Staff Profiles


Patrick A. Barnes, P.G. holds a B.S. in Geology from the Sate University New York at Stony Brook and is a graduate of the Curmmer Executive Management Program of Rollins College and the TUCK Executive Training Program at Dartmouth College. He is a licensed Professional Geologist in Florida and North Carolina. He is President/CEO and Co-founder of Barnes, Ferland and Associates, Inc. (aka BFA Environmental). BFA is the largest African-American owned utility engineering, environmental and geological services firm based in the southeast US. As President/CEO, he is responsible for the overall management of business finances, operations, strategic planning, and client liaison and market development.  He also directly manages the needs all of BFA’s federal clients such as the Navy and the Army Corps of Engineers. Some of BFA’s key municipal and state clients are the Cities Orlando, Tampa, Ormond Beach, Titusville, Riviera Beach, Longwood, Wildwood, Orange County and the South Florida and St. John’s River Water Management Districts. He is responsible for direct management of work in the Louisiana and North Carolina markets. He has designed and managed several large-scale and complex environmental, construction, resource management and remedial design projects, as wells as water resource development projects. The projects he’s managed included US Army Corps of Engineers debris removal services for the New Orleans, District, Detoxification design and construction of the Warren County, NC PCB Landfill, Comprehensive Remedial design for Miami-Dade Environmental Resource Management. These contracts ranged 5 to 25 million dollars in value. For these and several of BFA’s other large contracts, Patrick has personally and effectively endeavored to reach out and engage local at-risk youth from the project area in the construction process. Over his 26-year career he has worked extensively in the black community and on groundbreaking environmental justice projects. In 2006, he founded and provided $200,000 to seed a non-profit organization dedicated to training at-risk youth as environmental field technicians.  Over the past 6 years that organization, “Limitless Vistas, Inc.” with operations in Louisiana and Florida has provided job training and environmental certifications/credentials to over 300 young adults ages 17-25 in New Orleans to help that community recover from the ravages of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.As the Founder and Chairman of the board, he has worked extensively with the EPA, the Corps Network, and the City of New Orleans and several non profit partners to provide environmental, green jobs, and coastal restoration job experience/service learning to underserved local residents. LVI’s training currently includes modules in Water/Wastewater Operations, Brownfield Site Assessment/Remediation, Coastal Restoration/Sustainability, Home Weatherization and GIS Mapping. He servers as science advisor to several Environmental Justice communities and is a founding member of community and business organizations including: the National Society of Black Engineers, Central Florida “Alumni Extension”, Restore Orlando, the African-American Chamber of Central Florida, and the Florida Association of Professional Geologists.

Matilda Tennessee, Compliance Officer and Former Executive Director - With a Masters in Business Administration, Mrs. Tennessee has received several certificates for outstanding services. She has over 30 years of experience with non-profit organizations and over 10 years of experience in working with disadvantaged youth through BFA, LVI and New Orleans Job Corps Center.

Sherry Callaway PG, Executive Director - Extensive experience in managing and conducting all aspects of multifaceted, complex environmental programs, portfolios, and projects. Dedicated to obtaining and maintaining regulatory compliance. Demonstrated ability to construct and manage project teams. Exceptional safety record for all team members on projects of all sizes. Proven leadership skills. Project Manager, Portfolio Manager, Senior Project Manager, Unit Manager: Managed a portfolio of projects valued between $500,000 and $4,000,000 for a major oil company. Assignment includes client management, client advocacy efforts with regulatory agencies, litigation support and mitigation of potential third party property owner claims. Developed and managed cost to closure budgets for clients. Worked closely with global account manager to achieve account consistency across the nation. Managed midstream and downstream portfolios across the central region of the Unite States. Multiple regulatory incident closures achieved through risk- based management rather than active remediation.

Roger Simon, is a highly qualified Professional Geologist with over twenty-five years of experience in coordinating environmental management activities and working on a variety of environmental projects involving environmental risk and impact assessment, wastewater collection, treatment and disposal, and natural resources evaluation. Mr. Simon is currently responsible for coordinating our Brownfields Job Training Programs. He's also been responsible for providing both certification and non-certification training courses including the 40-hour OSHA HAZWOPER course and a vast range of environmental topics, including Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, surface and groundwater sampling procedures and innovative contaminant remedial techniques.


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