CEM gives 5 percent of annual funding to local philanthropies

With continued support for and commitment to the growth of the community, CEM awards 5 percent of its annual profits to organizations with philanthropic objectives and initiatives. Harford Family House, Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding and Eden Mill Nature Center received grants from CEM this month.

“There’s nothing more rewarding for our team than witnessing other organizations give back in ways that are unique and valuable to our community,” said Stephanie Hau, president and CEO of CEM. “Each of us has a role to play locally and beyond, and we feel fortunate to be in a position to help fellow organizations fulfill that role.”

A CEM grant recipient for the third time, Harford Family House serves as the largest provider of transitional housing for homeless families with children in Harford County. With an ultimate goal of ending homelessness in the county, the resources provided by the organization have expanded substantially since its inception in 1989. Today, Harford Family House offers 25 housing units to shelter families in need, while also providing education in life skills, job readiness and individualized case management to help families overcome the cause of their homelessness.“We are so very fortunate to have such a great community-minded and philanthropic company right here in our own backyard,” said Robin Tomechki, CEO of Harford Family House, of the organization’s partnership with CEM. “We thank CEM for their generosity and for continuing to make Harford County a better place to live and work.”

Helping fulfill a mission to provide healing and learning to individuals and groups whose minds, bodies and spirits will benefit from the transformative connection between people, CEM awarded a grant to Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding (CTR) for their unique approach to delivering customized and innovative therapy for a range of clientele.

“When corporations like CEM create a ‘generosity stream’ for small, nonprofit organizations, it can truly transform a community,” said Founder of CTR, Cathy Schmidt.

Schmidt initially founded the organization under the basic principle of connecting individuals with horses who may not otherwise have the opportunity to interact. The program expanded significantly beyond therapeutic riding. Programs include corporate teambuilding, leadership workshops and bereavement.

Inspired to provide local communities with educational programs centered on caring for the environment, CEM awarded a grant to Eden Mill Nature Center, a non-profit, volunteer-run organization located in Pylesville. The organization, founded in 1991, dedicates its programs to developing a greater awareness and appreciation of natural and historical resources in the area.

“One of the greatest and most productive relationships for any community is the connecting of local nonprofits and local businesses,” said Frank Marsden of Eden Mill Nature Center. “Eden Mill Nature Committee has been fortunate enough to have such a relationship with a local company, CEM. Through their support, Eden Mill has in the past been able to develop an outstanding Nature Center and recently the ability to enhance and grow our volunteer base and leadership, so that we can give back to our community.”

Through this Charitable Giving Program, CEM fulfills its commitment annually to giving back to the community, including non-profit groups striving to improve the human condition.

For more information on each of the 2017 CEM grant recipients, visit them on the web at www.HarfordFamilyHouse.org (Harford Family House); www.CTRChangingLives.org (Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding); www.EdenMill.org  (Eden Mill Nature Center).


CEM is excited to launch our Employee Spotlight feature series. Get to know the faces of CEM and learn more about our team members.

Amanda Hudak
Engineering Service Area

Favorite part of working at CEM:

“We share our accomplishments with the community. The more success we have as a company, the more we can give back to the community.

I have been a member of the Al Cesky Scholarship Committee for about one year. The committee raises funds for scholarships that are given out once a year to a male and female of each high school in Harford County based on their athletics and academics. I was recommended to join this committee by a current member who said they were looking for some new faces to help grow the committee.  Currently, I help out with anything that the committee needs including, being a secretary and helping with their social media presence. I was also able to offer the CEM office as a meeting place once a month. We just recently had our fundraising banquet which was very successful and in the next year we hope to accomplish a running festival!”

CEM honors Memorial Day with a tribute

CEM is proud to recognize, thank and honor the brave men and women of the extended CEM family who have and continue to serve our country. Happy Memorial Day.

