BOARD Members & Liaisons 

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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

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President

Jennifer Kamm

Contact: Jennifer.Kamm@stantec.com

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

Contact: SWilliams@wsbeng.com

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.

 

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Treasurer

Jason Husveth

Contact: jhusveth@ccesinc.com

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.

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Secretary

Beth Brown

Contact: elizabeth.a.brown@state.mn.us

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.  

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Event & Speaker Coordinator

Ashley Payne

Contact: Ashley.Payne@kimley-horn.com

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. 

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Website Manager

Kristine Maurer

Contact: kmaurer@eorinc.com

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!

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A.V. Coordinator

John Anderson

Contact: janders@smumn.edu 

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.