About Us

Nikole Pearson


Nikole Pearson has over 14 years of experience writing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents and analyses. After working as an Associate Environmental Planner for the State of California, Environmental Protection Agency, Nikole moved to Idaho and started a technical writing firm specializing in environmental documentation. In addition to editing numerous NEPA documents, Nikole has written 4 environmental impact statements (EISs) and 12 environmental assessments (EAs) using U.S. Forest Service-provided technical reports and/or scoping materials.

Nikole has managed 4 Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts with 4 regions of the Forest Service and has successfully led teams in the completion of over $3 million in contracts with the Forest Service.

Suzanne Acton

Team Member

Suzanne Acton has more than 20 years of writing and editing experience, including 14 years working for the U.S. Forest Service. Suzanne has experience with policy compliance, technical evaluations, field evaluations, award-winning NEPA documents, and implementation. Notable assignments include over 150 NEPA documents, from complex environmental impact statements to categorical exclusions; over $450,000 in grants; and numerous prescribed burn plans.

Wendy Sand

Team Member

Wendy has over 22 years of experience editing a variety of documents, including technical reports, data sheets, web content, proposals, manuals, magazines, and brochures. She has over 10 years of experience teaching writing strategies with an emphasis on content, organization, and mechanics at the high school and university level.

As a freelance writer and editor in California, Wendy wrote and edited for several Los Angeles publications, including L.A. Parent and Edmund Publications, and multiple Bay Area presses and magazines, including the Berkeley Insider.

Margo Mandella

Team Member

Margo has over 24 years of professional experience in a wide range of environmentally-related projects across environmental analysis, compliance, and waste cleanup disciplines. She graduated college as a scientist and started her career as a technical writer/editor/reviewer and worked in teams, or individually, preparing standard operating procedures, reports, permits, and other compliance documents. She progressed to environmental analysis technical lead, resource specialist, and project coordinator. During her career, she joined two companies during their initial growth phases. As such, she was called upon to assist with business development, marketing, employee communications, and event coordination. Along the way, she gained field experience participating in environmental monitoring, sampling, and radiological studies. She serves in lead and/or support roles as the project requires.

Deborah Holmes

Team Member

Deborah has over 15 years of professional writing and editing experience specializing in environmental studies and related sciences. She currently provides writing and editing services for a wide variety of clients including individuals, companies, publishers, and non-profit organizations.

Deborah has also served as the managing editor for Environmental Practice, the interdisciplinary journal of the National Association of Environmental Professionals.

Jay Wilhite

Team Member

Jay has over 20 years of experience in providing technical solutions to project teams in both the public and private sectors. He specializes in providing technical tools to facilitate team communication and cooperation.

Great West Engineering

Partner Company

Great West Engineering has been in business for more than 30 years, providing a broad range of engineering services to cities, towns, counties, water and sewer districts, state agencies, private developers, and other consultants.

Great West provides professional water/wastewater, transportation, solid waste, construction management, development, surveying, environmental resource, planning, and grant writing and administration services to public and private clients.


Watershed Consulting

Partner Company

Watershed Consulting is a regional leader in ecological restoration and monitoring services. Specializing in ecological assessments and design, forestry, wetland and stream restoration, water quality treatment, mapping services, private land stewardship, and urban tree care for more than 20 years.