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Staff

The staff of Copperhead Consulting is comprised of professional field biologists with extensive backgrounds in state and federal environmental regulations, wildlife management, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, wetland and soil science, forestry, botany, natural resource management, and land-use planning.

Our staff includes recognized experts in mammalogy, herpetology, ornithology, botany, gastropods (snails), mussels, fisheries, and vernal pool creation. Whether conducting bat surveys on a surface mining project, anuran (frog) call surveys for biological inventories, or assessing land snail populations on a road corridor right-of-way project, our wildlife biologists bring years of experience and expertise to any project.


Mark Gumbert

PRINCIPAL BIOLOGIST/CEO

Mark Gumbert is the founder and president of Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc. He is an accomplished naturalist and focused project coordinator. He is experienced in NEPA documentation and designing and implementing large-scale environmental evaluations for projects involving complex environmental regulations, including protected species surveys, environmental assessment, and biological evaluation studies. His work has helped bridge the gap between the private sector and the regulatory agencies and he routinely manages major projects. His expertise includes the identification of bats, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and plants.

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E-mail: mwgumbert@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012


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Chris Leftwich

BIOLOGIST/COO

Chris Leftwich joined Copperhead Consulting in 2007 and brings to the team extensive experience in terrestrial ecology. He has completed numerous surveys for various species over a wide geographic area, including snails, bats, birds, aquatic macro invertebrates, and fish. He is proficient with various field techniques used to study terrestrial and aquatic organisms and their habitats, and has participated in the production of technical reports, including data entry, statistics, management recommendations, and detailed results analysis.

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E-mail: cleftwich@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012


Josh Adams

DIRECTOR OF ENERGY SERVICES

Mr. Adams began his career as a field biologist working with federal and state listed flora and fauna species in 2007. He has worked extensively with Indiana, gray, Virginia big-eared, Rafinesque’s big-eared, eastern small-footed, northern long-eared and, little brown bats, as well as Blackside dace throughout the eastern US. During his career, Mr. Adams has also worked extensively on other listed and non-listed mammals, reptile, amphibian, fish, bird, and plant research.

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E-mail: jadams@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012


Piper Roby

RESEARCH DIRECTOR

Piper Roby started with Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc. in 2005 as a technician while pursuing her Master’s Degree at the University of Louisville and joined the full time staff the following year. Piper received her B.A. in Biology at Hanover College and both her undergraduate and master’s work were conducted on amphibian surveys with an emphasis on egg and larval stages. However, her work experience at various federal and state agencies includes trapping and tracking bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions; small mammal surveys; stream surveys; and constructing and monitoring pit-fall trap arrays used during reptile surveys. Duties at Copperhead include project management and endangered species surveys with emphasis on bats. She also has extensive radio-telemetry experience tracking snakes, meso-carnivores, and bats.

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E-mail: plroby@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012


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Steve Samoray

BIOLOGIST/PROJECT MANAGER

Mr. Samoray joined Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc. in July of 2011 where he has served as a field biologist and project manager. He received both a B.A. and M.S. in biology from Middle Tennessee State University. His undergraduate work focused on amphibian and reptile research. His Master’s thesis involved bat acoustic monitoring and habitat use. Mr. Samoray has been conducting biological field research throughout the United States since 1998, focusing mainly on herps, birds, and bats.

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E-mail: ssamoray@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 615.542.1000


Price Sewell

BIOLOGIST/PROJECT MANAGER

Mr. Sewell joined Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc. in February 2006. With sixteen years of experience with ecological surveys and project management, Price has gained experience in a wide variety of fields. His primary focus has been in Section 7 Endangered Species surveys and agency coordination. His field expertise includes the identification of fish, freshwater mussels, bats, reptiles, and amphibians. In addition to field work, Mr. Sewell has conducted GIS ecological impact analysis for large scale transportation projects.

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E-mail: psewell@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012


Jeff Mihalik

REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Jeff Mihalik joined Copperhead Environmental Consulting in 2016 and brings to the team extensive experience in aquatic resource evaluation, wetlands delineation, stream and wetland mitigation and design, clean water act permitting, GIS analysis, enterprise level databases, and custom data collection methodologies. He has completed numerous permit applications and mitigation design for streams and wetlands over a wide geographic area, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Tennessee. He is proficient with building state-of-the-art database management systems, custom data collection applications, and interactive GIS web interfaces.

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E-mail: jmihalik@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012


Drew Vankat

ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNER

Drew Vankat is an environmental planner with 13 years of experience specializing in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and associated permitting and planning. He has successfully managed complex and controversial environmental assessments and environmental impact statements for government and commercial clients, with a focus on land use planning and energy development and transmission. His NEPA expertise includes overseeing broad-scale cumulative impact analyses, facilitating alternatives development, and implementing innovative approaches to public involvement, among others. Drew also has extensive experience working with large interdisciplinary teams, cooperating agencies, and members of resource advisory councils and governing boards. He believes strongly in effective communication as a critical tool for project success. Drew lives in Asheville, NC and enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and son.

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E-mail: dvankat@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012


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Christopher McNees

GIS ANALYST

Christopher McNees started at Copperhead in 2016, and has participated in a variety of roles within the environmental field. From restoration, remediation, spatial analysis, sample collection, habitat assessment, Mr. McNees has been involved in multiple environmental projects and studies. He has a heavy geospatial background with extensive knowledge of ArcGIS Desktop 10.x, Microstation, ERDAS, Model Builder, Data Integration tools, Spatial and 3D Analyst Extensions, and Cartography/Map Production.

