The Team

AllStar Ecology, LLC relies on an experienced, well-trained, and knowledgeable staff with a diversity of skills to meet the needs of our clients.  ASE employs over thirty different environmental scientists with specialists in wetlands, streams, botany, endangered species, forestry, regulatory/permitting, archaeology, and general biology/natural resource management.  ASE further invests in its employees by providing top-notch training and professional development opportunities to ensure staff  have the most up to date skills and knowledge to perform at a high level of excellence.  Attached are the resumes of the company owners and key personnel.

Walter Veselka, Senior Environmental Scientist / Project Manager

M.S. WILDLIFE RESOURCES, WVU
WETLAND SPECIALIST
TERRESTRIAL SPECIES INVENTORIES
CONSTRUCTION MONITORING
GIS MAPPING & ANALYSIS

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304-906-5536

Walter Veselka is an owner in AllStar Ecology and has worked throughout the United States with focuses on industry consulting and environmental research. Mr. Veselka specializes in wildlife biology and wetland issues with specific focus on the ecological and functional assessment of wetlands for regulatory purposes and mitigation. Mr. Veselka is an experienced wetland scientist and has worked on projects for oil/gas, coal, and residential/commercial development.

 

Sarah Veselka, Senior Environmental Scientist / Project Manager

M.S. FISHERIES RESOURCES, WVU
WATER QUALITY MONITORING
STREAM BIOASSESSMENTS
MACROINVERTEBRATE IDENTIFICATION (NABS FAMILY CERTIFIED)
FRESHWATER MUSSEL SURVEYS

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304-282-9493

Sarah Veselka is an owner of AllStar Ecology and specializes in stream ecosystems. She has over twelve years of experience working within aquatic research laboratories and for not-profit organizations conducting stream water quality monitoring, and fish and macroinvertebrate community assessments. Ms. Veselka has also served as an environmental consultant in Colorado, Georgia, and West Virginia. Her skill include southern and central Appalachian freshwater fish, mussel, and aquatic benthic macroinvertebrate identification.

 

Ryan Ward, Senior Environmental Scientist / Project Manager

M.S. WILDLIFE RESOURCES, WVU
STREAM AND WETLAND MITIGATION PLANNING
STREAM AND WETLAND ASSESSMENT AND DELINEATION
NATURAL STREAM CHANNEL DESIGN
STORMWATER PERMIT MONITORING

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304-692-7477

Ryan Ward is an owner of AllStar Ecology and has worked throughout the United States on various projects with an emphasis on wildlife research. Mr. Ward has studied in environments in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Oklahoma. He also has extensive regulatory experience throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, especially in West Virginia and Virginia where is is a Certified Professional Wetland Delineator. Mr. Ward specializes in stream and wetland issues including delineation, compensatory mitigation, permitting, natural stream design, and wetland restoration.

 

Gregory Short Jr., Senior Environmental Scientist / Project Manager

A.S. NATURAL RESOURCES AND WILDLIFE, GCC
THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES SURVEYS
CERTIFIED TRAINED WETLAND DELINEATOR
FLORISTIC INVENTORIES
LAND AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT PLANS

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304-216-5690

Greg Short is an owner in AllStar Ecology and has worked throughout the eastern United States conducting vegetation surveys and threatened and endangered species surveys. Mr. Short has conducted floristic inventories in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and New Jersey. He has been affiliated with various private, state, and federal agencies conducting threatened & endangered species surveys for plants and mammals throughout Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Mr. Short is an experienced wetland delineator and has worked on projects for oil/gas, coal, and residential/commercial development.

 

Jack L. Wallace, Rare, Threatened and Endangered Animal Specialist

B.S. WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT, WVU
THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES SURVEYS

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304-816-3490

Jack Wallace jointed the AllStar Ecology team in 2012. Mr. Wallace is a 24 year RTE specialist with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, and has an intimate knowledge of West Virginia's imperiled species and their habitats and requirements. Mr. Wallace has worked with private, state, federal, and international entities on a variety of RTE issues in West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia. Mr. Wallace has extensive experience working with WV endemics (WV northern flying squirrel, Cheat Mountain Salamander, and Cheat threetooth snail), as well as bats (Indiana and VA big-eared), mussels, and birds of prey (bald and golden eagles and peregrine falcons).

 

Mitzy L. Schaney, Lead Archaeologist

M.S. GEOLOGY, WVU
ARCHEOLOGICAL SURVEYS
SOIL SCIENCE
PERMITTING
WETLAND DELINEATIONS

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304-816-3490

Mitzy Schaney is the Lead Archaeologist for AllStar Ecology and has worked in Appalachia as an Archaeologist for over ten years. She has worked extensively both for and with federal agencies including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and private consulting firms. She is certified to conduct archeological surveys in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Ms. Schaney also specializes in soil and wetland sciences and is a certified wetland delineator.

 

James R. King, Soil / Environmental Scientist

M.S. SOIL SCIENCE, WVU
STREAM AND WETLAND DELINEATIONS
SOIL SCIENCE
STREAM AND WETLAND CONSTRUCTION
PERMITTING

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304-816-3490

Jim King joined the AllStar Ecology team in 2011. Mr. King has extensive experience in mining reclamation and significant wetland experience within the Mid-Atlantic region. Mr. King has worked extensively on mining projects and oil and gas projects delineating and assessing streams and wetlands for permitting and avoidance for the construction of well pads, frac pits, freshwater impoundments, access roads, and pipeline routing. Mr. King plays an important role in overseeing many of our mitigation construction projects.

 

James Connolly, Project Manager / Forester

B.S. FOREST RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, WVU
CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL FORESTER
FOREST INVENTORIES AND MENSURATION

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304-816-3490

James Connolly, ASE Forester, has worked throughout the eastern United States on various projects with an emphasis on long-term forest monitoring research. He has supported a range of projects, in the research field, for the U.S. Forest Service, throughout various regions of West Virginia. Mr. Connolly is also a certified Professional Forester in the state of West Virginia and has extensive experience grading timber stands throughout the state.