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.

Jennifer Melman, PE, QSD/QSP

Senior Engineer
Bio

Jennifer brings over 15 years of experience in the industry with expertise in hydrology, hydraulics, bridges, roadways, and storm water quality improvements.  She has managed and designed a wide variety of public improvement projects, including community sewer pump station designs, community sewer water system improvements, municipal well improvements, flood control and stormwater system improvements.  Jennifer also has extensive experience in creek restoration, constructed wetlands and pond design, and fish passage improvement.  Her first assignments at Coastland include various District Engineering support services for Bodega Bay PUD and Hidden Valley Lake CSD, and several capital improvement projects for the cities of Calistoga and Healdsburg and the Town of Windsor.  We are honored that she chose to work for Coastland!

Asa Utterback, PE

Senior Engineer
Bio

Asa brings over 33 years of professional engineering experience to Coastland’s Auburn office.  He has managed a broad range of infrastructure projects through all phases from planning through construction.  His experience includes capital improvement programming, project management, design (full PS&E development) and construction management. His areas of specialty include pavement, complete streets, water and recycled water distribution and sewer collection system (wastewater and storm) rehabilitation and expansion.   His first assignments at Coastland include various capital improvement projects for the cities of Biggs, Lincoln, Piedmont and Wheatland.  It’s an honor to welcome Asa and expand the skills of our Engineering Department in Auburn!  

Eric Simonson

Regional Building Division Manager
Bio

Eric joined Coastland’s Auburn office as Regional Building Division Manager after more than 17 years of service to public agencies.  His prior roles as Building Official, Assistant Community Development Director, Building Division Manager, Plans Examiner and Inspector for various municipalities equips him to take on virtually any building department task.  He is also an ICC certified Building Official, Plans Examiner and Building Inspector. 

Eric will manage the Building Department operations of Coastland’s Auburn office including working with a team of building plans examiners, plan check engineers and inspectors to ensure all service and performance goals are met for our municipal clients in the Foothills and Sacramento regions. 

Prior to joining Coastland, Eric served the building divisions at the cities of Watsonville, Santa Cruz and Reno and the County of Placer.  Over the years he has managed, organized and directed building department operations, performed plan check and inspection, and served as a member of a variety of boards and committees.  This experience has prepared him to manage a wide range of projects and programs for Coastland’s clients.

Laurie Loaiza

Senior Engineer
Bio

Laurie Loaiza brings 18 years of professional experience in a wide range of projects including both public infrastructure projects and private development.  Her experience includes roadway improvements, sewer, storm water resources, and private land development throughout Northern California.  She has extensive knowledge with wet utility infrastructure modeling and design, including researching various options to determine the most cost-effective solution within project constraints.  Laurie is also a Qualified SWPPP Developer with experience in WQMP’s including storm water treatment BMP’s and Low Impact Development (LID).  Her first assignments at Coastland include supporting the cities of Colfax, Lincoln and Wheatland as well as Rancho Murieta CSD. We are excited to expand the Auburn office by hiring such a talented and experienced engineer!

Mathew Vail

Supervising Engineer / Resident Engineer
Bio

Mathew brings over 30 years of experience in both engineering and construction.  His professional career includes work as a Civil Engineer, Capital Projects Manager, Principal Engineer, Project Manager, Construction Manager, and General Engineering Contractor.  He spent five years at the Sonoma County Water Agency and has extensive experience with water resource projects and public facilities.   His first assignments at Coastland include serving the Town of Corte Madera, Sweetwater Springs and the cities of Santa Rosa and Willows.

Terrence Lee, SE

Senior Structural Engineer
Bio

Terrence has over 36 years of experience in the engineering field, including structural engineering services for a variety of educational, industrial, residential and commercial buildings throughout Northern California.  He is a licensed Civil Engineer and Structural Engineer in the State of California. 

Terrence has volunteered his services after major earthquakes hit Haiti in 2010 and the Bay Area in 1989.  In Haiti he served as a seismic damage evaluator and advisor for the construction of a new campus for the National University of Haiti (UEH).  After the Loma Prieta earthquake he performed inspections of damage to bridge structures and a structural steel tower which supported an elevated large water tank on the Mare Island Naval Base.

Prior to joining Coastland he owned his own consulting business to provide structural and earthquake engineering services to architects, builders, government agencies, developers and owners.  He performed engineering analysis reports of existing buildings and complete construction documentation of timber, steel concrete and masonry buildings.

One of his first assignments at Coastland is serving the Town of Ross with on-call plan review.