Operations & Management
Jonathan Koepke | President | CPESC, LEED-AP
Jonathan Koepke, CPESC, LEED-AP, is the Owner and President of ENCAP, Inc. and has been with ENCAP, Inc. since 2006. Prior to coming to ENCAP, Jonathan was the Resource Conservationist at the Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District. Jonathan is a three-time graduate of Northern Illinois University where he completed both his Bachelors and Masters degrees and holds a Masters in Business Administration. His areas of expertise and interest include streambank stabilization and restoration techniques, Polyacrylamide use for erosion and sediment control, and revegetative techniques on construction sites. He is actively engaged in the International Erosion Control Association (IECA), where he volunteers as the Governance Vice President on the International Board of Directors and serves the Great Lakes Chapter as Treasurer.
Melissa Wheeler | Vice President
Melissa Wheeler is the Vice President of ENCAP, Inc. Melissa has been with ENCAP, Inc. since 2009. Starting as the AutoCad Technician, Melissa has moved throughout the company from Drafting, to Project Management, and Purchasing. Melissa now helps all of the divisions in the company, to ensure that ENCAP, Inc. remains best known for our quality of work and customer service. Melissa completed a Bachelors of Fine and Applied Arts from the College of Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Melissa has been working in the green industry for over two decades and started her journey in the landscape industry working in residential and commercial landscape design.
Brett Suhayda | Senior Estimator
Brett Suhayda is the Estimator for ENCAP, Inc. Brett joined our team in 2012 working outside as a Restoration Technician. Brett has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, from Lawrence University, and a Master’s Degree in Plant and Soil Sciences, from the University of Massachusetts. Since 2012, Brett has worked his way throughout the company, finding his passion for bidding and estimating. Brett is responsible for nearly all of the bids and proposals that come from ENCAP, Inc. From time to time, Brett also loves to get out in the field with the crews and work on restoration and maintenance as well.
Megan Haenitsch | Office Manager
Megan joined the ENCAP team in October of 2018. She previously worked in the construction field as the Office Manager for a concrete ready-mix company in Arizona. Megan brings 10 + years of office, financial, and management experience. At ENCAP, Megan is the Office Manager and handles all AP/AR, and HR responsibilities. She manages all contracts and works with clients directly for any of their contract needs.
Susan Rowley | Assistant Vice President/Ecological Consulting Director | PWS, CWS, LEED AP
Susan Rowley is the Consulting Director for ENCAP, Inc. Susan designs naturalized stormwater management plans, native landscaping projects, and assists private and public land development professionals obtain Federal, State, and Local permits relating to wetlands, natural resource management and Stormwater Ordinances. Susan completed a Bachelors of Science from Illinois State University with an emphasis on Environmental Studies. Susan has been an Ecological Consultant with ENCAP, Inc. since 2005. She is currently a Certified Arborist, a LEED Accredited Professional, a Certified Wetland Specialist in Lake and McHenry Counties, a Certified Wetland Review Specialist in Kane County, and a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager.
Robb Van Herik | Ecological Consultant
Robb Van Herik joined ENCAP, Inc. in 2015, working outside as a Stewardship Technician with the Native Ecological Restoration Division before being promoted to Field Technician in 2016. His responsibilities are split between the Ecological Consulting Division and the Maintenance Division. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies from Northern Illinois University. Prior to completing his degree, Robb volunteered for numerous natural restoration projects and discovered his interest in water quality improvement solutions.
Steven Milano | Field Technician
Steven Milano joined ENCAP, Inc. in 2016, working outside as a Stewardship Technician with the Native Ecological Maintenance Division before being promoted to Field Technician in 2017. His responsibilities include assisting with routine wetland delineations, permitting, and consulting tasks, as well as assisting field crews with native area management. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Georgia Southern University.
Kara Smit | Field Technician
Kara Smit joined ENCAP, Inc. in 2016, working outside as a Stewardship Technician with the Native Ecological Restoration Division before being promoted to Field Technician in 2018. Her responsibilities include assisting with routine wetland delineations, permitting, and consulting tasks, as well as assisting field crews with native area management. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology Environmental Studies from Calvin College. During her undergraduate studies, Kara conducted watershed restoration projects with the Plaster Creek Stewards and presented research at the Van Andel Institute and the 2015 Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters Annual Conference.
Ecological Restoration and Construction
Ryan Alltop | Field Operations Director | CPESC, CESSWI
Ryan Alltop is the Field Operations Director / Corporate Safety Officer for ENCAP, Inc. Ryan has completed a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan. Ryan has been with ENCAP, Inc. since 2007 and has served in a variety of roles in that tenure. Ryan designs storm water pollution prevention plans, coordinates and manages installation projects, performs NPDES inspections, estimates projects, and coordinates the company safety program. He is currently a Certified Professional of Erosion and Sediment Control, Designated Erosion Control Inspector in Lake County, has completed a 140 hour Construction Safety Course, is an Illinois Certified Prescribed Burn Manager, holds a Class A CDL and has herbicide applicators licenses in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin in Aquatic and Rights of Way Specializations.
