Meet our Agency Sponsors:
Missouri Department of Conservation
Missouri Dept. of Conservation
Stream Team Unit
PO Box 180
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180
Conservation Federation of Missouri
Conservation Federation of Missouri
728 W Main
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Missouri Department of
Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources
Water Protection Program
PO Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Meet our Staff:
Rebecca O'Hearn - Stream Team Program Coordinator
Hello! My name is Rebecca O’Hearn, and I am the new Stream Team Program Supervisor for the Department of Conservation. I am originally from St. Louis County and moved to Columbia where I earned my Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Missouri. My graduate thesis work focused on nutrients and fecal bacteria transport in Lake of the Ozarks.
For the past 13 years I’ve worked as MDC’s Pollution Biologist. In that position I administered an inter-agency fish kill response program, monitored and conducted water quality research, and advised MDC on new and emerging pollution issues affecting aquatic life. Most of the fish kill cases I’ve worked over the years originated with a call from a concerned citizen, some of them Stream Team volunteers. I’m a huge believer that citizens are the core of conservation, and that doing the work of conservation can be fun for everyone! I look forward to years of fun with Missouri Stream Team!
Phone: (573) 522-4115, Ext. 3155
Vacant - Stream Team Coordination Biologist (Northwest, Kansas City, Southwest and Ozark Regions)
Carl Romesburg - Stream Team Assistant (Southwest and Ozark Regions)
As the leader of Stream Team 3117 Carl assists Stream Teams in southwest and south central Missouri.
Voice Mailbox: 800-781-1989
Scott Sigman - Stream Team Assistant (Kansas City Area)
Scott assists Stream Teams in and around the Kansas City metro area.
Voice Mailbox: 800-781-1989
Amy Meier - Stream Team Coordination Biologist (Northeast, Central, and St. Louis Regions)
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.
Phone: (573) 522-4115, Ext. 3166
Brian Waldrop - Stream Team Assistant (Saint Louis Area)
As the leader of Stream Team 211 Brian assists Stream Teams in the Saint Louis area of Missouri.
Voice Mailbox: 800-781-1989
Cara Arrigo - Stream Team Coordination Biologist (Southeast Region)
Cara grew up outside of St. Louis, in a little town along the Meramec River. It was there that she developed a love for the outdoors and a passion for conservation. She achieved her Bachelors of Science from Murray State University in Wildlife Biology & Conservation Education while competing all four years as a collegiate rower and coxswain.
Cara started with the Stream Team Program in March of 2022 after working in the St. Louis region as a Natural Resource Assistant for over a year. In her position she delivered public programs on a variety of nature topics and outdoor skills, helped with large events, and assisted with wildlife monitoring. Before starting her career with Stream Team, she worked in the interpretive division of the National Park Service, the Forest Service, and Missouri Department of Natural Resources, where she taught a variety of audiences about streams, caves, and wildlife. While working on her Bachelors, she gained experience as an undergraduate research assistant, analyzing samples of aquatic invertebrates to maintain a long-term dataset of a stream’s water quality. In her current position, her primary responsibilities are assisting Stream Teams in the Southeast region, facilitating Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring, managing the Stash Your Trash program, and working on the Stream Team curriculum.
Cara is also a water enthusiast in her free time; besides rowing, she likes to fish and wakeboard. She also has a dog, Fjord, who is her best friend and comes on all her adventures with her.
Phone: (573) 522-4115, Ext. 3892
April Sevy - Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator
As 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.
As the Volunteer Water Quality Coordinator, April joined the Department of Conservation in 2013. 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.
Now relocated to Jefferson City with her husband Caleb, son Levi and daughter Parker, they are excited to find new hiking trails and streams to canoe and fish!
Phone: (573) 522-4115, Ext. 3593
Malcolm DeBroeck - Stream Team VWQM Assistant
Hello everyone! My name is Malcolm DeBroeck, and I am the new Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Assistant. I was born and raised in Jefferson City, but now reside in Columbia. Just this May I graduated from Southeast Missouri State University, receiving my Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Conservation Biology. My undergraduate field experience related to taking population data on tiger salamanders, where we would catch, weigh, measure, and PIT tag them.
I have always had an affinity towards water and many of the activities associated with it. I love to fish, catch other water critters, paddleboard, and kayak. My favorite activity when I was younger was to go to Washington Park and catch things in the stream that ran through it, which was one of the many things that fostered my love for conservation. It is a dream come true to be working with a team that takes what sparked my passions to the next level, and I look forward to the future with all of my coworkers and wonderful volunteers!
Phone: 573-522-4115 ext. 3598
Laura Richardson - Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator
Laura grew up in the River City of St. Louis, Missouri where she developed an interest in nature, environmental issues, and water protection. She attended the University of New Mexico where she earned a B.S. in Biology and English while competing on the Division I tennis team.
She started her career at the Department of Natural Resources in 2016 where she worked with the Financial Assistance Center, helping communities throughout Missouri receive grants and low interest loans to finance their wastewater infrastructure and improve water quality. As a Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator, she will be managing volunteer data submissions and correspondences, conducting VWQM workshops, and providing aid for volunteer monitoring activities.
Laura currently lives in Columbia, Missouri where she loves to hike and explore local areas like Rockbridge State Park and Three Creeks Conservation area. She also enjoys reading with her cat, cheering for tennis, and pretending to know the answers at trivia.
Phone: (573) 526-7838
Tabitha Gatts - Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator
Hi! My name is Tabitha, I grew up in Moberly, Missouri, where my 3 siblings and I would spend many weekends at state parks camping, boating, fishing, and 4-wheeling. I came from a home-schooling family that taught me the beauty of self-guided learning and creating my own at-home science experiments.
Continuing on the path of learning and the outdoors, I graduated from the University of Missouri with my degree in Environmental Science and then worked for the MU Limnology Lab as a field and lab technician. I spent many hours on lakes and streams sampling for physical and chemical parameters and macroinvertebrates, and in the lab analyzing for nutrient and chlorophyll a concentrations. This experience taught me the great value of the water resources we as humanity get to steward and protect, and I am thrilled to be working with volunteers to educate and equip them for this purpose. I will assist the program by helping process and review VWQM data and develop and teach workshops.
Phone: (573) 526-1156
Randy Sarver - Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator/QAQC Officer
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.
Phone: (573) 522-8286