Stephen B. Ransom
As founder and CEO, Steve’s leadership, vision and unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional customer service at every turn, has been the driving force behind Ransom for more than 25 years. Since founding the firm in 1988, Steve’s technical expertise and ability to anticipate, identify and...
In addition to his leadership responsibilities as CEO, a senior consultant with more than 30 years of field experience, Steve also provides valuable insight to the engineers and scientists of the firm. Assuming overall responsibility for the quality of the company’s work, Steve remains actively engaged in many key projects. As such, Steve also devotes a considerable amount of time and energy in the recruitment and continued development of many of the talented people that make up Ransom.
Steve earned a Master of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering at the University of New Hampshire (’83) and a Bachelor of Science in Forest Engineering from the University of Maine at Orono (’80). An avid runner and father of three sons, Steve can also be found training for his next extreme triathlon (with his wife Elizabeth), playing on skis in the mountains and fields of northern New England, or chasing his Bernese Mountain Dogs through the woods.
Mike has 29 years of experience coordinating with clientele to develop site specific environmental plans to meet their environmental consulting and remediation needs. As President Mike interacts to ensure clientele’s needs are being met to include: Fortune 500 Companies, Real-Estate Developers,...
As President Mike’s primary responsibilities include identifying and acquiring new clientele. This is accomplished by developing a marketing plan directed to specific market segments. Implementation of marketing strategies to reach the market segments including mailing programs, speaking engagements, attending trade shows, involvement in environmental committees for organizations, quarterly newsletters, etc.
Mike has an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Gloucester County College and is currently working towards a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration a Rowan/Glassboro State College. Out of the office Michael spends most of his time caring for his five children between college, school, sports, etc. When he has time for himself he enjoys the outdoors while golfing, camping, fishing, and the occasional beaching. He hopes his future includes more traveling.
Nicholas O. Sabatine, P.G.
Principal/Vice President/Senior Geologist
Managing Ransom's Portland, Maine office, Nick is responsible for business development, staff leadership and mentoring, technical direction of project work, and office management.
Nick has more than 20 years of environmental consulting experience servicing a broad range of clients. With...
Nick received a Master of Science in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School (’92) and a Bachelor of Arts in Geology/Political Science from the University of Maine at Farmington (’91). When not at work you will find him enjoying time spent outside. Nick grew up in Mid-Coast Maine working on dairy farms. To this day, he has a strong affection for the smell of diesel fumes in the early morning air, freshly mowed hay, and cow manure (in that order). His favorite beverage is ice cold MOXIE.
Steven F. Rickerich, P.G.
Principal/Vice President/Senior Geologist
As a Vice President at Ransom, Steve is responsible for the operation of the New Hampshire office. A geologist with over 30 years of experience, he has conducted numerous environmental audits, subsurface investigations, and environmental site assessments of industrial, commercial, and...
Steve’s areas of expertise include site history and background information research, field methodologies associated with the spatial delineation of subsurface soil and ground water contamination, waste characterization sampling techniques, and evaluation and implementation of remediation strategies. Prior to joining the firm, Steve was employed as a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. Steve interpreted seismic reflection profiles, conducted side-scan sonar surveys and sedimentological studies of coastal environments, and directed the compilation and digitization of geophysical and geological information into a comprehensive database. As a field geologist with the Office of the New Hampshire State Geologist, he studied the lithologies of southeastern New Hampshire and Maine as part of a major revision of the state geological map. Steve is a Professional Geologist in New Hampshire.
Steve received a Master of Science in Earth Sciences from the University of New Hampshire (’83) and a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Lehigh University (’80). When he’s not thinking about your project, Steve can be found with family and friends in the mountains, pushing the pedals on the road or trail, sliding fast down some snow-covered slope, or on the pitch trying keep the beautiful game beautiful.
Timothy J. Snay, LSP, LEP
Principal/Vice President/Senior Scientists
As a vice president at Ransom, Tim is responsible for the operations of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island offices as well as the overall management of small- and large-scale environmental projects. His responsibilities include providing technical and regulatory support to project staff,...
As a Licensed Site Professional (LSP) in Massachusetts and a Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP) in Connecticut, Tim has almost 30 years of professional experience in the environmental consulting field, working with large and small teams of environmental professionals on a variety of projects. He has managed site investigation and remediation projects consistent with the Massachusetts Contingency Plan, the Connecticut Remediation Standard Regulations, and the federal polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) regulations. In addition, he has also conducted and participated in a number of public and regulatory meetings where project results and findings were presented to the public and regulators.
