Michael T. Werner
At Avatar, we understand that our people are our most important asset. We have created an atmosphere that encourages innovation, fosters a variety of opinion, and demands ethical and honest behavior. Avatar is employee-owned, which gives everyone both a stake in our success and a responsibility to contribute to the overall well being of the company. The following brief professional profiles describe our key people.
Edward Barnes, PE, CIH (1982-2006)
MS, Environmental Health/Industrial Hygiene
BS, Civil Engineering
Mr. Barnes has over 40 years work experience in the environmental engineering and the occupational/community health industries; the past 20+ years in consulting and the previous 20 years as a United States Air Force Bioenvironmental Engineering officer. He has worked across a broad spectrum of programs including: industrial hygiene, occupational health compliance, Title I and Title II engineering services, risk assessment, natural/cultural resources, air quality, hazardous materials/waste, pesticides, PCBs, asbestos, water quality, radiation protection, noise/vibration, and environmental management systems. He is a registered professional engineer, a diplomat on the American Board of Industrial Hygiene for 24 years, certified as a lead auditor of Environmental Management Systems, and a former Adjunct Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Mr. Barnes has provided consulting services throughout the United States, the Pacific Rim, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.
MS, Wildlife Ecology
Mr. DeLong has over 25 years of experience in a wide array of environmental areas including ecological risk assessments, environmental assessments, contaminant impact assessments, 5-year reviews, forestry, long-term biological monitoring, wildlife evaluations, statistical analysis, and experimental design. He has been the technical manager for numerous risk assessments for hazardous waste sites for both CERCLA and RCRA projects, with a focus on the ecological aspects of the risk assessment process and managed numerous field investigations, toxicity assessments, and bioaccumulation studies in support of the ecological risk assessment process. Mr. DeLong has a strong statistical background and is experienced in performing probabilistic risk assessments for both ecological and human health risk assessments. He is also experienced in the environmental assessment (EA) process and with multiple regulatory frameworks and with regulators in most EPA regions and many states.
MS, Marine Biology
BS, Entomology and Applied Ecology
Mr. Dobroski has over 35 years of experience in environmental compliance (water, soil) and environmental impact assessment, including extensive experience in managing environmental assessments, natural and cultural resource programs, baseline surveys, field sampling, risk assessments, wildlife studies, and ecological programs. He has directed and/or managed numerous risk assessments for hazardous waste sites for both CERCLA and RCRA projects, focusing on both human health and ecological aspects of the process. He has a strong NEPA background and has managed numerous field investigations in support of risk assessments and ecological evaluations. His ecological background and expertise in aquatic toxicology provide the basis for developing and managing aquatic and terrestrial sampling programs to effectively evaluate impacts of industrial activities to these environments. In addition, Mr. Dobroski provides a breadth of experience in supporting negotiations and resolution of technical issues within the regulatory arena.
MS, Environmental Science
BA, Political Science
Mr. Walsh has been involved in the environmental industry for more than 30 years. He has broad experience in environmental compliance issues, and has directed and/or managed numerous environmental assessments for hazardous waste sites for Federal clients under both CERCLA and RCRA, including BRAC sites, munitions-contaminated sites, and FUD sites. These projects have typically included compliance, human health and ecological risk assessment, as well as risk communication strategies and associated public information and participation efforts. Additionally, he has used risk assessment methodologies for research institutions that have resulted in significant savings to industry, while maintaining strict environmental compliance. Mr. Walsh is experienced with NEPA regulations, occupational safety and health, and air quality compliance issues with a focus on air toxics.
Mr. Beuthe has two years of environmental consulting experience. He has experience writing, and preparing reports, creating data tables, and interpreting and evaluating data. Mr. Beuthe’s field experiences include low flow groundwater sampling, LNAPL recovery via skimmer pumps, Health and Safety oversight, air sampling, asbestos sampling, soil sampling, and radiation monitoring. He also has experience conducting hazardous waste characterizations. He is 40-hour OSHA HAZWOPER certified, and has wetland delineation training through Rutgers Continuing Education Program.
BS, Business Management
Ms. Brown has over 4 years of experience in business management at environmental consulting companies. She handles the day-to-day accounting and financial reporting of the company. Has experience in administering payroll, 401(K) retirement plan, as well as employee benefits programs. She manages the Accounts Payable and Receivable, maintains vendor files, prepares monthly customer invoices and bank reconciliation. She is proficient at Quick Books accounting system and BillQuick Project Management and Billing System.
