Thunderbird Environmental, LLC

Name: Darby W. Hittle, L.E.P.
Title: Founder / Principal

Name: Rory Parcell
Title: Ecologist/Environmental Scientist

Key staff

Rory Parcell

Rory was born and raised in Clinton, Ct before attending Sacred Heart University for his undergraduate and Masters degree in Environmental Science and Management. He has been performing various biological studies across the Northeast and Gulf Coast for the past five years, before joining Thunderbird. From marine invertebrate studies up and down the New England Coast to avian bird monitoring for the Army Corp of Engineers, trail mapping and plant species identification for non-profit organizations, and biotic/abiotic sampling for the federal government along the Gulf Coast. All field projects have been approached with the same caliber of professionalism and quality that can be expected from a Thunderbird managed project. While at Thunderbird he can be found performing the field tasks and site inspections. He is at his best when in the field or dealing with clients. In his free time, he can be found hiking the woods, spotting birds, searching for a mountain to ski, or finding a new brewery to try.

Dawn Hittle

Dawn has been with Thunderbird Environmental since its inception in 2014.Having spent many years with Wal-Mart helping them get a foot hold in New England by helping open and run many stores, she is now helping Thunderbird Environmental take flight. Having been raised in the Air Force, she has lived all over the world including Japan, Hawaii, MI, CA, SC, NJ, WY and ending in PA where she received her B.S. in Business from Wilkes College and then her M.B.A. from Bloomsburg University.

Dawn spends much of her free time with her husband, two kids, two dogs and an eight-year old goldfish that “just keeps swimming”, which is a favorite quote from which she takes much inspiration. She also enjoys the beach, biking, reading, movies and way too much television.

Cedar Hittle

Cedar is a recent graduate of the Morgan School in Clinton Connecticut, and he works part time at Thunderbird as a communications and web design assistant.  Cedar will be attending Champlain College in Burlington Vermont beginning in August 2017, where he plans to study Video Game Design.  Cedar is also planning to wear battery powered heated gloves while walking from class to class over the next four years in the northern Vermont winters. 

Name: Cedar Hittle

Title: Communications/Web Design Assistant


Company Leadership

Darby W. Hittle

As a fire protection specialist assigned to Air Force One from 1988 to 1990, Darby performed the first fire control system test within the Air Force One hangar that houses the Boeing 747 Presidential aircraft.  Prior to being assigned to Air Force One, Darby served for two years in Panama, helping to protect America's interests in the canal zone.     

When he's not helping clients with environmental issues or working on an old house restoration project, Darby can likely be found on a trout stream, playing guitar, or sitting behind a fly tying vise.  Growing up in the small farming community of Benton, Pennsylvania, Darby developed an early understanding of the need for responsible use of our natural resources.  Thunderbird Environmental is named after a neighbor's dairy farm, where Darby spent much of his boyhood life exploring the local streams, fields, and forests and discovering the small wonders that exist within nature.

our team

Thunderbird Environmental, LLC is a 100% Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB) that was founded by

Mr. Darby Hittle.  Mr. Hittle possesses nearly 20 years of experience performing Environmental Assessments (EAs), Water Quality Evaluations, Subsurface Investigations, Site Remediation, and Feasibility Studies throughout North America.  Thunderbird's leadership and staff are well versed in a wide range of regulatory programs to assist our clients with their specific project needs.   

Name: Dawn Hittle
Title: Director of Business Affairs

Name: Connor Mitchel

Title: Environmental Science Intern


Connor Mitchel

Connor has joined the staff of Thunderbird as an intern for the Summer of 2017. He is from Essex, Connecticut and is currently pursuing degrees in Geoscience and Finance from the University of Connecticut. Prior to working at Thunderbird, Connor was a department director at UConn Student Television, as well as a finance intern at Essex Asset Advisors. Connor hopes to use his unique combination of science, business, and digital media backgrounds to make a positive impact at Thunderbird. In the upcoming Fall semester, Connor will be studying abroad as a part of UConn's "Business & Economics in London" program.


Connor spends his free time going to the beach and having fires with friends.

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