6C — October 25 - November 7, 2019 — Women in Business — M id A tlantic
Real Estate Journal
Women in Business
Mary Kay Morelli, LSRP, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. “I value the work friendships I have developed and couldn’t imagine my career without them”
ell us how and when you began your ca- reer in the profes- sion you are in: I began working in the envi- ronmental consulting industry in 1993 within days of gradu- ating from The Pennsylvania State University. “We ARE!” What is your current position? I am an Associate Principal/ Vice President at GZA in Fair- field, New Jersey. What was your greatest professional accomplish- ment in 2019? I joined GZA, bringing my entire group and client base T
very involved with my kids’ activities while advancing my career. I have led school
in your profession? I truly love what I do, and it shows. I have a passion for
Mary Kay Morelli, LSRP Vice President, Associate Principal GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. Years with company/firm: 1 Years in field: 26
I truly love what I do, and it shows. I have a passion for helping clients with real estate transactions and explaining the risks and benefits of selling/buying contaminated property in New Jersey.
Real estate organizations/affiliations: Member, Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association (LSRPA) and Society of Women Environmental Professionals, NJ Chapter (NJSWEP)
events since my oldest began kindergarten in 2005--and continue to chair these same events today! I never felt that I had to choose my career over the children. What unique qualities and or personality do you feel makes you most successful
helping clients with real estate transactions and explain- ing the risks and benefits of selling/buying contaminated property in New Jersey. Also, I value the work friendships I have developed and couldn’t imagine my career without them. Tell us a little about your family: I have three amazing chil- dren, ages 19, 15 and 9. If you are the primary caregiver to your children what obstacle and chal- lenges do youmeet on a day to day basis? On August 22, 2011, my life changed in an instant, when my husband of 20 years was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and my family’s en- tire world was turned upside down. Fortunately, I worked with incredible people who allowed me to not only be his caregiver but his advocate, while I continued working as an environmental consultant through it all. We were a force to be reckoned with as he en- dured five years of treatments, surgeries and setbacks. On September 6, 2016, I lost my best friend and found myself in very unfamiliar territory: I was now a single parent. I desperately wanted my old life back, with a partner to work with and share parent- ing responsibilities. Becoming the primary caregiver was not a choice: I had no options, so I did what any parent would do--rise and conquer. The big- gest obstacles I encounter are meeting the kids’ needs while maintaining a home, budget, cars, lawn…. And work. As noted earlier, I love what I do! Looking back on these past three years, I am not sure how I have done it, but I know my husband is smiling down on me saying….I told you so! What outside activities do you enjoy during your free time? I spend most of my free time following my children’s sports: football (both college and pee wee level), cheer, wrestling, and lacrosse.
from another firm with me, while maintaining a relation- ship with my former firm. My group includes three other working moms who I have
mentored. How do you manage the work/life balance? I am extremely organized, which has allowed me to be
Remediating environmental contamination gives communities hope for a brighter future. At GZA, we’ve helped build that future with thousands of site remediation projects successfully completed across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the Mid-Atlantic. GZA has helped make New Jersey a model for more effective site remediation through a decade of LSRP leadership. LSRP LEADERSHIP
In addition to environmental consulting, GZA also provides business and industry with comprehensive geotechnical, ecological, dam safety/flood hazard, and construction management services.
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