Our Staff

Mike Kromrey

Mike Kromrey

Executive Director

Mike Kromrey joined the staff in May 2006 as our Education Outreach Coordinator. He has previously worked with the James River Basin Partnership, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Missouri State University while attending MSU. Mike earned a comprehensive biology degree with an emphasis in ecology, evolution, and systematics. Mike completed his masters of science in biology focusing on aquatic ecosystems. While attending school, Mike was also part of several organizations focusing on the environment and experiential education. Mike, wife Mary, and newest addition Eli are Springfield residents, and enjoy spending time in the outdoors (often with a canoe and fishing rod). Mike has grown up in Ozark streams and is enthusiastic about fostering sound watershed principals in the community.

Stacey Armstrong Smith

Stacey Armstrong Smith

Projects Manager

Stacey joined the Watershed Committee staff in March 2007. Stacey is a graduate of Southwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Geography with a minor in Cartographic Sciences and Community & Regional Planning. She is a graduate of Leadership Springfield Class 31 and was awarded a Group Study Exchange International Travel Grant to India by Rotary Foundation District 6080 in 2015. Stacey has served on the Springfield/Greene County Stormwater Management Task Force and Willard Source Water Protection Committee. During her career Stacey has managed over 1.8 million dollars in grant funding to complete projects in the areas of wastewater, stormwater, source water protection, watershed planning, and water monitoring. Stacey enjoys working with community partners to protect local drinking water supplies and connecting people with water information and resources.

Kelly Guenther

Kelly Guenther

Business Manager

Kelly joined the Watershed Committee in October of 2006. As Business Manager, Kelly oversees various aspects of the business including financials and financial reports, payroll and taxes, social media and email communication, organizing events, website work, donor management and renting of the Watershed Center. Kelly graduated Magna Cum Laude from Drury University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She completed Drury University’s Certificate in Social Media, and Master’s level courses in Communication Ethics and Strategic Issues Management. She received a Certificate of Achievement for completing MSU’s GO LEAD ‘Nonprofit Leadership in the 21st Century’ workshop and is currently working on MSU’s Certificate in Non-Profit Management. She was recently appointed to the Tree City USA Advisory Committee to serve a three year term. Kelly is a southwest Missouri native who loves the outdoors and the Ozarks. She and her husband live in Springfield and have one son and three cats.

Jeff Birchler

Jeff Birchler

Watershed Center Coordinator

Jeff joined the Watershed Committee in May of 2016. Jeff graduated from Missouri State University with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry. He obtained his Masters from the University of Missouri with an emphasis in Educational Technology. As a public school teacher, Jeff strived to give students innovative firsthand experiences to foster a love of learning and a sense of environmental stewardship. He and his wife, Angela, are longtime residents of the Ozarks who enjoy their time outdoors pursuing a variety of interests.