NAISMA committees provide vital input and guidance to ensure that our programs and priorities are in line with the needs of the invasive species management community.

NAISMA Committees 

Each committee is comprised of members of the Board of Directors, general members, and sustaining members of NAISMA. Read below to learn more about our active committees.

We invite you to reach out to the committee chair listed below each committee if you are interested in learning more about, or joining, a particular committee.

Annual Conference Committee

The Annual Conference Committee develops and maintains a consistent NAISMA annual conference program and works with the host state to highlight their programs and invasive species management.

The Awards sub-committee’s purpose is to recognize the contributions made by the NAISMA Board of Directors and other contributors to NAISMA. Duties include gathering nominations for the following awards and coordinating the logistics of the awards ceremony.

Committee Goals


  • Consideration of an award(s) recognition program for the membership
  • Plan the agenda for the awards celebration at conference
  • Develop criteria to explain each award to simplify the nominations process
  • Develop write-ups for each award winner at the awards banquet

Conference Planning:

  • Seek nominees from new states and provinces
  • Finalize the conference planning document
  • Assist in conference planning
  • Seek conference sponsorship, vendors, and fundraising
  • Develop a conference survey
  • Promote conference and conference activities

Awards Descriptions (not all are given every year):

  • Years of service
  • Outgoing President
  • Outstanding Board Member
  • Outstanding Achievement
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Appreciation Award
  • Award of Excellence
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Youth Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Friend of NAISMA
  • Outstanding Vegetation Management Award

Committee Members

  • Chair: Kate Wilson
  • Members: Chuck Bargeron, David Coyle, Carrie Brown-Lima, Kelly Cooley, Melissa Maggio, Frank Wong, Ellen Lake

Biocontrol Committee

The purpose of Biocontrol Committee is to coordinate county, state/provincial, and federal personnel toward establishing, maintaining, reviewing and updating biological control standards. This committee also communicates biocontrol information and research to the membership through NAISMA’s newsletters and the listserv.

Committee Goals

  • A Biocontrol Summit or update on various bio-control issues at the annual conference.
  • Garner widespread support for overseas research and development for current and potential biological control agents.
  • Provide a collective voice for on the ground biological control matters in North America.
  • Be the central hub for collecting, discussing, and sharing on the ground successes, failures, observations, and resources in North America.
  • Create a focus group to be involved with TAG (technical advisory group) for improving process.
  • Update the NAISMA Newsletter on biocontrol agents and issues.

Committee Members

  • Chair: Carrie Brown-Lima and Jennifer Andreas
  • Members: Deah Lieurance, Aaron Eagar, Melissa Maggio-Kassner, Sharlene Sing, Aaron David, Allison Zach, Ellen Lake, Aaron Foster, Joseph Milan, Carol Randall, Wade Simmons

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

NAISMA formed a Diversity and Inclusion Committee and created the organization’s first Diversity and Inclusion statement in 2020. NAISMA is working to integrate opportunities to improve diversity and inclusion throughout programs, committee charters, and operations. A Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship to attend the Annual Conference was launched in 2020 and will continue in future conferences. Additional committee goals and activities will be posted here soon.

Committee Goals

  • Publish a diversity and inclusion statement from NAISMA

Committee Members

  • Co-chairs: Kayla Malone and Deah Lieurance
  • Members: Jennifer Andreas, Kelly Cooley, Elizabeth Brown, Belle Bergner, Nicole Kimmel
  • NAISMA staff member: Tina Casagrand

Governance Committee

The Governance Committee ensures that all financial and organizational records are kept in accordance with NAISMA’s By-Laws and that all tax and incorporation records are kept current and correct. The committee is responsible for bringing forward any proposed changes to the By-Laws to the membership at the Annual General Meeting, as well as ensuring that the proper notifications are sent out to facilitate any changes prior to the AGM.

The Governance committee also advertises positions available on the NAISMA Board of Directors, creates annual nominations forms, evaluates any nominations received, accepts or rejects them according to the criteria for serving on the NAISMA Board of Directors, and run the election for the Board and the AGM.

Committee Goals

  • Review By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation
  • Bring forward any proposed changes or necessary updates to the NAISMA Board of Directors

Committee Members

  • David Coyle
  • Members: Chuck Bargeron, Todd Boller, Kelly Cooley, Aaron Eagar, John Petty, Kate Wilson
  • This committee is made of the Past President, President-Elect, Secretary / Treasurer, and at least one or more interested Board Members

Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee is responsible for being alert for and making the NAISMA Board of Directors and members aware of legislative issues pertaining to invasive species. This committee can construct responses to national and international invasive species policy issues as they arise, write position papers, and meet with other groups working on regional, national, or international policy issues that can have an impact on invasive species management.

