Former Secchi Dip-In Program Coordinator
Vanessa was Secchi Dip-In (SDI) Program Coordination Intern for the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) from April 2016 through August 2017. In her primary role for SDI program, Vanessa managed communications with individual volunteers & directors of volunteer monitoring programs, created outreach materials, coordinated a partnership with GLEON's Lake Observer mobile application, completed QA/QC measures on the program's MS Access database, and submitted SDI database entries (via WQX) to the EPA's STORET data warehouse & produced a corresponding guide for future interns. Additionally, Vanessa published several public-interest articles (Indiana Clean Lakes Program's Fall 2016 Water Column, Vol. 28, No. 3; NALMS Notes, April 2017; NALMS's Summer 2017 LakeLine Magazine, Volume 37, No. 2) and prepared a detailed operations manual for the SDI Program. Vanessa graduated from Illinois Weslayan University in 2011 with a B.A. in Biology and is currently pursing an M.P.A. and M.S.E.S. focusing in Water Management at Indiana University with an expected graduation date of December 2017. In her free time, Vanessa enjoys expanding her knowledge of plants, backpacking, swimming, kayaking, and traveling.