Cynthia PaschkePresidentEnvironmental Biologist, Independent ConsultantMs. Cynthia (Cindy) Paschke is an environmental aquatic biologist with 29 years of professional experience. Ms. Paschke has extensive experience providing wetland and ecological services by performing wetland identifications and delineations, ecological habitat assessments, permitting and mitigation monitoring, particularly in Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.
Ms. Paschke has previous experience with wind turbine generation project at a 928-acre property located in Ashtabula County, Ohio. The wind facility proposal included 19 wind turbines generators with nameplate capacity rating between 2.1 megawatts (MW) and 3 MW with an overall generating capacity of 50 MW. Furthermore, Ms. Paschke has performed various tasks for approximately 230 miles of linear midstream pipeline projects including but not limited to wetland delineations, threatened and endangered species assessments, and permitting. Since 2014, Ms. Paschke has been the Permitting Lead for the Kinder Morgan Utopia Pipeline Project, that consisted of 151 miles of new build. Due to the complex nature of this project, Ms. Paschke has been responsible for coordinating technical and project details with several regulatory agencies including the United States Army Corps of Engineers (2 Districts), United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, and other County and local agencies. At BL Companies, Ms. Paschke has been a Senior Project Manager and is currently a Principal Environmental Scientist providing technical expertise in the area of wetland and water resource delineation and permitting, as well as completing quality assurance reviews for documents for various projects.
Her experience is enhanced by a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science with a minor if aquatic ecology from Allegheny College and a Master of Education degree in natural resources from Gannon University.
Carol McKnightVice PresidentProgram Manager, IAP, AECOMMs. McKnight is a Program Manager in the Impact Assessment and Permitting Department with over 20 years of experience in natural resources permitting and consulting. She is well-versed in the permitting process for projects that impact natural resources, having prepared permit applications required by NEPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, state EPA agencies, and other local government agencies, as well as licensing documents for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Ms. McKnight’s years of consulting and advising clients on the regulatory permitting process for new site or expansion developments, natural gas pipeline projects, or other linear projects that may impact surface water and sensitive ecological receptors, provides her with a thorough knowledge of the federal, state and local-level requirements that result in successful project outcomes.
Ms. McKnight graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1991 with a B.A. in History/Biology and Miami University in 1999 with a M.S. in Environmental Science (Biological Conservation). She is a Certified Profession in Erosion & Sediment Control. Ms. McKnight currently serves on the OOGA Environmental Committee and enjoys volunteering with the Crosby Youth Center and Miami Whitewater United Methodist Church. She is also a great animal lover and, with her mother, has saved numerous horses, dogs, and cats.
Maggie MolnarSecretaryEcologist, TRC CompaniesMs. Molnar is a Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) and Ecologist working at TRC. Ms. Molnar specializes in stream and wetland delineations, ecological resource surveys, and waterway permitting for a mix of private and government clients.
Ms. Molnar is also experienced in doing wetland and stream mitigation monitoring, wetland functions and values assessments, vegetation surveys, invasive species management, and threatened and endangered species consultation. She has prepared countless §401 Water Quality Certifications and §404 Individual Permit applications; Level 1 Ohio Isolated Wetland Permit applications, NWP applications, Pre-Construction Notification’s, Ohio EPA Director’s Authorizations, and Permit Determinations for a wide variety of clients. She has extensive field experience in the identification of aquatic and terrestrial plants, aquatic and terrestrial wildlife, and wildlife habitat requirements. Ms. Molnar has done environmental consulting work related to wetlands, waterway permitting, vegetation, and wildlife issues for 7 years throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia, and Virginia.
Brooke HarrisonTreasurerEnvironmental Studies and Permitting Project Manager, Burns and McDonnell - OhioMs. Harrison has 18 years’ experience in environmental consulting performing field surveys and managing a variety of natural resource projects involving stream and wetland identification and delineation, terrestrial habitat surveys, threatened and endangered species habitat surveys, avian surveys, mitigation planning and monitoring, and 401/404 project permitting. She also has extensive experience with developing natural resource approaches to meet a variety of client and project needs including residential, commercial, industrial, infrastructure (electric transmission, pipeline, sewer, roadway), parks, government and private property. Ms. Harrison has conducted ecological-related work throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Washington, Nebraska, Alabama and Texas.
Ms. Harrison earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University. She is 40hr HAZWOPER certified and is working towards obtaining her Professional Wetland Scientist certification. Brooke can assist with determining if your project requires natural resource surveys and provide guidance on navigating the regulatory landscape.
Alexa TomeyMarketing & Communications DirectorBusiness Development Specialist, Bricker & EcklerAlexa Tomey is a professional marketing and business development specialist, with over 11 years’ experience. Currently, Alexa manages all marketing and business development efforts of the energy attorneys at the law firm of Bricker & Eckler LLP—including event coordination, client-facing content creation, and social media management. She is an active WEN Ohio member and has previous leadership experience in other women- and marketing-focused nonprofit organizations. Alexa is a graduate from Ball State University, where she graduated with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in music (harp) performance.
Shaune SkinnerPrograms DirectorPresident, ASC Group, Inc.Shaune is President of ASC Group, Inc., a company that conducts cultural and environmental studies for projects under the NEPA. She is responsible for overseeing all seven ASC Group offices, directing proposal preparation and project coordination of over 100 projects per year. Certified as a Principal Archaeologist in Ohio and in all surrounding states, she is also certified by the Registry of Professional Archaeologists. Shaune has over 30 years experience in cultural resources management with specific concentration in the central Ohio Valley. Shaune has a Bachelor of Arts, Art History and Museology, The Defiance College and a Master of Arts, Anthropology, Kent State University
As an Air Force brat, Shaune grew up in a variety of places around the world. She has been in Ohio since 1970 and in Columbus since 1979. Before starting her business, Shaune worked for the Ohio Historical Society, the Cleveland Museum of National History, and the Tennessee Valley Authority in the Contract Archaeology Divisions of these groups.
