variety of environmental areas including Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) program development and implementation, stormwater master plans  

 

Josh Newland

Senior Manager of Industry Marketing
Procore Technologies, Inc.

Josh Newland is the Senior Manager of Industry Marketing at Procore and has overseen product improvements to many Procore tools.  

 

Andrew Earles

Vice President
Wright Water Engineers, Inc.

Andrew Earles brings 16 years of experience in Stormwater Master Planning, Floodplains, Water Quality, and Water Resources Engineering to Forester University. 

 

Ian Paton

President /
Senior Water Resources Engineer
Wright Water Engineers, Inc.

Ian Paton brings 20 years engineering experience in modeling, erosion and sediment control and specializes in receiving water impacts to Forester University. 

 

Samuel C. Sugarman

CTAB, CEM, CDSM, CIAQM
Owner,
Sugarman Consulting

Samuel Sugarman brings more than 40 years as an internationally recognized HVAC consultant, instructor, and author to Forester University. 

 

Michael Harding

CPESC
Environmental Consultant,
San Diego, CA

Michael V. Harding brings over forty years of experience in nonpoint source pollution control both in the United States and overseas to Forester University. 

 

Ron Alexander

President, R. Alexander Associates, Inc.

Ron Alexander brings more than 30 years of experience as a horticulturist working with compost and other organic recycled products to the US Composting Council.  

 

Judith Benson

President, Clear Water Products & Services, Inc

Judith Benson brings 31 years of experience in fluid handling to Forester University. Judy has accumulated and shared a wealth of information during her career in the fluid handling industry which began in 1981.  

 

John Casadonte

Product Marketing Manager
Cree Inc.

John Casadonte brings over 20 years of experience to Forester University. Currently, Casadonte is a Product Marketing Manager for Cree Lighting

 

Kevin Earley

Market Manager, Oldcastle Architectural
Kevin Earley brings over 15 years of experience in patents, concrete corrosion protection, and environmental remediation to Forester University.
 

Jerald S. Fifield

President and Principal Hydrologist, HydroDynamics Incorporated

Best-selling author and field expert, Jerald S. Fifield, Ph.D., CPESC, CISEC, brings to Forester University over 30 years of experience in the sediment and erosion control field. Founding HydroDynamics Incorporated in 1982.

 

Melanie Goetz

President, Hughes & Stuart

Melanie Goetz brings over three decades of public communications experience to Forester University. As a speaker, consultant, and author who specializes in helping utilities effectively convey the value of water and energy to the public.

 

David Hein

Principal Pavement Engineer, Vice President of Transportation, Applied Research Associates (ARA) Chair

David Hein is a principal pavement engineer and vice president of transportation with Applied Research Associates (ARA), a science and engineering firm specializing in practical solutions to everyday problems, and is responsible for the operation of six ARA office locations in North America.

 

Jared Higgins

Mechanical Engineering Corporate Associate and Team Leader, Parkhill, Smith, & Cooper, Inc.

Jared Higgins, PE, CEM, CPMP, GGP brings over eleven years of experience to Forester University. Higgins is a Corporate Associate and Team Leader for Mechanical Engineering with Parkhill, Smith, & Cooper, Inc.

 

Dr. Stephanie Moret

Ph.D., LEG, PG

Dr. Moret is a natural resources scientist, educator, and coalition-builder with over 17 years of experience leading governments, planners, institutions, land owners, non-profits, and project teams towards increased sustainability. 

 

Jill Pack

Erosion Control Product Manager,
North American Green

Jill Pack, CPESC has been actively involved in the development and design of erosion and sediment control products and systems, specification development, marketing, and technical training on erosion and sediment control products.

 

Andy Reese

Vice-President, AMEC Foster Wheeler

Andy Reese brings over 35 years of experience in a wide variety of stormwater management, water resources, hydraulic and hydrologic engineering research, and management roles to Forester University.

 

Scott Vollmer

Commercial Segmental Retaining Wall Market Manager, Belgard Hardscapes

Scott Vollmer brings more than 30 years of experience in the segmental retaining wall (SRW) industry to Forester University and Belgard® Hardscapes. As the Commercial Segmental Retaining Wall Market Manager for Belgard® Hardscapes, Vollmer provides education training to landscape architects, engineers, and contractors.

 

Gabriel Weaver

Erosion Control Product Manager, Tensar North American Green

Gabe Weaver, P.E.’s main role as the Business Development Leader is to develop and implement various business strategies and tactics that deliver growth in revenue and profitability.

 

Tina R. Evans

Project Engineer, HydroDynamics Incorporated

As a Professional Engineer (PE) and Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC), Evans brings 14 years of experience working as a consultant and speaker for HydroDynamics Incorporated (founded by Jerald S. Fifield, Ph.D., PH, CPESC, CISEC) to Forester University.

 

Jennifer Hildebrand

Environmental Compliance Group Manager, WSB & Associates, Inc.

Jennifer Hildebrand, MBA, CPESC, CPSWQ, brings over two decades of experience in the construction, stormwater, and erosion industries to Forester University. Hildebrand specializes in environmental compliance and site plan strategies, inspection programs, and program design for the private sector.

 

Henrietta Locklear

MPA Senior Manager Raftelis Financial Consultants Inc.

Henrietta Locklear brings 11 years of experience in local government finance and stormwater management to Forester University. Locklear specializes in working with local government staff, stakeholders, and elected officials to identify solutions and implement programs to meet environmental and public health challenges. Locklear is experienced in governmental financial analysis and planning, particularly in stormwater utility implementation and rate studies.

 

Kevin Marsh

Founder and CEO OptiRTC

Kevin Marsh brings over 25 years of sales leadership in the water and wastewater industry to Forester University. As the son of the founder of Marsh-McBimey, Inc., Marsh grew up in the water / wastewater business, eventually joining his father and sister there for 16 years before it was acquired by the Hach Company. Over the course of his career, Marsh has always brought products and services to the water industry that, "solve old problems with new ideas". Opti is the next new idea. Marsh holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Delaware.

 

Marcus Quigley

Founder and CEO OptiRTC

Marcus Quigley brings more than 20 years of experience in solving complex engineering problems as well as leading and managing major projects and running organizations to Forester University. Before founding and leading Opti, Quigley was a Principal at Geosyntec Consultants and past member of the Board of Directors. As a national technical leader, Quigley has extensive experience in passive and active stormwater and green infrastructure design and construction, research and development, modeling, data analysis, integration of information technologies, and environmental field data acquisition.

 

Laddie Fromelius

Director
Oldcastle Stormwater Solutions

Laddie Fromelius brings over 12 years to Forester University working with current Stormwater regulations and concerns as well as introducing a variety of new and innovative stormwater treatment products and technologies to civil engineering firms and local regulatory agencies throughout the U.S. Laddie Fromelius is the Director for the Stormwater division of Oldcastle Precast, one of the nation's largest building material companies where he is responsible for promoting their lines of stormwater treatment and storage systems.

