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Christopher B. Hale, ASLA, LEED AP, is the founder and sole proprietor of BioForm Landscape Architecture.  Chris has been a licensed landscape architect in Virginia since 2005 and has 15 years’ experience in landscape design. In 2008, he was LEED AP certified.  Prior to founding BioForm, Chris worked as an associate landscape architect in a number of prominent firms in the Richmond metropolitan area. His practice has stresses low impact development strategies and design for sustainability using an ecology-based approach to site design.  Chris graduated (cum laude) from Virginia Tech in 1997.  Throughout his career, he has been active in many community and professional organizations, including the James River Green Building Counsel.

Scott Kudlas has 23 years’ experience as an environmental planning professional focusing on a variety of land-use and water quantity and quality issues. In 2008, Scott was named Director of the newly re-organized Office of Surface and Ground Water Supply Planning. In this role, Scott oversees the Virginia Water Use Data System, technical input into the Virginia Water Protection Permit Program on water supply projects, Groundwater Withdrawal permitting, and oversees implementation of the state's new Local and Regional Water Supply Planning regulation, among other programs. Since 2005, Scott has served on the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin and is currently its Chair.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of St. Thomas in Minnesota and completed his Master's work in Landscape Architecture at Virginia Tech.

Scott Kyle, AIA LEED, Owner, Full Scale Architecture, Principal, 2 City Studio, is an architect with 14 years of experience in sustainable design of university master plans and elementary schools to solar arrays and solar thermal systems. Before becoming an architect, earning a Master of Architecture Degree with a specialization in Energy Systems and Design in 1997 from Texas A&M, Scott earned an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering. His experience as an engineer working with natural systems has continued to shape his approach to design for sustainability. In 2002, the year that Scott became a LEED-Certified architect, Scott and three other green colleagues started the JRGBC (James River Green Building Counsel), a branch of the USGBC, and later helped form another branch in Charlottesville. He started the local AIA COTE (Committee on the Environment) chapter in 2004, as well as the local chapter of Green Drinks, a sustainable professional networking event, in 2007. That same year, Scott started his own firm, Full Scale Architecture, to focus on implementing green technologies in the Richmond Metropolitan Area.  Earlier this year, Scott joined two former colleagues to form a Charlottesville/Richmond woman-owned collaborative called 2 City Studio to pursue public cultural and institutional work. With his wife, Catherine, a sculptor who did graduate work at VCU, Scott lives in the Richmond Museum District where they are renovating their 1895 farmhouse.

Kurt McCoy has been employed as a hydrologist with the US Geological Survey since 2002. Kurt has worked on aquifer studies in a number of states including West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Virginia. His focus has been on use of geostatistical models to constrain the understanding of groundwater flow in stratified montane terrains. Although the mountains of New Mexico are beautiful, Kurt still claims the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and the coalfields of West Virginia as his favorite places to work. Kurt holds a master’s degree in Geology from West Virginia University and has authored or coauthored 16 peer reviewed scientific publications.

Katherine "Kay Slaughter is an environmental attorney and former mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2010, she retired as a senior staff attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center where, among other things, she litigated successfully against the King William Reservoir Project that would have destroyed valuable wetlands in Virginia's Tidewater. In 2010, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation honored Kay as Environmentalist of the Year. She is a member of St. Paul's Memorial Church, Charlottesville.

Brad White is a ground water geologist with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.  Over the past 13 years, he has been involved in management and analysis of hydrogeographic information in Virginia’s Piedmont and Blue Ridge geologic provinces.  Brad holds a Master’s degree in hydrogeosciences from Virginia Tech.