(573) 434 - 4400
PO Box 836
Sunrise Beach, MO 65079
Doug is active in Faithbridge Church, Married to Becky , has 4 grand children has lived at the Lake for 14 years, loves to boat, swim, hunt, fish and play golf here at Lake of the Ozarks. . .And is a Licensed 25 ton Master boat Captain. Because of the love of the outdoors, Doug is dedicated to a clean environmental, good water quality.
Doug Beck , recently retired from LO Environmental he was the Owner/President/Founder - Doug, a Certified Environmental Compliance Manager by the Southern Columbia University, is 40 Hazwoper and DS II Certified. Doug has worked for various well known transportation facilities, disposal facilities, and major environmental engineering firms performing Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments and Phase III Management of on-site remediation. In addition, Doug is well-versed in management of hazardous and non hazardous waste programs and projects, including Leaking Underground Storage Tanks.
Doug was Vice President of LOWA, from 2007 to 2010, Doug assisted in developing grants for Lake wide water testing and assisted with the 2 dam day event from the inception.
Tony Thorpe is a Director On the LOWA Board. Since 2001 Tony has been the Coordinator for the Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program (LMVP) at the University Of Missouri in Columbia. LMVP is a statewide group of volunteers who regularly monitor water quality at over 1 00 Missouri lake sites. This program is explained further under the water quality element in this plan. Tony Thorpe is a Columbia, Missouri native who has been working with water quality at the University of Missouri since 1995. He received his Masters degree in Limnology from the University Of Missouri in 2004 by examining relationships between heterotrophic bacterial abundance, nutrients and algae at regional and global scales
Kathy brings to LOWA a longstanding love of the Lake of the Ozarks and a commitment to efforts for conservation of the natural resources of the area. She has lived at the Lake most of her life graduating from Versailles High School. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a BS in Elementary Education and taught for the Hazelwood School district. The Lake called her home and she returned with her young family to buy Hickory Grove Resort. Her family operated the resort for 10 years. After that she worked as a manager for several retail businesses in the Lake area.
She has been an active volunteer in recent years. Kathy completed the Master Gardener and the Missouri Master Naturalist training programs and has stayed active in both organizations. As the LOWA LIL chair she
Tom Wiltshire is the LOWA First Vice-President. Tom is Emeritus Professor of Biology at Culver-Stockton College where he also served as Vice President and Dean of the College. He and his wife, Cindy, have owned property at the lake since 1984 and moved here full time in 2008. He holds a B.A. in biology from Culver Stockton College, a M.A. in biology from Drake University, and a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Missouri.
Wiltshire has a special interest in water quality and is an active member of the Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program and a Level 3 qualified member of the Missouri Stream Team. His special interest in LOWA is due to the organization's emphasis on the impact of the use of the entire watershed on the quality of the lake's water.
LOWA BOARD & STAFF
LOWA Board Advisors
Shirley McInteer is the Administrative Assistant for LOWA and is responsible for operating the LOWA office in Lake Ozark. Shirley is an Active member of the LOWA Stream Team #3215. Shirley went to Millers Cosmetology school in Camdenton, Mo and has been doing hair part time for 20 years while working for McInteer Construction LLC, as an office manager for 14 years. Shirley also worked for US Bank for four years as a Teller coordinator and Universal banker. Shirley is from the lake area and has two children that graduated from School of the Osage and one grandson that she adores.
has taken an active part in the implementation of the Healthy Lake Grant. She was involved in the very successful Beautiful Yards for a Healthy Lake of the Ozarks seminar. Kathy helped plan and organize the planting of the demonstration gardens at Willmore Lodge and Executive Woods. She worked with Caroline Toole to organize and implement the Trained Volunteer Evaluator program.
Kathy is currently chairing a project involving LOWA, the Lake of the Ozarks chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalist program, and Ameren Missouri, in partnership with the Missouri Department of Resources division of State Parks. It is a marked kayak trail beginning at the kayak steps in Ha Ha Tonka State Park and connecting to the last seven miles of the Niangua River. The Big Niangua River Trail will highlight this lovely area and the rich history of the early river settlements. It will bring affordable low impact recreation to the Lake area and get people closer to nature.
