At the start of the year, three of our employee-owners announced new licenses and registrations, each of them involving professional practice, focused study, and rigorous testing. We want to take a moment to congratulate each of them on their achievements.

David Reese Elizabeth Schalo

David Reese is now a Registered Landscape Architect for the State of Oregon. Since joining us in 2016, he has been combining his design experience, background in construction, and material understanding to develop practical, creative solutions. He has collaborated with engineering and architectural teams on a range of project types, including parks and recreation, restoration, planning, and infrastructure. David can now sign landscape design drawings and documents, as he becomes ESA’s ninth employee-owner to hold this professional registration in our Landscape Architecture group. Congratulations, David Reese, RLA!

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Schalo has earned her Professional Engineering license in the State of California. She now joins 28 other employee-owners at ESA who hold this license, allowing her to prepare, sign, and seal and submit engineering plans and drawings to a public authority for approval, or seal engineering work for our clients. Since 2019, Lizzie has been providing a range of hydrologic and hydraulic analyses in floodplain mapping and coastal wetland restoration for our projects, as well as preparing vulnerability assessments and adaptation plans to inform cities on sea-level rise and climate change. Congratulations, Lizzie Schalo, PE!

Kyle Garcia is now a Registered Professional Archaeologist, cementing the essential connection between his personal responsibility and professional integrity in his field. With a master’s degree in anthropology from California State University, Los Angeles, Kyle is ESA’s 11th employee-owner on the Cultural & Historic Resources team to achieve this registration, allowing him to work in jurisdictions that require an RPA on the project team. With 18 years of experience, Kyle has authored or contributed to more than 800 projects subject to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and regulations implemented by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. He has conducted archaeological work throughout California and is a certified archaeologist and paleontologist in Riverside and Orange Counties. Congratulations, Kyle Garcia, MA, RPA!