Peak Team

Peak Sustainability Group's multi-disciplinary science, sustainability, and community engagement professionals work with organizations to create a more resilient future.

We work collaboratively with you to address the compelling business, environmental, and social issues of our time.​ Embracing change has its rewards and challenges, and our team meets clients where they are so they can achieve breakthrough solutions on issues they care about.

Cathy Angell

Cathy helps organizations and agencies craft clear messages and develop compelling presentations.

Skill Sets:

  • Coaching and training scientists and government officials
  • Teaching best practices for presentation design
  • Developing and delivering compelling presentations
  • Helping people create a clear message
  • Facilitating small groups
  • Bringing stakeholders together for collaboration

Reid Armstrong

Reid loves the challenge of sorting through details and seeing patterns where others see complexity. He is especially motivated by work that improves water quality, habitat, and managing our resources responsibly.

Skill Sets:

  • Stormwater evaluations
  • Water quality testing
  • Field sampling and data collection
  • ​​Fisheries and aquatic studies and biological assessments
  • Federally-listed species requirements
  • Revised Washington State Wetland Rating System in Western Washington Certified
  • Homeowner Incentive Program (HIP) Certified
  • ECOSS’ Stormwater Management Fundamentals Certified

Rick Beauregard

Rick loves coaching clients as they work to create new opportunities, implement change, and refine plans of action in order to achieve the quality results they desire.

Skills Sets:

  • Sales and strategic marketing
  • Negotiations
  • Strategic planning
  • Marine biology and monitoring
  • Environmental engineering
  • Business coaching and development
  • Systems analysis

Jessa Clark

Jessa enjoys connecting with others to understand and share ideas for a truly sustainable future. She loves exploring systems perspectives to implement actions that can bring these ideas to life.

Skill Sets:

  • Systems mapping and analysis
  • Sustainability assessment and evaluation tools
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Business sustainability
  • Renewable energy
  • Design and systems thinking
  • Research, writing, and editing

Kevin Cline

Kevin applies his environmental expertise to make our planet more livable now and for future generations. He excels at distilling technical data and concepts into plans that can be understood and put into action by all.

Skill Sets:

  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
  • Property due diligence
  • Stormwater/NPDES permitting and compliance
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Soil, groundwater, and soil analysis
  • Regulatory analysis and communication
  • Remediation and engineering control monitoring
  • Indoor air quality assessments
  • AHERA licensed asbestos inspector
  • Environmental professional per ASMT E1527-13

Dan Cutugno

Dan's professional passion is where environmental sciences and regulations intersect with business operations. He especially enjoys working with facility employees to address environmental requirements and contribute to business sustainability and profitability.

Skill Sets:

  • Industrial operation regulatory expertise
  • Operating permits for air, water, and waste
  • Hazardous materials management
  • Environmental regulatory audits, including physical inspections
  • Providing liaison services between clients, regulators, contractors and laboratories
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (1994 to present)

Todd Eastman

Todd loves to dig into a good research project, interpret regulations and policies, and distill the salient and important details into a plan of action. He's particularly good at putting people at ease and listening.

Skill Sets:

  • Stormwater and environmental regulations
  • Research and data collection and analysis
  • Washington State Phase 2 Stormwater Manual
  • Land use regulations
  • Environmental economics

Sam Humphreys

Sam excels at solving problems by asking questions and seeking out sound data. He easily applies systems thinking to identify options and solutions. He loves to connect people and build strong relationships. Sam helps others to utilize their full potential and make the team efforts greater than the sum of its parts.

Skill Sets:

  • Certified in Sustainable Community Development
  • Theoretical and practical understanding of business and sustainability concepts
  • Sustainable, biodegradable, and compostable packaging solutions
  • Proficient in Zoho CRM, Google applications, and Microsoft Office Suite

Dave Ketter

Dave enjoys combining scientific understanding and intuitive processes that help people discover new perspectives that lead to breakthrough solutions. He loves using information to help us make better decisions.

