Our Team

Business Leaders

Greg Sutter

Vice President and General Manager

Mr. Sutter joined The Westervelt Company (TWC) in 2006 and serves as a Vice President and General Manager of Westervelt Ecological Services.  Mr. Sutter has a B.S. degree in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning from Cornell University and an M.S. degree in Ecology from the University of California, Davis.  He is also a past president and board member of the California Society for Ecological Restoration (SERCAL) and has lectured at the 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 National Mitigation Banking Conference.  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, California.

Travis Hemmen

Vice President, Business Development

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 an M.S. degree in environmental law and policy with an emphasis in alternative dispute resolution from Vermont Law School.

Steve Moore

Vice President, Finance and Administration

Mr. Moore leads the business planning and financial reporting for Westervelt and for its projects in the Western Region, Rocky Mountain Region, and Southeastern Region. 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 a past president of the Building Industry Association in San Joaquin County California and is a past director of the California Building Industry Association. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Process Leaders

Marshall Cook

Land Acquisition Manager

Marshall Cook is the Land Acquisition Manager for Westervelt. 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

Sales and Marketing Manager

As the Sales and Marketing Manager, 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 Gause

Ecological Resources and Land Stewardship Director

Matt Gause is the Ecological Resources & Land Stewardship Director at Westervelt Ecological Services and oversees Westervelt’s stewardship processes and ecological resources on over 18,000 acres of conserved properties in California, the Rocky Mountain region and the southeastern United States.  Mr. Gause has over 25 years of experience with wetland restoration including the restoration of vernal pools, riparian forest, tidal marsh, and floodplain wetlands.  He also has extensive experience permitting projects under the federal Clean Water Act, federal Endangered Species Act, and California state Endangered Species Act.  Additionally, Mr. Gause has managed conserved lands for more than 15 threatened or endangered species on preserves throughout California.

Mr. Gause also provides site suitability analyses for mitigation projects, including restoration suitability, threatened and endangered species, easement restriction analysis, and future land management cost estimation. Mr. Gause also develops and implements both baseline and long-term land management and monitoring strategies for mitigation and conservation landscapes.

Mr. Gause is a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) and received a Bachelor of Science in Botany from the University of California at Davis.

Randee Herford


Randee Herford supports the Vice President of Finance and Administration with business planning, financial management, and reporting for Westervelt Ecological Services and for its projects in the Western Region, Rocky Mountain Region, and Southeastern Region.

Mrs. Herford is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Prior to joining Westervelt, she 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, Sacramento, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Western Region

Hal Holland

Regional Director

Hal Holland oversees the strategic and daily operations of Westervelt Ecological Service’s largest region in terms of projects, staff, and revenue. He is responsible for the development of mitigation and conservation projects, business development, sales, project compliance, and long-term land stewardship. In this role, Mr. Holland oversees a team of industry-leading experts in the realms of mitigation banking, land acquisition and valuation, ecology, habitat restoration and construction, regulatory permitting, and land management. Since the inception of Westervelt in 2006, he has directly led or facilitated the development and operation of all 12 mitigation banks approved in the Western region. He continues to serve as the lead Program Manager for large turnkey mitigation projects. He has extensive experience with banking documents (e.g., prospectus and mitigation banking instrument), policy, and Interagency Review Team approval processing; as such, he has contributed to California banking legislation, interagency banking templates, and new crediting models.

Prior to joining Westervelt, Mr. Holland worked for a leading mitigation banking firm as the conservation group leader, and also spent 5 years with EDAW, a national environmental consulting firm, as a project manager, biologist, and CEQA compliance specialist. He received his bachelors in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution from the University of California, San Diego. Mr. Holland has been active in The Wildlife Society for the last decade, serving as the president and Western Section representative for the Sacramento-Shasta chapter.

