Indian Creek Nature Center Staff
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.
He currently is championing two projects. The first is a running a 12,000 sq ft, NetZero energy and water facility, one of the most sustainable buildings in the United States which is under certification review by the Living Building Challenge. The second is developing a 200-acre farm focused on sustainable and restorative agriculture.
He has a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration and is an Eagle Scout. Prior to joining Indian Creek Nature Center John worked for the Boy Scouts of America, as well as several other nonprofits in the Eastern Iowa area. He is active on the boards of Go Cedar Rapids, Monarch Research Project, Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Network, and the United Way Education Solutions Team. John is a member of the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA) and serves on their development committee. He was selected to receive the 2016 ANCA Outstanding New Leader Award recognizing his leadership and growth of Indian Creek Nature Center. John is also a member of Cedar Rapids Daybreak Rotary.
John and his wife, Meridith, reside in Marion, Iowa with their three children, Angela, Ryan, and Jackson.
Director of Education
Erin Roghaar, a native to Tennessee, moved to Cedar Rapids from Logan, Utah in January 2016. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Art from the University of Tennessee and is currently working on her master’s degree in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Education from Utah State University. With over five years of experience in the environmental non-profit sector, she has a strong background in environmental education, program development, and creating strong, mission-oriented community programs. Her past leadership roles have helped build community partners, which she hopes to continue at ICNC. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, Erin enjoys skiing, rock climbing, and fly fishing with her husband and dogs. She also finds time for baking and gardening.
Director of Land Stewardship
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.
Marketing & Business Development Coordinator
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.
Andrea’s passions for preserving the land, educating people and working outdoors attracted her to the Nature Center. She desires to create spaces and experiences that will inspire others to be good stewards of the land. Andrea currently serves by developing and leading various public programs, coordinating Eagle Scout projects, and working with local businesses and volunteers to keep the land healthy, safe and beautiful. Her degree from ISU in Landscape Architecture brings a unique perspective to future campus planning and design efforts at the Nature Center.
Andrea grew up in Cedar Rapids, traveling every summer with her family to explore new places. She is an avid outdoorswoman and you may find her on local trails, skiing, biking, playing volleyball, or landscaping. She also serves as a volunteer for many local non-profits, aides as a nursing assistant and is an advocate for Tree Keepers, storm water management and living a healthy balanced lifestyle.
Guest Services Associate
Suzanne grew up in East Moline, IL where she worked for John Deere Healthcare Insurance. She transferred to Cedar Rapids, working as a customer service representative. Following her retirement from John Deere, she worked for Mercy Care Community Physicians before joining the staff at the Nature Center in early 2012. Suzanne spends her free time in her garden and playing golf with husband Steve. She stays entertained at home with her two cats Maggie and McGee.
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!
Guest Services Associate
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.
Guest Services Associate
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!