Staff Bios

  
Joe Hankins
Joseph A. Hankins

Joe Hankins is the director and Vice President of the Freshwater Institute. Joe holds a B.S. in General Science from Purdue University and a Masters in Environmental Biology from Hood College. He is known for … more >>

 
 
Dr. Steven Summerfelt
Steve Summerfelt

Dr. Steven T. Summerfelt is Director of Aquaculture Systems Research for the Freshwater Institute. Dr. Summerfelt is a Professional Engineer and holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Environmental Emphasis) from Iowa State University, a M.S. in … more >>

 
 
Brian Vinci
Brian Vinci

Dr. Brian J. Vinci, Ph.D., P.E., is the Director of Engineering Services for the Freshwater Institute, a field office and program of The Conservation Fund (Arlington, VA). Dr. Vinci earned his Ph.D. in Biological and Environmental Engineering from … more >>

 
  
Scott Tsukuda
Scott Tsukuda

Scott M. Tsukuda is the Director of Operations for the Freshwater Institute. He has worked with the Freshwater Institute since 1996, originally starting as a Research Associate. Scott holds a Masters of Engineering in Agricultural Engineering from … more >>

 
  
Christopher Good
Christopher Good

Dr. Christopher M. Good, D.V.M., Ph.D., is the Director of Aquatic Veterinary Research at the Freshwater Institute. He is a licensed veterinarian in the state of West Virginia, a certified aquatic veterinarian with the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association, and a … more >>

 
 
Laura Christianson
Laura Christianson

Dr. Laura Christianson is a Research Agricultural Engineer for the Freshwater Institute. Her professional interests involve soil and water conservation, and she is specifically interested in the use of natural processes to prevent and mitigate negative water quality impacts from … more >>

 
 
Susan Glenn
Susan Glenn

Susan Glenn is an Environmental Chemist for the Freshwater Institute. Susan holds a M.S. in Fish Toxicology and Disease from Colorado State University. She previously completed her B.A in  … more >>

 
  
Travis May, Freshwater Institute
Travis May

Travis May is the Aquaculture Production Manager at the Freshwater Institute. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Natural Resource Management from Shepherd University (2010) and has experience in every facet of aquaculture systems from … more >> 

 
  
John Davidson
John Davidson

John W. Davidson III, M.S. is a Senior Research Associate at the Freshwater Institute. He has worked at the Freshwater Institute since 1998, originally starting as a part-time research assistant. John holds a …  more >>

   
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Curtis Crouse

Curtis Crouse is the Assistant Aquaculture Production Manager at the Freshwater Institute. Curtis completed the M.S. in Zoology from Southern Illinois University in 2012, where his thesis explored feeding strategies for cultured fish  …  more >>

 
 
 Fred Ford
Fred Ford

C. Frederick Ford is the Facilities Manager for the Freshwater Institute. In addition to his facility management responsibilities, Fred’s talent as a creator and fabricator of experimental systems and equipment contributes to the …  more >>

 
  
Kata Rishel
Kata Sharrer

Kata Sharrer is an Engineering Technician at the Freshwater Institute. Kata received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Shepherd University in 2004. She is currently working towards a Master of Science in … more >>

 
  
Karen Schroyer
Karen Schroyer

Karen Schroyer, M.S., M.B.A is the Environmental Laboratory Manager for the Freshwater Institute. Karen earned her Masters of Environmental Science from Hood College after completing undergraduate studies at Shepherd College. She also … more >> 

 
 
Michael Schwartz
Michael Schwartz

Michael F. Schwartz, M.S., is a Senior Environmental Associate with the Freshwater Institute. Michael received his M.S. in Aquaculture/Water Quality Management from Auburn University and his B.S. in Fisheries Management from … more >>

 
 
Shanen Cogan
Shanen Cogan

Shanen Cogan is the Facility Operations Assistant with the Freshwater Institute. Shanen earned a Certificate in Electromechanical Technology from James Rumsey Technical Institute and currently holds a … more >>

 
  
 Wendy Wilson
Wendy Wilson

Wendy Wilson is the Project Accountant for the Freshwater Institute. Wendy earned her Masters Degree in Business Administration in 2013 from Shepherd University.  She previously received her B.A in Business Administration with an emphasis on … more >>

 
  
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Brianna Taylor

Brianna Taylor is the Environmental Lab Technician at the Freshwater Institute.  A 2014 B.S. graduate from Shepherd University with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry … more >>