Annika Fain


Annika Fain has participated in marine nearshore and stream ecological restoration projects for the past 20 years. Annika has a BS in Marine Ecology, MS in Environmental Science and Engineering, and MS in Geological Oceanography. As part of her graduate research, she collected data and studied water and sediment transport in the Columbia River Estuary and the Adriatic Sea.

Ralph Fontaine

Ralph is a marketer, project manager, producer, director, actor, writer, and business/team leader. He specializes in video production, online/e-learning/CBT production, and media/social network marketing. His background is in video and television production, and he has produced and directed material that has been broadcast on MTV, FOX, The Travel Channel, The Learning Channel, and The Discovery Channel.

Ralph leads NWETC's content development and creation, producing all video productions and e-learning modules as well as overseeing social media presence and outreach.

Michael Fraidenburg

Mike Fraidenburg designs and delivers facilitation services ranging in format from small technical and task-oriented workgroups to large-audience conferences.  He has extensive experience facilitating science intensive issues and, as a certified mediator, using interest-based bargaining techniques to create consensus in his facilitations.

Stefan Freelan

Stefan Freelan is a GIS Specialist and Instructor at Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University. In addition to teaching GIS, Cartography and GPS he assists with academic research projects and is Co-Director of the Institute for Spatial Information and Analysis. He has a MS in Geography and a BA in Environmental Ethics. Prior to joining to WWU he was a GIS Analyst as a private consultant and with local Planning Departments.

Dr. Deb Gaynor

Dr. Gaynor has more than 30 years of analytical chemistry and environmental management and consulting experience. For eleven years she worked closely with the USEPA through the Contract Laboratory Program (CLP). In 2000, she founded Phoenix Chemistry Services, to provide expert analytical chemistry consulting services, data validation, and quality assurance services to laboratories and engineering companies performing hazardous site investigation and remediation services as well as long-term monitoring for all environmental contaminants in solids, liquids, air, sediment, and biota.

Ron Gouguet

Mr. Gouguet is an ecological risk assessor and restoration expert with more than 29 years’ experience in natural resource damage assessment (NRDA). As a multi-disciplinary expert, Mr. Gouguet has led integrated remediation and restoration planning efforts within the EPA’s Superfund program and for Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and state-lead sites in Texas, Louisiana, Delaware, and Oregon. During his career, he has been involved in cleanup and restoration efforts at approximately 85 hazardous waste sites and responded to more than 10 chemical or oil spills.

Richard Grassetti

Richard Grassetti is an environmental planner with over 32 years experience in environmental impact analysis and regulatory compliance. He is a recognized expert in the CEQA process, and has served as an expert witness on CEQA and planning issues in California. Through his firm, Grassetti Environmental Consulting (GECo), he manages the preparation of CEQA and NEPA documents, as well as the numerous local agency planning and permitting documents. In addition to his consulting practice, Mr. Grassetti serves as adjunct faculty in environmental studies at California State University, East Bay.

Elie H. Haddad

Mr. Haddad is a vice president for Haley and Aldrich where he is involved in vapor intrusion investigations, remediation and modeling, risk assessments, planning and strategy, development and implementation of RI/FS programs, engineering designs, hydrogeological activities, computer modeling, and operation and maintenance programs. He led an unprecedented, and perhaps largest, indoor air investigation at a Superfund site. His work established a benchmark for other EPA sites. Mr.

Chip Halbert

Chip Halbert has a strong track record of supporting the permitting needs of industry, mission-critical facilities, developers, and engineering design firms. Chip currently works for Landau Associates and leads their environmental permitting and compliance practice. Leveraging his expertise in air quality permitting and management of multi-faceted permitting efforts for industrial developments, Chip helps clients achieve their operational goals while maintaining compliance with environmental permitting requirements.

