Board of Directors

FOK BOD 2018
2018 Board of Directors: (Pictured L-R, back row: Steve Cringan, Rob Sheffield, Irene Haws, Heidi Mehl, Mark Dugan  L-R Front Row:  Lisa Grossman, Stacie Alldritt, Sarah Hill-Nelson, Margaret Fast, Sarah Morse, Marcia Rozell, Amy Burgin)

2018 Board of Directors 

Mark Dugan 2018

President – Mark Dugan, Overland Park

Mark is serving his third year on the Friends of the Kaw Board and his first year as President. His interest in the Kansas River and other waters arose from his time in Washington, D.C. litigating citizen suits under the Clean Water Act. He now practices law in Overland Park, doing mostly employment and wage law, but also keeping up an environmental law practice. He has also served on the boards of  Mainstream Coalition’s Political Action Committee, St. Andrew Christian Church, and the Kansas City Worker Justice Center. He loves to drive around beautiful eastern Kansas and feels just a little guilty about burning the gasoline. He has two sons and a mischievous beagle, and he lives in Overland Park.

Margaret Fast 2018

Vice President – Margaret Fast, Ozawkie

Margaret Fast retired in 2017 after spending 39 years employed by the state of Kansas, most of the time with the Kansas water office as a water resource planner.   Duties over the years included focus on water quantity and quality related issues in all the regions of the state.  Most recently, she facilitated the development of the State Water Plan Action Plans for the Kansas Region in her role as staff to Kansas Regional Advisory Committee.

Margaret was raised in the Ohio River Basin in Cincinnati, Ohio and has a Bachelors degree in Biology from Thomas More College in northern Kentucky.  She moved into the Kaw watershed to obtain a Masters in Environmental Health Science from the University of Kansas.  She also has two 200-hour yoga teacher certifications and is actively teaching in Lawrence and Topeka in her retirement.  Margaret and her husband live in the Delaware River Watershed just northwest of Lake Perry.  They have 2 sons; one resides, works,and learns about life in Lawrence; the other is a student at Creighton University in Omaha, in the greater Missouri River basin.

She is an Aquarian (you know, the water bearer!); “Being by water and seeing birds makes me happy”!

Lisa G 2018

Secretary – Lisa Grossman, Lawrence

Lisa Grossman is a full-time painter and printmaker whose work focuses on the Tallgrass prairies and the Kansas River.

Originally from Pennsylvania, she moved to Kansas City in 1988 for a seven-year stint as an illustrator at Hallmark Cards. She has degrees from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, PA, and the University of Kansas. She’s had over 30 shows around the country and her work is included in numerous public, private, university, and museum collections. Her work is represented by Haw/Contemporary in Kansas City, MO, Circa Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, and Strecker-Nelson West, in Manhattan, KS.

A Friends of the Kaw group float in 1996 inspired her to get a kayak and get involved, and she’s served on their board since 2011, currently as secretary. Kayaking the Kaw is a passion, as well as hiking, birding, playing bass for contra dances, wild edible foraging, and ancestral skills. Grossman also works to apply her art to various conservation efforts and has served as an artist-in-residence in six national parks and recently, with the US Forest Service in Tracy Arm/Fords Terror Wilderness, Alaska.

She has made her home in Lawrence since 1996 with her wife, Kelly, and a couple of cats.

Mike Scherrer portrait

Treasurer – Mike Scherrer, Olathe

Mike came to FOK as a retired CPA, having spent time at C&C Group.  Mike holds a BSBA from Colorado State University and a MBA from the University of Kansas.  Mike retired a few years back and wanted to reconnect with the outdoors, so he went to work for REI  and bought a kayak, which led him to FOK.  Mike enjoys spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Members at Large:

Stacie Alldritt 2018

Stacie Alldritt, Lawrence

Stacie Alldritt was born in Rochester, New York, spending the first ten years of her life enjoying lake effect snow from Lake Ontario. She then moved to Sylvania, Ohio, just east of Lake Erie. Throughout her childhood she visited her father’s hometown of Cheboygan, Michigan, on the coast of Lake Huron. When it came time to for college she found herself on another water system, the Kaw River in Lawrence, Kansas. Stacie received her BFA with emphasis in visual communications from the University of Kansas in 2004. Her career was launched in the tech space, working as a designer for a digital signage company. She managed a team of multidisciplinary designers creating a content management system for networked digital signage systems and creating marketing content for those displays. Stacie moved on from technology and joined the team at The Merc Co-op as the Marketing Manager. She developed the first formal marketing plan for the co-op, managed all aspects of marketing, communication and brand development and was a member of the executive team. Stacie is now a freelancer, offering services in project management, process development and design strategy. In 2011 Stacie met her husband, Adam, during a float trip on the Kaw River. She fell in love with Adam and the river that day and has continued to enjoy several canoe outings on the Kaw. She lives in Lawrence, on the edge of the river valley with Adam, her step daughter, son, four dogs and cat. They enjoy raising their chickens and tending to their organic garden. Her family takes annual road trips to her grandfather’s cottage on Lake Huron and her husband’s family cabin in Rocky Mountain National Park. Stacie is excited to offer her skills in marketing and design to further the success of the Friends of the Kaw.

Burgin portrait

Amy Burgin, Lawrence

Amy is a proud native Midwesterner, originally hailing from Lacona, Iowa (population 361).  Originally in college, she thought she wanted to go to medical school, but a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in NY (Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies) and NH got her hooked on aquatic ecology.  She also completed a semester abroad in Costa Rica that further convinced her that ecology was a pretty great way to spend your working life.  She graduated from Coe College with a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Science.  She then started grad school at Michigan State Universityat the Kellogg Biological Station under the guidance of Dr. Steve Hamilton.  While the REU experience got Amy’s feet wet in streams, working with Steve Hamilton broadened her aquatic interests to wetland and lake ecosystems.  After her Ph.D., she moved to the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in NY to complete postdoctoral work with Dr. Peter Groffman.  Her project there focused on using sensors to measure environmental variables in riparian wetlands.  She was an Assistant Professor in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2011-2015) and  an Assistant Professor at Wright State University in Dayton, OH (2009-2011).  She joined the University of Kansas (Kansas Biological Survey, Environmental Studies, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Depts.) in January 2016 as an Associate Professor.

Mike Calwell portrait

Mike Calwell, Mission

Steve Cringan 2018

Steve Cringan, Topeka

Steve spent his career working as an Environmental Scientist for Kansas Department of Health & Environment, having served the state for 33 years.  Steve’s education includes a BS.’75, MS.’77, Environmental Science and Invertebrate Aquatic Ecology from Emporia State University.  Steve interests include Stream Biological Monitoring, Fish Tissue Quality Monitoring, Water Quality Standards, Freshwater Mussel Distribution as well as hobbies of Paddling, Photography, Archeology, Beerology and Paddling.

IRene Haws

Irene Haws, Topeka

Irene Haws works at Dynamic Computer Solutions in sales and marketing of IT Managed Services. She also has a freelance design business where she does graphic design, apparel items decorated with screen printing and embroidery, commercial printing services, promotional products and limited website design and direct mail.

When note at work she enjoys running half marathons, black powder shooting, kayaking, sailing, camping, hiking, watercolor painting and golf.

Volunteer work includes serving as the current president of the Topeka Lions Club, and helping to form a new branch club called the Twilight Lions Branch Club.  She is also a Venturing Crew Advisor with the Jayhawk Area Council of Boy Scouts of American and took the Crew on a sailing adventure in the Florida Keys in 2017 and will repeat that trip again in 2019.

She is currently serving on the board at the Jayhawk Theatre and serves as an Ambassador for the Topeka Chamber of Commerce.

This fall she has plans to hike on the Grand Canyon National Parks Trails. She has enjoyed a couple of paddle trips on the Buffalo River and looks forward to more padding adventures.

She has a grown son, Rhett Neuer, who is an Eagle Scout and now lives in Kansas City.

