Who We Are

The smiling faces of PlayCleanGo.

PlayCleanGo Staff

Krista Lutzke

PlayCleanGo Program Manager

Krista is passionate about empowering recreationists to become land stewards.

As the PlayCleanGo manager Krista aims to include recreationists in the conversation of invasive species prevention and share the easy ways each of them can become land stewards in their own right.
 
Before becoming the PlayCleanGo Program Manager she served as Conservationist with the Door County Soil & Water Conservation Department where she fostered multijurisdictional partnerships, the introduction of local invasive species policies and cost-share programs, and providing invasive species education and outreach. Krista’s natural resources career began with the Wisconsin DNR in the Natural Heritage Conservation Bureau protecting and monitoring rare and endangered species through invasive species management and later as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative’s Phragmites australis Project Coordinator. Krista holds degrees in Landscape/Horticulture and Environmental Policy and is a Wisconsin certified Plant Health Specialist.
 

Belle Bergner

NAISMA Executive Director

Belle enjoys walks with her dog and doing just about anything outside with her family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Belle Bergner has been NAISMA’s Executive Director since 2016. With over 15 years experience in nonprofit management and fundraising, Belle is a creative problem solver and connector of ideas and people. Belle has a MS in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Pennsylvania and was an Outward Bound Instructor after finishing her BA at Mount Holyoke College.

In her free time, Belle enjoys walks with her dog and doing just about anything outside with her family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

PlayCleanGo Advisory Committee

Allison Zach

Coordinator, Nebraska Invasive Species Program

PlayCleanGo Advisory Committee Chair

She enjoys boating and bird watching at her family’s home on Lake Okoboji in Iowa.

Allison Zach, Coordinator of the Nebraska Invasive Species Program, enjoys educating the public how to prevent the spread of invasive species of all taxa. She enjoys wildlife watching and photography. She enjoys boating and bird watching at her family’s home on Lake Okoboji in Iowa. She enjoys visiting natural areas in the U.S. and abroad. 

Mark Daluge

Assistant Supervisor, Teton County (WY) Weed and Pest District

Mark always practices PlayCleanGo by making sure that his raft and camping gear are clean and dry before packing up and moving to another area.  Even in the wilderness, invasive species try to hitch a ride to another amazing place!

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Mark moved out to the Mountains of Jackson Hole permanently in 2004. From that time on, he has enjoyed camping, mountain biking, and rafting. Recently, he has really enjoyed combining both camping and rafting by floating some of the wild and scenic rivers around the western U.S. While doing this, he always practices PlayCleanGo by making sure that his raft and camping gear are clean and dry before packing up and moving to another area.  Even in the wilderness, invasive species try to hitch a ride to another amazing place!

Ken Donnelly

President, Beyond Attitude Consulting

“I never really considered myself an ‘outdoors person.'”

My name is Ken Donnelly, and I work in behaviour change. I have never really considered myself an “outdoors person.” More of a golfer, which is my favourite sport. I’ve been driving boats since I was 12 and have always owned at least one, including motorized and non-motorized varieties. Although not very good at it I enjoy gardening, just don’t ask me what the name of that plant is. In the summer I really like getting out on my motorcycle or ATV and exploring roads and trails. Or hiking, especially in new areas. If you haven’t tried skydiving you should, it is a blast! During the pandemic, I have increased my birdwatching and scenic photography, which I love. Wherever I go I try to have little impact, so I PlayCleanGo. Always.  

But I never really considered myself an “outdoors person.”

Forest Eidbo

Forestry Invasive Species Prevention Specialist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Whether it’s backpacking, hiking with his dog Oslo, or mountain biking, Forest always cleans his gear (and dog) before going somewhere new.

Forest is constantly exploring forests. Whether it’s backpacking, hiking with his dog Oslo, or mountain biking, Forest always cleans his gear (and dog) before going somewhere new. He knows that keeping the wilderness wild begins by cleaning your gear before you hit the trail. 

Ethan Proud

Supervisor, Archuleta County Weed and Pest

Ethan enjoys spending most of his time in the outdoors. Whenever he recreates he keeps a bootbrush in his pack and keeps an eye out for invasives.

Ethan enjoys spending most of his time in the outdoors, rock climbing, snowboarding, backpacking, and fishing. Whenever he recreates he keeps a bootbrush in his pack and keeps an eye out for invasives. Recognizing invasive species helps him to avoid them when possible and report them to EDDMapS.org!

Julie Kraft

Supervisor, Sublette County Weed and Pest

“I am a plant nerd at heart!”

Longtime NAISMA member, past president and huge supporter of PlayCleanGo!  I live, work and play near the Wind River and Wyoming Range Mountains.  I am a plant nerd at heart!  When I am not managing invasive species at work I love to play outside.  My family and I hike, backpack, boat, fish, camp and hunt!  We love the adventure and our thankful for the public lands that surround our home.  We PlayCleanGo as a family, by cleaning our boots and drying our boat.  My children recognize our PCG bootbrush stations and trail signs and know what to do!  

Gabby Nichols wearing binoculars and smiling in front of grassy path lined by tree silhouettes.

Gabby Nichols

Programs Coordinator, Canadian Council on Invasive Species

Gabby takes any opportunity to “volunteer” her friends and family to pose for outdoor action photos.

Gabby enjoys taking long hikes at conservation areas and parks across Ontario and Canada, with binoculars in hand to take in any birds she might encounter en route. With a boot brush tucked into her car door, she makes sure to always PlayCleanGo by wiping off her shoes and clothes after each outdoor adventure. Gabby also takes any opportunity to “volunteer” her friends and family to pose for outdoor action photos she can later use to promote PlayCleanGo to Canadians on the Council’s social media platforms. Gabby is looking forward to her next hike, and to continue to promote actions to prevent the spread of invasive species!