LTE’s professionals encounter and solve a diverse set of environmental challenges. Our people have the technical expertise and resources clients expect for sensitive, highly visible, and technically challenging projects. We empower every employee to strive for continuous improvement in all aspects of our business, and we promote teamwork, treating everyone with respect. Meet our people.

Tom Murphy, P.G., C.P.G.

CEO/President

Tom Murphy, P.G., C.P.G.

CEO/President

Tom provides the leadership that has brought LTE from a team of two to over 100 with offices throughout the West. Tom’s vision has provided the guiding principles for LTE, from establishing our values to ensuring a culture that embraces those values.

Ashley Ager, P.G.

Sr. Geologist, Vice President of Regional Offices

Ashley Ager, P.G.

Sr. Geologist, Vice President of Regional Offices

Ashley is a remediation expert, particularly for the Oil & Gas industry. She manages LTE’s regional offices and provides expertise to clients in all aspects of environmental consulting. She was recently appointed by the Governor as a COGCC Commissioner.

Steve Kahn, P.E.

Sr. Engineer, Vice President

Steve Kahn, P.E.

Sr. Engineer, Vice President

Steve’s leadership ensures that staff have the support to undertake their roles with confidence, adhere to LTE’s values, and adopt our client’s project goals as their own. Steve is an expert in remedial design for energy clients across the country.

John Peterson, P.G.

Sr. Geologist, COO

John Peterson, P.G.

Sr. Geologist, COO

John ensures all of LTE’s work gets done with the sound foundation, honesty, and integrity inherent in our values. He is an expert in assessment of fugitive methane, site characterization, and litigation support for oil and gas, transportation, and real estate clients.

John Cocroft, P.G.

Sr. Hydrogeologist, Vice President

John Cocroft, P.G.

Sr. Hydrogeologist, Vice President

John’s professional experience includes geologic, geochemical, environmental, hydrogeological, geotechnical, and engineering projects. He uses his technical expertise and business acumen to help clients mesh their business goals with the environmental regulatory landscape.

James A. Short, P.G.

Sr. Geologist, Vice President

James A. Short, P.G.

Sr. Geologist, Vice President

James, a leader with LTE since it’s early days, was instrumental in developing LTE’s quality services. His expertise in due diligence for property transactions, environmental assessment, and regulatory compliance provided the foundation for growing our broad spectrum of services.

Patrick Garland, P.G., C.S.P.

Director of Health and Safety

Patrick Garland, P.G., C.S.P.

Director of Health and Safety

Patrick fosters a culture of safety awareness and is responsible for LTE’s impeccable safety record. He provides safety training, conducts chemical risk studies, safety audits, and invests our staff with the knowledge and authority to stop work if conditions are unsafe.

Nick Talocco, P.E.

Sr. Engineer

Nick Talocco, P.E.

Sr. Engineer

Nick assists LTE’s government and real estate developer clients manage their environmental issues and achieve their project goals. He has extensive experience with environmental engineering including due diligence, wetland and NEPA assessments, remediation design, stormwater management, and asbestos and lead inspections.

Liz Schaack, P.E.

Staff Engineer, Innovation Mgr

Liz Schaack, P.E.

Staff Engineer, Innovation Mgr

Liz’s experience is in remedial design to achieve site closure. She foster’s LTE’s continuous improvement culture in her role as Innovation Manager, seeking out and sharing new ideas to innovate our approaches to solving problems.

Christopher E. Shephard, P.E.

Chief Engineer

Christopher E. Shephard, P.E.

Chief Engineer

Chris oversees the technical components of all remediation and assessment projects. His expertise includes conducting assessments, feasibility studies, remediation design, permitting, construction management, system installation, startup and O&M. He is an expert in both chlorinated and petroleum hydrocarbon remediation.

Chris Purcell, C.P.G.

Sr. Geologist, Director

Chris Purcell, C.P.G.

Sr. Geologist, Director

Chris is an expert in site assessment and materials management programs for construction projects. As program manager for the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety projects, Chris provides expertise is in remediation and closure of underground storage tank sites.

Brian Sulzberger, P.G., P.E.

Sr. Engineer, Geologist

Brian Sulzberger, P.G., P.E.

Sr. Engineer, Geologist

Holding both a license as a Professional Geologist and a Professional Engineer, Brian manages a portfolio of petroleum hydrocarbon release sites throughout Colorado, Texas, and Wyoming. Projects include groundwater remediation at underground storage tank sites, former industrial facilities, landfills, and oil & gas production sites.

Karen Trantow Lim, P.G.

Program Manager, Environmental Compliance

Karen Trantow Lim, P.G.

Program Manager, Environmental Compliance

Karen’s expertise is in due diligence reviews, assessment, and managing complex, multi-disciplinary, regulatory compliance issues for diverse clients in each of our service industries. Karen ensures that clients can focus on their business knowing that regulatory compliance is being handled.

Kyle Schildt, P.E.

Program Manager, Engineering

Kyle Schildt, P.E.

Program Manager, Engineering

Kyle’s expertise is in engineering design, stormwater management, construction management, and contract administration for roadways, drainage improvements, land development, and landfills. He manages a variety of engineering projects for large residential/commercial real estate development companies.

Brett Forkner, CISEC

Sr. Client Solutions Manager

Brett Forkner, CISEC

Sr. Client Solutions Manager

Brett is an expert in stormwater management, erosion control, and site reclamation. His specialty is negotiating compliance activities for oil & gas operators with regulatory agencies. He is a graduate and key contributor to the COGA’s Energy Generation leadership program.

Stay up to date with industry news