Our Team

Stephen Eagar, PE

President
Stephen Eagar, PE //
President

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...

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Krey Younger, PE, GE

Vice President, Operations
Krey Younger, PE, GE //
Vice President, Operations

Krey has over 25 years of experience in the industry and is a licensed Professional and Geotechnical Engineer in the state of Oregon. He specializes in transportation projects throughout the Pacific Northwest that range from road widening, bridges, new construction, and pavement rehabilitation. Additionally, Krey has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University. At Central Geotech, he now oversees staff-level engineers, and leads the pavement division which includes non-destructive falling weight deflectometer (FWD) testing,...

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Julio Vela, PhD, PE, GE

Director of Engineering
Julio Vela, PhD, PE, GE //
Director of Engineering

Julio brings over 29 years of geotechnical engineering expertise and extensive knowledge of the Pacific Northwest region to our firm. After obtaining his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees in Civil Engineering from Washington State University, Julio has managed construction projects in the commercial, industrial, and public sectors across the western United States. With relevant experience in both vertical and horizontal construction, his oversight and mentorship are invaluable as we look to continue to grow our pavement division and also...

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Paul Crenna

Paul Crenna, CEG, LEG, LHG

Principal Engineering Geologist
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...

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Blayne Sandau, PE

Project Engineer
Blayne Sandau, PE //
Project Engineer

With over 5 years of experience in the geotechnical engineering industry and as a recently certified PE, Blayne brings a valuable perspective to our design team. After completing degrees in Civil Engineering (Bachelor’s degree from Montana Technical University and Master’s degree from University of Washington), he has joined our growing firm at an exciting time. At Central Geotech, his geotechnical design experience and technical writing expertise will allow him to support our senior staff here, mentor our junior staff,...

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Zane Rogers, PE

Project Engineer
Zane Rogers, PE //
Project Engineer

Zane brings over 9 years of experience in project management to our design team, leading projects in all stages of development and construction. With a BS in Ecological Engineering from Oregon State University and a career centered in the Portland Metro Area, Zane is cultivating regional expertise that is necessary for the type of geological and seismic conditions we frequently encounter. When he's not providing geotechnical analysis or mentoring greener staff, he can be found camping, reading, and escaping...

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Kyle Warren

Kyle Warren, RG

Project Manager
Kyle Warren, RG //
Project Manager

With over 4 years of experience in the geotechnical industry, Kyle Warren continues to thrive at Central Geotech bringing new ideas to the table and making the Field and Design department run smoothly. Kyle graduated from Western Oregon University with a bachelor’s degree in Geology/Earth Science. Here at Central Geotech, Kyle is the Field Operations Manager and excels across a multi-faceted range of responsibilities - including project management, client relations, report writing, and fieldwork oversight. He has...

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Jessica Pence

Project Manager
Jessica Pence //
Project Manager

Jessica is a project manager at Central, bringing 10 years of industry experience after completing a Bachelor's of Science in Geophysics from University of Nevada, Reno, and a Master's in Civil Engineering (with a geotechnical emphasis) from the University of Washington. Jessica's experience, including expertise in vibration monitoring analysis, is a vital contribution to the strength of our design team. We look forward to seeing what the next 10 years of her career will bring!

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Dan Boileau

Field Technician Coordinator
Dan Boileau //
Field Technician Coordinator

After obtaining a Bachelor's of Science from Oregon State University, Dan entered straight into the geotechnical engineering field as a laboratory technician. After two years of performing materials analysis, Dan left the laboratory behind for on-site work as an engineering field technician. After accumulating over a decade's worth of invaluable knowledge, experience, and confidence, he joins Central Geotech as a Field Technician Coordinator, overseeing our on-site construction activities and managing client/subcontractor relationships.

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Ruslan Pavlenko

Staff Geologist
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 performs geotechnical tasks such as field explorations, observation of Earth work, testing and monitoring as well as soil analysis.

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Adrian Cadena

Staff Geologist
Adrian Cadena //
Staff Geologist

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Portland, Adrian started his career as an Environmental Field Technician. While in this position, he located and tested environmental hazards associated with soil contaminants, which has given him a strong environmental background that he now applies as a Staff Geologist at Central Geotech. Working with our geology and design teams, he is continuing to gain knowledge and experience on a variety of projects that augment the 5...

