Ecosystems Strategies Inc. Technical Staff

Katherine Beinkafner

Katherine Beinkafner serves as senior hydrogeologist. She conducts hydrogeological investigations for all major projects. She reviews remedial designs for groundwater treatment systems. She serves as an expert witness and has prepared testimony for public hearings and potential legal proceedings.

Ms. Beinkafner received a BS and MA from SUNY New Paltz, a MS in Physics from University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Geology from Syracuse University. Full resume

Scott Spitzer E-mail

Scott Spitzer serves as Director of Environmental Investigations and Senior Project Manager for environmental site assessments and Phase II technical environmental investigations, and remedial projects including Brownfield sites. In this capacity, he conducts research to obtain field and regulatory information about the environmental status of a designated area. Mr. Spitzer reviews all documents prepared by ESI to ensure consistency and technical accuracy.

His responsibilities associated with the preparation of site assessments include: investigating site histories, conducting facility inspections, reviewing regulatory agency records, documenting facility compliance with relevant State and Federal regulations, and preparing reports. As project manager for complex technical environmental investigations (including sites currently on the NYSDEC Registry of Inactive Hazardous Waste Sites), Mr. Spitzer is involved with: coordinating subcontractors; overseeing fieldwork; designing and implementing material, soil, and water sampling plans, preparing technical reports, and interfacing with regulatory agency personnel.

Mr. Spitzer has nearly 10 years experience in the preparation of Phase I and II investigations and in the management of complex remediation projects. He is knowledgeable in both New York State and Federal environmental regulations and has an understanding of innovative remedial techniques (e.g., chemical oxidation). Mr. Spitzer studied environmental science at SUNY Purchase and holds a BS in Biology from SUNY at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York

Richard Hooker E-Mail

Richard Hooker serves as Senior Project Manager for investigative and remedial projects including Brownfields sites, Phase II investigations, tank removals, and environmental management of construction projects. He also prepares and evaluates interdisciplinary, comprehensive environmental impact assessment reviews (NEPA, SEQR and CEQR). Mr. Hooker develops investigative and remedial work plans, health and safety plans, performs fieldwork, and prepares technical reports. He works with regulatory authorities and subcontractors including construction personnel, waste repositories and haulage contractors, laboratories and drillers.

His responsibilities associated with these investigative and remedial projects include: investigating site histories, document reviews, cost benefit analysis of remedial alternatives, overseeing excavations and in situ remediation, sampling, sample data evaluation, and obtaining regulatory closure. He has extensive experience of sampling and sample collection protocols for soil, vapor, indoor air, sediment, and groundwater and has worked to remediate a wide range of environmental contaminants including petroleum, heavy metals, PCBs, and solvents.

Mr. Hooker holds a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland and a BA from Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, England. Prior to relocating to the Hudson Valley, he served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Adam Atkinson E-Mail

Adam Atkinson serves as Senior Project Manager for environmental site assessments and Phase II technical environmental investigations. His responsibilities associated with the preparation of site assessments include: investigating site histories, conducting facility inspections, reviewing regulatory agency records, documenting facility compliance with relevant State and Federal regulations, and preparing reports. As project manager for Phase II technical environmental investigations, he is involved with managing tank removals, coordinating subcontractors, overseeing fieldwork, collecting soil, water, and air samples, and preparing technical reports.

Mr. Atkinson manages the design and installation of vapor mitigation systems (e.g., sub-slab depressurization systems, soil vapor extraction systems, etc.) to address vapors associated with petroleum and other chemical contaminants, and as part of remedial efforts at designated State and Federal clean-up sites.

Mr. Atkinson received a BS in Environmental Science from University of Utah and holds current certification with the National Radon Safety Board (NRSB) as a Radon Testing Specialist, EPA Certified Lead Inspector, AHERA Certified Asbestos Inspector, and Management Planner.

Rosaura Andujar-McNeil E-mail

Rosaura Andujar-McNeil serves as Senior Project Manager for environmental site assessments, Phase II technical environmental investigations, and remedial projects including Brownfield sites. She conducts research to obtain field and regulatory information about the environmental status of a designated area.

Her responsibilities associated with the preparation of site assessments include: investigating site histories, conducting facility inspections, reviewing regulatory agency records, documenting facility compliance with relevant State and Federal regulations, and preparing reports. As project manager assisting with Phase II technical environmental investigations and remedial projects, she is involved with: coordinating subcontractors, overseeing fieldwork and collecting soil and water samples, preparing technical reports, and interfacing with regulatory agency personnel.

Ms. Andujar-McNeil received a BS in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is currently an Engineer in Training (EIT). Ms. Andujar-McNeil is bi-lingual in Spanish and English.

