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. He oversees many of SOLitude's large projects focusing on invasive species control, and has developed programs for Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Fisherman's Island Wildlife Refuge and Ft. Eustis, to name a few.
Dave is a certified pesticide applicator for turf, aquatics and public health in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is also a certified AquaMaster and Aqua Control Technician, 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 a valuable and knowledgeable leader at SOLitude.
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.
Aquatic and Fisheries Biologist and Territory Leader
Stephen Wilson is an aquatic and fisheries biologist with the SOLitude team who serves as the territory leader for South Carolina and Georgia. Stephen has ten years of experience creating lake, pond and wetland management plans and working with private land owners, local and state agencies and corporations. He has extensive fieldwork experience including fishery surveys and aquatic macrophyte surveys and has three years of practice in bathymetric mapping.
Stephen is a certified pesticide applicator for aquatics in South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Vermont and Pennsylvania and certified in Demonstration and Research Pest Control in New York. Stephen leads many of SOLitude's projects focusing on invasive species control and water quality in the Charleston, SC area. He is also a SePRO Preferred Applicator.
Stephen is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries Biology. Prior to relocating to South Carolina with the SOLitude team, Stephen was part owner of Allied Biological of northern New York. Located near scenic Cooperstown, Stephen offered many public educational seminars in Otsego County and served on the board of the Goodyear Lake Association.
Stephen has a passion for the outdoors especially when it comes to conserving water resources. He can still be found on the lake often competing in bass tournaments. Stephen also enjoys whitetail archery, fly fishing, backpacking, camping and vacationing with his wife and their rescue dog.
Trent Nelson is an aquatic specialist serving clients in SOLitude’s Southern market. Trent focuses on maintaining a balance between healthy aquatic ecosystems and has a special interest in managing algae and aquatic weeds in private ponds, stormwater systems and golf course lakes. He also enjoys interacting with his clients and educating them on the management techniques he utilizes. Trent has more than a dozen years of experience working with the golf course industry and spent four years as an assistant superintendent managing the day-to-day challenges of two top clubs in the Triad of North Carolina.
Trent is a 2009 graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Turfgrass Science with a minor in Biological Sciences. He is a certified North Carolina pesticide applicator for aquatics, turf and ornamentals, "Right of Ways," forest pest control, and public health and is a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. Trent is also a certified stormwater BMP inspector through NC State University and a certified turfgrass professional through the Turfgrass Council of North Carolina.
Trent’s passion for hunting and fishing can be seen in all aspects of his life. Trent is truly at peace when he is outside, and spends much of his spare time training his young bird dog, fishing and hunting. Trent is an avid duck hunter and has been a volunteer for Ducks Unlimited since 2005.
Trent is very supportive and proud of his wife who is currently pursuing her Master’s degree from High Point University in Non-Profit Leadership. They enjoy spending time together at the beach, visiting with friends and traveling throughout the Carolinas.
Ross Dion is a fisheries scientist serving SOLitude’s southern market. He helps implement ecologically sound lake and pond management strategies, and takes a special interest in the treatment of aquatic weeds and algae, fountain installation and maintenance and fisheries management.
Ross has worked in the lake and pond management industry since 2011, and has developed unique vegetation and fisheries management plans for an array of clients, including a veterans affairs medical center, throughout his career. Ross graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Fisheries, and maintains a number of industry licenses and training certifications.
Growing up, Ross enjoyed being outdoors fishing, camping, and hiking. His love for these activities led him to pursue a career in the environmental industry. When he is not working, Ross enjoys spending time with his family and friends, volunteering with his church, and watching Virginia Tech football. He has been on numerous disaster relief trips from Seaside Heights, NJ, to Gulfport, MS, and is very passionate about helping those in need.
Nicholas Butler is an aquatic specialist at SOLitude. Nic enjoys educating the public about sustainability and providing his clients with ecologically responsible lake and pond management solutions. In addition to being a Licensed Pesticide Applicator in the Carolinas, Nic is a member of the South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Society.
Nic graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems (MIS) before joining SOLitude in 2016.
Nic grew up in southeastern North Carolina in the small town of Shallotte. His love of the outdoors and strong attention to detail led him to pursue a career in the lake and pond management industry. When not out in the field you can find Nic with his wife, Mary, either on a boat or at the beach. They both enjoy fishing, surfing and paddle boarding.
Professional Engineer and Client Development Manager
Michael Norton is a client development manager at SOLitude. He assists in establishing and implementing business development strategies, and serves as an operational liaison between the client, field staff and the regional director. He is also a licensed applicator and professional engineer, and has utilized these skills for more than two decades while serving in a number of capacities in the lake and pond management industry.
