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Presidency 2018

 

WMAS Presidency 2018
Position
Name
Phone
Message Board Name
Email
President
Jeff Stephenson
801-810-5430
Krazie4Acans
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Vice President
Theresa White
512-634-7538
theresawhite
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Council Members and Committees
Camille Grimshaw
801-906-0661
mermaidcamille
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Dave White
512-608-3919
HumuHumuForever
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Dion Richins
801-641-3006
Dion Richins
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Faith Emrazian
801-671-0577
hydro phoenix
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Jay Atkins
 
jazer
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Shaun Sabey
801-427-4655
Sabeypets
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Past Presidency Council
Adam Blundell
 
Adam Blundell
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Arthur Klinkenburg
435-830-4514
arthuriv
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Bob Carlson
801-831-6224
BobC63
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Jake Pehrson
 
JakePehrson
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Jon Dinchak
 
jdinchak
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Justin Wootton
801-494-4059
jwoo
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Shane Heil
 
Shane H
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Shawn Winterbottom
801-554-7123
Summertop
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Will Spencer
 
Will Spencer
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President
Jeff Stephenson
Jeff Stephenson

Responsibilities: President



I'm Jeff the DIY Dude. I have had aquariums since I was old enough to convince my mom that I could take care of one. I didn't get started into Saltwater until a few years after I got married. That was just over 30 years ago. I was quickly hooked and had many FOWLR tanks for 11 years. After doing FOWLR for that long I started getting into reef keeping. It was hook line and sinker from that point on. Within a year of starting my first reef, I also started a basement LFS and aquarium maintenance service. I build that business for 9 years. Some in the Kaysville area may remember my store front on 200 south just east of the freeway called Prestige Aquatics. That phase passed and I sold the entire business off as well as my own tanks. Working full time and running a LFS and Maintenance company had taken its toll. 

! thought that I was done with anything fish related. Hahaha. I stayed away completely for 6+ years. Then a good friend and neighbor bought a JBJ 28g Nano cube. She quickly realized she was in way over her head and somehow the information about my previous fish life slipped out. She immediately began picking my brain and having me over almost every night to help her get things under control. Long story short, we were able to get her nano setup, stabilized, running well, and growing like crazy. I was once again hooked.

I am a computer geek and IT guy by day and a Harley/saltwater guy by night. I have been part of WMAS since 2012 and a paid member since 2013. I love doing DIY aquarium projects from sumps, to LEDs, to reactors. I love the tech gadgets available in the hobby today and usually have my hands into something new. Last year as Vice President was a blast and I enjoyed it very much! I look forward to seeing where this year as President takes us.

 

Vice President
Theresa White
 Theresa White Responsibilities: Presidency Council



Dave and I are rather new to the hobby. Back in September 2015 we went on our honeymoon to Hawaii. During that time we did some snorkeling and fell in love with the Hawaii state fish - the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a (aka the Rectangle triggerfish). After we came back home, Dave asked me what I thought about getting a saltwater aquarium, so that we could have our very own Rectangle triggerfish. I said "Sure, sounds like a great idea". At that time I didn't know what all was involved in having a saltwater aquarium, but I quickly learned that it involved a lot or patience and waiting. 

After Dave spent about 6 months doing research, we were finally ready to take the plunge and ordered our first tank. We ended up working with OCD Reefs to get a 210 gallon tank with an awesome stand from Dion. In May 2016 we had our tank/stand delivered and started adding water, sand and rock. It's been non-stop since then. As some can attest, I now think it's an addiction or mine :) I'm always looking for new coral to add even though I'm told constantly by Dave that we don't have room. 

We met Ayla and Dennis Wimett at MWRF a year ago and decided to join WMAS and have never looked back. It's a great club with a wealth of knowledge among its members and I look forward to being part of it. 

Dave and I have been together for almost 10 years (married for 1 1/2) now and currently have 3 cats in addition to our saltwater tank with 5 fish. We moved here about 4 years ago from Texas and have really enjoyed our time in Utah. 

I am excited to serve as part of the Presidency Coucil for 2017 and look forward to getting to know everyone that I haven't already met. 

 

Presidency Council - Council members are the support staff for the president and the vice-president.
Camille Grimshaw
Camille Grimshaw

Responsibilities:  Special Event Committee



I have kept fish since 1990 and got into salt water in 2007. I owe all my success in this hobby to this club. I love everything about the sea...especially mermaids, and I just love marveling at my own little piece of the ocean.  

I married my high school sweetheart Bryan. After graduating from Westminster College I taught middle school for several years and in 2003 opened my own art business Camillion Creations. I left my teaching career to raise our four children, but I am still painting and selling my artwork from home. 

