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OFFICERS

Damien Ossi - President (Term Expires: 2015)
Affiliation: District of Columbia, Department of the Environment - Email: damien.ossi@dc.gov
Damien is a wildlife biologist with the District Department of the Environment. In that role he assesses wildlife habitat, performs invasive plant management, and does wildlife inventory and monitoring in natural areas in the Washington, DC. He helped to found the District of Columbia Cooperative Weed Management Area, a group that seeks to raise local awareness of invasive plants and to manage invasive plants across the District. He has been involved with MAIPC since 2008. He is a native Marylander, raised in Takoma Park and living in Greenbelt.
Steve Manning - Vice President (Term Expires: 2016)
Affiliation: Invasive Plant Control, Inc. - Email: steve@ipc-inc.org
Steve has spent the past 23 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 which show IPC's strong investment 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.
Meghan Fellows - Secretary (Term Expires: 2015)
Affiliation: Volunteer - Email: meginnv@yahoo.com
Meghan is a past-President of MAIPC who now volunteers as the Secretary of the Board and Outreach Coordinator. She co-founded MAIPC's Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Removal Day regional effort after several successful years as a Virginia-only based program. She has worked for the last 15 years on natural resource issues that surround the wildland/suburban interface, specializing in endangered and/or invasive plants. She has a BS from Cornell University and MS from San Diego State University.
Steve Young - Treasurer (Vacating Position Effect August 2015)
Affiliation: Volunteer - Email: steveyoung@aol.com
Steve is a retired environmental professional who volunteers for Arlington’s Remove Invasive Plants (RiP) program as an invasive plants "whacker." He has worked hundreds of hours managing non-native, invasive plants especially at Long Branch Nature Center near his home in Arlington, Virginia. His volunteer work has received several awards. He blogs about his invasives work and related topics at www.plantwhacker.com.