Michael has a varied background in the engineering, aquatics and business management professions. His educational qualifications are based in mechanical-environmental-civil engineering disciplines, aquatic vegetation management, business administration and project management. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, and his Master of Business Administration degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Michael followed early professional career experiences with NASA and GE Nuclear with a dozen years at Carolina Power & Light (CP&L) / Progress Energy. His work with biologists in assessments and treatments of utility properties for nuisance vegetation has continued since the early 1990s, as have his engineering and management roles.
Michael’s talents and joy in engineering and environmental management activities led to his creation of AquatiCO and Compass Pointe Engineering. Through the service provisions of these two companies for more than a decade, Michael was involved in the design, permitting, certification, inspection and maintenance of stormwater management systems. He offered expertise in land planning, site design, water and wastewater infrastructure permitting, stormwater management and erosion control. His opportunities to work with multiple public and private sector clients also afforded the ability to engage in cooperative efforts with regulatory personnel to improve guidance documents and ordinances at local and state levels.
Michael lives with his wife and son along the southeast coast of North Carolina, where they enjoy the proximity to immediate family members and lifelong friends of their native community. His love for the water keeps him near the ocean, rivers, lakes and ponds while at work and play. He enjoys a number of outdoor recreational activities, including camping, hiking, biking, fishing, tennis and golf. Michael also values time spent in volunteer efforts for his community and public school system.
Regional Administrator and Client Relations
Sallie Burns is a regional administrator for SOLitude Lake Management and supports the southern region out of SOLitude’s Raleigh, NC, office. Sallie is one of the first points of contact for clients and also performs an array of administrative duties to support leadership and staff. Her customer service and organizational skills, combined with her upbeat and friendly personality, make her a valued asset to the SOLitude team and its clients.
Sallie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Kent State University in Kent, OH. Before joining SOLitude, she worked with American Greetings for 14 years and Bank of America 10 years, where she prided herself in the relationships she was able to build with customers, vendors and management.
Sallie has called Raleigh, NC, home since 1998. She spent many years as a PTA officer in the Raleigh school system and managed various sports teams as her children were growing up. Today, she continues to pursue local volunteer opportunities. Sallie loves spending time with her husband, Bo, her son and daughter and their rescue dog, Lucky. In her free time, Sallie enjoys exercising at the local YMCA, cooking, reading, watching Duke basketball and taking trips to the beach and mountains.
Senior Business Development Consultant
Kimberly Niesel is responsible for helping to introduce the company's many products and services to new clients as well as working with existing clients. Kim genuinely enjoys being around people, which makes her well-suited for her work.
Kim has extensive marketing and sales experience as well as a strong background in property management. The early part of Kim's career was spent in property management working first with a property developer and then transitioning to the management team of a large-scale community. Eventually, she found her way back to her field of study, marketing, when she began working in the banking industry under a national sales platform which marketed primarily to the HOA industry. This afforded her many opportunities and eventually led her to SOLitude Lake Management.
The combination of marketing and property management experience has allowed Kim to become well known in the industry. She holds her CMCA (certified manager of community associations) designation, as administered by the National Board of Certification for Community Associations Institute (CAI), and is involved in several industry-related organizations including the southeastern Virginia, central Virginia, Chesapeake, Washington Metro, Pennsylvania/Delaware Valley and the North Carolina chapters of CAI. Kim has been recognized many times for her volunteer involvement and currently serves as the Chairperson for the Virginia Leadership Retreat.
Kim is a native of southeastern Virginia and could never think of living anywhere but the coast. The US Navy has been a big part of her family for quite a few years as her husband has been serving his country on active duty. Kim even "joined in" for over two years serving as command ombudsman for the USS Cole during her husband's service on that ship. When taking a moment to pause, Kim enjoys traveling, baseball, socializing with friends and is her daughter's #1 fan on the soccer field.
Dustin Kennedy is an aquatic biologist, and one of the original members of the SOLitude team. Dustin is responsible for leading the SOLitude staff in the fulfillment of the fieldwork required to meet client goals, and has served as a project leader on multiple large fountain installations and large invasive treatment projects.
While his years of experience are extremely valuable in training new staff and serving as a leader in solving difficult problems, he consistently takes advantage of new training opportunities through AquaMaster, Otterbine and Aqua Control. He is a factory certified technician, a SePRO Preferred Applicator, and a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Before joining SOLitude in 2002, Dustin worked in the landscape, electrical and construction industries.
