Executive Board & Committee
President – Richard Beck, PWS, CPESC, CEP (RBeck@mbakerintl.com): Richard Beck has extensive experience in the regulatory and environmental disciplines. He successfully leads federal, state, local, and private-sector clients through the Clean Water Act, California Porter-Cologne Act, California Fish and Game Code, Endangered Species Act, and the California Coastal Act. Mr. Beck, a Professional Wetland Scientist, has conducted hundreds of jurisdictional delineations throughout the southwest. Mr. Beck excels in the restoration of riparian ecosystems, both as standalone projects and mitigation for jurisdictional impacts. In 2008, Mr. Beck co-authored RBF Consulting’s Watershed Management: Integrating People, Land and Water, a resource manual to the watershed approach. Mr. Beck is also an instructor of the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) and enjoys writing and presenting on wetland-related topics.
Prior to serving as Chapter President, Mr. Beck served as President-Elect for the Western Chapter. Additionally, Mr. Beck has served on the Chapter’s Executive/Special Topics Committee Member as well as the Editorial Board for the Society’s International Wetland Practice Magazine.
President-Elect – Russell Huddleston, PWS (Russell.Huddleston@ch2m.com): Russell Huddleston is a Certified Professional Wetland Scientist with over 14 years of professional experience in wetland science, plant community classification, habitat assessment, and special-status species surveys. He has worked in a variety of wetland types throughout the western United States including Coastal and tundra wetlands in Alaska; vernal pools and seasonal wetlands in California and southern Oregon; mountain streams and seeps in Utah; and desert playas and washes in Arizona, Nevada and Southern California. He has also has been a volunteer docent at the Jepson Prairie vernal pool preserve in Solano County for over 10 years.
Secretary – Lauren Mack, PWS (LMack@mbakerintl.com): Lauren Mack is an environmental specialist at RBF Consulting, a Michael Baker International Company. She has 10 years of experience with wetland delineations, state and federal waters permitting, restoration and monitoring throughout California.
Treasurer – Tim Jackson, PWS (email@example.com): Tim Jackson is the Owner of Ecojack Consulting, a private firm based in the San Diego area specializing in ecological assessments and environmental permitting for development projects across the United States.
Arizona Representative – James Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org): Dr. Allen is a Professor and the Executive Director of the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University. He works primarily in an administrative capacity nowadays, but he also teaches a graduate course called Wetland Ecology and Management and advises graduate students on wetland-related projects. He has a diverse research background that includes fieldwork in bottomland hardwood forests and coastal baldcypress swamps of the Lower Mississippi Valley, mangrove swamps of Hawaii and Micronesia, and upland forests of the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York. He also has conducted forestry research in southern Africa (Swaziland).
Nevada Representative – Jerry Qualls (email@example.com): Jerry Qualls is an Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, teaching courses in Wetland Ecology and Management and Microbial Ecology. His research centers around biogeochemistry and plant ecophysiology. http://about.me/qualls
N. Ca. Representative – Shannon Lindquist, PWS (firstname.lastname@example.org): Shannon Lindquist is a Project Wetland Scientist at ARCADIS U.S., Inc. in San Francisco. She oversees wetland delineations as well as the preparation of aquatic permits assuring that projects meet water quality standards in ways that are both feasible and sustainable.
S. Ca. Representative – Jeremy Haas (Jeremy.email@example.com): Jeremy Haas is an Environmental Program Manager with the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region. He manages programs relating to monitoring, assessment, and research; water quality standards; compliance assurance; and business services to preserve, enhance and restore the quality of California’s water resources.
Hawaii/Pacific Islands Representative – Vacant
Past President – Michelle Stevens (firstname.lastname@example.org): Michelle Stevens is an Associate Professor, Environmental Studies Department, California State University, Sacramento, California and the Executive Director of the Hima Mesopotamia, a non-profit organization she formed in 2008.