Board of Directors

President:  Cindy Balcius

Cindy is a Certified Wetland Scientist, Certified Soil Scientist and a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Plant Biology from UNH with a minor in Soil Science followed by UNH graduate studies in Soil Science. She is principal of Stoney Ridge Environmental LLC and has been involved with the Board of the New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists since its inception either as an elected board member and/or as a member of the Legislative Committee. Cindy has been both Vice-President and Legislative Committee member this past year. Cindy was a member of the original Governors Shoreland Commission and has participated in numerous committees and boards through the years. Currently, Cindy is a member of the NHANRS Wetland Buffer Science Workgroup, the NHDES Rules Workgroup and the Wetland Delineation Standards Sub-Committee.

Vice-President:  Michael Parsont

Mike is a Certified Wetland Scientist and a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control.  He has a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch University.  He is principal owner of Stable Growth Environmental LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in environmental compliance.  Mike was a founding member of NHANRS, has been on the NHANRS Legislative Committee since its inception (1999-present), and has previously served as Legislative Committee Chair (1999-2001), Vice President (2001-2003, 2016), President (2003-2004) and Treasurer (2015).  Mike successfully led the Legislative Sub-committee to expand the New Hampshire Certification for Wetland Scientists (2009-2010) and was a representative for NHANRS on the Water Quality Standards Advisory Committee, (WQSAC) for the past few years.

Secretary:  Kristopher Wilkes

Kris is a Senior Environmental Scientist at VHB where he has worked for the past eight years accommodating a diverse clientele base with environmental permitting and compliance. His work focuses on conducting natural resource assessments through the collection and interpretation of environmental data. He has considerable experience and expertise in wetland delineation, stormwater/erosion control construction inspections, water quality monitoring, site restoration, and environmental permitting throughout the Northern New England Region. He is a Certified Wetland Scientist and a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont. Prior to his employment at VHB, Kris was employed by the USDA Forest Service as a research assistant and at the NHDES Coastal Program as the Volunteer Biological Assessment Program Coordinator, performing biological, physical, and chemical water quality testing throughout New Hampshire’s Coastal Watersheds.

Treasurer:  Deidra Benjamin

Deidra is currently an assistant project manager at Stoney Ridge Environmental LLC where she specializes in wetland science and sediment and erosion control monitoring. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science from the University of New England. She has extensive experience in invasive and exotic aquatic species identification and informative presentation. She also has extensive experience in environmental lab work.

Legislative Committee Chair:  Christopher Albert

Chris is a Certified Wetland Scientist, Licensed Septic Designer, Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) and Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ).  Chris received a BS degree in Forestry Science with a minor in Soils from the University of New Hampshire.  He has been working towards his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering.  Chris is a senior project manager for Jones and Beach Engineers specializing in the design, permitting and construction management of Low Impact Development (LID) projects using porous pavement and bio-retention systems.

Membership Committee Chair: Patrick Seekamp

Patrick is a Certified Wetland Scientist in the State of New Hampshire.  He is a graduate of the New York State Ranger School in Wanakena, NY, and the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, where he obtained degrees in Forest Technology and Environmental Studies respectively.  Patrick is a Senior Wetland Scientist in business with his brother and partner, Michael Seekamp, at Seekamp Environmental Consulting, Inc. in Kingston, NH.  His duties there include inland and coastal wetland delineations, wetland functional analysis, wetland mitigation, wildlife habitat studies, rare species surveys, open meadow and forest habitat improvement projects, construction monitoring, and various facets of local, state, and federal environmental permitting.  When not working, he can be found paddling a canoe, in the forest on the trail, or most likely standing in a river waving a stick.

Education and Research Committee Chair: Sarah Allen

Sarah is a charter member of the NH Association of Wetland Scientists, and served on the Board of that organization as education chair for multiple years prior to it merging with NHANRS.  She has been on the current Board since 2012 as the Education Chair.  Sarah has a broad background in wetland and wildlife services, gained from over 25 years in natural resource research and consulting.  She has technical experience in coastal and inland wetland delineation functional assessment, restoration and mitigation design, botanical and wildlife surveys, and rare species searches.  She has been at Normandeau since 1989, where she has managed numerous wetlands and wildlife projects.  She has a BS in Wildlife Biology (UVM) and an MS in Natural Resource Science (Wetlands) from URI.

Wildlife & Forestry Professional Discipline Committee Chair:  Sarah Barnum

Dr. Barnum is a Senior Wildlife Scientist in Normandeau Associates Inc.’s Wetland/Terrestrial Group, and has been working as a wildlife biologist for her entire professional career. She holds a BS in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont, an MS in Wildlife Biology from Utah State University, and a Ph.D. in Planning form the University of Colorado at Denver. Dr. Barnum has hands-on experience with a with a wide range of species including forest birds, waterfowl, raptors, small mammals, large mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. Her projects have emphasized examining habitat relationships, impact assessment for threatened and endangered species, mitigation planning, and State and Federal ESA compliance. In her current position at Normandeau Associates, she provides a range of wildlife and habitat services, including habitat assessment for a wide variety of species, avian surveys, tracking surveys, amphibian surveys, reptile surveys, and a wide range of desktop studies. Additionally, her responsibilities included state and federal permitting, survey design, and project management. She is a Certified Wildlife Biologist® with the Wildlife Society, has served on the Conservation Commission in the Town of Epsom NH since 2007.

Wetlands Professional Discipline Committee Chair:  Michael Simpson

Michael has been a senior environmental scientist and partner for two environmental consultant firms in the Northeast. He has also worked for both the NH Dept. of Environmental Services and the MA Dept. of Environmental Protection.

He is a NH certified wetlands scientist with over thirty years of  experience in wetland and riparian corridor assessments, employing a variety of assessment approaches and data collection procedures. He has also designed created wetlands to mitigate both wastewater and non-point source pollution.  These projects have been accompanied by economic cost/avoided cost analyses related to decisions regarding resource utilization and conservation.

Currently, he is the Director of the Resource Management and Conservation Graduate Program, within the Environmental Studies Dept at Antioch University New England and Co-Director of the Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience.  Within the department, he has taught graduate level courses in wetlands ecology, watershed management, environmental site assessment and economic analysis of policy decisions.

His research has ranged from impacts to springs, seeps and wetlands from large groundwater withdrawal to multi-faceted analyses of the vulnerability of stream-road crossings for both peak flow conveyance and aquatic organism passage. His current applied research has been funded by NOAA and the US EPA, which has primarily focused on impacts to riparian corridors from a changing landscape in the context of a changing climate.

Prof. Michael Simpson has graduate degrees from both Dartmouth College and Antioch New England Graduate School.

Soils Professional Discipline Committee Chair:  Luke Hurley

Luke has worked in the field of wetland science and ecology since 1999.  As a Senior Wetland Scientist and Project Manager at Gove Environmental Services, Inc. (GES), he is responsible for overseeing and implementing all phases of large-scale commercial retail and residential development including preliminary land evaluations, permitting and alternatives analysis under all aspects of local, state and federal regulations.  Luke is also responsible for coordinating and performing field wetland and soil analyses, delineating wetlands, wetland functions and values and project impact assessments, vernal pool certification, wetland mitigation and restoration design and monitoring, wildlife habitat evaluation, rare, threatened and endangered species surveys, inventories and permitting documents.