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2019 NAEP Conference: Career Development Workshop

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Join NAEP for a Free Career Development Workshop* for students and emerging professionals on Sunday, May 19 from 1:30 – 5:30 PM. The workshop will cover both current trends in environmental careers and professional development. Attendees will also hear from someone on the benefits of starting your own student chapter. Afterward, attendees are welcome to attend the Opening Reception on their own or alongside the workshop hosts.

*Registration is required for this free, limited-seating, environmental careers event.

During the workshop attendees will have the opportunity to obtain résumé reviews and get advice from environmental and career professionals. Each résumé review will be 15 minutes and will require a printed résumé.

Sign Up for a Résumé Review

Please note that there are limited number sign ups, so sign up as soon as possible.
Résumé critiques are available on a first-come-first serve basis.


Time Speaker/Activity
1:30 – 1:45 PM Intro
1:45 – 2:00 PM Ricardo Calvo | ERM, Environmental Planner
2:00 – 2:15 PM Ava Richardson | MPH, Food Matters Technical Advisor, Baltimore Office of Sustainability
2:15 – 2:30 PM William Burris | FED/Military 
2:30 – 2:45 PM Timothy Michalowski | GISP
2:45 – 3:15 PM Panel
3:15 – 3:45 PM Break/Networking
3:45 – 4:00 PM About Student Chapters: Aubrey Gann
4:00 – 4:15 PM Industry Trends: John Esson
4:15 – 4:30 PM Career Planning: Kelly Reiss
4:30 – 4:45 PM Personal Branding: Laura Thorne
4:45 – 5:00 PM Networking: Leslie Tice
5:00 – 5:30 PM Panel
5:30 – 6:00 PM Break/Networking
6:00 PM Meet back for those who want to go to networking reception together


Ricardo Calvo
Dr. Ricardo N. Calvo, Partner at Environmental Resources Management (ERM). Dr. Calvo has 29 years of experience in environmental consulting. In the 90’s, Ricardo led or participated in regional planning projects such as the Florida Keys Carrying Capacity Study and the Urban Development Plan for Panama City in Panama, which help manage growth in these areas to this day. He also led several community master plans in island communities in Florida as well as the Habitat Conservation Plan for the Florida Key Deer. Ricardo currently focuses on reducing the environmental and social risks of development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly in the energy and transportation sectors. Recent and ongoing experience includesgeothermal projects in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Mexico; LNG-to-Power projects in Central America and Brazil; transportation projects in Chile and Argentina; and development of Environmental and Social Risk Management Systems for public and private financial institutions.

John Esson
John is the Director of the Environmental Career Center and Partners Achieving Sustainability Excellence Corps (PASEcorps.org). He also served as president of the ECW Environmental Group. John is an environmental careers leader having established the Environmental Career Center (ECC) in 1980. ECC operates EnvironmentalCareer.com, conducts environmental careers research, provides environmental careers coaching, operates environmental intern programs for employers, published the Green Careers Journal, and conducts environmental career seminars including many sessions at National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) annual conferences since 1995. John has 30 years of sustainability, ecological and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) experience with federal, state, and local agencies and consulting companies. He has a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Minnesota and graduate studies in Wildlife Biology at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. He led the NAEP Career Development Committee and Subcommittee for seven years.

Aubrey Gann
Aubrey graduated with her Bachelor’s in environmental studies in 2016 and will complete a Master’s in Environmental Policy and Management in June of 2019. She works as a medical system server administrator in upstate New York and is Staff Sergeant in the US Army Reserves as an instructor. She is serving as the APUS NAEP chapter vice president for 2019, served as president in 2017, vice president in 2016 and webmaster in 2015. She is also a member of the AMU/APU chapter of the Wildlife Society and the Ecological Society of America. She currently assists NAEP as a representative for transitioning and emerging professionals looking to pursue a position in the environmental field by working with the membership committee to engage and grow NAEPs support of professionals coming out of college or looking to change career fields. 

