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Your Full-Service Lake Management Team

Meet The Mechanical Team

Jeff Castellani

Director of Mechanical Operations

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Jeff Castellani serves as Director of Mechanical Operations at SOLitude. He leads SOLitude’s mechanical division with invasive weed control services, surveys, reports, proposals and GIS mapping. Jeff is a licensed applicator in many states across New England and 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.

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Ray Sherwin 

Mechanical Specialist II

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Ray Sherwin is a mechanical operations specialist who has been with SOLitude since 2006. As a longstanding member of the mechanical team, Ray develops efficient ways to complete hydro-raking projects, and enjoys using his knowledge and expertise to repair and modify watercraft equipment.

Before joining SOLitude, Ray was a mechanic for more than three decades. He also has his Certified Driver's License (CDL) and spent seven years operating heavy machinery as a trailer-tractor driver. 

Ray is a very active person, who loves to be outdoors any chance he can get. He is an avid snowmobiler, four wheeler, mountain climber and fisherman. He also enjoys riding his motorcycle in the summer. His latest hobbies include maintaining a coral reef display in his aquatic fish tank as well as mining for gem stones in Maine. 

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Ed Taube

Mechanical Specialist II

Ed_Taube_webEd Taube works in SOLitude’s mechanical division as a mechanical operations specialist. He has more than three decades of experience in water quality management and has a special interest building and operating mechanical equipment and utilizing sustainable treatments to improve the condition of lakes and ponds of all sizes.

Throughout his industry career, Ed has managed several large invasive species projects, including a water chestnut infestation on Lake Chaplain and a seven-month long hydro-raking project in Puerto Rico.In addition, he holds a Certified Driver’s License (CDL), allowing him to tow heavy loads when needed.

Ed first began working with mechanical aquatic equipment in his young teens and developed a strong passion for water quality management throughout the years. He also enjoys a wide variety of recreational activities, and spends many of his weekends hunting, snowmobiling and fishing. If it’s outside, Ed’s there! 

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Matthew Lafrennie

Mechanical Specialist II

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Matthew Lafrennie is a mechanical operations specialist within SOLitude’s mechanical division. He has nearly a decade of experience in hydro-raking projects and a wide range of mechanical knowledge that he utilizes to maintain and repair equipment. In addition to traveling across the northeast to provide mechanical services, Matt enjoys educating clients about the benefits of lake and pond management.

Prior to joining the team, Matt worked for quality control in the plastics industry where he made general plastic concentrates. He later pursued a job in masonry where he created brick walls and elevator shafts, in addition to a multitude of other tools and items. After about a year working in masonry, Matt followed his desire to work outdoors and joined SOLitude in 2011.

Growing up with four siblings and numerous foster siblings, Matt is a very sociable person. He enjoys spending afternoons with his four children and three grandchildren. In his free time, he likes to go fishing, relax by the ocean and walk his dog, Princess Sophia Margaret.

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Emily Walsh

Environmental Scientist and Project Coordinator

Emily_Walsh_web2Emily Walsh is an environmental scientist who assists SOLitude’s mechanical division with invasive weed control services, surveys, reports, proposals and GIS mapping. She is passionate about restoring ecological resilience within ecosystems and takes a special interest in increasing biodiversity within wetland communities while minimizing adverse effects on the environment. She is currently licensed to apply pesticides in two states and has experience in terrestrial invasive species applications, particularly common reed and Japanese knotweed, along with aquatic nuisance vegetation applications.

Emily graduated in 2015 from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) with a degree in Environmental Conservation and a concentration in management. Throughout her studies at UNH, she was a member of the Xi Sigma Pi National Forestry Honor Society. Some of the associated community outreach events included organizing fundraisers, tutoring fourth graders on Friday afternoons and trash clean-ups. Emily also partook in a semester abroad program in New Zealand where she learned about topics including aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem dynamics, forest ecology, sustainability and extraction. Her studies included a separate direct research project of the skink populations, which was later presented to the Department of Conservation. Prior to working at SOLitude, Emily was involved with the Environmental Health and Safety Department for Saint-Gobain in Worcester, MA, and was responsible for safety training lectures and environmental auditing.

