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.
Vice President, Entitlement
Greg DeYoung is a founder and a Vice President for Westervelt. Mr. DeYoung has over three decades years of experience in planning environmental review, wetland mitigation, and endangered species conservation. His background includes the permitting of mitigation and conservation banks and large-scale mitigation projects in the West, Rocky Mountain, and Southeast Regions.
Mr. DeYoung has written articles on mitigation practices and regularly serves as an instructor on mitigation banking workshops with and for resource agency personnel.
Mr. DeYoung co-founded and served as Principal for Planning Concepts, where he authored or managed the preparation of general plans environmental review documents addressing major public and private projects. Mr. DeYoung has also served as Director for three non-profit organizations, the Nevada County Land Trust, the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, and the Whitney Oaks Wetland Conservancy.
Mr. DeYoung holds a Bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master’s degree 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.
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.
Vice President, Finance and Administration
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 past 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.
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.
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.
Ecological Resources and Land Stewardship Director
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. Additionally, Mr. Gause spearheaded the land stewardship at several of the Westervelt floodplain sites, managing natural resources to prep properties for future mitigation projects.
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 the 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.
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 the California State University of Sacramento, where she graduated summa cum laude.
Senior Business Development Director
Mr. Mathews serves as Senior Business Development Director for Westervelt. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of land appraisal, acquisition, utility relocation and project management for public transportation projects, including the acquisition of habitat values needed prior to the issuance of regulatory permits.
Prior to joining Westervelt, Mr. Mathews served as Deputy Director and Acting Director of Real Property for the California High-Speed Rail Authority until January 2018.
Mr. Mathews has extensive knowledge of land use planning and transportation planning, including over eight years of experience as a city and county planning commissioner. This experience helps guide the strategic development of mitigation projects to serve a variety of client needs.
He is past co-chair of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce Cap-to-Cap Transportation team and leads an annual mission to Washington, D.C., advocating for federal support of federal transportation projects in the Sacramento Region.
Mr. Mathews also guides the market research effort for Westervelt including a systematic review of public and private development projects within our bank service areas and monitors regional development trends. Mr. Mathews has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science and a Master of Public Administration degree from California State University, Chico.
Megan Wyatt assists the Sales and Marketing Manager in the coordination of all marketing efforts across all regions. Ms. Wyatt oversees social media marketing and outreach, as well as aids in the planning and implementation of promotional campaigns. She helps with developing the marketing strategy for the company, analyzing potential strategic partner relationships, and overseeing the creation and publication of marketing materials.
Ms. Wyatt has a degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Linguistics from Humboldt State University. Prior to joining WES, she was an ESL teacher in South Korea. In her free time, she enjoys reading, travel, and quilting.
Mr. Holland is responsible for the Planning, Entitlement, and Compliance of mitigation and conservation properties in the Western Region. 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.
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 has been with Westervelt Ecological Services since May 2016 as an Intern, and was promoted to Associate Biologist in January 2018. Her responsibilities include biological surveys and monitoring, writing reports, and land stewardship. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Southern Oregon University and her Master’s in Biology at CSU – Sacramento. Her thesis research focused on the coping mechanisms in vernal pool Daphnia in relation to UV-B exposure.
Design, Entitlement and Construction Manager
Robert Capriola joined the Westervelt team in July of 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.
Ecological Resources Manager
Tara Collins is the Ecological Resources Manager 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.
Land Stewardship Manager
Matt Coyle is a Land Stewardship Manager 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 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.
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).
McKenney Houck is a Land Steward for Westervelt Ecological Services in Sacramento. He is responsible for the management, maintenance, and biological monitoring of Westervelt projects and banks throughout California. Prior to joining Westervelt, McKenney received Bachelors degrees in Biology and Psychology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In his free time, McKenney enjoys hunting, fishing and skiing.
Mr. Lozano is a 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.
Senior Conservation Planner/GIS Analyst
Chris McColl is a Senior 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.
Associate Project Planner
Mark Noyes is an Associate Project Planner in the entitlement division of Westervelt, where he 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, Mr. Noyes 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, Mr. Noyes was an ecologist at two environmental consulting firms in the Sacramento area, where he performed habitat assessments and conducted monitoring for special-status species, 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 grassland restoration on ecosystem services in annual grassland and oak woodland habitats. Mr. Noyes also worked as a restoration technician for an aggregate mining company, where he implemented on-the-ground restoration projects and monitored sites to ensure they met their success criteria.
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.
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 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.
Habitat Restoration & Construction
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 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 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.
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.
GIS Analyst/Restoration Ecologist
Carla DeMasters is a GIS Analyst/Restoration Ecologist in the Rocky Mountain office of Westervelt and has over 13 years of experience in GIS, spatial data analysis, quantitative vegetation studies, vegetation mapping, plant ecology, restoration ecology and wetlands. Prior to joining Westervelt, she worked primarily in the environmental consulting industry, where she provided GIS support and ecology expertise 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. Additionally, Ms. DeMasters has provided technical expertise and oversight for riparian restoration projects as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Denver Botanic Gardens. 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.
Ms. DeMasters has 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 from the University of Colorado Denver. Ms. DeMasters is a Certified Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) with the Society of Wetland Scientists and a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) with the Society for Ecological Restoration. She has also served on the Program Committee for the Central Rockies Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration conference. She frequently provides training in plant identification for the Colorado Native Plant Society.
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.
Dr. John Wigginton
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.
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.
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.
Land Stewardship Manager
Jason Martin is the Land Stewardship Process Coordinator for our Southeastern Region. 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, PWS, is the Entitlement Coordinator for the Southeastern 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 the 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).
Lead Field Biologist
Andrew Parsons is the Lead Field Biologist for the Southeastern Region. 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.
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.
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 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 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.
Business Development Manager
Kelly Sands serves as Business Development Manager for the Southeastern 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 is the 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 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.
Brent Shaver is the Conservation Planner 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.
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 is currently pursuing a master’s in GIS at Florida State University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, live music, and reading.