Bill Brown, P.E., Center Director
Bill Brown oversees science-based research projects focused on reducing flood risk and manages the Flood Science Center. Prior to his tenure with ASFPM, he was hired as the inaugural stormwater executive manager for Arlington, Texas where he directed the development of a comprehensive stormwater and floodplain management program. Over his nearly 30-year career Brown has worked in the private sector, municipal and county stormwater and floodplain management programs, academia, and nonprofit organizations focused on reducing flood risk while improving the environment. He previously served as chair of the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management; past co-chair of ASFPM’s Mapping and Engineering Standards Committee and ASFPM’s Stormwater Management Committee; University of Texas at Arlington Department of Civil Engineering adjunct faculty member; and served on a National Research Council for the National Academy of Science committee studying FEMA flood maps. Brown is currently serving a four-year appointment to the federal Advisory Committee on Water Information.
Alan Lulloff, P.E., CFM, Chief Scientist
Alan Lulloff is chief scientist at ASFPM’s Flood Science Center. He managed the development and publication of several reports, including the Coastal No Adverse Impact Handbook, A Strategy to Reduce the Risks and Impacts of Dams on Floodplains and Flood Mapping for the Nation – A Cost Analysis for the Nation’s Flood Map Inventory. In addition to ASFPM’s published reports, Lulloff developed training materials for one-day workshops on NAI flood risk reduction, coastal flood risk reduction and a week-long course on how to use GIS for floodplain management risk assessments. Before joining ASFPM in 2004, Lulloff spent 32 years with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in floodplain management, dam safety, water supply, groundwater management and water quality. He holds an environmental engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin and a Certified Floodplain Manager.
Jeff Stone, GISP, CFM, Senior Project Manager
Jeff Stone, ASFPM’s Flood Science Center senior research manager, manages research and outreach projects that inform flood policy through science. Projects include, but are not limited to, developing and evaluating tools, websites and software; researching legal, practical and technological issues related to flood management policy and practices; and communicating effective use of GIS tools and applications aimed at floodplain management through webinars and workshops. Stone has over 25 years of experience working with and applying GIS to a variety of energy-related and natural resource projects. Much of his work focuses on development of visualization tools and usability of interactive, web-based maps that bridge the gap between public understanding and scientific knowledge. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in GIS with a strong emphasis on coastal and fluvial geomorphology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jason Hochschild, GIS & Research Analyst
Jason Hochschild is a GIS and research analyst with ASFPM’s Flood Science Center. He is a key contributor to the Flood Science Center’s GIS, web mapping projects and projects requiring HAZUS analysis. Hochschild has contributed to the development of several online mapping applications such as the Great Lakes Coastal Oblique Photo Viewer and administering an outreach website developed to support FEMA's Great Lakes Coastal Flood Mapping Project. He continues to enhance web-based mapping and outreach tools that support floodplain management and flood risk communication, and performs GIS analyses that support Flood Science Center projects. Hochschild has over 15 years work experience in the GIS field and holds an undergraduate degree in geography (human/environment interaction focus) and a graduate-level GIS Certificate, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Melissa Haig, MLIS, Research Librarian
Melissa Haig, ASFPM’s research librarian, manages the physical and digital library materials in order to support internal projects and policy research; as well as answering external research questions for the association’s membership, policy committees and Board of Directors. Prior to working at ASFPM, Melissa worked at the Geography Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she answered reference questions, taught information literacy and managed the physical library collection. She has also worked for the Steenbock Library of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and Memorial Library for humanities and social sciences, and at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory doing data management. Prior to working as a librarian, Haig worked in biotechnology research focusing on immunological therapeutics.
Robyn Wiseman, CFM, Research Scientist
Robyn Wiseman supports a variety of projects at ASFPM’s Flood Science Center as a research scientist. Before coming to ASFPM, she worked in emergency management for the state of Wisconsin, serving as the state public assistance officer and delivering the FEMA Public Assistance Program statewide. Wiseman participated in disaster field operations in four federally-declared disaster declarations and helped manage recovery and mitigation projects across nine declarations in hazard mitigation and recovery. Her passion for combining land use planning, floodplain management and disaster response and recovery experience stems from background in state and local emergency management. She holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, an M.S. in urban and regional planning (land use and environmental planning emphasis) from the University of Iowa, and is a Certified Floodplain Manager.
Jake Thickman, NOAA Coastal Fellow
Jake's passion for coastal environments is rooted in his time spent growing up in and around the estuaries and beaches of Florida. As an undergraduate Jake attended the University of Florida where he earned his B.S. in Environmental Science. Upon graduation he turned his focus more towards marine and coastal issues, relocating to Long Island, New York and beginning a M.A. program in Marine Conservation and Policy at Stony Brook University. Within his first two months of living in New York, Hurricane Sandy made landfall. It was an eye-opening experience for me, seeing the impact of this storm having dealt with several hurricanes growing up in Florida. With Sandy still fresh in his mind, he began work on recovery efforts through the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms and Emergencies once his degree was complete, conducting analyses of storm impacts on coastal ecosystems and infrastructure in New York. It was there that he met his eventual M.S. advisor Dr. Chris Gobler, and have since completed a M.S. degree in Marine Science in which he focused on improving coastal water quality monitoring in local estuaries.
Beth Klusinske, Library Assistant
Beth catalogs physical and digital items for ASFPM’s Flood Library and occasionally assists in other Flood Science Center projects. She has a master’s degree in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences and a certificate in Air Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Outside of ASFPM, Beth is a freelance science writer and editor.