Meet the Staff

Aaron Deters

Executive Director

As a young farm kid growing up in northeast Kansas, Aaron spent countless days walking and wading the creeks that flowed through their farms. Little did he know, the time spent fishing and saving minnows from receding pools was molding a passion for a future in conservation. While the first three-quarters of his professional career was spent primarily on terrestrial habitat, including a host of wetland projects, it was not until 2017, while working with access on the Kansas River, that he re-discovered a passion for rivers and streams. Throughout Kansas, the rivers, streams, and wetlands are often overlooked by those outside of conservation. Aaron is thankful organizations, such as KAWS, exist to give a voice to some of Kansas’ most important natural resources.

Before coming to KAWS in 2021, Aaron spent 16 years with the KS Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism as a Wildlife Biologist Technician, District Wildlife Biologist and most recently the Region 2 Wildlife Biologist Supervisor in Topeka. Even though much of Aaron’s experience has been in public service working on private lands, he spent 4 years working with conservation related issues in the private sector. Aaron served as the Production Manager for Star Seed, Inc. where he focused on native grass, wildflower, and cover crop seed production. Aaron was also a Project Manager for Juniper Environmental where he worked with environmental assessments and T&E species mitigation.

Aaron holds a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Biology from Kansas State University and currently resides outside of Holton. He enjoys spending his free time hauling kids to their various activities, hunting, fishing, kayaking, and planting and harvesting a variety of vegetables in his high tunnel.

Libby Albers

Assistant Director

Libby Albers has recently returned to her long-held career field in natural resources as Assistant Director of the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Stream, after serving as Director of the Hesston Public Library for five years.  Prior to library work, Libby managed the WATER Center in Wichita, KS – a groundwater remediation and environmental education initiative – for twelve years. Her work experience with KDWPT Fisheries, the Great Plains Nature Center, and AmeriCorps reflects her passion for Kansas’ natural environment.

Libby was named Hesston, Kansas’ “Citizen of the Year” in 2015.  She received the “Water Conservationist” award from the Kansas Wildlife Federation in 2011, the “Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education Award” from KACEE in 2007, and KDHE’s “Pollution Prevention” award in 2011.

Libby has undergraduate degrees in English (Kansas Newman College) and Biology (Wichita State University) as well as a Masters of Science Natural Resource Interpretation (Stephen F. Austin State University) and a Masters in Library & Information Science (Emporia State University). She holds certifications from the Kansas Leadership Center, the Kansas Environmental Leadership Program, and the National Association for Interpretation.

Libby’s interests include treasured time with her kids, camping, gardening, and working on her 120-year-old house.  She loves Kansas and regularly geeks out on local history, native plants, and back road adventures.

Bob Culbertson

Bob Culbertson is the coordinator for Toronto, Fall River and Upper Neosho WRAPS Stakeholder Leadership Teams. He also serves as the Eastern Kansas Wetland Coordinator. Bob knows that private landowners in Kansas hold the keys to conservation of natural resources in the state and believes that working directly with them is both rewarding and integral to conserving and improving our soil, water, grasslands, streams, forests, wetlands and wildlife. Bob has been involved with KAWS since 2015, having worked for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism as a Private Land Wildlife Biologist. He served as the Area Biologist in partnership with the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Emporia working with District Conservationists and landowners in southeast Kansas.

Bob holds a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife Biology from Kansas State University. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with the Wildlife Society, is certified in wetland identification and delineation and has completed numerous other training modules. Bob was recognized by the Kansas Wildlife Federation in 2001 as Land and Soil Conservationist of the year.

Rebecca Steadman

Rebecca Steadman is the Coordinator for the Upper Wakarusa WRAPS.

Rebecca Steadman is the coordinator for Upper Wakarusa WRAPS Stakeholder Leadership Team. Rebecca appreciates the difficult decisions Kansas farmers and ranchers make to maintain their livelihood and understands their commitment to preserving the land they operate.

