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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.