Ryan K. Bixby, LG
President & CEO
Ryan has worked on thousands of commercial, industrial, and residential properties to evaluate the potential environmental risks as part of the environmental due diligence process. Ryan’s collaborative approach toward the completion of remedial investigations, feasibility studies, and cleanup actions ensures that the most cost-effective remedial technologies are implemented and that the client’s objectives are achieved. Ryan has also provided significant litigation support to assign and direct cost-recovery and cost-allocation efforts.
Christopher Taylor, CPA, CGMA
Chief Administrative Officer & CFO
Chris has extensive experience in financial management, accounting, business analysis, systems implementation, risk management, and process improvement. His career has centered on environmental and professional service firms where he has collaborated with cross-functional teams to gain consensus in setting goals to achieve top results. He has filled key roles in the expansion of several firms into new markets both nationally and internationally.
Human Resources Director
Paula is a human resources specialist with expertise in the development, implementation, compliance, and management of human resources programs. She specializes in recruiting, employee relations and morale, compensation and benefits, performance management, ESOP administration, and orientation and training.
Business Development & Marketing Manager
Ali is a leader in marketing strategy, communication and collaboration in the A/E/C industry. Ali’s expertise includes strategic planning, company branding, event planning, client relationship management, building teaming partnerships, setting marketing performance metrics, creating and facilitating marketing trainings, and overseeing and coaching pursuit efforts, proposals, and presentations.
Charles Robinson, PE
Charlie is a licensed California professional civil engineer and engineering contractor who solves environmental challenges and works cooperatively with agencies to build positive relationships while meeting the business objectives of his clients. Charlie has directed hundreds of different investigations and remediation efforts, devising technical and business solutions to minimize and resolve liabilities. He has also assisted a wide variety of industries to find innovative solutions to operational issues that cause environmental and health concerns.
Principal Scientist & Vice President
Chris has diverse experience as an environmental consultant in compliance-driven projects. He has worked extensively with Northwest real estate developers and property owners to tailor environmental management strategies to meet project objectives. Chris has experience building both small- and large-scale compliance programs to meet business and regulatory objectives. From stormwater management to complicated cleanup sites, his practical and efficient approach is appreciated by clients and regulators alike.
James P. Bryson, PG
Regional Operations Manager, California & Principal Geologist
James is a licensed California professional geologist with expertise directing characterization and remediation efforts at a variety of commercial, industrial, and Federal sites throughout the United States. James has extensive experience building and directing multi-disciplinary teams of experts to support his clients with their existing environmental liabilities, evaluating potential future liabilities, and providing litigation support services. James enjoys partnering with clients to create positive business outcomes and solutions for risk mitigation to facilitate real estate transactions and gain regulatory closure.
John R. Funderburk, MSPH
Principal Scientist & Vice President
John specializes in the redevelopment of contaminated property. He works with landowners, attorneys, and development clients throughout the environmental due diligence and investigation process, and takes his projects forward into remedial design, construction, and cleanup implementation. John is also an expert witness in cases involving forensic analysis to identify dates and sources of contaminant release and has facilitated more than $25 million in cost recovery for clients in the last three years.
Melissa C. Schuetz, PG
Melissa is a registered professional geologist with a strong technical background and project management skills that enable her to provide clients streamlined and economic solutions to a variety of environmental problems. Melissa's projects have included operating industrial facilities, such as steel manufacturing and chemical production facilities, as well as the fast-paced characterization for the redevelopment of former industrial properties to residential and retail use. Her expertise provides clients with cost-effective solutions to bring a project to a successful closure.
Terry Montoya, PE
Principal Engineer & Vice President
Terry is a licensed professional environmental engineer in the State of Washington. He is an innovative and creative engineer who brings extensive experience to solving challenging remediation issues. Terry has designed and overseen a number of cutting edge remedial systems that have addressed solvents in groundwater as well as reduced remedial time frames and budgets.
