Kleinfelder's leadership has built an environment to support and motivate our employee-owners and serve our long-term client relationships.
"I’m proud to be joining a firm with Kleinfelder’s long reputation of contributing to clients’ success, and I look forward to building on that legacy. Kleinfelder is at an inflection point in its development and with its broad platform, excellent reputation of client service and strong technical talent, it is well positioned to be a leading force in the A/E market"
“I have been with Kleinfelder for over 20 years now and have stayed here for two primary reasons: we have great people and great clients. In my role as Division Director, I am at the center of the action, working with both clients and our technical experts as we deliver great projects to the communities we live and work in. During my tenure with Kleinfelder, one thing has always stood out to me—no matter where the project is located, we bring the right people to the job as one company with no barriers. This simple approach has time and again delivered great results for our clients.”
"At Kleinfelder we have a great brand that attracts the best people and clients. With the market growing, and there being a needed emphasis placed on developing, expanding and upgrading our country’s infrastructure, we are in an ideal position to help both our clients and Kleinfelder succeed. I enjoy connecting our people to the needs of our clients, providing them with opportunities and challenges, all while creating an outstanding place to pursue a career. I believe that by fostering a healthy company culture, where morale is high, we hold each other accountable, and there is minimal bureaucracy, we can focus on our clients and their needs, which in turn will make us successful.”
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the firm’s 50-plus-year legacy of providing quality services with a strong commitment to safety and ethics. With our diversified services, premier technical talent and dynamic leadership, Kleinfelder is positioned to help our clients achieve their goals while benefiting the natural and built environments in which we live.”
“Understanding and leveraging the DNA of an organization is critical to building a path for success. Kleinfelder has an impressive history of focusing on client success as the core of our being, and using client opportunities to create development and growth opportunities for our people and our business. This model positions the organization to do great things in the coming years. I am excited about what the future holds for our clients, our people and our business and I am very pleased to be part of the team building that future.”
“Kleinfelder’s leadership team truly appreciates the value of risk management. Their willingness to confront challenges openly allows us to find solutions to mitigate risk while continuing to focus on our clients’ success.”
"I am honored to be a part of Kleinfelder’s continuing legacy of supporting clients’ and employees’ success. I believe Human Resources is about partnership with the business. I’m inspired by the opportunity to continue to provide growth opportunities to our greatest asset: our people."
“The world is a challenging place where the logistical, social and political complexities have daily impacts on the 6 billion inhabitants. Critical factors are the challenges we face to have the right infrastructure for the future and how we can effectively maintain that infrastructure. At Kleinfelder we are structured to succeed in solving those critical infrastructure challenges by aligning talented people with the complex demands and goals that impact our clients.”
"One aspect of working at Kleinfelder, that has been particularly rewarding, is the opportunity to help shape our culture to ensure we empower our teams with innovative tools and systems to deliver the right solutions for our clients. It’s not just about innovation, or client service, or being in the right place—it’s all of those things—together with the best people, empowered to do the right thing, every time."
"As the need for infrastructure solutions continues to grow, Kleinfelder has major opportunities for growth. In addition to connecting with our clients, I enjoy crafting strategy that provides avenues for the company to grow in different ways. I believe that by executing market-based plans with leading indicators, we will best leverage our business development and marketing resources. Our brand is a great foundation on which to build future growth and success."
"Since joining Kleinfelder at age of 17, I quickly learned our collaborative approach to resolve project challenges is one of the reasons why clients continue to work with us. Now, 25 years later, as the National CoMET Services Manager, I want to continue to build upon our long-standing client relationships with our talented staff."
"I can promise everybody, particularly our clients, that they will not be disappointed with the quality of the people that we have at Kleinfelder. Our transparency and ability to come together on critical issues makes Kleinfelder extremely special. In my 19 years here, the company has continuously changed for the better, providing new challenges and career opportunities for my coworkers and me, which has been refreshing and rewarding."
“Every day is a privilege to work with our clients. I’m proud that Kleinfelder creatively and cost-effectively manages our most challenging infrastructure priorities. Our water resources are precious. Proper water, wastewater, flood, stormwater and environmental management are critical to our public health and livelihood. Whether infrastructure is above ground or below ground, Kleinfelder’s multi-disciplined teamwork and dedication leads to practical, holistic solutions.”
"It is amazing to me the quality of our associates, project experience, and resource depth that can be mobilized to satisfy the client’s needs in all markets—and particularly for Transportation. The rewards for me come from connecting the dots to provide value for our clients and profits for our shareholders."
