Joshua Vincent, PE
Josh is a Principal Engineer, Board Member, and the President of Water & Environmental Technologies and is one of the company’s founders. Josh has worked across many industry sectors and has a broad range of expertise encompassing areas of municipal and industrial engineering, construction management, contaminated media fate and transport investigations, watershed characterization, hydrogeologic investigations, nutrient analysis, land development, environmental permitting/due diligence, remedial project design, stormwater management, and Superfund.
Josh works with commercial, industrial, and municipal clients throughout the mining, energy, manufacturing, government, and agriculture sectors. As President, Josh oversees all ongoing business operations.
Josh graduated from Montana Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the States of Montana and Wyoming. One of Josh’s professional goals was to build a successful company in his hometown of Butte, Montana. WET actively supports numerous community organizations and projects in all its operating locations. Josh currently serves on multiple community boards including Glacier Bank, the Montana Tech Foundation, and the Digger Athletic Association.
David Erickson, PG
Dave is a Principal Hydrogeologist, Chairman of the Board, past-president, and a founder of the company. Dave has over 30 years of experience in the environmental consulting field and is recognized as one of the leading hydrogeologists in Montana. He has been managing a wide variety of projects throughout his career and performs management and operations duties for WET and has been responsible for the management of many technical projects over the years—ranging in complexity from multi-state contaminated site remediation to industrial pond expansion projects to lead expert involvement on environmental litigation teams. In recent years, more focus has been given to groundwater and surface water resource evaluation and mitigation projects.
Dave’s primary area of expertise is in the investigation, characterization, and mitigation of contaminated natural resources, as well as in the evaluation, development, and conservation of water resources. His hydrogeology background affords him the education to evaluate complex surface water/groundwater interactions. With the ongoing drought in Montana, Dave has recently taken a leading role in many water development projects throughout the State. Dave is also a lead expert witness and provides litigation services related to his technical skills listed herein.
Dave has extensive experience in project management of complex remediation and construction projects. These include permitting large industrial facilities and implementation of complex remediation strategies at various sites in a multi-state region. As part of these projects, he is responsible for the management of a team of professionals, scheduling and budget management, negotiations with State and Federal agencies, and communication with various clients.
His remediation experience includes design, installation, and monitoring of various types of remedial technologies or remedial methods including air stripping, air sparging, vapor extraction, funnel a gate, bioventing, bio-cell treatment, biostimulation (ORC), NAPL recovery, in-situ an ex-situ bioremediation, natural attenuation, excavation, and off-site disposal. Dave graduated with a degree in Geological Engineering from Montana Tech. He is a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG 9402) and a Registered Professional Geologist in Wyoming and Utah.
Elizabeth Erickson, MS
Elizabeth is a Principal Hydrogeologist, Board Member, and Senior Vice President for WET, and a founder of the company. She specializes in hydrogeologic investigation and interpretation, geochemical analysis, groundwater and surface water modeling/investigation, remediation, and monitoring at groundwater contamination sites. She is a licensed Certified Water System Operator in the State of Montana and has serviced multiple water supply systems in that capacity.
Elizabeth’s experience includes two years as an Exploration Geophysicist with a major oil company, one year as a geophysical consultant, and more than 20 years working with hydrogeologic projects in a consulting capacity. Elizabeth’s expertise in hydrogeologic modeling using MODFLOW and GMS has gained national recognition. Her groundwater model of the Jim Bridger Power Plant in Rock Springs, Wyoming was included at a poster session of the 2001 International Groundwater Modeling Center Conference in Denver. Elizabeth also provides 3-D hydrogeologic/geologic visualization modeling using EVS software. She has prepared multiple models using various software packages for litigation purposes.
Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysical Engineering and her Master of Science degree in Geosciences/Hydrogeology, both from Montana Tech. Her thesis involved the development of a groundwater flow model (MODFLOW, USGS, 1988) simulation of a regional intermontane aquifer to determine pumping effects from ongoing development on groundwater availability in an area without centralized sewer and water. She is actively involved in modeling, data interpretation, geochemical evaluation, and site characterization of several power plant sites in Wyoming and Utah and several Superfund sites in Montana.
