Laura Calwell is the current Kansas Riverkeeper and Executive Director for Friends of the Kaw. She also is a founding board member and served 3 years as secretary and 4 years as president of the organization. In August of 2003 she was hired as the Kansas Riverkeeper, a non-governmental advocate for the Kansas (Kaw) River. Laura supervises the day to day activities of Friends of the Kaw and responds to reports from the public via either our web site or 1-866-RIV KEEP on possible pollution events. Laura schedules and guides educational float trips and oversees fundraising events.
She also helps to write and manages grants awarded to Friends of the Kaw. Laura has her degree in Education from Kansas State University and grew up in Wichita, KS. She has recreated on or near water all her life and currently enjoys kayaking and back country camping on the Kaw and other rivers.
Erik Wolf is the current Communication and Program Director for Friends of the Kaw. He grew up in Overland Park, KS and has his degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas. He joined Friends of the Kaw in March of 2014. Erik takes care of the social media and various programs run by Friends of the Kaw. He is an avid outdoorsman and loves recreating in and around all types of water, especially kayaking on the Kaw. He enjoys teaching people about anything they want to know about the outdoors and believes highly the “leave-no-trace” ethic when enjoying the outdoors so the next person who paddles, bikes, hikes or sight sees behind him will get their own feeling they are the first to explore. Erik lives on Strawberry Hill in KCK where he has a beautiful view of the Kansas River everyday of the year!