NALMS Board of Directors
Perry Thomas has been Lakes and Ponds Program Manager with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation since February 2015. Previously, she worked as a faculty member and dean at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. She and her students protected and restored waters across the Northeast Kingdom, working closely with state and federal partners. She also volunteered time with conservation organizations, including stints as president of the Lake Eden Association, Federation of Vermont Lakes & Ponds, and Memphremagog Watershed Association. She earned a B.A. in Biology from Dartmouth College and Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology from Northern Arizona University.
Kiyoko Yokota, Ph.D., CLM, is an Assistant Professor of Biology at State University of New York College at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta) and on the faculty for the Lake Management MS program at the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station in Cooperstown, NY. She teaches limnology, management of aquatic biota, and phytoplankton ecology for the LM program well as undergraduate biology courses on the main campus. She earned BS in biology with ecology emphasis and a minor in environmental studies from St. Cloud State University and Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from University of Minnesota.
Lisa Borre has worked on lake conservation and management for more than 25 years. She is currently a Senior Research Specialist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. She was coordinator of the Lake Champlain Basin Program from 1990 to 1997 and co-founded LakeNet, a world lakes network that was active from 1998 to 2008. She is now an active member of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) and an associate investigator with the SAFER Project: Sensing the Americas’ Freshwater Ecosystem Risk from Climate Change. As a contributor to National Geographic’s Water Currents blog, Lisa writes about global lake topics. Lisa has a B.A. from the University of Vermont and an M.E.S. from Yale University.
Diane Lauritsen is a Ph.D. level scientist with a particular interest in benthic ecology—yes, she loves those bottom-dwelling critters. They are useful as indicators of pollution, and they can also have very significant impacts on lake habitats, as we have learned from the zebra and quagga mussel invasions in the Great Lakes and elsewhere. Diane is also interested in the ways science can inform environmental policy and the decision-making process, and has served on the board of her local water and wastewater utility for 14 years.
Eugene Braig — MS fisheries management — is Aquatic Ecosystems Program Director with Ohio State University (OSU) Extension and past Assistant Director of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program and OSU’s Lake Erie-based biological field station, F.T. Stone Laboratory. He is a past president of the Ohio Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and the Ohio Lake Management Society (OLMS) and continues to serve the governing boards of those organizations, the Water Management Association of Ohio, and several others. He also represents Ohio on the Mississippi River Basin Panel of the national Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force and previously served on the International Joint Commission’s Council of Great Lakes Research Managers and grant-making committee of the Lake Erie Protection Fund.
Bradley Hufhines has 14 years of experience in the water resources field and has been a member of NALMS since 2008. Brad’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Master’s of Science in Environmental Science degrees from the University of Arkansas. Brad is employed at Beaver Water District, the second largest drinking water provider in Arkansas. Beaver Lake, Beaver Water District’s source of raw water, is a multi-purpose reservoir in Northwest Arkansas and is the source of drinking water for over 420,000 Arkansans. Brad blends research, community outreach and education, and project management at Beaver Water District for the protection and monitoring of Beaver Lake. Besides being a CLM, Brad holds Wastewater Treatment, Industrial Wastewater Treatment, Water Treatment, and Water Distribution licenses. Some of Brad’s projects include the Northwest Arkansas Rain Garden Project, tall grass prairie restoration, net-nutrient retention study, and watershed-wide bioassessments. Brad is an outdoorsman who feels blessed to be in a career that serves others and helps to protect natural resources.
George Antoniou has been a Program Coordinator with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in Des Moines since 2007. He is responsible for the administration of the Lake Restoration Program including identification of priority projects and working with local, state and federal agencies to implement restoration activities. George develops and oversees lake restoration projects that ensure a cost-effective investment for the State of Iowa; foster a community commitment to lake and watershed protection; and provide significant improvement to the quality of Iowa lakes. Prior to working at the DNR, George managed multiple lake research projects including a statewide lake monitoring program for Iowa State University.
Michael Eytel (Region 8 – CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)
Michael is a Water Resource Specialist with the Colorado River Water Conservation District. He is experienced in numerous aspects of water resources – water rights administration, water quality regulations (CWA), project development, augmentation, well permitting, water supply, conservation, and quantitative hydrologic analysis. The Colorado River Water District is the principal water policy and planning agency for the Colorado River Basin and is responsible for the conservation, use, protection, and development of Colorado’s apportionment of the Colorado River. Michael was appointed to the NALMS Board in 2014 and is also the Western Slope Director of NALMS Affiliate member, the Colorado Lake and Reservoir Management Association.
Ellen Preece, PhD, is a limnologist with Robertson-Bryan, Inc. in Elk Grove, California. Ellen’s research is focused on cyanobacterial harmful algae blooms (CyanoHABs) and the accumulation of associated toxins in seafood that humans consume. For the past six years she has conducted research on the transfer of cyanotoxins from inland lakes to nearshore marine areas. Ellen was actively involved in the NALMS affiliate group WALPA for five years where she served as secretary and President and is now a CALMS director. Ellen possesses a BS in Resource Economics from University of New Hampshire and her MS and PhD in Environmental Sciences from Washington State University.
Shannon Brattebo, PE, has been an environmental engineer and limnologist for Tetra Tech, Inc. in Seattle and Spokane, WA 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 past board member and secretary of the Washington Lakes Protection Association (WALPA).
Anna DeSellas has been a scientist with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change since 2008. Anna coordinates Ontario’s Lake Partner Program (Provincial 800+ volunteer water quality monitoring program) and other inland lakes surveillance programs in Ontario. She is actively involved in engaging the public in volunteer lake monitoring and cultivating their interest and understanding of lakes. Since 2004, she has conducted and contributed to research evaluating long-term environmental changes and current trends in inland lake water quality, and has a special interest in using paleolimnological indicators to understand changes in inland lakes.
John-Mark Davies has worked as a water quality scientist with the province of Saskatchewan’s Water Security Agency since 2004. He oversees surface water quality monitoring, serves as a technical advisor to stewardship groups, and works on water quality related aspects of inter-jurisdictional management agreements. He has an adjunct professor appointment with the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. John-Mark’s water quality interests include nutrient limitation, primary productivity, non-point source pollution, saline lakes, cyanotoxin occurrence, water quality indicators, and the application of risk assessment approaches to lake management. Prior to moving to Saskatchewan in 2004 John-Mark lived and studied in Manitoba and British Columbia.
Sara Peel is the director of watershed projects for the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation, a nonprofit focused on improving ecological, economic, and social conditions within the Wabash River basin. Sara received her BS in Biology and Chemistry from Alma College and her MS in Environmental Science from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Sara has over 16 years of water quality and watershed management experience. She has also served as the President of the Indiana Lakes Management Society, is a board member on the Indiana Water Monitoring Council, and on the Purdue University School of Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council.
Sarah Burnet is pursuing her PhD at the University of Idaho, where she completed a MS in the spring of 2016. She received a BS from Western Washington University. Her PhD research is focused on internal loading of phosphorus to reservoirs. Specifically, she is interested in understanding the relationships between sediment type, particle size, the availability of iron, and dissolved oxygen in the release of P. This builds on her MS research which focused on measuring the seasonal internal phosphorus load as part of a mass balance for Willow Creek Reservoir in Oregon. Sarah’s previous work experience includes sampling and analysis on all five Great Lakes with Cornell University as well as collecting data and samples after the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil spill. Sarah has been a member of NALMS since 2014.