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.
Aquatic and Fisheries Biologist and Territory Leader
Stephen Wilson is an aquatic and fisheries biologist with the SOLitude Lake Management team who serves as the territory leader for South Carolina and Georgia. Currently, 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 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. His field and technical experience combined with his management and business acumen will help develop new projects in South Carolina and Georgia.
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, servicing clients' lakes and stormwater ponds throughout North and South Carolina. Prior to SOLitude, Trent spent 12 years of his professional career in the golf course industry, working at courses throughout the Carolinas. As an Assistant Superintendent, he was responsible for managing the day-to-day challenges of high end turf and golf course management at 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 been seen in all aspects of his life and he spends his spare time outdoors either training his young bird dog, fishing or hunting. Trent is truly at peace when he is outside. 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.
Growing up, Ross enjoyed being outdoors fishing, camping, and hiking. His love for these activities led him to study fisheries sciences at Virginia Tech in order to pursue a career in the environmental industry. After graduating in 2012 with honors, Ross immediately began working in the aquatics field. After almost three years of field experience, he joined SOLitude with the hopes of bettering himself and having the opportunity to make a more positive impact on the clients he serves as well as the environment. He is a licensed aquatics pesticide applicator in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and New Jersey and takes pride in exceeding his clients’ expectations.
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, New Jersey to Gulfport, Mississippi and is very passionate about helping those in need.
Nicholas Butler is an aquatic specialist at SOLitude Lake Management. Nic works out of SOLitude’s Shallotte, NC office and is trained and experienced to provide clients in the region with sustainable lake and pond management solutions. He is a licensed pesticide applicator in North Carolina with an aquatics certification. Nic’s strong work ethic, coupled with his never ending optimism, make him a valued member of the SOLitude family.
Nic grew up in southeastern North Carolina in the small town of Shallotte. He didn’t stray far from home for college, and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in Wilmington, NC. Nic’s 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 joined SOLitude Lake Management as Client Development Manager, with key functions in retaining and expanding territory services. Michael 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 U.S. 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.
Business Development Associate
Duncan Mahnken joined the SOLitude team as a business development associate and works out of SOLitude’s Newport News, VA office. As a member of the business development team, Duncan helps develop relationships with clients in new markets and works to create referral partnerships. He also assists the team in fulfilling the needs of current contracts. Duncan considers himself to be an extremely efficient individual who strives to provide excellent customer service through attention to detail and time management.
Duncan graduated in 2016 from Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA. He was a division one athlete and former nationally ranked swimmer which served to keep him both mentally and physically fit. His love of the water and the environment are initially what brought Duncan to SOLitude; however, the professionalism and knowledge of his colleagues are what convinced Duncan that SOLitude was the company for him. He has honed his sales experience through careful contract negotiations dating back to his time at the Virginia Military Institute, where he was responsible for hosting events intended to enhance Corps morale.
Originally from Harrison, NJ, Duncan moved to Chesapeake, VA in 2007. He is familiar with the Hampton Roads area and has found the transition from city life to be rather enjoyable. Duncan has not hung up his goggles just yet and still swims semi-competitively. In his free time, Duncan also surfs, free dives, golfs and goes snowboarding with friends every opportunity he gets. Although Duncan prefers the waves at the Jersey Shore, Virginia Beach’s North End has become a second home. Duncan is an avid sports fan and cheers passionately for the New York Giants and Rangers. He takes pride in “coaching” his favorite teams from the comfort of his living room accompanied by his dog, Shadow.
Dustin Kennedy, aquatic biologist, joined the SOLitude Lake Management team having just graduated from Old Dominion University in 2002. Quickly, Dustin became a valuable part of the SOLitude Lake Management team.
As one of the most experienced members of our staff, Dustin is responsible for leading our staff in the fulfillment of the fieldwork required to meet our clients' goals. During his tenure, he has taken advantage of many training opportunities resulting in his being an AquaMaster, Otterbine and Aqua Control factory Certified Technician. Additionally, Dustin is a licensed Aquatic Pesticide Applicator in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as a SePRO Preferred Applicator.
Before joining SOLitude Lake Management, Dustin worked in the landscape, electrical and construction industries. All of these past experiences, his education and his years of training have contributed to his success with SOLitude Lake Management.
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 at SOLitude Lake Management. During this time he has received numerous certifications and credentials that expertly qualify him to manage lakes, ponds and wetlands. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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 joined the SOLitude Lake Management team in southeastern Virginia shortly after completing a Master of Science degree in Lake Management from SUNY Oneonta in Upstate New York. He was the first graduate, internationally, with a degree specifically in lake management. His master’s thesis and research was focused on writing a comprehensive lake management plan for a lake association in upstate New York. Through his degree and related work experience, Derek also earned the designation of 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 is a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
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. Here, he learned that water was his passion and that he wanted to pursue a professional career with aquatic resources.
Derek grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia. He spent most weekends catfishing on the Chickahominy River. Nowadays you can usually find him in the same spot, fishing, kayaking, or even relaxing on the beach.
Cody is based in Hampton Roads, VA and joined the SOLitude Lake Management team after receiving a bachelor of science degree in Environmental Biology from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. 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, Virginia 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.
Wildlife and Fisheries Scientist
Jackson Minnich is a wildlife and fisheries scientist at SOLitude Lake Management. Jackson joined the team after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and a minor in Forestry. At SOLitude, he works directly with clients to help restore ecological balance to their waterbodies.
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 previously did 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, Tennessee 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 fiancé. Jackson actively volunteers with many fishing related events, and enjoys volunteering with organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project.
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, Virginia 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.
