Who We Are
The smiling faces of PlayCleanGo.
PlayCleanGo Program Manager
Krista is passionate about empowering recreationists to become land stewards.
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 Store Manager
With a life focused in AIS you’re likely to see Molly donning her Clean Boats Clean Waters gear while traveling or at local events in the Milwaukee region.
Molly joined NAISMA brings her experience in both aquatic invasive species and an administrative background in the public sector to the PlayCleanGo store. She started her journey in invasive species work in the summer of 2018 as watercraft inspector on Lake Michigan. Molly has an MS in Sustainable Management from UW-Oshkosh, and a BS in Environmental Sciences from UW-Madison.
With a life focused in AIS you’re likely to see her donning her Clean Boats Clean Waters gear while traveling or at local events in the Milwaukee region. Molly is a Wisconsin native, and has lived in Madison and Milwaukee area as an adult. She enjoys a variety of hobbies from hiking, baking, and even occasionally brewing her own batch of beer.
Director of Member, Marketing and Communications
You can find Kim tending to her native Midwest garden and teaching her sons about seed collection.
Kim Kelly manages NAISMA’s memberships and organization partnerships. Kim is a writer, publisher and designer. She has more than a decade of experience in nonprofit communications and earned ASAE’s Certified Association Executive credential (CAE).
When she’s not working on NAISMA projects, Kim can be found tending to her native Midwest garden, teaching her sons about seed collection, and hanging out with family in the suburbs of Chicago.
PlayCleanGo Advisory Committee
Executive Director, Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition and goat farmer
Co-chair, PlayCleanGo Advisory Committee
“I moved to Nevada in 1988 and became more aware of the challenges associated with weeds.”
Growing up on the front range in Colorado I really was not aware of weeds, other than my dad’s ongoing war with cheatgrass. It was not until I moved to Nevada in 1988 that I became more aware of the challenges associated with weeds. 19.5 years ago, I opened the doors of Eastern Nevada Landscape Coalition, a non-profit conservation organization, based in eastern Nevada and was rapidly indoctrinated into noxious weeds. We helped establish and were fiscal managers for nine cooperative weed management areas, the smallest of which is 15,000 acres and the largest is over one million acres. In my tenure I have served as President of the Nevada Weed Management Association and chairman of the White River CWMA and as a committee member for PlayCleanGo. In my spare time I raise Cashmere goats, market their byproducts (soap, yarn, handmade hats, and scarves, hides and meat) at craft shows. I also enjoy riding our horses with my husband on the beautiful public lands surrounding our farm and playing and training our Border Collies. I am retiring from the Coalition on December 31st and looking forward to riding several times a week and hopefully hauling my horses to neighboring states for rides – always being careful not to bring weeds from home to the other sites and vice versa.
Forestry Invasive Species Prevention Specialist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Co-chair, PlayCleanGo Advisory Committee
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.
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!
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.”
Coordinator, Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network
Pocket bootbrushes have changed Katie’s life—or at least the life of her car!
Pocket bootbrushes have changed Katie’s life—or at least the life of her car! Having one handy in the car door for use post-hike or ski in northern Michigan has kept more dirt out of her floormats than can be quantified (and protected habitats in the process). Its hoofpick origins come in handy when trail riding with her godmother, and has even been called upon to pry a stone out of her husband’s bike chain! Now Katie loves sharing bootbrushes and decontamination tips with the public, whether she’s on the clock or not. The most surprised recipient? Her realtor!
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!
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!
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!
Coordinator, Midwest Invasive Plant Network
Don’t hike with Clair if you’re in a hurry! She hikes the trails slowly, stopping every few feet to identify and photograph native plants or to remark on invasive plants.
An import to the Midwest from Upstate New York, Clair enjoys exploring Illinois state parks and local forest preserves with her family. She hikes the trails slowly, stopping every few feet to identify and photograph native plants or to remark on invasive plants. Don’t hike with her if you’re in a hurry! She always has her eyes peeled for early detection status invasive plants to report to EDDMapS. Clair is careful to brush off her sneakers or boots on site to avoid bringing any invasive plant seeds home!
Coordinator, Nebraska Invasive Species Program
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.