Chad Aakre

Senior Ecologist

Chad Aakre is a Senior Ecologist in the Land Stewardship division of WES’s Western Region office.  He specializes in restoration ecology, land management, and habitat and species monitoring, including the development and implementation of mitigation plans and long-term management plans for wetland and species preserves. Prior to joining WES, Mr. Aakre worked for an environmental consulting firm in Folsom and specialized in wetland and species mitigation through project-specific mitigation programs.  Before his consulting work, Mr. Aakre worked for a design/build/maintain company and gained on-the-ground experience in building habitats, managing and monitoring habitats, and long-term management.  Mr. Aakre’s work experience also includes seven years of full-time secondary teaching in Hawaii and Minnesota.

Mr. Aakre received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and a Life Science (teaching) degree from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. He is an avid birdwatcher and nature enthusiast, hiking and camping throughout the state.  Mr. Aakre has served as a board member for both the California Native Grasslands Association and Dry Creek Conservancy.

Tara Beltran

Compliance Coordinator

Tara Beltran joined Westervelt Ecological Services in August 2018 as a Compliance Coordinator where she is responsible for tracking issues related to compliance for over twenty separate properties including Banks, turnkeys, and properties under development. Prior to joining Westervelt, Ms. Beltran worked as a Habitat Specialist for a water agency where she managed efforts with outside state regulatory agencies to complete restoration of the Tule Red habitat project.

Ms. Beltran has a Bachelor’s degree in Government from CSU Sacramento and a Master’s degree in Law from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, CA.

Rebekah Bergkoetter


Rebekah Bergkoetter has been with Westervelt Ecological Services since May 2016. She began as an intern and was promoted to Associate Biologist in January 2018. Her responsibilities include biological surveys and monitoring, writing reports, and land stewardship. Ms. Bergkoetter also pilots the Westervelt drone for aerial imagery and marketing materials. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Southern Oregon University and her Master’s in Biology at California State University, Sacramento. Her thesis research focused on the coping mechanisms in vernal pool Daphnia in relation to UV-B exposure.

Robert Capriola

Design, Entitlement and Construction Manager

Robert Capriola joined the Westervelt team in July 2008 with a wealth of experience in natural resource conservation projects. While at Westervelt, he has completed the approvals and construction of several mitigation banks, and preserves. He is currently responsible leading a nine-member team of landscape architects, designers, planners and construction supervisors overseeing the process of taking banks, permittee-responsible mitigation, and other projects from the acquisition, through design, agency approvals, and construction.  Capriola received a Bachelor’s 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

Ecological Resources Manager

Tara Collins is the Ecological Resources Manager in the Land Stewardship division of Westervelt Ecological Services’ Western Region office. She specializes in Clean Water Act Section 404 mitigation monitoring and compliance, including the development and implementation of mitigation plans and long-term management plans for wetland and species preserves. Tara oversees and participates in monitoring and management of more than 11,000 acres of conserved lands. She regularly coordinates with various state and federal agencies on a variety of biological monitoring efforts. She secures 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. She is an active member of the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society. In addition to growing native plants, she grows vegetables and hops and enjoys watching the wildlife in her yard.

Matt Coyle

Land Stewardship Manager

Matt Coyle is the Land Stewardship Manager for Westervelt Ecological Services. Mr. Coyle has over 19 years of experience with wetland and endangered species habitat evaluation, restoration, monitoring, and management in both California and Oregon. His primary responsibilities include managing and coordinating the land management activities that occur on the over 14,000 acres of conservation and/or mitigation lands throughout California, which Westervelt owns or manages for others. Mr. Coyle also conducts vegetation monitoring, topographic surveys, and biological surveys in vernal pool landscapes and other wetland types for mitigation and conservation projects. He has conducted wetland delineations on large-scale properties, collected and supervised the collection of field data and produced biological reports and site condition maps using GIS, and has directly managed the implementation of over 30 large-scale restoration projects ranging from vernal pool to tidal marsh restoration. Mr. Coyle also has his Section 10(a)1(A) USFWS recovery permit which gives him the regulatory permission to conduct wet season surveys for listed vernal pool crustaceans and California tiger salamanders.

Mr. Coyle received his Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry and Natural Resources Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1998. Prior to joining Westervelt, Mr. Coyle worked for several habitat restoration firms in the Sacramento region which focused on mitigation banking and habitat restoration implementation. His love of wild landscapes and outdoor recreation is what drew him to his career.

