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Ascending Professionals are any professional working in the Environmental and/or Energy sectors for less than 10 years.

Mission Statement

The mission of the EBC Ascending Professionals Committee is to identify issues of concern to young (and new) environmental professionals. Issues include but are not limited to career and professional skills development, understanding existing and developing legislation and regulations, and networking. These issues are addressed by providing objective information from up-to-date and reliable sources including EBC member company officials, EBC committee chairs, and experts in skills development.

To implement this mission statement, the committee will:

  • Organize quarterly committee program planning meetings where committee members can network and plan upcoming committee programming.
  • Organize seminars, workshops on career and professional skills development skills and other topics of concern.
  • Organize networking opportunities for young environmental professionals to gather with their peers.
  • Participate in the EBC Career Fair and other programs and interact with students in environmental fields to provide information about careers in the environmental and energy industry.

Membership in the EBC Ascending Professionals Committee is offered to those who participate in at least one EBC Ascending Professionals Program and one other EBC Program, either through the Ascending Professionals or any other program offered by EBC, per calendar year (two programs total – basic requirement).

Committee Leadership

Committee Chair

Cristina Mendoza, Solutions Design Lead
Capaccio Environmental Engineering
293 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA  01752
508.970.0033 x128  //  cmendoza@capaccio.com

Committee Vice Chair

Jessica Yeager, Project Engineer
Geosyntec Consultants
1330 Beacon St Suite 317, Brookline, MA 02446
617.992.9065  //  jyeager@geosyntec.com

New Hampshire Representative

Danielle Sylvia, Environmental Engineer
Golder Associates
670 North Commercial Street, Suite 103, Manchester, NH 03101
603.668.0880  //  Danielle_Sylvia@golder.com

Leadership Team

The members of the Ascending Professionals Committee Leadership Team will meet routinely with the committee chair and vice chair to identify topics for programs. Leadership Team members must participate in at least two out of the four program planning meetings each year and take on the role of program chair for at least one Ascending Professionals program. Leadership Team members must work for an EBC Member company.

Elizabeth Desjardins, Staff Engineer
Tighe & Bond
53 Southampton Road, Westfield, MA 01085
413.572.3216  //  ELDesjardins@tighebond.com

Adam Finkle, Coastal Scientist
Woods Hole Group
107 Waterhouse Road, Bourne, MA 02532
508.495.6212  //  afinkle@whgrp.com

Max Forsythe, Business Development Manager
National Response Corporation (NRC)
19 National Drive, Franklin, MA 02038
508.450.0253  //  mforsythe@nrcc.com

Konrad Kulacki, Senior Scientist
1 Mill & Main Place, Maynard, MA 01754
978.461.4619  //  kkulacki@exponent.com

Valerie Moore, Associate
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210
617.439.2233  //  vmoore@nutter.com

Michael Shea, Account Manager
Resource Options, Inc.
200 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494
781.455.7425  //  mshea@resourceoptions.com

Fiona Vardy, Project Planner
Epsilon Associates, Inc.
3 Main & Mill Place, Suite 250, Maynard, MA 01754
978.461.6243  //  fvardy@epsilonassociates.com

Committee Members

Membership in the EBC Ascending Professionals Committee is offered to those who participate in at least one EBC Ascending Professionals Program and one other EBC Program, either through the Ascending Professionals or any other program offered by EBC, per calendar year (two programs total – basic requirement). Qualification for membership in the EBC Ascending Professionals Committee for 2019 was based on EBC program participation in 2018.

