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Time to Cast Your Ballot for the 2017-18 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 March 9, 2017.  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 June 7, 2017.

2017 Nominees

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President:  Sergio Duarte

Sergio has over twenty years of experience in lakes and fisheries management, environmental studies, extension service, aquaculture production & consulting, and laboratory work on lake water, aquatic diseases and fish pathogen inspections. Sergio received his B.S. in Biology from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia S.A. and two M.S. from Auburn University on Fisheries and Allied Aquaculture and Ag. Economics.  Sergio is currently the Water Resources Project Manager for the Lake County Water Authority (LCWA).  Prior to coming to the LCWA, Sergio worked ten years as a Senior Environmental Specialist with the Orange County Environmental Protection Division, and seven years as the Lakes Management Coordinator for the City of Maitland.  Sergio has been involved over the years in the supervision of stormwater / lake restoration projects, waterway aquatic plant removals/dredging projects, aquatic plant control programs, wetland restorations, NPDES compliance and training, lake conservation awareness programs and environmental education.  Sergio participated in the organization of the Central Chapter of FLMS and has been a member of FLMS for almost 17 years. He has served over the past years as a Secretary, Director and as the current President of the Central Chapter. Sergio is interested in renovating and maintaining the FLMS as great place to exchange professional work and networking, as well as a place to achieve overall professional growth.

Vice President: Robert Burnes

Rob Burnes 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.

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: Niles Cyzycki

Niles grew up in Ormond Beach, FL, graduated from Florida State University and has 12 years of Florida ecological, environmental and permitting experience with 9 years at DMC. Niles has worked extensively in both the public and private side of environmental permitting, giving him, and DMC, the knowledge and experience to quickly and efficiently complete any permitting necessary.  In particular, Niles has focused on permitting shoreline stabilization/ armoring, on-beach dredge disposal, waterfront structures and in-water construction.  A third generation Floridian, Niles understands the delicate balance of responsible development and environmental protection.  He has experience in conducting both in-water/ upland environmental resource surveys and is a State certified Gopher Tortoise Agent capable of completing surveying, permitting and relocation.

Director: Robbin Huffines

Robbin is a Florida native. He started his career in the science field in the early 90’s with KCA Marine Research conducting fishery survey’s 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. Over the past sixteen 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 are all projects he has worked with communities and agencies to complete. Native fish stocking, fisheries management, and improving native wildlife habitat 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 program at University of Florida and plans to complete that degree in 2018.

Director:  Dan Schmutz

Dan is the Chief Environmental Scientist and a Vice President for Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI), a 1,200-person multidisciplinary consulting firm. He has over 20 years of professional experience focused on the development and application of ecological and hydrological field assessments, GIS analyses, and appropriate statistical techniques for addressing questions of interest to water supply managers. Recently, he adapted a combined geostatistical and data mining approach to interpolate lake and wetland water levels at unmonitored sites in the Northern Tampa Bay Area. Currently, he is assisting the Suwannee River Water Management District with the determination of Minimum Levels for several north-central Florida lakes. Dan also serves as Chair of the Water Quality and Resources Division of the Florida Section of the American Water Works Technical and Education Council, a group committed to providing continuing-education opportunities to Florida’s water professionals in the areas of water quality and water resources. After receiving his M.S. in Zoology in 1997 at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Dan received advanced training in Geospatial Analysis at the USF Geography Department and completed 64 hours of Continuing Education in Time Series Analysis of Hydrologic Data.

Director: Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith is a staff scientist in Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.’s natural and water resource service lines. He has been conducting wetland and water quality monitoring, research, and ecological assessments in Central and South Florida in the academic, state, federal, and private sectors for over 13 years. He has a master’s degree in soil and water science from the University of Florida. Jeff specializes in the technical development and implementation of data collection programs to ensure the highest quality and most representative data are collected. He has expertise in the areas of ecological restoration, treatment wetland design, wetland delineation, functional assessments and mitigation, nutrient dynamics, wetland biogeochemistry, biological assessments, and surface water quality sampling systems—including auto sampler programming, data validation and management, and hydrological measurements. Jeff has been the lead scientist on numerous water quality monitoring projects focused on BMAP implementation, treatment system efficiency monitoring, nutrient runoff studies and NPDES compliance monitoring. He has been a member of FLMS for eight years.

Director: Serge Thomas

Serge is an Assistant Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University (Ft Myers, FL) since 2008. Prior to this, he was a visiting Professor and Post-doctoral fellow at Florida International University since 2001. He holds a Ph.D. in Oceanology from the University Pierre and Marie Curie (2000, Paris, France). A central theme of much of his research is to determine ecosystem level consequences of natural and anthropogenic stresses in saline to freshwater, permanent to transient, lotic to lentic, manmade to natural shallow tropical hydrosystems. His research also focuses on green technologies to clean water (e.g. Stormwater Treatment Areas, Stormwater urban ponds), how to restore hydrosystems, Harmful Algae Blooms (Karenia brevis, cyano HABs) and photophysiology.  Serge has secured funding from many entities such as the various water management districts (e.g. SJRWMD, SFWMD), the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Power and Light as well as many communities engaged scholarships (e.g. various Cities, Homeowner Associations, Property Owners’ Associations, Community Development Districts). Serge strongly believes that reaching the communities (and the students) is key to make a change and protect our precious water resources. Serge teaches many courses from Oceanography to Limnology as well as more holistic courses such as African Environments. He has been a FLMS member since 2008 and has participated at a few FLMS board meetings. On a personal level, Serge is a well-rounded enthusiastic flyfisherman who is the “child of the French colonies” since he has West African, Vietnamese, Indian and French blood. As an ecologist, he lives on a 3-acre urban farm where he is building with his wife a barrel vault with green roof home (‘Earth dome”) with grey water filtration and composting toilets.

Director: April Verpoorten

Director: Marissa Williams

Marissa is the Natural Resources Officer for the City of Casselberry.  She received her Bachelors in Environmental Studies from Rollins College and subsequently worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Invasive Plant Management Section as a Regional Biologist permitting shoreline alteration activities in western Orange County and managing hydrilla in the Butler Chain of Lakes.  Prior to her employment with Casselberry, Marissa worked 7 years as the City of Maitland's Stormwater and Lakes Management Coordinator, supervising the Division's operations and programs.  Her varied experience includes aquatic vegetation management, NPDES permitting, surface water quality, environmental enforcement, dock and wetland permitting,  advisory board coordination, environmental education, and project management in stormwater retrofit construction and drainage improvements.  For 10 years, Marissa has also been a volunteer Sampling Coordinator and Project Manager with the Cambrian Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research, education, preservation, and exploration of the aquatic realm.






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May 31, 2018

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June 15, 2018

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July 31, 2018 11:45pm

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