Senior Scientist/GIS Expert
BS, Marine Science and Biology
Mr. Cassels has over 23 years of experience in environmental compliance, environmental assessments, with experience in all aspects of environmental investigations from project planning/design to field surveys, wetlands assessments, data collection, management and presentation, technical report writing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and application development, geointegration, database analysis and cartographic presentation. Mr. Cassels' strong ecological foundation, along with an appetite for ever-expanding technologies allows him to provide effective spatial information management resources to risk assessors and technically-oriented clients, including sophisticated spatial analysis tools, real-time data acquisition, database design, automation, and access, as well as the highest quality cartographic presentation available.
Industrial Hygiene Specialist
Susan Cordova has over 23 years work experience in occupational safety and
industrial hygiene programs in both the federal government and private
industry. She has broad experience in the industrial hygiene and community
health arenas to include specific experience in occupational health risk
assessments, emergency response, environmental protection, training workers
in the proper wear and maintenance of personal protective
equipment/respirators, planning, training and preparing exercises for base
emergency responders, extensive radiation surveys, experience with chemical,
biological and radiological contaminants, confined space programs, and
disaster relief operations. Ms. Cordova served in the US Air Force over
21 years working in Bioenvironmental Engineering Career field and has been
deployed four times. Immediately prior to joining Avatar Susan worked as an
industrial hygienist/safety supervisor in the defense coatings industry.
Lee dePersia, PE
MS, Environmental Engineering
BS, Environmental Engineering
Mr. dePersia has over 30 years experience performing all types of environmental assessments, hazardous waste site investigations, remedial designs and remedial actions for federal, state, and commercial clients. He has managed small and large multitask projects and multidisciplinary teams on all types of CERCLA and RCRA projects as well as managing comprehensive environmental projects and programs, river system restoration projects, Brownfields redevelopment projects, Formerly Used Defense Site (FUDS) projects, and drinking water system evaluations and improvements. He is a retired Air Force officer having served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. dePersia is a registered professional engineer.
MPH, Master of Public Health
BS, Environmental Health
Ms. Early has over 12 years of experience conducting CERCLA and RCRA human health and ecological baseline and screening level risk assessments. She has experience with various statistical programs and probabilistic risk software, such as ProUCL, SPSS, and @Risk. Additionally, she has experience in utilizing EPAs IEUBK and Adult Lead Model to evaluate lead risks and their implications in human health risk assessments. Ms. Early also is trained and experienced with Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance SADA software (SADA). Her experience also includes field sample management, as well as management, analysis, and interpretation of large databases for various environmental media.
BS, Environmental Health
Ms. Herbert is an ecologist with extensive experience in data management and analysis (SAS, ProUCL, Access). She is experienced in USDA's environmental assessment process for genetically modified crops. She performs technical editing of CERCLA and RCRA human health and ecological risk assessments. She implements state quality assurance on risk assessments. Her risk assessment field experience includes building surveys, indoor air and sub-slab sampling, and sample management. Some of her previous experience includes the analysis of complex environmental data in spatial database using GIS software; field sampling and maintenance of long-term datasets for streams to compare parameters of stream ecosystem function; coordinating daily activities of multiple long-term stream monitoring projects for granting agencies and submitting project reports; managing sample inventory and equipment.
MS, Environmental Pollution Control
BS, Environmental Resource Management
Ms. Jones has 27 years of experience in environmental consulting, primarily in the areas of environmental assessments, environmental compliance and remedial investigation. Her skills include developing work plans and other project planning documents; evaluating and interpreting soil and groundwater geochemical data to assess extent of contamination; analyses of remedial alternatives; project management; and organizing and coordinating subcontractors and team members for large complex projects, meeting budget and schedule. She has completed many complex projects for federal clients such as EPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Federal Communications Commission.
Ms. Sevold has 21 years of experience in the risk assessment field. She has performed many human health and ecological risk assessments for CERCLA and RCRA, including hazardous waste incinerator sites. As part of the risk assessment process, she has derived reference doses, reference toxicity values for mammalian and avian receptors, and human health criteria for short-term occupational exposures to inhalation toxicants. Ms. Sevold also has experience in technical review; material safety data sheet (MSDS) preparation and review; toxicological profile development; and database management.
