providing regional leadership to effectively address the threat of invasive plants to the native flora, fauna, and natural habitats

Board of Directors

Board Officers

Norris Muth
President
Norris is associate professor of biology at Juniata College with particular interests in the ecology and evolution of plant invasions. He began his studies of plant invasions at Brown University investigating the spread of purple loosestrife in Rhode Island. He remained mired in the swamps of New England for his masters degree at Yale, describing the herbivorous insect communities associated with Phragmites. His doctoral work at Stony Brook University assessed the relative contributions of “nature and nurture” to invasiveness in thistles and knapweeds. More recent studies have focused on Hemlock Wooly Adelgid and Ailanthus Wilt among others.
Steve Manning
Vice President
Steve has spent the past 25 years working on invasive species. He is founder and President of Invasive Plant Control, Inc. (IPC). IPC was created to extend internationally its dedication to the control of invasive species utilizing a revised Integrated Pest Management approach and has successfully controlled hundreds of invasive species for a wide variety of land managers throughout the world. Steve also designs and implements multiple training courses and workshops worldwide annually, investing in educational and awareness activities. He is also heavily involved with local, state and international industry development projects including Volunteer Based Early Detection Networks. In 2012 IPC introduced a suite of software and web based tools dedicated to environmental needs. He is also the acting President of the Pacific Northwest Invasive Plant Council.
Damien Ossi
Secretary
Damien has been a Wildlife Biologist in the Department of Energy and Environment’s Fisheries & Wildlife Division for ten years. He monitors populations of butterflies and dragonflies, manages invasive plants, and restores wildlife habitat in natural areas in DC. Damien was the lead author of the District’s 2015 Wildlife Action Plan, and is the founder of the DC Cooperative Weed Management Area. He received BA in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 1997 and a Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in 2004.
Jenn Truong
Technology Officer
Jenn is a Program Analyst for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Damage Assessment Remediation and Restoration Program (DARRP), where she coordinates the management team’s efforts to investigate harm to and restore marine and coastal environments impacted by oil spills, hazardous waste, and vessel groundings nationally across the US. Jenn has over 12 years of experience in natural resource management, conservation and programmatic/policy development that surround the human-wildlife interface, specializing in environmental outreach and education, public engagement, resource collaboration, and program management. She holds an Executive Masters of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech.
Heather Kostick
Treasurer
Heather is a Ph.D. candidate at Drexel University with interests in ecology, biodiversity, and conservation. Heather has been interested in native plants and invasive species since her time at Juniata College where she received her B.S. in Wildlife Conservation in 2012. Heather has worked for various universities and organizations doing field work with cerulean warblers, native plant restoration, and seaside and saltmarsh sparrows. She received her Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 where her thesis focused on documenting the biodiversity of a protected site with small-scale agriculture. Her interests in invasive species blossomed through doing vegetation surveys through her field technician jobs, and then as part of her master's thesis which included comparing the proportion of native and non-native plants in different habitat types at the study site. Heather is currently studying biogeography, ecology, and evolution of Jamaican terrestrial mollusks.

