Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Tucker started SOLitude Lake Management in 1998 to focus on the growing need for adequate management of lakes and stormwater retention ponds and the preservation of our natural resources. He is an active member of many leading trade and professional organizations and remains committed to improving the technology, products and services used to deliver value-added and ecologically balanced solutions to the communities and water resources we serve. Kevin and the SOLitude Lake Management staff work with various leading aquatic product manufacturers to perform case studies and field research for many of the new products being introduced to the market. Kevin has been a speaker at many trade and professional shows and conferences, and sits on the Board of multiple trade and professional associations. He is a regularly published author and has been featured in numerous newspapers, businesses and trade publications.
Kevin is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a degree in business management with a concentration in finance. He is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie leadership training course, as well as various industry and technical course curriculums for aquatics, lake management, limnology, environmental science, fisheries management and GPS mapping and bathymetry. Kevin is widely recognized as an expert in the management of lakes, ponds and other freshwater systems, as well as the management of invasive aquatic plants. He is a founding member of the Society of Lake Management Professionals, an organization dedicated to the management and preservation of fresh water resources, and the accreditation of the professionals who serve this industry. Kevin currently serves on the Board for the Center of Entrepreneurship at James Madison University, is a guest lecturer, and has also served as an Entrepreneur in Residence.
Kevin maintains many industry accreditations and is a Certified Aquatics Pesticide Applicator in eight states, a SePRO Steward of Water and Certified Preferred Applicator, Sales and Service certifications from AquaMaster, Vertex, Otterbine, Aqua Control, and Kasco, and is a certified GPS Mapping Network Partner.
Kevin is a member of numerous associations dedicated to the improvement of our industry, our water resources and our clients’ needs, including CAI (Community Associations Institute), NALMS (North American Lake Management Society), APMS (The Aquatic Plant Management Society), AERF (Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation), RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment), WSSA (Weed Science Society of America), GCSAA (Golf Course Superintendents Association of America), various Turfgrass Councils, American Fisheries Society and EO (Entrepreneurs Organization).
Kevin is a father, husband and avid outdoorsman. He is a native of southeastern Virginia, and has spent much of his life on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where he nurtured his passion for the ocean and all that it offers. His love of water and the natural environment is what has fueled his passion for his work and his play. If not in the ocean, you will find Kevin in the mountains, on a river, by a waterfall, or on a trail. He enjoys surfing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking, camping, skiing, snowboarding and most every sport.
Marc Bellaud, President of SOLitude Lake Management, has more than 20 years of experience in the aquatics industry. Marc’s work has primarily focused on applied aquatic invasive species control programs and related lake and pond management issues. He has authored dozens of lake management plans and feasibility studies and has designed and implemented integrated aquatic plant management programs in lakes and ponds throughout the Northeast. Marc is a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in the six New England states and New York, but has always prided himself on incorporating all available technologies and techniques to best meet client’s needs.
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Marc developed a love of the outdoors at an early age. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in biological sciences and a concentration in natural resources, he worked for two non-profit organizations before joining Aquatic Control Technology in 1993. He started as a field biologist and quickly became immersed in every aspect of the business. His roles and responsibilities expanded as the company continued to grow and they culminated in his promotion to company President in 2013.
Marc has been actively involved in advancing the science of the aquatics industry. He is a Past-President and Director of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS) and has remained involved with the organization since it was initially founded. Marc also served as a Director of the New York State Aquatic Managers Association (NYSAMA). He is actively involved with several state organizations focused on lake management issues. In 2006, Marc received the SePRO Applicator of the Year award. He was a contributing author and co-editor for the third edition of the BMP Manual produced by the Aquatic Ecosystem Research Foundation (AERF) and is a regular presenter and speaker at numerous industry conferences.
Marc enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons and the family dog. He has always loved to ski, fish, play ice hockey and do just about anything outdoors, but these days most of his free time is dedicated to chauffeuring his boys to their numerous sporting events. Marc is a youth hockey coach and serves on the board of directors of his local hockey program. He volunteers regularly with his local Boy Scout troop.
Lakes have always been special to Marc. He spent countless summer days on Squam Lake in New Hampshire and it remains one of his favorite places to visit. His passion for protecting water – our most precious natural resource – will inspire his guidance of the SOLitude Lake Management team.