Dustin has a passion for aquatic environments and you will rarely find him far from the water. If he is not working on a pond or lake, you will find him in any number of favorite fishing spots or wherever there are good waves.
Kyle Finerfrock is an environmental scientist and new hire trainer, and has received numerous certifications and credentials that expertly qualify him to manage lakes, ponds and wetlands. Kyle helps clients identify aquatic plant and algae species found in their areas and can properly manage them in order to maintain a healthy ecosystem. Kyle is able to identify the majority of the aquatic plant and algae species found in our area and can properly manage them in order to maintain a healthy ecosystem.
Invaluable on-the-job experiences have allowed Kyle to be a part of a wide range of aquatic-related projects, encompassing annual maintenance on thousands of ponds per year and treating countless acres of invasive wetland plants, including Phragmites australis on military installations, wildlife refuges and national parks throughout the mid-Atlantic region. He has been a part of water quality and plant monitoring programs in some of the largest lakes in Virginia. Kyle is also trained in lake mapping with GPS-integrated sonar depth sounding equipment, which gathers information that is useful for creating bathymetric maps. Since the start of the lake mapping program at SOLitude, he has mapped over 1,000 acres of water.
Kyle has attended several of SePRO's Preferred Applicator conferences to stay up to date with the latest technology involved in aquatic plant and algae management. He successfully completed the sales and product training course held at the AquaMaster factory in Kiel, Wisconsin. Kyle is also a trained service technician for both Aqua Control and Otterbine fountains. He is a certified aquatic applicator in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is also a certified applicator for “Right of Ways” in Virginia and has been trained as a Certified Stormwater BMP Inspection and Maintenance Professional from The North Carolina Cooperative Extension office.
Growing up in Warsaw, VA, Kyle Finerfrock was always interested in nature and the science of life. Kyle has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Marine Biology from Christopher Newport University. While attending CNU, Kyle participated in many extracurricular activities including the Rugby Club and the Biology Club.
Kyle has always enjoyed the outdoors whether he is participating in sports or socializing with friends. This passion for the great outdoors is what originally fueled his interest in aquatic ecology and is a constant in his daily life. When Kyle is not working on one of our many lakes, you will find him hiking, fishing or playing rugby.
Lake Management Scientist, Fisheries & Wildlife Scientist and Certified Lake Manager
Derek Johnson is a fisheries and wildlife scientist who is passionate about the protection of lakes, ponds and fisheries, and has a special interest in working with clients to set long-term, environmentally conscious goals. Derek is a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, and is a Certified Lake Manager through the North American Lake Management Society, an organization that brings scientists and professionals together to foster the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs.
Derek joined the SOLitude team in 2014 shortly after earning his Master of Science degree in Lake Management from SUNY Oneonta. He was the first graduate, internationally, with a degree specifically in lake management. His master’s thesis and research focused on writing a comprehensive lake management plan for a lake association in upstate New York.
Prior to attending graduate school, Derek completed his undergraduate degree in fish and wildlife management with a concentration in fisheries management from Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks. His undergraduate education gave him experience with fisheries management and sampling techniques. There, he learned that water was his passion and that he wanted to pursue a professional career with aquatic resources.
Derek grew up in Williamsburg, VA. He spent most weekends catfishing on the Chickahominy River. Nowadays you can usually find him in the same spot, fishing, kayaking or relaxing on the beach.
Cody Griffey is an environmental biologist who develops ecologically responsible water quality solutions for clients in SOLitude's southern market. Cody is passionate about the environment and has a special interest in identifying aquatic vegetation and algae, preparing treatment plans, and providing aerator installation and maintenance.
Cody graduated from Christopher Newport University with a degree in Environmental Biology. During his time at CNU, Cody assisted in multiple graduate research projects, including growth and development of hybrid striped bass, preferred feeding habitat of mummichog fish, and restored marsh vs. natural marsh preference of mummichog fish. Cody also performed an independent study of the ArcGIS system and its uses in the Environmental Field.
Cody grew up in rural Smithfield, VA, and knew from a very young age that he would one day become a biologist. In fact, rather than watch cartoons he opted to watch channels such as national geographic. Cody grew up in a family of avid hunters and fishermen which only escalated his love of the environment. The passion is what sent him to college to fulfill his dream of becoming a biologist.
At the age of fourteen, Cody began tournament bass fishing and earned a Virginia youth state title. Bass fishing directly influenced his decision to attend CNU where he later became the President of the fishing team. Cody competed in multiple College Fishing National Championships and built an impressive resume in the fishing world. Cody is still a sponsored tournament angler and hopes to one day compete in the most prestigious tournament in the world, the Bassmaster Classic. When not out fishing, Cody can be found skimboarding, hunting, golfing, or spending time with his dog and fiancé.
