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Kristen Risch

Kristen Risch

Principal Owner, Hydrogeologist

Ms. Risch is a senior scientist with over 28 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 18 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 23 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 19 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)

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.
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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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Past President, Ohio Mineland Partnership
Committee 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.
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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, PWS, CPESC, CESSWI

Chip Wendt, PWS, CPESC, CESSWI

Water Resources Specialist

Mr. Wendt is a water resources specialist with more than 10 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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Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) (www.wetlandcert.org)
Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC)
Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Stormwater Inspector (CESSWI)
Licensed Ohio Commercial Pesticide Applicator: Categories 3A (Aquatic) & CORE
Commercial Remote (Drone) Pilot Certificate
NCSRI Level 1 and Level 2 Stream Restoration Courses
(www.bae.ncsu.edu/programs/extension/wqg/srp/)

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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Commercial Remote (Drone) Pilot Certificate

Denise Marmer, CPESC

Denise Marmer, CPESC

Senior Scientist

Ms. Marmer is a regulatory specialist with 30 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)

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

Darby Ricks

Darby Ricks

Environmental Scientist

Ms. Ricks is an environmental scientist with a background in wildlife and conservation biology. She is a recent graduate of Ohio University and joined Coldwater in 2022. Her field work experience includes biological surveys, aquatic habitat assessments, and sediment and macroinvertebrate sampling.

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Jen Porter

Jen Porter

Office Administrator

Ms. Porter is our office administrator and events coordinator. Jen joined Coldwater in 2022 and works in our Galena Office. She manages our Galena office and assists with the management of our other Ohio offices. In addition, she provides support for business administration, marketing, logistics, and projects.

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