Vice Presidentof Sales
Mychal Manolatos joined SOLitude Lake Management as vice president of sales. As a driven senior sales executive, he is responsible for leading efforts to develop relationships with new clients and introduce the company’s many service offerings and products. Mychal also works to ensure that the needs of existing clients are not only met, but exceeded by the entire SOLitude sales team.
Mychal earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Hospitality and Human Resources Management from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, in 1999. He comes to SOLitude most recently from Aramark Corporation where he was vice president of field sales for the central North America region. At Aramark, Mychal led a team of over one hundred sales professionals and developed and implemented a refreshment services sales strategy and executional framework for his sales team. Prior to Aramark, Mychal has held several roles of progressive sales leadership in capital equipment, food service and software industries.
Mychal resides in Chicago with his eight year-old daughter and is passionate about family, travel and sports. Though he has lived in Chicago since 2011, he remains an avid Detroit sports fan where he spent his childhood.
Senior Biologist and Regional Director
Keith Gazaille is an aquatic ecologist for SOLitude Lake Management who serves as the regional leader of the New England region based in central Massachusetts. Keith has worked in the lake and pond management industry since 1998 and has been responsible for the design, permitting and implementation of hundreds of management programs across the Northeast. His direct project experience includes fisheries and wildlife habitat improvement, aquatic, wetland, and upland invasive species control, water quality enhancement, nutrient management, aeration, dredging and watershed management to name a few. Keith is a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut and also holds Mosquito/Biting fly and Right of Way pesticide certifications in Rhode Island and Connecticut, respectively. He is also a Certified Invasive Species Manager by the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council and is experienced with feasibility assessments and regulatory compliance monitoring and reporting.
Keith has served as the lead project manager for many of SOLitude’s larger and more sensitive projects in the Northeast, having developed and performed invasive species control programs and rare and endangered species habitat management for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, MA Fish and Wildlife’s Natural Heritage Program, US Army Corps of Engineers, The Audubon Society, RI Fish and Wildlife, and the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation. He is active in a number of professional organizations such as the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society and the North American Lake Management Society. Through his involvement with these organization and other continuing education programs, Keith stays current with the latest technologies and management protocols.
Keith received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Wildlife concentration from Framingham State University in Framingham, MA in 1995. Prior to beginning his lake management career with Aquatic Control Technology, Keith worked under a state grant to collect data on the nesting and fledging habits of federally threatened piping plovers on Martha’s Vineyard. He also served as an operations manager for an area property management company that provided landscape maintenance, turf management and invasive species control services.
In his spare time, Keith hobbies and interests include saltwater fishing, waterfowl hunting, woodworking and boating. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Aquatic Biologist and Regional Director
David Ellison is an aquatic biologist with the SOLitude Lake Management team who serves as the regional director for the south. Today, Dave is a certified pesticide applicator for both turf, aquatics, and public health in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Dave leads many of SOLitude's large projects focusing on invasive species control at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Fisherman's Island Wildlife Refuge and Ft. Eustis.
He is also a certified AquaMaster and Aqua Control Technician and a SePRO Preferred Applicator, and a certified Stormwater Inspector. His participation in regular continuing education programs keeps his industry knowledge current with the latest technological trends.
Dave is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Prior to joining the SOLitude Lake Management team, Dave was employed as the assistant superintendent for an area golf course. During his years there, he was a licensed pesticide applicator for turfgrass. This experience coupled with his education make him an instant asset to SOLitude Lake Management.
Like most of the SOLitude Lake Management team, Dave enjoys being outside and particularly enjoys the ocean. During his time off, you will often find Dave on the beach. He is an avid surfer, enjoys spending time with his family.
Fisheries Biologist and Director of Fisheries
David Beasley joined the SOLitude Lake Management team to lead the Fisheries division. In 2004, David graduated from the State University of New York in Cobleskill with a Bachelor of Science in fisheries and aquaculture. For nearly five years following graduation, David worked as a fisheries manager at the private fish and game preserve "Savannah Dhu" in upstate New York. The property consists of 450 acres of water, broken down into 4 lakes, 60 ponds and an indoor culturing facility.
