BOARD Members & Liaisons 


Board (From left): Ben Meyer (BWSR Liaison), Jason Husveth (Treasurer), Beth Brown (Secretary), Jennifer Kamm (President), Shawn Williams (Vice-President), Kristine Maurer (Web Developer), Ashley Payne (Event and Speaker Coordinator), John Anderson (A.V. Coordinator).

Not pictured - Jane Zirbes (Bookkeeper and Knower of Everything) and Liz Wells (WDCP Liaison)

Board Bios



Jennifer Kamm


Employer/Position: Stantec, Environmental Scientist

Personal Quirk/Fun Fact: My goal is 20 by 50 (i.e. complete 20 marathons before age 50)!

Favorite Memory Related to Wetlands: Exploring the diversity of plants in a tamarack swamp near Mille Lacs Lake. 

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Vice President


Shawn Williams


Employer/Position: WSB & Associates, Inc., Senior Environmental Scientist

Personal Quirk/Fun Fact:  I have four children (Lindsey, Briana, Ashleigh, Jack) who keep me on my toes!

Favorite Memory Related to Wetlands: My favorite wetland memory is fishing in the shallow open water wetlands within Voyageur’s National Park.




Jason Husveth


Employer/Position: Critical Connections Ecological Services, Inc., Principal Ecologist / President

Personal Quirk/Fun Fact: I am an Ultramarathon runner!

Favorite Memory Related to Wetlands: Trekking across a peatland in northern MN.



Beth Brown


Employer/Position: MnDOT Office of Environmental Stewardship, Environmental Program Specialist

Personal Quirk/Fun Fact: My time with the WPA board has Mentha world to me. *laughs* 

Favorite Memory Related to Wetlands: My first time hiking across a floating peat mat, my first time seeing a showy lady's slipper in bloom, and finding sandhill cranes resting in the sedges of my survey plots.  


Event & Speaker Coordinator

Ashley Payne


Employer/Position: Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., Environmental Scientist

Personal Quirk/fun fact: I played college basketball and golf.

Favorite memory/experience related to wetlands: While in college I was an intern with the Minnesota DNR. We completed submergent and emergent vegetation sampling on the Mississippi River from St. Paul, MN to La Crosse, WI. 


Website Manager

Kristine Maurer


Employer/Position: Emmons & Olivier Resources, Inc., Ecologist

Personal Quirk/Fun Fact: I like to personify essentially all animals... and some plants....well, most everything :)

Favorite Memory Related to Wetlands: I met my Husband in a wetland and we bonded over sensitive fern!


A.V. Coordinator

John Anderson


Employer/Position: St. Mary's University of Minnesota, GeoSpatial Services

Personal Quirk/Fun Fact: I am the direct descendant of two Vikings, Thorfinn Skull-splitter and Eric Bloodaxe

Favorite Memory Related to Wetlands: Field checking imagery at Caddo Lake in East Texas; a Ramsar designated area with extensive Bald Cypress swamps. I visited  this location on a beautiful and sunny October day and enjoyed picturesque Spanish moss hanging from limbs of Bald Cypress trees.