Who’s Who at the Creekbank

By on February 18, 2021

Jody Bickel

Jody Bickel,   Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Jody’s experience spans more than 25 years in ecosystem services and a lifetime of work involving environmental conflict resolution, natural resources management, and the development of environmental markets. She has successfully led teams and guided stakeholders in natural asset ventures at varying scales. Her work spans the demand and supply of ecosystem services, driving compliance, voluntary, and sustainability outcomes to deliver on internal and external performance objectives. Now, as head of Creekbank Associates, Jody deploys expertise from a hand-picked professional team to innovate best outcomes for clients across multiple industries. Her focus is on finding opportunity where it is sometimes unseen, negotiating with diverse stakeholders and building bridges to create real-world solutions for those who seek success in the form of an integrated bottom line.

Jody serves as a founding advisory board member for the Alliance for Environmental Markets and Investments, and is a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, the Society for Ecological Restoration, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, the Ecological Restoration Business Association, the Weed Science Society of America and the American Chemical Society.


ASSOCIATES:

 

Wayne White,  Senior Regulatory Advisor  

Wayne improves outcomes in species viability by linking client goals to regulatory compliance solutions and conservation outcomes that are more practically aligned with the landscape. During a 31-year career with the Fish and Wildlife Service, Wayne wrote some of the first ESA section 7 consultations, including work on early pesticide consultations, while managing the largest field office in the agency. More recently he is the founder and principal at W-Squared Consulting, and has been heavily involved in biodiversity offset programs and policy at both the national and international level as part of the Business and Biodiversity Offset Programs initiative, helping corporations assess their impacts as well as design and achieve offset strategies.

Kim Skyelander, Ph.D., Senior Collaboration Advisor  

Kim’s unique career has been shaped through extensive education and field experience in land management, conservation initiative, and environmental conflict negotiation. Her academic background is deep and diverse, but she is also no stranger to connection to place. Throughout her life, this approach has enabled Kim to connect diverse parties to successful outcomes through thoughtful facilitation; her work with tribal governments, non-profit organizations, businesses, political leaders, municipalities, tourism bureaus, schools, nature centers, research stations, the media, and other stakeholders has yielded many successes.  Kim recently retired from Colorado State University’s Center for Collaborative Conservation where she served as Associate Director for 11 years. Her work there has revolved around such issues as climate change, rangeland management, endangered species, wildfire management, water quality, and  energy development.

George Kelly,  Senior Environmental Markets Advisor 

George leverages his deep experience in ecosystem markets, environmental finance, and environmental law to advance outcomes-based environmental solutions using market and performance-based tools. George currently serves as the Managing Director at Quantified Ventures (QV). Prior to joining QV, George was the CEO of Bespoke Mitigation Partners and a member of Earth and Water Strategies. From 2014-2019, he had served as the Chief Market Officer for Resource Environmental Solutions, where he led market initiatives with a focus on expanding the organization’s client base, geographic footprint, and wetland, stream, nutrient, and species offset markets. In this capacity, George spearheaded efforts to open nutrient and stormwater markets in the Chesapeake Bay Region; species markets in the Appalachian, Western, and Mid-Western U.S.; stream markets in Texas and the western U.S.; and wetland and stream restoration projects for water quality and carbon markets. He has worked with numerous resource agencies, landowners, investors and private and public credit buyers on the implementation of mitigation projects and has promoted new polices at the federal and state levels relating to market-based solutions to achieve environmental objectives.

Daniel Perkins,  Ph.D.  Regulatory Advisor and Technical Director

Dan has extensive experience and passion for stewardship science and quantifying the value propositions and incentives that drive regulatory compliance, ecosystem services, and land stewardship. Much of his work is in agriculture, solving problems related to human health and environmental chemical risk assessment, compliance and regulatory systems, environmental policy, and technical communications. Dan is proficient in numerical simulations development and application, geospatial analytics, data analysis and study design, and quantification of associated conservation metrics. He uses these skills to devise bespoke web-based communication platforms and interfaces that improve on-the-ground conservation outcomes, as well as facilitate internal and external performance analytics and reporting capability. He values effective, engaging communication of technical information to diverse clientele and their stakeholders. In his role as Owner and CEO of Ag Insight, LLC, Dan drives the development of novel mixed science and communication approaches, and cultivates a unique professional niche at the intersection of information, data systems, and accessible communication.

