Georgia Association of Environmental Professionals


Our Chapter


GAEP Mission

The Georgia Association of Environmental Professionals seeks to advance professionalism among Georgia’s environmental practitioners by promoting a holistic understanding of environmental issues through creating forums for the discussion of issues and ideas, providing multidisciplinary continuing education, sharing innovative solutions, and developing relationships with other environmental professionals in Georgia and nationwide.



Meet Our Executive Committee



David Bell

Environmental Scientist, CH2M

David has worked for the past eight years as an environmental scientist with CH2M’s water resources and ecosystem management (WREM) group. David’s primary work includes NPDES permit compliance, Section 404 permitting, GAEPD Stream Buffer Variance permitting, USACE Mitigation Banking and stream and wetland restoration design. David graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2006 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. With free time, David enjoys running, cycling, canoeing, birding and watching Bob Ross reruns.



Jennie Agerton

Manager of Environmental Services, Edwards-Pitman

Jennie Agerton is the immediate past president of GAEP. She is a Professional Wetland Scientist and Environmental Services Manager with Edwards-Pitman. Jennie has worked in the environmental industry for over 16 years performing a wide variety of environmental services and project management for both public and private sector clients. When not at work, she can usually be found in a pile with her two dogs or volunteering with Keep Roswell Beautiful (KRB).



vice president 

Stephen Holland

Environmental Scientist, Atkins

Stephen Holland grew up in Texas and Tennessee where he became fond of bbq and the outdoors. He studied Environmental and Soil Science at the University of Tennessee and North Carolina State University. After working for the USDA out west for a couple years, Stephen moved to Atlanta where he has worked for several years as an environmental consultant. An interesting fact about Stephen is that he has traveled  to Thailand and Vietnam. 



Michael Eagan

environmental consultant, ATWELL

Michael Eagan has over 25 years of experience in natural resource consulting. His focus has been on wetlands, streams and threatened and endangered species assessments, restoration and permitting. He has extensive experience in land management including developing and conducting prescribed burns designed to enhance the ecology of the property. Michael's career has included working for government as well as private firms from Florida to Ohio and landing in Georgia. He enjoys mountain biking, fly fishing and training and hunting with his pointing and retrieving bird dogs. 



Jean Brown

Environmental Specialist, Georgia Power

Jean Brown is an Environmental Specialist at Georgia Power with more than 10 years of experience in natural resources and policy, focused primarily on water. In the past, Jean has worked for DeKalb County’s Planning & Development Department and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division’s Watershed Protection Branch. At Georgia Power, she is responsible for developing, communicating and implementing water-related environmental programs, guidelines, and compliance strategies, especially for programs related to Drinking Water, Water Withdrawals and Industrial Wastewater.  Jean has a B.S. in Forestry & Natural Resources from The University of Georgia, a Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources Management from Georgia State University and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida. 



Marie Njie

Sr. NEPA Planner/project manager, aecom

Marie Njie is a Sr. NEPA Planner/Project Manager with AECOM providing technical support and project management oversight for environmental projects.  She has nearly 15 years of consulting experience working on transportation projects in compliance with NEPA requirements and related regulations. Marie graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Agronomy and M.S. in Water Resources. She has also received a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University.



Betsy Jorgenson

Environmental Scientist, CH2M

Betsy Jorgensen is an environmental scientist at CH2M in Atlanta where she has worked since 2006. Betsy regularly works with commercial and federal clients and interfaces with USACE regulators, USFWS, and state regulatory agencies to facility the client’s environmental compliance within current regulations. Betsy received her Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from Roanoke University and worked as a field biologist in Florida prior to moving to the Atlanta area. 




Jeff Jackson

Envrionmental scheduler, Georgia Department of transportation

Jeff Jackson has nearly 10 years of professional experience in the environmental field.  Since 2013, Jeff has been employed by the Georgia Department of Transportation in the Office of Environmental Services.  From 2013–2016, Jeff served as transportation ecologist with responsibilities that included preparing and reviewing ecological reports, 404 permit applications, and stream buffer variance applications.  Jeff now serves GDOT as environmental scheduler and works to ensure effective delivery of projects.  Jeff received his B.S. in Conservation Science from Muskingum University in 2006 and his M.S. in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University in 2009.  Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Jeff served as varsity captain for his college tennis team and currently enjoys hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing. 



co-social DIRECTOR

Tyrel Heckendorf

project mananger, analytical environmental services

Tyrel Heckendorf found his passion for environmental sciences in 2014. He was hired on at Analytical Environmental Services, Inc. immediately following his undergraduate degree from Georgia State University. With a background in Physics and Chemistry, Tyrel started working as a Volatile Organic Compound Analyst. He enjoyed the technical aspects of working with the GC/MS instruments but wanted to learn more about what the regulators and environmental scientists were doing. After a year of working in the lab, he made the switch to Project Management. Tyrel attends conferences regularly and is always eager to build relationships with the other professionals in the industry.

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William Barnett

Environmental Scientist, wenck

William joins Wenck as an Environmental Scientist in the Real Estate & Development Services Group.  William’s main duties will include technical and field management for environmental assessment, investigation and remediation projects as well as providing project ream and office support for a variety of due diligence, investigation, remedial, building services and compliance projects. William has over 12 years of experience in Phase I and II investigations, Soil and Groundwater Remediation as well as Asbestos and Mold assessment and remediation.  

William has a degree in Environmental Studies and Earth Science from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.

In his spare time he enjoys fishing, hiking, skiing, golf, restoring anything old and spending time with his son Johnson (8) and daughter Spivey (4).



Josh Jamell

Ecologist, CH2M

Josh Jamell has been in the environmental consulting profession for 16 years specializing in a variety of fields such as wetlands, NEPA, threatened and endangered species, NPDES, and permitting. Currently, Josh is an ecologist at CH2M and mainly works in the federal sector, but also supports municipal and commercial projects. Not only is the environment a career field for Josh, it is also his passion and love. When he can he spends much of his time outdoors hiking, bird watching, fishing and gardening.