Lynette Scaffidi

Lynette Scaffidi

Managing Owner

Experienced professional with compassion for the natural world and extensive education and experience in reforestation and environmental plantings; invasive species management, Green Infrastructure plantings and maintenance, environmental habitat restoration including vernal pools, microtopography, and wildlife management.

Lynette graduated from University of Maryland with a Master’s of Science, Animal Science – Wildlife Habitat Management and a Bachelor’s of Science, Natural Resource Management.

Professional Certifications
  • MD Tree Expert LTE# 001934
  • NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certified #00180
  • MD Pesticide #29275 (2) (3-A) (3-C) (4) (5) (6)
  • VA Pesticide Certified
  • MD Professional Fertilizer Applicator PFA #0389
  • Erosion & Sediment Responsible Person - RPC010758
  • SHA Erosion & Sediment Control Yellow Card Certified #08-795
  • DEP LID Stormwater Facility Maintenance Contractor
  • Montgomery County DEP Rainscape's Certified
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
Eric Goodrich

Eric Goodrich

Managing Owner

Career professional with field education and extensive experience in development and project management. Eric’s detail-oriented management practices, through all phases of the project, provides the client a quality end-product, meeting all specifications and requirements while completed safely and remaining on schedule.

Eric graduated from SUNY Cobleskill, Bachelor of Science, Animal Science – Wildlife Management; AAS – Fisheries and Wildlife Technology.

Professional Certifications
  • Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional #1-00020
  • MD Tree Expert LTE # 001936
  • ISA Certified Arborist # MA-5648A
  • Pesticide Certified MD-29844, VA-82397, DC-71100522
  • Professional Fertilizer Applicator # 1015
  • Erosion & Sediment Responsible Person -RPC004440
  • SHA Erosion & Sediment Control Yellow Card Certified - #08781
  • ICPI Certified Concrete Paver Installer
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
William 'Bill' Dowling

William “Bill” Dowling

Managing Owner

Proven career sales manager with estimating experience in environmental restoration planting and construction. Bill’s success in client relationships supports the General Contractors to easily meet their MBE participation goals while maintaining a high level of responsiveness, timeliness and quality product.

Bill graduated from Plattsburgh State University with a Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science. AAS in Horticulture.

Professional Certifications
  • MD Tree Expert LTE # 001146
  • ISA Certified Arborist # MA-5647A
  • Maryland, Virginia, DC Pesticide Licenses
  • ICPI Certified Concrete Paver Installer
Sean Lander

Sean Lander

Chief Financial Officer

Sean's experience and education has helped facilitate and support a seamless transition during Empire's unpredicted growth. He continuously strives to build his knowledge and experience within the green industry while sticking to his principal and unflawed characteristics, of ethical and professional decision making.

Sean joined the Empire team in January 2015 and graduated from Marymount University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, specializing in both finance and accounting.

Zachary Frankian

Zachary "Zack" Frankian

Environmental Construction Division Manager

Emerging career professional with several years of field experience with a passion for preserving and reestablishing natural ecosystems. Zack is accomplished in Natural Resource Management while specializing in invasive species management, bioretention restoration, and Green Infrastructure practices.

Zack joined the Empire team full-time in 2017 after obtaining his Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science from UMBC.

Professional Certifications
  • MD Tree Expert LTE #002189
  • MD Professional Fertilizer Applicator PFA #1973
  • MD Pesticide #29275-83920 (2)(5)(6)
  • DC Pesticide #25935 (3A)(5)(6)
  • VA Pesticide #149642-C (2)(5A)(6)
  • LCA Landscape Industry Certified (CLT)
  • NGICP Certification No. 00189
  • SHA Erosion & Sediment Control Yellow Card Cert. #18-046
  • Erosion & Sediment Control Responsible Person RCP011873
  • DEP LID Stormwater Facility Maintenance Contractor
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
Steven McCauley

Steven McCauley

Project Superintendent

Steven has been working in the Environmental Restoration industry for 10 years. He joined the Empire team in 2015 as a laborer and has worked his way up to Foreman and now Project Superintendent. His love for the outdoors and passion for the environment make him an excellent fit for Empire. Steven is a friendly, knowledgeable, and honest person who knows how to communicate with crews, clients, and contractors to make sure the job is done safely and per the specifications. With his positive, hardworking attitude, Steven continues to grow and develop his skills every day.

