Vince Messerly joined S+W in 1998 as general manager and became President in 2002. Vince has overseen the completion of nine wetlands mitigation banks, and numerous other wetlands and stream habitat restoration projects-completed for both mitigation and non-mitigation purposes. As President, Vince oversees all aspects of the Foundation’s operations, including project development, business management, credit sales, agency coordination, and the formation and management of partnerships with federal, state, and local entities.
Vince’s past experience includes the design and construction of conservation practices for the USDA-NRCS, including: sediment and erosion control plans; grade stabilization structures; animal waste collection, storage, and treatment-including wetlands to treat waste; wetland restoration projects; stream stabilization projects; and flood control projects. In addition, Vince directed a team of engineers and technicians with Jobes Henderson and Associates to complete the design of a wide range of civil engineering projects, including: land development, transportation, environmental, structural, and wetlands restoration projects.
Licensing: Ohio Registered Professional Engineer (PE-61947)
Associations + Memberships: American Society of Civil Engineers, National Association of Office and Industrial Properties, National Association of Home Builders, Ohio Home Builders Association, National Mitigation Banking Association, Society of Wetland Scientist and National Society of Professional Engineers.
Aaron brings a strong background in large- and small-scale ecological restoration and mitigation projects to the S+W team from previous work for the Ohio Wetlands Foundation and Jobes Henderson & Associates. His responsibilities include stream and wetland mitigation and restoration, site assessment and validation, conceptual restoration plan development, project management for field development, management and oversight of field construction crews and activities, post-construction site maintenance and monitoring activities, compliance management, and cost control for field development projects. Aaron has more than 22 years of experience in engineering and managing projects and design teams from initial concept design through construction + monitoring to long term stewardship. Beyond his practical experience Aaron’s ecological and environmental training includes Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (ORWRP) Wetland Delineation training course, ORWRP Ecological Restoration Training Course, American Society of Civil Engineers HEC River Analysis System training, Ohio Department of Transportation Ecological Surveys and NEPA training.
Licensing: Ohio Registered Professional Engineer
Associations + Memberships: NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Wetland Scientists, Association of State Wetland Managers, and former Professional Associate at The Wilds.
Megan Garber graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. She earned her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification and is a member with the Ohio Society of CPAs. Megan has spent the past 20 years working in public accounting and corporate income taxation focused on mitigation banking, insurance, and utility industries. She has worked with S+W for many years and, in June 2018, joined the Foundation full-time as our Controller.
Affiliations: Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants
Kellie joined the S+W in the fall of 2014 as its Marketing and Administration Coordinator. In this capacity, she coordinates marketing efforts and events with local trade associations such as ASCE of Central Ohio, SMPS, NAIOP, OOGA, Central Ohio BIA and OHBA. Kellie also provides information to our clients in response to mitigation credit inquiries, credit acquisition completion/certification and coordinates marketing and office operations.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Kellie was a highly regarded owner of a fitness company that specialized in perinatal fitness.
Affiliations: Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS); National Association of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP); Ohio Oil & Gas Association (OOGA); Central Ohio Building Industry Association (BIA); Ohio Home Builders Association (OHBA); and National Association of Home Builders Association.
Stephen brings technical ecological expertise to the S+W team. He is a biologist with a strong background in restoration ecology performing wetland plant assessments, aquatic species surveys, and threatened and endangered species assessments. He is knowledgeable on many stream and wetland valuation methods that are applicable throughout Ohio. Stephen assists the S+W team with the design, planning, and management of restoration projects. He oversees annual mitigation monitoring, coordinates site maintenance activities, and prepares mitigation bank and in-lieu fee documents.
Stephen also has extensive experience in conducting wetland and stream delineations, waterway permits, and endangered species reviews. His is also a qualified freshwater mussel surveyor in Ohio on Group 1 and 3 streams and is also experienced surveying and identifying fish, macroinvertebrates, and amphibians on many preserved and restored mitigation sites across Ohio.
Training/certifications: Ohio EPA ORAM training; ODOT ecological and waterway permit training; Ohio Commercial Pesticide Applicator; Ohio certified malacologist to survey/relocate mussels on Group 1 and 3 streams; USFWS running buffalo clover approved surveyor.
Greg Snowden is a wetland scientist with more than 13 years of experience in the ecological restoration field. AHe joined S+W after spending the last 10 years as a senior biologist at Davey Resource Group, Inc. where he managed a variety of environmental projects in the mitigation, residential, commercial, industrial and energy sectors. With a strong background successfully navigating the approval process for complex ecological restoration and protection projects, Greg enjoys a solid relationship with staff from regulatory agencies, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to name a few.
Licensing: Professional Wetland Scientist, Certified Ecological Restoration Practicioner, FAA Part 107 remote pilot’s license.
Devin Messerly joined the S+W team in August, 2020 assisting with the management of restoration projects. Devin also oversees annual mitigation monitoring, coordinating site maintenance activities, and preparing mitigation bank and in-lieu fee documents. Devin is a 2016 graduate from Ohio University in Athens with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. For the past four years, Devin has gained experience in all aspects of the built environment including planning and design, permitting, construction and operations while serving as an assistant project manager for an engineering and environmental consulting firm.
Chelsea Keefer joined S+W in June, 2020 assisting with site design of restoration projects. She also prepares and oversees approval of submittals for new mitigation bank and in-lieu fee documents with the Interagency Review Team (IRT). Chelsea received both her undergraduate and master’s degree in environmental science from Brigham Young University. Prior to joining S+W, Chelsea worked for Davey Resource Group