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Kristen Risch

Kristen Risch

Principal Owner, Hydrogeologist

Ms. Risch is a senior scientist with over 25 years of experience in project management, ecosystem restoration, stormwater management/green infrastructure design, environmental permitting and grant writing. She has helped secure and manage nearly $40 Million in grant funding for ecosystem restoration projects since 2006. Her experience includes over 40 miles of stream restoration and 160 acres of wetland restoration in Ohio and other states.
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Member, Society of Wetland Scientists (www.sws.org)
Member, National Groundwater Association (www.ngwa.org)
Wildland Hydrology/Stream Restoration Training (Level I-Level IV) (www.wildlandhydrology.com)

Chad Kettlewell, PWS, CERP

Chad Kettlewell, PWS, CERP

Senior Ecologist

Mr. Kettlewell is a senior ecologist, Professional Wetland Scientist, and Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner with over 15 years of experience, specializing in ecological restoration. His experience includes wetland and stream restoration design; stormwater/green infrastructure design; environmental permitting, threatened and endangered species surveys, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Chad’s experience includes over 30 stream/wetland restoration and green infrastructure/stormwater projects.
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Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) (www.wetlandcert.org)
Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) (www.ser.org/page/certification)
Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) (www.csinet.org/cdt)
Member, Society of Wetland Scientists (www.sws.org)
Member, Society for Ecological Restoration (www.ser.org)
NCSRI Level 1 and Level 2 Stream Restoration Courses (www.bae.ncsu.edu/programs/extension/wqg/srp/)

John Shady, PWS

John Shady, PWS

Senior Biologist

Mr. Shady is a senior biologist and Professional Wetland Scientist with over 20 years of experience in environmental assessment, restoration, and permitting. He has delineated and assessed hundreds of wetlands and streams, and has extensive training through the Ohio EPA, including the Ohio Rapid Assessment Method (ORAM), Qualitative Habitat Evaluation Index (QHEI), and Primary Headwater Habitat Evaluation Index (HHEI). John specializes in flora and fauna evaluations, including endangered species surveys.
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Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) (www.wetlandcert.org)
Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) (www.csinet.org/cdt)
Member, Society of Wetland Scientists (www.sws.org/)
NCSRI Level 1 and Level 2 Stream Restoration Courses (www.bae.ncsu.edu/programs/extension/wqg/srp/)

A.J. Gutz, PE, LEED AP

A.J. Gutz, PE, LEED AP

Senior Engineer

Mr. Gutz is a senior engineer with over 17 years of experience in stormwater management system design, stream restoration, green infrastructure, surface water modeling, stormwater quality management, and floodplain management. He is an experienced project manager and design engineer. His experience also includes general civil engineering services including site grading, earthwork analysis, utility system design, cost estimating, asset management, and construction phase support.
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Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio (78052) and Florida (65003)
Member, Water Environment Federation (WEF)

Corry Platt, CEP

Corry Platt, CEP

Technical Director

Mr. Platt is a technical director and Certified Environmental Professional with 30 years of experience in project development and multi-agency coordination, bridging between environmental remediation and ecological restoration. He is experienced in sediment remediation, capping, dredging and dredged material management, shoreline stabilization/restoration, and beneficial reuse/ecological restoration. His project experience includes commercial/industrial site work as well as federal and state projects.
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Certified Environmental Professional (CEP) (www.abcep.org)
President, Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals (www.abcep.org)
Member, Western Dredging Association (www.westerndredging.org)

Sue Farley

Sue Farley

Senior Scientist, Accountant

Ms. Farley is a senior scientist with experience in geology and environmental science from working with State and local government agencies in the field of mining and reclamation. Her background includes 11 years of permitting and inspection of coal and industrial mineral mines for the State of Ohio, 30 years of environmental consulting with Farleigh’s Hold Consulting, and 5 years teaching in the GIS/Surveying program at Hocking College. In addition to project work, Sue manages Coldwater’s accounting and human resources.

Mitch Farley

Mitch Farley

Senior Scientist

Mr. Farley has over 40 years of experience in environmental project development and program management. His specialties include environmental investigations and permitting, wetland and stream delineation, threatened and endangered species evaluations, land rights acquisition, project design, grant funding, construction management, and environmental monitoring.
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President, Ohio Mineland Partnership
Board Member, Rural Action, Inc.

Eric Onderak, PE

Eric Onderak, PE

Senior Engineer

Mr. Onderak is a professional engineer with over 17 years of experience specializing in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, system planning, capacity analyses, green infrastructure, and sanitary and stormwater infrastructure design. His background includes serving as the project and task manager on system modeling, planning, capacity analysis, rehabilitation, and design projects. He has worked on the development of solutions to address sanitary, storm, and watershed challenges for utilities of all sizes in Ohio and across the Midwest.

