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OCAEP - The Nexus

January 2019

Message from the President

Dear OCAEP Members and Friends, 

Happy New Year!  It is with great excitement that we present to you our first newsletter of 2019!  We have a lot in store this year with a wide array of exciting programs, networking events, and other special events.
We are happy to report that our Chapter grew by 10% in 2018.  This growth allows us to have a strong membership core that continues to consistently support our Chapter’s efforts.  The more individuals that participate in our organization, the stronger the flow of ideas and the more integrated we are as professionals.  Please encourage your colleagues to join AEP and participate in the local Orange County chapter programs and special events.  And, for those of you who are current members, please remember to renew your membership when notices are sent.
As always, our Chapter Board strives to provide high-quality, consistent, relevant, timely lunch programs for our members.  If you have an idea about a particular issue or topic you would like to see addressed, please contact one of our Co-Vice Presidents of Programs, Josephine Lim or Frances Yau (
Our first lunch program of the year is titled “California’s Other Green Movement: An Overview of Legal Marijuana and the Commercial Cannabis Industry.” This program will take place on January 30, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the City of Irvine Quail Hill Community Center.  Information regarding the lunch program and registration can be found here:
In addition, the 2019 Advanced CEQA Workshop is scheduled to occur on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the City of Irvine Conference Training Center.  Information regarding the workshop and registration can be found here:
Lastly, remember to mark your calendars for the AEP Statewide Conference, which will take place between March 24-27, 2019 at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa in beautiful Monterey, California.  This year’s theme is “Waves of Change & Fields of Opportunity.”  Information regarding the conference and registration can be found here:
In closing, I would like to thank you for your continued support of our organization.  We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events this year!


Pierre Glaize
President, OCAEP

2019 Board of Directors

Our 2019 Board of Directors nominations and elections took place in November and December 2018. Thank you to all our members who took the time to nominate and vote! The following people have been elected by the OCAEP members for the 2019 year:

Pierre Glaize, Michael Baker International

Chapter Director:
Brian Allee, ESA

Co-VP of Programs:
Josephine Lim, Michael Baker International
Frances Yau, Michael Baker International 

Administrative VP, Newsletter and Social Media:
Alicia Gonzalez, Michael Baker International
Danielle Regimbal, Michael Baker International

Meghan Macias, EPD Solutions

Christina Hirt, LSA

Membership Liaison:
David Crook, ESA Associates

Co-Special Events Coordinator:
Patrick Maxon, VCS Environmental
Daniel Latham, VCS Environmental

Student Liaison:
Kristen Bogue, Michael Baker International
Jessica Ditto, Michael Baker International
Additionally, Ricia Hager (Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart) and Christopher Burt (Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP) were appointed as our Legislative Liaisons and Kaitlyn Bishop (Chapman University) and Marcus  Gonçalves (UC Irvine) were appointed as our Student Chapter Representatives.

Congratulations to our new 2019 OCAEP Board! 

Recent Programs & Events

2018 Legislative Update Session

Thursday, November 8, 2018

OCAEP hosted its annual Legislative Update lunch program on November 8th, 2018, at the Quail Hill Center in the City of Irvine. Matt Klopfenstein, Esq. of Cal Advisors LLC, gave an engaging presentation on the 2018 California Legislative Session. His presentation discussed environmental and CEQA-related legislation, with an in-depth analysis of the bills that AEP has engaged in. Furthermore, Matt gave insight on the results of the 2018 California Midterm election. OCAEP would like to thank everyone who was able to join us for this informative program and the City of Irvine for letting us use their beautiful venue.

Joint OC AEP/APA Holiday Mixer

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The memberships of OCAEP and OCAPA and guests came together at the Golden Road Brewing Anaheim on December 13th for the annual joint Holiday Mixer. The large crowd of 115 attendees made for a fun and exciting evening full of networking and holiday cheer in a large and enjoyable reserved space in the huge, main room. The guests were treated to award winning beer from Golden Road, wine, soft drinks, heavy appetizers and desserts prior to a raffle of gift cards, gift baskets, and electronics. The grand prize winner took home an 32 gigabyte 6th Generation iPad. Thank you for all that attended this successful event. Please join us again for next year’s Holiday Mixer at another unique venue.

