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    • 02 Dec 2023
    • 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    • Electronic voting

    Information on Voting for AMS Board Members 2023/2024

    The Arizona Mushroom Society is holding it's annual elections on Saturday, December 2, 2023. Elections will be held electronically and will occur all day, whenever you can log in and vote.

    The Arizona Mushroom Society is an all-volunteer organization that operates to further its goals of education, scientific discovery, and charitable support. The organization currently has up to 7 at large board members on its Board of Directors that have 2-year terms. In September 2023, the Board of Directors approved the addition of two addition board members in 2024.

    Each year, the Society holds elections to fill board positions that have come to term or are otherwise vacant. At this time there are 4 board positions up for the vote. 

    This year the President, Michael Colosimo, appointed a nomination committee to nominate candidates for the board. Those candidates on the ballot today include those that were nominated by the committee and have accepted the nomination.

    Who Can Vote

    Each AMS membership has the ability to vote. Since an AMS membership covers your entire household, that means one person from each household (i.e. voting party) covered by a membership can vote. Please make sure that only one person per membership participates in the voting. Each voting party can cast as many votes as there are board position up for election. Since there are 4 board positions, each voting member would have 4 votes.

    Who Are the Board Candidates?

    We are extremely fortunate to have a number of current AMS members who are willing to roll up their sleeves and join the team. To be clear, ANYONE can volunteer to help AMS, but it is the Board of Directors that manage the financial resources and guide the organization on how to serve its mission and its over 2,000 members.

    Those who accepted nominations to be on the Board of Directors for 2022 through 2024 include existing board members .... In addition, we have the following outstanding AMS members and candidates, including Julie Trotta, Jason Sartor, Spencer Wimmer, Adam Bailey.

    Current Board members Lisa Goodwin and Weaver Younghands are also generously running for another term on the Board! We are incredibly thankful for their time and efforts with us!!!

    Candidates for Board of Elections term to run 2023-2025

    Weaver Younghands

    I am a fungi enthusiast living in Tucson, and have been on the AMS board for 4 years. I have led/co-led forays, taught cultivation classes, and this year organized a series of zoom talks on topics such as medicinal mushrooms, mycoremediation, and mushroom dyeing. Outside of AMS I have worked in mushroom cultivation (Dr Barry Pryor’s lab at UA), and have volunteered at the UA Mycological Herbarium processing mushrooms for documentation. I have self-studied botany, ecology, and herbalism for the past decade. I deeply love sharing knowledge on all of the above through AMS, out in the field and on virtual events. Mushroom season is the highlight of my year, in large part because of the joy of connecting people and fungi out on forays. I hope to continue doing so in the role of AMS boardmember. 

    My enthusiasm for fungi and for collaboratively-run, educational, community-focused organizations led me to the AMS board, and I am motivated to increase accessibility and continue expanding knowledge and connection to fungi to our Arizona community. Related work experience comes from working almost four years at the small non-profit Native Seeds Search doing conservation and education work, and co-running a publishing collective and event space in Tucson. 

    I am also an independent artist who uses Sonoran desert ecological relationships as foundational themes in my work. You can see my work – ecologically-educational lunar calendars – at

    Lisa Goodwin

    Hello fellow mushroom enthusiasts!  I have been a member of AMS since 2015 and am seeking a third term reelection to the Board.  In addition to serving on the Board, I have been actively involved in AMS for several years - from serving as the Culinary Committee Chair, assisting with AMS annual forays, coordinating and transporting guest speakers to our events, co-leading forays and just helping out wherever I can to make AMS events a success!  I also currently serve as the Treasurer.  As the Arizona mushroom community continues to grow, I would be honored to serve on the Board for another term and would strive to ensure that our members have opportunities to expand their knowledge of Arizona fungi and have some fun in the forest!  Thanks for your consideration and happy mushrooming! 