Project management, operations management
2010 Bronze Medal Kleinfelder Excellence Award Transportation Market, Massachusetts State Police Facility at Logan International Airport; 2010 Gold Medal Kleinfelder Excellence Award Major, CIGI Market, Framingham, MA, Comprehensive Wastewater Management Plan; 2012 ACEC/CT Engineering Excellence Award, Armed Forces Reserve Center, Middletown, CT
M.B.A., Business Management, Boston University, Massachusetts
M.S., Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University, Massachusetts
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Connecticut, Connecticut
Society of Women Engineers, Project Management Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers
Fate and transport of contaminants in the environment; water quality modeling and monitoring, NPDES permitting, wastewater management planning, expert testimony, litigation support and strategic planning;
Joan Hodges Queneau Palladium Medal for year 2010 - awarded by the American Association of Engineering Societies
B.E., Civil Engineering, Manhattan College
M.E., Environmental Engineering, Manhattan College
Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
American Academy of Environmental Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Resources Association, American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation
Design and construction oversight of earth retaining structures, embankments, foundations, and ground improvement/modification. Stabilization/improvement of existing retaining walls, slopes, and foundations. geotechnical engineering, design/build engineering, geotechnical asset management, and forensic assessment. pre-construction design evaluation for constructability and maintenance of geo-structures
B.S., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington
ASFE Fundamentals of Professional Practice, Class 22
American Society of Civil Engineers, Deep Foundations Institute
Civil/site and utility design for transportation, public transit and building facilities; including stormwater management, Low Impact Design, environmental permitting, roads and bridges, and LEED certification.
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Connecticut
National Society of Professional Engineers, American Council of Engineering Companies
Bridge planning, funding, permitting, design, and construction; rehabilitation, retrofit, and replacement of bridges; complex seismic analysis and design of bridges; soil-foundation-structure interaction; transportation project management; innovative project delivery
Industry Mentor for Accelerated Bridge Construction, University Transportation Center; 2014 Roads and Bridges Top 10 and 2015 ENR California Best Project, Torrey Pines Bridge, Del Mar, CA
M.S., Civil Engineering (Structures), University of Nevada, Reno
Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Bridges), University of Nevada, Reno
American Society of Civil Engineers, American Concrete Association, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, American Council of Engineering Companies
Air quality permitting, emission inventories, CEQA/NEPA air studies, health risk assessments, diesel combustion, air pollution control equipment, California programs (airborne toxic control measures, AB 32 greenhouse gas), risk management plans, spill prevention (SPCC) plans
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Irvine
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Irvine
Air and Waste Management Association
Hydrogeology, CERCLA site closure, environmental site characterization, forensic hydrogeochemistry
B.Sc., Engineering Geology and Geotechnics, Portsmouth University
M.Sc., Geohydrology, Rhodes University
Ph.D., Hydrogeology, University of Minnesota
California Professional Geologist
Geotechnical engineering, engineering geology
BS, Geological Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
MS, Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering, University of Texas
American Society of Civil Engineers, Kansas City Engineers Club, American Public Works Association, Geosynthetic Institute
Mr. Tschida has 19 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry, including geotechnical engineering, soil-structure interaction and design of steel and reinforced concrete foundations and earth retaining structures. Specialty areas of expertise include renewable energy, large-commercial and expansive soils.
Mr. Bisacky has 33 years of experience with planning, design, permitting and construction of a wide range of transportation, infrastructure, site development and industrial projects. His experience includes due-diligence, design, permitting, bid document preparation and construction phase services on civil/site projects for industrial, commercial, institutional, governmental and private clients with broad experience in utility and drainage design, including stormwater management and Green Infrastructure design.
Mr. McCormick has more than 29 years of technical experience with major geotechnical, seismic, geologic and engineering geologic investigations. He is a nationally recognized expert on landslides and slope stability and his technical expertise includes landslide evaluation, monitoring, mitigation design and construction observation and management of landslide repairs, Earthquake Fault Zone evaluation studies, paleoseismic studies, geohazard studies, geologic and geomorphic mapping and exploration, site feasibility and geotechnical design studies for all forms of infrastructure and development. His expertise includes landslide/geohazard forensic studies and expert witness testimony.
Mr. O'Neill has over 30 years’ experience providing geotechnical engineering on transportation and port infrastructure and building projects. His focus is on passenger rail/transit and other transportation infrastructure projects using both design-build and design-bid-build delivery methods.
