Our Team

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 – Watershed and Restoration Project Manager

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 Vol State 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.

Anna Sanders — Research and Policy Specialist

Anna holds a B.A. in Energy & Sustainability Policy from Pennsylvania State University. She’s working on identifying the best policies and practices available to effectively move Tennessee to the forefront of socially-responsible development and sustainable lifestyle choices. She also works with this talented team to develop outreach strategies and identify funding opportunities to successfully design projects that effectively engage Tennesseans.

Anna Marie — Compost Project Manager

Anna Marie recently graduated from Davidson College with a B.S. in Biology. Her passion for environmental issues is inspired by Michael Pollan, Wendell Berry, and Henry David Thoreau. She is excited to work with the Council to educate communities on environmental issues, especially those related to protecting Tennessee’s rivers and wetlands.