Marc Bellaud, President of SOLitude Lake Management, has more than 20 years of experience in the aquatics industry. Marc’s work has primarily focused on applied aquatic invasive species control programs and related lake and pond management issues. He has authored dozens of lake management plans and feasibility studies and has designed and implemented integrated aquatic plant management programs in lakes and ponds throughout the Northeast. Marc is a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in the six New England states and New York, but has always prided himself on incorporating all available technologies and techniques to best meet client’s needs.
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Marc developed a love of the outdoors at an early age. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in biological sciences and a concentration in natural resources, he worked for two non-profit organizations before joining Aquatic Control Technology in 1993. He started as a field biologist and quickly became immersed in every aspect of the business. His roles and responsibilities expanded as the company continued to grow and they culminated in his promotion to company President in 2013.
Marc has been actively involved in advancing the science of the aquatics industry. He is a Past-President and Director of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS) and has remained involved with the organization since it was initially founded. Marc also served as a Director of the New York State Aquatic Managers Association (NYSAMA). He is actively involved with several state organizations focused on lake management issues. In 2006, Marc received the SePRO Applicator of the Year award. He was a contributing author and co-editor for the third edition of the BMP Manual produced by the Aquatic Ecosystem Research Foundation (AERF) and is a regular presenter and speaker at numerous industry conferences.
Marc enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons and the family dog. He has always loved to ski, fish, play ice hockey and do just about anything outdoors, but these days most of his free time is dedicated to chauffeuring his boys to their numerous sporting events. Marc is a youth hockey coach and serves on the board of directors of his local hockey program. He volunteers regularly with his local Boy Scout troop.
Lakes have always been special to Marc. He spent countless summer days on Squam Lake in New Hampshire and it remains one of his favorite places to visit. His passion for protecting water – our most precious natural resource – inspires his guidance of the SOLitude Lake Management team.
Mychal Manolatos, Vice President of SOLitude Lake Management, is responsible for leading efforts to develop relationships with new clients and introduce the company’s many service offerings and products to new regions. Mychal also works to ensure that the needs of existing clients are not only met, but exceeded by the entire SOLitude sales team.
Mychal earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Hospitality and Human Resources Management from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, in 1999. Before joining SOLitude, Mychal worked with Aramark Corporation, where he was vice president of field sales for the central North America region. At Aramark, Mychal led a team of over one hundred sales professionals and developed and implemented a refreshment services sales strategy and executional framework for his sales team. Prior to Aramark, Mychal has held several roles of progressive sales leadership in capital equipment, food service and software industries.
Mychal resides in Chicago with his daughter and is passionate about family, travel and sports. Though he has lived in Chicago since 2011, he remains an avid Detroit sports fan, where he spent his childhood.
Director of Sales
Michael Dillon is the Director of Sales for SOLitude. He is responsible for driving growth in SOLitude’s footprint with a focus on organic growth and increased market share.
Mike has more than 15 years of prior experience leading sales teams to both personal and professional growth while working for companies like Hertz Car Rental, MAC Tools and, most recently, Waterlogic USA, where he helped lead the US field sales team to a period of high growth resulting in over double their productivity in the point of use water purification market.
Originally from Philadelphia, Mike graduated from Manor College with a degree in Business Administration. He bleeds green as a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and cheers on the other three major Philly franchises. He has lived in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Delaware, and currently resides in New Jersey.
Mike spends the majority of his free time traveling with his wife, Nicole, and son, Michael, to see U2 and other live music events. He likes to spend his homebound free time on his boat or exploring local trails with his dog, Slider.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Tracy began her career with SOLitude in 2012 and has a true passion for marketing communications and leading and developing high performing colleagues. She is responsible for business growth and the overall marketing strategy to include branding, digital marketing and SEO, inbound lead generation and public relations initiatives. Her role extends to creating a WOW experience for both clients and colleagues through effective communications, colleague development and enrichment programs, and the company's volunteer and community outreach program, The SOLution.