Mr. Lukkarila's professional experience includes rock engineering, engineering geology, geotechnical engineering, slope analysis, foundation analysis and design, geotechnical subsurface exploration, and construction observation. For Kleinfelder, his responsibilities have included: geomechanical and geotechnical field mapping for slope engineering; mountaineering safety supervisor for training and project mapping services; kinematic analysis and engineering design for slope stability; engineering design for rockfall hazards; rock and soil slide identification, mitigation, and design; aerial photograph terrain analysis; blasting plan review; and construction observation and support for projects through Kleinfelder’s Market lines.
Mr. Sacre has over 37 years of experience as a civil/structural engineer. His focus includes environmental treatment facilities, aviation and military maintenance facilities, and complex infrastructure projects in major urban areas. His expertise includes forensic investigations and project litigation and resolution.
Ms. Brenk is a Principal Professional with extensive experience in multi-media environmental compliance projects and program management. Her focus is assisting clients to obtain agency approvals for construction and operation of manufacturing processes and to comply with air quality, storm water, hazardous/solid waste and oil pollution prevention regulations. In addition, Ms. Brenk uses her broad regulatory knowledge to conduct environmental compliance audits and to develop Environmental Management Systems, such as those certified to the ISO 14001 Standard.
Mr. Pollack is Kleinfelder's National Lab Director, overseeing the technical and quality management functions of 24 labs nationwide. He has extensive experience with laboratory and field testing of soils, concrete, asphalt pavements, masonry, steel and metal products, hard rock and aggregates, andother structural building materials.
Mr. Long has over 42 years of experience in the chemical and environmental engineering field, including 27 years of experience in remediation system evaluation and design and remedial construction management. His experience includes a broad background in evaluating many different remedial technologies from air sparging to bioremediation; designing remedial systems for soil and groundwater remediation including pump and treat, air sparging, dual phase extraction and bioremediation; overseeing the installation, start-up, and operation and maintenance (O&M) of remedial systems; evaluating the effectiveness of treatment systems over time; preparing bid documents for remedial construction; providing remedial construction oversight, inspections and management; preparing reports and PE Certifications for RCRA unit closures and unit installations.
Mr. Vogler has more than 34 years of experience involving petroleum exploration and production, environmental site assessment, risk assessment, permitting and compliance, and remediation of soils and groundwater impacted by a wide range of environmental contaminants. His professional expertise includes extensive field and analytical laboratory experience. His expertise also includes negotiating with a broad range of regulatory agencies, and he has been a Quality Assurance manager for more than 15 years. He is an active member of Kleinfelder’s Environmental Site Characterization, Hydrogeology, Environmental Regulatory Compliance, and Risk Analysis & Toxicology Practices.
Dr. Gingery has a broad range of experience with geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering projects including the planning and execution of site exploration programs, analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations, slope stability evaluations, numerical modeling, construction monitoring, and instrumentation. He has specialized in geotechnical earthquake engineering including dynamic site response modeling, liquifaction, soil-structure integration, seismic slope stability and fault hazards studies.
Mr. Hale is a Senior Fellow in Kleinfelder’s Contaminated Lands Service Line, leading and participating in several of its technical Focus Areas including Fractured Rock Assessment & Remediation, Oil & Gas Brines, Emerging Contaminants, Integrated Site Closure Strategies, and Contaminated Sediments. He provides client consultation internationally in the areas of environmental strategic planning, investigation design, remediation, liability management, and litigation support. His technical expertise includes contaminant hydrogeology and water resource issues with emphasis on challenging and complex sites.
Mr. Larsen has 20 years in the Special Inspection, Laboratory and CoMET fields, leading by example as a project manager, operations manager and business unit manager. He is a certified Master of Special Inspections, with experience in soils inspections, reinforced concrete, structural masonry, prestressed concrete, structural steel and welding, spray applied fireproofing special inspection, asphalt placement, materials observation and testing and oversight of three accredited laboratories.
Mr. Dill is a registered mechanical engineer with more than 21 years of experience in the areas of air quality and environmental compliance, including work in over a dozen states with both private and public sector clients. His primary areas of expertise include minor and major source air permitting, air emission inventories for criteria/toxic/greenhouse gas pollutants, New Source Review/Best Available Control Technology (NSR/BACT), emissions modeling, engineering evaluations, air pollution control equipment, air monitoring, CEQA/NEPA air studies, risk management plans (RMPs), spill prevention planning (SPCC), storm water compliance, and toxic release inventory (TRI) reporting.
Dr. Finegan is a California Certified Hydrogeologist with over 25 years’ experience in geologic and hydrogeologic investigations including litigation support as an expert in hydrogeology; he is a skilled field technician, is proficient in data evaluation and geochemical analysis techniques, and leads Kleinfelder's groundwater modeling practice. He has a PhD in contaminant hydrogeology, with a specialty in groundwater flow and contaminant transport in fractured-rock aquifers.
