Elections in 2019 for President and Treasurer
In summer 2019 the Chapter elected two new Executive Officers, to the offices of President and Treasurer. The incoming President-Elect is Dave Lentz, and the incoming Treasurer is Jose Setka. The elected candidates’ statements are below.
We offer a huge thank-you to outgoing Past-President Laurie Earley and Treasurer Jim Hobbs for their dedicated service to the Chapter!
Hi Cal-Neva folks… While I am a native Californian, I joined AFS many moons ago, when I was an undergrad at Montana State University. I continued to benefit from AFS as a grad student at Utah State in Logan. Giving talks at the Bonneville (now Utah) Chapter really helped me with public speaking and presentations. It doesn’t seem so significant now but winning a Best Student Paper Award at a Chapter annual meeting I’m sure affected me in enduring ways. I moved to Sacramento after grad school and worked for the Water Board and then as a biologist with Fish and Game where I have remained focused on trout management up to the present at the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
During the ‘90s I was fortunate to serve Cal-Neva first as Treasurer and then as Policy and Resolutions Chair. Serving on the Chapter ExCom teaches you and gives you connections to people, both helpful and enjoyable aspects. In the 2000s and ‘10s I have been a committee chair for the Western Division and been the coordinator of the WDAFS List Serve. My involvement with AFS has been rewarding and exposed me to valued fisheries concepts and ideas, useful in my work, and to many skillful people and good leaders. Having just been the President of a 400+ member fly fishing club I saw how an organization that does a lot of things for its members relies on a good team with folks stepping up to make those things happen. Cal-Neva honored our club, CFFU, with a Conservation Achievement Award last year. I see the parallel in Cal-Neva’s ExCom—lots of good people stepping up.
For me, one of the biggest rewards of being in AFS has been the opportunity to participate in Western Division annual meetings and reconnect with fisheries folks I have known from my time living in the Rockies. Each time I go, I return energized with seeing and hearing what my colleagues and peers in the other western states are doing to further the conservation of native trout.
So, if you elect me as President, I would have the opportunity to help the Chapter pursue its 2018-2020 Strategic Plan and perhaps help with crafting or revising the next Plan. The Chapter needs to continue involving our fisheries students and early career members… continue to use our resources to increase opportunity for students and “young professionals” to be engaged with AFS. In the Department I work for there is a wealth of fisheries folks who need AFS exposure. For all our members, quality annual meetings and education opportunities are most important and on these the Chapter does well. I hope you get the rewards and satisfaction from AFS– like I have.
Over the last three decades I have had the privilege of working on a wide range of fisheries and policy issues. My career began working as a technician on a variety of projects including hatcheries in Alaska, shortnose and Lost River suckers in the Klamath Basin, Moapa dace in Nevada, and salmon throughout the Central Valley. For the last 24 years I have worked for East Bay Municipal Utility District. My career here began as a technician, and I am currently the Manager of Fisheries & Wildlife for the District working on a wide range of policy issues regarding water, fisheries, and wildlife.
My involvement in Cal-Neva AFS began as an undergraduate at UC Davis in the early 1990s. While I did not fully recognize at the time, the organization is incredibly important in helping coalesce academia, science, management, and policy. These benefits stay with members throughout their careers regardless of where their path takes them. AFS conferences provide a venue to present results of cutting edge science or long-term monitoring to peers who help manage species and those who use the information to draft policy.
My interest in running for the position of Treasurer for the Cal-Neva AFS Chapter is to help continue to foster the role the organization plays in keeping fisheries science at the forefront and developing the scientist of the future. To accomplish this goal it is critical that the organization maintains a sound financial footing that is capable of withstanding the economic rollercoaster, which unfortunately can impact the livelihoods of our colleagues during government shutdowns. Over the last decade I have managed a multimillion dollar budget that covers research and monitoring in the Mokelumne River, Bay-Delta, and over 50,000 acres of land in the Bay Area and Sierra Nevada foothills. I have also served a term on a charter school board in my community during the recession of the late 2000s. I can honestly say that period of time was one where I worked the hardest I ever had in order to insure that the kids and staff received the resources they needed to continue to thrive. Thankfully the CalNeva Chapter’s financial position is incredibly strong thanks to the efforts of past treasurers and the Executive Committee. If elected I vow to continue to provide the strong commitment to maintaining fiscal stability and bring my years of experience to the Executive Committee. I would be honored to receive your support during the upcoming election for AFS Cal-Neva Chapter Treasurer.