2018 was a banner year for the MAC. Not only did we celebrate 25 years of serving the erosion and sediment control industry as an official chapter, but membership is on the rise, and we had a great Roadshow in Delaware, and then a phenomenal 25th Anniversary Chapter Conference in Harrisburg, PA in September. Please check out the conference recap HERE!
Having been involved with the MAC for the past dozen years as a member, a State Representative, and as 2nd Vice President, it will be an honor to serve as your President for 2019. Dylan Drudul has left some enormous shoes for me to fill, but I’m glad he’ll still be an active member and be available for all my questions. (Right, Dylan?!)
Many of you know me from our Chapter Conferences and Roadshows, but allow me to give you a little more of my background. I grew up in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate NY (Seneca Falls), and spent summers along the beautiful St. Lawrence River near Alexandria Bay, NY. I received an AS Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife, and a BS in Wildlife Management from SUNY Cobleskill near Albany, NY. I then moved to Northern Virginia and began working for Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. (WSSI) as an Environmental Technician in 2000. In 2006, four of us, including past MAC-IECA President Roy Van Houten, created an Environmental Compliance Department within WSSI. Our little department has since grown significantly (to more than 45 people), and I currently co-manage the Environmental Compliance Department at our headquarters in Gainesville, VA, and oversee our staff in the Tampa, FL branch.
While I have always considered myself an environmentalist, music was another passion that started as a small child. Over the past 15 years, my music career has stood alongside my outdoorsy life, and has allowed me to play nearly 1,500 shows regionally as a singer-songwriter. I’ve released a few albums of original music, and these days can only fit in a few cover shows per month at local Virginia wineries, breweries and venues. If you’ve attended our MAC-IECA Annual Conference over the past few years or were at the 2017 IECA conference in Atlanta, you may have caught me performing in the Exhibitor Hall.
With our Chapter growing, I’m excited to work with new members and move towards getting more people involved in the organization. If you have an interest in stepping up to new challenges, I hope you’ll reach out to me or any of our Board members. May 2019 be the best year yet for the MAC-IECA!
2019 Mid-Atlantic Chapter President