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Environmental Science graduates (left to right) Susannah Haines, Chris Marks, Jessica Crawford, Liz Lengyel and Victoria Challingsworth at 2014 Commencement.

With environmental concern awareness increasing, environmental scientists will be needed to study environmental quality and provide means to living less environmentally harmful lives.

Our graduates have been employed in a variety of settings ranging from private consulting firms to state and federal environmental agencies. Many have chosen additional graduate level training either directly upon graduation from Thiel or later in their careers.

Alumni Stories

Graduate Outcomes

Douglas Beal, P.G.

  • B.A., 1980, Geology and Environmental Studies, Thiel College
  • Licensed Professional Geologist
  • 1980-1981, Geologist for Century Geophysical Corporation
  • 1981-1983, Geologist for Atlas Energy, Inc.
  • 1983-1987, Geologist for Enterprise Energy and Derby Oil
  • 1987-1989, Senior Geologist for The Earth Technology Company
  • 1989-1992, Project Manager for Metcalf & Eddy
  • 1992-1998, Senior Project Manager for ABB Environmental
  • 1998-2006, Manager of Remediation Services for BEM Systems Inc.
  • 2006-2014, Senior Environmental Consultant for AIG
  • 2014-present, Eastern Region Environmental Manager for Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.

Brett Bell

  • B.A., 2006, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • 2006-2007, Staff Scientist at Environmental Geo-Services
  • 2007-2009, Natural Resource Specialist for Trumbull County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • 2009-2011, Assistant Environmental Scientist/Lab Technician at Wallace and Pancher
  • 2011-2014, Field Representative for Chesapeake Energy
  • 2014-present, Field and Land Representative-Ohio for Gulfport Energy Corporation

Paul Bloom

  • B.A., 2007, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • 2007-2016, GIS Coordinator at Sweet Water Land Service, LLC
  • 2016-present, Pod Lead, Coverage Planning Lead at Uber Advanced Technologies Group

Christopher Boff

  • B.S., 2018, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • 2015-2017, Intern at Stahl Sheaffer Engineering
  • 2018-present, Geotechnical Technician at Stahl Sheaffer Engineering

Victoria Challingsworth

  • B.S., 2014, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • 2013, Study Abroad at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 2014, Chief of Council Intern for the PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • 2014-2015, Backcountry Stewart Intern for NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 2016-2018, Re-Light Technician/Service Line Specialist at Allegheny Contracting
  • 2018-present, Conservation Education Specialist with the Keystone Elk Country Alliance

Jessica Crawford

  • B.S., 2014, Environmental Science with Environmental Chemistry minor, Thiel College
  • M.S., 2016, Environmental Science, Youngstown State University
  • 2013, Intern at CCH Environmental Group
  • 2013, Summer help for the Columbiana County Water and Sewer Department
  • 2013-2014, Intern as the Greening Manager at Thiel College
  • 2014-2016, Cushwa Fellow at Youngstown State University
  • 2015, Intern at Wallace and Pancher
  • 2016-2018, Lab Tech at Cardinal Environmental Laboratories
  • 2018-present, Environmental Inspector at Truhorizon Environmental Solutions NE

Shane Dillon

  • B.S., 2013, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • 2011-2012, Sustainability/Public Services Intern for the Borough of Greenville
  • 2012, Student Greening Manager at Thiel College
  • 2012, Intern for Environment Arizona
  • 2014, Environmental Technician at Aurora Environmental, Inc.
  • 2014, Engineering Technician at ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC
  • 2015-2017, Geotechnical QC/QA at Draper Aden Associates
  • 2017-present, Field Project Manager at Draper Aden Associates

Keith M. Duval

  • B.A., 1996, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • M.B.A, University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business
  • Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM)
  • 1999-present, Environmental Manager at the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)

Victoria Foeks

  • B.S., 2016, Environmental Science, Conservation Biology and Traditional Biology, Thiel College
  • 2015, Aquarist Intern at Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
  • 2017-present, Wet Chemist at ALS - North America, Environmental

David A. Fox, Ph.D.