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Lindsey Aborn, Project Geologist, Wilcox & Barton, Inc.
Karl Allen,
Economic Development Manager City of Chelsea
Nicole Anagnostaras, Environmental Program Manager, Philips
Lars Andresen, 
Assistant Project Manager, CDW Consultants
Kristin Bahny,
Associate Project, Manager TRC
Owen Bellemy,
Project Engineer Charter, Contracting Company, LLC
Seth Berkman,
Energy Market Analyst, SourceOne
Claire Bird,
Business Development Associate, Roux Associates
Caroline Bishop, 
Search Consultant, Resource Options Inc.
Alice Blayney,
Senior Staff Engineer, Geosyntec
Matt Bobkowski, 
Project Scientist, TRC
Michaela Bogosh, 
Environmental Engineer, CDM Smith
Dan Bourque, 
Assistant Project Manager, Bohler Engineering
Colleen Brothers, 
Environmental Scientist, Tighe & Bond
Malwina Burzec, Legal Intern, MassDEP
Renee Caird, 
Geologist, Jacobs
Stephen Cammuso, 
Project Administrator, BSC Group
Amanda Cantara, 
Project Environmental Scientist, Tighe & Bond
Tom Carney, 
Business Development, Charter Contracting Company, LLC
Ana Celaya-Morgan, 
Environmental Associate, Ramboll
Elizabeth Christmas, 
Senior Environmental Engineer, Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
Elisabeth Cianciola, 
Project Scientist, ESS Group, Inc.
Lauren Clum-Russell, 
Project Engineer, Charter Contracting Company
Lew Conley,
Team Lead, SumCo Eco-Contracting
Cameron Cook, 
Human Resources Business Professional, Resource Options Inc
Teresa Cooper, 
Senior Scientist, Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
Paige Cornell, 
Environmental Scientist, VHB
Joe Corsello, 
Senior Project Engineer, Sanborn, Head & Associates
Clint Cyr,
Project Engineer, Epsilon Associates, Inc.
Sammy Cyr,
Aquatic Taxonomist, Normandeau Associates, Inc.
Amy D’Alessandro,
Transmission Siting Specialist, Eversource
Anthony Damiano,
Environmental Scientist I, GZA GeoEnvironmental
Elizabeth Desjardins,
Staff Engineer, Tighe & Bond
Samuel Despins,
Assistant Project Manager, GZA
Tristan Donovan,
Coastal Engineer, Tighe & Bond
Alex Doubrava,
Senior Job Coordinator, Resource Options, Inc
Adam Dumville, 
Environmental and Energy Attorney, McLane Middleton PA
Julie Eaton,
Lead Resiliency Engineer, Weston & Sampson
Jessica Englehart,
Staff Engineer, GEI Consultants
Jennifer Flood,
Environmental Scientist, Tetra Tech
Thomas Funk,
Engineer in Training, The Aulson Company
Marc Gabriel,
Project Manager, Nitsch Engineering
Stephen Gabriel,
Environmental Scientist, Environmental Partners Group, Inc.
Karen Gilbert,
Project Scientist, Epsilon Associates, Inc.
Cara Goodman,
Clean Energy Coordinator, MAPC
Dana Goodman,
Community Programs Specialist, Boston Solar
Carolyn Gorss,
Staff Scientist, Epsilon Associates
Patricia Graham,
Project Geologist, EnSafe
Ben Griffith,
Wetland Biologist, Normandeau Associates
Jamie Grome,
Staff Engineer, Tighe & Bond
Beth Gurney,
Environmental Permitting Specialist, Woods Hole Group
Hanna Hamblen,
Environmental Underwriter, Berkley Environmental
Kate Hanrahan,
Environmental Scientist, McPhail Associates
Kate Hardock,
Staff Geologist, Roux Associates
Bonnie Heiple,
Attorney, WilmerHale
Chrissy Hopps
Mike Horton, 
Project Manager, Tetra Tech
Lindsey Howard,
Engineer, Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
Nathan Hunt,
Project Manager, de maximis, inc.
Danielle Iuliucci,
Project Scientist, GES
Rishabh Iyer, 
Project Engineer, TRC Environmental
Kira Jacobs,
Drinking Water Protection, U.S. EPA
David Jensen,
Senior Staff Engineer, Geosyntec
Chet Jobert,
Account Manager, Resource Options, Inc.
Kara Johnston,
Environmental Engineer, CDM Smith
Julia Kallmerten,
Staff Engineer, Tighe & Bond, Inc
Allie Kauffman,
Coastal Engineer, Jacobs
Megan Kearns,
Project Scientist, Epsilon Associates
John Kelleher,
EHS Consultant, Capaccio Environmental Enginnering, Inc.
Heidi Keller,
Hydrogeologist, Fuss & O’Neill, Inc.
Katherine Kelly, 
Marine Project Specialist, Tetra Tech
Vivian Kimball,
Environmental Scientist, VHB
Kelan Koncewicz,
Environmental Scientist, VHB
Katie Kudzma,
Senior Environmental Analyst, VHB
Renee Lanza, 
Project Engineer, Woodard & Curran
Emma Larkin, 
Environmental Scientist, Tighe & Bond
Laura Lefebvre, 
Senior Project Manager, TRC
Heidi Lemieux, 
Senior Project Engineer, Sanborn Head & Associates
Nathan Little, 
Senior Water Supply Engineer, Pennichuck Water
Alysa Longo, 
Engineer, Environmental Partners
David Lyons, 
Attorney, Anderson Kreiger LLP
Patrick Lyons, 
Engineer II, Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc.
Charlie Mace, 
MA Environmental Division Manager, Resource Options
Solmaz Marzooghi, 
Environmental Scientist, Exponent
Doug McPherson, 
Regulatory Compliance Specialist, Arborjet Inc.
Mykel Mendes, 
Project Engineer, Nover-Armstrong Associates
Ben Monohon, 
Project Manager, Charter Contracting Compang
Jennifer Monroe, 
Account Manager, Resource Options, Inc.
Angela Moulton, 
Engineer, CDM Smith
Haley Muir, 
Search Consultant, Resource Options Inc
Tyler Parent, 
Fisheries Scientist, Normandeau Associates
Alston Potts, 
Engineer, Environmental Partners Group, Inc.
Quincy Pratt, 
Senior Project Engineer, Sanborn Head & Associates
Matt Preston, 
Director of Business Development, EnviroVantage
Kevin Quetti, 
Senior Civil Designer, Nitsch Engineering, Inc.
Phoebe Rafferty, 
Summer Stormwater Intern, Town of Amherst, NH
Karen Rave

