Key Personnel

Lawra J. Dodge, PG, LSRP, President


Ms. Dodge is the founder and President of Excel Environmental Resources, Inc. (Excel) and has more than 34 years of experience as an environmental geologist and consultant. She is a recognized expert in contaminated property investigation, remedial action design, remediation implementation, and integration of remediation into redevelopment for industrial, military, commercial, residential, and municipal properties. Ms. Dodge has strong technical and regulatory experience and skills and has been actively involved in the Brownfield remediation and redevelopment industry since 1983.  In 2009, she was named one of the Best 50 Women in Business in New Jersey by NJ Business News (NJBiz).

Ms. Dodge has successfully resolved environmental issues at some of the most challenging properties in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. She has designed, implemented, and managed small and large scale remediation and redevelopment projects throughout the Tri-State area for municipalities, counties, redevelopment authorities, industrial/commercial/residential property owners, developers and redevelopers, builders, attorneys, architects, and land planners.

She provides expert consultation to clients for resolution of environmental issues associated with transactional due diligence, cost-effective measures for streamlining and/or re-directing the environmental compliance process on stalled projects, integration of remedial action into redevelopment plans for commercial/retail, residential, industrial, and recreational, and open space end uses, and expert litigation, arbitration, and mediation support, including preparation of expert reports, depositional and expert testimony.

Ms. Dodge works closely with clients so that they better understand the intricacies of the contaminated property remediation and redevelopment process, including identification of Brownfield properties, fully integrating remediation into redevelopment plans, maximizing value for the property owner, developer, and/or builder on a Brownfield redevelopment project, risk and liability reduction through the use of environmental insurance products, acquisition of grants and low/no-interest loans under the NJDEP Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF), obtaining cleanup cost reimbursement via Brownfield Redevelopment Agreements and Economic Recovery Growth Grants (ERGGs), preparation of BDA applications, and cost recovery from insurance carriers and other third-parties.  Click here for Ms. Dodge’s full resume.

Ron Harwood, LSRP, Executive Vice President and Project Director

Mr. Harwood is a Senior Geologist, Project Director and Executive Vice President with over 17 years of experience in environmental consulting working with private and public sector clients. Mr. Harwood’s experience includes planning and implementing environmental investigations, including Preliminary Assessments, Site Investigations, UST closures, and Remedial Investigations, and remediation projects at a variety of sites involving the redevelopment of contaminated properties for residential, commercial, and industrial future uses.  His responsibilities include the management of technical staff and project management and development of the technical and regulatory approaches for characterization of soil and groundwater quality at properties in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Mr. Harwood is highly skilled in the development of effective and cost-efficient technical and cost proposals and investigation work plans.  He reviews and interprets environmental data, coordinates with clients and regulatory agencies, manages subcontractors, supervises the implementation of environmental investigations, and produces final reports.  He also provides technical consultation to re-direct the environmental compliance process on stalled projects, formulates cost-effective approaches to solving complex environmental problems associated with the integration of remedial action into redevelopment plans for a wide variety of end uses, and provides trial testimony for resolution of environmental issues and preparation of expert reports. Click here for Mr. Harwood’s full resume.

Eric J. Mertz, LSRP, Vice President/Remediation Services

Mr. Mertz has more than 16 years of experience as a scientist and consultant with a wide range of environmental and remediation projects experience, including Phase I/Preliminary Assessment (PA), Site Investigation (SI), Remedial Investigation (RI), Remedial Action (RA) design, and construction supervision and management of large-scale, complex soil and groundwater remedial action projects.  He is also skilled in project and forensic cost research for litigation support, analytical data validation and reduction, report and proposal preparation, preparation of Remedial Action Work Plans (RAWPs) and bid specifications, subcontractor solicitation and bid evaluation, and cost estimation for investigation and remediation projects.  Field experience includes supervision of soil excavation and offloading, installation of onsite groundwater treatment and reinjection systems, performance of site inspections and investigations, collection of soil and groundwater samples, supervision of tank closures, test pit excavation, soil borings, well installation, and waste characterization.  Click here for Mr. Mertz’s full resume.

Michael J. Meriney, PG, LSRP, Vice President/Investigation Services

Mr. Meriney is a Vice President and Senior Geologist with more than 22 years experience in the environmental consulting industry.  He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of transaction-related Phase I and II ESAs, PA, SI, and RI for both private and public sector clients.  His experience has included implementation of multiple property investigations for an international convenience store client and SI and remediation for various manufacturing, telecommunication, and utility clients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Mr. Meriney has extensive experience with implementation of environmental compliance projects with regard to New Jersey’s Technical Rules, the ISRA, and Voluntary Cleanup (Memorandum of Agreement – MOA) Programs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including the Pennsylvania Act 2 Land Recycling Program.  Click here for Mr. Meriney’s full resume.

Matthew Mauro, LSRP, Sr. Project Manager

Mr. Mauro has over 14 years experience with a wide range of diverse environmental SI and remediation projects for both the public and private sectors.  He has extensive experience in the design and implementation of PAs, SIs, RIs, EISs, and Phase I and Phase II ESAs.  Mr. Mauro is highly experienced in a variety of field activities, including the collection of soil and groundwater samples and installation of monitoring wells using various drilling and direct push methodologies, implementation of various types of in-situ and ex-situ remediation technologies, and management of small and large-scale remediation and UST removal projects.  Mr. Mauro has over 5 years of experience in planning and implementing lead-based paint and asbestos investigations and surveys and his analytical background includes 4 years as an analytical chemist and field technician under the direct supervision of the USEPA.  Click here for Mr. Mauro’s full resume.