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Indian Creek Nature Center Staff

John Myers

Executive Director

John has been enjoying the outdoors and camping since early childhood in both the east coast mountains and Midwest plains.  An Eagle Scout, and former volunteer and employee with the Boy Scouts of America, John further developed a love of education and outdoor environments.  He has a strong non-profit background in program development, strategic planning, and donor development at several local organizations.  Currently, John serves as president of the Daybreak Rotary club and a member of the board of Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

John and his wife have two children. They enjoy camping, fishing, and outdoor recreation.

Jan Aiels

Education Director/Senior Naturalist

Jan Aiels is an Iowa native who grew up in rural Dubuque county. She has been a zoology instructor at Mt. Mercy College, a Girl Scout professional and joined the Nature Center staff in 1993. Jan enjoys backpacking, gardening, quilting, hiking (she recently “survived” a hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon – and back to the top), canoeing and helping others enjoy and appreciate nature.

Jan Aiels

Education Director/Senior Naturalist

Jan Aiels is an Iowa native who grew up in rural Dubuque county. She has been a zoology instructor at Mt. Mercy College, a Girl Scout professional and joined the Nature Center staff in 1993. Jan enjoys backpacking, gardening, quilting, hiking (she recently “survived” a hike to the bottom of the Grand Canyon – and back to the top), canoeing and helping others enjoy and appreciate nature.

Erin Anzalone

Senior Education Manager

Erin Anzalone, a native to Tennessee, recently moved to Cedar Rapids from Logan, UT. 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 fiance and dogs. She also finds time for baking and gardening.

Erin Anzalone

Senior Education Manager

Erin Anzalone, a native to Tennessee, recently moved to Cedar Rapids from Logan, UT. 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 fiance and dogs. She also finds time for baking and gardening.

Jean Wiedenheft

Land Stewardship Director

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.

Lindsey Flannery

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 baby boy.

Lindsey Flannery

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 baby boy.

Rachel Bailey

Program Registrar

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

Office Manager

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.

Dana Wood

Office Manager

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.

Nancy Lackner

Development Assistant

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 Blaha

Trail Specialist/Naturalist

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.

Suzanne Hunter

Registrar

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.

Suzanne Hunter

Registrar

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.

Executive Committee

Tom Hughes | President (2015-16)

Owner/President, Hughes Nursery & Landscaping

Brooke Fitzgerald | President-Elect

Top Chickadee, The Early Bird Café

Scott Arensdorf | Treasurer

Controller, RuffaloCODY

Ryan Murphy | Secretary

Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Marion Process Solutions

Trustees

Paul Brundell

Allan Custom Homes

Pat Deignan

Bankers Trust

Cathy Gullickson

Community Volunteer

Lisa Henderson

Alliant Energy

Doug Kopp

Alliant Energy

Dee Ann McIntyre

Retired insurance industry executive

Lisa Ramlo

Community Volunteer

Charlie Rohde

King’s Material

Directors

Steve Allsop

President/Partner, Mediaquest Outdoor

Brad Doyle

Sr. Corporate Bond Manager, Transamerica

Steve Dummermuth, Jr.

Director of Real Estate, IGD Industries

Sarah Halbrook

Private Banking Officer; Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust

Jeff Hines

Vice President, Commercial Banking; Bankers Trust

Anne King

Assistant Professor of Business; Mount Mercy University

Helga Mayhew

Retired environmental engineer; ICNC Guild representative

Emily Meyer

President, New Leaf Redevelopment Consulting & New Leaf Historic Properties

Andrew Morf

Acumen, CEO/Advisor

Brad Morgan

Regional Director of Operations, Alliant Energy

Hunter Skogman

Project Manager, Skogman Homes

Terry Strait

Retired Associate Principal, Jefferson High School

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