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.
The Executive Committee for the Oakland County CISMA represents muncipal 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
Erica Clites, Oakland County CISMA Director
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 Messick, Oakland County CISMA Field Coordinator
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.
Madelaine Corbin, Oakland County CISMA Outreach Technician
Madelaine is a multi-disciplinary artist with a BFA from Oregon State University and MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her research-based practice moves between textiles, sculpture, drawing, and writing. She published her first book centered on color, plants, and craft in 2020 and looks forward to completing her second work soon. Madelaine is currently applying her interest in design to digital, print, and video outreach projects with Oakland County CISMA. Madelaine enjoys spending her time camping in the summer, cooking new recipes, and reading.
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.