Clark Stinson is a former U.S. Army Veteran Paratrooper of 7 years serving proudly with the 82nd Airborne and 101st Air Assault Division. During his military service, he served 4 Operation Iraqi Freedom Campaigns in Baghdad, Mosul, Tal-Afar and Sadr City. After his military career, he continued to serve as a community leader through volunteer and public service to inspire, empower and create a positive impact within his community. Overall, Clark has over 11 years experienced working with federal, state and local government with travel of 6 countries and 23 U.S. States. He is currently an undergraduate in Political Science specializing in Global Issues & Social Justice. Clark is also certified in CPR/ First Aid/ AED through the American Red Cross. He became a fellow with The Mission Continues - a nonprofit organization designed for post 9/11 Veterans seeking to serve as community leaders beyond their military service. As part of his Mission Continues fellowship and his passion for our environment, Clark chose to partner with Tennessee Environmental Council. Clark has helped the Council in a variety of roles including tree planting, stream evaluation and restoration, and more. Clark was recently featured in an article in "Time" magazine for his service work. He strongly believes we all must work together to protect our environment for our wildlife, forests, and most of all our children and future generations to come.
John McFadden (Ph.D.)Executive Director
McFadden took the rein as Executive Director 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 re forestation. 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.
McFadden has previously served as Director of Science and Restoration for the Harpeth River Watershed Association and Senior Project Biologist for the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association. He has held teaching positions at Middle Tennessee State University and Volunteer State Community College. Through past positions he has experience working with pollution and toxics assessment, hazardous waste operations, energy efficiency, and volunteer training. He has presented/authored papers at scientific meetings including: “More than Data Collectors: Young People in Civic Action”; “Greenway Ecology: A Pilot Study; Does Your Greenway Function Ecologically?”; “Volunteer Visual Stream Survey in the Harpeth River Watershed”; and “Tennessee Ground Water: A Resource at Risk”. McFadden has twice (1992 and 2004) been named “Conservationist of the Year” by Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association. He is an avid sailor, and outdoorsman.
Randi began her internship with Tennessee Environmental Council in May 2013. Originally from North Carolina, she has lived in Tennessee since 2006. Randi received her A.A. and A.S. from Hopkinsville Community College before enrolling at Austin Peay State University, where she is currently majoring in Sociology and minoring in Family Studies and Environmental Studies. After graduation, she intends to pursue a graduate degree in Sociology. Besides her commitment as a student, Randi is also a vegetarian and a longboarder.
Tina Harvey CrawfordSoutheast Region Director
As the Council’s Southeast Region Director, Tina is establishing a new satellite office in Chattanooga. She is well-suited to the task given her love of people, plenty of energy, and an excellent track record in fund raising. In the past, she has found funding for several organizations, most recently at Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center where she raised $250,000 and then served as Project Manager to build Paddler’s Perch for canoeist use. With a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism, Tina has been a TV and Radio News Anchor, a Senior Reporter for a LA television station, and Media Relations Professional for a community hospital. In addition to setting up the new office, Tina's first project for the Council has been to create and lead a 9-week program for middle school youth in a low-income area of Chattanooga. Youth involved have been getting to know their environment through experiences such as trash clean-up projects, trail work, water and soil testing, and visits to natural areas in the city.