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 muncipal leaders, conservation professionals and volunteers.

  • David Scott, Commerce Township, Executive Committee Chair
  • Sarah Cook-Maylen, Oakland County Parks and Recreation, Executive Committee Vice Chair
  • Leslie Clark, Keego Harbor, Oakland County CISMA Secretary
  • Emily DuThinh, North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy, Member-at-Large
  • Amy Hillman, Holly Township, Member-at-Large

Staff Members

Erica Clites, Oakland County CISMA Director
eclites@sixriversrlc.org
Erica is a Michigan native who spent 10 years in California and Arizona getting a Master’s degree in Geology, running a field monitoring program for the National Park Service and managing a national collaboration of nine museums digitizing fossil clams and snails. Now Erica is excited to apply her natural resource training and love of partnership projects to the work of the Oakland County CISMA in preventing the spread of invasive species in Michigan’s second-most populous county.  Erica enjoys hiking, biking and cross-country skiing as well as taking her dog for walks in natural areas.

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

Emily Messick, Oakland County CISMA Technician
emessick@sixriversrlc.org
Emily has experience in aquatic ecology in Michigan and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She is also working on her Master’s degree in Biology/Aquatic Ecology from Oakland University. Her thesis project focuses on the utilization of cotton fabric as a means of measuring organic-matter decomposition in streams in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. With experience in aquatic fieldwork, she spends her time with CISMA surveying for aquatic invasive species, like the newly invasive European Frogbit. In her spare time, Emily likes to travel to Michigan’s parks for camping, hiking, kayaking, biking, and some occasional bird-watching.

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

Opportunities

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.