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KENDRA MIERS, PE

Kendra has been a North Coast resident since 2007, and obtained her engineering degree from Humboldt State University in 2011. She has worked as a consulting engineer for 5 years in Humboldt County.  She specializes in water and wastewater treatment, permitting documents of all types, and civil design.  She holds a California Water Operator license, as well as a license in Civil Engineering.  She brings to her work a deep love of the natural world, and a desire to help her clients with permitting and construction of engineered works, so that they can focus on what they do best.

Kendra is proud to be a woman engineer and the idea of Mother Earth Engineering came to her as a way to give Mother Earth a seat at the engineering table.  She has always been very active in civic organizations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and the California Water Environment Association, of which she is currently President of the North Coast Section.  Kendra is excited to be partnering with her long-time friend and colleague, Patricia Lai, as they strive to create a new paradigm in civil and environmental engineering, while always delivering quality, on-time work to the North Coast community.

B.S. Environmental Resources Engineering, Humboldt State University

California Licensed Professional Engineer, #C 84860

California Water Operator Grade T2 #34795

PATRICIA LAI, EIT

Patricia grew up in a family of engineers, but first started off traveling and learning languages as an undergrad at UC Berkeley. After completing her degree, she worked in coffee- managing a cafe and doing high-end espresso catering. After a brief stint as an engineering technician for a niche manufacturing firm, she then moved into the real estate industry. First, as an executive assistant for a broker in the Bay Area, then as the Director of Development + Acquisitions for a real estate developer in Los Angeles. She then took a break and became a mother.

Patricia’s first stint in the North Coast was in the summer of 2002 as a Corps-member for the California Conservation Corps in Klamath, CA. She loved it so much, she moved permanently to the Arcata area in 2006. After the birth of her son, she decided to pursue a degree in engineering in order to gain technical skills so she could better serve the environment and community. She worked for the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University on the Quality Assurance team consulting for the World Bank’s Lighting Global Program. While on this team, she helped develop the international standard testing methods for small off-grid solar lights (“picoPV”), and this work took her to Kenya and Senegal.

Since 2014 Patricia has been a freelance technical consultant on a wide variety of projects including off-grid solar, algaculture, aquaponics, integrated waste management, biological remediation, and bio-integrated systems. She also got involved in prescribed burning as a best forest management practice and has firefighter type 2 certification. She is ecstatic to be partners with her good friend, Kendra, and thankful for the amazing opportunity to bring Mother Earth Engineering to fruition.

B.A. International Development Studies, University of California at Berkeley

B.S. Environmental Resources Engineering, Humboldt State University

M.S. Environmental Systems (pending), Humboldt State University

Respect the mother, Respect each other

 
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CRISTINA OLIVARES

Cristina Olivares is a Los Angeles native that moved to Humboldt in 2011 to pursue a degree in Environmental Resources Engineering. While attending classes, Cristina interned at Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District for several years and later at GHD, an international engineering consulting firm in Eureka. Not only did she gain the fundamentals of engineering through her schooling and internships, she also had the privilege of being a part of a valuable community of like-minded people who care about the social and economic constructs of the world. In 2016, Cristina graduated with a bang by being a part of the team that won 1st place in the ASCE MidPac Conference Water Treatment. Other than engineering and constantly drinking coffee and tea, Cristina loves road tripping/camping/backpacking adventures, Belgian and sour beers at micro-breweries, and vinyasa yoga to keep the internal light replenished, connected, and alive.

Cristina hopes to bring a teaspoon of technical skills, a cup of passion of our beautiful watersheds, and an infinite stream of curiosity to Mother Earth Engineering. She dreams that one day she will attain the repertoire and confidence in work and in life as her awesome women boss engineers, Patricia and Kendra.

CRAIG LORENC

Craig is a proud father of two wonderful children and a fervent enthusiast of the natural environment. Craig was a machinist apprentice in Southern California who felt his talents would be better served in the engineering field. In 1995 he moved moved to Humboldt County to find fulfillment in Northern California. He enjoys hiking, playing music, painting and coaching kids sports. As a member of this community for more than 20 years, Craig is compelled to protect the welfare of the North Coast.

Craig coordinated the mathematics laboratory while earning his A.S. at College of the Redwoods. He received his E.I.T. certification in January 2010 and graduated from the Environmental Resources Engineering Program at Humboldt State University in May 2013. After working for the County of Humboldt, Craig decided to apply his skill-set in the private sector of civil engineering.

Craig feels it is our duty as engineers to protect the public and the environment while aiding in the progression of a healthy society. He is interested in developing responsible engineering solutions to problems associated with fundamental resources and civil engineering projects.

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KATIE MCGOURTY

Katie grew up on a walnut/ citrus ranch as a young girl, and as a teenager she helped create a family operated vineyard on the Russian River. She simultaneously cultivated her studies in classical piano. Growing up farming and playing piano taught her the importance of leading a nature-based life and cultivating artistic expression. She studied environmental science (B.S., U.C. Santa Barbara) and natural resources (M.S., HSU) in school, and kept up her piano practice. After spending a decade as a government fisheries biologist, she decided to dedicate herself to sharing her love of music by becoming a Suzuki piano teacher. She also continues her scientific pursuits as part of the M.E.E. team.