 

Douglas Beyerlein

P.E., P.H., D.WRE
Co-Founder, Clear Creek Solutions

Douglas Beyerlein (pronounced BY-er-LINE), P.E., P.H., D.WRE brings to Forester University over 30 years of experience in water resources planning, flood studies, and stormwater management. As co-founder of Clear Creek Solutions (www.clearcreeksolutions.com/), Beyerlein has led the engineering community in the development of new, more accurate tools to analyze the hydrologic impacts of human activities on rivers, streams, and fish habitat. Beyerlein is licensed as a Registered Professional Engineer in Washington and California, and is certified as a Professional Hydrologist by the American Institute of Hydrology. Beyerlein is also a member of the American Water Resources Association and the American Geophysical Union, and has also been awarded the title Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer, by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.

 

Marc S. Theisen

M.Sc., CPESC, CPSWQ, CESSWI
Vice President of Business Development & Technical Services Profile Products, LLC

Marc S. Theisen brings over 25 years of experience in erosion and sediment control to Forester University. As the Vice President of Business Development and Technical Services for Profile Products LLC, Theisen manages the development, sales, and marketing of a comprehensive line of erosion control, sediment control, and storm water treatment devices.

 

Bob Laabs

Regional Sales Manager
Verizon Networkfleet

Bob Laabs brings over twenty years of experience in wireless and telecommunications technology to Forester University, most recently specializing in AVL / remote vehicle diagnostics and integrated GPS tracking and diagnostic monitoring systems for wireless vehicle and fleet management. Laabs is the Regional Sales Manager for the West Region of Verizon Networkfleet where he is responsible for government and public sales for 15 states, and is an active speaker and trainer. Laabs holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Montana.

 

Kevin Binnie

Director of Product Management, CopperTree Analytics Delta / CopperTree

Kevin Binnie brings over 20 years of experience in product management, M&A, and new market development to Forester University. He is the Director of Product Management at CopperTree Analytics where he develops and delivers energy management software solutions for companies seeking to create operational efficiencies, reduce building and portfolio energy consumption, and enhance their bottom line.

 

Julian Webb

Product Manager
Weil-McLain

Julian Webb brings over 15 years of industry experience working in residential, high efficiency boilers to Forester University. Webb has been with Weil-McLain since 2013. Previously, he was an Applications Engineer at Dana Corporation, Global Product Manager at SKF (Svenska Kullagerbariken AB) and Liaison Engineer at the Boeing Company. Webb has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University and an MBA with a focus in Marketing from Keller Graduate School of Management.

 

Michael Sabinash

Director of Sales – Small Building Systems, Schneider (Viconics)

Michael Sabinash brings over 23 years of experience in HVAC and building controls to Forester University. Sabinash has been a consulting engineer, sales engineer, OEM national account executive, and director of business development. Currently, he leads the North American small building systems business development team for Schneider Electric’s Building’s Business. He is responsible for supporting and demand creation activities for strategic (OEM) customers, Schneider Electric partners, and national multi-site enterprise accounts.

 

John Lee

Marketing Manager, Intermatic

John Lee brings over 15 years of experience with leading electronics industry brands to Forester University. Lee provides visionary leadership as a marketing manager at Intermatic, Incorporated. He brings a wealth of expertise in the product development road-mapping of energy-saving electronic controls and energy management strategies.

 

Kevin Callahan

Product Owner and Evangelist, Alerton

Kevin Callahan brings over 39 years of experience in the building-control technologies field, including control systems design and commissioning, facilities management, and user training to Forester University. Callahan is a product owner and evangelist for Alerton, Lynnwood, WA, a Honeywell business specializing in building automation systems.

 

Michael D. Robeson

Ph.D., PE, CPESC, CPSWQ,
Technical Development Manager,
Profile Products LLC

Michael Robeson brings over 15 years of experience in hydraulics, erosion and sediment control, and stormwater management to Forester University. As Technical Development Manager for Profile Products LLC, Robeson oversees the technical development of Profile’s comprehensive line of erosion control, sediment control, turf reinforcement, and stormwater treatment devices.

 

Jason Whipple

Senior Controls Manager Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division

Jason Whipple brings over 10 years of experience working with major brands of building management systems to Forester University. Whipple is Mitsubishi Electric's senior controls manager. In this role, he is responsible for managing the engineered solutions team and assisting with control application support.

 

C.J. Colavito, REP

Director of Engineering
Standard Solar, Inc.

C.J. Colavito brings more than six years of solar engineering and technical knowledge to Forester University. Colavito is the Director of Engineering at Standard Solar, Inc. where he is responsible for oversight of the engineering and technical department. Colavito and his engineering team have produced more than 50 MW of PV system designs dispersed over more than 130 sites in 10 states, ranging from 5 kW to 5 MW. Colavito was responsible for establishing SSI's commercial engineering and design department in 2009. Colavito has developed and trained more than a dozen engineers in design and integration of solar PV systems. Before coming to SSI, he served as a volunteer in Nicaragua where he worked to usefully apply solar technologies in rural areas.

 

Erica Mahgerefteh

Strategic Director
S. Groner Associates

Erica Mahgerefteh is a Strategic Director at S. Groner Associates, a communications and outreach firm specializing in environmental issues. Focusing on strategic planning, Mahgerefteh has planned and managed campaigns for dozens of municipalities throughout California, and most recently completed a five-year outreach plan to address water quality protection in California’s Orange County.

 

Troy Aichele

LEED AP (O+M)
President
Aichele and Associates, LLC

Troy Aichele, LEED AP (O+M), MCA of Western Washington’s 2010 Instructor of the Year, brings 20 years of plumbing contracting, construction management experience, and water conservation experience to Forester University.

In addition to being a LEED Accredited Professional (O+M) as well as an accredited GreenPlumbersUSA Trainer, Troy has a B.S. degree in Construction Management from the University of Washington, an A.A.S. degree in HVAC and Refrigeration Design, and has worked in every facet as a Plumbing Contractor in the Pacific Northwest over the last 20 years specializing in healthcare and water conservation. Troy became involved with the mechanical contracting industry while obtaining his Construction Management Degree from the University of Washington and working at the W.A. Botting Company.

 

Paul W. Lander

PhD, ASLA, LEED A.P.
Consultant, Dakota Ridge Partners
Lecturer, University of Colorado

Dr. Paul W. Lander, ASLA, LEED A.P. from dakota ridge partners brings 28 years of experience in the fields of water, energy and land conservation to Forester University. For 16 years during this tenure, Dr. Launder led the City of Boulder’s Waste Conservation Office, directing the city’s award-winning program for a community of over 100,000 people.

