Advisory Board

Over the past several years, the Board was instrumental in the development of a well-rounded conference focused on applied technologies for the treatment of heavy metal and organic wastes. For 2017, the Conference has an expanded redevelopment program with an emphasis on industrial, manufacturing and logistics-oriented sites. As representatives of the different vested stakeholders, the Board ensures the RE3 Conference is relevant and timely to the needs of engineers, contractors, developers, public and elected officials and other professionals in the field. A conference for the industry, by the industry.

Executive Director

Charis Gehret

VP Marketing and Business Development,
Premier Magnesia

Charis Gehret is the VP of Marketing and Business Development for Premier Magnesia, LLC. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Charis has over 11 years of sales and management experience in the field of environmental hazardous waste treatment and is intimately involved in both technical consulting and operations. With expertise in the development of heavy-metal treatment chemistries and applications, she currently manages over 100 diverse accounts in the industries such as land remediation, foundry operations, secondary metals and recycling, spill control, and landfill waste treatment. Charis oversees both the EnviroBlend® and Amphomag® divisions of Premier Magnesia, and is the founder and lead organizer of the RE3 Conference.

Remediation / Technical Advisory Board

Pamela J. Dugan, PH.D., P.G. - Technical Chair

Business Development Program Manager
Carus Corporation

Pamela serves as the Business Development Program Manager for Carus Corporation where she is responsible for new product and business development in the fields of in situ and ex situ remediation, sediment management, mining, municipal wastewater and industrial water treatment. She has a B.S. from Indiana University a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and is a registered professional geologist. Pamela has over 15 years of remediation experience with focus on chemical oxidation, reactive capping for sediments, and metal removal technologies in the mining sector.

Stewart H. Abrams, P.E.

Principal & Director of Remediation Technology,
Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.

Mr. Abrams has over 35 years of experience in site remediation, soil and groundwater remediation, water treatment, Brownfields redevelopment, and engineering design. He is an expert in remedial technology, with particular emphasis on bioremediation (both aerobic and anaerobic), chemical oxidation (permanganate, persulfate, ozone and peroxide) reduction technologies (ZVI and ISCR). He is experienced with soil vapor extraction and air sparging, including the use of subsurface mathematical models. He also has extensive experience in water and wastewater treatment and industrial waste treatment for organics and metals. He has recently become involved in the emerging field of sustainable remediation and has direct experience with the treatment of emerging contaminants, 1,4-dioxane and PFAS. At Langan, Mr. Abrams serves as the corporate Director of Remediation Technology, responsible nationwide for the in situ treatment projects. Before joining Langan, Mr. Abrams held positions of National Practice Leader for Remediation at a major national consulting and engineering company and of vice president of operations at an environmental R&D firm. He is the founder of Langan’s treatability facility, a joint venture with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), whereby Langan personnel perform a wide variety of treatability studies for soil, groundwater and sediments.

Raj Singh

Principal Consultant,
Ramboll Environ

Rajesh ("Raj") Singh is a Principal Consultant in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, office. With more than 25 years of consulting experience, Mr. Singh has in-depth expertise in industrial site remediation, with particular emphasis in site remedial strategy development, feasibility and treatability studies, engineering design and specifications, and construction management.
A nationally recognized leader in the implementation of In-Situ Stabilization/Solidification (ISS) technology, he was one of the major contributing authors on the ITRC Guidance Manual, Development of Performance Specification for In-Situ Stabilization/Solidification, and was awarded the ITRC Industry Recognition Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contribution as a member of ITRC Solidification/ Stabilization Team. One of his ISS project was first place winner of ACEC Excellence Award in NJ. In addition, Mr. Singh as a Principal Investigator recently prepared a white paper funded by EPRI, "Evaluation of In-Situ Solidification/ Stabilization (ISS) for Redevelopment of Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) Impacted Sites".
Mr. Singh has significant experience in sediment dredging, sediment capping, in-situ chemical oxidation, air-sparging, soil vapor extraction (SVE), pump-&-treat, landfill capping, sheet pile and other remediation technologies. He has published and presented papers and has been speaker on remediation technologies at several conferences.

