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Meet Our Team

Tegan Hoffmann

Tegan Churcher Hoffmann, Ph.D.

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As Vice President of Blue Earth Consultants, a Division of ERG, Dr. Tegan Hoffmann leads the team of professionals and oversees all client projects. With 20 years of professional experience, she works with communities, non-governmental organizations, foundations, academic institutions, and governments to provide the best ideas and consulting services that help improve resource management and sustainable practices around the world.

Dr. Hoffmann’s strengths lie in her ability to draw connections, create synergies, and conceive cutting-edge solutions. She performs all project and operational oversight and specializes in the services of the firm – strategic and business planning; governance, institutional arrangements, and organizational design; monitoring, evaluation, and learning; funding and long-term financing; meeting design, stakeholder engagement, and technical facilitation; strategic communications; and, next/best practices, with expertise in terrestrial and marine sustainable resource management and conservation. With a portfolio of more than 150 completed projects, she has provided consulting and advisory services for numerous clients across sectors. Example clients include David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Ecotrust, Global Environment Fund, Mexican Fund for Nature Conservation (FMCN), Rare, the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, State of California, State of Oregon, UNESCO, NOAA, and many others. Dr. Hoffmann has experience designing solutions in the U.S. and internationally, with extensive experience in the U.S. West and East Coasts, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, Mexico, and the Mesoamerican Reef/Wider Caribbean region.

Dr. Hoffmann holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Geography and a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Resource Studies from the University of California Berkeley. She received numerous awards and research grants for her work from organizations including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s STAR Fellowship, NOAA, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, University California’s Pacific Rim Research Program, the U.S. Indonesia Society, and others.

Prior to consulting, Dr. Hoffmann was the Director of Programs for the Coral Reef Alliance, where she led a team of five, managed, and evaluated all of the organization’s coral reef conservation and education programs.

Dr. Hoffmann is a founding member of the UC Berkeley Environmental Alumni Network, a board member of U.C. Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources Alumni Board and Coastal Quest, and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Society of Woman Geographers, and International Coral Reef Society. Dr. Hoffmann has published on a wide range of related topics.

Click here to view Dr. Hoffmann’s April 2012 interview about Blue Earth Consultants’ role in sustainable resource management and conservation on the national radio talk show Lady Brain.

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Selected Publications

Kelsey Jacobsen

Kelsey Jacobsen

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Kelsey Jacobsen brings expertise and in-country experience in marine science, policy, and resource management. Ms. Jacobsen has more than six years of experience in marine and coastal projects with various sectors, including non-profit, academic research, and government. Ms. Jacobsen supports and assists in the development of firm projects with specialization in research, writing, analysis, science integration, federal marine policy, marine spatial planning, and sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

Ms. Jacobsen holds a Master’s of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Connecticut College. For her Master’s thesis, she led a group of six colleagues on in-depth research and analysis of the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of expanding industrial offshore salmon farms into the Patagonian region of Chile. In addition to Chile, Ms. Jacobsen has performed projects and/or in-country research in the U.S. East and West Coasts, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Belize, Senegal, Zanzibar, Comoros Islands, and Indonesia.

Before joining Blue Earth Consultants, Ms. Jacobsen completed a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship working in the Washington, DC office of Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-24). In that role, she advised the Congresswoman on federal ocean legislation and policies on topics including fisheries, seafood traceability, ocean acidification, whale and shark conservation, aquaculture, National Marine Sanctuaries, and climate change. Ms. Jacobsen has also worked as a Project Manager with the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Sustainable Fisheries Group, where she collaborated with NGOs, academic researchers, government, and foundations to implement innovative fishery improvement projects in California and abroad. She has also performed in-depth research on the economic benefits of ocean industries worldwide for the Ocean Health Index, and researched the supply chain impacts of implementing catch share management for fisheries.

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Jennifer Lam

Jennifer Lam

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Jennifer Lam brings over seven years of experience in conservation science, natural resource management, and project coordination. Ms. Lam has worked with variety of sectors including academic institutions, non-profit organizations, private businesses, and government. As a part of the team, Ms. Lam supports and assists in the development of firm projects with specialization in research, evaluation, data analysis, survey development, science integration, stakeholder engagement, watershed health, and invasive species.

