Our Team

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Jessica A. McRory, PE, LEED AP

President - jmcrory@arehna.com

Ms. McRory is routinely involved with projects from conceptual planning through post-occupancy additions. She knows the importance of sub-consultants to a team of design professionals, contractors and owners. She assures that AREHNA meets or exceeds all commitments made to a project. Her background as a Registered Professional Engineer and business owner facilitates her understanding of the personnel and performance needed to meet project goals. She has successfully managed the geotechnical aspects of testing, design & construction for over a thousand geotechnical projects.

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Sonia R. Florence, PE

Vice President, Principal Geotechnical Engineer - sflorence@arehna.com

Ms. Florence has over 17 years of geotechnical engineering experience. As a Senior Professional Engineer, her duties have included technical review, as well as project  management and analyses for a wide variety of geotechnical studies for both public and private clients. Throughout her career, she has maintained a special focus on providing geotechnical consulting for roadway construction and widening for the FDOT, utility agencies, municipalities and counties.  Ms. Florence has provided recommendations for shallow foundations, ground improvement programs, driven piles, drilled shafts and augercast piles. Her experience includes Phase I Environmental Site Assessments for commercial developments. In addition, Ms. Florence has extensive experience in data evaluation for sinkhole studies. 

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Amanda S. Pereira, PE

Vice President, Senior Geotechnical Engineer - apereira@arehna.com

Ms. Pereira has over 20 years of progressive experience in the fields of geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing and inspection. Her experience includes coordination and oversight of subsurface explorations, geotechnical report preparation, shallow and deep foundation inspections and testing, multi-story threshold inspections, review, quality control and reporting of field and laboratory testing for soils, concrete, asphalt and structural steel during the construction phase on a variety of projects.  Her experience has been gained both in the public and private sector on a variety of infrastructure projects including urban and rural roadways, airports, water and wastewater facilities, pipelines, commercial and private buildings, subdivisions, site  suitability and due diligence studies and commercial sites.

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Amy L. Guisinger, PE

Senior Geotechnical Engineer - aguisinger@arehna.com

Ms. Guisinger brings with her over 16 years of transportation knowledge and experience to the AREHNA Team.  Her experience includes roadway, bridge, retaining wall, retention ponds and ground subsidence studies where she has performed shallow and deep foundation analyses, retaining wall and soil anchor system design, settlement and slope stability analyses, and pavement evaluations.  She has worked on FDOT projects throughout every District in the State. Previously, Ms. Guisinger managed and provided engineering support for almost 14 years to FDOT Districts 1 and 7 on Continuing Services Contracts for Geotechnical Engineering.  She’s been involved in numerous Design-Build pursuits. In addition to her transportation experience, Ms. Guisinger has also performed geotechnical engineering studies for many other public and private projects including city and county governments, residential and commercial development.  

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Joseph E. Prendergast, PE

Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer - jprendergast@arehna.com

Mr. Prendergast has over three decades of project management and engineering experience. He began his career as a Civil Engineer Officer in the United States Air Force in 1979, during which time he received a M.S. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Among his assignments, Mr. Prendergast has performed numerous pavement evaluations at multiple Air Force and Dept. of Defense Installations across the US and worldwide. Later, he worked for private engineering consulting firms, where he performed thousands of geotechnical explorations. He has performed subsurface explorations for numerous commercial and government clients, as well as planned and directed field and laboratory testing activities. Areas of expertise include the geotechnical aspects of foundation, retaining wall, pavement, and storm water pond design, as well as analysis of Florida sinkhole conditions. Mr. Prendergast is a Neutral Evaluator for the State of Florida.

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Angela L. Alba, PE

Senior Geotechnical Engineer - aalba@arehna.com

 Since obtaining her MSCE from MIT in 1998, Ms. Alba has provided geotechnical engineering services on numerous geotechnical explorations over the past 17 years,  recently serving as the Geotechnical Discipline Lead for the I-595 Corridor Improvement project in Broward County,  Florida, which is the single largest project ever awarded by FDOT.  Ms. Alba has been involved in the planning, analysis, execution, and review of geotechnical projects to determine soil and rock properties for use in design of foundations for projects ranging from roadway and railways to complex roadway bridge and tunnel projects to commercial high-rise  buildings, school projects, and other local municipality projects.  Ms. Alba has performed evaluations for retaining walls, shallow foundations, driven piles, drilled shafts, augercast piles, micropiles, and pressure injected footings.  Ms. Alba experience has also included finite element analysis, slope stability evaluations, soil nail wall design, and evaluation of geosynthetics applications, and geotechnical ground improvement techniques.

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Kristina S. LaCava, PE

Geotechnical Engineer – klacava@arehna.com

Ms. LaCava has over 6 years of geotechnical and materials engineering experience.  Her engineering experience includes design and construction oversight of residential, commercial, municipal, and transportation projects.  Ms. LaCava has provided design recommendations, construction considerations and construction oversight for shallow foundations including isolated, continuous and monolithic systems; deep foundations including driven pile systems, drilled shafts, micro-piles and helical anchors; soil remediation including compaction grouting and chemical grouting; ponds including pond liner oversight; pavement sections and earthwork construction. Duties have included developing work scopes/cost estimates, permit preparation, providing engineering analyses and design recommendations and project financial management.  She has also been involved in oversight of construction materials testing projects for earthwork, concrete and pavement materials.  Ms. LaCava is also a FDOT certified Drilled Shaft Inspector.

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Peter R. Lehmann, PE

Senior Structural Engineer – plehmann@arehna.com

Mr. Lehmann serves as the firm’s Principal Forensic Structural Engineer primarily responsible for engineering projects focused on the determination of cause, origin, and extent of damage to buildings and structures from various causes including settlement-related conditions, wind, vibration, moisture/water intrusion, impact damage, construction activities, fires and wood destroying organisms. Mr. Lehmann has accumulated over two decades of construction and engineering experience, in both international and domestic markets, with engineering firms, general contractors, offshore drilling contractors, operating his own consulting firm for 10 years, and in other engineering and construction assignments. Mr. Lehmann is a  registered       Professional Engineer, Building Code Administrator, Standard Building Inspector, Standard Plans Examiner and Radon Measurement Specialist. He is also a certified General Contractor (inactive status).

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Vincent D. Wicinski, PE

Senior Structural Engineer – vwicinski@arehna.com

Mr. Wicinski has over 30 years of diverse engineering and construction experience including masonry design, wood design, conventional concrete design, structural steel design, construction management, and structural forensic investigations. Mr. Wicinski’s forensic experience includes assessments of construction deficiencies, structural evaluations of building components due to various causes (such as ground movement, vehicle impacts, and tree impacts, high wind events, flood, insect activity), moisture intrusion assessments, evaluation of damage to flooring finishes, and roof system evaluations.

 

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Peter E. Keppler, PE

Structural Engineer - pkeppler@arehna.com

Mr. Keppler has over 5 years of experience in the field of structural forensic investigations. Mr. Keppler’s forensic experience includes assessment of damage to structures and structural systems (foundations, bearing systems/components, roof surfaces), as well as non-bearing components and systems (floor finishes, interior and exterior wall finishes, etc.) due to various causes including ground settlement, ground vibration, high wind and hail events, lightning impact, moisture intrusion and exposure, invasive tree growth, and construction deficiencies. Mr. Keppler has also acquired experience with subsurface borings and related soil analysis utilizing USCS methods and procedures.

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