John Myers has been executive director of Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa since May 2013. Working with the organization’s board of directors, John leads the strategic planning and growth of the organization ensuring that its vision to create champions of nature is achieved. John manages a staff of fifteen, 500+ acres of land, and a $950,000 annual budget, as well as a multi-million dollar endowment.
Jean Wiedenheft started as a volunteer at the Nature Center, helping with scout workshops and spreading wood chips on the trails. She’s been a full-time employee since 2001, sharing her enthusiasm for nature with volunteers and visitors. She enjoys horseback riding, beekeeping and walking in the woods.
Sarah Halbrook joined the staff of the Indian Creek Nature Center in 2017 after several years of service as a board member and Development Committee Chair. Her service to the organization led to a desire to work daily toward the mission of creating champions of nature. Prior to joining Indian Creek Nature Center Sarah worked for Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust and United Way of East Central Iowa. An avid follower of politics and public policy, she has also volunteered and worked for many local and state level Iowa politicians and grassroots organizations.
Kelli is an Iowa native, raised in northeast Iowa and living in Linn County for the last 15 years. She and her husband, John, reside near Mount Vernon and are in the final stages of building their dream home – a small log cabin in the woods.
Jason Bies grew up in rural western Michigan and received a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan. He joined Indian Creek Nature Center in 2017 after settling in Iowa City in 2016. Look for him while you’re out on the trails, where he’ll be controlling invasive species and keeping the grounds in good order. In his spare time he enjoys reading, spending time with his family, and all manner of outdoor activities — canoeing, camping, and mushrooming being among his favorites!
Lindsey is a life-long nature lover who grew up on a farm in the beautiful rolling hills of Northeast Iowa, near Decorah. Her duties include marketing and promotion, securing sponsorships, and developing relationships with the Nature Center’s many wonderful supporters. Lindsey has a BA in Public Relations and English from Coe College, as well as experience in non-profit fundraising at several other Cedar Rapids organizations. In her free time, Lindsey enjoys hiking, camping, canoeing, mushroom hunting, photography, journaling, yoga, and spending time with her husband and toddler son.
Rachel Bailey was born and raised in Cedar Rapids. She received an English degree from Mount Mercy University and has a background in marketing and nonprofit work. Rachel is eager to connect with community members and foster a love for nature and preservation. In her spare time, she enjoys camping with family, baking, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two golden doodles.
Dana Wood grew up in Center Point, Iowa. After college, she spent several years at Weddings, Etc. working as a seamstress. A career change made her Administrative Assistant at Global Crossing where she stayed until becoming Office Manager at Indian Creek Nature Center in 2002. Dana enjoys volunteering and coaching at her children’s school, sewing, swimming and camping.
A native of southern New Jersey, Nancy moved with her family to Cedar Rapids in 1970. She has two bachelor’s degrees, received 14 years apart, in vastly different fields: business administration with an English minor; and biology and general science. Nancy joined the Nature Center staff in 2000 and her responsibilities involve all aspects of fundraising, overseeing memberships, and managing the donor database. Nancy enjoys exploring nature on foot with her husband and their enthusiastic dog.
Andria Cossolotto, a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, came to Indian Creek Nature Center in May of 2016 having previously been a naturalist in western Iowa. As a Naturalist at ICNC, Andria leads school field trips and camps, helping to instill the love of nature in future generations. In her spare time, Andria works to help improve pollinator habitats and enjoys getting outdoors with her husband and two children whenever possible.
Emily Roediger is originally from Rochester, Minnesota. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with majors in Biology and Environmental Studies and minors in Geology and Music, and has an environmental education graduate certificate from Hamline University. She has over 4 years of experience with multiple environmental education organizations, and is excited to be at Indian Creek! Emily enjoys being outside whether she’s hiking and exploring new places, camping, playing tennis, bike riding, or even just sitting!
Elyse joined Indian Creek Nature Center in May 2017. Her duties include social media marketing, content and graphic design, and more. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Mount Mercy University. In her spare time, Elyse enjoys photography, running, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Barb retired from teaching at the Anamosa State Penitentiary in December of 2015, and was hired as a Guest Services Associate shortly thereafter. She’s been a teacher all her professional life, and continues in this endeavor as she shares the wonders of the Amazing Space with guests. She lived in cities all her life, so had limited outdoor experiences, but these days she encounters nature in the gardens she’s created in her front and back yards.
Frances Roushar is a native of Cedar Rapids. She grew up with five siblings. Summer vacations were spent tent camping at state parks in the Midwest. Fran has an AA in Graphic Arts from Kirkwood Community College and a BA in Printmaking from Coe College. Fran enjoys reading, photography, working on her art, hiking, camping, and mushroom hunting. She and her husband love to cook together and keep active with their Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers. Fran looks forward to connecting with visitors and helping them discover and experience the wonder in nature.
Holden Mere was born and raised in Marion, with aspirations to become a naturalist. He is a self-described life learner with a genuine curiosity about the natural world around him. He enjoys hiking, birding, photography, backpacking, slacklining, and has a passion for hunting wild mushrooms. With his well-rounded knowledge on local wild flowers, tree, insects, and animals, he encourages you to visit the nature center with photos of cool things you find. He doesn’t promise to have all the answers, but he is eager to help learn along with you!
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