NALMS Committees & Board Liaisons

The success of the Society relies largely upon our dedicated volunteers, members, and leaders who give of their time to serve on our many important committees.  Please see below for a list of our active committees and a brief snapshot of the role they play in NALMS operations.  If you are interested in joining one (or more) of these committees, please contact NALMS staff at or the Committee Chair through our Contact page.


Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws Committee
Committee Chair: Chris Holdren – click to contact!

“Turtle Trio” – photo by Clint Calhoun

Objective: review the structure of the Society and to organize ideas and proposals for changes and present them at the Midterm Board Meeting.

Conference Advisory Committee
Committee Chair: George Antoniou – click to contact!

Objectives: work with Conference Coordinator, conference host committee, and NALMS staff to determine best strategies to make NALMS yearly symposiums successful.

Communications Committee
Committee Chair: Sara Peel – click to contact!

Objectives: regular and effective communications are essential to the functioning of a largely-volunteer organization like NALMS.  The Communications Committee helps ensure that all communications coming from NALMS staff, officers, directors, committees, liaisons, and programs stay true to NALMS mission.

Executive Committee
Committee Chair: Frank Browne, President – click to contact!

Objective: to provide leadership for the Society, the Board of Directors, and NALMS office staff.  The Executive Committee is comprised of the NALMS President, Past President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer.  Meet our current Executive Committee!

Financial Advisory Committee
Committee Chair: Michael Perry, Treasurer – click to contact!

Objective: to assist the President in preparing a budget for the next fiscal year, to provide investment alternative recommendations, and to monitor all investments.

Grants, Marketing, and Fundraising Committee
Committee Chair: Ellen Preece – click to contact!

Objectives: to improve the visibility of the Society in those areas where there is potential for developing financial support.  The committee is also responsible for identifying and pursuing grants to carry out NALMS projects and activities and for fundraising for the Society, with assistance from office staff.

Nominating Committee
Committee Chair: George Antoniou – click to contact!

Objective: identifying active, dedicated leaders and encouraging them to seek positions of leadership within the Society.

Outreach and Education Committee
Committee Chair: Anna DeSellas – click to contact!

Photo by Jason Smith

Objectives: aid the Society’s goal in forging partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals to foster the ongoing management and protection of lakes and reservoirs.  To do this, the Outreach and Education Committee promotes the awareness and appreciation of lakes, ponds, and reservoirs through various multi-media activities.  

Activities: Lakes Appreciation Month, Jody Connor Student Awards, Student Travel Grants, etc.

Policy Committee
Committee Chairs: Joe Bischoff and Byron Winston – click to contact!

Objectives: establish guidelines to ensure all activities of the Society are consistent with the purposes and objectives of the Society, as well as the operational aspects of NALMS set forth in the Bylaws.  The committee is also expected to formulate recommendations on emerging policy questions.

Publications Committee
Committee Chair: Imad Hannoun – click to contact!

Objective: work to keep NALMS print and multimedia publications up-to-date and relevant.

Board Liaisons

Affiliates Liaison
Mike Eytel – click to contact!

NALMS Affiliate members are organizations throughout North America, and beyond, that have missions similar to NALMS.  We rely on our Affiliate members to partner with us on events and projects; for these reasons, and many others, our Affiliates are incredibly important to us and the work that we do.  Learn more about Affiliate memberships.

Awards Liaison
Dana Stephens – click to contact!

We want to hear, share, and recognize the efforts of individuals, organizations, programs, and corporations who are making a notable impact in lake and reservoir management.  Consider nominating a deserving individual or group for a NALMS Achievement Award.

Conference Advisory Liaison
Jeff Schloss – click to contact!

Held each fall, NALMS’ premier event is our International Symposium where members and other lake management professionals come together for a collection of oral and poster technical presentations, hands-on workshops, field trips and non-stop discussions on managing lakes and reservoirs.  Attendees are also treated to our exhibition hall where vendors display the latest lake-management tools. The symposium offers excellent opportunities for networking and lifelong professional associations are often forged at the NALMS symposium.  Will you be joining us for NALMS 2017 in Denver, Colorado?


Inland HAB Program

“Peaceful Foggy Morning” – photo by Mark Howarth (2016 Editors’ Choice Winner)

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) and cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) impact lakes and reservoirs around the world. While research on the ecology, monitoring, and management of HABs exists, it is diffuse and not easy to find. Our goal is to solve these issues with the Inland HAB Program. Please visit our page on HAB-related info and resources to learn more.

Lakes Appreciation Month Program

You work and play on them. You drink from them. But do you really appreciate them? Growing population, development, and invasive species stress your local lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. All life needs water; let’s not take it for granted. The month of July is Lakes Appreciation Month – learn more!

Professional Certification Program

The aim of our Certification Program is to recognize people like you that have special training and experience in lake management. If your work has a direct impact on lakes you should look into becoming certified as a Lake Manager or Lake Professional. Learn more about the program and how to apply!

Student Programs

Here at NALMS, we believe that our students and emerging young professionals are not only the future of our Society, but the future of freshwater research and conservation, as well. Learn more about the many exciting opportunities we offer our student members.

Secchi Dip-In Program

The Secchi Dip-In is a demonstration of the potential of volunteer monitors to gather environmentally important information on our lakes, rivers and estuaries. The concept of the Dip-In is simple: individuals in volunteer monitoring programs take a transparency measurement on one day during the month of July. Interested in learning more?