Meet Our talented Staff
Carrie Bristoll-Groll is the Principal Civil Engineer and CEO of Stormwater Solutions Engineering, LLC (SSE), and the designer of a new patent-pending stormwater product, StormGUARDen™. Carrie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1994. Carrie has been working in the field of stormwater engineering since that time, starting out as a Civil/Stormwater Engineer at the Cities of Milwaukee and Brookfield, Wisconsin, prior to founding SSE in 2002. SSE is located at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee and has a team of 11 professionals who hold the same passion for water quality and flood management.
Carrie enjoys assisting her clients in seeking solutions for their stormwater needs, oftentimes by searching out or developing new strategies or technologies. SSE’s clients include WisDOT, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, municipalities, and private land-owners.
Carrie serves her community as an Advisory Board member for the Wisconsin Sea Grant, as the organizer of river and beach clean-ups and as the organizer for the Women of Water (WoW) in the Milwaukee area, a group of 175 women in various water industries. Carrie is married to her husband Tony for 29 years, has three grown sons and a German Shepherd Dog, Ava.In her spare time, she enjoys running, motorcycling, kayaking the Milwaukee Rivers, gardening and cooking.
Cassandra Bence received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016. As a Project Engineer Cassandra has worked on projects involving green infrastructure, drainage design and modeling, community outreach, full site design, and ADA compliance. She designs full plan sets to the client’s wishes using AutoCAD accompanied with programs such as HydroCAD, HEC-RAS, XPSWMM, and WinSLAMM to confirm the designs functionality. Cassandra is an experienced ArcGIS user having worked with municipalities to update their watershed boundary information for MS4 permit compliance and TMDL analysis purposes.
Cassandra carries her passion for water outside of work where she mentors the local UW-Milwaukee chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB@UWM). Her work with EWB@UWM helps empower communities to meet their basic human needs and lessens the number of people who live without potable water. In her spare time, Cassandra enjoys spending time with her fiancé, coaching downhill alpine skiing and field hockey, gardening, cooking, and exploring Earth.
Adrienne Cizek is a Senior Project Engineer specializing in green infrastructure design, flood modeling, stormwater management planning, permitting, and culvert design. Although Wisconsin born and raised, Adrienne comes to Stormwater Solutions Engineering, LLC from North Carolina State University, where she made a name for herself studying Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance. Adrienne has an in-depth understanding of the science behind engineering design and is able to convert this knowledge into innovative solutions for clients.
Adrienne also serves as a team member developing WDNR technical guidance with the Standards Oversight Council and is an Adjunct Professor at the UW-School of Continuing Education. Outside of work Adrienne enjoys camping and gardening with her family.
Harlan Groll received his Associate Degree in Civil Engineering Technology at Milwaukee Area Technical College in 2014. Harlan’s background is mostly in drafting, utilizing both AutoCAD and MicroStation software to produce storm sewer, erosion control, and grading plans; he has also performed land surveys, storm sewer inspections, and rain garden installations in various neighborhoods across SE Wisconsin.
As of Summer, 2018, Harlan took the position of Operations Manager for StormGUARDen™, a stormwater management device designed by SSE. In his new role, Harlan focuses on the product’s development as well as the production and installation of each StormGUARDen™ device. Outside of work, Harlan enjoys playing the drums and hiking with his dog.
Kara Koch received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2013 and Master of Science in Civil Engineering in 2016 both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Kara is a Senior Project Engineering at SSE specializing in green infrastructure design, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and construction management. Her project experiences involve conceptual site planning, full site design, modeling, permitting, community engagement, construction documentation, and oversight.
Kara’s passion for water harvesting and sustainable stormwater management has led her to be involved with various volunteering activities with Milwaukee community organizations to educate the community and young students about water conservation. In her spare time, Kara takes full advantage of Wisconsin’s sunshine running, hiking, gardening, and being in the water.
Alyssa Schmitt received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2014. As a Project Engineer, Alyssa has worked on projects involving green infrastructure and hydrologic analysis, and assisted on large scale storm sewer and conveyance projects. Her construction background and interest in the operation and maintenance (O&M) of engineered natural systems pair together to provide a unique perspective on her design. Alyssa’s focus at SSE is on drainage and green infrastructure design, modeling, and O&M.
She is an active board and committee member for the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc. (Sweet Water), a local non-profit committed to protecting and restoring Greater Milwaukee Watersheds. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially at the family cabin up north, and partaking in any activity on the water, particularly slalom skiing, surfing, and sailing.
Sarah Pasquesi graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2010 and an M.S. in Civil Engineering in 2012 both from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Sarah specializes in water resources, civil/site design, and coastal engineering. She has project experience in hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, streambank stabilization, detention design, coastal design, dam breach analysis, construction document preparation, construction oversight, and regulatory permitting.
Since 2016, Sarah has served as the secretary for the Younger Member Group of the American Society of Civil Engineers Wisconsin Section Southeast Branch (ASCE WISE). In her spare time, she enjoys taking up new hobbies and home projects. She believes that life is more interesting when you’re always learning.