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E-mail: cmcnees@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012


Richard Borthwick

AVIAN BIOLOGIST/PROJECT MANAGER

Mr. Borthwick has been conducting biological field research since 2004, focusing mainly on birds, large mammals, fish and their habitats. His diverse array of work experience in various industries, across various terrains, and through various agency and political structures has given him the opportunity to understand diverse and adaptive research design and the integration of best available knowledge into practical solutions-based management plans. He has successfully developed project plans of various scope and scales that have met industry needs, agency requirements, and provided robust data collection.

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E-mail: rborthwick@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 256.604.65112


Theresa Wetzel

BIOLOGIST

Theresa Wetzel began her wildlife biology career in 2006. Since then, she has gained experience in surveying a wide variety of taxa including, amphibians, reptiles, plants, birds, bats, and fish. Hailing from the Volunteer State, she earned her B.S. in Biology with an environmental emphasis at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Her undergraduate work focused in niche partitioning and overlap between wintering red-headed and red-bellied woodpeckers.

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E-mail: twetzel@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012


Zachary Baer

BIOLOGIST

Zachary Baer joined Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc. as a field technician in the spring of 2012 and became a full time biologist in 2015. Mr. Baer received his A.S. in Wildlife Technology as well as a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science at The Pennsylvania State University. He has been involved in field surveys since 2009, conducting surveys for small and large mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and gastropods.

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E-mail: zbaer@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012


Gregg Janos

BIOLOGIST

Gregg Janos began his biology career in 2008 as a field technician before joining the Cincinnati Zoo as a summer camp instructor. His passion for field biology lead him to Copperhead in 2012 and he became full time in 2016. He received his B.S. in Wildlife Management from Eastern Kentucky University where his undergraduate research focused on winter habitat use and foraging behavior of Eastern Bluebirds. He then completed his M.S. in Biology at Bowling Green State University where he utilized acoustics to study bat habitat use and bats perception of owls.

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E-mail: gjanos@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012


Taylor Culbertson

BIOLOGIST

Taylor Culbertson began work with Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc. in spring 2013 as a technician and became a full time employee at the start of 2016. Mr. Culbertson received his B.S. in Wildlife Management from Eastern Kentucky University in 2012 and immediately fell in love with field work. He has gained experience through surveys involving a wide variety of taxa including bats, macro invertebrates, plants, and terrestrial gastropods.

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E-mail: tculbertson@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012


Rob Stinson

BIOLOGIST

Rob Stinson joined Copperhead in the summer of 2013 gaining full time status in 2016. He received a Wildlife and Fisheries science degree with a concentration in management from the University of Tennessee. Rob has assisted Copperhead with a variety of field surveys including mist netting for bats on the landscape, herpetology surveys, aerial and ground based telemetry, and habitat assessments. He has also assisted Copperhead with several acoustic detection surveys.

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E-mail: rstinson@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012


Ray Eaton

BIOLOGIST

Ray Eaton is a native Kentuckian and lives near Berea, KY. After earning a B.S. degree in Environmental Studies from Eastern Kentucky University, he started his environmental consulting career in 2009 as an environmental scientist. He gained a few years of experience working on a wide variety of natural resource conservation issues before deciding on the specialty of bat ecology. Since then, bat research has led him to 16 states and tribal lands. He stays up-to-date with bats by regularly attending research symposiums and reading peer-reviewed publications. In addition to professional consulting, he volunteers his time with educational demonstrations and contributes to organized efforts to gather bat population data, with the hope that we can better monitor and understand the impact a deadly fungus is having on America’s bats.

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Phone: 859.925.9012


Shelby Cotham

BIOLOGIST

Shelby Cotham joined Copperhead in the spring of 2017 gaining full time status in 2018. She received a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science with a concentration in wildlife management from the University of Tennessee. She began her career in bat biology in 2015 at UT assisting masters students studying roosting ecology of tri-colored bats and assessing the use of anthropogenic structures by bats in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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E-mail: scotham@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012


Heidi Braunreiter

BOTANIST

Heidi Braunreiter began her career as a botanist in 2010 when she got her B.S. in Biological Aspects of Conservation from the University of Wisconsin. Since then, she has gained botanical experience across the southeastern US. She received her M.S. in Biology from Eastern Kentucky University in 2015 where she completed a vascular flora of Boyle County, Kentucky as her graduate thesis. Heidi’s professional experience with Copperhead has consisted of rare plant surveys, invasive plant surveys, ecological system and plant association surveys, as well as plant surveys for the EPA’s 2016 National Wetland Condition Assessment

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E-mail: hbraunreiter@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012


Matthew Hinds

FORESTER

Matthew Hinds started with Copperhead Environmental Consulting Inc. in the spring of 2016. He earned a B.S. if forestry from the University of Kentucky in 2012. His undergraduate work focused on upland oak /hickory hardwood management and inventory. Since starting with Copperhead he has become adept at herbicide application performing various types of timber stand improvements and invasive species controls.
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E-mail: mhinds@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012


Pamela Harrison

CPA – CFO/ACCOUNTING

Pamela Harrison is the Chief Financial Officer of Copperhead Environmental Consulting, Inc. She joined the company in December 2017. Her professional background consists of 10 years in public accounting as a tax professional and over 10 years in various industries as an Office Manager/Accountant. Pam obtained a BBA degree in Accounting from Eastern Kentucky University in 1997. She became a Certified Public Accountant in 2008. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants. She volunteers as the Treasurer of the nonprofit organization, Jarrett’s Joy Cart, Inc. and serves as a member on the Finance Committee of her homeowners association.
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E-mail: pharrison@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012


Vicky Abrams

OFFICE CONTROLLER

Vicky West Abrams started part-time at Copperhead in 2010 to help with bookkeeping but within a few months joined fulltime as Controller/Office Manager. Vicky received her B.S. in Business Management from Berea College. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two children, making breakfast at The Denny House and cruising town on her bike.
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E-mail: vabrams@copperheadconsulting.com
Phone: 859.925.9012