Stephanie Hau

  • George Novak, U.S. Navy: Father
  • Charles Muthig, U.S. Marine Corps: Step-father

Joe Hau

  • Robert Hau, U.S. Army: Father
  • Russell Jeffreys, U.S. Air Force: Step-father

Frank Baldwin

  • Michael Baldwin, U.S. Navy: Brother
  • Adam Baldwin, U.S. Navy: Brother
  • William Baldwin, U.S. Army: Grandfather

Scott Murray

  • Timothy Murray, U.S. Navy: Brother
  • Murril Harple, U.S. Army Air Corps: Grandfather
  • James Murray, U.S. Army Air Corps: Grandfather

Andy Wishart

  • Robert Wishart, U.S. Marine Corps: Father
  • Joe Altmann, U.S. Air Force: Father-in-law
  • Tim Jahnigen, U.S. Navy: Brother-in-law

Dan Smith

  • James Smith, U.S. Air Force: Father

Brandon Luedtke

  • Charles Barksdale, U.S. Army: Step-father

Brian Miller, U.S. Navy

CEM’s Stephanie Hau shares inspiration with 2016 Women of Tomorrow award recipients

Stephanie Hau, CEM’s president and CEO, proudly served as the keynote speaker for the 2016 Women of Tomorrow Awards event on Tuesday, March 29, where she was honored as the “Woman of the Present.”

During this year’s award ceremony, Stephanie had the opportunity to speak to motivated young women in the Harford County community. She shared advice with the young ladies to encourage their curiosity of new ideas, actively consider differences and always seek new and progressive opportunities. Stephanie urged the young women to make an impact in their community and beyond by dedicating themselves to learning, contributing and remaining engaged.

This year, four young women received recognition as nominees for the Harford County Women of Tomorrow Award. Each nominee, honored for their unique dedication to volunteer work, leadership, community involvement and academic excellence, received a nomination from a member of the community and completed detailed essays explaining their thoughts on what it means to be a “Woman of Tomorrow.”

With the passion to improve the human condition and give back to the community, CEM awarded each Woman of Tomorrow nominee with a monetary scholarship award, in addition to gifts provided by Harford County and other generous sponsors.

Proud to have had the opportunity to address such a devoted and community-driven audience, Stephanie and CEM congratulates each nominee for this recognition and wishes each young lady continued success.



CEM President and CEO Stephanie Hau was named the 2015 Harford County Athena Award winner joining an amazing group of women leaders since 2002 who have achieved this honor. Recipients of this achievement have attained and personify a high level of excellence in her business or profession, devoted time and energy to the community in a meaningful way and opened doors of leadership opportunity for women. The CEM team celebrated the achievement with Stephanie at the Women’s Leadership Breakfast on Friday, March 6, 2015, at the Richlin Ballroom.

National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying appoints CEM’s John Mettee III to national technology task force

CEM_JohnMetteeweb031215-200x300CEM proudly announces the recent appointment of John V. Mettee III, head of its land survey division, to a national technology task force committee to study the impact of new technologies on the engineering and surveying professions. The task force committee, part of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering & Surveying (NCEES), allows a small group of experienced, industry experts to provide insight on critical issues facing the profession.

Mettee joins a prestigious group of industry leaders from across the country to fulfill the charge set forth by the NCEES President Mike Conzett. Through focused independent research and collaboration using a multitude of technologies to interact, the committee will focus on three issues:

1. Electronic seals and signatures on design plans and related documents, establishing guidelines for application to ensure credibility with professionals standing behind the production.

2. The process of building information modeling (BIM) and the ability of multiple professionals to work on design plans simultaneously, establishing guidelines for responsibility and accountability for work in the finished product.

3. Remote sensing technology in surveying applications, developing guidelines for use by licensed professionals.

“As one of the few individuals selected to serve on this committee, it is my honored privilege to not only evaluate the impacts of these technologies on the profession and the public, but to also help in shaping the potential guidelines, which will be utilized locally and across the nation to protect the public,” said Mettee III on his recent appointment. “I value all opportunities to invest in others, as well as improve communities. This is not only my personal focus and goal, but that of CEM as well.”

