The people at Williams Creek define our firm – they are the heart, soul and creative juice fueling our passion for innovative solutions. Williams Creek has the interdisciplinary expertise to create sustainable, feasible, and cost effective designs to meet our client’s project goals, surpass expectations, and realize the vision of the project. It is this multidisciplinary approach to our projects that makes for a continually learning and creative work atmosphere.
PLA, LEED AP ND – Project Manager
Alan Rosenwinkel - PLA, LEED AP ND – Project Manager
Little known fact about Alan? He’s a certified dive master. Starting out in quarries, Alan was in the Florida Keys once a month when he lived in the Sunshine State, and volunteered at the National Aquarium while in Maryland. “Diving is serene – you put on the mask and all the noise of the everyday world is gone.”
Alan Rosenwinkel is a Professional Landscape Architect (PLA) and LEED Accredited Professional in Neighborhood Development possessing a diverse portfolio of experience in landscape architecture and site design. His expertise lies in the integration of open space and sustainable practices in a functional and feasible manner. He has over 15 years of experience on various project types including mixed-use and urban development, neighborhood design, recreation design and planning, municipal and military site planning, and infrastructure master plans. Alan has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University and is a Professional Landscape Architect in Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri and Ohio.
April Hough - Corporate Administrator
April’s favorite book? Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. “It’s a book I enjoyed reading as a child and then to my child when he was younger. It’s all about the wonderful world of dreams and in the end, discovering there is no place like home.”
April Hough is a Corporate Administrator with more than 20 years of professional experience in the business management and accounting fields. In addition to her overall responsibility for day to day accounting functions, reporting and budgeting, she also supervises the administrative personnel and functions as the corporate liaison to vendors, clients and employees. April provides the internal knowledge and resourcefulness that it takes to support a successful team from invoicing and corporate accounting, to team welfare and strategic planning, event planning support, and making sure our break rooms are adequately stocked. April holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University.
Beth Neilson - Project Manager
Beth grew up with both sets of grandparents within 5 miles of her childhood home. “That meant lots of time outdoors. We had cattle and horses, and acres of farmland and woods to explore.” Those experiences led to her first job as a teen working at a dude ranch leading groups on trail rides.
Beth Neilson has over 20 years of experience working in natural resource management. She has ample experience working with Soil and Water Conservation District offices providing review of erosion and sediment control plans along with on site inspections of erosion control measures and corrective recommendations. She is accomplished in work team activities, educational programs, total quality management, and urban conservation through work with the Indiana Division of Natural Resources where she planned and coordinated many clinics and field day events for Indiana counties. Beth has also directly assisted in locating and procuring public funds for water quality improvement and watershed enhancement projects.
Senior Project Manager
Brian Catt - Senior Project Manager
Brian has a passion for environmental restoration projects. “I really enjoy taking existing conditions, working with what we’ve got on a project to make something really cool and enjoyable for the end users without it looking overly designed. These create true assets for our clients.”
Brian Catt has over 15 years of experience in the environmental field focused on wetlands, “Waters of the U.S.” and water quality permitting. He specializes in wetland determinations and delineations, section 401/404 permitting, mitigation plan development, quality control contract development, and regulatory negotiation. Brian has performed numerous Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and wetland determinations/delineations throughout his career, is certified in OSHA 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) and has completed various delineation courses. Brian holds an Associate degree from Vincennes University and a Bachelor degree in Biology from Indiana University.
PE, CFM, LEED AP BD+C – Team Leader – Regulatory Engineering
DJ O’Toole - PE, CFM, LEED AP BD+C - Team Leader - Regulatory Engineering
DJ loves the water. His favorite vacations are beach destinations. A trip to Kauai was the only one he considered not leaving. “I thought to myself, I can sell ice cream on the beach.”
DJ O’Toole is a Professional Engineer with over 24 years of experience in civil engineering, regulatory compliance, and sustainable design. He specializes in stormwater conveyance, storage, and water quality treatment. As Team Leader for the Regulatory Engineering team, DJ ensures a seamless, cohesive process to navigating the ever-changing and challenging regulatory climate of water resource management. DJ is a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states including Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Texas, is a Certified Floodplain Manager and LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction. DJ has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and has completed Wetland Delineations Training Course through the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
PE – Team Leader – Design Engineering
David Marks - PE – Team Leader - Design Engineering
David loves competition. “In my spare time, I enjoy attending different sporting events downtown. We have season tickets to the Colts, Pacers, and Indianapolis Indians teams. Living downtown, I am within a walk’s distance to these destinations. And now I enjoy sharing the experience with my young son.”
