PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Announcing DBS&A’s New CEO: Nicole Sweetland, Ph.D., P.G.

Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc.’s (DBS&A) Board of Directors confirmed Santa Barbara based-based Nicole Sweetland, Ph.D., P.G., as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Dr. Sweetland has served as a member of the Board of Directors and Senior Vice President of Expert Services for 5 years, and as principal hydrogeologist at DBS&A for 15 years. As a result, she has an exceptional understanding of financial, technical, and operational aspects of DBS&A. With the backing of an experienced team of senior managers to run the firm’s day-to-day operations, Dr. Sweetland will continue to help her clients manage their environmental liabilities and concerns related to contaminated soil, groundwater, and indoor air quality. According to one of her clients, “Dr. Sweetland “understands how things are done, but is not constrained by convention. She will engage in dialogue about best the approach.”

Dr. Sweetland and the senior management team share a clear vision for the company and an intense desire to succeed. She is the obvious choice to lead DBS&A in our mission to provide solutions to clients responsible for natural resources and the environment,” says Founder, Daniel B. Stephens, Ph.D., P.G., Ch.G. As Chairman, Dr. Stephens will continue to lead the firm’s Board of Directors, providing oversight of financial performance, strategy, business conduct and risk profile. Dr. Stephens will also continue to support DBS&A’s clients with complex hydrogeological issues; he often serves as a subject matter expert on high-profile expert panels or advisory boards and has served as a testifying expert in court proceedings.

Sweetland will be travelling frequently between DBS&A’s Albuquerque, New Mexico headquarters, and its branch offices in Austin and Lubbock, Texas; Durango, Colorado; and Santa Barbara, Newport Beach, and Oakland, California.

On a personal note, Dr. Sweetland and her husband, Sandy, are parents to two high energy kids. She is a member of the B4T9 Women’s Cycling Team and the Santa Barbara Triathlon Club. She loves to race and has competed in road, mountain, and cyclocross bike races as well as triathlon.


Dr. Sweetland is a certified professional geologist in California and licensed geologist in Washington. She earned her Ph.D. and master’s degrees in hydrology from the University of Arizona and her bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her professional affiliations include: American Geophysical Union; Geological Society of America; National Ground Water Association; Groundwater Resources Association of California; and Arizona Hydrological Society.

Her contributions to and respect by the scientific community are demonstrated through articles published in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at technical conferences, and through serving on the editorial boards of industry publications, Ground Water (current), Environmental Forensics, and Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation. Recently, at the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ 22nd Annual Fall Conference in Miami, Florida, Dr. Sweetland, participated in a demonstration of techniques for compelling advocacy in a complex environmental case alongside some of the United States’ most experienced environmental trial lawyers, and a former U.S. magistrate judge. In January 2015, she is due to present a case study on the U.S. EPA’s controversy surrounding the Pavilion Study and the need for adequate project planning at the CLE Water Law Institute’s one-day conference, “Energy vs. Environment: The Future of Fracking in California.”

Professional Experience

Nicole Sweetland, Ph.D., P.G., has more than 20 years of experience as a hydrogeologist and provides expert technical support on projects involving evaluation of soil, groundwater impacted by a variety of chemicals, including chlorinated solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons, heavy metals and emerging contaminants (such as perchlorate and MTBE). Dr. Sweetland has worked on several high-profile groundwater-contamination sites in California, including in Rialto, Santa Monica, and the San Gabriel Valley. On behalf of her clients, she interacts with California state agencies (i.e., Department of Toxic Substances Control, Regional Water Quality Control Boards) and the U.S. EPA, including participating in meetings and providing written comments on potentially responsible party (PRP) work plans, site assessment reports, and CERCLA documents. She is experienced with federal and various State water-quality regulations and guidelines and has evaluated National Contingency Plan (NCP) compliance issues at multiple sites. Dr. Sweetland has also evaluated sites with vapor intrusion related issues related to both chlorinated solvents and petroleum hydrocarbons.

—About DBS&A—

Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. (DBS&A) is an employee-owned full-service water resources, environmental, and engineering consulting firm founded in 1984. DBS&A is headquartered in and operates a Soil Testing and Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with branch offices in Austin and Lubbock, Texas; Durango, Colorado; and Newport Beach, Santa Barbara, and Oakland, California. The firm is comprised of 90 professionals, including hydrologists and geologists; soil and environmental scientists; civil, chemical, and environmental engineers; geographic information system (GIS) and computer drafting specialists; and field and laboratory technicians.

Particular areas of expertise include

Hydrogeologic investigations
Water resources planning and development
Water rights
Studies of contaminant transport in soil and groundwater
Numerical modeling
Remediation of soil and groundwater
Custom solutions for data management and mapping
Technical support for environmental and water resource disputes


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