A former mayor of the City of Augusta and senior executive in the cabinet of President George W. Bush, Bob Young is the President/CEO of the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy. His public service followed twenty six years as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He recently retired as business manager for the Department of Defense Schools in Beaufort, SC. Bob is the owner and president of Eagle Veterans Services LLC, an industrial supply brokerage. His first novel, The Treasure Train, is scheduled for publication in early 2012, and he has appeared as an extra in a number of movies. As a member of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Bob created the Preserve America Communities Program for The White House and was recognized with the national leadership award in preservation from the History Channel. Bob attended Wofford College and Augusta State University. He is an air force veteran of the Vietnam War. He is active in a number of organizations, including the American Cancer Society and Kiwanis Club. Bob and his wife Gwen, a retired real estate broker, live in Augusta.
Amanda is originally from California. She was married five years ago on Valentine’s Day to a member of the U. S. Navy, who is serving as a linguist at Fort Gordon (he speaks a half dozen languages!). Last December Amanda graduated Kaplan University with honors and earned her BS in legal studies. Since 2010, Amanda has been serving in the U. S. Naval Reserve with the job specialty of Administrative Assistant. She will continue her military service in a unit based in Atlanta.
Flite III, Ph.D.
Oscar P. Flite III is the Academy's Vice President for Research. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology from State University of New York at Oswego, a Master’s Degree in Environmental Pollution Control from Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Clemson University. His research has focused on biogeochemical processes and bioremediation within constructed wetlands, riparian buffers, lakes, and rivers.
Aaliyah Green, Research Scientist, received a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Sciences from Rutgers University and a Master's Degree in Ecology from the University of Georgia. Aaliyah joins the Academy from the Sanannah River Ecology Laboratory, where she conducted research on mercury contamination in diamondback terrapins and Asian turtles.
Ruth Mead, Senior Education Specialist, has a Bachelor's Degree in Forestry from
North Carolina State University. Ruth has over 14 years experience in forestry
and several years of service as a community volunteer. Ruth recently received
the Audubon Society Certificate of Appreciation and led the Academy's Adopt-a-Stream
club to receiving a national Take Pride in America award from the U.S. Department
of the Interior.
Jason Moak is the Academy's Senior Research Scientist. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Augusta State University. Jason has 13 years of research experience on southeastern lakes and rivers, including fish, wildlife, plant, and water quality research and impact analysis.
Shawn Rosenquist, Research Scientist, recieved his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and his Ph.D. in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. His research experience and interests include urban stormwater topics such as urban hydrology and diffuse pollution as well as onsite water and wastewater treatment technologies for rural areas and developing countries.