Elijah Pridgen is an aquatic specialist serving clients in SOLitude’s southern market. In addition to delivering environmentally friendly aquatic, turf and ornamental pest and weed control solutions, he provides comprehensive aeration and fountain unit installation and repair services.
Elijah is pursuing a degree in Marine Biology from Brunswick Community College and continues to add to his expertise through regular continuing education seminars with industry leaders.
Elijah spends most of his free time outdoors, skateboarding and enjoying nature. In high school, he discovered his interest in the environment during horticulture classes and turned that passion in to a career with SOLitude in May 2017.
Regional Administrator and Client Relations
Karen Avery joined SOLitude’s Client Relations department bringing over 25 years of experience in sales, administration and management including human resource development, international travel, and bookkeeping, most recently in the automotive and security industries. Having worked in retail most of her career, Karen moved into administrative roles over the last few years to give her a unique and diverse experience in business practices.
Karen supported her husband through his twenty-seven years in the US Navy. She volunteered as the command ombudsman when he was stationed on the USS Ross and worked with Navy families through the fleet and family support groups to help spouses with the challenges of Navy life.
Karen is a native of the Hampton Roads, VA, area. Even after living in other states, she always considered Virginia Beach her home. Karen enjoys playing volleyball with friends and family and going to art festivals to show support to local artists.
Regional Administrator and Client Relations
Donna Knemeyer is part of the customer service team at SOLitude and is typically the first point of contact for prospective and current clients as well as vendor partners. She brings a wealth of business experience.
Donna served in the United States Navy for 14 years, working in the Command in Control and Training environments. From there, she earned her Associates Degree in Accounting from Virginia Commonwealth College (Bryant Stratton College) and was hired to work for the Virginia Beach School System as an Information Processing Specialist in their Special Education Department. Donna also has administrative and customer service experience working for a government contractor, an architectural firm, and the Riverside Health System. Her diverse background has opened many doors and opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Donna has called Virginia her home since 1974 when she transferred here with the Navy and currently lives in Newport News, VA. Donna enjoys golfing, walking, biking, and reading and is a big fan of UVA football. She says, “Someone has to support them. Sometimes the underdog wins.” She also supports the Green Bay Packers because of her husband and the Washington Redskins because of her oldest son. Donna has two sons, one of which has given her three loving grandchildren to spoil.
Ellen Stace makes sure that everything in the office operates smoothly each day. As part of her daily duties, Ellen acts as a liaison between the office and field staff to coordinate communications. Ellen is usually described as the "voice" of SOLitude Lake Management because of the cheerful voice she has when answering our many incoming calls. She handles most of our supply orders and shipments and is an integral part of customer communications every day. Ellen's knowledge of lake management has developed over the years through formal and on-the-job training. This, coupled with her extensive set of administrative skills, makes her a valued employee of SOLitude Lake Management and an asset to the industry.
Ellen retired from the US Air Force where she served in command and control. She holds an associate degree in science from Thomas Nelson Community College and was previously employed by Auto Haus in Yorktown, VA. She enjoys making a difference in her community by coordinating many team volunteering events with the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and other Hampton Roads organizations that are in need. Ellen is a wife and mom and enjoys hiking, camping, rollerblading and trying to stay fit.
Aquatic Ecologist and Senior Business Development Consultant
Shannon Junior is an aquatic ecologist with the SOLitude Lake Management who serves as the senior business development consultant responsible for northern Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, western Pennsylvania and beyond.
Shannon has worked in the lake and pond management industry since 2000. She has been a Virginia Certified Pesticide applicator since 2001 and is currently licensed and certified in West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. She has extensive experience with Integrated Pest Management strategies for nuisance vegetation control and is a certified Stormwater Inspector. Shannon has managed projects involving all facets of lake management, including ecological assessment, fisheries enhancement, aeration, aquatic landscaping, structural inspection/repairs, and dredging. She passed the Virginia Class A Contractor exam and is experienced with feasibility studies, design, regulatory permitting and construction of new ponds.
In addition to her extensive qualifications, Shannon also maintains her AquaMaster, Otterbine and Aqua Control Service Certifications and SePRO Preferred Applicator status. In 2013, Shannon received the SePRO Applicator of the Year Award. This award recognizes an individual who shows leadership in advancing the science of aquatic plant management, has demonstrated environmental and product stewardship throughout their career, continues to express a high level of professionalism in aquatic plant management, and has a drive to expand their knowledge of aquatic plant management.