Shaune is active on a number of community and non-profit boards including NAWBO- National Association of Women’s Business Owners, Woman Transportation Seminar (WTS), Clintonville Incorporated (CI), and the Defiance College Board of Trustees.
Shaune lives in Clintonville. Her favorite pastime is bird watching.
Kara HerrnsteinMembership DirectorAttorney, Bricker & EcklerKara Herrnstein is an attorney at Bricker & Eckler LLP. She meets the litigation and appellate needs of a wide range of clients, including oil & gas producers, pipeline companies, renewable energy developers, and industry groups. Throughout her career, she has assisted her clients in their efforts to build Ohio into a major mineral-producing state as well as a growing center of renewable energy investment. Previously, Kara served as a law clerk to the Hon. Alan E. Norris on the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and as a staff attorney at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia. She also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Michael H. Watson on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
Kristine McMullenCommunity Initiatives DirectorProcurement Coordinator, WilliamsKristine McMullen is a Procurement Coordinator with over 25 years of experience in Office Administration and an established history of working in the oil and gas industry. Kristine started out working with permitting, land and EHS and then onto Engineering Services and Tech Services. She currently is a Procurement Coordinator in the Budget and Administration department for Williams Compression and is responsible for procuring materials and services.
Mrs. McMullen actively volunteers with Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Arts in Stark, United Way of Greater Stark County, and the American Red Cross. Kristine is on the Board for the American Red Cross Stark County chapter and serves on the Philanthropy and BASH committees. She is also the Treasurer for various internal committees within the North Canton office of Williams. Kristine has been happily married for 30 years and has two beautiful daughters.
Sheryl R. SmithSponsorship DirectorAssoc. VP, Power Market Sector Leader, Independent ConsultantSheryl Smith is a Growth Strategy / Environmental Consultant with 35 years of technical, financial and market analysis experience in the development and management of solid waste and power projects. She was formerly an Energy Account Director at AECOM and executed market strategies for growth of regional and national power accounts. She led proposal and project teams in a 22-state region, to support siting and permitting of renewables and transmission and distribution projects, demolition services, MGP remediation and closure design and ground water monitoring for coal ash units working with the client account leads. Her expertise is in the development of business plans to identify new services and customers for public and private sector clients, supported by cash flow modeling to predict profitability. She led benchmark assessments for beneficial reuse of coal ash products for several utilities, evaluating supply, demand, potential end users, cost, transportation, and storage considerations. She has managed similar studies for sourcing of biomass and borrow materials for power projects. Sheryl had her own solid waste consulting firm for 13 years focused on due diligence acquisitions. She provided expert witness testimony on the need for landfills, transfer station and WTE projects in Illinois, whether projects were consistent with local solid waste planning and projected the potential local economic impact. Sheryl has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Master of Engineering (Civil) from Cornell. She is a member of the American Coal Ash Association. She enjoys, Jazz concerts and local theater musicals, power walking, working out, yoga, visiting her adult children and spending time with friends. She is on the Advisory Board of Short North Stage in Columbus where she raises money for the live musical productions they showcase there. She is evaluating the next step of her career.
Christine Louise Shepard-DesaiBoard At-LargeVice President & General Counsel, Pin Oak Energy Partners LLCChristine L. Shepard-Desai is the General Counsel for Pin Oak Energy Partners. Christine has more than a decade of experience in energy law, focused primarily on oil and gas in the Appalachian Basin. She has served in leadership roles with multiple E&P companies. From 2010 through 2017, Christine served as the General Counsel for AB Resources LLC. Prior to AB Resources, Christine was the Associate General Counsel for the Appalachian Business Unit of EXCO Resources. Christine began her career in a law firm in Chicago handling general corporate matters, mergers & acquisitions, administrative law, immigration and real estate law. Ms. Shepard-Desai received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and International Studies from Baldwin Wallace University and her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law.
Sara SwansonBoard At-LargeEngineer, WilliamsMs. Sara Swanson has six years’ experience in the energy industry, working as an Engineer III for Williams. Sara currently works in the tech services department, coordinating and executing on projects that improve safety, reliability, and efficiency in the operations of the Utica Supply Hub. Sara has also worked in engineering and project management for the construction of 75+ pipeline projects and 2 facilities throughout five counties in the Utica shale. Sara is also very active in community service and employee relations, volunteering with the United Way, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, and Project KARE, as well as coordinating fundraising events (Annual Williams USH United Way Golf Tournament which provides over $100k in funding) and other opportunities through the Employee Club, USH Safety Committee, Women of Williams. Sara also has her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and is looking to obtain her Black Belt by the end of 2019. Sara’s greatest professional interests lie in the realm of continuous and process improvement, workplace safety, and diversity and inclusion.
Sara graduated from West Virginia University in 2013. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in chemical engineering with a minor in nanotechnology and gained her EIT. Sara previously worked as an engineer for Chesapeake Energy and Access Midstream directly after college. She was also an officer and is an active member in the Society of Women Engineers and Engineers Without Borders. Sara’s passions include her two dogs, seeing live music, yoga, working out, traveling, scuba diving, all things Cleveland, and West Virginia University sports.