Annika Wallendahl, LG, PMP
Annika specializes in providing environmental management solutions to industrial clients. She works with facility managers, corporate staff, and attorneys to improve the environmental compliance and sustainability of organizations. She offers a wide range of services including conducting multi-media environmental audits, preparing environmental compliance reports, NPDES and air permit applications and renewals, environmental management systems, and sustainability reports. Annika was the environmental manager at a large manufacturing facility for seven years prior to joining SoundEarth. She is a licensed geologist, PMP-certified project manager, and lean six sigma green belt.
Chuck Cacek, LG, LEG
Chuck is an engineering and environmental geologist with experience working all over the Pacific Northwest. Chuck has vast knowledge of Pacific Northwest soils, geology, and hydrogeological conditions. He has managed and directed dozens of subsurface assessments, cleanups, and closures of numerous commercial and industrial properties for private developers and municipalities. Chuck also has a complete understanding of site development and construction, and has managed numerous site cleanups in unison with redevelopment projects.
Rob is an environmental project manager with experience coordinating and managing environmental projects throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has conducted hundreds of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, soil and groundwater explorations, underground storage tank closures, contaminated site cleanups, and compliance audits at a variety of commercial and industrial properties. His clients have included local municipalities, attorneys, developers, and industrial entities.
Suzy Stumpf, PE
Suzy is a licensed professional engineer in Washington State. Suzy is an experienced project manager with experience in remedial investigation/feasibility study analysis, site characterization, vapor intrusion analysis, remedial system design and implementation, operation and maintenance of remedial systems, budget management, and general contractor for large soil excavation projects.
Tim Brown, LHG
Tim is a licensed geologist and hydrogeologist in Washington State. Tim specializes in investigation and remediation of chlorinated and recalcitrant compounds and petroleum hydrocarbon contamination. Tim’s additional areas of expertise include due diligence and baseline assessments for property transactions, underground storage tank site assessments, conceptual site models, regulatory cleanup, MTCA model remedies, and vapor intrusion assessments.
Tom Cammarata, LG, LHG
Tom is a licensed geologist and hydrogeologist in Washington State with an advanced degree in field in Geochemistry. Tom has extensive experience in environmental consulting includes evaluating freshwater and marine sediment quality under the SMS, performing aquifer testing, conducting natural attenuation studies, performing statistical analyses, modeling the fate and transport chemicals in soil, air and water, conducting forensic studies, and providing expert witness services. Tom also has considerable experience in regulatory closure of facilities under MTCA. Tom is bilingual with Arabic as his second language.
Chris Cass, LG
Chris is a licensed geologist with an abundance of experience in subsurface contaminant investigations, environmental due diligence, and environmental cleanups and monitoring. He has provided client services in the areas of field support for environmental cleanup activities, groundwater and surface water studies and monitoring, and Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments. Chris also has experience coordinating with regulatory agencies to attain closure for cleanup sites.
Associate Environmental Scientist
Corey is an environmental scientist with expertise managing regulated building materials. Corey provides technical support and management for a diverse array of environmental projects which include hazardous material surveys, indoor air quality investigations, mold and moisture building inspections, underground storage tank site assessments, soil and groundwater investigations, and remediation projects.
Dan Lipinski, CPSWQ
Associate Stormwater Scientist
Dan is a stormwater scientist focused on NPDES compliance, stormwater treatment evaluations, and implementation of stormwater Best Management Practices. Dan’s experience includes source control inspections and evaluations; fluid system design, installation, and operation; and development and implementation of SWPPPs, erosion and sediment control plans, and spill control plans. Dan specializes in innovative solutions for treatment system automation, resulting in significantly decreased labor costs associated with operation and maintenance of water treatment and remediation systems.
Ada has experience in conducting environmental review analysis for environmental investigation and remediation projects. She has worked on a variety of Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments and other NEPA/SEPA documents for Tribes and municipalities. Ada has also completed a wide variety of tasks associated with due diligence, subsurface investigations, and remedial investigations. She excels in report writing, data management, and historical research, as well as project planning coordination.
