Meet our leadership team:

Ascent principals are six colleagues and friends who have worked at least 15 years together (and some for over 25 years). Our goal is to provide clients with a level of personal commitment and company reliability not found elsewhere. Together with our Senior Associates and technical and operational professionals, we are always aspiring to enhance our capabilities so we can better serve our clients’ needs.

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Curtis E. Alling, AICP

Principal - Environmental

Bio

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Gary D. Jakobs, AICP

Principal - Environmental

Bio

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Sydney B. Coatsworth, AICP

Principal - Environmental

Bio

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Amanda Olekszulin

Principal - Environmental

Bio

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Honey L. Walters

Principal - Air Quality,
Climate Change, 
and Noise

Bio

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Linda Leeman

Principal - Natural Resources

Bio

Meet our technical and operational professionals:

The Ascent in-house team consists of many devoted professionals who are more than just highly qualified and competent environmental, planning, urban design, natural resources, and climate change consultants.  These environmental professionals also believe in the firm’s basic values and contribute strongly every day to making Ascent a caring, nimble, supportive, forward-thinking, enjoyable, and original company.

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Dimitri Antoniou, AICP

Air Quality, Climate Change,
and Noise Specialist

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Jessica Babcock

Environmental Planner

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Phi V. Ngo

GIS Specialist/
Resource Analyst

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Kristi Black, JD

Senior Environmental
Project Manager

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Cherise Sutton

Finance Manager

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Allen Folks, RLA, ASLA

Director of Urban Design
and Planning

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Kristen Stoner

Environmental Planner

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Sean Bechta

Senior Environmental
Project Manager

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Christy Ryan, CPSM

Marketing Manager

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Francisca (Fran) Ruger

Senior Environmental
Project Manager


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Chris Mundhenk

Senior Project Manager

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Carlos Alvarado

Wildlife Biologist

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Gayiety Lane

Document Production Specialist

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Lily Gilbert

Environmental Planner/
Project Manager

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Rachel Kozloski, CPSS

Soil Scientist/
Environmental Planner

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Shannon Hickey

Botanist/
Wetland Ecologist

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Lisa Merry

GIS Specialist/
Resource Analyst

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Mike Parker, AICP

Senior Environmental Planner

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Sarah Henningsen

Environmental Planner

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Hannah Kornfeld

Air Quality and
Climate Change Specialist

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Heidi Gen Kuong, AICP

Environmental Planner/
Sustainability Planner

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Nanette Hansel

Senior Environmental Planner

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Stephanie Rasmussen

Environmental and
Natural Resources Planner

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Amber Giffin

Office/Human Resources Manager

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Sangwoo Lee, AICP, LEED

Senior Urban Designer/Planner

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J. Austin Kerr

Senior Air Quality,
Climate Change,
and Noise Specialist

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Suzanne Enslow

Environmental Planner

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TJ Gaona

Contract Specialist

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Steve Henderson

Senior Wildlife Biologist

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Latonya Carson

Project Accountant

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Pat Angell

Senior Director

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Marianne Lowenthal

Environmental Planner

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Lara Rachowicz

Senior Environmental Project Manager/Senior Ecologist

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Tiffany Lunday

Environmental Planner

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Zachary Miller, AICP

Transportation and
Environmental Planner

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Brenda C. Hom

Air Quality and
Climate Change Specialist

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Kelly Bray

Environmental Planner

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Erik de Kok, AICP

Senior Planner/
Sustainability Planner

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Allison Fuller

Wildlife Biologist

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Adam Lewandowski, AICP

Senior Planner/
Senior Project Manager

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Poonam Boparai

Senior Air Quality and
Climate Change Specialist

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Julia Wilson

Environmental Analyst

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Alta Cunningham

Architectural Historian/
Environmental Planner

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Jessica Mitchell

Environmental Planner

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Jennifer Montgomery

Marketing Coordinator

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Mike Eng

Senior Regulatory Specialist

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Angie Xiong

Environmental and
Sustainability Planner


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Ann Russell

Project Accountant

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Corey Alling

Graphics and
Communications Specialist

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Cori Resha

Environmental Planner

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Ted Thayer

Wildlife Biologist

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Tammie Beyerl

Senior Botanist and
Wetland Ecologist

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Jim Foust

Marketing Coordinator

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Michele Mattei

Document Production Specialist

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Kirsten Burrowes

Environmental Planner

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Kai Lord-Farmer

Air Quality and
Climate Change Analyst


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Parminder Sarow

Project Accountant

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Megan Diliberti

Environmental Analyst

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Tracy Prybyla

Administrative Assistant

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Brian Perry

Senior Publications
and Graphics Specialist

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Jim Merk

Editor/Project Coordinator

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John Singlaub

Senior Natural
Resources Planner


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Kelley Kelso, CPESC

Environmental Scientist

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Dan Krekelberg

Climate Planning Specialist

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Heather Blair

Senior Environmental
Project Manager

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Anh Thai

Senior Planner and
Urban Designer


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Chelsey Payne

Senior Planner

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Pam Brillante

Wildlife Biologist

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Ricky Williams, AICP

Transportation and
Environmental Planner


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Claudia Garcia

Environmental Planner