Our Team

Business Leaders

Greg Sutter


Mr. Sutter is a co-founder of Westervelt and serves as President with oversight of land acquisition and stewardship. Mr. Sutter has a B.S. degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from Cornell University and a M.S. degree in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. He is also a past president and board member of the Society for Ecological Restoration (California Chapter), and has lectured at University of California, Davis, University of California, Berkeley, and numerous technical conferences on habitat restoration. Mr. Sutter is also a regular presenter on the mitigation banking process at the annual conference sponsored by the National Mitigation Banking Association. Prior to joining Westervelt, Mr. Sutter was President of another west coast mitigation banking company; previous to entering the mitigation banking field, Mr. Sutter was a principal at Jones & Stokes Associates, a prominent environmental consulting firm based out of Sacramento CA.

Mr. Sutter was a team member on the mitigation bank feasibility studies listed above and served as the restoration analyst for the “South Bay Restoration Cost Study,” a US Fish and Wildlife Service project that addressed mitigation feasibility.

Greg DeYoung

Vice President, Mitigation Bank Establishment

Greg DeYoung is a founder and a Vice President for Westervelt. Mr. DeYoung has 25 years of experience in environmental review, permitting and planning, wetland mitigation, and endangered species conservation. His background includes extensive experience implementing environmental mitigation, including the permitting of over 25 mitigation and conservation banks and large-scale mitigation projects in California, Washington, and Alaska.

Prior to joining Westervelt, Mr. DeYoung was a Senior Vice President at Wildlands, Inc. In this capacity, he served as Board of Directors member and company officer, he directed the Conservation Planning Team responsible for permits and entitlements, and he assisted in the establishment and management of four regional offices. Mr. DeYoung permitted numerous wetland and endangered species banks, including several industry milestones, such as the first wetland mitigation bank with fully authorized special-status fish credits and the first conservation banks for selected threatened and endangered species.

Mr. DeYoung co-founded and served as Principal for Planning Concepts, where he authored or managed the preparation of the general plans for the City of Galt and the County of Sierra, as well as approximately 50 environmental review documents addressing major public and private projects. Mr. DeYoung has also served as Director for two non-profit organizations, the Nevada County Land Trust and the Wildlife Heritage Foundation.

Mr. DeYoung holds a B.A. degree in Environmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a M.U.P. in Urban Planning from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Mr. DeYoung is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Travis Hemmen

Vice President, Business Acquisition

Travis leads business and market development for Westervelt by coordinating with private and public clients on project specific mitigation and managing sales of existing bank credits. He identifies potential site acquisitions, analyzes market information to ensure the finished mitigation banks are a viable product.

He has a background in environmental consulting and regulatory compliance planning for a national home builder. As a consultant, he has managed small- and large-scale projects, including state and federal permitting of projects by local water agencies, port redevelopment and dredging programs, and development of master planned communities. Travis has a B.A. degree in biology with an emphasis in ethics from the University of Northern Iowa, and a M.S. degree in environmental law and policy with an emphasis in alternative dispute resolution from Vermont Law School.

Steve Moore

Vice President, Finance

Mr. Moore leads the business planning and financial reporting for Westervelt and for its projects in California, Colorado and the Southeastern United States. Mr. Moore coordinates with Corporate Headquarters on company and project performance, capital availability and surety issues.

Mr. Moore has over 25 years experience in senior management for a variety of land development and home building enterprises throughout Northern California and Nevada. He is past president of the Building Industry Association in San Joaquin County California and is a life director of the California Building Industry Association. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Western Region

Hal Holland

Assistant Region Manager

Mr. Holland is responsible for the Planning, Entitlement and Compliance of mitigation and conservation properties at Westervelt. In this role, Mr. Holland oversees project design, permitting, and resource agency approval. Prior to coming to Westervelt, Mr. Holland spent two years at a west coast mitigation banking company. While at that company, Mr. Holland oversaw Northern California regional planning and mitigation entitlement activities as the Conservation Group leader, and directly managed several complex habitat creation projects as a senior mitigation planner. Mr. Holland has also spent 5 years with EDAW, a national environmental consulting firm, as a project manager, biologist, and CEQA compliance specialist. During his time with EDAW, Mr. Holland conducted numerous surveys for state and federally listed threatened and endangered species, and he has extensive experience with regulatory agency permitting.

