Board Members & Committee Chairs




Douglas Kerns, CFM, Chair
Doug Kerns is the owner of Midwest Floodplain Solutions based in La Crosse, WI. He was previously a project manager for 17 years with the Engineering Department at the City of La Crosse. Doug obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Geography with a GIS emphasis at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Over the years, his work has focused on floodplain management, capital improvement project management, and various ROW enforcement activities. Doug is also interested in remote sensing using small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for topographic and land use/land cover mapping. In his free time, Doug likes to tackle remodeling projects and work on his 1948 Chevy Pickup.

E-mail: Douglas Kerns

Jacob Maas, CFM, Vice Chair
Jacob is the City Planner and Director of Community Development for the City of Hartford, Wisconsin. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a master’s degree from Western Michigan University, both in the field of geography. Prior to serving as the Village of Menomonee Falls Planner & Zoning Administrator, Jacob worked for the Village of Menomonee Falls as Planner & Zoning Administrator, City of Watertown as Zoning & Floodplain Administrator, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Texas State University-San Marcos, and the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Each educational and professional pathway has focused on water resources and its interface with human-environmental systems. Jacob is grateful to work in the Rock River Watershed, where every year is a unique and dynamic case study in water resources management!

E-mail: Jacob Maas

Julia Orlowski, PE, CFM, Secretary
Julia is an engineer in the environmental division at Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC). Her work focuses on riverine hydraulic modeling and planning level design work to help alleviate flooding problems. She earned a bachelor’s degree at University of Wisconsin – Madison in Biological Systems Engineering, with a specialization in Natural Resources and Environmental Engineering. Prior to her time at SEWPRC, Julia worked as an LTE in the Wastewater Permits department of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), as well as a licensed Professional Engineer (PE). In her spare time, she enjoys co-managing and performing in a Ukrainian folk dance group.

E-mail: Julia Orlowski

Minal Hahn, PE, CFM, Treasurer
Minal Hahm is the co-founder of M Squared Engineering (M²). She has civil engineering experience in transportation engineering, hydrologic and hydraulic analysis, stormwater management design, recreational facilities design, residential, commercial and industrial land development, agency permitting, and public works design in both Wisconsin and Illinois. She is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), with a strong understanding of local, as well as, federal requirements as they relate to stormwater and site development projects. Minal serves on WAFSCM, Friends of Cedarburg Parks and Rec, coaches her daughter’s Destination imagination team, and has served as a judge and finals round judge for the Future City Competition in Milwaukee for the past 16 years. In her free time, she is currently working on getting her private pilot’s license.

E-mail: Minal Hahn

Megan Bender, PE, CFM, Past Chair
Megan Bender is a water resources engineer with Geosyntec Consultants in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has her PE in the State of Wisconsin and Certified Floodplain Manager license, and previously worked with Jacobs Engineering (formerly CH2M) from 2015 to 2022. She received her BS degrees in Geological Engineering and Geology and Geophysics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2007, and her MS in Environmental Engineering – Water Resources from Marquette University in Milwaukee in 2012. She works on a variety of projects including floodplain management and hydrologic and hydraulic floodplain modeling, hydraulic modeling of sewer collection and water distribution systems, green infrastructure and stormwater management, and water quality modeling as well. In her spare time, Megan enjoys lakefront walks with her two dogs, playing volleyball, reading fiction, and spending time with friends and family.

E-mail: Megan Bender


WI DNR Liaison Michelle Hase
Legislative Committee Dave Fowler
Scholarship Committee Heather Thole
Membership Committee Sarah Rafajko
Awards Committee Laura Herrick
Conference Planning Committee Jacob Maas
Education Committee Terry Tavera
Website Committee Ryan Van Camp
Newsletter Committee Betsy Powers


Meeting minutes can be found by clicking here.