Jessica Daugherty

Business Development Manager

Jessica Daugherty is the Business Development Manager for the Western Region. Prior to joining Westervelt Ecological Services, she served as the Director of Land Conservation with the Stewardship Council where she had formerly been serving on the board of directors. Jessica was previously the Assistant Director at Placer Land Trust where she served for 11 years, taking the organization from a startup nonprofit to one of the premier land trusts in the Sacramento region. While at Placer Land Trust, Jessica worked on several turnkey mitigation projects in addition to the Big Gun Conservation Bank with Westervelt staff. Before joining Placer Land Trust, she spent time in the field working for the United States Forest Service, as well as working in the private timber industry. She serves on several boards and steering committees on innovative conservation work around the state including the Working Landscapes Action Team through the California Economic Summit.

Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Humboldt State University and a Master’s in Business Administration in Sustainable Business from Marylhurst University. In 2014, Jessica earned the Sacramento Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” award and was selected as one of Auburn Journal’s “People to Watch” in 2016. Jessica is recognized as an innovative leader in the conservation community.

Jessica is a lover of the outdoors. She lives in rural El Dorado County with her family. You can always find them on the ski slopes during the winter months and adventuring through activities like white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, and fly-fishing the rest of the year.

Seth Duenas

Associate Land Steward

Seth Duenas joined the Westervelt Ecological Services team in 2016. He is an Associate Land Steward responsible for the condition and maintenance of over 14,000 acres of restoration property. Mr. Duenas has over 10 years of experience operating equipment and maintaining restoration projects. Prior to joining WES, he was an electrician and heavy equipment operator. Outside of work, his hobbies are marksmanship and the culinary arts.

Kim Erickson

Conservation Planner

Kim Erickson is a Conservation Planner with over 20 years of experience with wetlands, endangered species, permitting and mitigation requirements. Kim is very organized and enjoys working closely with clients and agencies to develop quality mitigation solutions to permitting challenges. She has managed the entitlement of various types of mitigation requirements including permittee-responsible mitigation as well as wetlands mitigation and conservation banks. Kim’s background includes environmental documentation and permitting for various projects ranging from bridges to road widenings to interchanges to subdivisions and regional malls.

Prior to joining Westervelt, Kim had her own environmental management firm. She also worked for several firms in the Sacramento region focusing on permitting and permittee-responsible habitat projects. Kim is a firm believer in quality mitigation projects that are designed and constructed to be successful. Kim received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Planning and Management from the University of California at Davis.

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 stormwater 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).

Latrice Jones


Ms. Jones is a fun loving young lady who is dedicated, hard-working, and always willing to lend a hand. In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time relaxing with family and friends, creating memories. Her independence, passion, and drive have not only aided her in her growth as a young professional but also a good person as a whole.

Mike Lozano

Senior GIS Analyst

Mr. Lozano is a Senior GIS Analyst and Cartographer with 32 years of experience. His responsibilities at Westervelt include Enterprise Geodatabase Management, developing Land Evaluation and Site Assessment (LESA) GIS models, Habitat Suitability Index (HIS) GIS models and preparing cartographic maps to present analysis results or for use in permit applications. Mr. Lozano’s skills include developing innovative methods using GPS, AutoCAD and ESRI GIS software to prepare highly accurate and detailed map layers.

Prior to joining Westervelt Mr. Lozano worked for PG&E (Land Dept), Enron O&G (EOG), Jones & Stokes Associates and A. Teichert & Son, Aggregate Resource Development (ATS) performing surveying and land mapping tasks, data acquisition, geodatabase management, and site suitability analysis. Mr. Lozano attended California State University, Sacramento where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Geography in 1986 with emphasis on Land Use Planning, including Land Surveying coursework in the Department of Engineering.

