Our Team

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.

Erin Vennie-Vollrath – Aquatic Project Coordinator

Erin joined the APIPP team in 2014 after working with Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources on a variety of aquatic invasive species related projects. She now coordinates and implements APIPP’s educational, prevention, surveillance, early detection and rapid response programs for 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.

Zack Simek – Terrestrial Project Coordinator

Zack began working with APIPP in 2015. 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. He now coordinates and implements APIPP’s  educational, prevention, surveillance, early detection and rapid response programs for terrestrial invasive species.

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.

Seasonal Outreach and Education Coordinator

Katherine is the Summer of 2018 Adirondack Invasive Species Seasonal Coordinator for APIPP. She was first introduced to the field of Environmental Education during the summer of 2017 when she worked as a Conservation Education Counselor for the DEC Camps. Her interest in invasive species comes from her academic passion in the field of Plant Ecology. Katherine is working with APIPP this summer to coordinate education and outreach activities throughout Adirondack communities, and assist department Coordinators with invasive species trainings, surveys, and management projects.

Katherine is currently working on a Bachelor’s of Science at Paul Smith’s College in Environmental Science, with a dual minor in Chemistry and Botany.