Press Release

GEI’s Kathi Stetser, Lee Bergstedt, Mike Carpenter, Rich Sanchez, and Stu Kogge Promoted to Vice President

February 17, 2017

Boston, Mass. – February 17, 2017 – GEI Consultants, Inc., one of the nation’s leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firms, announced today that Kathi Stetser, Lee Bergstedt, Mike Carpenter, Rich Sanchez, and Stu Kogge were appointed to Vice President by GEI’s Board of Directors.

“I would like to congratulate all of these individuals for their growing leadership contributions and continuing commitment to GEI’s success,” said President Ray Hart. “These leaders have demonstrated exceptional client service and ability to grow our business.”

Meet GEI’s Newest Vice Presidents

Kathi Stetser, P.G., LSRP – Vice President, Mount Laurel, NJ


Kathi has been an integral part in growing GEI’s industrial remediation practice in New Jersey, since joining the firm in 2013. She’s a Professional Geologist (P.G.) and a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP), with more than 25 years of experience specializing in environmental program management and site remediation services for clients within the utility, chemical, pharmaceutical, petroleum and manufacturing business sectors. Kathi serves as a regulatory specialist in matters relating to ISRA, SRRA, ARRCS, property transfer and litigation support services. She is active in the regulatory community in New Jersey, serving on multiple stakeholder committees, and frequently presents on regulations and remediation strategies for complex industrial sites. Kathi has a M.S. and B.S. in Geology from the University of Delaware.

Lee Bergstedt – Vice President, Denver, CO

Lee is a Professional Aquatic Ecologist and is the Branch Manager of GEI’s Denver and Fort Collins offices. As a Fisheries Biologist with more than 20 years’ experience, Lee specializes in the sampling of a variety of aquatic habitats, the statistical analysis of data, and report preparation to help clients determine if they are effecting aquatic ecosystems. In addition, he has been the project manager for numerous biological monitoring projects throughout the U.S. Prior to joining GEI, Lee worked for the U.S. Forest Service, Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and Montana State University. Lee holds a M.S. in Fish & Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University and a B.S. in Fish & Wildlife Management from Montana State University.

Mike Carpenter, P.E. – Vice President, Marquette, MI

Since Mike joined GEI in 2010, Mike’s been serving as the Branch Manager and as a Senior Geotechnical and Concrete Materials Engineer in the Marquette, Michigan office. He is a registered Professional Engineer with more than 23 years of experience specializing in investigations, evaluations, design, and construction oversight services for commercial, industrial, and municipal projects. Mike is a key player in GEI’s Hydro service offerings and has vast experience with dam safety inspections and evaluations, potential failure mode analyses (PFMA), and risk categorization for existing projects and new major construction projects. He is a FERC-accepted Independent Consultant for Part 12D 5-year safety inspections and PFMA facilitator for high-hazard hydroelectric projects. Mike holds a M.S. in Geological Engineering and a B.S. in Civil engineering, both from Michigan Technological University.

Rich Sanchez, P.E. – Vice President, Sacramento, CA

Rich joined GEI in 2013 and is a Professional Engineer serving as Branch Manager and Engineering Practice Leader of GEI’s Sacramento office. Rich’s clients include numerous water resource districts, municipalities, and agencies at California’s local and state levels. With more than 38 years of experience in water resources engineering projects, he specializes in project management, civil engineering design, construction management, and dam safety. Prior to joining GEI, Rich held supervisory, management, and executive level positions during his career at California’s Department of Water Resources (DWR), including Chief of the Division of Engineering, Assistant Chief of the Division of Operations and Maintenance, Chief of Construction, and Regional Southern Engineer with California’s Division of Safety of Dams. Rich has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California State University – Sacramento.

Stuart (Stu) Kogge, PWS – Vice President, Traverse City, MI

Since joining GEI in 2014, Stu has been instrumental in growing the Ecology and Natural Resources practices in Michigan. He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry and has worked for federal and state regulatory agencies, a non-profit organization, and private consulting firms. He serves as one of GEI’s Senior Wetland/Aquatic Biologists and is certified as a Professional Wetland Scientist. His expertise in working with regulatory agencies combined with his extensive knowledge of wetlands, aquatic, and plant communities, provides him with the unique ability to strategize and tackle complex projects and lead clients through even the most difficult regulatory processes/projects. Stu has a M.S. in Fisheries & Aquatic Biology and a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, both from Michigan State University.

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