Skill Sets:

  • Program coordination and support
  • Professional development and seminars
  • Conference tabling and workshop facilitation
  • Science communication and outreach strategies
  • Building networks, partnerships, and coalitions
  • Sustainability education consulting
  • Teaching and environmental education

Kat Klass

Kat loves applying research and information to maximize outcomes. She dives into how processes can be streamlined and communicated for holistic success. With her adaptative mindset, she thrives in dynamic situations and engages clients with effective flexibility.

Skill Sets:

  • Sustainability planning
  • Systems thinking and mapping
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Research and subject interviews
  • Data analysis
  • Science communication
  • Problem-solving in high-pressure situations
  • Project management and leadership

Terence Kwan

As a sought-after product designer, Terence loves applying user-centered design thinking to creating innovation. Terence's specialty is focused on sustainability, team research, and a collaborative concept-to-design process.

Skill Sets:

  • Industrial design
  • Design thinking and strategy
  • User-centered design
  • Design for sustainability
  • Packaging and product design
  • Specialties: Rapid visualization, rapid mock-up concepts, 3D CAD and surfacing, ethnographic research and testing, ergonomic design, design for assembly and manufacturing, business model development, design with engineering, team support and leadership

Sarah Parker

Sarah is passionate about identifying and implementing policy solutions that promote climate resilience, equity, and holistic well-being of people and the planet. She loves to engage stakeholders in productive conversations surrounding complex socio-environmental topics, communicating about environmental issues and climate change with diverse audiences, and applying her knowledge of climate and energy policy.

Skill Set:

  • Education and outreach
  • Energy policy
  • Climate planning and policy
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Research, writing, and editing
  • Qualitative research design and implementation (semi-structured interviews, Q-methodology, surveys)
  • Certificate in Energy Policy, Western Washington University, Foundations in Public Policy (Certificate of Completion, International Association of Public Participation (IAP2)

Tracy Petroske

Tracy loves to build and teach educational programs to improve scientific literacy. She is expert at resolving challenges with excitement and grace.

Skill Sets:

  • Education and outreach
  • Science communication and writing
  • Group facilitation
  • Endangered species monitoring and Marine Mammal Acts compliance
  • Research, scientific project design, and analysis
  • Field work, sampling and monitoring

Allison Roberts

Allison enjoys connecting people to ideas, information, and each other through creative and inclusive processes that maximize the value of our collective efforts.

Skill Sets:

  • Community engagement
  • Communications, newsletters, summaries, note taking and minutes
  • Social media content development
  • ​Writing, grant writing, editing, and blogging
  • Internet research and “digging”

David Roberts

David inspires others to discover new possibilities. As a leader, coach, and strategic facilitator, he finds his greatest joy when helping others accomplish goals and experience success.

Skill Sets:

  • Facilitation
  • Strategic planning
  • Climate change
  • Sustainability
  • Watershed planning
  • Community engagement

Ryan Roberts

Ryan is an innate educator and teacher and loves helping others achieve sustainability outcomes. He has a particular interest in process-based thinking an data-driven decision making. Count on him to quickly learn, synthesize, and communicate information, current trends, and patterns and apply it to real-world situations.

Skill Sets:

  • Business Impact Assessments
  • Future Fit coaching
  • Sustainability coaching
  • Agroforestry and Permaculture
  • B Corp certification
  • Third-party and regulatory certifications
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Business Model Canvas (BMC)
  • Design thinking and entrepreneurship
  • Six-Sigma Lean
  • Wilderness First Aid Certified
  • Permaculture Design Certified

Rachel Santa Olalla

Rachel loves using multi-disciplinary tools to nurture ideas into living projects. Exploring the intersections of applied creative processes, she is compelled to make a tangible contribution to a better world through environmental justice

Skill Sets:

  • Landscape design and architecture
  • Visual renderings and design development using several programs
  • GIS, mapping and cartography, and data analysis
  • Project management
  • Public and stakeholder engagement
  • Conservation planning, mitigation, and restoration
  • Contract management and subcontractor negotiations
  • Low Impact Development

Anna Santo

Anna loves translating new ideas and ways of thinking by applying her social scientist skill set in tangible ways to better discover and communicate people’s relationships and choices.

