Angeline Rodgers, Coordinator
Before joining the LMRCC in 2012, Mrs. Rodgers spent the previous twelve years working for the state of North Carolina in aquatic systems, most recently as a freshwater ecologist working for the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program. She received a master’s degree in biology from the University of Mississippi. In addition to serving as Coordinator of the LMRCC, she also serves as Project Leader for the Lower Mississippi River Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office. Mrs. Rodgers is employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Angela Erves, IT Specialist (Data Management)
Mrs. Erves has worked with the LMRCC since 2002. Since 2008 she has coordinated the development of the LMRCC’s extensive geospatial databases. The databases support several of the LMRCC’s projects such as the Restoring America’s Greatest River initiative, reforestation of frequently flooded land within the Lower Mississippi River floodplain, and the Lower Mississippi River Resource Assessment. She received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from Alcorn State University. She is employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Steve Ellis, Engineering Consultant
Before joining the LMRCC in 2009, Mr. Ellis worked for more than 30 years as a civil engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division. For much of that time, he served as Channel Improvement Coordinator, leading a multi-disciplinary team of engineers, technicians and program analysts in support of the Corps’ navigation and flood control missions on the Mississippi River. He advises the LMRCC on secondary channel restoration projects and other projects. He is a contract employee.
Bruce Reid, Outreach Specialist
Before joining the LMRCC in 2012, Mr. Reid managed conservation and communication projects with the National Audubon Society’s Mississippi River Initiative. He also worked as a reporter for daily newspapers in Maryland, Mississippi and Virginia, specializing in environmental writing. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from Towson University. He is a contract employee.
Helen Whiffen, GIS Specialist
Dr. Whiffen has worked with the LMRCC as a volunteer and contract employee since 2009. Before joining the LMRCC, she worked as a geographer for the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture, a bird conservation organization. She also was an assistant professor at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forest Resources. She received a doctoral degree in environmental science from the State University of New York.