Ann M. Marton, President, Director of Ecological Services

 

Ann is the owner of LEC and has been working in the consulting field since 1987 upon her graduation from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture. As the Director of Ecological Services, she oversees the company operations while managing the Wakefield Office.

Ann is adept at consulting with project team members regarding project design and regulatory implications; assessing land use impacts to wetlands, wildlife, and endangered species; and effectively managing projects to obtain required permits in a timely manner. Ann has provided expert testimony for Middlesex and Norfolk Superior Courts, the DEP Adjudicatory Process, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development Housing Appeals Committee, and the MA Appellate Tax Board.

She has also lectured and instructed seminars on Wetlands, Riverfront Area, Rare Species, Erosion & Sediment Control, Peer Review, and Planning and Permitting for the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), Boston Bar Association (BBA), Rhode Island Real Estate Board, Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists (AMWS), and Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC).  Ann served on the Board of Directors for AMWS from 2001-2005 and has been a member of the Women's Presidents Organization since 2010.

 

 

 

Mark L. Manganello, Assistant Director of Ecological Services

 

Mark joined LEC in 2001 and since has been devoted to conducting ecosystem evaluations, wetland boundary determinations, riverfront studies, wildlife habitat evaluations, and preparing environmental permit applications for clients in the private and public sector. His responsibilities also include management and supervision of the Plymouth Office. His work in the private sector includes providing professional consulting services to several Conservation Commissions throughout Massachusetts. Private clients include real estate developers and builders, and numerous engineering and surveying firms. Mark has built a network of long-term clients by demonstrating skill in managing and guiding complex projects through the environmental permitting processes while balancing the interests of clients and regulatory authorities.

Mark obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography from Clark University. He has continued his education and training through coursework and seminars in identifying hydric soils, winter identification of woody plants, court cases affecting local Bylaw administration, and glacial geology of New England. Mark has lectured and instructed seminars on wetlands, rare species, and permitting with the Rhode Island Real Estate Board and is a member of the Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists (AMWS), and the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS).

 

 

 

Andrea L. Kendall, Senior Environmental Scientist

 

A member of the LEC team since 2013, Andrea brings more than 16 years of consulting experience. Andrea concentrates in wetland boundary determinations, wetland mitigation design, construction oversight and monitoring, stormwater wetland design, regulatory compliance and permitting. She has worked on a wide variety of public and private sector projects within Massachusetts, including site development, energy, site remediation, conservation and recreation. Her responsibilities have included development of regulatory strategies, preparation of regulatory submissions, conflict resolution, wetland mitigation, agency liaison, construction monitoring, and peer review.

Andrea received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Binghamton University in New York and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida, Gainesville. She also obtained a certificate from University of Florida’s Center for Wetlands. Andrea has given presentations on DEP’s stormwater management regulations to the Massachusetts Association of Planning Directors and Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers.

 

 

 

 

James P. Manganello, Wetland Scientist

 

Jim has been a member of the LEC team since 2005, and has managed and assisted other LEC staff on a wide variety of projects involving wetland delineation, plant identification, wildlife habitat evaluations, field surveys for state-listed endangered species; and local, state, and federal environmental permit applications. Jim is adept in evaluating wetland impacts; using ArcView and AutoCAD LT to support field work and permitting; designing wetland mitigation in accordance with MADEP Inland Wetland Replication Guidelines, USACE New England District Compensatory Mitigation Guidance, and industry standards; overseeing and supervising construction of wetland replication/restoration and monitoring for success; and conducting erosion control inspections and construction monitoring.
Jim received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Wheaton College, has taken graduate courses in Soil Science from the University of Massachusetts, and continued his education and training through coursework and seminars in identifying hydric soils and winter identification of woody plants.

 

 

 

 

Andrew R. Johnson, Environmental Scientist

 

Joining the LEC team in 2017, Andrew brought with him six years of prior experience in environmental compliance; construction management and construction monitoring associated with wind generation, transmission lines, substation, underground utilities, recovery/storm response; and large-scale, long-term utility construction projects in New England. His responsibilities included comprehensive project planning; contract bid review, estimating, and project documentation control; maintaining environmental and safety compliance under federal, state, and local permits, company policies, and customer initiatives; facilitating contractor training; conducting site inspections/audits and oversight of construction; fulfilling construction reporting requirements, and ensuring compliance with applicable regulations.
At LEC, Andrew is providing full-scope consulting services on a variety of projects in MA and RI including utility installations, commercial and residential development, and transportation projects. Associated responsibilities include wetland boundary delineation, rare species studies, wildlife habitat evaluations, regulatory compliance analysis and permitting, and construction monitoring. Andrew received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Planning from Plymouth State University and maintains OSHA HAZWOPER Certification.