Dr. Lander teaches courses in WEDTern Water and Landscape Sustainability at CU-Boulder and Denver. He is Chair of the American Society of Landscape Architects Water Conservation Professional Network, the Alliance for Water Efficiency Outreach and Education Committee, and the AWWA WaterWiser Committee, as well as on the advisory board of the Lane Community College, Oregon Water Conservation Technician Program. In addition, Dr. Lander is consults independently through his firm dakota ridge partners, including his current work as an analyst with the Sustainable Collaborations Group.

 

Stacie Greco

M.S., Water Conservation Coordinator,
Alachua County Environmental Protection Department

Stacie received a B.S. in the Environmental Sciences from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC prior to obtaining her M.S. in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida. Stacie has been with the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department for nine years and is currently serving as the County’s Water Conservation Coordinator. In 2010 she received a graduate certificate in Social Marketing at the University of South Florida to assist with her public education responsibilities.

 

Lois Ann Sorensen

MBA, Demand Management Program Manager,
Southwest Florida Water Management District

Lois Ann Sorensen brings over 23 years of active involvement in the field of water to Forester University. Sorensen is currently Vice Chair of the Florida Section / American Water Works Association’s Water Use Efficiency Division and a Demand Management Program Manager for the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Sorensen’s experience and expertise includes: drought response (supply-side and demand-side strategies), utility water conservation planning and project management (master plan development, telemetry and other technology implementation, water rate studies, customer education, water-efficient landscape practices, regulation development/update and conservation research). Sorensen has a B.S. in Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.

 

David T. Williams

Ph.D., P.E., PH, CFM, CPESC, D.WRE,
President, DTW and Associates

Dr. David T. Williams, a registered Professional Civil Engineer in eight states, brings a variety of experience to Forester University, including: National Technical Director for Water Resources for PBS&J, co-founder and President of WEST Consultants (a nationally recognized water resources engineering firm), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and adjunct professor at San Diego State University. Dr. Williams’ professional experience includes more than eighteen years as a hydraulic engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Waterways Experiment Station (WES) in Vicksburg, MS, both the Nashville and Baltimore Districts, and the Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) in Davis, CA. While at WES, Dr. Williams worked on research applications of sediment transport in rivers and reservoirs and the solution of unusual hydraulic and sediment related problems using computer models and other state-of-the-art techniques. During the mid-1970's, Dr. Williams worked at HEC, helping in the development of spatial data management techniques, evaluation of the economic benefits of flood control projects, and sedimentation in rivers and reservoirs.

 

John Trotti

John Trotti is the group editor for Forester Media.

 

Janice Kaspersen

Janice Kaspersen is the editor of Erosion Control and Stormwater magazines. She works with experts throughout the erosion and sediment control industry and the stormwater industry to produce articles relevant to professionals working in both of these fields. Topics covered regularly in the magazines include best management practices for erosion control and stormwater management; green infrastructure, such as bioswales, rain gardens, pervious pavement, and rainwater harvesting systems, as a supplement to traditional “gray” infrastructure; stormwater management and erosion and sediment control techniques for construction sites; urban retrofit and redevelopment; and the many evolving Clean Water Act regulations.

 

Mike L. Peters

CPESC, QSD,
Owner, Independent Assurance Enterprises

Mike L. Peters brings over 37 years of experience in the Construction industry and 16 years of experience implementing Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Best Management Practices to Forester University.

 

Andrew J. Erickson

Ph.D., P.E., Research Fellow
St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, University of Minnesota

Andrew J. Erickson received his B.S. from Michigan Technological University and his M.S. from the University of Minnesota, both in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in water resources.

 

Bob Beyer

Principal
Jeneer Group

Bob Beyer brings 30+ years of experience in landfill and remediation industry to Forester University. Beyers' experience includes both the United States and international markets. Beyers has been involved with new product development, manufacturing, engineering, and sales over the length of his career.

 

Steve Jenkins

Director
Local Transportation Assistance Program (LTAP) – Montana

Steve Jenkins, P.E., brings twenty-five years of experience teaching gravel roads coursework to Forester University. Jenkins received his Master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering at Utah State University in 1985. As an employee at the Utah Department of Transportation, Jenkins worked in roadway design, transportation planning, materials, research, and hydraulics. For the past twenty-five years, Jenkins has taught gravel roads coursework in ten western states, and has been involved with local and tribal governments. Jenkins also participated in two research projects on gravel roads stabilization.

 

Ken Skorseth

Director
Local Transportation Assistance Program (LTAP) – South Dakota

If you want the dirt on all things gravel roads, look no further than Ken Skorseth. Skorseth has spent over 40 years studying unpaved roads all throughout the United States and as far away as New Zealand. Skorseth’s experience includes work in the highway and heavy construction industries, management of a county highway department, and for the last 22 years Ken as the Field Service Manager / Program Manager of the South Dakota Local Transportation Assistance Program at South Dakota State University.

 

John McCullah

Watershed Geologist, CPESC #311
President, Salix Applied Earthcare(LTAP) – South Dakota

John McCullah brings over 21 years of experience training others in erosion and sediment control, watershed restoration, stream restoration, and biotechnical erosion control (Bioengineering) to Forester University. McCullah has been a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC #311) since 1986, has a BS in Watershed Geology from Humboldt State University, and is a California Contractor.

 

Mikael Reckley

Field Marketing Manager
Procore Technologies, Inc.

Mikael Reckley brings 13 years of experience in construction to Forester University. Reckley graduated from the United States Military Academy and served as an officer in the Army from 1996 to 2001.

 

Roger C. Sutherland

AMEC Environment & infrastructure

Roger Sutherland is a principal water resources engineer who brings over 40 years of professional engineering experience in watershed/stormwater management planning, urban hydrology, stormwater pollutant load estimation, and BMP modeling and design to Forester University.

 

Stephanie Moret

Ph.D., LEG, PG

Dr. Moret is a natural resources scientist, educator, and coalition-builder with over 17 years of experience leading governments, planners, institutions, land owners, non-profits, and project teams towards increased sustainability. A former university professor, she has worked extensively in risk assessment and decision-making in complex systems.

 

Alexander Marks

 

Alexander Marks has taught at numerous national conferences including ASCE, StormCon, and the Landscape Contractors Association. Alex directs field education & training for stormwater professionals and has written and managed storm water plans as part of NPDES permit requirements as well as providing site design for both stormwater management and restoration work.

 

Steven I. Apfelbaum

Principal Ecologist, Chairman
Applied Ecological Services AMEC Foster Wheeler

Steven I. Apfelbaum brings his experience having conducted ecological research, designed award-winning projects, successfully navigated regulatory programs, and contributed his unique creative scientific expertise and enthusiasm to over 7,000 projects throughout North America and beyond to Forester University. Apfelbaum is one of the leading ecological consultants in the U.S., providing technical restoration advice and win-win solutions where ecological and land-development conflicts arise.