Tracy is a native of South Jersey and returned back to her home state after spending her early career in Norfolk, VA. Tracy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a marketing concentration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
Tracy spends her free time visiting beaches and wineries, hiking the red rocks in Sedona, and enjoying various outdoor activities with her husband and three young daughters. She stays active through kickboxing, Pilates reformer, and walks with her puggle, Bailey. Tracy is an avid sports fan and enjoys watching football and Philly sports teams with her family and friends.
Director of Fisheries
David Beasley is a fisheries biologist leading the fisheries division for all of SOLitude’s service areas. David has an extensive background in progressive management techniques related to water quality, plankton management, fish species management and population dynamics, and is highly experienced in the creation and maintenance of both balanced and trophy fisheries. His expertise includes the management of ponds and indoor facilities for aquaculture purposes, and the development of more than 27 species of forage and predator fish, including warm, cool and cold water species.
Dave is also a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, as well as an AquaMaster and Aqua Control trained service technician and a SePRO Preferred Applicator.
In 2004, David graduated from the State University of New York in Cobleskill with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture. For nearly five years following graduation, David worked as a fisheries manager at the private fish and game preserve "Savannah Dhu" in upstate New York. The property consists of 450 acres of water, broken down into 4 lakes, 60 ponds and an indoor culturing facility. Throughout his industry career, David guided hundreds of fishing outings, aiding in his overall understanding of fish behavior and successful fisheries management.
In his spare time, David enjoys taking part in many outdoor activities, including his two favorites: whitetail archery and ice fishing. He enjoys all types of hunting, fishing, camping, water sports and just relaxing in the outdoors.
Director of Mechanical Operations
Jeff Castellani serves as Director of Mechanical Operations at SOLitude. He leads SOLitude’s mechanical division with invasive weed control services, surveys, reports, proposals and GIS mapping. Jeff is a licensed applicator in many states across New England and maintains licensing and industry certificates for Construction Supervisor, OSHA, Qualified Rigger and Signal, as well as Boater Safety.
Jeff is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University and holds a degree in Business Studies with a concentration in Finance. He spent the first 16 years of his career in banking and worked as a branch administrator, training manager, merger and acquisition project manager, and commercial loan liaison, and eventually obtained Vice President status. In 2001, Jeff left the banking industry to pursue a new challenge and spend more time with his family. He obtained a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License, after two years of rehabilitation experience with commercial and residential properties. With a desire to excise both his intellect and body – and also work outdoors – Jeff accepted a position with his neighbor’s environmental company. His environmental and biology experience was gained both on the job and self-taught. Jeff saw an opportunity to expand the mechanical method of aquatic vegetation control and detritus management, and that evolved into his current position. He is driven by developing career paths for individuals, and providing an excellent customer experience.
Jeff is a caring father and husband. When not at work, he likes to spend time with family and friends, freshwater fish and pursue oceanfront activities. Jeff also enjoys helping out the community by coaching his local Pop Warner and Little League teams. Not quite able to give up his financial background, he also serves as the treasurer for both youth sport Boards. Jeff values helping to develop core principles and skills in young men and women. He takes pride in any endeavor presented, and looks at each challenge as an opportunity rather than a problem.
Director of Biology
Water Quality Program Supervisor
Certified Lake Manager
Chris Doyle is a Senior Aquatic Biologist and Director of Biology at SOLitude. He has more than 20 years of experience in all facets of lake, pond and fisheries management, and oversees some of SOLitude’s largest projects in the New England region. Throughout his industry career, Chris has designed and performed methodologies for full lake GPS referenced aquatic vegetation surveys, developed invasive species identification procedures, studied invertebrate and algal and aquatic macrophyte taxonomy and conducted extensive fieldwork and studies of aquatic environments and species.
Chris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management with a focus on Fishery Science from Cook College, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, in 1994. Chris is a member of several lake management industry organizations. He currently serves as president of the board of directors for the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS) and sits on the aquatic plant technical advisory board for the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team (NJISST). Chris is also an active partner with the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (LH PRISM) and is a Certified Lake Manager by the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS). He has presented the findings of projects via oral and poster presentations at annual conferences for NALMS, NEAPMS, the Aquatic Plan Management Society (APMS) and the New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA).
