QK, a leading multi-discipline consulting firm, is excited to announce five new hires in our engineering and environmental permitting groups. Leonard Brum, Trisha Barlow, and Mattie Boren, all Central Valley natives, have joined QK as assistant engineers; Ross Hinderer comes to us from Montana as an associate environmental scientist; and Theresa Brickley comes from Northern California, bringing her passion and experience with bats to QK as an associate environmental scientist.

Leonard Brum, EIT has extensive knowledge of regulatory requirements for water and wastewater systems. After over 10 years of experience in water treatment plants as a certified level II water distribution and water treatment operator, Mr. Brum returned to Fresno State and obtained his BS in Civil Engineering in 2015. Mr. Brum’s combination of field experience and education helps our clients resolve existing water and regulatory issues.

Trisha Barlow, EIT graduated in 2013 from UC Irvine with a BS in Civil Engineering. Ms. Barlow comes from a small engineering firm focused on land development and came to QK to grow her skills with municipalities and other market sectors. She will be assisting with designs to address access for those with disabilities (ADA compliance), regulatory engineering such as storm water pollution prevention and dust control plans, as well as providing other engineering support.

Mattie Boren (Merrill), EIT has early professional experience involving land development and municipal work with a focus on traffic analysis and modeling, air quality compliance and permitting entitlements.  Her early experience introduced her to agency coordination and project management which compliments engineering to achieving project success. Ms. Boren graduated from Fresno State in 2014 with a BS in Civil Engineering. She recently married Clayton Merrill, another local engineer, and relocated to the firm’s Visalia office.

Ross Hinderer graduated from Montana State with an MS in Biological Sciences in 2015 after earning his BS degree in Biology from Ohio Northern University. His experience includes wildlife surveys, habitat documentation, and construction monitoring.  Mr. Hinderer’s species experience includes desert tortoise and other reptiles, as well as several amphibians; burrowing owls; desert kit fox; and various nesting birds.

Theresa Brickley’s primary interests and areas of expertise includes bats and mesocarnivores, special status species and research, and technical document preparation.  She has participated in small mammal trapping, and numerous field surveys for various species, including Swainson’s hawks and other raptors. Ms. Brickley attended San Jose State where she received a BS in Justice Studies and a MS in Biological Studies.

In addition to the new hires above, QK has added an additional 6 professionals to our Visalia and Bakersfield offices.

QK’s team of experienced professionals has been providing services to our clients for 45 years.  These additions to the company allow QK to continue helping our clients build great communities and healthy environments.