Stephanie Black brings over 25 years of environmental experience in areas including Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, Brownfield assessments, and more. As Project Manager for American Environmental Corporation (AEC), a consulting, engineering and contracting firm and valued REGENESIS® client, Ms. Black continues to provide expertise in an array of environmental remediation services. She begins, “In addition to performing environmental site and Brownfield assessments, I’ve managed regulatory compliance audits, permit preparation, and asbestos and lead surveys. I am also AEC’s Ohio office health and safety coordinator, providing assistance and reviews for site-specific health and safety plans for projects.” Additionally, Black has worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), the Ohio Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR), the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (KDEP), and Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM). “I enjoy meeting and getting to know the different people when working on my projects, and I’ve been fortunate to have worked in this industry for many years now.” She has also worked as an Environmental Scientist, Staff Scientist, and Project Scientist throughout her career.
Her current responsibilities include coordinating all phases of projects- from initial proposal writing through final report compilation, presentation to the client, and invoicing. She continues, “This includes coordination of personnel and subcontractors, scheduling, fieldwork, budgeting, and report generation.” Suffice to say, Black seems to touch nearly every aspect of a project and enjoys the variety in her day-to-day work. She shares, “Being involved in so many facets of a project has its challenges. One of the biggest is explaining the scope of work and timetable to a client who does not understand the nuisances of working with state regulators. Often, clients want the project to move quickly, however, we are required to wait for regulatory agency review and approval.”
Black prepared for a career in environmental remediation by earning her BS in Environmental Materials and Hazardous Waste Management at the University of Findlay (UF) in Findlay, Ohio. She later added a MS in Environmental Safety, and Health Management (EHMM), also from UF. She admits that prior to attending UF, she was unsure about her specific career plans. However, when she received a mailer one day, that all changed. She explains, “I always wanted a career in the science field but was not sure what I wanted to do. Then I received a post card from UF describing their EHMM program. I went there on a college visit, enjoyed the campus and the people I met, and thought the program would be a good fit.”
To stay abreast of emerging trends and new technologies she takes continuing education classes to keep her various certifications current. She continues, “The refreshers are annual and include Asbestos Inspector/Management Planner for Ohio and Kentucky, an OSHA 8 hr. refresher, and refresher classes for my Ohio Class A Water Supply Operator license.” Her work and continuing education have helped her form an opinion on what she sees as the future for the regulatory process. “I see environmental remediation activities being directed more and more by State regulatory agencies, rather than a partnership between the consultant, state, and client.”
When working with REGENESIS, she appreciates the experienced staff and their high level of service. “The REGENESIS staff is always helpful when planning projects. I also like that the information to upload data is user friendly. We have used PetroCleanze and PetroFix® when the technology was directed by the regulator for the area of the state our projects were located. We are having great success with PetroFix on various projects.” Her diverse project experience has proven quite helpful, and in a way, parallels a key objective in AEC’s long-term goal of diversifying its client base. She also recalls how the industry has evolved over the years. She shares, “I think project scope of work is now more driven by price, even more so than in the past. Clients want the best deal and often that can be difficult as materials and subcontractor pricing is increasing substantially.”
Married with two children, Black and her family live in Morrow, Ohio on her family’s farm. In her free time, she enjoys working out, reading, and attending her kid’s school events. She shares, “I also like attending concerts with friends, and seeing Cincinnati Pops concerts, Maroon 5, and Garth Brooks. Workouts include Cardio Drumming, Boot Camps, and an occasional 5K run/race.” She also finds time to volunteer at her son’s school in various parent organizations and serves as a volunteer in Warren County’s 4H program. Overall, and despite a demanding work schedule and busy family life, Black manages to stay on track and continues to enjoy both her career and family. When asked how she would encourage others to join her field, she concludes, “I was sharing what I do at my job annually with two local middle schools, by encouraging students with science/environmental interests to look at jobs in the science field. Last year I did something similar, but due to the pandemic, instead of being-in person it was done via video. The main point is to explore the many opportunities that are out there, have an open mind, and then obtain experience.”
REGENESIS is proud to have Stephanie Black, Project Manager with American Environmental Corporation, as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and appreciates her expertise and deep knowledge base that provides successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.