Current Officers

These are the people currently working at CEMS.

Brian LaFlamme
Brian LaFlammePresident

Current Employer:  Ensero Solutions

Originally from the Connecticut River Valley of Western Massachusetts, Brian entered the U.S. Navy out of high school and became an antisubmarine warfare operator tracking submarines aboard a P-3 Orion. After 4 years of service, Brian went to college and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology, Chemistry, and a minor in mathematics at Bridgewater State University (Magna Cum Laude) and his Master of Science in Chemical Oceanography at the University of Washington. Brian’s Master’s thesis incorporated the formation of thorium-carbonate complexes in the laboratory with MINEQL, a chemical equilibrium model. While working as an oceanographer at UW, Brian studied water-rock interactions and videoed ‘black smokers’ off the Juan de Fuca Ridge. He experienced the bottom of the ocean in ALVIN, the submarine from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Brian joined Harding Lawson Associates in 1988 and left in 1999 to pursue the life of an independent consultant and the culinary world before joining Nationwide Environmental Services (NES) in 2006.  After 13 years with NES, Brian is now employed at Ensero Solutions.

Brian has evaluated geochemical data to assess the natural background concentration of metals for active mine sites; interpreted radioisotope data to delineate multiple aquifers at complex sites; conducted numerous fate and transport modeling efforts; and managed multi-million dollar Superfund CERCLA projects through the RI/FS and RD/RA processes. Brian has managed long-term remediation operation and maintenance actions at Superfund sites, and provides technical and regulatory strategies to clients to minimize their exposure to environmental liabilities. Outside the rigors of the consulting world, Brian enjoys cross-country skiing and hiking with his wife and dog; golfing with his friends, colleagues, and clients; and sharing culinary creations.

Erik Gessert
Erik GessertVice-President

Secondary Position: Committee Chair – Fall Conference

Current Employer: Terracon Consultants, Inc., 10625 W. I-70 Frontage Road N, #3, Wheat Ridge, CO, 80033, (303)454-5277

Erik grew up in Madison, Wisconsin where he developed a passion for all things outdoors, spending summers on backpacking trips with friends and discovering firsthand the reasoning of A Sand County Almanac. His enthusiasm for the environment lead him to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned a BS in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Environmental Studies.

Erik is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado and works for Terracon Consultants, Inc. as a senior environmental engineer where he leads the national LNAPL practice group and provides technical expertise on local, regional and national environmental projects.  Erik is passionate about incorporating and advancing 21st century concepts and methods including conceptual site model development, green and sustainable remediation practices, advanced site characterization technologies and SMART objective development to address environmental concerns.  Previously, Erik was the supervisor of the petroleum remediation group for the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety.  In this role, Erik developed and implemented some major program initiatives including enhanced risk-based closure criteria and the Recognized Environmental Professional program.

Through good fortune, Erik has been able to work with the Interstate Regulatory Technical Council (ITRC) as a Team Lead for the Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (LNAPL) team.  In this role, Erik had the opportunity to present two day LNAPL training classes with a group of nationally recognized experts as well as deliver internet-based training on the topic to thousands of participants across the world.  As a Team Lead, Erik was responsible for leading the team in the development of an updated, web-based guidance on LNAPL from proposal submittal through project closeout.  LNAPL Site Management: LCSM Evolution, Decision Process, and Remedial Technologies was published in March 2018.

When away from work, Erik can still be found outdoors spending time with his children reexperiencing the reasoning of A Sand County Almanac.

Steve Brauner
Steve BraunerPast President

Secondary Position: Member – Fall Conference Committee

Current Employer: Market Manager (Colorado) and Environmental Engineer, Environmental Works, Inc., (303)328-7982

Dr. Steve Brauner is a registered professional engineer with a demonstrated history of excellence in project management, site investigation, and the identification and implementation of effective solutions to a wide range of environmental challenges. During 15+ years of professional practice, Dr. Brauner has specialized in design and implementation of cost-effective, technically-sound approaches for remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater. His designs consider and incorporate green remediation practices that reduce cost, carbon footprint, and greenhouse gas emissions using a combination of beneficial reuse, waste minimization, conversion of remedial systems from active to passive systems, and use of renewable energy sources.

Dr. Brauner has managed multidisciplinary technical teams at multiple sites across the globe, and has led regulatory negotiations under CERCLA, RCRA, and multiple state regulatory frameworks to achieve complete or partial shutdown of remediation systems that were no longer effective. Remedial designs that have been implemented by Dr. Brauner significantly improved the performance of existing remedies by optimizing system operations and/or directly reducing contaminant mass in source areas. Dr. Brauner has used his extensive experience with conceptual site model development and dynamic work plans to identify critical data gaps and expedite the collection of supplemental data necessary to ensure that implemented remedies were optimized for performance and cost. The end result of these efforts has been a consistent reduction in life cycle costs and environmental liability for his clients. His experience also includes litigation support and evaluation/testing of water supply projects in Colorado, Bolivia, and Honduras.