Ms. Lam holds a Master of Science in Marine Resource Management and a Bachelor of Science in General Science both from Oregon State University. Her Master’s thesis titled, “Dose of Reality: What can We Learn from Educational and Veterinary Pet Owners to Guide More Effective Environmental Stewardship of Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs)?” examined the human dimensions of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the environment in Washington, Oregon, and Southern California. In addition to the U.S. West Coast, Ms. Lam has performed projects and/or in-country research in the U.S. East/Gulf Coasts, Great Lakes, Wider Caribbean (U.S. Virgin Islands, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago), Canada, and Japan.

Before joining Blue Earth Consultants, Ms. Lam worked for Oregon Sea Grant as the Watershed and Invasive Species Education Research Analyst. In that role, she developed watershed health and invasive species education/outreach publication tools and helped coordinate and deliver stakeholder workshops and trainings. Ms. Lam has also worked as an Evaluation Consultant with the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils, where she assessed and measured workshop and conference performance and identified areas to improve program effectiveness. She has also performed comprehensive research on sustainable business practices and binational natural resource legislation to inform an aquatic invasive species risk analysis.

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Diana Pietri

Diana Pietri, Ph.D.

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As a member of the team since 2015, Dr. Pietri brings over eight years of experience in marine science, policy, and management. Her primary expertise is in marine and coastal management and policy, science integration, collaborative processes, community-based resource management, and protected areas. Dr. Pietri has worked for a variety of sectors, including non-profit, academic, and government. As part of the team, Dr. Pietri supports and assists in the development of firm projects with specializations in natural and social science research methods; monitoring, evaluation, and learning; science integration; area based management and spatial planning; capacity building; sustainable fisheries management; and climate change impacts, policy, and solution strategies.

Dr. Pietri holds a Ph.D. from the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at University of Washington, a Master’s of Marine Affairs from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Arts in Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology from Columbia University. For her Ph.D. thesis, she conducted in-depth qualitative and quantitative analysis on the role of social capital in and effectiveness of collaborative ecosystem management networks in the Philippines and the Coral Triangle region (Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste). In addition to her work in the Philippines and the Coral Triangle, Dr. Pietri has also performed projects and/or in-country research in the U.S. East and West Coasts, the Western Pacific, Belize, Costa Rica, the Eastern Caribbean, and Brazil. She received numerous awards and research grants for her work from organizations including the Fulbright Student Program, the National Science Foundation Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program, the Seattle Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Program, University of Washington’s Graduate Opportunities Minority Advancement Program, and others.

Prior to joining Blue Earth Consultants, Dr. Pietri worked as a program manager for the California Ocean Science Trust. In that role, she worked to improve the integration of science and policy for California managers and scientists, including managing a study on the decommissioning of California’s offshore oil and gas platforms, designing protocols for expert peer review of state scientific studies, and coordinating and overseeing multiple expert scientific committees. Dr. Pietri has also worked as a consultant for EcoAdapt, where she researched and co-authored a report on climate impacts and potential adaptation solutions to fisheries in the United States and territories. During her PhD studies, Dr. Pietri was the Philippine field coordinator for the U.S. Coral Triangle Initiative Learning Project, where she applied social surveys and interviews to help assess lessons learned from U.S. investment in The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security, an ambitious multi-national marine governance effort.

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Selected Publications

  • Christie, P., Pietri, D., Stevenson, T. C., Pollnac, R., Knight, M., White, A. T. In review. Improving human and environmental conditions through the Coral Triangle Initiative: Progress and challenges. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.
  • Pietri, D, A. Score, R. M. Gregg, and L.J. Hansen. 2014, In press. Climate Impacts to Fisheries in the United State and Territories. EcoAdapt, Bainbridge Island, WA.
  • Pietri, D. M., Stevenson, T. C., Christie, P. “Strengthening capacity through a regional learning network: The Coral Triangle Initiative and regional exchanges.” Global Environmental Change, 33: 165-176.
  • Hauser, D.W., Tobin, E. D., Feifel, K. M., Shah, V., Pietri, D.M. 2015. Disciplinary reporting affects the interpretation of climate change impacts in global oceans. Global Change Biology, doi:10.1111/gcb.12978.
  • Pietri, D., Gurney, G., Benitez-Vina, N., Kuklok, A., Maxwell, S. M., Vina, M. A., Whiting, L., Jenkins, L. D. 2013. Practical Recommendations to Help Students Bridge the Research-Implementation Gap and Promote Conservation. Conservation Biology, 27: 958-967.
  • Pietri, D., McAfee, S., Mace, A., Knight, E., Rogers, L., Chornesky, E. 2011. Using Science to Inform Controversial Issues: A Case Study from the California Ocean Science Trust. Coastal Management Journal, 39: 296-316.
  • Pietri, D. Christie, P., Pollnac, R., Diaz, R., Sabonsolin, A. 2009. Information Diffusion in Two Marine Protected Area Networks in the Central Visayas Region, Philippines. Coastal Management Journal, 37: 331-348.
  • Pietri, D., Soule, A. B., Kershner, J., Soles, P., Sullivan, M. 2008. The Arctic shipping and environmental management agreement: A regime for marine pollution. Coastal Management Journal, 36: 508-523.

