At the business meeting on October 4, OFWIM will elect three new officers to serve on the Executive Committee for the coming year. Read our candidate bios below, then click this link to vote!
Online voting ends at midnight Tuesday, October 3. Members attending the meeting will also have an opportunity to vote in person.
Candidate for President-Elect
Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership
At PNAMP, Becca oversees development, content and outreach for MonitoringResouces.org, a suite of online tools supporting monitoring. She works to promote data management best practices, data exchange standards and coordinated state, federal and tribal monitoring programs. In 2015 she worked with OFWIM to coordinate and sponsor a data management symposium at the National AFS meeting in Portland. Most recently, she is coordinating an effort to adapt the MonitoringResources.org tools set to accommodate continental scale monitoring. Becca has a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from William Smith College in Geneva, NY, and a M.S. in Watershed Sciences from Utah State University in Logan. When not at work she can be found exploring the mountains, rivers and lakes near White Salmon, WA. This summer Becca will be running her first trail race!
Candidate for Secretary (2-year position)
Main Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
First elected OFWIM Secretary in 2015, MaryEllen is running for re-election. She is the Senior Programmer Analyst/Wildlife Biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, where she has been employed since 1993. In her job, MaryEllen is responsible for creating and maintaining customized applications and tools for accessing and using the Department’s wildlife data both within and outside the agency; creating, analyzing, and maintaining wildlife/habitat databases; and providing technical assistance to the agency. Her current position on the OFWIM ExCom includes serving on the Communications, Membership, and Outreach Committee.
Candidates for Member-at-Large
Chris’s focus on any given workday is creatively solving geospatial challenges. His comprehensive knowledge on custom application project delivery and Esri, open source, and best-of-breed technology solutions, enables Timmons Group to provide geospatial application development and implementation for a growing list of clients. Chris runs the enterprise custom solutions team at Timmons Group, which prides itself on developing web and mobile applications that integrate complex business workflows with extremely intuitive and elegant user experiences to generate significant Return on Investment (ROI) for their clients. Chris’s work focuses on natural resource technology solutions. He has degrees in Biology from Wake Forest University and Environmental Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Karen is the Aquatic Biologist for the Fish and Wildlife Information Services section at the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. A fisheries biologist by training, Karen was previously involved in the monitoring and cooperative management of marine, coastal and anadromous fishes at state agencies in Virginia and Maryland. Karen was delighted to start a “data” job at DGIF three years ago because she enjoys the meticulous aspects of data management. She is currently coordinating the creation of comprehensive databases for DGIF’s aquatic biologists and finds the advice and support of OFWIM members invaluable. Karen earned a master’s degree in Marine and Fisheries Science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. She loves fly fishing in faraway places.
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Austin is the Nongame-SWAP GIS Specialist for the Arizona Game and Fish Department where he has been employed since 2014. He is responsible with managing and updating SWAP databases, including Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) and stressors. Also, he conducts species distribution modeling and analyzes as well as supports nongame specialists with projects. He received a B.S. in Environmental Geography and a M.S. in GIS from Arizona State University. In his spare time, Austin enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, backpacking, and exploring every other aspect of the outdoors.