Southeast Chapter Board

J.P. Johns, President

Mr. J.P. Johns, PE, has over 18 years’ experience in hydrology and hydraulic analysis of urban waterways with additional experience in erosion prevention and sediment control, post-construction water quality, and NPDES MS4 program implementation.  He earned a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering and an MS degree in Biosystems Engineering from Clemson University.  He received the IECA 2014 Sustained Contributor Award, is currently the Vice President of the IECA Southeast Chapter, is a member of the South Carolina Association of Stormwater Managers, the Water Environment Association of South Carolina, and sits on the ASTM D18 and C27 committees.

J.P. has been active in the International Erosion Control Association since 2000, has been a member since 2002, and has been a member of the Southeast Chapter Board of Directors since 2007 serving as the South Carolina state representative and the Vice President. As a Southeast Board Member, he has obtained an in-depth knowledge of the Chapter’s mission and has formed a working relationship with the current Board members.  He is currently a committee member for the 2017 EPA Region 4 / IECA Southeast Chapter Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference and is on the Abstract Review Committee.

J.P. has assisted the Southeast Chapter in conducting the annual “IECA Southeast Chapter South Carolina Erosion & Sediment Control Training and Field Day” for the past 9 years.  J.P. was instrumental in creating a cost effective training event available in South Carolina that is targeted towards municipal employees, inspectors and contractors.

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Michael A. Perez,
Vice President

Dr. Perez is a Stormwater Engineer with AECOM in Atlanta, GA.  He specializes in construction site erosion and sediment control, low impact development and green infrastructure design, and MS4 program management and training for the Georgia Dept. of Transportation.  Michael earned his Ph.D. in 2016 and M.S. in 2014 in civil engineering from Auburn University.  He earned his B.S. in 2012 from Florida State University with a double major in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2012.  Michael has conducted research at the Auburn University – Erosion and Sediment Control Testing Facility investigating and improving Alabama Dept. of Transportation sediment basin and inlet protection standard practices using large-scale testing techniques.  He has also conducted investigations into the application of using unmanned aerial vehicle technology for construction and stormwater inspections.
Michael has served as the Alabama state representative to the IECA Southeast chapter since 2014.

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Melanie McCaleb,
Past President

MS, CPESC, owner of NTU, Inc. with 10+ years of Erosion, Sediment &Turbidity Control (ES&TC) experience attended NC State University, completing her bachelor’s degree and then master’s degree in Soil Science under the teachings of Dr. Richard A. McLaughlin.  Her research focus was on determining the efficiency of sediment basins.   NTU Inc.(formed in 2012) provides innovative solutions for superior water quality.  NTU has collaborated with many government, state and local agencies throughout the Southeast region.  All of these projects have included monitoring water discharge from active linear construction projects including the use of polyacrylamide, design and implementation of erosion and sediment control plans, as well as turbidity control design.  Her knowledge and background regarding federal, state and local regulations allows her to make safe and economically responsible decisions. NTU Inc is a state recognized Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), Small Business Enterprise (SBE) and Historically Underutilized Business (HUB).

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Wilson Borden,

Wilson is the CEO of The Erosion Company Inc, (TEC) based in Woodstock Georgia. His firm focuses on installation of BMP’s and other site compliance services. He has worked for TEC since 1997 and has worked in the construction industry since 1992. He has directed BMP installations in every state encompassing the IECA SE Chapter and has either worked with or is familiar with many of our past and current board members.
His involvement with the IECA includes having previously served multiple terms as President and served as Treasurer for the South East Chapter for more than 5 consecutive years before deciding to take a break. Additionally, he was appointed to be Treasurer of the full IECA by the board of directors. He has also served on a multitude of committees and boards of local and State events, groups, and task forces for the Chapter.

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Rich McLaughlin,

Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, North Carolina State University
One of the most widespread pollutants is sediment, which can originate from farms, construction sites, and streambank erosion. My program is focused on reducing the movement of sediment from construction sites. Our research has demonstrated numerous methods to achieve this goal through more effective erosion control, better methods of channeling flows, and more efficient settling basins. Examples include the use of fiber wattles as check dams, porous baffles and surface outlets for basins, and various uses of chemical flocculants to reduce erosion and turbidity. We have established the Sediment and Erosion Control Research and Education Facility (SECREF) at the Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory for conducting much of our testing. In addition, we have been providing training and certification for NCDOT staff and contractors involved in erosion and sediment control for more than 10 years, with 1-2,000 certified each year.

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State Representatives

J. Blake Whitman

Mr. Whitman is a Graduate Research Assistant pursuing a Ph.D. within the Civil Engineering Department at Auburn University. He specializes in construction site logistics planning, construction site erosion and sediment control practices, heavy civil project management, and MS4 analysis. Blake earned his M.S. (2014) and B.S. (2012) in civil engineering from Auburn University. He has worked as a project manager within the private construction industry, as well as with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Blake developed and implemented a methodology for surveying and analyzing the MS4 infrastructure at Fort Benning, GA and has conducted research on site logistics optimization and planning. Currently his research efforts at the Auburn University – Erosion and Sediment Control Testing Facility are focused on improving sediment barrier standard practices for the Alabama Department of Transportation.

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Hal Lunsford

Currently Hal serves as the elected International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Representative for Florida and continues to support IECA for Florida as an active member since 2001. He is working on a totally-new class for Florida which focuses on proper installation and maintenance of construction erosion and sedimentation controls.  The second class will be an Inspector’s Qualification Certificate with a pre-requisite of the first class in installation and maintenance.  He continues producing the Muddy Water Blues which is a BMP technology transfer workshop involving outdoor show with hands-on and real-time installations of BMPs.   Hal will continue working as the current State Representative for Florida IECA members, to bring the Annual IECA Conference back to Florida again. 

