Principal / CEO / Lead Scientist Ken Kronschnabl is a Senior Project Manager and is CEO and a Principal of Kinnetic Environmental. His expertise includes management of municipal and industrial storm water programs, empirical BMP studies, water, sediment and biological sampling, data interpretation, environmental management of dredging evaluations, and oceanographic studies. Throughout the years, he has managed many watershed studies, including 15 years of compliance and special studies monitoring for the City of Long Beach under their previous MS4 NPDES permit. He is currently Project Manager and key to the success of three large Coordinated Integrated Monitoring Programs for the Lower Los Angeles River, Lower San Gabriel River, and Los Cerritos Channel, along with an Integrated Monitoring Program for the City of Long Beach. Ken is also currently serving as Project Manager for the Los Angeles District, USACE assisting with maintenance dredging permits for all federal channels from San Diego Bay to Morro Bay, which involves vibracore sampling, chemical and bioassay testing, reporting, and agency approvals. Ken holds a B.S. in Aquatic Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and he attended two years of graduate studies at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Located in the Central California area.
Principal / CFO / Lead Scientist Christian Kocher has over 30 years of experience as an environmental consultant specializing in water and sediment quality studies. Christian assists clients to successfully navigate their stormwater permit monitoring obligations and provides management expertise to implement regulatory compliance projects. He has performed stormwater monitoring services for Caltrans nearly continuously since 1995, and is instrumental in ensuring that Caltrans receives timely, accurate, and defensible work products. For KEI’s municipal clients, Christian provides comprehensive experience in stormwater discharge compliance support for NPDES MS4 and CSO permittees. For our dredged materials management programs, he coordinates the sampling and testing of subtidal sediment and prepares recommendation reports for EPA, DMMO, and other oversight agencies for the suitable placement of spoils. Christian is a board member of KEI and was a board member and CEO of ADH Environmental until its incorporation into KEI in 2021. Christian holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Located in the Central California area.
Principal / Lead Scientist Mark is a senior marine scientist at KEI with 40 years of experience in managing and performing environmental investigations with expertise in water quality and sediment quality; dredge material assessments; discharge permitting, monitoring, mixing zone, and zone of deposit modeling; bioaccumulation and toxicity assessments; fate and effect studies; and oceanography. Much of his work has involved NPDES/APDES related point and non-point source permitting and compliance monitoring, as well as various oil industry related baseline investigations, impact assessments, and emergency response. Spill responses have included several large petroleum related releases to the aquatic environment, including with the most recent being the Huntington Beach oil spill. Mark has a vast amount of experience in conducting remote monitoring studies, having worked on numerous marine projects throughout Alaska, including many through-ice winter studies in both the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. He received his B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science from the School of Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his M.S. in Ocean Engineering from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, Florida. Located in the Alaska area.
Principal / Board Chairman Alessandro Hnatt has over 35 years of experience as an environmental scientist. He has participated in, or performed and managed the following: hydrogeologic investigations, feasibility studies, and remediation projects at EPA Superfund sites, solid waste landfills, and groundwater contaminated sites; industrial, municipal, and transportation corridor NPDES MS4 and CSO stormwater permitted projects, and EPA regulated water quality studies; and sediment dredge material management programs throughout California as permitted by the DMMO, EPA and other oversight agencies. Alessandro co-founded ADH Environmental in 1999, served as chairman of the board, president, and lead scientist for a wide variety of environmental investigations and monitoring projects. In addition to managing day-to-day operations, he spearheaded business development, teaming arrangements, contract negotiations, and ensuring client satisfaction. Alessandro holds an A.S. as a Commercial Pilot from the College of San Mateo, California, and a B.A. in Physical Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Located in the Central California area.
Principal / Senior Scientist Janet Savoie has more than 35 years of experience performing and managing environmental investigations including biological, water quality, and sediment/dredged material assessments; permit compliance monitoring; oil spill fate and effects studies; and various other marine monitoring programs. Much of her work has involved oil industry impacts and NPDES/ADPES monitoring and permitting. Her monitoring experience includes several oil spill scientific responses, including the Pac Baroness, the T/V Exxon Valdez, various releases into Cook Inlet, and the recent Huntington Beach pipeline spill. She has worked on NPDES/APDES discharge studies ranging from off the Massachusetts coast to Arctic Alaska; she currently assists with writing APDES permit applications and performs compliance monitoring for various industrial and municipal clients. Her field experience is extensive and includes sampling in marine environments from the intertidal and nearshore to deep waters (>2000 meters), along with under-ice sampling in the Arctic. Janet holds an A.S. in Marine Biology and Oceanography from Southern Maine Community College. Located in the Alaska area.
