2018 Election of Officers

At the business meeting on November 7, OFWIM members will elect three new officers to serve on the Executive Committee for the coming year. Candidate profiles are available here. Online voting will be available October 5 through November 6. Members attending the meeting will also have an opportunity to vote in person.

Candidates for President-Elect

Karen Horodysky

Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

Karen is the Data Scientist and Certified Scrum Product Owner for the Fish and Wildlife Information Services section at Virginia DGIF.  A fisheries biologist by training, she was previously involved in the monitoring and management of marine, coastal and anadromous fishes at state agencies in Virginia and Maryland.  She now works closely with DGIF biologists and Scrum teams to coordinate development of tools that support the collection, storage and sharing of fish and wildlife data.  Karen holds a master’s degree in Marine and Fisheries Science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.  She is currently OFWIM Member-at-Large, serves on the Conference Planning Committee and the Data Standards and Technology Trends Committee, and has represented OFWIM to the Fisheries Information & Technology Section (FITS) of the American Fisheries Society.  She is also serving as Treasurer for the Virginia Chapter AFS.  When she isn’t managing product backlogs or assisting biologists in the field, you can find Karen “standing in a river waving a stick.”


austinsmith2Austin Smith

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 for 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.


Candidate for Treasurer (2-year position)

Michael Barbour

Arizona Game and Fish Department

Michael is a Data Specialist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. He recently changed positions, moving to AZGFD in June 2018 after 16 years as GIS/Database Manager for the Alabama Natural Heritage Program. He curates biological information on special status wildlife species occurrences from all sources for the needs of Arizona’s Heritage Data Management System (HDMS). He also acts as State Administrator for Arizona’s iMapInvasives program and maintains the state’s iMapInvasives database. He received B.S. degrees in Biology and Wildlife Management from Virginia Tech and an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of New Hampshire. He completed a Ph.D. research project in Zoology (Wildlife Management) with the Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory (CWRL) at Southern Illinois University, then spent a year as a GIS Analyst with CWRL.


Candidates for Member-at-Large

Chelsea Krause

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks

Chelsea is GIS Coordinator for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks. She has been with the agency for almost eight years and helps manage the use of GIS for the entire department. With the many applications of GIS, she is fortunate enough to help out the wildlife, fisheries and park staff with data collection, management, and mapping needs across the state.


Susan Watson

Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

Susan is the FWIS (Fish & Wildlife Information Service) Biologist at Virginia DGIF.  Although she has been an OFWIM member since 2001, she has been truly active in the organization since 2015, when Virginia hosted the Annual OFWIM Conference.  Since then, Susan has served on the OFWIM 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 DGIF.  Recent efforts have included improvements to data regarding bat species and resources.  She also has a passion for sharing information to help educate the public about wildlife resources.  With this passion, she works often with Virginia Master Naturalists to educate them to enhance citizen science efforts.  Susan is also involved in the Virginia Herpetological Society.  For many years, she has helped with that group’s efforts to provide and enhance herpetofaunal (and at times other wildlife) data.  She also serves on the Board of the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River.  Susan earned a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech.  She loves hiking, wildlife viewing (especially herping), and creating artwork, when possible.