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Your Full-Service Lake Management Team

Meet The Southwest Team: 

Central Texas | East Texas

David Ellison

Aquatic Biologist and Regional Director

david-ellison-director-of-south-southwest-and-westDavid 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.

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Dustin Vassar

Business Development Consultant

Dustin_VassarDustin Vassar joined SOLitude Lake Management as a Business Development Specialist. Dustin works out of the Texas office and is responsible for helping the team build relationships with clients in the region as SOLitude continues to grow.

Dustin comes to SOLitude with an extensive background in new business development. He worked with Ricoh USA, based out of Dallas, Texas, where he was a top contributor in the marketplace. Prior to coming to SOLitude, Dustin worked as a Business Performance Advisor for Insperity in Irving, Texas. At Inperity, he was responsible for determining ways to help small businesses succeed, such as reducing administrative costs, attracting and retaining top talent, and shaping company culture.

Dustin is originally from Arlington, Texas, and attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he studied Business Finance. Dustin is a member of Toastmasters International where he serves his club as VP Membership and enjoys helping new members with their public speaking skills.

Dustin spends his free time drag racing, playing golf, being outdoors with family and friends and staying active at his CrossFit gym.  

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Central Texas 

Matthew Ward

Biologist and Territory Leader

Matthew_Ward_WebA resident fisheries biologist, Matt Ward serves as territory leader at SOLitude’s Texas office. With ten years of experience, Matt’s love of the outdoors and enjoyment of teaching drive him to pursue fisheries’ management goals with our clients and to participate in public speaking engagements in order to promote stewardship of freshwater fisheries resources. He is closely involved with the Texas Aquatic Plant Management Society, and served as society President in 2014. Matt also participates in the Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, taking continuing education courses on an annual basis.

Matt is a native of Dallas, TX and spent over six years of his childhood in Chad, Africa. After returning to the states at age 17, he attended Texas A&M University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2003. During his senior year, Matt married his soul mate and high school sweetheart, Ashley. He then went on earn his Master of Science degree in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University.

Matt is a self-proclaimed “regular family man” and loves introducing his kids to all things outdoors, pursuing a variety of activities including gardening, hiking and fishing. As an avid naturalist and fisherman, he enjoys exploring any water he encounters and pursuing virtually any species of fish from fresh to saltwater, whether it be “shadow casting” with a 5wt fly rod or cranking on a 9/0 Penn strapped to a 130 lb. class stand-up.  

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Robert Callaway

Aquatic Specialist

Robert_Callaway_webRobert Callaway is an aquatic specialist for SOLitude Lake Management and works out of the Bryan, Texas office. Robert manages monthly retainer clients, and also oversees fountain and aeration installation and repairs. He has attended Otterbine and Kasco training in order to stay up to date on these systems.

Robert is a graduate of Franklin High School where he participated in a number of sports including football, basketball, track, golf and baseball. In 2005, Robert began working in the lake and pond industry and comes to SOLitude from Total Lake Mangement. As a long standing employee, Robert is well-versed in company operations and serves as a supervisor in the field.

Robert is a father of two and spends much of his free time with his family. They enjoy fishing, playing various sports and just hanging out.

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Cole Kabella

Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist

Cole_KabellaCole Kabella is and aquatic specialist with SOLitude Lake Management. Cole works out of SOLitude’s Texas office and provides clients in the area with sustainable solutions for their lakes and ponds. In particular, he focuses on controlling aquatic vegetation growth and promoting growth of bass and other fish while maintaining or enhancing the aesthetics of the habitat. Cole also conducts fish stockings, transporting and acclimating fish into clients’ lakes and ponds.

Cole grew up in Liberty Hill, Texas. He joined the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Cole attended Texas A&M University and received a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. During his time at A&M, he traveled to South Africa where he was able to spend a semester of his studies. On this trip he met the woman that he would later call his wife. They both returned home and continued learning until they graduated in 2013.

Cole enjoys spending time outdoors and his hobbies include hiking, backpacking, camping, swimming and shooting. 

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Logan Cowan

Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist

Logan_CowanLogan Cowan is an aquatic technician and works out of SOLitude Lake Management’s Texas office. Logan works with clients across the state to develop individualized lake management programs to help them meet their goals.

Growing up along the Gulf Coast in Texas, Logan acquired a great appreciation for the outdoors and the beauty of the aquatic environment. He has enjoyed many years fishing the pristine flats of the Lower Laguna Madre and hunting the waterfowl of the lower Texas Coast. In 2013, Logan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. Soon after graduation he went to work as a wildlife removal specialist in the greater Houston area before accepting a position with Total Lake Management.

Logan is married to his wonderful wife Kelsey with whom he enjoys spending time, walking with along the beach, camping and fishing. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys pursuing better management through science as he seeks to steward our most precious natural resources.  

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Ryan Young 

Aquatic Technician

Ryan_Young_webRyan Young works out of SOLitude Lake Management’s Texas office and serves as an aquatic technician. Ryan is focused on creating healthier aquatic ecosystems for clients in Texas. He provides clients with a complete range of lake and pond management services, from water quality testing and algae control to buffer management and aeration solutions.