David Marks is a Professional Engineer with 11 years of experience in site design, hydrologic analyses, hydraulic analyses and design, transportation design, and regulatory coordination and permitting. His primary focus is engineering design and project management on commercial development, residential development, public road, and stormwater improvement projects. He also specializes in high performance design projects looking to achieve Living Building, Living Communities, and LEED accreditation by reducing resource consumption, promoting climate resilience, and improving our world. David holds a Bachelor in Civil Engineering and a Minor in Environmental Engineering from Tri-State (Trine) University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Indiana, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, and has his NCEES accreditation.
PLA, LEED AP BD+C – Senior Project Manager
Emily Kusz - PLA, LEED AP BD+C - Senior Project Manager
“My love of nature attracted me to landscape architecture. My “ah ha” moment was on a spring break trip to Arizona near the end of my first year of college. We took a boat ride in Canyon Lake; the mountains, water and colors were so magnificent! I knew then that I wanted to work with nature.”
Emily Kusz is a Professional Landscape Architect (PLA) and LEED Accredited Professional who has an extensive background in site and landscape design. She has over 10 years of commercial, institutional and residential civil engineering layout and plan development experience. This experience has provided her with a diverse working knowledge of the field and has developed her abilities centered on low impact site design. Through her wide-range experience, educational background and passion for the environment, Emily has cultivated a deep understanding and commitment to sustainable site development. Emily holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University.
Eric Blake - Project Engineer
Eric really enjoys being outdoors: one of his fondest memories is visiting the Smoky Mountains on a family vacation; he hunts, fishes, and camps in his spare time; and his first job was picking strawberries on a 4 acre farm during the summer. This love of the outdoors spills over into his professional work. “I was attracted to agricultural engineering because it gives me the ability to improve and give back to the natural environment I spend so much time in.”
Eric Blake is a Project Engineer with 1 year experience working in environmental reclamation. His interests include natural resource mitigation and restoration, as well as integrating natural resources into development. Eric has also been involved in drainage projects, including stream and pond design. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering with a focus on environmental and natural resources from Purdue University.
Director of Operations
Jeff Moody - Director of Operations
Jeff is an avid outdoorsman. He spends his free time fishing and hunting with his wife and dogs and trained intensively this past summer for a challenging hunting trip in Idaho where travel was done on foot or by canoe exclusively. It’s this time in the wilderness that brings a deep understanding for the environment and conservation issues which Jeff is able to apply in his technical work.
Jeff Moody has 17 years of research and ecological consulting experience including over 16 years dedicated to Section 404/401 wetlands/“Waters of the U.S.” permitting and sustainable stormwater planning. He specializes in wetland determinations and delineations, critical habitat assessment, tree surveys, securing permits, wetland/stream mitigation plans, stormwater plan integration, and maintaining client satisfaction throughout the process. As the Director of Operations in our Missouri Regional Office, Jeff provides oversight throughout the project and manages internal design teams to ensure projects are completed on time, within budget and to the client’s satisfaction. Jeff holds a Bachelor in Wildlife Management from the State University of New York at Cobleskill and has completed training in NEPA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wetland delineation, and OEPA stream and wetland evaluation methodology.
PE, CPSEC, CFM – Director of Operations
Jim Rinehart - PE, CPSEC, CFM - Director of Operations
Jim most enjoys working on projects that haven’t been done before. “I like a challenge; I’m a problem solver at heart. Luckily, we have opportunity to work on those types of projects here. It’s more enjoyable when someone says it can’t be done.”
Jim is a Professional Engineer with 17 years of experience in civil and environmental sustainable design. His experience ranges from site selection and conceptual planning to permitting and construction and includes everything in between. Jim is a Certified Floodplain Manager and Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control. This combination of knowledge has given him a unique understanding/approach to sustainable design. As a Director of Operations, Jim promotes sustainable design on all projects in form, function, and finance while fostering an internal collaborative team environment. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Evansville and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Indiana.
