There are three at large positions and three state representative positions open on the Board of Directors. The election voting will be open November 1st to 15th and the results will be announced at the Regional Conference in Denver, CO on November 16th.
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Todd Croke has more than 22 years of experience in erosion and sediment control and stormwater management, having been involved with projects throughout the USA and abroad. Todd has worked as a technical advisor and business development manager for manufacturers of rolled erosion control products, hydraulic erosion control materials, and soil amendments. He has also worked as a distributor of geosynthetic construction products through the mountain west.
Todd obtained his Bachelor’s degree in soil science and natural resources management from Ball State University and has been a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) since 2008. He joined the IECA in 2004 and has served on the Mountain States Chapter Board of Directors since 2017.
Opal Forbes, Treasurer
Ms. Opal Forbes has worked in the Construction and Transportation fields for the past 34 years. She graduated from Mankato State University in Minnesota, with a BS Degree in Business Administration Construction Management. She is employed by the Federal Highway Administration, Central Federal Lands Highway Division of the US Department of Transportation. She spent 16 years moving throughout 14 western states to provide contract administration on highway projects in our National Parks and National Forests. While working on construction sites, she became very interested in the Sediment and Erosion Control field and pursued education and experience to broaden her knowledge. She originally joined the IECA in 2000. She is a standing member of the IECA Standards and Practices Committee and served on the MSC annual conference committee in 2013 and is chairing that committee for the 2014 conference. She is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control and a Qualified SWPPP Developer and Practitioner for projects in California. She is currently the Stormwater Permits Specialist in the CFLHD office overseeing stormwater permits on projects in 14 states from scoping to completion.
Donald Crouse, VP of Administration
Donald Crouse has been a member of the IECA since 2015. Mr. Crouse has been supervising and managing erosion control projects within heavy civil construction for 15 years. He has participated in the implementation of innovative Best Management Practices and leads tradesmen in the industry to provide training to individuals and construction crews participating in these practices, beginning to end. As an Erosion Control Supervisor with Ames Construction in Denver, CO Mr. Crouse develops strategies to adapt erosion control plans to address weather events and broader project changes. This has created a need for the community and the expertise offered through IECA to help find the best solutions to protect the environment and meet project goals.
Greg M. Baptist
Greg M. Baptist, VP of Membership and Utah Representative
Greg M. Baptist is employed by The Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District (formally Salt Lake County) for 26 years in the Planning and Development Services Division. Greg is currently employed as the StormWater Construction Supervisor. Where his duties include but are not limited to, the review of site grading and drainage plans for the development of subdivisions and commercial sites, review and implementation of Geotechnical recommendations, review and implementation of natural hazard mitigations, the review of the SWPPP documents and erosion control plans for construction. Greg has also developed the Industrial and Commercial and post construction programs for the MS4. During an Audit by the Environmental protection agency which identified violations in these programs Greg was tasked to resolve the violations and implement a complaint program to protect the MS4. Greg is licensed by the International Code Council as a Building Inspector, by the State of Utah as a Registered Stormwater Reviewer (RSR) & Registered Stormwater Inspector (RSI) Greg is also a Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC), and is an approved instructor for both the State of Utah programs and the CISEC training program. Greg worked in the Geotechnical and materials testing business in Northern California for 11 years at LRA Engineering in Sacramento. During his time in California he worked on many projects from highway construction and airport runway construction to large hydroelectric dam projects which created his interest in sediment and erosion control. Greg is a current member of the Utah Chapter of the ICC and has been a member of the IECA since 2013. Greg is currently a member of the Board of Directors for both the IECA and CISEC.
Leewood Oakley, Secretary and Wyoming Representative
Leewood Oakley is an environmental specialist with SWCA based out of Casper, Wyoming. She moved to Wyoming in 2014 and has been working as a consultant for a wide array of clientele. Having experience with avian, game species, small mammal and wetland surveys, Leewood found storm water to be a new challenge which combines field work experience and active work within the community. Protecting waterways from sediment runoff and other pollution point sources allows for further development while keeping natural resources safe for future generations. Leewood completed her bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Unity College in 2012. She then went on to obtain a master’s degree from Montana State University in land resources and environmental sciences (2018). Her current storm water work focuses on right of way and other energy based construction projects in regards to compliance. She also works closely with other agencies during the permitting and management of storm water plans. Her goals include working with the community to bring a larger understanding of storm water management and how it pertains to the community as a whole.