WET Management Team
WET’s management team is structured to support our employee-owned model. The original three company founders are still active in the business and their positions have evolved over time. WET’s management team supports its employees through a corporate group, supplemented by regional office managers who provide input on needs throughout the company. Founder and key executive team biographies are included below along with a summary of the WET management team.
Megan Terry, PLA, SITES-AP, ASLA
Megan joined the team at WET as an AutoCAD/GIS Technician in 2012. In 2014, she moved to Billings Montana to fulfill her professional requirements for licensure under a licensed Landscape Architect. Here, she worked on projects across the west that encompassed a diverse range of project types, scales, and clients. In 2022, Megan moved back to Butte and re-joined WET as a Professional Landscape Architect (PLA).
Growing up in Southwest Montana, much of Megan’s career has been dedicated to preserving and restoring the unique and challenging landscapes of the high mountain desert. Megan’s focus is on sustainable, long-term solutions that address regional and local challenges, as well as benefit the people and animals that call these places home. She has a diverse portfolio of commercial, residential, municipal, and transportation projects and believes that collaborative planning and communication are the foundation of a successful design.
Pat is a Senior Project Manager and Senior Vice President for WET. He offers a wide range of environmental experience specializing in planning and execution of multi-media investigations, regulatory planning, permitting and compliance, and project management at an array of sites ranging from federal facilities operated by the Department of Energy and Department of Defense, to abandoned mines. Pat has comprehensive experience in planning, executing, and managing environmental projects ranging from largescale characterization to remediations efforts. Projects have been completed under all regulatory frameworks and span the range of contaminants from organics and heavy metals to high level radioactive waste sites.
Pat received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Montana Tech. He previously served as a principal scientist at a national environmental consulting firm and as a quality assurance manager for an analytical laboratory.
Steve Nicholls, PE
Steve is a Senior Engineer and the Associate Vice President of Finance for WET. Steve has experience in a wide variety of environmental engineering applications including groundwater flow modeling, hazardous waste treatment and disposal, permitting and compliance, and remedial investigation. Steve has also worked on the design, construction, and operation of numerous soil and groundwater remediation systems including free product recovery, groundwater pump and treat, in-situ chemical oxidation, groundwater recirculation, soil vapor extraction, and enhanced bioremediation systems.
Steve has worked on civil and environmental engineering projects including stormwater and sanitary infrastructure design, stormwater treatment system construction, emergency spill response, remedial investigation, and remedial design. In addition to serving as the Associate VP of Finance, Steve also serves as project manager and engineer on several environmental permitting, sewer replacement, and petroleum release projects.
Steve earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Montana Tech and has since completed courses that include Advanced Groundwater Flow Modeling at Carroll College, Contaminant Fate and Transport at the National Environmental Training Center, and Hazardous Materials Emergency Response from the Security and Emergency Response Training Center. Steve is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Montana and Washington.
Anthony Laslovich II, PE
Anthony is a Senior Engineer, Board Member, and the Associate Vice President of Business Development at WET. Prior to joining the consulting industry, Anthony worked for a heavy civil contractor managing large dam rehabilitation, sanitary sewer, water distribution, steam utility, storm drain, grading, HDPE pond lining, wastewater treatment, odor control, mass excavation and structural concrete projects throughout the Southwest.
In addition to serving as the Associate VP of Business Development, Anthony serves as a Senior Project Manager and Engineer on several engineering projects including, but not limited to, stormwater and sanitary infrastructure design, water main infrastructure design, road rehabilitation, parks and recreation projects, remediation, and construction oversight efforts.
Anthony earned a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering (Civil Option) from Montana Tech and graduated with a Master of Science degree in General Engineering (Civil Option) from Montana Tech. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Montana.
Anthony currently serves on multiple community boards including the Montana Contractor’s Association (MCA), Butte Local Development Company (BLDC) and The Kenny Cook Memorial Foundation.
Britt Siddoway, PE
Britt serves as the Engineering Manager, Board Member, and a Senior Engineer for WET. Britt has experience in both environmental and civil engineering projects including pressurized systems design, storm and sanitary sewer design, road design, landfill permitting, and landfill design. Britt also serves as Project Manager and Senior Engineer for a variety of local projects as well as environmental permitting projects. Britt has worked extensively with AutoCAD Civil 3D software and has experience in surveying and construction oversight.