 

 

 
 

Thomas A. Peragallo, Senior Soil/Wetland Scientist

 

Tom graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science degree in Soil Science and brings more than 30 years of experience in soil classification, soil mapping and interpretation, and wetland science. He has consulted to individuals and government agencies on soil science, land evaluation, conservation planning, and related environmental issues. Before entering the field of private sector consulting, Tom served as a Soil Scientist, Party Leader for 12 years in The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). During that time, he authored "The Soil Survey of Norfolk and Suffolk Counties, Massachusetts" and co-authored "The Soil Survey of Middlesex County, Massachusetts."

Tom is a Certified Soil Scientist and Wetland Scientist in New Hampshire, a Certified Soil Scientist in Maine, and nationally certified as a Soil Science/Soil Classifier through the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). He is Vice President of the Society of Soil Scientists of Northern New England (SSSNNE) and has been a member of the New England Hydric Soils Technical Committee (NEHSTC) since its inception and currently is serving as co-chair. The NEHSTC is responsible for the development of the Field Indicators Guide for Identifying Hydric Soils in New England.

 

 

 

Richard A. Kirby, Senior Wetland Scientist

 

A member of the LEC team since 1999, Richard Kirby has been devoted to conducting ecosystem evaluations, wetland boundary determinations, riverfront studies, wildlife habitat evaluations, construction monitoring, wetland restoration and replication monitoring, and preparing environmental permit applications following federal, state, and local regulations for an array of residential, commercial, and infrastructure projects. Richard is adept at managing and guiding complex projects through the environmental permitting processes and has provided expert testimony at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development Housing Appeals Committee, Division of Administrative Law Appeals, and DEP Adjudicatory Process.

Richard received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Boston University, has taken graduate courses in Soil Science at the University of Massachusetts, and has lectured on Wetlands Protection and Riverfront Area Redevelopment at the Massachusetts Municipal Association and the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions.  Richard is on the Board of Directors for the Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists, currently serving as the Vice President.


 

 

Brian T. Madden, Senior Wildlife Scientist

 

Since graduating from Boston College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a Minor in Environmental Studies, Brian has been involved with nearly every facet of LEC's scope of services. He has successfully navigated numerous projects through the MESA permitting process, while directly interacting with NHESP staff. He regularly conducts Rare Species Habitat Assessments and Rare Species Surveys following NHESP-approved Survey Protocols to determine presence/absence of rare species and the extent of habitat utilization.

In addition to his rare species work, Brian conducts wetland boundary determinations, vernal pool assessments, natural resource inventories, wildlife habitat evaluations, and monitoring site visits for mitigation/restoration projects. He is well-versed with preparing and submitting environmental permits following federal, state, and local regulations for residential, commercial, municipal, and infrastructure projects. During the project design process, he actively consults with project team members to balance clients' goals and regulatory compliance. Brian frequently represents clients before local Conservation Commissions, Boards of Health, Zoning Boards of Appeals, Planning Boards, DEP, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Brian has also provided seminars on Rare Species and MESA permitting for the Nantucket Association of Real Estate Brokers and Nantucket Bar Association.

 

 


 

 

Claire A. Hoogeboom, Wetland Scientist

 

Claire joined LEC in 2013, and has since focused her efforts on providing technical assistance for identification, characterization, and demarcation of wetland resource areas; conducting wildlife habitat evaluations and endangered species surveys; and preparing local, state, and federal environmental permit applications. Claire is adept in evaluating vernal pools; conducting field surveys for state-listed species according to NHESP-approved protocols; using ArcView and AutoCAD LT to support field work and permitting; and performs regulatory compliance analysis and review of project designs; and conducting erosion control inspections and compliance monitoring for wetland replication/restoration.
Claire received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Management from the University of Rhode Island, has taken graduate courses in Soil Science from the University of Massachusetts, and continued her education and training through coursework and seminars in identifying hydric soils and winter identification of woody plants. While at URI, Claire participated in the Coastal Fellows Program and was a Research Assistant in the Laboratory of Soil Ecology and Microbiology. Claire is a Certified Basic Soil Scientist CBSS through the SSSNE and maintains OSHA HAZWOPER Certification.

 

 

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