Our Team

Tammara Van Ryn – Program Manager

Tammara recently joined the APIPP team as Program Manager. She coordinates with partners across the Adirondacks to address the impact of invasive species on the economy and ecology of the region. She comes to APIPP with skills and experience gained during her career in land conservation. “Invasive species affect every Adirondack community, and I’m excited to be part of the partnership of government and nonprofit partners that make APIPP so successful in addressing the threats to our communities.”

Tammara received a Bachelor’s of Science in Forest Management from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Master’s in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School.

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.