Committee Goals

  • Communicate to the membership about international issues through the NAISMA listserv, newsletter, and social media
  • Write position papers pertaining to relevant issues surrounding invasive species management. (i.e. position paper on Biocontrol for USDA APHIS)
  • Facilitate member communication with elected officials to increase attention and concern among legislators for invasive species concerns
  • Hold a committee meeting at the annual conference to discuss legislative activities that impact invasive species issues.

Committee Members

  • Aaron Eager
  • Allison Zach
  • Bill Stendrup
  • Bill Whitacre
  • Carrie Brown-Lima
  • Dave Bingham
  • Dan Tekiela
  • David Coyle
  • Deah Lieurance
  • Enrico Bonello
  • Frank Wong
  • Grace Johnson
    Janis McFarland
  • Jennifer Andreas
  • John Petty
  • Justin Bush
  • Kate Wilson
  • Kayla Malone
  • Kelly Cooley
  • Lee Van Wychen
  • Lesley Beckworth
  • Patrick Atagi
  • Scott Cameron
  • Slade Franklin
  • Stephen Phillips 
  • Tricia Bethke

Membership, Marketing and Communications Committee

The Membership, Marketing and Communications Committee works to maintain and increase membership, guides marketing and communications efforts, and contributes to communications. 

Committee Goals

  • Improve membership structure and strategies for increased communications with membership
  • Improve capacity of invasive species management professionals to address current issues
  • Increase membership at all levels of support
  • Gain a truly North American membership
  • Engage current membership
  • Provide valuable services for members

Committee Members

  • Chair: Kim Kelly
  • Members: Lesley Beckworth, Kelly Cooley, David Coyle, Mark Daluge, Todd Boller

PlayCleanGo Advisory Committee

The PlayCleanGo Advisory Council is made up of eleven council members and a representative from each North American country. All are are PlayCleanGo partner organizations. Each member represents one of the campaign’s primary audiences.

Committee Goals

The PlayCleanGo® Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks® campaign is a branded, patented outreach campaign owned and administered by the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA). Originally developed, with significant support from the USDA – Forest Service, and launched in 2012 by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Play Clean Go was fully adopted by NAISMA in 2018.

The PlayCleanGo Advisory Committee consists of members who represent all regions of the US. The committee strives to include broad representation of all recreational activities. The committee’s purpose is to provide guidance on the implementation of the PlayCleanGo outreach campaign. Any NAISMA member in good standing may serve on the PlayCleanGo Advisory Committee.

Committee activities include:

  • Promote the PlayCleanGo campaign;
  • Guide communications with PlayCleanGo partner organizations and individual recreationists;
  • Identify ways to grow financial support of the campaign;
    Regularly review areas of focus and decide new approaches as needed;
  • Provide feedback on graphic design and outreach products; 
  • Bring the voices of PlayCleanGo partner organizations and individuals to the campaign; 
  • Review and evaluate the effectiveness of the committee’s recommendations and PlayCleanGo program activities, communications, and actions. 
  • Provide alignment with NAISMA’s strategic plan to grow the campaign in North America

Any NAISMA member in good standing may serve on the PlayCleanGo Advisory Committee.

The Advisory Committee will strive to include representatives across geographies and areas of interest relevant to PlayCleanGo.

Committee Members

  • Co-chairs: Betsy MacFarlan, Forest Eidbo
  • Program Manager: Krista Lutzke
  • Jessica Abarca 
  • Mark Daluge
  • Ken Donnelly
  • Shantell Frame-Martin
  • Dana Forsyth
  • Isabel González Martínez 
  • Katie Grzesiak 
  • Julie Kraft
  • Gabby Nichols
  • Ethan Proud
  • Clair Ryan
  • Allison Zach

Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee guides and contributes to the content of professional development opportunities that NAISMA provides its members and the general public. This committee oversees the Certified Manager of Invasive Species Program, Online Trainings, and Webinar Series.