Skill Sets:

  • Community Based Social Marketing
  • Structured survey and semi-structured interview design and implementation
  • Quantitative analytical methods (regression modeling and social network analysis)
  • Qualitative analytical methods (coding to understand themes, case study development, and qualitative comparative analysis)
  • Long-term monitoring plan development
  • Grant writing, tracking, and outcome reporting

Howard Sharfstein

Howard examines complex environmental systems by applying interdisciplinary thinking to integrate years of policy, legal and business experience into collaborative strategies inspired by the young people who will realize resilient climate solutions.

Skill Sets:

  • Corporate law
  • Sustainability in business
  • Renewable energy
  • Environmental management
  • Environmental compliance
  • Project finance
  • Due diligence
  • Corporate governance

Karsten Shein

Karsten loves to unlock the potential of every person to make a difference to the natural world and use words, visualization, and innovative technology to drive practical and positive change. He most enjoys translating science and data into useful information and smart decision making and applying my deep expertise in scientific technology and innovation, environmental policy, and climate planning.

Skill Sets:

  • Climate vulnerability and risk assessments
  • Developing strategic policy initiatives on climate change
  • Energy, aviation, marine, and agriculture sectors
  • Environmental instrumentation and monitoring
  • Geomorphology
  • Ecosystem services and natural infrastructures
  • Statistics and quantitative methods
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)

Patrick Shive

Patrick loves providing clients with practical solutions for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and greenhouse gas mitigation. He's passionate about investigating methods to make a positive and resilient energy future.

Skill Sets:

  • Energy and economic analysis and policy development
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy project development and management
  • Climate change
  • Research and analysis
  • Energy and emissions analysis software – ClearPath, OpenStudio, Energy Plus
  • Greenhouse gas emissions inventories and carbon footprint analysis
  • Green building design and energy efficient operations
  • Business sustainability and community resilience
  • Grant writing

Dan Siemann

Dan loves to address complex challenges of climate change risk and response, carbon sequestration, and natural resource management. He enjoys leading multi-stakeholder processes, facilitating groups towards consensus building and providing strategic guidance, policy and legislative development, risk assessment, and project leadership.

Skill Sets:

  • Carbon sequestration
  • Climate adaptation and resilience
  • Risk assessments
  • Strategic planning
  • Policy and program development
  • Facilitation and collaborative process design
  • Sustainability
  • Greenhouse gas reduction
  • Habitat conservation

Amalia Walton

Amalia has a passion for bringing diverse groups together to find common ground, inspire expansive thinking, and solve complicated challenges with innovative solutions.

Skill Sets:

  • Policy and law for aquatics, geology, land use, fisheries, and tribal governments
  • Legislative and natural resource policy making
  • Negotiation, mediation, and stakeholder engagement
  • Public awareness, communications, and media campaigns
  • Supervision, management, team building, and leadership
  • Natural resource management, recovery, and policy
  • Professional Mediation Skills Training Program Certification

Ravyn Whitewolf

Ravyn enjoys combining people, resources, and scientific understanding with intuitive and holistic approaches that create value for client initiatives, programs, and projects. I love working with diverse groups, resolving conflicts, mentoring, and discovering better ways forward.

Skill Sets:

  • Civil Engineering – Design/construction permitting, communications planning, feasibility studies, permitting
  • Project Management – scheduling, QA/QC, risk analysis, oversee teams
  • Value Engineering Methodology
  • Technical Writing – grants specifications and proposals
  • Community Engagement – facilitation, dispute resolution, and charrettes
  • Public Agency  – 30 years in Whatcom County including formation and sustaining public/private partnerships

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