The Navigator Team
The Navigator team is led and staffed by industry veterans with the goal of providing Guidance, Innovation, and
Results that are unparalleled by other consulting companies.
Thomas P. Cook, President
Thomas Cook is a veteran of the coal industry with extensive experience dealing with complex environmental, operational, reclamation and bonding issues in Central Appalachia, Northern Appalachia and the Powder River Basin. Mr. Cook is founder and President of Navigator Environmental & Technical Services, Inc. and has served as Vice President – Environmental for Alpha Natural Resources as well as Massey Energy Company. Prior to his time in the coal industry, Mr. Cook was a state mining regulator in West Virginia.
Mr. Cook has intimate knowledge and firsthand experience with complex environmental issues and the associated litigation that has redefined the operational and risk profile of the eastern US coal industry. A product of this experience is a proven record of successful permitting strategy, due diligence, liability assessment, bonding negotiation, reclamation planning and risk management on acquisition and rehabilitation of distressed properties as well as development and sustainment of existing operations. Mr. Cook has been an industry leader in developing and deploying innovative permitting approaches, water treatment solutions and reclamation agreements that have proven to be cost effective and reliable.
Mr. Cook holds both BS and MS degrees in Geology as well as an MBA, all from West Virginia University. Mr. Cook lives in Hurricane, WV with his wife Kellie and sons, Adam and Nathaniel.
Travis B. Parsons, P.E., Vice President and Principal Engineer
Travis Parsons is a professional engineer with over 10 years of mining industry experience. Mr. Parsons’ experience is diversified between consulting and company positions within the mining industry. Mr. Parsons started his career in a consulting role as a project engineer learning the design, permitting, and operational aspects of the business, then later transitioned to a corporate environmental and special projects role with Alpha Natural Resources.
Mr. Parsons’ career path has afforded a broad engineering background ranging from impoundment design and construction monitoring, to advanced water treatment system design and construction. Mr. Parsons’ role as a special projects engineer provided him experience in areas such as earthwork, water quality, drainage and pumping systems, structural investigations, project management and much more. Mr. Parsons was entrusted with some of the largest environmental liability projects within Alpha, and developed a reputation and proven track record of finding innovative solutions and substantial cost savings for the company.
Mr. Parsons graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS degree in Civil Engineering from WVU Institute of Technology, and is a registered professional engineer in West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. Mr. Parsons is a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and ASCE, as well as an MSHA qualified impoundment inspector and course instructor. Mr. Parsons resides in Hurricane, WV with his wife Anna and three children, Cole, Jake, and Noelle.
David A. Willson, Vice President and Principal Ecologist
David Willson is an experienced environmental consultant dealing with complex environmental issues in Central Appalachia. Mr. Willson is Vice President of Navigator Environmental & Technical Services, Inc. Prior to his work at Navigator, Mr. Willson worked for Alpha Natural Resources and Massey Energy as an Ecologist and Senior Environmental Compliance Manager, at R.E.I. Consultants Inc. as a Project Manager and Wildlife Biologist, at Beaver Creek Restoration LLC as a managing member, and has served on the Board of Directors of Mountain State Mitigation Credits Company, a West Virginia-based mitigation bank.
During his time at Massey Energy and Alpha Natural Resources, Mr. Willson specialized in field-identifying non-jurisdictional features and coordinated with company engineers and USACE staff to permit and surface mine reserves without the need for 404 requirements. During his time at R.E.I., Mr. Willson primarily worked on compensatory mitigation design and implementation for 404 permitting in addition to endangered Indiana bat surveys, macroinvertebrate and fish surveys, as well as stream and wetland delineations.
Mr. Willson has also been an industry leader in determining mitigation obligations and reporting techniques. This can assist with companies that have been forced to move away from mining and focus more on reclamation obligations. Over the past 12 years, Mr. Willson has also extensively studied the long term effects and recovery of aquatic communities downstream of surface mining operations in West Virginia.
Mr. Willson holds a BS degree in Chemistry and a MS degree in Biological Sciences, both from Marshall University. Mr. Willson lives in Daniels, WV with his wife Amber and daughters, Claire and Anna, and son Jack.