2023 Board of Directors Annual Elections

 It’s time for our annual TAEP Board of Director Elections.

Board members hold staggered three-year terms unless an interim election is held to replace a member who has stepped down.  The nominating committee tries to balance the slate of nominees so that the board represents all types of environmental professionals, including industry, consulting, regulatory, academic, and nonprofit. 

Below are the biographies for our three candidates for this year’s TAEP board election. We have three vacancies due to retirements/resignations of board members Pam Embody, Tom Fitzhenry, and Latrice Babin. You will find a Survey Monkey link below the biographies where you can vote for up to three candidates. This link will be active until Feb. 1, 2023.

Thanks so much to these members for being willing to step forward and serve on the board!

Please review the candidate biographies that follow and go to the ballot and click here to vote!  

Many thanks for your ongoing support of our profession!


Candidate Biographies

Lisa McMichael


Lisa McMichael is a senior environmental and business development/client services professional with 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She is a graduate of the University of Houston at Clear Lake with a B.S. in Environmental Management.  Lisa's background includes project management, planning, regulatory compliance, and environmental management systems. Her environmental experience includes aggregates, construction, coastal/port terminals, municipalities, oil and gas, petrochemical, and heavy industrial for various corporate clients. She has extensive public and private sector experience with technical/agency coordination, industry liaison, and representative activities, business development, mergers and acquisitions, strategy, diversity, and community outreach projects. Lisa is passionate about diversity management and has participated extensively in women's networks and diversity and workplace equality initiatives.


Mark Brotherton


Mark Brotherton is a senior project manager for a major geotechnical engineering firm with environmental capabilities and has 38 years of experience in the public and private sectors. He is a graduate of Baylor University with a B.S. in Geology and Texas A&M University with an M.S. in Engineering Geology.  Mark's background focuses on the planning and execution of projects targeting soil and groundwater impact, including the development of remedial action plans for regulatory compliance.  His project base includes railroad tie treating plants, petrochemical plants and land farms, oil and gas well fields, DOD military bases (active and closed), county landfills and roadways, municipal airports, transportation routes, and water treatment facilities, educational facilities (high school and college), and residential real estate developments. He has extensive experience interfacing with regulatory agency personnel and industry representatives, as well as acting as the intermediary for coordinating cooperation between the two.


Sheila Ward

My interest in joining the Board stems from a desire to give back to an organization that was so important to me as a young professional, as well as support TAEPs continued advancement of the Environmental Profession.

I am a Licensed Professional Geologist with a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Texas A&M University. Like many geologists, I did not start out with geology as a career path. Career counseling led me to the structure and organization that a degree in accounting offered, but after taking my last required science elective (my selection Geo 101) I submitted my petition to transfer from the School of Business to the College of Geosciences, and I never looked back.  My practice of geology in the environmental field began over 22 years ago, with the last 19 of those years right here in Houston.  During my practice I have been able to affect change as both a consultant and a privatization contractor for the TCEQ. Being part of this industry has allowed me to work with many wonderful colleagues and clients in the pursuit of keeping our environments habitable and clean.  I look forward to teaming with others on the Board to continue to provide our TAEP community here in Houston opportunities to gather, network, and hear about the latest site assessment, investigation, remediation advances. 

Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and traveling.  Our family enjoys game nights, skiing, experimental cooking and lots of quality time (as much as my 22 yr. old son will spend with us!). I am currently planning a trip to Australia to visit friends/former colleagues and look forward to a family ski trip in the spring. 

Please review the candidate biographies above and go to the ballot (click here) to vote!