Mr. Holland has participated in due diligence feasibility studies for multiple private mitigation and conservation projects/banks. He was the Project Manager for the Sacramento County Department of Waste Management and Recycling “Kiefer Landfill Expansion Buffer Land Use Analysis” mitigation banking feasibility study.

Robert Capriola

Senior Conservation Planner

Robert Capriola joined the Westervelt team in July of 2008 with a wealth of experience in natural resource conservation projects. He is responsible for completing diligence for prospective acquisitions, preparing entitlement documents for banks, and providing guidance on permitting and construction. Capriola received a Bachelors degree in cultural anthropology and a Master’s degree in natural resources from Humboldt State University in Arcata California.

Mr. Capriola came to work for Westervelt after 11 years with the California Waterfowl Association (CWA). In his position as Senior Biologist for CWA he was responsible for coordinating the restoration and enhancement of wetlands on wildlife areas and duck clubs throughout the state. He was CWA program manager for the Lower Butte Creek Project, a program spanning ten years that developed and implemented fish passage improvements for the endangered spring-run Chinook salmon while improving water delivery capabilities for the 13,000-acre Butte Sink Wildlife Management Area.

Prior to his work with CWA, Capriola worked as a wetland biologist for Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and was President and Co-founder of Pacific Coast Restoration, a private non-profit organization that implements fisheries and wetland restoration projects on the north coast of California.

Tara Collins

Senior Ecologist

Tara Collins is a Senior Ecologist in the land stewardship division of Westervelt, Western Region Office. Her primary responsibilities include coordinating with various state and federal agencies on various biological monitoring and credit releases for mitigation and conservation banks. She also assists with permitting and managing properties proposed for new conservation and/or mitigation banks throughout California. Prior to joining Westervelt, Tara worked for an environmental consulting firm in the Sacramento area and specialized in Clean Water Act Section 404 mitigation monitoring and compliance.

Tara received her Bachelor of Science degree in botany from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. She has a passion for California native plants and enjoys gardening at her home where she has over 75 native plant species growing in her yard. Tara has 5 hens, 3 cats, and 3 beehives. In addition to growing native plants, she grows vegetables and hops, and enjoys watching the wildlife in her yard.

Marshall Cook

Senior Business Acquisition Manager

Marshall Cook is the Senior Business Acquisition Manager for the Western Regional Office. In his position, Marshall assists both public and private clients with their mitigation obligations and also works to acquire new projects for Westervelt.

Prior to joining Westervelt, Marshall served as Transaction Director for the California Rangeland Trust. Marshall earned an undergraduate degree in marketing from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a law degree from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific in Sacramento, California. Prior to beginning his secondary education, Marshall served in the United States Army, 3rd Infantry Regiment, ‘The Old Guard,’ in Fort Meyer, Arlington, Virginia.

Sarah Correa

Business Acquisition Specialist

As the Business Acquisition Specialist, Sarah Correa plans and conducts outreach to clients, landowners, and key organizations to partner with Westervelt. This includes coordination with large corporations, organizations, and governmental entities – specializing in connecting with large publicly funded infrastructure projects.

Prior to working for Westervelt, Sarah served as an environmental planner on large-scale transportation projects across California assessing construction-related impacts on environmental resources and coordinating state and federal documentation. In this role, Sarah focused on CEQA and NEPA-level environmental documentation processes including cultural and biological resource management, Initial Studies, Environmental Assessments, Mitigated Negative Declarations, and Environmental Impact Reports.

Matt Coyle

Restoration Ecologist

Matt Coyle is a restoration ecologist with over 15 years of experience with wetland and endangered species habitat evaluation, restoration, and management in California with an emphasis on biological monitoring, field data collection, wetland restoration implementation, and management activity implementation. He has directly managed the implementation of over 30 large scale restoration projects ranging from vernal pool creation to tidal marsh restoration. Matt also has his Section 10(A)1(A) USFWS recovery permit which gives him the regulatory permission to conduct winter surveys for listed vernal pool crustaceans.

