NALMS Board of Directors
Kellie Merrell (Region 1 – CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
Kellie Merrell has worked as an Aquatic Ecologist for the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation monitoring the status and trends of Vermont’s inland lakes for compliance with the Clean Water Act for the last 18 years. Data she collected in Vermont and Maine helped lead to the passage of the Vermont Shoreland Protection Act in 2014. She has been collecting littoral macroinvertebrate, sediment diatom, and macrophyte data sets with the goal of using them to determine aquatic life use support. Her current interest is in determining how to better utilize the anti-degradation aspects of the Clean Water Act to protect Vermont’s highest quality lakes.
Chris Doyle (Region 2 – NJ, NY, PR)
Chris Doyle graduated from Rutgers University with a BS in Natural Resource Management. He has 25 years of experience as an aquatic biologist including 13 years of experience as a lake manager. Currently the Director of Biology at SOLitude Lake Management, he oversees field biologists conducting water quality and biological assessments in the Northeast. He has attended and presented at numerous lake management conferences since 2005, including NALMS, NYSFOLA, NJCOLA, NEAPMS, and NJISST. He became a Certified Lake Manager in 2008. He is a Past President of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society and currently is the Editor.
John McCoy (Region 3 – DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV)
John McCoy has worked on water pollution remediation and watershed restoration for more than 30 years. He is currently the Watershed Manager for the Columbia Association in Columbia, Maryland. Previously he served for over a decade at Maryland Department of Natural Resources including serving as the Director of the Ecosystem Restoration Center from 2005 to 2010. John worked on watershed related projects ranging from small reforestation projects to large comprehensive watershed restoration programs. John managed the evaluation of the State’s nonpoint source pollution control programs at the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 1985 to 1995. John holds degrees in Biology and Agronomy. He is also currently serving on Maryland’s Patuxent River Commission and as a Trustee for the Middle Patuxent Environmental Trust.
Erich Marzolf (Region 4 – AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)
Erich Marzolf is the Director of the Division of Water and Land Resources with St. Johns River Water Management District in northeast Florida. He manages data collection and restoration activities on lakes, rivers, wetlands, springs and estuaries and the 730,000 acres of land owned by the District. Erich has Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California Davis where he studied subalpine lake ecology. Erich was a post-doctoral scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he studied stream metabolism and nutrient cycling. Erich served on the Board of the Florida Lake Management Society for eight years.
Dendy Lofton (Region 5 – IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)
Dendy Lofton, Ph.D., CLM, is a limnologist and aquatic ecologist at LimnoTech with over ten years of experience in water resource monitoring, assessment, and management. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science (Limnology) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied carbon and nutrient cycling in shallow Arctic Alaskan lakes. Currently, she leads and supports water resource-related projects throughout the US, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, and California. Dr. Lofton is the practice lead for LimnoTech’s Lake Restoration and Management service area and is based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.
Victoria Chraibi (Region 6 – AR, LA, NM, OK, TX, Mexico and beyond)
Victoria Chraibi, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of biological sciences at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. She teaches courses in limnology, aquatic ecology, phycology, and marine biology. She received an M.S. in water resources science from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a Ph.D. in earth and atmospheric sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research focuses on paleolimnology, using diatom microfossils and other biological and geochemical proxies to reconstruct environmental conditions in a watershed over time. Past research has focused on Lake Memphrémagog, Lake Superior, and lakes in Yellowstone National Park; current research focuses on Texas streams and reservoirs. Victoria also specializes in science education and outreach; she has collaborated with aquariums, zoos, museums, state parks, and school organizations to develop and disseminate materials and lead activities about water resources and other scientific topics. She has been a member of NALMS since 2011.
Michelle Balmer (Region 7 – IA, KS, MO, NE)
Michelle Balmer is a limnologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) where she works to help administer the State’s Lake Restoration Program. The Lake Restoration Program was created in 2006 and works to improve water quality and recreational opportunities at publicly-owned lakes around Iowa and currently has about 20 active restoration projects. Michelle started at the DNR in 2012 and coordinated the state’s lake monitoring program before joining the Lake Restoration team in 2015. Michelle has an undergraduate degree in Biology and Anthropology as well as a Master of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, both from Iowa State University.
