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Meet the Team

Missouri River Relief Staff

Diverse skills in a group dedicated to the Missouri River

Jeff Barrow, Director

Jeff has been involved in clean water issues for years, helping start Show-Me Clean Streams and Missouri River Relief to his work at Greenbelt Land Trust. Through the years, he has served as a coordinator and board member of MRR. He is co-author of "From the Bottom Up - One Man's Crusade to Clean Up America's Rivers", the story of Chad Pregracke's Living Lands & Waters barge clean-up crew. Jeff has a deep love of the Missouri River, and is a two-time veteran of the Missouri River 340 Paddle Race.

Steve Schnarr, Program Manager

Steve Schnarr lives in Columbia, Mo., a stone’s throw from the Missouri River. His love for the river developed from years of exploring its waters by canoe. He was drawn to Missouri River Relief as a volunteer at local clean-ups, later serving as an event coordinator, MegaScout coordinator, MRR board member and is currently the Program Manager, Steve coordinates the River Relief crew, manages the website and communications and organizes clean-ups across the state.


Melanie Cheney, Office Manager and Program Assistant

Melanie CheneyMelanie has been a volunteer crewmember with Missouri River Relief since 2002, working on clean-ups, special projects, and educational events.  Hired as an Americorps Stream Team Assistant in 2008, she networked with Stream Teams in the area, developed education programs and helped coordinate events. She continues to do all of those things, as well as tighten up things in the office.

Kristen Schulte, Education Director

Kristen Schulte joins MRR with over six years of experience in environmental education and a Master of Science in Natural Science Education and Environmental and Natural Resources.  Her passion for environmental education was first ignited during a trail crew in the North Cascades, WA.  Ever since this experience, she has felt a drive to connect people to the environment, while promoting stewardship.  In her role at MRR, she will work to advance our mission of connecting people to the Missouri River with an emphasis on education.

Jen Davis, Event Coordinator

Jen Davis began volunteering with Missouri River Relief in 2013, joined the Big Muddy Clean Sweep Team in 2014, and helped to organize the 2014 Boonville River Festival in celebration of the river town that raised her. She helps MRR by coordinating river clean-ups, river races, and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Jen holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, emphasis in Environmental & Global Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

 Jody Frank, Bookkeeper

Jody has been a volunteer crewmember for Missouri River Relief since 2009. She has experience as an environmental educator and with prairie restoration at Prairie Fork Conservation Area. Jody has a Bachelor’s Degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism, with an emphasis in Natural Resource Management.  As of fall 2016, she works part time for Missouri River Relief as the Bookkeeper.

John Brady, Fleet Manager

John Brady has been with us from the beginning, and served on the board of directors from 2001 - 2011.  A former barge pilot, John knows all things river and the inner workings of the entire River Relief machine.  The boats are purring and the captains are competent to run the river largely because of this man.  Whether meticulously tinkering on boats in his spare time or sharing bits of wisdom around the fire, John Brady is the spark plug of our crew.

“Racin” Dave Stevens, Mechanic

Dave Stevens, a.k.a Racin’ Dave has been River Relief’s equipment and logistics coordinator, operator and mechanic, as well as one of the “hard core” volunteers of every cleanup since 2001. He gets his name from road racing motorcycles across the country for 11 years. With at least 25 years of working on boats and jet ski’s under his belt, and a PhD in Harley Davidson mechanics, Dave can operate and work on anything from tractors to boats to motorcycles, and the man runs a mean chop-saw.

Missouri River Relief Crew

We would be nothing without our homegrown, grassroots crew of volunteers. From motorcycle mechanics and chefs to ecologists and government officials, this growing group of clean-up “addicts” loves to work hard and play hard. What binds them together is a shared love for the Missouri River.

Our crew puts in countless hours each year planning, training and putting on events across five states of the Missouri River.

The Missouri River Relief crew after the 2017 St. Charles Missouri River Clean-up.  photo by  "Cacklin" John Jansen is created and maintained by Missouri River Relief, P.O. Box 463, Columbia, MO 65205
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