Ryan Young was born and raised in Houston Texas. At age nine, Ryan joined the Boy Scouts of America where he developed his love for the outdoors and his value of community service and hard work. In 2009, he graduated from Texas A&M University was a Bachelor of Science degree in Poultry Science. He was a member of the fishing team at Texas A&M and competed in local and national collegiate bass fishing tournaments. As an avid outdoorsman Ryan accepted a position at Gander Mountain as a student. He began as a camping associate and worked his way up to a supervisor of firearms, and later, fishing.

In his free time you will find Ryan on the lake with his trusty side kick Bear or making rods and custom baits for finding monster fish. 

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Travis McCarver 

Shop Foreman

Travis_McCarver_webTravis McCarver is the Shop Foreman for SOLitude Lake Management’s office in Bryan, Texas. Travis is responsible for ensuring that all company equipment and vehicles necessary to complete day-to-day operations are properly maintained. His work helps to ensure that the aquatic and fisheries professionals at SOLitude have the tools necessary to complete their job in a timely and safe manner.

Travis was raised in Hearne, Texas and attended nearby Texas A&M University. Throughout high school and college, Travis worked part-time as a Graphics Designer at Texas A&M. His love for the outdoors and interest in environmental science led him to pursue and earn his bachelor’s degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management.

Travis spent most of his youth hunting, fishing, or camping at local state parks, all of which he still enjoys doing today with his fiancé Brooke.  

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Jessica Ferguson

Wildlife and Fisheries Scientist 

Jessica_Ferguson_webJessica Ferguson is a Wildlife and Fisheries Scientist at SOLitude Lake Management and works out of the company’s office in Bryan, Texas. Jessica supports general operations and may very well be the first person you speak to when you call the Texas office. She also assists in the field and works directly with clients to help them achieve their lake, pond and fisheries management goals.

Jessica earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. She grew up in Seabrook, Texas, where she gained a love for the outdoors at a young age from fishing the coast as well as fishing the rivers in the hill country. During college, Jessica’s love of fisheries led her to work as a deck hand for a charter fishing boat for three summers. This experience led her to pursue and earn her OUPV Captains license through the U.S. Coast Guard.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys fishing, boating, and hunting as well as visiting state parks throughout Texas.  

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Dawn Dorsett

Regional Administrator and Client Relations

Dawn_Dorsett_webDawn Dorsett serves as regional administrator for SOLitude Lake Management’s office in Bryan, Texas. Dawn is responsible for overall administrative duties at the Texas office, and also has a wide range of fisheries management experience on both public and private waters.

Dawn received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991 and her Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University in 1992. She was employed by Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries Division in Bryan, Texas for seven years as a fisheries technician. In 1998, she and her husband Paul started their own company, Total Lake Management.

Dawn is an avid fisherwoman and kayaker. She is also a member of Sisters-On-The-Fly, the largest outdoor women’s group in the Unites States.

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East Texas 

Cory Smith 

Operations Manager


Cory Smith joined the SOLitude Lake Management team as Operations Manager for the East Texas region. Cory works out of the Tyler, TX office and is responsible for all daily operations, field supervision, and installations performed by the team. He works to help clients exceed their property goals, whether that is aesthetics or growing the largest bass in Texas. He also works closely with the Business Development team, helping to create lake, pond and fisheries management plans for new clients.

At an early age, Cory developed a love for the outdoors and fisheries while working summers with Stan Smith. Prior to joining the SOLitude Team, Cory worked as Operations Manager for Aquatic Management Services for over eight years. Cory attended Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, TX where he played baseball and ran cross country. He is a licensed commercial applicator in Texas through the TDA, as well as a member of the Texas Aquatic Plant Management Society (TAPMS).

While not working, Cory loves spending time outdoors with his wife, and their four kids. They all enjoy hunting, fishing, and water skiing. Cory also enjoys outdoor and wildlife photography, and has had several photos featured on webpages.

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Jason Regester 

Aquatic Specialist 


Jason Regester is an aquatic specialist for SOLitude Lake Management based in Tyler, Texas. Jason’s responsibilities include water quality testing and restoration, algae and aquatic weed control, fish habitat management and a multitude of other aquatic management services. He enjoys performing electrofishing surveys in order to compare data from the present year to prior years, so that fisheries management goals can be set and improved upon. Jason is dedicated to continuously educating clients and implementing programs to help them reach and exceed their lake and pond management goals.

Jason received his Bachelor of Science degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in 2001. He majored in Agri-business and minored in select business courses. Jason has provided customized lake, pond and fisheries management solutions since 2007.

Jason grew up in Tyler, Texas and loves outdoor life that includes hunting, fishing, and target shooting. He enjoys hanging out at the family farm, where hay is produced and three Longhorn steers roam and graze the pasture land. Jason also enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter going to the movies, playing with their dog and having game night with family members. He loves scouting out new locations for wild hog hunting with his crossbow and is an avid NASCAR fan.

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