The JBE Team

Widespread resources positioned across the US 

Management Team

John M. Beath, PE (Texas), LCACP   |   LLC Manager, Senior Technical Consultant and Environmental Coach

John Beath has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Georgia Tech and more than thirty years of combined engineering, environmental and sustainability experience.  His industry assignments have included process engineering, planning and environmental positions at a refinery (including as an environmental superintendent), as well as a role as a corporate regional manager for remediation.  Following his industry assignments, he led program implementation at a major consultant company for eighteen years, including leading MACT implementation, Title V permitting, compliance assurance, RCRA permitting, emissions estimation, BWON, and LDAR support. He has worked in more than 16 refineries (including in China and South Africa).  Since founding JBE, he has led a wide variety of environmental compliance and sustainability projects, and has been very active at sharing his knowledge through papers, by leading training sessions and by facilitating workshops.  Full Bio

Kristen Rowe, MEM   |   Sustainability Practice Manager, Senior Sustainability Consultant

Kristen Rowe has bachelor’s degrees in both environmental engineering and international affairs from Lafayette College, and completed the Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) program at Duke University.  Kristen has ten years of experience as an environmental consultant, focused on sustainability and air compliance.  Her air environmental experience includes CEMS data analysis in support of consent decree enforcement and work on a refinery TRI report.  She has developed GHG reporting strategies for various industry sectors, and has led life cycle assessments and carbon footprints for a wide assortment of clients.  Full Bio

Brandie M. Sebastian, LCA-CP   |   Sustainability Practice Co-Lead, Senior Sustainability Consultant

Brandie M. Sebastian has over thirteen years of professional sustainability experience, including nearly seven years of sustainability consulting and over six years managing the sustainability program and serving as the in-house life cycle assessment (LCA) expert for a materials industry association.  Brandie earned her Bachelors’ degree in Environmental Systems Engineering and her Masters’ in Energy & Geo-Environmental Engineering from Penn State University. Her experience includes conducting, managing, and reviewing life cycle assessment and carbon footprint studies in the materials, energy, construction, automotive, healthcare, and consumer product sectors. She is also adept at collecting and disseminating life cycle inventory data, and is experienced at developing Product Category Rules (PCRs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), strategic planning, and sustainability metrics and reporting initiatives.  Full Bio

Kathy Yeager   |   Administrative Manager

Kathy Yeager has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and an MBA from Gannon University; and more than 25 years of experience in administrative services management in the health care industry. She brings her experience managing complex billing and accounting systems to the environmental consulting business.  She has recently led JBE through the quiet and uneventful transition from one payroll system to another in support of employees in 10 states.

JBE Staff

Abrar Ansari   |   Transformation & Integration Practice Lead

As a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), Abrar has over 27 years of fortune 500 executive management engagement and EHS & ESG program development experience. He has been instrumental in supporting global organizations design, develop and manage operational performance engagements. Abrar has actively led and facilitated corporate EHS & ESG strategy playbooks for integrated program development, organizational transformation initiatives tied to business growth strategies and developed large multi-national programmatic support frameworks with global delivery teams. Over the years, he has served a diversified portfolio of clients in energy, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and agribusiness sectors. He has deep subject matter expertise in designing integrated governance frameworks, creating enterprise risk management strategies, designing and deploying management systems and commercializing software solutions. Abrar is a power-point expert with the ability to express complex, multi-dimensional models with simplicity breaking them down into small achievable steps.  Full Bio

Sarah Elizabeth Backes   |   Senior Environmental Consultant

Sarah Backes has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of South Alabama and seven years of experience as an environmental consultant focused on air-related issues.  Her air experience includes supporting client needs related to the Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting (GHG) Rule, as well as for Title V, PSD, NSPS, and NESHAPs programs.  This work has included reporting, permitting and emissions calculations for a multitude of industries including upstream and midstream oil and gas, downstream refining, pipelines, steel mills, chemical manufacturing, and others.   Her recent work at JBE has included leading Tier Two and SARA TRI reports for refineries and assisting with various regulatory compliance assessments.  Full Bio

Lauren Beath   |   Graphic Designer

Lauren Beath has a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Texas State University and focuses on creating refined and impactful brand experiences. She collaborates with teams to develop design systems, strategies, and processes to deliver technical content and increase target-market visibility through eye-catching visuals. Strategically, Lauren aims to elevate brand offerings, shift mindsets and unleash project movement by pinpointing audience appeal and distilling core messaging down to its clearest visual form. This creative problem solving uses design to engage, empower, and educate across print, screen, and space.

