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John Knightly, RG, LG, CHMM, CGP

January 16, 2023

About John Knightly is a Senior Project Manager at Blackstone Environmental, he has 36 years of experience, 30 of those with his own consulting firm, Knightly Environmental, specializing in assessment and remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater. Knightly Environmental merged with Blackstone in January 2023. John has completed hundreds of projects from coast to coast with experience in groundwater sampling, asbestos inspections, remediation site supervision, soil boring, Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), storage tank closures, and site investigations.  When he isn’t working, John enjoys spending time with his grandkids, going to the lake, and generally being outdoors. Education B.S. Geology, University of Kansas, 1983 M.S. Geology, Iowa State University, 1987 Registrations & Certifications Registered Geologist in Missouri Licensed Geologist in Kansas Certified Hazardous Materials Professional Certified Groundwater Professional in Iowa Expertise Known expert in petroleum, RBCA, site investigation, remediation, industrial waste stream consulting, real estate environmental investigations (Phase I and Phase II ESAs). Organizations Member of the Alliance of Hazardous Materials…
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M. Wayne Blackbourn, PE, PLS

December 7, 2022

About M. Wayne Blackbourn, PE, PLS is a Senior Project Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor. Wayne has worked for 30 years in the public sector for city, state, and county governments with a variety of experiences. When he isn't working, Wayne enjoys spending time on the farm with his family and eight grandchildren, reading, and volunteering in his church community. Education M.B.A. Business Administration, Kansas State University, est. 2023 B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Kansas, 2005 A.S. Land Surveying & Civil Engineering, Kansas State University, 1985 Registrations & Certifications Professional Engineer - KS Kansas Local Bridge Inspection Team Leader (routine & fracture critical) Opus Manager Right-of-Way Coordination Certificate D.O.T. Inspector Certified Public Manager Expertise Mr. Blackbourn has over 30 years of experience working in local and state governments and 10 years in the private sector and consulting with technical and managerial experience in the solid waste and civil engineering fields. Mr. Blackbourn is well versed in engineering and land surveying practices, regulations, and guidelines. His…
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Jenna Self

July 15, 2022

About Jenna rejoined Blackstone in 2022. She was previously an administrative assistant while earning her degree in Business Administration from Baker University. Now, Jenna leads our human resources department and recruiting efforts of the office while helping out with accounting and other office managerial needs. Jenna resides in Olathe, Kansas with her husband, three kids, and two dogs (which she says keeps her very busy). She enjoys watching her kids play sports, reading, and sitting around the firepit with neighbors. Education Bachelor's in Business Administration, Baker University
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Edward A. Shepard, Jr., PE

October 15, 2019

About Ed Shepard is the Manager of St. Louis Operations for Blackstone Environmental. He joined Blackstone in 2019 and currently oversees growth and development of Blackstone’s environmental footprint in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Ed has more than 30 years of experience in solid waste management facility permitting, design, operation and compliance monitoring; environmental compliance; RCRA facility investigation and closure; and underground storage tank closure and remediation. His expertise expands the solid waste and environmental consulting services Blackstone can provide to our growing client base and is the catalyst for Blackstone’s expansion into the St. Louis metropolitan area. Ed lives and works in the St. Louis area. He has been married to Heidi for 26 years, and they have two children, Jacob and Sarah. He enjoys spending time with his family and can be found in his workshop working on one of his numerous antique trucks, tractors or gas engines.    Education B.S. Civil Engineering, Missouri S & T, 1988 Registrations & Certifications Professional Engineer, Missouri,…
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Melanie Rehor

July 26, 2019

“ Here at Blackstone we value an environment that is constructive and personable. I appreciate the kind and encouraging disposition of my colleagues and enjoy walking into work every day!” About Melanie “Mel” Rehor joined Blackstone in 2014 and leads the accounting department. She lives in Shawnee with her husband, Jim. Mel enjoys spending time with her two grown daughters and four sisters, all of whom keep her in perpetual stitches. Mel enjoys traveling, shopping, sewing and crocheting projects, and laughter! Education B.B.A. in Accounting, University of Texas at Arlington, 1991
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Kyle Kukuk, PE

July 1, 2019

About Kyle Kukuk is a Senior Project Manager at Blackstone Environmental. He joined Blackstone in 2012 and currently provides civil and water resource engineering to Blackstone’s client base. Kyle has experience as a project engineer and project manager working on a variety of assignments, including landfill design and construction, water resources, stormwater management, and streambank stabilization. Kyle works in the Overland Park, Kan. office and lives in the area with his family. Kyle enjoys spending time with his kids, fishing, and BBQ.   Education B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Kansas, 2009M.S. Engineering Management, University of Kansas, 2016 Registrations & Certifications Licensed Professional Engineer, KS, MO, CO, ND, IA, OK, OR, NE, AR, MN, NM, WY Expertise Landfill cell and cap design; landfill gas collection system design and construction; landfill CQA; leachate management and treatment; streambank stabilization design and construction; stormwater management; BMP design; hydrologic and hydraulic modeling and analysis; and wastewater and sanitary sewer design and management. Organizations Solid Waste Association of North America –…
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Rowley Tedlock

July 1, 2019

“I like working with the very dedicated and talented people at Blackstone. Our mix of experience and expertise allows us to provide a wide variety of services to a group of great clients.” About Rowley Tedlock is a Principal at Blackstone Environmental. He joined Blackstone in 2012 and currently provides overall operations management of Blackstone’s environmental services. Rowley is an avid Jayhawk fan, sailor, skier, backpacker, and outdoor cook. He is in the Camp-master Corps with the BSA Heart of America Council. Education M.S. Environmental Health Science, University of Kansas, 1985B.S. Systematics and Ecology, University of Kansas, 1980 Expertise Environmental assessment, remedial investigation/remediation, NEPA analysis, streambank stabilization and environmental planning and permitting. Organizations Geoprofessional Business Association.
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Mike Kukuk, PG

July 1, 2019

“I am proud of and enjoy Blackstone because we have created a place where people can come and work with other innovative and creative people while practicing their crafts.” About Mike Kukuk is President, CEO and Principal at Blackstone Environmental and has overall responsibility for the company. As an entrepreneur, he has founded two successful environmental engineering companies, including Blackstone in 2010. Mike has four children and works and lives in Overland Park, Kansas. Mike enjoys playing tennis, working out, vacations, time with his kids, NFL football and NCAA basketball. He also likes a beer every now and then! Education B.S. Geology, University of Kansas, 1983M.S. Environmental Health Science, University of Kansas, 1987 Registrations & Certifications Registered Geologist in Kansas and Missouri Expertise Known expert in Alternative Earthen Final Covers (AEFC); evapotranspiration covers utilizing native grasses; ET-tree caps, hydrogeology, phyto-remediation; leachate recirculation; bioreactor design and operation; chlorinated solvent remediation; bioremediation; odor studies; quarry reserve studies; business development; and expert witness testimony. Organizations Member of KU Edwards Campus…
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