Broward County Port Everglades
Peyton Bolin PL
Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department
Additional Board Members:
Stantech Consutling Services, Inc.
Heather Carman, MS
South Florida Water Management District
Nicole Carter, MS
Stantech Consutling Services, Inc.
T. Y. Lin International
Quest Ecology, Inc.
FDOT District 6
Calvin, Giordano and Associates
Davis Environmental Solutions
Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources
Erik Neugaard – is the Environmental Program Manager at Broward County Port Everglades. He has 30 years of diverse experience as an environmental scientist, planner and educator. His education includes a BS in Natural Sciences/Zoology from USF and a MS in Marine Biology form the NSU Oceanographic Center. He is certified as an environmental professional, planner, ecologist, wetland scientist, wildlife biologist, endangered species observer, hazardous materials manager, hazardous waste site operations supervisor, GIS professional, remote sensing mapping scientist, photogrammeterist, scientific/trimix scuba instructor, USCG master/captain, and Florida Master Naturalist Program Lead Instructor. Erik is a past-president of FAEP and is currently president of the South Florida Chapter.
Melissa O’Connor – is an attorney with Kelley Kronenberg. She concentrates her practice on environmental law, including counseling and advising clients on strategies to assure environmental compliance and avoid or minimize environmental risks and liabilities. Melissa is an experienced regulator who has worked as an independent environmental consultant. Her unique background provides her with in-depth knowledge of the issues facing the regulated community. She also served as an adjunct professor at Barry University in Miami, Fla. teaching undergraduate science. Melissa is admitted to both the Florida and Hawaii bars. Melissa received a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science Affairs from the University of Miami, and earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from The Johns Hopkins University, before earning her law degree. She has published two law review articles on water quality standards and environmental justice, and frequently speaks on topics within her legal specialty. In addition to serving on the South Florida Association of Environmental Professional’s Board of Directors, Melissa is also an At-Large Board Member of the Florida Association of Environmental Professionals
Jen Savaro, MS, CA – is currently a staff scientist with E Sciences (Fort Lauderdale Office). Ms. Savaro has over three years of experience, specializing in natural resource assessments and permitting. She provides upland habitat assessments, scientific diving, marine and estuarine habitat assessments and permitting, GPS data collection and GIS mapping. Ms. Savaro’s prior experience included performing tree/landscape reviews and conducting tree surveys as a regulator for Miami Dade County RER. Jen is currently a member of the South Florida Association of Environmental Professionals (Board Member) and The American Fisheries Society. Ms. Savaro earned a BS degree in Marine Science and Environmental Science from Coastal Carolina University (SC) and a MS degree in Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management from Nova Southeastern University with her thesis work conducted on examining the connectivity of reef fishes between mangrove and coral reef habitats through the use of stable isotope ratios
1987 – B.S. Biology, Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA
1993 – M.S. Marine Biology, Nova Southeastern University, Dania Beach, FL
April 2013 to Present: Environmental Specialist, Calvin, Giordano & Assoc., Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 2011 – 2013: Adjunct Faculty, Everest Institute, Kendall, FL 2010-2011: NPDES Permit Coordinator, Aquatic Systems, Inc., Pompano Beach, FL
1999-2010: Project Manager/Sr. Professional, J.J. Goldasich & Associates, Inc., Boca Raton, FL
1994-1998: Biologist, Stantec, Inc., Naples, FL
1997: Adjunct Faculty, Edison Community College, Naples, FL
1992-1994: Biologist, Miller/Legg & Associates, Inc., Pembroke Pines, FL
1991-1992: Research Assistant, Nova Southeastern University, Dania Beach, FL
1989-1990: Environmental Scientist, Dynamac Corporation, Atlanta, GA
1987-1989: Staff Scientist, ICF Technology, Inc., Cherry Hill, NJ
Board Member Since: 2013
Professional Wetland Scientist since 1997
Past Member Ecological Society of America, Certified Ecologist
Ryan B. St. George
1999 – B.S. Wildlife Biology and Management, University of Rhode Island, 1999
Pending – M.S. Marine Biology, Nova Southeastern University
2003 – Wildlife Research Technician for the University of Florida Crocodile Research Team
2004-2007 – Biologist I, Miller Legg and Associates, Inc.