Chris is proud to be a New Jersey native and resides in central New Jersey with wife and best friend, Lisa, son, Alec, and two adopted cats. He is a published freelance fiction author, an avid sports fan and is active in the local 4H Association.
Director of Erosion Control Services
Robbin Huffines is the Director of Erosion Control Services who oversees large regional projects and coordinates with local teams to ensure environmental work is completed efficiently. Robbin has a particular expertise in erosion control technologies for aging shorelines. He enjoys brainstorming custom solutions for each property and guiding clients through the restoration process.
Robbin has a degree from Florida Southwestern University. He is a member on the Board of Directors of the Florida Lake Management Society and is a regular guest speaker on Sandcastle Radio where he discusses all topics relating to lake and pond management.
Robbin was born-and-raised in Ft. Myers, FL. Before joining the SOLitude team, he worked in landscape design and marine research.
Regional Director: North and Mid‑Atlantic
Keith Gazaille is an aquatic ecologist for SOLitude Lake Management who serves as the Regional Director of the New England region based in central Massachusetts. Keith has worked in the lake and pond management industry since 1998 and has been responsible for the design, permitting and implementation of hundreds of management programs across the Northeast. His direct project experience includes fisheries and wildlife habitat improvement, aquatic, wetland, and upland invasive species control, water quality enhancement, nutrient management, aeration, dredging and watershed management. Keith is a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut and also holds Mosquito/Biting fly and Right of Way pesticide certifications in Rhode Island and Connecticut, respectively. He is also a Certified Invasive Species Manager by the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council and is experienced with feasibility assessments and regulatory compliance monitoring and reporting.
Keith has served as the lead project manager for many of SOLitude’s larger and more sensitive projects in the Northeast, having developed and performed invasive species control programs and rare and endangered species habitat management for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, MA Fish and Wildlife’s Natural Heritage Program, US Army Corps of Engineers, The Audubon Society, RI Fish and Wildlife, and the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation. He is active in a number of professional organizations such as the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society and the North American Lake Management Society. Through his involvement with these organization and other continuing education programs, Keith stays current with the latest technologies and management protocols.
Keith received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Wildlife concentration from Framingham State University in Framingham, MA, in 1995. Prior to beginning his lake management career with Aquatic Control Technology, Keith worked under a state grant to collect data on the nesting and fledging habits of federally threatened piping plovers on Martha’s Vineyard. He also served as an operations manager for an area property management company that provided landscape maintenance, turf management and invasive species control services.
In his spare time, Keith's hobbies and interests include saltwater fishing, waterfowl hunting, woodworking and boating. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Regional Director: South & Midwest
David Ellison is an aquatic biologist with the SOLitude Lake Management team who serves as the Regional Director for the south and midwest. 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.
Regional Director: North and Central FL
Gary Ribbink is a Regional Director who leads teams in SOLitude’s Sanford, Winter Garden, and Jacksonville offices. He has more than 23 years of experience managing lakes, ponds and wetlands in Florida and has excelled in many roles throughout his tenure at SOLitude. He is passionate about resolving freshwater imbalances and wants his clients to know he is up for any aquatic management challenge--and will not rest until it has been resolved.
Gary was born-and-raised in Dayton, OH. In 1972, he enlisted in the United States Navy, during which he served as a radiation worker and nuclear power plant operator on fast attack and fleet ballistic missile nuclear submarines. Throughout this time, he gained valuable experience with water chemistry training, testing, and control. He worked his way up to become a supervisor and 2nd Class Petty Officer before being honorably discharged after six years.
From there, Gary moved to Florida where he earned his Associate of Arts degree from Seminole Community College. Before joining SOLitude, he worked in water plant operations for the City of Deerfield Beach.
