Staff Bios

  
Joe Hankins
Joseph A. Hankins

Vice President of The Conservation Fund and Director of the Fund’s Freshwater Institute program, Joe Hankins brings a biologist’s eye and an entrepreneur’s passion to key conservation issues … more >>

 
 
Dr. Steven Summerfelt
Steve Summerfelt

Steven T. Summerfelt, Ph.D., P.E. is Director of Aquaculture Systems Research and Project Leader for a USDA/ARS Cooperative Agreement supporting the development of sustainable aquaculture production systems … more >>

 
 
Brian Vinci
Brian Vinci

Brian J. Vinci, Ph.D., P.E., is the Director of Engineering Services for the Freshwater Institute.  Brian leads engineering projects in the areas of fisheries bioengineering, environmental engineering, and facility/infrastructure planning … more >>

 
  
Scott Tsukuda
Scott Tsukuda

Scott M. Tsukuda, M.S., is the Director of Operations for the Freshwater Institute.  Connecting the worlds of IT, sensing and environmental quality, Scott’s work has included MSExcel computer modeling, PLC programming, and waste treatment systems control and performance optimization … more >>

 
  
Christopher Good
Christopher Good

Christopher M. Good, D.V.M., Ph.D., is the Director of Aquatic Veterinary Research at the Freshwater Institute.  Chris’s research has focused on improving the sustainability of the aquaculture industry through enhanced health and welfare of farmed fish … more >>

 
 
Laura Christianson
Laura Christianson

Dr. Laura Christianson is a Research Agricultural Engineer for the Freshwater Institute.  Dr. Christianson finished her Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering (Co-Major: Sustainable Agriculture) at Iowa State University … more >>

 
 
Susan Glenn
Susan Glenn

Susan Glenn is an Environmental Chemist for the Freshwater Institute.  Susan holds a MS in Fish Toxicology and Disease from Colorado State University and earned a B.A in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado … more >>

 
  
Travis May, Freshwater Institute
Travis May

Travis May is the Aquaculture System Manager at the Freshwater Institute. Travis has experience in every facet of aquaculture systems from the most advanced recirculation technology to traditional flow-through technology … more >> 

John Davidson
John Davidson

John W. Davidson, III, M.S., is a Senior Research Associate at the Freshwater Institute.  John’s research has focused on land-based aquaculture of salmonid species with specific projects related to system hydraulics, waste management, aquaculture production noise, water quality, and nitrate nitrogen toxicity …  more >>

 
 
 Fred Ford
Fred Ford

C. Frederick Ford is the Facilities Manager for the Freshwater Institute.  Fred’s talent as a skilled designer and fabricator of experimental systems and equipment contributes to the research quality and function of the Institute …  more >>

 
  
Kata Rishel
Kata Sharrer

Kata Sharrer is an Engineering Technician at the Freshwater Institute.  Kata is fluent with Adobe Creative Suite software and recently became an AutoCAD 2012 Certified Professional … more >>

 
  
Karen Schroyer
Karen Schroyer

Karen Schroyer is the Environmental Laboratory Manager for the Freshwater Institute.  Karen is responsible for water quality sampling, analysis and data quality for research and regulatory compliance … more >> 

 
 
Michael Schwartz
Michael Schwartz

Michael F. Schwartz, M.S., is a Senior Environmental Associate with the Freshwater Institute.  Michael is engaged in strategic assessment and planning for wildlife habitat conservation and impact mitigation in multi-state energy corridor development … more >>

 
 
Shanen Cogan
Shanen Cogan

Shanen Cogan is the Facility Operations Assistant with The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute.  Shanen earned a Certificate in Electromechanical Technology from James Rumsey Technical Institute and currently … more >>

 
  
 Wendy Wilson
Wendy Wilson

Wendy Wilson, M.B.A. is the Project Accountant at the Freshwater Institute.  Wendy has a special focus in accounting information management systems and software … more >>