Mary Ray Hnatt
Principal / Corporate Secretary Mary has over 25 years of professional corporate experience working with in-house legal departments of several high-tech companies in the Silicon Valley. Her primary emphasis included contract negotiations and administration, subsidiary/entity management, and corporate governance records management. In 1999, Mary co-founded ADH Environmental where she served as a board member and corporate secretary assisting the company with contract negotiations, corporate governance, business operations, and executive management affairs. Mary is currently a principal, board member, and corporate secretary of KEI. Located in the Central California area.
Regional Manager / Senior Scientist QSP, CESSWI Steen Trump is the regional manager of KEI’s northern California office located in McKinleyville. He has 28 years of experience managing, performing, and reporting on a variety of environmental investigations including water quality evaluations, sediment studies, and marine biological and bioaccumulation studies. He performs these projects for federal, tribal, state, and municipal clients throughout California. His expertise includes California Ocean Plan ASBS compliance monitoring, NPDES Phase I and II municipal stormwater permit compliance monitoring, North Coast Regional Water Board Basin Plan compliance, stormwater and ocean receiving water studies, TMDL projects, and dredge materials investigations. His skill set includes project management; data analysis, data QA/QC; technical reporting; construction site BMP water pollution control management; installation and maintenance of water quality monitoring stations; water, sediment and biological field sampling protocols and QA/QC oversight; stream gauging; and taxonomic identification of marine fishes and invertebrates. Steen holds a B.A. in Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Located in the Northern California area.
Regional Manager / Senior Scientist Danielle Gonsman has been performing work at KEI for over 6 years, and currently serves as the Regional Manager of the Los Alamitos Office in Southern California. Danielle also serves as a Project Manager, QA/QC Officer, and Senior Chemist for various projects throughout the Southern California region. Danielle has over 13 years in analytical laboratories, serving both as a Project Manager and a Lab Manager, prior to joining KEI. Her other responsibilities at KEI include report preparation, analytical data review and reporting, field work preparation, coordination with laboratories, as well as other sample control responsibilities. She has also had significant experience with watershed monitoring, marine water analyses, and the analyses of both freshwater and marine sediments, including tissues. Danielle assists in the preparation of SAPs and QAPPs, which spell out program objectives and laboratory requirements. Danielle holds a B.S. in Biology from the California State University in Long Beach, CA. Located in the Southern California area.
Regional Manager / Senior Scientist Charlie Davidson has worked with KEI since 2015 and currently serves as Regional Manager of the Carlsbad office as well as a Project Manager for multiple San Diego area projects. He also serves as the Equipment Manager for the Southern California region, with multiple years of experience in programming and installing various flow/stage sensors, samplers, and dataloggers. He has several years of experience in measuring chemistry and flow rates of various water bodies throughout the Pacific, ranging from natural streambeds in California to coral reefs in Hawaii, as well as experience in proper field sampling techniques in various environments that range from the coastal ocean to concrete channels. Charlie is also an experienced boat operator for KEI and helps maintain KEI’s fleet in the Southern California region. He holds a B.S. in Earth Science/Oceanography from the University of California in San Diego, CA, and an M.S. in Earth Science/Biogeochemistry from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA. Located in the Southern California area.
Senior Information Technologist Pete Wilde has over 38 years of experience within the environmental consulting industry as a data analyst, programmer and computer systems administrator, instrumentation developer, and field scientist. As a statistician and data analyst, he has been responsible for performing extensive univariate and multivariate statistical analyses of scientific data, including oceanographic, marine biological, chemical, and ecological studies. In this capacity, Pete has developed statistical analysis programs, designed sampling programs, critiqued experimental results, and served as an in-house statistical consultant for other staff scientists. As a scientific applications programmer and instrumentation developer, he has designed and implemented user interfaces for internal software systems use and sale to clients, created programs for data loggers, interfaced sensor with data loggers for automated water quality and stormwater sampling systems, and developed and augmented time series analysis software. Pete has extensive experience as a marine scientist performing physical oceanographic and biological studies where he was responsible for interfacing sensors, recorders, and computers using a variety of hardware protocols. Located in the Central California area.
