Our Staff

Mike Kromrey

Mike Kromrey

Executive Director

Mike grew up in Ozarks and for most of his life has spent as much time on the water as possible—especially Ozark streams. His lifelong passion for nature developed into a vocation at the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks (WCO), which at its core, involves teaching people of all ages about nature and fostering stewardship of the earth and, ultimately, each other.
Mike joined the WCO as a staff member in May 2006 and has served as the Executive Director since 2012. He previously worked with the James River Basin Partnership, Missouri Department of Conservation, and Missouri State University (MSU) while earning his degree. At MSU, Mike earned a comprehensive biology degree with an emphasis in ecology, evolution, and systematics, and a Master of Science in biology, focusing on aquatic ecosystems. Mike currently serves on a variety of local and state committees related to water and sustainability. He is passionate about the mission of the WCO and leaving a positive mark on our community.
Mike and his family live in the Rountree neighborhood and are proud Springfield residents. They enjoy time on the water, traveling, and working to make the community better.

Stacey Armstrong Smith

Stacey Armstrong Smith

Projects Manager

Stacey joined the Watershed Committee staff in March 2007. Stacey earned her degrees from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Geography with minors in Cartographic Sciences and Community & Regional Planning and a Master of Science in Geospatial Sciences with an emphasis in Physical Geography. 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 2 million dollars in grant funding to complete projects in the areas of wastewater, stormwater, source water protection, watershed planning, water quality monitoring and stream restoration. Stacey enjoys working with community partners to protect local drinking water supplies and connecting people to 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 completed 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.

Caleb Sanders

Caleb Sanders

Watershed Conservation Corps Program Manager

After graduating with a bachelor’s in philosophy and religion from Drury University, Caleb pursued a graduate degree at the University of Chicago. While living in Chicago, Caleb worked for Friends of the Forest Preserves, managing teams of youth engaged in conservation projects within the inner-city. He has since worked with the National Park Service, United States Forest Service, Student Conservation Association, Audubon California, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Southern Sierra Research Station leading trail and ecological restoration projects programs in several states across the country. Joining the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks in the spring of 2017 to manage the Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative grant, Caleb seeks to continue to enact his passion for restoration through hands-on service to the land.

Seth Wheeler

Watershed Committee Fellowship Intern