Jennifer Bauer is the co-owner and principal geologist for ALC. She began her engineering geology career in 2001, and in 2005, began specializing in landslides and landslide mapping. She became a licensed geologist in 2005 in N.C., and is also licensed in TN. and GA. Jennifer graduated with highest honors in Geology from UNC-Chapel Hill and is a past President of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG). She has a passion for identifying landslide hazards in the Appalachian Mountains and around the world order to help protect life and property.
Stephen Fuemmeler is co-owner and principal geologist for ALC. In 2004, Stephen began his career as a practicing geologist, with a focus on landslides, landslide mapping, and geographic information systems (GIS) since 2005. Stephen has a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and has completed coursework for a Master of Science in Geology. He became a licensed geologist in N.C. 2009 after graduating with a B.S. in Geology Summa Cum Laude from NC State University. Like Jennifer, Stephen shares a passion for identifying landslide hazards in the Appalachian Mountains and around the world.
Kenneth A. Gillon, PG, brings to the ALC team over 40 years of well-rounded Professional Geologist experience in the Southern Appalachians. Ken’s ability to focus on both the big picture as well as details, has provided many industrial, local government, and regulatory clients with high value insights into the geologic, structural, hydrogeologic, and economic aspects of their projects. Ken’s work on landslides began as a Project Geologist for the North Carolina Geological Survey’s (NCGS) 2005-11 landslide mapping program and continues with ALC. Ken has 34 years of additional experience in gold/base metals exploration, environmental consulting, and other geologic investigations. Ken has been actively engaged throughout his career in sharing his knowledge, authoring papers and presentations, and remaining active in the Carolina Geological Society. He is a licensed geologist in NC, SC, and GA.
Rebecca Latham has over 10 years of experience in landslide investigations. After finishing her masters degree in landslide characterization at the Colorado School of Mines, she spent time working as a geotechnical engineer (2002-2003) involved in rock and soil characterization and structural and rock slope stability analyses before beginning as a geologist with the North Carolina Geological Survey (NCGS) in 2003. Her work at the NCGS started with Phase I of a multiyear, geologic hazards project including the initial development of and data collection for the North Carolina slope movement database. Rebecca became the first member of the NCGS’s landslide mapping team assisting with data collection and field verification, remote sensing areas of potentially active, active, and past active slope movements using LiDAR and aerial photographs, stereograph analyses of rock slopes, and statistical analyses of landslide model input parameters. Rebecca continues using these skills for landslide mapping with ALC. Rebecca is also involved in science education at area schools.
Aras Mann is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology, and a concentration in environmental geology and hydrogeology. He graduated with the honor of Magna Cum Laude, holding a GPA of above 3.8, at Western Carolina University in 2018. During his college career he worked as a geological mapping intern at the North Carolina Geological Survey, volunteered with the NC Forest Hydrologist for the US Forest Service in stream restoration, and worked as a lab assistant and teacher’s aid for professors at Western Carolina University. After graduation, he worked as a Research Technician for WCU. He currently assists with landslide mapping, slope stability evaluations, slope inclinometer monitoring on active landslides, field geomorphologic analysis, and report writing. Mr. Mann also currently engages in volunteer work for stream cleanups and invasive species removal in the Asheville area. He holds a position on the board for the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway and serves as steward of the greenway.
Philip S. Prince has worked in southern Appalachian geology since 2004. As an undergraduate at Furman University, Prince completed studies of southern Blue Ridge and Piedmont structure and petrology before switching his focus to surface processes at Virginia Tech in 2008. After teaching at Virginia Tech from 2012 to 2016, Prince began work as a mapping geologist with the Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources (DGMR) in early 2017. He has delivered four 1:24,000 scale geologic maps since 2017, including a published full-length report on the Catawba quadrangle. This mapping includes both bedrock and surficial geology, requiring expertise in the identification and delineation of a variety of unconsolidated surficial deposits based on their mechanism of emplacement. Philip applies his lidar analysis and geological field mapping to landslide mapping and property evaluation projects for ALC. Prince has written extensively the applications of lidar for feature analysis on behalf of Virginia DGMR and on his personal blog, which is published by the American Geophysical Union.