BOARD Members 

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Board (From left): Jennifer Kamm (President), Matt Danzl (Web Developer), Beth Brown (Secretary), Ashley Payne (Event and Speaker Coordinator), Shawn Williams (Vice-President), John Anderson (A.V. Coordinator). Derek Huebsch (Treasurer)

Not pictured - Jane Zirbes (Bookkeeper and Knower of Everything)

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.



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

Matt Danzl


Employer/Position: Coon Creek Watershed District, Water Resources Regulation Coordinator

Personal Quirk/Fun Fact: Was an audience member on the Price Is Right.

Favorite Memory Related to Wetlands: All of them.


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.