 

Dave White
Dave White

Responsibilities:  Presidency Council



I'm fairly new to the hobby, my first saltwater tank has been running for less than a year, but I grew up near the ocean and have been around water and fish for much of my life as many of my family members are avid fisherman.  

My decision to start a saltwater tank began shortly after my honeymoon to Hawaii where my wife and I spent many a day snorkeling and enjoying the marine life around the islands.  In particular I was quite enamored with the Hawaii state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a or the Rectangle or Reef Trigger Fish.  When we got back from our honeymoon I asked my wife what she thought about getting a fish tank to have a couple of those fish and she liked the idea, little did we know what we were getting into. 

After making the initial decision to get the tank I proceeded to spend the next 9 months extensively researching what it would take to have a tank with those fish before finally getting our first tank.  We now have a thriving 210g tank with lots of corals and a few fish and while we don't have the trigger yet we are slowly building to that day. 

I've met some amazing people in this club and have been having a blast with my aquarium and learning new stuff every day.  I can't wait to find out what else I can learn about this great hobby and what other amazing people I can meet. 

 

Dion Richins
Dion Richins

Responsibilities: Donations Rotations Commitee



Thanks for the opportunity to serve on the presidency council for another year. It is my joy to serve on such an awesome and active council as this club has elected. (holy crap I’ve been here for over 12 years :)) 

I have found the pursuit of marine aquaria to be an absolute addiction. We currently have a 400g System in our home with a 73g in my office at work. The management and care of our marine ecosystems is a very serious responsibility. This hobby is expensive and full of challenges. However, the rewards can be so fascinating.

We believe in purchasing and maintaining captive breed Fish as well as aquacultured corals whenever possible. By keeping these things in mind as you stock and maintain your aquarium you will help in the sustainability of the hobby. We are happy to share what we have learned with all interested. 

As our Addiction has grown we have expanded out aquarium Furniture company into DriftWood Aquarium Furniture. We sell through local Fish Stores and on the Web. At www.customaquariumfurniture.com. You can find our distributors listed there. Im also a licensed Contractor specializing in custom cabinets, granite and remodeling. 

Besides this addiction, I have the most wonderful wife in the world. Alice, my 6 children and 5 grandsons are my life and the driving force in my existence. 

Welcome to our home away from home. Hope you enjoy your stay. 

 
 
Faith Emrazian
 Faith Emrazian Responsibilities: Please have Faith Commitee



Faith was born in the blizzard of 78’ in Connecticut. She spent most of her days on the rocky shores of New England until she moved to Utah in Sept of 2000. She married her better half 7 yrs. later. She has her Associates degree from Salt lake Community College. Works full time at Western Gardens Center Downtown. Grows a small community garden for herself and her neighbors, currently bakes bunt cakes like there is no tomorrow and plans on this year picking back up in doing specialty courses in scuba diving through Neptune Divers in Sugarhouse. 

Faith has a 55-gallon monster currently for a tank and has been a paid member since 2010. She likes doing Saturday Excursions and wants to know what you want to do for an excursion. If you have ideas please PM her and she’ll get back to you ASAP! 

Jay Atkins
Jay Atkin

Responsibilities: Presidency Council, 



 

 

 

 

Shaun Sabey
 Shaun Sabey Responsibilities: Retail Shops Commitee



I was introduced to the underwater world at a young age. My father had a fish tank as far back as I can remember. I started with freshwater and then switched over to saltwater in the mid 90's. I have an interest in aquaculture and have raised several species of fish and inverts. 

I love spending time with my family, we all enjoy the saltwater world making time to visit public aquariums while on vacation across the USA. Other hobbies include reptiles, amphibians, and koi ponds. 

 

Past Presidency Council - Council members are the support staff for the president and the vice-president.
Adam Blundell
Adam Blundell
Responsibilities:  Past Presidency Council



I'm Adam and I'm a science guy. I love this club and I love our club members. I first started coming to WMAS meetings before I could drive and have spent years making some wonderful memories with new friends. To me, that's what this club is about. Friendly people enjoying a hobby. 

My experience with this hobby has been going on for 25 years. Like most people I started with a small 10 gallon freshwater aquarium, and then two, and then a 55 gallon, and then some saltwater tanks, and eventually a basement filled with fish stuff. Learning about reefs, ocean ecosystems, and all the life they support is just fascinating to me. 

My job is to help educate, support, and encourage hobbyists. I spend a lot of time working hard to promote this club and to reach out to our local hobbyists. I look forward to the great time ahead with all my fish friends, and many more people we've yet to meet. 