Britt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from and a Master of Science degree in General Engineering from Montana Tech. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Montana, Wyoming, Washington and Utah.
Pat Thomson, PG
Pat serves as one of the Geoscience Managers for WET. He is a Registered Professional Geologist with over 29 years of experience working primarily on hydrogeology issues related to contaminated site investigation and remediation. Pat’s project management experience includes preparing workplans for remedial investigations and corrective actions, preparing reports outlining investigative and monitoring results, and investigating and preparing reports for environmental site assessments/audits. His fieldwork includes a variety of site investigation and characterization, remedial activities, and sampling. Pat has extensive experience working with governmental agencies, including federal, state and local, and has directed investigation, remediation, and waste disposal issues on numerous facilities across Montana.
Pat earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hydrogeology from Montana State University. Pat is a registered Professional Geologist in the State of Utah.
Brad Bennett, PG
Brad serves as the manager of the Kalispell, Montana office, Board Member, and a Senior Hydrogeologist. Brad is a Registered Professional Geologist with over ten years of experience in groundwater investigations. His technical expertise includes aquifer characterization, water supply and availability assessments, design of large capacity water wells, and the associated regulatory permitting. Brad is involved in all phases of a project, from design through installation and final approval. His primary focus has been the evaluation of groundwater resources relative to supply and availability. This work includes evaluating site-specific hydrogeologic conditions, stream depletion analysis, aquifer test design and implementation, and analysis in preparation of water rights applications for both private and municipal entities.
Brad earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Idaho and a Master of Science in Hydrology from the University of Idaho.
Rich West, PE
Rich serves as the manager of the Great Falls, Montana Office and is a Senior Engineer with over 30 years of experience. He specializes in project management, transportation engineering, drainage, site development, and municipal engineering. Rich provides services to various clients, including local, state, tribal, and federal entities, along with industrial clients and private developers.
Rich earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Montana State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Montana.
Forrest Jay, PE
Forrest serves as a Senior Engineer and Board Member for WET. Forrest is experienced in various civil and environmental engineering applications including hydraulics, water sampling, hydrology and stormwater modeling, water and wastewater utility design, water sampling, and civil site design. Forrest has been project manager and lead engineer on civil site designs including commercial and residential subdivisions, stormwater, sanitary sewer, water main designs and construction and industrial stormwater permitting.
Forrest earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Montana Tech and a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado University. Forrest is a registered Professional Engineering in Montana and Idaho.
Shane serves as the manager of the Anaconda, Montana office. Shane has experience in mapping and database management using ArcGIS and ArcGIS online. Shane has experience in soil sampling, processing, and analysis using Field Portable X-Ray Fluorescence technology. Shane also has experience in construction oversite, permitting, stormwater inspections, and vegetation inspections. Shane serves as the Project Manager for the Institutional Controls Program as well as several other environmental projects. Shane has experience working with Federal and Local agencies, achieving solutions to protect public health and safety, while assisting with the coordination of land development and remediation of environmental contaminants within a Superfund Site.
Shane earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Montana Tech.
Julie serves as the manager of the Sheridan, Wyoming office as a Senior Consultant for WET. Julie’s entrance into the professional field coincided with the explosive development of large surface coal mines in Wyoming and Montana. Initial experience was as a land surveyor, first a rodman, then an instrument man and finally a crew chief. Boundary surveying, followed by construction surveying for residential development, mine structures, rails and roads, proved formative in her growing interest in land and property rights and ultimately the legal “bundle of sticks” that accompany ownership and use of lands and minerals. Research at the courthouse and mapping of existing rights were often prerequisites to boundary and easement surveys and plats. As a young mother, field work was replaced more and more frequently by research, drafting and compilation of applications for various mine and land development licenses and permits. The period spent working as a county employee provided insight and understanding of government processes and function, proving beneficial in subsequent projects, as most required research, interactions and applications at multiple levels with various government agencies.
