Credere's Staff

Credere’s staff is dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality of service and expertise. Combined, Credere’s staff have years of experience in the environmental, engineering, and geologic fields. Our staff’s experience is summarized below.

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Mr. Beahm is an Environmental Scientist I with Credere Associates, LLC and holds a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and a minor in Geology from the University of Maine at Farmington (2018).  While attending college he had the opportunity to specialize in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis for Maine Audubon Society.  He also worked with Lake Environmental Association for a summer monitoring lake water quality.  Since the start of his career in April 2019, Mr. Beahm has worked on aspects of numerous private and Brownfields Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, with responsibilities including site research, GIS mapping, field work, and reporting.  Mr. Beahm’s field work experience includes groundwater sampling, drilling oversight, soil disposal oversight and Phase I environmental site assessments and investigation activities. 

Ms. Drouin is a Geologist with 10 years of professional experience in a wide range of geological evaluations, field sampling procedures, geotechnical explorations, contractor oversight with environmental monitoring, and reporting experience.  Ms. Drouin is a Certified and Professional Geologist in Maine and New Hampshire, respectively.  Ms. Drouin oversees/performs all stages of Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, manages environmental cleanups, and serves as the Technical Lead for Credere’s federal projects and Brownfields projects.  She has coordinated field mobilizations, performed quality control in accordance with applicable federal standards, completed technical analysis of data, and mediated the many moving parts involved in the federal work process.

Mr. Desjarlais has over 10 years of experience working for a wide-range of clients and sites across the United States.  Early-career work included fieldwork oversight and support of soil and groundwater investigations for a super-major oil company with projects types ranging from retail gas stations to pipeline and production facilities.  Mr. Desjarlais gained extensive experience working within the complex California regulatory framework and implementing client’s behavior-based health and safety program while performing site assessment activities, UST removal, and construction oversight. During this time frame Mr. Desjarlais also gained experience in performing oversight and monitoring of biological and cultural/archaeological resources for Federal Trustees (NOAA/NPS/USFWS) while working as field scientist during response phase of 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In 2017 he completed a publicly-funded Masters degree investigating Holocene slip rates on the Southern San Andreas Fault system aiding USGS in earthquake forecasting for greater Los Angeles Metro area. More-recent career work includes transition of focus to data management and visualization practices using various software suites including Python-based data-science modules as well as data interpolation tools. Mr. Desjarlais is considered an Advanced-level GIS user specializing in quality control, graphic design and using LiDAR-derived DEM datasets to further CSM development. Mr. Desjarlais is currently working to support Credere’s Federal contracts team.

Mr. Duffy is an Environmental Engineer l with Credere Associates, LLC and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont (2017). Prior to Joining Credere, he spent three years working as a project engineer and environmental scientist in the greater Philadelphia area. His previous experience includes environmental sampling, work plan development, and construction oversight primarily for US Army Corps of Engineers’ remediation projects. Since joining Credere, Mr. Duffy has gained experience in soil sampling, preparing plans, and conducting oversight for various environmental construction projects throughout Maine.

Ms. Foote is an Environmental Engineer with Credere Associates, LLC.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2016).  She spent a summer at the Town of Spencer, MA Utilities and Facilities Department, working under the Superintendent, before starting her career with Credere in May 2016.  Since joining Credere, Samantha has worked on numerous Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments spanning Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts, and whose responsibilities include site research, geographic information system (GIS) and computer automated design (CAD) drawings, environmental field sampling, analysis of laboratory data, and report writing.  She also has experience conducting oversight of remediation projects in the US EPA Brownfields program throughout Maine and New Hampshire with contaminated media including soil, groundwater, sub-slab soil vapor, indoor air, and building materials.  Samantha is a Maine-licensed Asbestos Inspector, Asbestos Air Monitor, and Lead Inspector, is certified for measurement of radon in air, and has completed many Hazardous Building Material Surveys. She has also begun working on remedial investigations under the US Army Corp of Engineers for project sites in Rhode Island and Maine, whose responsibilities include environmental field sampling, field work oversight, and data quality control.  Ms. Foote recently became a PE in Maine.

Macy Foote joined Credere Associates, LLC as the residing Office Dog in June of 2018.  She is certified in Level 1 Basic Obedience (2018).   Macy spent her first year of life roaming the streets of Mississippi.  Since joining Credere, Macy has experience in long car rides, tentatively accepting treats and pets from both known and unknown personnel, and bringing joy to the office.  Macy enjoys accompanying her mom, Samantha Foote, on visits to project sites, and her quiet and laid back personality has quickly made her a valued member of the Credere team.  She is working to expand her collection of squeaking toys to allow even more joy to those working around her. 

