Committee Chairs

Committee chairs represent the functions which are essential to the organizational life of AFS.

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Society Committees 2019-2020

Complete contact information for committee chairs can be found in the online Membership Directory. If you have any questions about committee activities, please feel free to contact the committee chair. You may also contact Lauren Maza at [email protected], your Unit Services contact.

(Last Updated December 9, 2019)

Standing Committees

Awards: Overall co-chairs:
• Mark Pyron, [email protected]
• Sara Turner, [email protected],

Annual Meeting:
General Meeting Chairs: Janice Kerns and Curt Wagner

Audit: Chair, Tim Copeland, [email protected]

Board of Appeals: Chair, Justin VanDeHey, [email protected]

Board of Professional Certification: Overall chair: Justin VanDeHey, [email protected]

Communications Committee: Julie Simpson, [email protected] 

Constitutional Consultant: Randy Schultz, [email protected]

Continuing Education: Chair, Heidi Blasius, [email protected]

Electronic Services Advisory Board: Chair, Amberle Jones, [email protected] 

Endangered Species: Chair, Howard L. Jelks, [email protected]

Ethics and Professional Conduct: Chair, Brian Missildine, [email protected]

Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program: Chairs, Kathy Guindon, [email protected]
and, Tomas Ivasauskas [email protected] 

Investment: Chair, Troy M. Brandt, [email protected]

Meetings Oversight: Dave Ward, [email protected]

Membership: Co-chairs,
• Co-Chair Justin VanDeHey, [email protected]
• Co-Chair Kerry Flaherty-Walia, [email protected]

Names of Aquatic Invertebrates: TBD, Vacant

Names of Fishes: Chair, Larry Page, [email protected]

Nominating: Chair, Mark Porath, [email protected]

Past Presidents’ Advisory Council:
• Chair, Past President Jesse Trushenski, [email protected]

Publications Overview: Chair, Brandon Peoples, [email protected]

Resource Policy: Chair, Patrick Shirey, [email protected]

Vote Auditor: Co-chairs, Taylor Lipscomb, [email protected] and So-Jung Youn, [email protected]

Special Committees

Communications Strategic Planning: Gwen White, [email protected]

Constitution Revisions: Chair, Joe Margraf, [email protected]

Educational Requirements: Chair, Steve McMullin, [email protected]

Fish Management Chemicals: 

Enhancement of the Fisheries Profession: Chair, Tom Lang, [email protected]

Elevation of AFS Journals: Chair, Jeff Schaeffer, [email protected]

Inter-Section Committee on Education Requirements: Chair, Trent Sutton, [email protected] 

Diversity & Inclusion: Chair, Brooke Penaluna, [email protected]

Strategic Planning: Jim Bowker, [email protected]


American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists: TBD

The American Society of Civil Engineers: Mike Garello, [email protected]

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists:
Mike and Marlis Douglas, [email protected]; [email protected]

Brazilian Society of Ichthyology: Luiz Silva, [email protected]

China Society of Fisheries: Yushun Chen, [email protected]

Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation: Karin Limburg, [email protected]

The Coastal Society: Tom Bigford, [email protected]

Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies: Leanne Roulson, [email protected]

Desert Fishes Council: David L Ward, [email protected]

Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture: John Magee, [email protected]

Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society (FMCS): Jeremy Tiemann, [email protected]

National Fish Habitat Action Plan Board: Kimberly Dibble, [email protected]

Society for Conservation Biology: Paul Angermeier, [email protected]

Society for Freshwater Science: Shannon Brewer, [email protected]

Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council: Fred Harris, [email protected]

United States Society of Ecological Economics, Karin Limburg, [email protected]

World Aquaculture Society: Carl Kittel,  [email protected]

World Council of Fisheries Societies: Brian Murphy, [email protected]