BOARD

Mary Farrah - DC (Term Expires: 2015 - Running for renomination in August 2015)
Affiliation: City of Alexandria - Email: mary.farrah@alexandriava.gov
Mary has been serving as an Extension Agent for the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of the District of Columbia since 2008. In 2009, she began managing the Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA) grant, which is currently programmed to support the invasive plant program. Among her other roles, Mary teaches classes and workshops that introduce participants to invasive plant ecology and familiarizes them with local specimens commonly seen throughout the District, develops curriculum and outreach materials, and leads groups of volunteers into DC’s parkland for invasive plant management work days. She is currently on the steering committee for the DC Cooperative Weed Management Area (DC-CWMA). Mary has a B.S. in Environmental Science and is currently enrolled in the Professional Science Masters Program in Water Resources Management at UDC.
VACANT - DC
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Matthew Sarver - DE (Term Expires: 2015 - Running for renomination in August 2015)
Affiliation: Sarver Ecological, LLC - Email: matt@matthewsarver.com
Matt is owner of Sarver Ecological, LLC, a consulting firm that works on a broad range of systems and topics in applied ecology, with particular areas of expertise in birds and bird habitats, botany and plant community ecology, invertebrate diversity and ecology, and invasive species ecology, identification, and management. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, cum laude, from Cornell University with a concentration in Neurobiology and Animal Behavior, and has worked as an entomologist, botanist, and community ecologist for state natural heritage programs in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Matt is currently the Delaware representative on the boards of the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council and the Society for Ecological Restoration Mid-Atlantic, serves on the Delaware Nature Society‘s Land and Biodiversity Management Committee, and is Conservation Chair and past President of the Delmarva Ornithological Society.
VACANT - DE
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Carole Bergmann - MD (Term Expires: 2016)
Affiliation: MNCPPC Montgomery County Parks - Email: carole.bergmann@mncppc-mc.org
Carole serves as Forest Ecologist and Field Botanist for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. As Forest Manager for the Commission’s 35,000 acres of parkland, she founded the citizen volunteer based WEED WARRIOR Program in 1999. Over 950 citizens have become certified Weed Warriors and have logged in well over 58,000 volunteerhours. She is also an Instructor for the USDA Graduate School, Past-President of the MD Native Plant Society, and a lecturer/field excursion leader for numerous conservation based groups in the Washington DC area.
Marc Imlay - MD
Bio coming soon.
Michael Van Clef - NJ (Term Expires: 2015)
Affiliation: Ecological Solutions - Email: mvanclef@hotmail.com
Mike has a Ph.D. in ecology and over 20 years of experience working on the stewardship of rare and invasive species, deer management, restorations, forest health monitoring and natural resource policy. Mike prepared the "New Jersey Strategic Management Plan for Invasive Species" and acts as the Science Director for the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team. He has developed ecological health monitoring protocols that have been utilized by numerous organizations to determine strategies and measure the effectiveness of their stewardship efforts.
VACANT - NJ
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VACANT - PA
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Norris Muth - PA (Term Expires: 2016)
Affiliation: Juniata College - Email: muth@juniata.edu
Norris is an assistant professor of biology at Juniata College with particular interests in the ecology and evolution of plant invasions. He began his studies of plant invasions while at Brown University investigating the spread of purple loosestrife across the wetlands of Rhode Island. For his masters degree at Yale, he persisted in the swamps of New England, this time describing the herbivorous insect communities associated with Phragmites. He then undertook a doctoral program, beginning at the University of Tennessee, but ultimately ending up at Stony Brook University, assessing the relative contributions of "nature and nurture" to invasiveness in thistles and knapweeds. More recently he has undertaken studies on hemlock wooly adelgid, Thousand Cankers Disease of black walnut, and tree-of-heaven, among others.
Jenn Truong - VA (Term Expires: 2015)
Affiliation: Virginia Tech's Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability - Email: invasivegirl@yahoo.com
Jenn is Communications & Engagement Coordinator at Virginia Tech's Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability. Previously she served as Environmental Resource Supervisor at the Reston Association, where she managed natural areas within Reston, VA. Prior to that she served as the Program Manager for the grassroots nonprofit Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE). She also previously served as the Arlington County Invasive Plant Control Program Coordinator through Virginia Cooperative Extension and as a Conservation Specialist working with Fairfax County Park Authority's Resource Management Division. Jenn recieved an Executive Masters in Natural Resources from Virginia Tech's Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS), where she continues to do consulting work. She also currently serves on the board of the Virginia Native Plant Society's Potowmack Chapter.
Ruth Douglas - VA (Term Expires: 2016)
Affiliation: Virginia Native Plant Society - Email: cvilleruth@embarqmail.com
Ruth spent most of her career in community college education, primarily teaching biology at Northern Virginia Community College. At Piedmont Virginia Community College she served as division chair, taught a wildflower identification course and developed a horticulture program. Since before 2001, she has been an active volunteer for the Virginia Native Plant Society (VNPS). She is also an active member of Rivanna Master Naturalists, was a founding board member and chair of the Curriculum Committee, and has also been a botany and evolution instructor. She was part of a team that updated the flora for Ivy Creek Natural Area in Charlottesville, established a herbarium there, and created a Flora of Preddy Creek Park. As Invasive Plant Educator for VNPS, she is a VNPS representative to the Virginia Invasive Species Advisory Committee.
Whitney Bailey - WV (Term Expires: 2015)
Affiliation: West Virginia University - Email: whitney.bailey@mail.wvu.edu
Whitney is an Environmental Restoration Planner with WVU Environmental Research Center who is working with WV Division of Natural Resources (WV DNR). Originally from Arlington, VA, she received her Master's Degree in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland in 2004. For 8 years, she served as the Director of Stewardship at the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust, where she managed over 100 protected properties on an urban to rural gradient and ran the outdoor education/volunteer program. In January 2013 she began working with the WV DNR, where she is currently drafting the WV Invasive Species Strategic Plan and developing partnerships to address invasive species issues across the state and regionally. Her other professional interests include vegetative community formation and distribution, restoration ecology, and the implications of managed relocation as a conservation strategy.
VACANT - WV
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ADVISORY COMMITTEE (Non-Voting)


Faith Campbell
Marc Imlay
Kerrie Kyde
Betsy Lyman
Kristen Sewak
Lisa Smith
John Peter Thompson
Mary Travaglini