Dr. Brauner’s technical acumen is supported and complemented by excellent communication, organization, leadership, and collaboration skills. His extensive practical knowledge and consulting experience enable him to deliver solutions that are scientifically rigorous, technically feasible, cost-effective, timely, and consistent with all applicable state and federal regulations. Looking ahead, Dr. Brauner remains eager to collaborate with and support existing and new clients in reducing the cost, carbon footprint, timeframe, and overall liability for achieving a remediation endpoint for contaminated sites, both large and small.

John Fontana
John FontanaTreasurer

Current Employer: President/CEO/Professional Geologist, CWD, Vista Geoscience LLC, 130 Capital Drive, Suite C, Golden, CO 80401, (303) 277-1694

John Fontana is a Certified Professional Geologist, a licensed and NGWA Certified Well Driller (CWD), and serves as President/CEO and owner of Vista GeoScience LLC.  Vista is a Golden, Colorado, based service company that provides advanced site characterization and in-situ remediation services to the environmental consulting and engineering industries.  He oversees all operations including environmental drilling (Geoprobe®), injection remediation services, soil gas investigations, and High-Resolution Site Characterization (HRSC) services.  John pioneered and introduced many of these services in the Rocky Mountain region and has supervised many Triad type environmental site characterizations and remediation projects at major DOD, DOE, landfills, and other industrial sites across the country.

John has served on the Board of Directors, and as President, Past President, and currently as Treasurer of CEMS.  He is also a member of CGWA, CWWCA, NGWA, AAPG, AEG, RMAG, RMAEP, SAME, and SWANA.  He served on the EPA Scientific Advisory Board on Hydraulic Fracturing and has also provided expert testimony in the area of stray gas (methane) migration issues.  John earned his BS degree in Geology, Oceanography and Physics from Humboldt State University.

John’s 35+ years of experience includes geochemical exploration, well site geology, environmental site investigations, direct-push technology, in-situ remediation design and implementation, acquisition and analysis of soil gas for trace components, environmental baseline studies, trace level natural gas and atmospheric gases, and environmental contaminant sampling and analysis, forensic analysis, statistical data analysis and interpretation of trace element data, as well as technical and business management of these services.

John lives in the southwest Denver metro area in the Ken-Caryl Valley with his wife, Keiko Fontana. He also enjoys time with his daughter Christina, a graduate of CSU and soon to be MA graduate of Yale, and son David, a Biology BS graduate of CSU (GO RAMS!). He volunteered as Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 47 where he enjoyed backpacking, camping and canoeing in the Rocky Mountains while teaching leadership and outdoor skills to young men. He still enjoys skiing, boating, fishing and hiking in Colorado, as well as the occasional Rockies game!  John also enjoys Skiing and is a long time SCUBA Diver as well.

You can link up with John at


130 Capital Drive, Suite C, Golden, Colorado 80401
Work Phone: 303-277-1694,

Noreen Okubo
Noreen OkuboSecretary

Current Employer: NONE- RETIRED


Noreen retired from federal employment in April 2018.  As a former regulatory permit writer at CDPHE, DOE and EPA, my favorite activity was the informal give-and-take fostered between government regulators, consultants, engineers, scientists, policy makers, attorneys, and academics at CEMS.  I now agree with my first grade teacher, Dorothy Darling Peck, the ability to get along with and work with other people is the most important skill in life. If you have fun, all the better.

Board Members and Liaisons

Our board members and liaisons

Fonda Apostolopoulos
Fonda ApostolopoulosBoard Member and CDPHE Liaison

Secondary Position: Committee Member – Fall Conference and Co-Chair Scholarship
Current Employer: CDPHE, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246-1530, (303)692-3411

Fonda Apostolopoulos works for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). He runs the Voluntary Cleanup program and is the Brownfields coordinator. He has worked for CDPHE for over 22 years and has worked as an On-Scene Coordinator and Project Manager on various Superfund Sites. His sites vary from smelting sites to volatile organic compounds in groundwater, to radioactive cleanup sites.

Suzanne Gabriele
Suzanne GabrieleCommittee Member - Fall Conference

Secondary Position: Committee Chair – Fall Conference

Current Employer: Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., 5670 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Suite 540, Greenwood Village, CO, 80111, (303) 790-1340

Suzanne is an environmental consultant specializing in operational risk management (ORM). At Geosyntec, ORM is the practice of identifying and assessing environmental and safety-related risks and designing and implementing programs to manage these risks to acceptable levels. She has extensive knowledge of regulations, a deep understanding of how regulations apply in industrial settings, and decades of experience solving compliance challenges. She works with clients to set and realize performance goals through effective compliance management programs and systems including compliance assurance (e.g., training, monitoring, performance tracking, auditing) programs, incident investigation and root cause analysis, and leadership coaching and strategic planning. Suzanne also directs environmental site assessment, investigation and remediation and due diligence projects.

