OFFICERS


Damien Ossi – President (Term Expires: 2017)
Affiliation: District of Columbia, Department of the Environment
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.

Steve Manning – Vice President (Term Expires: 2018)
Affiliation: Invasive Plant Control, Inc.
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.

Norris Muth – Treasurer (Term Expires: 2018)
Affiliation: Juniata College – Email: muth@juniata.edu
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.

Jenn Truong – Technology Officer (Term Expires: 2017)
Affiliation: Volunteer
Jenn is a Program Analyst coordinating the NOAA’s Damage Assessment Remediation and Restoration Program (DARRP). Her previous work is varied and includes: Operations Manager and Communications & Engagement Coordinator at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, Environmental Resource Supervisor at the Reston Association, Program Manager for the grassroots nonprofit Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE), Arlington County Invasive Plant Control Program Coordinator through Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), and Conservation Specialist at 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). She has also served as Technology Chair on the board of the Virginia Native Plant Society’s Potowmack Chapter.

Heather Kostick – Secretary (Term Expires: 2017)
more info coming soon.


BOARD MEMBERS


Josh Rudder – DC (Term Expires: 2018)
Affiliation: Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA)
Josh is coordinator for LIISMA, a voluntary partnership of many organizations from the geographic area that includes Staten Island (Richmond County), all of Long Island (Kings [Brooklyn], Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties), and eleven additional coastal plain islands and is one of eight PRISMs that cover all of New York State.

Alex Sanders – DC (interim until Aug 2017)
Affiliation: Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
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.

Matthew Sarver – DE (Term Expires: 2017)
Affiliation: Sarver Ecological, LLC
Matthew Sarver, an Ecological Society of America Certified Ecologist, is 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.

VACANT – DE
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Carole Bergmann – MD (Term Expires: 2018)
Affiliation: MNCPPC Montgomery County Parks
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
Affiliation: MNCPPC – Natural and Historical Resources Division, Sierra Club, and Maryland Native Plant Society
more info coming soon.

Nathan Hartshorne – NJ
Affiliation: Volunteer
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.

VACANT – NJ
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Marian Orlousky – PA
Affiliation: Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Based in Boiling Springs, PA, Marian serves as the Northern Resource Management Coordinator for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). She manages the Trail’s rare and invasive species programs throughout the New England and Mid-Atlantic states, working with many volunteers and land management partners to preserve and protect the Trail’s natural resources. Marian, a Pennsylvania native, received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Juniata College, and her Master’s Degree in Ecology from the State University of New York’s School of Environmental Science and Forestry. Before joining ATC in 2012, Marian’s interests in invasive species management and ecological restoration were further developed during her term as a Natural Resource Seasonal at Valley Forge National Historical Park. Marian is particularly interested in the dynamics of plant/herbivore interactions. She is a Leave No Trace Master Educator and an avid hiker/backpacker.

Andrew Rohrbaugh – PA
Affiliation: PA Department of Conservation, Bureau of Forestry
Andrew Rohrbaugh received a BS in Environmental Studies from Gettysburg 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.

Ruth Douglas – VA (Term Expires: 2016)
Affiliation: Virginia Native Plant Society
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.

Sarah Archer – VA
more info coming soon.

Donna Foster – WV
more info coming soon.

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
Steve Young
Meghan Fellows