Committee Goals

  • Grow participation in the ISM Program
  • Develop shorter courses to offer in addition to current, 14-week courses
  • Review the ISM/CMIP program and update the program
  • Hold educational invasive species webinars for NAISMA members
  • Provide valuable services for membership
  • Improve professional capacity of invasive species managers
  • Develop list or catalogue of resources for existing training resources as a member/partner benefit that can be used, shared, and contributed to by NAISMA members/partners

Committee Members

  • Co-Chairs: David Coyle
  • Members: Carrie Brown-Lima, Dan Tekiela, Kate Wilson, Allison Zach, Belle Bergner, Chuck Bargeron, Kayla Malone, Sarah Rang
  • Program Manager: Elizabeth Brown

Standards and Technology Committee

The Standards & Technology Committee provides guidance and recommendations to the professional invasive species management community on Mapping, Early Detection Rapid Response, Technology including Apps, and provides NAISMA’s membership with education on new EDRR species. They also review, promote, and update the NAISMA Mapping Standards to continue being relevant to current issues over time.

Committee Goals

  • Post Standards Alerts through the listserv and social media
  • Submit a Standards article in each of NAISMA’s newsletters
  • Maintain and regularly provide updates and information in the Standards section of the NAISMA website
  • Annual standards review
  • Promote standards

Weed Free Products Committee

The purpose of the Certified Weed Free Products Committee is to coordinate efforts of county, provincial, state, and federal agency personnel toward establishing, maintaining, reviewing and updating the North American weed free product standards, including forage, gravel and mulch.

Committee Goals

  • Continue to be land manager focused
  • Increase states and other eligible organizations becoming MOU holders and adopting the NAISMA WFP certification standards
  • Promote NAISMA membership to MOU holders and certified inspectors
  • Update MOUs and promote adherence to WFP protocols
  • Engage and coordinate with WFP programs that are not NAISMA MOU holders
  • Continuous ongoing improvement of the online inspector training
  • Continue to review weed free product standards, as needed
  • Identify opportunities for integration with other NAISMA committees

Committee Members

  • Aaron Eagar, Utah Department of Agriculture
  • Abed Anouti – Arizona Crop Improvement Association
  • Andrew Lam – Montana Department of Agriculture
  • Brenda Sievers – South Dakota Department of Agriculture*
  • Bryce Christianson – Missoula County, Montana*
  • Cameron Douglas – US Department of Agriculture
  • Carolyn Gorden – Siskiyou County, California*
  • Cheryl Spink – Washington Department of Agriculture*
  • Chelsey Penuel – North Dakota Department of Agriculture
  • Dan Safford – Idaho Department of Agriculture*
  • Dave Bingham – Summit County, Utah
  • Grace Johnson – National Wooden Pallet and Container Association
  • Graydon Marzen – Iowa Crop Improvement Association
  • James Kotcon – West Virginia Crop Improvement Association*
  • Janet Nelson – Okanogan County Noxious Weed Control Board, Washington*
  • Jasmine Reimer – Montana Department of Agriculture
  • Jill Allen – Jefferson County, Montana*
  • Jim Bostick – Alabama Crop Improvement Association / Southern Seed Certification Assn.*
  • Jessica Scott – Carter County, Montana*
  • Jodie Aceves – Siskiyou County, California*
  • John Armstrong – Ohio Seed Improvement Association*
  • Julie Kraft – Sublette County Weed and Pest, Wyoming 
  • Judd Randall – Michigan Crop Improvement Association*
  • Kaci Hubbell, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture*
  • Katy Kilbourne – Tennessee Department of Agriculture*
  • Kayla Malone – Chaffee County, Colorado
  • Kelly Cooley – CoolPro Solutions Environmental Consulting
  • Kelly Iverson – Iowa Crop Improvement Association*
  • Kris Abell – Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
  • Mark Daluge – Teton County Weed and Pest District, Wyoming
  • Megan Evans – Alberta Invasive Species Council
  • Peter Zimmer – New York
  • Rob Schulz – Nebraska Weed Control Association*
  • Ryan Oberhelman – Wallowa County, Oregon
  • Samantha Cisney – Bureau of Land Management, Nevada
  • Sarah Wilbanks – Clemson University Plant Industry, South Carolina*
  • Shantell Frame – Montana Department of Agriculture
  • Slade Franklin – Wyoming Department of Agriculture*
  • Stacey Bloom – Siskiyou County, California*
  • Tammie Kovalenko – Salcha Delta Soil and Water Conservation District, Alaska*
  • Tera Lewandowski – The Scotts Company, LLC.
  • Terri Hogan – National Park Service
  • Tina Mudd – Granite Construction, Inc.
  • Todd Boller – Fillmore County, Nebraska
  • Tim Higgs – Grand County, Utah
  • Thomas Hardiman – Virginia Cooperative Crop Improvement Association*
  • Zach Duray – Illinois Crop Improvement Association*

    *MOU holders