At the October 9 business meeting, OFWIM will elect three new officers to serve on the Executive Committee for the coming year. Online voting has closed. Members attending the meeting will also have an opportunity to vote in person. Read our candidate bios below, and check back here to meet your new officers!
Candidates for President-Elect
Retired, Colorado Division of Wildlife
A wildlife ecologist, Don retired from the Colorado Division of Wildlife (CDOW) in 2006 after a 32+ year career. He has a bachelors (’72) and a masters (’89) in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. A founding member of OFWIM, he has held positions as Member-at-Large, President-Elect (1999), President (2000), and Past President (2001). He has also been Chair of, or a member in, OFWIM’s Communications, Membership & Outreach, Data Standards & Technology Trends, and Training and Education committees. In the early years of the organization he assisted with regional training provided by OFWIM’s Training and Education Committee in Virginia, Nebraska, Colorado, California, and Alaska with regards to geographic information systems, remote sensing, and database management. He hosted the OFWIM 2000 conference in Silver Creek, Colorado.
As Wildlife Inventory Coordinator at CDOW, Don developed their Wildlife Resource Information System to include the Colorado Wildlife Species Database, Scientific Collections Permit Database, WILDATA (Latilong Distributions Database), Stream and Lake Data Banks (co-developed with Dave Weber), and applied applications of GIS to land use planning and environmental assessment. Early applications of remote sensing evolved into his roles as Principal Investigator for the Colorado GAP Analysis Project and Co-Principal Investigator for the Colorado Component of the Southwestern Regional GAP Analysis.
Don’s interests range from the expected hunting, fishing, hiking (and previously, skiing) to motorcycle touring, camping, and bluegrass music. He is an avid supporter of open source programs and maintains an aging arsenal of Linux laptops running GRASS, QGIS, PostgreSQL and PostGIS, MySQL, GRAMPS, WordPress and R. He presents regularly at OFWIM Annual Conferences, even though retired. He looks forward to the opportunity of serving its membership further.
City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Chelsea Krause is a GIS Analyst with the City of Sioux Falls in South Dakota. Prior to her current position, she spent almost 8 years as the GIS Coordinator for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. Her primary project is implementing an Enterprise Asset Management system for the city over the next few years. With the many applications of GIS, she is fortunate enough to help the entire city with data collection, management, and mapping needs. Chelsea received her master’s at the University of Nebraska Lincoln from the School of Natural Resources in Human Dimensions. She is currently the OFWIM Member-at-Large, serves on the Conference Planning and the Elections, Nominations and Awards committees. She is an avid lover of the outdoors and finds any chance she can get to go hiking and camping.
Candidates for Secretary (2-year position)
Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries
Susan Watson is the FWIS (Fish & Wildlife Information Service) Biologist at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF). Although she has technically been an OFWIM member since starting at VDGIF in 2001, she has been truly active in OFWIM since 2015, when Virginia hosted the Annual Conference. Since then, Susan has served on the Conference Planning Committee. Her wildlife background provides her with the knowledge and skills to review and analyze wildlife data and work with other biologists and GIS staff at VDGIF. Most recent efforts have included assistance in rebuilding the VAFWIS data and mapping system and updating various wildlife resource data.
Susan has a passion for sharing information to help educate the public about wildlife resources. She works often with Virginia Master Naturalists to educate them to enhance citizen science efforts. Susan is also highly involved in the Virginia Herpetological Society. For many years, she has assisted this organization’s efforts to provide and enhance herpetofaunal (and at times other wildlife) data. In addition, Susan is on the Board of the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River, where she has served as Secretary for several years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech. She loves hiking, wildlife viewing (especially herping), and creating artwork, when possible.
Missouri Department of Conservation
Dyan has been a GIS Specialist for Missouri Department of Conservation since 2015, providing GIS expertise for Resource Science Division staff and projects. In this capacity she gets to work with a diverse and constantly changing cadre of scientists, including fisheries biologists, wildlife biologists, foresters, stream ecologists, biometricians, data managers and programmers. Prior to 2015, Dyan spent 16 years working for the University of Missouri in various roles. She has been a member of the OFWIM Training and Education Committee for three years, and the Conference Planning Committee for two years. When not making maps, Dyan can be found knitting, weaving, reading, or traveling.
Candidate for Member-at-Large
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Andrew Treble is an aquatic research scientist and the aquatic data analyst for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He has been a fisheries biologist in Canada and the United States for more than 20 years, working in various roles for local, state/provincial, and federal agencies. Since 2013 he has been at Colorado Parks and Wildlife, where he administers several large aquatic databases, handles all requests for data, assists researchers and biologists with data analyses and data mining, develops a wide array of data summarization and visualization products for staff, and leads the hydroacoustic survey program on Colorado’s large reservoirs. He has an associate degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from Sir Sanford Flemming School of Natural Resources, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Science in Fisheries Management from Michigan State University.