Staff & Personnel
Stephen E. West; President
Ryan Eldridge, P.E.; Vice President of Engineering
Mr. Eldridge has 13 years of engineering experience in the consulting sector involving hydraulic design, environmental management, hydrologic design and studies, and management of a wide variety of civil and environmental engineering projects. These projects include the design and installation of several groundwater recovery and treatment systems which included the design and specification of groundwater recovery wells, monitoring wells, and the measurement of water quality for both groundwater and surface water. Mr. Eldridge has been the project manager and lead design engineer of water treatment, waste water treatment facilities including pressure filters, aeration, lift stations, fluidized bed filters, ion exchange, clarifiers, and disinfection. Mr. Eldridge has been the project manager and lead engineer on the design of several fish hatcheries and fish migrant facilities with construction budgets ranging between $10 million to $32 million. The facilities support the repopulation of listed fish species throughout the northwest.
Mr. Eldridge also has extensive experience in the design and construction of several groundwater, and surface water remediation projects including; pump and treat systems, groundwater dewatering systems, groundwater injection, soil vapor extraction, air stripping, bio-remediation, and thermal remediation. Mr. Eldridge has experience coordinating with local, state, and federal regulators in preparing interim measures, and voluntary cleanup plans. Mr. Eldridge also has experience preparing spill prevention control and countermeasure plans (SPCC) for clients in Colorado, Texas, Idaho, and Kansas.
Mr. Eldridge received a Bachelor of Science in Watershed Science from Colorado State University and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from San Jose State University.
Ryan V. Morgan, P.E.; LEED AP; Senior Civil Engineer
Emily Skoro, P.E.; Senior Engineer
James G. Fronk, L.A.; Senior Project Manager
Mr. Fronk has 30 years of experience in civil engineering, project management, land development, land planning, and environmental science expertise. Mr. Fronk specializes in the entitlement land use process, feasibility studies, environmental permitting, wetland delineation, water quality, and environmental issues. Mr. Fronk has served as Project Manager and Design Engineer on large infrastructure projects including a four season ski resort, large high value land developments, and a 1.5 million square feet regional shopping mall and office buildings.
Mr. Fronk past experience includes 12 years as Principal and President of Secesh Engineering Inc., a firm of 25 employees that was instrumental in the completion of numerous significant engineering projects in Valley and Adams County and throughout the state of Idaho. Completed construction cost for projects controlled and administered by Secesh Engineering Inc. is estimated to be approximately 500 million dollars. Mr. Fronk has extensive experience with State and Federal Agencies and interaction with associated staff.
Mr. Fronk holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Texas Tech University and is a Licensed Landscape Architect in the State of Idaho. Mr. Fronk is a certified wetland delineator with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers.
Ken King, Senior Designer
John Hackemer; Environmental Field Services & Testing
Mr. Hackemer brings a diverse background of fieldwork experience to the team at Centra. He has conducted biological surveys all across Colorado as well as the rainforests of Costa Rica. Mr. Hackemer has presented his research at an international conference on biodiversity as well as locally. He has worked a number of years on a project sponsored by the National Science Foundation to examine the effects of climate change on varying mountain ecosystems. Mr. Hackemer’s goals are to make a meaningful impact on the environmental industry as well as his community.
Mr. Hackemer graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Donna West, AICP; Senior Land Use Planner
Ms. West has served in both senior management and technical positions throughout the course of her career. As Director of Development Services Department for Canyon County, a rapidly urbanizing county in Idaho, she was directly responsible for overseeing planning and zoning issues, land use planning, ordinances, code enforcement, administrative hearings and appeals as well as extensive interaction with regional government entities and elected officials. She currently serves as the Hearing Examiner for Canyon County.
