Meet the Team

EcoPlan Associates, Inc., is a professional environmental consulting firm specializing in environmental planning, resource economics, and the management of natural and cultural resources. Founded in 1991, our staff includes environmental planners, biologists, ecologists, archaeologists, geologists, public and architectural historians, and preservation planners.

A team aligned behind a vision.

 
Ron van Ommeren, Senior Vice President/Principal   Mr. van Ommeren has more 30 years of experience as a project manager, environmental regulatory specialist, and field/research biologist for projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. His area of expertise includes Clean Water Act permitting and compliance, wetland delineation, native plant/invasive weed inventory, habitat evaluations, and National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species Act compliance. His experience has focused on evaluating impacts of projects on natural resources, including fish, wildlife, and plant species and communities, primarily in the context of CWA, Endangered Species Act, and NEPA compliance.

Ron van Ommeren, Senior Vice President/Principal

Mr. van Ommeren has more 30 years of experience as a project manager, environmental regulatory specialist, and field/research biologist for projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. His area of expertise includes Clean Water Act permitting and compliance, wetland delineation, native plant/invasive weed inventory, habitat evaluations, and National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species Act compliance. His experience has focused on evaluating impacts of projects on natural resources, including fish, wildlife, and plant species and communities, primarily in the context of CWA, Endangered Species Act, and NEPA compliance.

Thomas C. Ashbeck, Vice President/Director of Biological Resources   A wildlife and fisheries biologist, Mr. Ashbeck has over 25 years of experience in a variety of wildlife, fisheries, and environmental resource studies. His responsibilities include staff recruitment, task management/coordination, personnel supervision, technical editing and report reviews, project proposal and cost preparation, technical writing and research, field surveys, construction monitoring, and field sampling. His field experience includes federally listed and sensitive species—Northern goshawk, roundtail chub, Pima pineapple cactus, cactus ferruginous pygmy-owl, Mexican spotted owl, Southwestern willow flycatcher, desert tortoise, and others.   “Good customer service is a universal language, and in our work, we strive to apply it in all aspects of our endeavors.”

Thomas C. Ashbeck, Vice President/Director of Biological Resources

A wildlife and fisheries biologist, Mr. Ashbeck has over 25 years of experience in a variety of wildlife, fisheries, and environmental resource studies. His responsibilities include staff recruitment, task management/coordination, personnel supervision, technical editing and report reviews, project proposal and cost preparation, technical writing and research, field surveys, construction monitoring, and field sampling. His field experience includes federally listed and sensitive species—Northern goshawk, roundtail chub, Pima pineapple cactus, cactus ferruginous pygmy-owl, Mexican spotted owl, Southwestern willow flycatcher, desert tortoise, and others.

“Good customer service is a universal language, and in our work, we strive to apply it in all aspects of our endeavors.”

Leslie J. Stafford, Director of Environmental Planning   Ms. Stafford, an environmental planner and compliance specialist with 40 years of experience, has specialized in environmental assessment and documentation, land use and master planning, site selection, and feasibility analysis. She is highly experienced in managing multidisciplinary environmental analysis and documentation projects and has completed more than 75 Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. She serves as the technical lead for the environmental planning team, providing guidance and training to other professional personnel. Through her extensive experience, she has developed an ability to work effectively with agencies and concerned members of the public and has extensive experience in the public involvement process.

Leslie J. Stafford, Director of Environmental Planning

Ms. Stafford, an environmental planner and compliance specialist with 40 years of experience, has specialized in environmental assessment and documentation, land use and master planning, site selection, and feasibility analysis. She is highly experienced in managing multidisciplinary environmental analysis and documentation projects and has completed more than 75 Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. She serves as the technical lead for the environmental planning team, providing guidance and training to other professional personnel. Through her extensive experience, she has developed an ability to work effectively with agencies and concerned members of the public and has extensive experience in the public involvement process.

Jay D. Franklin, PhD., Director of Cultural Resources/Principal Investigator   Dr. Franklin has over 25 years of experience in the cultural resources field as an instructor, archaeology director, and project manager. In addition to his experience in archaeological survey, data recovery, and mentoring archaeological professionals, his areas of expertise are stone tool and pottery technologies, Native American cultures, curation and ceramics, and Paleolithic archaeology. He has taught courses in introductory archaeology, human osteology and paleontology, Native American cultures, prehistoric stone tool technologies, Paleolithic archaeology, cultural resource management, archaeological curation, and archaeological ceramics, among others related courses at multiple universities.   “Success is a mixture of adaptation, being faithful to your ideas and having a bit of luck as well.”- Arsène Wenger

Jay D. Franklin, PhD., Director of Cultural Resources/Principal Investigator

Dr. Franklin has over 25 years of experience in the cultural resources field as an instructor, archaeology director, and project manager. In addition to his experience in archaeological survey, data recovery, and mentoring archaeological professionals, his areas of expertise are stone tool and pottery technologies, Native American cultures, curation and ceramics, and Paleolithic archaeology. He has taught courses in introductory archaeology, human osteology and paleontology, Native American cultures, prehistoric stone tool technologies, Paleolithic archaeology, cultural resource management, archaeological curation, and archaeological ceramics, among others related courses at multiple universities.

“Success is a mixture of adaptation, being faithful to your ideas and having a bit of luck as well.”- Arsène Wenger

 
George A. Ruffner, PhD., Founder    Principal/Terrestrial Ecologist

George A. Ruffner, PhD., Founder

Principal/Terrestrial Ecologist

William E. Davis, Founder    Principal/Fisheries and Water Quality Biologist

William E. Davis, Founder

Principal/Fisheries and Water Quality Biologist

F. Bruce Brown, Founder    Principal/Natural Resource Economist

F. Bruce Brown, Founder

Principal/Natural Resource Economist