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Sylvia Chang

Sylvia Chang

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As a member of team since 2015, Sylvia Chang brings over five years of experience in marine science, policy, and management. Ms. Chang has worked with a variety of sectors, including academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and government. At Blue Earth, Ms. Chang supports and assists in the implementation and delivery of projects for our clients with specialization in research, data analysis, evaluation, survey development, coastal and ocean conservation, and area-based management.

Ms. Chang holds a Masters of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. For her Master’s project, she worked as a consultant for the Government of Belize and conducted a preliminary analysis of the blue carbon capacity of Belizean mangroves through an ecological, economic, and policy lens, providing the first in-country estimates of blue carbon. In that role, she designed and implemented sampling and analysis methods for mangrove sediment carbon and identified factors influencing the feasibility of a blue carbon offsets project in Belize. In addition to her experience in Belize, Ms. Chang has conducted research on marine conservation issues in the U.S. East and West Coasts and Caribbean.

Prior to joining the Blue Earth team, Ms. Chang worked on spatial analysis projects related to California’s groundwater in Kings and Fresno Counties, Hawaiian spinner dolphin presence at four resting bays, and marine spatial planning in the U.S. East Coast.

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Charlotte Dohrn

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A member of the Blue Earth team since 2015, Charlotte Dohrn brings more than three years of experience in marine science and resource management. Ms. Dohrn has worked with academic institutions, policy organizations, and industry in research and program support roles. At Blue Earth, Ms. Dohrn supports the team through research, interviews, data analysis, writing, and client services support.

Ms. Dohrn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis from Pomona College. For her undergraduate senior thesis, she conducted independent research on community-based fisheries management and visited coastal towns in Alaska, Oregon, and California to conduct interviews with fishermen, scientists, and community members. At Pomona College, Ms. Dohrn also researched the political economy of overfishing in Senegal and obstacles to sustainable coffee production in rural Brazil.

Before joining the Blue Earth team, Ms. Dohrn worked as a field technician studying salmon ecology in Bristol Bay, Alaska, where she worked with staff scientists on fishery research and monitoring to contribute to long-term datasets. She has also worked on climate action issues with NextGen Climate, and as a professional oyster shucker in San Francisco.

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Alyssa Dykman

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Alyssa Dykman brings experience in an array of marine science, policy, and sustainable natural resource management issues. Ms. Dykman has worked with a variety of sectors, including academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and government. At Blue Earth, Ms. Dykman supports the team through research, data analysis, writing, survey development, and general client services support.

Prior to joining Blue Earth, Ms. Dykman worked on marine conservation research and outreach projects related to coral reef vulnerability in Australia, community-supported fisheries in North Carolina, and marine protected area management in California, Guam and Palau. In those international and regional roles, she worked to improve best practices and adaptive management schemes, create stakeholder engagement strategies, and develop and implement monitoring and evaluation frameworks.

Ms. Dykman holds a Masters of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California. For her Master’s project, she worked as a consultant for North Carolina Sea Grant and developed a sustainable tourism management framework for the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway. In this role, she established indicators of sustainability through an ecological, economical, and societal approach, and conducted descriptive and geospatial analyses. In addition, Ms. Dykman was a Coastal Policy Fellow for North Carolina Sea Grant, where she determined the motivations of visitors to the Outer Banks through an original survey instrument and analysis.

