NALMS Board of Directors

Kellie Merrell (Region 1 – CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)

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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.

Nicole White (Region 2 – NJ, NY, PR)

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Nicole White is a conservation biologist with over 15 years of experience in water quality monitoring, riparian land protection, and invasive species management. She has worked for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation managing aquatic invasive species for the past several years. Nicole owns an environmental consulting firm which has contracted with the Westchester County Soil & Water Conservation District, Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank. Previously she served as Associate Director of the Catskill Center for Conservation & Development. She enjoys working with a variety of stakeholders in complex watersheds. She earned a B.S. in Conservation Biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry.

John McCoy (Region 3 – DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV)

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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.

Patrick Goodwin (Region 4 – AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)

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Patrick Goodwin, CLM, has training and experience in all aspects of water resource management and has completed multiple comprehensive water management plans ranging from 8 to 13,000-acre water bodies. Patrick specializes in using the Lake Loading Response Model (LLRM) and field data collection to evaluate nutrient loading and the consequences of that loading in terms of algal blooms and water clarity. Patrick also has unique industry insight into applied restoration techniques and has conducted numerous experiments evaluating restoration techniques for clients. He has successfully restored multiple water bodies and is considered an expert in oxygenation and circulation techniques. Patrick is a certified lake manager and is the current Region 4 director for the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS). He also serves on the board for the Florida Lake Management Society (FLMS).

Patrick created Good Aquatics in 2021 after spending the prior decade working in the water quality management industry.  Good Aquatics was created with a core belief to provide well-engineered water quality solutions that are backed by science; something that has been lost in the shuffle as the water quality management industry has become more commercialized. Good Aquatics aims to provide technically effective water quality solutions at the lowest possible cost. This is done by collecting the right data (brings direct management utility) to make a management decision. Good Aquatics welcomes scientific evaluation and is transparent with case studies and industry know-how such that water resource managers can make the most informed and best decisions for lake stakeholders. Good Aquatics stands behind its workmanship and technical support. 

Dendy Lofton (Region 5 – IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)

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Dendy Lofton, Ph.D., CLM, is a senior limnologist at Stantec in Minneapolis, MN, with over 15 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 in Minnesota and throughout the United States. Dendy is Certified Lake Manager with expertise in biogeochemical nutrient cycling and she specializes in lake restoration and management.

Victoria Chraibi (Region 6 – AR, LA, NM, OK, TX, Mexico and beyond)

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Victoria Chraibi is an assistant professor of biological sciences at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. She teaches courses in limnology, aquatic ecology, and phycology. 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. As a paleolimnologist, past research includes Lake Memphrémagog, Lake Superior, and lakes in Yellowstone National Park, while current research focuses on Texas streams and reservoirs. Victoria also specializes in science education and outreach in collaboration with nonprofits, state parks, and educational organizations to develop activities about water resources.

David Casaletto (Region 7 – IA, KS, MO, NE)

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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.

Trea Nance (Region 8 – CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)

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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.

Eli Kersh (Region 9 – AZ, CA, HI, NV)

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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)

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Mark Rosenkranz has been the NALMS Region 10 representative since 2018 and in that time has served as temporary Chair of the Communications Committee; served on the Conference Committee and Development Committee; and has been Chair of the JEDI Program since its inception as a committee in 2018. During his time on the Board, he has helped edit the Operations Manual and worked with the JEDI Program to ensure DEI is included in all aspects of NALMS.

Mark has been the staff Limnologist with Lake Oswego Corporation since 2002 managing water quality on an urban lake in the Portland Oregon metropolitan area. He received a master’s in environmental management from the Center for Lakes and Reservoirs at Portland State University and is a Certified Lake Manager with NALMS.

Liz Favot (Region 11 – Canada – NB, NL, NS, ON, PE, QC)

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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.

Jay Toews (Region 12 – Canada – AB, BC, MB, NU, NT, SK, YT)

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Jay Toews, a registered Professional Biologist and Chartered/Professional Chemist, is owner of Toews Environmental Consulting & Aquatic Sciences, independently providing specialist advisor and project management services since 2015. Previously the Western/Northwestern Canada Water and Natural Resources Lead for a major engineering firm, Jay has developed collaborative relationships with the limnological community and amassed diverse experience across Canada and internationally over his 26-year career. Jay prioritizes public engagement, which tends to keep questions (“public education opportunities”) coming long after projects are theoretically completed. Jay volunteers as scientific advisor to A Rocha Manitoba and the Riding Mountain UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Lauren Adkins Knose (Student Director)

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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.

Brian Ginn (At-Large Director)

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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.


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