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Time to Cast Your Ballot for the 2019-20 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 30, 2019.  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 28, 2019.

2019 Nominees

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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.

Vice President: Dr. Serge Thomas

Serge is Chair/CGT/Associate Professor of the Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University.Serge holds a B.S. and an M.S. in in the Department of Organisms and Populations Biology from Pierre and Marie Currie University, Paris.  He earned his Ph.D in Biological Oceanology and Marine Environmental from the same University in 2000.  A central theme in much of Serge's research is to determine ecosystem level consequences of natural and anthropogenic stresses in aquatic ecosystems. Serge works principally with primary producer communities in shallow marine/freshwater hydrosystems, linking ecosystem structure to physico-chemical variation by understanding functional processes at the base of the food web. His research has combined descriptive and experimental approaches to determine causal relationships between biotic and environmental variation.

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 over 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 five years with the consulting firm Wood. 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 Wood 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 twelve 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: Tim Egan

Tim graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in limnology.His first professional position was with the City of Daytona Beach Public Works Department performing drinking water, wastewater and surface water sample collection and analysis.  In 1988, Tim joined the Volusia County Environmental Management Department where he helped implement the County’s wetland ordinance, performed ecological assessments of potential conservation lands purchases and managed the County's surface water monitoring program.  He was hired by the local consulting firm of DRMP, Inc. in 1991 and was involved in a wide variety of projects including wetland permitting and mitigation design and listed species survey and management plans for State and County level transportation projects (scrub jay, gopher tortoise, red-cockaded woodpecker).  As the company’s senior scientist,Tim developed wellfield drawdown wetland impact assessment protocol for clients in Volusia and Brevard Counties and managed county-wide stormwater master plan and FDOT PD&E studies.  In 1997, Tim joined the City of Winter Park Public Works Department and managed the City’s Lakes Division for 20 years.  During that time, he was responsible for aquatic plant management, NPDES compliance, water quality and environmental outreach/education.  He recently moved to the Parks and Recreation Department where he is developing and implementing habitat management plans for Winter Park’s wetland and upland natural lands.

Director: Patrick Goodwin

Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from UNF and an M.S. degree in lake management from SUNY. Patrick has over 7 years’ experience in water resource management and serves as one of Solitudes and Vertex Water Features Inc. lead water quality analysts. Patrick specializes in total maximum daily load (TMDL) studies, water quality modeling, mass balance studies, watershed BMPs, phosphorus inactivation studies, oxygenation/circulation studies, bio-manipulation studies, comprehensive lake management plans, and watershed protection plans. Patrick also serves as a lead water quality expert for Solitude’s research and development team. He has previously served as a FLMS Director and is currently the Northeast Chapter President. Patrick enjoys teaching and anything outdoors, including fishing and surfing. 

Director Dan Schmutz

Dan is a Vice President and Chief Environmental Scientist for Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI), a 1,200-person multidisciplinary consulting firm. He holds a Master’s degree in Zoology from the University of South Florida. 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.  Dan has served on the FLMS Board since 2017.

Director: Dr. Dana Stephens

Dana enjoys learning about water, the challenges Florida offers regarding management of waters, and including students and community in her endeavors. Currently, Dana is the Director of the Mattie M. Kelly Environmental Institute and Chair of the Mathematics and Natural Science Departments at Northwest Florida State College. In these roles, Dana completes research examining temporal and spatial shifts in aquatic ecosystems and relationships with natural and anthropogenic drivers. She also focuses on faculty and student success, teaches numerous courses, and creates opportunities to engage with and educate the community. Dana received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the University of Florida in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences within the School of Forest Resources and Conservation and a B.S. in Biology Conservation and Zoology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dana looks forward to serve on the Florida Lake Management Board of Directors to support students, members, and Florida’s waters. 

Director: Tiffany Trent

Tiffany is an Environmental Scientist IV and has been with the St Johns River Water Management District since 2010.  Her main areas of focus include submerged aquatic vegetation, water chemistry, phytoplankton, and harmful algal blooms in the lower St Johns River Basin.  Previously she worked as a biologist for the USFWS at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge where she was involved with the Florida Apple Snail research, water chemistry, and prescribed burning.  Tiffany has been a member of the Florida Lake Management Society and attending conferences since 2015 and was nominated for the NALMS Jim LaBounty award in 2018. She earned her BS in marine biology at the University of West Florida in 2005, and her MS in coastal zone management at Nova Southeastern University in 2010. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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