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Nabin Bhattarai

Engineering Staff I
Nabin Bhattarai //
Engineering Staff I

Nabin joins Central as a fresh graduate of Portland State University, and we are excited to have him on our team! He is eagerly diving into all aspects of our firm; learning geotechnical investigation techniques to supplement the experience he already has in the construction phase of project management, gained by working in Quality Assurance on construction projects in rural Nepal. As a person who loves road trips and the exploration of unknown places, Nabin is a perfect fit...

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Jaycee Wallis

Staff Intern
Jaycee Wallis //
Staff Intern

Jaycee joins our firm as a staff intern, gaining valuable career experience while also finishing her education. Fresh into the industry, Jaycee has already proved a valuable member of our team, quickly familiarizing herself with common aspects of geotechnical fieldwork. From observing proof-rolls and properly using portable nuclear density gauges, to being mentored on laboratory testing, analysis, and standards, she is well on her way to a path forward in geotech, should she choose to follow it.

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Dawn Valeur

Project Administrator
Dawn Valeur //
Project Administrator

Dawn attended California State University, as well as Ventura College, and then studied Business at Portland Community College and Portland State University. With over 15 years of experience being an office manager in the design/build/construction industry, Dawn brings a wide range of exceptional qualities to our team. At Central Geotech, Dawn wears many hats but mainly helps with accounts payable/receivable, setting up and sending proposals, setting up projects, sending reports, insurance, and updating budgets.

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Katie Young

Project Administrator
Katie Young //
Project Administrator

With almost a decade of office management experience, Katie brings invaluable knowledge that allows us to continue to grow and expand as a safe and reputable firm. Her background in OSHA and regulatory compliance, alongside invoicing and payroll experience, makes her an important member of our operations staff. She ensures that we perform to the best of our capabilities as a responsive and compliant entity, and facilitates positive interactions between prospective clients and our design team.

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Christina DeMello

Office Manager
Christina DeMello //
Office Manager

Christina brings a strong customer service first and technological background to our office beyond her 10+ years of experience with office management, IT, and administrative support. Having a General Studies degree with a focus in computer information systems and creative writing and now stepping into a technical editing role for our firm, she’s used to making technology play nicely with humans. Prior experience as a video game content creator has also given her an affinity for building an engaging,...

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Craig Hawker

Business Development Manager
Craig Hawker //
Business Development Manager

Craig Hawker, a seasoned Business Development Manager, is a University of Utah graduate with over 15 years of experience in Sales and Marketing. His professional journey has traversed the realms of Hospitality and Commercial Real Estate Services, where he has consistently demonstrated his expertise and passion for cultivating lasting relationships. With a wealth of knowledge under his belt, Craig is adept at navigating the intricacies of business development, leveraging his skills to drive growth and forge impactful connections within...

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Colin Jones

Communications Specialist
Colin Jones //
Communications Specialist

With a BFA in Digital Arts from the University of Oregon, and over 2 years of practical field experience in the geotechnical industry, Colin brings a unique perspective to our Business Development and Marketing team. A background in photography and design, alongside firsthand knowledge of the exploration and construction phases of the projects undertaken by our firm, allows him to create useful and informed assets for both internal and external distribution.

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Wayne Wolfe

Geotechnical Field Technician
Wayne Wolfe //
Geotechnical Field Technician

With over 27 years of experience as both a construction equipment operator and geotechnical field technician, Wolfe brings a seasoned and trustworthy perspective to our construction observation team. From observing deep foundation excavations for tunnels and high-rises, to laboratory management and testing experience, Wolfe has done a little bit of everything in this industry. Specializing in grading and drilling observation with an emphasis on soil remediation, Wolfe’s knowledge is especially valuable in this region of seismic uncertainty and variable...

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Cole Younger

Geotechnical Field Technician
Cole Younger //
Geotechnical Field Technician

With over 5 years of industry experience, Cole is a valuable member of our construction observation team. A background in laboratory sampling and analysis, coupled with practical experience in roadway and subgrade observation, give him the knowledge needed to represent our firm on site for both horizontal and vertical projects. Additionally, Cole can be found maintaining our soil sample library and assisting with laboratory testing as needed.

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Leta Burgett

Laboratory Manager
Leta Burgett //
Laboratory Manager

Leta has managed Central's soils laboratory for the last five years, and has performed countless tests and measurements on our collected field samples. Having her expertise, experience, and precision in-house affords us greater ability to perform work to our high standards without compromising project timelines! She also offers educational insight and mentoring on laboratory procedures to anyone in our organization who is interested, helping our organization grow stronger in ways that only she can.

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