LEED AP O+M – Team Leader – Integrated Planning
John Hazlett - LEED AP O+M - Team Leader - Integrated Planning
A trip to Oregon with his father when he was 12 exposed John to many different natural environments at once. “We went to the coast, the desert and the rain forest; all in one day.” This immersion in nature influenced John’s professional path. “I like how our work enhances natural resources. I particularly enjoy integrating nature into the most urban of environments.”
John Hazlett, LEED AP O+M has over 15 years of experience working in energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling and stormwater management. Prior to joining Williams Creek, John was the Director of the Office of Sustainability for the City of Indianapolis, where he led the implementation of the Mayor’s SustainIndy initiative and secured over $18 million in federal grant funds for various sustainability projects. John holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University with a specialization in Environmental Planning.
Katie LaSalle - Business Administrator
Katie is attracted to the water: Her favorite spot in Indiana is Lake Tippecanoe where she grew up swimming, kayaking and wakeboarding; one of her first jobs was as a life guard at the YMCA; and her favorite vacation spot is Charleston/Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
Katie LaSalle is a Business Administrator with 3 years professional experience. You will find Katie at our front desk welcoming visitors and clients. She is highly-motivated, capable, and eager to support members of the Williams Creek team. Katie provides general administrative and marketing support in a well organized and timely manner. When not in our front office, Katie represents Williams Creek at trade shows and conferences. She supports our team by making sure we’re well stocked with daily needs – from paper, drafting supplies to water and, at times, cookies. Katie holds a Bachelors in General Studies from Indiana University.
Kyle Peterson - Project Designer
“I like urban design applications and working through design problems from a creative perspective. My goal in a project is to not only account for managing stormwater, but to also create something very beautiful and useful for human/animal/plant environment.”
Kyle Peterson is a project designer with 2 years of experience in landscape architecture and environmental management. His expertise covers a wide range of sustainable applications from in-depth analysis of university stormwater best management practices (BMPs) to the repurposing of underutilized urban and suburban spaces for community growth. His technical knowledge is complemented by exemplary graphic skills which aid in client and public visualization and understanding of projects. Kyle’s role allows him to support many different project and people within our team. Kyle received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from Ball State University and a Master of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Landon Vine - Project Scientist
As a child, Landon enjoyed playing outdoors with his brother – catching toads, crawfish and insects. “I’ve always been fascinated with ecosystems and the living world. I love having the opportunity to be outside, explore and play as part of my job.”
Landon Vine, is an ecologist with 7 years of experience serving private, non-profit, and federal clients. Prior to joining Williams Creek, Landon was part of the largest federally funded ecosystem restoration plan in national history, the Missouri River Ecosystem Restoration Plan. Landon specializes in Section 404/401 permitting for wetlands and other “waters of the U.S.” for residential, commercial, and utility projects. Landon’s unique background allows him to provide effective technical consultation for projects involving habitat restoration, high public visibility, and public education components. Landon holds a Master of Science in Environmental Science from the State University of New York at Syracuse, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Purdue University.
Neil Myers - Principal
A 4th generation entrepreneur, Neil’s first job was mowing lawns and delivering papers in his neighborhood as a child. When Neil isn’t leading the Williams Creek team, he’s leading his team of triplets at home.
Neil Myers is a founding Principal of Williams Creek and has over 17 years’ experience in ecological engineering and natural resource construction. He is a graduate of Butler University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Neil’s in depth knowledge of economic and project development helps create opportunities for financially responsible solutions to complex issues in watershed restoration, industry and development regulations, wet weather management using Sustainable Infrastructure and high performance design. He is integral in identifying pioneering type projects while leading a multi disciplinary team delivering truly sustainable solutions. Neil continues to lead the national and international conversation on water sustainability through a variety of speaking engagements focusing on sustainability initiatives and Net Zero Water possibilities.
PE – Project Manager
Nilesh Shringarpure - PE - Project Manager
One of Nilesh’s most fond memories is visiting his mother’s childhood home in rural India. “I spent hours in the tropical rainforest and farms.” Being born in India, Nilesh has a unique perspective to design engineering. “India is a country with densely populated mega cities. There is a tremendous demand on basic necessities. Therefore, conservation and responsible stewardship of every shared resource is important to me.”
