SCE Environmental Group

Creating Safer,Cleaner Environments for future generations

President
Michael Wanta, PE
Michael Wanta, PE
President

Mr. Wanta oversees the daily operation of SCE Environmental Group, Inc.

Mr. Wanta is a seasoned corporate manager with a progressively advancing professional career in the environmental field, with a strong focus on construction and operating compliance. He is a highly effective communicator and team leader with proven ability to build long-term relationships with employees and customers by establishing a high level of confidence and trust. In his past, Mike has managed multiple business units and was the President / COO of TETRA TECH in Arlington, VA. He has led the operations of multiple companies of the firm and was responsible for financial results, business development, and all back office functions. Under his leadership. Mike collaborated with senior managers to prioritize goals across the business and reorganized units resulting in significant revenue and profit growth and developed a successful growth strategy to participate in global public- private partnership transactions ranging from $5MM to over $85MM.

Mr. Wanta is responsible for day-to-day management of operations as well as overseeing the legal/contracts function, safety, human resources, estimating and business development and office administration.

Mike maintains his Masters in Civil Engineering from California State University, San Jose and has his Bachelors in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He holds his Professional Engineering Licenses in California and Arizona.

CEO
Jody Cordaro
Jody Cordaro
CEO

Overseeing SCE Environmental Group, Jody Cordaro has over 30 years of diverse experience covering the broad scope of environmental, construction and real estate industries of the United States and internationally, with emphasis on strategic and operational analysis; mergers and acquisitions; and business and organizational development. His record of achievement is defined by strategic management of human capital, service delivery, innovation, and the creation, implementation, and management of cross functional remediation and disaster relief response efforts.
Teams under his direction have been deployed to national and environmental emergencies including 9/11 World Trade Center, Anthrax response, Hurricanes Katrina, Ivan and Sandy, and the BP Oil Spill.

Mr. Cordaro has grown his company from a small start-up, boutique organization to highly organized, well respected 200+ person institution. His corporate approach to “Partnering” has seen SCE work with some of the largest A&E firms in the world.

Vice President of Operations
Nate Butler
Nate Butler
Vice President of Operations

With diverse construction and environmental project experience, Butler is a well-accomplished leader and trainer. With over 15 years’ experience in environmental construction, he is an expert in waste water treatment, facility decontamination, demolition, soil excavation, mold remediation, water / vapor extraction systems, and confined space entry tasks. In addition, numerous projects under his direction have required the installation of monitoring wells and Butler has managed the sampling and reporting requirements for many of those installations.

Placing safety as his first priority, Butler has extensive, progressive, hands-on construction experience in managing firm, fixed price projects from inception to completion. His responsibilities focus on the field operations of a wide variety of projects, with areas of core competency including site work, environmental remediation, oil & gas, demolition, and large earthmoving projects.

General Counsel
Gene Talerico, Esq.
Gene Talerico, Esq.
General Counsel

Talerico provides assistance to SCE’s operating entities to ensure sustainable growth and operational efficiency across all divisions within the company. His primary focus is the general transaction, procurement and construction practice areas and the leadership of the the Company in legal matters and transactions to ensure compliance with legal requirements. Talerico leads and collaborates in corporate strategic and tactical legal initiatives as well as provides management with effective advice on company strategies and their implementation, as well as the legal affairs of the company. Prior to joining SCE, Talerico was the First Assistant District Attorney in Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office for sixteen years and was the Special Assistant United States Attorney, Middle District of PA for over ten years.

Senior Estimator
Senior Estimator
Senior Estimator
Senior Estimator

With over 41 years of direct environmental and engineering experience, Spear is responsible for bidding and cost proposals both in the US and Internationally. His experience includes projects up to $4 billion for private corporations and government agencies including the Army Corps of Engineers, FAA, DOE and DOD. Spear has worked on a variety of projects within the United States and abroad including levee repairs and construction, large concrete structure demolitions, large scale earthmoving and landfill projects, and nuclear facility clean ups. He has also served as a consultant on national and international projects ranging from medium to large scale radioactive contaminated cleanup projects to remedial construction projects for commercial companies, and has managed numerous special projects including a $4 million dollar government flood control project. Spear is the Sr. Estimator for SCE overseeing the entire bid process for over 600 bids per year.

Project Manager
Mariah Wheeler
Mariah Wheeler
Project Manager

An SCE Environmental Group asset for over 18 years, Wheeler has been with our firm since the beginning. Her in-depth project knowl-edge base coupled with exceptional material management, makes Wheeler an invaluable team member.

As a Project Manager, Wheeler is responsible for assisting on tasks such as on-site project management, project coordination and project controls, construction billings, cost tracking for sequential costing, job cost analysis, project schedule adherence, weekly operations meet-ings, pre-construction meetings, punch-list management and contract administration.

