Meet Jenna VanZandt the newest member of our Environmental Team!


Q: Tell us a bit about yourself…

Jenna: I was born and raised in Southern Illinois. I consider myself more of a multi-dimensional dabbler than a “hobbyist”. I’m interested in native ecology, games of any sort, and reading books that take me months to finish. I have two years of experience working in engineering firms prior to Klingner, and I have been exposed to a wide-variety of survey and site design work.

Q: Why did you want to become a technician?

Jenna: I have several people in my family that work within this world and really seem to enjoy it. I most enjoy working on these projects because they make positive impacts and are useful to many types of people and many communities.

Q: What piece of advice would you give someone choosing the same career?

Jenna: Never pass on any CAD classes or any opportunities to learn more about software that assists your chosen career.

Q: Is there a project you’ve worked on thus far in your career that you’re proudest of?

Jenna: One of the first projects I ever worked out of college was for a Dollar General. This particular store faced a lot of complications within the site that the building sat upon. I completed a new layout, adjusted the grading, and provided the construction staking points. It turned out really well and benefited the client by enhancing the shopping experience for all customers.

Q: What’s your favorite family tradition?

Jenna: My favorite family tradition would be watching “The Sound of Music”, with my entire family at Christmas time. My aunt and my mom will sing along and always try to dance the Laendler Austrian Folk Dance.

Q: What form of public transportation do you prefer? (air, boat, train, bus, car, etc.)

Jenna: I definitely prefer train! I especially wish for a high-speed rail system. It’s efficient and we already have the infrastructure built up for it. No drivers, so no car crashes, and it can hold and transport a lot of people. I am always for anything that is less in overall environmental impacts!