Students Corner

2018 Fall Scholarship Program Winners

Following an extensive review of the numerous scholarship applications received for our 2018 Fall Scholarship Program (Sponsored by VCS Environmental), the OCAEP Board is pleased to announce the scholarship winners:

Qi Bing, University of California, Irvine ($2,000):  Ms. Qi Bing is pursuing a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planner at the University of California, Irvine. She has a passion for research on drinking water quality, and is currently working on a Master’s capstone project that seeks to identify feasible financial models for replacing lead water service lines as well as approaches for coping with private ownership of premise plumbing.  Ms. Bing is recognized by her professor as an individual who is deeply committed to “improving environmental management, especially water management, for public benefit.” She hopes to pursue am environmental consulting career in Orange County, focusing on water management and safe drinking water supply.  She plans to use her scholarship to fund research expenses related to her capstone project
Marcus Gonçalves, University of California, Irvine ($2,000):  Mr. Marcus Gonçalves is pursuing a Master’s degree in Conservation and Restoration Sciences at the University of California, Irvine.  He has a passion for environmental stewardship and is deeply involved in the California Coastal Commission’s community-based restoration initiative “Project Grow.” His capstone project is a collaboration with Newport Bay Conservancy, Irvine Ranch Water District, CDFW, and USFWS on the monitoring and control of the invasive Algerian Sea Lavender (Limonium ramosissimum).  He also serves as Student Representative for OCAEP’s Student Chapter at UCI.  He is commended by his professors as “a top student” and as someone who brings “his strong background and past successes in international business to bear on the important conservation and restoration issues of today.”  He hopes to pursue a career in ecological restoration. Mr. Gonçalves plans on contributing his scholarship award towards his CRAM certification.
Nathan Lacy, University of California, Irvine ($2,000):  Mr. Nathan Lacy is pursuing a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of California, Irvine.  Outside of the classroom, Mr. Lacy works at Irvine Ranch Water District, learning first-hand how environmental science and economic development correlate through policies and regulations.  His professors recognize that “his enthusiasm for environmental issues is readily apparent and already, in his early career he has begun to make an impact.” He also serves as President for OCAEP’s Student Chapter at UCI.  After he finishes his degree, Mr. Lacy plans on supplementing his academic experience with meaningful applications in the realm of resources management.  He plans on using his scholarship award to fund his capstone project, which covers topics within the North Orange County watershed management area
The OCAEP Board would like to thank everyone who submitted an application for the 2018 Fall Scholarship Program.  We received applications from many outstanding students, and the selection of the three winners was a difficult decision.  Please be sure to congratulate Qi, Marcus, and Nathan on their achievements!

San Juan Capistrano Mitigation Hike/Site Tour

Saturday, November 3, 2018
On November 3, 2018, the UC Irvine Student Chapter enjoyed a hike and site tour through a successful mitigation site that includes California gnatcatcher habitat, an intelligent solar powered irrigation drip system, native species, and invasive species control.  Attendees learned about the mitigation timeline and processes distinct to the site and which native plant and animal species were being introduced to the area. Wildlife observed included an osprey and California gnatcatcher. 

Introduction to CEQA and Careers in Environmental Planning Workshop

Friday, November 16, 2018
On November 16, 2018, the Chapman Student Chapter held its first on-campus event, Intro to CEQA and Careers in Environmental Planning, led by Mr. Kent Norton. Mr. Norton, a Senior Project Manager at Psomas, presented a fun interactive presentation on an introduction to CEQA and followed up with a discussion on career opportunities in the Environmental Planning field. The program was well attended by both students and professionals - enjoying the breakfast, networking and having the opportunity to ask questions with Environmental Professionals in the field. It was a wonderful way to start the newest Student Chapter.



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