Roxanne Becker   |   Sustainability Consultant

Roxanne Becker has a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering doubled with engineering in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. She continued at Carnegie Mellon for a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering with a research project for the DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratories to create an economic input-output life cycle model specifically for Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Roxanne has over 15 years of experience performing life cycle assessments for various industries and groups and has been a Life Cycle Assessment Certified Practitioner since the creation of the certification in 2008. Much of her work has focused on energy systems from LCAs of the power industry to focused work on fuel systems and the impact of various regulations on fuel sources worldwide. Full Bio

Amy Caffarella   |   Senior Compliance and Sustainability Consultant

Amy Caffarella has a bachelor’s degree in meteorology with a concentration in air quality from Penn State University, and recently completed her master’s degree in sustainable engineering (environmental sustainability track) from Villanova University.  Amy has more than ten years of environmental consulting experience, with a focus on air quality permitting, compliance, air dispersion modeling, and sustainability. Full Bio

Temis Coral   |   Senior Sustainability Consultant

Temis Coral has a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and Bachelor’s Degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. Temis has seven years of experience on operations consulting, manufacturing processes and environmental management in several sectors including consumer goods, food products, mining, construction and environmental NGO’s.  Full Bio

Denise Grubert   |   Senior Compliance and Sustainability Consultant

Denise Grubert has over a decade of experience as an environmental consultant focused on sustainability and air quality compliance. Denise earned a Bachelors’ degree in Environmental Technology with a minor in Environmental Toxicology from North Carolina State University and a Masters’ of Environmental Management (MEM) from Duke University. She is an expert in quantifying Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions inventory and developing corporate strategy for disclosing climate related data. Denise also has experience with designing and implementing holistic environmental data collection and reporting systems, 3rd party validation efforts for environmental data, marginal abatement cost curves, implementing emission reduction strategies, benchmarking studies, stakeholder engagement initiatives, supporting materiality assessments, and submitting compliance reports. Full Bio

Robert (Robin) Hill   |   Senior Environmental Consultant

Robin Hill has over 20 years of experience as an environmental engineer, primarily with air compliance programs. He was the environmental coordinator at a Texas petroleum calcining plant for 2 years. Previously, he worked as an environmental engineer at a Texas petroleum refinery for 16 years. He was also an environmental consultant for 2 years in Texas. A brief highlight of his skills/experiences include: Title V programs at petroleum refineries and coke plants, conducting Title V due-diligence compliance demonstrations as part of corporate audit teams, NSR and Title V, and TPDES permitting, including new and modified construction and renewals, reporting of spills, upsets/emissions events and releases to applicable agencies, emissions inventory preparation and reporting, performance emissions testing, stack emissions monitors (CEMS and COMS), periodic compliance reports including DMRs, refinery NSPS and MACT, and Title V deviations, preparing and conducting training, Class D domestic wastewater plant operator, solid waste programs, waste water discharge programs, Pollution Prevention Plan programs, and SPCC and GLO spill response programs. Full Bio

Rachel Kazanski   |   Senior Environmental Engineer

Rachel Kazanski has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and is a registered professional engineer in Texas. Rachel has four years of experience as an environmental consultant, focused on air permitting and compliance, GHG Reporting, and air dispersion modeling, in the upstream oil & gas and manufacturing sectors. Rachel specializes in creating tools in Microsoft Excel to support clients in these areas. Full Bio