    Julie Trotta

    Hello, My name is Julie Trotta, and I have been a member of Arizona Mushroom Society for around 4 years now. My fascination for mushrooms started out as curiosity on how mushrooms grew, this led me to start growing mushrooms at home for my friends and family. Learning about mushrooms was fascinating to me because I had no idea that there was more mushrooms beyond what’s found in your typical grocery store. I discovered AMS and became obsessed with learning about wild mushrooms. In April of 2019, I took my daughters on our first mushroom forage, and we were hooked! From there, I learned how to identify several different types of edible and medicinal species of mushrooms. In spring of 2020 when we were all sent home from Covid, I started building and growing my mushroom farm Fungirl’s Fungi, where I learned how to grow mushrooms, grow a variety of bulk mushrooms as well as making tinctures, and mushroom products. I have a passion for cooking with mushrooms and making different dishes with them which I love to share.

    I am honored to have been nominated for a board member for AMS and hope that my background skills in non-profit accounting combined with my love for mushrooms can make a positive impact. I’m excited to learn and grow more with Arizona Mushroom Society!

    Jason Sartor

    Hi all.  My name is Jason Sartor and I am a candidate for a seat on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Mushroom Society.

    Did you know that the Arizona Mushroom Society is an all-volunteer run organization? Whether it's organizing for the Annual Foray in August, leading mushroom hunters on forays into the Arizona mountains, helping further the science side of the fungal world, or aiding in a whole host of other valuable aspects, this is all done by members, members' contributions to the Society, and the gracious giving of volunteers' time and dedication. 

    I've been wandering the Arizona woods for almost 40 years, but only in the last 7 or so years have I been learning about mushrooms. Mushroom hunting has become the joy of my life and the AMS has been an integral part of my learning.  I have volunteered with the AMS in different ways over the last 4 years and I would like to do more.  I have great appreciation for how the Society is involved in our Arizona community and I believe I have the enthusiasm and organizational skills to help it continue to be an important resource.

    Thank you for your consideration and we'll see you in the woods in 2024.

    Spencer Wimmer

    I am a 21 year old mycophile and amateur naturalist based in Tucson. I’ve been growing and foraging for mushrooms for a little under 3 years now. After encountering my first wild mushroom shortly before the beginning of the pandemic, I started cultivating mushrooms and later foraging for them on Mt. Lemmon. I was enamored with the variety of shapes, colors, and functions that each mushroom fulfilled! I spent almost every free hour of every day reading about or cultivating mushrooms. Eventually this love of mushrooms led me to the Arizona Mushroom Society, where I have been lucky to learn from a plethora of kind, knowledgeable, and passionate people sharing their resources and information freely, much like our mycorrhizal mushroom friends. 

    Aside from mushrooms, I am also passionate about building community, education, and hands-on-learning. During my freshman year in college I helped to found the (modern) MycoCats club at the University of Arizona and have organized over a dozen mountain cleanup/mushroom foray alongside my brother. 

    Now, I hope to have an opportunity to give back to the community that has taught me so much through participating in the AMS board of directors. Aside from the typical duties, I am particularly interested in helping develop educational resources and fostering collaboration between AMS and other organizations. Although I am no expert in organization, I hope to bring my passion, enthusiasm, and drive to the AMS!

    Adam Bailey

    I have been a dedicated Arizona Mushroom Society member since 2019 and have had the privilege of foraging, learning, and sharing my knowledge of fungi with many members. My interest in fungi began as a teenager in the Midwest, when I discovered my first morel. I have been obsessed ever since. I have actively participated in forays, contributed to scientific goals (specimen collection for vouchering), assisted with numerous identification requests, and generally spend as much time learning about Arizona genera and species as possible. 

    My goal as a board member is to further promote the AMS mission and contribute to the growth and popularity mushroom foraging has seen over the last several years. Specifically, I am interested in increasing AMS foray opportunities for current and future members. As a father of two young children, I am also interested in developing forays and outings tailored to the next generation.

    It would be an honor to serve as an AMS board member. Thank you for the support.

    How To Vote

    The "ballot" will be sent out via email electronically on Saturday, December 2, 2023. One person from each AMS membership will be able to vote for board members by logging in to the website via the link in the email.