Ms. Steele has more than 15 years’ experience on environmental consulting and engineering for various commercial, industrial and government sectors. She specializes in site remediation through design of ex-situ and in-situ remedial solutions and risk-based corrective action.
Ms. Lamb is a Principal Professional Engineer with over 30 years’ experience. She is expert in environmental regulations governing air quality, water quality, hazardous chemical management and hazardous waste disposal. She has extensive experience with process and pollution control equipment design and operation; pollutant emission calculations, measurements and modeling; environmental compliance auditing; permit applications, plans and procedures; and negotiating permit terms, fines, and consent orders.
Ms. Simmons is a Principal Geologist with extensive experience in the fields of hydrogeology, environmental and engineering geology. She is experienced in the latest methods of subsurface investigation and sampling, drilling, well installation, aquifer characterization, remediation, trenching, geotechnical investigation and geophysical testing, and has been responsible for the logging and installation of over 1,000 groundwater monitoring wells ranging in depth from near surface to over 1,200 feet belowground surface.
Dr. Foster is an experienced project manager and an expert in achieving CERCLA, RCRA and petroleum site closure. He has extensive experience managing major A-E services contracts and projects involving field investigations, studies/analysis/workplans, assessment of property environmental liabilities and is skilled in the application of new technologies to hydrogeologic investigation and the integration of geology, hydrogeology, hydrochemistry, and geophysics for site characterization. His hydrogeological experience includes investigations related to landfills, petroleum hydrocarbon impacted sites, hazardous waste sites and public water supplies in a wide range of aquifer types including fractured rock and karst.
Dr. Johnson has over 15 years of engineering and management experience, specializing in leading multi-discipline teams to complete structure-centric transportation projects through planning, funding, permitting, design, and construction. He is an expert at rehabilitation and replacement of bridge structures in areas of high seismicity, soil-foundation-structure interaction, and complex seismic analysis and design. Dr. Johnson is well versed with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and State DOT requirements, client focused transportation/transit project management, and innovative project delivery.
Mr. Stevens is a hydrogeologist with nearly 20 years’ experience in the assessment and remediation of properties impacted with oil and hazardous materials. His project list has included sites in Australia, Canada, and the United States, and has included a range of clients from class-action litigants to Fortune 100 companies. His current role includes developing junior staff, advising project teams on the technical aspects of difficult sites, implementing new data management technologies, and bid preparation for portfolios of projects. He was formerly a petroleum terminal operations manager, environmental compliance manager, and client-side retail portfolio manager.
Mr. Janacek has 16 years of experience in engineering and construction industry, including extensive experience in geotechnical and structural assessment and design. Specialty areas of expertise include retaining wall design/assessment/ stabilization/asset management, ground improvement, underpinning, and deep foundation design. He has served as a technical lead in multiple design-build projects, design engineer of record, owner’s reviewer, and resident engineer for construction.
During the past 43 years, Mr. Guptill has managed numerous geotechnical engineering and engineering geology projects for tunnels, roads and highways, power plants, dams, wetland restorations, oil facilities, and waste containment. For many of those projects Mr. Guptill planned and implemented geologic and geotechnical investigations to characterize soil, rock, and groundwater conditions, and to evaluate rock conditions, slope stability and seismic hazards for design of engineered solutions included in plans and specifications.
Dr. Ferrara is well known throughout the United States for his work in solving complex water quality problems related to NPDES permits and litigation matters involving contamination of ground waters, surface waters, and drinking water supplies. Among his accomplishments and contributions, Dr. Ferrara serves as the Editor of ASCE’s Journal of Environmental Engineering and has been awarded the American Association of Engineering Societies Palladium Medal.
Mr. Escandon has 36 years of experience as an engineering geologist performing and managing geologic and geotechnical investigations and services for tunnels, shafts, and underground structures, subways, pipelines, dams and reservoirs, treatment plants, bridges and highways, residential/commercial developments, schools, transmission lines, power plants, and alternative solar and wind energy developments. His project experience includes feasibility studies; geotechnical site investigations; foundation investigations; mapping of tunnels and underground excavations; geotechnical instrumentation; fault trenching/fault hazard evaluation; landslide studies; stability analyses; groundwater contamination studies; well construction; distressed property evaluations; and construction monitoring.
Mr. Lemmer is a Principal geologist with over 28 years of experience geology, engineering geology and hydrogeology for a wide range of public and private projects. Mr. Lemmer has conducted many investigations to characterize subsurface conditions, including to those identifying active faults, landslides and other geologic hazards, as wells as hydrogeologic studies and aquifer tests to determine groundwater conditions for the development of the appropriate monitoring system and/or mitigation measures.