Steve Lundt (Region 8 – CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)
Steve Lundt’s love for the outdoors and applied science led him to a B.S. degree from Pacific University (Forest Grove, Oregon) and an M.S. degree in Environmental Science from Indiana University. After acquiring a two-year degree in 1999 and becoming a member of NALMS, Steve traveled back to Oregon and worked on Oswego Lake for three years. While working for the Lake Oswego Corporation, Steve became a Certified Lake Manager and learned how to work for a board of directors. Then in 2002, Steve moved to Denver, Colorado to be a Water Quality Scientist for Metro Wastewater Reclamation District. For the past 15 years, Steve has been a member of CLRMA, chaired the NALMS Lakes Appreciation Month Committee, and has looked after Barr Lake.
Eli Kersh (Region 9 – AZ, CA, HI, NV)
Eli Kersh is a licensed Pest Control Advisor in California and has worked in the aquatic plant management industry as an applicator, a private consultant, and as a manufacturer’s technical representative. He received his undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara in 2007 where he majored in Geographic Information Science. He returned to school in 2011 to obtain a master’s degree with an emphasis in Lake Management and published his thesis “Controlling Eutrophication and Managing Vegetation in Emery Reservoir” in 2013. Eli has served as the President of the California Lake Management Society for the last three years and served on the Board of Directors for the California Weed Science Society, the premier authoritative source of information on weed biology and weed management in California.
Mark Rosenkranz (Region 10 – AK, ID, OR, WA)
Mark Rosenkranz has been working on lakes in Oregon for over 20 years, first as a graduate student at Portland State University where he received a Masters in Environmental Management followed by 16 years as a staff scientist for the Lake Oswego Corporation (LOC). His work at LOC is focused on invasive species management, watershed monitoring, and phosphorus control in an urban lake. As climate change intensifies storm events and leads to warmer summer weather it is going to be crucial to plan for how surface water quality will be impacted. Mark has been a member of NALMS since 2002 and served as President of the Oregon Lakes Association in 2004 and 2005.
Kris Hadley (Region 11 – Canada – NB, NL, NS, ON, PE, QC)
Dr. Kristopher Hadley is currently an Aquatic Scientist with Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd., having joined the company as a NSERC Industrial Research and Development Fellow in October of 2013 after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Kris is a knowledgeable scientist whose research and consulting experience since 2001 has been focused on the Canadian Arctic, Alberta, and Ontario. Kris has a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Alberta and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Biology from Queen’s University.
Colleen Prather (Region 12 – Canada – AB, BC, MB, NU, NT, SK, YT)
Colleen Prather, Ph.D., P.Biol., is a water quality specialist with over 18 years of experience and is currently with Golder Associates Ltd. in Edmonton, Alberta. Colleen’s work focuses on lake and stream water quality monitoring and environmental impact assessment to support environmental permitting and licensing for mining operations in the three northern territories of Canada (Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut), and monitoring and assessment to support permitting and compliance reporting for various industries in British Columbia and Alberta. Colleen’s most recent involvement with NALMS was as the technical program co-chair for the 2016 conference held in Banff, Alberta.
Liz Favot (Student Director)
Liz Favot is a Ph.D. candidate in biology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her research uses algal, invertebrate, and pigment indicators preserved in lake sediments to establish centuries of environmental history in lakes recently affected by cyanobacterial blooms. The aim of her research is to identify the causes of increasing bloom frequency and to suggest historically informed and evidence-based management targets. Liz is passionate about public outreach regarding science and water quality, demonstrated in her roles as a teacher, coordinator for the Canadian Association for Girls in Science, presenter for cottage, lake, and watershed associations, and “Meet the Researcher” events, and as a co-organizer of a graduate student conference.
Kat Hartwig (At-Large Director)
Kat Hartwig grew up on her family ranch in the Southern Rockies of British Columbia. She has been involved in international, national, and regional environmental advocacy issues relating to sustainable tourism, endangered species, corporate social responsibility, and water-based ecosystem health since 1983. Kat continues to advocate for land and water policy and protection mechanisms necessary to support biodiversity, protect source water, and build climate-resilient communities. In addition to serving on the NALMS Board of Directors, Kat is a board member for Keepers of the Water, Columbia Basin Water Stewardship Network, and Global Nature Fund. She facilitates cross-sector corporate, academic, government, and NGO collaborations for water stewardship. Kat lives with her family near the headwaters of the Columbia River.