Prior to joining Westervelt, Matt worked for several habitat restoration firms in the Sacramento region which focused on mitigation banking and habitat restoration implementation. He also worked as a consulting ecologist for over 2 years, mainly with Westervelt. His love of wild landscapes and outdoor recreation is what drew him to his career.

Kim Erickson

Associate Conservation Planner

Kim Erickson is an Associate Conservation Planner in the entitlement division of Westervelt, Western Region Office. Her primary responsibilities include working with staff and subconsultants in the preparation of various documents to entitle conservation and mitigation banks throughout California. She particularly enjoys working with the various federal and state agencies.

Prior to joining Westervelt, Kim had her own environmental management firm. She has also worked for various environmental and engineering consulting firms in the Sacramento area and specialized in environmental documentation and permitting. Kim received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Planning and Management from University of California at Davis.

Matt Gause

Senior Ecologist

Mr. Gause is a botanist and restoration ecologist with over 16 years of experience with wetland and endangered species biology and regulation throughout California. Currently, his responsibilities at Westervelt include overseeing biological and ecological aspects of the company’s mitigation and conservation banks in the western US. Mr. Gause is also responsible for conducting site evaluations regarding restoration or conservation opportunities, working with regulatory agencies to entitle upcoming mitigation properties, identifying new conservation opportunities, and assisting clients with projects that have complex mitigation needs.

Prior to joining Westervelt in 2007, Mr. Gause was vice-president of a leading mitigation banking firm in the western United States where he managed development of mitigation and conservation banking projects throughout California. Mr. Gause was also a principal of a small environmental consulting firm specializing in biological resource surveys, habitat restoration and management, and project permitting and mitigation. Mr. Gause specializes in California wetland and endangered species issues, and habitat restoration, with a specific emphasis on vernal pools. Mr. Gause managed numerous federal Endangered Species Act Section 7 consultations for a variety of public and private sector clients including the California Department of Transportation, Sacramento County, San Joaquin County, Yolo County, Trinity County, and numerous commercial and residential land development interests.

Mr. Gause’s extensive regulatory experience was developed through involvement in numerous private and public sector projects requiring clearances or approvals under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act, and federal Endangered Species Act. His primary area of responsibility was in regards to assessing project related effects on biological resources including rare, threatened, or endangered species and sensitive natural habitats such as wetlands.

Mr. Gause received a B.S. in Botany from the University of California at Davis in 1992.

Kate Gazzo

Conservation Planner

Kate Gazzo is a Conservation Planner within the entitlement division of Westervelt’s Western Region office, assisting with the entitlement of conservation and mitigation banks. Her responsibilities include performing due diligence for potential property acquisitions, project permitting and agency coordination, and mitigation and conservation project planning. Kate will also provide ecological monitoring and reporting assistance as well as mitigation planning and design services.

Prior to working for Westervelt, Kate served as a biologist on large-scale transportation projects across California assessing construction-related impacts on biological resources and coordinating state and federal mitigation. Kate has also worked as an ecologist for an ecological restoration and design firm where she performed functional assessments to calculate habitat loss and improve ecological function through restoration design. She has extensive experience analyzing water quality and watershed health issues, including quantifying the ecological risk associated with historical contamination, performing urban and agricultural water quality studies, and researching land conservation as a means to improve downstream water quality.

Randee Herford


Randee Herford assists the finance manager in business planning and financial reporting for Westervelt.

Randee is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Prior to joining Westervelt Randee spent over 4 years in public accounting as an external auditor specializing in compliance audits, including governmental entities, non-profits and employee benefit plans. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from California State University of Sacramento, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Chris Holland

Restoration Designer

Mr. Holland is a Restoration Designer and is involved in construction management, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and is a Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP). As a restoration designer, Mr. Holland uses multiple programs and design tools to produce the construction documents necessary to obtain grading permits for vernal pool, floodplain riparian wetlands and endangered species habitats.