Chris McColl

Senior Conservation Planner/GIS Analyst

Chris McColl is a Senior Conservation Planner/GIS Analyst in the entitlement division of the Western Region Office. He brings five years of project management experience and 18 years of experience with GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technologies, developing and presenting bid proposals, and staff management. He current coordinates and manages Westervelt Ecological Services’ California High-Speed Rail program that includes six mitigation sites involving mitigation document development and review, permit application development, client and agency outreach, coordination of endowment funding, financial budget assessment, and program management. His GIS experience has focused on the development of landscape-scale habitat assessment models to identify quality lands suitable for acquisition for habitat preservation and restoration purposes.

Mr. McColl received a Master’s of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from Central Washington University and a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree from the University of Guelph. Additionally, he also received an advanced diploma in GIS systems from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Mr. McColl has broad experience within the Central Valley working on projects at the regional and state scale including California High-Speed Rail, 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.

Mark Noyes

Associate Project Planner

Mark Noyes started at Westervelt in 2016, and has 12 years of experience researching and implementing restoration projects throughout California. As an Associate Project Planner, Mr. Noyes is responsible for environmental permitting, document preparation, and project oversight in support of establishing mitigation banks and permittee-responsible mitigation projects. He also assists the Land Stewardship division by conducting habitat performance monitoring, site reconnaissance, and compliance reporting.

Prior to joining Westervelt, Mr. Noyes was a senior ecologist at two environmental consulting firms in the Sacramento area, where he performed habitat assessments, monitored mitigation banks for special-status species, conducted wetland delineations, and prepared environmental permits for regional development and transportation projects. Mr. Noyes has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Master’s Degree in Restoration Ecology from the University of California at Davis, where he also worked in the Plant Sciences department to study the effects of cattle grazing and restoration on annual grassland and oak woodland habitats. Mr. Noyes also previously worked as a restoration technician for a mining company, where he implemented on-the-ground restoration projects and monitored sites to ensure they met their success criteria.

Beth Parvis

Biological Monitoring Coordinator

Beth Parvis is the Biological Monitoring Coordinator in the land stewardship division of Westervelt’s Western Region Office. She is responsible for coordinating annual land management and land stewardship tasks, conducting monitoring and management activities, and preparing annual monitoring reports for mitigation/conservation banks and permittee-responsible mitigation projects. Prior to joining Westervelt, Beth was an Environmental Scientist for the Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services Division of California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Beth received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UC San Diego and her Master of Science degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation from CSU Sacramento. Her thesis investigated sexual dimorphism and ontogeny in tule perch (Hysterocarpus traskii traskii). In her free time, she enjoys pilates, hiking with her dog, and traveling throughout California and abroad.

Megan Richter

Assistant Accountant

Megan Richter joined Westervelt Ecological Services in July of 2019 as an Assistant Accountant where she is responsible for supporting the Accountant in her endeavors to support the Vice President of Finance and Administration. This includes organizing and updating reports, assisting with business planning, and completing tasks related to financial management.

Ms. Richter received her Master of Professional Accountancy from the University of California, Davis. Prior to working at WES, she spent time as an Administrative Coordinator at Sprouts and a year at a public accounting firm performing both audit and tax-related tasks. In her spare time, Ms. Richter enjoys ultimate Frisbee, soccer, rock climbing, and reading.

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.

Maresa Scofield

Associate Biologist

Maresa Scofield joined the Westervelt Ecological Services team in 2017 as the Land Stewardship Technical Assistant and was promoted to Associate Biologist in 2018. Her responsibilities include project management, conducting biological surveys for threatened and endangered species, performing monitoring and management activities, and preparing annual monitoring reports for Westervelt projects. Prior to joining Westervelt, Ms. Scofield worked as the Shipping Coordinator & Supervisor for Bright People Foods.

Ms. Scofield received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geography from California State University, Sacramento. She has a passion for environmental education outreach and her thesis focused on the effects of incorporating environmental education in K-12 curricula. In her free time, Ms. Scofield enjoys exercising, hiking, kayaking, traveling, nature photography, good food, and spending time with her friends and family.

Greg Webber

Restoration Designer

Greg Webber is a Restoration Designer and licensed Landscape Architect 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.