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ERG Staff

Julie Blue

Julie Blue, Ph.D.

Principal Climate Scientist

Dr. Julie Blue, ERG’s Principal Climate Scientist, has more than two decades of experience in environmental research for federal agencies related to groundwater, surface water, storm water, drinking water, wastewater, hazardous waste, and climate change. She has supported EPA’s Office of Research and Development for many years on a wide diversity of research projects as a principal investigator and contract manager. She also managed a six-year project for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop a groundbreaking Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment tool.

At ERG, her work has focused on urban resilience, climate change vulnerability assessments, and adaptation planning. She has been supporting EPA in developing and piloting an urban resilience assessment framework; in preparing a synthesis of all federal tools and studies related to increasing urban resilience to climate change; and in evaluating the contributions to urban resilience planning of the National Science Foundation’s ULTRA-Ex Program.

Julie holds a B.A. in English and Mathematics from Swarthmore College. She received her M.A. in English and her M.S. in Earth Sciences from Indiana University and from the University of California, Santa Cruz, respectively. She received her Ph.D. in Engineering (Hydrology) from the University of Arizona. She is a member of the scientific research society, Sigma Xi, and spends her spare time hiking, traveling, coaching Suzuki cello, and trying to keep up with her book club.

John Crenshaw

John Crenshaw

Vice President

An ERG vice president, John Crenshaw is a national expert with 40 years of experience in regulatory and voluntary air emission reduction programs. Continuously for over 25 years, he has managed ERG’s support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for developing New Source Performance Standards and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants in more than 50 industry categories under the Clean Air Act. Concurrently for the past seven years, he has managed all aspects of ERG’s support to EPA’s Climate Change Division to develop and implement the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. He also has provided technical, policy, and outreach support to EPA climate change programs, including the Landfill Methane Outreach Program, AgSTAR, Green Power Partnership, and Combined Heat and Power Partnership. In addition, he has provided expert support to other federal agencies and state clients on a wide variety of air emissions policies and programs.

Before joining ERG, John worked for 17 years in increasingly senior positions in the Emission Standards Division of EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. Prior to that, he served for four years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. John has a B.S. in industrial engineering from Clemson University and an M.B.A. from Duke University.

Linda Diamond

Linda Diamond

Vice President

Linda Diamond, an ERG vice president, has more than 25 years of practical experience providing IT services and strategic business consulting to environmental, occupational safety and health, public health, and transportation programs. Since founding ERG’s digital and information solutions group in 1989, she has led hundreds of projects to evaluate, modernize, and transform client workflow and technology platforms to better support data collection, decision-making, business process transformation, outreach, and communications. Her work has included development and implementation of scientific applications, national data management systems, workflow and content management systems, and data visualization solutions and applications.

Balancing strategic vision with practical know-how, Linda leads knowledge capture and innovation sessions with federal, state, and commercial clients to define priorities, discuss options and solutions, and guide development of the technology vision and roadmap for their project. Linda particularly enjoys building, mentoring, and empowering IT and digital project teams to create solutions that provide measurable organizational impact. As ERG’s chief information officer, Linda also leads ERG’s IT strategy efforts, aligning the company’s infrastructure with its business needs.

Linda holds a B.S. in resource economics from the University of Vermont’s School of Natural Resources, with a concentration in operations research and computer modeling.

Jenny Helmick

Jenny Helmick

Vice President

Jenny Helmick is a highly accomplished writer, educator, trainer, and communications strategist. Growing up in Florida in the 1960s, Jenny was deeply affected by the die-off of pelicans and destruction of the Everglades, and she has worked on behalf of the environment ever since. An ERG vice president, she has put her strong science background and communications skills in the service of environmental protection and public health since joining the company in 1988. ERG’s clients frequently turn to her to solve their tough communication challenges—from quick-turnaround fact sheets and Web content, to multi-year, multi-author research reports, to comprehensive stakeholder engagement and communications strategies. She also designs and delivers training, workshops, and curricula on environmental science, effective writing, and other topics.

Jenny holds a B.A. from Harvard University, social studies concentration, and an M.S. in environmental health/urban and environmental policy from Tufts University.

Joe Miller

Joe Miller, Ph.D.