One of ten professional surveyors and engineers from across the United States strategically selected to participate on the task force, Mettee possesses the ability to affect change for the profession that will have a lasting impact for years to come. In August 2016, the task force will submit all findings to the Council Board of Directors and present to the Council’s annual meeting held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

CEM’s John Mettee III reappointed chair for State Board for Professional Land Surveyors

(Bel Air, MD – August 28, 2015) Governor of Maryland Larry Hogan recently reappointed CEM’s John Mettee III to a third term as member and chair of the state Board for Professional Land Surveyors. Mr. Mettee will serve an additional, five-year term, supporting the surveying accountability and legislative efforts throughout Maryland. Mr. Mettee was sworn in today during a small ceremony, with Chief Deputy Clerk Linda Settle presiding on behalf of Harford County Clerk of the Court Jim Reilly.

With 42 years in the surveying and engineering industry, Mettee possesses the industry knowledge and legislative expertise, as well as the leadership abilities to make a strong difference for the profession, state and CEM’s clients. Since joining the CEM team, Mettee has been an integral component in building a robust, full-service surveying team to meet the needs of CEM’s growing client base. Additionally, in his associate role he provides oversight and consultation in surveying, design, layout and site planning.

“Through his reappointment as member and chair of the Maryland Board for Professional Land Surveyors, the Governor reaffirmed his confidence in John’s leadership and industry expertise,” said Stephanie Hau, CEM president and CEO. “Through his continued dedication to this significant leadership role for the state, John will be able to further assist CEM in achieving our mission of improving the community through every facet of our organization. We are all very proud of John’s continued passion and commitment to this organization.”

In his role as chair during his previous term on the Board, Mr. Mettee made numerous contributions to the critical initiatives of the state Board. Most notably, he actively assisted in passing legislation in May 2015, HB720 – Architects, Landscape Architects, and Professional Land Surveyors – Firm Permits, to help ensure compliance of the existing Firm Permit Law.

The Maryland Board for Professional Land Surveyors qualifies and licenses persons seeking licensure to practice as a professional land surveyor. In addition, the Board provides regulatory services in investigating complaints against licensees, as well as complaints related to unlicensed practice and issuing appropriate discipline via a reprimand, suspension or revocation of a license. As a regulatory body, the Board brings credibility through accountability to the profession, ultimately making a positive difference for all Marylanders.

Chesapeake Environmental Management, Inc. (CEM) is a full-service environmental consulting firm providing the technical expertise and regulatory knowledge to help protect, restore, responsibly develop and manage land and water resources to improve communities. Serving as a trusted environmental advisor, CEM supports clients who require services to responsibly manage the natural resources that affect their business concerns. Solving clients’ environmental challenges, CEM carefully considers the complex inter-relationships of the environmental sciences, including: geology, hydrology, ecology, geomorphology, geography, and engineering.

Smart CEO Award

CEM receives 2015 SmartCEO Cornerstone Award for positive impact on the community

(Bel Air, Maryland: August 13, 2015) In honor of its continued quest to improve the community, the CEM team, represented by leadership and team members, were on-hand to receive the 2015 SmartCEO Cornerstone Award yesterday during a live announcement at an awards luncheon held at The Grand in Baltimore.

The Cornerstone Award celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit of local business and honors the contributions and achievements of the 30 top businesses in the Baltimore metro area for their positive economic impact and serving as model stewards of the community. Finalist companies represent all business sizes and industry segments, which have made a positive impact on job creation and retention, market competition and philanthropy.

“The SmartCEO Cornerstone Award truly reflects the contributions of the entire CEM team, I would like to extend my gratitude to each and everyone CEM employee for working hard everyday to improve communities,” said Stephanie Hau, president and CEO of CEM. “Our Harford County business community, private citizens and public servants work every day to make our home an amazing place to live and work for all our citizens. In Harford County, we live by the advice of Ben Franklin who said ‘Speak little, do much.’”

