MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
Zachary went to college at Jackson State Community College and Ouachita Baptist University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics. He got his first job in 2008 at a civil engineering consulting firm in Jasper, Alabama and returned to school at the University of Alabama. He received a second Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in civil engineering with a specialization in environmental and water resources from UA. In 2014, Zachary received his Professional Engineering (PE) license and established his own firm, Wilbanks Engineering & Environmental Solutions, LLC where he still practices today.
In 2012, she received her Masters of Science in Biology from Austin Peay State University with a concentration in freshwater biology, primarily studying macroinvertebrate ecology and taxonomy. For the past 5 years she has been employed as a consulting biologist and has worked on numerous projects incorporating wetland and stream assessments, biological monitoring, 401/404 permitting, threatened and endangered species surveys, as well as mitigation site development and monitoring.
Mr. Stubbs graduated from Fort Valley State University in Georgia with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy and Soils. Cleo served in Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division and is very proud of his service to our country. He has enjoyed a 22-year career with the NRCS as a Project Soil Survey Leader in several areas of Alabama. Cleo also worked for Champion International Corporation for more than 12 years as a field operation soil scientist in the research and development department for forest production.
Mercedes received a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia, and an M.S. from Alabama A&M University where she studied the breeding origins and stopover patterns of migratory songbirds. Mercedes has worked throughout the U.S. and internationally, from the swamps of Louisiana and the tundras of Alaska to the Great Wall of China and the cloud forests of Costa Rica. She is currently a Nongame Wildlife Biologist with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Tim devoted over 30 years to the Tennessee Valley Authority reservoir as a land manager, where his duties included permitting, resource management, recreation development, policy development, public relations, government relations, and resource protection. He retired in 2007 and his current activities include land use consulting and wetland/stream mitigation banking.