Leadership

We ensure the consistency and quality of our work through our investment in our teams that include over 30 consultants and support staff. 

Our reputation for high quality and responsive environmental support is attributable entirely to the dedication and skills of our staff.

Betsy Lindsay

Betsy Lindsay

President/CEO

Ms. Lindsay is the founder and chief executive of UltraSystems Environmental.  A building industry veteran, she has 30 years of experience in environmental planning and permitting, preparing more than 400 environmental documents.  Her background includes managing over 20 on-call professional service contracts for public agencies, which have included hundreds of projects.

At UltraSystems, her day-to-day responsibilities include business and project management, contract administration, resource allocation and quality control.  She is responsible for overall project management, the preparation and processing of CEQA/NEPA documents, and associated entitlement obligations for large-scale public and private infrastructure projects.

Mike Lindsay

Mike Lindsay

Operations Manager

As operations manager, Mr. Lindsay oversees human resources, contracts and hiring, computer and software assets, IT management and facility operations.  Mr. Lindsay is also the firm’s QA/QC officer, and has been specially trained in UltraSystems’ project management and QA/QC programs.

He reviews deliverables prior to submission to the client, and periodically reviews each overall project to make certain that UltraSystems’ and the client’s high professional standards are being achieved.  Another function that Mr. Lindsay provides is overall document control and security, including password protected file transfers using our secure FTP directory.  Mr. Lindsay is also an experienced air quality and noise impact scientist, who provides modeling and analysis to support CEQA and NEPA documentation.

Michael Rogozen, D.Env.

Michael Rogozen, D.Env.

Senior Principal Engineer

Dr. Rogozen heads the UltraSystems air and noise practice, and has 39 years of experience in project management, health risk assessment, air and industrial wastewater permitting, carbon footprint studies, ambient monitoring, dispersion modeling, pollution control technology assessment, economic analysis of air pollution control alternatives, air toxics emission inventory development, offsite consequence analysis, environmental database design, survey design and management, source test design and analysis, railroad noise investigations, regulatory analysis, water resources studies, and technical writing and editing.

Dr. Rogozen is responsible for consulting, technical project management and business development.  He has assisted industrial and governmental clients in complying with federal and local air quality regulations.  His work has included managing air compliance audits, preparing applications for permits to construct and operate (including Title V permits), annual emissions reports, and responses to notices to comply and notices of violation.  He has also conducted many health risk assessments under AB2588, Proposition 65 and SCAQMD Rule 1401.  Dr. Rogozen serves as lead quality assurance officer for UltraSystems’ submittals.

Margaret Partridge

Margaret Partridge

Senior Project Manager

Ms. Partridge is a planner with 14 years of experience in community and environmental planning. She has experience in both the public and private sectors as a city planner and as an environmental planner for residential, commercial, industrial, mixed-use, and specific plan projects. Ms. Partridge’s areas of expertise include CEQA, EIRs, Initial Studies, MNDs, and land use research. She is certified as a LEED Green Associate, as an ENV SP, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Ms. Partridge is trained in environmental analysis for a variety of project types and has experience conducting current planning and permit work for local cities.
Susan Ahn

Susan Ahn

Environmental Planner

Susan Ahn has held various planning positions in both the private industry and for public agencies. Ms. Ahn has 18 years of experience preparing and coordinating the preparation of environmental documents to meet CEQA and NEPA compliance. Ms. Ahn has managed various projects and coordinated personnel conducting analysis and site surveys on biological and hazardous materials projects. Ms. Ahn has also conducted peer review and editing of MND sections and Response to Comments documents involved in several Final Environmental Impact Reports.
Michelle Tollett

Michelle Tollett

Senior Biologist/ Biological Resources Group Manager

Ms. Tollett has 19 years of experience as a field and consulting biologist working with private companies and public agencies throughout California and the Rocky Mountains. She is the Lead Senior Biologist and Group Manager at UltraSystems Environmental in Irvine, California. Her responsibilities include managing the Biological Resources Team; supervising and mentoring staff biologists; delegating work assignments; managing budgets and project schedules; reviewing document preparation; interacting with client and resource agency representatives; developing mitigation site design with landscape contractors; preparing and conducting environmental awareness training.