Senior Scientist Tim Fleming is a sediment and water quality specialist who has served as a Project Manager/Senior Scientist for KEI since 2009. He has considerable expertise in the management of stormwater programs, water quality investigations, sediment and biological sampling, data interpretation, and field operations. He holds a USCG 100-ton master’s license and serves as Captain of KEI work vessels. Tim has 20 years of experience in the environmental field specializing in water quality, sediment sampling, environmental dredging, marine survey projects, and aquaculture. He has managed numerous projects involving water and sediment quality, including environmental studies necessary for dredging projects utilizing vibracore sampling. He holds an M.S. in Biological Sciences from California State University, San Marcos, where his primary field of study was marine biology with an emphasis on coastal field studies. Located in the Southern California area.
Senior Technician Dale Parent has over 30 years of project-related experience at KEI. He has designed and developed specialized sampling equipment for water and sediment investigation for a variety of projects. In addition to design and development, he performs field operations and sampling, including sampling for multiple major stormwater projects. Dale has assisted in BMP assessments, site characterizations, annual facility inspections, dry and wet weather monitoring, and illicit connection programs. Dale is also responsible for overseeing the installation of automated stormwater monitoring stations with multiple stormwater programs, as well as overseeing the development of KEI’s vibracore and all associated equipment. Located in the Southern California area.
Senior Scientist Amy Howk has more than 20 years of experience in environmental studies, primarily involving water and sediment quality projects and stormwater programs. She provides sample control supervision, QA/QC review, data validation and handling, technical writing, and field sampling expertise to projects of nearly every type that KEI performs. She serves as QA/QC Manager for many projects including NPDES stormwater and point source discharge-related programs as well as dredged materials studies and other sediment quality programs. She currently is project manager for water and sediment PCB point source studies performed throughout the bay area. Amy has also worked on numerous projects as a marine mammal monitor including for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Her field experience includes both on- and offshore sampling including plankton tows, at-depth water samples and mussel sampling, and sediment collection including vibracoring. She holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Located in the Central California area.
Project Scientist Brenda Gumminger has more than 35 years of experience in environmental studies and computer science. She performs as an environmental and data entry technician providing laboratory and field support for KEI’s industrial and government-sponsored projects, many of which involve assessing impacts of oil-related or other development on the marine ecosystem. She has been involved with field sampling, logistical support, sample documentation, database design and management, and quality control, as well as technical editing of interpretive reports. She also performs administrative and accounting duties as needed in our Alaskan office, including invoicing, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. Previously, Brenda was the database coordinator for a multidisciplinary database containing environmental damage assessment data collected by a number of scientific teams in response to the T/V Exxon Valdez oil spill. Brenda holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Located in the Alaska area.
Calvin Sandlin, QSP, CESSWI
Project Scientist Calvin Sandlin has over 25 years of experience performing a variety of stormwater and surface water quality investigations, sediment reuse/disposal studies, and geologic projects throughout central and northern California for federal, state, and local government agencies. His water quality monitoring expertise includes NPDES Phase I and II municipal stormwater permit compliance monitoring; ocean receiving water studies; TMDL projects; pollutants of concern monitoring; trash monitoring in receiving waters; groundwater, wastewater, and hazardous waste sampling; and sediment characterization projects. Calvin’s responsibilities include field operations management; performance of hydrological and geological evaluations; monitoring site selection, design, configuration, and installation of remote automated sampling equipment; and field management of dredged materials use and disposal studies. His skill set includes bioassessments and physical habitat surveys; pesticides and toxicity evaluations; site permissions and permitting; stream gauging; installation and calibration of water quality instruments; and QA/QC oversight. Calvin holds a B.S. in Geology from Chico State University. Located in the Central California area.
