This year's class of Young Pros includes 10 professionals ranging in roles from the municipality side to the manufacturing side of the storm water industry
SWS is proud to announce its 2021 Young Pros Class.
In fall 2020, SWS put out a call for nominations searching for up-and-coming industry professionals.The last time SWS recognized young professionals was in 2015, for the magazine’s 10th anniversary. SWS is pleased to bring the Young Professionals recognition back.
This year, 10 young professionals, all under the age of 40, represent various sectors in the storm water and erosion control industry. From the manufacturing side to the engineering side, their work is as varied as they are. These professionals exemplify innovation, leadership and passion for the industry.
The 2021 Young Pros Class includes:
- Len Bradley
- Bradley is supervisor of engineering and associate at RGS Associates. He oversees the design, permitting, and construction of a variety of storm water management projects within the mid-Atlantic region with a focus of improving water quality, regulatory compliance and meeting the clients’ development goals.
- Adam Dibble
- Dibble is the director of marketing for Profile Products and is the current president of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA). He is the youngest person to hold the IECA president title and has helped grow association membership and increase engagement among other young professionals. Dibble has spearheaded the launch of biotic soil technologies and has launched several initiatives at Profile Products prioritizing the environment.
- Laura Frolich
- Frolich is a public works supervisor with the Snohomish County Surface Water Management. For the last six years, Frolich has been supervising 16 employees and managing much of the county’s NPDES Phase 1 responsibilities. Those regulatory programs include mapping the county’s drainage systems MS4, source control business inspections and the county storm water operations and maintenance programs.
- Melissa Lanzara
- Lanzara is a senior storm water inspector for the Parker Design Group. In less than a year, Lanzara has helped Parker Design Group’s storm water group grow by 182%. Lanzara has been named lead inspector for a large environmental project and was tasked with identifying potential concerns and establishing repair deadlines for them. Additionally, Lanzara became a certified Roanoke River Monitor, volunteers with the Clean Valley Council Waterways Cleanup and participates in a regional storm water advisory committee.
- Drew Loizeaux
- Loizeaux is an engineering services manager with Propex Global. He has also developed several web-based design programs, including EC Design, an erosion control modeling application. Loizeaux also helps with Propex’s educational outreach and has presented at various conferences.
- Erin Lowe
- Lowe is a civil engineer with Bexar County Public Works and oversees all outreach and education conducted by the storm water team. In her career, Lowe has helped develop the storm water site development permit, helped write the court order that Bexar County Commissioners Court approved and enforces through the inspection process and more. Under Lowe’s leadership, the team conducted over 1,400 inspections in 2020.
- Justine Marshall
- Marshall oversees the city of Vineyard’s MS4 UPDES storm water permit. She is also skilled in Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), Environmental Consulting, Environmental Compliance, SPCC Plans, and Soil. Throughout her career, Marshall has worked with communities to provide storm water education, analyzed and recorded surface and storm water sample data, advised project management of BMP implementation, facilitated SWPPP related training and more.
- Alfredo Martinez
- Martinez is senior project engineer with Crane Engineering Corp. Martinez prepares construction plans for detention ponds, open channels, conventional drainage systems and utilizes multiple software platforms to maximize project goals and provide value engineering on every project. He has analyzed over 16,000 acres of watershed in Webb County to plan, design and manage storm water for these watersheds. He also just initiated a preliminary H&H analysis that has a 153,000 acre watershed spanning parts of Maverick and Kinney counties.
- Chris Ogaz
- Ogaz is a project engineer for CASC Engineering and Consulting and a project manager in the water quality services department. Ogaz has worked in every sector of the storm water consulting industry for private, city, county, state and federal clients. He began his professional career as an intern at CASC over 14 years ago and has since prepared stormwater pollution prevention plans for construction projects, reviewed water quality management plans for municipal clients and contributed to the 2014 Riverside County Whitewater River Region BMP Handbook update.
- Carol Wong
- Wong is a water resources engineer for the Center for Watershed Protection. Her work focuses on BMP designs, construction oversight, plan reviews, monitoring plan development and implementation and data gathering analysis. She also manages the Clean Water Certificate Training Program. Wong’s work in this program has expanded the skilled storm water industry workforce to meet the demand for storm water installation and maintenance and has increased the opportunity for low-income communities and under or unemployed individuals to secure a living-wage job.
To learn more about these young professionals, look out for our March/April print issue and tune in every Monday to the SWS video series, Dropping By. Every Monday, starting today, we will be sharing an interview with each of the Young Pros.