Director of Digital Strategy

A recognized leader in transforming long-form research into digitally native products, Dr. Joe Miller joined ERG in 2015 to lead the company’s digital strategy work. He came to ERG from The Century Foundation, one of the country’s oldest think tanks, where he and his team helped the organization transition to digital-first publishing.

Previously he created the digital strategy program while heading the Web team at the Congressional Budget Office and won both a Webby and a Clarion award for, respectively, redesigning and writing for FactCheck.org. Even earlier, he was a copywriter at the Mack | Crounse group and an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina–Pembroke and at West Point.

Joe writes and speaks regularly on the future of digital publishing and serves on the editorial board at WonkComms, a best practices community for communications professionals at research institutions. He holds a B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College and a Ph.D. in political philosophy from the University of Virginia. In his spare time, Joe enjoys hiking, reading and/or watching science fiction, visiting coffeeshops, running (very slowly), sipping bourbon (neat only, please), and writing about himself in the third person.

Lou Nadeau

Lou Nadeau, Ph.D.

Vice President

An expert in econometrics, statistical analysis, survey design, and process analysis, Dr. Lou Nadeau joined ERG in 1996. A vice president, he developed and currently manages ERG’s program evaluation and performance measurement practice, which focuses on two areas: evaluating the impacts of federal programs (including developing performance metrics) and valuing ecosystem services.

Government agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Labor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Commission for Environmental Cooperation have used Lou’s services to learn where their programs are making impacts, discover ways to improve program effectiveness, and provide a data-based foundation for enhanced management decision-making. Lou is hands-on in the projects he manages, leading interviews and conducting statistical analyses. He often presents his work at national conferences and to upper management at federal agencies.

Lou has a B.A. in economics from Assumption College and a Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from Clark University.

Arleen O\'Donnell

Arleen O’Donnell

Vice President

Arleen O’Donnell has been working to protect and sustainably manage water resources since beginning her career as a researcher at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Since then, she has worked to strengthen the effectiveness of water resource programs at all levels of government. During her six-year tenure at the Massachusetts Audubon Society followed by 18 years at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection—where she rose to the position of Commissioner—she spearheaded a series of innovative state water resource management laws, regulations, and policies. She has held national leadership positions at the Environmental Council of the States and the Association of Clean Water Administrators.

As an ERG vice president, Arleen has developed and led ERG’s natural resource management practice since 2008, managing contracts and projects to support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Her current work includes climate adaptation, wetlands protection, ecosystem restoration, and integrated water resources management. An experienced stakeholder engagement facilitator, Arleen specializes in collaborative problem solving and innovative approaches.

Arleen holds a B.S. in biology and environmental science from the University of Massachusetts and an M.S. in civil engineering and urban/environmental policy from Tufts University. She commutes to work on her bicycle and enjoys cross-country skiing, snorkeling, gardening, birding, and wineries.

Aylin Sertkaya

Aylin Sertkaya, Ph.D.

Vice President

Dr. Aylin Sertkaya, an ERG senior economist and vice president, designs and conducts economic analyses in support of a wide variety of public policy initiatives. Her work includes examining the costs and benefits of federal programs, particularly those that affect public health and safety, and requires close collaboration with scientists, policymakers, independent experts, and other stakeholders. She has led ERG’s economics team for over 10 years and ERG’S life cycle analysis team since 2008.

Aylin received a Recognition Award from the Food and Drug Administration for her work on effective quality systems and risk management approaches as part of FDA’s cGMPs (current Good Manufacturing Practices) in the 21st Century initiative. She has held several leadership positions in the Society for Risk Analysis, including president of SRA’s New England chapter, chair of its Economics and Benefit Analysis Specialty Group, and chair of numerous sessions at SRA meetings. She received the SRA Recognition Award for the workshop on expert elicitation methods that she has co-organized for SRA annual meetings since 2008. Aylin holds a Ph.D. in economics and a B.A. in physics and economics, with a minor in mathematics.

Hui Zhou

Hui Zhou

Vice President

An ERG vice president—and the company’s chief information architect and cyber security officer—Hui Zhou leads technology initiatives to develop and manage cutting-edge IT solutions for federal and state agencies. For more than 22 years, he has applied his creative, conceptual, and problem-solving skills to translate client needs and goals into practical, forward-thinking solutions. Experienced in analysis, design, development, testing, deployment, and operation, he has delivered over 500 applications and systems to ERG clients across mobile, app, Web, and cloud platforms. Hui is proficient in many cutting-edge programming languages and platforms and particularly enjoys the challenge of applying new and emerging information technologies and methods to develop innovative technical solutions for clients.

