Key Personnel

Lawra J. Dodge, PG, LSRP, President

Ms. Dodge is the founder and President of Excel Environmental Resources, Inc. (Excel) and has more than 40 years of experience as an environmental geologist and consultant. She is a recognized expert in contaminated property investigation, remedial action design, remediation implementation, and integration of remediation into redevelopment for industrial, military, commercial, residential, and municipal properties. Ms. Dodge has strong technical and regulatory experience and skills and has been actively involved in the Brownfield remediation and redevelopment industry since 1983.  In 2009, she was named one of the Best 50 Women in Business in New Jersey by NJ Business News (NJBiz).

Ms. Dodge has successfully resolved environmental issues at some of the most challenging properties in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. She has designed, implemented, and managed small and large scale remediation and redevelopment projects throughout the Tri-State area for municipalities, counties, redevelopment authorities, industrial/commercial/residential property owners, developers and redevelopers, builders, attorneys, architects, and land planners.

She provides expert consultation to clients for resolution of environmental issues associated with transactional due diligence, cost-effective measures for streamlining and/or re-directing the environmental compliance process on stalled projects, integration of remedial action into redevelopment plans for commercial/retail, residential, industrial, and recreational, and open space end uses, and expert litigation, arbitration, and mediation support, including preparation of expert reports, depositional and expert testimony.

Ms. Dodge works closely with clients so that they better understand the intricacies of the contaminated property remediation and redevelopment process, including identification of Brownfield properties, fully integrating remediation into redevelopment plans, maximizing value for the property owner, developer, and/or builder on a Brownfield redevelopment project, risk and liability reduction through the use of environmental insurance products, acquisition of grants and low/no-interest loans under the NJDEP Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF), obtaining cleanup cost reimbursement via Brownfield Redevelopment Agreements and Economic Recovery Growth Grants (ERGGs), preparation of BDA applications, and cost recovery from insurance carriers and other third-parties.  Click here for Ms. Dodge’s full resume.

Ron Harwood, LSRP, Executive Vice President and Project Director

Mr. Harwood is a Senior Geologist, Project Director and Executive Vice President with over 27 years of experience in environmental consulting working with private and public sector clients. Mr. Harwood’s experience includes planning and implementing environmental investigations, including Preliminary Assessments, Site Investigations, UST closures, and Remedial Investigations, and remediation projects at a variety of sites involving the redevelopment of contaminated properties for residential, commercial, and industrial future uses.  His responsibilities include the management of technical staff and project management and development of the technical and regulatory approaches for characterization of soil and groundwater quality at properties in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Mr. Harwood is highly skilled in the development of effective and cost-efficient technical and cost proposals and investigation work plans.  He reviews and interprets environmental data, coordinates with clients and regulatory agencies, manages subcontractors, supervises the implementation of environmental investigations, and produces final reports.  He also provides technical consultation to re-direct the environmental compliance process on stalled projects, formulates cost-effective approaches to solving complex environmental problems associated with the integration of remedial action into redevelopment plans for a wide variety of end uses, and provides trial testimony for resolution of environmental issues and preparation of expert reports. Click here for Mr. Harwood’s full resume.

Eric J. Mertz, LSRP, Vice President/Remediation Services

Mr. Mertz has more than 26 years of experience as a scientist and consultant with a wide range of environmental and remediation projects experience, including Phase I/Preliminary Assessment (PA), Site Investigation (SI), Remedial Investigation (RI), Remedial Action (RA) design, and construction supervision and management of large-scale, complex soil and groundwater remedial action projects.  He is also skilled in project and forensic cost research for litigation support, analytical data validation and reduction, report and proposal preparation, preparation of Remedial Action Work Plans (RAWPs) and bid specifications, subcontractor solicitation and bid evaluation, and cost estimation for investigation and remediation projects.  Field experience includes supervision of soil excavation and offloading, installation of onsite groundwater treatment and reinjection systems, performance of site inspections and investigations, collection of soil and groundwater samples, supervision of tank closures, test pit excavation, soil borings, well installation, and waste characterization.  Click here for Mr. Mertz’s full resume.

Tim Novy, Sr. Site Remediation Manager

Mr. Novy has more than 23 years of experience with a broad range of environmental investigation
and remediation projects, including on site construction supervision of large scale complex soil
and groundwater remedial action projects, bid specifications, subcontractor solicitation and bid
evaluation, and cost estimating for investigation and remediation projects. He also has extensive
field experience in high-hazard and emergency response situations. He has conducted more than
300 confined-space entries and has assisted or supervised the cleanup of oil and chemical spills on
land and water, many of which required work in USEPA personal protection Levels B and C. Mr.
Novy has supervised soil excavation, aboveground tank demolition, remediation and engineering
construction activities, and underground storage tank removal projects, including contractor
coordination, supervision, and offloading of waste by rail, barge, and truck. His field experience
also includes soil and groundwater sampling, test pit excavation, soil borings, well installation,
site inspections, subsurface and waste characterization, and equipment maintenance. Mr. Novy is
a trained Amtrak, Con Edison, and PSE&G “contractor” with additional training in various
chemicals, utilities, and a wide variety of air monitoring equipment. Click here for Mr. Novy’s full resume.