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The KEY Team

Jim Zubrow, P.G.

University of Colorado, B.A, Geology and Chemistry

President and Principal Hydrogeologist

With over 30 years of practical and field experience, Mr. Zubrow manages projects ranging from field investigations and Phase 2 environmental assessments, to multi-PRP site remediation and redevelopment programs. With specific expertise in hydrogeologically and impacted properties along waterways and public water supplies, Jim has managed projects under RCRA, CERCLA, and State regulatory programs.

Pete Sawchuck, P.E., L.S.R.P.

State University of New York at Buffalo, B.S, Civil Engineering

Managing Partner and Civil Engineer

Mr. Sawchuck has managed some of the largest dollar and property redevelopment projects located in  the Metropolitan New York area and New England. These sites require him to deal with the multiple stakeholders and regulatory agencies in providing our clients the direction, engineering, and regulatory options to best manage the development of the formerly impacted sites. Mr. Sawchuck has over 35 years experience involved in compliance, investigation, design, and permitting of industrial properties.

Dale Foster, P.E.

Grove City College, B.S. Chemical Engineering

Managing Partner and Chemical Engineer

Mr. Foster provides technical leadership on the treatment and management of groundwater, soil, and other contaminated media. Mr. Foster, a hands-on solutions-oriented chemical engineer, is expert in all aspects of remediation. He has experience with providing options for handling waste by-products in a variety of cost-effective ways. He has also designed retrofit or replacement systems for existing treatment systems that have dramatically reduced maintenance and long-term operations costs.

Alan Briggs, P.E.

Pennsylvania State University, M.S. B.S. Civil Engineering

Lead Civil Engineer and Senior Technical Manager

Mr. Briggs expertise in utilizing the latest in geosynthetics for closure of landfills and impoundments, led to the development of a patent pending solution for the management of Coal Combustion Residues (CCR). The Sustainable Habitat approach to the closure of coal ash properties has provided a cost effective and ecologically friendly system that is well received both by the owners as well as the environmental advocacy groups. Mr. Briggs has over 35 years of experience in the remedial construction field.

Tom Jordan, P.G.

University of Buffalo, Ph.D. Geophysics
State University of New York Fredonia (SUNY), M.S. Geology
Alfred University, B.A. Geology


Dr. Jordan specializes in geophysics, groundwater flow modeling, interpretation of subsurface geologic provinces, and exploration and development of groundwater resources. Dr. Jordan has managed projects and been the technical lead on projects regulated by RCRA, CERCLA and State programs. He has particular expertise in understanding Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids in various geologic formations. Dr. Jordan is also an adjunct professor at Youngstown State University.

Bert Hubbard, P.E.

University of Colorado, B.S, Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineer and Senior Technical Manager

Mr. Hubbard has over 30 years of experience in investigation and remediation of soil and groundwater contamination.  He has performed Fate and Transport modeling, geostatistical analysis, and human health and ecological risk assessments. Mr. Hubbard has also designed and implemented projects for groundwater remediation, soil excavation, and waste management.

Jacob Bourdeau, P.E.

University of Pittsburgh, M.S, B.S, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Senior Project Manager

Mr. Bourdeau leads KEY’s practice for site redevelopment along the East Coast. Projects he has managed include the largest waterway redevelopment site in the Greater New York City area. He has also managed projects at MGP facilities, chromium impacted sites, wood treating, coke and coal tar, and chemical sites. Mr. Bourdeau’s projects have been administered under CERCLA, RCRA, State Brownfields, and Voluntary Action programs.

Vamsee Veera, P.E.

University of Texas, M.S, Environmental Engineering
SK University, B. Tech, Civil Engineering

Project Manager

Mr. Veera has over 15 years of experience in civil engineering, environmental investigation and remediation services. His responsibilities have included planning and directing soil, surface water, and groundwater investigation/remediation for environmental projects and oversight of brownfield remediation projects in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations. Mr. Veera has managed projects requiring mitigation of wetlands, impacted sediments, soils, and groundwater. Mr. Veera manages the remedial operations for several redevelopment projects underway in the New York/New Jersey area. Mr.Veera manages KEY's New Jersey office

Brian Dummer, P.E.

