Industry Experts Make a Positive Impact in Volunteer Leadership Roles

February 15th, 2021

SOLitude Lake Management is the proud home of many industry experts who hold prestigious roles in a variety of environmental organizations, including the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS), the Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS), and other authority groups. As industry thought leaders, these colleagues go above and beyond to demonstrate SOLitude’s commitment to science, technology, innovation, and holistic lake and pond management strategies. We believe that these tenets create the foundation for memorable experiences around the water and encourage the long lasting functionality of these precious aquatic resources.


Marc Bellaud, President – Aquatic Biologist & Director of Technical Services – MA


Marc Bellaud has more than 25 years of experience in lake, pond and wetland management, and has been actively involved in advancing the science of the freshwater management industry. He currently serves as Director of the Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS). Previously, he was the President and Director of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS) and has remained involved with the organization since it was initially founded in 1999. Bellaud also served as a Director of the New York State Aquatic Managers Association (NYSAMA). In addition, he was a contributing author and co-editor for the third edition of the BMP Manual by the Aquatic Ecosystem Research Foundation (AERF).

Glenn Sullivan, Environmental Scientist & Certified Lake Manager – NY


Glenn Sullivan entered the aquatics industry in 1993 and is currently the President of the New York State Aquatic Managers Association (NYSAMA). He is also a former member of the Board of Directors for the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS). Over the course of 20 years, he held many roles including President, Director, Treasurer, and Editor, and continues to serve as a committee co-chair. In 2015, he was named Preferred Applicator of the Year by SePRO Corporation. He is also the recipient of multiple awards recognizing environmental stewardship, best management practices and sustainable leadership.


Will Stevenson, Director of Integration – MA


William Stevenson is the Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors and past President of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS). Before joining SOLitude, He also serves on the Massachusetts Audubon Council and as a Vice President of Timber Owners of New England, an organization dedicated to preserving multi use forested land.


Bob Schindler – Aquatic Biologist & Project Manager – PA


Bob Schindler is a two-time president and current Regional Director of the Pennsylvania Lake Management Society (PALMS), through which he coordinates educational opportunities and annual conferences. He also helps PALMS administer a grant program through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener program. Schindler has served on the PALMS.


Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist – VA


Shannon Junior is the Editor for Women of Aquatics (WOA), an organization founded to promote and support women in the lake and pond management industry through professional advancement, continuing education opportunities and peer mentorship programs. She also serves on the Virginia Leadership Retreat Committee. Junior has worked in the lake and pond management industry since 2000. In 2013, she received the SePRO Applicator of the Year Award, which recognizes an individual who shows leadership in advancing the science of aquatic plant management.


Emily Mayer, Aquatic Biologist & Project Manager – NJ


Emily Mayer is a 10-year veteran in the lake management industry and serves on the board of directors for the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS). She is the editor of the organization’s newsletter and assists with the organization of the NEAPMS annual conference. Previously, she served as a student director, a role through which she encouraged student involvement and helped increase awareness of the organization across social media. In addition to her longstanding involvement with NEAPMS, Emily is currently a member of the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team (NJISST), the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS), and Lower Hudson PRISM – a group which seeks to protect the rich biodiversity and ecosystems in the Mid-Atlantic.


Kim Niesel, Senior Business Development Consultant – VA


Kim Niesel holds her CMCA (certified manager of community associations) designation, as administered by the Community Association Managers International Certification Board and is involved in several industry-related organizations, including the Southeastern Virginia and Central Virginia chapters of Community Associations Institute (CAI). She has served as a board member and president for both of these associations. Kim is also one of the founders of the Virginia Leadership Retreat and has been recognized several times for her volunteer involvement. She currently serves on the Board for the Virginia Leadership Retreat and is the Chairperson for the Communications Committee of the Southeastern VA CAI.


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