Board of Directors

Dr. Charlene Waggoner - President

BS Bowling Green State University, Biological Sciences, Chemistry
MS University of Denver  Biological Sciences
Ph.D.  University of Michigan, Cellular and Molecular Biology

AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow
Faculty Bowling Green State University, Biology.  Acting Director, Center for Environmental Studies.  Director Women in Science Math and Engineering Program,  UPASS advisor.  Planning Committee Northwest Ohio Center of Excellence in Math, Science and Engineering. Vice President, Association for Biology Laboratory Education.

Director, Black Swamp Conservancy

Director, Vice President, President Greenway Network, Inc.

Grants:  Project NOVA, NSF

Research: Membrane fluidity.  Photosynthetic oxygen evolution.  Student learning in the laboratory.

 

Abby Broadstone - Vice President - Membership

Abby grew up in the bayous of South Louisiana and cultivated a love of the outdoors and Cajun cuisine.  Her passion lies within our natural environment, and water is at the forefront. She graduated with a B.S. in Biological Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2004.  After meeting her husband, she traveled to the Midwest and earned her M.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2006.  She earned a few certifications along the way, including her MO Professional Engineering license and also the U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional certification. 

In 2006 she started working for CDM Smith in environmental consulting, specializing in groundwater, surface water, sediment and soil remediation. 

She volunteers with the St. Louis local MATHCOUNTS competition and Greenway Network, as the VP of Membership. 

She spends as much time as she can with her two young kids and husband enjoying the outdoors!


 

Greg Poleski - Vice President - Revenue Generation

Greg, a river guide and retired letter carrier, has a long history of community service. He has served on many committees in advisory, planning, and volunteer capacities with Great Rivers Greenway, Open Space Council of Missouri, cities of Maryland Heights and St. Charles and the Olympics.  Greg is a member of the following organizations: Greenway Network, Sierra Club, St. Louis Hinder Club, Missouri Whitewater Association, Missouri Coalition for the Environment and the National Association of Letter Carriers

In 1993 he co-founded Greenway Network and served as President for over ten years, currently serving as Vice-President. Greenway Network has served the St. Louis and St. Charles communities for twenty years winning two Missouri Steam Team Adult Leadership Awards and receiving over one million dollars in grants to support  efforts to conserve our nation’s natural resources. As board member, Greg has organized meetings, workshops, conferences such as River Rendezvous, which involved chartering a riverboat once a year on the Mississippi River to promote public lands at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

He received special recognition from the US National Parks Rivers and Trails Assistance Program for his work converting flood buy out property into parks, such as the City of Portage Des Sioux’s Nature Area and Hide- Away Harbor County Park in St. Charles, Co.

He helped organize the Confluence Partnership of which Greenway Network was a founding member which, with McNight funding, supported efforts to enhance the confluence area of Mississippi and Missouri Rivers.

Currently for Greenway Network he is organizing, in cooperation with River Relief, the Big Muddy Speaker Series held in St. Charles, MO. The monthly program brings in speakers to educate our community on the mission of the USFW Big Muddy Refuge and to provide a forum for discussions on river conservation opportunities and issues. The Speakers Series provides a paddling opportunity on the Missouri River in the summer months. He also organizes River Soundings, a yearly conference held in the St. Louis area to keep people updated on recent river conservation efforts.

“My forty years of paddling on our rivers has shown me their strength and beauty and my twenty years of volunteer conservation work has taught me our river's importance to the health and welfare of our nation.

I believe the history, culture and biology of our rivers should be the basis of educational programs and projects that will create a river culture in our nation that recognizes the values of our rivers and will work to conserve those rivers.“ – Greg Poleski

Greg is married with 7 children. His  hobbies include handball, hiking, paddling, bicycling, traveling and reading.


 

Larry G. Ruff - Treasurer

Larry Ruff

Larry Ruff received BS degrees in Biology and History from Murray State University in 1969. He earned a Master’s degree in Secondary Administration from Northeast Missouri State University. After a 31 year teaching career he retired from Francis Howell North high school as the Science Department Chairperson and Head Track Coach. During his tenure he taught most of the biological sciences and co-authored the Environmental Studies curriculum for the Francis Howell school district. He was Francis Howell North’s Teacher of the Year in 1999 and has been named Who’s Who Among American Teachers five times.