 

Marc L. Byers

Owner & President
Byers Scientific & Manufacturing

Marc L Byers is the owner and president of Byers Scientific & Manufacturing. Previously Mr. Byers was an independent financial consultant and former vice president and senior relationship manager at the Wilmington Trust Company. Prior to joining Wilmington Trust in 2002, he worked in New York for the Swiss investment bank UBS Warburg. Mark’s international experience includes five years in Moscow, Russia as a business development director for a Moscow-based joint venture.

 

Stan Walerczyk

Co-Chair, Human Centric Lighting Society
Principal, Lighting Wizards

Stan Walerczyk brings 27 years lighting experience includes distribution, maintenance, retrofit contracting, 3rd party review, consulting, design, luminaire design, policy making and research to Forester University. Currently, Walerczyk is the co-chair of the Human Centric Lighting Society (HCLS) and the Principal of Lighting Wizards, an energy efficient consulting firm.

 

Terrence J. Toy

Ph.D., CPESC
Consultant; Professor Emeritus,
University of Denver

Terrence J. Toy, Ph.D., CPESC is a retired professor of geomorphology from the University of Denver. Toy was the principal investigator on numerous research grants concerning disturbed lands. Toy is co-author of two books, Geomorphology and Reclamation of Disturbed Lands and Soil Erosion Processes, Prediction, Measurement and Control, as well as author or co-author of several book chapters, and more than 40 professional articles pertaining to erosion, erosion-control, and land reclamation.

 

David T. Lightle

CPESC
Erosion Model Consultant

David Lightle brings 48 years of experience to Forester University. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1967 and serving in the US Army infantry in Vietnam, Dave joined the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (Formerly the Soil Conservation Service) in 1966, holding various county state and regional positions as a Soil Conservationist and Agronomist over his career.

 

Lance Roberts

Vice President of Sales
ABUTEC LLC

Lance Roberts brings 10 years of experience within the Energy market to Forester University. As a seasoned sales professional with ABUTEC (an international manufacturer of environmentally friendly combustion solutions for the oil and gas industry), Roberts works with his clients to provide high-efficiency, low-emission burners and flares to ensure compliance with EPA Quad O regulations.

 

Kyle Snyder

Vice President, Business Development
Venture Engineering

Kyle Snyder brings 20 years of experience as a business development leader in the energy, high-tech, consumer products, and pharmaceutical industries to Forester University.

 

William Slatosky

Chief Technical Officer
Venture Engineering

With two U.S. patents and several awards into his career, Bill Slatosky brings 35 years of experience leading products and teams in the Energy and Engineering fields to Forester University.

 

Matthew Welch

CESSWI
Technical Manager
Profile Products, LLC

Welch holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Conservation and Environmental Sciences from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, with an emphasis on land resources and soil science. During and after college, Welch worked at an engineering and consulting firm out of Green Bay, WI.

 

Charlie Landherr

Regional Manager, Commercial
Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating Division

Charlie Landherr is Mitsubishi Electric's regional manager, commercial. In this role he covers Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona and southern Nevada. Landherr is a member of ASHRAE and has worked with Mitsubishi Electric products for over nine years.

 

David Totman

President, Clear Water Products & Services, Inc

David Totman brings over 25 years of GIS experience in business process optimization, project analytics, and infrastructure management to Forester University. Totman is the Industry Manager of the Esri Global Water Practice providing thought leadership and market direction.

 

Ryan Hunsicker

President, Clear Water Products & Services, Inc

Ryan Hunsicker brings over 16 years of experience in a wide variety of Flood Control, Water Resources, transportation, Land Surveying, Land Development, GIS and management roles for the County of San Bernardino to Forester University. Hunsicker manages the County Department of Public Works GIS staff and the department policy for GIS applications and procedures. Hunsicker received his professional land surveying license in 2007 and has been certified by the GIS Certification Institute as a GIS professional. Hunsicker is a recognized leader in the development of GIS programs, Local land development processes for local government including the management and development of multiple county wide GIS infrastructure and data management projects.

 

Kevin Miskewicz

Senior Manager, Commercial Marketing
Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc., Cooling & Heating Division

Kevin Miskewicz is Mitsubishi Electric's senior manager for the division's commercial product line, and leads the marketing strategies, programs, and initiatives for the division's commercial product line. Miskewicz is a certified LEED® Green Associate and has several years of product marketing experience.

 

Aaron Weier

GIS Director
Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC

Weier's experience includes geospatial data development and management, GIS application development and support for desktop and web deliverables, 3D mapping, spatial analysis, and GIS training. Weier has applied his GIS knowledge in the areas of land records, land use planning, natural resources, public health, and currently in the solid waste industry.

 

Chuck R. Taylor

National Contractor Specialist
Oldcastle Architectural

Charles "Chuck" Taylor brings 35 years of experience as a design/build firm for segmental paver systems to Forester University. Taylor is the National Hardscapes Advisor for Oldcastle Building Products and Belgard Commercial, and for the past 15 years has been a consultant to engineers, municipalities and stormwater designers for segmental construction of permeable pavement systems. Taylor is a speaker and trainer/ instructor to the stormwater and segmental pavement industry for use of permeable pavement systems and LID as post-structural BMPs, as well as other sustainable pavement systems. Taylor has spoken to the 8th and 9th International Block conference, ASLA and ASCE groups and other National groups regarding the design and development of segmental pavement systems for use as an ecological tool to preserve and protect the environment.

 

Morrice Blackwell

New Product Sales and Market Development Manager
Badger Meter

Morrice Blackwell brings 22 years of experience in the water industry to Forester University. Since 1994, Morrice Blackwell has served Badger Meter in a variety of positions including senior manufacturing engineer, production manager, customer solutions manager, application engineering/training manager, marketing manager, and manager of utility product marketing. In his current role as New Product Sales and Market Development Manager, Blackwell leads the company's initiatives in new product sales into the water and gas utility markets. Blackwell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University and a master's degree in engineering management with a focus of marketing and operations from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

 

Jason Wilson

Engineering Manager
Salisbury-Rowan Utilities, NC

A graduate of North Carolina State University, Jason Wilson worked in state government as a waste management research engineer and then with a private consultant engineering firm prior to joining Salisbury-Rowan Utilities in 2008. As the engineering manager, Wilson oversees the utilities' efforts to implement a system-wide AMI solution, in addition to coordinating efforts in the areas of water loss control, inflow & infiltration management and capital improvement projects. Wilson is a licensed professional engineer in the state of North Carolina.

 

James Swirsky

Videographer

James Swirsky has been professionally producing film and video projects for the past ten years. After earning a degree in Film Studies along with a Bachelors of Commerce from the University of Manitoba (2000), James proceeded to study Cinematography from the Vancouver Film School. In 2005, James graduated from the I.H. Asper School of Business in the University of Manitoba with a Masters of Business Graduate Degree.