Brie Meyer, CIH
Brienne serves as the Safety Manager for WET and supports all risk assessment and safety & health aspects of projects. Before joining WET, Brienne worked as a contractor to the Department of Energy (DOE), managing the safety & health and industrial hygiene programs that were implemented at sites across the US where radiological cleanup activities were performed and long-term environmental monitoring is conducted. She provided expertise in evaluating both safety and health hazards and implementing appropriate hazard controls for work performed at these sites. Brienne also worked for a private environmental consulting firm for 15 years, serving as their human health risk assessor to support the remedial investigation/feasibility study process at various Superfund and DOE sites; she also served as the company’s industrial hygienist and performed exposure monitoring for field staff performing environmental remediation work.
Brienne graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Montana Tech in 2004. She went on to earn her Master of Science degree in Industrial Hygiene from Montana Tech in 2007. She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (certificate #10188 CP) through the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.
Dave serves as the AutoCAD manager for WET. Dave has over 30 years’ experience in the civil/surveying consulting field and is recognized as one of the lead CAD Designers in our area. He has been responsible for the management of the CAD workload on a variety of technical projects over the years. He is responsible for the setup of CAD Standards, implementing CAD software, document management, coordination of contract document deliveries and quality control assurance. His experience includes subdivision layout and design, facility site design, highway design, municipal utility design, large-scale stormwater and irrigation design, environmental remediation design, mine site and remediation design, water resource structural design, wind farm design, and numerous Record/As-built documents.
Stephen Frazee, PE
Stephen serves as the Survey Manager for WET and is the Manager of WET’s UAV service line. Stephen began his career by completing engineering surveys for most of WET’s engineering projects and developed a passion for surveying and data management. Stephen helped develop and implement WET’s survey QA/QC procedures to ensure that data quality was second to none. Stephen continues to oversee survey personnel, data collection and other day to day survey activities as well as scheduling and coordinating survey crews and equipment across several offices.
Stephen was vaulted to the front lines of UAV surveying when WET purchased its first UAV in 2015. Stephen quickly became the primary pilot and trained additional pilots as this service line grew. Stephen now oversees WET’s fleet of 5 UAVs and 4 other pilots. Stephen is responsible for managing all of WET’s UAV projects, oversees UAV crews, schedules/coordinates field work and reviews all deliverables for quality control.
In addition to serving as Survey Manager, Stephen works as a senior engineer and project manager on civil and environmental projects that include stormwater and sanitary infrastructure design, civil related mine projects/expansions, major site remediations, and survey projects.
Stephen earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering from Montana Tech. Stephen is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Montana.
Kali Smelich, MA
Kali serves as the Marketing Manager for WET. She oversees all marketing efforts including but not limited to proposal assembly, social media, document formatting, graphic design, website management, digital marketing, standardization, and is a brand ambassador.
She has worked in a technical engineering environment for nearly fifteen years. Kali graduated from Washington State University (WSU) with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2010 and a Master’s in Strategic Communications in 2020. After moving to Montana, she was ready to use her hands-on marketing experience in new endeavors with WET. Kali believes in the methodology that marketing is like an onion with many layers, and often layers within those layers. She strives to leave
no marketing/creative stone unturned and relies on her attention to detail and love of creative marketing for campaign success.
Mike has over 30 years’ experience as a Human Resource Generalist at the Executive/Director level in a wide variety of industries and jurisdictions, such as, Municipal Government, Healthcare, Manufacturing (both durable and non-durable), Technology/Sciences and State/Not for Profit Insurance.
His background includes creation of HR departments, multi-state employment/labor law, organizational strategy development and implementation, team leadership, supervision of direct reports, providing advice and direction to the organization on strategic workforce planning, growth management, strategic direction and alignment, employee engagement and succession initiatives, labor relations and negotiations, policy development and interpretation, compensation, recruitment and retention strategy and training and development, just to mention a few.
Stefanie Vandaele, EIT
Stefanie joined the WET team in July 2017 and works from our Bozeman office. Prior to that she worked as an environmental consulting engineer for 10 years. Her diverse experience includes monitoring plan design, hazardous waste site investigations, surface water and groundwater modeling, and reporting for Montana and Wyoming coal mines (AHRs and PHCs), as well as work on Environmental Impact Statements (EIS).
Stefanie has a BS in Bioscience Engineering, with a focus on Environmental Technology from the University of Ghent in Belgium. She also obtained a MS degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Connecticut.