Keith George, BCO

 Code Specialist, Code Inspection & Plan Review

Code Specialist, Code Inspection & Plan Review

Keith George joined the Code Services Department of Barry Isett & Associates, Inc. in 2016 after a 32-year career in various aspects of the construction industry.  For five years prior to joining our firm, he served as the Assistant Code Administrator for the City of Easton, where he was responsible for the supervision of third-party inspections for new construction under the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code.  His responsibilities included managing a staff of 12 employees; performing fire, rental, pre-sale and compliant inspections; as well as handling application reviews; program development and refinement; budgeting; and setting departmental policy.
At Barry Isett & Associates, Inc., he provides code inspection and zoning support to various municipalities served by Isett throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.  Projects have included new home construction, residential renovations, improvements to commercial buildings and electrical upgrades.


Contact:  (484) 866-4888  |  kgeorge@barryisett.com 

John Decusatis, SEO, BCO

 Project Administrator, Code Inspection & Plan Review

Project Administrator, Code Inspection & Plan Review

John DeCusatis joined the Code Services Department in 2016, bringing experience in both real estate development and municipal administration.  He served as the Planning Administrator/Commercial Zoning & Codes Officer and Alternate Sewage Enforcement Officer for Stroud Township, Monroe County, for several years and currently serves on the Stroud Township Sewer Authority.  He is experienced in interpreting zoning ordinances; reviewing and examining zoning applications; and reviewing land development and subdivision submissions prior to their review of municipal planning commissions.
Prior to his work with Stroud Township, he had been with the Pennsylvania American Water Company in Bushkill.  Earlier in his career, he operated DeCusatis Environmental Design, Inc., which specialized in providing Sewage Enforcement Official services.  For two years, he was a sales associate with Legend Properties, a full-service commercial real estate and brokerage firm.
At Barry Isett & Associates, Inc., he provides zoning services for Penn Forest Township and Pen Argyl Borough, and oversees zoning for Wind Gap Borough.  He is also available to assist with Sewage Enforcement Official services.


Education

B.S., Environmental Studies, East Stroudsburg University


Contact:  (570) 285-8179  |  jdecusatis@barryisett.com 

Joseph A. Hoffman, BCO

 Code Specialist, Code Inspection & Plan Review

Code Specialist, Code Inspection & Plan Review

Joseph Hoffman joined the Code Services Department of Barry Isett & Associates, Inc. in 2014 after a ten-year career in the plumbing industry.  He provides Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (PA UCC) inspections in Hellertown and Coopersburg, as well as property maintenance and zoning inspections, in the Boroughs of Bangor and West Easton.
When code related complaints are filed with a municipality, Mr. Hoffman will conduct a non-invasive investigation of the property; document findings; and complete a Notice of Violation illustrated with photographs.  The document is filed with the property owner with directives for compliance.  Follow-up is continued until satisfaction is achieved.  Monthly reports are filed with the municipality.
He also conducts inspections of rental units for the Borough of Bangor.  He investigates code violations and quality of life complaints, contacting property owners concerning remedial measures and follows up to confirm compliance.


Contact:  (484) 866-4860  |  jahoffman@barryisett.com 

 

Greg Kurtz, BCO

 Code Specialist, Code Inspection & Plan Review

Code Specialist, Code Inspection & Plan Review

Greg Kurtz joined the Code Services Department of Barry Isett & Associates, Inc. in 2014, after receiving his Associate’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Penn State.
He provides UCC, health, zoning and property maintenance inspections.  When code-related complaints are filed with a municipality, Mr. Kurtz will conduct a non-invasive investigation of the property; document his findings; and complete a notice of violation – illustrated with photographs.  The document is then sent to the property owner with directives for compliance.  Follow-up is continued until satisfaction is achieved.  Monthly reports are filed with the municipality.
He is also ServSafe certified and conducts health inspections of retail food establishments in the Borough of Tamaqua.  On behalf of the borough, our firm maintains a log of all retail food establishments, including contact information for owners and agents and results of the inspection, ensuring compliance with borough and state requirements.


Education

Associate’s Degree, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Pennsylvania State University


Contact:  (570) 497-8334  |  gkurtz@barryisett.com 

David W. Backenstoes

 Code Specialist, Code Inspection & Plan Review

Code Specialist, Code Inspection & Plan Review

Mr. Backenstoes joined the Code Services Department of Barry Isett & Associates, Inc. in 2018 to provide electrical inspections and plan reviews for Lehigh Valley, Bucks County and Montgomery County clients.  He has over 12 years’ experience providing plan review and inspection services for residential and commercial projects—serving as the Construction Code Official and Operations Manager.  He was the residential inspector for South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, where he performed plan reviews and inspections for residential building, electrical, mechanical and energy projects.  David is the representative for Souderton Borough, Montgomery County, in Isett’s service as the Commercial Plans Examiner and Electrical Inspection Agency. 


Contact:  (484) 866-4903  |  dbackenstoes@barryisett.com 

 

Charles “Chuck” Wolf, BCO

 Property Maintenance/Zoning Inspector, Code Inspection & Plan Review

Property Maintenance/Zoning Inspector, Code Inspection & Plan Review

Mr. Wolf joined the Code Services Department of Barry Isett & Associates, Inc. to assist with property maintenance and zoning inspection, as well as residential UCC inspection for municipalities that utilize our services.