Shannon received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from George Mason University in 1995. She returned to GMU in 1998 for graduate studies in Environmental Science and Public Policy, and performed her thesis research on the ecological effects of an open water dredge material deposition site in the Potomac River under a grant from the US Army Corps of Engineers. She also participated as a research assistant in projects involving pyrite mine reclamation, nutrient enrichment of the Potomac River and its tributaries, coral reef diseases and wood turtle ecology.
Shannon has a deep appreciation for aquatic habitats and has spent much of her life in and around the water. She has spent several summers on a live-aboard sailboat in the Bahamas, scuba diving on a different reef every day. She has lived out west, and enjoyed extended rafting and kayaking trips on dozens of whitewater and desert rivers. Shannon is a wildlife enthusiast, and loves that her job provides frequent opportunities to view many species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and other animals.
Shannon has a great passion for animal rescue and is an avid volunteer at her local animal shelter. She runs a Facebook page for the shelter and takes dogs to PetSmart on weekends for adoption events. She also makes tie-dyed t-shirts and dog bandanas, which she sells on Etsy (DogDayzDyes) and donates 100 percent of the proceeds to the shelter. Shannon lives in a log cabin with her husband and four dogs, and spends her spare time hiking, gardening, cooking and touring wineries.
Environmental Scientist and Territory Leader
David Riedl is an environmental scientist who is dedicated to revitalizing the natural environment. David has extensive experience managing aquatic ecosystems, and is based out of SOLitude's Northern Virginia office where he serves as territory leader for northern Virginia and Maryland. He is a SePRO Preferred Applicator, a certified applicator for “Right of Ways” in Virginia, and an AquaMaster trained service technician.
Before joining SOLitude, David worked for Portsmouth mosquito control where he learned basic pesticide application procedure. He then took a job at the King George Landfill as a research technician where he was charged with the task of treating landfill leachate. There, he learned much about water quality, wastewater treatment, as well as pump troubleshooting and maintenance.
David's work with SOLitude has allowed him to return closer to his hometown. A native to the Fredericksburg, VA, area, David graduated from James Monroe High School in 2005 after taking a real interest in his AP environmental science class. David continued his education at Christopher Newport University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science in 2009.
David's father, a retired engineer, and his mother, a resource teacher, also live in the Fredericksburg area. He enjoys eating dinner with his parents and his grandmother on a weekly basis and likes cooking, especially smoked ribs. David enjoys playing soccer and lacrosse in local leagues, and he and his brother, Bill, a software engineer in Sacramento, California, enjoy traveling around the country to find the best places to snowboard. David has also played the drums for more than 15 years, but has yet to find a venue for this talent.
Hunter Poland is an environmental scientist at SOLitude. In addition to developing effective lake and pond management solutions for clients, Hunter works to incorporate ecological sustainability and natural resource preservation in to each of his projects. Hunter has professionally installed numerous fountains and submersed aeration systems of varying styles and sizes and has successfully treated several undesired aquatic, upland, and invasive plant species.
Hunter earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Ferrum College in southwestern Virginia. While at Ferrum, he participated in water quality testing and the Vessel Pump-Out program on Smith Mountain Lake and Save Our Streams monitoring in Franklin County, VA. Hunter also held an officer position in the Ferrum College Agriculture Club.
Before joining SOLitude Lake Management, Hunter worked in a nursery as well as in the construction and excavating fields. He also worked on his family’s farm in Fauquier County, Virginia. These experiences along with his life-long interest in aquatic environments on the Rappahannock River led him to join the SOLitude team.
In his spare time you will likely find Hunter fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, or doing one of many other outdoor activities that he enjoys. His favorite activities include smallmouth bass fishing, waterfowl hunting, and bow hunting whitetails.
Wildlife and Fisheries Scientist
Jackson Minnich is a wildlife and fisheries scientist with an extensive background managing aquatic ecosystems for public and private entities. Since 2016, he has worked directly with SOLitude’s clients to help restore ecological balance to their waterbodies and ensure all applicable state, local and federal regulations are met.
Jackson graduated from University of Tennesee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries and a minor in Foresty. Before joining SOLitude, Jackson worked for the Parks and Recreation Department in Knoxville, TN. During this time, he managed city-owned aquatic facilities, worked with youth programs and guided canoe trips on several East Tennessee rivers. Jackson also performed contract work for the Fort Loudoun Lake Association, where he worked to map a 16-mile section of Turkey Creek in Knoxville. His work included mapping the section of the creek, collecting water samples for E. coli testing, collecting Fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) samples, and recording the locations of fish barriers and other stream blockages. Jackson's work with the Fort Loudoun Lake Association gave him first-hand experience in coordinating with private and public entities to help manage aquatic ecosystems. Jackson is also a certified first responder and also holds certifications in Wildland Fire Management.
