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
In 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
Mr. 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
Mr. 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
Ms. 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 >
Hayley De Marchis, Project Biologist
Ms. De Marchis was born and raised in Connecticut. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science from the University of Delaware in December 2014. She earned her Master of Science degree in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University in January 2018. She has experience conducting coral research, collecting and relocating corals off south Florida’s coast, and maintaining live coral in aquaculture systems. She enjoys scuba diving, snorkeling, and everything outdoors. Ms. De Marchis’ responsibilities include environmental permitting, environmental permit compliance, and benthic resource surveys.
Shane Sonnenfeld, Project Biologist
Mr. Sonnenfeld was born and raised in Central Florida just north of Orlando, and received his bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University in 2014. He is a licensed captain and enjoys SCUBA diving, fishing, hunting, and spearfishing. Mr. Sonnenfeld’s responsibilities include environmental permitting, environmental permit compliance, and benthic resource surveys.
Brittney Lenz, Project Biologist
Ms. Lenz grew up in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. She received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. Ms. Lenz completed her master’s degree in marine biology at Nova Southeastern University. Her graduate research was on the effects of ocean warming and acidification on sea urchin larval growth and development. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, scuba diving, swimming, hiking, and going to the beach. Ms. Lenz’s responsibilities include environmental permitting, environmental permit compliance, and benthic resource surveys.
Jena Robbins, Project Biologist
Ms. Robbins was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Environmental Science from Salisbury University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore in May 2015. She earned her Master of Science degree in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University in August 2018. Her graduate research was on the effects of sedimentation and ocean warming on the growth and survival of staghorn coral recruits. She enjoys snorkeling, diving, hiking, going to the beach and anything outside. Ms. Robbins’ responsibilities include environmental permitting, environmental permit compliance, and benthic resource surveys.