CEM, a full-service environmental consulting firm headquartered in the small, suburban town of Bel Air, Maryland, seeks to improve the community in which they live and work through every facet of their operation. CEM utilizes a holistic approach to improving the human condition, which begins with responsible stewardship and efficient use of tax funding to conduct environmental projects. In addition to stewardship, CEM participates in community and public service initiatives, individually and collectively. Finally, CEM conducts an annual giving program, with five percent of annual profits donated back to local nonprofit organizations.

“It’s no secret that Greater Baltimore is home to some of the region’s most impactful companies. Moreover, they have become part of the fabric of the communities in which they reside,” says Jaime Nespor-Zawmon, President of SmartCEO Events. “These companies are economic drivers, innovators and exemplary community stewards — they are true cornerstones of their communities. For that, we honor them.”

In addition to CEM, each business honored as a finalist for the Cornerstone Award will be profiled in the July/August 2015 issue of SmartCEO magazine. For more information on the SmartCEO Cornerstone Award, visit www.smartceo.com/baltimore-cornerstone-awards/.



CEM awards funding to local organizations as part of its annual giving program

(Bel Air, MD – August 6, 2015) With a continued commitment to the community and support of local initiatives, Chesapeake Environmental Management, Inc. (CEM) recently awarded grants to five local organizations International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Edgewood High School, Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC), Harford Family House, Casey Cares Foundation and the Baltimore Community Foundation — as part of its annual giving program.

“As a team, we strive to focus on maintaining vibrant communities in all that we do and it begins with offering support to local, philanthropic organizations to allow them to grow and thrive, ultimately providing the means necessary to deliver resources to the community,” said Stephanie Hau, president and CEO of CEM. “We strongly believe in the missions of these organizations and their efforts to improve the human condition.”

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) at Edgewood High School encourages high school students across Harford County to recognize their common humanity. With an overall goal to develop internationally minded young adults in an effort to promote peace on a global scale, the IB Program develops knowledgeable and caring youth, who express the motivation and drive to improve the world around them. The IB program intends to use the CEM grant support to provide students with educational field trips, as well as summer activities for all students and their families to increase communication between the school community and home.

Driven to achieve a safe and dignified community, CEM also awarded a grant to the Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC), an organization working to build a safer Harford County by offering support to victims, potential victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse and stalking to members of the community. The awarded funds will support the salary of one attorney who provides free representation to SARC clients, a necessary resource for a majority of members in need.

“SARC is grateful to CEM for their partnership and financial support of SARC’s legal services program. As Federal funding continues to be reduced, private companies like CEM that choose to focus donations on programs that impact the community are what will keep these vital services available to Harford County’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Luisa Caiazzo, executive director of SARC.

As the largest provider of transitional housing for homeless families with children in Harford County, CEM chose the Harford Family House as a 2015 grant recipient to enable the organization to provide housing resources and support, which will allow a local family to move from homelessness to permanent, stable housing. Through its mission, the Harford Family House seeks to end homelessness in Harford County by providing: emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing assistance; support with supplies, transportation and case management assistance; and educational services with a range of life skills workshops for our county’s homeless population.

Through CEM’s efforts to give back to the community, the Casey Cares Foundation was named a 2015 grant recipient. The foundation is dedicated to providing inspirational programs with a personal touch designed to uplift critically ill children and their families. Serving children at local hospitals, the Casey Cares Foundation builds personal relationships with the children and their families. This personal touch allows the organization to tailor programs and activities specific to the needs of the families whom it serves throughout the duration of the child’s illness and beyond.

CEM awarded a financial grant to the Baltimore Community Foundation to support the Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore. The recently established fund seeks to repair the physical and emotional damage created by recent events in Baltimore City in an effort to strengthen the community for the future. Established in 1972 with a focus on education and neighborhoods, the Baltimore Community Foundation supports initiatives to improve access to transportation, increasing home values, educational opportunities for middle school students and increasing neighborhood sustainability, to name a few.