2007-Present – NRS II, Broward County
Professional Wetland Scientist since 2009
Board Member of SFAEP since 2009
Colin Henderson – is Vice President of Environmental Services at T.Y. Lin International, a fullservice, multi-disciplined, engineering firm that provides infrastructure planning and designservices to clients throughout the world. Colin received his B.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of California, Davis and his M.S degree in Environmental Engineering from Florida International University. Colin has over 25 years of international and national experience in the planning, design, and construction administration of environmental projects and is thoroughly familiar with the standards and procedures of NEPA. His wide range of work experience includes environmental impact assessments, RCRA audit compliance, environmental management systems, emergency spill response, wetland delineation and mitigation, biological surveys, permitting, and remediation of contaminated sites.
Frank Kahoun‐ is currently the Sr. Environmental Scientist and South FloridaOperations Managerfor Quest Ecology Inc. Frank has overfourteen years of experience in the environmental/biologicalsciences with experience in NEPA project management and documentation, post disaster remediation consulting, environmental resource permitting, habitat assessments, wetland delineations, threatened and endangered species surveys, mitigation construction oversight, mitigation site design and compliance monitoring for projects impacting environmentally sensitive lands. Frank received an M.S.in Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management from the Nova Southeastern Oceanographic Center in Davie, Florida and a B.A. with an emphasis in English, Environmental Science and Physical Geography from Stetson University in Deland, Florida.
Robert T. (Rob) McMullen, MS –
has provided a broad spectrum of environmental services predominantly in the south Florida area, with experience in central and north Florida, Louisiana, and the Caribbean. He has more than 30 years of experience in the environmental sciences as a teacher, laboratory analyst, and including three years with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Environmental Management Office (DEMO), District 6, Miami, and 22 years in private consulting. His experience includes habitat assessments; wetland delineations; endangered species surveys; mitigation plan development and construction oversight; contract negotiations, administration, management and supervision; permitting; and compliance monitoring for project impacts and mitigating impacts to environmentally sensitive lands. Currently, Rob is a Certified Arborist and Florida Landscape Inspector.
Rob prepares the full range of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents, including those for planning, project development and environmental (PD&E)/NEPA studies, design/permitting studies as well as construction and mitigation monitoring for both bid‐build and design‐build construction projects. He has performed and overseen performance of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA), obtained environmental, right‐of‐way occupancy and data collection permits, and numerous coral relocations, tree surveys and landscape inspections. He teaches Stormwater Management Inspector Certification Courses for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) as well as the Florida Master Naturalist courses under the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS).
Mr. McMullen earned a BS degree in Biology from the University of Miami (FL) and an MS degree in Environmental Sciences from Florida International University with his thesis research conducted in wetlands restoration and reclamation of agricultural lands within Everglades National Park.
Sandra Lee, LEED AP BD+C, AICP – directs the Environmental Planning Department at Calvin, Giordano & Associates (CGA) — a multi-disciplinary consulting firm in operation since 1938 providing services to the public and the private sector throughout southeast Florida. Sandra works out of the firm’s Fort Lauderdale office, coordinating their regulatory permitting, environmental planning, site assessment, resource management and environmental technical support services and staff. Prior to joining CGA in 2000, Sandra was with the Growth Management Division of Monroe County. A resident of the Florida Keys for nearly 10 years, Sandra became very familiar with the environmental sensitivities and government programs protecting the Keys, a designated area of critical State concern. Sandra obtained a Bachelors degree in Biology with a special emphasis in Botany, and a Masters degree in Ecological Systems from St. Cloud State University, located in St. Cloud, Minnesota, near where she grew up.
Kelli O’Donnell, B.S. – is a Fisheries Biologist II contractor for NOAA NMFS and an AAUS Scientific Diver. Kelli received her B.S. degree in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology and plans to start her M.S. degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at University of Florida in Fall ’15. Kelli has 6 1/2 years professional experience working with Fisheries Independent and Fisheries Dependent Monitoring including having a peer-reviewed article on mercury levels in lionfish published. She has also been involved in Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle rescue, rehab and release. She holds FWC permits for sea turtle stranding, salvage and nesting surveys and a Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary permit for removal of lionfish from SPAs. Her work experience includes conducting commercial and recreational angler interviews and sampling of their catch, independent scientific fisheries data sampling, fisheries identification and water quality monitoring. Every year she conducts sea turtle nesting surveys of a Florida Keys beach and assists with sea turtle rescue when needed. She is now an instructor for the UF IFAS Florida Master Naturalist Program and is working on a project with Mote Tropical Research Laboratory comparing growth methods of nursery grown staghorn coral. Kelli is currently a member of the South Florida Association of Environmental Professionals (Board Member), Monroe County Extension Marine Advisory Board (Committee Member) and the American Fisheries Society Florida Chapter.