Ms. Tollett is familiar with the regulatory framework to prepare defensible biological resources technical reports and environmental documents including biological constraints surveys, reconnaissance-level field surveys, wetland delineations, CRAM assessments, focused special-status species surveys, and habitat mitigation and monitoring plans.

Ms. Tollett’s industry experience includes oil and gas transmission lines, energy transmission lines, wind and solar renewable energy, private development, transportation, flood control, military base, mineral mining, and conservation-oriented projects.

Prior to her biological consulting experience, she worked in the Channel Islands National Park as a naturalist. Ms. Tollett continues to volunteer with non-profit groups to educate local community members through citizen-based science and serves as a high school science fair judge each year for the Newport Bay Conservancy.

Billye Breckenridge

Billye Breckenridge

Project Manager/ GIS Spatial Analyst

As a project manager and lead for our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) group, Ms. Breckenridge evaluates project environmental impacts for significance by utilizing thresholds set forth in regulatory documents.  She manages projects and prepares environmental documents, including Initial Studies and Preliminary Environmental Studies based on the provisions of CEQA and NEPA.

In her role with UltraSystems, Ms. Breckenridge acts as a liaison between environmental monitors and project management.  Her GIS experience extends to data management, cartography, ArcGIS extensions and geoprocessing tools.  Specifically, Ms. Breckenridge’s GIS skills include file conversion from various data sources (e.g. AutoCAD, Google Earth and Coverage) to GIS; manipulating and digitizing data including parcels; utilizing census socioeconomic data for graphical presentation; and utilizing geoprocessing tools to analyze project impacts.  Her responsibilities include project management, data acquisition, cartographical analysis and map creation.

Alan Gold

Alan Gold

Cultural Resource Director

Dr. Garfinkel Gold has 35 years of experience in the fields of anthropology, archaeology, cultural resources management, environmental project management, Native American consultation and coordination, and public outreach.  He has prepared numerous documents for both CEQA and NEPA compliance and has served as principal investigator on more than 350 projects complying with state and federal historic preservation laws (CEQA and NEPA).

Dr. Gold conducts pedestrian inventories or Phase I surveys, site excavations (Phase II) and Phase III data recovery programs including late discovery, systematic site investigations, and ethnographic and archaeological studies with Native American consultants identifying Traditional Cultural Properties (TCPs) and Sacred Sites.  His projects have been completed for a variety of different clients in commercial development, public education, transportation, renewable energy, and oil and gas exploration and extraction.  Dr. Gold has been involved in cultural resource projects in the United States in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, and overseas in Mexico, Israel and Russia.

Stephen O’Neil

Stephen O’Neil

Cultural Resource Manager

Mr. O’Neil’s responsibilities include management of cultural resources tasks for multiple projects, writing and QA/QC of technical documents, coordinating field surveys and construction monitoring, and leading field efforts for historic and prehistoric site excavations and analysis.

Mr. O’Neil has a broad scope of environmental consulting responsibilities and experiences, ranging from general project management and technical writing to prehistoric site excavation and construction monitoring.  He has worked on projects with clients in both the public and private sectors—including alternative energy, energy transmission, U.S. Forest Service, parks, public works and water resources.  He has a wide range of expertise in Phase I and Phase II Cultural Resource Inventories, archaeological, historical and paleontological survey assessments, and cultural background studies for various EIR projects.  Mr. O’Neil has experience with many cultural resource management firms, as well as government agencies and Native American entities.

Mr. O’Neil has authored and coauthored numerous technical reports, and conducted surveys and monitoring in compliance with NEPA, CEQA and other federal, state, regional, and local laws and regulations.  Mr. O’Neil is an active member in the field of cultural resources—he is a board member of the Pacific Coast Archaeological Society and the Orange County Natural History Museum Foundation.  He is also a member of the Society for California Archaeology.

Bob Reicher

Bob Reicher

Economist

Mr. Reicher has been active in the real estate industry since 1970, holding positions with major developers and builders. He has served as an advisor and consultant to many prominent builders, developers, major corporations, lenders, and government agencies throughout the nation and has provided expert witness and litigation support services for both public and private sector entities. In addition to serving as an independent consultant with his own firm, Mr. Reicher has been a Principal with Market Profiles and with Economics Research Associates. He has also directed the regional real estate consulting practice of Deloitte, a Big Four management consulting and accounting firm. He also served as Director of Market Research and Land Acquisition for a major multi-market residential builder and developer.