Jeff Neel has been the Executive Director of KAWS since September 2013 and a partner and advisor of KAWS since 2004. From 2007 to 2013, Jeff was responsible for the development, growth, and management of the Assessments & GIS program for KAWS. His efforts contributed to over 50 watershed, riparian, and wetland assessments and significant development of many innovative, technological methods--all focused on identifying simple sources or solutions for core ecological problems. Assessments were delivered to various agencies and stakeholder groups and have resulted in implementation of miles of stream and riparian restoration projects and many non-point source BMP implementation projects, ranging from ephemeral gully treatment to livestock feeding site relocation to creation of wetland retention areas for cropland. Currently, he is developing KAWS Applied Science & Innovation services and resources with partners, including a Geospatial Data Commons and GoogleMapper Inventory-Citizen Science tools as well as the KAN-PIC Market & Auction site.
Jeff has a passion for Kansas, Kansans (humans and non-humans), streams, wetlands, prairies, vaquaponics and agroecosystems. A Kansan all his life having grown up in northwestern and northeastern Kansas, he makes his home on the western banks of Tuttle Creek Lake in the Big Blue River Watershed, where he enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening, canoeing, boating, painting, music and nature walks. His neighbors have often referred to him as "the Dude" (from the Big Lebowski) because he "abides" and he has a fondness for rugs that tie rooms together.
John Bond is the KAWS WRAPS Manager and Middle Kansas River and Lower Kansas River WRAPS Coordinator. John manages KAWS WRAPS program and coordinates BMP projects and demonstration sites throughout Kansas. He has been involved with KAWS since its inception when he began attending meetings as a representative of Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks, who he worked for 12 years. He became a Regional Coordinator of KAWS in September of 2001 and is now the backbone of KAWS. He has been very involved with expanding and helping the organization grow into what it is today. "It has been a very rewarding experience and I look forward to helping KAWS continue to grow and expand in the future to help restore, enhance and protect our wetlands and streams for generations to come, " says John.