Safety Officer / Senior Scientist Greg Cotten has more than 25 years of experience in environmental studies, primarily involving water quality, oceanographic programs, sediment investigations, and protected species monitoring. He provides instrumentation support and design for KEI. This includes autonomous sampling systems on land and offshore. Greg manages the field operations for the Central Coast Long-term Environmental Assessment Network (CCLEAN). He led numerous projects as a marine protected species monitor in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, for sea floor mapping studies, and oil spill biological surveys. Greg is the lead SCUBA diver for KEI and has conducted many underwater quantitative and qualitative surveys. He manages the Calleguas Creek TMDL water and sediment sampling program. He also serves as KEI’s safety officer and holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University. Located in the Central California area.
Project Scientist Gary Lawley currently serves as Field Operations Manager for KEI in Anchorage, Alaska and is licensed as a USCG 50-Ton Boat Captain. He has more than 35 years of experience sampling in areas including the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, Prince William Sound, Gulf of Alaska, and Cook Inlet, Alaska, and off the California coast. He has participating in studies as varied as NPDES/APDES permit compliance and special regulatory studies characterizing priority pollutants and constituents of emerging concern (CECs), fish capture and recapture tagging studies, Bowhead whale tagging, dredged material investigations, Arctic shipboard research operations, and on offshore through-ice sampling efforts using snowmachines for support. He has also performed as a Marine Mammal Observer during high intensity acoustic bathymetry surveys and on a team tasked with dispersant use monitoring during oil spills via in situ fluorometry. Gary is certified by USFWS as a Polar Bear Safety and Deterrence Guard and by the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science as a Continuous Plankton Recorder Technician. Located in the Alaska area.
Kevin Lewis, QSD, CESSWI
Project Scientist Since 2008 Kevin Lewis has experience performing and managing a variety of environmental investigations including water quality evaluations, sediment studies, and biological assessments. He performs these projects for federal, state, and municipal clients throughout California. His expertise includes NPDES Phase I and II municipal stormwater permit compliance monitoring, ocean receiving water studies, TMDL projects, dredge materials investigations, and public outreach programs. Kevin analyzes data and prepares annual monitoring reports that are mandated by the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board on a variety of topics from urban creeks habitat assessments to trash pollution evaluations. His skill set includes bioassessments, physical habitat surveys; pesticides and toxicity evaluations; site permissions and permitting; stream gauging; installation and calibration of water quality instruments; QA/QC oversight; and GIS mapping. Kevin holds a B.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Located in the Central California area.
Travis Deem, CPESC, QSD/QSP
Senior Scientist Travis Deem has over 27 years of experience in natural resources management with an emphasis on erosion and sediment control and the reclamation of lands disturbed by construction and mining activities. Travis manages regulatory compliance programs involving NPDES and CEQA requirements and governing agency’s respective project-specific requirements including CDFW Section 1602 Streambed Alteration Agreements, CWA Sections 401 and 404 water quality certifications, and compliance with California Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA). Travis has prepared over 40 SWPPPs for transportation, commercial, industrial, and residential construction projects. As a WPCM he performs SWPPP-related implementation, monitoring, and reporting to SMARTS. For Caltrans, Travis performs independent quality assurance reviews for construction and maintenance projects. As a monitoring biologist with CDFW, he gained knowledge of the concerns, perspectives, and needs of resource agencies and how to balance this with public and private entities. Travis holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Planning from Humboldt State University. Located in the Northern California area.
Project Scientist Spencer Johnson has over 25 years of experience as an environmental scientist performing work for wetlands restoration characterization, ecological risk assessment studies, sediment characterization for dredge material evaluations, stormwater discharge compliance support for NPDES MS4 permittees, and deployment of in situ monitoring equipment. As a field manager, he is responsible for assuring successful completion of field projects according to established sampling plans and quality assurance plans. For the past 22 years he has been the primary field lead in aquatic sediment sampling operations for KEI including most vibracore operations. He is familiar with field operation requirements for determining water quality, sediment quality, soft and hard bottom substrates, bioaccumulation, and fish and invertebrate populations. As a Six-Pack USCG-Licensed Captain, Spencer is also the main operator of KEI’s research vessels Prophesy and D.W. Hood. He has managed most sediment coring operations throughout California including those for the U.S. Army Corps of engineers and California Department of Water Resources. Spencer holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from California State University, San Luis Obispo. Located in the Central California area.
