Team Bios

When you work with Dragun Corporation, you work with an adviser – not just a consultant. You won’t be “handed off” to a junior associate here. Each of the senior consultants introduced below has established expertise in his or her field, and each one assigned to your project stays with your project, providing a depth of knowledge that extends from the first meeting to the final successful outcome. More importantly, our clients know they can count on Dragun Corporation to bring a rational scientific perspective to their complex environmental problems.

 

Dragun Corporation Management Team

 

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PEGGY-NEWPeggy Miller (pmiller@dragun.com)
President
Masters of Science in Management, Controller, Senior Accountant, Human Resources

Peggy is the President of Dragun Corporation and has been an integral part of the senior management since Dr. James Dragun opened for business in 1988. For 25 years as Vice President, she worked closely with Dr. Dragun in building the company from the ground up. Her vigilant pursuit of the best and brightest scientists and engineers since 1988 is one of the principal factors behind Dragun’s extraordinary reputation. Her continued commitment to finding others who fit the Dragun culture provides a firm foundation for Dragun’s future.

To read more about Peggy (click here).

 

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Jeff-NEWJeffrey A. Bolin (jbolin@dragun.com)
Sr. Vice President of Technical Operations
Masters of Science Hazardous Waste Management, Certified Hazardous Waste Manager, Senior Environmental Scientist, Expert Witness, Author, Speaker, Adjunct Professor

Jeff’s hands-on experience and education, specific to the environmental sciences provide him with a solid perspective on environmental issues. His equanimity complements his Masters of Science degree in hazardous waste management. Additionally, as a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Jeff is knowledgeable of environmental regulations and has successfully assisted clients during negotiation with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and state regulatory agencies.

To read more about Jeff (click here).

 

Dragun Corporation Senior Consultants and Advisors

 

MIKEMichael Sklash (msklash@dragun.com)
Senior Hydrogeologist
Ph.D. Earth Sciences, Expert Witness, Adjunct Professor, Author, Speaker

Mike is a hydrogeologist with a passion for getting things right the first time through critical analysis of the data. He also isn’t afraid to buck conventional thought, when necessary. Mike brings these two characteristics to every environmental project he touches.

Mike has a deep and broad background in hydrogeology, formed from a demanding geological engineering undergraduate degree, followed by a Ph.D. from the world-class hydrogeology program at the University of Waterloo. Mike’s 15-year academic career prior to consulting served to further broaden his knowledge, hone his communication skills, and learn to teach the unteachable topics.

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MatthewMatthew Schroeder (mschroeder@dragun.com)
Senior Environmental Engineer
Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering, Professional Engineer, Remediation Specialist, Expert Witness, Author, Speaker

Matt is a registered Professional Engineer in six states. He provides practical solutions to seemingly complex problems, balancing the business considerations of his clients with protection of public health and the environment while meeting regulatory obligations. Matt’s training at one of the finest engineering universities in the United States formed the basis for his uncompromising, thorough, and thoughtful approach to projects. His “no stone unturned” philosophy to each and every project is expected of environmental engineers, but not always delivered.

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CHRISTOPHERChristopher Parė (cpare@dragun.com)
Senior Geologist
Honours Bachelor of Science in Geology, Certified Professional Geologist, Hydrogeologist, Author, Speaker

Chris is a senior geologist who provides practical assessments of the potential fate and/or impact of chemicals in the environment. Chris combines his passion for geology and environmental consulting to find solutions for his clients

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AlanAlan Hahn (ahahn@dragun.com)
Business Development Manager
Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies, Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management, Environmental Professional, Author

With undergraduate and graduate education in the environmental field, Alan clearly understands the big-picture environmental issues facing the regulated community. With a passion for business development, Alan provides internal guidance and training for the technical staff to help them translate their exceptional technical knowledge into practical solutions for our clients.

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Read about Peggy Miller here.

Peggy is ardent about maintaining a solid business practice. She was educated at one of the foremost business schools in Michigan. She makes sure all contractual issues are beyond reproach, conducts appropriate due diligence on vendors, and keeps the financial ship righted at all times. Peggy is also equally adamant that the technical staff adhere to both the Dragun business discipline and to continuous improvement so we can always provide our clients with exceptional environmental advice and service.