 

Arthur Klinkenberg
Arthur Klinkenberg
Responsibilities:  Past Presidency Council



Arthur has met many wonderful people in the club and enjoys sharing this great hobby with new people. 

When Arthur isn't busy getting his hands wet, he works as an engineer doing top secret stuff (that's all he'll tell us).

Bob Carlson
Bob Carlson
Responsibilities:  Past Presidency Council



I got my start in this hobby at the age of 7, when I won a goldfish at a local carnival. He didn't last too long, but I was hooked...I set up my first saltwater aquarium at the age of 13. At 15, I got my first job ever - working for a LFS that happened to carry SW fish and supplies (a rarity in 1978). 

Over the years, I've kept almost every type of fish there is too keep; from African Cichlids to Killifish, from Piranhas to Discus; from Lionfish to Seahorses - you name it, I've probably had it. But my favorite has always been the Marine / Reef aquarium. Currently I have a 150 gallon show tank. I have 3 children, and 3 grandchildren. I work for a large pharmaceutical company in SLC. When I'm not messing with my tanks I enjoy bicycling, weightlifting, working on the house and watching football. 

I've been a WMAS Member since 2007, and served as Club VP from 2012 - 2015. 2016 marks my first year "out to pasture" serving in the Past Presidency Council. I look forward to a great year ahead, working with the current Presidency to make your WMAS experience the best that it can be!

 

Jake Pehrson
Jake Pehrson

Responsibilities: Web Master, Past Presidency Council



I am married to my wife Pepper. We have 4 children. Natalie, Nicole Coral, Jake, and Eli. I am lucky to have them as they all put up with me and my hobby. Some of my other hobbies are fishing, camping, boating (wake surfing), paintball, board/card games, scuba diving, hiking, and backpacking.

I started my first salt water aquarium when I was 12. I was 10 gallons and I keep dwarf seahorses and pipefish (believe it or not these were some of the easy fish back then). I had good luck raising and breeding them due to my diligence in raising BBS (baby brine shrimp). I have keep many fresh and saltwater aquariums since then. My favorite freshwater fish is the arowana and my favorite saltwater fish is the frogfish (at least for the moment). I currently have a 180 gallon reef, 55 gallon reef, 65 gallon reef, and a 24 gallon nano.

I manage a medical supply company called Premier Medical Distribution.  Since 2008 I have also owned Coral Planet.  Over the years this company has "morphed" from an Internet only company selling live rock->selling fish and corals->aquarium maintenance->Internet hard-goods->retail store->wholesale fish and corals->wholesale aqua-cultured corals, which is where it stands today. Coral Planet sells to a limited number of Pet Stores. We specialize in aquacultured corals. I am an entrepreneur at heart and have ran a few other businesses over the years (flowers, web design, restaurant review, sporting goods, financial, etc.). I also have a website called aquaticdatabase.com, check it out.

 

Jon Dinchak
Jon Dinchak

Responsibilities:Past Presidency Council



My adventure in salt water aquariums started in July of 2009. My wife had a tank growing up and was excited to try it again. We jumped in with our first tank (55g) and quickly learned from our mistakes. We loved the challenge and found species only tanks a thrill. We have had 2 Garden Eel tanks and absolutely love everything about them. Our desire for more tanks quickly grew, before we knew it we were planning our dream 180g tank. We carefully planned this tank and used the WMAS club for a lot of information. To date we have had 3 55g tanks, a 40g breeder, an 8g all-in-one and now our new 170g cube. 

We have been WMAS members now for over 9 years. My wife and I love to continue our knowledge by going to club speaking events and even traveling for large shows like Reef-a-Poolza, MAX and MACNA. 

My wife and I both have a passion for saltwater and are happy to be enjoying this hobby together. We also share a love of diving and enjoy diving whenever we can in the Caribbean or Florida Keys. One of my fondest diving moments was diving with reefing celebrities in the Florida Keys for CRF (amazing organization). 

Our love for glass cages has also expanded to 3 species of Dart Frog and a Bearded Dragon. 

Jon is joining Past Presidency after serving as President, Vice President and Presidency. 

 

 

Justin Wootton
Justin Wootton

Responsibilities: Thread Master, Past Presidency Council



Growing up I always had a salt water tank in the house, my father is a huge influence on my love for salt water fish tanks and always had one as far back as I can remember. He nurtured my love of the ocean and for salt water reef tanks. 

I had my first fresh water aquarium at a young age. After I left home I spent some time away from aquariums but couldn't stay from the hobby long. Two years ago I decided to setup my own reef tank, and have been heavily addicted to the reef keeping hobby ever since much to my wallets chagrin. We currently have my 45 reef tank as well as my wife's 29 gallon bio cube and a small 12 gallon JBJ nano in my home office.

