Team

We have the technical expertise and experience to address a wide range of environmental situations.
Jason McKenney Group Leader, Wetlands & Ecology

We navigate you through the regulatory landscape so that you achieve your project goals.

Professional Experience

  • With HZW since 2003
  • Expertise in ecological studies, wetland assessments, and wetland delineations

Education

  • BS Environmental Science, University of Idaho

Personal

  • Loves spending time with family on the water boating and fishing
  • Enjoys skiing, music, and horticulture
  • Married with two children
Matt Fergus Project Manager, Industrial Hygiene, Lead & Asbestos Services

We work with our clients as partners – their goals are our goals.

Professional Experience

  • With HZW since 1995
  • Expertise in health and safety technical and field experience for industrial, commercial, and residential clients

Accomplishments

  • Certified Asbestos Hazard Evaluation Specialist
  • Certified Asbestos Hazard Abatement Specialist

Personal

  • Loves skiing, fishing, hunting, cycling, and other outdoor activities all year long
  • Enjoys home improvement projects
Rebecca Florjancic Group Leader, Phase I ESA

We work with our clients as partners – their goals are our goals.

Professional Experience

  • With HZW since 2003
  • Expertise in environmental assessments

Education

  • BS Environmental Science, Slippery Rock University

Personal

  • Loves spending time with her husband, daughter, and her 2 black labs
  • Enjoys exploring the underwater world through SCUBA diving
  • Spending all Sunday cooking is the best day at home
Barb Knecht CEO; Group Leader, Environmental Compliance

We work with our clients as partners – your priorities are our priorities.

Professional Experience

  • With HZW since 1990
  • Expertise in health-based risk assessments and air permitting

Education

  • Earlham College

Accomplishments

  • Certification in Certified Hazardous Material Management
  • CEO of a great company with an amazing staff

Personal

  • Favorite place in the world is home on Lake Chautauqua
  • Loves travel and new experiences
  • Recently discovered fly fishing as a fun and relaxing way to spend time in nature
Joan Sablar Group Leader, Industrial Hygiene, Lead & Asbestos Services

We work with our clients as partners – their priorities are our priorities.

Professional Experience

  • With HZW since 1995
  • Expertise in industrial hygiene, indoor air quality, safety, asbestos, and lead

Education

  • BS The Ohio State University
  • Graduate work in Ecology at Kent State University

Accomplishments

  • Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers
  • Spoke at the Association of Rubber Products Manufacturers Conference

Personal

  • Loves spending time with family
  • Avid reader, gardener, and consumer of TV mysteries
  • Enjoys taking in NDCL basketball games
Dwight Williams Akron Office Manager, Professional Geologist

Embrace change!

Professional Experience

  • Expertise in groundwater compliance and remediation

Education

  • BS Geology, Cleveland State University
  • MS Hydrogeology, Wright State University

Accomplishments

  • Presentation to the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Environmental Law Section

Personal

  • Happily married for over 30 years and father of four children
  • Loves traveling to discover new wines
  • Enjoys all aspects of home improvement – inside, outside, and all around the yard
Doug Wetzel Group Leader, Phase II ESA, VAP Certified Professional

We partner with our clients to help them find their way through complex regulations.

Professional Experience

  • With HZW since 1999
  • Supervisor of field operations

Education

  • BS Environmental Science, Calvin College

Accomplishments

  • Ohio VAP Certified Professional

Personal

  • Enduring Cleveland and Ohio State fan
  • Loves family time and the outdoors – running, golfing, and hiking
Kevin Reaman Akron Office Manager, VAP Certified Professional

We provide timely, cost-effective solutions to the client’s unique environmental needs.

Professional Experience

  • 25 years of management and technical experience
  • Expertise in Toxic Substance Control Act; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act; Resource Conservation Recovery Act; Ohio VAP; Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks; Human Health Risk Assessments

Education

  • BS Sec Ed. Earth Sciences and Mathematics, Kent State University
  • MS Engineering Geology, University of Akron

Accomplishments

  • Ohio EPA VAP Certified Professional
  • Certified Professional Geologist

Personal

  • Married with four children
  • Enjoys youth athletic coaching, softball, golfing, and fishing
Matt Knecht President, VAP Certified Professional

Your problem becomes my problem.

Professional Experience

  • With HZW since 1989
  • Expertise in site assessment, remediation, risk evaluation, and site closure

Education

  • BA Earlham College
  • MS Geology, Miami University

Accomplishments

  • Written more Voluntary Action Program (VAP) No Further Action (NFA) letters and received more Covenants Not to Sue than any other certified professional in Ohio
  • Ohio EPA Award for exceptional performance under VAP
  • Frequent presenter of technical information to certified professionals, lawyers, government officials, and site developers

Personal

  • Proud husband of Barb and father of 2 grown children
  • Avid cyclist, logging more than 4000 miles per year
  • Has reached the summit of most of the high points in the lower 48 states
  • Loves vacation home in Chautauqua, New York

Our staff receives extensive training to develop and continually maintain their professional and technical skills.

Benjamin Latoche

Let me take care of your environmental needs so you can continue to lead.

Brad Cardina

Safety, integrity, and data quality

Brad Loney

Safety, integrity, and data quality

Brooke Thompson

We work with our clients as partners – your priorities are our priorities.

Carmen Rocco

Safety, integrity, and data quality

Chris Biro

Safety, integrity, and data quality

Craig Kowalski

Safety, integrity, and data quality

Henry Fahnenbruck

Safety, integrity, and data quality

Jamie Dietz

We work with our clients as partners – your priorities are our priorities.

Jean Yost

We work with our clients as partners – their goals are our goals.

Joe Maniaci

We work with our clients as partners- their goals are our goals.

John Worthy

Safety, integrity, and data quality

JoMarie Sherman Technical Editor

We work with our clients as partners, their goals are our goals.

Josh Reedy

Safety, integrity, and data quality

Luke Alexander

We partner with our clients to help them find their way through complex regulations.

Marquite Heard

We work with clients as partners- their goals are our goals.

Martin Kuns

Safety, integrity, and data quality

Rachel Davidson

We partner with our clients to help them find their way through complex regulations.

Steve Sablar

Safety, integrity, and data quality

Sue Eden

Safety, integrity, and data quality

Tom Fuhrman

We work with our clients as partners – their goals are our goals.

HZW is always interested in talking to talented and motivated individuals with a commitment to excellence. While we are not always hiring, if you believe you have these talents and want to join a group of passionate and experienced professionals, we’d love to hear from you.

Employment Opportunities

There are no current employment opportunities.

The expectation of excellence is the driving force that shapes the culture at HZW.

Culture

While we have a strong leadership team, we do not have an overly structured office and we encourage all staff to share their thoughts and ideas. We take our “open door” policy seriously as it leads to a balanced office where people know they are appreciated. At HZW, we work as a team, with everyone from senior management down to field technicians pitching in when necessary. Maintaining excellence is hard, but we love to laugh while we work and understand that our relationships are built around trust and respect.