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Staff

 

Kelli Paige, Chief Executive Officer 

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Kelli Paige is the chief executive officer of the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS), appointed as executive director in 2015. She has held several positions with GLOS since first joining the organization in 2009 including working with stakeholders, managing product development, and providing strategic direction for the data management and observing projects funded by GLOS.

Kelli came to GLOS from The Nature Conservancy where she served as a Program Coordinator with the Ohio Chapter. She has also worked for the Washtenaw County Drain Commissioner and the Friends of the Chicago River. Kelli holds a BA in Public Policy from DePaul University and a MS in Resource Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Contact Kelli at kelli@glos.org or 734-741-2262.

Becky Pearson, Chief Operations Officer

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Rebecca (Becky) Pearson joined GLOS in April of 2016 as a program manager.  Becky brings with her 14 years project management experience, serving the Great Lakes Commission. At the Great Lakes Commission she led projects related to water use, water efficiency and conservation, sustainable planning of wind energy facilities, the value of Great Lakes water, among others. Becky was a California State Sea Grant Fellow working with the California Resources Agency’s Ocean Program in Sacramento. Becky received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in French studies and her master’s from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in international environmental policy.

Contact Becky at becky@glos.org or 734-741-2176.

Tim Kearns, Chief Information Officer

Tim has held many roles throughout his career including chief technical officer, chief executive officer, executive vice president of robotics and data services, vice president of professional services, program manager, software manager, educator, and hydrographer. With roots in ocean technology, he has applied his skill sets to a variety of products such as ClipCard, Numurus’ NEPI, Ocean Aero’s Submaran, and Esri’s maritime products as well as multiple 3D applications and custom projects.  He is a people person, has solid business acumen, enjoys rolling up his sleeves to dive into challenges, and leads with integrity and efficiency.

Tim loves to travel with his family via air and in tents. He also enjoys rock climbing and carpentry, but with kids and a busy life, he says it’s hard to squeeze in an abseil or a dovetail.

Contact Tim at tim@glos.org

Katie Rousseau, Smart Great Lakes Liaison

Katie Rousseau, Smart Great Lakes Liaison

Katie is an advocate for the Great Lakes. She comes to us having served as the director of Clean Water Supply in the Great Lakes for American Rivers, an effort that advocates for stormwater and drinking water infrastructure policy issues as well as green infrastructure projects. 

A Toledo native, Katie has served in numerous roles to support watershed health, including as co-chair of the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition. She has a M.A. in geography from the University of Toledo and a B.S. in education from Ohio University. She lives in Waterville, Ohio (near Toledo), with her husband and two children.

As Smart Great Lakes Liaison, Katie is bringing her deep understanding of the region and its water-related organizations to work building partnerships to form a Smart Great Lakes coalition.

Contact Katie at katie@glos.org

Sneha Bhadbhade, Data Services Manager

Sneha joined GLOS as a Data Services Manager in December 2018 after working as a GLOS data management fellow. Prior to her work at GLOS, she worked as an ERP consultant for four years before earning her master’s degree in information science from University of Michigan in 2017. Sneha brings experience in management of information systems to her role as she works to better suit the data and information needs of our users.

Contact Sneha at sneha@glos.org

Linden Brinks, Data Coordinator

Linden Brinks, Data Coordinator

Linden Brinks joined GLOS as the Data Coordinator March of 2019. Prior to this transition Linden was the Huron Pines LeaderCorps, Stewardship Technician serving with the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy. Linden brings with her several years’ experience in ArcGIS software, web mapping, data analysis, and land management. Linden holds a MSc in Coastal and Marine Environments from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a BA in Geography from Calvin College.

During her off-time Linden enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, biking, and spending time with friends.

Linden coordinates the Great Lakes Bottom Mapping Workgroup.

Contact Linden at linden@glos.org or 734-741-2235 ext. 2206.

David Fitch, Communications Specialist

David Fitch joined GLOS in November of 2018. Prior to this move, he worked in nonprofit communications while studying English and information systems at Calvin College. During his time at Hello West Michigan, a regional, Michigan-based nonprofit, he developed online marketing content, planned events, managed social media, developed communications strategy, and boosted the organization’s web presence.

He manages external communications, which includes developing strategy, managing contractors, writing for the newsletter and social media, coordinating with partner organizations, and managing the web presence.

He is passionate about words, spending time with his family, and eating and cooking great food. Fortunately, those last three can be done simultaneously.

Contact David at david@glos.org or at 734-741-2294.

Board

Dr. Jennifer Boehme – Chair

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Dr. Boehme joined the International Joint Commission (IJC)’s Great Lakes Regional Office in Windsor, Ontario as an Environmental Scientist in 2012 and assists the IJC in advising governments of the United States and Canada on water quality issues affecting the Great Lakes. She serves as Secretariat to IJC’s Health Professionals Advisory Board, which provides guidance to the IJC on current and emergent clinical and public health issues in the area of Canada-US transboundary environmental health. Dr. Boehme spent 10 years as a research scientist for the University of Maine and the Smithsonian Institution and, before joining the IJC, delved into science policy and communication at the National Science Foundation via a fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She holds A Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Florida and a B.S. in Chemistry from Emory University.