Before coming to KAWS in 2019, Rebecca worked for over 30 years with USDA, primarily with the Risk Management Agency where she served as the Regional Office Director overseeing the Federal crop insurance program for the states of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Colorado. She also worked at the national level for both the Risk Management Agency and the Farm Service Agency.

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University and is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter. Rebecca enjoys spending her free time on the family farm in Franklin County where there never seems to be a shortage of things to do.

Dan Haines

Dan Haines is the Co-Coordinator for the John Redmond Reservoir WRAPS.

For Dan, the environmentally compatible land use connections with our ecological resources are a source of wonderment and envy.  Dan holds a Master of Science degree from Emporia State University in Environmental Biology.

Prior to joining KAWS, Dan’s career focused on natural resource management including land and water features, at Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation.  He served as a member of several boards and initiatives, including the conservation District, Resource Conservation and Development, Neosho Basin Goal Setting team, Bi-State Water Quality Project, Equus-Walnut Regional Advisory Council, Coffey County Regional WRAPS, and various NGO’s.

Retiring (kind of), Dan now operates the family farm near Leon.  Personal challenges and successes with cattle and crop production equip Dan with an ever-learning appreciation of producer’s and landowner’s opportunities for conserving natural resources.

Adam Bauer

Adam is the Coordinator for the Milford Reservoir WRAPS.

Adam Bauer, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, has been hired as the Watershed Coordinator for the Milford Lake Watershed. Most recently, Adam worked for Pheasants Forever in partnership with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism assisting tenant farmers on the wildlife area and help to promote sustainable farming practices by using cover crops in crop rotations.

Adam brings his expertise in private lands, ArcGIS and Google Earth to the KAWS team.

Megan Rush

Megan is the Coordinator for both the Middle and Lower Kansas River WRAPS.

Megan Rush is the Watershed Coordinator for Middle Kansas River Watershed. Megan is based out of Lawrence, KS and graduated from the University of Kansas with a master’s in Environmental Assessment. When she isn’t working on water quality, you can find her kayaking or stand up paddling boarding on the water, traveling, or petting every animal she comes across.

Brady Kohler

Brady Kohler recently joined Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams as a Conservation Easement Specialist through our partner NRCS.

Brady grew up on a farm along the Ninnescah River where he spent his early years helping tend to the livestock and bringing wheat in from the field during harvest. He has recently returned to rural Kansas and spends his free time working in the garden, playing with his ever-growing poultry flock, and tending the beehive.

Brady holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a minor in Biology (Kansas State University). He also has a Master of Science in Natural Resources (University of Nebraska) and PhD in Hydrology (University of Wyoming). After spending the majority of the 2010’s conducting research in headwater streams in the mountains, he is excited to conserve the wetland and stream habitat he grew up on with KAWS and NRCS.

Rebecca Sellers

Rebecca Sellers is the Project Coordinator for the Arkansas River National Water Trail. She recently moved back to her native Wichita and joined the KAWS team after spending the last three years in East Texas. She is passionate about connecting the public with outdoor recreation and helping families connect with each other through experiences.

Rebecca has 15 years of diverse experience in outdoor recreation, informal education, and nonprofits. Locally she has worked on the education team at Exploration Place and as a Naturalist at the Great Plains Nature Center. There she also managed development including grant writing and creating an annual fundraising event. Outside of Kansas she has worked for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Susan G. Komen of Greater Central and East Texas, Audubon California, and North Cascades National Park.

Rebecca earned her undergraduate degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biology from Kansas State University. She also has a Master of Education in Educational Psychology from Wichita State University. She holds multiple certifications from the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) including Certified Interpretive Trainer. Additionally she has served on the NAI Regional Board and was named an NAI 30 for 30 Shining Star in 2018.

Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family including their fur babies. She loves board games, trivia, and trying out new adventures either outdoors or in the kitchen.