- Civil and Environmental Engineering, University College Cork (1999)
- Master of Business Administration, University of Wyoming (2013)
- Professional Engineer, Colorado (2005)
- Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Michigan State University (2002)
- Professional Engineer, Colorado (2009)
- Bachelor’s of Science Civil Engineering, University of Wyoming (2007)
- Professional Engineer, Colorado (2012)
- Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies in Geology, Washington & Lee University (2002)
- Bachelor of Science, Engineering with Civil Specialty, Colorado School of Mines (2007)
- Professional Engineer, Colorado (2020)
- Certified Floodplain Manager, FEMA (2016)
- Certified Plan Reviewer for Stormwater Management, Virginia (2019)
- Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering Specializing in Water Resource Management and Treatment, University of Colorado, Boulder (2012)
- Professional Engineer, Colorado
- CDOT Storm Water Inspector
- Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Kennesaw State University (2015) (formerly Southern Polytechnic State University)
- Professional Engineer, Colorado
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder (2019)
- Engineer Intern
- Masters of Engineering in Environmental Engineering, Cornell University (2020)
- Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering, Cornell University (2019)
- Engineer Intern
- Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
- Bachelor of Arts in Global Economic Relations, University of the Pacific
Richard Goulding, P.E., M.B.A.
President, Owner and Principal
Richard Goulding has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for over 18 years and founded RFE in 2012. In addition to a broad base of engineering knowledge and expertise, Richard brings with him a solid reputation in the area and established relationships within the Aspen development community. Richard earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at University Cork College and has been a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado since 2005. Richard also completed his Masters of Business Administration through the University of Wyoming.
In his role as the Founder and a Principal at RFE he has led the design of multiple infrastructure projects for the City of Aspen Engineering & Water Departments, Pitkin County, the Town of Carbondale, Aspen Consolidated Sanitation District and the Aspen Skiing Company. He oversaw the construction of many of these projects and provided inspection oversight on a number of projects designed by other engineers.
In addition to his RFE work, Richard has five years of experience with the City of Aspen Engineering Department and seven years at one of the largest engineering firms on the Western Slope. Richard gained considerable experience in municipal work during those years and represented several municipalities within the Western Slope. While at the City of Aspen, Richard’s primary focus was on capital improvement projects and right-of-way management. During his time at another engineering firm, Richard was the deputy Town Engineer for Palisade, Snowmass and Starwood. He undertook and completed several important design projects for the Mid Valley Metro District, the City of Glenwood Springs, and historic Redstone.
During his career in the Roaring Fork Valley, Richard has formed excellent professional and personal relationships with colleagues at municipal and state government agencies. He also maintains strong working relationships with local utility providers. Richard’s areas of expertise include water, utility, storm water design, and construction administration.
Adam Racette, P.E.
Vice President, Owner and Principal
Adam has lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for over 11 years and has over 15 years of experience. His diverse background includes planning, engineering design, and construction management. Adam earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at Michigan State University and has been a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado since 2009.
His projects include lift stations, water distribution systems, collection system design, rehabilitation projects, pump stations, water treatment systems, irrigation systems, wastewater treatment plants, storm water, utility infrastructure, grading, hydraulics and development projects. Adam excels at problem-solving and providing innovative designs for unique engineering challenges. Adam’s experience as a consultant and city engineer provides him with a well-rounded perspective.
Adam gained considerable design experience working on projects for the City of Aspen, City of Rifle, Town of Silt, Town of New Castle, City of Glenwood Springs, Roaring Fork Water and Sanitation District, Mid Valley Metropolitan District, Town of Carbondale, City of Grand Junction, Town of Salida and many more. Adam’s main focus is water and wastewater distribution, conveyance and treatment. Adam also has an extensive background in construction administration and observation.
Adam’s time at the City of Aspen and City of East Lansing gave him a greater understanding of the competing municipal challenges that face client’s today. Not only are there shrinking budgets and constantly changing political climates, but also the need to balance the responsibility of maintaining existing infrastructure and effectively planning for the future. Adam’s focus is meeting the current and future needs of a community within their budget.
Danny Stewart, P.E.