 

Rebecca Kauten

MPP, CISEC

Rebecca Kauten, MPP, CISEC has served in various regional, statewide and local capacities as coordinator, project manager, and principal investigator for erosion and sediment control, Stormwater management, and surface water quality monitoring projects for more than a decade. She holds a masters of public policy degree, with a research emphasis on land use policy. As part of her research, Rebecca also heps facilitate planning processes related to Stormwater management for non-municipal MS4 permit holders.

 

Rodney W. Tyler

 

Rodney W. Tyler is a certified professional agronomist and CEO of Filtrexx, Inc. He has authored scores of technical articles and instructed at dozens of soil and compost industry-related events over the past 20 years.

 

Dr. Britt Faucette

Ph.D., CPESC, LEED AP
Director of Research and Design Services, Filtrexx International

Dr. Britt Faucette, Ecosystem Scientist, Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC), and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP).

 

H. Lanier Hickman Jr.

 

Lanny Hickman helped define the solid waste industry for nearly four decades and provides invaluable insights into virtually every aspect of integrated solid waste management.

 

Robert Pitt

 

Robert Pitt is from the University of Alabama.

 

Shirley E. Clark

 

Shirley E. Clark is from Penn State University at Harrisburg.

 

Donald Lake

 

Donald Lake is an Erosion and Control Specialist.

 
 

Gene L. Rovak

P.E., CFM, F.ASCE
Senior Project Manager
Horner & Shifrin, Inc.

Gene Rovak brings over 40 years of experience with hydraulic and hydrologic analyses to Forester University ranging from regional master planning to individual site drainage projects. Rovak performs watershed analyses, master planning studies, drainage design and construction documents for infrastructure systems, working with many hydraulic and hydrologic computer models for steady, unsteady, and network flow simulations. Rovak developed original computer models for analysis of multi-basin two-way unsteady flows prior to their availability from commercial vendors or public agencies, and utilizes computer modeling to determine behavior of Post Construction Best Management Practices.

 

Anne Hampson

Senior Manager
ICF International 

Anne Hampson brings over twelve years of experience in market and policy analysis in the areas of distributed generation, and combined heat and power (CHP) to Forester University. As a Senior Manager at ICF International, Hampson leads the CHP group in the Energy Environment & Transportation practices, as well as ICF’s activities for the Federal Government supporting the Dept. of Energy and EPA in their CHP market analysis, technical support, and outreach activities.

 

Brian McLane

Project Manager
City of Cambridge 

McLane was the lead author of the Erosion and Sediment Control Inspection chapters for the Stormwater Guidance Manual for the City of Cambridge. He has given numerous presentations to local authorities and engineers in Boston and Cambridge regarding fundamental concepts of erosion and sediment control and how to implement proper procedures and current regulations.

 

Jami Fitch

Stormwater Outreach Manager
Cumberland Country Soil & Water Conservation District 

Jami Fitch is the Stormwater Outreach Manager at Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District in Windham, Maine. Since 2008, Jami has been responsible for designing and implementing outreach programs to meet MS4 permit requirements on behalf of 14 municipalities in Greater Portland. She also develops materials and provides outreach planning to the Think Blue Maine Partnership, a coalition of traditional and non-traditional MS4s, state agencies, and organizations who coordinate statewide stormwater awareness campaigns.

 

Paul Crabtree

P.E., CNU-A
President
Crabtree Group Inc. 

Paul Crabtree, P.E., CNU-A brings 34 years of design and engineering experience to Forester University. Crabtree is a Civil Engineer who has focused his work on the integration of intelligent urban infrastructure with New Urbanism and Smart Growth Planning. Crabtree is the founder and president of the Crabtree Group, Inc., a multi-disciplinary new Urbanist civil engineering firm with extensive experience in green infrastructure, innovative stormwater management, and watershed management. Crabtree is a faculty instructor for the Form Based Codes Institute, and a leader in the Congress for New Urbanism Rainwater Initiative, as well as an author and lecturer on sustainable infrastructure, from water to transportation. Paul is a founding member of the Transect Codes Council, and a contributing author of Sustainable and Resilient Cities (Wiley, 2011).

 

Tatiana Borisova

Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Water Economics and Policy,
Food and Resource Economics Department,
University of Florida 

Dr. Tatiana Borisova is an assistant professor and an extension specialist in Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida. Borisova received her PhD degree in Agricultural and Environmental economics from the Pennsylvania State University (2003), and Master degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University (1999). Borisova’s areas of research include residential water demand management, costs and benefits of pollution abatement programs, precision agriculture, participatory natural resource management, public attitudes and perceptions about water issues, and effectiveness of public outreach programs.

 

John Marshall

President
Results Driven

John Marshall brings over 10 years of experience guiding clients to achieve greater growth, revenue, and success for themselves and their businesses to Forester University.

 

Judd Goodman

P.E.
Senior Water Resources Engineer
Geosyntec Consultants

Judd Goodman brings over ten years of experience in planning, design, and adaptive management of surface and potable water systems as a Water Resources Engineer to Forester University. Goodman's professional passion lies in providing flood and erosion protection for the public while preserving natural riparian and earth processes. With Geosyntec Consultants, his most significant technical contributions have been made through solving surface water problems, which require both an engineering and geomorphic perspective.

 

Alan Housley

Vice President of Marketing
Creative Microsystems Inc.,
LoadMan On-Board Truck Scales

With a high technology background in Fortune 100 companies and venture backed startups, Alan has gained extensive experience in business/operations management, strategic planning, and rapid business growth. Twenty combined years at Hewlett Packard and Eastman Kodak provided Alan with world class business skills—especially in the area of product marketing & management, go-to-market execution and strategic planning—while delivering outstanding business results. In the last decade, Alan has focused his skills on starting and growing smaller, high technology and e-commerce businesses—leading marketing, sales, product management/marketing, product development and operations.

 

Shahram (Shane) Missaghi

Assistant Extension Professor,
Water Resources
University of Minnesota

Shahram Missaghi comes to Forester University from the University of Minnesota, Water Resources Sciences bringing experience devoloping research-based stormwater education and training to promote innovative practices that reduce the environmental impacts of excessive stormwater runoff. Missaghi’s recent trainings (found at www.extension.umn.edu/stormwater/) focus on delivering stormwater BMP maintenance issues. Missaghi is currently also conducting research in ecological modeling and climate change impact on stormwater BMP implementations, and is a current PhD candidate in Water Resources Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

 

Bryan A. Chappell

Water Quality Supervisor
Pierce County Public Works Department,
Road Operations Division

Bryan Chappell brings 19 years of experience to Forester University, and is currently a Water Quality Supervisor with Pierce County Public Works and Utilities in the Road Operations Division, specializing in storm drainage management, and its maintenance. Graduating from ITT with an AAS in Computer Aided Drafting and Design in 1995, Mr. Chappell has worked as a Senior Drafter, CADD Manager, and Engineer Technician in the County’s Transportation Planning and Programming Division before accepting his current position at Road Operations. Now with 16 years of experience, Mr. Chappell is leading the development, deployment and operation of the County’s Asset Management Inspection Program, for the Road Operations Division. The Road Operations Division is responsible for maintaining all storm drain features within the County’s right of way and to assure this work is compliant with the requirements set by their NPDES, Phase one permit.

