NALMS 2022 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 – Kellie Merrell
Kellie Merrell has had the privilege of monitoring the status and trends of Vermont’s inland lakes for the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation since 2001. Before that she was an Aquatic Biologist with EPA working on the Mid-Atlantic Integrated Assessment and a Senior Information Management Analyst for the environmental services division of Technology, Planning and Management Corporation. She has served as president and vice president of the board of trustees for the nonprofit Passumpsic Valley Land Trust. She’s currently NALMS Region 1 Director and co-chair of the 314 Clean Lakes Program Working Group. Kellie has a B.A. from Hood College and an M.S. from University of Maryland where she studied Vallisneria americana.
Treasurer – Shannon Brattebo
Shannon Brattebo, PE, has been an environmental engineer and limnologist for Tetra Tech, Inc. in Washington State since 1999. Shannon’s work has focused on lake and reservoir water quality, restoration, and management both in the Pacific Northwest and across the nation. Shannon has B.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Seattle University and an M.S.C.E in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington. Shannon has been a member of NALMS since 2001 and is a current board member and past secretary of the Washington Lakes Protection Association (WALPA). Shannon is also a past Region 10 NALMS Director (2015 – 2018).
Region 1 Director – Jeremy Deeds
Jeremy Deeds has been an aquatic ecologist with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection since 2014. Prior to that, he worked with the Lakes and Ponds Section of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. He has worked on many aspects of water quality and ecological condition, including lake condition assessments, biological community classification, data modeling, and littoral habitat evaluations. He holds an M.S. in Aquatic Ecology from Kent State University and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine.
Region 3 Director – Beth Norman
Beth Norman is the Director of Science and Research at Lacawac Sanctuary, a 550-acre field station in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania and home to one of the southernmost pristine glacial lakes in the United States. Beth is an aquatic ecosystem ecologist whose research spans a variety of freshwater habitats including streams, lakes, and water-filled tree holes. She received her doctorate from Virginia Tech in 2012. Beth directs the Pocono Lake Observatory Network (PLEON), Lacawac’s lake monitoring and education program which includes formal water quality monitoring services and a Citizen Science project on Lake Wallenpaupack, Pennsylvania’s 3rd largest lake.
Region 9 Director – Deena Hannoun
Deena Hannoun is a Past President of the California Lake Management Society (CALMS). She has worked at the Southern Nevada Water Authority since 2016, where her primary focus is managing the three-dimensional hydrodynamic and water quality model for Lake Mead. Deena also performs statistical analysis and constructs statistical models for water quality data in the Lower Colorado River Basin. Deena earned her PhD in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University, focusing on numerical simulation of brine intrusion in the subsurface.
At-Large Director – Brian Ginn
Brian Ginn has been the At-Large Director since 2020 and serves on the Nomination, Publication, and Professional Certification committees, as well as an Associate Editor for Lake and Reservoir Management. Brian is the limnologist with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, leading 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.
Student Director – Lauren Knose
Lauren Knose is the current Student Director and seeking re-election. As the Chair for Student Programs, she has reinstated the Student Video Contest, developed a Story Map highlighting NALMS students, and raised funding for Student Programs. Her objectives for 2022- 2023 are to continue raising funding for Student Programs and to increase student engagement and recruitment, especially in underrepresented groups. She currently works as an ORISE Fellow at the U.S. EPA in Cincinnati, Ohio, while finishing her PhD from Miami University.