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Time to Cast Your Ballot for the 2018-19 Board of Directors!

Below are the nominee statements for this year's elections.  When you are ready to cast your ballot, click the ballot link.  You may select one person for each officer position and up to four Directors. You may also write in a candidate. (Coincidentally there are the same number of nominees as openings for you to vote on.)

Nominations for the Society's Officers and Directors are accepted by the Nominating Committee up to 90 days prior to the annual business meeting. This year's nominations were due to the Board by May 31, 2018.  Ballots are sent out to the membership 60 days prior with votes counted 15 days prior to the meeting. The election announcement is made at the annual meeting. Email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be considered for a Board Member position.  Officers serve one year terms.  Directors serve two year terms.

New officers and directors begin their terms at the annual business meeting at noon on August 29, 2018.

2018 Nominees

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President:  Robert Burnes

Rob is Senior Environmental Specialist with Pinellas County’s Watershed Management Section.  His work has focused on habitat restoration and water quality improvement projects and water quality analysis. Rob has been with Pinellas County for eight years and previously worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Rob attended the University of Florida where he earned a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation and Ecology and a M.S. in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

Vice President: Robbin Huffines

Robbin is the General Manager for the Southwest Region of Aquatic Systems Inc. and has served on the FLMS Board of Directors since 2017. A Florida native, who was born and raised in Fort Myers, he bought a small boat and was out alone on the water before he could drive a car. He started his career in the science field in the early 90’s with KCA Marine Research conducting fishery surveys for the National Marine Fisheries Service. In May 2000, Robbin joined the team at Aquatic Systems in the Southwest Florida area working out of Fort Myers managing Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades, and Hendry counties. Over the past eighteen years Robbin has designed and implemented many lake, wetland, and preserve restoration projects. Nutrient reduction, aerating impaired water bodies, exotic plant control, native revegetation, lake shoreline restoration, and permit compliance are all projects he has worked with communities and agencies to assess and complete. Native fish stocking, fisheries management, native wildlife habitat, and improving water quality are all issues that are important to Robbin. Making sure that Florida’s water and natural resources are available for future generations to enjoy is of utmost importance. Always one to continue learning, Robbin is also a part time student in the Environmental Management Soil and Water Science program at University of Florida and plans to complete that program in the near future.

Secretary: Shannon Carter Wetzel

Shannon has been a member of FLMS for over 20 years. She has served as President, Secretary and board member in the past and has been active in the Central Florida chapter. Shannon is a Principal Environmental Scientist for Seminole County Public Works Department, Watershed Management Division. She is responsible for the County's surface water monitoring and NPDES compliance programs. Prior to coming to Seminole County, Shannon worked with the South Florida Water Management District where she was involved in the environmental resource permitting regulatory program, including wetland delineations, mitigation assessments and permit compliance. She received her B.S. in Limnology from the University of Central Florida and her M.S. in Aquatic Biology from the University of Alabama. Shannon has been working on and in Florida waters and wetlands for over 22 years and is very excited about the future of FLMS and hopes to continue serving the society.

Treasurer: Lance Lumbard

Lance has twenty years of water resources and business management experience that includes successful start-up of several multi-million-dollar private and public operations, nine years with local government, and more than four years with the consulting firm AMEC Fowler Wheeler. He received a bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from Florida State University in 1994, a master’s degree in Fisheries Science from Louisiana State University in 1997 and his MBA in 2008 from the University of Central Florida. Lance has worldwide experience with design, construction, and operation of lake restoration and navigation projects, stormwater retrofit projects, water treatment and filtration systems, fisheries management programs, aquatic animal life-support systems, and other water resources projects. He directly managed over 60 water resource related projects for the Lake County Water Authority, including the $7.3 million Nutrient Reduction Facility project. Lance is currently a Senior Scientist with AMEC Fowler Wheeler where he provides water resources services to public and private clients ranging from comprehensive lake and watershed management plans in support of TMDL and NPDES requirements to full-scale project planning, design, permitting, and implementation. He is a current FLMS board member and also serves on the Lakes Education and Action Drive board for the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes. Lance has been an active member of FLMS for Eleven years and believes that good science, effective policy, efficient spending, and community outreach and involvement are the keys to restoring and protecting Florida’s water resources.

Director: Ernesto Lasso de la Vega

Ernesto has been working at the Lee County Hyacinth Control District in Fort Myers, Florida since 1991 as a biologist controlling aquatic weeds. He is also the coordinator of the Pond Watch Program, a volunteer monitoring program that educates homeowners about ways to minimize aquatic weed problems. He earned a Master degree from Auburn University (1988) and a Doctorate degree from University of Central Florida (2004). He has been teaching environmental science, biology and microbiology at local universities in South West Florida for the last 21 years to the present.  He is a former Director of FLMS in the years 1994-1997, 1999-2000; and looks forward to continuing his work with the Board.

Director: Steve Montgomery

Stephen “Monty” Montgomery earned a B.S. in marine biology from Stockton University in Pomona, NJ.  He has worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sanctuaries and Reserves Division, and Rutgers University’s marine field lab.  He has been with Allstate Resource Management for the last 18 years working as a licensed applicator, and wetland mitigation department supervisor.  He currently works as their senior biologist and field consultant.  His work includes:  Preparing site specific herbicide prescriptions, evaluation of new project sites and developing work plans, and publishing educational and outreach materials for clients.  Monty is also in charge of applicator education and development at Allstate.  His training helps technicians to incorporate new products and methodology, expanding their existing knowledge of waterway and natural area management.  He is currently on the Board of Directors for F.L.M.S. and has sat on the board for F.A.P.M.S. and S.F.A.P.M.S.  He is also an S.F.A.P.M.S. past president.

Director: Rory Roten

Rory received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Extension Education and his Master in Science in Crop Science from North Carolina State University. It was here (2006) that he began his career in Weed Science as a Research Associate under the direction of Dr. Rob Richardson in aquatics and forestry. Upon completion of his MS degree, he moved to New Zealand to work as the Crop Protection Scientist at Lincoln Agritech, a Lincoln University based research firm. Here he specialized in pesticide spray technologies, calibration, and quantification. While in the role he completed a PhD in Crop Protection from Lincoln University.  He is currently a Technical Specialist with SePRO Corporation here in Florida, based in Lakeland. 

Director: Eesa Ali

Eesa is a Senior Water Resource Analyst with Flatwoods Consulting Group, Inc. He has been performing audits on surface water discharges throughout Florida for nearly 15 years. Eesa has been trained by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) in ambient water sampling and water quality evaluations, including being certified in Habitat Assessments (HA), Stream Condition Index (SCI) & Lake Vegetative Index (LVI). Other areas of expertise include, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Compliance Enforcement Inspections (NPDES CEI), Planning and Monitoring associated with Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs), wetland delineations,  Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and Environmental Emergency Response. Eesa also instructs on water quality sampling technique, instrument calibration, data verification and quality assurance & quality control (QA/QC).







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