Byron Benbow, CPA
Byron is currently a senior auditor with a regional public accounting firm in Nashville. He’s a graduate of Iowa State University, Economics, and Belmont University, Masters in Accountancy. He has significant experience in auditing and regulatory compliance with non-profits. He’s an avid outdoorsman and enjoys running with his dog on the Richland Creek Greenway.
Judy Beasley, JD
Judy has lived in the Richland Creek watershed all her life, except for her college days at the University of Florida, where she received a minor in Environmental Studies while earning a B.A. in Political Science and then pursuing a law degree. She grew up playing in the tributaries bordering Vaughn’s Gap, and now enjoys the Richland Creek Greenway near her home in Sylvan Park. She also works in the watershed, as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Freeman Webb. She no longer brings home snakes in jars, but did recently raise 75 Grey Tree Frogs from tadpoles rescued from a freezing horse trough.
Mr. Barry is a retired Physician Assistant with the Veterans Administration. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Biology, received a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Hawaii and a Physician Assistant Degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Barry is an avid photographer and hiker, and began his interest in bird photography at the John C. Campbell Folk School and continued his photography in the Smokies Wildflower Pilgrimage. He has hiked the Appalachian Trail, and all the trails of the Smokies and along Richland Creek daily, taking photographs of birds throughout our watershed. He is very interested in saving the Richland Creek Watershed as an integral part of Nashville in making it truly a livable city.
Monette's early life began on the famly farm in Virginia, until her parents moved to Delaware. She has lived in Nashville for 29 years and in the Richland Creek watershed for the last twelve. As a former business owner in the culinary and later healing arts, she attended Middle Tennessee State University to study Environmental Science with a focus on Water Resources and Biology in 1998. After graduation Monette worked as an Environmental Coordinator for Plastech Engineering Corporation, an automobile parts manufacturer; and later as a staff scientist for URS Corporation, an environmental consulting firm. It became evident from her early life on the farm, to time working for a manufacturer; clean freshwater is vital to human life. Monette has always enjoyed being outdoors hiking, exploring and learning.
Steve B. Curnutte
Steve a graduate of Vanderbilt University (1976), has lived in the watershed since 1982, and is currently Senior Vice President at Financial Federal Bank where he has worked since 1988. A small tributary to Kingfisher Branch runs through Steve’s backyard and it is a “mecca” for fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and small mammals that he and his family have enjoyed for the past 16 years.