Mr. Gannon is a Geologist I with Credere Associates, LLC.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and Geology from St. Lawrence University (2015).  Mr. Gannon has worked on all aspects of numerous private and Brownfields Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, with responsibilities including site research, GIS mapping, sampling and analysis design, field work, and reporting.  Mr. Gannon’s field work experience includes performance of periodic inspections, operations & maintenance, groundwater sampling, tank removal oversight, test pitting oversight, drilling oversight, monitoring well installation & development, and soil sampling & characterization at sites under the Brownfields program, USACE LTM and FUDS programs, as well as EPA Superfund sites.  Mr. Gannon is certified in Maine as an Asbestos Air Monitor, Radon in Air and Radon in Water Tester, has AARST/NRPP accreditation for HUD-compliant multi-family building radon testing, and is certified in both Maine and New Hampshire as a Lead Inspector and Asbestos Inspector.

Ms. Kaija is an Environmental Engineer I with Credere Associates, LLC. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering and International & Global Studies from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2021). While attending college she collaborated with an engineering consulting company on a project relating coastal and riverine flooding to social vulnerability in the City of Boston. Ms. Kaija also has real work experience with in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis, wetland delineation, soil sampling, and permitting. Since joining Credere in August 2021, Ms. Kaija has begun training towards writing both private and Brownfields Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments and performing Asbestos and Hazardous Building Material Surveys (HBMS). Her current responsibilities include environmental field sampling, GIS mapping, and data management and analysis.

Mr. Kern is an Environmental Engineer ll with Credere Associates, LLC and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Maine at Orono (2016). Prior to Joining Credere, he spent three years working as a design engineer in Southern Maine. His previous experience includes utility and roadway design, stormwater modeling, and construction oversight. Since joining Credere, Mr. Kern has gained experience conducting oversight for soil remediation projects throughout Maine and New Hampshire. Mr. Kern’s experience includes environmental field sampling, soil disposal oversight, and data quality control.  

Mr. Munyaneza is a chemist with Credere Associates and holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa, 2007). He has a solid training and experience in the area of green chemistry especially with the reactions in the absence of solvents and catalysis. After graduation, Mr. Munyaneza took up a four year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Johannesburg and worked as a faculty member and researcher in the chemistry department at the University of Botswana for 6 years. He worked on projects of environmental significance such as the synthesis and characterization of catalysts for bio-fuels from non-edible plant oils, synthesis and characterization of complexes that can remove heavy metals from polluted water, synthesis and characterization of metal catalysts for the polymerization of higher olefins, metal organic frameworks (MOFs) that can encapsulate active metal catalysts, and inorganic complexes with biological activities.  Mr. Munyaneza has extensive knowledge in various analytical chemistry techniques and results analysis including GC-MS, NMR spectroscopy, Elemental analysis, X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, cyclic voltammetry, and UV-vis.

Mr. Newcomb is a Senior Project Manager and Geologist for Credere with over 18 years of experience.  He is a Certified Geologist in Maine and a Professional Geologist in New Hampshire, a licensed asbestos inspector and air monitor, and has extensive experience in all hazardous building materials assessment.  Mr. Newcomb is currently or has managed the assessment of numerous Brownfields assessment programs and has significant experience in hazardous waste and petroleum related investigations and cleanup projects ranging from residential property to large scale industrial sites such as paper mills throughout New England.  From managing a contaminated property through investigation and cleanup to a “clean” site, Mr. Newcomb is proficient in all field investigation and remedial methods including soil, groundwater, drinking water, indoor air, soil gas, and sediment sampling, building materials assessment, various types of environmental and geotechnical drilling, remediations system operation and maintenance, various methods of soil excavation, covering, and encapsulation, in-situ remedial alternatives, as well as typical report writing and other necessary administrative requirements.  Through Credere’s Brownfields work, Mr. Newcomb is also highly experienced at navigating the Maine DEP Voluntary Response Action Program (VRAP) and New Hampshire DES’ Brownfields Covenant Not To Sue program to assist with cleanups.

Ms. Patten is a geotechnical and environmental engineer with over 17 years of engineering experience and co-founder of the woman-owned Credere Associates, LLC. Ms. Patten currently serves as President. She oversees the daily operation of the office and is principally in charge of the financial and business management of the company. Ms. Patten’s engineering experience involved a variety of environmental and geotechnical projects including Brownfields project Eastern Fine Paper in Brewer, Maine, and Superfund project Callahan Mine in Brooksville, Maine.

Her project responsibilities have included managing, coordinating and conducting field work associated with remediation activities, hydrogeologic and geotechnical investigations; observing and documenting construction activities and providing construction quality assurance; performing calculations to support environmental, geotechnical and solid waste design projects; performing a variety of geotechnical and hydrological computer analyses; developing environmental and geotechnical and civil design recommendations; and report writing.

