Team

Our Team

Don’t you want a team that works like MAD?

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Christine Dilley, MBA

CEO

As CEO, Christine manages and directs MAD Scientist Associates, LLC.  Prior to joining MAD was a seven-year career at Battelle in the world of scientific consulting — building relationships with clients, promoting company capabilities, proposal development, research, and project reporting.  In 2003, she joined MAD when Mark Dilley, the founder and then sole proprietor, became too busy with field and project work to manage and grow the business.  Christine also oversees compliance management related to federal, state, and municipal contracts and has completed ODOT’s Managing the Transportation and Environmental Project Development (NEPA) Training.  As majoriity owner, she holds EDGE, WBE, and WOSB certifications.  Her B.S. degree was earned at The Ohio State University and her MBA at Franklin University.  She currently serves as Vice President of Corporate Partners on the NAWBO Columbus Board of Directors. Additionally, Christine is a co-owner of Scioto Gardens Nursery.  Ext. 11

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Mark Dilley, PWS, CSE

CHIEF SCIENTIST

Mark is Chief Scientist at MAD Scientist Associates. He is a Professional Wetland Scientist (Society of Wetland Scientists) and Certified Senior Ecologist (Ecological Society of America) with over 25 years of experience in wetland science, field biology, ecology, and environmental studies. Mark is certified through Ohio EPA’s QDC program for Level 3 fish studies and habitat assessments for biological monitoring of wadeable streams and rivers. He has worked on projects in 25 states, but focuses his efforts on his home state of Ohio. (Make the sustainable choice: Hire locally-grown consultants!). Mark received his B.S. in Natural Resources in Fisheries Management and his M.S. in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University, with an emphasis on wetlands. His thesis research (Atrazine Fate and Transport in a Created Flow-through Emergent Marsh: An Examination of Key Processes) was completed at the internationally-acclaimed Olentangy River Wetland Research Park at OSU. Mark has continued his connection with OSU as a lecturer for the Wetland Ecology and Restoration course since 2012. Mark is also a co-owner of Scioto Gardens Nursery.  Ext. 10

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Jenny Adkins, PWS

PROJECT SCIENTIST > BOTANY & EDUCATION

Jenny received her B.S. in Biology and Masters in Education from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Through her years of schooling and work experience, Jenny has become skilled in plant identification, restoration planting plans, and management practices for invasive species control. She is proficient in completing detailed botanical surveys such as Ohio’s FQAI and VIBI. She is a Professional Wetland Scientist, certified delineator with ORAM training, as well as a surveyor for running buffalo clover. She utilizes her master’s in education by working with municipalities and area school districts, developing outdoor programming and environmentally focused curriculum. She also works directly with teachers and other local educators to enhance their approach in utilizing the outdoors and wetlands in their classrooms.  Ext. 16

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Lindsay Hanna, CWD

PROJECT SCIENTIST > DELINEATION & SITE ASSESSMENT

Lindsay received her B.S. in Environmental Science from Bowling Green State University, and her M.S. in Natural Resources and the Environment with an emphasis in Terrestrial Ecosystems from the University of Michigan. She is a Certified Wetland Delineator and has spent much of her career delineating wetlands across the United States. In addition to wetland work, Lindsay has conducted T/E surveys and natural resource surveys, as well as performed sampling for water quality and harmful algal blooms. She has a wide variety of project experience, from environmental compliance auditing to NEPA biological and environmental assessments to environmental sampling.  Ext. 14

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Dr. Nick Smeenk

PROJECT SCIENTIST

Nick received his B.S. in Wildlife Resources from the University of Idaho, an M.S. in Environmental Studies from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Sciences from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. His doctoral research focused on assessment methods for wetlands in the Great Plains, including the development of the Nebraska Wetland Rapid Assessment Method, and amphibian community ecology. He is a former Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Program Research Associate with the Ohio Biodiversity Conservation Partnership at The Ohio State University where he implemented research and conservation programs for state listed reptile and amphibians including the Eastern Hellbender, Banding’s Turtle, Spotted Turtle, and Streamside Salamander and the federally threatened Eastern Massasauga. Nick is an Ohio Division of Wildlife Approved Herpetologist for the Eastern Hellbender and Eastern Massasauga in addition to holding a federal recovery permit for the Eastern Massasauga. He is an Associate Wildlife Biologist (The Wildlife Society) and trained in ORAM, HHEI, and QHEI assessment methods. Nick is excited to apply his research, statistical and spatial analysis, and T&E monitoring experience to support ecological survey, monitoring, and restoration projects in Ohio and beyond. Ext. 21

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Jenna Odegard

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST II > AQUATIC ECOLOGY & WILDLIFE