Harrison Roakes, 
Senior Project Engineer, Sanborn Head
Kalinda Roberts, 
Permit Specialist / Environmental Scientist, TRC Environmental
Sarah Rocklin, 
Project Environmental Scientist, Weston & Sampson
Emily Ross, 
Staff Scientist, Consultant ERM
Mark Ruberti, 
Senior Project Engineer, Sanborn Head
Kayla Santello, 
Engineer, Woodard & Curran
Nathan Sarapas, 
Project Engineer, Freeman Companies
Mary Kate Schneeweis, 
Environmental Specialist, Beals and Thomas, Inc.
Corey Schutzman, 
Senior Project, Manager BSC Group
Julia Scott, 
Engineer, Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
Dan Shapiro, 
Project Manager, SunPower
Kelly Smith, 
Water Resources Engineer, HodgeWater Resources
Catherine Sobchuk, 
Senior Project Engineer, Sanborn Head
Rhianna, Sommers, 
Project Scientist, Epsilon Associates, Inc.
Rachel Stevens, 
Senior Project Manager, ATC
Matthew Stewart, 
General Manager, NRC
Meredith Sullivan, 
Environmental Engineer, CDM Smith
Jeremy Thebodo, 
Associate Sales Representative, Alpha Analytical
Erica Torres, 
Major Accounts Manager, Republic Services
Lauren Underwood, 
Project Engineer, Environmental Partners Group, Inc.
Anna Valdez, 
Civil Project Designer, Nitsch Engineering
Chelsie Vokes, 
Associate Attorney, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
David Warren, 
Solutions Sales Manager, Covanta
William Watts, 
Environmental Scientist, Environmental Partners Group
Melissa Wilson, 
Staff Engineer, Roux Associates
Travis Yandow, 
Wetland Scientist, BSC Group

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