Tim Owens is the Wrightsville Beach Town Manager and oversees day-to-day operations of the five municipal departments. He helps to develop local policies and ordinances and then implement them. Owens also served as the Town Manager of Carolina Beach for more than 6 years.
Rob Zapple has resided in Wilmington for over 17 years. He is the owner of Rob Zapple Design and Build Inc. His wife Michele co-owns Carolina Gymnastics Academy. He was elected to serve a four-year term as County Commissioner of New Hanover County. Zapple advocates for the public process. He really is focused on job creation and growth of the surrounding areas. Zapple is also involved with several non-profit organizations.
Mike Giles is a Coastal Advocate for the North Carolina Coastal Federation and has been in his position since May 2006. He has held positions in the National Park Servide and the Army Corps of Engineers. He was also a Chief Park Ranger for Mecklenburg County. Giles studied at North Carolina State University and studied wildlife management. During his time at NCSU, Giles did coursework on coastal ecology.
Kemp Burdette is Cape Fear Riverkeeper and Executive Director of Cape Fear River Watch. At the Cape Fear River Watch, Burdette focuses on improving water quality of the Cape Fear River. He was born and raised in Wilmington and has always had a strong interest in human and environment interactions. Burdette is UNCW alum with a masters of public administration.
This week on WingSpan we discuss the environmental impacts of the economic development in Wilmington. Our guests are county commissioner Rob Zapple, Wrightsville Beach town manager Tim Owens, Mike Giles from NC Coastal Federation and Kemp Burdette (RIVERKEEPER) from Cape Fear River Watch, also on the show is UNCW professor Susanne Brander, Bonnie Monteleone, and Jennifer Biddle .
Jennifer Biddle is the Assistant Professor of Public Administration of University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She is also the Faculty Advisor to Environmental Policy and Coastal Planning and Management Concentrations.
Bonnie Monteleone is the Administrative Associate for the Chemistry and Biochemistry department of the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Her main focuses is how pollution, especially the effects of plastic and waste in the environment. She runs a blog called theplasticoceanproject.blogspot.com which focuses on her research and experiments. This project reveals the damaging effects us humans have on the environment and the animals we share it with.
Susanne Brander is an Assistant Professor and ecotoxicologist at University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She received her Ph.D. from University of California, Davis. She recently received a grant from the EPA for $400,000 to study the ecological impacts of manufactured chemicals on estuarine fish. This substantial grant will give students a chance to study and interact with the local Wilmington community.