Once the design is finalized and the construction phase begins, Mr. Holland provides on-site design solutions and inspection of the earthwork using GPS and Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) survey to ensure projects are being built to specification. Additional on-site roles that Mr. Holland oversees include, biological monitoring to comply with federal, state and local permitting, as well as storm water pollution prevention plans (SWPPP). The biological monitoring has included giant garter snake, Swainson’s hawk, Valley elderberry longhorn beetle and ground-nesting birds.

Prior to joining Westervelt, Mr. Holland was a senior designer with The HLA Group and helped prepare construction documents for master planned communities, regional parks and other large scale urban projects. He obtained a Bachelor of Science, Landscape Architecture degree from Arizona State University and is an active member of The California Society for Ecological Restoration (SERCAL).

Lydia Holland

Marketing Coordinator

Lydia Holland is the Marketing Coordinator for Westervelt. In her position, she implements internal and external marketing and communication projects including proposal development, event coordination, interactive media management, and sales support.

Mrs. Holland joined the Westervelt team in 2008 as a student intern on the Design/Construction team. During that time she contributed to many key projects including construction of Van Vleck Mitigation Bank and coordination of the restoration planting and design at Cosumnes Floodplain Mitigation Bank. She was a Sales Associate for the company before she was named Marketing Coordinator.

Mrs. Holland received her Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture with a minor in Environmental Horticulture from the University of California, Davis, where she served as vice president of the student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

She is currently an active member of the American Marketing Association, Sacramento Valley Chapter.

Mike Lozano

GIS Analyst

Mr. Lozano is a GIS Analyst and Cartographer with 23 years of experience. His responsibilities at Westervelt include setting survey control for legal boundary surveys, topographic surveys and aerial photo acquisition, aerial photo interpretation, Enterprise Geodatabase management and developing Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) models used to identify sites that support habitat restoration and conservation opportunities. Mr. Lozano’s skills include developing innovative methods using GPS, AutoCAD and GIS software to prepare highly accurate map layers.

Mr. Lozano has extensive experience working on projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Region while working with Enron Oil & Gas. Mr. Lozano has a Bachelors of Arts in Geography from California State University at Sacramento.

Chris McColl

GIS Analyst/Conservation Planner

Chris McColl is a Conservation Planner/GIS Analyst in the entitlement division of the Western Region Office. His primary responsibilities include identification of potential properties for new conservation and/or mitigation banks, implementation of online GIS services and mobile field data collection systems, species habitat model development, data management and aerial photo interpretation. Chris brings 15 years of experience with GIS technologies that has focused on the development of online mapping applications, implementation of Esri Collector mobile application, application of drone technology, geodatabase development and management, development of habitat suitability models, environmental impact analysis, 404 wetland delineation, rapid ecological assessments, integration of GIS technologies with hydrologic, groundwater, wildfire, and land-use forecasting models, hydrologic and groundwater modeling, as well as cartographic design.

Chris received his Bachelor of Environmental Science degree in geography from the University of Guelph and a Master’s of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from Central Washington University. Additionally, Chris also received an advanced diploma in GIS systems from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Chris has broad experience within the Central Valley working on projects at the regional and state scale including the Butte County Regional Plan, Yolo County Natural Heritage Program, the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan, Sierra Nevada Conservation Blueprint, Bird Returns Conservation Program and Statewide Rangeland Assessment.

Tina Rosá

Conservation Planner

As a Conservation Planner, Tina Rosá is responsible for entitlement documents for banks, turn-keys, and service contracts. Additionally she is responsible for reviewing and advising on title reports and exceptions affecting current and future projects. A member of the staff since 2012, when she served as a student intern on the Planning/Entitlement team, Tina has contributed to many key projects including the ongoing entitlement of three banks, one of which she is the project lead, as well as assisting in the establishment of a new California In-Lieu Fee Program. Tina has also assisted Westervelt field biologists with plant and wetland surveys, and monitoring and management activities.

