Rohan A. Freeman, PE, LS

Founder & President

Freeman

Rohan A. Freeman, PE, LS is Founder and President of Freeman Companies, LLC, an award-winning, multi-disciplinary site development, engineering design, and construction services enterprise. Mr. Freeman, an accomplished mountaineer, founded the company in 2009 shortly after summiting Mount Everest with a promise to clients to “Elevate Your Expectations”. This promise and Mr. Freeman’s career-long inquiry of economic development and urban design have led to the firm’s involvement in several large-scale, transformative public projects. Mr. Freeman, who grew up in Jamaica, is the first African-American to climb the Seven Summits. Mr. Freeman is a popular motivational speaker, and member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, U.S. Green Building Council, Construction Institute, Greater New England Minority Supplier Diversity Council and board member of several regional children’s charities including Camp Courant and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford. In 2014 he established the University of Connecticut School of Engineering “Freeman Companies BRIDGE Endowed Engineering Scholarship” to support minority students with an interest in civil engineering who have overcome obstacles such as socioeconomic or educational disadvantage. He is included among a select group of alumni to be nominated to the UCONN School of Engineering’s Academy of Distinguished Engineers.

 

Leslie Cannon Fredette

Director of Marketing & Business Development

Leslie Cannon Fredette has joined Freeman Companies as Director of Marketing and Business Development. She brings over 25 years of marketing experience in engineering, architecture and related fields, and has substantial knowledge of strategic planning and client relations. Leslie recently served as Director of Marketing for the S/L/A/M Collaborative in Glastonbury, among other prominent firms including JCJ Architecture, Desman, Inc. and Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates in New York City. Leslie holds a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from Smith College. She is an active member of SMPS Connecticut, the Construction Institute, and formerly served as an elected municipal planning official in Massachusetts.

 

Nathan L. Whetten, PE, D.GE, CG

Vice President of Geotechnical Services & Manager of Operations

Whetten

Nathan Whetten joined Freeman Companies to lead their expanding Geotechnical Division and manage the firm’s Environmental Sciences division. Mr. Whetten has more than 30 years of experience working on a wide variety of geotechnical engineering projects. His experience includes geotechnical and bedrock geological evaluations for bridge and highway projects, earth and rock slopes, parking structures, dams, buildings, and water/wastewater treatment facilities and utility pipelines. His project responsibilities include project management, development and oversight of subsurface exploration programs, evaluation of geotechnical design criteria, report preparation, and construction observation. Prior to joining Freeman Companies, Nate held the position of Senior Associate at GEI Consultants, a worldwide science and engineering firm. Mr. Whetten holds several degrees from Cornell University including B.A. in Geology, B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.E. in Geotechnical Engineering. He has been the senior geotechnical engineer and project manager on several dozen large scale civil and commercial construction projects since the 1980s. Nate is considered a leading geotechnical authority by peers and has published over 15 professionally acclaimed articles, white papers and case studies for multiple Science and Engineering trade publications. He has also won numerous awards for completed projects including the coveted Harl Aldrich Excellence Award.

 

Paul A. Rodrigues, PE

Manager of Civil Engineering

Rodrigues

Paul Rodrigues is a highly skilled and popular Project Manager with 13 years of civil engineering experience in jurisdictions throughout New England. Mr. Rodrigues’ experience includes hydraulic analyses for site development studies, roadway and parking lot storm drainage networks, the analysis and design of retention basins for stormwater management, and compliance to ADA codes for accessibility. Throughout his career, Paul has gained a worthy reputation as a reliable and responsible problem-solver for owners and peer collaborators alike. Paul’s work as a Project Manager at Freeman Companies focuses largely on public projects, including several public school and university buildings, campuses and athletic fields/facilities. Early in Paul’s professional career, he was employed as an engineer with the Highway Division of the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Prior to joining Freeman Companies, LLC he was a Project Engineer at Purcell Associates (currently Alfred Benesch & Company). In January of 2014, he was named Freeman Companies’ Manager of Civil Engineering.

 

Heidi Hajna, PLA, ASLA

Manager of Landscape Architecture

Ms. Hajna is an award-winning Professional Landscape Architect and active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.  She joined Freeman Companies to lead the firm’s planning and landscape architecture division.  Ms. Hajna offers 30 years of professional experience in Connecticut and has been associated with the Kasper Group of Bridgeport; Richter, Cegan & Webb of Avon; The S/L/A/M Collaborative of Glastonbury; and, most recently, was a Project Manager and Senior Landscape Architect at TPA Design Group of New Haven.  Heidi’s experience involves large scale master planning for public improvements, small private site development plans, economic development, streetscape/public spaces, education, historic properties, parks/recreation/trails, public housing and private residential.  Her Project Management responsibilities have involved leading teams of design professionals to meet project deadlines by effectively delegating and prioritizing project workload from initial analysis and design through construction; and maintaining daily client contact, coordination of consultants, interfacing with various state and local agencies and also presentation of projects at public hearings and stakeholder informational meetings.  She is a graduate of the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture, Magna Cum Laude.

 

Beverly Gorlach

Accountant & HR Administrator

Beverly Gorlach has worked as an Accountant and HR Administrator for the last 20 years and brings a wealth of knowledge along with her. Her former experience includes Haley & Aldrich and Lenard Engineering, where she streamlined manual systems to electronic systems, implemented internal control systems and procedure to comply with audit requirements, and managed to achieve significant overhead cost reductions by eliminating redundant or outdated processes. Ms. Gorlach is an adept Project Accountant familiar with following and implementing DEEP Billing Standards, FAR's and Sarbanes-Oxley guidelines for the civil engineering and environmental disciplines.