August 5, 2019: Lotus Continues to Grow - With the Addition of New Employees in Both Offices!


After the opening of our new office in Camp Hill, PA this spring, Lotus Environmental Consulting, LLC welcomed an additional three employees, Steve, Courtney, and Corey. Steve Baumgardner, our new Project Manager, and Courtney Papinchak, our new Environmental Scientist, will be working in our Natural Resources department, with a focus on wetlands, hazardous waste investigations and NEPA clearance.  Our new Archaeology Field Director, Corey Hovanec, will be focusing on overseeing and conducting archaeological field work and producing reports for various archaeological surveys.

"We're excited to announce our expansion of both our Natural and Cultural Resources departments, as well as the expansion of both offices, with the addition of Steve, Courtney, and Corey to the Lotus team!"  Katherine Farrow, President of Lotus, said.

Our Project Manager, Steve, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a B.S. in Geology.  He also studied post-graduate at the University of Delaware in Geology, with an emphasis on Fluvial Geomorphology. Prior to joining Lotus, Steve was a Project Manager for A.D. Marble, where he most recently undertook the P3 Rapid Bridge Replacement Project as the Central NEPA Group Leader.  He and his team were responsible for nearly 200 NEPA submissions in two years, as well as supporting documents for various Phase I ESAs, Section 4(f) Evaluations, and wetland delineations for the project.

When asked what he was most looking forward to about working at Lotus, Steve said, “I’m really looking forward to continuing to improve as a Project Manager, as well as experiencing the excitement of Lotus’ continued growth and working in additional Districts.”

Our Environmental Scientist, Courtney, is a graduate of Allegheny College, with a B.S. in Environmental Science, and an M.S. in Geoenvironmental Studies from Shippensburg University.  Most recently, Courtney was the Resource Planner for the Dauphin County Conservation District, where she worked with the County MS4 Program, Farmland Preservation Program, and environmental education programs, including the County Envirothon.

“Plants! I want to continue to learn and get more involved with botanical surveys. I’m also really looking forward to being a part of a small company atmosphere, and working for a woman-owned company,” Courtney said, when we asked what she was most looking forward to after joining the Lotus team.


Our Archaeological Field Director, Corey, is a graduate of Philadelphia University with a B.S. in Architectural Studies/Historic Preservation and has an M.S. in Geology, with a Specialization in Geoarchaeology from the University of Delaware. At his previous position, he was an Archaeology Project Manager with responsibilities including overseeing and conducting field work, and authoring reports for Phase I-II-III pre-contact and historic archaeological projects for transportation and telecommunication-related projects.

“I'm excited to develop additional skills related to CRM archaeology, especially related to project management and consultation. I already have the skills and experience of an archaeologist, but I am looking forward to building the skills of a consultant. I am also excited to work with environmental folks because I also have an interest in that field,” Corey said.

Corey will be working in our headquarters in Wayne, PA, while Steve and Courtney will be based in our Camp Hill, PA office.  With their qualifications and experience, we’re sure they’ll be a great fit here at Lotus! We are excited to have them grow with us!