Lesa joined the American Fisheries Society in 1990. Once she came to work in RI, it took no time for her to join and get involved in the Southern New England Chapter. She took over as Program Development Chair in June 1997 and was a driving force in maintaining high quality Chapter meetings for almost 10 years. Lesa had developed the program for the June 14, 2006 meeting even though she was on medical leave at the time and could not attend.
Lesa earned the Southern New England’s Special Achievement Award in 1999 for her design and her part in the sales of the official AFS ’98 tee shirt. In 2001, she was awarded the Chapter’s Irwin Alperin Outstanding Member Award for her continuing contributions as Program Chair.
The Southern New England Chapter dedicated its winter meeting in January 2007 to Lesa. The Chapter granted, posthumously, the Award of Excellence to Lesa during this meeting. This was Lesa’s 3rd SNEC award. The Chapter has also renamed the Citizen’s Aquatic Conservation Award to the Lesa Meng Aquatic Conservation Award, commemorating her dedication to SNEC and the field of aquatic conservation.
Many thanks to Chris Powell for sharing these photos of Lesa with us.