Timothy Michalowski
Mr. Timothy Michalowski, GISP is the GIS System Administrator for Kleinfelder and based in Baltimore, MD. As a GIS professional Mr. Michalowski has 17 years’ GIS experience with a Master's Degree in Urban Planning. Expertise includes GIS project management, technical programming, spatial analysis, GPS / field data collection, ArcGIS Server / Azure / SQL server management, modeling, geo-statistics and web-based mapping. Prior to joining Kleinfelder, he was GIS Manager of a national social research / data collection firm for seven years in New York City, and public agency GIS employment at the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) and the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC)

Kelly Reiss
Kelly Chinners Reiss is Professor of Environmental Science at American Public University System (APUS) and a Research Affiliate at the HT Odum Center for Wetlands, University of Florida (UF). Her research focuses on wetlands ecology from the community to the landscape scale. Her favorite wetlands to research are the cypress forests of the southeastern coastal plain. Dr. Reiss holds degrees in forest resources and conservation (B.S.) and environmental engineering sciences with a focus in systems ecology (M.S., Ph.D.). Currently the Program Director of Environmental Science for APUS, she has over 15 years of instructional experience. Dr. Reiss’s research has included projects on wetland biological assessment; primary succession of forested wetlands following phosphate mining; hydrology and nutrient concentrations in isolated wetlands; nutrient effects on springs; evaluation of wetland mitigation including developing a training manual for the Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method (UMAM); and developing wetland bio-indicators. 

Ava Richardson
Ava has worked to advance public and environmental health for the past 10 years through policies and programs as an public health advocate and researcher. Ava’s career has focused on addressing the social determinants of health (SDH) focusing on racial, geographic and economic disparities in access to healthy food, life expectancy and health outcomes. Currently, Ava supports Baltimore City’s food waste and rescue efforts – providing technical expertise on food systems and sustainability matters. In this role, Ava implements various food waste reduction programming to advance a food systems that put people and planet first. Ava holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Frostburg State University, a Masters of Public Health from Morgan State University and is currently obtaining a Doctorate of Public Health with a focus in environmental health from Johns Hopkins University.

Laura Thorne (moderator)
Laura Thorne is a performance improvement consultant who works with STEAM-Powered (startups, tech, environmental, arts, and manufacturing) organizations and their leaders to help them become role models - highly effective, influential, growth-getters. Laura believes anything is possible with the right actionable plan and exists to use her ability to make things happen to promote sustainability and goodwill in the world.

Laura has over 25 years of professional experience and has had opportunities to work with some of the best and worst performing organizations. Her get-things-done super strength comes from being a natural problem-solver, environmental scientist, and alumni from the Florida Sterling Council where she was a quality evaluation examiner for 7 years.

Laura holds a BS in Biology from the University of South Florida, is a certified Project Manager, and certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Leslie Tice
Leslie is HDR’s environmental sciences business class leader and a senior project manager based in Northern California. With more than 20 years of experience, she manages and prepares NEPA, CEQA (California’s NEPA-equivalent review), and other state environmental impact analyses, regulatory processes, and other environmental programs. Leslie manages HDR’s northern California environmental team including environmental and transportation planners, biologists, cultural specialists, scientists, and managers serving our water, transportation, power, utility, and other industry markets. In this position, she collaborates broadly with other regions and with non-environmental functions of the organization to bring the best solutions to our clients and the best opportunities to our team. Leslie has been a member of NAEP since 2002 and has served in a number of Board positions at both the state affiliate and national level throughout her career. Leslie is also a Certified Environmental Professional through ABCEP.

William Burris

William Burris is a geologist who first bailed a groundwater monitoring well in 1992. He has since worked in wide array of roles ranging from regulator to consultant to federal program manager on issues ranging from brownfields to NEPA to military munitions to chemical weapons demilitarization. His experience encompasses the intersection of military activity, especially that related to aviation and the environment. He currently serves as an Environmental Restoration Program Manager for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center addressing environmental remediation at Joint Base Andrews Maryland. He has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management, maintains a license as Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania, and is a certified Defense Acquisition Management Professional. He is currently active with Society of American Military Engineers and the Mid-Atlantic Region Environmental Professionals.


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