Laurence C. Smith, CIH, CSP
Senior Industrial Hygienist
M.S. Occupational and Environmental Health
B.S. Environmental Resource Management
Mr. Smith has over 29 years experience developing, auditing and managing occupational safety and industrial hygiene programs in the federal government and private industry. Industries in which Mr. Smith has experience include shipyards, aircraft manufacturing and maintenance, refineries, water and waste water treatment, vaccine manufacturing, and construction and HAZWOPER projects. Mr. Smith provided litigation support related to the World Trade Center collapse, and developed and managed project teams of health and safety professionals in Brazil, Mexico and Canada.
Michael T. Werner, Esq.
MS, Aquatic Ecology
Mr. Werner has over 30 years of experience in the environmental field. He has directed and conducted numerous environmental impact assessments for major projects around the globe. He has developed compliance documents for complex and controversial projects, including NEPA documents supporting deregulation of genetically engineered agricultural products, international agricultural pest management programs, new Federal facility construction, power plant development, hazardous waste disposal, and dredge material management programs. Integrating his legal and ecology training and experience, he has provided litigation support and negotiated innovative solutions to complex projects involving multiple agencies, stakeholders, and non-governmental organizations. Mr. Werner's program expertise includes NEPA, FIFRA, TSCA and RCRA, with specific emphasis on integrating diverse regulatory requirements in a single compliance strategy. Mr. Werner brings an excellent understanding of agency regulatory enforcement process and policy stemming from his work with the USDA, EPA, COE, FWS and DOJ.
Senior Risk Assessor
Ms. Woods has 20 years of experience in the risk assessment field. She has extensive experience preparing human health risk assessments and risk-based preliminary remediation goals for hazardous wastes sites including superfund sites, military bases, and commercial sites both under EPA Superfund guidance and under state environmental programs. As part of the risk assessment process, she has experience in all human health risk assessment tasks including assessment of site contaminants, toxicological evaluations, calculation of doses and risks, use of the EPA's IEUBK and Adult Lead Model to evaluate lead risks and their implications in human health risk assessments and the Johnson and Ettinger model and EPA's vapor intrusion guidance to evaluate potential indoor air risks from contaminants in groundwater and soil gas. Ms Woods also has experience in the preparation of 5-year reviews, remedial investigation work plans, record of decision documents, and proposed response action plans and communicating risk assessment results/issues to the public. She also has 8 years experience in medical research as a laboratory technician, performing experiments involving a variety of techniques including electron microscopy, histopathology, animal surgery, animal behavior, microbiology techniques, viral studies, and LD50 studies.
MPH, Master of Public Health
BS, Environmental Health
Mr. Woods has over 15 years experience managing and performing environmental assessments at a variety of hazardous waste sites including CERCLA and RCRA sites, FUDS, BRAC sites, munitions-contaminated sites, asbestos sites, and other sites. He also has experience performing assessments for a number of state agencies. He has managed large field and data management tasks. Other areas of competence include probabilistic risk assessment, vapor intrusion, asbestos exposure, and the development of computer programs, including statistical packages and various risk assessment calculation tools.
In addition to full-time and part-time staff, Avatar has brought together a group of highly skilled, senior-level individuals, who bring significant additional capability to our company. These individuals do most of their work outside of Avatar, but welcome the opportunity to work together as Avatar Associates, when needed. They all have long working relationships with Avatar members and are used to performing assignments as a seamless project team. These individuals greatly expand our ability to meet our clients' needs.
Kurt Philipp, PhD
PhD, Marine Science
Dr. Philipp has over 31 years experience in wetland ecology, wetland delineation, permitting, compensatory mitigation, and the impact of hazardous waste. He is familiar with federal wetlands regulations including jurisdictional determinations and permitting. He has conducted many tidal and non-tidal wetlands mitigation projects creating and enhancing wetlands in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia. Several of these projects covered all aspects of wetland creation from site selection through mitigation design, state and federal permitting, construction management/oversight, and monitoring.
Henry C. Woodcock, CIH
Senior Industrial Hygienist
M.S. Bioenvironmental Sciences
B.S. Industrial Engineering
Mr. Woodcock has over 31 years experience in managing industrial hygiene programs at Air Force installations, including two Air Logistics Centers, and in providing health and safety services for a range of clients. He has managed projects that have involved hands-on monitoring and exposure evaluations and complex engineering analyses. Mr. Woodcock is Board Certified in the comprehensive practice of Industrial Hygiene and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene.
