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Stephen B. Ransom

President

As founder and president, 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,...

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... identify and successfully manage complicated, often interrelated environmental site issues has been critical to its success – represented by the successful completion of more than 6,000 client projects throughout the Northeastern United States. 

In addition to his leadership responsibilities as president, 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. 

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....

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...  With degrees in environmental law and geology, he has a keen appreciation for a well-orchestrated, thorough program.  Nick has successfully managed numerous geological evaluations for many large clients, including Maine Yankee and the ME DEP.  Nick has worked in a variety of industries on numerous project work scopes.  His diverse work experience provides a unique perspective on his technical work.  He led a project team involved in the RCRA closure of the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Plant in Wiscasset, Maine.  This project included the development and implementation of one of the most comprehensive and complicated Quality Assurance Project Plans ever submitted in the northeast region of the United States.  Currently Nick serves as project manager on several complex mill- and site- redevelopment projects and prides himself in offering clients technical, cost-effective solutions that meet their schedules.  Nick represents Ransom's clients and their projects before state and local regulatory stakeholders.

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.

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...

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... process, including Phase I and Phase II ESAs and HMIs. Brian also manages small to large-scale subsurface investigations and Remedial Investigations/Feasibility Studies (RI/FS). RI/FS projects typically include subsurface investigations to determine the nature and extent of impacts to soil and groundwater, evaluation of site hydrogeological conditions, assessment of the risk to human health and the environment posed by site conditions, and evaluation of remedial alternatives for cleanup. Remediation projects typically include technology evaluation and selection, completion of conceptual and final remedial designs, preparation of formal bid and specification documents, and oversight of remedial system construction and operation.

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.

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...

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... over 25 U.S. EPA-funded Brownfield sites in New England, and completed or coordinated over 400 environmental assessments, facility inspections, environmental audits, Phase II investigations, and remedial programs at other private and municipal sites.  He has been the program manager and lead engineer for many multi-site Brownfield assessment programs in Maine and New Hampshire.  In addition, Steve has been the technical lead for several U.S. EPA-funded remediation projects.  His broad range of project experience lends valuable, practical knowledge to developing innovative solutions for addressing environmental issues.  Remedial technologies that Steve has designed include soil vapor extraction and air sparging, bioventing, soil stabilization, soil flushing, and in-situ chemical oxidation for source area remediation; and air stripping, carbon and activated alumina absorption, ion exchange, filtration and ultra-filtration, and chemical oxidation for groundwater treatment. 

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.

Stephen J. Bradstreet, P.E.

Senior Project Manager/Senior Engineer

As senior project manager for Ransom, Steve is responsible for providing project management and design on municipal and private development projects as well as providing quality control and assurance on all civil engineering projects within the office.  Steve is a primary client contact,...

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... coordinates project work load and oversees budgets and schedules.  He is responsible for providing direction to junior staff, coordinating all manpower needs, business development and general staff supervision.

Steve has over 30 years experience related to municipal, commercial and private development projects.  He has served as project manager and design engineer for all aspects of site design including layout, grading and drainage, stormwater management, erosion control, and local and state permitting.  In addition to design, he has served as construction administrator on many site projects.  Steve’s background also includes hydrology and hydraulics experience that is involved with bridge scour analyses.  Steve is a Professional Engineer in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.  Steve also has specialized training in various stormwater hydrology and hydraulics, erosion and sedimentation control, stormwater quality and project management seminars.  He is also MDOT Local Project Administration Certified and Low-Impact Development trained. 

Steve earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine (’83).  Outside of work Steve enjoys playing golf with friends and his son, riding his Triumph and spending time with his grandson.

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...

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... characterization, in-plant engineering services, construction services, and environmental regulatory compliance.  Peter’s project management experience includes client management, developing successful project teams, proposal writing, budget preparation, project coordination, financial management and tracking systems, and training of environmental staff and clients.  He also has in-depth knowledge of state and federal environmental compliance regulations and reporting thresholds.

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.

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...

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... residential properties.  In addition, Steve has directed remediation associated with underground storage tank systems and releases of hazardous substances.

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.

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...

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... 25 years of experience in environmental consulting.  She has managed environmental and solid waste consulting services for multiple clients, while balancing technical requirements, deadlines, budgets, regulations, and exceptional client service.  She is highly skilled in developing field investigation programs; producing technical reports, studies, permit applications and proposals; and in communicating with clients, subcontractors, and regulators.  Her technical specialties include:  remedial investigations / feasibility studies; subsurface investigations at DNAPL and other hazardous waste sites; ground water monitoring system design, installation, and sampling; geologic interpretation; design of remedial actions; technology evaluation; preparation of bid specifications; oversight of remedial system design, construction, and operation; landfill closures; Brownfields assessment and remediation; community relations; public participation; and expert witness and cost allocation opinions.

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.

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 office as well as the overall management of small- and large-scale environmental projects.  His responsibilities include providing technical and regulatory support to project staff, technical review of...

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... final work products, project management, business development, client relationship maintenance, and development and management of project and operating budgets.

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.

Barrett L. Smith, C.P.G

Senior Project Manager/Senior Hydrogeologist

Barrett Smith manages Ransom’s Providence, Rhode Island office.  He is responsible for business development, staff leadership and mentoring, technical direction of project work, and office management.

As senior project manager/senior hydrogeologist, Barrett is responsible for...

