Meet Our New Staff

We have added some members to the Equinox team lately.

In February within days of the birth of is baby girl, Hunter Terrell began working with us.  Hunter completed his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Master’s degree in Geography at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  His specialties include natural resource management concentrating on stream ecology and fisheries habitat enhancement.  Hunter has worked in the State, Federal, and private sector and understands the importance and perspective of each entity.  He was responsible for stream assessment and restoration planning, stream and wetland delineations, fisheries sampling, benthic macroinvertebrate sampling, report writing, and coordination with agencies.  Previously, Hunter worked with the Tennessee Valley Authority playing an integral role in informing TVA projects to help reduce or avoid impacts to endangered species, streams, and wetlands throughout the Tennessee Valley region.  Hunter’s main interest focuses on the effect of human disturbance and land-use on aquatic resources.  He is an active member of the Society of Freshwater Science and American Water Resources Association.  Hunter enjoys paddling, fishing, or anything else that gets him on the water.

hunter outdoorMore recently Kimberly Williams joined our team filling an open spot in our Conservation Planning Group and adding much needed assistance to our overworked Environmental Design team.  Kimberly holds a degree in landscape architecture with an emphasis on environmental planning from Utah State University.  Over her career she has been involved and led efforts in open space and green infrastructure planning (from county to multi-state scale), trail master planning and design, environmental and transportation planning, community planning, and ecological site design.  She has worked throughout the country including extensive work in North Carolina, Utah, and Pennsylvania.  Her career started at a national design firm planning new communities, trails, and open space.  She has provided environmental and transportation planning consultation for State and Federal governments, and became the lead for the South Mountain Partnership. Kimberly is an avid backpacker and outdoors woman who has hiked 2,000 miles of a 6-month odyssey on the Appalachian Trail and was a wild land firefighter throughout college.  She also loves to fish, play the mandolin, cook dinners inspired from local ingredients, and spend time with family and friends who live across the U.S.

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We are having to say hi and bye to our efficient and hard-working intern Jenni Thornton.  Jenni joined us in March but as her internship wraps up she will be moving with her fiancé to Charlotte.  We wish her all the success in the world in her new life down the mountain.  Jenni is a recent graduate of North Carolina State University. While at NCSU, she received a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources with a concentration in Ecosystem Assessment, and a Minor in Forest Management. In the summer of 2012, she worked at RockTenn, a paper mill in West Point, VA, where she worked in the Forest Resources department measuring wood chip and biofuel inventory, working with pulpwood and biofuel suppliers, and participating in implementation of Rocktenn’s sustainability policy as well as ensuring certification of all forest products. While at Equinox, Jenni has achieved certification and training in surface water identification and acquired her ground applicator pesticide license. She assists the ecological services group in Natural Resource Inventories, Stream and Wetland Monitoring, GPS Data Collection, GIS Analysis and Mapping, and Invasive/Exotic Species Control. In her free time, Jenni enjoys camping, sewing, wakeboarding, traveling, and spending time with family.

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