David Casaletto is the President and Executive Director of Ozarks Water Watch, a nonprofit water quality organization. He received his B.S. in Accounting from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas and has an extensive background in business, accounting, management and advertising.
David is also President of Ozarks Clean Water Company (OCWC), a nonprofit sewer and water company. OCWC owns and operates water and wastewater treatment plants and currently has 450 active members using their services. He was Program Coordinator for the National Decentralized Onsite Wastewater Demonstration Project at Table Rock Lake, a $2 Million cooperative agreement with EPA to find technical and management solutions for failing onsite systems.
David currently resides on Table Rock Lake near Cape Fair, Missouri with his wife Diane and is a water testing volunteer for the Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program.
Cathy Stepp has had numerous roles in public service, with nearly 20 years of experience dealing with environmental issues. Most recently she served as the Regional Administrator for — USEPA Region 5. Her responsibilities included overseeing environmental protection efforts in the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, as well as 35 federally recognized tribal governments. Additionally, she was the manager of EPA Great Lakes National Program, in which she led restoration and protection of the largest freshwater system in the world. Before joining Region 5, she was principal deputy regional administrator for EPA Region 7, in Kansas City. Cathy served as the secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from 2011 to 2017. As state cabinet secretary, she led the third largest state agency with about 4,000 employees and was responsible for state enforcement and protection of wildlife, fisheries, state parks, trails, forests and environmental permitting. She directed numerous improvements in water quality rules, most notably a substantial revision in the rule that regulates groundwater/drinking water quality and impacts from agricultural use. During these efforts, Cathy quickly saw the importance of building relationships and sharing information with stakeholders on all sides of challenging environmental issues.
She also served as a Wisconsin state senator from 2003-2007 where she served on the Environment and Natural Resources committee and authored and advanced legislation on regulatory reform, job creation, and other issues. Prior to her Senate term, she served as a citizen appointee on Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Board. This board directed the policy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Prior to entering public service, Cathy and her husband Paul owned a small home building company that they built from scratch. This private sector experience, combined with public sector service, has given her the well rounded perspectives needed to bring all sides around a table to talk about tough environmental issues from a position of empathy and respect for the law. She and Paul decided in 2016 to make Branson their home for the next chapter of their lives. She has a personal connection to and fundamental understanding of the critical importance of clean water in the Ozarks for recreation, public health, and tourism. Her consistent message throughout her public service is “We Are Better Together.”
Cathy and Paul have two grown children, Hannah and Mitchell and they enjoy the magnificence of all the Ozarks has to offer by boating on Table Rock Lake, floating down the Buffalo River, and hiking/riding trails in the Mark Twain Forest.
Carin Love manages the internal operations for the three Ozarks Water & Environmental non-profit organizations: Ozarks Water Watch, Ozarks Clean Water Company, and Ozarks Environmental Services. Returning to the area from California in 2013, she began working for Ozarks Water Watch in January of 2016. She grew up on Table Rock Lake and has always had a love for the beauty of the area. She is active in her community and enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys. In the summertime she enjoys hiking, fishing, and spending time outdoors with her family. During the winter months, she enjoys cheering her boys on at their wrestling meets.
Erin Scott joined Ozarks Water Watch in June of 2020, filling a new role in the organization as Senior Policy and Program Director. With several years working at the Arkansas Water Resources Center at the University of Arkansas, she has extensive experience with water quality in the Upper White River Basin. She is also currently pursuing her PhD in Public Policy at the University of Arkansas, which will help her identify and address current water policy issues important to the Watershed. Erin has been a member of the Board of Directors for Beaver Watershed Alliance since March of 2020, and currently serves as Chair of the Technical Committee for the Board. Having spent most of her life in Fayetteville, Erin is passionate about protecting water and environmental quality for the community. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she can be found kayaking, riding the paved trail system, mountain biking the expanding off-road trail system, or any number of other outdoor activities.
Eric Simon recently joined Ozarks Water Watch serving as the Communications Manager. Eric is a Broadcast Media and Marketing Strategist with over 20 years of experience in Branding and Marketing. Eric is originally from Charlotte North, Carolina and has a Bachelor’s degree in Media Communications and Marketing from Appalachian State University. Eric currently resides in Republic, Missouri with his wife Erica and son Chase. He has lived in the Ozarks for the past 24 years and has strong roots to the community and a passion for the outdoors. In his free time, he loves to spend time at the lake with friends and family, maintaining his ranch to taking on the never-ending home improvement remodeling projects inspired by HGTV. Eric’s passion for the outdoors and belief that everyone can practice smart conservation to protect our beautiful waterways, recreation areas makes him an ideal member to join the Ozarks Water Watch team.
Shelly is an Arkansas native that has recently returned to Fayetteville after 14 years in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire. During her time in NH, Shelly attended graduate school in plant biology at the University of New Hampshire, operated a diversified no-spray farming operation, and worked for the grassroots nonprofit organization Seacoast Eat Local where she managed community based and ecologically important programs that promoted local foods. Shelly is overjoyed to be back in Arkansas near family and the Razorbacks and is excited to bring her experience and enthusiasm to Ozarks Water Watch and the Septic Grant and Loan Program. She enjoys all things outdoors with her partner, their two young sons, and their goofy 1 year old golden retriever, Biscuit.