Project Scientist Brad Haeger has performed watershed monitoring and assessments in compliance with NPDES permits or habitat conservation plans for over 19 years. He played a key role in the development of watershed tools to manage and edit stream data collected throughout northern California. Brad’s professional experience includes the management of dry weather illicit discharge investigations and wet weather runoff studies. He has performed numerous water and sediment toxicity studies, trash assessments, and installations of automated, remote controlled sampling systems for a variety of state, and municipal clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Brad has prepared reports for regional water quality control boards, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Forest Service. In the data analyst role, he has engaged in the validation and verification of project chemistry, toxicity, and field data; he routinely submits and maintains data to several environmental data systems. Brad has a B.S. in Natural Resource Planning from Humboldt State University. Located in the Central California area.
Project Scientist Sean Noble has been an environmental scientist since 2015. He provides KEI expertise in computer coding, database management, management of information systems, and field operations. He currently directs data management tasks for several of KEI’s stormwater programs requiring submittal of CEDEN data. Sean has performed database management and data processing of large volumes of hydrological and water quality data along with associated chemical and toxicity data from large environmental studies done by KEI. He has developed software tools to automate the review and processing of these large datasets. Sean has also developed science-based remote sensing tools using large datasets to assess the past and present hydrologic status of the Salinas Valley, and he has managed the flood alert network for all of Monterey County. Sean is also a valuable field scientist with expertise in water, sediment, and biological monitoring. Sean holds an M.S. in Applied Marine and Watershed Sciences from California State University, Monterey Bay and a B.S. in Marina Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Located in the Central California area.
C. Bryan Graves, PE, QSD/QSP
Senior Engineer C. Bryan Graves has over 25 years of experience as a Civil Engineer and stormwater professional in the construction and water quality management industries. For the U.S. Forest Service, he completed over 100 storm-damaged site surveys for roadway repairs, bridge abutments, and embankment stabilization. With the Yuba County DPW, Bryan inspected projects involving stormwater drainage facilities and flood control systems. As Superintendent of Maintenance Operations with Butte County DPW he oversaw 60 personnel and was responsible for the maintenance and repair for 1,300 miles of roads, 500 drainage structures, 28 miles of flood control levees, and two small community sewer systems. As an Engineer and QSD/QSP for KEI, Bryan prepares SWPPPs, dewatering plans, temporary creek diversion plans, and excavation transportation & disposal plans. He is a reviewer of Caltrans SWPPPs and has conducted SWPPP, CGP, BMP and safety training for multiple entities/projects. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California State University at Chico. Bryan is U.S. Marine Veteran with 4 years of active duty, 12 years as a Reservist, reaching the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. Located in the Northern California area.
Jamie Del Pozzo, QSP, CESSWI
Senior Scientist Jamie Del Pozzo is an environmental professional with over 25 years of experience and a diverse background in the fields of environmental remediation, environmental and stormwater compliance, field inspections, and biological consulting. She holds 40 Hour HAZWOPER, CESSWI, and QSP certifications and has served on numerous large-scale infrastructure projects as environmental inspector and coordinator, ensuring compliance with environmental permits and requirements of mitigation measures. In those roles, responsibilities have included coordination between clients and contractors regarding biological and environmental issues, scheduling, conduct field sampling of soil and water, mitigation compliance, and compliance with project state and federal permits. Jamie also has years of experience serving as field biologist on many projects and is familiar with flora and fauna throughout California. As a Senior Environmental Scientist with KEI, she works with the Caltrans Water Quality department focusing on the management of Section 401 Water Quality Certification permits. Jamie holds a B.A. in Environmental Policy and Analysis from Bowling Green State University. Located in the Central California area.
Senior Scientist Since joining the Kinnetic team in 2016 as an environmental scientist, Shaun Stringer’s role has evolved into assisting with project and data management, as well as technical development for the California Region. Primary project work includes Los Angeles and San Diego County watershed monitoring contracts that focus on TMDL and NPDES compliance, as well as US Army Corps of Engineers dredge materials studies. As part of the IT team at KEI, Shaun also develops and maintains applications to aide in data collection and helps project managers integrate software to improve project efficiency. Shaun holds a B.S. in Earth Science/Oceanography from University of California, San Diego. Located in the Southern California area.