Tim received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation with a Chemistry Minor (magna cum laude) from the University of New Hampshire (’86). When not at work you can find Tim on his bicycle riding the roads of northeastern Massachusetts and southeastern New Hampshire or spending time at the local gym. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 teenage children, attending kids sporting events (soccer, rugby and equine), puttering around the yard and sipping a well-crafted IPA.
Craig Kunz, P.E., LSRP
Senior Project Manager/Senior Engineer
Craig has over 25 years experience in the environmental industry. Craig’s responsibilities at Ransom entail focusing on management and oversight of environmental investigation and remediation projects for clients to achieve compliance with State and Federal regulations. His experience includes...
Craig has lead project teams of three to 100 individuals on account portfolios and major projects. He has directed portfolios of sites for regional and national corporations and has coordinated investigations on residential, industrial, transportation and petroleum related facilities. The technical scopes of the work have ranged from Wetlands Permitting to Site Investigations in bedrock to complex groundwater and soil remediation systems. He has also participated on legal defense teams and provided court testimony including the following: Fact witness for third party claim against a major oil corporation for damages relating to potable well impacts; Testified for a Real Estate Management Company in New Jersey Superior Court regarding regulatory impact restricting site development.
Craig received both a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Rutgers University (’83). Craig sincerely enjoys facilitating good outcomes for clients. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife.
In the role of Controller, Lydia Atwood provides financial leadership and oversight to the company, and directs Ransom’s accounting team. Lydia joined Ransom Consulting in 2017, and is based in the Portland, Maine office.
Lydia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Tufts University,...
Lydia is a native of the Boston area, but strong family roots in Maine drew her to relocate north to beautiful Portland, Maine in 2000. Away from work, Lydia enjoys participating in community service, running, sailing, partaking of Portland’s many culinary and cultural offerings, and especially, spending time with her two children.
Scott Bisbort, LSRP
Senior Project Manager
Scott has over fourteen years experience in the environmental consulting industry within both the commercial and industrial sectors. Scott has managed projects requiring expertise in soil and groundwater investigation, remedial investigation, feasibility studies, remedial action workplans, data...
Scott’s areas of expertise include field investigation and oversight; regulatory reporting and project management. As a Senior Project Manger Scott’s responsibilities include proposal writing, budgeting, invoicing, coordination with clients, attorneys, and regulatory authority, project coordination, field coordination, and task delegation.
Scott received a Bachelor of Science in EnvironmentalScience with a Minor in Chemistry from Messiah College.
When not at work, Scott loves spending time with his wife and his four kids. Some of the favorite family activities are fishing, hiking, skiing in the White Mountains and hanging out at the beach.
Gregory Casabona, P.E., LSRP
Senior Project Manager
As Senior Project Manager, Greg’s responsibilities include project management of environmental investigations, environmental site assessments and audits, waste characterization and disposal, remedial investigations and remedial design, as well as the preparation and implementation of Phase I and...
Greg has over 18 years of environmental consulting experience. His areas of expertise include Air sparging/venting, groundwater pumping, slug, and monitoring well packer tests (in conjunction with final data evaluation); contamination delineation (soil and water); geophysical, soil vapor, test pit, asbestos, and sensitive receptor surveys; groundwater, soil, and air sample collection in adherence to applicable regulatory protocol; monitoring, recovery, sparging, and venting well design; performance of site remediation in protective levels B, C, and D; product line decommissioning; remedial system design; risk evaluation; site audits/preliminary (Phase I) site investigations; subsurface investigations (Phase II); tank closures; waste disposal coordination and work crew supervision through all phases of environmental investigations.
Greg received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from The New Jersey Institute of Technology (’95). During his off hours, Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, working around the house and partaking in lazy afternoons down at the Jersey shore.
Tracey Costa, LSP, CHMM, TURP, ENV-SP, LEED Green Associate
Senior Project Manager
Tracey brings over 18 years of experience in environmental assessment, investigation and remediation of petroleum and hazardous waste sites, along with a strong business development and marketing background to Ransom’s Rhode Island office. As a Senior Project Manager, she provides technical...
In her spare time, Tracey enjoys walking, hiking, birdwatching, biking and cross-country skiing and chasing her 2 yorkies.
Stephen J. Dyer, P.E.
Principal/Senior Project Manager/Senior Engineer
Stephen Dyer has over 25 years of engineering experience in the environmental field. He has extensive expertise in assessing, developing, and designing cost-effective remedial and process engineering solutions. Steve has conducted and managed Brownfield redevelopment assessment programs for...
