Our Team

Lord and Winter is a environmental services company founded by David Winter in 2013. Our team is dedicated to protecting our clients through the environmental permitting, environmental compliance, and environmental remediation of their project. We obsess over our client's environmental compliance so they can have peace of mind during their project lifecycle.

Each of our technical staff holds a Master of Science degree in their scientific field of study. Additionally, our Project Managers hold the esteemed Project Management Professional (PMP) credential, ensuring the highest standards for our clients. Our top-rated environmental consultants provide comprehensive environmental services to energy, mining, and development clients nationwide.

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Zachary Coutee

Staff Geologist

Coutee joined Lord and Winter, LLC as a Staff Geologist in 2022. He has focused on helping clients meet environmental due diligence requirements in support of large commercial developments in Louisiana and Texas. He has completed many Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Phase II Site Investigations. Coutee holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Texas A&M University. While at Texas A&M he completed research focusing on Lead contaminated media and which media most affects children. He is also completing a Master of Science in Geology from Louisiana State University where he is conducting a provenance study in the Italian Apennines using laser ablation mass spectroscopy on apatite, rutile, and zircon mineral grains. He has primarily worked in South Louisiana and Southeast Texas. As an avid outdoorsman, Coutee enjoys fishing, hunting, skiing, and hiking.
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Sarah Lewis

Project Biologist

Lewis joined Lord and Winter, LLC as a Project Biologist in 2017. Her work includes wetland delineations, preparing and inspecting stormwater pollution plans, and permit applications. She holds a B.S. in Coastal and Environmental Science and a M.S. in Oceanography and Coastal Science from Louisiana State University, where she was a Nature Conservancy Fellow. She has primarily worked in South Louisiana, including research involving marsh creations and wetland restorations. Mrs. Lewis is certified as a Qualified Preparer of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (QP-SWPPP), a Qualified Compliance Inspector of Stormwater (QCIS), and has advanced training in the US Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual.
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Jonathan Odekirk

Project Geologist

Odekirk joined Lord and Winter, LLC as a Project Geologist in 2021. He has focused on helping clients meet environmental due diligence requirements in support of large commercial developments in Tennessee and Louisiana. He has completed many Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, Phase II Site Investigations, Remedial Investigations, Remediation Work Plans, and Supervised large remediation projects in urban core areas. Odekirk holds a Master of Science in Geological / Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin where he conducted Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) research. Odekirk also holds a Bachelors of Science in Geology from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay. Odekirk has work experience in the Great Lakes, Mid-South, and Gulf Coast. He is a Geologist-In-Training under the National Association of State Boards of Geology. An adventurer at heart, Odekirk has hiked New Zealand and enjoys kayaking, hunting, and fishing.
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Ellen Strupp

Project Biologist

Strupp joined Lord and Winter, LLC as a Project Biologist in 2017. She has worked on a wide array of projects including Phase 1 ESAs, wetland delineations, hydrologic determination, and permit applications. Strupp holds a B.S. in Botany and Plant Pathology from Purdue University and an M.S. from the University of Texas at Austin where she was a Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Scholar through her work on the Deep Horizon oil spill. Strupp has primarily worked in the Midwest and the Southeastern United States, including activities as a Texas Master Naturalist and involvement in the Tennessee and Texas Native Plant Societies. She is a Qualified Hydrologic Professional in Tennessee. As a life-long learner, she enjoys volunteering with local water quality and botanical groups.
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Noah Underwood

Staff Geologist

Underwood joined Lord and Winter, LLC as a staff geologist in 2022. He has worked on many remote sensing, fluvial geomorphology, and soil horizon projects. Underwood holds a B.S. in Geology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he conducted research on hydrologic surface features on Mars utilizing remote sensing technology. He also holds an M.S. in Geology from Texas Christian University where he delineated mid-channel sand bars in the Missouri River for a coordinated statistical analysis. Noah will focus on helping clients with due diligence, site characterization, and remediation in the Northern half of the United States. Noah enjoys the outdoors and environmental conservation and you can find him fishing, visiting local parks, or hiking with his dogs on the weekend.
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Sarah Zirkle

Staff Biologist

Zirkle joined Lord and Winter, LLC as a Staff Biologist in 2022. She has worked on a diversity of projects including wetland delineations, hydrologic determinations, and endangered species desktop reviews. Zirkle holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Tennessee Technological University. Zirkle completed a Master of Science in Biology from Austin Peay State University where she led research on the spatial ecology and population dynamics of various threatened and endangered Southeastern bat species listed under the Endangered Species Act. As a Tennessee native, she has primarily worked within the Southeastern United States. In her free time, Zirkle enjoys spending time outdoors visiting and hiking local state and national parks.
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David Winter

President

Winter founded Lord and Winter, LLC in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2013. With 25 years experience in environmental consulting in all regions of the United States, he brings substantial knowledge of regulatory compliance, project management, and permit process to Lord and Winter clients. He holds two Bachelors of Science degrees in Biology and Geology from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and a Masters Degree in Geochemistry from Northern Illinois University. Natural resource project experience includes permitting for the construction of marine terminals, mines, industrial and commercial developments, and interstate pipelines for mining, energy, utilities, and real estate clients. Compliance work includes environmental due diligence during acquisitions as well as water, soil, and air compliance for energy and industrial clients. Remediation work focuses on site restoration by collaborating with the client and stakeholders while offering technical solutions to challenging brownfield properties. He has won and managed remediation and design-build contracts for the Department of Defense and worked on many challenging federally managed remediation projects in the United States including the DOE Legacy Sites such as FERNALD Environmental Management Complex and CERCLA cleanup sites such as the Copperhill Mining Restoration project.