Vice President, Owner and Principal
Danny is a lifelong Western Colorado Native and has practiced as a consulting engineer in the Roaring Fork Valley for over a decade. Danny and his family live the culture of the community every day and value the opportunities it provides both in business and recreation. When Danny joined RFE in early 2017, he saw a great opportunity to work more efficiently and creatively on projects. “The relationships with my clients and the quality of my designs are what I value most about my career.” Danny strives to build a successful business and use his knowledge in civil engineering to better the communities of the Roaring Fork Valley.
Danny has designed and managed a variety of projects for municipalities, districts, private developers, and state and county governments. His expertise covers a wide range of civil engineering from streets and highways to utility infrastructure to hydraulics and flood routing. Project management training and years of project management experience has given him the skills needed to keep his projects on budget and on schedule. Danny has served as a field engineering inspector and provided construction support and inspection for many projects. Danny’s past construction experience prior to his engineering career provides unique knowledge he uses in constructability reviews and material selections in his designs.
“The relationships with my clients and the quality of my designs are what I value most about my career.”
Chief Operations Officer
With over 15 years’ experience with national and international energy and development projects and over a decade in operations management, Leslie joined the RFE team in 2017 as the Chief Operations Officer. She leads the operations and organizational aspects of RFE, ensuring proper resource allocation for the successful and timely completion of RFE’s engineering projects in water resources, environmental, development, and construction management & inspection. Under her leadership, she coordinates with the company principals to establish systems and processes, identify efficiencies, ensure quality control, and develop strategic plans to support the growth of RFE as one of the premier and most experienced civil engineering firms in the Valley. In addition, Leslie’s financial management of RFE’s operations ensures accurate and timely invoicing as well as the preparation of monthly reports and oversight of project budgeting.
Leslie oversees the RFE office in Carbondale, including a full suite of P.E.s and E.I.T.s. to ensure that clients’ projects are properly staffed. With prior operations and project management experience in her previous consulting job for an international environmental consulting firm, Leslie completed dozens of projects on time and within budget, managing staff to assemble the best teams and resources available to meet project-specific needs; coordinating directly with clients, their attorneys, and local, state, and federal agencies, including designated lead and cooperating agencies. She develops project schedules; tracks permitting efforts; and ensures QA/QC reviews for various documents. Her contract management experience, ranging from small to large complex projects, allows her to work directly with the RFE project managers and staff to ensure that budgets, schedules, reporting, and any other contractual obligations are adhered to. As needed to successfully complete task assignments, Leslie secures specialty or local subcontractors through a competitive bid process and manages/oversees their work to ensure timely and cost-effective performance. By providing hands-on subcontractor management and efficient team coordination, she ensures that each client receives the “best value” project team with minimal scheduling and task concerns.
Leslie has over 15 years’ of project management experience providing consulting support for domestic and international projects, including utility and energy projects (pipelines, electric transmission, and solar), stormwater and wastewater projects, hazardous waste assessments, and remedial investigations. Her experience encompasses federal and state certification, permitting, natural resource evaluation, field surveys, contamination assessments, environmental compliance monitoring during construction, agency coordination and consultation, and public/stakeholder involvement.
Anthony Alfini, P.E.
Anthony is a native of Western Colorado and joined RFE at the start of 2021. He brings civil engineering experience from the Roaring Fork Valley, across the Western Slope, and beyond. He and his family enjoy the mountains, rivers, and great people that make the valley such a special place. He strives to develop and maintain lasting client relationships through consistent high-quality engineering and personal client service.
Anthony has a wide range of experience designing and managing projects in both the private and public sectors. His experience is focused on serving the needs of the growing communities of Western Colorado. He provides consultant engineering services and previously serving as a city engineer gives him a unique perspective that helps bring together project stakeholders to work toward successful project outcomes. His experience includes municipal engineering, private development, roadway and trail design, utility planning and design, and stormwater runoff / flood modeling and design. Anthony has provided engineering services for several local municipalities, including the City of Aspen, Pitkin County, Garfield County, Town of Basalt, City of Glenwood Springs, and the City of Rifle among others.
Tyler Stevens, P.E.
Tyler grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley and joined RFE in 2013. He graduated from Colorado University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering, specializing in Water Resources. Tyler is a Professional Engineer has designed residential, commercial and government developments within the City of Aspen. Tyler has worked on designs for the City of Aspen replacing, relocating and upgrading their water infrastructure.
