Mr. Rains has nearly 10 years experience working in the environmental field, where his responsibilities have primarily consisted of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) related services and due diligence services (Phase I Environmental Site Assessments). He has served as Project Coordinator for numerous NEPA compliant Environmental Assessments for both public and private sector clients. Projects included a proposed coal-powered electrical generating station, a 235-mile transmission line study, and numerous national cemetery expansions.
Mr. Rains spent his first six years with AMEC in Columbia, South Carolina where he served as President of the South Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals. He moved with his family to Phoenix in 2010 and has served as an AZAEP Board member since 2011. Mr. Rains has Masters degrees in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School and Earth Resources Management from University of South Carolina.
Ms. Jennie Curé is a registered Landscape Architect in Arizona where she has resided for the past twenty-seven years. Upon moving to Arizona from New Hampshire, her childhood home, she worked for a L.A. firm prior to establishing a design/build firm focusing on desert plant material research and use in the built environment. She received her B.S. in Biology from Keene State College in New Hampshire. Recently she completed her M.S. in International Environmental Technology Management from Arizona State University. Ms. Curé received the Ecosystem Services Section of the Border Sustainability Fellowship sponsored by the Southern California Ecosystems Research Program (SCERP) and The North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS). The fellowship culminated in the production of an educational brochure for Audubon Arizona and The Nature Conservancy to facilitate the reclamation of agricultural fields in the San Pedro River Watershed to native grasses. The topic was expanded and published as an applied project for graduate school. Ms. Curé presented “Agricultural Field Reclamation utilizing Native Grass Crop Production-Lower San Pedro Watershed” at the Madrean Conference, Tucson, AZ May, 2012. Ms. Curé enjoys exploring natural and built environments and can be found reading, hiking and riding her horses. She joined the AZAEP Board this year as an At-Large member.
She joined the AZAEP Board in 2012 as an At-Large member
Dr. Gade is the Biology Team Lead, Environmental Planning Group at the Arizona Department of Transportation. She is an ecologist and environmental planner with experience in regulatory compliance, environmental assessment, field survey, wetland delineation and jurisdictional determinations, team leadership and project management. Her dissertation research was focused on plant migration along freeways in the Phoenix metropolitan area (conducted with assistance from the ADOT Natural Resources group). Dr. Gade has worked in biology and environmental planning for transportation projects in the western United States, primarily Arizona, for the past six years. Her technical experience includes:
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