Professional Certifications
  • MD Licensed Tree Expert #2270
  • Erosion & Sediment Control Responsible Person #RPC004459
  • SHA Erosion & Sediment Control Yellow Card Certified #18-081
  • OSHA 30
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
Joe Stevens

Joe Stevens

HR Manager

Career outdoor and environmental educator, Joe utilized those skills to establish a second career with Empire. Having over 2 years of experience with Empire as a Project Superintendent and Project Manager, Joe has settled in as the Human Resources Manager. Making sure to be a strong voice for the employees while managing changes to procedures, enforcing existing policies and working closely with the owners and their vision for Empire’s continued growth.

Professional Certifications
  • NGICP National Green Infrastructure Certified #00178
  • Maryland Licensed Tree Expert #2265
  • MD Professional Fertilizer Applicator PFA #1991
  • SHA Erosion Control Certified RPC011864, Yellow-08781
  • DEP/LID Stormwater Maintenance Contractor
  • OSHA-10 Certified
Tyler Magill

Tyler Magill

Project Superintendent

Tyler joined the Empire team in July 2019 with a professional background in environmental restoration. He started his career as a foreman doing large stream restoration projects where he gained crucial knowledge of erosion and sediment controls. His vast experience of stream restorations, E&S controls, plan sets, and specifications make him a key asset when communicating with crews, inspectors, and general contractors. His passion for the outdoors and positive attitude makes him a perfect fit for the Empire team.

Professional Certifications
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • OSHA 10 Certified
  • Certified for Confined Space Work
  • Arbor Master Certified
  • MD Green Card Certified
Michael Pickett

Michael "Mike" Pickett

General Manager

Career professional with 10 year's of experience in all phases of environmental restoration. Mike's responsibilities range from production management to safety and fleet maintenance. He organizes and maintains Empire's production schedule to meet project deadlines for all clients. Mike oversees production crews with the motto: "Safety is no accident!"

Professional Certifications
  • OSHA 30 Certified
  • Maryland Tree Expert Licensed # 1961
  • Erosion & Sediment Responsible Person - RPC004451
  • DEP LID Stormwater Facility Maintenance Contractor
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
Blake Bingham

Blake Bingham

Operations Manager

Experienced arborist of eight years with a passion to preserve and appreciate the outdoors and the environment, as well as extensive operating skills with machinery, trucks, heavy and light equipment. Blake's organization and abilities in planning and executing environmental plantings, erosion and sediment control methods, and clearing projects, provides the client a well supervised project.

Professional Certifications
  • ISA Certified Arborist MA-5717A
  • Maryland Licensed Tree Expert #2092
  • Erosion & Sediment Responsible Person -RPC004469
  • Multiple TCIA Certifications
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
Karen Chen

Karen Chen

Estimating/Bid Manager

Business professional focusing on growing and managing relationships with new and existing clients. Karen's responsiveness, ability to meet deadlines while providing necessary documents in a timely fashion, allows a unified transition from the bidding phase to the implementation of a new project.

Karen joined the Empire team in 2012 and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science from University of Maryland and an AA Degree in Business Management.

Professional Certifications
  • MD Licensed Tree Expert #002259
Steven 'Shaggy' Darrow

Steven "Shaggy" Darrow

Natural Resource Specialist

Steve’s love of plants and the environment stems back to the years of his youth. After obtaining a BS in Ethnobotany from Frostburg State University, Steve followed this passion and turned it into a career. He is extremely knowledgeable in plant ID and preservation and has worked in the invasive plant removal field for nearly a decade. Steve brings a unique blend of education and experience to the Empire team.

Professional Certifications
  • Maryland Certified Pesticide Applicator #78559
  • Virginia Certified Pesticide Applicator #131146-C
  • Maryland Certified Tree Expert #2262
  • Maryland Certified Erosion and Sediment Control #RPC016044
  • OSHIA 10 Certification Cert No. Pending
  • First Aid and CPR Certified
Sarah Herlihy

Sarah Herlihy

Natural Resource Division Manager

As one of the newest members of the Empire team, Sarah brings her love of nature and wildlife into fruition by working closely with county schools and parks to establish environments for the community to admire and enjoy. She is gaining critical experience in invasive species management along with native forest and meadow reestablishments to ensure a prosperous and self-sustaining environment.

Sarah obtained her Bachelors of Science in Environmental Biology from Towson University. She worked in the University greenhouse, which allowed her to deepen her passion for growing and caring for many diverse species of flora.

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