Leadership

PRACTICE LEADERS

CHAD BALLARD, PE, CFM, ENV SP
CHAD BALLARD, PE, CFM, ENV SP
Stormwater Team Leader

Chad and the stormwater team provide a full range of stormwater management consulting services. From developing drainage master plans, to designing and constructing erosion control structures, he assists utilities with having the right systems in place when natural disaster strikes. With a background in civil and environmental engineering, Chad is involved with the Environmental and Water Resources Institute at the national level and active in the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.  Additionally, he has helped hundreds of engineers around the world apply different hydraulic and hydrologic modeling solutions to their projects.

BRIAN BEACH, PE, CCM
BRIAN BEACH, PE, CCM
Construction Management Services
Practice Leader

Brian heads Plummer’s team of construction managers, project managers, cost estimators, engineers, and project representatives on various design and construction projects spanning from traditional to alternative delivery methods. He leads cost estimating efforts and provides quality control on opinions of probable construction cost. With a background in civil engineering, his experience includes site work such as underground utilities, water and wastewater treatment facilities, pump stations and lift stations, tunnel and boring operations, roadways, and landscaping features.

JEFF CAFFEY, PE
JEFF CAFFEY, PE
Chief Wastewater Engineer

Jeff has been instrumental in developing Plummer standard guidelines for wastewater treatment designs and coordinating the use of client standard guidelines in Plummer design projects. He routinely works with AutoCAD staff and GIS technicians, guiding projects across the country.

Jeff is an expert in cloth media filtration and was an integral part of the first municipal cloth filter installation in the State of Texas. He provides opinions of probable construction and project costs on many wastewater treatment plant construction projects and planning studies.

DAVID GUDAL, PE
DAVID GUDAL, PE
Water & Reuse Treatment
Practice Leader

David and his team have solid, strong experience in addressing a range of treatment-related issues. His background is in water treatment activities ranging from project planning to pilot testing, process and facility design, and construction. He has worked on more than 50 design projects for treatment plants with capacities ranging from less than 1 MGD to more than 800 MGD.  Many of these projects included modifications to disinfection facilities (both liquid and gas chlorine systems), storage tanks, and high service pump stations.

REX HUNT, PE
REX HUNT, PE
Water Quality / Permitting
Practice Leader

Rex manages Plummer’s experienced team of environmental scientists and permitting specialists. With a background in civil and environmental engineering, he successfully directs water planning efforts across the United States. His experience includes overseeing water quality permitting efforts, conducting water quality studies, providing clients with environmental and regulatory guidance, providing water resource planning expertise, and managing water quality compliance efforts. He holds several committee memberships in the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and is active in the Western Coalition of Arid States, Texas Association of Clean Water Agencies, and Texas Water Conservation Association.

CAREY JOHNSON
CAREY JOHNSON
Geospatial Data Lead

Carey supports a variety of projects including telecommunications, municipal civil engineering, transportation, environmental, and modeling with LiDAR and photogrammetry.  He was born into a family of surveyors and has a lifetime of experience in the industry. The first half of his career he focused nearly exclusively on boundary and land development projects, and now he focuses much of his efforts on infrastructure and utility work.

CLETE MARTIN, PE
CLETE MARTIN, PE
Conveyance
Practice Leader

As Conveyance Practice Leader, Clete has headed the design of more than 75 major pipeline projects, totaling over 300 miles in length. Projects have included numerous relocations, route selections, evaluation of pipe materials and joint designs, aerial crossings, creek crossing, TxDOT permits, COE section 404 permits, lake crossing, erosion control structures, meter stations, blowoffs, air release valves, directional drilling, auger boring, and tunneling.

Clete sat on the board of the Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) North Texas Chapter and serves on an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) committee tasked with writing the Manual of Practice on pipeline design.

