02/06 - 2014 YEAR IN REVIEW- BLANTON NEW HIRE ROUNDUP
This year brought a number of exciting new hires to Blanton & Associates. B&A welcomed the following talented individuals to our team of experienced environmental and GIS professionals:
Velma Danielson, Senior Project Manager
Velma Reyes Danielson joined B&A in late 2013 and is based out of our San Antonio office. Velma is responsible for developing new business opportunities for the firm in water resources and public agency contracts. Prior to joining the firm, she worked on various projects as an independent consultant, including serving as President of Southwest Texas Water Resources (STWR). Prior to joining STWR, Velma served as General Manager of the Edwards Aquifer Authority until she retired in March 2010. She worked for the Authority for more than 20 years serving in various management roles prior to being appointed general manager in August 2007. As general manager, Velma led the organization in carrying out its mission to design, develop, implement, and administer policies and programs aimed at managing, enhancing, and protecting south-central Texas’ primary water resource, the Edwards Aquifer. Prior to joining the Edwards Aquifer Authority, Velma worked for the City of Austin’s Water and Wastewater Utility and the Assistant City Manager’s Office.
Velma holds a B.S. in political science from Texas Lutheran University and a M.A. in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
Cecilia Green, Senior Project Manager
Cecilia Green joined B&A in February 2014. She is responsible for managing complex environmental permitting and compliance projects and developing new business opportunities for the firm, particularly in the energy and water resources markets. Prior to joining B&A, Cecilia worked for Atkins (and its predecessors, PBS&J and Espey, Huston & Associates, Inc.) for over 33 years. She held technical, project management, quality control, operational, strategic, and executive leadership positions, including six years of service on the PBS&J Board of Directors and eight years of service on the Atkins Foundation (previously PBSJ Foundation) Board of Directors. She has also served on the board of directors of the WTS Foundation and the Texas Mining and Reclamation Association.
Cecilia holds a B.A. in botany from The University of Texas at Austin. With a background in the ecological sciences, her technical project work has involved natural resources studies; environmental baseline investigations, impact analyses, permitting, and mitigation programs; and compliance with a wide array of federal, state and local regulatory programs. During her career as an environmental professional, Cecilia has been responsible for the technical, operational and strategic management of local, statewide, and national consulting operations consisting of scientists, engineers, and planners with expertise in environmental permitting and regulatory compliance, natural resource management, ecosystem restoration, natural resource damage assessment, toxicology, cultural resource management, urban and regional planning, environmental impact assessment, and infrastructure siting/routing.
Clifton Ladd, Senior Project Manager/ Senior Biologist
Clif Ladd joined B&A in February 2014. Clif has 30 years of experience on ecological projects in the southern United States, working in private consulting and in public agency program management. His extensive experience in endangered species conservation and permitting projects includes many Endangered Species Act Section 10 habitat conservation plans, often involving diverse stakeholders working together for the benefit of multiple species over large areas. Clif formerly served as the project manager for the Southern Edwards Plateau Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), Hays County Regional HCP, Lost Pines HCP, and the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan.
Clif holds a B.A. in biology from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.S. in biology from Southwest Texas State University. He has been registered as a Certified Wildlife Biologist (C.W.B.) by the Wildlife Society since 1989.
Meg Cruse, Cultural Resources Manager/Archeologist
Meg Cruse joined B&A in February 2014 as project manager for mining projects. Meg is an archaeologist and historian with more than 30 years experience in Cultural Resource Management. The first 10 years of her career were spent exclusively in the field where she participated in large-scale reservoir and oil and gas pipeline projects primarily in the southwest, Texas, and the mid-Atlantic region. During the last 20 years Meg served as laboratory director, senior project manager, and senior manager of the terrestrial and marine cultural resources group for PBS&J/Atkins. Two of the projects that she managed were awarded the THC’s Award of Merit. Meg is also a recipient of the Council of Texas Archeologists E. Mott Davis Public Outreach Award.
Meg holds a B.A. in Anthropology and History from the University of the Incarnate World and a M.A. in Anthropology (ABT) from the Catholic University of America. She is a member of the Council of Texas Archeologists, the Texas Archeological Society, and the Texas Mining and Reclamation Association.
Jeremy Henson, Senior Ecologist
Jeremy Henson joined B&A in March of 2014. Jeremy is an ecologist with more than 12 years of experience in conducting and managing natural resource assessment and planning/permitting projects throughout the United States. His project experience includes NEPA documents (comprehensive conservation plans for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, environmental assessments for the National Park Service, Texas Department of Transportation, and Public Utility Commission), wind energy studies, wetland delineations and permitting in accordance with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, sensitive species habitat assessments and GIS mapping, biological assessments, threatened and endangered species surveys, wildlife surveys, botanical inventories, and focused rare plant surveys.
Jeremy received a B.S. in Biology from Central Missouri State University and an M.S. in Biology from Texas State University. He is also a Certified Ecologist (C.E.) through the Ecological Society of America.