    If you have any questions, please email us at


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20 Mar 2023 2023 Arizona Morel Maps
08 Mar 2023 Sedona Fungi Presentation by Mike Dechter
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15 Nov 2022 2022 Arizona Mushroom Society Photo Contest
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22 Aug 2022 Monday on Mt Lemmon
13 Aug 2022 Annual Foray Wild Mushroom Dinner with Chefs Brett Vibber and Jaren Bates
12 Aug 2022 2022 Annual Foray Luna Lake Camping Reservations - August 11-15, 2022
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06 Aug 2022 Mogollon Rim Foray
31 Jul 2022 Flagstaff Snap Foray
14 Jul 2022 iNaturalist - A Key Tool for Amateur Mycology
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11 Jun 2022 Hot, Straight Uphill, and No Edible Mushrooms Foray
15 Apr 2022 The Great 2022 Arizona Burn Morel Hunt
31 Mar 2022 DIY Build and Grow Your Own Mushrooms Zoom Class!
26 Feb 2022 Snap Verde Valley Plant and Fungi Walk
09 Feb 2022 What the Heck is a Lichen? By Garry Neil
03 Feb 2022 Chef Zachary Mazi: Erecting the Third Culinary Kingdom
16 Jan 2022 Verde Valley Fungi and Plant Walk
05 Jan 2022 2022 Chet Leathers Scholarship
04 Dec 2021 2021 AMS Annual Board of Directors Election
05 Sep 2021 Sunday Fun(gi)day Flagstaff Foray
04 Sep 2021 Flagstaff Educational Mushroom Foray
27 Aug 2021 Mountain Monster Mushroom Foray
20 Aug 2021 2021 Annual Foray - August 20-22, 2021
16 Aug 2021 Arizona Mushroom Week: Dr. Anna Sitkoff
15 Aug 2021 Sky Island Foray
13 Aug 2021 Arizona Mushroom Week: Jess Starwood
13 Aug 2021 Flagstaff Foray
07 Aug 2021 Strawberry Lodge Monsoon Celebration and Feast
07 Aug 2021 Mogollon Rim Foray
24 Jul 2021 White Mountains Snap Foray
07 Apr 2021 Red Rock Lichen Foray
30 Mar 2021 2021 Wildfire Maps for Hunting Burn Morels
27 Mar 2021 DIY Build and Grow Your Own Mushrooms Zoom Class!
14 Jan 2021 Mushroom Hunter Skills Part 3: Online Tools for Mushroom Identification
01 Jan 2021 2021 Chet Leathers scholarship
23 Dec 2020 Mushroom Hunter Skills Part 2: Mushroom Preservation with Modern Forager
09 Dec 2020 How to Access and Use Weather Data
05 Dec 2020 AMS Annual Board of Directors Election
27 Nov 2020 Arizona Mushroom Society Stupendous Online Auction!!!
19 Nov 2020 Terrible Toxins and Perilous Poisons of the Fungi Kingdom
21 Oct 2020 Chef Zachary Mazi Talks Thai Fungi
22 Aug 2020 Flagstaff Small Group Forays - Aug 22, 2020
22 Aug 2020 Special Mushroom Getaway Rental Cabin and Gourmet Meal - Aug 22-23, 2020
14 Aug 2020 Annual Foray - August 14-16, 2020
26 Jul 2020 Mushroom Talk - Zoom Meeting
16 Jul 2020 Southwest Mushrooms Zoom - Learn about local mushroom cultivator Michael Crowe!
18 Apr 2020 CANCELLED - Best of the Seasons Fungi Feast and Cooking Demo
14 Mar 2020 Verde Valley Winter Fungi and Plant Walk
15 Feb 2020 Tucson Mushroom Cultivation Workshop - 2/15/2020
09 Jan 2020 Tempe Cultivation Class 1/9/2020: Non-sterile Tam method for growing oyster mushrooms
14 Dec 2019 Winter Potluck and Annual Meeting
