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|
|Chair: 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.
|Vice Chair: Susan Avritt, 828-252-8310, 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. 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: 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: 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.
|Past 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|
|Section Website: www.aegcarolinas.org|
|Webmaster: Brad Isles, email|
|AEG Carolinas Newsletter Editor: Jennifer B. Thomas, 704-491-7724, email|
|AEG National Website: www.aegweb.org|