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Mr. Benjamin Zamora
B.S., Entomology and Environmental Economics, University of California at Berkeley, 1997
International Society of Arboriculture - Certified Arborist and Tree Worker
CA Licensed Landscape Contractor
Mr. Ben Zamora graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 and is a licensed landscape contractor. Over the past 15 years Mr. Zamora has managed restoration projects, and performed oversight of both implementation (i.e., earth work, planting, seeding and irrigation installation services) and vegetation maintenance monitoring activities. Mr. Zamora is also a Vegetation Management and Arboricultural Specialist, with over a decade of experience supporting infrastructure, power, transportation, and large-scale habitat restoration projects. Mr. Zamora has worked throughout Southern California and is experienced with quantitative tree inventory and vegetation mapping; native vegetation transplant, salvage, and restoration; tree pruning, cabling, and bracing techniques; and detailed arboricultural hazard risk reduction analyses.
Mr. Brandon Shaver
B.S., Civil Engineering, California State University, Long Beach, 2014
Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
Mr. Shaver is a Civil Engineer with over 3 years of experience in the Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering industry. Mr. Shaver has worked as a CQA Officer for several major construction projects. He has conducted construction oversight while interpreting technical design specifications. Mr. Shaver has spent time conducting geotechnical laboratory testing as well as field testing and sampling. He also has a background in design and data analysis with regards to geotechnical planning and investigation. Mr. Shaver has been a contributing member to two published scientific journals.
Mr. Bryce Robbins, PE
B.S.E., Chemical Engineering, Arizona State University, 1984
Professional Engineer, Chemical, CA, CH4960
Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineering
Mr. Robbins has over 27 years of chemical process engineering, project/construction management, and environmental consulting experience. Over his career, he has developed outstanding project management, process engineering, and design skills. Drawing from a solid technical background and practical experience in design, permitting (construction, operation, and regulatory), equipment specification, system installation, and operation, he has been involved with various aspects of the engineering, compliance, and project/task management for hundreds of environmental projects. He has been involved in and responsible for regulatory compliance with respect to air, groundwater, wastewater, soils and solid wastes since 1990 and he has been involved in characterization and treatment system process and control evaluation and design. He is experienced with multiple types of transport and flow rate measurement and sampling for groundwater, soil-vapor, industrial and storm water.
Mr. Carl Jones, CCM
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of California, Irvine, 1994
Member, American Society of Civil Engineers & Construction Management Association of America
ANSI-accredited Certified Construction Manager
Certified, Construction Quality Management for Contractors, USACE, 2000, 2006, 2010
Mr. Jones is a civil engineer with 20 years of experience in the areas of hydrogeologic and hazardous waste evaluations, remediation projects, and construction projects. Construction projects include excavation and re-construction of an active waterway, new landfill cell construction, landfill cap construction, shoring of roads and structures, storm water culvert installation, installation of asphaltic concrete and concrete pavement, construction of an artificial wetland, and upgrade of an airfield taxiway lighting system. Mr. Jones’ remediation projects include soil excavation and export for landfill cap construction; landfill gas collection system construction; soil remediation involving excavation of chemically-impacted soils and material containing unexploded ordnance, mechanical screening/segregation of materials, on-site treatment of soil by thermal desorption, confirmation sampling, air monitoring/sampling, soil stockpile management, and waste characterization and disposal; decommissioning and demolition projects; installation of groundwater extraction, treatment, and injection systems; in situ groundwater treatment via soil mixing; as well as remedial investigations and drilling programs for governmental agencies and industrial clients involving groundwater, soil, and soil vapor sampling.
Mr. David Ferreira, PG
B.S. Geology, UCLA, 1985
Professional Geologist, CA
Mr. Ferreira has over 25 years of site assessment, investigation, and project management experience in environmental and remediation engineering. Mr. Ferreira has managed numerous soil and groundwater investigation and remediation projects, both in-situ and ex-situ, in California, Arizona, Hawaii, and Guam. He is experienced with all aspects of hazardous waste assessment and remediation ranging from the preliminary site investigation through pilot testing, to design, installation, operation & maintenance, and optimization of full-scale systems, and with final site closure. He has worked with both the DTSC and the Water Boards in California to successfully close nearly 50 projects. Mr. Ferreira has served as the technical lead or provided technical support on projects ranging from typical gas station remediation to large VOC and metals projects, using ex-situ methods as well as in-situ methods for remediation of both soil and groundwater. These include soil vapor extraction, air sparging, dual-phase and multiphase extraction, in-situ chemical oxidation (peroxide, ozone, permanganate), and in-situ bioremediation (slow and fast release substrates, bioaugmentation). Contaminants addressed include gasoline and diesel range hydrocarbons, volatile VOCs, SVOCs, LNAPL/DNAPL, and metals (including hexavalent chromium).