Scott Kirby, Ph.D.   |   Senior Environmental Consultant

Scott Kirby has a doctorate and a master’s of science in environmental engineering, and a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering, all from the University of Alabama.  Scott has more than nine years of compliance management consulting, specializing in air quality permitting and compliance, process safety and risk management, and environmental management information systems design and deployment.  Full Bio

Kathryn Lintner   |   Business Practices Coach

Kathryn Lintner has over 24 years of account management, performance improvement, sales and environmental and sustainability experience for companies of all sizes, including multi-national Fortune 500 companies.  She has worked at manufacturing sites and within corporate functions, both as a direct employee and as a consultant/coach.  Her extensive expertise in engaging cross-functional stakeholders coupled with a wide variety of environmental and sustainability technical knowledge guarantees practical, business-oriented solutions to performance challenges.  Kathryn builds teams and forges relationships to effectively drive execution of business and environmental excellence through performance improvement initiatives and by using a systems approach to create sustainable programs and solutions.

Sean P. Lott   |   Senior Environmental Consultant

Sean Lott has been an environmental professional for nearly ten years.  For the last six years, Sean held the position of Environmental Engineer for a major Canadian oil and gas company.  He spent over three years of his experience directly in involved with day-to-day compliance and operations at a refinery in the mid-western region of the United States.  The last two and a half years, Sean was part of a Corporate Air Team, where he assisted with the development of a Corporate Air Strategy.  The Corporate Air Strategy included initial compliance demonstrations for hundreds of facilities across western Canada and long-term planning for new and emerging Canadian oil and gas sector air regulations for both upstream and downstream operations.  Sean brings great industry experience to the JBE Compliance Team.

Michael C. Miller   |   Senior Environmental Consultant

Mike Miller has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Resource Management from The Pennsylvania State University along with over 30 years of experience in a variety of environmental as well as occupational health and safety matters. His environmental experience has been predominantly associated with air regulatory program compliance in the petrochemical industry, including New Source Review air permitting, Title V permitting and compliance, New Source Performance Standards, NESHAP rules, and MACT standards. He also has extensive experience with RCRA waste and hazardous waste, remediation, and waste water. His experience also includes work in the synthetic rubber manufacturing industry, as well as non-ferrous metals manufacturing and finishing. Full Bio

Trisha Montalbo   |   Senior Sustainability Consultant

Trisha Montalbo has over nine years of experience in sustainability consulting. She earned her bachelor’s and graduate degrees in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before getting involved in conducting life cycle assessments (LCAs) and greenhouse gas inventories. While most of her experience is in the building & construction and consumer packaged goods sectors, she has worked with clients throughout the supply chain from raw material producers to waste management companies. She also has extensive knowledge of environmental product declarations (EPDs) and has participated in product category rule (PCR) development, as well as co-chaired ACLCA’s PCR Committee. Full Bio

Bonnie Nixon   |   Senior Sustainability Consultant

Bonnie Nixon has a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, a masters in education from Pepperdine University, and is currently a Ph. D. candidate from Pepperdine University. She has more than twenty years of environmental and sustainability experience. As a strategist, collaborator and educator, Ms. Nixon knows how to transform traditional thinking, advise companies and inspire major breakthroughs. She is committed to technology solutions for global resource management and corporate social responsibility challenges and known for designing, operationalizing and promoting complex and large-scale sustainability and social impact programs and organizations with a focus on standards, monitoring, verification and reporting. Full Bio

Matt Peak, PE (Michigan)   |   Senior Environmental Engineer

Matt Peak has over 25 years of EHS Compliance and engineering experience.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Colorado School of Mines.  His EHS compliance experience includes corporate and plant compliance management system development (including business requirements analysis), EHS audit program development, and preparation of plans, reports and permit applications (air, water and waste) as required by federal, state, and local environmental regulations.  He has developed EHS audit programs for companies in the oil and gas, chemical, automotive, and manufacturing.   He has also conducted over 100 audits in North America.  He has also integrated IS014001 into an EMS for all company facilities across North America. Full Bio

