New Staff

Coastland continues to grow to keep pace with the needs of our clients and communities.  The following is an introduction to the people hired recently.

Russ Thompson, PE

Supervising Engineer

Russ recently joined Coastland’s Santa Rosa office after 35 years of service to the Civil Engineering industry.  His most recent experience includes serving for over 10-years as Public Works Director for the cities of Novato and Atascadero in which he oversaw development review, capital improvement programs, and construction and maintenance of municipal infrastructure.  His management and design experience include transportation, sewer, storm water, asset management, and public contracting for a wide range of public projects. Work at each agency included being tasked with developing and implementing key departmental and cultural improvements to improve morale and better serve both communities.

While serving as Director of Public Works for over 5 years (and briefly as Assistant City Manager) in Novato, he guided the department’s $6 million operating budget and $5-10 million annual Capital Improvement Program for the community of 58,000 residents. His work in Atascadero included oversight of an award winning $30M renovation of the Historic Atascadero Administration Building. Previous to his public sector engagements Russ owned his own consulting civil engineering practice on the Central Coast for nearly ten years providing engineering services to numerous public, private and institutional clients throughout California.

His first assignments at Coastland include duties as contract City Engineer for the City of Emeryville; and taking over as Deputy City Engineer for the City of Piedmont, heading up their Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation and Compliance Programs.  He will also be assisting Sonoma Water with their drainage and stormwater review program for developments throughout Sonoma County. 

Russ is an avid outdoorsman, and recently returned from a trip to Scotland that included fulfilling a life-long dream of hiking ancestral Scottish Highlands and playing golf at the historic Old Course at Saint Andrews. Coastland is honored to welcome Russ and expand the skills of our Engineering Department!   

Elaine (Lainie) Greif, EIT

Assistant Engineer

Elaine (Lainie) recently joined Coastland’s Auburn office as Assistant Engineer.  Her background includes preliminary design, final design and construction support for a variety of capital projects including stormwater, sewer, and water systems.  She is skilled in utility coordination, field investigation, condition assessment, construction method selection, preparation of construction documents, cost estimating, permitting, subconsultant coordination, submittal review, and construction support.  Prior to Coastland, she worked at West Yost Associates providing design services for a variety of infrastructure projects including rehabilitation, replacement, and new construction for sanitary sewer, storm drain, and potable water pipelines.   She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Chico.  At Coastland, Lainie’s first assignments include engineering support for several small cities including the cities of Biggs and Wheatland.

Robert Schauble, EIT

Assistant Engineer

Rob recently joined Coastland’s Auburn office and brings over five years of experience in the industry.  He has a diverse project background, including involvement in flood repair, hydraulics, wastewater, highway design and drill & shoot operations.   Prior to Coastland he served as Project Engineer and Estimator for several contractors where he managed projects valued $1 million to $50 million.  In this capacity his responsibilities included project controls (change orders, submittal management and RFI’s), AutoCAD design, GIS mapping, geotechnical investigations, environmental analyses and more. He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Sacramento.  At Coastland, Rob’s first assignments include engineering support for the cities of Elk Grove, Lincoln, and Wheatland.