Prior to her tenure in county government, she was Chief of the Watershed and Aquifer Protection Bureau at the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) where her scope of work included oversight of state ground water and non-point source water quality programs, grant writing and review as well as liaison work with both legislators and stakeholders. She was responsible for the development and implementation of Idaho’s Source Water Protection Plan which is regarded as a model at the national level. She also was integrally involved in the development of Idaho’s Ground Water Quality Rule and policies pertaining to rule implementation. She is a past board member of the National Ground Water Protection Council and has served on numerous technical advisory committees. Previously, Ms. West worked in Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), hazardous waste and solid waste programs as a program supervisor and technical expert. She has also worked as a professional chemist both in the United States and abroad.
Ms. West earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Montana State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwest Nazarene University. She is also a Diplomat of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
CENTRA Associate Employees
In order to better serve our customers, we have formed strategic relationships with uniquely qualified professionals possessing exceptional experience and technical expertise in various engineering disciplines who work on a project-specific basis. Utilizing this approach, we are able to provide significantly more depth to the range of services and management skills we offer to deliver results consistently and cost effectively.
Joan M. Cloonan, Ph.D.; J.D.
Dr. Cloonan brings over 30 years of environmental, legal and policy experience to CENTRA Consulting. As a former senior vice president and legal executive at the J.R. Simplot Company, Joan has amassed an impressive history of both policy and technical expertise in the environmental arena. Her knowledge and expertise has been recognized by her appointments to the Idaho Board of Environmental Quality, Boise City Public Works Commission, Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center Board and many other entities. Joan brings a unique perspective to highly complicated environmental matters with a solid businesses sense supported by an outstanding legal and technical background.
Dr. Cloonan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Cornell University. She received a Juris Doctorate degree from Florida State University College of Law. She is a featured speaker at workshops and classes and also has received numerous awards in the fields of environmental protection.
R. James (Jim) Coleman, P.E.; Senior Engineer
Mr. Coleman has more than 30 years of experience in civil engineering projects for both the public and private sectors. Mr. Coleman has served as Project Engineer and Project Manager on a wide variety of public infrastructure projects including water systems, wastewater systems, transportation, industrial wastewater systems, institutional facilities, school facilities and commercial developments.
Recently Mr. Coleman has been involved in the Condition Assessment and Value Engineering review of school facilities, public buildings and public infrastructure for the Wyoming School Facilities Commission and the Wyoming Legislature. Mr. Coleman has been the team leader and civil engineer with a group of professionals to find value added solutions to design and construction of school facilities, public buildings and infrastructure reducing capital and long term costs for school facilities. The work includes site selection, site development, negotiation with local officials, building systems and construction process selection.
His past experience includes 15 years as President of JUB Engineers during which the firm grew from 60 to over 230 employees and completed numerous significant engineering projects throughout the United States and elsewhere. Mr. Coleman has also been involved in public participation, environmental negotiation, business and public issues as they impact clients. He currently serves as the Governor’s appointee to the Idaho Board of Transportation. He has also served as chairman of the Idaho Engineering Education Advisory Board and a member of the Governor’s Science and Technology Committee as well as multiple other boards and civic organizations.
Mr. Coleman received both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Idaho along with numerous certifications and continuing education credits.
Charles Bidondo; Senior Environmental Technician
Mr. Bidondo brings a broad scope of technical and administrative environmental experience in ground water, nonpoint source pollution, and grant writing to the team at CENTRA. He has worked with both private industry and in state government and is intimately familiar with issues pertaining to Total Maximum Daily Loads, drinking water protection, agricultural and storm water issues. Mr. Bidondo also has an extensive and successful background in grant development, grant management, and project management. He has an impressive record of community outreach and working with diverse stakeholders in achieving consensus to accomplish goals and objectives. Mr. Bidondo’s experience also includes a number of years as a field technical consultant in the oil and gas industry. Areas of special emphasis included an extensive scope of monitoring and assessment activities pertaining to soils, surface water, groundwater and pollution prevention systems.
Mr. Bidondo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysics from Boise State University and has been the recipient of numerous awards from both private industry and state government.