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



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.



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.




Doug Hart

environmental analyst, Kimley-horn AND ASSOCIATES

Doug is an environmental analyst at Kimley-Horn and Associates Group with three 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. 

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Tim Richards

senior consultant, Golder associates Inc

Tim Richards is a Registered Professional Geologist (PG) and Senior Consultant with Golder Associates Inc. He has been with Golder since 1999, working in offices in the Northeast and Southeast. Tim has over 18 years of experience consulting within the geo-sciences, managing environmental assessment and investigation, characterization, remediation, and compliance projects for sites regulated under federal and/or state regulatory jurisdictions (e.g., CERCLA, RCRA, GA EPD etc.). Tim specializes in developing conceptual site models and characterizing contaminant fate and transport, notably for chlorinated solvents and emerging contaminants e.g., 1,4-dioxane, in the environment and groundwater systems. Tim graduated from Stockton University in Galloway Township, New Jersey with a B.S. in Environmental Studies, focusing on geology and hydrogeology.

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William Medlin

Sr. scientist/project manager, Woodard & curran

For over 11 years now, Will has worked as an environmental consultant focused on wetlands and natural resource management. Will has extensive experience with Clean Water Act Section 404/401 permitting, NPDES construction stormwater planning and permitting, Erosion, Sedimentation, & Pollution Control Plan (ESPCP) design, and ecological habitat restoration. Will graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2007 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. In his free time, Will enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing golf, hiking and backpacking, and watching sports.




Rebecca Thornton

Account Executive, pace analytical

Rebecca Thornton grew up in Bar Harbor, Maine.   She moved to Georgia with her husband and children in 2006. After working for the past 12 years at Pine Environmental, she took on a new role this past April.  Rebecca is now the local Account Executive for Pace Analytical.  Rebecca is an avid animal lover, she and her family have four dogs, two cats, and a pony.  In her spare time she enjoys cooking and traveling.




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. 



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Diana Gu

environmental scientist, atkins

Diana graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a BS in Natural Resource Conservation and a BA in Political science. She has 4 years of experience in field biology working in the Southeast and Pacific Northwest for agencies such as the BLM and USFWS. Before working at Atkins, Diana conducted boat surveys of piscivorous colonial waterbirds in Washington, led and managed data for sea turtle nesting surveys and nest productivity assessments at Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, and conducted vegetation surveys for the Sage Grouse Initiative in Idaho. In her spare time Diana enjoys playing video games with her cats Leopold and Purrudence, playing drums with her friends, biking, and eating.

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Alexis Harris

Environmental Scientist, S&ME

Alexis has been an Environmental Scientist with S&ME, Inc. since 2017.  Alexis has experience in natural resources, wetland delineations, gopher tortoise excavation, Phase I ESAs, Georgia UST MORs, groundwater sampling, threatened and endangered species, FDEP & USACE permitting, and sustainable building.  Alexis graduated from the Georgia State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental Science, focusing on Urban Ecology and Sustainable Development.  Alexis is an ATLien to the bone, and enjoys concerts, football, volunteer work, and watching The Office reruns.



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.