Our Team



 John McFadden, Executive DirectorJohn McFadden, PhD – Chief Executive Officer

McFadden took the rein as CEO of the Tennessee Environmental Council on October 1, 2006. He finished his Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance in 2009, while researching riparian greenway ecology. He has 25 years of conservation and aquatic biology and 10 years in watershed restoration experience supported by degrees in secondary education (B.S.) and biology (M.S.). His conservation experience includes watershed monitoring, restoration, modeling and planning, and project management. Additionally, he has trained and led 1,000s of volunteers in environmental restoration including urban reforestation. McFadden is a certified professional in erosion and sediment control (CPESC) and has been recognized by the federal and state court systems as an expert on water quality related matters. 




Jeff Barrie — Director of Sustainable Tennessee

Jeff has been a staunch advocate of sustainability for his entire professional career, which he launched in 1993 after graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in Environmental Studies.  Ever since, Jeff has applied his love of filmmaking towards the cause of environmental solutions and derives great pleasure in making a difference in this field.  Jeff has produced award-winning feature documentaries on the value of Environmental Education (Generation Earth — 1995), the importance of preserving the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Arctic Quest — 1999), and the benefits of energy efficiency, conservation and renewable power (Kilowatt Ours — 2008), in addition to producing 10 short documentaries on various topics of related to sustainability.  He has leveraged the power of effective documentary storytelling combined with grassroots organizing and public strategies to lead to positive changes in the world.




Silver Johnson Silver Johnson — Development Director

Suzanne ‘Silver’ Johnson is on her second term working for the Tennessee Environmental Council. Having worked as DD for the Council in the late 90′s,Silver brings forward her dedication to the Mission of the Council and a lifetime of not-for-profit and environmental experience to the team. As a high school junior biology student, Silver founded Shawnee Mission South Outdoor Environmental Biology Lab, which remains a viable resource to students today. Past work positions in Tennessee include Executive Director Friends of Radnor Lake, Steering Committee and Director of Education Cumberland River Compact, and All Taxa Biodiversity Analyst for Tennessee State Parks and TDEC. Silver has held seats on various Boards of Director and in her spare time, assists citizen groups with land protection and rezoning issues.





Cynthia Hernandez Cynthia Hernandez — Program and Field Intern

My name is Cynthia Hernandez. I am currently studying environmental science at Volstate Community College in Gallatin, TN. I’m excited to intern with the TEC and to be a part of a successful non-profit team of experts with the common goal of improving the environment. I am interested in learning more about solutions to environmental issues. I hope to increase my knowledge of sustainable efforts and techniques dealing with habitat conservation and restoration. I’m also interested in recycling efforts. In the future, I hope to make curbside recycling a reality in my community.



IMG_8878Anna Sanders — Sustainability Policy Intern

Anna holds a B.A. in Art from Auburn University and is currently pursuing a B.A. in Energy & Sustainability Policy from Pennsylvania State University. She is pleased to work with this motivated team on reducing the undesired impacts that built environments and aggregate lifestyle choices can have on finite resources, delicate ecosystems, climate components, and human health. She hopes to assist the Council in identifying and formulating customized approaches to most effectively engage Tennesseans in a transition to a more sustainable future.




IMG_9234Martin Odoyo — Research Intern for Sustainable Tennessee

Martin is doing extensive research into the state of Tennessee’s environment across a wide range of environmental indicators, including air quality, water quality, recycling rates, transportation, endangered species, farming and food, and more.




Tec Directory MeMeg Hopkins — Communications Intern

Meg holds a B.A. in Public Communication from the University of Vermont. She is in charge of helping to keep information up to date and connect community members with the Council. She is hoping to gain a more stable following on the Council’s social media sites and take that following off the internet and Plant It Forwarwd into action!


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