The James River Basin Partnership is comprised of a dedicated Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and 3 proud & passionate employees that work with interns, service learning students, contractors, volunteers, and experts to achieve JRBP's objectives.
Tiffany started her commitment to the James River Basin Partnership in September of 2006. Initially, her introduction to the Partnership came during her stint as a JRBP Stream Team Assistant, as part of the AmeriCorps. This assistance eventually led to a full time Project Manager position. As Project Manager, Tiffany has worked in many areas including grant management, volunteer organization, event coordination, and particularly focused on Low Impact Development techniques and storm water reduction projects (i.e. rain barrel program, education outreach programs, Storm Drain Reveal, etc.). She also received two Permaculture Design Certificates to supplement her water quality training.
As of October 2015, Tiffany has proudly stepped into the role of Executive Director at the James River Basin Partnership. She will continue to motivate her personal passion around storm water issues in urban settings. As a proponent of local community gardens, she also serves on the advisory board of the Springfield Community Gardens. Tiffany has been passionate about rivers and the environment from her earliest memories! She will continue to dedicate herself to water quality, our watersheds citizens, and the James River Basin Partnership. Keep an eye out for Tiffany floating on the James or sailing with her husband on Stockton Lake.
Brent grew up in Independence, Missouri enjoying his youth playing and exploring his family farm’s pastures and river bottoms. These experiences shaped Brent’s love for the outdoors. This passion eventually brought him to Springfield, Missouri where he received his B.S. in Wildlife Conservation and Management and a minor in Geospatial Sciences. Since graduating in 2013, he has worked for various non-profit organizations (such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ozarks and the Discovery Center) that provide hands-on education and service to children and families throughout the Ozarks. Now, Brent holds the title of Project Manager at the James River Basin Partnership where he focuses on outreach education, JRBP programming, volunteer organization, and grant management.
Since moving to Springfield, Brent has fallen in love with the Ozarks and the Springfield community. Brent is passionate about conservation and the outdoors and spends most of his free time hunting, fishing, mountain biking and volunteering for the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.
Membership & Communications manager
The newest member of the JRBP team, Todd Wilkinson graduated from Missouri State with Bachelor and Masters of Arts in History, and taught American and Ozarks history and geography at Ozarks Technical Community College as an adjunct instructor for 16 years.
Continuing that emphasis, Todd served for ten years as a seasonal park ranger with the US National Park Service at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield in Republic, Missouri, where he researched and delivered presentations on many aspects of the Battle of Wilson’s Creek and local history, as well as the cultural and natural geography of the Ozarks. During his time teaching at OTC and as a Ranger at Wilson's Creek, Todd developed a passion for encouraging students and visitors to explore the natural and cultural resources around them and to be aware of their importance today.
Todd also serves in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, the enrolled volunteer component of the US Coast Guard, as a Public Affairs and Marine Safety Specialist, working alongside active duty and reserve Coast Guard personnel to promote recreational boating safety and environmental stewardship.
On his free time Todd likes to hike, attempt to kayak, and study folk music and folklore from the Ozarks and Scotland, especially the works of Vance Randolph.
Board of Directors
President: Dave Coonrod
Vice-President: Jason Frantz
Treasurer: Tina Yearack
Secretary: Travis Cossey
Dr. Beth Bowles
Dr. Bobby Wixson