NALMS Executive Committee

Perry Thomas (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.


Lisa Borre (President-Elect)

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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.


Sara Peel (Past 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.


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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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.