Who We Are

Who We Are

Our Professionals

Our Professionals

We have nearly 80 staff in five offices in California and Hawai‘i. 3 ways to get in touch with one of our senior experts:

  • Click on the yellow bird and "tell us about your project" 
  • Search our directory of senior staff to find the expertise you need
  • Call 408.458.3200

Find a Professional

Karen Verpeet, M.L.A., (Senior Associate, Landscape Architect)

For more than 15 years, Karen has been a leader in our restoration ecology group. She’s a registered landscape architect who specializes in the design and planning of habitat restoration and open space projects in California and the western United States. Many of her projects have involved creating habitat for sensitive wildlife species and integrating native habitats at the urban-wildlands interface.

In addition to her design and planning work, Karen’s activities include coordinating projects with regulatory agencies and stakeholders, working closely with clients on strategic and technical decisions, overseeing restoration design and planning, preparation of construction documents, and providing bid and construction support.

Karin Hunsicker (Chief Executive Officer)

Karin Hunsicker is the chief executive officer, bringing more than 30 years of experience in environmental engineering, strategy and logistics to H. T. Harvey & Associates. She joined in 2004 as chief operations officer, and worked closely with the executive team to expand the firm from 35 people in three offices, to more than 80 staff in five locations today. Karin became CEO in 2013, and oversees all operations, including finance, legal, human resources, marketing, and administrative activities.

Kate Drake, MS (Senior Ecologist)

Kate Drake is a senior restoration ecologist and project manager with more than 7 years of professional experience. She has worked on projects on the East Coast, Midwest, Colorado, and in California on sites characterized by bottomland forested, montane seep, and tidal wetlands as well as upland riparian areas. Kate leads project teams and contributes to various phases of ecosystem restoration projects from restoration planning and permitting, to construction and long-term monitoring.

Katie Gallagher, M.S. (Senior Ecologist)

Katie Gallagher is a senior ecologist in the botany group at H. T. Harvey & Associates with more than 13 years of experience. She has worked in public, private, and non-profit land management. As a botanist, her professional background includes conducting botanical and rare plant assessments and vegetation mapping, designing and implementing restoration projects, and wetland monitoring. As a regulatory specialist, she has acquired many environmental permits for multiple regulatory agencies and written botanical sections of CEQA documentation.

Kelly Hardwicke, Ph.D. (Principal)

Dr. Kelly Hardwicke is a plant and invertebrate ecologist whose primary work is classifying and describing habitats and identifying the component flora and invertebrates found on project sites. She frequently surveys sites for special-status plant species, performs wetland delineations, writes California Environmental Quality Act documents, and provides regulatory permit assistance.

Kim Briones, M.S. (Senior Ecologist)

Kim Briones is a senior ecologist and project manager with more than 10 years of experience in wildlife ecology, with a particular interest in bat and avian ecology. She has worked in a variety of habitats throughout California from grassland and oak woodland to desert scrub and riparian habitats. Kim has a background in survey methodologies for numerous taxa and special status species including, bats, small mammals, insects, burrowing owl, Hawaiian palila, California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, mission blue butterfly, and callippe silverspot butterfly.

Laura Keresty (Marketing Director)

Our Marketing Director, Laura Keresty, has more than 25 years of experience in environmental, publishing, and technology organizations. She leads our marketing and communications activities. Among her other responsibilities, she is involved with business development and proposal activities, writes and edits our newsletter, and manages our website.

Laura has an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley; and a B.A. in Government from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Lauren De Silva, M.L.A. (Landscape Architect)

Lauren De Silva is a landscape architect and project manager with a background in all phases of professional design, from site assessments, to conceptual designs, to detailed construction documentation. She is a responsive and holistic thinker who creates budget-conscious, innovative, and sustainable designs. Reflecting her precision, communication skills, and eye for detail, her designs translate readily into biddable and constructible projects. Lauren also has experience following Universal Design principles and Americans with Disabilities Act standards for accessible design.