Melissa Harclerode, Ph.D., CDM Smith

Dr. Harclerode is an environmental scientist with 11.5 years of experience in investigation and characterization of hazardous waste sites.  As a Project Manager, she is experienced in designing and managing remedial investigations with multi-disciplined teams.  In addition, she specializes in the development and application of integrated assessment approaches to comprehensively define sustainability objectives and evaluate environmental, social, and economic impacts of remediation and wastewater activities.

Charles R. Harman, P.W.S.

Charles Harman is a Principal Ecologist with Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, and Professional Wetland Scientist.  Mr. Harman has 30 years of experience in wetlands management, including delineation, evaluation, permitting, and implementation of wetlands mitigation projects.  Mr.

Chris Heilbrun

Chris Heilbrun, Regional Manager in the SoundEarth Strategies’ Denver office, is a stormwater professional with over 9 years’ experience designing, inspecting, and managing projects throughout the Western U.S. and Rocky Mountain Region. He has developed and implemented stormwater plan designs for clients from variety of large and small industries including oil & gas, developers, home builders, municipalities, and energy generation, transmission, and distribution.

Nate Holloway

Nate Holloway will be leading Day 2 of the CESCL class, both in the classroom and the field trip. Nate has over 8 years of experience in the allied fields of environmental science, construction, and engineering; particularly as they relate to water treatment, environmental remediation, and project management. He has provided Certified Erosion and Sediment Control consulting, training, and oversight on a number of high profile projects throughout Washington State and other areas of the country. Nate has a B.S.

Brion Hurley

Brion Hurley is a Principal Lean Consultant at Rockwell Collins in Wilsonville, OR. He is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) from the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and Lean Master certified. He has a bachelor’s degree in Statistics, and a master’s degree in Quality Management and Productivity from the University of Iowa. He obtained a Certificate of Sustainability from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Mike Johns

Dr. Johns is an aquatic scientist who specializes in aquatic ecological risk assessments (ERAs), particularly those associated with contaminated sediment. The focus of his 30 years of professional experience has been on the effects of toxic pollutants on aquatic organisms. Dr. Johns is responsible for the management of large, multi-task, multi-disciplinary environmental investigations, including remedial investigation/feasibility studies (RI/FSs) and natural resource damage assessments (NRDAs).

Pete Kmet

Pete Kmet is a senior environmental engineer in the Policy and Technical Support Unit of the Washington State Department of Ecology's Toxics Cleanup Program. Mr. Kmet has extensive experience in site remediation, has played a key role in the development of MTCA legislation amendments, related rules, policies and technical guidance, and has presented on these topics at numerous MTCA workshops throughout the state. Mr. Kmet also serves as the mayor of Tumwater.

Dr. Anna Sophia Knox

Dr. Anna Sophia Knox is a Principal Scientist at the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) in Aiken, SC where she conducts research on the remediation of contaminated sediments and soils and development of new materials for the stabilization of contaminants. She has a Ph.D. (1993) in Agronomy and Soil Science and has been a certified Professional Soil Scientist by the Soil Science Society of America since 12/20/99. Dr.

Larry Lodwick

Larry has been an ecologist for 45 years, with experience in both the public and private sectors. With a M.S. degree in biology from Baylor University, with his thesis researching primary production in east Texas peatlands, his interest through the years has been on the ecological functions of natural systems.

Joe Maroney

Joe Maroney is the Director of Fishery and Water Resources for Kalispel Tribe of Indians and has 20 years experience as a fisheries biologist. He has a working knowledge of Columbia Basin resource management issues with regard to Federal Columbia River Power System and FERC projects and its impact on anadromous and resident fish resources. He also has extensive experience with resident fish issues throughout the Columbia Basin. His background also includes electrofishing and applying rotenone to streams to remove non-native brook trout, as well as removing northern pike.

Rocco Meraglia

Rocco Meraglia has 28 years experience in team building and workshops in courageous self leadership, Normalization of Deviance Incident & systems evaluations and project management improvements. He currently focuses toward conducting objective and independent systems reviews, Incident Investigation, and guest speaking on Leadership in safety and team work. 

