Dan Becker, GISP
Mr. Dan Becker is responsible for the overall planning, organizing, and execution of all Information Systems, Information Technology, and Information Security (IST&S) functions for the Company. A certified Geographic Information Systems Professional, Mr. Becker oversees GIS data analysis and quality control. He is proficient with DoD-specific requirements, including SDSFIE data models. He administers Vernadero's ArcGIS Enterprise deployment and is well versed in all aspects of the ArcGIS software suite. He works closely with Vernadero's clients to identify their unique GIS, GPS, and data management needs and aids in the development of customized solutions using a variety of programming/scripting languages.
Mr. Becker has a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Geography at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
Michael Collins, PhD
Finance and Legal / Special Projects Manager
Dr. Michael Collins serves as Chairman and CEO of the Company. He is a US Navy veteran with more than 25 years of experience as a DoD public works and environmental services executive. He excels in building contractor support teams and programs in response to federal government infrastructure and environmental program requirements. He is experienced in federal environmental and construction program management and an expert in doing so in a cost-effective and timely manner that provides a strong value proposition to the government. Dr. Collins is the former mayor of the Town of Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Dr. Collins has a PhD in Environmental Design and Planning and a Master of Environmental Planning, both from Arizona State University, and a Bachelors of Science in Planning and Development from the University of Southern California.
Anička Kratina-Hathaway has over 10 years of experience conducting natural resource studies and biological research. Her expertise includes threatened and endangered species surveys, wildlife and natural resource inventories, avian surveys, radio telemetry, animal capture and handling, and scientific and technical report writing and editing. She is experienced in review and compliance under the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, among other regulations.
Ms. Kratina-Hathaway has provided project management and field support to numerous ecological and biological projects across states throughout the West, Southwest, central United States, and Hawaii. She is proficient in biological and environmental compliance monitoring and habitat assessments as well as data collection methodologies and statistical analyses. She has a MS in Zoology and Physiology from the University of Wyoming and a BA in Ecology and Organismal Biology from the University of Montana.
Finance and Legal
With over 25 years of experience in business, Nicole has spent her career in finance and strategic planning, helping small to medium-sized businesses explore growth opportunities and develop the infrastructure to support future growth. She has advanced the finance, accounting, treasury, and administrative functions and led process improvement initiatives in several industries including technology, payroll and HR services, restaurant, higher education, and property management.
Nicole graduated with honors from Grand Canyon University with an MBA and Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration degree in Finance.
Administrative and Accounting
Ms. Joanne Maiden brings more than three decades of experience in accounting, finance, and treasury management to the company. Joanne supports company and program leadership by performing accounting/financial reporting, human resources, office management, and recordkeeping. Among other duties, Joanne manages contract billings, account payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and personnel records. Her experience puts her in a strong position to safeguard company assets and maintain strong financial control while achieving all federal accounting regulation requirements.
Mr. Kyle McCann is a project manager and wildlife biologist based in San Diego, California. He is a Certified Ecologist with the Ecological Society of America and has more than 10 years of experience in managing and executing environmental projects across the southwestern United States. Mr. McCann is a specialist in managing projects for the DoD, managing over 50 separate task orders at Navy and Marine Corps bases in California, Nevada, Arizona, and the Channel Islands. Mr. McCann is a specialist in avian and herpetological resources. He possesses a USFWS 10(a)(1)(A) permit to survey for coastal California gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica) and has managed over $12.5 million in desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) management projects. Mr. McCann prides himself in his relationships with clients and designing projects that are efficient, meet the clients’ needs, and are scientifically sound.
Mr. McCann has an MS in Biology and a BS in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution, both from the University of California at San Diego.
Mr. Patrick McConnell is a plant ecologist and project manager operating from Fresno, California. During his time at Vernadero, he has managed more than 20 projects with a combined value of more than $2 million. Most of his project work has entailed botanical work involving rare plants, vegetation monitoring, and vegetation mapping. He has also managed erosion control planning and fire management planning projects. Additionally, he has experience with monitoring methodology and efficiency for vegetation and rare plants as well as land management and habitat management planning.
Mr. McConnell as an MS in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology from San Diego State University and a BS in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology from San Diego State University.
Senior Project Manager
Ms. Carey Lynn Perry is a senior project manager/NEPA specialist located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her experience includes project and program management in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Ms. Perry has 15 years of experience in a wide variety of environmental planning projects and environments. She has managed large-scale coastal and riparian monitoring projects, coastal wetlands restoration projects, flood protection projects, and environmental planning projects for federal agencies throughout the continental US. She has also managed protected species surveys and general wildlife inventories and has prepared numerous NEPA documents for federal clients and projects throughout the US.
Ms. Perry has an MS in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University and a BS in Marine Science from Eckerd College.
Eric Webb, PhD
Company President / Special Projects Manager
Dr. Eric Webb has more than 20 years of experience in directing environmental studies for military and water resources projects nationwide. He has managed indefinite delivery contracts for the US Army Corps of Engineers and Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command. Dr. Webb has worked closely with clients, staff, and regulatory professionals as an environmental scientist conducting wetland delineations and permitting, habitat restoration designs, natural resources surveys and management, Section 7 consultation support, and NEPA compliance.
Dr. Webb has a PhD in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University, a Master of Science in Biology from Morehead State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Ohio Dominican University.