Dayna Winchell

Associate Conservation Planner

Dayna Winchell is an Associate Conservation Planner in the entitlement division of WES, where she is responsible for the review and preparation of documents in support of establishing mitigation banks and permittee-responsible mitigation projects.  In addition to supporting the establishment of mitigation sites, Ms. Winchell assists the land management division by conducting vegetation and special-status species surveys at as part of mitigation bank annual monitoring.

Prior to working at Westervelt, she worked for both small and large consulting firms in the Sacramento area. She performed a variety of duties including habitat assessments, wetland delineations, rare plant surveys, and protocol level surveys for special status species. In addition, Ms. Winchell is experienced in writing technical documents and preparing applications for Water Quality Control Board 401 Certification, US Army Corps of Engineers 404 permit, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Lake and Streambed Alteration Agreements. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from CSU San Marcos and received a master’s in conservation biology from University of Queensland, Australia. For her thesis, she studied the behavior of the black flying fox (Pteropus alecto) within their mating colonies.

Melony Wood

Technical Administrative Assistant

Ms. Wood recently graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. In her role, she will be assisting the land stewardship department both in the office and in the field. In her free time, Ms. Wood likes to read, camp, kayak, swim travel, and spend time with family and friends.

Mark J. Young, MLA, QSD, CERP

Habitat Restoration & Construction

Mr. Young is a natural resource restoration ecologist and licensed landscape architect (California) with twenty-eight 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. He has provided environmental expertise for community developments on commercial, residential, planned residential, and agricultural projects. Mr. Young has also overseen the development of neighborhood park plans, including recreational trail systems alongside 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, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and State Resources Agencies as part of the Mitigation Bank Interagency Review Team (IRT). 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 roughly 4,300 acres of mitigation and habitat lands, on over 34,400 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, Delta Smelt, Valley elderberry longhorn beetle, California tiger salamander, 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

Regional Director

Lucy Harrington is a Colorado native and the Rocky Mountain Region Director. 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 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. She currently sits on the steering committee of the Middle South Platte River Alliance in Evans, Colorado.

Stephen Decker

Conservation Planner

Stephen is a conservation planner in the Rocky Mountain Region which involves overseeing and developing mitigation bank projects in the Rocky Mountain Region. He is responsible for the planning, execution, and tracking of new wetlands/stream/conservation mitigation project approvals and will assist with regional compliance tracking of approved mitigation projects.

Stephen has over 15 years of experience working to support federal conservation policies such as restoring degraded ecosystems, processing mitigation banks and ILF projects, and park management as a mitigation specialist within the US Army Corps of Engineers. With the Corps, he served as the Inter-agency Review Team (IRT) Chair and led a policy team to implement stream functional assessments in Colorado. Stephen earned an MBA from the College of William and Mary where he focused on the business side of mitigation banking including business development, marketing research, project pricing, and valuations. He also has a second Environmental Science Masters degree in Resource Management from Antioch University New England.

Chloe Lewis

Project Planner/Business Development Associate

Ms. Lewis is a Project Planner/Business Development Associate for the Rocky Mountain Region. Ms. Lewis will assist in the reconnaissance, site acquisition, development, and compliance tracking of wetland and special-status species projects and mitigation banks. She works closely with different project managers and disciplines within the office as well as with a variety of federal, state, and local resource agencies to achieve regional entitlement goals. Ms. Lewis also plans and conducts outreach to clients, landowners, and key organizations to partner with Westervelt. These coordination efforts include large corporations, state and federal agencies, municipalities and other stakeholder groups across the region.

Ms.Lewis holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management with an emphasis in Integrated Land Management. Prior to joining Westervelt, she was the Executive Director/Watershed Coordinator for the Middle South Platte River Alliance. She has previously worked for several government agencies and private firms. Her experience includes the assessment and monitoring of natural resources (vegetation, soils and water quality), Green House Gas accounting, climate change modeling, social vulnerability assessments, and strategic planning for community resilience and sustainability.

Southeastern Region

John Wigginton

Regional Director

Mr. Wigginton manages the Southeastern 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 Ph.D. 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. John is an active member of the Society of Ecological Restoration, serving as a board officer for the Southeast Chapter, and he is a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner. He is also a member of the Society of Wetland Scientists and a certified Professional Wetland Scientist.