Jackson was born and raised in Knoxville and spent much of his early life in the Great Smoky Mountains and on the many lakes surrounding Knoxville. This led to a love of nature and a desire to be outside whenever possible. This desire turned into a passion for bass fishing and he eventually joined the University of Tennessee Bass Fishing Team, and was elected president of the team during his senior year. Jackson still loves to bass fish, and is looking forward to expanding his knowledge in the area of saltwater fishing.
When not working, Jackson enjoys fishing, hiking, hunting, watching various sports, and spending time with his loving wife. Jackson actively volunteers with many fishing related events, and enjoys volunteering with organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project.
Wildlife and Fisheries Scientist
Daniel Hood is a wildlife and fisheries scientist who provides SOLitude’s clients with sustainable solutions for the management of their lakes and ponds. Daniel is passionate about the outdoors and has a special interest in utilizing the most current environmental technologies to help clients enjoy the full potential of their properties.
Daniel graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2010, earning his bachelor’s degree in Marine Science with a concentration in Biological Oceanography. Before joining the SOLitude team, He worked for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). During his time with SCDNR, Daniel worked with the State Lakes Management Program, the Freshwater Fisheries Research Program, and the Aquatic Nuisance Species Program. His duties with SCDNR included water quality sampling and analysis, hatchery harvest and stocking, American eel sampling, electrofishing sampling, freshwater fish age and diet analysis, and coordination of aquatic plant management operations for public waters in South Carolina.
Daniel has a love for the outdoors that can be traced back to his early years spent with his Dad and Grandpa in the Santee Cooper swamps of South Carolina. These days, you can find him on the golf course with friends, at the lake with family, or in the woods chasing after various game species. Daniel utilizes his passion for the outdoors as a motivational tool to encourage customers to capture and enjoy the potential that their property has to offer.
Michael Meritet is an Aquatic Specialist focused on helping clients achieve their lake and pond goals through best management practices and ecologically sustainable strategies. Michael has extensive experience working with mechanical, biological and chemical solutions. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture from SUNY Cobleskill, where he also served as president of the Cobleskill chapter of the American Fisheries Society and coordinated many community outreach events. Following graduation, Michael worked on a large-scale organic aquaponics farm, where he reared coho salmon and tilapia from the fry stages to market size in a recirculating aquaponics system. Later, he gained experience designing, building and maintaining residential and commercial ponds, fountains, waterfalls and salt water aquariums. Before joining SOLitude, Michael served as a Baymen and spent time working with Quahog clams on Long Island, where he learned to balance commercial and public interests with wildlife and marine regulations.
Michael was born and raised on Long Island, NY. Surrounded by marine fisheries, he was introduced to freshwater fisheries early in life, and spent his childhood catching bluegill with a fisher price rod. Michael later grew to enjoy annual fishing trips to Canada targeting large and smallmouth bass, as well as northern pike. He believes those experiences entrenched his love for the outdoors and the preservation of our fresh water resources.
In his free time, Michael spending time with his girlfriend, Jennifer, and their black lab Bodhi, who loves to take rides on Jennifer’s paddle board when they’re out on the water. The three love to kayak, fish camp and hike, and Michael hopes to join Jennifer next year as she completes the Colorado trail. Michael’s favorite season is fall, which ushers in cooler temperatures, good fishing and, of course, football.
Environmental Scientist and Territory Leader
Brent Weber is an environmental scientist and territory leader in SOLitude’s Nashville office. Brent is passionate about restoring the natural balance of the varied ecosystems he services and is driven by his ability to have a direct impact on the environment
Brent graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Science and Technology with a concentration in Environment, coupled with a minor in Environmental Science. While at JMU, his studies and projects were focused on ecological conservation, sustainability, and the preservation of the Shenandoah Valley's natural resources, especially as they relate to water systems. Brent's senior thesis project involved the study and construction of a 425 square foot green roof on campus, and it still stands as a valuable learning resource for other students. As a student, Brent was active in the Environmental Management Club, and also volunteered with the Department of Agriculture's Natural Resource Conservation Service.