PE Ohio #73160
Member, Ohio Water Environment Association

Russ Gibson

Russ Gibson

Senior Scientist & Grants Manager

Mr. Gibson is a senior grants manager with more than 40 years of experience in the environmental and natural resources fields. His most recent experience is with the Ohio EPA, where he served as the Nonpoint Source, Inland Lakes and Lake Erie Program Manager. His experience includes involvement with $58 million in grant funded projects in 108 watersheds throughout Ohio, giving him an unrivaled understanding of the diverse challenges faced by local government leaders in today’s complex regulatory climate.
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Chip Wendt, CPESC, CESSWI

Chip Wendt, CPESC, CESSWI

Water Resources Specialist

Mr. Wendt is a water resources specialist with more than 8 years of experience in natural resources management. He is an experienced naturalist, knowledgeable of Ohio’s flora, fauna, and environmental history. Chip was previously the Urban Erosion and Stormwater Specialist at Lorain Soil & Water Conservation District and was responsible for overseeing sediment/erosion controls and post-construction storm water management.

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Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC)
Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Stormwater Inspector (CESSWI)
Ohio EPA Qualified Data Collector (QDC# 01143): Levels 2 & 3 Stream Habitat Assessment – QHEI
Licensed Ohio Commercial Pesticide Applicator: Categories 3A (Aquatic) & CORE
NCSRI Level 1 and Level 2 Stream Restoration Courses
www.bae.ncsu.edu/programs/extension/wqg/srp/

Brian Weyer, PE

Brian Weyer, PE

Senior Engineer

Mr. Weyer is a senior project engineer with over 10 years of experience in civil and geotechnical engineering working on land, shoreline, and sea. His previous projects include offshore geotechnical investigations for oil and gas wells across the world, dredging, sediment remediation and dredged material management in rivers, harbors and estuaries across the United States, shoreline stabilization along national coastlines and riverbanks and waste impoundment closures. He has worked for a wide range of clients across a number of industries including oil and gas, energy, commercial/industrial, federal, state, and local governments.

PE Ohio #86467
Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
Member, Western Dredging Association

Michelle Fyffe, EI

Michelle Fyffe, EI

Project Engineer

Ms. Fyffe is a project engineer specializing in hydraulic modeling, planning, and design support for water resource projects involving green infrastructure, stream restoration, and wetland restoration. Her project experience includes preparation of CAD design drawings for stream and wetland restoration projects, hydraulic modeling for stream restoration design support, and GIS-based planning of green infrastructure projects.
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Ohio Engineer Intern Certification (EI.00907)
Green Infrastructure Practitioner (GIP)
National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP)
Member, Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
NCSRI Level 1 and Level 2 Stream Restoration Courses
www.bae.ncsu.edu/programs/extension/wqg/srp/

Jackson Caruso, EI

Jackson Caruso, EI

Project Engineer

Mr. Caruso is a project engineer focusing on planning and design support for water resource projects involving stream and wetland restoration. His experience includes hydraulic modeling for stream restoration design support, GIS mapping, site assessment work including stream and wetland assessments, and assistance with construction inspections.
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Ohio Engineer Intern Certification (EI.11524)

James Cramer

James Cramer

CAD/GIS Specialist

Mr. Cramer is a CAD/GIS technician with over 20 years of experience in geospatial technology and CAD services. He is skilled in the creation of engineering plans and design drawings using CAD and GIS software. His experience includes producing engineering plans for stream restoration, wetland restoration, and development projects. Additional experience includes the management of GPS data and use of spatial analysis and mapping tools.
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Denise Marmer, CPESC

Denise Marmer, CPESC

Senior Scientist

Ms. Marmer is a regulatory specialist with 25 years of experience in natural resource management and environmental regulation. Denise has over a decade of previous experience working as a Regulatory Specialist and Regulatory Project Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Huntington District, out of the Cincinnati Field Office. She offers unparalleled expertise in the USACE permitting process and has managed hundreds of jurisdictional determinations and permit applications for activities in waters of the U.S.
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Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC)

Cassie Lape

Cassie Lape

Office Administrator

Ms. Lape is our administrative assistant and events coordinator. Cassie joined Coldwater in 2017 and brought with her over 10 years of experience in office management. She is the primary contact for our external offices and employees and assists with clerical and logistical support for travel, meetings, conferences, and marketing events.

Bob Eichenberg, AICP

Bob Eichenberg, AICP

Senior Planner

Mr. Eichenberg is an environmental planner with over 40 years of experience planning and designing projects involving infrastructure, recreation facilities, environmental restoration, floodplain management, hazard mitigation and historic preservation. His specialties include GIS analysis, grant writing, resource management, and land use analysis. He served as a County Planning Director for 20 years and has spent most of his professional career working for county government, so he understands the needs and issues of local governments. He has also worked with many watershed organizations and currently sits on the Board of the Raccoon Creek Partnership.
Member, American Institute of Certified Planners