Mr. David Hogshead, PE
B.S. Engineering Science University of California, San Diego, 1983
Professional Engineer, Civil, California
Mr. Hogshead has over 25 years of experience in environmental and hazardous waste-related projects with particular emphasis on ground water hydrology, modeling, remediation, and information management. He has a comprehensive background in site characterization, and the design and construction of soil and groundwater remediation programs. He has been responsible for site assessment and remedial operations at sites contaminated with chlorinated solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons, and heavy metals. Mr. Hogshead has extensive experience in database development, GIS, and in the application of computer models to the analysis of groundwater flow and contaminant transport and dispersion of airborne contaminants.
Mrs. Eman Ramos
BS, Geological Sciences, San Diego State University, 2013
AS, Natural Sciences, San Diego City College, 2013
AA, Geographic Information Systems, San Diego Mesa College, 2007
Mrs. Ramos is a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst with 10 years of experience and has a degree in geology. Mrs. Ramos has supported various federal and private sector clients most recently for NAVFAC Southwest. She produces maps for work plans, reports, presentations, and signboards in support of remediation projects, and compiles GIS data to create project-specific geodatabases. She is responsible for all contractor data compilation, uploading to the Navy’s database for Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and creating specialized maps in multi-layered PDF format.
Mrs. Ramos supported a water utility where she integrated data points from LiDAR and sonar to model the bathymetry of two reservoirs, calculate the storage capacity of the basins, and evaluate levels of sedimentation over time. She collaborated with a programming team to develop an ArcPad GPS application for mapping the location and condition of all the company's water meters.
Additionally, Mrs. Ramos used RiverTools watershed-modeling software in conjunction with MS Excel and ESRI ArcGIS to analyze changes in stream profiles related to seismic uplift in the vicinity of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.
Ms. Erin Serra
B.S., Biology. University of California, Davis, 2000
ArcGIS, ArcView, Arc/Info
Erin Serra is a Wildlife Biologist and Senior GIS Analyst; formally trained in ArcGIS, ArcView, Arc/Info and is experienced in CAD (AutoCAD and Microstation), as well as other well-known database solutions. Ms. Serra specializes in conducting and analyzing natural resources and regulatory permitting data for high-profile projects. She is an expert at managing Global Position System data collection, and aerial photographic interpretation. Ms. Serra’s professional experience has centered on projects that require integration of natural resources data into GIS for water, power, infrastructure, electrical transmission, telecommunications, transportation, and land use projects. Erin’s GIS analysis, map generation, data management and tracking services rapidly convert multiple local, state, federal, and privately maintained data sources into sophisticated project-level intelligence; at low cost.
Dr. Eric Dugan
Ph.D., Herpetology, Loma Linda University, 2011
B.A., Environmental Science, Pitzer College – Claremont Colleges, 2000
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Scientific Collectors Permit
Dr. Eric Dugan possesses an undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy, and holds a PhD in herpetology from Loma Linda University. Dr. Dugan has more than 13 years of survey experience with Coast Horned Lizard, California Red-Legged Frog, Arroyo Toad, Red-Spotted Toad, Common Chuckwalla, Mojave Fringe-Toed Lizard, Desert Tortoise, Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard, Barefoot Banded Gecko, Burrowing Owl, and various other species of raptors. From 2008 through 2014 Dr. Dugan has been working cooperatively with Loma Linda University, Chino Hills State Park and Anza Borrego Desert State Park on a robust herpetofauna mark recapture, and radio telemetry study. Accordingly, Dr. Dugan’s data collection responsibilities have encompassed observations of >4,000 unique herpetofauna; surgical implantation of radio-transmitters on over 25 individual animals; PIT-tag marking and identification of > 300 collected specimens; and data recording (e.g. mapping of handheld global positioning data, behavioral, demographic, and habitat parameters) of targeted herpetofauna. Dr. Dugan is also adept at compliance monitoring, and executing biological awareness training programs.