 

Armand E. Lembo, Jr.

CFM, CPESC, D.WRE
President
Lemcor, Inc.

Armand E. Lembo, Jr. is president of Lemcor, Inc., a solid waste transfer station and materials recovery facility in Newark, New Jersey. Mr. Lembo and his family reside at the jersey shore. Lembo was evacuated twice under emergent conditions during and after Hurricane Sandy and his facility played a large part in the cleanup of the State. Post Hurricane Sandy Lemcor's capacity tripled and Lembo ran his business while his own family was displaced. Lembo also serves as Chairman of the New Jersey chapter of the National Solid Waste Management Association and is an active member of its legislative steering committee. He also has advised, authored, and co-authored state and federal testimony of elected officials and corporate leaders on the subject of waste industry issues. Mr. Lembo is an active community leader, and has been a consistent fundraiser for dozens of charities in New Jersey and New York. He currently serves on the Chairman's Council for Gift of Life International, and is a former executive board member for the Monmouth Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

 

Tamara Lee Pinard

Stormwater Program Manager
Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District (CCSWCD)

Tamara Lee Pinard brings 17 years of professional experience with watershed management, stormwater education, and collaborative decision making to Forester University. As the Stormwater Program Manager at the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District (CCSWCD), Pinard serves as the Executive Director of the Long Creek Watershed Management District, a unique collaboration of public and private entities including small and large businesses, government agencies, and environmental nonprofits. Pinard’s role as Executive Director is to oversee the implementation of the Long Creek Watershed Management Plan. Pinard also serves as the facilitator of the Interlocal Stormwater Working Group, which is comprised of 14 municipalities that work cooperatively to meet NPDES stormwater requirements.

 

Barbara Huberty

Regulatory and Environmental Affairs
Rochester Public Works Department

Barbara Huberty brings 30 years of experience working as a researcher, classroom educator, naturalist, regulatory compliance specialist, and program and project manager to Forester University. As the Environmental and Regulatory Affairs Coordinator for the City of Rochester's Public Works Department since 2001, Huberty is responsible for administering the City's MS4 permit (among other regulatory duties). In that capacity, she was directly responsible for writing the City's Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program and developing its education and outreach program. Huberty has a B.S. in Biology and Secondary Science Education.

 

Nellie J. Brown

MS, CIH
Director of Workplace Health and Safety Programs Cornell University,
School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Nellie Brown is the Director of Workplace Health and Safety Programs for the Worker Institute at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. A Certified Industrial Hygienist, Diplomate of the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, biologist and chemist, Brown provides on-site training and technical assistance services in a wide range of occupational safety and health matters including workplace exposure to chemicals, biological agents, ergonomics, confined space entry, occupational stress, shift-work and long hours of work, crisis and violence prevention, hazard analysis techniques, training techniques, and indoor air quality for employers, labor unions, and the public. Brown is the author of numerous occupational health hazard manuals, including health and safety sections of on-farm digester start-up and process manuals. Brown serves on a Cornell Project Work Team for Managing Organic Residuals (formerly Composting and Land Application of Sewage Sludge). One of Brown’s recent projects involves process failure analysis and hazard assessment of anaerobic digesters used for processing manure and generating electricity on dairy farms. For the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), Brown served on the Technical Committee which developed ANSI/ASABE Standard S607, a standard on manure pit ventilation for farms.

 

Prentiss A. Shaw

Client Manager
Cornerstone Environmental Group LLC

Prentiss Shaw brings more than 20 years of experience in the solid waste industry to Forester University. With degrees in both engineering and business, Shaw brings distinctive skills and a unique perspective to the projects and initiatives she manages. Shaw’s project experience ranges from solid waste planning, landfill and facility design, to operations assistance, economic analysis, and site construction. Most recently, Shaw has developed a keen interest in organics conversion technologies and is currently leading a team tracking developments within the organics market, focusing on regulatory updates, new projects, funding opportunities and available technologies around the United States.

 

Chris Voell

Eastern Sales Manager
BioCNG / Cornerstone Environmental Group LLC

Chris brings more than 25 years of experience both in the US and abroad in advancing biogas use, renewable energy, and sound waste practices to Forester University. In his current role, Voell is leading efforts to convert biogas from digesters and landfills into CNG for vehicle fuel. Voell spent 10 years in the EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach and AgSTAR programs, where he acted as a catalyst for the capture and use of biogas both domestically, and internationally through the Global Methane Initiative. While with AgSTAR, Voell served as liaison to the Innovation Center for US Dairy, USDA, and other national organizations working to advance digester systems at US livestock operations. Prior to EPA, Voell was Director of Technical Services at the Solid Waste Association of North America where he worked for 13 years. Voell was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Biogas Council.

 

Ernest H. Ruckert

III, P.E.
Client Manager
Cornerstone Environmental Group LLC

Ernie Ruckert brings 35 years of experience in the solid waste industry to Forester University. Ruckert’s experience has afforded him a comprehensive view of the industry including transfer, recycling, and material processing viewpoints. Ruckert’s areas of expertise – developed through his work tenure at two professional engineering design firms and one construction company that all focus on the solid waste industry – include: concept plan development, permitting, construction document preparation, and construction administration. Ruckert has completed projects throughout the United States ranging in size from city building lots to multiple acre greenfield sites, and including facilities developed for the private sector and governmental agencies, and projects ranging from client facility technology retrofits to campuses for new waste collection fleets, maintenance, and transfer operations.

 

Daryl R. O’Dell

P.E., P.Eng.
Cornerstone Environmental Group LLC

Daryl O’Dell brings over 13 years of experience in the construction industry in solid waste engineering, permitting, and landfill design to Forester University. O’Dell is a licensed professional engineer in New York, New Jersey, and Alberta, Canada, and a member of the New Jersey Chapter of SWANA.

 

Kyle Nay

Client Manager Cornerstone Environmental Group LLC

Kyle Nay brings 20 years of experience as a consultant and regulator to Forester University, providing guidance, advice, and support to facilities regarding a wide range of environmental data. As a Client Manager at Cornerstone Environmental Group LLC, Nay is currently responsible for managing, coordinating, and advising clients regarding general topics such as, air permitting and compliance, landfill gas design, landfill gas collection system operation, and maintenance, as well as assisting them with overcoming issues and concerns well beyond the technical/environmental design and compliance. Nay is also actively involved with his clients’ planning and executing strategies to acquire necessary regulator/public concurrence/approval.

