Leadership of the Governing Board and the Society is vested in its five elected officers

scott-bonar-squareScott Bonar

1565 W Canyon Shadows Lane
Tucson, AZ  85737
TEL: 520-349-1894
Email: [email protected]

Scott Bonar is a professor of natural resources at the University of Arizona and leader of the USGS Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit; however, he serves as an AFS officer in his personal capacity. He has conducted award-winning natural resources work in natural resources programs of state and federal government, universities, and private industry for over 25 years, authoring over 100 publications and supervising over 80 employees. His unit won the highest award in the nation for relations with cooperators, and science respectively. He holds a B.S. degree in science education from the University of Evansville and a Ph.D. in fisheries science from the University of Washington. He has been a member of AFS since 1985.

Brian R. Murphy

President Elect
Virginia Tech
106 Cheatham Hall 0321
Blacksburg, VA 24061
TEL: 540-231-6959
Email: [email protected]

Brian Murphy is a professor of fisheries at Virginia Tech. He holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Detroit (1975), an M.S. in bionucleonics from Purdue University (1977), and a Ph.D. in fisheries science from Virginia Tech. With 38 years of teaching experience, he has taught 22 different courses and he also served as a Fulbright teaching scholar in Mexico. His research interests are focused on applied problems in fisheries assessment and management. He is an author of 140 journal articles and authored or edited two AFS books. Murphy served as president of the Virginia Tech Chapter, the Texas Chapter, the Education Section, and the Southern Division of AFS, along with serving in many other roles in committees and units. He is a certified fisheries professional and a Fellow of AFS, and has received the Society’s Excellence in Education Award, the Fisheries Management Section’s Award of Excellence, and the Virginia Chapter’s Eugene W. Surber Award for lifetime achievement.

Leanne Roulson

First Vice President
HydroSolutions Inc.
3158 John Deere St
Bozeman, MT 59718
TEL: 406-690-4223
Email: [email protected]

Leanne is a fisheries biologist and environmental policy specialist. She is a Certified Fisheries Professional with more than 18 years of experience working in natural resources consulting. Leanne manages environmental policy projects involving energy (hydropower, solar, oil, and gas), mineral development, land management, and transportation across the western United States. She conducts ecological surveys for fish and other aquatic organisms, riparian and wetland assessments, and mitigation planning. Her policy experience includes planning, public meeting facilitation, comment analysis, agency consultation, and compiling and editing large-scale environmental impact statements and environmental assessments for federal and state agencies throughout the western United States. Leanne received her M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management at Montana State University and her B.A. in Biology at the University of Oregon. She served as Montana Chapter president from 2006 to 2007 and as the Western Division (WDAFS) president from 2009 to 2010. She also served on the Resource Policy Committee, Time and Place, Nomination, and Professional Certification committees.

April Croxton

Second Vice President
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
1315 East West Highway, Suite 11321
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Office: 301-734-1069
Email: [email protected]

April Croxton is an Analyst for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Policy, Planning, and Evaluation office. Previously, she worked for NOAA as a research fishery biologist, where she designed, conducted, and led original laboratory and field experimental research on bivalve species to identify immunological effects following exposure to environmental stressors. 

As an AFS member, Croxton is the President of the Equal Opportunity Section, serves on the AFS Governing Board, and represents AFS on the Management Board of the Diversity Joint Venture, an initiative to increase representation of women and people of color in conservation careers. Croxton holds a BS in biology from Virginia Union University and a PhD in environmental sciences with a focus in aquatic toxicology from Florida A&M University.

Jesse Trushenski

Past President
Evaqua Farms
4074 North 2000 East Road
Filer, ID 83328
TEL:  618.559.9397
Email: [email protected]

Jesse Trushenski is the director of animal health and welfare for Evaqua Farms and its sister company, Riverence.  In this role, she leads fish health management for both companies, provides recommendations for improved operations, and ensures regulatory compliance.  As a member of the Spring Salmon group, Jesse provides science leadership and research project management support for the company’s various aquaculture-related endeavors.  Before joining the private sector, Jesse was an associate professor at Southern Illinois University and fish pathologist supervisor for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.  She holds a B.S. degree from Western Washington University and a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.  Whether it’s fish nutrition, physiology, or health, Jesse has always been driven by the practical applications of science, going from data to information and information to action.