Jenna is a Minnesota native who obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and her Master of Science in Environment and Natural Resources- Fisheries and Wildlife from the Ohio State University. Growing up on the thousands of lakes in Minnesota, pursuing undergraduate and graduate research in wetlands (the role of functional diversity in biotic resistance of non-native fishes and invertebrates in Lake Erie coastal wetlands), and actively using her SCUBA certification for work and play has developed a strong interest and deep passion for investigating, protecting, and restoring aquatic-terrestrial interfaces. This is especially important for the great numbers and wide variety of wildlife species that rely on such habitats. She is state certified to perform freshwater mussel surveys in Group 1 and 3 streams and in 2019 she earned her Level 3 Qualified Data Collector certification for sample collection and data analysis for macroinvertebrates from the Ohio EPA. She is excited to contribute her biological focus to the MAD Scientist Associates team to support and expand the company’s capabilities and pursue ecological survey and restoration projects in the Midwest.  Ext. 17

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Mary Skapof

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST II

Mary received her B.S. in Environment and Natural Resources with a specialization in Environmental Education from The Ohio State University. She was a former Naturalist with Columbus Metro Parks and has extensive experience with surface water permitting including NPDES permitting as well as Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) and Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan compilation. She is also a Level 2 Qualified Data Collector specializing in Benthic Macroinvertebrate Assessment and is ORAM trained. She utilizes her diverse background to not only assist clients with interpreting the complexities of environmental regulations, but to also assist area schools and educational programs with incorporating environmental education into their lesson planning.

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Jonathan Stechschulte

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST I > RESTORATION DESIGNER

Jonathan received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Field Biology from Ohio Northern University, and his Master of Landscape Architecture from Ohio State University, where his graduate research focused on alternative outcomes and the designed conservation of the bosque ecosystem in Albuquerque, NM. He has a variety of ecological and design work experience, including time spent at The Dawes Arboretum, the SCCF native plant nursery, the Columbus Zoo, and Beam Designs, a landscape architecture firm. His graduate work has earned several local and national awards, including an OCASLA Honor Award and an honorable mention in the ULI-Hines student competition. He brings graphic visualization and technical drafting abilities to the team and contributes to the assessment, analysis, and design processes involved in restoration.

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Zach Bollheimer

ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNICIAN

Zach earned his B.S. from Ohio University and has continued his studies with graduate coursework at Ohio State University, both with an Environmental Science and Natural Resources focus.  He is a certified FAA Remote Pilot and UAV operator at MAD. He has completed the U.S. Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Training to build upon skills he acquired as a Section 401 Water Quality Intern in the Surface Water Division at Ohio EPA.  In addition to restoration site management and riparian habitat restoration experience, Zach utilizes his expanding botany skills and pesticide applicators license for controlling invasive and exotic species.  He has also completed Green Infrastructure Training, which focuses on green stormwater infrastructure construction and maintenance.  Ext. 15

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Logan Dunn

ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNICIAN

Logan earned his B.S. from The Ohio State University in Environmental Policy/Management with a focus on water quality. Currently, he is attending Colorado State University through their online program in Restoration Ecology. Previously, Logan worked for Preservation Parks of Delaware County and acquired practical knowledge and experience constructing and restoring wetlands, monitoring wetland establishment, conservation easement monitoring, prairie creation and maintenance, invasive species removal, and performing QHEI and HHEI stream assessments. Logan is currently a Level 1 Quality Data Collector through OEPA and is ORAM trained. He is also a certified pesticide applicator.

Logan serves on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Wetlands Association and helps to promote the importance of Ohio’s precious wetlands through science-based programming and outreach.  Ext. 18

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Alexys K Nolan

ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNICIAN

Alexys Nolan is an Environmental Technician at MAD Scientist Associates. She obtained her B.S. in Biology at Western Michigan University, located in her hometown of Kalamazoo. Alexys has worked on habitat restoration projects since 2016, first at the Kalamazoo Nature Center then at The Wilds conservation center. She joined the MAD team as a certified pesticide applicator, trained chainsaw operator, and with substantial experience managing invasive species and conducting prescribed burns. She has also assisted with several restoration ecology studies and is excited to contribute to MAD’s growing list of research projects.  Ext. 19

Rachel DeNoewer

OFFICE MANAGER

Rachel obtained her B.S. from The Ohio State University in Natural Resource Management specializing in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. Rachel has worked as a park ranger for both a Utah State Park and at the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks. She has also worked as an Executive Assistant for an IT business in Columbus, OH. Rachel is active in many community organizations and currently serves as President of Green Columbus, a board member for Friends of Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks, and Chair of the Worthington Parks and Recreation Commission.  Ext. 12