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... planning and implementing site investigation and remediation projects under the Connecticut Remediation Standard Regulations, the Massachusetts Contingency Plan, and the Rhode Island Remediation Regulations.  He supervises project scientists during environmental due-diligence assessments, drilling operations, groundwater monitoring, soil-gas surveys, aquifer tests, and operation and maintenance of remediation systems.  Barrett provides senior quality-assurance review for due-diligence and regulatory compliance documents, and performs hydrogeological calculations for use in remedial projects, such as the design of groundwater recovery wells, determination of pumping rates required to achieve groundwater capture, drawdown estimates for pumping wells, and dewatering estimates for soil excavations.

Barrett’s experience includes one year of teaching and academic research, two years of federal remedial investigation as a contract employee with the U.S. Geological Survey, and 13 years in environmental consulting.  Since joining Ransom, Barrett has conducted and reviewed numerous Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Phase II subsurface investigations in support of environmental due diligence efforts at residential and commercial properties.  His depth of experience in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island provides clients with a regulatory context for due-diligence assessments conducted in these states.  Barrett is a Certified Professional Geologist with the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

Barrett received a Master of Science degree in geology from the University of Maryland (’98) after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at Colby College in geology/biology (’93). 

When not at work, Barrett enjoys exploring and studying the diverse landscapes of the northeastern U.S. with family and friends.

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...

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... expertise and expert review for state, municipal, federal and private-sector clients.  Tracey builds and leads internal and external stakeholder teams for collaborative cleanup and redevelopment strategies.  She has led and managed successful brownfields assessments and cleanup projects and supports clients on funding approaches.   As a Massachusetts LSP, Tracey provides additional MCP expertise, including public involvement, risk assessment and mitigation.  She also provides Toxics Use Reduction Planner support to her industrial and commercial clientele.  With her ENV-SP and LEED Green Associate certifications, Tracey offers sustainable solutions for Ransom’s clients.  Tracey has a B.S. in Biology/Hydrogeology from University of Massachusetts and a M.S in Environmental Management from University of Maryland.

In her spare time, Tracey enjoys walking, hiking, birdwatching, biking and cross-country skiing and chasing her 2 yorkies.

Arthur Rosenbaum

Principal/President Of New Jersey Operations

Art has 35 years of professional experience with government agencies and private industries. He has technical expertise and project/construction management experience on environmental engineering and hazardous waste remediation projects. Most of his projects have involved extensive contact with...

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... regulatory agencies.

As Chief Operating Officer of a New Jersey-based environmental consulting/remediation firm, he was responsible for total management of an 11 million dollar a year corporation and several subsidiaries, increasing revenue from 2.5 million to 7.5 million in three years. As President and Founder of an environmental consulting/remediation firm in New Jersey, after three years of initial operations had 6.0 million dollars of revenue.He was later appointed President of the New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania operations to manage 20 million dollars of revenue. Art has a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences from Lehigh University (’75) and is a Professional Geologist registered with the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). When not at the office Art enjoys spending time with his family and practicing photography.

Michael Moran

Principal/Vice President

Mike has 29 years of experience coordinating with clientele to develop site specific environmental plans to meet their environmental consulting and remediation needs.  As Vice President, Sales and Marketing Mike interacts to ensure clientele’s needs are being met to include:  Fortune 500...

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... Companies, Real-Estate Developers, Industrial Manufacturing Companies, Law Firms Municipalities, Educational Institutions, Financial Institutions, Utility Companies, Chemical Manufacturers, Petroleum Companies, and Solid/Hazardous Waste Facilities.

As Vice 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.

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...

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... includes environmental consulting throughout the Mid-Atlantic States, during which his responsibilities have 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.  Craig’s responsibilities as an Account Manager and Lead Environmental Engineer for Commercial, Government, and several Major Oil Client’s facilities include managing project teams, regulatory permitting and negotiating, and technical and financial stewardship of environmental activities for a variety of clients and projects.  During this time period, Craig has been involved with the remediation of several hundred projects with discharges of petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, PCBs, heavy metals and other contaminants to the environment.

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. 

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...

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... includes more than 16 years in various managerial positions in the NJDEP, including responsibility for the UST Program (Bureau Chief) and Industrial Pretreatment Program (Section Chief), and substantial involvement with the Residuals Management, NJPDES, and Site Remediation Programs.  As Chief of the Bureau of USTs, Ken has managed a staff of geologists, hydrogeologists, engineers and environmental scientists in the implementation of the Tank Program, including the installation, closure and remediation of hundreds of USTs.

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.

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...

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... and II Environmental Audits in compliance with the provisions of ASTM 1527-05. He has performed and supervised all aspects of site investigations conducted pursuant to the provisions of the NJDEP’s Industrial Site and Recovery Act.  He has performed and supervised UST closures, soil excavation, investigation, remediation, monitoring and reporting.  Greg routinely prepares the following documents in accordance with NJDEP regulations:  Preliminary Assessment Reports, Site Investigation Reports, Remedial Investigation Reports, Remedial Investigation Workplans, Remedial Action Workplans, Remedial Action Progress Reports, Memorandum of Agreements, Deed Notices and Classification Exemption Areas.  He is also responsible for projects requiring NJPDES compliance monitoring, discharge permits and air permits.  He has performed feasibility studies such as soil vapor extraction and aquifer testing and analysis for site investigations and remedial actions.  His project management duties include the supervision of project implementation, the coordination of subcontractors, and the communication with clients, attorneys and regulatory agencies.

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.

Charles J. Lawrence, Jr.

Senior Project Manager

Charlie has over 18 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...

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... liability from operational practices and environmental legacies.

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 son, surfing and other water sports, working on home improvement projects and his car, and watching college football.