Her solid business background, work ethic, and commitment are just some of the reasons why Dr. Dragun confidently placed his trust in Peggy to keep the business-of-the-business in order as Dragun’s current President.

Expertise: Contractual compliance, vendor due diligence, operational and financial oversight.
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Read about Jeffery Bolin here.

Jeff’s experience traverses the modern environmental compliance field. As the laws and regulations were being developed and implemented, Jeff spent time collecting hazardous waste samples for the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, water samples for the Clean Water Act, and PCB samples for the Toxic Substance Control Act. His assessment of commercial industrial properties across North America pre-date the environmental due diligence framework. It was Jeff’s insightful approach to environmental due diligence that earned him recognition as an “Elite” provider of services by a real estate publication. Jeff is routinely asked to share his knowledge by teaching other professionals at seminars, and he maintains his role as an adjunct professor. Jeff has also published articles in a number of trade journals on environmental due diligence.

Clients know that Jeff’s advice on any environmental matter will carefully weigh the scientific regulatory issues in proper context with their business concerns. They trust that he will provide a rational and measured approach on merger & acquisitions, divestitures, and assessment of current and future environmental liability. From complex RCRA Closures to securing improbable remedial action plans, clients count on Jeff to deliver. His clients have sought his expertise and advice on sites across the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe.

Expertise: Management of site investigations, environmental due diligence, litigation support, environmental compliance, remedial investigation, and remediation.
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Read about Michael Sklash here.

His research from the 1970s through the 1990s led Mike to become world renown in his field of isotope hydrogeology as he challenged conventional thought on storm runoff generation. His research became a keystone in the understanding of how groundwater interacts with streams, and his publications are frequently termed “bench mark.” During his academic days, Mike was a visiting scientist in many places around the world, including: New Zealand, Australia, England, China, India, and Africa. He was a consultant to the USEPA and Atomic Energy Canada Limited, among others.

Looking for more challenging problems to solve, Mike joined Dragun in 1988. Since then, he has used his skills to untangle complex, and often confusing, groundwater problems and put them in “order” so a remedial plan becomes obvious or a Court can see the way.

Mike has led the technical team on many of Dragun’s most challenging projects, including: the groundwater nexus issue in a wetlands dispute that went to the U.S. Supreme Court (Rapanos); avoiding expensive remediation at a complex TCE-impacted site in Michigan acquired by the Norwegian global aluminum manufacturing company Norsk Hydro; and recently successfully challenging the remediation plan of the US Army Corps of Engineers at a Cold War legacy site in Kansas. Mike has also helped many attorneys, local entrepreneurs, and municipalities with their environmental problems.

In a very recent court case, an exasperated, opposing attorney rhetorically asked: “How can you be so sure about everything?” Mike didn’t answer, but it has to do with his passion for getting things right the first time.

Expertise: Litigation support, groundwater modeling, environmental isotope tracing, and other techniques required to characterize a site so that the best remedial option can be implemented.

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Read more about Matthew Schroeder here.

Matt was fortunate because his early career path was formed by spending time performing field investigations, inspecting landfills, and observing both simple and complex tank removals and site remediation efforts. Over the last two decades, he has developed a unique ability to integrate complex soil and groundwater data to perform feasibility studies and design and implement remediation. Matt has published in international, scientific, and legal journals.

With a keen eye toward detail and a customer-centric focus, Matt has won the admiration and appreciation of several long-term clients. They know Matt will provide them with the best possible advice, keeping at the forefront their objectives and concerns. He has assisted his clients with site closures, solved their environmental permitting and planning issues, counseled them on delisting petitions, represented them in regulatory negotiations and in court, and provided soil and groundwater remediation solutions.

Expertise: Soil and groundwater remediation, groundwater modeling, environmental compliance, vapor intrusion evaluation, litigation support.
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Read more about Christopher Parė here.