As the engineering lead for our water and wastewater treatment group, he has designed expansions of several treatment facilities as well as numerous pump stations. Steve also has extensive experience in assisting utilities and municipalities with financial and physical system planning and assessments (e.g., user fee studies, vulnerability assessments, comprehensive studies, CSO Master Plans, etc.). Steve is a Professional Engineer in Maine, and is certified in Risk Assessment for Water Systems.
Steve received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (’89). Steve grew up in Midcoast Maine. Outside of work, he likes to enjoy the outdoors with his family through rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking.
Kenneth Goldstein, P.E., LSRP
Senior Project Manager/Senior Engineer
Ken has over 36 years experience in the environmental industry. His responsibilities at Ransom entail focusing on management and oversight of environmental compliance and site remediation projects for clients to achieve compliance with State and Federal regulations. Ken’s experience includes...
Ken has over 20 years experience in the environmental consulting business in the Mid-Atlantic States, during which his responsibilities included the management and direction of a staff of engineers and geologists responsible for the project management of environmental compliance and remediation issues for industrial, commercial, governmental and residential clients. Responsibilities also include performing marketing, strategic planning and workload analysis functions. During this time period, Ken has been involved with the remediation of approximately one hundred projects with discharges of petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, PCBs, heavy metals and other contaminants to the environment.
Ken received a Bachelor of Science inEnvironmental Engineering fromRensselaer Polytechnic Institute (’75). He also received a Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (’76). Ken enjoys golf and tennis, and other leisurely outdoor activities. To keep his brain active, he does puzzles and plays low stakes card games.
Thomas M. Henaghen, P.E.
Senior Practice Leader
As Senior Practice Leader for the Civil & Coastal Engineering group at Ransom, Tom is responsible for coordinating manpower needs, business development and general staff supervision for the group. In addition, Tom is responsible for providing project management and design support on...
Tom has over 20 years experience related to municipal, commercial, institutional and utility development projects. He has served as project manager and design engineer for all aspects of site design including layout, grading and drainage, stormwater management and erosion control on various projects.
Tom also has significant experience on power utility and renewable energy projects including planning and siting analyses.
Jeffrey Kovach, LSRP
Senior Project Manager
Jeff’s responsibilities include management and oversight of environmental site assessments, environmental investigations, remedial investigations, and remedial design and implementation. Jeff has been involved with the investigation and remediation of projects with discharges of petroleum...
He has performed and directed all aspects of environmental investigations conducted pursuant to the provisions of the New Jersey Industrial Site and Recovery Act, Spill Act, and Underground Storage Tank Rules. He routinely prepares documents for compliance with NJDEP regulations: Preliminary Assessment Reports, Site Investigation Reports, Remedial Investigation Reports, Remedial Investigation Workplans, Remedial Action Workplans, Remedial Action Progress Reports, Receptor Evaluations, Deed Notices, and Classification Exception Areas.
Jeff has technical expertise evaluating and interpreting analytical data, modeling contaminant fate and transport in soil and groundwater, developing remedial alternatives analyses, performing feasibility tests, and preparing permit applications for surface water discharges, air discharges, and soil and groundwater remedial actions. Jeff is experienced with the design, implementation, and management of in-situ soil and groundwater remedial actions, which reduce remediation costs while minimizing site disturbance. He has employed remediation technologies that include enhanced bioremediation, chemical oxidation, thermal remediation, and soil vapor extraction, air sparging, as well as traditional remedial excavation.
Jeff received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Rutgers University, Cook College. He also received a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University.
Charles J. Lawrence, Jr.
Senior Project Manager
Charlie has over 20 years experience in the environmental industry. Charlie’s responsibilities at Ransom focus on project and client management where he enjoys connecting the best technical professionals at Ransom with clients needing innovative solutions to minimize risk and reduce long-term...
Charlie has served in business sector, program management and key client account management roles. He has developed, managed, and implemented numerous site investigation and remediation projects and has advocated on behalf of clients under various state and federal programs. Charlie has worked at a broad range of facilities and with clients across multiple business sectors, including but not limited to: MGP sites, bulk fuel storage facilities and terminals, power plants, chemical plants, gas stations, dry cleaners, UXO and waste disposal facilities.
Charlie has a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science from Penn State University. Out of the office Charlie enjoys spending time with his wife and sons, surfing and other water sports, working on home improvement projects and his car, and watching college football.
Director of HR
As Ransom’s Director of HR, Johnna Major is responsible for providing the direction and day to day implementation of human resources programs and processes to ensure that the firm can attract and retain the best and brightest scientists and engineers in the industry. This includes developing a...
