McKenzi Waliczek, Coordinator

McKenzi is a graduate from University of Michigan in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with an extensive field background of managing invasive species and restoring native landscapes. She has been the coordinator of the Lake St. Clair CISMA since 2018, where she cooperatively works with local governments, businesses, universities, and nonprofits, to prevent, detect, and control invasive species within the Lake St Clair watershed.

Dean Johnson, CISMA Technician

Dean is currently pursuing a M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan. Since joining the CISMA in the summer of 2020, he has been on the front line performing invasive species management using chemical and mechanical techniques and mapping invasive species occurrences, including Macomb County's first state watch list detection of Water Lettuce!

Hollie Coleman, CISMA Technician

Hollie is an Oakland University graduate with a B.S. in Biology. Prior to joining CISMA in 2021, she performed field work for the Ocean Mammal Institute researching the impact of noise pollution on humpback whale behavior. She spends her time with CISMA monitoring and managing invasive species, like the Red Swamp Crayfish!

Meet the Lake St. Clair CISMA's St. Clair County Outreach Team from Friends of the St. Clair River

Kirsten Lyons, Stewardship Director

Kirsten joined Friends of the St. Clair River in 2015 as our Stewardship Director. Kirsten’s role is to recruit and develop our current strong core of volunteer Stewards, and she helps manage some of our watershed's most beloved habitats. Kirsten holds degrees and certifications in horticulture, design, and natural resources, and will finish her Master of Natural Resources Stewardship specializing in ecological restoration from Colorado State University in May 2021.

Amy Meeker-Taylor, Environmental Educator

Amy became involved with Friends through the Blue Water Sturgeon Festival by launching the sturgeon cruise field trips in 2014 as part of her master's research project. Amy attended Michigan State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and also holds Master of Arts degree from Miami University in Biology. As an avid enthusiast and advocate for the outdoors and environmental education, Amy is committed to the St. Clair River.