During her 12-year career in the title and escrow industry, 6 of which she served as an Escrow Officer, Tina was responsible for the review and analysis of preliminary title reports, and recorded title exceptions and parcel legal descriptions. She brings her knowledge of land acquisition, easements and title review to the Westervelt team. Prior to joining the Westervelt team, she served as a conservation banking intern for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Sacramento for a year.

Tina received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from California State University, Sacramento, where she graduated magna cum laude at the top of her class. She has completed coursework in Business from Sierra College, Rocklin, where she was an active member of the National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa.

Greg Webber

Restoration Designer

Greg Webber is a Restoration Designer within the Design and Construction Management division of Westervelt. With technical experience in a variety of Cad programs, GIS and graphic design programs, Mr. Webber is responsible for the creation and revision of design documents along all phases of the design development process. He is also able to assist with field data collection in both design reconnaissance and site monitoring capacities.

Prior to joining Westervelt, Mr. Webber worked as a tradesman in a variety of fields including Agriculture, Landscape Management and Electrical Construction. Greg received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture with a minor in Environmental Horticulture from UC Davis where he was a member of ASLA. He also worked as a student intern for the Putah Creek Riparian Reserve, a 640 acre ecosystem managed for wildlife protection, teaching and research on the UC Davis campus.

Mark Young

Senior Restoration Design & Construction Manager

Mr. Young is a natural resource restoration ecologist and licensed landscape architect (California) with twenty-four years of environmental planning, permitting and habitat rehabilitation design experience. He has conducted wetland delineations, prepared wetland and stream rehabilitation designs, habitat mitigation and monitoring plans, and coordinated the preparation of technical reports from the design team, including Phase I & II environmental assessments, cultural studies, botanical and biological reports, hydrology & hydraulic modeling, environmental compliance (SEPA, CEQA and SWPPP), ALTA surveys, and wetlands delineations. Mr. Young has further coordinated environmental elements for permitting project documentation. Mr. Young has also provided environmental expertise for community developments on commercial, residential, planned residential and agricultural projects. He has also overseen the development of neighborhood park plans, including recreational trail systems along side riparian restoration projects that included interpretive / educational signage. This work has given him an opportunity to communicate with federal and state land management agencies in the Western United States.

Mr. Young has experience in the development and implementation of environmentally sensitive and realistic solutions that comply with regional planning and permitting requirements. His permitting experience includes work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, State Resources Agencies as part of the Mitigation Bank Review Team (MBRT). His restoration experience encompasses the wetlands and biological permitting and construction, including salt marsh, freshwater emergent & scrub-shrub wetlands, riparian systems (including floodplain restoration), and oak replanting for savannah / woodland landscapes. Mr. Young has overseen the design and construction of 2,500 acres of mitigation and habitat lands, on over 20,000 acres of property placed in permanent conservation. Work included rehabilitating degraded lands to improve habitat for least Bell’s vireo, Swainson’s hawk, burrowing owl, greater sandhill crane, giant garter snake, Alameda whipsnake, California red-legged frog, Chinook salmon, Valley elderberry longhorn beetle, and vernal pool fairy shrimp, tadpole shrimp and conservancy shrimp. Mr. Young has worked with non-profit groups, including The Natomas Basin Conservancy and the Placer Land Trust on habitat rehabilitation projects.

Rocky Mountain Region

Lucy Harrington

Region Manager

Lucy Harrington is a Colorado native and the Rocky Mountain Region Manager. In her position, she oversees site feasibility analysis and selection, bank entitlement, credit sales, land stewardship, and long-range planning.

Prior to joining Westervelt, Ms. Harrington worked as a federal employee for nine years for a variety of agencies throughout the western U.S. including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamations and the U.S. Forest Service. Through this experience she gained a solid understanding of both regulations and field and restoration techniques. She also served as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s representative on the Interagency Review Team (IRT) in the San Francisco Bay region.

Ms. Harrington graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, with double majors in Wildlife Biology and Spanish Languages and Literature. She also holds a certificate from the School for International Training for Comparative Ecology (Ecuador). Ms. Harrington has a 10(a)(1)(a) Scientific Collecting permit for the California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) and has served as president and vice president of the Sacramento-Shasta chapter of The Wildlife Society.