Dr. Joseph E. Merz

Dr. Merz is a registered scientist with the American Fisheries Society. He has over 20 years of experience working with aquatic resources and has been the principal scientist on several salmonid habitat restoration programs in the California Central Valley. He has taught environmental science, salmon biology and restoration courses for the past fourteen years.

Teresa Michelsen, Ph.D.

Dr. Michelsen is an environmental scientist and geochemist with over 25 years of experience in aquatic site investigation and cleanup, regulatory support and permitting, expert witness and litigation support, and alternative dispute resolution. She has provided technical assistance and oversight of investigations and cleanups at more than 70 contaminated sediment sites in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, and British Columbia, and has developed technical guidance and training for federal and state agencies, consultants, and scientists.

Robert D. Mutch, Jr., P.Hg., P.E.

Robert Mutch has more than forty years of experience in hydrogeology, groundwater and contaminant fate and transport modeling, environmental forensics, and remediation engineering. His areas of specialization include numerical modeling of groundwater flow and contaminant transport, fate, and reaction during in situ treatment and monitored natural attenuation, aquifer testing, DNAPL behavior, fractured rock hydrogeology, aerial photographic interpretation, and groundwater-related natural resource damages.  Mr.

Joe O'Bannon

Joe O’Bannon is the owner of OB-1 Air Analyses and has over 30 years public and private sector air quality experience. His experience includes air quality and climate change analyses pursuant to CEQA/NEPA; criteria and greenhouse gas emissions inventories; government and community relations, public education, and consensus building; regulatory compliance issues; legislative review; and expert testimony. He is industry-and-agency-recognized as a successful problem solver, able to approach problems from a variety of directions and find win-win solutions.

Robert O'Brien

Mr. O’Brien (MS, Indiana Univ., Mathematics) is a member of the adjunct faculty at Washington State University Tri-Cities teaching courses in mathematics and statistics and performing consulting for selective clients.  He has over 30 years of experience in applied statistics and research in environmental statistics and engineering. He has been a senior level scientist at Shaw Environmental, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the US EPA, the US Census Bureau,  and performing  outside consulting work.

Jordan Peabody

Jordan Peabody has helped dozens of organizations improve their workplace documents. Since 2001, he has led writing workshops for City of Seattle, Puget Sound Clean Air, Community Transit, Western Washington University, Hillsboro Police Department, Washington State Department of Enterprise Services, and many other groups throughout the Northwest and across the country. He has practiced what he preaches.

Ioana Petrisor

Ioana Petrisor, Ph.D, has over 18 years of experience as a biochemist, specializing in environmental forensics. She has up-to-date knowledge and has applied a variety of forensics methods to track the source and age-date contaminants in soil and water. She identified and applied cutting-edge investigative techniques such as dendroecology, which uses tree rings to detect age-date contamination and its release into soil and water, even after site mitigation. Dr. Petrisor is the Editor-in-Chief of the Environmental Forensics Journal, providing a scientific lead of the Journal.

Paul Philp, PhD

Dr. Philp is an instructor and researcher whose research interests include Petroleum, Environmental and Forensic geochemistry with the emphasis on molecular and isotopic characterization of oils, gases, rock extracts and contaminants for the purposes of source determination, characterization of depositional environments, maturity, biodegradation and for correlation purposes.

Danny C. Reinke, PhD
Dr. Reinke has more than 20 years of NEPA experience working for private consulting firms and for DoD and other federal agencies. Currently he works at Edward AFB, CA where he is a Senior Environmental Scientist for NEPA and Natural Resources issues. Before coming to Edwards AFB he worked for the Army National Guard at both the installation and NGB headquarters level where he developed the initial NEPA guidance for the Army National Guard. Dr. Reinke received a BS in Biology/Chemistry from Southwestern Oklahoma State College (1973)


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