WRA, Inc. is goverened by a 7-member Board of Directors comprised of WRA staff and external advisors.
Geoff Smick is WRA’s Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr. Smick has served on WRA’s Board of Directors since 2010 during which time he contributed to numerous committees related to company strategy and governance. He has supported the Board’s transition to including external Directors which provides the company with additional breadth and expertise. In his day job, Mr. Smick leads WRA’s Executive Team in implementing the company’s strategic plan while continuing to advise clients on ecological and regulatory matters.
Mr. Smick earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology with Honors from the University of Oregon and a Masters degree in Ecology and Systematics from San Francisco State University. He is involved in several professional organizations including serving on the Environmental Committee for the California Construction and Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) and is the Treasurer and a Board Member for the California Society for Ecological Restoration (SERCAL).
Miles Gullingsrud serves as WRA’s Vice President of Operations. He has more than 16 years of experience leading critical operational support including project delivery, technology, people, and culture. With a professional background in administration, finance, and technology, Mr. Gullingsrud brings a blended experience of organizational process and operational delivery to serve the WRA Board of Directors. His background ranges from large-scale, procedural companies, to early stage startup environments, and now professional services. The common thread in his work in both types of organizations is a high level of people centricity, and building systems to support people in their work.
Mr. Gullingsrud earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Riverside and is a certified project manager. He is active in a number of professional organizations including the ManKind Project, a nonprofit training organization that offers life-changing experiential training for men, and The Operators Guild, a national organization for senior level operators to share expertise and best practices.
Matt Osowski serves as the Chair of WRA’s Board of Directors. He also leads a client-focused project delivery team and serves as the company’s Health and Safety Officer. Mr. Osowski’s goal over his 20 year career in environmental consulting is to provide competent, reliable solutions on time and under budget. His work in compliance and permitting focuses on larger, long-term projects with multiple private and public stakeholders. As a Regulatory Permitting Specialist at WRA, he negotiates with multiple agencies having disparate needs of on behalf of project stakeholders.
Mr. Osowski earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Loyola University of Chicago, where he studied coastal ecology and conservation on Vancouver Island, BC through Boston College. He is certified in GIS through San Francisco State University, and has studied the wetland ecology of California since 2002.
Patricia Valcarcel leads WRA’s Planning and Regulatory Practice, and has been with WRA for over 9 years. Her background is in wildlife and conservation ecology blending with an interest in policy and regulations. Driven by ensuring people have the information and training they need to make knowledge-based decisions and do their best work, Ms. Valcarcel has been engaged in fostering collaboration and education in her work. Incorporating science and data into management strategies can create more effective conservation and business plans to ensure the sustainability of both in the long term. Ms. Valcarcel recognizes that a diversity of data and voices are essential to building a strong foundation for success. She has served on many local or professional organizations over her 18 year career, and is currently active on the Board of Directors of her local chapter of The Wildlife Society.
Rob Schell is WRA’s Wildlife and Fisheries Practice Leader and brings more than 16 years of technical, scientific and industry experience to his Board seat, along with a 14 year tenure with the company. Mr. Schell puts collaboration and innovation first in his approach to managing projects and people. He is committed to finding elegant, evidence-based solutions to complicated regulatory and wildlife management issues in order to inform appropriate and contextualized land use decisions.
Mr. Schell earned a Bachelors of Science in Evolution and Ecology from University of California, Davis and is active in the study and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. He also serves on the Board of Directors for The Biodiversity Group, an organization that focuses on life overlooked. Through his non-profit work, Mr. Schell is working to describe new species to science, protect endemic biodiversity, and conserve large tracts of land critical to the survival of endangered species and indigenous people alike.
Ed Dougherty is an executive with broad business and industry exposure, exceptional financial knowledge and transaction execution experience. He has been responsible for the successful development and implementation of corporate, operating and organizational plans. Mr. Dougherty’s previous service on corporate Boards and as an investment banker provides critical perspectives with respect to integrating strategy, finance, and operational capabilities to evaluate and achieve business objectives. He has served on six corporate Boards for a diverse group of companies, both public and private, and in the course of that experience has been involved in addressing a full spectrum of complex business opportunities and issues.
Loran May is the founder and served as President/CEO/CFO of a successful small, woman-owned biological consulting business (May & Associates, Inc.). A biologist by training, she earned a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Humboldt. Ms. May has more than 30 years of experience as a botanist and restoration ecologist specializing in the Bay Area and Central Valley. Her career in consulting has focused in a variety of sectors including habitat conservation, land management, and public infrastructure (transportation, water, and utilities). She recently completed a term serving on the Board of Directors for a non-profit, the Arts Guild of Sonoma, one of the oldest continuously operating artists’ cooperatives in the state of California.Ms. May brings unique insight to WRA’s business and marketplace and will provide guidance for industry trends and strategic decisions relevant to company operations and business growth.