Laura Calwell is the current Kansas Riverkeeper and the Executive Director of Friends of the Kaw. She also is a founding board member of FOK, served three years as secretary, and four years as president of the organization. In August of 2003 Laura was hired as the Kansas Riverkeeper, a non-governmental advocate for the Kansas River. In this capacity she supervises the day-to-day activities of Friends of the Kaw and responds to possible pollution event reports from the public received via the web site or 1-866-RIV KEEP. Laura schedules and guides educational float trips; oversees fundraising events; writes grant proposals and manages grants awarded to Friends of the Kaw. Laura grew up in Wichita, Kansas and has her degree in Education from Kansas State University. She has recreated on or near water all her life and currently enjoys kayaking and back country camping on the Kaw and other rivers.
Kate Delehunt is the new Education Specialist for Friends of the Kaw. She was born and raised in Kentucky where she earned a masters degree in Elementary Education and taught for 4 years before moving to Evansville, Indiana. Kate taught math and science in Evansville for 4 years and then she and her family moved to Kansas City where she taught in both parochial and public schools. Kate also spent 9 years developing and implementing water quality education programs to students all over the KC metro area before coming to Friends of the Kaw. Her husband, Joe, just recently retired from Rockhurst High School where he was a teacher and administrator for 28 years. Joe and Kate have two grown children who live in the KC area. Kate loves to hike, camp, and bike, but she especially loves to take students to creeks and streams to experience the wonders of nature and water!