Kate Skindzier Davis is President of Davis Environmental Solutions, LLC, a State certified DBE environmental consulting firm that specializes in navigating clients through the unique permitting and regulatory requirements of South Florida. With 12 years of experience as a regulator and consultant in South Florida, Kate has focused on freshwater and marine ecosystems conducting biological impacts assessments, mitigation design, and extensive field sampling and monitoring. Kate has been an environmental consultant since 2010, prior to this she worked for nine years as a Biologist for Miami-Dade County’s Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, formerly the Department of Environmental Resources Management (DERM). Other areas of expertise include permitting, wetland determinations and functional assessments, scientific diving, T/E surveys, and NEPA documents. Ms. Skindzier has served on the SFAEP Board since 2011.
Mr. Sitomer is a licensed environmental engineer with ARCADIS, which is one of the leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firms. He has more than 17 years of experience in assessment, remediation, landfills, and construction. He has managed various Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) sites, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) sites, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Petroleum Pre-Approval Program sites, FDEP Dry Cleaner Solvent Cleanup Program sites, FDEP Hazardous Waste Cleanup Program sites, Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Hazardous Site Response Act (HSRA) sites, and Georgia Underground Storage Tank (GUST) sites, as well as various non-program sites in Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina, and Tennessee that were impacted by fuel oils, chlorinated solvents, metals, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), methane, and explosives. Mr. Sitomer’s responsibilities include project management, regulatory compliance, air, soil, and groundwater sampling/assessments, remediation design, bid document preparation, permitting, construction oversight, implementation of land use controls, and operation, maintenance, and performance monitoring of remediation systems.
Brian Voelker, MS, PWS, CA, CLI – is currently a Senior Scientist with E Sciences (Fort Lauderdale office). Mr. Voelker has over 18 years of experience specializing in natural resource assessments and permitting, as well certified arborist services. He provides numerous ecolocigal services to clients, including: wetland delineation, function evaluation, mitigation design, monitoring, and permitting; upland habitat assessments; coastal habitat assessments and permitting; marine and estuarine habitat assessments and permitting; protected wildlife assessments and permitting; GPS data collection/mapping and GIS database development; NEPA document preparation and oversight; and sediment and erosion control monitoring.
As an ISA Certified Arborist, Mr. Voelker provides numerous consutling arborist services to both public and private sector clients, including the following: GPS tree inventories and GIS tree database development; destroyed/damaged tree assessments; tree value estimates; tree grading; tree/utility conflict identification; hazard tree evaluations (risk assessment); analysis of tree canopy cover and tree canopy ecological/monetary benefits; urban forest management plans; planting and maintenance bid packages, mangrove trimming oversight; and tree removal permitting.
Mr.Voelker is currently a member of the South Florida Association of Environmental Professionals (Board Member and Committee Chairperson), the International Society of Arboriculture, and the Landscape Inspectors Association of Florida.
Mr. Voelker earned a BA degree in Environmental Studies from SUNY Buffalo, and an MS degree in Coastal Zone Management and Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University.
Sandy Walters ‐ is the president of SWC, an environmental, planning and communications firm with offices in Key West, Miami, Hollywood and Fort Myers. She has more than 25 years of professional experience in Florida. Ms. Walters is qualified as an Expert Witness in Florida administrative hearings and court proceedings; has conducted and supervised environmental studies, and developed avoidance and mitigation plans, in all South Florida submerged and upland habitats; has successfully permitted projects ranging from single family homes to developments of regional impact, working with all regulatory agencies; has extensive experience in design and implementation of public participation programs and review and development of comprehensive plans; and has represented clients successfully with many agencies and government boards. She is presently a member of the South Florida Regional Planning Council, appointed by governors Bush and Crist, serving as chair in 2009; serves on EPA’s Water Quality Steering Committee for the Florida Keys; and served from 2000 to 2004 as a Governor’s appointee on Florida’s Acquisition and Restoration Council, which supervises purchase and management of State conservation lands.