Brent is currently a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware, a certified aquatic pesticide applicator in Tennessee, as well as an AquaMaster trained service technician, and a SePRO Preferred Applicator. Brent also is a licensed professional for maintaining public right-of-ways in Virginia. Prior to joining SOLitude, Brent worked in the landscaping and horticulture industries, and also as a groundsman for an arborist company.
Brent thoroughly enjoys photography and aims to snap quality pictures of the beautiful landscapes and lakes that he visits at every turn. He was been awarded by SePRO in their “Seeing is Believing” contest and also had pictures chosen for AquaMaster Fountain's calendar.
Brent grew up in Williamsburg, VA, and was always intrigued by water resources. Having been introduced to aquatic wildlife through fishing and boating at a young age, his interest in nature and aquatic ecology was sparked. As a lover of the outdoors, Brent enjoys snowboarding during winter months, beach-going in the summer, and hiking, camping, fishing, and playing basketball year-round.
Business Development Consultant
Jordan Meissner joined SOLitude Lake Management as a business development specialist in 2016. He is responsible for helping the team build relationships with new partners as SOLitude continues to expand their footprint.
Jordan comes to SOLitude with over five years of experience in the successful development of new business territories. Most recently, Jordan worked for Aramark Corporation where he implemented sales strategies in several high volume territories and exceeded business goals for new client development. Originally from Chicago, Jordan graduated from Illinois State University (ISU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. During his time at ISU, he was a member of the Illinois State University football team, as well as several other mentorship and business clubs.
Jordan spends the majority of his free time staying active by competing in CrossFit, spending time outdoors and playing recreational sports. He is also very passionate about traveling, boating and spending time with family and friends.
Clay Stabley is an aquatic specialist and works out of SOLitude’s Nashville, TN, office. Clay began his career in lake and pond management in Florida in 2005, where he managed complex systems of interconnected community lakes as well as high-end golf course community waterbodies. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to lake, pond and fisheries management, and enjoys educating both clients and newer team members on management best practices and industry trends.
Prior to working in lake and pond management, Clay served as a US Army Senior Operations Sergeant for 20 years and retired from Fort Campbell, KY 101st Airborne Division in 2005. Clay served in three combat tours of duty from the liberation of Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. Throughout his military career, he attended Austin Peay State University for two years with studies in Business Management.
In his off time, Clay enjoys spending time with family, fishing Bass tournaments, trout fishing and playing guitar.
Regional Administrator and Client Relations
Carolyn Stabley is a highly accomplished administration professional working out of SOLitude’s Nashville, TN, office. She provides a broad range of administrative duties in assisting the SOLitude staff, as well as regional directors. Carolyn is one of our first points of contact for clients, and she prides herself on her superior customer service skills.
Carolyn has extensive administrative experience in a variety of fields, from the medical industry to the landscaping industry. She is an extremely organized and disciplined individual with a strong attention to detail. She was instilled these values while being raised as a military child, as both her mother and father served in the US Airforce. Carolyn took those values and challenged herself in becoming a fitness competitor. She was trained by an IFBB coach in bodybuilding and reached the title of a Professional Natural Figure Competitor. She now pushes herself daily to reach the next level.
On Carolyn’s off time, she is an avid health and fitness guru, and enjoys a strong workout at the gym and preparing healthy meals. She is also a new grandmother and loves spending time with her granddaughter, family, husband and friends.
Business Development Consultant
Brett Killingsworth is a business development consultant with Solitude Lake Management and also works for Solitude’s sister company, Vector Disease Control International (VDCI). Brett works out of SOLitude’s Mississippi office and focuses on building relationships with clients in need of lake and pond management as well as mosquito control services in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Brett graduated from Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He began working with VDCI as a business development representative, covering the Southeast territory to include Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alabama. At VDCI, Brett is responsible for developing relationships with municipal decision makers such as mayors, city councilmen and county supervisors.
In his spare time, Brett enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing and spending time with his wife, Melissa, and son, Camden.
Kris New is an aquatic specialist with SOLitude Lake Management as well as Regional Director for Vector Disease Control International (VDCI), SOLitude’s sister company. Kris started his career in mosquito control in 2003, as a field service technician with Sanford, Florida based ADAPCO, Inc. Throughout his time with ADAPCO, he installed hundreds of their proprietary and distributorship products throughout the country, as well as the Caribbean and Mexico. He also conducted training seminars with customers and sales staff, and quickly became an expert in the field of variable flow control and ULV application equipment for mosquito control, both ground and aerial. At SOLitude, Kris provides sales and service for Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alabama. He has aquatic weed licenses in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alabama.