Mr. Fredrick J. Mlakar
MS, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, California State University, Northridge CA, 1976
BA, Zoology, Pomona College CA, 1974
Certified Industrial Hygienist, American Board of Industrial Hygiene
Certified Safety Professional, Board of Certified Safety Professionals
Mr. Mlakar has over 35 years of diverse experience in occupational and environmental health and safety including over 20 years of supporting hazardous waste site investigation and remediation projects. He has written many project health and safety plans and corporate risk management procedures, and has extensive working knowledge of OSHA, Cal/OSHA, and USACE EM 385 1-1 requirements. Mr. Mlakar is also experienced in conducting incident investigations with root cause analysis.
Mr. Mlakar has also managed and provided industrial hygiene and safety services on a consultative basis to leading companies in petrochemicals, electronics, aerospace, construction and manufacturing, as well as the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, the State of California, and county and municipal agencies. Comprehensive services included industrial hygiene surveys, indoor air quality investigations, compliance audits, confined space evaluations and worker training. He has expert witness testimony experience in superior court and in worker’s compensation and arbitration hearings.
Mr. Hamlet Hamparsumian
M.S., Construction Management, University of Texas, 1977
B.S., Architecture, University of Texas, 1975
Mr. Hamparsumian has over 25 years of professional experience in managing environmental, construction, and civil projects. He has a diversified background that encompasses both complex environmental remediation work, as well as large-scale field construction projects funded by the Department of Navy (DON), involving Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) sites. Mr. Hamparsumian has managed contracts ranging from cost-plus-award fee, firm-fixed bids, and time-and-material services. He has developed strong project management skills for projects involving environmental remediation and restoration, contaminated soil removal, and groundwater remediation; and developing plans and remediation of munitions of explosive concern (MEC) impacted sites, and developing environmental monitoring and compliance plans and reports. Mr. Hamparsumian has been involved in several landfill projects ranging from the design, permitting, and construction; to the remediation and closure of existing or abandoned landfills and/or land disposal sites, design of landfill gas monitoring system, and closure plans for landfills. Mr. Hamparsumian’s expertise also includes remedial investigation and feasibility studies, preparation of engineering evaluation/cost analysis, preparation of action memorandum, proposed plans, and record of decisions. He has worked on pipeline, electrical transmission line, highway, grading and earthwork, rail-road, and multi-unit-housing construction projects.
Mr. Jason Schen, PG
B.S., Geological Sciences, Emphasis in Engineering Geology, San Diego State University, 2003
Professional Geologist (PG), CA, #8306
Professional Geologist (PG), AZ, #49414
San Diego Environmental Professionals
San Diego Association of Geologists
Geological Society of America (GSA)
Mr. Jason Schen, PG, has over 9 years of experience in the construction management, geological sciences and environmental consulting fields. He has designed, performed, and supervised site assessment and remediation/mitigation activities for military, residential, commercial, mixed waste, landfills, Brownfield sites and redevelopment properties. Mr. Schen has managed projects for the Department of Defense (DoD), Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest (NAVFAC SW), Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Project Management Office (PMO) West, Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC), the Redevelopment Agency for the City of San Diego, the City of Vista, the City of San Dimas, the United States Forest Service (USFS), the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management BLM), California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), multiple underground storage Tank (UST) sites, private developers and numerous manufacturing facilities. He has worked directly and performed negotiations with various regulatory oversight agencies including the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC), Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCB) and Local Oversight Programs (LOPs).