Before joining Ransom in 2019, Johnna was President of her own consulting firm, Cornerstone HR, and also worked for a number of notable firms including Cole-Haan, Gofish.com, and Martin’s Point Health Care where she was Chief Human Resources Officer.
A native of Maine, Johnna is an honors graduate of Bates College with a B.A.in Sociology. Outside of work, Johnna enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, cooking, going to concerts, and trying new adventures with the Fit Maine Social Club.
Brian R. Pettingill, P.G.
Principal/Senior Project Manager/Senior Geologist
As a Senior Project Manager at Ransom, Brian manages clients with large-scale projects or multi-project portfolios. The focus of these projects involves assessing environmental liability and evaluating the associated costs to purchase and develop contaminated property through the due diligence...
Brian has over 23 years of experience in environmental consulting. He has managed environmental due diligence and hazardous waste consulting services for multiple clients while balancing technical requirements, deadlines, budgets, regulations, and client service. He is highly skilled in developing field investigation programs; producing technical reports, studies, permit applications and proposals; and in communicating with clients, subcontractors, and regulators. His technical specialties include: property transaction due diligence; RI/FS; subsurface investigations at petroleum and hazardous waste sites; groundwater monitoring system design, installation and sampling; geologic interpretation; design, implementation, and operation of remediation systems; proposal and budget preparation for state and private clients; landfill closures; environmental compliance audits; and NEPA environmental assessments. He is a Professional Geologist in the State of Indiana.
Brian earned a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Earth Science from Stanford University (’86). Away from work, Brian enjoys various physical activities and exercise such as golf, skiing, running, cycling and triathlons, as well as watching, encouraging and coaching his three children in soccer, lacrosse and running.
Elizabeth M. Ransom, P.G.
Principal/Senior Project Manager/Senior Geologist
As a senior project manager at Ransom, Elizabeth is responsible for technical direction and senior review of environmental assessment and remediation projects. As a technical leader for the remediation practice, Elizabeth is also responsible for business development.
Elizabeth has over...
Elizabeth earned a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Southern California (’90) and a Bachelor of Arts in Geology and Media Studies from Carleton College (’86). Outside of work, Elizabeth prefers to be outside – running, biking, swimming, skiing, surfing, or hiking with her husband, her two Bernese Mountain Dogs, and son Zander.
Peter J. Sherr, P.E.
Principal/Senior Project Manager/Environmental Engineer
Peter Sherr brings to Ransom more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of environmental consulting and engineering. He has a strong background and well-developed skills in site assessment, subsurface investigation, remedial design engineering, Brownfields redevelopment, risk...
During his career, Peter has acquired extensive experience in Brownfields redevelopment including environmental assessment, investigation, remedial planning, and reuse planning and analysis, as well as U.S. EPA Brownfields Grant coordination, administration, and planning. Peter has managed a variety of projects related to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) which required an in-depth understanding of state and federal reporting thresholds and cleanup criteria. He has assisted in obtaining regulatory closure for more than 25 MCP-classified sites. Peter’s experience also includes UST removals, environmental compliance audits, industrial wastewater characterizations, and preparation of facility waste minimization and hazardous material control documents, including best management practice plans, SPCC plans, chemical inventory reports, and hazardous waste management training programs. Peter is a Professional Engineer in Maine.
Peter received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the University of Maine (’90) and has focused graduate course work in environmental engineering. Outside of the office, Peter enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, decompressing on the golf course, working on home improvement projects, hiking, attending sporting events, hanging out on the beach, and traveling.
Senior Project Manager
Kim has been in the environmental consulting industry since 2008, and has experience with projects requiring expertise in due diligence, preliminary assessment, soil and groundwater investigation, remedial investigation, background (unknown and off-site source) investigations, remedial action...
As a project manager, Kim has managed numerous projects involving environmental assessments, preliminary assessment, site investigations, remedial investigations, remedial activities, and environmental compliance. She has strong communication and technical writing skills, knowledge of technical requirements, technical experience preparing conceptual plans, proposals and budgets, coordinating and performing field activities and oversight, evaluating analytical data, preparing and filing deed notices, completing environmental permit applications, and regulatory reporting
Kim is responsible for managing clients with multi-project portfolios where the focus of these projects involves assessing environmental liability and evaluating the associated costs to purchase and develop contaminated property through the due diligence process. Her responsibilities include proposal writing, budgeting, invoicing, coordination with clients, attorneys, and regulatory authority, project coordination, field coordination, and task delegation.
Kim received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior from Rutgers University, Cook College (’07). Out of the office, Kim enjoys watching and playing sports with her husband, and spending time with her nephew and niece.