Karen Caddis

Conservation Planner

Karen Caddis serves as a Conservation Planner in Westervelt’s Rocky Mountain Regional office. Her responsibilities include coordination, planning, data and subcontractor management, and execution of remediation projects throughout the Rocky Mountain West. Karen has almost 30 years of NEPA, ESA, CWA, biology, botany, wetland delineation, and project management experience. She also has expertise in special status wildlife and plant species surveys, and resource monitoring and mitigation plan development and implementation. Prior to joining Westervelt, she served for 20 years as a project manager and environmental coordinator for AECOM, a large international environmental consulting firm, and 10 years as a project manager for Ecosphere Environmental Services in Durango, Colorado. Karen’s key areas of expertise include:

  • Biological and Environmental Field Program Coordination and Implementation
  • Environmental Permitting and Compliance and Monitoring
  • Coordination and Management of Multidisciplinary Environmental Plans and Programs
  • Wetland Delineation, Mitigation, and Section 404 Permitting
  • Special Status Wildlife and Plant Species Surveys

Karen has degrees in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University, and Physical Geography and Journalism from Eastern Washington University. She is highly experienced in working throughout the western U.S. with a variety of industries, including oil and gas, mining, renewable energy, utilities, communications, tribal, military, transportation, power generation, planning and development, government, and ski areas.  She has completed USACE wetland delineator training and is a member of the National Association of Environmental Professionals. Karen is a native Westerner and loves to travel, hike, fish, garden, and canoe.

Carla DeMasters

GIS Analyst/Restoration Ecologist

Carla DeMasters joined the Westervelt team in August 2016 as a GIS Analyst/Restoration Ecologist. Her responsibilities at Westervelt include analyzing geographic databases using complex techniques and spatial analysis to provide decision-making information in the form of maps, models and/or reports for key personnel. Carla also assists in the planning, design, and execution of habitat restoration for Westervelt’s Rocky Mountain Region projects. She has over a decade of experience in GIS, spatial data analysis, quantitative vegetation studies, vegetation mapping, plant ecology, restoration ecology and wetlands. Prior to joining Westervelt, Carla worked in the environmental consulting industry, where she provided GIS support for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and energy industry projects and led several large scale wetland delineation and permitting projects in accordance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Most recently, Carla was a Graduate Research Assistant at the Denver Botanic Gardens where she provided technical expertise and oversight for riparian restoration projects.

Carla received a Master’s degree in Geography with a focus on Biogeography and GIS from the University of Colorado Boulder and has a second Master’s degree in Biology with a focus on Restoration Ecology forthcoming from the University of Colorado Denver. She is a Certified Wetland Professional in Training (WPIT) with the Society of Wetland Scientists. Through over a decade of experience conducting ecological field studies for large scale mining projects throughout the western U.S., she has become highly skilled in the identification of native plants of the Great Plains, Southern Rocky Mountains, Colorado Plateau and Central Basin and Range regions. She is also an avid fly fisher.

Southeast Region

Dr. John Wigginton

Southeast Region Manager

Mr. Wigginton manages the Westervelt Southeast Region office where he oversees site feasibility analysis and selection, bank entitlement, credit sales, land stewardship, and long-range planning. Prior to joining Westervelt, John was employed for 6 1/2 years as wetland ecologist for an engineering consulting firm in Montgomery, Alabama where he helped develop the first stream mitigation bank in Alabama, and the first mitigation banks in both the Montgomery and Birmingham area watersheds. He also specialized in wetland delineations/hydric soil determinations; various federal and state permitting; strategies for mitigation of stream and wetland impacts; conducted threatened/endangered species surveys; stream assessment for natural channel design and restoration; and environmental assessments/NEPA documents.

Originally from Guntown, Mississippi, John attended Lipscomb University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology. He received a master’s degree in zoology from Auburn University and a master’s degree in wetland studies from the University of Florida. In 2000, he received his PhD in forest wetland ecology from Auburn University School of Forestry. His dissertation investigated the effects of restoration on soil organic matter formation of thermally impacted floodplain forests at the U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River Site in South Carolina. He is an active member of the Society of Wetland Scientists and Society of Ecological Restoration, and a certified Professional Wetland Scientist.

