Our Team

Eilar Associates, Inc. is a team of highly qualified individuals with a reputation for precision, accuracy, timeliness, and accessibility. Our team provides a final product that is both thorough and concise, presented in a manner that is clear to the reader even without a background in noise and/or vibration. Our talented staff has a broad range of experience in acoustics and works together as a collaborative team to meet client needs efficiently and effectively.

ACOUSTICAL CONSULTANTS

 

 Jonathan Brothers, Principal Acoustical Consultant   

Education: B.A., Audio Arts & Acoustics, Columbia College, Chicago

Organizations: ASTM International Committee E33 (Acoustics), Member; Institute for Noise Control Engineering, Member; Acoustical Society of America, Member; County of San Diego CEQA Consultant List, Approved Noise Consultant

Jonathan serves as quality control for acoustical proposals and reports at Eilar Associates.  He joined the firm in 2008, and since then has participated in many projects involving construction noise evaluation and monitoring. Jonathan has particular expertise in architectural acoustics and analyzing, evaluating, and recommending mitigation for existing and proposed projects. Jonathan conducts many of the firm’s airborne and impact noise field tests for documenting compliance with applicable standards. Jonathan’s background in construction allows him to quickly identify noise issues in existing construction. Jonathan also provides litigation support, expert witness testimony, and public hearing presentations.

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Amy L. Hool, Senior Acoustical Consultant   

Education: B.A., Audio Arts & Acoustics, Columbia College, Chicago

Organizations: Acoustical Society of America, Member; Institute for Noise Control Engineering, Member; County of San Diego CEQA Consultant List, Approved Noise Consultant

Amy oversees acoustical report and proposal preparation to ensure accuracy and clarity.  Since joining Eilar Associates in 2008, Amy has worked on a wide variety of studies in both environmental and architectural acoustics, including wireless telecommunications facilities, schools, single and multifamily residential projects, and many more.  Amy also has conducted numerous third party reviews of acoustical reports and has a vast understanding of federal, state, and local acoustical regulations. Amy is particularly effective at communicating with clients, agency staff, or other interested parties to ensure the intent, methods, results, and conclusions of studies are fully understood and correctly interpreted.

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Mo Ouwenga, Acoustical Consultant & Los Angeles Regional Manager

Education: B.S., Acoustics, Minor in Programming, Columbia College, Chicago

Organizations: Acoustical Society of America, Member; Institute for Noise Control Engineering, Member

Mo manages the Los Angeles field office for Eilar Associates.  Mo has specific training in architectural, environmental, and engineering acoustics, as well as computer architecture, numerical analysis, and software development.  While he is keenly interested in acoustical software development, Mo particularly enjoys solving problems related to environmental noise impacts in residential spaces and is also passionate about designing excellent acoustical environments in educational facilities.  Since joining Eilar Associates, Mo has worked on a diverse set of projects, including commercial spaces, residential subdivisions, restaurants, community parks, and office spaces.

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Rachael S. Cowell, Staff Consultant

Education: B.S., Acoustics, Columbia College, Chicago

Organizations: Institute for Noise Control Engineering, Member

Rachael joined Eilar Associates in 2018, shortly after finishing her degree.  She first became interested in environmental noise after moving from a small town to the bustling city of Chicago.  For her senior project at Columbia College, Rachael tested the absorption properties of moss as a green alternative to traditional indoor wall treatments. Since joining Eilar Associates, Rachael has focused on traffic noise projects using Cadna-A and TNM software, as well as developing a particular interest in improving noise conditions within schools.

ADMINISTRATION

 Maria Leech, President and CEO   

Maria became President and CEO in 2013 at the time of her husband Doug’s passing. As an officer of the company since 1990, she has an in-depth knowledge of the company’s mission, clients, subcontractors, and personnel. Maria holds two Master’s degrees and has been involved in contracts and budget administration for thirty years. She is dedicated to meeting the needs of our clients in a professional, accurate, cost-effective, and efficient manner. Please contact Maria to address any administrative issues including contracts, invoicing, and insurance.

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 Melissa Counts, Executive Assistant/Contracts Manager   

Melissa coordinates proposal development and contract management for Eilar. She joined the team in 2014 with a strong background in administration. Her diverse office experience and ability to prioritize enhances all of our efforts. Please contact Melissa with any questions regarding proposals, contracts, invoicing, and insurance.

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