Kathy says, "The Lake has been a place of opportunity for my family and me. It has given us a quality of life not found in many other places. I feel that working toward a clean and healthy Lake of the Ozarks is the key to making sure that it continues to be a place of opportunity for future generations. "
Christy Fera is the President of LOWA and the owner of the Christy Fera Agency, LLC of American Family Insurance located in Camdenton, Missouri. Christy has been involved with LOWA as a volunteer since 2006, and opened her small business as well in 2006. Christy graduated from Truman State University ¡n 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and moved to Camdenton in 2007 where she currently resides with her son. Her longtime interest in environmental protections, environmental education, and recycling projects make her a dedicated volunteer. Christy brings important business and financial skills as a volunteer for LOWA. She also serves as the President of the board of the Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance Foundation, Inc.
Warren Witt is a Director on the LOWA Board. Warren is the Director of Hydro Operations for Ameren Missouri, which includes responsibility for Bagnell Dam and the Osage Energy Center that creates the Lake of the Ozarks. Warren has been involved with LOWA since its inception and has the overall responsibility for the Lake based on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license issued to Ameren Missouri for operation of the Osage Energy Center. This FERC license provides many environmental and water quality responsibilities to Ameren Missouri.In addition to professional responsibilities for water quality, Warren is also a homeowner at the 4 mile marker of the Lake so he and his family have personal interest in protecting the Lake’s water quality. Warren holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a Masters in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri - Rolla.
Jay Polchow is the LOWA Treasurer. Jay worked for 39 years in the nuclear power field while in the United States Navy and at the Ameren Callaway Nuclear Plant. He earned a BS degree in physics from Lincoln University in Jefferson City Missouri in 1986. Jay served several years as Trustee treasurer at the Court Street United Methodist Church in Fulton, Missouri and was responsible for tracking and reporting expenditures and receipts for a large endowment fund.
Jay has boated at the Lake since 1986 and moved to the lake permanently in 2004, where he lives with his wife Wendi in Rocky Mount. He retired from Ameren in 2007.
Jay builds cedar strip kayaks as a hobby and participates in kayak races. Jay is active in the adopt-the shoreline program for the Gravois arm of the lake. He attends the Versailles United Methodist Church and is a member of the Rocky Mount Lions Club.
Christy ¡s involved in the local community through the Rotary club, and is a counselor and coordinator in the foreign exchange student program. The program is a partnership between the Camdenton Rotary Club, Rotary International, Camdenton Public Schools, and the Department of State. Christy is also a member of the Camdenton Chamber of Commerce, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, LX Council, and Canopy Church.
through all those changes was able to save the company 1.6 million in first year alone. She then started the new, “Technical Marketing” department, packaged and marketed the airline reservation system for 10 million dollars, working with CEO’s of middle sized International Airlines. Donna has also served the communities in which she lived through various volunteer capacities. She was a Special Events Coordinator for local community fair that was host to approximately 20,000 people over a 3 day weekend. She has served as a Girl Scout Leader, President of Council of PTA, PTSA for Eight Schools. Prior to becoming Executive Director of LOWA, she held a similar position as the Special Events Coordinator/ Fundraiser for Blue River Watershed Assoc. wherein she worked with business to sponsor efforts to clean up the Blue River. Donna has also organized events for approx 10,000 students in the Kansas City area over a 5 year period for the Kansas City Clean Streams Program and Water Celebrations. Donna is proud to have owned a lake home for 28 years and looks forward to making a positive difference in the Lake Area.
Donna has vast experience in both the corporate world and has played major roles in helping non profits become successful. Donna began her career in New York City traveling nationally for major cosmetic firm, where she specialized in training and marketing. She then expanded her career into marketing and managing Tax Shelter Investments. Several years later, her entrepreneurial skill helped her to open her own recruiting business which specialized in Technical Programmers for the airline industry. Through this venture, Donna contracted work for major airline to set up a new department "Technical Careers" where she was responsible for writing the charter, establishing a one million dollar budget, hiring the staff, and