Board of Directors: Bios

 

President – Dr. Kevin Erickson:

Dr. Kevin Erickson is an experienced aquatic biologist with professional and educational experiences in multiple global settings. Personally he has kept many FOWLR tanks as well as reef tanks.  He has been a member of many marine aquarium clubs around North America and the world, and has been a MASNA board member since 2010.

Applicable Educational Experience
2017, Ph.D. Marine Ornamental Biosecurity, Central Queensland University
2011, M.S. Aquatic Pathobiology, University of Stirling
2008, Professional Certificate, Aquarium Science, Oregon Coast Community College
2007, B.S. Marine Biology, Florida Institute of Technology

Aquarium Societies (Past / Present)
TCMAS – Twin Cities Marine Aquarium Society,
BARS – Brevard Area Reef Society,
PNWMAS – Pacific Northwest Marine Aquarium Society,
MASQ – Marine Aquarium Society of Queensland,
MASRQ – Marine Aquarium Society of Regional Queensland.

Rob Vice President – Rob Mougey:

Rob Mougey is an avid aquarist, having setup his first marine system over 30 years ago.  He has a fondness for distinctive marine angel and butterfly fishes.  In his spare time, Rob enjoys scuba diving the Indo/Pacific and has a special fondness for Indonesia, PNG and New Caledonia.  He has helped launch several clubs, including MASNA itself, and currently serves as President of CORAL (Colorado Organization for Reef & Aquatic Life). He is also active in several clubs in Colorado and managed MACNA 2014 in Denver.

Aquarium Societies (Past / Present)
MHME – Mile High Marine Enthusiasts (1988 – 1993, Defunct) – President
RMRC – Rocky Mountain Reef Club (1998 – 2006, Defunct)
MASC – Marine Aquarium Society of Colorado (2006 – Current)
DARC – Denver Area Reef Club (2008 – Current) – Board Member
CAS – Colorado Aquarium Society (1994 – Current)
SCMAS – Southern Colorado Aquarium Society (2007 – Current)
CORAL – Colorado Organization for Reef & Aquatic Life (2012 – Current)

Tom Secretary General – Tom Lisciandra:

The love for anything ocean started for Tom as a child growing up along the coast of Long Island, New York. His love for the ocean only intensified while Tom was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, snorkeling and diving on his free time. After leaving the Navy to live in Las Vegas, Tom built his first marine aquarium in 1991. Over the years, he has held several board positions for local clubs and Tom is currently the Secretary for the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America.

Aquarium Societies (Past / Present)
LVVR – Las Vegas Valley Reefers (2001-2013 Defunct) – Past President
LVMAS – Las Vegas Marine Aquarium Society (2014-2018) – First and Past President
ROLV – Reefs of Las Vegas (2016-Present) – Member
LVVRK – Las Vegas Valley Reef Keepers (2017 – Present) – Co-founder

IMG_0539 Treasurer – Christine Rowe:

Christine’s love of the reef began in 2000 on her honeymoon to Key West, Florida on a snorkeling expedition off the coast.  Today, she and her husband have a 180 gallon and a 120 gallon mixed reef while their son maintains his own 29 gallon nanotank.  As the owners and founders of an aquarium maintenance company, both Christine and her husband enjoy their unique opportunity to help promote responsible marine aquarium practices to the public.

Meanwhile, Christine recently celebrated her 17th year as the Office Manager of a small specialty accounting firm in the beautiful foothills of Central Virginia giving her the chance to pass on her accounting knowledge to the Board of Directors as Treasurer of MASNA.

Director of Conservation – Tim Lyons, M.S.:

Tim Lyons is an ecologist specializing in aquatic species. He currently works for The New Mexico BioPark Society in a collaborative partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature where he develops conservation planning for priority fishes at risk of extinction. His past research includes invasion ecology of lionfishes in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, and the ecology of freshwater fish invasions in Florida. Tim spent two years at the University of Florida’s Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory, where he oversaw a research greenhouse and contributed to the advancement of marine and freshwater ornamental aquaculture protocols. He is an avid aquarist and diver.

Applicable Educational Experience
2018, M.S. Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
2016, B.S. Marine Science, University of Florida

Aquarium Societies (Past / Present)
ARK- Albuquerque Reef Keepers
TBRC- Tampa Bay Reef Club
GRC- Gainesville Reef Club
FMAS- Florida Marine Aquarium Society

Director at Large – Les Wilson:

Les Wilson is a life long hobbyist and one of the founding partners of Cobalt Aquatics, overseeing Marketing, Product Development, and Sourcing. In Cobalt’s first 8 years, Les’s projects at Cobalt have redefined fish nutrition category with the Cobalt Probiotic Flakes and have won numerous industry awards for their innovative products like the Neo-Therm heaters, and CA Mysis frozen foods. He also brought Fishgeek level products like the Egg Rockers and
Original MJ powerheads to the US hobby.

Prior to founding Cobalt, Les spent 17 years with United Pet Group aquatics as an aquatic biologist and Director of Marketing for the Equipment and Consumables group, responsible for the Marineland, Tetra, Instant Ocean, and Jungle brands and private label projects in those categories. Les personally brought to market many of the projects you know today, including his favorites Marineland’s LED lighting, Bio-Spira Nitrifying bacteria, Corner flow tanks, and the Deep dimension aquariums. Les has also served 3 terms on the World Pet Association (WPA) Board of Directors as the chair of the Aquatics Committee and was the founding chairman of WPA’s Aquatic Experience show.

Les has also served one year on the Marine Aquarium Society of North America’s (MASNA) MACNA Planning committee and has just started his second term as the Director at Large for the MASNA Board of Directors, which manages the annual MACNA show and conference.

Les regularly speaks on fish related topics at hobbyist clubs and associations around the country and has been a featured speaker at the American Cichlid Association (ACA) annual conference, multiple American Liver Bearers Association (ALA) annual conferences, HH Backer Pet trade show industry expert seminars and panels, and has been a judge at the Aquarama International Guppy Competition. Keeping to his fishgeek roots, Les is a member of multiple fish organizations including, ACA, ALA, MASNA, and Florida Fancy Guppy Association.