Jessica Gunter Interview

What three words would you use to describe your role? 

Data, Compliance, Permitting

What are you currently working on? 

Recently, I have been working on several air permits across the country, as well as the first quarter compliance reporting many of our clients have to submit.  I have a few databases (in Access and SQL Server) that I am maintaining and a few more that I am working on developing.

What do you like most about your job? 

I love the variety of projects I am working on – every day is a little bit different.  I get to have a lot of contact with my clients on projects as well, and getting to help people on a daily basis to maintain their compliance and optimize their permits and reporting is extremely fulfilling.

What is something you do for fun or a hobby? 

I like to hand quilt – everything from cutting the patterns, and hand piecing it to freehand quilting the whole thing.  Its incredibly rewarding to have a creative outlet that is also a warm and useful final product.

What is your biggest achievement to date – personal and/or professional? 

Being a single working parent of two boys is my greatest (and most difficult) achievement, of course, but learning how to write code for our database product, the Shield® has been a very enjoyable challenge.


Jessica graduated in 2000 with a B.S. in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech.  She has over 18 years of experience in environmental programs, and serves as project manager for many air permitting and compliance projects. She has experience both working within government agencies and as a consultant. Prior to joining Aegis, she worked for the Virginia Department of Health, where her duties included working with other agencies to design water quality monitoring plans, developing and maintaining databases and quality assurance documentation and plan writing. Jessica is experienced in developing and tracking air emissions inventories and assisting in the development of permit strategies and applications for minor NSR and Title V permits for many different states. She has excellent knowledge and experience in start-to-finish complex air dispersion modeling for compliance and in support of PSD permit applications, including AERMOD and CALPUFF modeling programs. Jessica is experienced in water quality issues and development of SPCC, ODCP, SWPP and Integrated Plans for governmental and industrial clients. She has extensive experience assisting industrial clients with NESHAP XXXXXX compliance and reporting.  Jessica has experience in supporting Sustainability and Climate Action programs, including expertise with the EPA Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting.  She has experience conducting air dispersion modeling and control determinations under the BART regulations. Jessica also has experience as lead developer on permit compliance tracking tools (ShieldR) for governmental and industrial clients, utilizing Excel, Access, SQL Server, Filemaker Pro and VBA and SQL programming languages to custom-tailor the monitoring tool to the permit conditions. She serves as Program Director for Shield® development, and serves as a project manager for multiple clients for air permitting, reporting, and compliance.