Mid-Atlantic Leadership Team
Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey
Project Manager, Aquatic Specialist
Kirk McDannell is a Project Manager and Aquatic Specialist at SOLitude servicing the lakes, ponds, and fountains of many clients across the Mid-Atlantic. As a Project Manager, Kirk works with clients to develop treatment plans with a special interest in fountain services, buffer treatments and nuisance vegetation management. He enjoys helping clients understand the benefits of a maintenance plan for their waterbodies and turning their plans into a reality through thorough and personalized treatments.
Prior to joining SOLitude, Kirk studied at the University of Delaware before spending nearly two decades in customer relations, service and construction industries. He continues to build on his industry expertise through continuing education seminars with AquaMaster Fountains and Aerators, SePRO Corporation and AirMax. In addition to being a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in many states, Kirk holds several certifications, including a safety certification through the BoatUS Foundation.
Kirk grew up in a rural area near Gettysburg, PA, where he first found a love for the outdoors splashing around in the creeks and exploring nature in the woods by his home. Outside of work, he enjoys camping, biking, boating and golfing.
Senior Business Development Consultant, Environmental Scientist (PA, DE, MD)
John Phelps is an Environmental Scientist and Senior Business Development Consultant with over a decade of experience in freshwater resource management. He helps ensure communities, municipalities, and private landowners are armed with the knowledge and resources to identify their lake and pond management concerns and consider their long-term goals for the property. John specializes in creating custom management plans that prioritize the health and beauty of these aquatic ecosystems. Throughout his extensive career, John has worked on many diverse and complex projects involving water quality restoration, stormwater compliance, wetland mitigation, mosquito control, and other service areas at local, state, and federal levels. John earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Planning from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He regularly presents to HOA communities and property managers about the sustainable aquatic solutions available to them.
District Support Specialist
Kirsten is a District Support Specialists for the Mid-Atlantic region. She assists our operations team with client communications and works with customers to ensure their requests are being met and questions are being answered. She has been in a customer support-facing role for over 15 years.
In her spare time, Kirsten enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with loved ones and her dog.
We Work Together To Offer Exceptional Service
Our Lake Is the Best It’s Been In Years
Our large lake association had SOLitude install a full lake aeration system and perform an alum application. Our lake is the best it has been in several years.
Got Ponds Back Into Shape
We have 5 water features on the property and before SOLitude Lake Management came, our ponds were full of algae and aquatic weeds, looking very unhealthy. In the past 7 years, SOLitude has cleaned out our ponds and got them back into shape making them look like amazing water features as they should be.
Restored Our Basin
SOLitude has been professional, timely, and cost-effective while providing services to our Borough. They’ve assisted with pond management, treatment of invasive vegetation, and restoration of an overgrown detention basin/pond. I would highly recommend their services.
Keeps My Pond Looking Great Year-Round
SOLitude is always available to answer questions and help landowners tackle the difficulties of managing a lake or pond. They helped me with aeration and lend me their knowledge to keep my pond looking great all year!
SOLitude Gets Homeowners Calling with Compliments
I had two phone calls today from homeowners telling me how beautiful the pond is and that they love the festive lights. Many thanks to SOLitude for always doing such a great job on our community pond!
Service Has Been Excellent
I have been using SOLitude for several years to manage our retention basin in our neighborhood through our HOA. Service has been excellent.
Our Lake Is In The Best Condition
Our lake had portions of it that you couldn’t get a kayak through. We used to call SOLitude when we saw a problem, but then it was too late. We entered into an annual contract for them to periodically inspect our lake and treat it accordingly. SOLitude’s employee, Jeff, calls regularly, visits our lake, inspects it, and if needed, treats whatever required -We have not had any major weed or algae problem. Many of our members have commented that the lake is in the best overall condition in a long time. I am very pleased with their constant care of our lake.
Experts In Stormwater Pond Management
SOLitude has been our stormwater management company for 6+ years. John is our Business Development Consultant and Greg is our primary point of contact. Greg is an exceptional person and is diligent in maintaining healthy, functioning stormwater management for our HOA. I would recommend SOLitude for their expertise in maintenance for Stormwater Management in your community.
Helped Restore Community Pond
These guys are great. Every time I stop them to ask what they are doing they are very polite and knowledgeable. Before we had them in our community our ponds were loaded with scum. Keep up the good work!
We Are In Good Hands with SOLitude
We were presented with the challenge of dealing with our stormwater basin, which is regulated by EPA standards that we were not familiar with. SOLitude came in and guided us through the entire process. Our basin went from an eyesore to a spectacular main selling point for our community. We are in good hands with SOLitude and cannot thank them enough!
SOLitude Get’s the Job Done
We are amazed at the efficiency that Matt, Josh, and Rob demonstrated in operating the harvester. They worked long hours to get the job done and did exactly what I asked them to do. It was my pleasure to work with folks like this and I could tell they had care in what they did. We are very satisfied with the work they did.
Pleased with the Quality of ServiceWe’ve been working with SOLitude Lake Management since 2009 when an aggressive aquatic weed was becoming a problem and taking over our pond. The staff of SOLitude Lake Management identified the weed and treated the pond promptly with much success. Since that time, our ponds have been monitored monthly by their competent staff and precautions have been taken so that the pond weeds do not get out of control. We are pleased with the quality of service and their effort to work with us towards an organic approach to keeping our ponds healthy.
Our Lake Is the Cleanest Around
In our dealings with SOLitude over the years, their professionalism, knowledge, and communication with my community are outstanding. Our lake is always one of the cleanest around. Thank you!
Couldn’t Be More Satisfied
Our community began using SOLitude Lake Management after years of unfortunate experiences with another company. We could not be more satisfied, not only with the condition of our pond but also with the level of communication and response time from all the staff. We highly recommend this company.
Our Ponds Look Fabulous
SOLitude has the most responsive team. We use them to manage the runoff ponds that we have in our community. They send updates and let us know what we need to do to keep our ponds looking fabulous.
Created A Space the Community Can Enjoy
Our community has a one-acre pond that SOLitude has managed for our 200 homes development. They have done a fine job in maintaining the health of the pond so that people can fish and enjoy the surrounding area, wildlife, and gardens. It is a true oasis in a declining area of green spaces for all to enjoy.
Professional & Informative
As president of a local property management firm, I rely heavily on the expertise of SOLitude. They are professional and very informative to clients.
The SOLitude Team Is Absolutely Fabulous!SOLitude consistently provides top-notch customer service and performance, whether it is over the phone or in person on-site. My questions are always answered promptly by your professional and knowledgeable staff. The SOLitude Team is absolutely fabulous!
SOLitude Helped Relieve the Pressure of Maintaining My Pond
Working with the team from SOLitude Lake Management took away the pressure of dealing with an issue that I had never specialized in. The knowledge of everyone involved helped keep the process moving, from engineering to local code compliance. They knew the course that needed to be taken and it was implemented in a timely manner, causing the project to come to completion well within our expectations.