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    J. Scott Bush, P.G.

    J. Scott Bush, P.G. has been practicing environmental and geotechnical consulting for over 22 years. He is the owner and president of J. Scott Bush Company, P.C., Earthology, Inc., and Bush Drilling and Mineral Exploration, Inc. Mr. Bush also teaches as a full-time adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State University, and periodically teaches in the Department of Earth Sciences at California University of Pennsylvania. He holds professional licenses in 32 states and owns corporations that provide professional consulting services to clients domestic and abroad. Locally, he has provided professional consulting services to Seton Hill University, West Virginia University, Penn State University, Fay-Penn Economic Development Council, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Aviation, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the City of Pittsburgh and the California Area School District. The local clients involve projects, such as Hazardous Waste Assessments and Investigations for the three-proposed corridors of the Mon-Fayette Expressway, the Geotechnical Engineering Studies and Investigations for the State Route 21 Corridor, the Geotechnical Engineering Studies and Investigations for the Mon-Fayette Expressway Finley Connector Section , the Hazardous Waste Studies, Investigations, and Remediation for the New Performing Arts Center at Seton Hill University, the Slope Stability Analyses for the Centerville Section of the Mon-Fayette Expressway, and the Geotechnical Engineering Studies and Investigations for the New California High School Athletic Stadium. Mr. Bush also completed the Hazardous Waste Studies, Investigations, and Remediation for three United States Environmental Protection Agency sanctioned Superfund Sites, and has also provided expert testimony to various law firms for more than 400-cases.

    Brandi Kennedy '07

    Brandi Kennedy is a 2007 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania. A political science major, Brandi has dedicated her career to serving the Commonwealth. She started as an intern in former Speaker Denny O’Brien’s Office of Special Projects and was hired to staff full time in 2008 as the Special Projects Assistant to write speeches, draft press releases, and execute public events. In 2009 she became the Legislative Assistant to Rep. Marc J. Gergely where she interfaced with lobbyists and constituents to address legislative issues and served as the event coordinator for the PA Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus. This February, Brandi joined the Legislative Policy & Research Office as a Research Associate in the Workforce & Commerce Unit. Specializing in Labor, Professional Licensure, Commerce & Consumer Affairs issues, Brandi drafts letters, legislation, amendments and resolutions on behalf of Members of the House of Representatives.

    Dr. David G. Kimmel

    Dr. David Kimmel is an assistant professor in the Department of Biology/Institute for Coastal Science and Policy at East Carolina University. A graduate of Penn State University, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Dr. Kimmel researches zooplankton dynamics in estuarine and coastal systems. He is particularly interested in determining how zooplankton populations respond to environmental forcing, using a combination of traditional and novel investigative methods. Dr. Kimmel has published many articles documenting the effect of climate on zooplankton in the Chesapeake Bay and around the Gulf Coast.  

    David Marks

    David Marks attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and earned a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh. Marks managed oil and gas exploration activities for 12 years throughout North America before returning to southwestern Pennsylvania in 1991. He served as operations manager for Consolidated Natural Gas Energy Services (1993-1998), director of industrial marketing operations for Nicole Energy (1999-2000), senior market analyst for Dominion Transmission (2001-2003), and senior gas trader and position manager at Allegheny Energy’s unregulated gas desk from 2003 to 2011. Marks served six years on the City of Duquesne’s Planning Commission and one year as the city’s emergency management administrator. He has performed energy consulting for the Steel Valley Council of Governments and, most recently, as a consultant on Marcellus Shale development issues to the Allegheny County Council.