11 Nov 2019 REGISTRATION FULL - Exclusive AMS rate for "The Phoenix Takeover" Event
11 Sep 2019 Tucson Area Late Season Snap Foray
02 Sep 2019 Labor Day Snap Foray
25 Aug 2019 2019 Hart Prairie Preserve "Pick and Cook" Foray
23 Aug 2019 Flagstaff Arboretum Fungi Foray
10 Aug 2019 White Mountains Snap Foray
02 Aug 2019 2019 AMS Annual Foray
18 Jul 2019 Educational Lecture: Mushrooming Arizona for Beginners
29 Jun 2019 Morel Feast at Strawberry Lodge
23 Jun 2019 Flagstaff Mushroom Cultivation Workshop
13 Jun 2019 Presentation - Impact of Substrate, Temperature, and Lighting on Oyster Mushroom Bio-efficiency and Nutrceutical Content
08 Jun 2019 Presentation - American Truffle Revolution
01 Jun 2019 Morel Foray #5 - POSTPONED to June 1, 2019 - Jacob Lake
19 May 2019 Morel Foray #4.5 - Sunday May 19, 2019 - CANCELLED
09 May 2019 Morel Foray #4 - Thursday 9 May 2019 - Mt. Graham
08 May 2019 Morel Foray #3 - Wednesday 8 May 2019 - Mogollon Rim
05 May 2019 Morel Foray #2 - Sunday 5 May 2019 - Mogollon Rim
04 May 2019 Morel Foray #1 - Saturday 4 May 2019 - CHANGED TO MOGOLLON RIM
16 Mar 2019 Educational Lecture: Mushrooming Arizona for Beginners
19 Feb 2019 Educational Class: New non-sterile method for growing oyster mushrooms
16 Feb 2019 Learn how to Cultivate Mushrooms Workshop
08 Dec 2018 2018 Winter Meeting & Potluck
26 Nov 2018 Taylor Lockwood Fungal Photography Lecture
10 Nov 2018 AMS Leadership Meeting
03 Nov 2018 1st Annual Fall Mushroom Harvest Potluck
06 Oct 2018 Snap foray: Fall morel look and learn
30 Aug 2018 Educational Lecture: Mushrooming Arizona for Beginners (Tucson)
25 Aug 2018 Hart Prairie Preserve "Pick and Cook" Foray
18 Aug 2018 Coppa Cafe Forager's Feast
18 Aug 2018 Flagstaff Arboretum Mushroom Field Trip and Tasting 2018
10 Aug 2018 2018 AMS Annual Foray
04 Aug 2018 The "Consolation" Foray on the Mogollon Rim
02 Aug 2018 Educational Lecture: Mushrooming Arizona for Beginners (Reprised)
19 Jul 2018 Educational Lecture: Mushrooming Arizona for Beginners
16 Jun 2018 AMS Board of Directors Meeting - June 2018
09 Dec 2017 2017 Winter Meeting & Potluck
04 Sep 2017 Labor Day Snap Foray
26 Aug 2017 Hart Prairie Preserve "Pick and Cook" Foray
18 Aug 2017 Flagstaff Arboretum Mushroom Festival and Foray
10 Aug 2017 2017 NAMA Regional Foray in Arizona
05 Aug 2017 2017 AMS Annual Foray
27 Jul 2017 Educational Lecture: Mushrooming Arizona for Beginners
27 May 2017 Last Chance North Rim Morel Foray - Late May 2017
06 May 2017 Spring Mushroom Dinner at Salt Restaurant
23 Apr 2017 Mid-April 2017 Morel Foray
25 Mar 2017 Culinary Committee Meeting 3/25/17
17 Dec 2016 2016 Winter Meeting & Potluck
17 Sep 2016 Coppa Café Mushroom Dinner & Preservation Workshop
31 Aug 2016 Tucson Member Meeting August 2016
14 Aug 2016 AMS Annual Foray 2016 - Sunday Sessions
13 Aug 2016 AMS Annual Foray 2016 - Wild Food Dinner
13 Aug 2016 AMS Annual Foray 2016 - Saturday Sessions
30 Jul 2016 Katey's Memorial Porcini Foray
30 Jul 2016 Flagstaff Snap Foray
10 Dec 2015 Annual Winter Meeting & Potluck
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