Rachel Conley

Ecological Monitoring Coordinator

Rachel Conley is the Ecological Monitoring Coordinator in our Southeast office’s Land Stewardship process.  Ms. Conley is a TWS-Certified Associate Wildlife Biologist®, Alabama Certified Prescribed Burn Manager, NWCG Type II Wildland Firefighter, and an Alabama Certified Pesticide Applicator. She also serves as an At-Large Board Member for The Wildlife Society’s Early Career Professional Working Group.

Prior to joining WES in 2015, Ms. Conley received her B.S. in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from North Carolina State University in 2012 and her M.S. in Wildlife Sciences from Auburn University in 2015.  Her thesis investigated canebrake (Arundinaria spp.) restoration in the Southeast.  Additionally, she studied wild pig population dynamics in Alabama and has presented her work at state, regional, national, and international conferences.

Ms. Conley has considerable experience teaching undergraduates in Dendrology and N.C. State University’s Wildlife Summer Practicum.  Furthermore, she worked as a wildlife habitat and land management consultant for Grifols Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer in North Carolina.

Seth Hunt

Associate Biologist

Seth Hunt is an Associate Biologist whose primary responsibilities are monitoring, land management, and GIS for the Southeast WES Banks. He received his Bachelors of Science in Forestry at Auburn University in 2014 and his Masters of Science in Forestry at Auburn University in 2016. His thesis pertained to landownership changes, harvest behavior, and forest history in west-central Alabama with a heavy focus in GIS and remote sensing applications.  Additionally, he worked in the Longleaf Stand Dynamics Lab where he studied prescribed fire effects, silvicuture, and habitat management of longleaf pine, oak-pine, and hardwood forest ecosystems.

Seth also served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for natural resources sampling, forest measurements, prescribed fire and as a Teaching Assistant for the forestry summer camp at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center. He is still actively engaged with various forestry and wildlife extension and outreach programs associated with Auburn University within Alabama. Prior to working with WES, Seth worked with Fish and Wildlife Service in the South Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex in habitat management.

Jason Martin

Land Stewardship Process Coordinator

Jason Martin is the Land Stewardship Process Coordinator for our Southeast office.  In this position, he coordinates land stewardship, monitoring, and project compliance throughout the southeast.

Jason’s background includes mitigation bank establishment and all facets of land management.  Prior to joining the WES team, Jason worked as a consulting forester advising clients on a wide range of activities.  He has experience with timber management, GIS, endangered species, conservation easements, longleaf pine restoration, stream construction, and wildlife management.

Jason received his Bachelor of Science degree in forestry with an emphasis in land management from Auburn University.  He is an Alabama Registered Forester and Certified Prescribed Burn Manager.

In his free time, Jason enjoys waterfowl hunting and Auburn University sports, as well as being a dad to his daughter and son.

Sean McGary

Entitlement Coordinator

Sean McGary, PWS, is the Entitlement Coordinator for the Southeast Region.  Mr. McGary specializes in mitigation bank entitlement and compliance, working closely with regional interagency review teams. Sean has experience in designing and monitoring stream and wetland mitigation banks in the southeast and midwest United States.  Mr. McGary has experience in jurisdictional wetland delineations, stream assessments for natural in-channel design including riparian buffer restoration, construction oversight, and NEPA documentation.

Additionally, he has conducted surveys for federally listed threatened and endangered species such as Eastern indigo snake, gopher tortoise, red-cockaded woodpecker, green pitcher plant, Florida panther, Florida scrub jay and many other species in the Southeastern United States.

Originally from Ft. Myers, FL, Sean received his degree in Environmental Science from the University of Florida.

Prior to joining Westervelt, Mr. McGary served as an ecologist/scientist for both the private and public sectors including Passarella and Associates in Ft. Myers, FL, Georgia Dept. of Transportation in Atlanta, GA, and Hayes, Seay, Mattern, and Mattern in Raleigh, NC.