Regional Director: South, Southwest and Southeast FL
Bill Kurth, a Regional Director in Florida, has more than 34 years of extensive experience in lake, pond and wetland management. Bill specializes in providing innovative treatment solutions for clients using new products and technologies, and has managed waterbodies for many of his local community associations and clients for 25 years or more.
Bill attended Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University, where he earned a degree in Business Management. He began his industry career as an aquatic applicator with a Florida-based aquatics company, where he quickly became responsible for the technical training of all new employees, and was promoted to the position of Branch Manager of the company's Ft. Myers branch within 4 years. Bill then moved to Cape Coral Florida in 1987, where his expertise in herbicide technology and ability to sell and manage while also performing aquatic applications allowed Bill to grow his branch by 400% in 8 years. In 1999, Bill moved on to the then newly-formed Lake Masters Aquatic Weed Control, where he served in many roles, including Branch Manager, Director of Operations and Vice President of Operations. Under his leadership, Lake Masters became one of the premier lake management companies in Florida before merging with SOLitude in 2018.
Bill is a multi-year board member for the Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society (FAPMS) and has served as a member of the North American Lake Management Society. He has presented at FAPMS on Control of Exotic Melaleuca Trees, and Recognition and Control of Golden Algae; at the UF/IFAS Aquatic Weed Control Short Course on the control of exotic species in Wetlands; at NALMS on Aquatic Weed Control in Florida; and has spoken at SePro Annual Business Conference on the use of Sonar herbicide in irrigation and other lakes, and on the efficacy of Captain XTR algaecide. He served on the Advisory board for SePRO, and has won awards for Best Management Practices, Sustainability, and Applicator of the Year in 2007. Bill was also named Outstanding Business Partner by the Bonita Bay Group and is a certified erosion and illicit discharge inspector.
Bill’s love of the outdoors is evident through his many hobbies, which include boating, fishing, diving, and travel. He also has a passion for cooking and gardening, and has been heavily involved with aquarium-keeping for most of his life, including live reef aquariums with living coral. Bill was an active little league coach for nine years as his boys, William and Alex, were growing up. Today, he and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Cape Coral, FL. They recently became grandparents and love to spend as much time as possible with family.
Regional Director: Southwest & West
Patrick Mefferd joined the SOLitude Lake Management as the Regional Manager in Texas and was promoted in January 2020 to Regional Director of our West and Southwest regions. Patrick has nearly two decades of management experience and is responsible for leading the operations of SOLitude’s California, Arizona and Texas offices.
Patrick graduated from Union Institute & University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Services Management. He has extensive experience supervising and managing teams in different industries, including customer service, hospitality, travel, transportation and maintenance.
Previously, Patrick spent two and a half years with DBi Services, where he managed highway and interstate projects, ensuring that they were completed on time and within budget. In this role, Patrick focused on project development, resource allocation, and client management, and gained experience leading vegetation management projects throughout the state of Texas. Before DBi Services, Patrick worked for more than 11 years with Avis Budget Group in locations throughout Texas, California and Nevada.
Patrick’s first experience with the environmental industry began at the age of 16 with the Department of Parks and Recreation for the State of California, where he served as a Senior Park Aid. The role taught him valuable lessons and spurred his love for the outdoors. Now, Patrick resides in Waco, TX. Outside of work, he can be found traveling to the beach or mountains with his wife, Carol. Often, their travels take them back to his home state of California where his kids currently attend school and work
Director of Director of Business Operations and Procurement
Rebecca Higgerson joined the SOLitude Lake Management team as the company's Service and Inventory Manager and was quickly promoted to Director of Operations. In this role, she is responsible for managing and overseeing our field service operations, as well as our vendor relations, purchasing, and procurement activities.
Becky brings with her 25 years of finance, purchasing and leadership experience. Becky is a graduate of Old Dominion University and holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Becky’s early career consisted of finance-related positions before becoming the Controller for a game company in Norfolk for ten years where she managed the finances and operations for the company. For the eight years, prior to coming to SOLitude, she was the Director of Purchasing for a large national company headquartered in Virginia Beach that provides tactical equipment, services, procurement, and support solutions to the local, state and federal government. While there, Becky built and managed a purchasing team of 18 people and managed $1.3 billion in purchases a year. She was responsible for vendor contract negotiations, and implemented a Supplier On Time Delivery program for several hundred preferred suppliers that made a huge impact on improving the overall operations of the company.
