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Submit mentee applications by December 18, 2021

Posted on December 2, 2021

The Western Dredging Association is pleased to announce that we have selected mentors for the 2nd phase of our mentorship program. We would like all prospective mentees to submit their applications by December 18, 2021.

This is a private program that is only available to WEDA members. If you are uncertain as to the status of your membership, please contact us at

General Information:

This program brings enthusiastic WEDA members together in a unique partnership to prepare mentees for their professional future by guiding them in specific topics. By providing real-world context, personal insights, and ongoing support, mentors will help mentees to achieve their short and long-term personal and career goals in the dredging industry.

The mentorship will consist of at least six monthly, 1-hour meetings with your assigned mentee or mentor, as well as an onboarding and offboarding 1-hour call (total 8hrs). Along the way, WEDA may offer resources to help you learn more about being a mentor, resources to help mentees identify short- and long-term goals, and discussion prompts for conversations. The mentorship program is not a recruiting or job search tool, nor is it meant to provide free consulting.

If you are new to the professional world, new to dredging, or branching out into a new professional focus, you are a mentee candidate. Joining this program means you agree to participate in the Mentorship Program actively fully.  As a participant, you are expected to attend all scheduled meetings and maximize the time you have in your mentorship pairing. It is up to both parties to determine what will work best to get the most out of the program.

Launch Dates:

  • December 1: WEDA Members are invited to join as mentees only.  Mentees will receive notice their application has been received within 24 business hours.
  • DECEMBER 18: Mentee Registration closes.
  • DECEMBER 19: Matching begins based on the requested topic and available mentor.
  • JANUARY 3: Matching day and the 1st emails go out to the group.
  • Early JANUARY: Onboarding Mentor Zoom Call.
  • Early JANUARY: Onboarding Mentee Zoom Call


  • Ancil and Donna Taylor | Dredging Consulting – Principles
  • Corry Platt | Coldwater – Director – Sediments, Coastal & Brownfield Restoration
  • Donald Hayes | The Dredging Professor, LLC – Chief Executive Officer
  • Eric Stern | Tipping Point Resources Group- Partner Sediment Management
  • Matt Binsfeld | J.F. Brennan Company – President
  • Michelle Rau | ANAMAR Environmental Consulting, Inc – Chief Executive Officer
  • Mindy Strevig | Maryland Environmental Services – Senior Engineer
  • Paul Guiflevand | Daltonm Olmsted & Fuglevand – Senior Principle
  • Rich Weber | Ramboll – Vice President/Senior Consultant
  • Robert C. Ramsdell III | – Principal
  • Shelly Anghera | Moffatt & Nichol – Principal Scientist
  • Stan Ekren | Great Lakes Dredge and Dock – Vice President, Rivers and Lakes Manager
  • Walter Dinicola | Anchor QEA – Project Engineer


For consideration as a mentor or mentee, please click here to complete a Google Forms Survey. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at

Best regards,

Kathryn Thomas
WEDA Mentorship Program Coordinator

Robert Ramsdell
Co-Chair, WEDA Educational Commission

Matt Binsfeld
Co-Chair, WEDA Educational Commission

Tom Cappellino
Executive Director
Western Dredging Association   |  (949) 422-8231



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