This Water Wednesday we would like to welcome these two impressive women to our WCO team: Kelly Owens, Watershed Center Asst. Coordinator and Allison Terry, Watershed Center Fellowship Intern.
Kelly joined the Watershed Committee in June of 2019. As a Southwest Missouri native, she’s grown up around our waterways and developed a love for the outdoors early on. Kelly studied at Missouri State University where she earned her degree in Global Studies with an emphasis in Politics, Society, and Environmental Issues. As a Watershed Committee Intern from 2016-2017, she was involved with several projects including habitat restoration, education programs, and training new volunteers. She is an avid hiker, even completing the Camino de Santiago in Spain in 2016. Kelly strives to connect others to the environment through civic engagement, and has worked throughout her career to increase environmental volunteerism and participation in conservation

Allison Terry is a recent graduate of Stetson University in DeLand, Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Communication and Media Studies as well as Management. In her last semester, she received the Rachel Carson award. It is the most prestigious award in Stetson’s Department of Environmental Science and Studies. She also graduated as a summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA. Allison is originally from Springfield, Missouri and she had two paid summer internships here while she was in college. Her first was in 2017 as a Watershed Committee Intern helping with the SPLASH educational field trips and conservation efforts on the property. Her second was in 2018 as a City of Springfield Sustainability Intern helping with food waste research, recycling, outreach, and educational events. She is grateful to have been hired as an employee of the Watershed Committee because it is an extension of the work she loved as an intern. She hopes she can make a positive impact in her role as the new Watershed Fellow and is excited to see what she will learn in this position that can further her sustainability-focused career.