Irene resides in Topeka, Ks

Sarah HN 2018

Sarah Hill-Nelson, Lawrence

Sarah Hill-Nelson is a native Kansan and avid outdoorsperson.  She spent much of her childhood in Kansas outdoors in the Kansas landscape, hunting, fishing, hiking and boating with her family.  She left Kansas at 18 and lived in many different places including Maine, Wyoming, Chile, California, Washington and Colorado.  With a deep appreciation for many different landscapes, Sarah returned with her husband to Kansas in 2002 to raise their young family to help run The Bowersock Mills & Power Company (BMPC), which is the historic hydropower plant on the Kansas River.  As the Owner/Operator of BMPC, which is a run of river, certified low-impact hydroelectric plant Sarah spends much of her work and play time on and around the Kaw.  Her love of rivers and strong connection to the Kansas River led her to join Friends of the Kaw.   Through her work and personal life Sarah has been actively engaged in issues pertaining to energy, the environment, and the Lawrence community.  She has served as a board member for Friends of the Kaw, the Sustainability Advisory Board for the City of Lawrence, Douglas County CASA, and Landmark National Bank.  During her absence from Kansas Sarah graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin College in 1992, was a Kansas Truman Scholar, and earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Washington in 1995, and a Master’s in Teaching from Seattle University in 1997.  She is currently serving as a member of the Kansas Regional Advisory Committee, which weighs in on issues of water quality and quantity in the Kansas River watershed.  Ms. Hill-Nelson is married to Eric Nelson, and they have two children, ages fifteen and thirteen.

Heidi Mehl 2018

Heidi Mehl, Lawrence

Heidi Mehl has served on the board of Friends of the Kaw since 2008. Heidi is currently working for the Nature Conservancy, as director of the Beals Healthy Streams for Kansas Initiative. Heidi has been researching water issues in Kansas and abroad since her undergraduate years at the University of Kansas. After receiving her B.S. and M.A. from the University of Kansas, she went on to do her Ph.D. research in the Department of Geography at Kansas State University, with a focus on fluvial geomorphology, nutrient cycling in riparian zones, and cultural issues surrounding water resources. Her research has included a partnership with the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, as well as Gorno-Altaisk State University in Siberian Russia. Heidi also formerly worked on the Upper Wakarusa Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS), and for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Heidi’s favorite hobbies include kayaking on the Kansas River, hiking, and boating with her husband Martin on Clinton Lake.

Sarah Morse 2018

Sarah Morse, Topeka

Sarah is a born-and-raised Kansan who is proud of the state’s natural resources and is excited to have the opportunity to support the Kansas Riverkeeper and to protect and advocate for the Kansas River as a board member for Friends of the Kaw. Sarah was introduced to the important and impressive work of Riverkeepers when she was as a student attorney and Fellow for the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at Emory University’s School of Law in Atlanta, GA. Sarah and the Turner Clinic provided legal support to the Savannah Riverkeeper, and when Sarah returned to Kansas after law school, she was thrilled at the opportunity to support the Kansas Riverkeeper. Sarah lives in Topeka with her husband, daughter, and black lab.

Marcia Rozell 2018

Marcia Rozell, Manhattan

Marcia Rozell is an avid outdoor enthusiast.  Her personal motto is “Life is precious and short, so get outside and do”.  She will try almost anything.  In her professional life, she promotes Visit Manhattan to the visitor and loves connecting people in the Little Apple.

She and her husband, Tim, have called Manhattan, KS home for over twenty years.

Rob Sheffield 2018

Robert Sheffield, Fairway

Rob is serving his second year on the board. He grew up in New Jersey canoeing and camping on the Delaware River and in the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains. He moved to Washington, DC, for law school and spent ten years there exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains and the many rivers and streams flowing out of them. Rob moved to Kansas in 2012 and practices employment law in Kansas City. He loves exploring the Kansas countryside and getting out on the water when he can. Rob and his wife have a 3-year-old daughter and a 1-year-old son and live in Fairway, Kansas.