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GEI Consultants Promotes 12 Employees Across National Practice
June 13, 2012 —
Boston— June 13, 2012 — GEI Consultants, Inc., one of the nation’s leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firms, announced today that it has promoted 12 individuals within the firm.
“We take great pleasure in announcing the promotions of these 12 exceptional members of GEI’s staff,” said Ray Hart, P.E., G.E., chief operating officer for GEI. “GEI is comprised of extremely talented and hard-working people. These 12 have shown strong leadership in their specific practice areas and greatly deserve this recognition.”
Jonathan Bialon, located in GEI’s Glendale, California office, is an information technology manager with ten years of experience in IT project planning, installation, operation, and management, and is responsible for IT operations in GEI’s California offices. He is also responsible for developing technical standards for GEI’s Pacific region. Mr. Bialon holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.
William Butler, located in GEI’s Green Bay, Wisconsin office, is a senior geotechnical engineer specializing in the management of large geotechnical projects including design and construction oversight of tailings dams, landfills, and ash impoundments. Experience includes conducting subsurface explorations and providing geotechnical recommendations for large building foundations, performing stability analysis for dams and embankments, and designing remediation systems for linking underground storage tank sites in Wisconsin and Michigan. He also led the site investigation for the Root Cause Analysis to the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston Dredge Cell Failure of December 22, 2008. Mr. Butler received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Colorado State University and is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin, Ohio, New Jersey, Michigan, Minnesota, and Tennessee.
Robin DeHate, Ph.D., is the senior risk manager and corporate health and safety officer for GEI. She is responsible for managing and coordinating human health and ecological risk assessment practices. With her diverse background in the environmental and occupational fields, she supports GEI’s teams by identifying exposure pathways, evaluating and communicating the potential risks, and developing control methodologies. In addition, she assists GEI’s private industry clients in the planning and preparation for chemical and biological emergencies, including bioterrorism. Dr. DeHate has also served as Florida’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on-scene coordinator for emergency responses that required management of federal, state, and private resources to mitigate the effects of released materials. She holds a Ph.D. and Masters of Public Health in toxicology from the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida and a Bachelor’s of Science in environmental health science from Eastern Kentucky University.
Matthew D. Emrick, P.E., located in GEI’s Madison, Wisconsin office, is a project manager with more than 13 years of geotechnical engineering consulting and project management experience. He is responsible for managing projects involving the analysis and design of dams, power plant facilities, transmission lines and building foundations. His comprehensive geotechnical engineering project experience includes analysis, design, and construction of dam repairs; visual inspections of dams and levee systems; seepage and slope stability analyses; earth retention and underpinning design; and analysis and design of foundations. Mr. Emrick holds a Bachelor’s of Science in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Mark Fortner, P.E., PLS, located in GEI’s Sacramento office, is a senior engineer with 25 years of broad engineering and project management experience. He has provided engineering services to reclamation, flood control and irrigation districts, water companies, large and small agricultural businesses, gravel operators, and state and county agencies. Mr. Fortner’s primary expertise is in the area of flood control, water supply, flood insurance studies, and regulatory permitting. His responsibilities include representing clients’ positions at various agency or organizational meetings, and coordinating environmental issues and environmental documents regarding California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance, including preparing Negative Declarations, EIRs, and Notices of Exemption/Determinations. Mr. Fortner holds a Bachelor’s of Science in civil engineering from California State University, Sacramento.
Gillian Gregory, Ph.D., P.E., located in GEI’s Boston headquarters, is a geotechnical engineer with more than 26 years of experience in dam safety investigations, and design and analysis work for a variety of dam projects. She has performed numerous dam inspections, prepared plans and specifications for dam design and rehabilitation projects, and has also performed slope stability analyses and seismic and liquefaction analyses of dams. She holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a B.Sc. in civil engineering from the University of Birmingham, England. She is a registered professional engineer in seven states.
Kenneth Hardesty, P.E., located in GEI’s Denver office, is a project manager with more than 20 years of experience in dam and pipeline design and construction, hydraulic and structural design, construction management, project management, and environmental remediation. His design and construction experience includes: hydroelectric development, large diameter water transmission pipelines; valve and gate design and installation; pipeline rehabilitation methods; concrete and embankment dam design, and general construction oversight; concrete dam demolition and rehabilitation; and hydraulic structures. Mr. Hardesty holds a Bachelor’s of Science in civil engineering from University of Colorado.
Michael Nejdl, located in the GEI’s Hartford, Connecticut office, is an information technology manager for GEI. His primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing GEI’s server and voice infrastructure nationwide. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in geography from the University of Utah.
Laurie Park, CPA, located in GEI’s Sacramento, California office, is a vice president with 30 years of experience in water and energy resources planning and management. She joined the company in 2010 as a senior project manager and leads GEI’s Energy Advisory Services Practice. Ms. Park helps GEI’s clients develop and implement sustainable strategies including water and energy efficiency, renewable energy, development of non-traditional water resources, and new technologies and business models. A certified public accountant (CPA) in California, she is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the California Society of CPAs (CalCPA). She is also president and a member of the founding board of directors of The Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from Golden Gate University and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Hawaii.
Barry Raus, P.G., located in GEI’s Mount Laurel, New Jersey office, is a program manager who has worked on more than 30 former MGP sites and multiple chlorinated solvent and LNAPL/DNAPL sites involving fractured bedrock, karst, and coastal sediments, conducting remedial investigations, developing strategies for site closure and implementing complex remedial actions. His roles have included the oversight of technical support and construction oversight staff, management of remedial action construction, development of remedial strategies, cost-benefit analysis of identified remedial alternatives, and the preparation of corporate environmental cost estimates. Mr. Raus holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology from the College of Charleston, and a Master’s of Business Administration in finance from Philadelphia University, and has a certificate of completion in Executive Leadership Development from the Queen’s University – School of Business’ Executive Education center in Kingston, Ontario. Mr. Raus manages a portfolio of former MGP site remediation projects in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Craig Richardson, P.E., located in GEI’s Iron River, Michigan office, serves as a project manager in GEI’s civil engineering group. He has more than 14 years of experience in funding assistance, studies, and design for municipal water and wastewater systems, as well as performing construction inspections. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in civil engineering from Michigan Technical University.
Stephen Sarandis, P.E., based in GEI’s Boston headquarters, is a geotechnical engineer with more than 27 years of experience in a wide range of projects involving subsurface explorations, geotechnical instrumentation, construction observation and geotechnical analysis and design. Mr. Sarandis has played a key role as project manager for many of GEI’s major projects. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts.
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