John 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.
Sam West — Restoration Specialist
Sam West’s job is to make sure the Council’s watershed restoration projects are moving forward efficiently and have the highest quality standards. Currently, Sam is project lead on the Lytle Creek restoration project in Murfreesboro, and heads up most of the restoration projects at the Nashville GreenField Restoration Project.
Cynthia Hernandez — Program and Field Specialist
Cynthia has a passion for sustainability and is dedicated to improving Tennessee’s environment. She recently graduated from Volstate Community College with a degree in Environmental Science. Cynthia began as an intern with TEC and worked her way into the Program and Field Specialist position. She works closely with the team to organize programs involving the Tennessee Tree Project, Watershed Support, and Sustainable Tennessee. She enjoys educating the youth on sustainable solutions and engaging partners to improve communities and quality of life in Tennessee.
Lisa Venegas — Communications Specialist
Lisa takes care of all Council communications — making sure our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts and emails are all telling the story of the ongoing work of the Council in Tennessee, and engaging new audiences in the work of improving our environment, communities and public health.
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.
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.