Prior to earning his degree, he was a project manager and sales technician for Kistler Buildings, a leader in the pole building market.


Education

A.S.S., Construction Management, Lehigh Carbon Community College


Contact:  (484) 866-4886  |  cwolf@barryisett.com 

Christopher J. Bickings, BCO

 Code Specialist, Code Inspection & Plan Review

Code Specialist, Code Inspection & Plan Review

Christopher joined the Code Services Department of Barry Isett & Associates, Inc. in 2017, after a career in emergency response on both the local and county levels.  Having served as a fire chief, a firefighter, a fire inspector and the coordinator of Advanced Life Support Function, he has a firsthand understanding of the need for proactive enforcement of building and life safety codes.  His degrees include a Bachelor’s in Fire Science Administration and an Associate’s in Fire Science.  He is working toward a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Emergency Service Management.

At Isett, he conducts Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (PA UCC) inspections and plan reviews for a number of municipal clients, including New Britain Borough, Phoenixville Borough, Newtown Borough and Upper Providence Township.


Education

M.P.A., Emergency Service Management, Columbia Southern University
B.S., Fire Science Administration, Waldorf College
A.A.S., Fire Science, Montgomery County Community College


Contact:  (570) 497-8346  |  cbickings@barryisett.com 

Brian Nicarry, BCO, MCP

 Code Specialist, Code Inspection & Plan Review

Code Specialist, Code Inspection & Plan Review

Brian Nicarry, BCO, MCP, joined the Code Services Department of Barry Isett & Associates, Inc. in 2016.  He previously served as the Chief Building Official for the City of Reading, where he streamlined operations.  Improvements included instituting a Permit Pending Program, which facilitated the start of projects within two days of the permit application.  He condensed a dozen disparate permit application types into a singular, fillable PDF application for online submission.  Prior to his tenure with the city, he acquired 25 years of work experience in residential, commercial and industrial construction trades.
At our firm, he assists with plan reviews for the City of Allentown and provides review and inspection services as dictated by the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (PA UCC), working principally in Phoenixville Borough and West Pikeland, Upper Providence and East Coventry Townships.


Education

Pennsylvania State University


Contact:  (484) 928-8133  |  bnicarry@barryisett.com 

William Gibisser, Jr., BCO

 Code Specialist, Code Inspection & Plan Review

Code Specialist, Code Inspection & Plan Review

William Gibisser Jr. joined the Code Services Department of Barry Isett & Associates, Inc. in 2010 after a 26-year career with the Code Department of the City of Allentown; during the last nine years of his public career, he was the Code Superintendent.  At the City, he was responsible for conducting inspections and plan reviews for commercial, industrial and residential buildings.
At Isett, Mr. Gibisser performs UCC inspection services for various municipalities throughout eastern Pennsylvania.  He also conducts third-party plan reviews for Allentown and Bethlehem.


Education

Lehigh Carbon Community College


Contact:  (484) 866-4835  |  wgibisser@barryisett.com 

Charles L. Myers, PE

 Operations Manager, Municipal Engineering

Operations Manager, Municipal Engineering

Charles Myers, PE, is a civil engineer with more than 20 years of engineering experience involving the design, coordination and administration of projects for energy, industry, municipal and non-municipal clients.  As a group manager, he provides staff management and development, as well as technical leadership and expertise.  His extensive environmental engineering experience ranges from sizing and coordinating the design of various types of wastewater treatment facilities, to completing and coordinating numerous water and wastewater system evaluations and feasibility studies, environmental permits and grant applications.  He has extensive experience in conducting field inspections of treatment plants, sewer lines, pump stations and pump digesters.  Mr. Myers' experience in the energy industry includes water supply line route selection, permitting and design; surface water withdrawal permitting and design; gas line route selection and permitting; and field support services.  Charley has also performed construction-related activities, including preparing contract documents and performing site inspections and construction observation services. 


Education

B.S., Engineering Management, University of Missouri
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Missouri


Contact:  (484) 866-4852 | cmyers@barryisett.com 

James P. Kelley, PE

 Senior Project Manager, Civil Land Development

Senior Project Manager, Civil Land Development

James Kelley, PE, joined the Civil Engineering Department of Barry Isett & Associates, Inc. in 2017—assisting both our civil and municipal teams with land development projects in northeast Pennsylvania.  With nearly 30 years of experience in land development, construction and the energy industry, Jim provides technical guidance, oversight and coordination on projects. He is involved with the planning, design, permitting and construction management of residential, commercial, governmental, recreational, educational and institutional projects in both the public and private sectors. 

Mr. Kelley has extensive experience with “brownfield” reclamation projects: notable ones include Great Valley Boulevard (Hanover Township) for Earth Conservancy and Wilkes-Barre and Schechter Drive (Wilkes-Barre Township) for the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Business and Industry.  His responsibilities included site design, front end and technical specifications for public bidding and construction management.