ELLEN MCDONALD, PHD, PE
ELLEN MCDONALD, PHD, PE
Water Planning
Practice Leader

Serving as Vice President of Operations, Chief Technical Officer and Water Planning Practice Leader, Ellen is responsible for managing corporate operations, driving technical excellence, and overseeing Plummer’s water planning services. Ellen is a nationally recognized expert in water reuse. She has served on numerous state and national committees, as well as professional organizations, relating to the implementation of both nonpotable and potable reuse programs.

TIM NOACK, PE
TIM NOACK, PE
Natural Systems Team Leader

Tim oversees a diverse group of engineers and scientists with a focus on the design of created and restored systems for habitat improvement and functional uplift, as well as systems designed to improve water quality through the biogeochemical processes found in nature. He has managed and participated in the design of numerous projects involving constructed wetlands for water quality improvement, as well as the restoration or enhancement of various ecological systems, including stream restoration. Tim also has broad experience in permitting and mitigation associated with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act.

NICK TOUSSAINT, PE, PMP
NICK TOUSSAINT, PE, PMP
Electrical, Instrumentation, and Controls Discipline Leader

Nick’s experience includes addressing thousands of electrical and control systems in service worldwide. He has provided complete services from initial concept and master planning, through design, implementation, startup, and commissioning. His “hands-on” experience in the configuration of SCADA, telemetry and PLC-based systems gives him the unique ability to assist owners and systems integrators in solving difficult control systems problems.

RUBEN VASQUEZ, PE
RUBEN VASQUEZ, PE
Telecommunications
Practice Leader

Ruben oversees our project engineers, CAD technicians, and field technicians. He is responsible for the operation, strategic business development, quality control, and team development for telecommunications projects. With a background in mechanical engineering, he seeks to combine traditional methods with out-of-the-box solutions. Ruben has a thirst for knowledge and unlimited interests, from IT networking, to programming; he strives to learn daily, adding one more skill to his toolbox.

EDDIE WILCUT
EDDIE WILCUT
Water & Energy Efficiency Services
Practice Leader

Eddie is the Water & Energy Efficiency Services (WEES) Practice Leader for Plummer. With extensive experience in the areas of water resources planning, water reuse, water conservation, and planning, he helps clients achieve their objectives with regards to water and energy optimization and savings.

His most notable experience includes helping San Antonio Water System (SAWS) develop one of the most effective and aggressive water conservation programs in the United States. He was also instrumental in helping companies such as Frito Lay, Coca-Cola, Sea World, and Philips Semiconductor in reducing collective water use by more than 200 million gallons per year.

AREA LEADERS

STEVE COONAN, PE
STEVE COONAN, PE
Central Texas Area Leader

Steve is responsible for overseeing Plummer’s financial operations including financial planning, analysis, and reporting.  He also serves as the Central Texas Area Leader.

With a civil engineering background, Steve has spent much of his career with Plummer. His most notable experience includes a variety of projects with the City of Austin including large booster pump station designs, flood control improvement planning and hydraulic modeling, wastewater interceptor designs, and alternate source water development and drought planning.

Alan Davis, PE, PMP
Alan Davis, PE, PMP
North Texas Area Leader

Alan leads design teams in the areas of water and reuse treatment and wastewater treatment. His professional engineering experience includes planning, process design, detailed design, and construction administration of water and wastewater treatment facilities and pump stations. Water treatment design projects have included hydraulic analysis, conventional and high-rate clarification, low pressure membrane design, ion exchange for groundwater treatment, UV advanced oxidation, conventional disinfection, hypochlorite generation, and taste and odor design. Wastewater designs have included preliminary treatment design with fine screening and grit removal, various activated sludge configurations, filtration, disinfection facilities, and odor control designs.

Alan is a certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute. He is also a member of the AWWA Taste and Odor Committee and the Water Environment Federation Air Quality and Odor Control Committee.

