Rettew, an Engineering News-Record top 200 design firm providing engineering, transportation, environmental consulting, planning, surveying and safety consulting services, recently hired Thomas "Brad" Burwell; Michael J. Goff, PE; Kevin M. McCarthy and Derek H. Smith.
Burwell is a group manager in the firm's natural sciences division in rettew's Canton office, responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of project teams and coordinating work activities for Canton's natural sciences group. The group conducts environmental planning and permitting, remediation, wetland delineations, restorations and water and gas pipeline routing for clients involved in oil and gas exploration in Ohio's Utica Shale play. Burwell comes to Rettew from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mineral Resources Management, where he managed the coal and industrial mineral regulatory programs, mine safety program and the abandoned mine land reclamation program. He has more than 32 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry. Burwell has a bachelor's degree in forestry resources management from West Virginia University, and he resides in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.
Goff is a senior engineer in the civil/municipal group in Rettew's Canton office. Working with oil and gas clients involved in Ohio's Utica Shale play, he provides construction management and oversight of temporary freshwater lines required for hydraulic fracturing. He is tasked with ensuring adherence to schedule, budget and specifications. Additionally, he coaches and mentors staff, and he plays a role in business development. Goff has 12 of experience in designing, constructing and maintaining all aspects of commercial and industrial facilities. He is well versed in civil, structural and architectural design concepts, in addition to mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design concepts. His construction management experience includes cost estimating, project scheduling, bidding, onsite supervision and final inspections. Goff has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Ohio University. He resides in Summit County, Ohio.
McCarthy is a senior environmental scientist in RRettew's natural sciences division in the firm's Canton office. Working with oil and gas clients involved in Ohio's Utica Shale play, he determines the best route for permanent waterlines needed for oil and gas extraction to minimize impacts to federally regulated waters, including jurisdictional wetlands. He also works to obtain permits for clients from various regulatory agencies, and he provides wetland and stream delineations. McCarthy has 23 years of diversified experience in environmental consulting for numerous public and private clients. He is well versed in wetland delineation, wetland violation reclamation planning and implementation, and wetland creation for compensatory mitigation. Additionally, he has conducted forest conservation data collection, forest stand mapping and forest conservation planning pursuant to the Maryland Forest Conservation Act. McCarthy has a bachelor's degree in forest management from West Virginia University. He resides in Stark County, Ohio.
Smith is a senior environmental scientist in the natural sciences division in Rettew's Williamsport office. He works with various regulatory agencies on behalf of Rettew's key oil and gas clients to secure environmental permits required for water pipelines needed for oil and gas extraction. Specifically, he is tasked with conducting onsite quality control/quality assurance reviews of wetland and stream delineations. Smith also develops protocols and standards for field staff. Smith has 19 years of experience in environmental analysis and documentation within the private sector and state and federal resource agencies. His expertise includes wetland delineation, including disturbed site wetland determinations, and wetland creation and restoration. He is also well versed in aerial photo interpretation and site evaluation of soils and vegetation. Smith has a bachelor's degree in wildlife and fisheries Science from Penn State University. He resides in Perry County.
Construction firm hires project manager
Alexander Building Construction Co. has hired Sean Torongeau as an mechanical, electrical and plumbing project manager. Torongeau will work out of Alexander's State College office.
In Torongeau's role as a project manager, he will provide overall project management of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection trades on multiple projects. Torongeau will immediately start work on the Geisinger Gray's Woods Surgery Center and Parking Deck.
Torongeau brings more than 17 years of professional experience to Alexander's team. He is a Mechanical Contractors Association of America Institute for Project Management graduate and OSHA 30 Hour certified professional. The majority of his experience has been in Centre County managing projects such as the Centre Hills Country Club clubhouse, Penn State University Eastview Terrace Housing, Penn State University Biomechanics Laboratory, and several building renovation projects at Penn State University. Outside of Centre County he has managed projects for Williamsport Regional Medical Center, Geisinger Health System, and the PA Turnpike Commission. In addition to his MEP project management experience, Torongeau has also served on multiple construction safety committees for more than 10 years.
"The combination of Sean's extensive MEP project management expertise and knowledge of the Central Pennsylvania market will be a huge asset to our team and to our current and future clients," says Chris Magent, general manager, Alexander Building Construction - State College and business development and strategic initiatives director of The Butz Family of Companies.
Torongeau resides in Lamar with his wife and two children.
Kirsten Gardner and Nichole M. Ippolito, both of Williamsport, were among 44 attorneys who attended the 2012 Pennsylvania Public Defender Trial Skills Training at Carlisle from Aug. 8 to 11, for the annual Penn State Dickinson School of Law. They work with Bill Miele, who is the chief public defender for Lycoming County.
"Pennsylvania is the only State in the nation that the entire burden of indigent defense is borne by the county taxpayer. The state provides no money to the counties for the provision of indigent defense services in the county budget," said Fred R. Goodman, a trial lawyer from the Defender Association of Pennsylvania who serves as chairman of the Public Defender Association of Pennsylvania's education committee.
The program is a great opportunity because the training program is free of charge to the county and to the defender. The cost of the seminar, housing for the students, facilities and materials for the week-long program is paid with the help of federal and state funds administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Public Defender Association of Pennsylvania.
"This is especially beneficial to counties whose offices have little or no training programs or resources available," said Harry Cancelmi of Waynesburg, the Greene County Chief Public Defender who was an instructor and also a spokesman for the Trial Skills program. The faculty consists not only of experienced trial attorneys and public defender from Lancaster, Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester, Cumberland, Northhampton, and Greene Counties in Pennsylvania, but also from all over the country.
The Workforce Investment Board of Central Pennsylvania has elected Becky Espenshade, Manpower regional sales and marketing director to its board of directors.
As a board member, Espenshade joins a list of prominent industry leaders who work to develop policy and strategy to ensure business has access to a trained workforce and workers have access to quality jobs. "I'm proud to serve on the Workforce Investment Board and help create opportunities for the people of Central Pennsylvania," Espenshade said. "At Manpower we work every day to connect individuals to meaningful work, and I look forward to supporting this mission on the (board) and helping businesses succeed."
Espenshade is a resident of Lycoming County and brings 12 years of recruitment expertise to the WIB board. As a leader at Manpower, she focuses on helping her clients win in the changing world of work by providing innovative and effective workforce solutions.