Our Leadership


Dan Becker, GISP

Chief Information Officer

Mr. Dan Becker, GISP, is the Chief Information Officer and 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

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Michael Collins is the Chief Executive Officer. 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.

Joanne Maiden

Chief Administrative Officer

Ms. Joanne Maiden is the Chief Accounting Officer. She 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.


Kyle McCann

Project Manager

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.

Logan McCardle

Project Manager

Mr. Logan Mccardle is a project manager and ecologist with nine years of experience in conducting wildlife field studies. He has participated in wildlife surveys and monitoring efforts in southeast Louisiana, the southern Sierra Nevada and Sacramento Valley of California, the Allegheny Front in West Virginia, and throughout the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico. His field experience includes population monitoring and survey work with federally listed and candidate species, including the Pacific fisher (Pekania penanti), giant garter snake (Thamnophis gigas), loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii), Yosemite toad (Anaxyrus canorus), arroyo toad (Anaxyrus californicus), yellow-legged frog (Lithobates sierra), and piping plover (Charadius melodus). Mr. Mccardle has also conducted bat mortality surveys and a number of herpetofaunal community ecology studies


Mr. Mccardle has an MS in Biology and a BS in Ecology, Environmental Science, and Evolutionary Biology, both from Southeastern Louisiana University.


Patrick McConnell

Project Manager

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.


Carey Perry

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

President and Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Eric Webb is the President and Chief Operating Officer for Vernadero. He 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 an 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.