4 Open Positions and Candidate Bios: VOTE NOW
Craig Kelling: President Nominee
Craig Kelling has been a Fish and Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Wildlife (USFWS) and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) since 2014. His main duties include reviewing, approving, and monitoring Sport Fish Restoration, State Wildlife, Landscape Conservation Cooperative, and Great Lakes Fishery Commission grants in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Craig enjoys tackling the complex regulatory issues that come with the territory and, more importantly, making sure his State partners get the resources they need for their conservation efforts. In 2011, Craig earned his B.S. in Biology (Ecology) from Winona State University where he held multiple internships with both the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (Shallow Lakes Program) and the U.S. Geological Survey. In 2014, Craig earned his M.S. in Natural Resources (Fisheries) from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point while working as a USFWS Pathways student in WSFR. Craig joined AFS in 2010 and is currently the Federal Representative to the Executive Committee, member of the Communications and Program Committees, as well as the Editor for the Chapter Newsletter (Lota-Fisk Gazette). Craig hopes to continue his involvement with Chapter leadership and work to create strong member engagement through development of programs/content to assist students/professionals at every stage of their career. As an avid outdoorsman, Craig enjoys hunting and fishing as well as hiking with his wife and two daughters.
Calub Shavlik: Treasurer/Secretary Nominee
I received my B.S. degree in Aquatic Biology from Bemidji State University in 1995. After graduating, I worked in both the fisheries field and the chemistry field until an opportunity came up to go back to school and get my graduate degree in 1998. I completed my M.S. degree in Fisheries Science from Texas Tech University in 2000. I started my professional fisheries career in 2001 at the Eden Prairie office working for the “Fishing in the Neighborhood” program. Then in 2002, I transferred to the Walker Fisheries office as a fisheries specialist. In 2012, I took a promotion over to Park Rapids to become the Area Assistant Supervisor.
I became a member of the American Fisheries Society in 1998 and Minnesota chapter in 2000. I received a special recognition award in 2010 and 2017 for my contribution to the Minnesota chapter. I have been involved with the registration portion of the annual meeting for several years. To maintain my involvement with AFS, I have decided to run for re-election for secretary/treasurer.
Academic Representative EXCOM
Neal Mundahl: Academic Representative Nominee
BA Winona State University (Biology: Environmental Science)
MS Michigan Technological University (Biological Sciences – Hydropower Effects on Aquatic Invertebrates)
PhD Miami University (Zoology – Detritivory in Gizzard Shad)
Teaching biology at Winona State University for 30 years (Ecology, Ichthyology, Fisheries Biology, Limnology, Ornithology, Plant Ecology, others)
Research focus on coldwater streams (trout, nongame fish, invertebrates), lake fish, prairie and savannah biota
Past AFS service: state EXCOM, national Certification Committee (Education subcommittee)
Federal Representative EXCOM
Hanna Kruckman: Federal Representative Nominee
Hanna’s involvement with the American Fisheries Society has spanned nearly 10 years. Hanna began her tenure with AFS as a member and Secretary of the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point AFS Student Sub-Unit. Since that time, she has remained an active member of the Parent Society, served as President of the Eastern Illinois University Student Sub-Unit, and most recently became Chair of the Communication Committee for the MN AFS Chapter. Communication Committee participation increased after the 2018 MN AFS Annual Meeting where the theme was “Communicating Fish Science in Minnesota.” At the meeting, she learned about different strategies to effectively communicate with the MN AFS audience and was provided with resources to establish communication tools. Since last February, she has populated the new MN AFS website with a variety of Chapter-related information including scholarship applications and meeting registration. With the help of other Communication Committee members, a long-term communication plan was drafted and presented to the EXCOM for approval. This year she would like to further her contribution to the Chapter by also serving as the EXCOM Federal Representative. Since May 2016, she has worked as a fish and wildlife biologist in the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in the Midwest Regional Office located in Bloomington. In her current position, she administers Sport Fish Restoration, Wildlife Restoration, and State Wildlife grant programs in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. She is also the regional lead and headquarters contact for the Sport Fish Restoration – Aquatic Education Program. Working at a regional scale allows her to see and participate in conservation actions and successes across the Midwest as well as be tuned into politically driven conservation issues. She is excited to bring her AFS experiences, fisheries background, communication skills, and broad-scale conservation perspective to the MN AFS EXCOM.