University of Colorado, B.S. Civil Engineering

Senior Project Manager

Mr. Dummer comes to KEY from Noble Energy, where for the past 5 years he was involved in water management planning, including sourcing, conveyance, and storage of fresh and produced water. Brian will work with Oil and Gas clients on projects related to siting design, permitting, water management, and other related services. Brian also has extensive experience with site development, civil design, and construction projects including the transit oriented developments for the CityCenter Englewood and the Arista Broomfield in Colorado.

Karl Churman

Grove City College, B.S. Chemistry

Senior Project Manager and Business Development

Mr. Churman has over 30 years of diversified environmental experience covering engineering, construction, field services, and waste disposal.  He has managed several large projects for metals impacted sites for the steel, chemical, and other manufacturing operations.  Mr. Churman provides KEY with extensive knowledge on the hazardous waste treatment industry, including logistics, regulations, and compliance.

Robert Mertz, P.E.

Penn State University, B.S. Civil Engineering

Senior Project Manager

Mr. Mertz has expertise in civil and environmental Engineering. He was involved in preparation of basis of design/design analysis report, permit/construction drawings, bid procurement and construction specifications, and construction quality assurance/quality control (CQA/QC) plans

Mark Lahr, P.E.

Pennsylvania State University, M.S, B.S, Civil Engineering

Senior Project Engineer

Mr. Lahr has expertise in remedial design specializing in soil / cement bentonite barrier walls, in-situ stabilization of soils and wastes, in-situ treatment of groundwater, groundwater recovery systems, Dense Non Aqueous Phase Liquid (DNAPL) recovery wells, trenches, and shallow sumps, soil excavation, RCRA surface impoundment closure, sediment removal/dewatering/disposal, riverbank reconstruction and armoring. He has worked on Sustainable Habitat closure projects for Coal Combustion Residue (CCR) sites.

Christine Walton

Ohio University, B.S. Industrial Technology
Columbia Southern University, B.S. Occupational Health & Safety

Health & Safety Manager

Ms. Walton is the Health and Safety Manager supporting both Key and FTS. Her experience includes 13 years of oil and gas and 15 years of manufacturing focusing on OSHA, EPA and DOT compliance including safety and health program development, safety training and new employee onboarding, risk assessments, contractor safety management, conducting contractor assessments, leading indicator focus, safety observation/near miss submission review system, developing key performance indicators (KPI’s) and incident investigation and review.

Paula Acre, E.I.T.

Pennsylvania State University, B.S, Environmental Systems Engineering

Project Manager

Ms. Acre has over 10 years of experience providing civil design, design selection, permitting and construction oversight. Ms. Acre has provided engineering and design for projects involving stabilization, containment and removal. She also has worked on projects for site development, stormwater permitting and design, and construction quality assurance (CQA).

Greg Banner, P.E.

Michigan Technological University, B.S, Civil Engineering

Supervising Engineer and Site Development

Mr. Banner is a Senior Project Manager for KEY’s Site Development practice. His project experience covers both Greenfield and Brownfield sites. Currently, Mr. Banner is part of the project team for the largest Brownfield project site in the New York City/New Jersey area. This site will accept over 6 million cubic yards of fill for placement and eventually provide over 1000 acres of waterfront development.

Matthew Veltri

University of Pittsburgh, M.S, Civil Engineering
Slippery Rock University, B.S, Environmental Science

Supervising Engineer

Mr. Veltri has a broad range of strategic environmental project experience covering numerous business sector and industrial sector clients including Fortune 500 companies, wood preserving firms, law firms, manufacturers, potentially responsible party (PRP) committees and waste management companies. His projects often encompass RCRA, CERCLA, or state regulatory programs. Mr. Veltri has designed and managed the construction of remedial activities for soil removal, biological treatment, and groundwater treatment systems, as well as, design of hazardous and non-hazardous waste landfills.

Christine Zubrow. P.E.

Pennsylvania State University M.S, B.S, Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Resource Management

Project Engineer

Ms. Zubrow provides design for water and waste water, hydrology, hydraulics, civil and geosynthetic design, as well as, construction management, erosion and sedimentation controls, and quality assurance. Ms Zubrow also provides wetlands assessment and delineation services. Her clients have included the oil and gas, chemicals, wood treating, and utilities industries.