NAEP Conference: Dehoney, Spellecacy Assume New Leadership Roles

NAEP Also Bestows Award for HDR's Work on Holland Energy Park

Betty Dehoney, environmental director for HDR's water practice, has been elected president of the National Association of Environmental Professionals for the upcoming year. Rona Spellecacy, a regional environmental sciences and planning lead for HDR's resources practice, will be NAEP’s incoming vice president.

They were installed in their new positions during the May 19-23 NAEP conference in Baltimore. HDR was the gold sponsor of the conference and has long supported NAEP, an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to developing the highest standards of ethics and proficiency in the environmental professions.

Betty Dehoney

Dehoney is a vice president and senior professional associate based in San Diego. She specializes in managing complex, controversial projects, balancing the needs and requirements for multiple stakeholders, and developing workable compromises when programs have competing demands.

Rona Spellecacy

Spellecacy, a professional associate, is a senior environmental planner and project manager based in Seattle. She specializes in leading large, multidisciplinary teams for complex projects and has supported a wide variety of projects across many offices and all business groups.

Aside from individual recognition, HDR also received a collective prize during the conference. The firm earned an Excellence Award for its work on Holland Energy Park. Owned by the public works department in Holland, Michigan, the park is part of a community energy plan for a 40-year framework to achieve a sustainable energy future and reduce energy demand in the city. HDR’s engineers, economists and architects worked hand-in-hand with the public works department and the community to reimagine a new 145-megawatt combined cycle natural gas plant. As the owner's engineer, HDR tapped a diverse range of expertise from more than 70 of its teammates to help bring the project to life.

Holland was the first power plant and park project to receive the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure's Envision® Platinum award. Recently, the park won Energy/Industrial Project of the Year by Engineering News-Record.

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