Key Personnel

Stephen Eagar

Stephen Eagar, PE


Stephen is the Principal and Owner of Central Geotechnical Services and has worked as an engineer and project manager for over 15 years.  A combination of both private and public experience, he has worked on projects in many categories (vertical, horizontal, earthwork, sediment retention, levees, dams) and served in Afghanistan as an engineer for the US Army Corps of Engineers in 2011.  Work experience encompasses aspects of projects, from concept to completion in multi-disciplinary roles including project initiation, design, bid/award, construction observation, and remote liaison project coordination at the Congressional level.

Paul Crenna

Paul Crenna, CEG, LEG, LHG

Principal Engineering Geologist

With over 26 years of consulting experience, Paul brings guidance to each project, with a “big-picture” perspective involving the geological implications of the geotechnical design process.  Paul has been involved with projects large and small.  He has performed geotechnical investigations in sensitive areas and is considered a slope stability analysis expert.  He has provided forensic analysis and expert witness services in cases involving adverse soil conditions and foundation drainage. Paul is also licensed as both a Licensed Engineering Geologist and a Licensed Hydrogeologist in Washington State.

Jose Serrano

Jose Serrano, PE

Associate Engineer

With over 12 years of experience, Jose has worked on the West Coast as well as across the Midwest. He brings his knowledge of various types of deep and shallow foundations including spread/continuous footings, mat slabs, drilled shafts/caissons, and pile foundations. Now at Central Geotech, Jose oversees geotechnical investigations, provides foundation recommendations, reviews reports and construction documents, and mentors entry-level engineers. Jose is licensed in California, Oregon, Washington, Florida, Illinois, and Indiana.

Kyle Warren

Kyle Warren

Field Operations Manager

Kyle excels across a multi-faceted range of responsibilities including project management, client relations, report writing, fieldwork oversight, and training new staff.  Kyle has exceptional perspective across big-picture geotechncial and geological firm operations and goals, overseeing complex projects from initiation to completion, in all three phases of geotechnical work.

Nicole Niskanen

Nicole Niskanen

Staff Geologist

Nicole is a Western Oregon University graduate with a degree in Earth Science and a concentration in GIS. For over three seasons, she worked for the City of Salem as a supervisor for an environmental aid crew. Here at Central Geotech, Nicole performs geotechnical investigations that range from test pit field data collection to geotechnical drilling. She assists in compaction testing, proof-rolling, subgrade evaluations, and other construction-related tasks. After fieldwork is complete, Nicole initiates a geotechnical report which will then be sent to the client.

Troy Howard

Staff Geologist

Troy is a Western Oregon University graduate, majoring in Earth Science and minoring in GIS with prior experience in land surveying. He takes on assignments related to exploration, design, and construction phases for each project. Troy performs infiltration testing and record results, compaction testing, proof-rolling, subgrade evaluations, and other construction-related tasks. Troy then initiates geotechnical reports to be reviewed and completed by an Engineering Geologist or Professional Engineer.

Ruslan Pavlenko

Staff Geologist

Ruslan is a University of Washington graduate where he earned his Earth Science degree. Prior to joining the Central Geotech team, Ruslan has 3 years of experience doing mineral exploration and GIS. Here at Central Geotechnical Services, Ruslan preforms geotechnical tasks such as field explorations, observation of Earth work, testing and monitoring as well as soil analysis.

Karen Hattig

Karen Hattig, MBA

Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations, Karen is at the center of the firm. She graduated from Portland State and later obtained her MBA. Karen’s background includes operations management and management of luxury event venues. At Central Geotech, Karen manages and oversees Administrative and Human Resources, schedules Engineers/Geology staff, and interacts directly with clients.  Developing, implementing, and reviewing operational policies and procedures are responsibilities she upholds to make sure the operations of the firm are running efficiently.

Amber Weber, MBA

Business Development Manager

Amber graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Media Communications and holds her MBA from Southern Oregon University. Prior to joining the Central Geotech team, she worked in marketing and sales positions throughout different industries. Now, as the Business Development Manager for Central Geotech, Amber is involved in proposal writing, design for Public and Private contracts, client organization, and retention along with developing new business practices, and manages the firm’s marketing department.

Karley Hecht

Marketing Assistant

Karley is a Portland State University graduate where she earned her BS in Communication Studies. Karley is the Marketing Assistant at Central Geotechnical Services where she assists the Business Development Manager with curating and creating digital content for all social media platforms, supports in designing and creating marketing materials, organizing proposal content, and tracking local and Federal RFP opportunities.

Colin Jones

Construction Manager

Colin is a graduate from the University of Oregon and joined Central Geotech as a Field Technician. Now, as our Construction Manager, Colin’s responsibilities include: assisting Staff geologists with all project documentation such as Phase III project schedules and reports, acts as the point of contact on all active construction observation jobs sites for Central Geotech, and performs Phase III tests such as compaction and asphalt testing when needed.

Josh Williamson

Geotechnical Field Technician

Josh comes from a strong construction background, providing good insight across construction operations on the ground. Josh conducts site reconnaissance and gathers various types of data through testing and observation as part of exploratory and investigative fieldwork, then later performs construction observation in order to ensure client adherence to the recommendations of Central Geotech’s engineers and design team.

Adrian Cadena

Geotechnical Field Technician

After graduating with a BS in Geology from the University of Portland, Adrian started his career in the Environmental field. As an Environmental field technician, he tested and found environmental hazards associated with soil contaminates and radon mitigation. Now at Central, he brings his field knowledge to aid in fieldwork from geologic assessments and reports, to performing investigation fieldwork as well as lab work with samples. 

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