Education

  • BEd – Education, Wilkes University

Specialized Training / Certifications / Registrations

  • First Aid / CPR / AED

Project Experience

  • Port Authority of NY and NJ. SCE is signatory to multi-year con-tracts with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the abatement of asbestos, lead and universal waste at the former World Trade Center in New York City, and several marine terminals operated by the Authority including Port Newark and Port Jersey. Jobs are assigned via Work Orders issued from time to time. The contracts are for multiple years with renewal options and are val-ued in excess of $6 Million. Wheeler administers all of the contract requirements and transmittals under the various work orders.
  • In addition, at JFK Airport, SCE was retained by the Port Authority to install new pumping systems at the Bulk Fuel Farm on premises. After installing the new equipment, SCE was retained to maintain the equipment over a two year contract. Wheeler served as Assis-tant Project Manager in the installation contract and administers all contract requirements under the maintenance agreement with the Authority.
  • Scranton Lace Factory (Scranton, PA) – Wheeler served as Assistant Project Manager in SCE’s scope of work in the razing of major portions of this historic landmark to make way for a multi-function develop-ment featuring nearly 100 residential units, artisan shops, and other retail facilities. The project, known as “Laceworks Village”, is valued at more than $50 Million and has the support of state and local grants. The structure is the former Scranton Lace Factory and SCE has been one of a team of contractors assisting in the selective interior demolition of the facility. Wheeler is responsible for the administration of contract documents and submittals and for coordinating crews, materials, and services at the project.
  • Baha Mar Resort (New Providence, Bahamas) – Wheeler served as Project Manager as SCE crews in-stalled a ground water treatment system at a former laundry facility located on a portion of the mega-re-sort’s property. This system includes fifteen Air Sparge wells 20’ deep, four LNAPL recovery trenches with draw down submersible pumps and skimmer pumps, and one infiltration trench with an aerator. Recovery pumps draw down the water table to provide a flow of product to the skimmer pumps. Water is then pumped to the infiltration trench for aeration and then to an Oil Water Separator. NAPL is skimmed and collected in tanks for disposal off site.
  • International Projects Coordinator (Worldwide) – Instrumental in planning and implementing logistical arrangements for staff and equipment on projects worldwide including Togo, West Africa; Hsinchu City, Taiwan; and Kuwait City, Kuwait. Cooperatively, worked with local emissaries to accomplish safe and suc-cessful projects.
  • PA DEP IRRSC (Various, PA) – Wheeler served as an Assistant Project Manager in this multi-year contract in which SCE provided environmental remediation and emergency response support to the PA Department of Environmental Protection. Her overall responsibilities included crew support, procurement, change order processing, bill compilation, and assuring contract compliance. Work orders under this contract included a variety of remediation efforts in residential, commercial, governmental and industrial properties in Penn-sylvania.
  • RCRA Landfill (Throop, PA) – Wheeler served as Assistant Project Manager working cooperatively with op-erations, overseeing submittals, billing and client relations for a large landfill capping project. Over 290,000 CY of lead impacted soils were excavated and more than 22 acres were cleared and grubbed. Scheduled the use of more than 41 pieces of equipment that were used to exceed 11,000 CY of excavation per day on this $13.5 Million project.
  • Weekly Crew Scheduling (Various Project Locations) – Wheeler is responsible for allocating weekly labor force and vehicles to various projects in the most cost effective, efficient manner.
  • AS/SVE Remediation System Installation (Various) – At hundreds of system installations at locations in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, Wheeler has coordinated the submission for underground utility location and material requisition and delivery; as well as vendor and subcontractor assignments.
Director of Client Services
Larry Kraft
Larry Kraft
Director of Client Services

Mr. Kraft oversees the Client Services of Sales and Business Development for SCE Environmental Group.

Mr. Kraft is a seasoned sales professional having been in new business development roles throughout his entire career in multiple industries. Larry’s key to his success is his ability to network and reach people through his ardent cold calling abilities and listening to what clients need. Having spent most of his career in remote sales scenarios, Larry is adept at being a team player from afar while providing key information. This along with the sales efforts to effectively on-board new clients and deliver a smooth transition for everyone involved. In the past, Larry has served as Vice President of Business Development with Advertising, Banking and now Environmental and Demolition services. Larry is focussed on growing SCE Environmental Group in 2022 and beyond with not only new clients but new areas of interest from Builders, Developers, Engineers, Environmental and Top 500 companies. As Vice President, finding and bringing in multi million dollar projects has been his main focus.

Larry is proud to be an Eagle Scout, Air Force Veteran, World Traveler, Professional Drummer and a member of SCE Environmental Group. Larry maintains a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing that he received at Dominican College in Blauvelt, New York.