Growing up on a lake in a small rural town in Massachusetts, Emily has always been an environmental enthusiast. Whether it’s hiking in the backwoods, diving into the water or camping on an island, she always loves spending time outdoors. She also enjoys being active and meeting new people whenever possible.  

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Keith Wilson, Jr.

Mechanical Specialist I

Keith_Wilson_2_webKeith Wilson is a mechanical operations specialist with SOLitude's mechanical division. Keith is a qualified hydro-rake operator and holds an OSHA 40-hour HASWOPER certificate. He has a special interest in the repair and maintenance of field equipment such as harvesters, hydro-rakes, trucks and trailers. 

Prior to developing his mechanical expertise, Keith gained extensive experience in the construction industry. From a young age, he built structures with his grandfather. He went on to build houses for more than twenty years before joining SOLitude in 2013. 

When not at work, Keith enjoys spending time with his twenty nieces and nephews. If not surrounded by them, he is hand crafting toys for them to play with. He's also an avid reader, and enjoys relaxing with a good book. 

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Craig Lyman 

Mechanical Specialist I

Craig_Lyman_cCraig Lyman is a mechanical operations specialist at SOLitude. He has more than 40 years of experience in project management and is responsible for many of SOLitude’s harvesting and hydro-raking services through the company’s mechanical division.

Throughout his career, he has taken on many leadership roles and has experience as the onsite project manager of a wide slew of projects. In addition to his managerial expertise, Craig has obtained his A2-Hoisting license in Massachusetts, as well as his OSHA 40-hour HASWOPER certification.

Craig graduated from Boston Architectural College in 1983 with a degree in Architecture and a minor in Sociology. He began his professional career as an architect and general contractor, working in all phases of project management and construction for over 40 years. After many years in his practice, Craig retired and rekindled his love for the outdoors through his job with SOLitude.

In his free time, Craig enjoys driving his blue Ford mustang and relaxing at the beach. He also loves history, theatrical set design and construction. 

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Jamie Cote  

Mechanical Specialist I

Jamie Cote_cJamie Cote is a mechanical operations specialist at SOLitude. As part of the company’s mechanical division, Jamie is experienced in hydro-raking and mechanical harvesting, and maintains his operator’s license in several New England states. He has worked on many notable projects throughout his career, including the creation of a water channel in Webster, MA, and a large, successful sand dredging project at Morris Town Beach, CT.

Jamie studied Two-Dimensional Design and Graphic Arts at Quinebaug Valley Community College. Before joining the SOLitude team, Jamie spent 16 years in the construction industry and owned a construction company focused specifically on the restoration of 18th- and 19th-century homes. 

In his free time, Jamie enjoys playing disc golf, hunting, fishing, kayaking and partaking in any other water-related activities. On most weekends, you can find him enjoying the great outdoors by the fire pit with his family and friends. 

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Jacob Raisner 

Mechanical Specialist I

Jacob_RaisnerJacob Raisner joined the SOLitude team as an aquatic specialist. As part of the company's mechanical division, he works out of the Hackettstown, NJ, office providing lake and pond management solutions to clients across the Mid-Atlantic.

Jacob enjoys using his knowledge and expertise to transform aging waterbodies and is a helpful resource for clients and staff. 

In his personal time, Jake enjoys fishing, hunting and being out on his boat. He used to play ice hockey and still enjoys getting out on the ice every now and again. 

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Erique Cote 

Mechanical Specialist I

Erique-CoteErique Cote is a mechanical specialist experienced with the operation, tow and repair of mechanical harvesters and hydro-rakes. Erique studied Automotive Technologies at Harvard Ellis Tech where he focused on troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of gas diesel engines. He has also completed 4 ASE certifications, as well as the Honda CDX program. Erique continues to expand his knowledge and expertise through continuing education courses with SOLitude and other industry leaders.

Erique enjoys spending his free time outdoors with his family and friends. On the weekends, you can find him taking part in an assortment of recreational activities, including fishing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing and four-wheeling. He also enjoys small engine repair, and can often be found in his garage working on his car. 

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