Missouri Department of Conservation

Stream Team voice mailbox: (800) 781-1989

Stream Team Unit
Missouri Dept. of Conservation
PO Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180

Email: STREAMTEAM@mdc.mo.gov

Coordinator's Map

Kat Lackman
Stream Team Coordination Biologist
Southwest and Ozark Regions

Phone: (573) 522-4115, Ext. 3157
Fax: (573) 526-0990
Email: Kat.Lackman@mdc.mo.gov

Growing up in the State Fair city of Sedalia, Kat's passion for the outdoors was instilled in her at an early age when she took on the role as "dad's hunting buddy" at age two. Ever since, her mom has said "she has wanted to work for the Conservation Department since she was knee high to a grasshopper."

Kat started with the Stream Team Program in June 2008 as a Research Assistant under the Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring (VWQM) Coordinator before taking on her current position in May 2011.  Her primary responsibilities are assisting Stream Teams in Southwest and South Central Missouri, managing the Adopt-An-Access Program and tending to the Missouri Stream Team website.

She received her Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Conservation and Management from Missouri State University, and it was while working in the Ozarks for the Christian County Soil and Water Conservation District that she gained her interest into Missouri Streams.

Kat resides once again in Sedalia, and when she’s not out playing in the water or plugging away at a computer, she’s usually watching something NASCAR with her husband Aaron and daughter Piper or shooting a game of pool.

Amy Meier
Stream Team Coordination Biologist
Kansas City, Central, Northeast and Northwest Regions

Phone: (573) 522-4115, Ext. 3166
Fax: (573) 526-0990
Email: Amy.Meier@mdc.mo.gov

Amy began with the Stream Team Program in January of 2008. She is currently responsible for assisting Stream Teams in the northern half of the state and serving as editor of Channels, the bimonthly Stream Team newsletter. 

Graduating from Kansas State University in 2001 with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries and a minor in Entomology, she has worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation since 2004, several of those years serving as an aquatic invertebrate taxonomist. When she is not in the stream flipping rocks looking for interesting critters, she can be found skating at the local roller rink, cruising in an old Volkswagen with her husband Cully, or canoeing and kayaking her favorite Ozark rivers.




Chris Riggert
Stream Team Coordinator
St. Louis Region

Phone: (573) 522-4115, Ext. 3167
Fax: (573) 526-0990
Email: Chris.Riggert@mdc.mo.gov

Chris knew he was destined to work in the outdoors when, as a youngster, he out-fished his dad on his first fishing trip (three keeper crappie for the boy and none for the dad). Growing up in the small town of Lexington, Missouri, he logged many miles pedaling to and from several local farm ponds with his fishing rod and tackle box strapped to his bicycle.

When it was time to choose a school, it was an easy decision to head east to Columbia. In addition to studying Fish and Wildlife Management at ‘Ol Mizzou, Chris began working for MDC as an hourly employee at Research (now Resource Science) in 1994. It was while working on the “crayfish crew” in the Ozarks he found his new love…Missouri’s streams.

Chris has worked with the Stream Team Program since 1999 and is the Stream Team Coordinator in Jefferson City. He works primarily with Missouri Stream Teams, educating citizens about how streams function.

He and his wife Brandye enjoy spending time outdoors looking for new ponds to fish as well as streams to sample and float.


April Williams
Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator

Phone: (573) 522-4115, Ext. 3593
Fax: (573) 526-0990
Email: April.Williams@mdc.mo.gov

AprilAs the youngest in a large family of avid outdoorsman, April was destined to have a love for nature and a knack for fishing. With a great affinity for water, she grew up exploring streams and lakes in her hometown of St. Charles to larger waterways across the state, looking for wildlife, rocks, and other treasures.
April pursued a B.S. in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Biology at Southeast Missouri State University. It was a course in limnology, with multiple field studies in streams and wetlands, and monthly water quality sampling of tributaries in Cape Girardeau that solidified her interest in improving and protecting this amazing resource.
April joined the Department of Conservation in 2013 as the Stream Team Biologistand was promoted to VWQM Coordinator in 2017. Her primary responsibilities include teaching water quality monitoring workshops and assisting new monitors with site selection, as well as assisting Stream Teams on projects such as litter pickups and storm drain stenciling.
Now relocated to Holts Summit with her son Levi, they are excited to find new hiking trails and streams to canoe and fish!

