Julie Erickson, PMP
President and Chief Executive Officer
“I am proud to build on Stell’s foundation and lean into the issues of climate resiliency. We live in a time where we have opportunities to change the way we live and how we leverage technology to positively impact the world. I am very excited to be leading an outstanding staff who takes delight in our clients’ success with our multidiscipline approach to meeting their goals.”
Julie Erickson grew up on small farm is southeastern Ohio with two older brothers. She served our great nation as a U.S. Navy Radioman and simultaneously obtained her Master’s in Business Administration. She has lived and traveled in all but two continents and loves experiencing new places and cultures. She is a passionate employer who appreciates the challenges of owning and operating a small consulting firm. When not working you can find her enjoying the performing arts, baseball games with her favorite sports commentator (aka Matt Erickson), hiking, or training for some crazy long race in the near future.
John Mieher, PG
Chief Operations Officer
“I have worked in environmental and engineering consulting for almost 30 years; I still have most of my hair but it sure isn’t the same color. I paid my dues early in my career on the graveyard shifts of pump tests and drilling 250-foot wells in the middle of Arizona summers. I am both compassionate and competitive, typically struggling to find the right work-life balance. Along this path, I have figured out my strengths (and weaknesses) and believe the combination of my skills and experience is perfectly situated at Stell. Like Julie, I am excited to lead Stell’s growth and diversity, but almost above all, I am proud of the staff who define the culture and integrity that will make us a resilient firm.”
John grew up in Northern California supported by a father who was a quality inspector at a General Motors production plant and a mother who could not turn away a stray animal. He learned the value of doing things right the first time, getting his hands dirty, and love of mechanical things (mostly bicycles, having owned/built more than 30 so far). When not working, John can be found outdoors cycling (road and mountain), hiking, or yard sculpting (fancy term for yard work). He is also an avid car enthusiast, mostly for classic European roadsters.
Cynthia Bardman, PWS, CWB, CHSS
Director, Environmental Programs
“Underlying themes of our success are accountability and responsibility. We focus on addressing legal and regulatory requirements while meeting schedules and maintaining costs. Stell works with integrity and that is good character.”
Cynthia Bardman has resided in the rural lands of Pennsylvania all of her life. Cyndi is responsible for Stell’s environmental sciences portfolio, to include marketing, project development, and business development. She is also a senior project manager and a senior project scientist with 26 years of professional experience. Cyndi earned her master’s degree in environmental pollution control and a bachelor’s degree in environmental resource management from The Pennsylvania State University. When not working you can find her mountaineering in the Adirondacks or the White Mountains, gardening, teaching children about nature, coaching archery and bicycle racing, or hunting and riding through the mountain ranges of western Wyoming.
Paul Bovitz, PWS, CEM, LEED AP, LSRP
Director, Energy and Climate Resiliency
Mr. Bovitz brings 20 years of environmental management experience to Stell. He is leading Stell’s diversity into asset and energy management, climate change resiliency, and eco-system management via federal, state, municipal, and private sector client markets. Mr. Bovitz has earned a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in finance, a master’s degree in ecology, and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology. He has been responsible for technical direction and management of projects involving assessment of environmental impacts for infrastructure improvements and redevelopment, ports planning and energy development. He has directed and managed projects ranging from remedial investigation to environmental compliance to natural resource projects. He recently participated in program on coastal resiliency in the Netherlands sponsored by the Florida Earth Foundation and UNESCO.
Senior Project Manager
“Being with the company since the beginning, I have seen Stell grow to become a force in the environmental consulting field. Throughout this growth, one thing has never been overlooked here at Stell is that we work tirelessly for the client while putting the environment first.”
Tim Swavely grew up in inner city Reading and has lived his entire life in and around the area. Tim earned his Marine Science degree at Rider University where he met his wife, Brandi. Tim’s first love will always be the ocean, but there is a special place in his heart for geology. He was hired at as a field geologist and has quickly risen through the ranks of the organization. He is now a Senior Project Manager for Stell’s breadth of project types. When not working. Tim can be found trout fishing in a local creek or at home watching any sporting event that happens to be on.
Senior Project Manager
“How does a kid growing up in the inner city of Pittsburgh become so passionate about Native American culture to eventually follow a career as an archaeologist and a cultural resource specialist? My extended family hails from North Dakota where Native American culture was a great influence during family visits growing up. Through the years, I have developed a diverse cultural resources project portfolio working for various cultural resources programs at universities and private company firms throughout the United States. But during my more than 8 years at Stell, I have had the great pleasure of helping to build a strong cultural resources program that has successfully evolved with the company’s other programs, with the future goal to continue its growth through new and innovative ways.”
Patricia Baker has more than 36 years of “in-the-dirt,” supervisory, and project management experience in cultural resources, including historic and prehistoric archaeology and aboveground architectural history across the United States. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and has completed work toward her master’s degree. She has extensive experience working on various federal, state, and local projects to produce the full range of cultural resources reports and documents.
She and her husband, Tom (an archaeologist), live in a 220-year-old log house in western Pennsylvania where they raised two children (also archaeologists). She enjoys traveling and exploring the country, particularly the American Southwest; collecting modern Native American art; cheering on the Pittsburgh sports teams (Steelers, Penguins, Pirates); watching science fiction movies; attending cultural events; enjoying flower shows at Phipps Conservatory; exploring our National Parks; and reading good books.
NEPA Specialist / Project Manager
“I was born in Freehold, New Jersey, in the same hospital as Bruce Springsteen, so it’s no wonder I have so many bosses to report to. My interest in the environmental field stems from growing up in rural southwestern Virginia and spending many hours as a child wandering about 30+ acres of land. Agriculture and forest lands were predominant but interspersed with residential communities typical of a small town.”
Michael obtained a bachelor’s degree in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences with a Minor in Environmental Policy and Planning from Virginia Tech. His first job involved data management and environmental program support to the Navy. He quickly gained an appreciation for the nature and scope of the DoD mission and, by extension, the challenge of balancing military readiness with natural resources stewardship responsibilities held in public trust. His post-graduate studies focused on natural resources management and land use planning. He has since supported DoD entities in areas such as NEPA compliance, encroachment management, and air installation compatible use zone / range air installation compatible use zone study and outreach, natural resources conservation, operational range management, and climate adaptation and resiliency. Michael enjoys travelling to include meeting new people and trying different foods and libations, spending time at the family circus, and sports such as baseball (Yankees), basketball (76ers), football (Giants), and golf.