Becky is a native of southeastern Virginia. She and her husband live in Chesapeake with their Norfolk terrier, Rugby. When she is not spending time with one of her 14 nieces and nephews, Becky enjoys being outdoors running, walking, biking, stand up paddle boarding, and boating.
Chief Financial Officer
Debbie Clement, CPA, is SOLitude’s chief financial officer with more than 25 years of experience as a financial executive. As CFO, Debbie has oversight of the company’s accounting and finance operations and coordinates the preparation of financial statements, reports, analyses and budgets. She also assists with the integration of companies that have been acquired.
Debbie is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Arkansas State University, holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Accounting. In addition to her extensive finance and accounting experience, Debbie brings experience in managing various HR functions, including payroll, employee benefits, and retirement plans.
When she is not working, Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and sweet dog, Mako Jo. For years, Debbie was the ultimate softball mom, spending her summers and falls traveling with both daughter’s teams. Now that they are both in college, she will have time to pursue other hobbies.
Debbie believes in giving back to the community that has so enriched her life, and particularly enjoys organizing charitable/giving events for local organizations/charities such as the Arkansas Foodbank and Our House Shelter.
Kevin Tucker started SOLitude Lake Management in 1998 to focus on the growing need for adequate management of lakes and stormwater retention ponds and the preservation of our natural resources. He is an active member of many leading trade and professional organizations and remains committed to improving the technology, products and services used to deliver value-added and ecologically balanced solutions to the communities and water resources we serve. Kevin and the SOLitude Lake Management staff work with various leading aquatic product manufacturers to perform case studies and field research for many of the new products being introduced to the market. Kevin has been a speaker at many trade and professional shows and conferences, and sits on the Board of multiple trade and professional associations. He is a regularly published author and has been featured in numerous newspapers, businesses and trade publications.
Kevin is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a degree in business management with a concentration in finance. He is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie leadership training course, as well as various industry and technical course curriculums for aquatics, lake management, limnology, environmental science, fisheries management and GPS mapping and bathymetry. Kevin is widely recognized as an expert in the management of lakes, ponds and other freshwater systems, as well as the management of invasive aquatic plants. He is a founding member of the Society of Lake Management Professionals, an organization dedicated to the management and preservation of fresh water resources, and the accreditation of the professionals who serve this industry. Kevin currently serves on the Board for the Center of Entrepreneurship at James Madison University, is a guest lecturer, and has also served as an Entrepreneur in Residence.
Kevin maintains many industry accreditations and is a Certified Aquatics Pesticide Applicator in eight states, a SePRO Steward of Water and Certified Preferred Applicator, Sales and Service certifications from AquaMaster, Vertex, Otterbine, Aqua Control, and Kasco, and is a certified GPS Mapping Network Partner.
Kevin is a member of numerous associations dedicated to the improvement of our industry, our water resources and our clients’ needs, including CAI (Community Associations Institute), NALMS (North American Lake Management Society), APMS (The Aquatic Plant Management Society), AERF (Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation), RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment), WSSA (Weed Science Society of America), GCSAA (Golf Course Superintendents Association of America), various Turfgrass Councils, American Fisheries Society and EO (Entrepreneurs Organization).
Kevin is a father, husband and avid outdoorsman. He is a native of southeastern Virginia, and has spent much of his life on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where he nurtured his passion for the ocean and all that it offers. His love of water and the natural environment is what has fueled his passion for his work and his play. If not in the ocean, you will find Kevin in the mountains, on a river, by a waterfall or on a trail. He enjoys surfing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking, camping, skiing, snowboarding and most every sport.
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When you partner with SOLitude, a dedicated field technician visits your lake or pond twice a month, leveraging extensive knowledge and training to carefully maintain ecological balance and preserve the appearance of your aquatic property.
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