Mark DeDina | Ecological Restoration Superintendent
Mark DeDina is an Ecological Restoration Superintendent and has been with ENCAP since 2007. Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Environmental Studies, from Ripon College. He has extensive hands on experience with plant and wildlife species of the Midwest and manages planting, installation, management, and controlled burns. Mark is an Illinois Certified Prescribed Burn Boss and has a special affinity for wildlife and habitat restoration throughout the world.
Samantha DeDina | Ecological Restoration Superintendent | CWS
Samantha DeDina is an Ecological Restoration Superintendent and Staff Ecologist for ENCAP, Inc. Samantha joined the ENCAP team in 2012 after obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. Samantha manages contracts, coordinates site stewardship, and leads field crews to maintain native landscapes in residential communities, parks, and public lands. She brings 9+ years of experience in environmental consulting, restoration planning and natural areas maintenance. Samantha currently holds ISA Arborist certification, IDNR Prescribed Burn Manager certification and wetland specialist certification in Lake and McHenry Counties.
Eddie Clenney | Ecological Restoration Superintendent
Eddie Clenney joined ENCAP, Inc. as a Restoration Foreman in 2012, and has since advanced to the position of Ecological Restoration Superintendent. Eddie holds certifications for Wildland Fire Fighting S130/190 and S290. He is a licensed herbicide applicator in Aquatics, Forestry, and Right-of-Way in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. He also carries an OSHA 30-hour certification, and a Class A CDL. Eddie has attended multiple Stormwater and Erosion Sediment Control Workshops, as well as native and invasive plant ID courses. Eddie takes a strong interest in working with new hires and newly promoted crew leaders/foremen to oversee the necessary training for safety, productivity, and delivering the best possible results for out clients.
Adam Sparks | Ecological Restoration Foreman
Adam Sparks is an Ecological Restoration Foreman and has been with ENCAP, Inc since 2012. Adam has completed the wild land firefighting certification and has an Illinois herbicide license. Adam has had extensive training in native plant identification and natural area management, OSHA 30 hour certification and First Aid/CPR.
Abraham Harris | Ecological Restoration Foreman
Abraham Harris began working at ENCAP, Inc. in 2013 as a Field Technician and has since completed several plant identification courses and currently holds certifications and licenses for prescribed burning and pesticide application in Illinois and Indiana. Abraham has also completed his OSHA 30 hour certification as well as First Aid/CPR training.
Jake Hynes | Ecological Restoration Foreman
Jake Hynes started working at ENCAP, Inc. in 2014 after obtaining his degree in Natural Resources & Environmental Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a concentration in Fish & Wildlife Management. As an Ecological Restoration Foreman, Jake utilizes his plant identification skills and restoration experience to lead restoration crews. Jake holds certifications and licenses for prescribed burning, chainsaw safety, and pesticide application. Jake has also completed the QCM Certification for the USACE and is often found leading crews through ecologically sensitive sites.
Pat Heald | Ecological Restoration Foreman
Pat Heald is an Ecological Restoration Foreman and joined ENCAP, Inc. in 2012. Pat came to our team with over 15 years of restoration experience as a volunteer Site Steward for McHenry County Conservation District. Pat works with our clients to come up with restoration plans and oversees the crews performing the work. Pat’s plant identification skills and experience have helped him train his crews to be able to work with tough site conditions. Pat holds certifications and licenses for prescribed burning and pesticide application in Illinois, and Indiana, as well as his OSHA 30 hour and First Aid/CPR Training.
Rafael Hernandez | Ecological Construction Foreman
Rafael Hernandez is an Ecological Construction Foreman and has been with ENCAP, Inc. for over 15 years. Rafa has extensive hands on experience with native plant installation, seeding, erosion control and ecological restoration. During Rafa’s time with our company, he has been on a range of sites that are ecologically sensitive restoration types to large scale new installations. Rafa holds certifications for prescribed burning, and First Aid/CPR Training.
Eric Boewe | Ecological Restoration Foreman
Eric Boewe is an Ecological Restoration Foreman and has been with ENCAP, Inc. since 2017. A graduate from Northern Illinois University, Eric holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Energy & Environmental Studies. Eric holds certifications for prescribed burning, and First Aid/CPR Training.
Tim Blazek | Ecological Restoration Foreman
Tim Blazek is an Ecological Restoration Foreman and has been with ENCAP, Inc. since 2019. A graduate from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, Tim has a bachelor’s of science degree in Ecosystem Restoration and Management. Tim holds certifications and licenses for prescribed burning, First Aid/CPR Training and pesticide application.
Guillermo ‘Memo’ Lara | Ecological Construction Foreman
Guillermo Lara is an Ecological Construction Foreman and has been with ENCAP, Inc. since 2014. Memo has extensive hands on experience with native plant installation, seeding, erosion control and equipment operation. Memo holds certifications for prescribed burning, and First Aid/CPR Training.
Tyler Walker | Ecological Restoration Foreman
Tyler Walker is an Ecological Restoration Foreman and has been with ENCAP, Inc. since 2019. Tyler started at ENCAP, Inc. as an intern, and returned to ENCAP after graduating from Southeast Missouri State University, where he earned his B.S. in Wildlife Conservation. Tyler holds certifications and licenses for prescribed burning, First Aid/CPR Training and pesticide application.