Meet the Staff

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Connie Fortin

Connie Fortin

Connie started Fortin Consulting in 1996. She has a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in Biology and Computer Science. She has a Master’s degree from the College of St. Thomas in Software Design and Development. In 1996, Connie left the software world to put her energy into protecting the environment. Connie enjoys finding ways to facilitate change that is practical as well as progressive. She is a national expert on salt reduction strategies. She has spent much of her career working with winter maintenance professionals helping them reinvent winter maintenance to protect our water.

Carolyn Dindorf

Carolyn Dindorf

Carolyn is a limnologist and vice president at Fortin Consulting. She has authored or co-authored many publications and reports. Carolyn can help you with environmental workshop development and teaching, plant surveys, shoreland restoration, project management, literature research, technical writing, grant writing, and watershed and other water resource projects. She also teaches many winter and turfgrass maintenance classes.  Carolyn has a double major in biology and chemistry from Southwest Minnesota State University and a Master’s degree in biology with a limnology emphasis from St. Cloud State University. Before joining FCI in 2004, Carolyn worked for the MPCA and Hennepin Conservation District.

Katie Farber

Katie is our field biologist and environmental educator. She implements our field projects including river and wetland monitoring, plant surveys, native plantings, invasive species research and control, and more. She is also a certified herbicide applicator, and can prepare sites for native plantings and buckthorn removal. When she is not in the field, she speaks to the youth about protecting our water, hoping to inspire environmental stewardship.  Katie graduated from Cornell College with a double major in Environmental Studies and Spanish, and spent the early part of her career in the Sonoran Desert performing a variety of research studies.

Douglas Klimbal


Doug is a geoscientist and water resources specialist who hosts and helps instruct the Smart Salting trainings for Roads. He also instructs the Level 2 Smart Salting Trainings and is the technical lead for the Smart Salting Assessment Tool. Doug is our primary contact for coordination of FCI’s annual Salt Symposium. He graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Environmental Geoscience, then earned an MS in Water Resources Science at the University of Minnesota.

Caralie Randolph


Caralie is an environmental specialist and newest member of the Fortin team. She serves as our primary contact for any Smart Salting program logistics. She coordinates and schedules our trainings while also serving as a technical host for the online sessions. She graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a B.S. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, with an emphasis in policy and planning. Caralie’s background in environmental education has led to a passion for raising awareness on the impact we make on the natural environment.