Andrea Burden, Senior Archeologist
Andrea Stahman Burden joined B&A in May 2014. Andrea has conducted terrestrial archeological investigations and background research for energy (oil and gas, wind, electrical transmission, mining), infrastructure (transportation, water), and private development projects in Texas and adjacent states for over 15 years. She has served as Principal Investigator for a variety of Texas projects since 2007 and possesses expertise in cultural resource compliance and agency coordination under federal, state, and local environmental laws and historic preservation ordinances and regulations, particularly Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Texas Antiquities Code, and Section 711 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. Between 2011 and 2014, Andrea also served as Reports Coordinator for dozens of oil and gas related cultural resource survey reports produced in conjunction with Clean Water Act Section 404 and Clean Air Act Part C federal permitting compliance in Texas and Louisiana. She has specific experience with burial and cemetery relocation, in compliance with Section 711,0101 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. At B&A, Andrea’s cultural resources compliance responsibilities include drafting scopes of work and cost estimating, background studies, technical report writing, and providing support services for EA and EIS documents as well as other NEPA coordination.
Andrea received a B.A. in Anthropology and a M.A. in Anthropology from Texas A&M.
David Sherman, Senior Archeologist
David Sherman joined B&A in May 2014. David is an archeologist with more than twenty years of professional service. He has conducted intensive archaeological surveys, National Register testing, and data recovery investigations in surface coal mines across East and Central Texas. David currently serves as the senior Principal Investigator for mine related archaeology at B&A.
David holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Grinnell College and a M.A. in Archeology from the University of Cincinnati. He has worked throughout the Midwest, as well as Washington State and Arizona, before moving to Texas to work for Espey, Huston and Associates in 1996. In 2009, while at PBS&J, he served as Principal Investigator and lead author for a National Register testing project that received an Award of Merit from the Texas Historical Commission.
Jon Dowling, Senior Archeologist
Jon Dowling joined B&A in June 2014. Jon has 14 years of experience in archaeological surveys, excavations, and mapping projects in rural and municipal settings within and outside academia. In a managerial capacity, he has supervised crews of up to 16 individuals during data recovery, testing, and survey phases with plentiful field experience in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Hawaii, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Bolivia, and Peru. Jon serves as a Principal Investigator and Project Archaeologist at B&A.
Jon received a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His research includes large game butchering economics, hunter-gatherer transport constraints, cultural resource management in the American Southwest, environmental history, survey and mapping strategies, experimental archaeology, Incan frontier architecture and masonry, and Mesoamerican household archaeology and settlement patterns.
Mike Walker, Senior Project Manager
Mike Walker joined B&A in August 2014 and brings 28 years of TxDOT experience to the firm. He served as the Austin District Environmental Coordinator from 1992 to 2014 and managed a staff of nine environmental professionals responsible for obtaining environmental clearance for transportation projects located in the 11 county area of the TxDOT Austin District. Mike brings experience managing the preparation of numerous EIS, EA, and CE documents, as well as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 Permits, water pollution abatement plans and contributing zone plans, biological assessments, and biological evaluations
Mike holds a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from Southwest Texas State. He has an extensive knowledge of state and federal environmental laws, rules and regulations including 23 CFR 771, Title 43, Part 1, Chapter 2 of the Texas Administrative Code, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Edwards Rules, Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Memoranda of Understanding with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas Historical Commission.
John Williamson, Senior Ecologist
John Williamson joined B&A in September 2014. John serves as an ecologist for B&A. His seven years of ecological experience includes vegetation sampling and biological inventories; design and performance of scientific sampling approaches; the completion of federal and state permitting processes; conducting threatened and endangered species surveys; and composition of natural resource management, restoration, mitigation, adaptive management, and monitoring plans. Further experience includes the preparation of NEPA documents, biological technical reports, and habitat assessment and mapping. He has extensive experience and advanced training in biological research and assessment at various spatial scales.
John received a B.S. from the University of the South – Sewanee in 2004 and a Master of Forestry and Master of Environmental Management from Duke University in 2008.
Kaci Blaney, GIS Analyst
Kaci Blaney joined B&A in September 2014. Kaci has worked in environmental consulting alongside biologists, planners, historians, and civil engineers for the past six years. She has experience with developing maps and figures for wetland delineations, bird surveys, historic resource surveys, and other technical report documentation.
Kaci received a B.A. in Geography from the University of Texas at Austin.
Bonnie Doggett, Senior Project Manager/Senior Biologist
Bonnie Doggett joined B&A in October 2014 as a Project Manager. She brings over 12 years of project experience which includes performing numerous wetland delineations, threatened and endangered species habitat assessments, vegetation surveys, and Presence/Absence surveys. During her career as a Biologist, Bonnie has worked on numerous Texas Water Development Board environmental documents, pre-construction notifications under multiple Nationwide Permits, Individual Permits, wetland mitigation plans, NEPA documents for various clients including the Texas Department of Transportation, Section 408 documents, Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, and Wildlife Habitat Council Certifications. Her client experience includes municipalities, energy, water/wastewater, transportation, industrial, private development, and state agencies.
Bonnie received a B.S. in Renewable Natural Resources from Texas A&M in 2002 and is currently a member of Society of Wetland Scientists.
Trevor Allen, Biologist/NEPA Specialist
Trevor joined B&A in late 2013 and serves as a field biologist and NEPA specialist. His experience includes work as a research assistant at various biology labs at the University of California-Berkley, volunteering for HIV/AIDS youth programs in Zanzibar, and the preparation of NEPA documentation for the Texas Department of Transportation.
Trevor received a B.A. in Integrative Biology from the University of California-Berkley in 2012.