Currently, edr is managed by a five-membered ownership. A brief overview of each leader is provided below.
Jo Anne C. Gagliano, RLA, is the President of Environmental Design & Research, Landscape Architecture and Engineering, P.C. and EDR Environmental Services, LLC. Ms. Gagliano is a licensed landscape architect with experience in site design, land planning, visual impact assessment, construction documentation, and landscape construction administration. She joined edr in 1989 as an entry-level employee and grew with the firm’s expanding Planning & Site Design Studio, ultimately advancing as an Associate and Principal. Her current firm responsibilities include management of the firm’s financial and accounting operations and project oversight. She has specialized training and expertise in park and recreation facility design, residential design, campus planning and design, horticulture, and landscape management. Ms. Gagliano earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Horticulture and Landscape Planning from the State University of New York at Morrisville. She is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and American Planning Association. She also serves as a member of the Village of Fayetteville Planning Board, the Women Presidents' Organization and the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Board of Directors.
Douglas R. Brackett, RLA, is the Vice President of Environmental Design & Research, Landscape Architecture and Engineering, P.C. and a Vice President of EDR Environmental Services, LLC. Mr. Brackett is a licensed landscape architect with experience in commercial and institutional site design, land planning, park and recreation facilities, construction documentation, and landscape construction administration. He joined edr in 1982 and was one of the original principals of the firm. His current responsibilities in the firm include project oversight and management of the firm’s facilities. He earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry where he continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor. Mr. Brackett is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards, New York State Board for Landscape Architecture, and New York State Council of Landscape Architects Boards. In 2010, the Pennsylvania/Delaware ASLA Chapter has named him the NYUASLA Practitioner of the Year. He has served as a member of the Onondaga, Cortland, Madison BOCES Board of Education, the Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education, and Town of Cazenovia Planning Board, and the Cazenovia Lake Watershed Committee.
John Hecklau, is the Executive Vice President of EDR Environmental Services LLC. Mr. Hecklau, an ecologist and certified wildlife biologist, has experience in resource management planning, environmental impact analysis, wildlife management, visual impact analysis, and recreation planning. He earned a Masters of Science degree in Environmental & Forest Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Middlebury College. He joined the firm in 1988 and pioneered the development of the Environmental Regulatory and Ecological Services division. His current responsibilities at edr include project oversight as well as managing the firm’s human resources activities. Mr. Hecklau is a member of the Wildlife Society and American Wind Energy Association. He is also a member of the Town of Kirkland Planning Board. His many publications and presentations include: “Evaluating the Visual Impacts of Wind Power Projects.” (North American Wind Power), “Visual Characteristics of Wind Turbines.” (National Wind Coordinating Committee), “Evaluating Visual Aesthetic Impacts of Wind Power Projects.” (American Wind Energy Association), and “A Wildlife Survey and Management Plan for New York City's Central Park.” (Integrating Man and Nature in the Metropolitan Environment. National Symposium on Urban Wildlife sponsored by the National Institute of Urban Wildlife).
Benjamin Brazell, is a Vice President of EDR Environmental Services, LLC. Mr. Brazell joined the firm in 2004 as an environmental project manager, and is currently the Manager of the Environmental Regulatory and Ecological Services Division of edr. In this role, his range of responsibilities includes staff management, division business development, and division budgeting, as well as project management and project oversight. He is an environmental scientist and regulatory specialist experienced with wetland delineations, state and federal wetland permitting, ecological surveys, energy facility siting and licensing, environmental impact analysis, and environmental regulatory compliance. He has specialized training and expertise in stream restoration and mitigation. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University. His professional memberships include the New York State Wetlands Forum, the American Wind Energy Association, and the Town of Dewitt Parks and Recreation Commission.
Thomas FJ Dussing, PE, is a Vice President of Environmental Design & Research, Landscape Architecture and Engineering, P.C. (edr). Mr. Dussing has more than 25 years of multi-disciplined professional engineering experience with site design, project management, stormwater management, hydrology and hydraulics, wastewater conveyance, erosion & sediment control, utility infrastructure design, and green infrastructure. He joined edr in 2013 with the firm responsibilities to manage the firm’s Planning & Site Design Studio. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University at Buffalo. And is a licensed professional engineer in New York State and a certified Soil Erosion & Sediment Control Specialist (CPESC).