David has firsthand experience raising and managing 24 species of fish including warm, cool and cold water species. David's work experience includes growing, transporting and stocking forage and predator fish, water quality monitoring, fertilizing ponds, use of automated feeders, electrofishing and surveying, and managing an indoor culturing facility. Through these experiences David has learned how to create and maintain balanced fisheries, trophy fisheries and how to manage both ponds and indoor facilities for aquaculture purposes. He has also guided hundreds of fishing outings on these bodies of water, seeing first hand the results of good fisheries management, aiding in his overall understanding of fish behavior and fisheries management.
He is a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York as well as an AquaMaster and Aqua Control trained service technician and a SePRO Preferred Applicator.
In his spare time David enjoys taking part in many outdoor activities, including his two favorites: whitetail archery and ice fishing. He enjoys all types of hunting, fishing, camping, water sports and just relaxing in the outdoors.
Director of Mechanical Operations
Jeff Castellani joins SOLitude Lake Management as their Director of Mechanical Operations. Jeff has over a decade of chemical and mechanical aquatic and terrestrial management experience. He holds applicator licenses at the supervisory level in Connecticut, master level in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont with aquatic category, and additional applicators licenses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He maintains licensing and industry certificates for Construction Supervisor, OSHA, Qualified Rigger and Signal as well as Boater Safety.
Jeff is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University and holds a degree in Business Studies with a concentration in Finance. He spent the first 16 years of his career in banking and worked as a branch administrator, training manager, merger and acquisition project manager, and commercial loan liaison, and eventually obtained Vice President status. In 2001, Jeff left the banking industry to pursue a new challenge and spend more time with his family. He obtained a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License, after two years of rehabilitation experience with commercial and residential properties. With a desire to excise both his intellect and body – and also work outdoors - Jeff accepted a position with his neighbor’s environmental company. His environmental and biology experience was gained both on the job and self-taught. Jeff saw an opportunity to expand the mechanical method of aquatic vegetation control and detritus management, and that evolved into his current position. He is driven by developing career paths for individuals, and providing an excellent customer experience.
Jeff is a caring father and husband. When not at work, he likes to spend time with family and friends, freshwater fish and pursue oceanfront activities. Jeff also enjoys helping out the community by coaching his local Pop Warner and Little League teams. Not quite able to give up his financial background, he also serves as the treasurer for both youth sport Boards. Jeff values helping to develop core principles and skills in young men and women. He takes pride in any endeavor presented, and looks at each challenge as an opportunity rather than a problem.
Water Quality Program Supervisor, Certified Lake Manager and Director of Biology
As Director of Biology and Supervisor of Water Quality Programs at SOLitude Lake Management, Chris Doyle oversees a staff of field technicians conducting water quality and biological assessments. Chris comes to SOLitude from Allied Biological, where he worked for a decade since 2005. He is a Certified Lake Manager by the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS).
Chris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management with a focus on Fishery Science from Cook College, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ in 1994. He has over 20 years of experience as an aquatic biologist, with a focus on invertebrate, algal and aquatic macrophyte taxonomy. Chris is active with several lake management industry organizations. He currently serves as president of the board of directors for the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS) and sits on the aquatic plant technical advisory board for the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team (NJISST). Chris is also an active partner with the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (LH PRISM). He has presented the findings of projects via oral and poster presentations at annual conferences for NALMS, NEAPMS, the Aquatic Plan Management Society (APMS) and the New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA).
Chris is proud to be a New Jersey native and resides in central New Jersey with wife and best friend, Lisa, son Alec and two adopted cats. He is a published freelance fiction author, an avid sports fan and is active in the local 4H Association.
Director of Marketing and Brand Management
Tracy has a true passion for marketing communications and is responsible for the marketing strategy and execution of the company's branding, website, search engine optimization and inbound marketing, lead generation, social media, advertising, public relations and community outreach initiatives.