Lauren Brunson

Associate Project Planner

Lauren Brunson is the Associate Project Planner for our Southeastern Region Office. She is responsible for the project planning, environmental permitting, and document preparation for the Southeastern Region’s mitigation banking projects.

Prior to joining Westervelt Ecological Services, Lauren was the Environmental Coordinator for Bay County’s (Florida) Public Works Department where she was responsible for the environmental permitting of capital infrastructure and waterway projects, as well as acted as a liaison with federal and state agencies. She also worked as Bay County’s Environmental Process Specialist, where she conducted routine analyses for the drinking water and wastewater systems.

She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois in 2011 and a Master’s of Science in Forestry from Auburn University in 2014. Her graduate work focused on biogeochemistry along a topographical sequence in an old-growth floodplain forest, specifically belowground net primary production and nutrient cycling in Congaree National Park, South Carolina

Seth Hunt

Associate Biologist

Seth Hunt is an Associate Biologist whose primary responsibilities are monitoring, land management, and GIS for the Southeastern Region 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 land ownership 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, silviculture, and habitat management of longleaf pine, oak-pine, and hardwood forest ecosystems.

Mr. Hunt 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 engaged with various forestry and wildlife extension and outreach programs within Alabama. Prior to working with WES, Mr. Hunt worked with the Fish and Wildlife Service in the South Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex doing habitat management.

Jason Martin

Land Stewardship Manager

Mr. Martin is the Land Stewardship Manager for our Southeastern Region. His responsibilities include working with regulatory agencies to ensure compliance of WES projects, coordinating land management activities, securing credit releases for mitigation and conservation banks, coordinating monitoring and reporting for mitigation and conservation banks, and assisting with identification and reconnaissance of potential new restoration, mitigation, or conservation opportunities.

Mr. Martin’s background includes mitigation bank establishment, land management for multiple objectives, and identification of mitigation and conservation lands. Prior to joining the WES team, he worked as a consulting forester advising clients on a wide range of activities. He has experience with timber management, prescribed fire, longleaf pine restoration, GIS, endangered species, conservation easements, stream construction, and wildlife management.

Mr. Martin 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 Alabama and Mississippi. He is passionate about the use of prescribed fire as a land management and wildlife habitat improvement tool, particularly on private lands used for recreation and conservation. His love of hunting and managing land for waterfowl and upland birds has helped guide his career in land management and conservation.

Sean McGary

Tennessee District Manager

Sean McGary, PWS, is the Tennessee District Manager for the Southeastern Region. Mr. McGary specializes in mitigation bank entitlement and compliance, working closely with regional interagency review teams.  Sean’s responsibility is to develop and manage the full breadth of business activities in Tennessee focusing on full-delivery mitigation, mitigation banking, and conservation banking projects along with other emerging services.  He leads the strategic planning, market analysis, and business development for the Tennessee District. Sean manages project development and submittals for mitigation and conservation banks or projects: oversees the project entitlement process, agency negotiation, management of the approval process and tracking, and project compliance for the district.

Sean conducts and coordinates the search for mitigation and conservation properties in promising markets or locations within the Tennessee District where clients have a need. He prepares internal project proposals for new projects with information on market strength, identifies customers, site feasibility, and financial performance.

Originally from Ft. Myers, FL, Mr. McGary received his degree in Environmental Science from the University of Florida. Prior to joining Westervelt, he 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.

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

Andrew Parsons

Lead Field Biologist

Andrew Parsons is the Lead Field Biologist for the Southeastern Region, as well as a Certified Prescribe Burn Manager and a Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator. A native of Huntsville, Alabama, he grew up on a small farm in rural northern Alabama and has worked in agriculture and land management most of his life. Mr. Parsons received a Bachelor of Science 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, Mr. Parsons worked and managed horse ranches in California, New Mexico, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Texas. His 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.

