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Leadership

Abner Patton

Abner F. Patton, P.G.

President

With over 37 years of experience in the fields of geology and hydrogeology, Mr. Patton has extensive expertise in various water resource management, waste management, mineral resource valuation, geologic hazard evaluation, geophysical surveys, and drilling. More specifically, he has performed or supervised karst investigations, municipal and industry water supply projects, pipeline projects, hydrogeologic investigations, drilling and installation of monitoring wells, and gas/mineral exploration and evaluation. Mr. Patton has also served as an expert witness in numerous litigation cases. In addition to overseeing daily operations, Mr. Patton provides technical expertise and leads the company’s entrepreneurial direction.

James “Jim” W. LaMoreaux, PhD.

James “Jim” W. LaMoreaux, PhD.

Chairman of the Board

Dr. LaMoreaux has more than forty years of experience in project management and communications. During his career with PELA, he has served as Vice President and President, and now serves as Chairman of the Board. Dr. LaMoreaux also serves as Editor in Chief of the international journals Environmental Earth Sciences, Carbonates & Evaporites, and Sustainable Water Resources Management and five book series published by Springer Nature. He is also editor of the Environmental Geology Volume of Springer’s Encyclopedia of Sustainability, Science and Technology. Dr. LaMoreaux serves as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Earth Science and Engineering at Shandong University of Science and Technology in Qingdao, China.

In addition, he has participated in guest lectures to various universities in China, the University of Alabama Department of Geography, and in a Water Environment Federation training course in India. Topics of lectures include hazardous waste disposal, sustainable water resources management, history of karst hydrogeology, and water resources management in karst.

James “Mike” Lee

James “Mike” Lee

Vice President of Administration

Since joining PELA in 1981, Mr. Lee has overseen the company’s expansion, implementing methods of project accounting and quality control that have been verified and accepted by numerous federal, state, and local governments and agencies. Mr. Lee’s tenure with the company has been extensive, having served in many roles. His experience with contract and subcontract negotiation and maintenance of high-quality accounting and quality control measures, ensures PELA continues to thrive upon a solid foundation of management practices. He is also active in driving the company’s marketing strategies, as well as managing all personnel and ensuring positive client relations. Mr. Lee is a certified management accountant and a certified financial manager.

Lois D. George, P.G., CEA

Lois D. George, P.G., CEA

Vice President of Environment and Ecology

Mrs. George has over 40 years of experience with a specialization in hydrogeological investigations spanning the United States. Since joining PELA in 1976, she has developed extensive expertise in karst terrane and various environmental issues. Particular topics of project management include: drilling supervision, aquifer testing, well inventories, ground and surface water monitoring, interpretation of surface and underground mines, wetlands investigations, flood investigations, review and applicability of federal and state environmental regulations, carbonate rock studies, and oil and gas resource potential. Expert testimony is also a notable example of Mrs. George’s expertise She has successfully led numerous studies for hydrogeological, environmental, and mineral resources litigations.

Daniel S. Green, P.G.

Senior Geologist/Chief of Operations

A PELA veteran for over three decades, Mr. Green has managed a broad spectrum of geologic and environmental investigations. Project scopes include: groundwater remediation, remedial investigation/feasibility studies, sinkhole determination and remediation, hazardous waste investigations, design and performance of hydrogeological and environmental investigations, dye trace studies in karst terrain, land-use investigations, geophysical logging surveys, and technical assistance on pipeline corridor and crossing assessments. Highly experienced in drilling stratigraphic borings and installing monitoring/production wells, Mr. Green has performed numerous field investigations involving sampling procedures and monitoring methods.

Bashir Memon, PhD., P.G.

Senior Hydrogeologist

Dr. Memon has over five decades of expertise, across the U.S. and throughout the world. Throughout his tenure with PELA, he has led hydrogeologic investigations and interpretation specific to water resources evalua¬tions, determinations of aquifer characteristics, aquifer analyses and management, and assessment of ground-water quality and potential im¬pacts. Dr. Memon is a published author/contributor to numerous technical publications and three books: Environmental Hydrogeology; Field Methods for Geologists and Hydrogeologists; and Famous Springs and Bottled Waters of the World. He has provided expert testimony in a wide range of hydrogeologic investigations involving litigation.

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