Executive Committee | Staff Members | Opportunities

Get to know our executive committee board members, CISMA staff, and interns that help the Oakland County CISMA function and provide Oakland County residents and municipalities with resources on invasive species management.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee for the Oakland County CISMA represents municipal leaders, conservation professionals and volunteers.

  • Amy Hillman, Holly Township
  • Matt Einheuser, City of Rochester Hills
  • Rick Meader, City of Novi
  • Ryan Dividock, Oakland County Economic Development
  • Kristin Rutkowski, Village of Beverly Hills

Staff Members

The Oakland County CISMA is managed by Oakland County Parks and Recreation, to learn more visit our website.

Patrick Canniff, Oakland County CISMA Coordinator
CanniffP@Oakgov.com , (He/Him/His)
Patrick is the Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability Outreach Coordinator for Oakland County Parks and Recreation. He holds a M.S. in Conservation Ecology/Environmental Informatics from University of Michigan, and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Loyola University Chicago. Patrick has come to the CISMA from the Great Lakes Commission supporting their Aquatic Invasive Species program. Previously, Patrick has held positions working for the National Park Service (Sleeping Bear Dunes NL), Chicago Botanic Garden, and working with Bureau of Land Management (Twin Falls-ID field office). In his free time, you will likely find Patrick out on a hike, waist-deep in a vegetable garden, or behind a drum set.

Emily wears sunglasses and a hat while holding a red swamp crayfish in the field.

Emily McNally (Messick), Oakland County CISMA Field Specialist
Emily has experience in aquatic ecology in Michigan and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. With experience in aquatic fieldwork, she spends her time with CISMA surveying for aquatic invasive species, like the newly invasive European frog-bit. In her spare time, Emily likes to travel to Michigan’s parks for camping, hiking, kayaking, biking, and some occasional bird-watching.

Thanks to our 2021 Outreach Technician, Madelaine Corbin for creating beautiful brochures, graphics, and website updates!

Thanks also to Oakland County CISMA 2021 intern, Nathan Veres, pictured below checking for European frog-bit in a wetland full of Phragmites!

Thanks to Oakland County CISMA 2019 interns: Sarah Kowalewski (left), Matt Pudlo (left middle), & Maddy Porter (right middle), as well as our volunteers!


Interested in volunteering with the CISMA? Volunteer opportunities are available mapping invasive species around Oakland County. Learn how to identify common invasive species and help the CISMA gather data to set management goals! Contact us to learn more.

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