Doug Price, PE (Texas)   |   Senior Environmental Engineer

Doug PriceDoug Price has bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and business administration finance from UT Austin.  He  has over thirty years of experience in the environmental field, with a strong emphasis in air quality issues.  He has provided environmental consulting services to clients in the refining, petrochemical, oil & gas, and other industries; and also has twelve combined years industry experience in refinery and division-level environmental compliance assignments.  Full Bio

Scott Unger, Ph.D.   |   Senior Sustainability Consultant

Scott Unger has a Ph.D. in Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering from Arizona State University. Scott has eight years of experience in life cycle assessment and developing metrics for sustainability. His experience includes: lead authorship on seven peer-reviewed publications grounded in sustainability and life cycle assessment (focusing primarily on healthcare products); lead author on the water quality section of the 2nd Triennial Report to Congress on Biofuels and the Environment; and, developing several USEPA reports and/or datasets focusing on life cycle assessment, emissions modeling, and/or inventory development. Full Bio

Paula Vosmus, PE (Louisiana)   |   Senior Environmental Engineer

Paula Vosmus has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tulane University and over six years of combined experience as both an environmental consultant and a process engineer, for a variety of clients in the petrochemical, refinery, pipeline, and paper industries.  Her environmental experience focused primarily on air compliance issues and includes supporting client needs related to Title V, PSD, NSPS, and NESHAPs programs.  This work has included reporting, permitting, emissions calculations, regulatory analyses, and designing air emissions compliance certification systems for a multitude of industries including refining, chemical manufacturing, pipelines and others.  Full Bio

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Joyce Kristiansson, CEP, CHMM, CPEA   |   Senior Environmental Consultant

Joyce KristianssonJoyce Kristiansson has a B.A. in Biology from Southern Illinois University and a Masters Degree in Environmental Management from the University of Houston.  She has more than thirty years of environmental compliance experience in a combination of regulatory agency, industry and consulting organizations.  She has led teams providing compliance and management systems solutions to major oil and energy companies, various ports and others.  She has developed numerous audit protocols and overseen audits on four continents. Full Bio

Ana Maria Leal-Yepes   |   Senior Sustainability Consultant

Ana holds degrees in Business from Rochester Institute of Technology, Arts in Industrial Design from Rochester IT, and Sustainable Systems from Golisano Institute for Sustainability. Her core qualifications include the execution of environmental product declarations, health product declarations, cradle to cradle certification assessments, recyclability studies for waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) directive, LCAs, and sustainability training and eco design. She has over ten years of environmental sustainability experience including setting direction for sustainable products and packaging. She participated in the update of the Environmental standard IEEE 1680-1 Standard for the Environmental Assessment of Personal Computers Products. In addition, she helped developed the product category rules for the life cycle assessment of Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) equipment for the EU PEF pilot project. She contributed to the NSF/ANSI 426 Environmental Leadership Standard for Servers. Full Bio

Rebecca LeBlanc   |   Senior Environmental Consultant

Rebecca holds degrees in Business from Endicott College and Technical Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology. She has completed coursework in Sustainable Operations and Principles & Strategies for Sustainability at the Institute for Global Sustainability at the University of Vermont, Industrial Ecology at Harvard University, LCA training through ISSP, iFu (Umberto NXT), and Regression Analytics from MIT. For the past 7 years, she has worked with a client-base who has just started their sustainability journey. These engagements have included working with the executive teams on the initial materiality assessments and developing the metrics to support the integration of sustainability into their annual reporting. Full Bio

Dean Ritts, PE, CEM, LEED AP O+M   |   Compliance and Sustainability Engineer

Dean RittsDean Ritts is an environmental engineer with nearly thirty years of experience in Environmental Compliance and Sustainability Engineering.  He has been leading EHS-S teams that deliver reductions in non-compliance events and sustainable solutions by finding common ground across diverse constituencies within manufacturing, R&D, and corporate environments.  He has had the unique experience of performing engineering services for an engineering design firm, as well as for a major environmental consulting firm.  His environmental compliance experience extends broadly into all media, and he has extensive experience in the use of the WATER9 wastewater treatment air emissions model.  Full Bio