Derek Pizarro

 

Derek Pizarro has served on the RE3 Conference Technical Advisory Board since 2012. He provides creative chemical and design solutions for domestic and international clients with remedial environmental and industrial waste sites, principally for treatment of heavy metals. Mr. Pizarro collaborates with Premier Magnesia product development teams and testing laboratory to advance the use of magnesia and magnesia-based products for environmental, energy, and engineering applications. He also serves on the technical boards for Remediation Workshop (2013) and Focused Remediation Seminars (2016).

Specialties:

  • Chemical remediation
  • Reactive barriers and lenses
  • Sludge treatment and stabilization
  • Solidification and Stabilization (S/S) additives
  • Mine Influenced Water (MIW) treatment
  • Site treatment optimization

Mr. Pizarro received a BS in Geology and Environmental Geosciences from Lafayette College and is a Certified Professional Geologist. Prior to joining Premier Magnesia, he worked in environmental consulting for an ENR Top 100 Environmental Firm as part of their Environmental Technologies Business Group, specializing in chemical soil remediation, non-intrusive subsurface geophysical investigation, groundwater tracer studies, and Soil Vapor Extraction (SVE) system design and optimization. His professional memberships include AIPG, AEG, and SAME.

George (Bud) Ivey

Business Development Program Manager
Ivey International Inc

George (Bud) Ivey is the President and Senior Remediation Specialist with Ivey International Inc. of Vancouver, Canada. He has over twenty-eight years of environmental remediation experience, and has worked on more than 1500 environmental projects internationally.

His multi-disciplinary education background includes: Organic Chemistry, Geological Engineering, and a Master’s Certification in Project Management.

Among some of his more noticeable accomplishments include:

  • He holds several International Patents;
  • Is recipient of many International Environmental Awards (Globe, Frost & Sullivan, MISTIC, Environmental Business Journal, and Roy F. Weston Awards);
  • Has developed several innovative remediation product and process technologies for air, soil, water, and groundwater remediation;
  • Is currently working on several high-profile remediation projects globally; and

When he’s not busy solving complicated contaminated site remediation problems, he very much enjoys long distance running, multi-day hiking, great red wine, and the company of good friends!

Richard P. Traver, P.E.

Principal Consulting Engineer
Pace Engineering, LLC

Ric Traver brings 41 years of diversified experience in design, fabrication and field operation of complex environmental remediation projects involving large scale contaminated sediment dredging/dewatering, wastewater treatment, soil/sediment remediation and difficult bulk materials processing challenges. His sediment management & remediation experience includes beneficial sediment reuse applications, in-situ sediment mixing/treatment, and subaqueous reactive barrier/mat capping. Ric has extensive hands-on experience involving soils washing, in-situ soils flushing, solidification/ stabilization, thermal carbon regeneration, high temperature incineration and contaminated underwater response operations. Ric holds a BS Civil Engineering and MS Environmental Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and is a licensed professional engineer in six states.

Developer Advisory Board

Catherine Ward, Esquire

Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP

Catherine Ward is a partner with Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP, a regional law firm located in Philadelphia, PA. She is resident in their Cherry Hill New Jersey office and concentrates her practice in environmental, alternative energy, brownfields and real estate matters representing both private companies and public entities. Ms. Ward counsels clients on regulatory and contractual environmental issues involving remediation issues, brownfields and redevelopment matters, sustainability and other green matters. She also regularly represents clients in land use matters before local planning boards and assists lenders in connection with loans secured by contaminated real estate.

Board Members

Sue Boyle

GEI Consultants, Inc.

Susan Boyle has more than 30 years of experience specializing in hazardous site remediation, hazardous waste facility siting, brownfields redevelopment, regulatory compliance, New Jersey’s Site Remediation Reform Act and the Licensed Site Remediation Professional process, New Jersey’s Spill Compensation and Control Act, liability management, waste management, and sustainability. Ms. Boyle’s national reputation in remediation and redevelopment stems from her 25+ year career at New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) where she, among other positions, served as Assistant Commissioner for Site Remediation.