Regional Administrator and Client Relations
Brianna Scicluna joins SOLitude as a regional administrator and client relations representative. Brianna provides excellent customer service to each and every client she works with. She is an extremely organized individual, and considers herself a specialist in operations management—often implementing elevated standards in order to increase efficiency. Previously, Brianna directed operations for a real estate brokerage firm and played a critical role in managing their growth and acquisitions.
Brianna is currently earning her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. She is a member of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals group, called tHRive, and assists the group’s branding team. With her love of animals and the environment, Brianna is driven by the expertise and passion of her colleagues at SOLitude.
Originally from Chicago, IL, Brianna relocated to her new home in Virginia Beach in 2014. She is an athlete and has participated in rugby, fencing, soccer, volleyball, and co-ed football. She is also a diehard Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Bears fan, and has the accent to prove it. Brianna much prefers the beach over the cold winters in Chicago and also enjoys spending time with her wonderful family and her dog, Jordan.
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 U.S. 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 with SOLitude Lake Management. 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.
Post-college, 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. At this position he learned much about water quality, wastewater treatment, as well as pump troubleshooting and maintenance.
David is based out of SOLitude's Northern Virginia office where he serves as territory leader for northern Virginia and Maryland. He is currently a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey and Delaware. David is also a certified applicator for “Right of Ways” in Virginia, an AquaMaster trained service technician, and a SePRO Preferred Applicator.
David's work with SOLitude has allowed him to return closer to his hometown of Fredericksburg, VA. David's father, a retired engineer, and his mother, a resource teacher, also live in the area. He enjoys eating dinner with his parents and his grandmother on a weekly basis and likes cooking, especially smoked ribs. David and his brother, Bill, a software engineer in Sacramento, CA, enjoy traveling around the country finding the best places to snowboard. David also enjoys playing soccer and lacrosse in local leagues. David has been playing the drums for over 15 years but has yet to find a venue for this talent.
Natural Resources Specialist
Doug Hawpe is a Natural Resources Specialist with SOLitude Lake Management. Doug has extensive experience in the stormwater, environmental, landscape and turfgrass industry and is a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, New Jersey and North Carolina. He is an upcoming candidate for a Master of Natural Resources degree from Virginia Tech, in addition to his undergraduate degree in horticulture and landscape architecture, also from Virginia Tech.
A native Virginian, Doug was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley in the city of Staunton, where his love of the outdoors and natural environment flourished. His family spent summers vacationing to Emerald Isle, NC, where he was able to experience the ocean, estuaries, and dynamic nature of the aquatic environment.
Doug currently resides in Alexandria, VA and enjoys spending time at home with his wife, young son, baby girl, and Labrador retriever. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, running, and home improvement projects. When able to find time at the coast, Doug also enjoys surfing and exploring estuarine habitats.
Hunter Poland joined the SOLitude Lake Management team as an environmental scientist and is a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, South Carolina and North Carolina. Hunter holds a 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, Virginia. 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
Daniel Hood works as a Wildlife and Fisheries Scientist at SOLitude Lake Management. Daniel is based out of Salem, Virginia. His role at SOLitude is to provide clients with sustainable solutions, utilizing the most current environmental technologies, for the management of their lakes and ponds.
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.
Environmental Scientist and Territory Leader
Brent Weber joined the SOLitude Lake Management team as an environmental scientist after graduating from James Madison University in 2011. Brent earned 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 grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia, 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.
Prior to his employment as an Environmental Scientist at SOLitude, Brent worked in landscaping and horticulture, and also as a grounds man for an arborist company. 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.
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. 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.
Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist
Parker joined the SOLitude Lake Management team after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and a minor in Forestry. He is a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Virginia and a certified aquatic pesticide applicator in Tennessee. Parker was previously employed as a Fisheries Research Technician with the University of Tennessee.
As a fisheries research technician, Parker participated in multiple fisheries projects including restoring native fishes to the Pigeon River, conducting stream health surveys, and reintroducing lake sturgeon to the Tennessee River. His work with sturgeon eventually led him to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where he began volunteering in 2014. As a volunteer, he was awarded a Motorboat Operator Certification allowing him to operate research vessels while participating in USFWS studies. Parker also completed an independent study at the University of Tennessee focusing on intersex condition in black bass in the Nolichucky River. This study gave him first hand experience in coordinating a fisheries project from start to finish.
Born and raised in Knoxville Tennessee, only miles from the headwaters of the Tennessee River, Parker developed a love for water and bass fishing early in his life. Because of his love, Parker spent as much of his time on, around, and in the water as he possibly could. His dedication to bass fishing eventually led him to the University of Tennessee Bass Fishing Team where he fished competitively until he graduated. Today, Parker still loves bass fishing but wants to expand his knowledge and passion into saltwater.
When not working or fishing, Parker enjoys attending church with his family, spending quality time with his fiancé, watching UT football, golfing, and hunting. Parker also loves volunteering his free time with children whether it is helping in Sunday School, a kid’s community fishing tournament, or his fiancés elementary school classroom.
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.
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 at 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 Field Manager for SOLitude’s Alpharetta, Georgia office, located just north of Atlanta. His knowledge of the local community, combined with his experience navigating the public waterways, has given Steven a great understanding of how to effectively implement sustainable lake and pond management solutions to help keep client’s aquatic ecosystems healthy and beautiful. He 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.
Steven earned his Associate of Applied Science degree in Wildlife Management, with an emphasis on aquatic animal and plant species management in the southeast, from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton, GA in 2012. 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 U.S. 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 joined the SOLitude Lake Management team as an aquatic specialist and works out of SOLitude’s Alpharetta, Georgia office. As an aquatic specialist, 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 a certified pesticide applicator by the state of Georgia.
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.