NALMS Executive Committee

Sara Peel (President)

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Sara Peel, CLM, has volunteered on the NALMS Board for many years, including a term as Board Member at Large, where she was tasked with coordinating NALMS communication efforts and implementing a communication plan. She has previously served two terms on the NALMS executive committee as the Secretary of NALMS. Sara has over 16 years of water quality and watershed management experience. She received her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Alma College and her M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She is currently serving her second term as the Past-President for 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. While serving as the president of ILMS, Sara coordinated board efforts to diversify funding sources, coordinated a return to solid financial footing and focused on building partnerships with traditional lake association and lake management-focused members while expanding student and faculty-based and watershed management-focused membership categories. Sara is the lead scientist and co-owner of Arion Consultants – a regional environmental consulting firm with a focus on lake and watershed management. She is an experienced leader in water quality and watershed management and a dedicated and experienced board member.


Perry Thomas (President-Elect)

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Elizabeth “Perry” Thomas has been Region 1 Director on the NALMS Board since 2016 and recently became co-chair of the newly formed Ethics Committee. She 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.


Frank Browne (Past President)

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Dr. Frank Browne, P.E. received his doctorate degree from the University of Florida. He is president of F.X. Browne, Inc., an environmental consulting firm specializing in lake and watershed management. Frank was a member of the 11- person committee that founded NALMS. He has attended every NALMS meeting from the first organizing meeting in Portland, Maine in 1980. Frank has been active in NALMS, serving on several planning and finance committees; he was a NALMS Board member and also served as NALMS Secretary. He is a member of the NALMS Education Committee. He is co-chair of the NALMS Student Awards Committee. Frank has over 35 years of experience in lake and watershed management. He wrote major sections of the EPA Clean Lakes Manual. He also wrote a chapter in the NALMS Lake and Reservoir Restoration Handbook. Frank created the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society (PALMS), and was its first president. Frank is also an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University where he teaches graduate courses in Lake and Stream Ecology and Stormwater Management.


Amy Smagula (Secretary)
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Amy Smagula is a Limnologist with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services where she coordinates the Exotic Species Program. Amy has an undergraduate degree in Natural Resources as well as a Master of Science in Water Resources Management, both from the University of New Hampshire. Amy has over 18 years of experience in field and laboratory limnology, aquatic plant and algae identification and management, lake and watershed assessment and management, lake related policy-making, wetland inspection and permitting, and shoreland protection.

Todd Tietjen (Treasurer)

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Dr. Tietjen joined the Southern Nevada Water Authority in 2008 to work as their limnologist examining water quality management in Lake Mead. Prior to this, he was an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University and a Postdoctoral Researcher with the USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center. Todd received his Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Alabama, a M.S. in Aquatic Biology from Southwest Texas State University, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Alfred University. Todd served on the NALMS Board of Directors until 2016 as the representative from Region 9. He has continued as a member of the Finance and Conference Planning Committees.