Dr. Jeff Oslick, PG, QSD
Ph.D. Geological Sciences, Brown University, 1998
Sc.M., Geological Sciences, Brown University, 1994
B.A., Geological Sciences, Rutgers University, 1992
CA Professional Geologist
CA Qualified SWPPP Developer/Practitioner
Lambda Alpha International Land Economics Society, Orange County Chapter
Dr. Oslick has over 17 years of environmental investigation, remediation, and project management experience. His experience includes hundreds of Environmental Site Assessments and subsurface investigations, and dozens of site remediation projects, including large landfill remediation/restoration projects and complex soil and groundwater remediation projects. Project/contaminant experience includes CERCLA, RCRA, California Superfund, DTSC Brownfields, UST, landfill and oil field sites with TPH, VOCs, CVOCs, pesticides/herbicides, PCBs, metals and radioactive materials. Dr. Oslick has authored numerous Site Investigation Reports, Closure Reports, Corrective Action Plans, Feasibility Studies, Groundwater Monitoring Reports, Sampling Plans, and Interim Action Plans and Closure Reports. He is experienced with regulatory agency negotiations, including federal, state and local health agencies. He is experienced with most drilling methods, and groundwater, soil vapor, and indoor air sampling protocols. Dr. Oslick’s clients have included private sector companies – petroleum, manufacturing, energy, insurance companies, attorneys, private university, and real estate firms; and government sector including, US Navy and US Marine Corps.
Mr. Jeff Brenner, PG
M.S., Geological Sciences, California State University, Long Beach, 1996
B.S., Geological Sciences, Michigan State University, 1988
Professional Geologist, CA
Member, American Association of Professional Geologists (AIPG)
Mr. Brenner has over 16 years of experience successfully managing, directing, and supporting environmental assessment, investigation, and remediation projects of all sizes and complexity. He has managed and conducted several complex Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Studies (RI/FS) and remedial actions at Installation Restoration Program (IRP) sites for the Navy in accordance with CERCLA. Mr. Brenner has also managed environmental compliance projects for U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Air Force. Mr. Brenner project experience includes leading numerous soil, and groundwater investigations, remedial alternative evaluation studies, pilot testing and implementing soil, and or groundwater remediation programs. He is experienced with many aspects of the remedial action process under the IRP and CERCLA programs, including investigation, evaluation (feasibility study),design, and implementation of a number of remedial alternatives. He has worked sucessfully with US EPA, California DTSC, and California Regional Water Quality Control Boards to complete investigations and remedial action projects.
Ms. Jinny Hong
B.S., Civil Engineering
Engineer in Training, CA
Ms. Hong is a civil/geotechnical engineer with over 7 years of experience in environmental investigation, remediation and construction. Her experience includes site investigations, groundwater monitoring, and soil and groundwater remediation. Ms. Hong has supported environmental construction projects as a project engineer, project QC manager, and health and safety officer. She also has a background in geotechnical engineering and experience with a wide variety of drilling methods including hollow-stem auger, rock-coring, direct push, cone penetrometer testing, rotary sonic and air percussion. Ms. Hong has also been involved in design and construction management of landfill CAP. She has worked on development of construction drawings and specifications, planning and scheduling of construction activities, coordination and management of vendors and subcontractors, and in mobilization/ demobilization of construction equipment, crew and facilities.
Mr. Kauwilakalaokalani “K” Liufau
AHERA Contractor Supervisor
AHERA Asbestos Building Inspector
SCDPH Sampling Technician
Mr. Liufau has 13 years of experience in asbestos and lead abatement/encapsulation, Industrial Hygiene, Hazardous Materials Testing, Quality Control Manager, Construction Management and Safety pertaining to large-scale Federal and Private Sector projects. He is certified as an Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response (AHERA) Contractor Supervisor, AHERA Building Inspector and State of California Department of Public Health (SCDPH) Sampling Technician for lead-related construction. Mr. Liufau provides construction management and oversight for constructing and operating soil vapor extraction and in-situ remediation systems. Additionally, he has managed new construction and retrofitting projects for the Federal, State and Private Detention Facilities throughout the United States.
Mr. Ken Hashagen, BA
B.S., Zoology, University of California, Davis, 1964
Certified Fisheries Scientist and President of the East Cascades Audubon Society
Mr. Hashagen manages NOREAS’ Natural Resources Quality Control Program at the task level to ensure compliance with established plans and procedures. Mr. Hashagen’s career of more than 3 decades of service to the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) is supplemented by his editorial efforts to technical publications (i.e., Desert Tortoise Council and California Fish and Game Quarterly). Since 1997, NOREAS associates have worked closely with Mr. Hashagen on numerous federally- and privately-funded natural resource projects of varying complexity and size. Additionally, Mr. Hashagen has unprecedented relationships and access to all levels of CDFG and federal resource agency staff. As a result of these personal relationships, NOREAS clients are frequently able to fulfill substantive local, state, and federal permit compliance obligations with common sense solutions and minimal initial capital investment.