Michael Thabault,  Regulatory Advisor 

Mike has spent more than 30 years working on fish and wildlife conservation issues in the Federal Government. He worked 7 years at the National Marine Fisheries Service and almost 25 years at the Fish and Wildlife Service. His particular expertise lies in administering the Endangered Species Act (ESA) at the local, regional, and national level, including complex section 7 consultations. He has been a leading agent of change on some of the biggest conservation issues of our time including large water development projects as well as listing and delisting controversial species under the ESA.  He has worked on policy and regulatory change throughout his career to improve delivery of the ESA.

Karen Berg,  Senior Associate 

Karen is passionate about defending ecosystem components in a human-centric world. She has merged careers in international diplomacy, environmental geography, and business development, using analytical thinking and creative facilitation in equal measure to guide diverse clients and stakeholder groups toward innovative solutions to highly complex environmental and social issues. Thrilled by translating business to scientists or conservation policy to the public, Karen has been an educator, mediator, and facilitator to a wide variety of audiences throughout her career and as the principal consultant at Berg Consulting & Design. Her liaison work has ranged across industry, government, tribal, and special interest groups, advancing their objectives to maximize environmental protection within their business economics. Her areas of expertise include environmental planning, sustainable building, native landscapes, recreation, renewable energy, carbon reduction, and corporate positioning and branding as it relates to environmental commitments. Karen brings this multi-disciplinary perspective to projects at the Creekbank, and she works with us at both the micro- and macro-levels to facilitate client relationships, guide project management, and support business operations.

Jeff Waldon

Jeff Waldon,  Senior Scientist 

Jeff shines in terms of connecting successful business and innovation with the nuts-and-bolts of relevant conservation outcomes. He has developed and implemented hundreds of projects in the US and abroad, specializing in progressive ecosystem strategies that leverage the best of technology integration, land management strategy, biodiversity safeguarding, and human dimensions. As a project manager and planner he has envisioned, shaped and executed project design, validation and verification processes, and applied real-world value chain analysis to the complex intersections of ecosystem services, regulation, and diverse beneficiaries. His areas of expertise include carbon sequestration, carbon markets, bioenergy, land restoration, biodiversity integration, project funding, and collaborative partnerships. He is a certified wildlife biologist and is currently leading initiatives including forest carbon offset projects in Belize, rural resilience efforts in Virginia, and the development of sustainable, renewable, agricultural-based fuel products.

Jane Bonds, Ph.D.  Senior Scientist

Jane provides guidance on the best available science regarding pesticide application and exposure methods for Creekbank projects. She brings over 20 years of experience in the control of pests and diseases and spray drift research with the objective of development, advancement and application of scientific research related to public health and crop protection. She is a scientist and advisor with a national and international standing in the field of agriculture and mosquito control, currently focusing on aerial applications from both manned and unmanned aircraft. Jane founded the Bonds Consulting Group to promote the development, advancement and application of scientific research, related to the application of public health and crop protection compounds. She is highly involved with application efficacy, worker safety, reducing environmental contamination and support of responsible stewardship of pesticides, biocides, and biological control agents.

 

David Gibson Ph.D.,  Senior Scientist

David is a botanist with over three decades of research experience in plant population and community ecology of grasslands, restorations, and agroecosystems with a passion for seeking environmentally sustainable solutions to real-world problems. He has conducted research in North America and Europe addressing both applied and basic questions, working with agricultural chemical manufacturers and state and federal agencies including the Fish & Wildlife Service and the National Forest Service. Much of his focus has been on threatened and endangered species, non-native invasive species, and agricultural weeds. In addition, he brings to the table skills and expertise in multivariate analyses and experimental design. His work has been published in over 150 journal articles and three books including Methods in Comparative Plant Population Ecology, Grasses and Grasslands, and Grasslands and Climate Change. As a Senior Editor with Journal of Ecology he has helped guide the development of his discipline. He is Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Pamela Fetterman, Senior Scientist

Pamela has 31 years of experience in environmental and ecological resource management, restoration, and water quality solutions at landscape scale, including 20 years of public sector regulatory experience. She has deep as well as broad understanding of regulation and compliance and the Clean Water Act, gained through extensive work in mitigation and in permitting activities. Wetlands mitigation and water quality work have also imbued her with unparalleled expertise in environmental markets. Pamela heads her own environmental consulting firm, EcoGENESIS LLC, where her scope includes water resource, environmental and ecological sectors, wetland delineation and functional assessment, habitat restoration design and implementation, and flood hazard mitigation.