Sean is an active member of the Society of Wetland Scientists and Society of Ecological Restoration, and is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS).

John McGuire

Senior Project Manager

Mr. McGuire is a Senior Project Manager located in our Southeast region office where he specializes in the restoration and management of upland pine forests; including issues related to prescribed burning, sustainable forestry practices, managing habitat for imperiled wildlife species and other issues that are key to managing conservation banks for Westervelt.

Originally from Richland, WA, John received degrees in Environmental Science, Biology and Zoology from Washington State University. He also received an advanced degree in Forestry from Auburn University. He has worked in the southeastern U.S. for over a decade where he has received various awards for his contributions in forest restoration including the Alabama Governor’s Forest Conservationist of the Year, South Carolina Wildlife Society’s Land Stewardship Award, U.S. Forest Service’s Centennial Congress Award and (most recently) the Longleaf Alliance Contribution Award.

Prior to joining Westervelt, Mr. McGuire ran the outreach program for the Longleaf Alliance, a grassroots forest conservation organization housed at Auburn University in Alabama.

Andrew Parsons

Lead Field Biologist

Andrew Parsons is the Lead Field Biologist for the Southeast office. A native of Huntsville, Alabama, he grew up on a small farm in rural north Alabama and has worked in agriculture and land management most of his life. Mr. Parsons received a B.S. degree in wildlife biology from Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. While obtaining his degree, he worked for the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Science assisting with wetland biogeochemistry research around the Southeast.

Prior to joining Westervelt, Andrew worked and managed horse ranches in California, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Texas. Additional natural resource management experience includes research in the Congaree Swamp of South Carolina and serving as a lead wrangler at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Casey Rigsby

Mitigation Markets Representative

Casey Rigsby serves as Mitigation Markets Representive in our Southeast region office.   His primary responsibilities include planning and conducting outreach in Alabama to assist WES clients with meeting their mitigation requirements.  Mr. Rigsby performs marketing activities for existing banks, assists with research and feasibility of new markets, handles tracking of credit ledgers, long-term revenue planning and manages the transfer of credit sales.

Prior to joining Westervelt in 2016 he specialized in business development and account management in the Auburn, Alabama area. He has almost a decade of experience in sales, networking, building relationships, and maintaining business portfolios. Casey’s working background, as well as education, was primarily focused in the accounting, supply chain, and banking capacities.  Mr. Rigsby received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Auburn University with a concentration in Accounting and Supply Chain Management. His interests include wildlife conservation, hunting waterfowl, and spending time with his family in the outdoors.

Kelly Sands

Business Development Manager

Kelly Sands serves as Business Development Manager for the Southeast Region. Her primary responsibilities include supporting credit sales from Westervelt’s mitigation and conservation banks, as well as developing strategic partnerships and projects to assist Westervelt’s clients with meeting their mitigation requirements.

Prior to joining Westervelt in 2015, Kelly worked as a consultant specializing in mitigation bank entitlement, market analysis, and credit sales management. She has nearly a decade of work experience in the mitigation and conservation banking industry, including project experience in multiple districts and regions.

Kelly received her Master of Science in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development from the Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, where she was a recipient of the Environmental Policy Award. Her thesis focused on incorporating a watershed approach into compensatory mitigation. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. Kelly attended the Property and Environment Research Center’s Enviropreneur Institute in 2011.

Kristen Selikoff

GIS Analyst

Kristen Selikoff is the GIS Analyst in our southeast regional office, where she supports the Westervelt team by providing “all things geographic”.  Her career began in the archaeology field, where she eventually developed her passion for cartography.  This lead to receiving her M.A. in Applied Geography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Ms. Selikoff brought her technical skills back home to Alabama in 2008, where she continues to provide the full range of GIS data analysis, design, and management.  Her talents range from GPS database design and collection, open source and cloud based GIS application creation, to high volume cartographic production, as well as field research support.  Ms. Selikoff has been involved in every facet of managing and implementing a GIS system; this has ranged from budgeting departmental costs and procurements, personnel management and instruction, to project planning and GIS analysis and production.