Laura is originally from Nashville, Tennessee and received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science & Technology from Middle Tennessee State University with a Minor in Political Science. She has lived in Southwest Florida since 1998 with both environmental and GIS related work experience for a local non-profit and local municipalities. Her experience includes assessing all types of development and land use projects for compliance with local codes and regulations in regards to listed species, native vegetation protection and preservation, landscaping, sea turtle nesting habitat compliance, pollution prevention, hazardous material storage tank management with associated spill response plans and training, and GIS data development, analysis, and mapping for environmental and National Flood Insurance Program projects.
Jon Schick is an environmental planner and project manager with a depth of experience in managing environmental compliance and natural resource assessments for transportation, utility, and development projects throughout Montana and Alaska. Jons experience includes environmental permitting, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)/Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) documentation and compliance, wetland delineations and functional assessments, Endangered Species Act compliance and biological assessments, mitigation monitoring, storm water pollution prevention plans, geospatial analysis and cartography using GIS, and conducting agency and tribal coordination and public involvement activities. Jon has led the environmental compliance of numerous federally-funded transportation projects, providing management of all environmental disciplines needed to achieve NEPA/MEPA approvals and obtain federal, state, and local permits. Additionally, Jon has experience in broader transportation planning project development, including long-range transportation plans, highway and railroad corridor planning studies, and city and borough comprehensive plans. Jon leads HDRs transportation environmental group and is based in Missoula, MT.
Ms. Wanda Parker holds the position of Regulatory Compliance Program Coordinator with Orange County and is the Local Air Director leading the Air Quality Management program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Florida A&M University and has thirty years of comprehensive experience in the environmental regulatory field. Ms. Parker is well versed in the areas of environmental compliance, enforcement and permitting in conjunction with local, state and federal regulations. Her experience includes managing environmental compliance and permitting matters for industrial facilities and other entities subject to numerous regulations including the CAA, CWA and RCRA. Ms. Parker worked 28 years with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection within the Hazardous Waste, Industrial Wastewater and Air Resources Management programs. Some of her expertise includes RCRA facility assessments and applicability determinations, SWMU evaluations at TSD facilities, NPDES power plant permitting, Title V permitting and exceedance assessments, source facility compliance assistance and regulatory enforcement actions.
Ms. Parker has served on the Florida Institute of Phosphate Research Board of Directors, on the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Advisory Board, as Regional Chairperson for the National Society of Black Engineers, and currently is Vice President of the Metro 4/SESARM Board of Directors and Secretary of the West Volusia/Seminole NCNW Section. Ms. Parker currently resides in Sanford, Florida and has three adult children and one grandchild. She enjoys reading, baking, traveling and spending time with her family.
Sara Merchán Paniagua is an Environmental Scientist at Wight & Company in Darien, Illinois. She has 13 years of experience in environmental analyses and permitting. In addition, Sara has experience in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation for transportation, defense, and environmental projects; transportation planning; environmental permitting; wetland delineations; tree surveys; construction monitoring; geospatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS); agency coordination; document control; and technical editing. Sara has experience coordinating large interdisciplinary teams on a variety of infrastructure projects to meet the project schedule and budget.
She is a Certified Wetland Specialist in Lake and McHenry counties, Illinois. Sara holds a B.S. in Biology from the Autónoma University of Madrid and a M.S. in Soil and Environmental Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She enjoys working on a variety of projects with different level of complexities and experience the impact these projects have in the region.
Ms. Pico graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2013 with her bachelors in Environmental Engineering and her masters in Ocean Engineering. She is an outdoor adventurer with a wide range of experience including managing shipboard oceanographic research as well as organizing, planning, and implementing scientific experiments and projects such as tidal currents surveys, living shoreline design, wave analysis, environmental permitting, USACE Section 408 Permissions, and drinking water treatment systems. She has over ten years of experience promoting environmental awareness in teens, young adults, and young professionals in the US and abroad. She enjoys the challenge that environmental permitting in the coastal environment brings.
Chelsea Thomas, MS, is a Senior Water Management Specialist, SPL Consulting Services, Special Pathogens Laboratory, with significant experience in developing ASHRAE 188 water safety and management plans, conducting onsite risk assessments and case investigations. A board member of Allegheny CleanWays and a member of Engineers Without Borders and AWWA, Thomass research focuses on Legionella control in potable water systems including disinfection technologies, construction, and Heterotrophic Plate Count measurements.
Kara Tuck is an environmental professional based in Houston, Texas with six (6) years of combined consulting and industry experience. Kara has over five (5) years of environmental consulting experience as a senior consultant and project manager at ERM where she led national and international project teams. Recently, Ms. Tuck joined Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company as a Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Specialist where she is responsible for the environmental compliance for the Fresno, Texas chemical manufacturing facility which allows her to collaborate with all employees to achieve Total Productive Maintenance goals. Broadly, her experience includes preparation and oversight of environmental assessments, leading subsurface investigations and monitoring, developing permitting and compliance documents, and managing complex corporate transactions to identify environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and liabilities. Further, she has experience in developing and facilitating multi-media environmental and operational excellence training.
Outside of the office, Ms. Tuck is a passionate leader who volunteers as a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) advocate in her local community through serving as a science and engineering fair judge for local school districts and the City of Houston, as well as offering no-cost tutoring to students in the East Downtown area of the city. Ms. Tuck is a member of the Citizens Environmental Coalition which fosters dialogue, education, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Gulf Coast region.
In her spare time, she enjoys training for and participating in triathlons and will be completing her first 70.3 Ironman in the Fall of 2020.
An alumnus of SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Mr. Gomez's professional experience spans the spectrum of environmental research, planning, and testing. He also supports federal clients with sustainability planning and implementation, and he works closely with energy engineers to coordinate energy installation projects in accordance with environmental requirements. He has worked (in both consulting and government positions) to serve private industry, local and state governments, and federal clients in areas of disaster recovery, community planning, infrastructure planning, water quality/ watershed management and protection, and facility management. He dedicates a large portion of his time to assisting clients plan projects through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and supporting environmental compliance planning within the federal government. In his free time, you can find him enjoying the natural environment.
Alexis Cordero, CEP-IT
Certified: May 29, 2020
Alexis Cordero is a young environmental professional based in Atlanta, Georgia with approximately three (3) years of experience in due diligence, environmental remediation, compliance, soil and groundwater sampling, and environmental data management. Ms. Cordero joined Booz Allen Hamilton (Booz Allen) in June 2018 and has since supported a number of federal clients in their environmental programs including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Park Service (NPS). A few of her major achievements include leading quarterly groundwater monitoring events as part of Remedial Investigation efforts at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), conducting an Environmental Audit of the San Juan National Historic Site in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2019, and independently and successfully managing a large-scale Site Investigation of a former Department of Defense (DoD) site located in Puerto Rico. Ms. Cordero obtained her B.S. in Environmental Health Science from the University of Georgia and she is fluent in English and Spanish. In her spare time, Ms. Cordero enjoys reading, running, and crossing things off her bucket list like sky diving and hang gliding.
I graduated from Rollins College with a degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Urbanism. While I was finishing my degree I began an internship at Orange County EPD which eventually translated into a fulltime position. I have been working with the NPDES Section of Orange County for close to three years. Inspecting developments anywhere from 1 acre to upwards of 400 acres. In my free time I am an avid camper with Ocala National Forrest being one of my favorite spots to continually check any exposed skin for ticks. I am excited to join the CEP-IT program and look forward to the knowledge and opportunity it may bring.
Sammy Hadi, CEP-IT
Certified: March 5, 2020