NALMS Executive Committee

Lisa Borre (President)

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Lisa Borre has worked for 30 years to conserve and manage lakes and wetlands around the world. She began her career as an assistant state wetlands coordinator, and then from 1990 to 1997, was the Lake Champlain Basin Program coordinator and executive director of the Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain’s Future at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. She went on to co-found LakeNet, a world lakes network that was active for 10 years. As vice president for LakeNet, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization, she led international projects to document and share lessons learned in lake basin management and provided technical assistance to lake regions in developing countries. After living overseas for five years, Lisa returned to the U.S. in 2011 and rejoined NALMS, attending her first symposium in 2015. She was elected to the board as Region 3 director in 2016 and currently serves as co-chair of the Development Committee and the Sponsorship Committee for the 2019 symposium. She also serves on the Secchi Dip-In, Government Affairs, and Ethics Committees. Lisa is currently a Senior Research Specialist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and an active member of the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON). She was a contributor to National Geographic’s Water Currents blog, from 2012 to 2017. A native of the Great Lakes region, she also volunteers for her local watershed association in Annapolis, Maryland. Lisa has a B.A. from the University of Vermont and an M.E.S. from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.


Christopher Mikolajczyk (President-Elect)

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Christopher (Chris) Mikolajczyk, CLM, attended his first NALMS conference in Madison, Wisconsin in 2001. From there, Chris went on to serve as the Region 2 Director from 2012–2015 and both served and chaired the certification committee from 2015–2019. Chris is actively involved in the New Jersey Coalition of Lake Associations (NJCOLA), has presented at and sponsored several New York State Federation of Lake Association annual conferences for several years running now and has recently joined the Colorado Lake and Reservoir Management Association after his move to that state. Chris is a CLM and senior manager of aquatics for Princeton Hydro and conducts the management, oversight, and coordination of aquatic ecology and water resource projects in three main areas: aquatic resource restoration and management, aquatic ecosystem sampling and investigations, and stormwater quality modeling and management. Chris has been with Princeton Hydro since 1999 and has studied and managed well over 75 lakes in his career there. Chris possesses an associate degree in ecology and environmental technology from Paul Smiths College and both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Geography (with an emphasis on water resources) from Rutgers University.


Perry Thomas (Past President)

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Elizabeth “Perry” Thomas works to protect water quality, mitigate flooding, and conserve biodiversity by supporting communities in finding the sweet spot among watershed management, hazard mitigation, and land conservation. Currently, she works with the Kentucky Division of Water. In the past, she served as the Lakes and Ponds Program Manager with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and as a faculty member and dean at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. Perry’s previous volunteer work included serving 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 a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology from Northern Arizona University. At home, Perry and her family apply principles of restoration agriculture on a farmstead in rural Kentucky.


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.

Danielle Wain (Secretary-Elect)
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Dr. Danielle Wain is the Lake Science Director at the 7 Lakes Alliance, a regional NGO in the Belgrade Lakes watershed in central Maine, where she leads the water quality monitoring research program across the lakes. She has a BS in Civil Engineering (with an Environmental Engineering focus) from Cornell University and completed her PhD in Civil Engineering (with an emphasis in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering) at Iowa State University. Before moving to Maine, she was a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Water Quality Engineering at the University of Bath (UK). Her expertise is in process-based understanding of how lake and reservoir hydrodynamics impact ecology and biogeochemistry and how we leverage this knowledge to develop management strategies.


Todd Tietjen (Treasurer)

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Todd Tietjen is the Regional Water Quality Manager for the Southern Nevada Water Authority, overseeing the environmental monitoring of Colorado River Reservoirs that are part of the water supply for the Las Vegas community.  Todd is currently the Treasurer for NALMS as well as an Associate Editor for Lake and Reservoir Management and was previously the Region 9 representative.  Todd has a Ph.D. focused on Aquatic Ecology from the University of Alabama , a M.S. in Aquatic Biology from Southwest Texas State University, and a BA in Environmental Studies from Alfred University.