Hal Lunsford is a 33-year veteran environmentalist and serves as the Statewide Training Coordinator for the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection, “Stormwater Erosion and Sedimentation Control Inspector’s Qualification Certificate Program.” 

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Victoria Cheplak

Victoria Cheplak is a Senior Engineer with the Atlanta Regional office, Kennesaw branch, of Geosyntec Consultants.   Victoria has experience in applied hydraulics, hydrology, watershed modeling, stormwater quality modeling, civil site engineering, erosion and sediment control, and Clean Water Act permit compliance. Victoria is a graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and the University of Texas at Austin with an M.S.C.E from the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering program.   In her 16 years of experience, Victoria has worked as a lead engineer, project manager, and/or technical director on a variety of water resources and environmental projects. Additionally, Victoria has been a member of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals for 15 years and has served as President of its Stormwater Committee, and is a Level II certified design professional in Georgia.

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Matt Powell

Matt Powell is the Environmental Manager for the City of Bowling Green, Kentucky. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, he began his career with the Kentucky Division of Water and joined the City in 2007. He directs the City’s efforts in environmental compliance and regulation concentrating in construction and post-construction program development, implementation, and enforcement. Matt serves as Landfill Manager for the City, teaches the City of Bowling Green’s Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Certification Course, and is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC), Certified MS4 Specialist (CMS4S), as well as a Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ). Alongside his IECA participation he is also on the board for the Kentucky Stormwater Association.

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Derick F. Milner

Mr. Milner has spent fourteen years developing, implementing, and managing Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP), resolving permit violations, and regulating permittees as a MS4 Municipal Program Administrator, State Regulator, and consultant. Mr. Milner is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in Biological Engineering with an environmental emphasis and is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, Certified Professional in Municipal Storm Water Management, and a Level II Certified Design Professional in Georgia. Prior to starting Franklin Environmental Group, Inc., Mr. Milner was the Road Manager for Rankin County, Mississippi, a Project Manager for Neel-Schaffer, Inc., served as an Environmental Engineer for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) for over four years where he audited MS4, Industrial, and Construction permittees. Mr. Milner currently serves his clients throughout the South by helping them take a proactive instead of a reactive approach to evolving environmental regulations.

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Ted Sherrod
North Carolina

Ted M. Sherrod is a Principal Environmental Engineer with AECOM with key responsibilities involving management of construction stormwater and post construction stormwater programs, design of stormwater control measures and training materials, and development of stormwater management plans for private and public sector clients. Ted retired with 30 years of service with the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) Roadside Environmental Unit and as a Transportation Engineering Manager for the Field Operations Section in Raleigh. Ted was tasked with implementing the Department’s Erosion and Sedimentation/Stormwater (E&SC/SW) program for linear and vertical construction. His roles involved design and field implementation of E&SC/SW and supervising 15 field engineers and technicians. Ted also oversaw the development of a NCDOT E&SC/SW training and certification program for now over 10,000 engineers, consultants, contractors, and transportation technicians involving inspection, site management, and design.

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Jay Sprague
South Carolina

James E. (Jay) Sprague, CPESC
Lab Director – Denver Downs Research Facility
TRI Environmental
Jay Sprague, a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, is the Laboratory Director of TRI Environmental’s Denver Downs Research Facility in Anderson, SC. Mr. Sprague has been integrally involved with implementing large-scale test methods, including the construction and maintenance of the state-of-the-art facilities that make TRI the only independent commercial laboratory offering such a wide array of performance testing capabilities to the erosion and sediment control, plastic pipe, geosynthetic, and stormwater industries. Mr. Sprague is actively involved in ASTM, and the standardization of test methods for the evaluation of sediment and erosion control products. Mr. Sprague is an internationally recognized author and speaker, and has authored or co-authored dozens of peer reviewed articles, technical papers, and textbooks related to erosion and sediment control, plastic pipe, geosynthetics, and stormwater technologies. Mr. Sprague resides with his wife and two young boys in Greenville, SC

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Chris Todd

Christopher Todd has over 25 years of E & SC experience as both a regulator and contractor. He holds a BS in Biology and a Minor in Pre-Law from Union University in Jackson, TN. He began his career as an environmental specialist with the TN Dept. of Health and Environment in Memphis and Jackson where he was charged with overseeing small wastewater systems, erosion permit enforcement for construction sites, and animal waste system compliance. In 1996 Chris co-founded a private environmental services company, Envirogreen, Inc. with his wife. Their business near Jackson continues to thrive serving the construction and development industries as well as homeowners. He has been a member of the International Erosion Control Association since 1993, is the Tennessee State Representative to the Southeast Chapter, holds a CPESC certification, and is certified in Tennessee in both erosion and stream assessments.

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Kim M. Kline
Administrative Assistant

Kim is a creative professional with experience in all aspects of successful marketing, advertising, public relations, event planning, social networking and management. She excels in managing multiple projects concurrently with strong detail, problem solving and follow-through capabilities. Kim’s demonstrated ability to manage and motivate cohesive teams that achieve results is one of her greatest assets.

Kim serves as support for associations and is responsible for the technical and educational programming of conferences and regional events. Kim also plays a key role in successfully championing innovative initiatives including webinar development and video re-broadcasting of education/conference content, delivering an excellent experience for both attendees and the associations that she has represented. Years of involvement with trade organizations and associations has allowed her to develop long term, successful business relationships across many industries.

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