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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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Theresa Ferguson, PG

June 30, 2022

About Theresa Ferguson is a senior project manager at Blackstone and a professional geologist with current licenses in Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska.  Theresa started at Blackstone in 2021 and has over 22 years of experience working throughout the Midwest for both the private and public sector and managing large and small scale petroleum and environmental related projects. Her specific experience includes Site Assessment and Environmental Compliance for public and private clients, Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments at commercial and retail properties; Risk Assessments, Risk-Based Corrective Action Site Investigations, and Remedial Actions at petroleum related and hazardous waste sites in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, and Nebraska. She also participates and is a member of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists and has served as co-chair for the annual Kansas Hydrology Seminar for the last eight years.    Theresa originates from Union, Missouri and graduated from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri with a Bachelors of Science in Geological Engineering.  Theresa…
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Mat Edwards, PG

July 1, 2020

About Mat joined Blackstone in 2017 as an Environmental Geologist and is Blackstone’s Lead Field Geologist. He leads the geospatial and UAV services program at Blackstone providing aerial mapping/imaging, asset management, and more. Mat is a licensed FAA Part 107 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV/Drone) pilot. Mat works in Blackstone’s Overland Park, Kan. office. He is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast and enjoys camping, hiking, and being in the mountains. Education M.S. Geology, University of Kansas, 2016B.S. Earth Science, Emporia State University, 2014 Registrations & Certifications Professional Geologist40-Hour HAZWOPERAPNGA Portable Nuclear Gauge Safety & U.S. D.O.T Hazmat CertificationFAA Part 107 Certified Expertise Groundwater monitoring and sampling; groundwater and gas monitoring well installation oversight activities; geospatial database creation and management; asset management through geospatial mapping; UAV aerial imagery; and UAV topographic surveys.
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Austin Quick, PE

July 1, 2020

About Austin Quick is a Project Manager with Blackstone Environmental. Since joining the team in 2016, Austin has provided civil/water resource engineering and environmental permitting services to Blackstone’s growing client base. He works in the Overland Park, Kansas office and has experience in landfill design and construction, streambank stabilization, site development, air permitting and compliance, and odor mitigation. Austin loves music and can be found around town on the weekends playing bass and keyboards. He and his wife, Shannon, enjoy camping, playing music, and rooting for the Royals, Chiefs, and Jayhawks together. Education B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Kansas, 2016B.S. Atmospheric Science, University of Kansas, 2011 Registrations & Certifications Professional Engineer40-Hour HAZWOPERAPNGA Portable Nuclear Gauge Safety and USDOT HAZMAT Expertise Landfill cell design and construction quality assurance; landfill gas collection system design and construction; civil site development; odor mitigation; air permitting; streambank stabilization design and construction; stormwater management; BMP design; hydrologic and hydraulic modeling and analysis; groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling; and landfill tipping…
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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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Lindsay E. James, RG

July 1, 2019

“Blackstone is built on a work culture that values quality, teamwork, and client success. Everyone here loves what they do and it shows in the strong relationships we have built with each other and our clients.” About Lindsay James is a Senior Project Manager for Blackstone Environmental. She joined Blackstone in 2014 and currently provides hydrogeological, environmental, and wetland consulting services to Blackstone’s growing client base. Lindsay lives and works in Overland Park, Kansas. She is committed to community outreach and education, serving as Chairman of the City of Overland Park Environmental Advisory Council, as a representative of Overland Park on the Johnson County Solid Waste Management Committee, and as a judge for the Regional Science Olympiad. Education M.S. Geoscience, University of Iowa, 2007B.A. Geoscience, University of Iowa, 2004 Registrations & Certifications Professional Geologist Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas 40-Hour HAZWOPER Wetland Delineator CertificationASTM Risk-Based Corrective Action CertificationMissouri Well and Pump Installers Permit Expertise Managing and conducting hydrogeological site characterization and investigation activities; quarry reserve studies;…
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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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