Education

B.S., Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University


Contact:  (570) 285-8183 | jkelley@barryisett.com

Stan Wojciechowski, PE, CME

 Senior Project Manager, Municipal Engineering

Senior Project Manager, Municipal Engineering

Stan Wojciechowski, PE, CME, joined the Municipal Engineering Services Department of Barry Isett & Associates, Inc. in 2018, bringing 29 years of engineering experience in both the public and private sectors.  His responsibilities at Isett include managing and designing municipal and civil projects; reviewing land development and subdivision applications submitted to municipalities; providing coordination on municipal capital projects; and preparing proposals.  Stan is Isett’s representative in our service as Municipal Engineer to the Boroughs of Red Hill, Topton and Fleetwood.


Education

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University


Contact:  (484) 866-4884  | swojciechowski@barryisett.com

 

 

Stephen R. Angstadt, PE, LEED AP

 Senior Project Manager, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & Fire Protection

Senior Project Manager, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & Fire Protection

Stephen Angstadt has more than twenty-seven years of experience in providing the design of HVAC, plumbing and fire protection systems for commercial, institutional and industrial facilities.  Projects have included new facilities, additions and renovations.  He joined the Mechanical Electrical Plumbing Engineering Department of Barry Isett & Associates, Inc. in 2017.  He formerly served as the engineering manager of Worth & Company and was a senior mechanical engineer with RPA Engineering.


Education

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania


Contact: (484) 866-4894 | sangstadt@barryisett.com

Mark Zuidema, PE

 Project Professional, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & Fire Protection

Project Professional, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing & Fire Protection

Mark Zuidema joined Barry Isett & Associates, Inc. in 2017 after a six-year career with two other firms located in Arlington, VA, and Ambler, PA.  He is skilled in the design of HVAC, plumbing and process systems for hospitals, laboratories, pharmaceutical manufacturing suites and other high-performance buildings.  He is knowledgeable in a variety of systems including hydronic heating/cooling, air-side heating/cooling, hazardous exhaust, dust collection, steam, natural gas, laboratory/medical gases, cryogenics, domestic water, sanitary waste/vent, lab waste, storm drainage, purified water, water for inspection and clean steam.  He is highly experienced with Revit MEP and AutoCAD.


Education

B.A.E., Architectural Engineering, Pennsylvania State University


Contact:  (484) 866-4890 | mzuidema@barryisett.com

Candace Hickey, PE

 Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Geotechnical, Construction Inpsections & Materials Testing

Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Geotechnical, Construction Inpsections & Materials Testing

Candace Hickey, PE, joined Barry Isett & Associates, Inc. in 2017 to expand the company’s scope of services to provide in-house geotechnical engineering.  She conducts investigations of subsurface conditions of sites proposed for development to determine their suitability for the intended structure.  In addition to evaluating karst topography, geologic faults, thick organic/fill layers, glacial deposits, thick surficial alluvial deposits, buried streams and compressible clay, she considers potential environmental hazards such as earthquakes, landslides, sinkholes, soil liquefaction, debris flows and rockfalls.  Based upon her findings, she makes recommendations for site stabilization and foundation options for each project.

Over a career that spans two decades, she has gained significant experience with scour analyses, preliminary abutment stability analyses, pavement section design, global stability analysis of mechanically stabilized earth walls, slope stability analyses, tunnel parameters, lateral earth pressures and IBC seismic analysis.  Ms. Hickey has provided recommendations for shallow, mat, intermediate and deep foundations as well as soil and rock anchors.  Her experience includes infiltration testing and limiting zone determination.  She has made recommendations and provided supervision in remediation of soil including removal/replacement, moisture conditioning, soil amendments and geotextile placement.  She is also familiar with the limitations and corrections of a nuclear density gage.


Education

M.S. Engineering Geology, Drexel University
B.S. Civil Engineering, Villanova University


Contact:  (570) 497-8351   |  chickey@barryisett.com

Tina Merli, PE

 Senior Project Manager, Structural Engineering

Senior Project Manager, Structural Engineering

Tina Merli, PE, joined the Structural Engineering Department of Barry Isett and Associates in 2016, bringing more than 20 years of experience in both design and academics.  She provided structural engineering design for a wide range of commercial and industrial projects, as well as those in the healthcare and educational fields at several engineering firms and her own privately-held company.  Concurrent with her design career, she was a senior instructor in the Building Engineering Technology/Architectural Engineering Technology Program (BLET/AET) at the Worthington Scranton campus of Penn State University.  

In addition to teaching, her duties included leadership responsibilities for curricular decisions; academic quality assurance; faculty recruiting and retention; and scheduling.  Early in her career she was a construction engineer at the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, responsible for assuring seismic support compliance with Nuclear Regulatory Commission codes, resolving field problems, providing technical support to the craft superintendent, and tracking weekly work production.  Ms. Merli has experience with AutoCAD, Revit, ResCHECK, ComCHECK and extensive knowledge of AISC, ACI, IBC, ASHRAE, and UCC codes.


Education

B.S., Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology (SDCET), Pennsylvania State University


Contact:  (570) 285-8175 | tmerli@barryisett.com