Team

planning + promoting quality of life

Eric Woolridge, AICP

Eric Woolridge, AICP

Co-founder & Principal

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.

Teresa Buckwalter, RLA

Teresa Buckwalter, RLA

Co-founder & Principal

Combining landscape architecture, land planning and land conservation, Teresa brings a seasoned track-record of project management in urban and rural design. Through combining her passions for conservation, public space and outdoor recreation, Teresa has helped a wide range of communities and landowners plan with integrity. She is a licensed Landscape Architect from the University of Michigan.

Alex Gotherman, MLA

Alex Gotherman, MLA

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.

Matt Powell

Matt Powell

Director of Communications & Place Branding

With a background in the non-profit sector, Matt spent over 12 years working for international organizations, creating compelling images, and developing communications strategies to convey their critical need to private and public partners. As Communications Director, Matt 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.  Matt is passionate about helping communities uncover their true essence and communicate a shared vision to the world.

Taylor Gupton

Taylor Gupton

Senior Planner

With a background in local government planning, administration, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Taylor brings considerable public sector experience.  Whether planning for pedestrian, greenway, rail-trail, recreation, or neighborhood-scale projects, her goal is to help communities achieve transformative and enduring results. Taylor’s energy and determination comes into play with every project and some of her best thinking happens when she’s on a long trail run or bike ride. Taylor holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Appalachian State University.

Claudia Rainey, RLA

Claudia Rainey, RLA

Urban Designer

After obtaining a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Clemson, Claudia worked for seven years in a city-county planning department in South Carolina, where she was the historic preservation planner, as well as handling greenway planning and helping re-write the landscaping ordinance. She studied Visual Arts at UNCSA and holds a B.S. in Environmental Health from ECU. Now a licensed landscape architect in the state of South Carolina, Claudia particularly loves solving urban design problems related to connectivity. She has two amazing daughters, and her interests include gardening, making art, cooking, and hiking with her dog, Cosmo.

Sunny Morgan

Sunny Morgan

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.

Beth Jacquot

Beth Jacquot

Graphic Designer

Beth brings over 25 years of experience in graphic design, publishing and website design to the Destination by Design Team. As an Educational Media Specialist she has developed promotional materials, multi-media presentations, interactive web sites, and consulted on visual material for curriculum development at the university level. She is seasoned in graphic design, branding, and marketing.

Dan Cox

Dan Cox

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.

Cody Mitchell

Cody Mitchell

Planning Technician

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.

Nicole Higgins

Nicole Higgins

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.

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