Core Team and Committees
The GLPC has a governance structure to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of our work. A Core Team of staff are involved in administration and day-to-day operations of the GLPC. An Advisory Committee meets bi-annually to share program updates and connect on ongoing GLPC work. A Steering Committee meets more frequently to advance specific tasks and projects that do not require participation of the entire Advisory Committee. Finally, Observers are an arms-length group that are informed of GLPC progress and assist or provide feedback when necessary.
Click the buttons below to learn more about each of these groups and their members. Please contact us if you would like to participate.
A core team of staff at the Great Lakes Commission and US Geological Survey are responsible for administrative duties, communication, and leadership in development of tools for the GLPC. The core team meets monthly.
Erika Jensen – Program Manager
Kurt Kowalski – Research Ecologist
Elaine Ferrier – Senior Program Specialist
Biologist – Fire River Services Contractor
Wetland Research Analyst
Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative Advisory Committee includes representation from federal, state and provincial governments and the broad group of stakeholders engaged in invasive Phragmites management, research, restoration, education, and outreach throughout the Great Lakes Basin. The Committee provides guidance and leadership to the Collaborative as it works to develop products, facilitate communication, and foster collaboration across the region.
Federal Government Agencies
Great Lakes Zone Biologist
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region
Stationed at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
Invasive Species Specialist & Project Manager
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
State/Province Government Agencies
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Ontario Invasive Plant Council
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Michigan Sea Grant
Seeking representatives – please contact if interested.
Local and Non-profit Organizations
In 2016 a Steering Committee was established which is a smaller group that meets more frequently. The first key tasks of the Steering Committee were to develop a GLPC Charter to be approved by the Advisory Committee, and to assist in planning a winter 2017 workshop.
The Steering Committee includes the GLPC Core Team and the following members:
Observers are partners who are interested in keeping track of the work of the GLPC and providing assistance and feedback as necessary, but are not involved in regular meetings.