Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Through their actions, the board strives to increase community awareness, appreciation, and involvement with the Shiawassee River. The Friends Board meets the third Tuesday of the month. Though all board meetings are closed to the public, the Friends annual meeting in January is an open event and anyone is welcome to attend.  There are a number of committees active with the Friends; please contact us for information on how to become involved.


Executive Committee                    

Tom Cook: President 

Nick Tereck: Vice President

Matt Van Epps: Secretary 

Brad Kirkland: Treasurer

Gary Burk: Past-President 


Josh Adams

Mike Goergen

Betsy Hull

Karen Kong

Tony Newman

Lance Omer

Anthony Karhoff

Kristina Yaklin 

Joanne Kenyon

Colleen Dell



Interim Executive Director

Lorraine Austin -

Picture coming soon!






  Stream Team Coordinator  

  Sarah Baker -

Welcome to Sarah Baker, the Friends new Stream Team Coordinator. Volunteering water quality sampling starts soon; contact her to learn more about Stream Team and Water Quality Monitoring on the Shiawassee.

Here's what she has to say: "I’m truly excited about this opportunity and I look forward to working with all of the wonderful volunteers that dedicate their time to improving our watershed.  I grew up in the Owosso/Corunna area, and now reside in Lennon with my husband and one-year-old son. When I’m not pursuing my lifelong passions for science, conservation, nature, and caring for animals, I can be found spending time with my wonderful family and our pets. After graduating from Saginaw Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, I began working with the mammals at the Detroit Zoo as a Zookeeper. In my six years spent at the Detroit Zoo, my desire to work toward nature conservation in my hometown greatly intensified. I am thrilled at the opportunity to serve with my community in conservation efforts. I look forward to working with you on our upcoming Stream Team activities!"

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