Mr. Derrega has over 25 years of experience in managing and performing engineering geologic and geotechnical engineering investigations in Northern California. His expertise includes river levee reconnaissance and evaluation, dam safety inspections, creek bank stability and retreat, slope monitoring and landslide evaluation and mitigation, detailed earthquake fault zone evaluation studies, geologic and geomorphic mapping and exploration, site feasibility studies for various types of developments, erosion potential evaluation, slope stability analysis, slope instrumentation, geologic and seismic hazards assessments for public schools and essential facilities, engineering geology construction and construction management, Plan of Control preparation, hillside grading, and project management.
Dr. Dwyer specializes in the application of toxicology and risk analysis techniques to human health risk assessment, to compliance with regulatory agency guidelines and standards, and to facility siting, and risk of catastrophic events, including chemical releases, pipeline failures, and terrorist attacks. He has served as the project/task manager on risk assessments performed under CERCLA, RCRA, and state guidelines. Dr. Dwyer has also provided expert testimony and litigation support on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, local governments, and private clients. Dr. Dwyer has been the senior author or co-author of more than 300 client-funded risk assessment and toxicology reports. This work has encompassed screening-level and baseline human health risk assessments in Washington, California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Texas. These risk assessments have included evaluations of risk associated with chemicals released to air, soil, and surface and ground water.
Mr. Sounart has over 25 years of experience in the design, management, and construction of civil projects of many types, including roadways,parking lots, bridges, and airports. His primary areas of technical expertise includes pavement management, forensics, materials consultations, Superpave design and testing, asphalt and concrete mix and pavement designs, and Superpave and conventional asphalt binder testing and research.
Mr. Wendland has 28 years of experience in geotechnical engineering and leads high quality, efficient geotechnical and geological engineering work for Kleinfelder projects throughout the United States and internationally. Mr. Wendland has analyzed and designed foundations for many power generation facilities, industrial facilities, electric transmission lines, aviation facilities, office buildings, wastewater treatment plants, bridges, and marine structures and has worked with the analysis of large dams, earth retaining structures, soil and rock anchors, reservoirs, solid waste landfills, roads and highways, and seismic analysis of foundations and earth structures.
Mr. Tyler has 25 years experience in environmental consulting specializing in environmental characterization and remediation of a broad spectrum of contaminants (e.g., chlorinated solvents/1,4-dioxane, arsenic, hexavalent chromium, perchlorate, gasoline, jet fuel, PFCs). In particular, he has developed specialized expertise in the areas of bioremediation (holds a patent for in-situ bioremediation process) and chemical oxidation/reduction for contaminated sites in unconsolidated media as well as fractured bedrock environments. He is an active member of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) and has served on many teams including Characterization and Remediation of Fractured Bedrock, Integrated DNAPL Source Strategy, DNAPL Site Characterization, Perchlorate Remediation.
Mr. Slegers has over 21 years of experience in construction materials and geotechnical engineering and testing. He is experienced in testing and inspection of vertical and horizontal construction including investigations of historic structures and specialized materials testing.
Mr. Parkhill is a senior principal engineer with 36 years of experience in geotechnical engineering in the Northeast, Midwest and West. His more unique experience has included: managing a large section of Boston’s “Big Dig” (building an interstate highway in a dense urban area 80 to 120’ below an active highway), deep excavations with slurry walls and other support methods, foundations for eight 35 to 45‑story structures, structures built on landfills, a 5 mile long cable-stayed bridge in soft soils in an 8.0 earthquake zone, and other more conventional projects and foundation approaches.
Mr. Barrett's extensive 32 years of expertise includes geotechnical services, construction materials testing, MSE wall design, asphalt and concrete pavement design and construction, and forensic investigations. His geotechnical expertise includes site preparation and grading, earth dams, ground improvement, cut and fill slopes, pavement design and provides specialty engineering services including property condition assessments, vibration analyses, and roof consulting.
Dr. Zafir is the vice president for earthquake engineering at Kleinfelder. Dr. Zafir has more than 30 years of experience in the field of geotechnical and earthquake engineering and research. Dr. Zafir has been actively involved on seismic hazard evaluations and seismic retrofit for renowned national and international projects. In addition to California, he has been involved in seismic design projects in Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Massachusetts, Mexico, Bangladesh, Romania, and Russia. He has published and presented more than thirty technical papers in international journals and conferences. He has also been an invited speaker at universities and professional engineering associations across the US.