Meet the Trainers

Save Our Streams trainers are able to train and certify new SOS volunteers in their area. These trainers receive extra training and serve as local points of contact and knowledge for new monitors.

Trainers are assigned to workshops based on geographical area and availability. But no matter who leads your field training, we're sure you won't be disappointed!

Izaak Walton League Staff

Samantha PuckettSamantha Puckett
Clean Water Program Director

Habitat: Nationwide

Goal: To help volunteers nationwide monitor and have an impact in their region... and of course, to have fun in the stream!

Favorite Monitoring Moment: "I love watching new monitors see the bugs on the net for the first time – it is a combination of shock, awe, and a newfound sense of curiosity that we don’t often find in adulthood."

Inner Macroinvertebrate: Damselfly larva. Damselflies are swimming predators, and use their big eyes to observe when seeking out their prey. "I connect with this because I am often a quiet observer while taking in my surroundings. Adults are also found close to water sources. (I have always been drawn to water in every phase of my life.)"

Special Skills: "When I am not working or spending time outside, I love doing crafts (like crochet or sewing), and fermenting (kombucha, pickles, tepache, you name it!)."


Heather WilsonHeather Wilson
Midwest Save Our Streams Coordinator

Habitat: Midwest

Goal: To foster a connection between people and nature, and to help them make a difference for their local waterways!

Favorite Monitoring Moment: I love the realization – especially with kiddos – that there are so many critters to be found in the water. It is an amazing realization that the stream is ALIVE!

Inner Macroinvertebrate: Caddisfly larva. Many caddisflies create elaborate casings from pebbles, sand, or other items from their surroundings. “I admire the resourcefulness of caddisflies, and I feel like we have that in common! Just like the caddisfly, I’ve taken in bits and pieces based on where I am and where I’ve been, and I carry it with me as I journey along.”

Special Skills: In my spare time, I’m most likely playing a board game, riding my bike, working on a puzzle, or enjoying the great outdoors.

Midwest Kristen Bieret

Kristen Bieret
Carroll County, IA
Carroll County Conservation

Sara Carmichael

Sara Carmichael
Story County, IA
Story County Conservation

Jenny Biederman

Jennifer Cochran-Biederman
Stockton, MN

Thomas Doyle

Thomas Doyle
Marion, IA
City of Marion

Susan Heathcote

Susan Heathcote
Des Moines, IA

John Kraus

John Kraus
Winneshiek County, IA
Winneshiek County Conservation

Jackie Lingle

Jackie Lingle
Sac County, IA
Sac County Conservation

Ginny Malcomson

Ginny Malcomson
Polk County, IA
Polk County Conservation

Aiveen Martin

Aiveen Martin
Rapid City, SD
Youth & Family Services

Evan Neubauer

Evan Neubauer
Winnesheik County, IA
Winneshiek County Conservation

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Kylee Passman
Coon Rapids, IA
Whiterock Conservancy

Dakota Popp

Dakota Popp
Carroll County, IA
Carroll County Conservation

Taylor Schaefers

Taylor Schaefers
Dubuque County, IA
Dubuque County Conservation

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Tanner Scheuermann
Green County, IA
Greene County Conservation

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Ashley Scheve
Milford, IA
Iowa Lakeside Laboratory

Rich Walker

Rich Walker
Fayette, IA
Upper Iowa University

Great Lakes Marjorie Hamers

Marjorie Hamers
Wayne County, OH

Jennifer Stroyan

Jennifer Stroyan
DeForest, WI

Jim Sweeney

Jim Sweeney
Schererville, IN

Northeast GaryLipp

Gary Lipp
Liverpool, NY