Clare Tochilin, LG
Clare is a licensed geologist with experience in geologic and hydrogeologic fieldwork, data management and analysis, and report writing involving hazardous waste site remediation as well as clean water supply. Her primary areas of experience include environmental subsurface investigations, remedial excavation and drilling oversight, aquifer testing and analysis, groundwater monitoring, and technical report writing.
Project Stormwater Scientist
Dan has experience working on construction projects for environmentally impaired properties. He is experienced with UST site decommissioning, equipment operation, large excavations, construction stormwater management and sampling, and general construction site support. Dan also has a strong background in UST site decommissioning, construction stormwater management and sampling, heavy equipment operation, and resource allocation and field coordination.
Ethan Marks, PE
Ethan is a licensed engineer with experience in operation and maintenance of remediation systems, system installation, injection technologies, and engineering design. Ethan’s background also includes vapor intrusion assessment, soil gas and indoor air sample collection, analysis of soil gas and indoor air laboratory results, and vapor barrier design.
Jess Smith, EIT
Jess specializes in engineering in water, sanitation, and stormwater design. Her focus is on designing stormwater systems in the Pacific Northwest using low impact designs and best management practices, to improve the quality of runoff into the surrounding environment. Jess has worked on private and public agency projects, including housing developments, parks, sea walls, aquariums, skate parks, roadways, sidewalks, driveways, and mixed use housing.
Jonathan Loeffler, LG
Jonathan is a licensed geologist with professional experience in a wide variety of technical and task management roles. His areas of expertise include environmental subsurface investigations, geotechnical and environmental drilling oversight, geophysical surveying, groundwater monitoring, remedial excavation oversight, project planning coordination, and technical report writing. He enjoys occasionally kayaking to work!
Liz Forbes, LG
Liz is a licensed geologist and project manager with experience in Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, underground storage tank closures, excavation and drilling oversight, remediation system operation and maintenance, sediment sampling, and technical report writing. Her expert project management skills in scheduling, health & safety, and attention to detail result in financial and time savings for clients.
Travis specializes in writing environmental technical documents for projects in the Pacific Northwest. He has contributed to SEPA environmental review documents and also prepares Phase I site assessments and sampling activities and reports. Travis has impressive research and investigative skills in data collection and excels in historical research and compiling historical reports, making his technical writing skills and research abilities invaluable to environmental review documents.
Staff Stormwater Scientist
Erika specializes in stormwater compliance and NPDES stormwater permit program support for various private and public sector clients. Her experience includes construction site stormwater runoff control, stormwater management for new developments, operation and maintenance of stormwater systems, source control, monitoring, SWPPP development and implementation, database management and reporting, and education programs.
Grayson has experience in subsurface investigations, remedial injections, sediment, water, and vapor sampling, excavation and drilling oversight, and technical report writing. He has a strong background in groundwater monitoring and sampling, geologic interpretation and modeling, underground storage tank site assessments, and knowledge of the Unified Soil Classification System.
Joe Ellingson, EIT
Joe is a staff engineer with experience in operation and maintenance of remediation systems, system installation, injection technologies, and engineering design. His experience also consists of field work, including sampling, optimization, fluid recovery events, and site remediation oversight. His work also includes vapor intrusion assessments, soil gas and indoor air sample collection, and soil gas and indoor air laboratory result analysis.
Kevin has experience on a wide variety of environmental compliance projects. He specializes in field work and data collection for Phase I site assessments, performing hazardous materials/asbestos surveys, conducting stormwater sampling and CESCL inspections, and providing environmental due diligence for clean-up and remediation projects for both public and private clients.
Logan’s experience includes Phase I site assessments, subsurface investigations, excavation and drilling oversight, and groundwater and soil vapor sampling. His expetise also includes technical report writing for site assessments, remedial investigations, sampling and analysis plans, hazardous materials surveys, groundwater reports, and health and safety plans.
Matt has experience in Phase I and II site investigations including drilling and excavation oversite, soil sampling and logging, groundwater and vapor sampling, and subsurface injections. He also has experience writing technical reports for site assessments, sampling plans, and site specific health and safety plans.
