Quality & Expertise

Geohazards Engineers and Geologists discuss projects in conference roomWe believe in empowering you. While it’s true that engineering and geology projects are often intricate and complex, your project doesn’t have to be. Our goal is to make your life as easy as possible. At Geohazards, we believe in transparency, flexibility and accessibility – you’ll always know where your project stands and always be confident you’re getting the right answers quickly. Have a question? Call us! We’re real people who enjoy listening and can’t wait to work with you. Geohazards Staff performing field work and testing

Our History

Since our inception in 1985, Geohazards has had a mission of caring for our clients. Our humble beginnings started in the Geology Department at the University of Florida, where our founders mentored future geologists. Their love for education and counseling naturally led to a company culture of personal service and thorough, thoughtful engineering and geology solutions. Geohazards has at its core a deep-rooted culture of people first. Stop by and meet our team!

Geologists Drs. Anthony F. Randazzo and Doug Smith performing field work circa 1970s

Our Team

B.S. Civil Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology 2007 Master in Construction Management 2010

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Sam Polena, P.E.

Owner/Director of Engineering

B.S. Biomedical Sciences, National University of Health Science 2010 Master in Public Health, Benedictine University 2012

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Roena Polena, MPH

Owner/Managing Director

BS Geology, University of Florida, 2007 FL P.G. 2795, GA P.G. 2182 Licensed in FL, GA, TN, SC, KY, and Alabama

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James Olson, P.G.

Director of Geology & Geophysics

Bachelor’s in Accounting, Loyola University, 1989 Master’s in Business Administration, Florida Atlantic University, 1991

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Anne Benton

Director of Finance and Human Resources

BS Civil Engineering, University of Florida, 2009 Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering, University of Florida, 2010 Florida P.E. 77743

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Toni Webster, P.E.

Engineering Manager

Bachelor’s of Building Construction, UNF, 1973 BS C.E., UNF, 1978 MEng. in Soil Mech, UNF, 1980 PhD in C.E., UNF, 1983 FL. P.E. 37235

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David Bloomquist, P.E., Ph.D.

Senior Geotechnical Engineer

BS Geology, Clemson University, 1995 Florida P.G. 2302, Tennessee P.G. 5586

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Gerald Black, P.G.

Senior Staff Geologist

B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Florida 2010 Master of Engineering Civil Engineering, University of Florida 2011

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Chelsea Berube, P.E.

Engineering Assistant Manager

B.S. Civil Engineering, University of South Florida 1997

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Michael Smith, P.E.

Forensic Structural Engineer

B.S. Geology, University of Florida, 2016

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Jake Berry

Staff Geologist

B.S. Geology, Minor Anthropology, University of Florida 2016

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Will Skipper

Staff Geologist

M.B.A. University of South Carolina 1999 B.S. Civil Engineering, The Citadel 1997

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Warren Johnson, P.E.

Forensic Structural Engineer

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Daniel Goch

Geological Technician

BS Business Administration & Management, National Louis University, 1993 AAS Business Administration, Northern Virginia Community College, 1982

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Karen Friedel

Administrative and Scheduling Coordinator

B.A. Geology, B.S. Geography, Florida Atlantic University 2020

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Hunter Moran

Staff Geologist

Ph.D. in Geology from the University of North Carolina Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida Florida Professional Geologist License NO. PG3

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Dr.Anthony F. Randazzo


Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Minnesota Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida Florida Professional Geologist License No. PG18

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Dr.Douglas L. Smith



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