He has been involved with the Missouri Stream Team since 1993 and formed Francis Howell North’s Stream Team #374. While he was the stream team sponsor he and his students received numerous awards and grants for their outstanding work. He has attended the Missouri Department of Conservation Stream Team Academy and is currently Stream Team Level IV certified.

He currently is the contact member for Greenway Network’s Stream Team 463. Larry has been an instructor for the Clean Water Celebration, Missouri Stream Team, Missouri Envirothon, Illinois Rivers Project, Science Olympiad, St. Charles County Rivers & Streams Project and most recently the Clean Stream Education Initiative.

In 2005 he became an Americorps Member sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and served as one of the St. Louis area Stream Team Assistants. He has worked for the Southwest Illinois Resource Conservation and Development organization as a field biologist conducting wetland surveys. He is dedicated to conserving our rivers, streams and floodplains as well as promoting green space, parks and trails.

He is a past president and vice-president of the Missouri Stream Team Watershed Coalition.

Larry has been a member of the Board of Directors of Greenway Network since 1999 and is currently serving as Treasurer.

He is an avid fisherman and traveler. His indoor hobbies are reading and working on his family’s genealogy.


 

Sharon Kenny-Director Ameritus

Sharon Kenny

 

Stacie Skolodejchuk-Director

 

Brian Waldrop-Director

Brian Waldrop

Brian Waldrop received his BS degree in Biology at the University of Missouri in 2016.  He has also taken classes in Forest Biology and Aquatic Entomology at the University of Guyana.

He received the Watershed Hero Award by the River des Peres Watershed Coalition 2015.  He was recognized by Northern Ozark Rivers Partnership for Volunteering Efforts 2015. He received the Stream Team Super Hero Award from Missouri River Relief 2015.

He was Grand Marshall at the Arnold Days Parade 2014 for Volunteering Efforts. He received the Open Space Council River Stewardship Award 2014. He was recognized by Stream Teams United March 2014 and by UMSL for leading workshop to the Guyana-EPA in Guyana, South America 2014.  He was named River Champion by American Rivers February 2014.

Brian is the St. Louis and Southeast Regional Stream Team Assistant
Board Member with the League of Watershed Guardians
Board Member with the River des Peres Watershed Coalition
Board Member with the Greenway Network
Board Member with the City of Arnold Park Department
Chair the Missouri Stream Team 211 (The Mighty 211)
Stewardship Specialist on Tires
Volunteer Water Quality Monitor Level III Qualified
Cooperative Stream Investigator in E. Coli and Microinvertebrates
Completed All Missouri Stream Team Workshops (MDC and DNR)
Crew Mate for Missouri River Relief and the Big Muddy Clean Sweep Barge.

 

Christine Eller-Director

 

 Eller-Christine

 

Christine Eller earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the

University of Missouri in 1998 specializing in Advertising and

Broadcasting. She earned her paralegal certification from Colorado

State University – Pueblo in 2005 and has been a licensed Missouri

Realtor since 2012.

She is a crew member for Missouri River Relief, a Volunteer Vacations

crew leader for the American Hiking Society, and is currently employed

in the Business Development department of Centene Corporation.

Christine was very involved with the Boy Scouts of America with her son,

Evan.

She has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2017.


Carrie Henderson-Secretary

 Carrie Henderson

Carrie Henderson earned a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Greenville College.

She earned her M.A. in Teaching from Greenville College.

She completed a fellowship as a Naturalist at Eagle Bluff Environmental Education Center in Lanesboro, Minnesota and also an internship in education programs at Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado. In addition, Carrie has worked at Wildlife Prairie State Park (in Operations and Education) in Peoria, Illinois and as a Program Specialist at Sommer Park in Edward, Illinois.

Carrie is currently in her 7th year working as a special education teacher in Alton, Illinois. She is a member of Missouri Stream Team 168 and Missouri Stream Team 211. She volunteers on occasion with The Nature Institute in Godfrey, Illinois.