Jenna Stiek
Stream Team Biologist

Phone: (573) 522-4115, Ext. 3892
Fax: (573) 526-0990
Email: Jenna.Stiek@mdc.mo.gov

AprilHello, my name is Jenna Stiek!  I am excited to join the Stream Team and Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Programs as the new Fisheries Biologist in Jefferson City, MO.  I have spent endless hours exploring streams and fishing in a variety of water sources near Marshall, MO. 
            My passion and love for water led me to pursue a B.S. in Comprehensive Biology and Secondary Education from Concordia University Seward, NE and a M.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL.  My career with the Missouri Department of Conservation began in 2012, in the fisheries division working with water quality and aquatic species in the fish hatchery system.  I gained valuable knowledge and experience to assist me in this new position. 
            I have a strong desire to educate people of all ages on the importance of water quality and the beneficial and proactive involvement they can take in their communities.  I encourage participants, volunteers and students to remember that a small action can positively impact future water quality.    
            In my free time, I enjoy being outside, outdoor water activities, exercising, watching movies and hanging out with family and friends.  I am thrilled to join the Stream Team and look forward to working with volunteers, stream team members and students across the state to make Missouri’s waterways exceptional. 



Sherry Fischer
Streams and Watershed Chief

Phone: (573) 522-4115, Ext. 3169
Fax: (573) 526-0990
Email: Sherry.Fischer@mdc.mo.gov

Sherry Fischer is the Streams and Watershed Chief.  She started with the Stream Team Program in 1995 after working several years in the Conservation Department’s Fisheries Management Section.  Sherry’s love of streams began at an early age, and she spent much of her childhood exploring area creeks in her hometown, Jefferson City.  She was most at home with her feet wet and usually had a frog, turtle or crawdad in tow!  She also credits her father for instilling in her a deep appreciation for natural resources which the two still share as they hike together in the Colorado Rockies annually. 

Sherry has a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from the University of Missouri and lives in Jefferson City with her husband and two children.



Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources
Water Protection Program
PO Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102

URL: http://www.dnr.mo.gov
Email: StreamTeam@dnr.mo.gov

Karen Westin
Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator

Phone: (573) 526-7838
Fax: (573) 522-9920

Karen grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, but spent much of her free time outdoors – camping in the woods of northern Michigan and paddling the state’s lakes and streams. Those experiences instilled in her a love of nature and a strong conservation ethic, which inspired her to earn bachelor’s degrees in Forestry, and Crop and Soil Science from Michigan State University. Over the years, she has worked as a Forester with the U.S. Forest Service, mapped data into the Missouri Natural Heritage Database, and worked extensively as a Girl Scout troop leader and organizer.

Those experiences have supported Karen well since joining the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as a Stream Team Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator in March of 2013. Her functions include teaching VWQM workshops, managing data submitted by volunteer monitors, and supporting those volunteers to facilitate their monitoring and data submissions.

With two daughters in college, it’s now just Karen and her husband, Steve, along with one dog and six cats enjoying life on five acres near Holts Summit.

Randy Sarver
Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator

Phone: (573) 522-8286
Fax: (573) 526-3350

In 2012 Randy returned to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources after teaching English for three years at Inner Mongolia University in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China.  Before moving to China he worked for more than 18 years as a biologist for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and was the supervisor of a group of aquatic biologists who are responsible for assessing the health of river and stream aquatic communities throughout the state of Missouri.

“When I was growing up I loved the outdoors.  As I became old enough to explore on my own it was guaranteed that I would come home muddy and wet with some kind of critter.  I left from my hometown in Iowa to go to college in Missouri.  Its was no surprise that I chose biology as a major.  Eventually I found the Ozarks and fell in love with the forests and clear streams, decided to make my home in Missouri and have never regretted the decision.  Randy and his wife now live in Jefferson City, Missouri.  Besides canoeing, kayaking and swimming, he also enjoys traveling, gardening, a good book and motorcycle touring.

Randy holds a Master of Science degree from Missouri State University.  His master thesis was a Survey of Ephemeroptera from North Fork River, Missouri.  He also holds bachelor degrees in Biology and Education from Truman University.

Molly Runyon
Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator

Phone: (573) 526-1156
Fax: (573) 522-9920

Molly grew up near St. James, Missouri, and has always loved exploring the outdoors and learning about nature. As a kid, she enjoyed lots of outdoor activities on her family’s small farm, including hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and raising steers. She developed a love for the rivers of Missouri during camping and canoeing trips on the Jack’s Fork and Current Rivers. Molly earned a B.S. in Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and then moved to Montana to work for the U.S. Forest Service. She studied riparian aspen ecology in graduate school at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, and graduated with an M.S. in Animal and Range Science. Molly has worked on a variety of wildlife research projects in Montana, Oregon, and Missouri. She began working for the Department of Natural Resources as a Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator in 2016, and her current duties include managing volunteer data submissions, supporting volunteer monitors’ activities, and teaching VWQM workshops. Molly now lives in Jefferson City, MO, and loves hiking with her dog, rock-hunting, and biking on the Katy Trail!


Conservation Federation of Missouri

Conservation Federation of Missouri
728 W Main
Jefferson City, MO 65101