Mr. Lincoln Hulse
B.S. Biology, Northern Arizona University, 1998
USFWS Recovery Permit - California Gnatcatcher and San Bernardino Kangaroo Rat
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Scientific Collectors Permit
Mr. Lincoln Hulse is a skilled project manager and regulatory specialist. The majority of Mr. Hulse’ s professional work is associated with to Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404, 401 and California Fish and Game Code (CFGC) Section 1600 et seq permitting, federal and State Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance, field research, and ecological studies. Mr. Hulse is also recognized as a federal expert in the identification and natural history of the coastal birds and mammals. Accordingly, he holds U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 10(a)(1)(A) permits for those species. Mr. Hulse also routinely guest lectures at the University of California Riverside to detail contemporary natural resource and regulatory topics for undergraduate students. For over a decade, Mr. Hulse has been preparing biological reports, assessments and permit applications to demonstrate compliance with the State and Federal ESA, CWA, California Fish and CFGC, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), California Coastal Act, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Mr. Hulse has established successful working relationships with regulatory agencies, resource specialists, and colleagues.
Ms. Leila Sadeghipour, Esq.
B.A., Political Science, University of California, Irvine, 2004
J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 2011
California State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Ms. Sadeghipour received her law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and is licensed to practice in the State of California. She has experience in contract law, procurement, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). This includes the management of small business 8(a) prime and subcontracts, task orders, purchase orders, and government contracts. She has a thorough understanding of both the FAR and DFARS, as well as the UCC. Ms. Sadeghipour has developed NOREAS procurement processes and oversees the subcontracts and purchase orders through completion. As Contract Manager, she is the primary point of contact on all contract matters between government, and commercial Contracting Officers, NOREAS Project Managers, subcontractors and vendors.
Mr. Luis Rivero, PE
M.S., Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, 1994
B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington State University, 1993
Professional Engineer, Civil, WA 3569
Project Management Professional, 1321757
Mr. Rivero has been a program and project manager for the Department of Navy, Department of Energy, US Army Corps of Engineers and private sector. He demonstrates project leadership in environmental engineering, construction, and Military Munitions Responses Program Services over the last 20 years. Mr. Rivero has extensive experience with various regulatory agencies and has managed multiple concurrent task orders with staff operating at sites within and outside of the Continental United States. Specifically, Mr. Rivero has 12 years of Project Management experience for federal environmental programs, including landfill caps, hazardous/radiological remediations, hazardous materials abatement, long-term monitoring, and waste water treatment plant optimization/design. He has been responsible for installing, upgrading, operating, and maintaining water treatment plants, vapor extraction plants, bioventing and air sparging systems, hydrology, collecting and analyzing sample data, developing emissions source inventories, and successfully completing System Level Acceptance Testing (SLAT) for six Second Line of Defense (SLD) Department of Energy oversea projects. As a Program and Project Manager, he has managed cost-plus fee, firm-fixed price and time, and materials contracts for the Department of the Navy (DoN), Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the Army Corps of Engineers (Omaha, Los Angeles, and Sacramento Districts), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal-EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and miscellaneous private sector clients.
Ms. Linette Lina
B.S., Wildlife, Fisheries, & Conservation Biology. University of California, Davis
Ms. Linette Lina has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of California at Davis. For well over a decade Ms. Lina has been working closely with utility personnel, construction contractors, and resource agencies implementing, managing and leading compliance monitoring and restoration activities associated with linear projects throughout southern California; on both federal and private lands. Ms. Lina is an energetic leader with excellent communication skills and has relevant expertise on high profile utility projects over the past five years. Primary responsibilities have included leading environmental awareness trainings, clearance surveys for flora and fauna, coordinating resource agency approved biological monitors, overseeing contractors within special status species habitats to safeguard the application of mitigation measures, and to facilitate timely progression of construction variance requests. Ms. Lina is organized, detail oriented, skillful at regulatory compliance. She is a team player who’s accomplished at documenting contractor compliance; ensuring compliance with established mitigation measures; contractor oversight and problem resolution; and GIS data management. Ms. Lina is also recognized as a federal expert in the identification and natural history of the least Bell’s vireo, California gnatcatcher, and southwestern willow flycatcher. Accordingly, she holds U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 10(a)(1)(A) recovery permits for those species.
