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    Your Full-Service Lake Management Team

    Meet The Mechanical and Shoreline Restoration Team


    Jeff Castellani

    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.

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    Robbin Huffines 

    Director of Erosion Control Services

    Robbin Huffines

    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.

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    Lauren Sullivan  

    Environmental Scientist
    Project Coordinator
    Video Ambassador

    lauren-sullivan-web-newLauren Sullivan is an Environmental Scientist, Project Coordinator and SOLitude Video Ambassador who assists SOLitude’s mechanical division with invasive weed control services, surveys, reports, proposals and GIS mapping. She is passionate about conservation and preserving natural resources.

    Lauren graduated in 2010 from Westfield State University with a degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Throughout her studies at Westfield, she gained valuable hands on experience working in wetlands, GPS mapping of local farmlands and completed an Environmental Biology course abroad in Belize. She also spent a summer removing the terrestrial invasive species Japanese Barberry from a national park in New Hampshire.

    Lauren comes to SOLitude with 10-years of experience in several environmental disciplines. Her most recent positions were with Tech Environmental as an environmental scientist and Underwriters Laboratories Inc. as a regulatory analyst.

    Lauren has always loved the environment and being outside. In her free time, she can be found hiking, camping, visiting the beach, kayaking and running outside.  

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    Sean Goorsky

    Project Manager, Shoreline Restoration

    Sean Goorsky

    Sean Goorsky is a Project Manager who leads erosion control and shoreline management efforts out of SOLitude’s Fort Myers office. He ensures projects are completed successfully and the expectations of our clients are exceeded. He helps lead his team by coordinating the delivery of necessary equipment and materials and managing project timelines. He enjoys guiding shoreline revitalization efforts from start to finish.

    Prior to joining the SOLitude team, Sean was a golf course superintendent for eight years and spent more than a decade developing sites as a business owner, golf course construction superintendent, and heavy equipment operator. Sean also gained experience maintaining fountain and submersed aeration equipment while working for two years with a leading aeration manufacturer.

    Outside of work, Sean enjoys spending time with his wife, Jessica, and daughter, Jade. They enjoy boating, fishing and playing golf together.

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    Ray Sherwin 

    Mechanical Specialist II

    ray-sherwin-web-1Ray Sherwin is a Mechanical Specialist who has been with SOLitude since 2006. As a longstanding member of the mechanical team, Ray develops efficient ways to complete hydro-raking projects, and enjoys using his knowledge and expertise to repair and modify watercraft equipment.

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

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

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    Matthew Lafrennie

    Mechanical Specialist II


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

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

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

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    Ed Taube

    Mechanical Specialist II

    ed-taube-web-newEd Taube works in SOLitude’s mechanical division as a Mechanical Specialist. He has more than three decades of experience in water quality management and has a special interest building and operating mechanical equipment and utilizing sustainable treatments to improve the condition of lakes and ponds of all sizes.

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

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

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    Jamie Cote  

    Mechanical Specialist I

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

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

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

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    Keith Wilson, Jr.

    Mechanical Specialist I

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

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

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

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    Erique Cote 

    Mechanical Specialist I

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

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

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    Jacob Raisner 

    Mechanical Specialist I

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

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

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

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    Greg Thompson 

    Mechanical Specialist I

    Greg ThompsonGreg Thompson is a Mechanical Specialist who has worked in sales, customer service and management for over 15 years. Greg’s strong management background and technical capabilities are instrumental in the overall success of SOLitude’s mechanical team.

    Greg attended the University of Southern Maine where he studied psychology and sociology. He is a US Army veteran. In the Army he received his CDL license and infantry training. His knowledge of construction and site management is a valuable asset for clients looking to restore the health of their aquatic ecosystems without impacting surrounding property.

    Outside of work, Greg enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, scuba diving or riding his motorcycle. However, his favorite activity is just spending time with his family.

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