Our Mission

To improve water quality and ecological function of impaired systems while utilizing market-
based instruments that simultaneously increase financial yield for our partners.

At Water & Land Solutions, we strive to have a positive impact on the environment
so we can have a positive impact on people.


Our Team

Underneath all the technical jargon and far more than a company name, the PEOPLE that make up WLS are what make us unique.  WLS doesn’t “recruit” or “hire” scientists, engineers or financial experts to provide a service.  WLS identifies and selects PEOPLE who are passionate about what they do. We look for PEOPLE who are highly motivated and extensively educated in the mitigation industry.  Even in the selection of our clients and partnerships, it’s the individual passion and energy for success that stands out to us.  In the end, we bring together PEOPLE that have a love and energy for what we do, for working with landowners, and more than anything for ensuring an ideal project can be developed that meets the needs of all of our stakeholders. 

Adam V. McIntyre
CEO & Co-Founder

Adam is recognized as a leader in the mitigation industry having managed all facets of mitigation projects throughout multiple States in the U.S.  He has worked with or in over 10 different US Army Corp of Engineers districts and has experience working with multiple different credit procurement approaches to mitigation development.  As a watershed hydrologist, he has extensive experience in the scientific components of project success.  Adam has developed a unique skillset working with all aspects of mitigation banking including site planning and development, mitigation design and construction, along with long-term monitoring and maintenance of completed projects.  Adam has been actively involved with the National Mitigation Banking Association (NMBA) for several years.  He has also served as Vice President of the NC Environmental Restoration Association (NCERA) and selected to serve as the Treasurer on the Inaugural Board for the South Carolina Mitigation Association (SCMA).

When he is not working, Adam spends his time chasing his three kids around Wake Forest, NC.  Adam holds a Bachelor's of Science in Natural Resource Management from North Carolina State University and has completed graduate level courses in watershed sciences.  He has received training in all levels of Rosgen natural channel design (Levels I-IV) and has received numerous certifications for stormwater design and maintenance.  Adam is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys the challenges of hiking, hunting, and coaching various sports.  He is also active in missions work through his church and other organizations.  Adam is the founder of Water Quality and Health Federation, a non-profit whose purpose is to provide access to clean water and sustainable resources as well as promote environmental awareness in developing and underprivileged communities.  


W. Scott Hunt III, PE
VP, Technical Operations

Scott is an accomplished water resources engineer with more than 25 years of civil engineering experience, specializing in stream, wetland, and habitat restoration, mitigation, conservation, and stewardship.  He is an avid, conservation-minded outdoorsman with a genuine desire to balance sound engineering principles and environmental stewardship. Scott has been involved with turnkey execution and management of all aspects of the ecosystem restoration and mitigation industry since its inception in North Carolina nearly two decades ago.  Scott has served as an ecosystem restoration technical services manager and lead engineer responsible for the management of staff, clients, and services across North Carolina, as well as national level coordination of technical, business development and marketing.  His career includes ecosystem restoration design, civil engineering site design, storm drainage design, stormwater management design, wireless telecommunications design, and utility and erosion control design.

Scott is a North Carolina native, born in Wilmington, North Carolina, and living in the Raleigh, North Carolina area since childhood.  Scott holds a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University.  He currently serves as the Vice President of Operations and Senior Water Resources Engineer for Water & Land Solutions in Raleigh, NC and is actively involved with the North Carolina Environmental Restoration Association (NCERA), serving as past Vice-President.  Scott lives in Zebulon, North Carolina with his wife, son, and two daughters.  When Scott is not spending time with his family or serving at his church, he can likely be found in the woods or in salt water pursuing his passion for the outdoors hunting or fishing.


Kayne Van Stell
VP, Ecosystem Design Services

Over the past eighteen years, Kayne has been involved in many aspects of ecosystem restoration and natural resources projects, including mitigation banking, design and construction services, stormwater management, regulatory policy and permitting, land acquisition, conservation planning and long term monitoring. Throughout his career, he has gained valuable experience implementing large scale ecosystem restoration projects and understands the complexities of site planning, constraints analysis, functional assessments, design concepts and performance standards.

As a practitioner, Kayne’s design philosophy places an emphasis on improving water quality and biological functions of a project.  His diverse experience utilizing natural channel design techniques in both rural and urban watersheds provides him with an innovative approach to restoring aquatic resource functions.  He has actively worked on numerous projects throughout the United States and assisted in the development of design protocols and technical guidelines for practitioners, municipalities and regulatory agencies to provide a standard of care when integrating principles of fluvial geomorphology and biological diversity into a project. 

