2017 Board of Directors Annual Elections

The Texas Association of Environmental Professionals (TAEP) Board of Directors (BOD) and the TAEP Nominating Committee are pleased to announce that the Ballot for the 2017 BOD election is now open. Elections to the BOD are an integral part to the ongoing function and success of TAEP as an organization and our service to our membership. We have been fortunate to have had a strong and diverse BOD for many years, and look forward to maintaining that strength and diversity moving forward into 2017.

Please review the candidate biographies that follow, and then click here to go to the ballot to cast your votes for the three candidates of your choice.  You may also write in candidates if you prefer. Please remember, you must be a current member of TAEP to be eligible to vote- if your membership has expired, now would be a GREAT time to renew! :)

Thank you for your help in making this process a success.

Candidate Bios:

Jess Bailey


I am the managing attorney for Bailey Law Firm, located in The Woodlands. I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Minor in Biology from University of Missouri in St. Louis. I have a dual Master’s of Science from Nova Southeastern University (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida) in Coastal Zone Management and Marine Environmental Science. I obtained my law degree from South Texas College of Law - Houston. I focus my practice on the following areas; entity formation, business general counsel, contract drafting and negotiation, real estate finance and transactions. I previously worked in real estate, mortgage and property management, banking, small business finance, and environmental consulting. This experience has provided me with a greater insight into the many operational issues that businesses face every day.

I’ve enjoyed serving on the BOD for TAEP and became the treasurer in 2015. I would like to continue serving the TAEP community and enhancing the environmental profession.


Glenn Buckley


I believe that in addition to serving our members, our organization has an obligation to help support our community by communicating our knowledge through service. My hope is that we can grow the number of members willing to volunteer their expertise to schools, community groups and non-profits in the Houston area.
While my professional career was focused on petroleum exploration and research, I have gained an environmental background through supervising activities in Alaska and California and over 25 years of volunteering in various environmental positions including the Conservation Committee of the Sam Houston Area Council, BSA, Keep Montgomery County Beautiful, Trash Bash Steering Committee, Texas Stream Team, Texas Parks and Wildlife and NRCS,

I am retired from ExxonMobil, have a pH.D. in Geology and am a registered Professional Geologist.


Tom FitzHenry


I have been actively involved in TAEP since moving to Houston in 2004 and have served on the TAEP board of directors as Vice-President and NAEP representative for the past 7 years. I have been employed in the environmental consulting and remediation industry for over 22 years. I hold a BS in Oceanography from Florida Institute of Technology and have successfully managed and implemented numerous projects for both public and private clients worldwide. I am currently a senior remediation manager and the CFO at Portnoy Environmental, Inc. I look forward to continuing my service to the association and the membership.


Alison Suarato, P.E.


Alison has been with Langan Engineering & Environmental Services for nearly 12 years and relocated to the newly-opened Houston office in March 2015. She has worked on geotechnical and environmental field investigations on various sites in Texas, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. Alison has conducted Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Phase II/III Site Investigations, and has overseen numerous large- and small-scale remedial actions. She has extensive field sampling experience including the sampling of soil, groundwater, storm water, air, and soil vapor. Alison also has a number of years of experience on land development projects throughout Texas and the northeast. These projects have involved site feasibility studies, stormwater management analysis and design, regulatory permitting, development of technical specifications for construction documents, and shop drawing review. She earned a B.S.C.E in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2005.

Since moving to Houston, Alison has been an active member in TAEP. She regularly attends monthly meetings, and served on the 2015 ECIC Committee as a Session Chair co-coordinator. Alison is once again serving on the 2017 ECIC Committee as the lead speaker coordinator. She is excited to have the opportunity to serve on the TAEP Board of Directors and bring her motivation and energy to the TAEP chapter.