Sam Stribling, New Mexico Representative
Sam Stribling takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development and enabling his teams to collaborate effectively. Sam strives to provide a work environment for his team that makes them all feel like they are family. Key to his success has been the ability to assist employees in improving their skill sets and developing into a more productive team. He intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a coherent whole, helps others extend their thinking, and drives material business advantage. He is an inspirational leader who tells stories that inspire action while at the same time is grounded in financial information that levers the business. Respected as a credible voice in decision making, finding strategic financing partners, and establishing governance boundaries, Sam earns a seat at the table wherever he serves.Sam currently serves as Founder and CEO at 814 Solutions, LLC, a privately-held erosion and sediment control company based out of Albuquerque NM that specializes in Seeding, Rip Rap/Gabion/Hard Armoring, Fencing, and providing environmental planning and inspection services.
Sam has lead 814 Solutions to be a prominent company in the Southwest with national recognition for their work including an Excellence in Reclamation award from the Department of the Interior for the work completed on the Dutchman Canyon/Swastika Coal Mine using geomorphic designs and use of local materials during the reclamation (an article can be seen in the IECA publication Environmental Connection from January 2013, Volume 7 Issue 1). Sam has actively participated in Association (AGC, ACNM, NUCA, Home Builders Association) meetings involving all areas of construction in New Mexico to move the industry standards forward and help others understand the added benefit to looking at new methods and means for completing work and accelerating the time for projects to achieve environmental compliance standards. Sam’s association participation has also led to various modifications to how the membership retention and acquisition has shifted to engage a younger audience with new technology and how the associations communicate to a younger workforce.
Sam holds BBAs from the University of New Mexico with concentrations in Productions & Operations, Entrepreneurial Studies, and Marketing. He serves on several Boards of Directors including the Construction Leadership Council of both the Building Branch and the Heavy Civil Branch of the Association of General Contractors and the Board of Directors of AdWallet, a Nationwide, digital direct to consumer advertising platform.
John Whittingham, Montana Representative
John Whittingham has over 25 years of experience in soil and water conservation practices. He joined the IECA and MSC in 2002, became a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control in 2006, and a Professional Wetland Scientist in 2011.
John is a graduate of the University of Montana (1985, B.A. Geology) and Montana State University (1995, M.Sc. Earth Sciences). He has worked as a hydrogeologist, hydrologist and soil scientist for State and Federal agencies, as an environmental consultant and independent contractor, and co-founded Basic Biological Services LLC (BBS) in 1999. BBS is located in Dillon, Montana. They provide land rehabilitation, vegetation management, habitat enhancement, and scientific investigations for mining, agriculture, forestry, construction, recreation industries, Conservation Districts, City and County governments, and Montana State agencies.
Jon Healy, South Dakota Representative
Jon Healy is a Commercial and Turf Specialist at Millborn Seeds with locations in Brookings and Rapid City, South Dakota. In his role, Jon works closely with contractors, designers, and project/property owners across the great plains and upper mountain states to find the right seed mixes and erosion control solutions for projects ranging from residential to DOT and large site reclamation projects. Jon has a B.S. in Construction Management from South Dakota State University and has worked in a variety of roles in the construction industry for over 25 years. Jon is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) and has been the South Dakota Representative on the MSC board since 2018. Jon enjoys the challenges and ever-changing conditions that are found on a construction site and working closely with the design and construction team during all phases of a project.
Lucille Snowden, North Dakota Representative
Lucille Snowden is an Environmental Manager for Knife River Corporation in Bismarck, North Dakota and serves as the North Dakota Representative for the IECA’s Mountain States Chapter
Ross Bruno, Member At Large
Ross is the Senior Marketing Manager with Profile Products. Ross has a breadth of experience in erosion control (HECP and RECP), environmental sciences, agricultural and manufacturing industries and has since been active with erosion control organizations including ECTC and IECA. Ross joined the Mountain States IECA board in 2019.
Adam Bappe, Colorado Representative
Adam serves as Business Development Manager and Project Manager with Western States Reclamation, Inc. which has been a leading industry contractor for over 37 years. In this role, Adam provides outreach to the company’s clients, creates new partnerships and manages projects related to erosion control, reclamation, and restoration.
Prior to joining Western States, Adam served as a Technical Sales Representative for a leading distributor of products used throughout the industry. In this role, Adam worked with engineers, architects, ecologists, cities, counties, DOTs, contractors, and others to provide solutions to their problems as they related to water management, erosion control, stabilization, and revegetation.
Through both of these roles Adam has created a strong industry network and has been successful in promoting the value we offer together as an industry.