Sponsors & Supporters

Realizing the mission of Living Lands & Waters wouldn’t be possible without the countless support and sponsorship that we receive from corporate, foundation, community and individual sponsors. If you or your organization would like to get more involved with LL&W, you can learn more about how to get involved or donate to LL&W online.

$100,000 and up

$50,000 - $99,999

$25,000 - $49,999

  • Bert & Ann Shearer Foundation
$10,000 - $24,999

Chad Pregracke

The Mississippi River was literally Chad Pregracke’s backyard while growing up near East Moline, IL.  Chad’s vision, charisma, non-stop work ethic and natural leadership have garnered him an abundance of awards and honors over the years. Most notably, Chad was the recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service; America’s version of the Nobel Prize, in June 2002. Chad accepted this award in the United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C. with other reward recipients: Rudolph Giuliani, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Lilly Tartikoff. Chad was honored to be named the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year.  Whenever he can get away from his rigorous work schedule, Chad enjoys fishing, hunting, skateboarding, wind surfing, and recycling used and salvaged materials by incorporating them into new projects.

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone:
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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Tammy Becker

Programs Manager

Tammy has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Western Illinois University, and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA and Peace Corps volunteer. A part of the crew since 2002, she’s the maternal leader of Living Lands & Water. Tammy holds key roles in the organization that include; grant writer, coordinator of many LL&W events, assists with cleanups and even cooks some bomb meals on the barge for the crew. If all that isn’t impressive enough, as Chad’s wife she’s the Yin to his Yang, the peanut butter to his jelly, the honey in his bee hive, the stars in his sky, and the one who reminds him not to forget Pork Chop on an island on the river.  She consistently brings a positive attitude and her loyal companion, Travis (aka mama’s boy, who never leaves her side) to work with her every day.  When Tammy isn’t dedicating life and limb to LL&W, she loves cutting a rug, listening to live music, cooking, and hanging with friends and family.

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone: 309.236.0725
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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Michael Coyne-Logan

Educational Facilitator/Crew

AKA Nozzy, began as a volunteer in 2005 and was asked to join the crew in 2007. Mike graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2000 with degrees in History and Teaching.  Before joining the Living Lands & Waters team, he worked as a teacher in his home town of Rock Island, IL. Much like the mighty paddlewheels on the majestic steamboats of yesteryear, Nozzy propels the crew to greatness.  His knack for motivational speaking and his go-getter attitude earned him the nickname “The Coach.” His words have inspired thousands of volunteers at hundreds of river cleanups.  Mike takes his coaching to the classroom as the Education Facilitator, teaching students about the importance of our nation’s rivers, clean water, and recycling.  In his spare time, Nozzy enjoys lifting weights, reading, seeing live music, and picking up garbage.

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone: 309.496.9848
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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John Bostrom (J.B.)

Operations Mananger/Crew

Instead of pursuing a job as an international male model, one of the best looking crew members in the history of LL&W, John (J.B.) travels America’s rivers aboard our barge. He’s a quick learner and jack of all trades. His duties include spinning tunes in a jon boat on the Mississippi River and helps to keep LL&W’s engines running and props turning.  J.B. volunteered with LL&W for several years and participated in an Alternative Spring break which all led to his employment with LL&W in 2011. . He graduated from Black Hawk College in 2009 and attended Western Illinois University.  In his spare time, J.B. enjoys doing sound and lights for local Q.C. band favorite, The Dawn, sailing, and avidly following American Ninja Warrior.

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone: 309.236.5627
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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Dan Breidenstein

Multimedia Specialist & Project Coordinator

Dan started as a LL&W volunteer in 2010. After participating in two alternative spring break sessions and completing an internship, he was invited to officially join the staff crew in May of 2013.  He’s known as a modern day renaissance man with many talents. He’s creative and adds innovative ideas to many brain storming sessions. He’s a professional disc golfer, technologically savvy, guru of trash collecting, a soccer goalie, skateboarding whiz, snowboarder, sage photographer, prospective American Ninja Warrior, and he plays one mean kazoo. He loves traveling and listening to live music.

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone: 309.236.6599
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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Shelly Hamm

Financial Manager

Serving as the keeper of the checkbook, Shelly carries the responsibility of payroll, expenses and record keeping for the organization. She joined the LL&W office staff in the fall of 2013 and has a fun sense of humor and organizational and business skills that have added checks and balances to the operations. Shelly might be the kindest, sweetest, most giving person on the crew – but if anyone misses turning in time sheets untimely, Shelly will come a-looking. She is married to Roger, they have two children. In her off time, Shelly enjoys watching her kids’ sporting events and serving as their full-time taxi driver

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone: 309.496.9848
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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Meghan Elgan

Educational Coordinator

Meghan was raised by bald eagles until the age of four, when her human parents found her on the banks of the river and brought her into their family. A native to the Fox River valley in northeastern Illinois, Meghan joined us from the Ozark Plateaus of northwest Arkansas where she spent 2014 working as a Teacher Naturalist at the Ozark Natural Science Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin Steven’s Point. There, she gained an appreciation for good cheese, cold winters, and ecological restoration. Meghan spent two summers working for Citizens for Conservation as a restoration intern and helped restore some of the most beautiful prairies in Illinois! An all-around outdoor enthusiast, you’ll rarely see Meghan without a smile on her face! She spends her spare time adventuring, crafting, or convincing the stiff and sore crew the benefits of yoga.

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone: 309-236-6279
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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Amber Pribyl

Sponsor Relations & Project Manager

Amber aka (“Am’s”, “Amborine”, “The Miracle Worker”, “The River Hygienist”, “Ambrosia”, “Silence of the Ambs”) rejoined the LL&W team in March 2015.  It was her well-known commitment to success, support of community development and volunteer efforts that connected her to the organization.  A former dental assistant, she now is dedicated to finding ways for LL&W to make the most of its resources.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, live music and meeting new people.

