About Providence

Providence, formed in 2000, is a multidisciplinary engineering and environmental services firm with offices in Louisiana and Texas. Our work has taken us across the United States and beyond in support of our governmental and industrial clients’ goals and challenges. We provide professional services in nine interrelated disciplines:

Disaster Recovery
Support Services

Our company name, by definition, means “making provisions for the future” — and this long-term, future-focused approach guides our work on every client project. Our engineers, scientists, and staff collaborate to develop innovative, cost-effective solutions for clients across diverse industries. Our passion for performance is evident in the work we produce every day.

Providence Engineering and Environmental Group LLC
Providence Higher Ground Flood Protection, LLC

Providence Engineering and Design Group, LLC
Providence Technical Services, LLC
Providence Photonics, LLC

Our Culture

Providence’s unique company culture is the foundation of our strength, influencing everything from the people we hire, to our project approach, and our client relationships. It starts with our mission, vision, and values — each meant to inspire and motivate. It lives and breathes with our team members, who bring diverse social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds as well as different personalities and experiences. It continues in our encouragement of employees to not only grow professionally, but to also have fun while they do it.

Interested in a Providence career? View our current employment opportunities.

Vision, Mission, & Team Principles

Our Vision

Providing for the future…our clients, our employees, and our communities

Our Mission

Our mission is to focus on our clients’ best interests and provide the highest quality services and products with integrity, innovation, and excellence.

Our Team Principles

SUSTAINABILITY »  Provide for the future

Enhance expertise and processes to foster long-term success.

EMPLOYEES »  Enjoy what we do

Develop talent while maintaining flexibility, work-life balance, mutual respect, and a safe work environment.

RELATIONSHIPS »  Our relationships provide for our future

Cultivate strong, respectful relationships with clients, vendors, employees, and communities that create a positive impact for all.

VALUE CREATION »  If you're not growing, you're dying

Seek growth opportunities, work efficiently, and optimize resources to add value.

INITIATIVE »  Attitude is everything

Anticipate and respond to needs with the right attitude, a sense of urgency, and enthusiasm.

COMMUNICATION »  Listen without defending, speak without offending

Communicate with facts, clarity, and professionalism to build trust and to align our actions with desired outcomes.


Take ownership of your responsibilities, seek solutions, seize opportunities, and take actions to achieve our goals.

Corporate Wellness

Our employees are integral to who we are, what we do, and how our future unfolds at Providence. We highly value our team members and want them happy and healthy. After all, more hours of the day are spent at work than anywhere else, not to mention the time spent commuting to work each day. So, it’s easy to see why maintaining a healthy work environment is so important to the Providence culture. To encourage company-wide health and wellness, Providence supports a variety of events for our employees and the communities where we live, work, and play. Our signature event is the Providence Corporate Cup.

Providence Corporate Cup

“Good Health is Good Business!”

The original Corporate Cup race was established in 1985. After a brief hiatus, Providence secured ownership of the race in 2008 and brought it back as the Providence Corporate Cup, a non-profit event. Now, as the proud owner of the race, we are pleased to report our 5k draws thousands of runners and walkers from hundreds of companies in the greater Baton Rouge area to celebrate corporate wellness and community fellowship. The Providence Corporate Cup not only advocates wellness in the workplace, but also supports two great causes: the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance and the Big Buddy Program, both neighbors to the Providence headquarters in Baton Rouge. The Providence Corporate Cup is the only 5K run/walk race in the area focused on corporate wellness, fitness, and general illness prevention as a philosophy of business. We continuously seek out partners who carry the corporate wellness banner or simply believe in our purpose and support us through participation.

For more information or to partner with Providence on this corporate wellness effort, visit the event website.

Get involved this year JUST FOR THE WELL OF IT! Join us for our annual Providence Corporate Cup Run/Walk on Saturday, March 24, 2018 in beautiful downtown Baton Rouge. Get your corporate team together and join the fun! 2018 sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, visit www.providencecorporatecup.com.

Management Team

Meet the Providence Management Team

Founded in 2000 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Providence began with a handful of dedicated employees committed to providing exceptional service to all its clients' engineering and environmental needs. Providence has since grown exponentially and provides environmental, engineering, and disaster management services nationally and internationally, while continuing to serve its local and regional clients.

In 2013, Providence became a 100% employee-owned company by adopting an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Providence is managed under the direction of  Karen Holden, CEO, and supported by several company executives and principals that comprise the Providence Board of Directors. The board includes Karen Holden, Todd Black, Yousheng Zeng, Rich Major, and Clay Breaud with Jason Benoit and Mike Purdom serving as advisors.

Karen Holden, PE

CEO, Providence
Member, Board of Directors

Karen Holden is a licensed Professional Engineer with more than 26 years of engineering and environmental experience. She has significant environmental and regulatory experience regarding oil and gas production, petroleum refining, chemical manufacturing, and electrical power generation. She also has construction and operation experience for oil and gas production operations. Ms. Holden’s areas of expertise include project management, air permitting and compliance, transportation planning, and preparation of documents in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). As Chief Executive Officer, she provides critical leadership to the Providence team and its clients.