Dr. Mark Losi
Ph.D., Soil Microbiology/Biochemistry, University of California, Riverside, 1996
M.S., Soil Microbiology/Biochemistry, University of California, Riverside, 1993
B.S. Soil Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomoma, 1990
Member, Soil Science Society of America
Dr. Losi’s areas of expertise are soil microbiology and biochemistry, bioremediation, treatability studies, and environmental chemistry. He has been involved in all aspects of site investigations and remedial action/technology screening and selection for a variety of sites with contaminated soil and/or groundwater, ranging from gasoline stations to major CERCLA efforts. He has also provided a lead role in designing and conducting many laboratory studies related to bioremediation, including biodegradation of organic compounds and biostabilization of metals in soils, and biological and non-biological removal of perchlorate, chromium (VI) and selenium from groundwater. His activities have included extensive studies to investigate biological reduction and isolate perchlorate-reducing bacteria from various media, testing various sources of bacterial inocula for the ability to bring about reduction of perchlorate in saline environments, and testing and development of a dynamic suspended bed bioreactor (DSBR) to treat perchlorate impacted groundwater and reverse osmosis process waste. He is also has extensive expertise in application of microbial biomarkers to assess subsurface bioprocesses.
Mr. Michael Price
B.S., Environmental Resources Engineering, Humboldt State University, 2010
Engineer in Training, CA, 2009
Mr. Price is an environmental engineer with over three years of experience in environmental investigation and remediation projects. Mr. Price provides technical support in planning and implementing treatability studies, pilot testing, operations and maintenance, performance monitoring, and system evaluation and optimization of environmental remediation systems. Mr. Price is proficient in CAD, GIS, database management, and data presentation, and interpretation. He has participated in oversight for projects that include groundwater remediation, landfills, and ASTs/USTs. Mr. Price has also engaged in oversight of operations and construction for in-situ remediation systems, assisting in tracer pilot studies and dye tests, groundwater sampling using a variety of low flow purge methods, as well as oversight and design of AS/SVE system installations and free product dual-phase extraction pilot studies.
Mr. Nasser Shoushtarian
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Oklahoma, 1976
Professional Engineer, Civil, California
Qualified SWPPP Developer/QSD
Qualified SWPP Practitioner/QSP
Mr. Shoushtarian has over 30 years of experience in Land Development, Public Works Engineering and Civil Engineering Designs, as well as experience in construction management for roadway, sanitary sewer, storm drain and water distribution. He has served as senior design engineer and project manager on numerous projects involving civil engineering designs and construction. Mr. Shoushtarian has completed projects involving grading, site developments, and urban storm water quality treatment systems. He is also very familiar with street, sewer and storm drain system design. His project management experience includes preparing numerous technical specifications, engineer estimates, and contract administration documentation.
Ms. Nancy Velasquez
B.A., Liberal Studies, Cal State University Northridge, 1983
Cal Lutheran University – CA K-8 Teacher Credential, 1984
After teaching in the Hueneme Elementary School District for over 20 years, Ms. Velasquez retired, moved to Orange County, and started working for NOREAS as an Administrative Assistant. Ms. Velasquez performs a variety of administrative functions. In particular, she assists with technical editing and report production, filing, and organizing of project documents, accounts payable activities, company vehicles scheduling and maintenance, office facility maintenance, office supplies, and other related activities.
Mr. Paul Brenner
M.S., University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida,
B.S., American University, Washington, DC
Professional Lead Auditor, CA
Mr. Paul Brenner is project manager, and regulatory permitting specialist with roughly 18 years of hands on professional experience. Mr. Brenner is organized, detail oriented, skillful at regulatory field determinations and is a subject matter expert with regard to Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404, 401 and California Fish and Game Code (CFGC) Section 1600 et seq permitting. For almost two decades Mr. Brenner has been working closely with utility personnel, construction contractors, and resource agencies to expedite and scaled down permit/mitigation requirements for a variety of infrastructure projects throughout California. Mr. Brenner has long standing professional relationships with relevant agencies (i.e., United States Army Corps of Engineers, Regional Water Quality Control Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service) and has conducted and supervised a myriad of wetlands and other jurisdictional Waters of the U.S. and State delineations. Mr. Brenner has prepared and performed quality assurance/quality control on numerous restoration plans, permit applications, reports, and assessments to document compliance with the CWA, CFGC, California Coastal Act, California Environmental Quality Act, the California Public Utility Commission, and California Energy Commission’s guidelines.
