James Spangler has 30+ years of experience in land planning/entitlement, environmental and water resources management, and environmental consulting. As founder and Principal of SEI, Jim is responsible for corporate management of multidisciplinary environmental, land planning and engineering project teams, clients, sub-consultants, laboratories, and external business development. He controls all budgets, personnel management, and administration of the company, directly supervising professionals and other staff.
Jim is a qualified expert in federal, state, and local law jurisdictions in the areas of wetlands delineation and permitting, environmental assessment, water resources management, protected species assessment, sediment and erosion control, land planning, environmental impact of highway construction, coastal environmental assessment, and Coastal Area Management Act (NC), and other subject matter.
Jim serves as the lead consultant on all litigation support and negotiated settlement support matters. He is responsible for forensic investigation design, expert testimony, leading settlement negotiations related to environmental issues, and providing consultation to attorneys relative to land and water resources and development. He has been admitted and qualified as an expert in multiple Federal Court jurisdictions (WD & ED-NC, ND-VA), State’s Offices of Administrative Hearings (NC and VA), Superior Courts in multiple jurisdictions (NC, VA, MD, and SC), and has begun training in pursuit of his trial court and family financial mediator certifications.
Jim is responsible for technical project scoping, business contract negotiation, project management, and technical quality assurance. He has performed field studies of wetlands, streams, hydrology, and sediment/erosion control since 1987, and continues to manage projects in the field.
Mr. Spangler is a Certified Environmental Inspector, and an Associate Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has Asbestos Inspector training, NC Stream Origin (buffer) training, and holds licenses to collect protected aquatic species.
Ward Marotti joined Spangler Environmental in 2020 as Vice President of Client Engagement and Practice Lead for Land and Water Resources. In this capacity, Ward is responsible for facilitating SEI’s strategic diversification in new and existing markets and for providing technical oversight and leadership for Land and Water Resources projects and teams.
Ward has been involved in successful ecological restoration project planning, design, implementation, oversight, and monitoring for over 28 years in the Southeast, West, Gulf Coast and South America. In addition to Ward’s restoration experience, he has completed hundreds of public and private environmental compliance and permitting projects, including: NEPA and SEPA EAs and EISs, Individual and Nationwide 404/401 permits, NCDENR water quality and riparian buffer variances (major and minor), Endangered Species Act Section 7 and 10 impact permits and conservation plans, protected species relocation plans, and watershed use re-classifications. He is past-president of the National Association of Environmental Professionals’ North Carolina Chapter and currently holds a seat on the organization’s national board of directors.
Cal Rieder, Vice President – Project Management, joined Spangler Environmental in 2010. Throughout his tenure, Cal has enjoyed a progressive career in terms of both technical expertise and leadership responsibilities. He serves our clients through Environmental Due Diligence services and customer-focused Project Management.
Cal’s prior experience includes 9 ½ years as a Geologic Technician. He holds a HAZWOPER certification and is pursuing Project Management certification. Cal enjoys the environmental nature of his job, but also values meeting and engaging with our clients and vendors. Cal loves spending time with his wife and son, and is a fanatic for the Carolina Panthers and Carolina Hurricanes.
Brenda Parr joined Spangler Environmental in 2021 as the Accounting Manager and has recently take on new responsibilities as the Director of Accounting & Administrative services group (April 2022). Brenda’s primary responsibilities include the overall function of the accounting and administrative services tasks that include supporting marketing and business development campaigns. Brenda is an Air Force Veteran and has been in the environmental industry for over 28 years in. She has previous experience in office management and accounting services. She also has experience in several state’s underground storage tank reimbursement programs and Environmental Site Assessments.
Brenda holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Indiana State University. Due to her experience in the Air Force, Brenda thrives on organization and process. She enjoys singing karaoke, playing tennis, spending time with her pets, and is an aspiring inventor/builder.
Cory McManus joined the Spangler Environmental team in 2020 as a Senior Environmental Scientist. As part of the Risk Management Group, Cory’s primary responsibilities include Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, Cultural Resource Investigations, Property Condition Assessments, and environmental risk identification. Cory is an Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Building Inspector, FAA-certified remote pilot in command (drone pilot), 40-hour hazardous waste operator (HAZWOPER), and South Carolina Certified Erosion Prevention & Sediment Control Inspector (SC CEPSCI).