I have been married for nine years to my wife who is very supportive of me in this hobby. We have one daughter, Madeline, with another daughter due in April. I'm also a huge cycling enthusiast and a giant nerd. 

I discovered WMAS shortly before setting up my first reef tank, this club has been a huge influence on always keeping me in the right direction. I look forward to being able to give back to this community that has helped me so much in the past few years. 

 

Shane Heil
Shane Heil

Responsibilities: Past Presidency Council

 

I've been involved in the salt water aquarium hobby for nearly 15 years! Like many of my good friends, what began as a hobby has ultimately become a lifestyle. I plan many of my activities - even vacations, to include or work around my reef keeping hobby. My first salt water aquarium was 55 gallons and I've kept many tanks of varying sizes since then. My showcase accomplishment (to date) was my 120 mixed reef. You can view pictures of it in the glory days here: http://www.utahreefs.com/tankofthemonth/ShaneHeil/tank_of_the_month.htm I have also kept many smaller tanks dedicated to certain species of fish, coral or invertebrates. 

My wife Heidi and I have a large family -- two boys and four girls. We're all very active in the community and competitive sports. If it involves a ball of some type, you will likely find one of our family members participating. When we find the time, we enjoy skiing together in the winter and boating together in the summer. The family is very supportive of my hobby and they enjoy seeing my tanks develop. It is always thrilling to me to see them gather around to see what new and exotic "thing"dad has brought home this time. They can each recognize most common fish and they will even reluctantly help with water changes if they don't have practice. 

I have learned so much on my journey through the reef keeping hobby. I've learned more biology and chemistry through my aquariums than I ever gleaned in a classroom. I've learned to appreciate the reefs of the world and how dependent we are on their continued success. I've learned that a community of hobbyists can have far more success (and fun) than any single person on their own. I've learned patience and tolerance for the opinions of others. These lessons will be with me long after my tanks are dry. 

Shawn Winterbottom
Shawn Winterbottom

Responsibilities: Memberships, Past Presidency Council

 

I have lived in Sandy area since I was eight years old and graduated from Jordan High School. In 1993, after received my Associates Degree, in Computer Information Systems, I started working for Qqest Software Systems as a Computer Programmer.

I have always loved the aquarium hobby started with a 55 gallon FW aquarium in my office. I also had a 35 gallon FW tank at home. I especially enjoyed cichlids and eels. Another of my favorites were my Oscar and Clown Knife. My boss, not be out done, decided to start a 150 gallon SW fish-only tank also in the office.

In 2002, our family relocated to a larger home. I inherited the 150 gallon tank from my boss and traded my FW tank in on a 75 gallon SW reef aquarium and never looked back. I first joined the WMAS in early 2003. It has been great!!. With five sons, I am also very involved in the Boy Scouts of America, and am currently serving as Scout Master. Some of my other hobbies are (when and if I have time) rocketry, RC trucks, 

 

Will Spencer
Will Spencer

Responsibilities: Treasurer, Past Presidency Council

 

Having started in the aquarium hobby at 10 years old I naturally had wanted a salt water tank for many years. Upon getting a 150 gallon tank at my office and thinking about all the possibilities for it I decided it was time to try a Salt Water adventure. Having no experience with the salty side of the hobby that first tank started with 300 lbs of lace rock that had come with the tank. Upon finally getting the tank up and running I finally thought to seek out others in the hobby for advice and found the WMAS. I attended my first meeting and found out everything anyone ever wanted to know about what was in Salt Water, (most of which I didn't understand at all.) 

Shortly after that meeting I went on my first Reef Tour. I saw many beautiful tanks that day and knew I just had to have one of those for myself. Over time I learned where I had gone wrong with my office tank and went about the laborious task of overhauling it, including a trip with Mark out to the desert to get some Utah Rock. 

I learned so much from the club in my first couple of years that I decided that I just had to give back to the club and ran for office. The first year I ran for a presidency position I didn't make it. Very few people know who I was. The next year I made sure I had gotten acquainted with more club members and ran again. Since becoming a presidency member I have had many opportunities to serve my fellow hobbyists and have learned a lot and had a lot of fun doing so. I look forward to serving the club as President and hope to help make the club even better. 

I'm not only about Fish though. By trade I am a tax accountant and have recently started my own business out of my home preparing personal and business taxes and doing accounting work for small businesses. I enjoy the outdoor sports of fishing, hiking, camping and horseback riding. 

 

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