Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc. - Staff

Marla J. Stelk, Executive Director

Marla J. Stelk, ASWMMarla is the Executive Director at the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM). She was Assistant Director at ASWM from April 2018 – September 2018 and was a Policy Analyst at ASWM for five years prior. Marla has led research at ASWM on topics such as ecosystem service valuation for wetland restoration, the role of wetlands in floodplain and natural hazard management, wetlands and watershed health, wetland mapping and communications. She is also the Editor of Wetland Breaking News. Marla has a strong professional background in environmental issues, stakeholder engagement, facilitation, fundraising and communications. She has worked for a variety of environmental and social nonprofit organizations for over 20 years, helping to build organizational capacity, manage projects and improve internal processes. Marla also has a successful background in small business management. Marla earned her MA in Community Planning and Development with a focus on Land Use and the Environment at the Muskie School of Public Service and her BA in Environmental Issues from Colorado College. She is a member of the American Planning Association’s Sustainable Communities Division, serves on her community’s Town Council and enjoys making art, hiking, kayaking, camping, cooking and spending time with her partner Shawna, their four-footed, 85 pound “little” canine companion Alice, and their family and friends scattered throughout the U.S. 

Brenda Zollitsch, PhD, ASWMBrenda Zollitsch, Senior Policy Analyst

Brenda is Senior Policy Analyst at the Association of State Wetland Managers.  Brenda’s areas of expertise include water resource policy, stormwater management, collaborative environmental policy implementation, and most recently, climate adaptation. At ASWM, Brenda conducts research and policy analysis on wetland and stream issues, manages projects; designs, coordinates and evaluates training for wetland professionals; coordinates webinars; publishes reports, articles and blogs; helps develop communications guidance; and is involved in conference planning and making presentations on ASWM’s work to a variety of audiences.  Brenda recently completed a national status and trends/state summaries project analyzing 50 state wetland programs across the United States and a national stream identification, delineation and mitigation study.  She currently leads projects focused on increasing access to high quality wetland training and improving energy permitting to protect wetlands.  Brenda received her PhD in Public Policy from the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service in 2012, focusing on environmental policy and collaborative environmental management.  She has her double Master’s degree from Boston University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine.  Brenda has 25 years of organizational leadership experience and a strong background in academic and action research, facilitation, training and communications.  In addition to her work for ASWM, Brenda serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Maine teaching public policy and assists water resource collaborations as a professional facilitator. Brenda is a Switzer Environmental Fellow and has been instrumental in developing regional approaches to stormwater management in the State of Maine. 

William Dooley, Policy Analyst

William is the Policy Analyst at the Association of State Wetland Managers. William assists in the design and implementation of policy and program research and analysis plans; assists in identifying, writing, and carrying out federal grants; facilitates various workgroups and ad hoc committees; coordinates and hosts webinars; and identifies content for the ASWM webpages and publications. William has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Assumption College and a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Environmental Policy from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. William has nine years of environmental work experience conducting field work, data review, project management and policy analysis.William enjoys hiking and camping throughout New England with his wife Samantha and their dog August and playing cards with friends and family whenever possible.

Dawn Smith, ASWMDawn Smith, Communications Specialist

Dawn works on multimedia projects, focusing on webinars and short videos. After working in the corporate world for several years, she is redirecting creative energies towards social media, documentaries and short film communication formats.  A lifetime resident of Maine, she has an appreciation for the preservation of local heritage and natural treasures, primarily from behind the lens. Working with the Association of State Wetland Managers, she has gained a greater appreciation for the local and national efforts to preserve and rebuild the wetland ecosystems that are all around us.

Marti NorthoverMarti Northover, Accounting & Human Resources Manager

Marti Northover is the ASWM Accounting & Human Resources Manager. Marti has over 30 years of professional experience in accounting, logistics and advertising. Marti has an undergraduate degree in Geography  from Framingham State University in Framingham, MA and masters degree in Environmental Science from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Professionally Marti has taught environment related courses at colleges in MA, was owner of an historic inn, worked as the Director of Accounting and HR at a logistic company in MA and a homeless shelter in ME. Six years ago Marti moved to Alfred, ME, where she lives with her husband Vernon, enjoying the lake life and her chickens, ducks and nice garden. Currently Marti is the Treasurer of the Parson’s Memorial Library Board of Trustees and is an Associate Member of Alfred Conservation Commission.

Laura Burchill, ASWM

Laura Burchill, Office Manager

Laura is the Office Manager in the Windham office and has been with the Association since 2004. She is responsible for maintaining the membership information; assisting with the many tasks involved in preparing for webinars and workshops, preparing Association publications as well as general office duties. She has 30+ years’ experience in graphic design and also works part-time for Parent & Family, a local publication.  She lives in Windham, Maine with her husband Dave and their canine companion Jay.

Sharon WeaverSharon Weaver, Webmaster

Sharon is the Publications Specialist and Webmaster for the Association in the Berne, New York office, where she has worked for the past 20+ years. Along with general office tasks, she works on the layout and design of Association publications, reports, and brochures. She helps coordinate ASWM workshops and symposia. She manages the ASWM website, which includes daily updates and prepares and designs new webpages. When she is not entertaining company, she enjoys some alone time with her husband, Ken, and grown children Karla and Pieter.  She adores her dog and cat, who complete the family nest.