NAISMA’s Board of Directors represent a breadth of invasive species management and research skills and perspectives from across North America. 

We invite you to reach out to any Board Member to find out how to get more involved and to connect NAISMA with the invasive species concerns in North America.

2023 Board of Directors


Kate Wilson

Federal Department of Energy

Thomas Boos

Vice President
AIS Prevention Coordinator, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

Nevada, United States

Nicole Kimmel

Aquatic Invasive Species Specialist

Alberta Environment & Protected Areas

Andrea Moe

Agriculturist II

Nevada Department of Agriculture


Todd Boller

Board Director
Fillmore County Weed Control Supt.
Nebraska Weed Free Programs Co-Chair


Jennifer Dean, Ph.D.

Board Director
Invasive Species Biologist, New York Natural Heritage Program
New York, United States


Heidi Kennedy

Board Director
Senior Natural Resources Scientist
Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.


Karen Laitala

Board Director
Powell County Weed Board Coordinator
Blackfoot Challenge Vegetation Coordinator


Vasiliy Lakoba, Ph.D.

Board Director
Director of Research
The American Chestnut Foundation


Deah Lieurance

Board Director
Assistant Extension Scientist, Coordinator, UF/IFAS Assessment of Non-native Plants

Florida, United States

Amy Morey

Board Director
University of Minnesota, Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial
Plants and Pests Center
Minnesota, United States


John Petty

Board Director
Executive Director, Wisconsin Crop Improvement Association

Wisconsin, United States

Sarah Rang

Board Director
Executive Director
Invasive Species Centre
Ontario, Canada

Frank Wong

Board Director
Industry Affairs Lead, Public Affairs, Science and Sustainability,
Bayer CropScience
North Carolina, United States

Allison Zach

Board Director
Nebraska Invasive Species Program Coordinator,
Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit,
Nebraska, United States