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, jacobs

David has worked for the past 10 years as an environmental scientist with CH2M (now Jacobs) 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. 



Doug Hart


Doug is an environmental specialist at Kennedy Engineering and Associates Group with two years of experience in environmental consulting. Doug's primary work includes Section 404 permitting, threatened and endangered species, NEPA, and GIS. Doug graduated from the University of Georgia in 2016 with a B.S. in Ecology. Outside of work, Doug enjoys music, reading, hiking, and video games. 



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 Jorgensen

Environmental Scientist/project manager, jacobs

Betsy Jorgensen is an environmental scientist/project manager at Jacobs Engineering in Atlanta with more than 12 years of experience in environmental consulting. Betsy’s technical work includes NEPA, wetlands, threatened and endangered species, and Section 404/401 permitting for commercial and federal clients. Betsy received her Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from Roanoke University in 2004 and worked as a field biologist in Florida for her first job after college.




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

Garrett Rosenbaum

Business development manager, Environmental risk information services

Garrett is a Business Development Manager for Environmental Risk Information Services (ERIS). He has 8 years of experience in the manufacturing and environmental consulting industry with a focus on technology and safety. In the past, Garrett has worked for Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in the Contaminated Site Management practice in Houston, TX and on the Emergency Response Team for the Horizon Gulf of Mexico Spill. Additionally, Garrett worked in manufacturing sales for Dril-Quip which provides down-hole tools for offshore drilling exploration. Garrett completed his Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Technology Management and an Associates in Civil Engineering Technology from The State University of New York at Canton where he also served as varsity captain for his college hockey team. Garrett is originally from Charleston, South Carolina and enjoys fishing, golfing, surfing and exploring new areas with his dog, Bonnie.

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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

senior Ecologist/project manager, atkins

Josh Jamell has been in the environmental consulting profession for 17 years specializing in a variety of fields such as wetlands, NEPA, threatened and endangered species, NPDES, and permitting. Currently, Josh is an ecologist at Atkins and mainly works in the transportation realm. 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.