Suzanne relocated to Denver in 1992 from the New York metropolitan area with her husband with the intent of returning there in 3 – 5 years, but around 20 years in they decided to stay. They’re raising three self-reliant, intelligent young women and enjoy travel, food, music, backpacking, and backcountry skiing as a family. Suzanne is also passionate about high-quality education, particularly Montessori programs, and does volunteer work for the Montessori School of Evergreen.

Andy Horn
Andy HornBoard Member

Secondary Position: Committee Chair – Monthly Program
Current Employer: Westwater Hydrology LLC, 7175 W. 42nd Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033, (303)456-1981

Andy has been a consulting hydrogeologist since 1991 performing groundwater studies for a variety of water resources and environmental assessment and remediation projects. Andy has performed hydrogeologic investigations on hazardous waste sites / facilities including US EPA Superfund, RCRA, PFAS contamination, manufacturing, fueling & maintenance, chemical storage & distribution, real estate due diligence, and for basic scientific research. Andy’s areas of expertise include defensible data collection program design and management, data analysis and synthesis, and study reporting and presentation. He has been a CEMS Board member since 2017. Andy is a licensed Professional Geologist in Kanas and Wyoming; he earned his B.S. in Geology from the University of Alabama in 1990, and his M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Colorado in 1997. Andy enjoys the outdoors and can often be found skiing in the winter and whitewater rafting in the spring, summer, and fall.

Mike Jahn
Mike JahnBoard Member

Current Employer: Tasman Geosciences, Inc., 6899 Pecos Street, Unit C, Denver, CO, 80221, (303)487-1228

Maggie Mandell
Maggie MandellBoard Member

Current Employer: Environmental Engineer, Environmental Works, Inc.

Maggie Mandell is a Professional Engineer (PE) with 15 years of experience in environmental engineering and consulting. Maggie spent the first 7 years of her career consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton, then transitioned to a small business engineering firm, and in 2012 she joined Versar (formerly J.M. Waller).  Maggie’s projects at Versar were focused on environmental compliance and remediation of Superfund sites for DOD clients.  She has a passion for sustainability and was co-chair of the Versar Sustainability Program.  Maggie started her new position at Environmental Works, Inc. in October 2019.

Maggie earned a BSE from Duke University and a MS from Northwestern University. Originally from Bethesda, MD, she and her husband moved to Denver in 2013; they spend their free time hiking, biking, and skiing with their daughter, son, and fur baby. Maggie also loves to entertain/cook for friends and family.

Evan Singleton
Evan SingletonBoard Member

Current Employer: Gablehouse Granberg, LLC , 410 17th Street, #275, Denver, CO, 80202-4449, (303)572-0050

Evan has been an attorney with Gablehouse Granberg, LLC since 2015. He assists clients on a wide range of environmental matters, including NEPA, clean air, clean water, and hazardous and solid waste.

Evan earned his law degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where he was on the university’s Energy Policy Innovation Council (EPIC), a joint program between the law school and other grad programs focusing on law, engineering/science, sustainability, and public policy in the energy sector. Evan  also competed in the Inter-American Sustainable Development Moot Court Competition in Bogotá, Colombia in 2013 and presented on international environmental law at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Bonn, Germany in the same year.

Tom Fox
Tom FoxColorado Division of Oil and Public Safety - Liaison

Current Employer: Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety,  633 17th Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO, 80202, (303)318-8535

Tom is an Environmental Protection Specialist with the Petroleum Program for the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety (OPS). He earned a BS in Earth Sciences from Millersville State College (PA) and an MS in Geology from Michigan State University. After four years as a petroleum exploration geologist with Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) in Denver, Tom transitioned to environmental consulting. His dominant focus has been petroleum assessment and remediation, varying from corner gas stations to refineries and (often remote) pipeline pumping stations. Miscellaneous work, no less interesting, has included landfills, Phase I ESAs, SPCC Plan preparation, and CVOC sites. Traveling to most of the states, and experiencing a variety of weather and regulatory climates, was a particularly fun and educational side benefit.

Tom joined OPS in 2007. His work at OPS has involved updating cost guidelines for reimbursement; supporting the introduction of electronic, standard format reports; and investigation into the efficacy of activated carbon injection in Colorado. By 2015, Tom began working with the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) updating the LNAPL document released in 2018; Tom has participated in all of the webinars on this topic to date and also traveled to China in 2019 to present the ITRC classroom training. Most recently, Tom has assisted with OPS’ Recognized Environmental Professional (REP) program.