PATRICK O’BRIEN, PE, PMP
PATRICK O’BRIEN, PE, PMP
Mountain West Area Leader

Patrick is responsible for strategic pursuits within the Rocky Mountain Region, including expanding Plummer’s service offerings in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Wyoming.  With a background in civil engineering, he has worked on projects ranging from conventional design-bid-build to multidiscipline design-build projects serving as principal-in-charge, project manager, project engineer, and construction manager.

His most notable experience includes serving as Principal-in-Charge for the Elbert Creek Water Company Water Treatment Plant which was the first gravity operational mode membrane filtration plant in Colorado; serving as Project Manager for the ACEC award-winning  Mesa Verde National Park Waterline Replacement Project; and designing approximately 20 water treatment plants across Colorado and New Mexico.

Mary Portillo, PE, PMP
Mary Portillo, PE, PMP
South Texas Area Leader

Mary is responsible for establishing and promoting positive working relationships with clients, contractors, and government representatives across south Texas. Over the course of her career she has focused on water and wastewater engineering evaluations, design, construction management, and project management. She offers strong communication, interpersonal, and collaborative talents; she has the experience to communicate knowledgably with stakeholders about design decisions, and she can also dive into design details with the technical team.

ALAN SWARTZ, PE
ALAN SWARTZ, PE
Oklahoma Area Leader

Alan is responsible for the quality and delivery of water, wastewater, and conveyance projects for Oklahoma clients in addition to some clients in Texas. With a civil/mechanical engineering background, he is experienced in project management, project delivery, design, construction management and on-site construction observation of infrastructure projects. His expertise includes water lines, sewer mains, pump stations, and lift stations.

CORPORATE LEADERSHIP

STEVE COONAN, PE
STEVE COONAN, PE
Chief Financial Officer & Risk Manager

Steve is responsible for overseeing Plummer’s financial operations including financial planning, analysis, and reporting.  He also serves as the Central Texas Area Leader.

With a civil engineering background, Steve has spent much of his career with Plummer. His most notable experience includes a variety of projects with the City of Austin including large booster pump station designs, flood control improvement planning and hydraulic modeling, wastewater interceptor designs, and alternate source water development and drought planning.

ELLEN MCDONALD, PHD, PE
ELLEN MCDONALD, PHD, PE
Chief Technical Officer & Vice President of Operations

Serving as Vice President of Operations, Chief Technical Officer and Water Planning Practice Leader, Ellen is responsible for managing corporate operations, driving technical excellence, and overseeing Plummer’s water planning services. Ellen is a nationally recognized expert in water reuse. She has served on numerous state and national committees, as well as professional organizations, relating to the implementation of both nonpotable and potable reuse programs.

ALAN TUCKER, PE
ALAN TUCKER, PE
Director of Marketing

Alan is responsible for key strategic priorities and company-wide initiatives, including expanding Plummer’s service offerings throughout the United States. With a background in civil and mechanical engineering, much of his project experience has included fast-track water and wastewater conveyance projects.

His most notable experience includes serving as Principal-in-Charge for the award-winning East Fork Raw Water Supply Project with North Texas Municipal Water District.  This project diverts up to 165 MGD of return flows from the East Fork of the Trinity River to one of the largest constructed wetlands in the country (2,000 acres).

CHRIS YOUNG
CHRIS YOUNG
President & CEO

As Chief Executive Officer, Chris is responsible for providing leadership for Plummer initiatives and focusing on strategic growth. With a civil engineering background, Chris has spent much of his career on large conveyance projects in the southern U.S.

Some of his most notable experience includes serving as Project Manager on a $618 Million Capital Improvement Program for the East Baton Rouge Sewerage Commission, serving as Principal-in-Charge for a 119 MGD pump station and large diameter steel pipeline, serving on the core leadership team for the Kansas City Capital Improvements Management Office, focusing on Sanitary Sewer Overflow Remediation Planning for the City of Atlanta’s $3.9 Billion program, and serving as Principal-in-Charge for the relocation of over 40,000 linear feet of large diameter wastewater interceptor for Dallas Water Utilities.

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