As with many of Dragun’s senior environmental advisors, Chris has spent most of his career with Dragun. His career path has covered a multitude of environmental projects, including a precedent-setting project that culminated in a favorable Michigan Supreme Court ruling.  Chris’ experience includes underground storage tank closures, landfill investigations, groundwater supply evaluations, contaminant investigations, and environmental permitting for livestock operations. Regardless of the issue, Chris brings the same passion and practical application of the geological sciences to the understanding of site conditions. Chris is also a frequent author and has written articles for several publications in the United States and Canada.

Chris’ focus is on finding solutions for his clients, and his dedication has paid dividends. As way of example, one project where Chris was the senior advisor, his client battled misguided state regulators all the way to the State Supreme Court. With Chris’ thorough assessment and understanding of the groundwater, which included several co-mingled plumes, his client won a significant seven figure settlement against the State. On another project, Chris used his hands-on regulatory knowledge to guide one of the nations’ most influential agricultural organizations to find a solution to a significant environmental regulatory challenge

Expertise: Decommissioning activities and remedial investigations of petroleum sites, industrial facilities, dry cleaners, and chemical and petrochemical facilities; Phase I ESAs and Phase II ESAs and Litigation Support.
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Read more about Alan Hahn here.

Since joining the company in 1993, Alan has worked closely with senior management to build the exceptional Dragun reputation and seek out opportunities to apply the Dragun solutions to challenging sites. Alan also provides insight on current environmental scientific issues in published papers and as the lead blogger for Dragun. Alan represents the company at trade shows and conferences in the United States and Canada.

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About our Founder – Dr. James Dragun

Dr D1949 – 2015

In 1988, with great passion, scientific acumen, and conviction, Dr. James Dragun founded The Dragun Corporation.  Shortly after he established the company, he released his first book, “The Soil Chemistry of Hazardous Materials.”  He would later go on to author or co-author many more scientific tomes including, “Elements in North American Soils” and “Natural Chemicals in Sediments.”

A native Detroiter, Jim completed his undergraduate work at Wayne State University in Chemistry, moving next to Pennsylvania State University where he earned a Master’s and Ph.D. in agronomy at his beloved Penn State.  The university recognized Jim’s accomplishments in 2005 when the Department of Agronomy awarded him with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Upon graduation from Penn State, Jim served with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington D.C. Over the course of the next five years, Jim would work on some of the nation’s highest-profile environmental projects. It was while working for the EPA that Jim became convinced that a sound, scientific understanding of contaminants and how they behaved in the environment was lacking from many of the scientific assessments that he reviewed.

Realizing that his nature did not lend itself to be a government bureaucrat, Jim soon found himself working for environmental consulting firms in California and then back in his home state of Michigan later on. What Jim discovered during his time working for consultants was he wanted to approach projects differently than through industry standards. He believed that consulting meant solving problems as quickly as possible. As Jim was fond of saying, “We get you out of trouble, we keep you out of trouble, and we don’t make trouble.”

Over the course of the next nearly 30 years, Jim earned a well-founded reputation as one of the premier scientists in the environmental consulting community, known for his disciplined, scientific approach to solving complicated, environmental issues and conducting tough-as-nails regulatory negotiations. Jim was also a frequent lecturer in both the United States and Canada. Jim’s expertise in soil chemistry reached China, Europe, and the Middle East, where he was also invited to teach.

Jim’s scientific rigor carried over into the hand-selection of his team of scientists, engineers, accountants, and other staff members. He insisted that his “team” jealously guard the reputation of the company that bore his name.

In 2012, as Jim opted for semi-retirement and to pursue additional interests, he handed over management of the company to his trusted team, most of which had worked at Dragun Corporation for 25 years or more. That team continues to operate the company today with great deference to a strong foundation that Jim established and maintained throughout his lifetime. That legacy lives on.
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“I have been impressed with the technical knowledge that Dragun has brought to this project…The end product has always been first rate. I wish to commend Dragun staff personnel at all levels, who are highly professional, but also friendly and a pleasure to deal with.” – Elizabeth Main, Attorney, Dickinson Wright