Dr. Nancy Frank, Vice Chair

Dr. Frank is Associate Professor and past-Chair of the Department of Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research interests involve land use policies that preserve open space and reduce the development impacts on the environment, as well as local, regional and state policies regarding water quality, water quantity and aquatic ecosystems.  She has substantial policy experience in relation to both water and brownfield cleanup, and redevelopment. Dr. Frank participates in a wide network of organizations related to her research interests, including the Wisconsin Brownfields Study Group (appointed), the Center for Resilient Cities, the Energy Center of Wisconsin, and also serves as editor of WAPA News, the newsletter of the Wisconsin Chapter of the APA. Through work funded by the Brico Fund, she facilitated a series of meetings that led to the creation of the Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc. (Sweet Water).  She now serves as Chair of Sweet Water.

Lynne Chaimowitz, Treasurer

Ms. Chaimowitz is currently budget and finance supervisor for the City of Ann Arbor​’s utilities​. She has experience with water issues through city-level experience, and through her work at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. Chaimowitz also has extensive experience guiding non-profit finances as a consultant, ​former Finance Director ​and through experience on several boards. She has a B.A. in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan’s Program in the Environment and a M.S. in Accounting from Easter Michigan University. ​

Pete Giencke

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Mr. Giencke has over ten years of experience in information technology and geographic information systems (GIS). At Google, he has contributed to various big data efforts in both an engineering and product manager capacity, including those on the Crisis Response, Google Earth, and Google Ocean teams. On Google’s Crisis Response team, Pete additionally serves as an “Incident Commander”, helping lead the company’s response to major disasters worldwide, including the Fort McMurray fires in Alberta, CA.

 Bob Lambe

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Bob Lambe is currently the Executive Secretary for the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC), a binational organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The GLFC was established by the 1955 Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries between Canada and the United States. The Commission’s primary functions include: coordination of fisheries management among eight U.S. Great Lakes states, Ontario, and U.S. Aboriginal organizations; development and coordination of research in support of Great Lakes fisheries; and formulation and implementation of a program to control sea lamprey populations in the Great Lakes.

Prior to joining GLFC in 2013, Bob was the first Executive Director of the Canada-Ontario Invasive Species Centre (ISC) based in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, a position he held between January 2012 and June 2013. Prior to his work at the ISC, Bob was the Regional Director General (RDG) for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Central and Arctic Region, based in Sarnia, Ontario. He held the RDG position from June 2004 until his retirement from the Public Service of Canada in September 2011. Bob holds a masters degree in business (MBA) and a degree in electronics engineering technology.

Thomas Rayburn

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Thomas Rayburn is the Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs for the Lake Carriers’ Association. He has over 25 years’ experience working for national environmental and engineering consulting firms, regional partnerships including the Great Lakes Commission, and the U.S. Coast Guard.  His project work has supported U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense, other federal agency initiatives, private industry, and international cooperative efforts on the environment. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Geosciences from Purdue University.

Caitlin Gould

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Ms. Gould is a Policy Analyst at the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in Silver Spring, Maryland. She serves as an expert on United States water quality policy, primarily on Harmful Algal Blooms and the Hypoxia Research and Control Act, overseeing the production and management of large, interagency reports to congress and working groups. She also contributes to the development and enactment of nationally- and regionally-based outreach and implementation strategies, with focuses on addressing the needs and knowledge gaps of a broad spectrum of stakeholders at the local, regional, and national levels serving as a social science and communications expert, providing ongoing insight into related methodologies and research needs. Ms. Gould is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Public Health, concentrating on Environmental Health and Engineering.

Jolena Presti

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Ms. Presti is a Principal Planner in the Redevelopment Planning and Economic Positioning divisions of Vandewalle & Associates, and leads the Vandewalle & Associates’ Milwaukee office. Her professional practice focuses on redevelopment planning and implementation, project management, and economic development and positioning services for public and private sector clients in the greater Milwaukee region and Wisconsin’s coastal communities.

Currently the project manager for redevelopment planning and implementation projects in communities throughout Wisconsin, Presti oversees day-to-day client and consultant team communication, internal team management, and plan and implementation strategies development. Her work includes the preparation of land use plans, project feasibility analyses, developer and business recruitment, selection and project review, and facilitation of stakeholder interviews, focus groups, and public participation events.

Aaron Fisk

Dr. Fisk is a faculty member at the University of Windsor. Currently he is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (CRC Tier 2) at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER) and the Department of Earth and Environmental Science. Fisk is internationally recognized for research on aquatic ecology and has spent his career studying aspects of aquatic trophic relationships, including fish movement and contaminant dynamics, with a focus on the Great Lakes.