Smart Growth – Laberge Group Welcomes New Team Members

Laberge Group is growing! We have recently recruited 8 highly skilled and experienced team members to the firm. We searched the Capital Region and beyond to recruit candidates with the skills and experience to deliver on our commitment to providing clients with distinctive, innovative and implementable solutions to meet their engineering, planning, and community development needs.

Please join us in welcoming:

Edward J. Costigan, Engineer

Mr. Costigan brings 44 years of experience to Laberge Group, including engineering design, project management, and construction coordination from bidding through technical consultation and oversight. His background working with both municipal and commercial clients includes the design, upgrades and repairs of highways and roadways, water supply systems, stormwater infrastructure, sanitary sewer infrastructure, pools, plumbing, and fire protection systems. Mr. Costigan’s familiarity with New York state and local government regulations, combined with the troubleshooting acumen he has accrued through years of implementing projects, will enable him to deliver seamless and successful outcomes for Laberge Group clients.

Edwin A. Droz, Construction Services Manager

With over 8 years of construction services experience and NICET Level IV certification, Mr. Droz’s background and skillset includes all aspects of construction project management, including bid assistance, review of contractor payment applications, adherence to documentation requirements, and construction oversight. Mr. Droz is also a traffic and transportation engineer with over 15 years of experience in traffic impact studies, project management, growth rate projections, and gap analysis. His efficiency and attention to detail will contribute to the smooth project implementation that Laberge Group clients expect.

Kerry R. O’Connor, Planner

Ms. O’Connor’s community development background includes work for the City of Albany and the City of Schenectady, where she honed her skills at community engagement, grant writing, program administration, best practice implementation, and both Federal and State regulation compliance. Ms. O’Connor’s commitment to client service excellence is a welcome addition to Laberge Group’s Planning and Community Development team, where she will develop comprehensive plans and land use regulations, as well as write grant proposals and administer grants.

Laverne J. Stewart, Community Development Specialist

Rejoining the Laberge Group Community Development team, Ms. Stewart brings extensive experience in the program delivery and administration of various grant programs, including Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Local Government Efficiency (LGE), and RESTORE NY Grants. Laberge Group clients will also benefit from Ms. Stewart’s expertise in preparing Environmental Review Records (ERR) and State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Environmental Assessments.

Jerrine E. Corallo, Community Development Specialist

Ms. Corallo brings a wealth of skills and experience to the Community Development team, including public meeting facilitation, community engagement, funding development, grant writing, and all aspects of program implementation from development through evaluation. Laberge Group’s clients will benefit from Ms. Corallo’s tireless energy as well as her program administration skillset.

Teia A. DeCarlo, Community Development Specialist

Ms. DeCarlo, whose background and education includes grant writing, statistics, database management, and community outreach, will be a valued contributor to the Laberge Group’s program development and grant writing endeavors as she supports the Community Development team.

Lucie M. Stites, Assistant Marketing Manager

Ms. Stites has delivered marketing solutions for 18 years, with experience in custom publishing, direct marketing, branding and collateral development, and social media marketing, as well as ecommerce website management and promotion. Ms. Stites will contribute to the business development and marketing efforts of the firm.

Vanita P. Dhanessur, Bookkeeper

Ms. Dhanessur joins Laberge Group with extensive experience in accounts payable, account receivable, and all aspects of payroll management and processing.





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