Ms. Holden earned her BS in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University.

Todd Black, PE

Member, Board of Directors

Todd Black is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer with more than 20 years of experience. He has been responsible for a wide range of engineering and regulatory-based projects — many requiring multimedia knowledge and an understanding of RCRA, CERCLA, CWA, and other federal, state, and local regulations. His general project experience includes engineering design, environmental permitting, legal support, field coordination, and supervision. Throughout his professional career, he has developed specific expertise in landfill design, solid waste permitting, groundwater evaluation/remediation, water/wastewater treatment/distribution system engineering, and environmental site assessments.

Mr. Black earned his BS in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University.

Yousheng Zeng, PhD, PE

CEO, Providence Photonics

Member, Board of Directors

Yousheng Zeng, PhD, PE, is a licensed Professional Engineer and has been instrumental in building Providence’s air quality business. He currently serves as CEO of Providence Photonics, which is engaged in pioneering technology and research related to advanced leak detection at industrial facilities. He has developed multiple groundbreaking air monitoring and data management products, is the sole or co-inventor on six registered patents, and has published 10 peer-reviewed research papers in national and international journals. He has presented research at numerous industrial technology conferences and served on several state and national workgroups and committees including: The Louisiana AERMOD Modeling Workgroup, HRVOC Workgroup, Operating Permit Workgroup, The US EPA Science Advisory Board Scientific and Technological Achievement Award Committee, and The Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee’s Ambient Air Monitoring and Methods Subcommittee. He also instructed two graduate-level air pollution courses for six years as an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University.

Mr. Zeng earned his PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Rich Major, PE

Member, Board of Directors

Rich Major is a licensed Professional Civil and Environmental Engineer with more than 30 years of experience. His experience spans the environmental spectrum, including engineering design, environmental permitting, and project management, along with field coordination and supervision. He has been responsible for a wide range of environmental and engineering projects pertaining to RCRA, CERCLA, CAA, and CWA federal regulations. Combining his engineering background with work in the environmental sector, he has also developed extensive project management experience.

Mr. Major earned his BS in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University.

Clay Breaud

Member, Board of Directors

Clay Breaud joined Providence in 2009 following the acquisition of GSE Associates.  Mr. Breaud has more than 40 years of experience and is among the firm’s most experienced project managers, overseeing daily operations and all project activities. He prepares project budgets and engineering agreements, manages project activities with clients, organizes and oversees teams, and coordinates design, bidding, and construction administration. In addition to his management responsibilities, he assists in the design and preparation of plans and specifications for roadways, bridges, parking lots, traffic signalization, bulkheads, weirs, levees, pump stations, drainage system design, subdivisions, and recreation projects. His educational background includes experience with Louisiana DOTD hydraulic software programs and US EPA stormwater and drainage (XP-SWMM) software.

 Mr. Breaud earned his BS in Civil Engineering Technology from Nicholls State University.

Jason Benoit

Advisor, Board of Directors

Jason Benoit leads the team that specializes in providing disaster response and recovery assistance, planning, hazard mitigation technical assistance, and project management to state and local governments as operational director for Providence's disaster recovery, staffing, and planning division. His service areas include Louisiana, the Gulf Coast, and most recently, the areas affected by Superstorm Sandy. He offers Providence clients almost two decades of diverse experience as an urban planner, project manager, and floodplain expert on a variety of mitigation projects in Louisiana, including complex public and private sector programs. In addition, he has worked on multiple acquisitions/elevation of repetitive loss structure projects funded under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program. Following Hurricanes Isidore and Lili, he helped qualify more than 300 substantially damaged structures and secured grant funding in excess of $13 million. Mr. Benoit managed the Louisiana Road Home Project that successfully completed more than 60,000 evaluations of storm-damaged properties from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He has served as project manager for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources in planning a debris management strategy for parishes in the coastal zone.

Mr. Benoit earned his BA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Mike Purdom, PG

Advisor, Board of Directors

Mike Purdom is a licensed Professional Geologist with more than 20 years of experience in environmental consulting and project management. He leads the Providence team which supports clients’ needs in the areas of: environmental engineering and design services, environmental permitting and regulatory compliance, environmental due diligence, wetlands and ecological compliance, pipeline routing and permitting assistance, expert witness testimony, drafting, GIS, and landfill design services. Mr. Purdom’s specific areas of expertise include subsurface geological characterizations, environmental due diligence projects (Phase I and Phase II ESA’s), Risk-Based Corrective Action projects, groundwater investigations and modeling, injection well permitting, solid and hazardous waste permitting, and EPA Brownfields projects. He has performed services for clients at locations across the southeastern and northeastern United States as well as Canada, Russia, Germany, and Belgium. He has extensive experience in soil and groundwater sampling and groundwater monitor well installation. Mr. Purdom’s experience includes investigations along natural gas pipelines, at chemical plants, refineries, superfund sites, power generating facilities, and pulp and paper factories. He has also served as expert witness on multiple environmental contamination hearings as well as contested permit hearings.

Mr. Purdom earned his BS in Geology from Louisiana State University.