Mr. Ryan Mennis
B.S. Environmental Engineering, 2013
Mr. Mennis has approximately two years of experience as an environmental engineer, providing technical support on various environmental investigation and remediation projects. He is also experienced in geotechnical sampling and reporting. Among his activities are groundwater, soil, and soil-gas sampling, and reporting. He has performed O&M inspections of landfill covers and drainage systems, and implemented stormwater management programs. Mr. Mennis assists in development, presentation, and interpretation of environmental data using ArcMap GIS and AutoCAD. He also serves as the QC Engineer or Safety Officer during field activities.
Mr. Ryley Robitaille-Zucker
M.E., Environmental Engineering, Environmental Control Processes, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2013
B.E., Chemical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2013
Mr. Robitaille-Zucker is a certified Engineer-In-Training with experience pertaining to engineering processes and developmental technologies, including research into solar power and microbial fuel cells. He has knowledge in the fields of chemistry, biology, water treatment, and project planning, and will be working under the direction and supervision of senior engineers in remediation, site investigation, and field activities.
Mr. Shawn Johnston
BS, San Diego State University, 2009
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Scientific Collectors Permit
Flat-tailed Horned Lizard Authorization to Take, Possess, and Transport
Mr. Shawn Johnston has a decade of professional experience and has conducted extensive field research on Southern California’s flora since early 2000. Mr. Johnston is a senior botanist and restoration ecologist with specialized inventory and monitoring expertise in a variety of unique Southern California habitats. Mr. Johnston has first-hand experience implementing survey, monitoring and restoration projects within wetland, vernal pool, ephemeral wash, forested woodland, coastal sage scrub and chaparral plant communities. Prior to joining NOREAS, Shawn worked at the San Diego State Herbarium, conducting taxonomic research on Ceanothus subspecies based on correlations of morphological characteristics and geographic isolation. Additional herbarium duties included but were not limited to: collecting, cataloging, mounting, and managing rare native specimens for the San Diego State University Herbarium.
Ms. Sevda Aleckson
B.A Chemistry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), 1982
18 credit hours towards MBA, UNLV, 1992
Professional Lead Auditor, CA
Ms. Sevda Aleckson has 30 years of experience in the environmental services industry in management and development of quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) systems for complex environmental monitoring, site assessments, remediation programs, and analytical laboratory operations. She currently serves as a Principal Scientist and Program Chemist responsible for developing, reviewing, and implementing work plans, sampling and analysis plans (SAPs), and project reports in support of site investigations, RI/FS, and UST projects involving groundwater and soil remediation projects for NAVFAC Southwest. Ms. Aleckson has an in-depth knowledge of the environmental compliance standards of RCRA, CERCLA, CAA, CWA, SDWA, UST, AFCEE, ACOE, Navy, and NQA-1 and state regulatory requirements. Ms. Aleckson is experienced with the EPA Uniform Federal Policy (UFP) for Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPP) requirements and has prepared numerous SAPs in accordance with UFP/QAPP and similar DoD requirements. She also has extensive knowledge of the requirements of the DoD Quality Systems Manual (QSM) for Environmental Laboratories as well as EPA analytical methodologies with hands-on laboratory analyses. Ms. Aleckson is a certified professional Quality Assurance Lead Auditor.
Ms. Theresa Hyde
M.S. Biology, University of New Mexico.
