Committees

Much of OFWIM’s year-round work is done in committees. Each committee has a chair appointed by the President. The Vice-Chair is the designated Executive Committee member as outlined in the bylaws, or is appointed by the President.

Communications, Membership & Outreach
  • Chair – Heather Power
  • Newsletter Editor – Heather Power
  • Newsletter Content Manager – Susan Watson
  • Webmaster – Karen Horodysky

The Communications, Membership & Outreach Committee is responsible for publishing a newsletter; managing the travel grant; helping organize the annual meeting of the Organization, including publicity; maintaining the Web site, social media accounts, mailing list, and other communications and information sharing mechanisms; and maintaining and increasing Organization membership by actively identifying and contacting potential members.

In 2022, CMO will continue development of short videos for OFWIM. The group will be exploring any potential website improvements, various social media platforms to determine which one(s) are most appropriate for OFWIM, and the possibility of an electronic newsletter. The OFWIM historian will continue compiling and digitizing historical OFWIM documentation such as newsletters and conference proceedings.

Conference Planning
  • Chair – Amy Martin

Coordinate the development and implementation of the 2022 OFWIM Annual Conference. Reach out to relevant agencies and schools in states surrounding the meeting location to build partnerships and generate awareness and interest in OFWIM.

Training & Education
  • Chair – Chelsea Krause

The Training and Education Committee is responsible for assessing the continuing educational and information management and technology training needs of fisheries and wildlife professionals and works in close coordination with the Executive Committee to develop a comprehensive continuing education program.

The TEC will focus on developing distance learning opportunities on topics of interest to OFWIM members. This will include posting videos in the bite-sized R video tutorial series and past webinar recordings to the OFWIM YouTube channel with links from the OFWIM website. They will also continue to announce training/educational opportunities available through other sources by posting them on the OFWIM Community Portal at Groupsite.

Elections, Nominations, & Awards
  • Chair – Sabra Tonn

This committee is responsible for developing and implementing the Organization’s various award and recognition programs and for developing a slate of candidates for the Organization’s annual elections.

  1. Develop a slate of candidates for 2023 OFWIM officer positions.
  2. Maintain the Student Scholarship Program.
  3. Maintain the Innovation Award.
  4. Coordinate on-site voting for Best Presentation and Best Poster awards at the Annual Meeting.
  5. Print certificates for Service Awards to be presented at Annual Business Meeting.