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Rohan A. Freeman, PE, LS
Founder & President
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.
Nathan L. Whetten, PE, D.GE, CG
Vice President of Geotechnical Services & Manager of Operations
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.
Leslie Cannon Fredette
Vice President of Marketing & Business Development
Leslie Cannon Fredette is Freeman Companies' Vice President 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 previously 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.
Paul A. Rodrigues, PE
Director of Operations and Manager of Civil Engineering
Paul Rodrigues is a highly skilled and popular Project Manager with 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 March of 2019, he was named Freeman Companies’ Director of Operations.
Dennis M. Quinit, PE
Manager of Structural Engineering and Construction
Dennis M. Quinit, PE, has over 25 years of extensive experience in project management and structural engineering involving a variety of public infrastructures from single to multi-span concrete and steel roadway bridges, retaining walls, prestressed and post-tensioned concrete structures, as well as utility and pedestrian bridges. He is experienced in performing structural analysis, structure type studies and project due diligence, design and detailing, condition assessment and bridge inspection, bridge evaluation and load rating, development of contract plans, specifications and estimates, construction support services and construction engineering. His responsibilities have include project management and coordination, preparation of work scopes and fee proposals, preparation of project deliverables, client interaction and client relations, business development and assistance with project pursuits.
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.
Yuyang Lin, PE, PTOE
Manager of Transportation and Traffic/Safety Engineering
Mr. Lin offers more than 16 years of engineering and inspection experience in municipal and Department of Transportation projects. He has a thorough understanding of the design guidelines and expertise in design procedures, and is proficient in state-of-the-art traffic application and computer aided design software. His work includes traffic signal design, traffic impact studies, highway/roadway design, signing and pavement marking plans, construction inspection, hydraulic, hydrologic and stage construction plans to maintain traffic during construction under jurisdictional requirements. Mr. Lin is a UCONN graduate having earned a Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering and he has also earned the designation PTOE (Professional Traffic Operations Engineer) from the Transportation Professional Certification Board Inc. He is a member of the Institute of Traffic Engineers (ITE).
Manager of Land Surveying
Lennox A. Keen has almost 20 years of experience in land surveying. He has strong technical skills that apply to a wide variety of projects, his expertise lying in property and construction surveys. In many ways, Lennox is Freeman Companies’ “MVP” – an outstanding survey party chief in addition to being a well-respected inspector. He offers clients the versatility, intelligence and depth of his nearly two decades of field inspection experience. Lennox possesses considerable knowledge of construction materials and methods; maintenance of field and office records; performance of complex quantity and engineering computations; reading and interpretation of plans and specifications; and effective communications skills with owners, clients and the public. He understands the land survey process from every perspective, having climbed the ladder in our Land Survey department since 2010. He has previously served as a Land Surveyor for GM2 Associates, Inc. and BSC Group, Inc.
John A. Bondos, Jr., LEP
Manager of Environmental Sciences
Mr. Bondos, a Licensed Environmental Professional, has over thirty years of experience in the environmental sciences field. He received his Bachelors in Environmental Earth Sciences from Connecticut State University and a Masters in Geology (Hydrogeology) from the University of Connecticut. He has extensive experience as Project Manager for remedial investigation projects involving comprehensive characterization and cleanup of contamination brownfield sites across the State of Connecticut. Much of his work has consisted of design for containment and treatment of impacted soils and groundwater, including aromatic and volatile organic compounds, petroleum, metals, and semi-volatile organic compounds at brownfields sites, industrial facilities, petroleum bulk storage terminals, and underground storage tank sites. His investigative activities range from free-phase product plume delineation to comprehensive site-wide Phase II and III Environmental Site Assessments for property transactions and redevelopment. His expertise includes geologic and hydrogeological evaluations related to migration pathways of contamination in the subsurface and potential receptors. Previously, Mr. Bondos conducted analysis of brownfield cleanup alternatives and quality assurance project plans for the Environmental Protection Agency.
Manager of HBMI Services
Matthew Chalifour joined Freeman Companies to lead their Hazardous Building Materials division. He has over 10 years of experience working on a wide variety of environmental remediation and hazardous materials abatement projects. Very notably, the depth of his knowledge comes from serving as Hartford Hospital’s Industrial Hygienist, as well as having been the main inspector, monitor and designing partner for several large scale hazardous materials abatement projects since 2012. His experience includes asbestos abatement monitoring, inspections and project design, lead abatement monitoring and inspections, mold / fungal sampling and evaluation, radon gas sampling and evaluation, sampling and monitoring of abatement of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), mercury, volatile organic compounds (VOC) and sampling for a host of many other hazardous materials. His project responsibilities include project management, development and oversight of hazardous materials inspections and abatement projects, evaluation of design criteria and pertinent report preparation. Mr. Chalifour holds a Bachelors from Keene State College of New Hampshire in Occupational Health and Safety.
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.