B.S. Biology, University of New Mexico
Ms. Theresa Hyde is skilled ecologist with almost a decade of professional experience. Ms. Hyde is organized and detail oriented with deference to regulatory field determinations and Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404, 401 and California Fish and Game Code (CFGC) Section 1600 et seq permitting. For more than 10 years Ms. Hyde has been working closely with utility personnel, construction contractors, and resource agencies to expedite regulatory compliance for a variety of infrastructure projects throughout California. Ms. Hyde has prepared numerous permit applications, notifications and reports to document compliance with the Clean Water Act (CWA), and California Fish and Game Codes. Ms. Hyde has also supported avian, herpetology and mammal studies. Accordingly, Ms. Hyde has been approved by resource agencies as an Authorized Desert Tortoise, Mammal and Avian Biologist. She has also been approved to handle and relocate Desert Tortoise and is a recognized expert in avian and bat biology; with extensive mist-netting and blood drawing experience. Additionally, she is a skilled ornithologist with a command of visual and auditory bird census survey techniques as well.
Mr. Scott Lowe, PG
B.S., Geological Sciences, Emphasis in Hydrogeology, San Diego State University, 2004
Professional Geologist (PG), CA, #8888
Registered Geologist (RG), AZ, #54026
CA Qualified SWPPP Developer/Practitioner
Mr. Lowe is a California and Arizona registered Professional Geologist and environmental professional with over 12 years of experience in the environmental consulting field. He has designed, implemented, and supervised remedial actions, removal actions, remedial designs, pilot/bench test studies, treatability studies, remedial action systems operations and maintenance, community relations support, and other related activities. Mr. Lowe has managed multiple contract task orders (CTOs) for the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Project Management Office (PMO) West, BRAC PMO Southeast, Department of Defense (DoD), Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest (NAVFAC SW), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He has a successful record of regulatory closure and land transfer for sites which have been impacted by unauthorized releases of hazardous substances by utilizing existing data, conducting human health risk assessments (HHRAs), performing remedial data gap site investigations, implementing Land Use Controls (LUCs) and/or Institution Controls (ICs), conducting monitored natural attenuation (MNA), and/or performing over-excavation.
Mr. Vincent Tran
B.S., Civil Engineering, California State University, Long Beach, 1997
Mr. Tran is a Civil Engineer with over 20 years of engineering design experience. He has a comprehensive background that includes integrating and enhancing product liability, directing design and coordinating the scope of work specification plans, and preparing detailed drawings, cross sections, and diagrams utilized in implementation. Mr. Tran also has vast knowledge in the areas of data analysis, environmental system design, quality control, and Health and Safety. His skills include proficiency in the use of AUTOCAD, Wire Frame, 3D Modeling, LANDCAD, RISA (2D), STRUDL, AUTO CIVIL, AES, SDS and CNC operations.
Mr. Wayne Woodroof
M.S., Wildlife Management, New Mexico State University, 1979
B.S., Wildlife Science, Humboldt State University, 1973
Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP)
Mr. Wayne Woodroof is a former California Coastal Commission Coastal Development Manager for Los Angeles and Orange counties of California; and a retired California State Parks Planning Division Chief. Mr. Woodroof also possesses an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Management, and a graduate degree in Wildlife Science. As such, Mr. Woodroof has been performing wildlife census activities and implementing CEQA, NEPA and regulatory compliance projects for almost 4 decades. Mr. Woodroof provides biology support and regulatory compliance services to infrastructure, electrical transmission, and power projects; possessing a proven record of accomplishment leading biological monitoring and field survey efforts.
Ms. Wendy Bryant
B.S., Geological Sciences, California State University, Los Angeles, 2003
Ms. Bryant is a Senior Geologist with over 12 years of experience in the environmental and construction engineering industry. Ms. Bryant’s experience includes serving in multiple key project roles including, Site Superintendent, Contractor Quality Control (CQC) Manager, Site Safety Health and Officer (SSHO), and Project Geologist for numerous construction related projects including; remedial soil and groundwater investigations, remedial excavations, in-situ bioremediation, biosparge systems, air sparge and soil vapor extraction systems installations, and pistol and riffle range impact berm lead remediation and modification projects. As a project geologist in the field, Ms. Bryant has experience with various forms of soil drilling and sampling (including, hollow-stem auger, direct push technology, rotary sonic, and air-rotary), geophysical surveying, groundwater monitoring well installation and development, soil vapor installation and sampling, groundwater sampling using low-flow sampling methods, WestBay sampling methods, soil classification using the Unified Soil Classification System (USCS), and sub-contractor supervision. Ms. Bryant has experience in the preparation of geotechnical reports, soil excavation and site investigation work plans, groundwater monitoring reports, and site closure reports.