  • BA Geology, 1977, Thiel College
  • Master of Forestry (MF) - Forest soils major, 1978, Duke University
  • 1981 - 1985: Forester, Florida Division of Forestry
  • 1985 - 1990: Environmental Consultant, W. Dexter Bender & Assoc.
  • 1990 - 1995: V.P. of Environmental Services, Forest Resource Management, Inc.
  • 1995 - 2010: Technical Services Manager, Natural Resource Planing Services, Inc.
  • 2010 - 2015: PhD Student, Research Associate, University of Florida
  • Ph.D. Forest Resources and Conservation, 2015, University of Florida
  • 2015 to present: Lecturer, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida
  • Teaching Urban Forestry, Forest Resource Information Systems (GIS), assisting in Dendrology and Natural Resource Sampling

Janet Frey

  • B.A., 1982, Geology and Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • Professional Geologist
  • Certified Floodplain Manager
  • 1988-present, Environmental Planning and Permitting Team Manager for AECOM's Sustainability and Environmental Management Group

Jana Grimm

  • B.A., 1984, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • J.D., 1987, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2003-2014, Member at Eckert Seamans
  • 2014-present, Labor & Employment Lawyer and Member at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Zachary Hudecek

  • B.S., 2018, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • 2018, Water Treatment Plant Intern at Greenville Water Authority 
  • 2018-2019, Environmental Inspector at TruHorizon Environmental Solutions
  • 2019-present, Field Technician at Target Emission Services Inc.

Robert John

  • B.A., 1979, Environmental Studies and Geology, Thiel College
  • M.P.A., 1980, Penn State University
  • 1980-1987, Geologist in the US Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, Geotechnical Branch
  • 1987-2013, Natural Resource Specialist in the US Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, Natural Resources Management Branch
  • 2013-present, Retired from US Army Corps of Engineers after 33 years

Matthew Kichman

  • B.S., 1985, Environmental Science with Chemistry minor, Thiel College
  • 2009-2012, Director of Business Development at Alternative Environmental Solutions (AES)
  • 2012-present, Sales Manager at Elk Environmental Services

Wesley Kinzer

  • B.S., 2018, Environmental Science with Wildlife Biology minor, Thiel College
  • 2017, GIS Technician for Capital RC&D
  • 2018, Wildlife Biologist's Aide at PA Fish and Boat Commission, stream habitat division
  • 2019-present, QA/QC Specialist at Utility Services Group

Shawn Lamberton

  • B.S., 2018, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • 2018, Intern for Shenango Reservoir Army Corps.
  • 2018-present, Environmental Technician at Aurora Environmental, Inc.

Liz Lengyel

  • B.S., 2014, Environmental Science with Environmental Chemistry minor, Thiel College
  • 2013, Environmental Intern at Duquesne Light Company
  • 2014-2015, Environmental Health & Safety Specialist at PPG
  • 2017-present, Field Specialist at Duquesne Light Company

Ethan Ludwig

  • B.S., 2013, Environmental Science with Chemistry minor, Thiel College
  • 2013 intern at Thiel College as the Greening Initiative Recycling Manager
  • 2013-2014, radiation decontamination specialist for scheduled and non-scheduled outages at First Energy Nuclear Operating Company
  • 2014-present, Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy

Darren McAninch

  • B.S., 2012, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • 2012, interned at Shenango Lake US Army Corps of Engineers
  • 2012-2014, wastewater treatment facility operator at Castle Cheese
  • 2014-present, water treatment operator at Mercer City water treatment plant

Parker Meyers

  • B.S., 2015, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • 2014, intern at Edkins Surveying Company
  • 2016, CAD Certificate
  • 2016-present, Technical Engineer in the U.S. Army