Stephen Dyment
Stephen DymentUS Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8 - Liaison

Current Employer: US EPA Region 8,  1595 Wynkoop Street, Denver, CO, 80202-1129, (303)312-7044

Stephen Dyment is a chemist with more than 20 years of experience including 4 years in a commercial analytical laboratory and 8 years in environmental consulting. He joined EPA in 2005 with a focus towards enhancing acceptance and use of emerging analytical technologies and sampling strategies. His perspective draws upon years of practical laboratory and field experience to apply EPA’s Triad approach and associated best practices at sites in Superfund, Brownfields, RCRA, UST and State programs. Mr. Dyment’s efforts have resulted in the development of numerous EPA case studies, profiles, and training courses that outline successful strategies for the use and understanding of high resolution/collaborative data sets, adaptive QC programs, and real time analytics. He provides direct project support for sites in Superfund, RCRA, and Brownfields, conducts research on issues of national significance while connecting regional research needs with national ORD expertise, and teaches classes on sampling design, x-ray fluorescence, high resolution site characterization, 3D visualization and other technical subjects (see Mr. Dyment holds a B.S. in Environmental Science/Toxicology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Rachel Blomberg
Rachel BlombergCDHPE Liaison

Current Employer: CDPHE, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246-1530, (303)691-4024

Rachel Blomberg is a hydrologist and project manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in the Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division Remediation Program. She has been employed by CDPHE since 2017, and worked for the USGS in their Colorado Water Science Center before joining the State. Rachel’s primary duties range from asbestos mitigation to contaminated groundwater cleanup on active military bases and formerly used defense sites, but she has also addressed emerging contaminants through her involvement in drafting new site specific groundwater standards. 
Rachel earned a BS from Cornell University and a MS from Colorado School of Mines. Originally from Northern California, she has lived in NY, AK, ME, Denmark and finally Colorado. She, her boyfriend and their bulldog spend almost all of their free time renovating their 110 year old home in Denver. When they take time off from that, they are most likely soaking up the outdoors, cooking a new recipe, or enjoying a local show or game night.

Committee Members

Our committee members

Monica Genadio
Monica GenadioCommittee Member - Spring Movie Event

Current Employer: Founder, Environmental Science Partners, LLC, 924 South Gaylord Street, Denver, CO 80209, (720)936-1694

Tylene Lichtenburg
Tylene LichtenburgCommittee Member - Golf

Current Employer: Technical Services Manager, Tasman Geosciences, 6899 Pecos Street, Unit C, Denver, CO 80221, (970) 210-6571

Tylene currently manages the Groundwater Program for Tasman Geosciences in Denver Colorado. Tasman is an Environmental consulting firm that specializes in Environmental Engineering, Water Treatment, Reclamation, Regulatory Assessment, Compliance and Permitting, along with Remediation design and Construction.

Ty grew up in Grand Junction Colorado and graduated from Mesa State College before moving to Denver in 2009. When she’s not in the office she enjoys anything that involves being outside, including Backpacking, Rock Climbing, Biking and Boarding.

Michael Whelan
Michael WhelanCommittee Member - Fall Conference

Current Employer: Principal Engineer, Anchor QEA, LLC, 12596 West Bayaud Ave., Suite 450, Lakewood, Colorado 80228, Direct (303) 952-4850, Mobile (760) 845-2983

As a leader for Anchor QEA’s work in the Rocky Mountain region and with numerous West Coast project involvements, Mr. Whelan has 23 years of experience specializing in dredging and civil earthwork design for lakes and shorelines, restoration of stream habitat, development of waterfront facilities, and upland and offshore environmental remediation. His career originated with a bachelor degree from Colorado School of Mines, supplemented by graduate studies in environmental and geotechnical engineering at Georgia Tech and MIT, respectively. Today, after multi-year stints in Seattle and San Diego, he has a strong understanding of regulatory, environmental, and permitting-related issues, frequently applied to multi-party mediation and legal deposition settings. He currently lives in Evergreen with his wife and has two sons, one at Mines and one finishing high school.

Juliana Reid
Juliana ReidCEMS Administrative Assistant

Secondary Position: Website Administrator
Current Employer: Administrative Assistant, CO Environmental Management Society (CEMS), PO Box 2426, Evergreen, CO 80437-2426

Born in England to Italian and American parents, Juliana immigrated to the U.S. in 1972. She was raised in New Jersey and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science (with a minor in Philosophy) from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After moving to Colorado in 1992, she and her husband Dave raised two children while enjoying all that the Centennial state has to offer. She enjoys skiing, movies, reading, author lectures, and travel. She is also enjoying being an empty nester.

Juliana has been happily employed by CEMS since September 2009.