Secretariat Staff

The Great Lakes Fishery Commission executes its program through a secretariat located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Under the Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries (and related implementing legislation), the Strategic Vision of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and A Joint Strategic Plan for Management of Great Lakes Fisheries, the commission coordinates research, fosters cooperation among the management agencies, and supports various committees and initiatives. Phone: 734-662-3209 (individual extensions listed below).

  • Robert (Bob) Lambe, Executive Secretary (ext. 119)
  • Dr. Marc Gaden, Deputy Executive Secretary, 734-417-8012 (For all media inquiries)

Fishery Management and Coordination

Collaboration among two nations, eight states, the Province of Ontario, and several U.S. tribes is required for effective Great Lakes fishery management. The convention directs the commission to "establish working arrangements" among the agencies, which it does by facilitating A Joint Strategic Plan for Management of Great Lakes Fisheries. This essential function ensures agencies share information, identify common goals, and work together to achieve their restoration and management objectives. The plan is viewed as one of the world's best examples of a cooperative, voluntary, consensus-based arrangement among independent governments.

Fishery Management Program Staff:

  • Dr. John Dettmers, Director of Fisheries Management (ext. 109)
  • Erin Bertram, Fishery Management Program Associate
  • Roger Knight, Fishery Management Specialist
  • Steve Lapan, Fishery Management Advisor
  • Terry Short, Law Enforcement Specialist
  • Jeff Tyson, Fishery Management Program Manager (ext. 128)
  • Lisa Walter, Strategic Aquatic Habitat Connectivity Coordinator (ext. 102)

Science and Research

Science underpins Great Lakes fishery management and the successful sea lamprey control program. Without science, fishery restoration and protection would be impossible. The convention directs the commission to lead a binational fishery and sea lamprey research program; to conduct, fund, and publish research; to convert the research to management practice; and to make recommendations to government.

Science Program Staff:

  • Dr. Andrew Muir, Science Director (ext. 116)
  • Julie Hinderer, Science Program Manager (ext. 106)
  • Carrie Baker, Senior Science Program Associate (ext. 118)
  • Nick Boucher, Fishery Research Program Associate (ext. 120)
  • Jessica Ives, Special Projects Coordinator (ext. 108)
  • Randy Eshenroder, Science Advisor (ext. 123)
  • Zac Blevins, Research Impact Project Lead (ext. 135)
  • Reid Swanson, Assessment Biologist for FishPass (Stationed in Traverse City, MI; 231-421-1834)
  • Dr. Daniel Zielinski, Principal Engineer/Scientist for FishPass (Stationed in Traverse City, MI; 231-421-1834)

Sea Lamprey Control

Under the Convention on Great Lakes Fisheries, the commission is responsible for developing and implementing sea lamprey control, which began in 1957, to drive down populations of the noxious, invasive pest that kills more than one hundred millions pounds of valuable fish if left uncontrolled. Sea lamprey control has been a phenomenal success. In most areas of the Great Lakes, populations have been reduced by 90%. Without sea lamprey control, the $7 billion fishery as we know it would not exist.

Sea Lamprey Control Program Staff:

  • Dr. Michael Siefkes, Sea Lamprey Program Director (ext. 113)
  • Chris Freiburger, Sea Lamprey Control Program Manager (ext. 115)

Communications

The Communications Directorate is in charge of translating the commission’s science, sea lamprey control, and fishery management work to a wide range of local, national, and international audiences. The directorate does this through one-on-one interactions, engagement with media, presentations at outreach events, utilization of the commission’s website and social media forums, and development of various communication products including interactive displays, videos, fact sheets, and press releases.

Communications Program Staff:

  • Jill Wingfield, Communications Director (ext. 105)
  • Lauren Holbrook, Communications Contractor *
  • Dr. Andrea Miehls, Communications Contractor *
  • Ross Shaw, Communications Associate (ext. 132)

* On contract at Hammond Bay Biological Station

Legislative Affairs and Policy

In support of its binational coordination mandate, the Commission routinely consults, liaises, and operates within a community of government departments and agencies, stakeholders, industry, non-governmental organizations, lawmakers and officials. The Legislative Affairs and Policy Directorate regularly interacts with the parties to the Convention, and with other entities concerned with state/provincial coordination, and the sustainability of the Great Lakes. This directorate integrates the Commission's internal program areas, coordinates Commission activities with external organizations, offers legislative and policy advice, and liaises with lawmakers and agency/departmental staff in Canada and the U.S., and with individual fishery management agencies of Ontario and the Great Lakes States.

Legislative Affairs and Policy Program Staff:

  • Greg McClinchey, Legislative Affairs and Policy Director (226-980-9193)
  • Dr. Marc Gaden, Deputy Executive Secretary (ext. 112)

Secretariat Operations and Support

Fulfilling the commission’s obligations requires robust administrative support. The Secretariat Operations and Support Directorate provides support to all the Directorates, manages the financial resources, arranges meetings, and coordinates the commission’s knowledge management program.

Secretariat Operations Staff:

  • Steve Domeracki, Director of Corporate Services (ext. 117)
  • Nick Ebinger, Internal Operations Manager (ext. 110)
  • Leah Gerweck, Senior Program Assistant (ext. 103)
  • Sean Martineau, Financial Accounting Manager (ext. 107)
  • Jeff McAulay, Knowledge Management Program Manager (ext. 126)
  • Angela Pinkard, Accounts Payable Clerk (ext. 104)
  • Haley Fellows, Program Assistant (ext. 114)