Election Candidates

NCAFS 2018 Officer Candidates

Poll is closed.
Results will be announced at the 2018 NCAFS Business Meeting in Morganton, NC on February 22nd.
Don’t miss the prize: voters will be entered in a drawing for a 2018 AFS Parent Society membership (a value of $95).


President-Elect President-Elect
Jake Rash Tim Savidge
Jake Rash
Coldwater Research Coordinator
NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Marion, NC

Jake Rash is the Coldwater Research Coordinator for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), where he assists with the coordination of applied research and management of the State’s trout resources.  He received his B.S. in Zoology from NC State University (2000) and M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from Virginia Tech (2003).  After graduate school, he worked with freshwater mussels as a Research Specialist at Virginia Tech until he joined the NCWRC.  He became an American Fisheries Society (AFS) Certified Fisheries Professional in 2008.

Throughout the years he has been fortunate enough to participate in the North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Virginia chapters of AFS, and in 2012, he served as Chair of the SDAFS Trout Committee.

Although he spends his days at work thinking about fish, he enjoys spending his free time trying to find fish with monofilament and fly lines.  In addition, he truly loves spending time with his family and following NC State athletics.

Tim Savidge
Aquatic Biologist
Three Oaks Engineering, Inc., Durham, NC

Tim Savidge is currently an Aquatic Biologist with Three Oaks Engineering, Inc. in Durham, NC.  Tim is a native and long-time resident of North Carolina and has been a member of NCAFS for 5 years.  He has over 28 years of experience in natural community classification, floral and faunal identification, wetland and stream delineation and protected species surveys and has worked in watersheds across the Southeastern US.  He previously worked for the Catena Group as well as the North Carolina Department of Transportation.  Tim is perhaps most well-known for his work with imperiled freshwater mollusks and fishes and he has played an important role in many recent stream restoration projects in North Carolina.  He was one of the instructors of the freshwater mussel identification workshop at the 2017 NCAFS meeting in New Bern.

Although Tim’s focus has been primarily geared toward non-game freshwater species, he has some level of understanding of all aspects germane to the society.  Prior to his professional career in freshwater ecology he was involved in the commercial Snapper/Grouper industry in North Carolina, which lead him to pursuing and receiving his MS Degree in Marine Biology from UNCW.  His philosophy on resource management and conservation mirrors the multi-discipline representation within the NCAFS and he looks forward to becoming more involved in the organization.