Weclome Luella Beth Hillen
What is your background?

Prior to joining Metric, I was a principal with a national civil engineering and environmental consulting firm where I directed the Cultural Resources Management Practice. I have spent the past 30 years completing cultural resource management projects, and over 10 years managing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental projects. I am well versed in the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) Section 106 process, having supervised all phases of archaeological investigations, completed literature reviews and archival research, prepared work plans, prepared eligibility and effect documents, completed Section 4(f) alternatives analyses, and negotiated memoranda of agreement (MOA).

How many NEPA environmental projects have you completed in the past ten years?

I have managed over 350 projects ranging from several thousand dollars to several hundred thousand dollars for all types of roadway projects for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), and West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH).

What professional values are most important to you?

Integrity, honesty, and generosity.

What are 3 career lessons you have learned?
  • Be generous to those you interact with every day. Give them your time, your patience, advice when asked, and praise when due.
  • Always be willing to learn something new.
  • Communication is everything. Don’t be afraid to talk to people and ask questions.
Name 3 things our clients can expect when working with you?

Our clients can expect prompt responses to their questions, an honest appraisal of their project needs, and an ally and advocate to help their projects succeed.

Share one of your greatest professional accomplishments?

That I have helped, at least in a small way, build infrastructure (roads, bridges, gas and water pipelines, etc.) that does ‘least harm’ to the environment.

What is your personal mantra?

Learn something new every day. Know more when you go to sleep than when you woke up.

You’re happiest when?

I’m outside.

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