Gina Wolfman E-mail

Gina Wolfman serves as Senior Project Manager for environmental site assessments, Phase II technical environmental investigations, and remedial projects including Brownfield sites. She conducts research to obtain field and regulatory information about the environmental status of a designated area. 

Her responsibilities associated with the preparation of site assessments include: investigating site histories, conducting facility inspections, reviewing regulatory agency records, documenting facility compliance with relevant State and Federal regulations, and preparing reports. As project manager assisting with Phase II technical environmental investigations and remedial projects, she is involved with: coordinating subcontractors, overseeing fieldwork and collecting soil and water samples, preparing technical reports, and interfacing with regulatory agency personnel. 

Ms. Wolfman has extensive experience in regulatory review and assessment, particularly in the areas of NEPA, Brownfield Sites, and SEQR Compliance.  Ms. Wolfman received a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, and a JD with a Certificate in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law.

Tyler Goodnough E-mail


Tyler Goodnough serves as Project Manager for environmental site assessments and Phase II technical environmental investigations. 

His responsibilities include: investigating site histories, conducting facility inspections, reviewing regulatory agency records, documenting facility compliance with relevant State and Federal regulations, and preparing reports. He conducts Phase II technical environmental investigations and fieldwork involving collecting soil, water and air samples, managing tank removals, coordinating subcontractors, overseeing fieldwork, and preparing technical reports..

Mr. Goodnough graduated from Marist College where he completed a BS in Environmental Science.

Michelle Weisman E-mail

Michelle Weisman serves as Assistant Project Manager for environmental site assessments and Phase II technical environmental investigations.

Her responsibilities include: investigating site histories, conducting facility inspections, reviewing regulatory agency records, documenting facility compliance with relevant State and Federal regulations, and preparing reports. She assists with Phase II technical environmental investigations and fieldwork involving collecting soil and water samples.

Prior to joining ESI, Ms. Weisman worked as a field geologist for Nomac Services, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation. Ms. Weisman graduated from the College of Charleston where she completed a BS in Geology.

Jesse Kassner E-mail

 

Jesse Kassner serves as Assistant Project Manager for environmental site assessments and Phase II technical environmental investigations. 


His responsibilities include: investigating site histories, conducting facility inspections, reviewing regulatory agency records, documenting facility compliance with relevant State and Federal regulations, and preparing reports. He assists with Phase II technical environmental investigations and fieldwork involving collecting soil and water samples.

Mr. Kassner graduated from Binghamton University where he completed a BA in Environmental Studies with specialization in Natural Resources Management.

Erick Salazar

 

Erick Salazar serves as Assistant Project Manager for environmental site assessments and Phase II technical environmental investigations. 


His responsibilities include: investigating site histories, conducting facility inspections, reviewing regulatory agency records, documenting facility compliance with relevant State and Federal regulations, and preparing reports. He assists with Phase II technical environmental investigations and fieldwork involving collecting soil and water samples.

Mr. Salazar graduated from State University of New York at New Paltz where he completed a BA in Biology with specialization in Organism and Environmental Studies. Mr. Salazar is bi-lingual in Spanish and English.


Felipe Sipowicz


Felipe Sipowicz provides Field Technician/Project Assistant services on projects involving the installation and/or maintenance of mechanical systems. Mr. Sipowicz has experience with mechanical systems for vapor and liquid removal (e.g., subslab depressurization systems and oil-water separators) and assists with vapor intrusion analyses. In addition, Mr. Sipowicz assists with Phase II technical environmental investigations and is involved with various fieldwork activities, including collecting soil and water samples and assisting with advancement of soil borings and well installations. Mr. Sipowicz is bi-lingual in Spanish and English.

Mr. Sipowicz has over 25 years experience in construction management and mechanical systems maintenance.

Christine Arnone E-Mail

Christine Arnone serves as Office Manager / Project Coordinator for all work produced by Ecosystems Strategies, Inc. In this capacity, Ms. Arnone provides initial Client contact and coordinates overall project schedules and subcontractor/vendor agreements. Concurrently, Ms. Arnone is responsible for providing supporting communications and documentation (e.g., insurance certificates, public Agency communications) to facilitate service, delivery, and effective project completion. Ms. Arnone works with internal and external parties to organize the various components needed to initiate, run, and conclude all projects.

Ms. Arnone has over 20 years experience in the legal field as a Paralegal, Case Manager and Trial Preparation Assistant and holds a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Adelphi University.

Natalie Conklin E-Mail

Natalie Conklin serves as Administrative Assistant for all work produced by ESI. She is responsible for all of the mapping and graphic work included in reports. She also coordinates document production, presentation of summary report data and field support.

Ms. Conklin has over 30 years experience in administrative management and an AAS degree in Accounting.