Kayne is originally from Chicago, Illinois and holds a Bachelor's of Science in Biology from Northern Michigan University.  He has a passion for the outdoors and became dedicated to preserving and improving our natural resources at an early age.  He currently serves as the Vice President of Ecosystem Design Services for Water & Land Solutions in Raleigh, NC and is actively involved with the North Carolina Environmental Restoration Association (NCERA) and the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER).  Kayne resides in Wake Forest, NC with his wife and two daughters and enjoys spending time along the local greenway trails and fishing from the mountains to the coast.


Chris M. Sheats
Manager, Natural Resources Department

Chris Sheats is an Environmental Scientist and Aquatic Biologist with over 15 years of project management experience in the environmental industry.  He received his B.S in Botany, from NC State University and has extensive experience in leading natural resources investigations throughout the Southeast, including jurisdictional wetland and stream delineations, wetland and stream mitigation and monitoring, threated and endangered species surveys, natural systems assessments, benthic macroinvertebrate sampling, wetland and stream classifications, mitigation construction oversight, and natural community classification.  Chris is considered to be an expert in all aspects of field work and project management, including GIS/GPS mapping, NRTR’s, EIS’s, EA’s and coordinating with the many facets of state and federal municipalities and agencies. 

Throughout his career, Chris has acquired numerous affiliations, certifications and recognitions including PWS Certification, completion of Rosgen Levels I & II, NAUI Lifetime Water Diver Certification, and membership in the Society of Wetland Scientists.  Chris has also had the pleasure of being an Invited Presenter at the 2012 NCSU-SRP Biennial Stream Restoration Conference and an integral member of the 2017 Town of Huntersville Transportation Planning Board. Chris is a native North Carolinian and avid outdoorsman whose passion lies with the protection of our natural environment.  When not working, he enjoys fishing, botanizing, and spending time with his family.


Fiquet P. Bailey
Sr. Land Acquisition Manager



Aaron Lesko
Sr. CAD Designer

Aaron has over 22 years of Computer Aided Drafting and Design experience.  He has a great enthusiasm for the outdoors and is dedicated to preserving our natural resources.  Aaron is originally from Pennsylvania and relocated to North Carolina in 1993 to work with the Wake County Parks and Recreation Department.  He is a graduate of Triangle Tech in Erie, PA with an Associate’s degree in Architectural Computer Aided Drafting and Design.  He lives in Raleigh with his wife, daughters and Boston Terriers.  Aaron finds inspiration in nature and enjoys mountain biking, camping and exploring trails.


Catherine Manner
Project Scientist III

Catherine started with WLS in 2015 and works as a Project Scientist III focusing on stream, wetland, and habitat restoration, conservation and stewardship.  She is the lead GIS analyst for WLS and also involved in mitigation site planning and market research.  Catherine is dedicated to improving the health our watersheds as well as educating the public in the value of natural resources.  More recently she served as an Environmental Consultant for ICF International where she worked in the Environmental & Planning Division.

Catherine is originally from Northern Virginia.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Hydrology, and a double minor in Geology and Geography from the University of Delaware.  Ms. Manner is currently pursuing her Masters of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University while working full-time for WLS.  Her passion for the outdoors and protecting water quality began as a child from summers spent on the Cowpasture River with her family.  While Catherine is not working you will find her exploring the City of Raleigh.


Jon Morgan
Field Technician II

Jon started with WLS in 2015 as a project scientist concentrating in stream, wetland, and habitat restoration.  His work involves monitoring equipment installation and maintenance, field assessments and data collection analysis.  Jon is involved in construction oversight activities and also obtained a herbicide applicator license which allows him to control invasive species vegetation.  Prior to joining WLS, Jon served for 7 years as a Master Officer with the Law Enforcement Division of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, in Wake County.  He is dedicated to educating the public and landowners about the value of improving and protecting our ecosystems and the issues caused by urbanization.  

Jon is a North Carolina native, originally from the Asheville area, and has lived in the Raleigh area since 2003.  He is an avid outdoorsman that is passionate about the conservation of our natural resources.  He is a graduate of North Carolina State University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.  When away from work Jon spends his time hunting, fishing, hiking, listening to music and enjoying time with his wife, family, friends and church.



Nikki Firestein Business Manager/Administrative Assistant

Nikki joined WLS with over 6 years of administrative and customer support experience. Having worked in various industries, Nikki enjoys working with cross-functional teams and executing plans with agility. Her organization and positive energy allows WLS business operations to run smoothly and effectively, while providing a level of employee and customer support which allows our restoration experts to remain client and project focused.

Nikki is originally from New York and moved to North Carolina in 2006. She grew up playing sports, hiking, and camping, which formed her love for the outdoors. Nikki enjoys music, food, cooking, hanging with friends and family, and traveling.