Chancey Lewis,  Project Scientist

Chancey provides biological expertise across diverse ecological systems, including botany, prairie restoration, Threatened and Endangered species, wildlife, and rangeland management. His work involves assessing potential project impacts to natural resources, and the development and delivery of offsets for mitigation and conservation banking regulatory compliance. Chancey brings powerful technical skills in field botany, wetlands and native prairie restoration, survey and study design, and also provides customized wildlife management services for private landowners. With a well-founded, practical, systems approach to resource stewardship, he helps guide diverse stakeholders in achieving shared conservation objectives while also meeting compliance needs. His regulatory experience includes the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and various state agency programs. Chancey is the owner and principal of Native Texas Wildlife, LLC.

Jeremiah McKinneyJeremiah McKinney,  Project Scientist

Jeremiah is an innovative environmental specialist in mitigation and reclamation as it relates to mining and energy project development. This has brought his work into both the private and public sectors as liaison, technician, biodiversity researcher, and planner for a broad variety of clients. Jeremiah’s background is similarly diverse, with work in permitting, study design, monitoring strategies, abatement, mitigation, and reclamation for ecosystem-scale vegetation and animal resource management. He is the founder and principal at Blackland Environmental, where he consults on coordination and implementation of fish, wildlife, and vegetation resource presence/absence surveys including threatened and endangered species, habitat enhancement, revegetation practices, and land management.

Cody Craig, Ph.D.,  Project Scientist

Cody is an aquatic scientist who applies data driven solutions concerning permitting and compliance issues related to fisheries and aquatic environments. He brings a long tenure of research experience in aquatic community ecology, ecosystem shifts related to environmental conditions, habitat associations, ecological statistics, and species distribution modeling. With a focus on best available science and iterative learning, Cody brings insights and practical application to Creekbank’s projects involving aquatic environments, including ESA section 7 consultations, and water quality assessments. In his role as principal of Arrowhead Ecology Group, Cody has worked with clients including the Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, river and aquifer authorities, municipalities, and private companies. He has authored and co-authored numerous academic journal articles and scientific reports ranging from fish and mussel communities in the arid Delaware River basin, to the macroinvertebrate and fish communities of the lower Brazos, Colorado, and Guadalupe rivers.

Matthew Von Hendy, Research Analyst

Matt is an independent information and research specialist, a recognized expert with more than 20 years of experience finding, organizing and disseminating scientific, technical and government information for clients concerned with conservation and ecosystem vitality. He has worked with US EPA, NASA, and the National Academies of Science, and is the founder and Principal of Green Heron Information services. Matt’s extensive curiosity and meticulous attention to detail has brought his work recognition in such fields as toxicology/ecotoxicology, environmental chemistry, forestry, agriculture, and biotechnology. He is particularly interested in sustainability issues.

Michael Lazorchak,  Environmental Attorney

Michael is an attorney practicing in the areas of civil litigation, and natural resources and public lands law. He provides clients guidance on understanding regulatory compliance, reducing potential exposure, and resolving disputes proactively. Michael has experience litigating matters under a suite of environmental statutes, including the Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Environmental Policy Act. He also has provided natural resources planning for federal agencies and been involved in federal rule-making. In addition to his law and policy background, Michael serves on municipal boards, a land trust, and assists organizations in obtaining resources for conservation projects.

 

Carl Dee Frentress, 1944-2019

 

Every good business has an inspiration, and ours is Carl. Carl valued good whiskey, good music, cooking, and fine friendships. He loved his family with a deep reverence. Carl’s other loves were the systems in place on Earth that make human life possible, and desirable. He commanded an understanding of the natural environment that few folks comprehend, and he had a great respect for those who work with the land to create a better life for all. He was a biologist, mentor, champion, arbitrator, and advisor, and he is deeply missed.

“...when tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.” - Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows