Events

Chad

Chad Pregracke

The Mississippi River was literally Chad Pregracke’s backyard while growing up near East Moline, IL.  Today, the organization has grown to include 13 full-time staff and fleet of equipment.  The crew travels through an average of nine states a year that include the Mississippi, Illinois, and Ohio Rivers. Since its inception, Chad, his crew and over 70,000 volunteers have collected nearly 8 million pounds of debris from our nation’s greatest rivers. Most recently, Chad expanded efforts of the organization to include the educational workshops, The MillionTrees Project, Invasive Species Removal, and the Adopt-a-River Mile programs.  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

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

Crew

AKA Nozzy, began as a volunteer 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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Ashley

Ashley Stover

Director of Safety & Maintenance - Project Coordinator

Ashley graduated from Western Illinois University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, but with this LL&W superstar, you would have thought it was astrology. This north star is not afraid to get dirty, get after trash with the best of them and step up as the big dipper when extra hands are needed. Ashley’s organization skills, dedication and tenacity have serve her well in leadership roles with the MillionTrees Project and as the organization’s Safety Coordinator.  When she’s not helping keeping things tidy and organized for LL&W she loves hanging in her galaxy with dog Smo, friends, family…. and especially her niece, Keegan.

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone: 309.737.5913
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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John Bostrom (J.B.)

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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Amber Pribyl

Office Manager

Amber aka (“Am’s”, “Amborine”, “The Miracle Worker”, “The River Hygienist”, “Ambrosia”, “Silence of the Ambs”) joined the LL&W team in May 2012.  It was her well-known commitment to success, support of community development and volunteer efforts that connected her to the organization. Amber oversees the administrative operations from LL&W home port office. A former dental assistant, she now enthusiastically manages the Quad Cities office with tenacity and is dedicated to finding ways for LL&W to make the most of its resources. As the organizer of the annual barge party, Amber has elevated that event to record breaking standards. 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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Dan

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

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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Kate

Kate Runge

Director of Marketing & Events Coordinator

When she’s not sweating to meet administrative deadlines for LL&W, she’s deadlifting at CrossFit.  Kate brings a creative and positive energy that can best be described as spunky and funky. After graduating from Monmouth College in 2011 with a degree in Public Relations and Business, Kate spent almost 3 years working in the health insurance industry before joining the LL&W team.  In her free time, Kate loves to ride her Harley, travel, and is an avid CrossFitter. She is ecstatic to be a member of the LL&W team.

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone: 309.236.0728
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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Nelson Curran

Crew

Nelson brings something to the table that no one else does; a little thing he calls, “garbage vision.”  When wearing his “shades,” he’s known for spotting trash on shore from remarkable distances.  Nelson first worked with the crew as a volunteer at Alternative Spring Break 2011.  He graduated from Augustana College, Rock Island in 2012 with a degree in Geography.  His previous jobs include working for the Minnesota Conservation Corps, a Coastal Land Trust, and was a kayak tour guide.  Nelson’s hobbies include hiking, cooking, playing his guitar, visiting family and friends, and talking about the awesomeness of his fellow crew member, Yam.  He also loves Philadelphia!

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone: 309.236.1874
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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Grace

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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Yam

Eric Louck – “Yam”

Eric aka “Yam” first worked with the LL&W team from 2001 -2005.  He was an important part of the early days and the building of the foundation of Living Lands and Waters – not to mention, it’s where he met his wife and former crew member, Lisa Louck.  In 2012, Yam (don’t ever call him Sweet Potato) rejoined the LL&W crew. In addition to the expertise and knowledge Yam brings to the barge, he has upped our profile at our events with his the unique ability to portray a Leprechaun (as he did on St. Patrick’s Day at Alternative Spring Break 2014).   Eric enjoys Red Sox baseball and fishing.

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone: 309-236-4996
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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JR

Jennifer Ryan

Programs Assistant

A renowned do-gooder, Jennifer is no stranger to the nonprofit world, she and her father started ESPWA Ministries, which has taken her to Haiti 11 times to provide  scholarships that send kids to school and provides them with a healthy meal. She joined the Living Lands & Waters crew in September of 2014. Jennifer is deathly afraid of spiders and not to dwell on the arachnophobia thing too much, but isn’t it odd that she’d name her daughter after the most famous spider of all time, “Charlotte?” Jennifer enjoys baking, reading, live music, traveling to Haiti, avoiding spiders at all costs and spending time with friends and family.

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

Mike Hanlin

Captain

A retired educator from East Moline, Mike has been with Living Lands & Waters since the beginning. Captain Mike received his Masters License in the 60’s while working his way through college. After many years of teaching, Mike was approached by Chad to come aboard as Captain. They made their first trip up the Mississippi River together with one additional crew member. Captain is an environmentalist who enjoys the outdoors. Captain Mike always has a great story to tell about his experiences working with LL&W, and looks forward to future trips “Rollin on the River.”

Contact:
  • Living Lands & Waters
  • 17624 Route 84 N
  • East Moline, Il 61244
  • Phone: 309.236.7034
  • Fax: 309.496.1012
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travis

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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porkchop

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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