Kristen Qualls

Land Stewardship Technician

Kristen Qualls joined the Southeastern Region in May 2018 as an intern and was promoted to Land Stewardship Technician in September 2018. Her responsibilities include monitoring, maintenance, and land management for the Southeastern projects. She received an Associate’s Degree of Science from Cleveland State Community College, Tennessee, and her Bachelor of Science in Professional Forestry from Auburn University. In her spare time, she enjoys hunting, fishing, and woodworking.

Casey Rigsby

Mitigation Markets Representative

Casey Rigsby serves as Mitigation Markets Representative in our Southeastern Region.   His primary responsibilities include planning and conducting outreach in Alabama to assist WES clients in 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 on 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.

Josh Russell

Land Stewardship Technician

Josh Russell previously worked for The Westervelt Company’s Natural Resources division for nine years prior to joining Westervelt Ecological Services as a Land Stewardship Technician in 2019. Josh brings years of experience to this position including forest and timber management, invasive species treatment, site preparations and operations, as well as knowledge of mitigation bank establishment. Josh is also a prescribed burn manager.

Josh received his Associate’s Degree in Forestry Technology from Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi. Outside of work, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Kelly Sands

Business Development Manager

Kelly Sands serves as Business Development Manager for the Southeastern Region. Her primary responsibilities include managing credit sales from Westervelt Ecological Services’ southeastern 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, Ms. Sands worked as a consultant specializing in mitigation bank entitlement, market analysis, and credit sales management. She has more than a decade of work experience in the mitigation and conservation banking industry, including project experience in multiple districts and regions.

Ms. Sands 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.

Kristen Selikoff, MA

Senior GIS Analyst

Kristen Selikoff is the Senior GIS Analyst in our Southeastern Region and supports the Westervelt team by providing “all things geographic”. Her career began in the archaeology field, where she developed a penchant for cartography. She received an M.A. in Applied Geography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro while working and teaching for the geography department. Her GIS roots were further established by working in local and regional government capacities as an analyst and manager, while also gaining experience in the planning, land conservation, and watershed studies fields.

Ms. Selikoff brought her technical skills back home to Alabama in 2008. 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; including budgeting and procurements, personnel management and instruction, project planning and GIS analysis. In addition, she is our IT support liaison and she enjoys delving into business analytics in support of our sales and marketing staff.

Brent Shaver

Entitlement Manager

Brent Shaver is the Entitlement Manager for our Southeastern Region office where he oversees and develops mitigation banking projects: including planning, execution, and tracking of new wetlands and conservation mitigation project approvals. He also assists with regional compliance tracking of approved mitigation projects.

Prior to joining Westervelt Ecological Services Brent was Director of Forest Management for The Nature Conservancy in Alabama where he directed all aspects forest management across Alabama and into northwest Florida.

He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s in Forestry from Auburn University where his graduate work focused on assisting non-industrial private forest landowners in understanding the functions and values of forested wetlands and the ecological and legal ramifications of silvicultural operations in those areas. Brent is a Registered Forester in Alabama and Georgia and is a Certified Prescribed Burn Manager. Brent has been a member of the Society of American Foresters since 1998, formerly serving as the Jubilee Chapter Chair and Chair of the Alabama Division.

Joshua Smith

Associate Project Planner

Mr. Smith recently graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Natural Resource Management with a minor in Watershed Sciences. In his role, he will be assisting with the reconnaissance, entitlement, and implementation of projects. In his free time, Mr. Smith enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Drew Thacker

Associate GIS Analyst

Drew Thacker is the Associate GIS Analyst for the Southeastern Region. Her primary responsibilities include GIS analysis and production. She provides support for research, marketing, and project identification development. Her focus is also on site reconnaissance and spatial analysis of habitat and market trends. Drew supports technical mapping for proposals, project development, and implementation. She also develops marketing materials for WES.

Prior to her role as Associate GIS Analyst, Drew worked at WES as a GIS/Marketing Intern. She has also completed an internship with the park biologist at Wakulla Springs State Park. In addition to her other work-related experience, Drew has been a biological research assistant in the conservation and forest ecology labs at the Jones Ecological Research Center in Southwest Georgia.

Drew earned her master’s degree in GIS at Florida State University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, live music, and reading.

[contact-form-7 id=”7″]