Tracy is a native of South Jersey and returned back to her home state after spending her early career in Norfolk, VA. Tracy started in advertising in 2002 and held key roles as advertising production manager, marketing director and special publications manager for a prominent Virginia-based media company. She was the director of sales and marketing for a high-end printing firm in Norfolk and most recently held a marketing communications and sales support role for an international fleet management company in the Philadelphia area. Tracy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a marketing concentration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
Tracy spends her free time traveling, visiting beaches, mountains, and wineries, and enjoying outdoor activities with her husband and daughter. She stays active through kickboxing, Pilates reformer, and walking her puggle, Bailey. Tracy is an avid sports fan and enjoys watching football and Philly sports teams with her family and friends.
Director of Operations
Rebecca Higgerson joined the SOLitude Lake Management team as the company's Service and Inventory Manager and was quickly promoted to Director of Operations. In this role she is responsible for managing and overseeing our field service operations, as well as our vendor relations, purchasing, and procurement activities.
Becky brings with her 25 years of finance, purchasing and leadership experience. Becky is a graduate of Old Dominion University and holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Becky’s early career consisted of finance-related positions before becoming the Controller for a game company in Norfolk for ten years where she managed the finances and operations for the company. For the eight years prior to coming to SOLitude, she was the Director of Purchasing for a large national company headquartered in Virginia Beach that provides tactical equipment, services, procurement, and support solutions to the local, state and federal government. While there, Becky built and managed a purchasing team of 18 people and managed $1.3 billion in purchases a year. She was responsible for vendor contract negotiations, and implemented a Supplier On Time Delivery program for several hundred preferred suppliers that made a huge impact on improving the overall operations of the company.
Becky is a native of southeastern Virginia. She and her husband live in Chesapeake with their Norfolk terrier, Rugby. When she is not spending time with one of her 14 nieces and nephews, Becky enjoys being outdoors running, walking, biking, stand up paddle boarding, and boating.
Director of Technology
Amy Collier Howard, Director of Technology at SOLitude Lake Management, is responsible for the review and implementation of processes that support corporate initiatives. Amy manages all IT and software vendors as well as related upgrades and customization projects. She also trains SOLitude staff members as required in the use of these systems that are used to serve clients.
Amy earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with majors in Accounting and French, from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She began her professional career as an accountant with an architectural and engineering firm in Norfolk, VA before accepting a position with Dollar Tree, where she was she was instrumental in developing the tools necessary for automating the budget process. She then moved to the Dollar Tree merchandise department and assisted with the implementation of corporate merchandising, allocation and replenishment systems. Amy most recently worked in Dollar Tree’s Information Technology department and was responsible for departmental budgeting, purchasing and service management for the $20 billion company. Amy also worked several years at Care-A-Lot Pet Supply as the Director of Planning and Analysis, where she gained valuable experience with Microsoft NAV ERP software.
Amy enjoys spending time with her four children, all four years apart in age, playing family games of volleyball, kickball and four square as well as games such as Catan, Dominion, Spades and Skipbo. She enjoys reading to her children or reading Ayn Rand, Malcolm Gladwell, and Nicholas Sparks by herself. Her two favorite roller coasters are the Griffon at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA and the TopThrill Dragster in Cedar Point, OH. Amy’s favorite vacation spot is on Gull Lake in Michigan where she spends time with her brothers and family boating, jet skiing, paddle-boarding, water skiing, tubing and attempting to wake surf.
Director of Human Resources
Kelly Orne joined SOLitude Lake Management as the Director of Human Resources. Kelly strongly believes that people are an organization’s most valuable assets. She is passionate about linking the talent strategy to the business strategy at SOLitude, and helping to ensure that the organization has the right talent, in the right place, at the right time.
Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. She comes to SOLitude from SimpliVity, where she was a Global Human Resources Manager and Business Partner, concentrating on developing programs to attract and retain top talent. She also coached leaders throughout the global organization on employee relations issues of varying complexity. Prior to SimpliVity, Kelly spent several years at Brookfield Renewable Energy Group as a Regional Human Resources Manager, focusing on heavy M&A activities and cultivating a respectful and productive relationship with the five Unions she oversaw.
Kelly resides in Massachusetts with her family and golden retriever, McKinley. Kelly is passionate about her family and loves watching her kids sporting events.
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When you partner with SOLitude, a dedicated field technician visits your lake or pond twice a month, leveraging extensive knowledge and training to carefully maintain ecological balance and preserve the appearance of your aquatic property.
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