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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
Officers and Contacts
Madeline.GermanChair: Maddie German, 919-828-0577, email

Maddie German is a licensed geologist in North and South Carolina. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geology from Appalachian State University in 2005 and has spent the past six years working in the solid waste industry. Her professional focus is hydrogeological and environmental studies and site remediation. She currently works as a Project Geologist with Smith Gardner, Inc. in Raleigh.
SEC_CAR_SKelly-webVice Chair: Susan Kelly, 828-252-8310, email

Susan Kelly 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. Her primary focus is on site assessment and remediation. She currently works as a Senior Engineer with Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. in Asheville, NC.
Treasurer: Eric Cross, 336-335-3174, email

Eric is the Senior Geophysicist for Pyramid Environmental & Engineering in Greensboro, NC. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Earth and Ocean Sciences from Duke University, and a master’s degree in geochemistry and marine science from the University of South Florida. He is a licensed geologist in the states of North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida, with experience in a wide variety of fields including near surface geophysical methods, geologic mapping, geotechnical investigations and environmental assessments. In his current role, Eric employs a variety of geophysical instruments including electrical resistivity, ground penetrating radar, seismic methods and electromagnetic surveying tools. Prior to serving on the Board of Directors, Eric served the AEG Carolinas Section as its Membership Chair, working to boost membership numbers and improve meeting attendance and Section participation. He is also currently an active board member of the Ground Water Professionals of North Carolina.
Rebecca.DealSecretary: Rebecca Deal email

Rebecca is a Staff Geologist for Shield Engineering, Inc. (Shield), located in Charlotte, NC. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) with a Master of Science degree in Earth Sciences in May 2014. Her education focused on paleoclimatology, soils, geomorphology and hydrology. Before entering graduate school, Rebecca completed equivalent hours to a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. Since her employment at Shield, she has worked on and managed a variety of environmental projects involving ground water and soil remediation, landfill delineation, spill response and cleanup, site assessments and site excavations. Before her employment at Shield, she gained experience as the manager of the Ecology and Biogeochemistry of Watersheds Laboratory at UNCC and as a Geo-Chemist with Midrex Technologies in Charlotte, NC. Prior to her career as a geologist, she worked for ADW Architects, a commercial architecture firm in Charlotte, utilizing her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Appalachian State University. Rebecca is working toward her Professional Geologists Licensure.
SEC_CAR_ARutledge-webPast Section Chair: Alex Rutledge, 336-274-9456, email

Alex Rutledge is a licensed geologist and engineer in the state of North Carolina. Alex graduated with a bachelor's degree in geology in 2002 from West Virginia University, a master's degree in geophysics in 2004 from the University of Kentucky, and a master's degree in geotechnical engineering in 2006 from Virginia Tech. Alex's professional experience has been primarily related to dams, including work on various dam inspections, rehabilitation projects, and new dam designs. He currently works as a Senior Geologist/Engineer with Schnabel Engineering in Greensboro, NC.
Membership Chair: Russ Molyneux email
Field Trip Chair: Sue Buchanan, 336-274-9456, email
Student Liaison: Rick Kolb, 919-624-6362, email
Social Media Chair: Joanna Harbison, 704-394-6913, email
Social Committee Chair: Adam Phillips, 919-451-2553, email
Section Sponsorship Chair: Walt Plekan, email
Advisor: Jennifer Bauer, 828-296-4500, email
Advisor: Paul Weaver, email
Advisor: Gary Rogers, email
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AEG Carolinas Newsletter Editor: Jennifer B. Thomas, 704-491-7724, email
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