Nilesh Shringarpure is a Professional Engineer with 9 years of experience in water, waste water, transportation design, site design, and regulatory coordination and permitting. His primary focus is applying green infrastructure design principles to commercial, residential and public projects. Nilesh has previous experience with coordination and permitting through regulatory entities including Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). Nilesh holds a Masters in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Duke University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Indiana.
PE, MBA, LEED Green Associate – Senior Project Manager
Rachael Rhodes - RLA, LEED AP ND – Project Manager
Rachael most enjoys projects where she can perform calculations and problem solving. “I like figuring things out; curiosity is a trait I’ve always had. As a kid, I took things apart and [most of the time] could put them back together.”
Rachael Rhodes is a Professional Engineer with 13 years of experience in civil engineering. Her credentials include LEED Green Associate certification and registration in Ohio and Kentucky as a Professional Engineer. Rachael has experience with municipal sanitary and storm sewer studies and design for a variety of municipalities. She also has experience in water and wastewater treatment design and stormwater management. Rachael’s technical experience is supplemented by strong GIS and CAD skills. As a Senior Project Manager Rachael has experience in completing projects successfully on time and on budget. Rachael received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Business Administration from Otterbein University.
PLA – Landscape Architect + Marketer
Sarah Evans - PLA – Landscape Architect + Marketer
“I especially enjoy projects which create economic and social value for a community; designs that catalyze change. I believe the outdoor spaces people interact in can influence them greatly in a positive or negative way. I have the opportunity to improve peoples’ experiences.”
Sarah Evans is a Professional Landscape Architect (PLA) with over 10 years of design experience working in the private and non profit sectors. Her specialties include park and trail design, recreation master planning, neighborhood creative placemaking, public outreach, and marketing. Prior to joining Williams Creek, Sarah served as project manager for a non profit organization focusing on commercial revitalization of the Near Eastside in Indianapolis. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture degree from Arizona State University and is a licensed Professional Landscape Architect in Indiana.
PE – Principal
Ted Blahnik - Principal
As a child, Ted enjoyed playing in creeks during the summer and exploring the woods with his friends in north Georgia. As an adult, Ted still enjoys playing in waterways – his most enjoyable projects are stream restorations, manipulating flowing water and creating a variety of different habitats.
Ted Blahnik is a Professional Engineer and a founding Principal of Williams Creek Consulting with 28 years’ experience in ecological and environmental consulting. He has applied experience in the current practice of Green Infrastructure Best Management Practices, LEED techniques for stormwater management in industrial, commercial, and residential developments along with municipalities, and Low Impact Development. His projects focus on dual-purposing of land use and dollars to increase property and community values while lowering infrastructure costs. Ted holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Oceanographic and Coastal Science from Louisiana State University.
Vice President Operations
Aaron Lasley - Vice President Operations
Austen Leath - Project Manager
Austen Leath has over five years of experience in natural resource construction and management. He started out of college working for the Army Corps of Engineers where he organized and managed various shoreline enhancement and preservation projects. As a project manager for Williams Creek Management, he is responsible for managing crews in field for installation and maintenance of many of our construction projects. Mr. Leath has assisted in managing several projects including wetland and stream restoration, native seeding, invasive species management, and native landscape installation. Mr. Leath is a Licensed Certified Pesticide Applicator in both the state of Indiana and the state Illinois where he holds license credentials in aquatics and right of way management. Mr. Leath holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Biology from Purdue University.
Chris Schaumberg - Project Manager
Chris Schaumberg has over nine years of construction management experience. He started in commercial site development, where he was responsible for daily operations of an excavating company. Chris specialized in small to medium commercial projects. As a project manager with Williams Creek Management, Chris has overseen a variety of projects including wetland restoration and construction, erosion control, seed installation, and native landscape installation projects. Mr. Schaumberg’s responsibilities include managing teams of employees, and communicating with clients, suppliers, and subcontractors so that projects are completed efficiently and within the proposed time frame. Mr. Schaumberg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Indiana University.
Business Operations Manager
Laurie Turk - Business Operations Manager