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone: 309-496-9848
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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David Post

Crew

Accepting a post at Living Lands & Waters in June 2015 was a natural next step for David who hails from the Natural State of Arkansas. David puts the “can” in Arkansas with his can do attitude and handiness with a wrench. David studied viticulture and enology at Arkansas Tech University and worked in his father and grandfather’s vineyard before feeling the tug from the Mississippi. He even sometimes brings samples of wine and grape juice from home to the crew, which definitely multiplies David’s value as a crew member. Evolving from grapes to oak trees, David tends to our oak nursery. When he’s not growing the saplings of the future, you may find him hunting , canoeing, fishing, or gardening. You will never see David without a smile on, unless he gets a little “peckish”.

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone: 309-236-1874
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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Luke Lippincott

Crew

Our newest member of the crew, Luke Lippincott aka “Snow Leopard” and his trusty sidekick Diesel, joined us in July 2015! Luke is no stranger to traveling (at least that’s what the guys he plays basket ball with say) He lived in Nebraska until he was 12, Iowa until he was 14, and with the exception of another brief stint in Nebraska–Illinois ever since. Luke comes to us from Rock River Arms, where he operated the laser etcher on all their guns/accessories. He is an avid disc golfer, and loves snowboarding, camping, and listening to live music. Luke has an epic rivalry with fellow crew member and lifelong friend Dan. It ranks right up there with Bird vs. Magic, Army vs. Navy, and the Packers vs. Bears. Oh and ladies, by the way, he bakes some of the best chocolate chip cookies you ever tasted! Grace feels that her cookies are better…that’s right folks the chocolate chip cookie gauntlet has been dropped!

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone: 309-236-2065
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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Monique Dykman

Crew

Monique grew up boating and playing on the Chesapeake Bay, in Annapolis, Maryland. She traveled south to college on the St. Mary’s River, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. When she wasn’t working at the school’s waterfront, she took up paddle boarding and kayaking, and finished a degree in Economics and minors in Environmental Studies and Sociology. Monique worked in Western Massachusetts in Outdoor Education. Since Monique has left Maryland to work on the crew Maryland has been a lot less “merry”, so much so that the state has even consider renaming the state just the “Land.” She does a great job as the Safety Coordinator and goes by the name “Mobo Cop”! When she isn’t on the water, you can find her on a backpacking trip, road tripping, at a campfire, or playing cribbage!

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone: 309-732-6101
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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Skyler Nitzel

Skyler grew up in East Moline, Illinois and has lived there all of her life. She graduated from United Township High School and went to school to become a Dental Assistant.  Instead of helping cleaning teeth she is now helping clean America’s Rivers. She enjoys dancing, traveling, hanging out with friends and family, and listening to music. She was a cheerleader for 4 years at UTHS and did competitive cheer for 2 years.  Her favorite cheer now is 2,4,6,8 – what are we going to excavate!

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone:
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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Grace Waters

Development Coordinator

First “gracing” Living Lands & Waters with her presence in 2011, Grace “Waters” was one of the early members and organizers of the Memphis River Warriors where she honed her trash collecting skills under the tutelage of the garbage gathering Jedi; Colton Cockrum (aka Johnny Trash).   Grace graduated from the University of Memphis in 2014 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics. She joined LL&W as a crew member after working with us in Memphis. Grace enjoys helping people, traveling, trying new things, and most importantly; baking chocolate chips cookies for the crew.

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone: 309.732.6461
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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Travis

Pooch

If Travis could be summed up in one word it would be “loyal,” loyal at least to, LL&W’s maternal leader, Tammy. Travis is smart enough to not stray too far from the gravy train. However, when he hears someone rummaging through the refrigerator he will be the first by their side. Travis was discovered in Southern Illinois with a patty of liquid nail on his head. Travis puts the word “chill” in chiller, his exceptionally laid back personality is great for any campfire.  A few of Travis’ accomplishments include; four time champion softest fur coat at the National Fur Convention, fastest hot dog eaten North of the Mason Dixon line, and a variety of firsts and seconds at the biannual Alaskan river dog bark off championship. Simply put Travis is a god among dogs.

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone:
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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Pork Chop

Pooch

After wandering the hills and valleys of Montana for eight months of his lonely puppy-hood, Pork Chop was taken in by the loving embrace of Chad and Tammy. Right away it was apparent that he was made for life on the river. Never missing a boat or car ride, Pork Chop could be compared to a mix between Scrappy-Doo and Curious George. Pork Chop’s hobbies include, wrasslin’, running full speed ahead (usually into Travis or Rebel), and catching flies in mid-air. The crew is extremely happy to have Pork Chop aboard.

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone:
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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Diesel

Diesel
Diesel has the prettiest eyes on the whole crew! He loves playing fetch, long walks, belly rubs, and making his owner, Luke, happy.  Whether it’s swimming in the nearest watering hole, or chasing birds, Diesel is always on the move!  He loves to scare away flying objects, including drones, which is why we have hired him to be our top security dog on the barge. He frequently saves us from viscous attacks from turkey vultures, crows, robins, and chickadees. The next time you see Diesel, be sure to give him a good pet and thank him for his service.
Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone:
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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Bailey

Bailey came to us from the Ozarks of Arkansas. Like a true mountain gal, Bailey loves going hiking with her owners David and Meghan. She is gearing up to compete in Redbull’s Parkour competition at Art of Motion 2017, and practices by climbing on anything her muddy little paws can reach. Bailey’s daredevil agility makes up for her (lack of) gracefulness, especially when she’s excited, or wrasslin’ with the other pooches.
Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone:
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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