Kris received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering from Mississippi State University. In April of 2008, he came to work for VDCI as a contract supervisor in Jackson, MS. In 2014, Kris was promoted to Regional Director and now oversees all IPM operations in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri. He holds pesticide applicator licenses in, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee. He has experience in all aspects of integrated mosquito management programs, as well as droplet testing, West Nile Virus surveillance and disease testing, resistance testing, bottle bioassay and cage trials, aerial field trials, new business development, proposal writing and contract negotiation.
During time away from work, Kris enjoys being with his family; his wife Deanne, and two kids, John Kell and Catelynn. Kris is also an avid football official, and has been a Back Judge for the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools for eight years. He is also a member of Glen Allan United Methodist Church where he serves on various committees, and attended a mission trip to Honduras in February 2016.
Tim Nelson is an aquatic specialist with SOLitude Lake Management and also works for SOLitude’s sister company, Vector Disease Control International (VDCI). Tim works out of Southeast Arkansas and is a licensed applicator in Missouri.
Tim joined VDCI in 1999, working part-time as a spray truck driver. He was offered a full time supervisor’s position in Blytheville, AK, in 2004. He has the “gift of gab” and has been nominated for the company-wide Personal Relations Award numerous times. Tim never meets a stranger, and because of this he has excelled in his position where he was recently promoted to Business Development Specialist. At VDCI, Tim works closely with his wife, Sabrina, who oversees day-to-day operations. It is through Sabrina’s efficiency and organization combined with Tim’s interpersonal skills that they are able to successfully manage their many contracts.
Tim is an avid archer and when he isn’t working you can find him in the woods hunting or shooting in the National Archery Shooters Association (ASA) tournament circuit.
Steven King is a field manager and licensed aquatic applicator at SOLitude. Steven has extensive experience navigating and managing public waterways, and has a special interest in using his knowledge and expertise to create healthy, beautiful ecosystems for clients.
Steven is level 1A certified with the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, is an experienced licensed trapper in Georgia and is certified as an aquatic pesticide applicator in Georgia.
Prior to joining SOLitude, Steven studied Wildlife Management, with an emphasis on aquatic animal and plant species management in the southeast, at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton, GA. While pursuing his degree, Steven was an active member of the Forestry and Wildlife Club and participated in many volunteer programs and events that focused on educating today’s youth on wildlife conservation. He has also done extensive volunteer work with the Georgia DNR at various state wildlife management areas, as well as US Fish and Wildlife Service. Additionally, Steven spent time volunteering with Field & Stream, performing various studies on native fish populations in north Georgia’s river systems, and helped manage wood duck populations for various private landowners throughout the state.
Steven moved to Alpharetta, Georgia from Michigan at a young age and has fished or explored many of the local waterbodies over the years. When he is not on the water for work, Steven can usually be found fishing or competing in a local disc golf tournament. He has been an avid fisherman ever since he could cast a rod and travels throughout the Southeast competing in professional bass fishing tournaments.
Peyton Woods is an aquatic scientist at SOLitude. Peyton provides clients with sustainable lake and pond management solutions, and creates customized plans specific to their objectives and desires for their property and water resources. He is also a certified pesticide applicator in Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Alabama.
Peyton earned his Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Aquatic Sciences from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia (UGA) in 2015. During his time at UGA, Peyton researched potential bioaccumulation of a toxic strain of Cyanobacteria which was growing on Hydrilla in Lake Thurmond Reservoir in Georgia. The research led to the discovery of a disease called Avian Vacuolar Myelinopathy (AVM), which affects the myelin sheath of the brain in birds that consume the Cyanobacteria infested Hydrilla.
Before joining the SOLitude team, Peyton volunteered with several EPA research projects which focused on evaluating the effectiveness of mitigation areas on increasing fish biodiversity in the Georgia piedmont region.
Peyton was raised in the northeast Georgia mountains where his family cattle farm backed up to the Chattahoochee National Forest. Growing up, he spent the majority of his free time in the outdoors fishing and hunting. From an early age, Peyton had an interest in the many fish that inhabited the streams and rivers around his home, and the ways the fish interacted with their surroundings. This early fascination drove him to pursue his interests in the aquatic realm at the University of Georgia. Today, Peyton loves to spend his free time hunting and fishing with friends and family.
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In support of our belief that lakes and ponds are a precious natural resource requiring protection, SOLitude is committed to providing sustainable and renewable solutions that maintain ecological balance in the workplace and beyond.
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.
Utilizing the latest GPS aquatic mapping technology and our own proprietary lake and pond management software, the experts at SOLitude collect all the data necessary to provide comprehensive analysis and in-depth solutions.