Senior Hydrologist

Miles Waite is the Owner and Senior Hydrogeologist. He has over twenty years of experience in the fields of environmental consulting and research. Miles’ consulting specialty is groundwater quality, but is also regularly involved with projects that involve soil quality, air quality, environmental cleanup and remediation, wastewater management, stormwater management, and hazardous waste management. Miles also has expertise in due diligence and landowner liability, and often works with developers, attorneys, and realtors on site assessments and Brownfield redevelopment projects.

Miles has a BA in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geology (1991) and a PhD in Geology (1998). Miles is a registered Professional Geologist (PG) in New Hampshire and New York. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife and three children.

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Senior Hydrogeologist

Craig Heindel has more than forty years of experience as Hydrogeologist and Project Manager in projects regarding wastewater disposal, solid waste disposal, water supply, aquifer and well analysis, groundwater flow and drainage, stormwater management, and erosion and sediment control. Craig has expertise in Vermont’s land use development and permitting, with a long history of expert testimony work.

Craig has a BA in Geology (1971) and a MS in Geology (1980). Craig is a Certified Professional Geologist (American Institute of Professional Geologists), and a registered Professional Geologist (PG) in New Hampshire and New York. Craig lives in Ferrisburgh with his wife and likes to spend time with his two grown children.

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Project Scientist

Wendy Shellito has over twenty years of experience as Scientist and Project Manager in projects that involve groundwater quality, soil quality, air quality, environmental cleanup and remediation, and hazardous waste management. Wendy’s specialty has been landfill compliance monitoring, due diligence consulting, Phase I and Phase II ESAs, data management and analysis, field sampling, and GIS.

Wendy has a BS in Geography (1999). Wendy is an Environmental Professional as defined by the federal Standards and Practice for All Appropriate Inquiries, and has training in asbestos testing and management.

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Staff Scientist

Christopher Page has seven years of experience in research and consulting. As Project Scientist, Chris assists and manages projects involving groundwater quality, soil quality, air quality, environmental cleanup and remediation, and hazardous waste management. With work experience and training in wetlands ecology and soil science, Chris also gets involved with wetlands assessment and plant inventories for permitting. Chris also has experience in indirect discharge and direct discharge/dewatering permitting. Chris’s technical skills include GIS mapping, GPS surveying, and he is learning CADD.

Chris has an Honors BS in Environmental Science (2011) from the University of Vermont. Christopher lives in Winooski with his wife and two children. As a hobbyist musician, Chris spends ample time performing live with several Burlington-area groups as well as in select studio projects.

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Staff Geologist

Sam Cowan is a graduate of Middlebury College, with a BA in Geology (2016) focused in Environmental Geochemistry. During his senior year, Sam completed a thesis that delved into the geochemistry of the Champlain Valley Shales, and their potential impact on Vermont water quality. Sam joined Waite-Heindel to gain professional experience in the field and office, on the path to becoming a Professional Geologist. As Staff Geologist, Sam is involved in projects addressing groundwater, soil, and air quality, along with landfill monitoring. He is a functional member in the field, assisting in well and vapor point monitoring, and sample collection.  At the office, Sam assists with, site research, data processing and analysis, and writing technical reports such as Phase I ESA reports.

Sam currently lives in Ferrisburgh, and enjoys exploring the endless mountain bike trails and swimming holes that Vermont has to offer. When winter comes, Sam can be found in the Green Mountains looking for first tracks.

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Staff Scientist

Hannah Weiss (she/they) graduated with an M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont (UVM) in 2020. She researched a climate-change adaptation that would allow a local Nordic ski center to begin their ski season on time – and once proving the physical feasibility, she analyzed for financial and environmental feasibility. She completed her B.S. in Environmental Science with a Geology concentration and a Mathematics minor from UVM in 2018. Hannah joined Waite-Heindel in 2021 as a Staff Scientist and is interested in the application of state and federal environmental regulations. She conducts field work for projects involving groundwater monitoring, vapor intrusion, soil sampling, and landfill monitoring. In the office she conducts site research, analyzes data, and writes technical reports such as Phase I ESAs, Phase II ESAs, groundwater/vapor monitoring reports, and Source Protection Plans.

Hannah also has a professional background in environmental/outdoor education and is passionate about teaching science/wilderness skills to folks of any age and background. She lives in Winooski with her partner Molly and about 30 house plants. In the summer she loves backpacking, paddle-boarding, and hammocking and in the winter she loves skiing, snow-shoeing, and hammocking.

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Office Manager

Jane Sanpetrino manages all the secretarial and accounting needs of the office. Her duties include invoicing, banking, record keeping, Quick Books management, data entry, report production, library management, office mailings, and office supply inventory.

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