Brendan Quirion, Program Manager
Brendan began working on invasive species issues in the Adirondacks in 2008 when he worked as a summer intern mapping roadways for invasive plant infestations for the New York State Department of Transportation. Brendan joined the APIPP team in 2010 as the Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Coordinator. He was promoted to Program Manager in September 2014 and now coordinates regional invasive species action and fosters innovative solutions to invasive species spread.
Brendan received a Bachelor’s of Technology in Wildlife Management from the State University of New York at Cobleskill.
Brendan lives with his wife in Keene and enjoys hunting, fishing, paddling, and hiking.
Erin Vennie-Vollrath, Aquatic Invasive Species Project Coordinator
Erin joined the APIPP team in 2014. She leads APIPP’s early detection and monitoring programs for aquatic invasive species, manages volunteer groups and surveys, coordinates with partners in the region, and provides trainings and presentations to various stakeholder groups. She moved to the Adirondacks in 2014 from Wisconsin where she worked on a variety of projects focused on aquatic invasive species.
Erin received a Master of Science in Water Resources Management and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Erin lives in Saranac Lake where she and her husband are taking full advantage of weekends to explore the area by foot, kayak and bike.
Zack Simek, Terrestrial Invasive Species Project Coordinator
Zack began working with APIPP in 2015. He coordinates and implements terrestrial invasive species prevention and management programs, provides technical leadership and support, and collects, summarizes and reports on data collected during invasive species management and monitoring activities. He was introduced to invasive species issues in the Adirondacks while working as a boat launch steward and gained experience managing terrestrial invaders after receiving certification as a pesticide applicator.
Zack received a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resource Management and Policy, with a minor in Geographic Information Systems, from Paul Smith’s College.
Zack lives in Lake Placid and spends his weekends fishing, hunting, trapping, and kayaking. He is also an avid reader and enjoys Adirondack history and natural science books.