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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: 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.
Vice-Chair: Jonathan Gerst, 828-817-5209, email

Jonathan Gerst is a Principal Hydrogeologist with Peak Hydrogeologic, PLLC in Tryon, NC. He is a Carolina native who received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Appalachian State University (’05), and obtained a master’s degree in hydrogeology from Virginia Tech (’10). During his 15-year professional career, Jonathan has specialized in delivering environmental and water resources consulting solutions to public and private sector clients throughout the southeast, Pacific northwest, and abroad (Suriname and Morocco). As a currently registered NC/SC-Professional Geologist, Jonathan focuses his work on commercial due diligence, brownfield redevelopment and groundwater studies.
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: Laura Elliott, email

Laura Elliott is a licensed geologist in North Carolina and Virginia. Laura earned a bachelor's degree in geology from The College of William & Mary in Virginia, and a master's degree in earth and environmental sciences from Vanderbilt University. Her professional experience has included environmental consulting in the NC Triangle and Triad, and working for NCDEQ's Division of Water Resources. Currently, she is a Senior Geologist with Terracon in Greensboro, NC.
Past 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.
Membership Chair: Meredith Ambrose, email
Field Trip Chair: Rick Kolb, email
Newsletter Co-Editors: Meredith Ambrose, email; Colleen Ranieri, email
Regional Director: Hawkins Gagnon, email
Social Media Chair: Adam Phillips, email
Social Committee Chair: Adam Phillips, 919-451-3370, email
Sponsorship Chair: Rick Kolb, email
Student Liaison: Brad​ Worley, 919-322-0115, email
Advisor: Jennifer Bauer, 828-296-4500, email
Advisor: Gary Rogers, email
Webmaster: Brad Isles, email
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