 

William G. Soukup

P.G.
Senior Hydrogeologist
Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC

Bill Soukup is a senior hydrogeologist at Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC in Middletown, New York, and brings 35 years of experience in the investigation and modeling of complex groundwater systems to Forester University. Soukup earned a BS degree in Geology from the State University of New York at Oneonta in 1976 and a MS degree in Geology from Ohio University in 1978. Soukup started his career as a “Chief Hydrogeologist” and groundwater modeler with the U. S. Geological Survey in Minnesota where he authored several multi-county groundwater resource investigation reports. For the past 30 years, Soukup has worked in the New York/New Jersey area, conducting and managing hydrogeologic investigations at numerous industrial sites.

 

Gary H. Hall

PE
President, Principal Engineer
GHH Engineering, Inc.

Gary Hall, PE brings 25 years of experience as the president of GHH Engineering Inc. focusing on civil engineering design, construction, and management of projects including environmental compliance; commercial, residential and multiple family buildings; water and wastewater collection, distribution and treatment systems; water and wastewater utilities; site improvement and development of parks; restoration of wetlands, and development of trails for equestrian center; drainage issues related to impacts on property including erosion, water intrusion and subsequent damages; air quality management; and soil and groundwater investigation and mitigation.

 

Kay Gilmer

Client Manager /
Air Compliance Technical Group Lead
Cornerstone Environmental Group LLC

Kay Gilmer brings over 20 years of environmental experience and 12 years of air quality permitting and compliance experience to Forester University. Gilmer joined the environmental consulting arena after 15 years with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) where she managed the OEPA Southeast District’s Division of Air Pollution Control unit. Since leaving the OEPA, Gilmer has provided senior level air quality permitting and regulatory consulting services to a variety of industrial clients. As project manager, Gilmer has assisted clients in identifying applicable requirements, developing compliance strategies, minimizing regulatory monitoring and reporting burdens, obtaining reasonable and workable air permits, and developing early project planning tools.

 

Gregory Davis

Chief Technology Officer,
Lumetric, Inc.

Gregory Davis, chief technology officer for Lumetric, Inc., is an executive senior level designer, inventor, and innovator with successful projects in every populated continent of the world. Davis has brought numerous products from the concept stage to production in the energy, motion control robotics, and nuclear power markets. For the last decade, Davis has mainly concentrated in industrial and commercial lighting solutions.

 

Fraser Allport

CEO
The Total Advisor, LLC

Known as "The Total Advisor™ " to his Clients nationwide, Fraser Allport specializes in Income Tax Reduction for Green Energy. He is also a specialist in Business and Succession Planning, and Asset Protection. Born in Connecticut in 1959, Fraser graduated in 1982 from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C., where he studied Business, Finance, History, and Economics.

 

Bill Lucas

Partner,
TerraSolve LLC

Bill Lucas brings 21 years of experience in stormwater management design experience for new construction and urban retrofits to Forester University. Lucas wrote Delaware’s Green Technology Manual, and is co-chair of the LID Computations and the CSO-LID Task Committees of the ASCE/EWRI. Lucas has developed state of the art watershed models in several states. Lucas’ rigorous approach to modeling bioretention systems was used to confirm the SWMM model developed for Philadelphia Green Infrastructure. Based on his doctoral research into nutrient retention in bioretention systems, Lucas developed an advanced bioretention system to optimize phosphorus and nitrogen removal from runoff. Originally described in a series of four published papers, this work was awarded two patents. Pilot and field scale systems are now under way in rigorous testing programs in six states and three nations.

 

Jeffrey Odefey

Director of Stormwater Programs,
American Rivers

Jeffrey Odefey is the Director of Stormwater Programs for American Rivers where he steers a multi-disciplinary effort to promote progressive regulation and management of urban runoff, particularly those involving Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development responses to stormwater pollution. Formerly, Odefey was a staff attorney for Waterkeeper Alliance and managed that organization’s campaigns to address the impacts of stormwater and industrial livestock production. Odefey also served as a staff attorney for Hudson Riverkeeper, where his work focused on the sustainable management of New York City's drinking water supply, the largest unfiltered public water supply in the nation. A native of Colorado, Odefey holds a bachelors degree in English and Art History from the University of Colorado, a masters degree from the University of Montana, and is a magna cum laude graduate of the Pace University School of Law. He currently lives in the Lower Hudson Valley.

 

Mark J. Torresani

P.E.
Senior Project Engineer
Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC.
Madison, Wisconsin

Senior Project Manager Mark J. Torresani, P.E. from Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC. brings to our Forester University faculty 24 years of experience as an engineer and manager on local, regional, national, and international projects dealing with biogas and waste materials. Currently, Mark heads up Cornerstone Environmental Group’s design team for developing biogas-to-vehicle fuel projects and technologies. On the forefront of biogas innovation, Mark’s professional experience includes developing and integrating the design, construction and operation of biogas systems with waste management systems into a comprehensive solution.

 

Michael S. Michels

P.E.
Vice President / Senior Client Manager
Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC

Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC. Vice President, Mike Michels, brings 30 years of experience as a solid waste consultant and a Landfill Gas Manager. Across his career, Mike has designed over 200 LFG collection or control systems, as well as helping start and/or operate over 75 LFG to energy projects.

 

Michael McMahon

Senior Hydro-meteorologist
HDR Engineering, Inc.

Michael McMahon brings over 27 years of experience applying science and technology solutions as meteorologist/atmospheric scientist. McMahon’s experience is focused in hydro-meteorological services, including climate change impact analysis and quantification, flood warning and response, short-term heavy precipitation forecasting, post-storm event analyses, and floodplain/design storm issues. McMahon has specific expertise in risk analysis as it pertains to meteorological phenomena including flooding and climate change.

 

Joseph Ofungwu

Ph.D., P.E.
Author & Visiting Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute

Joseph Ofungwu is an environmental professional bringing over eighteen years of diversified experience in the environmental and related water resources fields to Forester University. Ofungwu’s environmental experience includes contaminant impact assessments to evaluate potential adverse effects of proposed projects and identify mitigation measures; human health and ecological risk assessments to quantify contaminant exposure risks; risk-based analysis of alternative site cleanup standards appropriate for site-specific characteristics; subsurface soil, groundwater and vapor intrusion fate and transport modeling in connection with site remediation programs; and air dispersion modeling for evaluation of ambient air quality impacts attributable to construction and industrial activities. With graduate school background in urban hydrology, Ofungwu has also practiced in stormwater modeling and management related to flood hazard area permitting, flood control, and watershed pollution prevention measures.

 

Bradford Cooley

P.E.
Vice President – Civil Applications
Watershed Geo

Bradford Cooley is a civil engineer bringing 25 years of experience working with innovative solutions for multi-disciplinary projects within the heavy civil infrastructure space to Forester University.  This experience includes levees / embankments, hydraulic and storm water structures, erosion control and slope stabilization, low impact site development, and solid and hazardous waste containment.   Cooley has successfully worked with owners, municipalities, engineers, contractors and large, complex government agencies in the residential, commercial, industrial, federal, and environmental sectors. 

