NALMS 2020 Election Results

The annual election for officers and directors is an important way for NALMS members to provide input in the management of the Society. Our officers and directors are all volunteers who serve without pay. Thank you to all the candidates for their dedication to NALMS and thank you to all NALMS members who participated in this year’s election!


President-elect – Chris Mikolajczyk

Christopher (Chris) Mikolajczyk, CLM, attended his first NALMS conference in Madison, Wisconsin in 2001. From there, Chris went on to serve as the Region 2 Director from 2012–2015 and both served and chaired the certification committee from 2015–2019. Chris is actively involved in the New Jersey Coalition of Lake Associations (NJCOLA), has presented at and sponsored several New York State Federation of Lake Association annual conferences for several years running now and has recently joined the Colorado Lake and Reservoir Management Association after his move to that state. Chris is a CLM and senior manager of aquatics for Princeton Hydro and conducts the management, oversight, and coordination of aquatic ecology and water resource projects in three main areas: aquatic resource restoration and management, aquatic ecosystem sampling and investigations, and stormwater quality modeling and management. Chris has been with Princeton Hydro since 1999 and has studied and managed well over 75 lakes in his career there. Chris possesses an associate degree in ecology and environmental technology from Paul Smiths College and both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Geography (with an emphasis on water resources) from Rutgers University.


Secretary – Danielle Wain

Dr. Danielle Wain is the Lake Science Director at the 7 Lakes Alliance, a regional NGO in the Belgrade Lakes watershed in central Maine, where she leads the water quality monitoring research program across the lakes. She has a BS in Civil Engineering (with an Environmental Engineering focus) from Cornell University and completed her PhD in Civil Engineering (with an emphasis in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering) at Iowa State University. Before moving to Maine, she was a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Water Quality Engineering at the University of Bath (UK). Her expertise is in process-based understanding of how lake and reservoir hydrodynamics impact ecology and biogeochemistry and how we leverage this knowledge to develop management strategies.


Region 4 Director – Patrick Goodwin

Patrick Goodwin is a lead water quality expert for Vertex Aquatic Solutions research and development team. He also provides lake management consulting services through Vertex’s international dealer network. Patrick has a B.S. from the University of North Florida and a M.S. from the State University of New York, Oneonta, in Lake Management. Patrick is a CLM and is an active member of the Aquatic Plant Management Societies (APMS), NALMS, and its affiliate chapters. Patrick currently serves on the board of directors for the Florida Lake Management Society (FLMS).

2020–2021 Officers and Directors

Lisa Borre

Chris Mikolajczyk

Perry Thomas

Todd Tietjen

Danielle Wain

Region 1 Director
Kellie Merrell

Region 2 Director
Chris Doyle

Region 3 Director
John McCoy

Region 4 Director
Patrick Goodwin

Region 5 Director
Dendy Lofton

Region 6 Director
Victoria Chraibi

Region 7 Director
David Casaletto

Region 8 Director
Trea Nance

Region 9 Director
Eli Kersh

Region 10 Director
Mark Rosenkranz

Region 11 Director
Liz Favot

Region 12 Director
Colleen Prather

Student Director
Lauren Adkins Knose

At-Large Director
Brian Ginn

Region 7 Director – David Casaletto

David Casaletto is the President of Ozarks Water Watch (OWW), a nonprofit water quality organization. OWW’s mission is to protect and improve the waters of the Upper White River Basin focusing on Beaver, Table Rock, Taneycomo and Bull Shoals lakes and their watersheds. David has focused on reducing nutrient pollution from failing septic systems and small private wastewater treatment facilities. David was Program Coordinator for the National Decentralized Onsite Wastewater Demonstration Project at Table Rock Lake, a $2 Million cooperative agreement with EPA to find technical and management solutions for failing septic systems at Table Rock Lake.


Region 8 Director – Trea Nance

Trea Nance is a Water Quality Chemist for the City of Westminster, Colorado where she works on source water quality in Standley Lake. She has worked on several diverse lake and reservoir projects, such as quagga mussels in Lake Mead, Nevada, benthic macroinvertebrates in Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada, and cyanobacteria for her M.S. thesis in Fernan Lake, Idaho. Trea is a Certified Lake Professional and has been Treasurer of the Colorado Lake and Reservoir Management Association (CLRMA) for three years. Trea has been a NALMS member since 2014 and presented her M.S. research at the 2015 symposium where she was the recipient of the Jody Connor Student Award.


Region 11 Director – Liz Favot

Liz Favot is a senior PhD candidate at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Using information stored in lake sediments, her research investigates the causes of cyanobacterial blooms, and aims to provide historically informed and ecologically relevant management targets. Liz is experienced at distilling research into actionable management issues for cottage, lake, and watershed associations. In her roles as NALMS Student Director, a mentor, educator, and coordinator for the Canadian Association for Girls in Science, Liz has demonstrated a passion for fostering collaborative aquatic science communities.


Student At-large Director – Lauren Adkins Knose

Lauren Adkins Knose is a fifth-year PhD student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her research is focused on identifying changes in environmental conditions that favor toxin producing phytoplankton, leading to harmful algal blooms (HAB) in freshwater lakes. Prior to Miami, she achieved a Master’s in Public Health and worked on developing and implementing health impact assessments for the U.S. EPA. As a graduate student, she led a survey of lakes, in collaboration with PLEON, to characterize the extent of HABs in Northeast Pennsylvania and test various detection techniques to help design HAB monitoring and response strategies for lake managers. She also leads an annual workshop about HABs for community stakeholders. Her goal is to help inform decision-making through better understanding ecological challenges facing lakes and the potential public health consequences.


At-large Director – Brian Ginn

Brian Ginn has been appointed to fill the vacant At-large Director position.

Brian Ginn is the limnologist with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, heads their lake monitoring program, and is one of three Canadian NALMS Certified Lake Managers. Focusing on nearshore zone management, Brian’s work addresses the questions and concerns of local residents; supports the implementation of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan; and investigates macrophytes, benthos, water quality, and the impacts of nutrients, climate change, and invasive species. Brian has a BSc and MSc from the University of New Brunswick and a PhD from Queen’s University. Originally from the Maritime Provinces, Brian is a lifelong resident of Region 11, has lived in four of the provinces, and is very familiar with the diversity of lakes, and lake issues, in this region.