Before joining ERG in 1996, Mr. Zhou worked at Harvard University as a research fellow/specialist for three years. He participated in several high-profile national research projects in air pollution data modeling, GIS spatial and statistical analysis, and Superfund human health risk assessment. Hui holds an M.S. in environmental engineering from Bradley University and an M.A. in urban planning from Boston University. Outside work, Hui is a passionate Boston sports fan and enjoys travel, basketball, hiking, running, dancing, and photography.

PG Environmental Staff

Dan Connally

Dan Connally

Senior Permit Writer

Dan Connally has 15 years of experience in the NPDES permit development and the enforcement Clean Water Act (CWA) regulations. Mr. Connally currently manages PG Environmental’s NPDES permit support for EPA Region 9 and provides technical, managerial, and financial leadership and oversight. Throughout his career he has provided NPDES permit support to the U.S. EPA, the States of California, Hawaii, and Alaska, as well as the U.S. territories of Guam and Northern Marianas Islands. Mr. Connally has personally been involved in the development of over 250 municipal and industrial NPDES permits, and been part of a permitting team that has assisted with the development of nearly 1,000 NPDES permits. For the past several years, Mr. Connally has worked closely with EPA and State clients to implement EPA’s new test of significant toxicity (TST) for whole effluent toxicity within NPDES permits. He also serves as an NPDES compliance inspector and has direct experience evaluating wastewater treatment, wastewater control measures, and best management practices. He has authored numerous complex permits for the discharge of industrial storm water, municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), and wastewater that have required the application of unique and technologically innovative operational and treatment controls. In addition, Mr. Connally has extensive experience conducting storm water inspections, sanitary sewer overflow inspections, and MS4 inspections.

Wes Ganter

Wes Ganter

CEO

Protecting and restoring water quality has been Wesley Ganter’s career-long mission. For more than 20 years, he has specialized in Clean Water Act implementation, compliance, and enforcement work for federal and state agencies. He has extensive experience developing targeting programs and innovative data capture and analysis methods; conducting routine and event-driven NPDES inspections; mobilizing, training, and managing NPDES inspection teams that have cumulatively conducted thousands of inspections throughout the U.S. and U.S territories; and overseeing municipal stormwater programs.

Since cofounding PG Environmental in 2005 (with Jim Parker, recently retired), he has led PG’s compliance and enforcement practice and managed numerous prime contracts with federal and state agencies. Mr. Ganter’s sole support of federal and state agencies throughout his career likely makes him unique in the water quality enforcement field. He has provided enforcement and litigation support for wastewater, stormwater, sewer system, and jurisdictional water cases, and has facilitated resolution of some of the largest water infrastructure issues in the country.

An accomplished public speaker and trainer, Mr. Ganter has led countless training programs and presents often at professional conferences. He has B.A. degrees in environmental conservation and economics from the University of Colorado.

Kort Kirkeby

Kort Kirkeby

Team Leader, Ecological Services

Mr. Kirkeby is an aquatic biologist with experience through field projects involving Fisheries, Wetlands, Aquatic Biomonitoring, Intermittent and Perennial Stream Determinations, Macroinvertebrates, MesoHABSIM Aquatic Habitat Mapping, ArcGIS Mapping, Wetland Restoration/Mitigation, Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse, Southwestern willow flycatcher, Nesting Raptor, T & E Species studies, and Integrated Mosquito Management. He has conducted numerous fish surveys using backpack, bank, and boat electrofishing; snorkeling; gill netting; resistance board fish weir construction, operation, and underwater videography; aerial salmon surveys; fyke netting; radio telemetry; fish tissue metals analysis; larval fish trap netting; and others. Additionally, Mr. Kirkeby has over 1,500 hours of electrofishing experience and has successfully worked with numerous state and federally threatened and endangered fish species as well as fish species of special concern. He was the field crew leader responsible for a team assessing 51 stream sites in Colorado and Wyoming as a part of the National Rivers and Streams Assessment.

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