Tyler has designed and inspected water line installations per the request of the City of Aspen. Tyler spent a significant number of hours designing, inspecting, observing, and documenting water main installations for Roaring Fork Road, American Lane, Main Street, South Aspen Street and Aspen Club developments. Some highlights include the relocation of a 20-inch water feed line for the City and numerous pressure tests and disinfection procedures. The Main Street water line installation for the new Police Department took place within the Highway 82 CDOT Right of Way, adding more scrutiny to the accuracy of the design and installation.
Prior to joining RFE, Tyler worked as a Project Coordinator and is very familiar with modern contracting and construction techniques. He spent time in the field laboring and operating, experiencing civil development first hand. He is also highly skilled in the use of engineering software including Excel, VBA, MatLab, EPANET, ArugusOne and AutoCad.
Drew Wharton, P.E.
Drew joined RFE in 2017 and is a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Colorado. Drew’s work focuses on large scale commercial, industrial, and residential projects within the Roaring Fork Valley for Habitat for Humanity, the City of Aspen, and the Town of Carbondale.
Since joining RFE, Drew has been the design engineer for the Basalt Vista Housing with Habitat for Humanity, Aspen Affordable Housing, Tree Farm, Rio Grande Place Utilities and City Hall, including roadway and utility design. Within the City of Aspen, Drew has designed improvements for major sanitary sewer lines within the city as well as three separate housing projects ranging from eight to sixteen units, each involving roadway and utility design to accommodate the new construction. Drew has conducted hydraulic studies for each site and designed drainage systems to accommodate the new development while meeting city standards.
Prior to joining the RFE team, Drew spent two years working for a large civil engineering and surveying firm located in Atlanta, Georgia. Working with state and local governing bodies, Drew designed new development and redevelopment projects across the Southeast for large scale commercial, industrial, and residential sites. He coordinated with private developers and architects to create functional and cost-effective designs.
Ben Willows, E.I.
Ben joined the RFE team in 2021 as a Design Engineer. He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering, specializing in Water Resources and Treatment. Ben’s academic experience was focused in environmental process engineering, hydrology, hydraulics, water chemistry, and water resources engineering. He also helped remotely design a soil and groundwater remediation plan and alternative analysis for a decommissioned oil refinery in Southeastern Louisiana.
Prior to joining RFE, Ben worked for a municipal water and wastewater utility in the Denver Metro area as a staff engineer, managing capital improvement construction and engineering projects in stormwater, potable water, and water resources. These projects included large-scale water transmission lines, elevated storage tanks, waterline replacements, and various stormwater outfall systems. He gained a depth of field experience inspecting construction projects from planning through closeout, including pressure and water quality testing, roadway materials testing, and budget and schedule management. Ben is familiar with a range of engineering and construction software, including ArcGIS, EPAnet, MODFLOW, Bluebeam, and Excel.
Jacqui Gossard, E.I.
Jacqui joined the RFE team in 2020 and is a graduate of Cornell University, receiving degrees in Environmental Engineering (Master of Engineering) and Biological Engineering (Bachelor of Science). Jacqui’s passions are in stormwater, groundwater, and wastewater management as well as land management. For homes in the Roaring Fork Valley, Jacqui has performed grading and drainage, fire truck turnarounds, and road assemblies related to ditch designs. Her experience also includes the development of a stormwater infrastructure evaluation model using ArcGIS and TR-55 to calculate culvert capacity. In addition, she has extracted and analyzed soil samples (soil borings) as well as created surface water and soil sampling plans with remediation strategies for agricultural sites. Jacqui is trained in invasive species removal, forest and garden management practices, identification and removal of diseased trees, and prepared sustainability report and designs (including solar, HVAC, and location needs) for self-sustaining “tiny homes”.
Krystal joined the RFE team in 2022 as a Design Engineer. She graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Additionally, Krystal previously earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Economic Relations with minors in French and Economics from the University of the Pacific. Krystal is originally from Talkeetna, Alaska, and enjoys the mountain life the Roaring Fork Valley has to offer. Krystal is passionate about water resources and civil engineering design that is practical, yet reflects a meaningful land ethic.
Office Pup and Treats-E-O
Kona enjoyed roaming the Valley for over a decade, seeking adventures in the snow each winter and relaxing in the rivers during the summer. She was impeccable as part of the clean-up crew at the office, sure to find any stray crumb or snack that was forgotten. She enjoyed lounging in the sun by the door, ready to greet any RFE visitor with a wagging tail.