Since joining GEI, Ms. Boyle counts among her clients several non-profit associations specializing in site remediation and brownfields redevelopment in New Jersey, New York City and the entire northeast region of the nation. Ms. Boyle is the Project Manager for GEI’s contract with the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) Technical Assistance for Brownfields (TAB) Program. The services that GEI provides to the TAB for states, municipalities, regions, and community groups include: direct technical mentoring, workshops on specific brownfield topics and updated website information, such as content on liability protection. Throughout her tenure, she’s been an advocate for diversity in the workplace and serves on GEI’s Diversity and Inclusion committee.

Ms. Boyle earned a Master of Regional Planning degree from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from The State University of New York at Binghamton.

Awards received include: Top 25 NJ Leading Women Intrapreneur; Philadelphia Society of Women Environmental Professional’s Touchstone Award; and New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business.

Alan Miller

State of New Jersey

Alan Miller is a Manager in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) Water Resource Management Coordination Office. Mr. Miller’s responsibilities include overseeing the NJDEP Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) sewer service area amendment process, public engagement for DEP’s Water Quality Management Planning rules, working with New Jersey’s Combined Sewer Overflow communities and permittees and assisting NJDEP’s Community Collaborative Initiative municipalities.

Prior to Mr. Miller’s employment with NJDEP he was the Brownfields Program Manager and Redevelopment Unit Coordinator for the Office for Planning Advocacy (OPA) within the New Jersey Business Action Center, Department of State. Mr. Miller was responsible for implementing redevelopment policy in the State of New Jersey and assisting high value Brownfields redevelopment projects through coordinating State and Federal Interagency Teams

Mr. Miller holds a B.A. from Temple University and a M.A. from Glassboro State, now Rowan University. He has served on numerous committees, task forces and boards and was the State appointed Commissioner to the Housing Authority of the City of Camden. Prior to working for the State of New Jersey, Mr. Miller was a 25-year owner of Novelty Hair Goods Co., a manufacturing firm in Camden, NJ.

Matt Winters

Frenkel Company

Matt entered the insurance brokerage business in the beginning of 1997 following his tenure as Senior Vice President for an engineering consulting firm’s Environmental, Health & Safety Management Division. Matt is a 1990 graduate of Lafayette College, received his MBA from St. Joseph’s University and holds the distinguished Certified Risk Manager professional designation.

Upon graduation from Lafayette College, Matt was employed as a Principal Environmental Compliance Officer for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection where he was responsible for coordinating compliance inspections and investigations of numerous municipal public works and private / public industrial operations throughout the State.

Matt offers a unique perspective to Frenkel’s clientele in that he has experience in a number of disciplines. As a Risk Management professional, Matt successfully integrates his regulatory and technical expertise with a business management and "bottom line" approach.

Brink Young

Synergy Environmental

Mr. Young is Vice President of Business Development for Synergy Environmental, Inc., an Environmental Engineering & Consulting Firm, located in Royersford PA and Cherry Hill, NJ. In this capacity, he manages all of the Marketing, Sales, Risk Management and Health & Safety for the Firm.

Mr. Young has over 27 years’ experience selling products and services to business owners and high-level executives. He previously served as Risk Manager for several large Environmental Companies and has provided oversite and guidance for various general liability, property & pollution claims. He has created and managed long term relationships with Fortune 1000 companies, providing pollution cleanup, emergency response, risk management and consulting services.

Mr. Young is a Member of the Association of Corporate Growth, New York Chapter (ACG – NY); the International Council of Shopping Centers – Philadelphia Chapter (ICSC); National Association for Industrial and Office Parks (NAIOP – Philadelphia Chapter) & the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Mr. Young is an avid golfer, mountain biker and skier. He is also a member of several golf and social clubs.

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