Benjamin Moore

  • B.S., 2016, Environmental Science with Wildlife Biology minor, Thiel College
  • 2015, Intern at Pennsylvania State Game Commission SW Region
  • 2016-2017, Crew Leader/Laborer at Frontier Environmental Services
  • 2017, Utility Forester at Davey's Resource Group
  • 2019-present, Forestry Specialist at Davey's Resource Group

Bob Murphy

  • B.A., 1975, Geology and Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • 1980-present, Business Development Manager, Water at Sherwin-Williams
  • 2005-2009, Strategic Market Manager, Water & Wastewater at The Sherwin-Williams Company

Matthew Nymick

  • B.S., 2017, Environmental Science with Wildlife Biology minor, Thiel College
  • 2014, Intern at Homer City Water Plant
  • 2016, Technical Analyst Intern at CWM Environmental 
  • 2017-present, Laboratory Analyst at Environmental Services Laboratories, Inc.

Jacob Paviol

  • B.S., 2015, Environmental Science with Chemistry minor, Thiel College
  • 2015, Environmental Educator Intern at Pymatuning State Park
  • 2016-2017, Assistant Engineer/Surveyor at Allied Engineering Associates
  • 2018-present, Hemp Grower at Hortitech

Nicholas Romano

  • B.S., 2018, Environmental Science with Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Wildlife Biology minors, Thiel College
  • 2015-2016, Natural Resources Intern at Lake Metroparks
  • 2017, GIS Intern for Greenville Borough
  • 2018-present, Entry level Environmental Scientist at Kimley-Horn

William Dakota Sanders

  • B.S., 2015, Environmental Science with Wildlife Biology minor, Thiel College
  • 2014, Environmental Counselor and Maintenance at Westmoreland County Parks & Rec.
  • 2015, Laborer at White Tail Excavating
  • 2015-2016, Contractor Lab Technician at PPG
  • 2015-2016, Lab Technician at Lab Support
  • 2016-2018, Utility Forestry Consultant at ACRT, Inc.
  • 2018, Environmental Inspector at Truhorizon Environmental Solutions NE
  • 2019-present, Consulting Utility Forester at Davey's Resource Group

Matthew Shields

  • B.A., 2013, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • 2011-2014, Health & Safety Associate at AM Health & Safety, Inc.
  • 2014-present, EH&S Specialist at NOF Metal Coating Group

Tracey Vernon

  • B.A., 1986, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • M.C.R.P., 1992, City and Regional Planning, Rutgers University
  • 1987-1993, Principal at Sawhill, Michel & Phillips Associates
  • 1993-1996, Sr. Project Manager at L. Robert Kimball & Associates, Inc.
  • 1996-2000, Deputy Director for Regional Offices at PA Department of Community & Economic Development, Governor’s Action Team
  • 2000-2008, Sr. Associate at Delta Development Group, Inc.
  • 2007-2009, Director, Brownfield Action Team Acting Deputy Secretary for PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • 2010-present, Principal Economic and Environmental Consultant at Vernon Land Use

Deborah Ann Weible, PG

  • BA Geology 1984
  • 1984-1986 Graduate Studies in Geology, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1986-1988 IT Corporation, Staff Geologist
  • 1988 - John Mathes & Associates, Senior Field Geologist
  • 1989 - Mid-Eastern Geotech, Inc, Drilling Operations Manager
  • 1989-1991 - UEC Environmental Systems/USX Corporation - Senior Project Manager
  • 1991 to Present - Geo-Environmental Drilling Company, Inc. - Owner, President & General Manager
  • Licensed Professional Geologist in PA, TN, IN & KY
  • Licensed Well Driller - WV

Lea Woodard

  • B.A., 2008, Environmental Science with Chemistry minor, Thiel College
  • M.S., 2010, Applied Ecology, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • 2008-2010, interned at Integrated Pest Management Institute in Madison, WI and the Indiana University Office of Sustainability
  • 2010-2012, employed by Indiana University at their Garden & Nature Center
  • 2012-present, Coordinator of the Garden & Nature Center at Indiana University

Thiel alumni, please send your information to areinsel@thiel.edu to be included in this list.