promoting quality of life
Eric Woolridge, AICP
Director of Planning and Business Development
Eric’s passion includes land use planning, small-town and rural economic development, and greenway, bike, and ped planning. He has worked as a professional planner in both the public and private sectors. He likes to ride his bike, play disc golf, and drink good coffee when he isn’t contemplating government/ citizen collaboration. Eric has a Masters in Public Administration from Appalachian State University.
Alex Gotherman, RLA
Urban Designer & Planner
Bringing over eight years of experience in the design of edible, native, and ornamental landscapes, Alex’s passion lies at the interface of urban and rural planning, conservation, and agriculture. Using place-based sustainable design methods, Alex has worked on a wide variety of projects including commercial sites, campus master plans, pocket parks, greenways, and local food infrastructure.
Jason Gaston, PE
Director of Communications & Place Branding
Matt is passionate about helping communities uncover their true essence and communicate a shared vision to the world. He leads DbD’s community branding and marketing-related projects, shoots & directs multimedia and web campaigns, and develops targeted brand strategies that promote quality of life and economic development. With a Masters in Communications and an undergrad in Recreation & Tourism Management, Matt spent 12+ years working for international organizations, creating compelling images, and developing communications strategies to convey critical needs to private and public partners.
Keagan brings Geographic Information System (GIS) skills and field experience in safety and environmental compliance to the DbD team. As a GIS Specialist, Keagan strives to use the power of geospatial technology to help envision and develop a greater connection between people and their natural and built environments. Keagan holds a B.S. in Geography from Appalachian State University. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, backpacking, reading, and running.
Art Director / Graphic Designer
“Solve the problem first, then make it beautiful”. That’s Dan’s motto. And through his time at design agencies, freelance endeavors, and with companies large and small, Dan brings a wide array of graphic design and art direction skills to the DbD team. From large e-commerce sites and digital advertising, to campaign design, brand development, illustration, animation, and more. Above all, Dan is passionate about providing thoughtful, strategic, and appropriate solutions for clients and their audiences.
Web Developer / Designer
Sunny is a web developer, graphic designer, programmer, and photographer with more than 15 years of experience. The planning, design, and promotion industry provides a new conduit for Sunny to use his technical and creative skills. Sunny develops custom interactive websites to promote public engagement and assists with marketing place-based assets for DbD clients. If you meet Sunny, prepare to ponder what just might be possible.
A Raleigh, NC-native, and an Appalachian State University graphic design graduate, Blair brings a modern, yet distinguished perspective to her specialty of branding, identity and editorial design. With supplementary skills in photography and video, which inform her storytelling capabilities, as well as her illustration and hand-lettering. Blair is a well-rounded creative and enjoys using this full spectrum of skills to develop and enhance community branding initiatives.
Cody brings a combined passion for recreation, public space, and placemaking to the DbD team. With experience in both public and private sector recreation, he is inspired by the power of places to connect individuals within a community. In his spare time, he enjoys playing music, running, and traveling. He holds a B.S. in Recreation Management from Appalachian State University.
VP of Misc. Stuff
Nicole brings field accounting and office management experience to the DbD team. She keeps things flowing and organized! Nicole and her husband, Robert, spent 18 months in service to the community and people of Haiti. I hope you get a chance to meet her; she’s pretty awesome.
Lucas is passionate about helping others share their stories and experiences in an ever evolving digital age. He enjoys going on walks in busy places as a way to meet new people and learn about them and from them. “Many cultures go unnoticed and histories untold because they are not as flashy as a blockbuster movie, but they are still relevant and hold important lessons. It’s important that we seek out and promote those stories in a way that is relevant and relatable to today’s culture.” Lucas is a Denton, NC native and holds a B.S. in Electronic Media and Broadcasting from Appalachian State University.