Sarah has experience in soil, sediment, benthic macroinvertebrate, surface water, marine water, and groundwater sampling and testing. She also has expertise in oversight of well installation and redevelopment, and treatment system maintenance and troubleshooting.
Siera has professional experience including Phase I site assessments on residential, commercial, and industrial properties, groundwater monitoring and sampling, soil sampling, hazardous building materials inspections (asbestos, lead paint, and PCBs), field investigations, historical research, and technical report writing experience. She also has a strong background in City of Seattle permitting.
Naseef is experienced at using ArcGIS and AutoCAD to conceptualize complex subsurface conditions to build 2D and 3D technical drawings for a diverse range of contaminated sites. In addition, he has worked with Washington State and local government entities to acquire and manage permitting requirements for remediation projects. Naseef’s experience also includes analyzing and processing historical information, including maps and aerial imagery to obtain information used for illustrative purposes in ArcGIS.
Carl’s expertise is in developing data-driven, GIS mapping tools. His experience includes managing the CAD infrastructure behind GIS projects, and tying information systems together. Carl also has experience managing application development for an LED Retrofit tracker, designing tools to map existing conditions, and identifying priority retrofit sites.
Project Quality Manager
Hilda is highly organized and detail oriented. She consistently performs under aggressive deadlines and schedules in a professional and efficient manner while maintaining and ensuring company quality standards are met. Hilda has a good understanding of the technical disciplines and how she can support and enhance project management.
Senior Technical Editor
Derra is a versatile technical editor with experience working on a diverse range of documents in the environmental consulting industry. She has served as technical editor for many environmental reports, such as Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, remedial investigations, feasibility studies, health and safety plans, sampling analysis plans, and related environmental analyses and studies. She is a lead technical editor and has the proven leadership to meet goals and maintain schedules.
Rony has broad experience supporting clients with her GIS, GPS, and Microsoft Office Suite skills, preparing maps and documents for environmental projects throughout Washington State. As a member of the SoundEarth Project Quality Team, she supports environmental scientists, engineers, geologists, performing quality assurance/quality control on reports, proposals, tables, and marketing materials.
Shelby performs quality assurance/quality control review of reports, proposals, tables, marketing materials, letters and memoranda, engineering specifications, and client presentations for environmental, stormwater, and engineering departments, ensuring company quality standards are met. Marketing support duties include working closely with the marketing manager and technical staff to develop deadline-sensitive marketing deliverables such as qualifications packages, proposals, brochures, collateral materials, and social media.
LauraLee is a senior member of our finance team, managing the department and overseeing the daily accounting operations for the company. Her responsibilities include timely preparation of the monthly financial statements, managing the daily cash flow, and assisting with the management our Deltek software. She works closely with the CAO/CFO on special projects and is the lead for our annual CPA review. LauraLee worked with the SoundEarth team to develop the finance portion of our internal Project Manager Training Program and leads that portion of the training.
Marcia is responsible for all activities in the accounts payable department. Marcia enters data, maintains records and files of all company expenses, and processes vendor invoices as well as employee expense reports for timely payments. In addition to being the backup for job setups and billing, Marcia works closely with project managers on accounts receivable.
Sheri is responsible for the Corporate Billing, assisting Project Managers with special client requirements and report requests, completing bi-weekly payroll and 401(k) reconciliations, preparing monthly and quarterly Excise Tax Returns by city and state. Sheri also assists with Accounts Receivable efforts, prepares weekly and month-end Management Reports, Deltek Vision database administration, and she is responsible for job setups that include contract and budget coordination and communication with clients and project managers.
Catherine oversees and coordinates day-to-day administrative operations of an extremely busy front desk, supporting employees in Seattle and California. She manages phones, welcomes and directs visitors, manages incoming and outgoing mail, monitors and manages office supply inventory, and coordinates meetings. She is the key contact to manage catering for events and activities. She is also cross-trained to support multiple divisions within the company, including environmental, finance, stormwater, and project quality. Catherine has a background as an environmental scientist with several years of field sampling, data analysis, and report preparation experience.