Sediment Management Expert
M. Phil, Biology
Dr. Germano has more than 31 years of varied experience in domestic and international marine environmental programs. His technical expertise is in the areas of benthic ecology, organism-sediment relationships, ecological risk assessment, and environmental impact assessment of ocean disposal. His project experience includes environmental baseline, impact, and site designation studies for diverse open-water dredged-material disposal projects and sediment quality surveys in a number of estuaries. Dr. Germano also has broad expertise in diverse aspects of marine biology and ecology, oceanographic sampling, sampling design and statistics, data analysis, and program management for offshore, estuarine, and coastal environmental impact analysis, monitoring, and research.
Gary Lage, DABT
PhD, MS, Pharmacology
Dr. Lage has more than three decades of experience in toxicology, both in its academic development as a scientific discipline and in consulting activities in risk assessment for industry and government. He is founding Principal of ToxiLogics, Inc., a firm that incorporates current toxicology of chemicals and modern risk assessment into scientific decisions. Dr. Lage is a recognized expert in the field of toxicology and risk assessment and holds numerous professional memberships and advisory positions. He has experience developing innovative solutions to environmental problems through the use of risk assessment and is widely recognized for communicating complex issues of toxicology and risk assessment to nonscientific audiences.
MS, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Ms. Carpenter has been working on agricultural policy issues since 1997, particularly on issues related to genetically engineered crops, including socio-economic impacts, impacts on biodiversity, and US and international regulatory frameworks. She has published over 30 journal articles, book chapters and reports on genetically engineered crops, pest management and other agricultural issues. She has held positions with the US Agency for International Development, overseeing the agency's biosafety capacity building programs, and USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Biotechnology Regulatory Services, working primarily on international negotiations on the regulation of agricultural biotechnology. She currently works as a consultant based in Central Massachusetts.
Deborah Gaynor, Ph.D.
Ms. Gaynor has over 30 years experience in analytical chemistry, analysis and regulatory compliance, preparing analytical plans, integrating field sampling plans with laboratory analysis plans, and providing data validation and interpretation for FUDS and BRAC site samples collected in support of CERCLA/RCRA investigations for the USACE (including the North Atlantic Division) and the USEPA. She is an expert in data quality assurance, managing and preparing sample plans and evaluating data packages for plan adherence to achieve data quality objectives and client goals. Ms. Gaynor is also an expert in interpretation and administration of USEPA and NELAP accreditation standards for laboratory data quality management. She also has substantial experience in design and interpretation of data analysis for soil, sediment, water, air and biological tissues.
Christopher Koerner, P.E. B.C.E.E.
BA, Chemistry/ Biology
BS, Civil Engineering (Hydrology)
Mr. Koerner has over 34 years of environmental engineering experience, is a registered engineer six states, and a Diplomat in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. He is a recognized expert in the enhancement of conceptual site models, design and remediation of toxic contamination, value engineering, optimization, and sustainability. Mr. Koerner has championed innovative and sustainable technologies and is an established leader in effective subsurface remediation. He has developed cost-effective, risk-reducing solutions at hundreds of sites and facilities, in all 50 states, Mexico, Canada, South America, and Europe. Mr. Koerner leads strategy development, interpretation of conceptual site models, design, and implementation teams, and has managed many multi-million dollar characterization, remediation, optimization, and waste minimization programs. He has served as senior project manager for numerous high-profile sites and advised EPA, Fortune 50 clients, DOE, and all branches of DOD in the implementation of cost-effective and sustainable solutions to complex environmental challenges.
Industrial Hygiene Technician
Eddie Bartlett has over 20 years work experience in occupational safety, industrial hygiene and emergency response programs in the federal government. Mr. Bartlett served in two unique positions during his service in the Air Force. As lead industrial hygiene consultant, he headed the Air Force ESOH helpdesk which supported all DoD sites worldwide. He also was tasked as a team chief for chemical, biological and radiological, nuclear (CBRN) response training as well as creating scenarios for and worked as an evaluator for USAF CBRN Challenge. He has extensive knowledge in special surveillance and aided in the creation of the Air Force policy on chromate sampling. Mr. Bartlett served in the US Air Force for 20 years working in the Bioenvironmental Engineering career field; he also was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.