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Chandler, Phillips named area managers for Reclamation

Randy Chandler is area manager for the Phoenix Area Office and Jason Phillips is area manager for the Klamath Basin Area Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation.

Chandler will direct and oversee Reclamation's programs in all but the southwest corner of Arizona (which is managed by the Yuma Area Office). Chandler replaced Carol Erwin, who retired in 2010.

He has worked in the Phoenix Area Office for 33 years, including as chief of the Contracts and Oversight Management Division, deputy area manager, and chief of the Water Systems Branch.

Phillips, who began his new job in January 2011, will direct and oversee program activities for the Klamath Project, which provides irrigation water for about 240,000 acres and the Klamath National Wildlife Refuges. He began his federal career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Portland, Ore., and Sacramento, Calif. Phillips joined Reclamation in 2001.

Reclamation is the second largest U.S. producer of hydropower, with operations and facilities in the 17 western states.

Bahleda takes position of senior energy consultant for Halcrow

Michael Bahleda is a senior energy consultant for the North American power division of Halcrow.

In this position, Bahleda will be responsible for waterpower project development for conventional hydropower and emerging hydrokinetic technologies.

Before joining Halcrow, he was an independent consultant, providing support to resolve technical, economic, and regulatory issues to take sustainable power projects from concept to production. Previously, Bahleda was technical leader for EPRI's renewables, hydro, and economic program and principal engineer in American Electric Power's hydro operations group.

Bahleda has more than 30 years of experience in the energy business and has worked with the U.S. Department of Energy, Verdant Power, and Public Service New Mexico.

In addition, Bahleda serves on the steering committee of the HydroVision International event and is track facilitator for the Policies and Regulations track at HydroVision International 2011, scheduled for July 19-22 in Sacramento, Calif.

Halcrow provides planning, design, and management services for infrastructure development. The company employs more than 7,000 people in more than 80 offices around the world.

GEI promotes five individuals

GEI Consultants Inc. has promoted five individuals who work on dams or water resources projects: Nancy A. Copley, PE; Mark Hargrove, PE; Jeanne A. Lefebvre, PE; Lorena Ospina; and Dr. Donghai Wang, PE.

Copley is a project manager in the Washington, D.C., office. She has more than 13 years of experience in geotechnical, environmental, and construction monitoring projects, including dams, tunnels, and pipelines. She performs forensic investigations and provides litigation and insurance claim support.

Hargrove is a senior engineer in the Sacramento, Calif., office. He has more than ten years of experience in designing water resources projects such as water conveyance pipelines, canals, and pumping plants.

Lefebvre is a project manager in the Boston office. She has more than ten years of experience in geotechnical analysis and design, foundation engineering, construction monitoring, and subsurface explorations. She has been involved in the design and construction of dams, utility projects, bridges, and slopes.

Ospina is a senior water quality consultant/project manager in the Glendale, Calif., office. She has 11 years of experience in environmental consulting, with expertise in developing drought, urban water, and integrated regional water management plans.

Wang is senior engineer in the Sacramento office. He has 11 years of experience in information management systems, geographic information systems, computer modeling, and water resources management.

GEI has provided consulting and engineering services on more than 25,000 projects in 50 states and 22 countries.

Mark HargroveJeanne Lefabvre
Mark HargroveJeanne Lefebvre
Lorena OspinaDonghai Wang
Lorena OspinaDonghai Wang

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