Providence, formed in 2000, is a multidisciplinary engineering and environmental consulting 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 three interrelated disciplines: Engineering Services, Environmental Services, and Environmental Technology/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.
As an engineering and environmental consulting firm, 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.
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Vision, Mission, & Team Principles
Providing for the future…our clients, our employees, and our communities
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.
ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT » The power of one
Take ownership of your responsibilities, seek solutions, seize opportunities, and take actions to achieve our goals.
Corporate Responsibility & Balance
Providence’s mission since its inception nearly 21 years ago, has been to Provide for the Future. As we navigate through environmental challenges, we want to reiterate this focus – for our clients, our employees, and our communities.
Our team can navigate environmental regulations no matter the political climate, with an eye towards lasting sustainability in our rapidly changing world. Our approach begins with our clients' goals and includes consideration of not only the project’s physical surroundings, but the short and long-term impacts to the community and environment.
Most importantly, our goal is to support a realistic balance between environmental responsibility and our nation’s needs. At Providence, a successful project is completed through thoughtful understanding of balancing economic drivers with the shared responsibility to reduce environmental impacts.
Meet the Providence Management Team
Wayne “Hud” Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Wayne Smith has over 30 years of professional experience. He currently serves as Providence's CEO and manages the development of the firm's short- and long-term strategies and initiatives. Previously, he served as the Vice President of Safety, Health, and Environment for Sasol North American Operations where he was responsible for the strategic planning and issue resolution for safety, environmental, and process safety management matters. He also served at Westlake Chemical Corporation in numerous roles including Regional Manager and Manager of Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE), Safety and Environmental Superintendent, and Environmental Engineer. Prior to those positions, he gained experience at DuPont / ICI Acrylics / INEOS, Occidental Chemical Corp., Larco Environmental Services, and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ). Smith’s professional background includes a wide range of operational experience within the environmental and engineering arenas. His project management and operational business knowledge have allowed for many successfully executed responsibilities and projects. In previous positions, he was directly responsible for developing and managing multimillion-dollar annual department budgets, shared responsibility for managing critical business processes related to business risks, employee pay, benefits, expense and capital budgeting, and served a key role in implementing, establishing, and continuing an improvement plan that addressed and corrected weaknesses in operational discipline across multiple business functions.
Chief Operating Officer
Aimee' Killeen has over 20 years of experience in water resources regulation and policy, environmental consulting, and project management. She currently serves as COO for Providence - which supports clients’ needs in environmental engineering and design services, environmental permitting and regulatory compliance, environmental due diligence, wetlands and ecological compliance, expert witness testimony, drafting and GIS. Her technical background includes a wide range of experience with environmental permitting and regulatory compliance projects focused on water quality permitting, water quality modeling, water quality standards and assessment, regulatory oversight, and water policy. Ms. Killeen is an active member of the Louisiana Water Environment Association and currently serves as President of the Water Environment Federation.
Georgene “Happy” Munoz
Chief Financial Officer
Georgene "Happy" Munoz has over 40 years of financial experience with a specialization in improving corporate and divisional profitability in the banking, manufacturing, and the industrial services sectors. She currently serves as Providence’s CFO and manages the operations of the accounting, human resources, risk management, and information technology departments. Her professional experience includes financial reporting, operational budgets and projections, successful completion of tax audits, and directing fiscal functions of the organization. She has managed the implementation of new accounting and inventory systems, and successfully completed acquisitions that led to increased corporate revenue. Her professional skills include profit and loss management, strategic financial planning, operational management, and assessment and evaluation of accounting systems and processes. Her unique skillset includes financial efficiencies for small to medium-sized companies.
Kevin Calhoun, PE
Kevin Calhoun, PE, is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer with over 25 years of multi-media environmental experience with primary focus on air quality. He currently serves as Systems Officer and ESOP Committee Chair for Providence. His consulting includes a full array of environmental work, including pollution control, permitting and compliance issues, hazardous and solid wastes, air pollution, and radiation. His experience further includes a particular emphasis on air quality issues with notable experience assisting clients in permitting and enforcement actions before state and federal agencies and the development of fence line monitoring projects.
Gary Leonards, PE
Engineering Director, Private and Public
Gary Leonards, PE, is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer with over 20 years of engineering experience, including work in the environmental, infrastructure, transportation, and coastal engineering arenas. He has been associated with governmental and private industry projects and his background includes design, studies, regulatory permitting, engineering oversight, field investigations, risk-based evaluations, and closure planning for various types of waste treatment and disposal facilities. In addition, his background includes water quality evaluations of restoration projects as well as reclamation of marsh and open water areas with dredge material. He has been involved in several components of public transportation projects including environmental studies, project permitting and cost estimating, preliminary line and grade design, and construction quality assurance/quality control. His experience also includes all aspects of the design, permitting, operation, and construction of solid and hazardous waste disposal facilities, including general engineering support in construction maintenance, demolition, and closure of industrial and municipal landfills.
Tim Kimmel has more than 15 years of professional experience in the environmental field. He currently serves as Environmental Principal and is responsible for the overall leadership, direction, and management of all environmental service lines. Prior to his current position, Tim served as Deputy Director of the Natural Resource and Coastal Services department and conducted wetland delineations and field studies, threatened and endangered species surveys, and biological assessments necessary for regulatory compliance. He also served as project manager for a multitude of compliance projects that required permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, applicable levee districts, and other state agencies throughout the Gulf Coast region.
Robin Tassin Liggett, SPHR, GPHR, SHRM-SCP
Human Resources Director
Robin Liggett, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, GPHR, is a certified HR professional with more than 25 years of professional experience that covers the entire employee lifecycle. She currently serves as Providence’s Human Resources Director and manages the department’s daily operations. She is active in numerous professional organizations and is the current Louisiana Society for Human Resources State Council Workforce Readiness Director. She has previously served in other leadership roles for the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management as President and Board Member, as well as the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) Executive HR Group as Co-Chair. In her previous role as Chief People Officer at Piccadilly Restaurants, she spent time in Washington, D.C., representing the NRA and advocating for workforce issues. She has also consulted with both international restaurant chains and local companies to help facilitate the development of employee leadership.
Charles “CJ” Franklin Jr.
Business Development Director