 

Mike Ayers

P.E.
CEO
Watershed Geo

Mike Ayers is a civil engineer bringing over 25 years of professional experience in the design and development of heavy civil engineering projects to Forester University. This experience includes executing all phases of land development, geotechnical evaluation, hydrology assessments, site selection, and managing the permitting process with state and federal agencies. Ayers has over 20 years of design experience using a variety of geosynthetics for stability, erosion control and containment.

 

Matthew M. Uliana

Ph.D., P.G.
Senior Hydrologist
TRC Environmental Corporation

Dr. Uliana brings over 20 years of experience in private consulting related to hydrogeology, water resources, and geochemistry and over six years of experience in university-level teaching and academic research to Forester University.

 

Matt George

Asset Management Specialist 4
Pierce County Public Works Department,
Road Operations Division

Matt George brings 20 years of experience working in Pierce County’s Information Technology Department’s GIS Division as a GIS Programmer/Engineer. George holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography with a focus in GIS from Western Washington University, and has his GIS Professional certification from the GIS Certification Institute.

 

Michael Johnson

Asset Management Specialist 3
Pierce County Public Works Department,
Road Operations Division

As an Asset Management Specialist 3 for Pierce County Road Operations Division, Mike Johnson manages the day-to-day operations of their drainage inspection teams.  Johnson helps in creating databases and maps used for the field collection and condition assessment of multiple drainage assets, including: NPDES catch basin inspection, bioswale inspections, water quality inspections, and appurtenance inspections.  In addition Johnson is also responsible for the collection of newly constructed assets inside the Pierce County right of way, as well as utilizing Trimble data collection technology collecting assets that are then integrated into the Pierce County enterprise GIS database system.

 

Neal Bolton

P.E., C.E.
President, Blue Ridge Services

Neal Bolton brings more than 37 years of experience in heavy construction and landfill and recycling operations to Forester University. Bolton’s background in heavy construction includes work in excavating, grading, paving, land-clearing, and underground projects where he worked as a laborer, equipment operator, foreman, superintendent, and estimator. As a field engineer and project manager for Oakland Scavenger Company and Waste Management Inc., Bolton worked on hundreds of varied waste projects for landfills, transfer stations and recycling facilities.

 

Gordon Keller

PE, GE
Geotechnical Engineer
Genesee Geotechnical

Gordon R. Keller is a licensed Civil and Geotechnical Engineer in California and brings 40 years of professional experience in low-volume roads, slope stability, retaining structures, drainage, materials source development, and bridges and dams to Forester University.  

 

Michael A. Perez

EI
Graduate Research Assistant
Dept. of Civil Engineering
Auburn University

Michael Perez brings his extensive ongoing research and field experience with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Forester University. Perez is a graduate student at Auburn University pursuing a Ph.D. in civil engineering. His primary research involves investigating and improving current ALDOT inlet protection standard practices and sediment basin erosion and sediment control practices using large-scale testing techniques.

 

Constance Hornig, Esq.

MSW Contracts Counsel, Law Offices

Constance Hornig, Esq., an attorney specializing in drafting and negotiating solid waste agreements, brings 30 years of experience in the solid waste industry to Forester University. Hornig is a recognized expert in all aspects of integrated waste management, including: collection, recycling, transfer, processing, disposal and incineration, and has provided legal counsel to over 50 cities, counties, special districts and state agencies in the area of solid waste management.

 

Walter R. Niessen

President
Niessen Consultants

Walter Niessen brings 50 years of experience in municipal, industrial, medical, biosolids, and hazardous wastes to Forester University. As a senior technical consultant and specialist in process analysis of waste management and associated air pollution systems, Niessen has managed all levels of project development for a wide range of projects from small, local communities to international assignments, including: problem definition; analysis of combustion and air pollution; energy recovery alternatives; environmental assessments; and procurement steps, designing, construction, start-up and acceptance testing and troubleshooting for operating systems. Additionally, Niessen brings specialist experience in preparing pre-feasibility studies, feasibility studies, conceptual studies, strategies of waste management for local and national governments and industries, waste management plans and presenting seminars on waste management and related technology.

 

Steven W. Polk, P.E., EMBA

Founding Principal
Stormwater STL LLC

Steven Polk brings more than 40 years of experience in zoning, site engineering, and permitting to Forester University. As the Founding Member of Stormwater STL LLC, Polk focuses on the implementation of the NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) Phase II regulations. In doing so, he has immersed himself in the design, construction, inspection, and maintenance of stormwater management facilities (i.e. BMPs) throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. His involvement with both routine post-construction inspections and BMP maintenance helps customers remain in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.

 

Jeffrey L. Bruce

Owner
Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company, LLC

Jeffrey Bruce, FASLA, brings more than 37 years of experience in engineered soils, green roof technologies, urban agronomy, green infrastructure, performance sports turf, water harvesting, and irrigation engineering to Forester University. Bruce is the owner of Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company (JBC) a national landscape architectural firm founded in 1986. JBC provides highly specialized technical support to many of the nation's leading Architectural and Landscape Architectural firms on a wide variety of project profiles.

 

Theodore A. Hartsig

Senior Soil Scientist / Natural Resources Restoration
Olsson Associates

Theodore Hartsig brings over 30 years of experience in natural resources management and restoration, including extensive experience in stormwater management and ecosystem restoration to Forester University. As a certified professional soil scientist, Hartsig has contributed to the development of soil and plant management strategies in both urban and rural landscape projects, including research and design of stormwater infiltration systems in BMPs, plant establishment and maintenance, and construction techniques to develop and maintain successful, sustainable soil profiles.

 

Antonia Graham

Energy and Sustainability Projects Manager
City of Huntington Beach

Antonia Graham, MPA brings over ten years of experience managing environmental programs for municipalities to Forester University. Graham recently launched Orange County’s first city-sponsored Green Business Certification program and has developed innovative recycling programs aimed at teaching businesses about achieving the Triple Bottom Line – People, Planet, Profit. In 2010, Graham has taught classes on Zero Waste and Sustainability at California State University Fullerton, Irvine Valley College, and University of California, Irvine, and she is currently a candidate for a M.A. in Sustainability Leadership at Arizona State University.

 

Eric Dubin

Senior Director, National Accounts and Utility Programs
Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating

Eric Dubin oversees the national strategic accounts project teams and account managers, including a team of utility program managers. Dubin’s responsibilities include: development and deployment of sales strategy, as well as deploying a comprehensive strategy to work with the nations electric utilities to create beneficial incentive programs. Dubin previously served as director of government and regulatory affairs at Climate Energy ECR International, as well as worked in multiple positions for large gas/electric utility National Grid in the Northeastern US.