Who We Are  


The Chappell Group, Inc. (TCG) is a certified WBE/CDBE/SBE firm that covers the specialized fields of wetlands delineation, marina and wetland permitting, marina design, wetland mitigation, and monitoring; threatened and endangered species surveys and habitat management plans; environmental impact assessments; Phase I environmental site assessments; benthic surveys; and all forms of environmental permitting and compliance for Federal, State, and local agencies. In this regard, TCG is unique because engineering, environmental, regulatory, scientific, and operational field expertise are available for multi-disciplinary projects.

Sarah Chappell, President

sarahbiopicIn 2005, Mrs. Chappell founded The Chappell Group, Inc. as a women-owned, environmental consulting firm serving the South Florida area. Mrs. Chappell’s responsibilities include oversight of all corporate operations, staff management, proposal development, presentations as well as performing wetland jurisdictional determinations, environmental feasibility studies, Phase IESA’s, seagrass surveys, gopher tortoise surveys, environmental permitting, mitigation design, and mitigation monitoring. Mrs. Chappell has prepared environmental monitoring reports, conducted wetlands assessments, Phase I ESA’s and has experience in many types of environmental permitting, including residential docks, marinas and coastal development.  read more >

Tyler Chappell, Vice President

4b_foto3.jpgMr. Chappell is a second generation native Floridian from Fort Lauderdale and has over twenty years of experience in the environmental consulting field.  Mr. Chappell received a bachelors degree in Environmental Science from Texas Christian University and was Director of Environmental Services for eight years for a large engineering firm in Fort Lauderdale before forming The Chappell Group, Inc. in 2005. As Vice President of The Chappell Group, Inc., Mr. Chappell is the principal project manager for the company and oversees all company operations.  Mr. Chappell is an active community supporter and serves on various service boards in the State of Florida and spends his limited free time playing golf and fishing in the Florida Keys. read more >

Nick Zweber, Senior Project Biologist / Regulatory Construction Compliance

Nicks-headshot3.jpgMr. Zweber is originally from Minnesota and received a bachelors degree in Biology from St. John’s University (MN). He enjoys fishing, kayaking,  SCUBA diving, and playing sports. Mr. Zweber works hard to implement the objectives of our clients while adhering to environmental regulations and maintaining the distinct habitats of South Florida.  read more >

Kathryn Bongarzone, Senior Project Biologist

Katheadshot.jpgMs. Bongarzone was born and raised just south of Boston, Massachusetts, and received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Averett University. Ms Bongarzone began her career teaching marine science to students and staff at the Newfound Harbor Marine Institute on Big Pine Key, Florida before joining The Chappell Group in 2014. She is passionate about exploring the unique environment that South Florida has to offer, enjoys fishing, diving, hiking and horseback riding. Ms. Bongarzone’s responsibilities include performing wetland jurisdictional determinations, environmental permitting, and mitigation monitoring.  read more >

Sara Gutekunst, Project Biologist

Saraheadshot.jpgMs. Gutekunst was born in Florida, but raised in North Carolina. She returned to her native state to pursue a degree at the University of Miami, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Marine and Atmospheric Science. She began her career as a research assistant for the University of Miami and for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She enjoys snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and painting. Ms. Gutekunst’s responsibilities include environmental permitting, mitigation monitoring and seagrass surveys. read more >




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