Board Members

Alex Sanders
DC Representative
Alex is passionate about protecting and restoring our lands and waters through collaboration and creative solutions. He has ten years of experience managing conservation efforts in the Rock Creek watershed of Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, MD, through planning and implementing dozens of on-the-ground projects, including an innovative partnership between the DC Government, non-profits, businesses and property owners to reduce stormwater runoff in two District neighborhoods. He also serves on several commissions on sustainability and the environment in Arlington County, VA and Washington, D.C. Alex holds a B.A. and M.A. in History and has extensive experience in research and writing on environmental history.
Judy Fulton
DC Representative
Judy is a native and invasive plant consultant at EcoPlant Consulting. She has compiled a Mid-Atlantic region list of invasive plants on the HGIC website of the University of Maryland Extension (UME). As chair of the Maryland Invasive Species Council (MISC), she is implementing the Mid-Atlantic Invaders Tool and expanding MISC’s invasive species lists of plants, insects, other animals and pathogens. She consults and teaches workshops for both individuals and organizations like UME, the Natural History Society of Maryland and the Irvine Nature Center. Her specialties include selection of appropriate native plants for specific ecoregions and growing conditions, and also control of invasive plants. She provides recommendations on transforming degraded properties from landscapes dominated by invasives to healthier ecosystems with native plants. The Daily Record selected Judy as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 1998, 2001 and 2004, and inducted her into its Circle of Excellence.
Matt Sarver
DE Representative
Matthew is an Ecological Society of America Certified Ecologist and owner of Sarver Ecological, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in conservation and restoration planning and wildlife habitat. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, cum laude, from Cornell University with a concentration in Neurobiology and Animal Behavior. Matt’s clients have included state agencies, conservation NGOs, and private landowners. An avid birder for 20 years, Matt is currently Conservation Chair of the Delmarva Ornithological Society, and serves on the boards of several state and regional professional societies and committees in the fields of science and conservation.
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DE Representative
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Marc Imlay
MD Representative
Marc is invasive plant control coordinator for Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning commission, chairs the Natural Places committee of the Maryland Sierra Club and chairs the biological control working group for MAIPC. He established a program to provide local friends of parks groups and public and private landowners with several models of invasive plant removal projects to draw upon in Maryland and the region. As Invertebrate Zoologist with the Office of Endangered Species, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, he was responsible for listing of endangered and threatened 36 species (25 mussels, 7 snails, 3 fish, 1 turtle) .
Jil Swearingen
MD Representative
Jil is an Invasive Species Consultant in Maryland with 30 years of experience working on invasive species research, outreach and management in the mid-Atlantic region and nationally. Jil created the Weeds Gone Wild website, Weed Busters Certification Handbook, and WeedUS Database of Invasive Plants of Natural Areas in the U.S. She co-founded the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council and is lead author of the book ‘Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas.’ She co-developed the Invasive Plant Atlas of the U.S. website, the Mid-Atlantic Early Detection Network phone app, and the Mid-Atlantic Invaders Tools. Jil also serves on the boards of the Maryland Native Plant Society, the Maryland Invasive Species Council, and the National Association of Invasive Species Councils.
Nathan Hartshorne
NJ Representative
Nathan has spent the last few years working in New Jersey in ecological restoration and preserve management. He specializes in wetland restoration and has managed invasive species in dozens of sites across New Jersey. Nathan received a BA in Political Science, International Studies, and History from the University of Kansas and a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
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NJ Representative
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Marian Orlousky
PA Representative
Based in Boiling Springs, PA, Marian serves as the Director of Science and Stewardship for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). She coordinates natural resource and land stewardship programs for the Trail, including the A.T. invasive species monitoring and management program. Marian received her BS in Biology from Juniata College, and her MS in Ecology from the State University of New York’s School of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Andrew Rohrbaugh
PA Representative
Andrew received a BS in Environmental Studies from Gettysburg and his Biology MS from Shippensburg University in 2009. Currently, he works as an Ecological Program Specialist with Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Forestry where he helps to form policy and manage rare plant populations and invasive plants on state forest land.
Sarah Archer
VA Representative
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Conner McBane
VA Representative
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Donna Foster
Donna works as a Technology Transfer Specialist, Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager, Forest Health Protection Invasive Plant Specialist to Mid-Atlantic States, DC and Ohio, and Morgantown WV Field Office Liaison to EPA’s GLRI program. Donna is a landscape architect with a background in planning land-use and committed to the restoration of urban lands. Past work experiences include working for the University of Pennsylvania Morris Arboretum, as an adjunct professor, private sector landscape architecture focusing on conservation easement/baseline assessment and trail development work. She also serves on the RT Council NEPA Technical Advisory Committee and Morgantown Tree Board. Donna is a Certified Arborist, Certified Pesticide Applicator, and ISA TRAQ Qualified Arborist. She received a BS in Landscape Architecture/ Horticulture from Temple University and an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania.
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WV Representative
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