With over 20 years experience, Rip Patten, a Senior Environmental Engineer and Vice President of Credere, has coordinated, performed and reviewed over 600 ASTM Phase I ESAs, environmental compliance audits, subsurface investigations and remediation projects for a wide range of public and private sector clients. Regarding Brownfields programs, Mr. Patten currently serves as Program Manager and Senior Environmental Engineer for the Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission (SMRPC) Brownfields program, Brewer and Maine DEP Brownfields Programs and serves as principal-in-charge for the Westbrook Brownfields, RPC Brownfields and Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) Brownfields Programs. Mr. Patten has demonstrated an ability to develop strong working relationship with site developers and site owners and has extensive experience and knowledge in the various funding, site eligibility, and inventory process, as well as the selection of sites that will maximize economic development potential for a community.

Gracie Patten joined Credere Associates, LLC as an Office Dog in Training in February 2019 and since 2021 has graduated to full Office Dog.  Since joining Gracie has honed her skills at stair climbing and pedestrian watching.  Gracie enjoys spending her office time with Macy and Margo, wrestling all over the office and growling at squeaky toys, and visiting each employee during meal times.  Her favorite things are blueberries and peanut butter (not necessarily together) from Uncle Stacy and raiding the recycling bin.  Besides learning the ins and outs of a Phase I report, Gracie aspires to spread joy and happiness throughout the office.  In her leisure time, she enjoys belly rubs and long walks on the beach.

Ms. Taiani has worked at Credere since 2011 as a part-time administrative assistant. Jenn is a graduate of University of Southern Maine. Jenn’s responsibilities included day to day bookkeeping, reproduction, and ordering supplies. Jenn is also a notary in the State of Maine. Jenn is a dedicated, loving mother of three, who keep her busy and looking forward to her hours in the office.

Mr. Towne is an Environmental Specialist with Credere Associates, LLC.  He holds a Master of Science in Geographic Information Science from Salem State University (2011) and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from the University of Southern Maine (1998).  Stacy has a very diverse background, including eight years spent in the marine industry on board a chemical product tanker and acting as a GIS research assistant investigating risk assessment for energy emissions.  Since joining Credere in January 2017, Mr. Towne’s responsibilities have included site research, environmental field sampling (including but not limited to hazardous building materials, soil, and groundwater), and GIS and CAD drawings for projects under the US EPA Brownfields Program and US Army Corp of Engineers.  Stacy has completed numerous Hazardous Building Material Surveys. He is a licensed Asbestos Inspector in Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, and is a Maine-licensed Asbestos Air Monitor and Lead Inspector.  

Mr. Vandenberg is a Senior Hydrogeologist with Credere Associates, LLC with 29 years of experience in assessment, investigation, remediation of petroleum and hazardous waste, and development of water supplies.  He has managed several hundred assessment, investigation, and environmental due diligence projects that involve the completion of Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments (ESAs) using ASTM International standard practices/guides (i.e. ASTM 1527-13 and ASTM 1903-11).  Rick is an active member of ASTM’s E50 subcommittee, which is the group that maintains the environmental standards/guides that are followed by the majority of environmental professionals nation-wide.  Where necessary, Rick led remedial action planning efforts for his projects which routinely involve the development of Remedial Action Plans (RAPs) and/or Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCAs).  Other areas of expertise that Rick has include: 3-D groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling and water supply development/permitting for communities and commercial/industrial water users in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts.

Mr. Weiss is an Environmental Scientist with Credere Associates, LLC and holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a Concentration in Natural Resources from Johnson State College (2012). Since joining Credere in May 2019, Mr. Weiss has gained experience in natural resource assessment, hazardous building material abatement investigation, monitoring well sampling, and Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and investigation activities. Mr. Weiss has worked on numerous Phase I Environmental Site Assessments throughout New Hampshire and Maine with responsibilities including site research, GIS mapping, environmental field sampling and report writing. He is looking forward to becoming a licensed Asbestos Inspector and Lead Inspector in 2019, as well as working toward Army Corps certification in Wetlands Delineation.

Ms. Wentworth is an Environmental Specialist/Geologist I with Credere Associates, LLC.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences conc. Geology from Bridgewater State University (2013).  She worked for 3-years in Massachusetts specializing in hazardous materials management and abatement consulting.  Since joining Credere in February 2018, Moira has worked on numerous Hazardous Building Material Assessments as well as multiple Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts with responsibilities including site research, GIS, AutoCAD drawings, environmental field sampling, analysis of laboratory data, and report writing.  Moira is a Massachusetts-licensed Asbestos Inspector and Asbestos Project Monitor and a Maine-licensed Asbestos Inspector, Asbestos Air Monitor, Lead Inspector, and Risk Assessor.