With community-centric focus, CEM continues to give back by providing support for a sustainable future through every aspect of the organization. Serving as good stewards of contractual funds for environmental projects through efficient and effective work strategies, to its annual giving program and continued support for local small businesses allows CEM to work to contribute to the betterment of the community.

For more information on each of the 2015 CEM grant recipients, visit them on the web at www.HCPS.org (International Baccalaureate Program at Edgewood High School); www.SARC-maryland.org (SARC); www.harfordfamilyhouse.org (Harford Family House); www.caseycares.org (Casey Cares Foundation); and www.BCF.org (Baltimore Community Foundation).

Chesapeake Environmental Management, Inc. (CEM) is a full-service environmental consulting firm providing the technical expertise and regulatory knowledge to help protect, restore, responsibly develop and manage land and water resources to improve communities. Serving as a trusted environmental advisor, CEM supports clients who require services to responsibly manage the natural resources that affect their business concerns. Solving clients’ environmental challenges, CEM carefully considers the complex inter-relationships of the environmental sciences, including: geology, hydrology, ecology, geomorphology, geography, and engineering.

CEM Owner Stephanie Hau named 2014 Maryland Small Business Person of the Year

(Bel Air, MD – July 2, 2014) Stephanie Novak Hau, president and CEO of Chesapeake Environmental Management, Inc. (CEM), was recently named the 2014 Maryland Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Since 1963, contributions made by the small business community to the American economy and society are recognized during National Small Business Week, when an award is presented to a business from each U.S. state and territory to recognize outstanding contributions.

Starting in 1993 with two employees, to today with more than 50 employees, CEM commits to “applying practical science to improve communities” through private and public partnerships providing technical services to aid and support the creation and maintenance of community infrastructure. CEM’s engineers and scientists work efficiently to deliver solutions that are beneficial and responsible to our fellow citizens and the communities we share.

CEM President Stephanie Hau stated her philosophy on the importance of small businesses during her award acceptance speech, “Rarely is a business started out of greed. Almost without fail, businesses are started to meet a perceived need.” Hau added that, “People who build small businesses are so good at identifying and satisfying needs that the impact in their communities always goes far outside the confines of their individual businesses.”

Over its 21-year history, CEM has received numerous local, state and national recognitions both as an organization and individually for its president and CEO. To Hau, these are simply the outcome of focusing more on what CEM can contribute rather than what CEM can obtain. Generously sharing profits with employees, matching employee personal charitable donations and contributing five percent of their annual earnings to non-profits that strive to improve the human condition allows CEM to live the philosophy of giving back to the community. Next week, CEM will award 2014 grant funding awards in excess of $180,000 to local charitable and civic organizations that provide support and services in the community.

During her acceptance speech, Hau acknowledged that American citizens are grateful for the service given by those who serve in our military and civil service corps. Hau also recognizes a third group that she has named the Commerce Corps – a group whose members form the foundation of America’s entrepreneurial spirit. According to Hau, “These three groups work on behalf of all American citizens by preserving and protecting the unalienable rights immortalized by Thomas Jefferson in our Declaration of Independence: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Hau has engrained this philosophy into the core mission of CEM and wishes to share this vision with other small businesses to encourage them to do the same. The majority of large companies began as a small venture – one person’s idea – with the hope of rising up to solve a problem or satisfy a need. Hau will continue her quest to encourage all Americans to support and celebrate small, local businesses and inspire entrepreneurs to support each other.

Addressing the small business community at the SBA awards ceremony in May, Hau concluded her remarks with the following thought: “Be proud of what you do and the impact you have made on your community and our country.”

Chesapeake Environmental Management, Inc. (CEM) is a full-service environmental consulting firm providing the technical expertise and regulatory knowledge to help protect, restore, responsibly develop and manage land and water resources to improve communities. Serving as a trusted environmental advisor, CEM supports clients who require services to responsibly manage the natural resources that affect their business concerns. Solving clients’ environmental challenges, CEM carefully considers the complex inter-relationships of the environmental sciences, including: geology, hydrology, ecology, geomorphology, geography, and engineering.