JONAS PROCTON

Staff Engineer

Jonas Procton has joined our engineering team as a Staff Engineer. Jonas earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tufts University, where he focused his studies on River Restoration and Stormwater Management. A former AmeriCorps volunteer, Jonas has spent time constructing trail infrastructure and removing invasive species based out of Asheville, NC. He has supported wilderness orientation groups as a staff leader for the Tufts Wilderness Orientation Group, and is an avid hiker, biker, and rock climber. – We are thrilled to welcome him to  HW!

Jonas works out of our Exeter, NH office.

 

ASHLEY PASAKARNIS, PE

Senior Scientist/Engineer

Ashley Pasakarnis, PE, has joined our team as a Senior Scientist/Engineer. Ashley earned her Master of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, from the University of Iowa.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. She has over 14 years professional experience in environmental and geotechnical consulting. Her areas of specialty include project management and oversight of environmental remediation and transportation projects; design and permitting for site investigation and remedial action activities; and oversight of equipment installation, start-up, operation and maintenance at hydrocarbon and chlorinated impacted sites.  In her free time Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and two children either tackling a home project or working in the garden.

Ashley works out of our Sandwich, MA office.

 

lucy nisbet

Design Engineer

Lucy Nisbet has joined our engineering team as a Design Engineer. Lucy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with focus work in Hydrology, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She has over five years professional experience spanning water and wastewater engineering and planning, as well as residential and light commercial structural design. In her free time Lucy enjoys spending time by the water with her two daughters in her hometown of Scituate. Welcome to HW!

Lucy can be reached in our Sandwich office.

lucy nisbet sandwich

 

mike demanche

Environmental Scientist

Recently, Amanda Converse at Ebb and Flow interviewed Mike Demanche who started here as an intern, and joined us full time last year after graduating from Brown University. Mike enjoys the varied tasks of an environmental scientist, especially when it gets him outdoors. An avid hiker his experience on the Appalachian Trail led him to discover his strong interest in environmental science.

“HW projects range in scale from local to national. On any given day I can be involved in projects which stay within the Town of Sandwich or reach out to federal agencies on national issues. Because HW is involved in such a variety of work, we’re able to approach problems in house in a well-rounded fashion. We have scientists, planners, engineers all working in the same space and bringing their perspective to the tasks at hand. These different foci aren’t relegated to specific departments, so most teams within the company involve colleagues with varied backgrounds.”

-Mike Demanche

 

sharing Stormwater benefits

BSLA Conference, Northeastern University

We had a great time at the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Conference! There were many thought-provoking topics covered throughout the day. The unique conference space in the architect studios at Northeastern University created an intimate setting for in-depth discussions with presenters and attendees. Leading a session entitled, “The Wet and Wild World of Constructed Wetlands.” HW’s principal landscape architect Brian Kuchar and water resource engineers, Jennifer Relstab and Michelle West, enjoyed spreading the good news about the benefits of constructed wetlands for stormwater management. They highlighted lessons learned, and success stories of a variety of wetland designs in a range of settings, hoping to inspire more green infrastructure designers to incorporate wetlands into their projects. There was a strong turnout for this session, with standing room only, so hopefully we will start seeing more of our favorite GI practices popping up throughout New England!

 

Fabiola  Alikpokou

MCRP, Staff Planner

Fabiola Alikpokou has joined our planning team as a Staff Planner. Fabiola has a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of NE-Lincoln. She earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in political science and international studies, as well as a certificate in public management from the University of NE-Omaha. Fabiola has experience in both the public and private sectors gathering research and providing analysis for comprehensive plans, corridor studies, and bicycle and pedestrian master plans. Her plate is already full here at HW with assignments related to the Sudbury Master Plan Update, the Canton Master Plan Update, and housing diversity work in Exeter, NH. Fabiola can be reached in our Providence office.

 

Carl Simons, USMC Ret.

Emergency Response Manager

Carl Simons has 30 years of experience in incident management and emergency response, gained through a successful career as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, an All-hazards Planner with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and an active member of a Type III All Hazards Incident Management Team.

When he is not teaching others about how to plan for natural disasters or emergency threats, Carl volunteers for the Barnstable County All Hazards Incident Management Team. During disasters and emergencies, the resources of local public safety agencies resources can be stretched to the limit as an incident expands in duration, size, scope, or complexity. That’s why the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee created the Barnstable County All-Hazards Incident Management Team — to provide essential behind-the-scenes support functions enabling agencies to focus resources and concentrate on achieving incident objectives. 

As an emergency response manager for Horsley Witten Group Carl spends a good deal of his time traveling and conducting training exercises for water and utility professionals on topics such as emergency response planning, source water protection, cybersecurity, incident management team training, and active shooter training. Free time is limited for most professionals. Why isn’t Carl on a golf course or fishing in a boat? Carl believes that volunteering for emergency related trainings keeps him up to speed and connected with a variety of responders. “Actually, participating in the exercise vs. explaining in a classroom setting is important as it allows me to share my recent experience with others” said Carl. Sometimes Carl runs into clients or former colleagues which strengthens his relationships and knowledge base. To give you an idea of the time commitment for this type of volunteering, Carl recently spent thirteen hours as a participant in the Vigilant Guard full scale civil military exercise on Cape Cod. At Horsley Witten Group we support volunteerism and training to help our employees be prepared for the next opportunity. We are glad Carl is taking the extra time to become better prepared and you should be too! Thank you, Carl. Learn more about the Barnstable County All Hazards Incident Management Team.

 

 

Ellen Biegert, PLA

Landscape Architect

Ellen Biegert, PLA has joined our design team as a landscape architect in Providence, RI. Ellen brings five years of experience from working in Pennsylvania with a focus on green stormwater infrastructure, parks and trail design, and botanical and children’s gardens. She graduated from Temple University with a BS in Landscape Architecture and is a recipient of a “Best in Show Award” from the Philadelphia Flower Show. Ellen just completed hiking the Appalachian Trail. This experience has allowed her to gain a greater understanding of the impact of natural spaces in the built environment. Ellen can be reached in our Providence office.

Eliza Hoffman

Staff Engineer

Eliza Hoffman has joined our engineering team as a staff engineer based in Sandwich, MA. A recent graduate, Eliza earned her BE from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. She minored in Environmental Studies and was a Coxswain for the Men’s Varsity Rowing Team. Eliza was awarded a special faculty award for engineering service to humanity for the Hartford Riverwalk Design project. Eliza can be reached in our Sandwich office.

Brian Daley, PHD

Senior Forest Ecologist

Brian Daley, PhD has joined our team as a project manager based in St. Croix, VI. We have worked with Brian on a number of projects including stream headcut stabilization, coastal zone program assessments, and hazardous tree evaluations. He is a forest ecologist by trade and president of Geographic Consulting, Inc. Brian earned his BA from Salem State College, his MS from the University of Montana, and his PhD in restoration ecology/agroforestry from the University of Florida. Brian’s expertise and on-the-ground presence enhances our capacity for watershed restoration and planning, tropical ecology, and stormwater and wastewater engineering in the Caribbean. Brian can be reached in our St. Croix office.