Time to Cast Your Ballot for the 2020-21 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 28, 2020.  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 Nominating Committee 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 26, 2020.

2020 Nominee Statements
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President: Serge Thomas, Ph.D

Serge Thomas is an Associate Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University (Ft Myers, FL) since 2008. Prior to being at FGCU, he was a visiting Professor and post-doctoral fellow at Florida International University from 2001 to 2007. He holds a Ph.D. in Oceanology from the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris, France). A central theme of much of his research is to determine ecosystem level consequences of natural and anthropogenic stresses in various types of shallow coastal and inland 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), photophysiology and remote sensing using Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (UAVs).  Serge has secured funding from the various water management districts (e.g. SJRWMD, SFWMD), the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Power and Light, EPA as well as many communities engaged scholarships. Serge strongly believes in educating the public and students of all ages as a means to change people’s perceptions toward the (aquatic) environment leading to a more sustainable future. More recently, Serge has indeed started to be involved in Environmental Education.

Vice President: Gloria Eby

Gloria Eby is an aquatic biologist who received both her Bachelor and Masters Science degree in Biology from the University of Central Florida. She is a member of various scientific organizations/associations and was the first female president for the Florida Association of Benthologists. She has been with Seminole County for 20 years and currently is a Principal Environmental Scientist. Her programs include Lake Management Program Manager and Mosquito Control Program Director. She has developed and implemented Seminole County’s extensive biological monitoring program which includes lake assessments, chemical/biological analysis, and develops/implements integrated management plans and restoration projects throughout Seminole County.

Secretary: Rob Burnes

Rob Burnes is an Environmental Program Manager with Pinellas County’s Environmental Management Division. His work has focused on habitat restoration, water quality improvement projects and water quality analysis. Rob has been with Pinellas County since 2010 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.  He has served FLMS President, Vice President, Director and has been the Program Chair for the past two years.

Treasurer: Lance Lumbard

Lance Lumbard has over 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 Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions. 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 has been FLMS Treasurer for seven years 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 since 2003 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: Eesa Ali

Eesa Ali has been performing audits on surface water discharges throughout Florida for over 15 years. He 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).

Director: Rory Roten, Ph.D

Rory Roten 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 based in Lakeland, Florida

Director:  Seán McGlynn, Ph.D

Seán McGlynn has spent his whole life absorbed with aquatic systems. As a youngster he was a competitive swimmer and a recreational diver. He has studied aquatic ecosystems from the bayous of the Mississippi to the coral reefs of the Florida Keys. As an undergraduate at Louisiana State University he worked at the Center for Coastal Research restoring Louisiana’s disappearing wetlands. As a graduate student at Florida State University he was a director at the Center for Aquatic Research and Resource Management where he performed ecosystem studies in the Apalachicola, Escambia, Perdido and Amelia Bays and Estuaries. After graduating with a PhD in Biological Science under the legendary ecologist, Robert J. Livingston, he started an environmental water quality laboratory and undertook the management of numerous lakes in the Florida Panhandle. He became interested in the unique karst hydrology of the region and the interaction of the karst lakes with the largest and deepest spring vent spring in Florida, Wakulla Spring, only to discover that the karst system was intimately linked to the coast at Spring Creek and other Marine Springs. Now he is documenting the changes in this intricately complex karst system and the rising sea levels which are changing everything.

He earned a Master’s Degree and finished with a Doctorate at FSU. His dissertation concerned the biological cycling of PAHs, their metabolism by aquatic plants and their fate in the food chain, in a karst lake, Lake Jackson. Seán analyzes samples from all over the world specializing in plant pigments like chlorophyll, phaeophytin and phycoerythrin. He has conducted fluorescent dye studies connecting sinkholes in the karst lakes to the caverns and the boil at Wakulla Spring. He is currently studying the optical properties in Wakulla Springs as this historic spring is restored and the nitrates are reduced, the visibility is improving and the natural native aquatic plants are returning, a perfect habitat for the gentle manatee. He combats invasive exotics and has developed patented innovative biological control technologies and testing methodologies. Dr. Seán E. McGlynn has been the Chapter President for the North West Florida Chapter of the Florida Lake Management Society, a board member on the Florida Water Resources Monitoring Council, a member of Friends of Wakulla Springs and the Wakulla Spring Alliance as well as the Technical Director for McGlynn Laboratories Inc.

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, airboat training, environmental education, and project management in stormwater retrofit construction and drainage improvements. For over 10 years, Marissa was 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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Continuing Board Members:

Past President: Robbin Huffines

Robbin Huffines is the Director of Erosion Control Services which oversees large regional projects and coordinates with local teams to ensure environmental work is completed efficiently. Robbin has a particular expertise in erosion control technologies for aging shorelines. He enjoys brainstorming custom solutions for each property and guiding clients through the restoration process. Robbin has a degree from Florida Southwestern University. He is a member on the Board of Directors of the Florida Lake Management Society and is a regular guest speaker on Sandcastle Radio where he discusses all topics relating to lake and pond management. Robbin was born-and-raised in Ft. Myers, FL. Before joining the SOLitude team, he worked in landscape design and marine research.

Director: Dan Schmutz

Dan Schmutz 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.

Director: Dana Stephens, Ph.D

Dana Stephens 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 supports faculty and student success, teaches numerous courses, and engages with the community. Dana received a 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. 

Director: Patrick Goodwin

Patrick Goodwin holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of North Florida with a focus in Limnology. Patrick has been a FLMS member since 2012 and started his research carrier in freshwater at UNF Environmental Center. Here he developed a long-term monitoring program for 42 of UNF Lakes and worked closely with reclaimed wastewater’s interactions back into the environment. Patrick’s interest in freshwater has now led him to another research position with Vertex Water Features where he looks at aeration design and its effect on lake ecology. You can most likely find Patrick in his natural habitat fishing, camping, surfing, and or just enjoying the outdoors.

Director: Tiffany Trent

Tiffany Trent is an environmental scientist 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, water chemistry, and prescribed burning. Tiffany 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. Tiffany’s hobbies include social activism, backpacking, and eating good food!

Director: Tim Egan

Tim Egan graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in limnology. In positions with the City of Daytona Beach, Volusia County and DRMP, Inc., he obtained a wide range of experience in water quality management, wetland assessment and habitat restoration. Serving as the City of Winter Park’s Lakes Manager from 1997 to 2016, Tim developed and implemented the city’s programs related to water quality improvement, aquatic plant management, NPDES compliance and public outreach. In his current position as the city’s Natural Resources Manager ’s responsibilities include developing habitat management plans for Winter Park’s wetland and upland natural lands