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The following officers have been elected by section members for the current fiscal year. Please write them if you have any questions about membership qualifications, or to apply for sponsorship, or to participate in any of our ongoing projects, field trips, or meetings.

Officers and Contacts
Chair: Jacob Hundl, email

Jacob Hundl is a licensed geologist in North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. Jacob earned a bachelor’s degree in economic geology from Texas A&M University – Kingsville, and a master’s degree in engineering geology from Texas A&M University. Jacob’s professional experience has been in engineering geology, mining and environmental geology. His primary focus is on geotechnical assessment, slope stability, tunneling and geologic hazards. Industries served include transportation, petrochemical, mining, and civil development with project experience throughout the United States, and in Australia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Currently, Jacob is a Senior Project Manager with Colliers Engineering & Design in Charlotte, NC.
Vice-Chair: Jennifer B. Thomas, email

Jen graduated from Mary Washington University in 2000 with a degree in geology. She started as an environmental field technician and worked for several environmental and engineering consulting firms over the years performing soil and groundwater investigations, remediation, and monitoring primarily for underground storage tank and chlorinated solvents sites. She performed Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) as well. Jen earned her geology license in 2006. After that, she expanded her knowledge to geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing. In 2012, she started JennTec, LLC in 2012, primarily writing Phase I ESAs with some sampling for asbestos, radon, and/or lead-based paint.
Treasurer: Walt Plekan, email

Walt is a licensed geologist in North and South Carolina. His primary area of expertise is the assessment and cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater and associated risk mitigation. He is a 1994 graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a bachelor’s degree in Geology. He currently works as a Senior Project Manager for with AECOM Technical Services in Morrisville, NC.
Secretary: Melissa Magno, email

Melissa is a Geologist in Training in the state of North Carolina. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Geology from East Tennessee State University in 2018, with a focus on Environmental Geology and GIS. While attending university, Melissa served as President of ETSU’s Geosciences Club and was active as a student member in the AEG Carolina’s Chapter. Research on environmental contamination under Professor Arpita Nandi, PhD, has led to work on multiple publications. Her professional career started in the geotechnical and materials testing field, and she is currently employed as a geologist with Colliers Engineering & Design in Charlotte, NC.
Past Chair: Susan Avritt, email

Susan Avritt is a licensed geologist and engineer in the state of North Carolina. Susan graduated with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1998 and a master's degree in hydrogeology in 2001, both from Clemson University. Susan's professional experience has been in the environmental consulting industry and she is now working for TRS Group, Inc., where she is a project manager for a thermal remediation contractor.
Membership Chair: Rebecca Deal, email
Field Trip Chair: Rohit Warrier, email
Regional Director: Rick Kolb, 919-624-6362, email
Social Media Co-Chairs: Joanna Harbison, 704-394-6913, email; Rohit Warrier email
Social Committee Chair: Adam Phillips, 919-451-3370, email
Section Sponsorship Chair: Eric Cross, email
Student Liaison: Brad​ Worley, 919-322-0115, email
Advisor: Jennifer Bauer, 828-296-4500, email
Advisor: Gary Rogers, email
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