Cory holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Technology from NC State University. He brings over seven years of environmental, health, safety, and industrial hygiene consulting experience to the SEI team. Cory is an Eagle Scout who loves the outdoors. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, camping, cycling, and kayaking.
Amanda Bloom joined Spangler Environmental in 2021 as a Senior Environmental Scientist. As a member of the Risk Management Services group, Amanda’s primary responsibilities include Phase I & Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, field sampling, and other projects. With over 11 years of experience as an environmental consultant, Amanda has experience in Phase I & Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, industrial hygiene assessment, and natural resource studies. Amanda enjoys the environmental aspects of her job and appreciates the opportunity to analyze and solve client problems.
Amanda holds certifications as a 40-hour hazardous waste operator (HAZWOPER), a 40-hour hazardous waste operator supervisor (HAZWOPER supervisor), and as an Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Asbestos Inspector. Amanda has completed training in Screening for Vapor Encroachment onto Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions- ASTM E 2600-10 and is currently pursuing asbestos licenses in North and South Carolina. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Catawba College. She loves outdoor adventures with her family, science-fiction, and carnivorous plants.
Mariane Grubbs is an Environmental Scientist with Spangler Environmental. Mariane joined the SEI team in 2018 and now leads our Risk Management Group. Her primary responsibilities include performing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Property Condition Assessments, and Cultural Resources Memos. Mariane’s prior experience includes consulting work for the Community Energy Plan of Arlington County, Virginia and roles in office and purchasing management.
Mariane holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a double minor in Biology and Geography from UNC Chapel Hill. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Natural Resources & Sustainability from Virginia Tech as well as Environmental Professional (EP) certification. Mariane enjoys horseback riding and volleyball.
Cody Papp joined Spangler Environmental in 2021 as an Environmental Technician II. As part of the Risk Management Group, Cody’s primary responsibilities include Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, performing field work, conducting research, and preparing deliverables. Cody has 7 prior years of experience conducting Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III Environmental Site Assessments for the SC DHEC. He also has a HAZWOPER certification.
Cody holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. As an avid outdoorsman, Cody is passionate about working outside and helping the environment. He is a big USC Gamecocks fan and enjoys camping, hiking, and fishing.
Alex Hornaday joined Spangler Environmental as on Environmental Technician in 2022 as a team member of the Land and Water Resources Group. Alex’s primary responsibilities include assisting with wetland delineations, stream delineations, Threatened & Endangered Species memos, permitting applications, and storm water inspections. Alex holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from North Carolina State University.
As a Lab Technician intern with the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation’s Wetland Research Lab, Alex gained experience in performing research fieldwork in the Everglades. Alex’s objective in his involvement in environmental services is to keep natural resources accessible to all communities while supporting sustainable development. In his spare time, Alex enjoys cooking, playing drums, enjoying the outdoors, and thrifting.
William Thomas joined Spangler in 2022 as an Environmental Technician. As part of the Risk Management Services team, his primary responsibilities include assisting with Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Property Condition Assessments, and Cultural Resources Memos. William has five (5) years of field experience in wastewater/groundwater sampling and laboratory analytical services.
William holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from North Carolina State University and has obtained the level of Eagle Scout. In his past time, William enjoys collecting records, watching sporting events of his favorite teams, NC State Wolfpack and the Green Packers, and considers himself a Star Wars nerd.
AJ Varick joined Spangler Environmental as on Environmental Technician in 2022 as a team member of the Land and Water Resources Group. AJ’s primary responsibilities include assisting with wetland delineations, stream delineations, Threatened & Endangered Species memos, permitting applications, and storm water inspections. AJ holds a Bachelor of Science in Earth & Environmental Sciences with minor in Geography from University of North Carolina (Charlotte).
As an intern with an engineering firm in North Carolina, AJ gained experience in wetland/stream delineations, protected species surveying and permitting. AJ believes that conservation and sustainability are two important concepts and how the concepts relate to human and environment interactions. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, basketball, video games, and traveling.